Manus Kelly’s father to be nominated for late son’s seat on council

first_imgDonal Kelly, the father of the late Manus Kelly is to be forwarded to take his son’s seat on Donegal County Council.Mr Kelly Snr, a well-known figure in the Glenswilly area, is expected to be nominated at a Fianna Fail party meeting next week.The late Manus Kelly was a hugely popular figure in Donegal due to his rallying and business exploits. There was huge sadness across the county when the father-of-five was killed at the Donegal International Rally in June last.He had just been nominated a month previously to Donegal County Council for the first time.His seat is now expected to be taken by his father Donal.Once forwarded and agreed upon, Mr Kellys Snr is expected to be formally co-opted onto Donegal County Council later this month. Manus Kelly’s father to be nominated for late son’s seat on council was last modified: November 18th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:councilDonal KellyManus KellyNominationlast_img read more

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South Africa’s fuel cell potential

first_img23 January 2006South Africa, the world’s leading producer of gold and platinum, is becoming an important testing ground for fuel cells, an alternative technology that promises cleaner, more efficient energy.International companies such as the UK’s Intelligent Energy and the US’s Power Plug are bringing cutting-edge fuel cell technology to South Africa’s rural areas.A fuel cell is similar to a battery in that it produces electricity in an electrochemical reaction. Unlike a battery, a fuel cell uses external reactants, typically oxygen and hydrogen, as fuel for the reaction. The reaction products flow out of the cell.This means fuel cells are more stable and can be run for longer continuous periods than batteries. They are also more efficient than combustion engines.A fuel cell would generally be used only for back-up purposes. If the regular power supply from the national grid were interrupted, the fuel cell would kick in to provide electricity until the regular supply could be restored. Such backup can be critical for clinics and hospitals, but also for banks, telecommunications and other users of information technology infrastructure.Technology pioneerIntelligent Energy, a UK-based company, have installed a fuel cell at clinic outside Bisho in the Eastern Cape, and a larger installation incorporating solar panels at Mkuze in KwaZulu-Natal.The Mkuze installation uses fuel cells, batteries, solar power and liquid petroleum gas to provide a complete energy solution for a community of thousands. The fuel cells are the back-up energy supply for computers that control the other energy sources.“We’re doing it as a showcase,” South African manager Sakib Khan told Business Report.Intelligent Energy have received numerous accolades for their work in this field. They were named by the World Economic Forum as a technology pioneer for 2006, and Time magazine called their ENV bike, a completely silent fuel cell-powered motorbike, one of “the most amazing inventions of 2005.”CatalystsAnother company at the forefront of fuel cell production, US-based Plug Power has installed two fuel cells at Koeberg, South Africa’s only nuclear power plant, in the Western Cape.Cellular company Vodacom is also using Plug Power fuel cells as a back-up power supply for cellphone masts in Shoshanguve in Gauteng, replacing noisy diesel generators.South Africa is an ideal site for the first tests of fuel cell systems as the country is one of the world’s leading producers of both platinum and gold, two metals that are essential to the hydrogen economy. These metals are used as catalysts within the fuel cell.“The one thing that’s slowing down development is the cost,” said Khan, “because platinum is so expensive.”“There’s a lot of research going into getting an alternative to platinum, such as gold.”SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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New Solar Calculator Available

first_imgThe National Renewable Energy Laboratory has updated its PVWatts calculator, an interactive program that helps solar installers and homeowners estimate the performance of hypothetical grid-tied photovoltaic systems.PVWatts creates hour-by-hour simulations and provides estimates for monthly and annual energy production, NREL says. A user can use default values that are built in or plug in values of their own, including the location and size of the PV array, the type of array, the tilt angle and the aximuth angle.PVWatts is available in two versions. With the Site Specific Data Calculator, users choose a location from a map or list of locations around the world. With the Grid Data Calculator, users select any location in the U.S. from a 40-kilometer gridded map.PVWatts originally went online in 1999 and has been updated a number of times since then. The newest beta version was released this January. NREL said it would keep PVWatts V1, PVWatts V2, and the PVWatts Viewer going until this summer while tweaking the new system. The program called IMBY (for In My Backyard), however, will be phased out in the first quarter of the year.last_img read more

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After Article 370, legislator triggers debate on Nagaland’s 371(A)

first_imgAmid calls for scrapping Article 370 of the Constitution that gives autonomous status to Jammu and Kashmir, a legislator of the ruling party in Nagaland has triggered a debate on Article 371(A) that guarantees special status for the people of the north-eastern State.Neikiesalie Nicky Kire of the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) had a few days ago attributed the lack of development in Nagaland to Article 371(A) that safeguards the customary rights of the Nagas. The NDPP rules Nagaland in alliance with the BJP.“Land and its resources in Nagaland belong to the people and not the government. Landowners usually wield the provisions in Article 371(A) to prevent the government from carrying out developmental activities on their land,” Dr. Kire said. He appealed to the people not to use Article 371(A) to hinder development work.Shurhozelie Liezietsu, the president of the Opposition Naga People’s Front (NPF), said it was not right to blame Article 371(A) for the government’s inability to push projects. Some agreed with Dr. Kire though. “The MLA certainly did not mean Article 371(A) needs to go. The problem with this Article lies in its interpretation. The government must undertake an awareness campaign with a detailed interpretation of the rights given to landowners. But yes, some landowners do take advantage of the provisions which affects development,” said Chuba Ozukum, president of Naga Hoho, the apex body of the State’s tribal organisations.last_img read more

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Tanduay books quarters seat, subdues Wangs

first_imgNational Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Despite the win, coach Lawrence Chongson said that he’s looking at these next few games as a chance for him to sharpen his camp in preparation for the quarterfinals.“We have to stay sharp. Our focus must be there, especially on our transition defense and we’re really putting emphasis on the team’s collective focus,” he said, as the Rhum Masters stretched their winning streak to three. “We need to win very single game. We got sustain the momentum. I’ve been here long enough and we know how it works.”Wangs got knocked down a few pegs and dropped to sixth place with a 5-4 card after its two-game winning run snapped.Michael Juico scattered a game-high 24 points, eight rebounds, and four assists, while Robbie Herndon fired 16 markers and grabbed seven boards in the defeat.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT View comments Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games TANDUAY 93 – Martinez 16, Tambeling 15, Eguilos 13, Alvarez 11, Taganas 10, Varilla 9, Palma 6, Gaco 5, Sollano 4, Villamor 4, Santos 0, Sanga 0, Vigil 0.WANGS BASKETBALL 81 – Juico 24, Herndon 16, De Chavez 11, Gabriel 9, Bitoon 7, Ambulodto 5, Habelito 4, Montemayor 2, Arambulo 2, Sorela 1, Riley 0, King 0.Quarters: 27-16, 46-38, 66-57, 93-81.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Tanduay lost hold of its 15-point lead, 62-47, with 3:56 left in the third quarter and allowed Wangs to crawl back, 82-77, with a freebie from Chris De Chavez with 3:03 to play.But Varilla put his foot down to quash the uprising for the Rhum Masters, with Lester Alvarez draining the insurance free throws in the clutch.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsJames Martinez came off the bench and fired 16 points to lead Tanduay, while Von Tambeling knocked down 15 markers, six rebounds, two assists, and three steals.Jaymo Eguilos chipped in 13 points and five boards, while Alvarez got 11 markers, eight assists, and four rebounds in the conquest.center_img FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Paul Varilla. PBA IMAGESTanduay barged into the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup quarterfinals as it downed Wangs Basketball, 93-81, Tuesday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Paul Varilla came up big in the end game as he scored five of his nine points in the last three minutes to hold off a furious rally from the Couriers and propel the Rhum Masters to the playoffs with their 6-2 slate.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Salado the hero as Arellano repulses JRU in OT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimlast_img read more

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Doping in cards? Bridge ban fuels backlash to Olympic link

first_imgAnd the WBF’s in-competition testing is extremely limited: Just 11 tests in total in 2017, the most recent year for which figures are available, and 14 in 2016.“We simply don’t have the people to manage,” says Jaap Stomphorst, who heads a WBF anti-doping sub-committee. “At major competitions we test around 10-12 players, that’s all.”That Helgemo escaped with a one-year ban also underscored how anti-doping punishments are unevenly applied across sports. He appears to have been leniently treated in comparison with athletes in active sports. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, for example, last year handed a 3-year ban to an amateur cyclist, Dylan Lima, only for testosterone and 1-year bans only for clomifene to two MMA fighters. For performance enhancers like testosterone, the WADA code calls for four-year bans when athletes fail to prove that they didn’t intentionally dope.David Harris, the WBF counsel who prosecuted Helgemo’s case before a federation disciplinary panel, says the player “was unable to give a definitive explanation” of how testosterone and clomifene entered his body. Helgemo first suggested that he may have taken pills meant for his girlfriend before later blaming food supplements given to him by a friend, Harris said in a phone interview.“The panel probably erred on the side of leniency,” he said. “They took into account the whole circumstances relating to the situation and came up with a decision that one year was the appropriate period of suspension.”Helgemo didn’t respond to Associated Press efforts to reach him by email and text message. Harris said the Norwegian is currently serving a six-month prison sentence for tax offenses in Norway that is unconnected to his doping ban.He said that as a top professional, Helgemo had been tested before, should have been aware of the anti-doping rules and should have been more careful.“This was an unfortunate case, but it was a careless case in many ways,” Harris said. “This is a person who is earning a considerable amount of money out of playing bridge.” “People think it’s wrong,” Boye Brogeland, a bridge professional who won two world championships with Helgemo, said of the top-ranked player’s test for the steroid testosterone and infertility drug clomifene.“Nobody thinks he took this to get an edge at bridge,” Brogeland said in a phone interview.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsEven the governing World Bridge Federation that punished 49-year-old Helgemo last month by banning the Norwegian for one year from lucrative professional competitions says most of the drugs and doping methods that are prohibited in bridge because the game has signed up to World Anti-Doping Agency rules don’t, in fact, make bridge players better.Testosterone and clomifene, both found in the sample Helgemo provided last Sept. 29 at a World Bridge Series tournament in Orlando, Florida, are among the groups of substances that the WBF says in its anti-doping handbook for players are “not expected to affect performance in bridge.” Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other FILE – In this Tuesday Sept. 22, 2015 file picture, competitors play bridge at the Acol Bridge Club in West Hampstead, London. A doping ban handed down to the top-ranked player in bridge has provoked a backlash in the card game. It also has provoked criticism of bridge’s affiliation with the Olympics. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland, File)PARIS— When the top-ranked bridge player tested positive for a steroid that Lance Armstrong also used to cheat at the Tour de France, it was easy to snigger. Juicing in cards? Ha! But within the card game recognized as a sport by the International Olympic Committee, fans and players seethed.Whereas the eventual unmasking of Armstrong as a cycling swindler was widely hailed as a resounding victory for sports’ fight against doping, critics in bridge saw the positive drug test for Geir Helgemo as a black mark for the anti-doping system and proof that it shouldn’t be applied uniformly across sports.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event MOST READ LATEST STORIES Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Mike Trout, Angels close to record $432M, 12-year MLB deal Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Yet the WBF prohibits and tests sporadically for them anyway, not because of any suspicion that their use is rife in the game but because that is the price the federation must pay to come under the Olympic umbrella. Accepting the WADA code and the jurisdiction of sports’ highest tribunal, the Court of Arbitration for Sport, are conditions for recognition by the IOC. IOC recognition , in turn, helps secure status and funding for bridge as it fights to stay relevant in the videogame era. It also allows WBF executives to cling to the so-far fruitless ambition of one day seeing bridge played at the Olympic Games.On bridge forums, Helgemo’s case has provoked vigorous debate and a backlash , with critics questioning bridge’s adherence to WADA rules and its Olympic affiliation. For them, further proof that being part of the IOC system does more harm than good to bridge was a CAS ruling last year that dealt a blow to the game’s efforts to weed out cheating at cards. The Swiss court overturned five-year bans that bridge authorities had handed down for cheating to top players Fulvio Fantoni and Claudio Nunes. The CAS didn’t completely absolve the pair but ruled that the European Bridge League failed to prove that the players used a prearranged code during games to secretly tip each other off about their hands.“The integrity of the game is lost because we are trying to get into Olympics,” Brogeland says. “The price is just too high. You cannot actually take the real cheats out of the game because of the Olympics, and now you actually take people out of the game who are not cheats.”Helgemo’s case also reflects badly on the global anti-doping system, because it highlighted how unevenly WADA rules are applied across sports.Unlike the vast majority of sports, which test athletes both when they’re competing and when they’re not, the bridge federation only tests players at major competitions.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Jack Harrison’s flawless finish gives Leeds victory over Sheffield Wednesday

first_img 15 Lees 25 Dawson Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Reuse this content “They look a very, very good bet to me to go up,” said Steve Bruce, the Sheffield Wednesday manager, on his 900th game in management. “The transformation with a similar group of players to what they had 12 months ago is remarkable. They look a totally different team to where they were with the same individuals. They play with a great confidence, they look fit, and they look strong. They are aggressive in their work. If they do [win promotion], they will enhance the Premier League with the support that they generate.” 38 Lazaar Football League: Ipswich down, Lincoln up and goals galore at Sunderland (s 76′) 18 Jansson 2 Ayling 6 Fox 15 Dallas Corners SHW38LEE62% 23 Leeds Off target 6 Sheff Wed 5 Leeds On target 2 Sheff Wed Championship 2 Palmer (s 86′) 33 Casilla 38 62 23 Phillips 19 Hernandez 21 Boyd Sheff Wed Fouls 40 Davis “It is not a big difference,” Bielsa said of the breathing space generated by his side, who next host Wigan on Friday. “We have to stay focused. We needed to create a lot of chances to score the goal. Our objective now is to improve the level of efficiency, as that is important to win the games. When you are winning with only one goal difference, you have to be focused until the end.”The pre-match buzz around Bremner Square said it all – supporters’ emotions a cocktail of confidence and fear. The facade of the South Stand has a timeline detailing Leeds’ potted history and the hope is they will have another promotion to add by the end of May. After Sheffield United were held at home by Millwall, the ball was firmly back in Leeds’ court.Confirmation of Jake Cooper’s 95th-minute equaliser at Bramall Lane was celebrated by fans of both teams half an hour before kick-off here, though news that the Leeds captain, Liam Cooper, had pulled up with a muscle strain in the warm-up was not such a hit among the home support. Gaetano Berardi was promoted to the starting lineup and slotted into the heart of a steely but adventurous defence, with Luke Ayling and Ezgjan Alioski finding joy marauding forward. After settling in to their attacking groove, Leeds created a flurry of first-half chances, swarming forward and keeping Westwood busy.After getting a strong left hand to Tyler Roberts’s header, the goalkeeper rushed out to deny Alioski before clawing away Harrison’s header from Ayling’s cross. Spurred on by a sellout crowd, Leeds were unrelenting. Pinball ensued in the Wednesday box when they attempted to scramble the ball to safety but Ayling’s deflected goalbound effort was hacked away by Gary Hooper. Next Westwood again denied Roberts, this time at his near post. Wednesday, too, could have led but for some heroic defending by Ayling after Hooper was played through on goal.Leeds’ stranglehold on this encounter never wavered, with Pontus Jansson shaking his head in disbelief as another chance went begging. But then along came another, only for Tom Lees, the Wednesday captain, to prevent Patrick Bamford poking in Roberts’s low cross at the front post. Pablo Hernández, and then Alioski, sent efforts sailing over, with Wednesday punished for treating the ball like a hot potato, inviting Leeds to pile on the pressure. Bamford sent an effort dribbling wide before Leeds – at last – found a way through. After picking the ball up on the right, where he has dazzled all season, Hernández slipped a bewitching ball into the box. On hand to help it on into the corner was Harrison, whose deft touch beat Westwood. 47 Clarke SHW LEE 11 Roberts 8 Pelupessy Leeds The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. 10 Alioski 45 Forestieri Read more Match stats Substitutes Leeds returned to second as the cat-and-mouse dynamic at the top of the Championship continues. Jack Harrison’s fourth goal of the season was enough to yield victory but on another day Marcelo Bielsa’s side – who racked up 28 shots but only six on target – could have steamrollered to victory over Sheffield Wednesday in a Yorkshire derby played at a frenetic pace from start to finish.Leeds’ gusto simply blew Wednesday away, while a superb goalkeeping performance by Keiren Westwood kept a hungry home side at bay until midway through the second half, when Harrison applied a classy first-time finish. With four games to play, Leeds are back in the driving seat for the second automatic place, three points clear of Sheffield United though three behind the leaders, Norwich, who visit Wigan for their game in hand on Sunday.center_img Share on Messenger (s 64′) 1 Westwood 9 Bamford Possession 7 Roofe 43 Klich 20 Reach 22 Harrison 10 Bannan match reports Share via Email 14 Hooper Substitutes 8 2 1 Peacock-Farrell Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp (s 66′) 46 Shackleton 34 Hector Sheffield Wednesday (s 41′) (s 77′) Topics 23 Hutchinson The Observer Goal attempts 7 13 17 Nuhiu Lineups 4 Forshaw Leeds United Share on LinkedIn 9 Fletcher 28 Berardi 19 Marco Matias 11 Winnalllast_img read more

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ESPNs Stuart Scott Battling Cancer For 3rd Time

ESPN anchor Stuart Scott, among the more creative and popular personalities on the all-sports network, announced on Twitter Monday night that he is enduring a third bout with cancer.“Blessed by prayers..I’m back in the Fight. C reared its head again. Chemo evry 2 wks but I’ll still work, still work out..still #LIVESTRONG”Scott was flooded with well-wishes from fans, including Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III.“Thanks for prayers..ill fight w ALL C survivors & loved ones. Cancer wants to re-appear..picked the right guy cuz I HIT HARD all day long!!”In 2007, according to Touched By Cancer magazine, Scott was first diagnosed with cancer after he got sick during a Monday Night Football game. An emergency appendectomy revealed the presence of appendiceal cancer.After six months of chemotherapy, Scott was declared cancer-free. However, in early 2011 doctors discovered that malignant tumors had developed on his small intestine. More surgery and chemotherapy were required.And now, recently, the cancer has resurfaced.Scott, who graduated from the University of North Carolina, outlined his post-chemo regimen on Twitter: “Here’s what I do right aftr chemo. Leave the infusion center & go STRAIGHT 2 either do a p90x wkout or train MMA..THATS how you #LIVESTRONG”Known for phrases such as “Boo-yeah” and “cooler than the other side of the pillow,” Scott last year said: “Cancer sucks, and the effects of chemotherapy suck, and you’re going to feel like crap sometimes. But you’re going to feel like that whether you’re lying in bed or going to work or working out, so you might as well go out there and live your life.“If you believe you’re not being touched by this, then it’s much better.”And so, he works.“I love my job,” Scott said then. “Those of us who do what we do, we’re blessed. Being on when you don’t feel well is not the challenge. I love writing. I love creating our shows every night. And by the time it’s time to go on, you’re charged. And when you’re going through something like this, going to work helps. Having that energy helps. Having a positive mindset helps.” read more

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