NCN Sport Editor suspended

first_imgJocelle Archibald, a Senior Reporter and Sport Editor at the National Communications Network (NCN), was on Monday suspended for one month without pay for publically criticising a colleague.Archibald took to social media, where she joined many in voicing her criticism over NCN’s Junior Producer, Norman Gobin’s question to President David Granger. During the televised weekly broadcast of ‘The Public Interest’, Gobin asked the Head of State if he plays Pokémon Go.Jocelle Archibald, a Senior Reporter and Sport Editor of NCNShe was subsequently ordered by management of the State-owned media house to take down the Facebook status, which read, “Who goes to interview the President… The President and asks about Pokémon go… I’m surrounded by idiots.”She was then told to issue written apologies to Gobin and his Manager at the company, Veteran Programme Coordinator, Wendy Hermonstein.However, it was reported that although she submitted her apologies, they were deemed “sarcastic” and “insincere” by NCN’s management, resulting in the Human Resources Manager, Tishika De Costa, suspending her for one month without pay; this instruction was given by the Chief Executive Officer Lennox Cornette.Archibald has been employed at the State-owned entity for a number of years, while a source has confirmed that Gobin has only been attached to the company since 2014.She is expected to resume work as per normal on the September 29.Efforts to make contact with NCN’s Chief Executive Officer proved futile.When contacted, Chief Labour Officer Charles Ogle pointed out that although he is unable to pronounce on the actions taken by NCN’s management, a meeting with Archibald should shed some light on the matter.last_img read more

Women’s group completes 1st Essequibo kayaking expedition

first_imgA group of women on Tuesday completed the first-ever kayaking expedition journeying from the source of the Essequibo River to the river mouth.Commencing two months ago on February 2, 2018, the expedition lasted some 75 days.It was headed by Laura Bingham, while hailing from the United Kingdom and Ireland were her two companions, Ness Knight and Pip Stewart.With a combination of both hard and soft adventure experiences, the group was able to enjoy the awe-inspiring vast landscapes of Guyana – waterways, rain forests, savannahs and mountain ranges.The expedition included a visit to the Indigenous community of Konashen with the team also passing through Fairview, Apoteri and Iwokrama. The journey provided excellent exposure for Destination Guyana, with a great focus on community tourism and Guyana’s waterways.Some of the highlights of the journey included the warm hospitality of the Indigenous communities along the River, especially the Wai Wai who were the main guides for the almost two-and-a-half-month journey, as well as the pristine nature of the rainforest and the wildlife.The team was accompanied by Faye James of King William Adventures, as well as Wai Wai guides Romel and Anthony.last_img read more


first_imgThe Gaoth Dobhair and Dungloe hurlers are heading to Johnstown Kilkenny next weekend and will be hosted by Fenians Hurling Club, home of many Kilkenny stars past and present.They will be taking part in a number of training sessions held by Kilkenny coaches and will play the local club at u14 level. 9 under 16s are also travelling and they too will have a match against the home club.On Sunday its off to the National League match, Kilkenny v Clare, which is shaping up to be a relegation battle for these two great counties. All in all a busy weekend for the young hurlers from the North-West which should set them up as the u14 league begins soon.   GAA NEWS: GAOTH DOBHAIR AND DUNGLOE HURLERS HEAD TO KILKENNY FOR TRAINING CAMP was last modified: March 16th, 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:GAAHURLINGNoticesSportlast_img read more

Donegal Tennis Club set to host major tournament

first_imgSPORT: THE BUTT HALL Tennis Club are holding a major tournament this week.The Butt Hall Doubles Championships will run from Thursday next until Sunday, October 9, when the finals will be held at the club, based in Dreenan, Ballybofey.The Butt Hall Tennis Club is on a big recruitment drive and this week hosts these Championships which have attracted entries from Donegal, Sligo, Fermanagh, Tyrone, Derry, Mayo and Dublin. The new club at Dreenan was opened in 2011 and boasts four state-of-the-art Tiger Turf all weather tennis courts with floodlights, clubhouse and shower facilities.“Our court surface is tiger turf, which is very resistant and provides for excellent drainage,” a Butt Hall Tennis Club spokesperson said.“This means that you can play even when the courts are wet. Our court quality provides an excellent balance between comfort of play and ball speed under dry and wet conditions.“The committee has put in place a solid court maintenance plan, which will guaranty quality of play and longevity for years to come.” The club is led by the Chairman Freddie Lusson and the President, Dessie Griffin.The current Back to School Promotion with 50 per cent off membership sees individual adult membership at €110, junior/student membership is at €30 and family membership is priced at €185.The club had a full-time qualified coach available for private and group lessons for members.The club is also running a competition at the moment offering tickets, flights and hote stay at next summer’s French Open at Roland Garros.The prize is worth around €2,000. Tickets cost €50 and are limited to 200. Tickets are available from any committee member or by contacting 087-3636931.This week’s Butt Hall Doubles Championships are being sponsored by: Ready Steady Smiles; Centra, Ballybofey; Anthony Conaghan Cars; AlanReid Design; Acebook; Henry Kee & Son; Nathaniel Lacy and Partners.The club spokesperson added: “We will be arranging ongoing events at the club which include fun tournaments for adults and juniors, open nights etc and we would encourage you to join in as much as possible.“A club night is run every Thursday from 7pm, where we mix and match players in doubles and mixed doubles. This is a great way to be introduced to new players.” Donegal Tennis Club set to host major tournament was last modified: October 3rd, 2016 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:BallybofeyButt HallSportTennisTournamentlast_img read more


first_imgBoxing star Jason Quigley, popped in to wish Michael Murphy well with his new business venture, and wished him good luck ahead of Sunday’s crunch All-Ireland semi-final clash with Dublin. Quigley is currently back home enjoying a short holiday before he heads back to LA to begin training for his next professional bout.But before he headed back stateside, the Ballybofey boxer popped in to wish both Michael and Neil all the best with their new business and good luck against the Dubs at Croke Park on Sunday. While he was in the store, Quigley also checked out the custom-built golf section and tried out his golf swing on the northwest’s only golf simulator.The Sky Sports news team also spent the morning in the shop interviewing Michael in advance of this weekend’s showdown with Dublin.In advance of Sunday’s game, Michael Murphy Sports and Leisure is running a competition on its Facebook page inviting people to share pictures of their Donegal colours.Some lovely images have been uploaded to date and the picture with the most likes will win its owner a pair of Dublin vs Donegal tickets for this weekend. The winner will be announced on Friday at 4pm.Since opening its doors, the shop has attracted thousands of customers and a whopping 11,600 likes on Facebook.The new store offers a wide range of leading brands across almost 7,000 sq feet of retail space.Leading sports brands including O’Neills, Nike, Adidas, Asics, Puma, Mizuno and Canterbury, along with a comprehensive range of golfing brands, including Callaway, Ping, Taylormade, Titleist, Under Armour, Cobra, Footjoy, Clevland and Srixon.The new store also stocks everything required for the upcoming big match, including jerseys, hats, flags and scarves. As well as in-store, customers can shop online and sign up to a unique loyalty scheme at or keep up to date with all the latest news, competitions and special offers via Facebook and Twitter.PICTURE SPECIAL – JASON QUIGLEY SHOWS HIS SUPPORT FOR MICHAEL MURPHY SPORTS AND LEISURE was last modified: August 27th, 2014 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:FeaturesJason QuigleyMichael Murphynewspicture specialSportlast_img read more

How can Sharks survive this time to reach Game 7?

first_imgSAN JOSE – Thursday night, home ice, a Stanley Cup Final berth at stake.That is the Sharks’ desperate, adjusted goal now.And that over-optimistically assumes San Jose will rebound from Sunday’s 5-0 embarrassment, win Tuesday in St. Louis and summon more Game 7 magic. The Sharks have made it this far this year by staving off elimination four times. Do we hear a fifth? A sixth?“You’re never comfortable … Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.last_img read more

Created Designs for Good Health

first_imgScience keeps finding that good health is built into the Master Plan.The Outdoors Is Our EnvironmentSpending at least 120 minutes a week in nature is associated with good health and wellbeing (Nature Scientific Reports). Civilization has been a long process of insulating us from the outdoors. Much of it is for good reason, understandably (during blizzards and heat waves, for instance), but on good days, why bury your face in a computer screen or smartphone? Researchers monitored the well-being of almost 20,000 participants in the UK and found a peak value of about 2-3 hours per week of outdoor exposure was a significant contributing factor:Creation Safaris and other outdoor ministries help people escape to reality.Weekly contact was categorised using 60 min blocks. Analyses controlled for residential greenspace and other neighbourhood and individual factors. Compared to no nature contact last week, the likelihood of reporting good health or high well-being became significantly greater with contact ≥120 mins…. Positive associations peaked between 200–300 mins per week with no further gain. The pattern was consistent across key groups including older adults and those with long-term health issues. It did not matter how 120 mins of contact a week was achieved (e.g. one long vs. several shorter visits/week). Prospective longitudinal and intervention studies are a critical next step in developing possible weekly nature exposure guidelines comparable to those for physical activity.Our bodies are well designed for interaction with the environment. It’s a shame to deprive them of what they were made for. At The Conversation, lead author Matthew White stresses that the benefits are free to all. “Access to most parks and green spaces is free, so even the poorest, and often the least healthy, members of communities have equal access for their health and well-being, he says. “We hope that evidence such as ours will help keep them that way.”Sleep Is Vital to Our Mental HealthSleep increases chromosome dynamics to enable reduction of accumulating DNA damage in single neurons (Zada et al, Nature Communications). This technical paper answers a simple question: Why do we need to sleep? Everyone has probably wondered about that. It’s not just because of the dark at night, because many work late shifts. No, the answer is much more interesting and important: brain activity in waking hours puts a lot of strain on our neurons, and the sleep shift gives the repair crews time to work. Mourrain and Wang explain in a commentary on this paper in Current Biology:While most of our body cells are renewed during the course of our lives, we die with much of the neuronal cells we are born with. Thus, in contrast to a skin, blood or liver cells, which live from days to months, a neuron may need to preserve its integrity while maintaining its capacity to connect to other neurons in an ever-changing environment across decades. While it is unclear how neuronal tissues achieve such a feat, a recurring period of our lives may be critical for the survival and maintenance of our brain cells, including their genome — sleep. A recent study from Zada et al. shows at the single cell level that sleep increases chromosome dynamics in neuronal nuclei to repair DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) accumulated in the genome during wake.Double-stranded breaks are among the most dangerous of DNA injuries. They can lead to cell death or cancer. Complex molecular machines have to grab both loose ends and stitch them back together. The scientists found that genes for DSB repair proteins are up-regulated during sleep. As you lie down in sleep, think about those teams going to work to save your brain!Lack of sleep takes a severe toll on the body and mind. Another study reported by Medical Xpress showed that sleep-deprived firefighters risk exhaustion and mental health problems. About half of firefighters are affected, the study says; most fire stations require 24-hour shifts, sometimes for days in a row, and alarms can go off at any time. Researchers in Australia “suggest that reducing sleep and mental health disturbances should be a focus of fire departments’ occupational health screening programs, along with trialling interventions designed to maximise sleep.”Without enough sleep, the brain can also accumulate damaging molecules. Science Daily reported on another paper in the Journal of Neuroscience that found an association between lack of sleep and accumulation of beta-amyloid and tau proteins, the molecules that are diagnostic of Alzheimer’s Disease. For your protection in your old age, be sure you get enough sleep. Sleeping on your side is best, says Medical Xpress. That posture not only helps your repair machinery eliminate “brain waste” most efficiently, it also helps prevent neck and back strain.Your life will be richer if you live in harmony with the way your body and brain were designed. The Creator thought of everything. Even though the world is fallen from its original perfection, we have ample testimony of God’s design for our joy, peace and health, if we will learn from God’s word and obey it. Learn to love what is good for you, and be grateful. Gratitude increases as we learn about God’s designs, such as DNA repair during sleep and the benefits of natural environments for our eyes and minds. Our greatest need, however, is not bodily health. We need to be “born again” to have spiritual health and a proper relationship with our Maker. Even the most disabled person can have that greatest need fulfilled in his or her spirit. See our Site Map for trail markers on how to get on the straight and narrow path to the joy of the Lord.(Visited 245 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Smile Week to transform children’s lives

first_imgRay Maota The Smile Foundation aims to restore the dignity of children born with facial disfigurements like a cleft lip and palate. (Image: Flickr) Dr Jonathan Louw, CEO of Adcock Ingram Healthcare, said they were humbled to be part of this philanthropic initiative. (Image: Adcock Ingram) MEDIA CONTACTS • Sanri van Wyk  Taryn Fritz Public Relations  +27 11 888 8548 or +27 72 333 1011 RELATED ARTICLES • New ward opened for Smile Week • R13.8m surgical skills centre for South Africa • Drug giant lists on JSE • Brazil health plan adapted for South AfricaTwenty children with facial disfigurement caused by a cleft lip, cleft palate or paralysis will finally get the chance to smile after receiving reconstructive surgery during the Smile Foundation’s Smile Week.The event, being held at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town from 25 to 29 July 2011, is a partnership between the foundation and pharmaceutical company, Adcock Ingram. The children receiving surgery are of varying ages and include Amber, who was born with a cleft palate and is only six months old.“These children’s parents, families and communities will soon celebrate the fact that they have a beautiful smile and can go off to school when they’re older without fear of being teased or isolated,” Moira Gerszt, chief operating officer of the Foundation, said in a statement.“Our partnership with Adcock Ingram began last year. With their support, we will have made a difference in the lives of almost 40 children by the end of this Smile Week.” Before the start of Smile Week, 20 children had already received reconstructive surgery.Once identified, patients are assessed to determine the severity of their condition. Depending on the extent of their disfigurement, they are then either put on the list of the nearest participating hospital, or put on the surgery list of the Smile Week in their area.According to Dr Jonathan Louw, CEO of Adcock Ingram Healthcare, the surgery provides more than just smiles. “The funding that Adcock Ingram contributes towards these life-changing operations not only lessens the deformity of these children, but ensures that every child is able to swallow both solids and liquids with ease,” he said.“Our partnership with the Smile Foundation reiterates our commitment to adding value to life and changing one child at a time.”The Smile Foundation and Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital have entered a three-year partnership to implement Smile Week, with the NGO funding the surgery and associated resources required, and the hospital providing infrastructure, staff, care, treatment and expertise.The paediatric hospital recently opened the first paediatric endoscopic surgical training centre in sub-Saharan Africa. A R13.8-million (US$2-million) facility, the centre aims to develop and improve the endoscopic surgery skills of surgeons in South Africa and elsewhere on the African continent.Ten years of smilesOver the past 10 years, the Smile Foundation and its six academic hospital partners have given the gift of a smile to more than 700 disfigured children across South Africa.In the Western Cape alone, 80 children have received surgery since the first Smile Week was launched in the province.“We are proud to have some of the best surgeons in the world to take part in this project,” said Theuns Botha, Western Cape health minister. These doctors include Dr Saleigh Adams, Dr Dirk Lazarus, Dr Greg Hein and Dr Suvier Singh.“These operations will enable children to smile. No money can buy that. This project is a joint investment in our youth and the future wellness of our people.”The Smile Foundation sources patients through hospital referrals, word of mouth, donor referrals, media awareness campaigns and the foundation’s toll-free number of +27 87 808 8682. Its six partner hospitals are Tygerberg Academic Hospital and Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in the Western Cape, Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital in Gauteng, Universitas Hospital in the Free State, and George Mukhari Hospital in North West.last_img read more

Dow’s Solar Shingle Technology Finds a New Home

first_imgThree years after Dow Chemical dropped out of the solar shingle business, a reinvented version of its Powerhouse shingle is back on the market under a new license holder. RGS Energy, a company that started selling solar panels in Mendocino County, California, in the 1970s as the Real Goods Solar Company, now holds the license to produce the shingles. The low-profile shingles — called building-integrated PV, or BIPV— are applied directly to the roof deck and can be mixed with asphalt shingles, an installation designed to be less obtrusive than conventional racked solar panels. Dow based its design on thin-film copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) cells, but the new “3.0” version of the Powerhouse uses silicon cells, according to the company’s website.RELATED ARTICLESTesla’s Solar Roof Has a CompetitorTesla Will Take Your Solar Roof Order NowRooftop Solar Makes Houses Worth MoreCalifornia’s Solar Panel EdictGAF Dives Into the Residential Solar Market Earlier this month, the shingles were named the best energy-efficient product at the International Builders Show in Las Vegas, one of the largest building materials trade shows in the country. Dow faced an uphill battle in its efforts to sell the Powerhouse. The thin-film cells that Dow used weren’t as efficient at generating electricity as silicon-based cells, and the shingles cost more on a per-watt basis than conventional solar panels. Those two problems may have done in Dow’s solar shingle gambit, and RGS could be banking on the greater efficiency of silicon cells to help it get a toehold in the market. There aren’t many companies in the BIPV business. One competitor is CertainTeed, whose Apollo II shingles use monocrystalline silicon cells. Another potential rival is Tesla, but it has been very slow to roll out its glass-topped solar tile after a glitzy launch in October 2016. GAF, the roofing manufacturer, introduced low-profile solar panels called Deco Tech in 2017. RGS touts lower cost In a fact sheet, RGS compared the installed cost of a 4-kW rooftop  system with a conventional rack system and the Tesla Solar Roof. The comparison listed the cost of the Tesla roof at $8.14 per watt and the cost of a conventional rack-and-panel system at $4.29 per watt. RGS lists its total cost per watt at $3.89. In the end, the company said, the cost of solar plus roofing would be $23,212 for the RGS system, $27,229 for a rack-and-panel installation, and $55,520 for the Tesla roof. In a written statement, RGS said Dow had selected the company in part because it had been servicing its portfolio of 1,000 solar installations of earlier versions of the Powerhouse. The RGS license runs until 2034. The shingles consist of a base plate and a monocrystalline PERC  insert, a design the company said would allow homeowners to easily update the solar laminate with newer technology in the future. The shingles come in two versions, 55 watts and 60 watts each, with efficiencies of 15.6% and 17.1% respectively. The base plate is made in the U.S. and the solar laminate is manufactured in China. Dow had originally hoped the CIGS thin-film collectors would overtake silicon “as the next big solar cell.” But manufacturing gains that would bring the cost down didn’t materialize. By using silicon in the design, RGS hopes to take advantage of improving efficiencies and the benefits of higher volume production. Asked how RGS will succeed where Dow did not, the statement said, “We know the solar industry and have support systems in place, such as sales support and marketing support. We have plans to invest significant dollars in the Powerhouse brand in order to help support our network of customers and generate business with the goal of making Powerhouse a household name.”   This post has been updated to correct the RGS market area for the Powerhouse shingle. The company is marketing them in all 50 states and Canada.last_img read more

Kashmir’s first Ashok Chakra awardee hails from hotbed of militancy

first_imgFresh snowfall only added to the prevailing deafening and eerie silence at Kulgam’s Batagund village, home to 38-year-old Nazir Ahmad Wani, the Kashmir valley’s first ever awardee of the Ashok Chakra — India’s highest peacetime military decoration. Ironically, the district also became a hotbed of militancy last year.Also Read Kashmir’s first Ashok Chakra for Lance Naik Nazir Ahmad Wani  Lance Naik Wani’s posthumous military decoration is least talked about in militancy-affected Kulgam, which saw 26 civilian deaths either near encounter sites or in street protests. At least 15 local militants were killed in more than 50 major operations conducted in the district.At the spare three-storey house of the Wanis, younger brother Mushtaq Ahmad is reticent and all guests are not welcome. “A few days ago, locals knocked on our door and broke the news about the award. The fact of the day is we lost him,” said the younger Wani, referring to his brother.Curious locals are keeping a tab on all guests visiting the house.“Kulgam has suffered the most in 2018,” said Majid Ganai, a local resident. “It was a year of funerals. We saw militants, informers, soldiers and policemen, all locals, returning home draped in coffins. Funerals were also only occasions of celebrations. Wani’s feat could hardly be discussed in these times,” he added.The Wanis’ neighbours said Wani had been shooed away by militant commander Mohammad Ayoub from nearby Bhan village, who had rejected his offer to join militancy. In 1992, Wani joined the Ikhwan, a local name for an irregular counter-insurgency force drawn from locals. Married to his school-time sweetheart Mahajabeen in 2002, Wani’s two children, Athar, a Class 10 student, and Shahid, a Class 8 student, would shuttle between Jammu and the Valley “to ensure their safety”. Wani would always drop by uninformed at home, as the militants stepped up attacks on local soldiers, killing at least three members of the armed forces in their houses.Regularised in the Army in 2004, his counter-insurgent colleague Mukhtar Ahmad Malik alias Mukhtar Gola’s killing saw Wani pledging to go after the killers. In September, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants shot Malik dead inside his house in Shurat village. The killing was filmed on a mobile phone by the militants, who fired from inside the pheran, a long woolen robe.One-and-half months later, Wani volunteered to take on the LeT’s Umar Ganai and his five associates, the main suspect behind Malik’s killing, on November 25 in Hirapur village in Shopian. Ganai and Wani shot each other dead in the encounter, said a police officer, declining to be identified.The citation for the award, issued by the Rashtrapati Bhawan, reads: “Lance Naik Wani epitomised qualities of a fine soldier. He always volunteered for challenging missions, displaying great courage under adverse circumstances, exposing himself to grave danger in the line of duty.”Meanwhile, Governor Satya Pal Malik said Wani would always be an inspiration for the generations to come and motivate them to work selflessly for the safety and security of the country.last_img read more