Davis Cup draw preview: finalsFirst cease of the Davis Cup Finals 2020, and that’s none apart from the draw. The ceremony will happen on the headquarters of the ITF in London, from 5:00 p.m. The teams (a complete of six, of three groups every) shall be configured for the ultimate section of competitors that can host the Caja Mágica de Madrid between November 23 and 29.The 18 groups They’re Spain, as champion of 2019; Canada, as runner-up; Russia and Britain as semifinalists; France and Serbia, which have acquired an invite from the group; and the 12 nations which have certified by the playoffs: Croatia, United States, Germany, Italy, Australia, Kazakhstan, Sweden, Austria, Czech Republic, Colombia, Hungary and Ecuador.The six seeders is probably not paired with one another within the group stage and their rivals will come out of bows 2 and three of the draw. The nations that make up drum 1 are: Spain, Canada, France, Croatia, the USA and Serbia. The draw will begin at 17:00 within the afternoon in Spain (16:00 in London). United States, Colombia and Ecuador, had been among the many last choices to attain classification. Good afternoon and welcome to the live narration of the Davis Cup 2020 last section draw !!! Last minute of the Davis Cup draw: finals That is how the three drums that make up the draw. Spain, at #1. The ceremony will happen in London in services of the Worldwide Tennis Federation (ITF), the place the 18 groups that make up the ultimate section of the competitors shall be paired.
Former Manchester United and Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez scored a brilliant free-kick during Juventus’ draw with Serie A title rivals Roma on Monday night and the goal, and subsequent celebrations, were captured on camera by a fan of the Turin side. Check out the video above.
There will be something for everyone on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta over Christmas, from music fans, to current affairs junkies, sports enthusiasts to history buffs, and plenty of programmes of interest to those in the northwest.On New Year’s Day at 11 am RnaG will broadcast an interview with Moya Brennan from Clannad about her life.She describes the rollercoaster journey of her life that brought her from Dobhar in the Donegal Gaeltacht, to the main stages of the world. Moya will also be presented with Gradam Francie Mooney at the Frankie Kennedy Winter School this year. RnaG will be recording the event, which will be broadcast a few days later on Friday 3 January at 11 am. Feardorcha Ó Colla, or Freddie Fheargail as he was better known, passed away suddenly at the end of October. Feardorcha was one of the seven broadcasters who started with Raidió na Gaeltachta in 1972 when the station began broadcasting. On Friday 27 December at 11 am Séamus Mac Géidigh will bring us some of the material in the archives left to us by him in the programme Freddie Fheargail.Frances Nic Géadaigh travelled to the London Irish Centre in Camden earlier this year where she met Irish emigrants who have made that city their home. Tune in on Friday 27 Dec at 2 pm to hear emigrants from Donegal, from Connemara, from Munster and from Dublin talking about the reasons they left home, and how they find life in London.Bus Feda is a documentary about Feda Ó Dónaill’s well-known bus company which has been ploughing the roads between Galway and Donegal since 1983. The programme looks at the importance of the service, and can be heard on St. Stephen’s Day at 11 am.Sports fan can tune in on Sunday 22 Dec for a look back at the football year, and on Saturday 28 December at 2 pm for a look back at the hurling year. Donegal football fans can also tune in on Tuesday 31 December at 11 am to hear about football in the county in 1963, with Fr. Seán Ó Gallchóir. Donnchadha Ó Baoill from Rann na Feirste, a member of the Placenames Committee, will be talking about the meaning and origins of placenames in the programme Logainmneacha on 2 January at 11 am. Mary Coughlan gave her first extensive interview since losing her seat in the General Election in 2011 to RnaG in December, and that can also be heard on 2 January at 2 pm.On Sunday 29 December RnaG will broadcast a lecture by Fr Pádraig Ó Baoill given at Éigse Sheáin Bháin Mhic Menamin 2013 about the literature of Baile na Finne.The big stories in Donegal will be under discussion in the programme Súil Siar ar 2013 presented by Áine Ní Churráin on Monday 30 December 11 am.The Fleadh in Derry was a great success, and RnaG was broadcasting live from there over 3 days in August. Tune in on St. Stephen’s Day at 9pm for a look back at the highlights from the Fleadh, presented by Séamus Mac Géidigh.New music series Seoda Ceoil presented by Fiachna Ó Braonáin will focus on 6 of the albums in the extensive catalogue of the Gael Linn music label, which celebrates 60 years this year, including groundbreaking albums by Clannad and Skara Brae. The series begins on 24 December at 11 pm. These are just some of the highlights. Full details of the Raidió na Gaeltachta Christmas schedule can be found on their website www.rte.ie/rnag.SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE ON RnaG IN DONEGAL THIS CHRISTMAS was last modified: December 13th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CHristmasradioRnaG
Another defeat for Donegal and just like last year the team are facing into a final day shoot out hoping to avoid relegation.Right from the start of this campaign Jim McGuinness’ focus has been on Tyrone in May and what happened before then mattered little.However the manner of the defeats to Cork last week and Mayo today have raised a lot of questions and some of those will need to be answered against Dublin in a fortnights time. The team’s passing, particularly in the final third, was again very disappointing as it was in Pairc Ui Rinn last week. Bursting out from the back isn’t a problem, the team are so in tune with each other and know how to create overlaps and knit passing patterns together in order to turn defence into attack.They are struggling to find their forwards though and therefore are not scoring heavily. The ball going in isn’t favouring the attackers and Mark McHugh in particular epitomised the wayward distribution today with some terrible passes.A fourth defeat of the campaign wont do much harm psychologically as it reminds the players that the core values of work ethic, honesty, effort and concentration that reaped such dividends last year must be maintained to have a chance of more success. Decision making today looked on the lazy, lethargic side and against a Mayo team with a point to prove that was never going to be good enough.The home side and their supporters were well up for today’s game and they’ll be delighted to get one over on their All-Ireland conquerors. They have learned some tricks from that day in September too – it was interesting to see them having players run across Colm McFadden’s line of vision as he took his frees. They also learned their lesson as regards marking duties with Michael Murphy well marshalled today, often by more than one defender. Last year this ploy was employed by most teams and Colm McFadden was the one who benefited due to the extra space. Teams are now trying to double up on both Murphy and McFadden, a risky tactic in a sense but if Donegal’s other players don’t step up to the plate then it’s one that can work. Others did get on the score sheet today but no one consistently offered help to the two main men up front with even Patrick McBrearty, fresh from a stunning midweek display for the U21s, looking a little off colour.Towering midfielder Barry Moran was given the ‘man of the match’ award and he had a huge influence on proceedings today. He caught numerous kick outs and as a result was the launch pad for many of his side’s attacks. What was frustrating from a Donegal perspective was that Paul Durcan kept hitting his kick outs down on top of Moran. It’s a basic enough tenet of football that if a midfielder is dominating then you try to keep the ball away from him. Granted Neil Gallagher was marking him and that’s who Durcan looks for on most of his kick outs but with Moran in such form it would have been better to try to find Rory Kavanagh.Neil McGee hobbled off early in the second half and his importance to the team was illustrated in his absence. The defensive shape all but disappeared without the Gweedore man at full back and with regular centre back Karl Lacey also missing these days, there was a lack of solidity in the Donegal rearguard.Donegal received a third major setback soon after; following the injury to McGee and Michael Conroy’s goal, Anthony Thompson was shown the line after he received his second booking. Marty Duffy issued plenty of yellow cards today and it was clear early on that there wouldn’t be thirty players left on the field at the end such was the booking rate. A lot will be made of the fact that its Donegal’s third double yellow red card this year and maybe the reputation they have gained as a systematic fouling team is starting to have an effect on referees. Its another thing that will have to be looked at by the management.Indeed the team are giving away quite a number of scoreable frees, something which didn’t happen last year. Think of the big games last year – Colm Cooper, Bryan Sheehan, the O’Connors, Donncha and Cillian – all free takers with their respective teams but none of them scored too much against Donegal. Today Mayo’s O’Connor ended up with five points, four of them from placed balls. It’s not all doom and gloom of course and the McGuinness mantra of May 26th has to be kept in mind also. Colm McFadden is improving with every outing and today looked the sharpest he’s been this year so far. An incident at the end of the game highlighted another positive – the players hate losing and want to get back to where they were last year. An off the ball altercation involving Mark McHugh and Donal Vaughan led to a few players getting tangled up with the usual shouldering and pushing and shoving; but it was the normally mild mannered Frank McGlynn who got really riled up and he wasn’t going to let any of his team-mates be pushed around. He was worked up and it shows that there’s still plenty of fire in the bellies of these players.They’ll need to show that and more if they are to beat the Dubs and the drop when they welcome the table toppers to Ballybofey in two weeks time.CATHAL MacSUIBHNE’S GAA DIARY – DUN NA nGALL LEFT WITH MUCH TO PONDER was last modified: March 25th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CATHAL MACSUIBHNE’S GAA DIARY
A MAN caught by fisheries protection officers with a salmon and a net on the River Finn insisted he hadn’t been poaching – but was just holding them for a man he never met before.Patrick ‘Paddy’ McMenamin, from Doneyloop Estate, Castlefinn, was detained on the river on June 11, 2013.An illegal gill net was found with a small salmon meshed in the net. McMenamin had previous convictions for similar offences in 1997 and 1998.He said he lives half a mile from the river and met another man who was well-equipped and was wearing a wet suit who gave him the net to hold.“I’m never near the water; it was only that night that I was down,” said Mr McMenamin.Judge Paul Kelly told him it had been “a very expensive offer of assistance” adding: “You should have told the man with the net to take his net elsewhere.”McMenamin was fined €150 for possession of the fish, €150 for the possession of the net and ordered to pay costs of €350.POACHER: ‘MAN IN A WET SUIT ASKED ME TO HOLD SALMON FOR HIM’ was last modified: February 4th, 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:castlefinnPaddy McMenaminpoacherriver finn
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 While some brandish guns, scream obscenities and threaten nervous employees, others are polite and wait in line with other customers before passing a discreet note to the teller, she said. One even abandoned a Glendale heist when a teller began crying. A suspect was arrested later that day, alleged to have been looking for another bank to rob. “What we’re seeing out in the Valley are individuals who enter the banks with a demand note with instructions on it to the teller that threatens or implies that he has a weapon,” said Deputy Chief Michel Moore, who heads the Los Angeles Police Department’s Valley Bureau. The Federal Bureau of Investigation does not break down the number of heists by individuals, though local law enforcement officials say the anecdotal evidence points to a growing trend of lone robbers. Overall, bank robberies in the county have fallen from a high of 2,641 in 1992 to just 537 last year, according to the FBI. So far this year, robberies are down from the same period in 2004. Bank robberies might be down in Los Angeles, but holdups by lone pistol-packing men with nicknames like “The Armed Old Man Bandit” and “The Big Belly Bandit” have helped preserve the region’s reputation as the nation’s bank-heist capital. Violent bank takeovers by large gangs – typically made up of 18- to 30-year-olds – have declined since their peak in the early 1990s, largely because many gangs have been rounded up and because of tougher security measures, officials said. The trend is toward “note job” heists – about 75 percent of all holdups this year – often committed by middle-age and older ex-convicts. “It’s not that uncommon to have an older bank robber. A lot of times, it’s individuals who have served time, in many cases for bank robberies,” FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said. Despite the dramatic drop, Los Angeles still leads the nation in bank heists. “We’re not proud of it, but … here in the L.A. area, we have more bank robberies than any other metropolitan area in the country,” Eimiller said. “But as you can see, we’re working on lowering them.” San Francisco, Boston and New York usually vie for second place, she said. Ironically, one of the most elusive lone robbers doesn’t even bother to hide his face with a mask or stocking. Dubbed The Armed Old Man Bandit, this white man in his mid-50s with sandy blond hair has pulled off five holdups since March, including one in Glendale and two in the San Fernando Valley. He doesn’t appear to have a getaway car, he always carries a briefcase and a red gasoline can and he has a reputation for being one of the crankiest robbers out there, Eimiller said. In Sherman Oaks, the bandit wore a baseball hat and shouted, “Don’t touch the alarms! Don’t give me any exploding money!” On Sept. 29, he entered a bank in Pacific Palisades and fired a gun. No one was hurt, Eimiller said. “He’s very threatening,” Eimiller said. “He uses profanity and intimidates the tellers by shouting. He claims he has a bomb and says he’ll hurt someone if he has to.” The Armed Old Man Bandit struck Bank of the West in Sherman Oaks on March 17, Manufacturer’s Bank in Encino on May 13, Bank of Orange in Glendale on Aug. 17, and Washington Mutual in Pacific Palisades on Aug. 22. This summer, the FBI started hunting a similar robber dubbed “The Senior Citizen Bandit.” The gun-toting senior, believed to be in his 70s, wears a baseball cap and sunglasses. He’s been captured on surveillance tapes pointing a gun at a teller. He robbed three Orange County banks in one week in July. Bank robberies have declined largely because banks have dramatically upgraded security measures. Improvements include armed security guards, bullet-resistant teller barriers, and digital surveillance systems that transfer photos of suspects to police. “Banks are taking extreme measures when it comes to security, and take loss of life as a primary concern,” said Annisa Yates, spokeswoman for the California Bankers Association. Police have had some success nabbing lone robbers. On Thursday, a man dubbed The Dreadlocks Bandit was convicted of robbing a series of banks in Los Angeles County, including one in Glendale, after getting out of federal prison, where he did time for a similar spree in the late 1980s. A Torrance Superior Court jury found 54-year-old David Lee Robinson guilty of 19 counts of second-degree robbery, along with three counts of attempted robbery. In nearly all of the holdups, which collectively netted him about $66,000, Robinson had his hair in dreadlocks. He faces more than 1,200 years in prison when he is sentenced in November. One robber earned the nickname The Big Belly Bandit due to his prodigious waistline. Stewart Essrig, 51, who police believe is the bandit, was arrested this summer. He was accused of looking for a bank to rob after giving up on a Glendale robbery when the teller began weeping. He was booked on suspicion of four counts of robbery. Essrig carried a replica of a 9 mm handgun and was arrested with an accomplice who served only as a driver, according to police. “The reality is that while these robbers are given these affectionate names, they are criminals and are violent,” Moore of the LAPD said. “They are desperate.” Staff Writer Josh Kleinbaum and City News Service contributed to this report. Susan Abram, (818) 713-3664 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.SAN FRANCISCO — Bruce Bochy joked on Saturday the Giants were playing their own version of a “Mystery Date,” game for his final week as the team’s manager.Bochy didn’t know which guests would surprise him and when, but anyone close to Bochy understood how much a visit from Tim Lincecum would mean.Lincecum, who hadn’t appeared at Oracle Park since he last pitched for the Giants, made a surprise cameo on Sunday during …
New Scientist didn’t think about that question, because reporter Ewen Galloway he said, “If humans want to persuade microbes to produce vast quantities of fuels or pharmaceuticals, we may need to give evolution a helping hand.” His article was about researchers at Harvard Medical School using computers to do “rapid evolution.” How this can be called evolution is strange when they spent 20 years and hundreds of millions of dollars on a rapid genome-sequencing technique called MAGE – “multiplex automated genome engineering.” One would think any engineers would like to hear that their work was intelligently designed, but then if an intelligent designer oversaw their evolution, would not the NCSE complain? Anyway, they can “create hundreds or thousands of mutations in a few days” and search through them for variations that increase the production of desirable substances. Presumably they use the term evolution because it has something to do with mutations and selection. But the selectors are humans who have an outcome in mind, even if they don’t know the way to get there except through a speeded-up random search. “There might be cells out there that may have these properties, but what we’re trying to do is accelerate this process to find the specific traits we’re interested in,” a team member explained. Folks, we’re not laughing loud enough yet. They still say these things in public. Enough laughter should make it dawn on them that these silly statements are self-refuting nonsense. It is not a loving thing to leave them clueless. So show them some tough love: laugh loud and long.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
“Convergent evolution” is the term given to similar designs that shouldn’t be related. Recent widespread examples threaten to make the term lose any coherence it might have had.Bats and dolphins: It’s been long known that bats and dolphins, thought to have diverged in the mammalian family tree xx million years ago, both use echolocation. What was not known till now was that the similarities proceed all the way to the genetic level. In Nature, Erika Check Hayden said, “A new analysis suggests that many genes evolved in parallel in bats and dolphins as each developed the remarkable ability to echolocate.” By many, they’re talking three orders of magnitude. The title is “Convergent evolution seen in hundreds of genes.”Each of these genes, presumably, mutated independently in the two groups, since their presumed common ancestor would not have had the well-developed sensory apparatus for this “complex physical trait.” Charles Q. Choi on Live Science tried to preserve the credibility of the “convergent evolution” explanation. It’s not clear how helpful it is, though, to pile on examples:Bats and dolphins may live in radically different worlds, but the fact they both evolved a type of sonar means they resemble each other genetically, researchers now find.When different species live similar lives, they can evolve similar traits, a phenomenon known as convergent evolution. For instance, dolphins, sharks and the extinct marine giants known as ichthyosaurs all differ from each other greatly in origin — dolphins are mammals, sharks are fish and ichthyosaurs were reptiles. However, they evolved very similar body shapes that help them live fast lives in the water — streamlined forms, stabilizing dorsal fins and crescent-shaped tails for traveling great speeds over long distances.Recently, scientists found hints that convergent evolution caused species to resemble each other not just at the physical level, but also the genetic one.Expecting maybe 10-30 genetic similarities, researchers found 200, in genes related to hearing and sight. “These similarities were not seen with non-echolocating animals,” Choi said. Joe Parker (Queen Mary College, U of London) explained this “surprising result” by attributing greater power to blind, undirected processes: “Natural selection can be a very powerful force for shaping genetic sequences, and the outcomes of that process can be very similar, even in unrelated organisms.” Hayden made evolution out to be some kind of detective:Different organisms often independently evolve similar observable traits such as anatomical or functional features, but the genetic changes underpinning such ‘convergent evolution’ are usually different. The new study, published today in Nature, hints that evolution may be finding the same genetic solutions to a problem more often than previously thought.Science Now expressed no doubt at all in the explanatory power of convergent evolution, even if it must rely on blind, aimless mutations. The article “Bats and Dolphins Evolved Echolocation in the Same Way” says –Dolphins and bats don’t have much in common, but they share a superpower: Both hunt their prey by emitting high-pitched sounds and listening for the echoes. Now, a study shows that this ability arose independently in each group of mammals from the same genetic mutations. The work suggests that evolution sometimes arrives at new traits through the same sequence of steps, even in very different animals.The article continues, “Nature is full of examples of convergent evolution,” listing wings as an example that evolved 4 times in birds, bats, insects and flying reptiles. “Biologists have assumed that these novelties were devised, on a genetic level, in fundamentally different ways” – an assumption that might have fit with the randomness of mutations. The new study undermines that assumption. One scientist not involved with the study remarked, “The biggest surprise is probably the extent to which convergent molecular evolution seems to be widespread in the genome.”This finding could have devastating effects on the ability of evolutionists to separate homology and analogy. It basically scrambles the signal of natural selection. Science Now ends,The discovery that molecular convergence can be widespread in a genome is “bittersweet,” [Todd] Castoe [U of Texas] adds. Biologists building family trees are likely being misled into suggesting that some organisms are closely related because genes and proteins are similar due to convergence, and not because the organisms had a recent common ancestor. No family trees are entirely safe from these misleading effects, Castoe says. “And we currently have no way to deal with this.”That’s on top of the difficulty of building Darwinian trees in the first place (see 6/05/13).Birds, too: A paper in Nature on “Evolutionary origins of the avian brain” claims that encephalization (brain enlargment) evolved independently multiple times in birds, mammals, and dinosaurs: “The hyperinflated forebrains of birds and mammals evolved independently, possibly in response to different sensory cues; derived olfactory capabilities versus enhanced visual acuity.”This is not an article about convergent evolution. It is an article about dogmatic faith. Evolutionists cannot, and will not, face up to facts that contradict their theory. They always manage to fold the unexpected into their tale. God could not have made it clearer that animals have common design rather than common descent by exhibiting hundreds of cases that could not have diverged by an evolutionary process.Attributing convergent evolution to the environment is a dodge that merely displaces the “creative power” of un-creation to another mindless entity subject to chance. And calling natural selection “a very powerful force” is, once again, a fallacy. Natural selection is not a force. It is a mindless, careless bump in the road, like one of those hubs in a pinball machine. It is not going to force the animal to score a point without an intelligent agent controlling the action.To have flight evolve, or sonar, or legs, or eyes – by an undirected process – just a single time would defy credibility. Yet evolutionists readily speak of multiple instances of independent evolution of these things without a hint of embarrassment. “Convergent evolution” is not an explanation for what is observed. It is silly dogma pretending to be scientific explanation. Don’t fall for its jargon name “homoplasy” which means, etymologically, “same form,” or for the false dichotomy “homology” (i.e., via common ancestry) vs “analogy” (i.e., not via common ancestry) – a distinction that embeds Darwinian assumptions in the terms. (Visited 113 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
22 October 2014Ghana’s growth is attracting South African investors. Local retail giant Pick n Pay will open stores in the country next year to make the most of the West African nation’s predicted 6.9% growth.South African retailers The Foschini Group, Mr Price, Truworths and Pick n Pay rival Shoprite already have successful operations in the country.Speaking to local newspaper Business Day, Pick n Pay CEO Richard Brasher said Africa was emerging as the company’s second engine of growth, and that the company’s “like-for-like sales in Africa, outside its home market, rose 7.8% in its half-year to August’.“Ghana . has a lot of the similarities to the business we’re developing in Zambia. I think Pick n Pay can add value to that marketplace.’Ghana’s growth is, according to Nielsen, “driven by political stability, sound macroeconomic policies, high gold and cocoa prices, and oil revenue’. The World Bank describes the country as the “sixth-easiest place in Africa to conduct business’.Pick n Pay across AfricaThe retailer has a strong footprint on the continent, with well-performing franchises in Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland, and a company-owned business (or privately owned business) in Zambia. And it plans to expand further into West Africa, with an eye on Nigeria.Brasher said, “There is the potential to do business in Nigeria. It is complicated but there are 190 million people and it’s growing, and therefore we’ll continue to keep both East and West Africa on watch.’The company is well aware that African markets are diverse though, saying: “We are also close to completing our analysis of the opportunities available to us in Nigeria. Our approach outside our borders remains measured, and no investment will be undertaken without a comprehensive understanding of a market and its supply chain capacities.’The group is also dedicated to growing its South African operations, opening 46 new Pick n Pay and Boxer stores in areas without these. Its moves are paying off, with a recorded 6% growth in group interim revenue to R32.1-billion during the 26 weeks ended August 31 2014.According to its reports, revenue from outside South Africa was up 15% to R1.7- billion, with like-for-like growth of 7.8%.SAinfo reporter