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first_imgThe family and friends of tragic Conor Boyle are hoping to know today when they will be able to bring him home to his final resting place in Donegal.Tragic Conor will be brought home soon to Donegal.The much-loved 18 year old Loughanure man passed away on Friday night last.Conor fought bravely to stay alive for two weeks following a car crash in London while returning home from work. His loving mum and dad Sheila and Hugh have by his side since.The family are hoping to know later today when Conor can be brought home to Donegal.A huge outpouring of grief has covered the Rosses and wider area since Conor’s passing.Details of his funeral have not yet been made but it is expected to be one of the largest in the area for many years. We will bring you the details of Conor’s funeral when they are made public by his family.FAMILY OF TRAGIC CONOR HOPE TO BRING HIM HOME SOON was last modified: September 24th, 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:Conor BoylecrashfuneralLoughanurelast_img read more

Van der Burgh captures Olympic gold

first_img30 July 2012South Africa’s Cameron van der Burgh swam “the perfect race” to capture Olympic gold in the 100 metres breaststroke in London on Sunday evening, winning the final in a world record time of 58.46 seconds.Christian Sprenger of Australia finished strongly to win silver in a time of 58.93 and American Brendan Hansen claimed bronze in 59.49.After touching the wall, Van der Burgh turned around, his eyes searching for the result on the scoreboard. Seeing his name atop the standings, and in a world record time, his features broke into a grin that never left his face the rest of the evening.Took in the sceneHe raised his arms in triumph and acknowledged the cheers and clapping of the crowd. Then, he laid himself back along a lane divider, rested his head against the side of the swimming pool and took in the scene while lying on his back.Twenty-five minutes later, at the medal ceremony, the smile remained etched on Van der Burgh’s face as he received his gold medal. When the South African flag was raised, he quietly sang the anthem.Van der Burgh’s victory ensured that the 2012 London Olympics will be more successful for South Africa than the Games of 2008 in Beijing where Khotso Mokoena was the sole medal winner, with a silver in the long jump.Fifth Olympic swimming gold for SAHis victory was only the fifth Olympic gold medal in swimming for South Africa, following in the footsteps of 1952 100m backstroke winner Joan Harrison, 1996 100m and 200m breaststroke champion Penny Heyns, and the men’s 4 by 100m freestyle relay team of 2004. It means he is the first South African to win an individual men’s swimming title.In the lead up to the final, Van der Burgh faded a little towards the end of his qualifying heat, but qualified for the semi-finals with a strong time, nonetheless, of 59.79 seconds.In the semi-finals, however, he raised the bar, clocking an Olympic record of 58.83 seconds to become the only swimmer to go under 59 seconds ahead of the title-deciding race. His time was a big 0.61 seconds clear of the next fastest qualifier, Fabio Scozzoli of Italy, who touched the wall in 59.44.World recordThat suggested that Van der Burgh could win gold, but Olympic finals can overwhelm some. Not Van der Burgh, who produced a sublime performance to lift the title in a time that bettered the three-year-old world record set by Australian Brenton Rickard in the “swimsuit era”, when records fell left, right and centre as technology played a role in lowering numerous world records.The South African breaststroke ace now owns the world records in the 50m and 100m breaststroke in both long course and short course swimming pools.From the start of Sunday’s final, Van der Burgh set the pace, leading through 25 metres. By the 50 metres mark, he had opened a lead of over half-a-second. The South African star was especially impressive over the third 25 metres, extending his advantage. He then held his form to take victory in a time never before matched.Training adjustmentVan der Burgh’s traditional strength has been his speed, which has made him more suited to the 50 metres, but the 50 metres breaststroke is not an Olympic event, so he had to adjust his training to suit the 100 metres. Winning the title, he said, was four years in the making, but it was worth it.“If there is such a thing as the perfect race, I think I swam it at the right time tonight,” he said after the final, which he swam in front of his family and a very vocal band of South African supporters.“I don’t really care about the world record. It really doesn’t faze me,” he said.“Once you become an Olympic champion, you join a club and they can never take it away from you. I can tell my kids when they are watching one day that I did that.”Alexander Dale OenVan der Burgh also took time to remember his friend, Norwegian world champion Alexander Dale Oen, who died of heart failure at the end of April as a result of an undetected coronary heart disease.“I just have to pay tribute to Alexander Oen tonight. I know he has been with me this year. I think he helped me finish the race in such a strong manner,” he said.“Alexander pushed me in training. It made me realise I had to go faster to win the gold medal. That is what we trained for and that is what we have achieved.”He added that he hoped his gold medal winning performance would help spur South African swimmers on to win more medals in the Olympic swimming pool.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Farmers flocking to meet the demand for lamb

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The high slopes of southeast Ohio and other parts of the state are suited more for grazing animals than for row crops.“You can put cattle and sheep across those areas and make it productive land,” said Roger High, executive director of the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association (OSIA).Many have. Across the state, the number of sheep flocks has grown in the past decade in response to an increasing demand for lamb meat. Much of the growth has been among Amish farmers in several counties, some of them former dairy producers who took up raising sheep for a chance at higher profits, High said.Some cattle producers have recently started grazing sheep on the same pasture as their cattle. And in cities and suburbs in northeast Ohio, some are using lambs to trim their grass instead of pulling out the lawn mower, said Christine Gelley, Ohio State University Extension educator in Noble County.Interest in sheep production dwindled in the 1980s and 1990s when lamb prices were low and parasites plagued flocks. But the renewed interest among people wanting to eat lamb has triggered more demand for the meat in the United States, but much of that demand is filled by imported lamb from Australia, Gelley said.“We are not meeting the domestic demand,” Gelley said of the U.S. sheep industry. “So there’s a lot of room to grow.”Anyone interested in raising sheep or who is already doing so is invited to flock to the upcoming Ohio Sheep Day in Caldwell on July 14. Participants can learn about how to raise healthy sheep, including avoiding parasites, creating an efficient sheep handling system and improving fencing to bar coyotes.“They love lambs — unfortunately,” High said of coyotes.Parasites too have been problematic for flock owners. They dwell in the grass, and when eaten by sheep or lambs, suck the animal’s blood, and can weaken and eventually kill the animal. Having sheep move around to different sections of pasture helps avoid contact with the parasites, High said.“The most interesting part of Sheep Day is people coming together and sharing about their flocks and the issues they face and kind of helping each other out,” High said. “Hopefully, they’re going to walk away with something that will make their sheep operation more profitable and productive.”Ohio Sheep Day will be at the Eastern Agricultural Research Station, 16870 Bond Ridge Road in Caldwell. The cost is $15 for OSIA members and $25 for nonmembers. The cost includes lunch. OSIA memberships can be purchased during registration.Since State Route 821, also known as Marietta Road, will be closed due to construction,  motorists should take I-77 to Exit 25 for Caldwell and State Route 78. From the exit ramp, turn onto State Route 78 headed east. At the second traffic light, turn left onto State Route 821 North. Follow 821 North through Caldwell, toward Belle Valley. Just before the road closure, turn right onto State Route 215 East. The farm is located about 1 mile ahead on the right. The driveway is Bond Ridge Road.For more information, contact High at 614-246-8299, [email protected], or your OSU Extension county educator.last_img read more

Dolphin Browser Demonstrates Why Mobile-Only Is A Losing Bet

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts dan rowinski Mobile browser Dolphin is by all accounts a quality third-party application for both iOS and Android. Dolphin was one of the first browsers to come out with gesture and voice controls, allows for excellent personalization and is reasonably fast. It is also fundamentally flawed. A lot has been written in the past few months about “mobile first.” The mobile-first approach is where you develop your product thinking of the smartphone or tablet user first and the Web second. This, by all means, is usually the proper way to do things in a world where most people access the Internet and a variety of important information from their smartphones wherever they go. If it does not look good or work well in mobile, people are not going to come back on any device. First vs. Mostly vs. OnlyThere is a distinct difference between mobile first and mobile only (or even mostly mobile). We have seen, with a couple notable exceptions, that mobile-only companies have trouble achieving extraordinary scale. Path, Foursquare and others have demonstrated this (with exceptions like Instagram proving the rule). They can make a tidy business if they learn how to monetize right, but tend to get stunted by the mostly mobile strategy. For an industry that often espouses open standards and ubiquity, it is surprising to see companies put themselves in a position to be in a fundamentally closed channel by limiting themselves to the mobile experience. Dolphin, and other mobile-only browsers like Skyfire and Boat Browser, have a fundamental problem. They are always going to be one of many choices and relegated to niche status on the devices they are installed on. Most people that use third-party browsers on their smartphones tend to have two or three installed and use different browsers for different purposes.  Dolphin rationalizes its mobile-only position this way:“In short, no, we do not need a desktop browser to compete with the big boys,” the company said in an email through its public relations firm LaunchSquad. “Roughly one in seven searches are happening on mobile. [39%] use the Internet on their smartphones while going to the bathroom, and [89%] of people who search on mobile have taken action within a day. Mobile is our wheelhouse, and we aren’t going to extend ourselves by making a desktop product when we aren’t ready to do so.”When asked if Dolphin has plans to move into the desktop browser space, the company declined to comment. Mobile Searches Still A MinorityApplying reverse logic to Dolphin’s statement, if one-in-seven searches come from a smartphone, would it not be prudent to have a product in the vertical where six-of-seven searches take place? After all, it is not like Dolphin has a monopoly on those one-in-seven searches on mobile. Hence, it is competing for only a fraction of a fraction of the market. In its latest update, Dolphin allows users to share content from the mobile browser with any other device that shares a Wi-Fi connection with the smartphone. While impressive, that is still not exactly a true cross-platform approach. One reason why people gravitate toward cross-platform browsers like Chrome on computer, iOS and Android is the ability to have a single sign-on with the ability to sync bookmarks, login credentials and browser histories between devices. Opera was one of the first browsers to deliver on this trend, but it remains on the fringe of the popular browser wars. Chrome has popularized the concept of a cross-platform browser profile and as such it reaps the benefits of the data generated for a single user on any device they may be using. No Such Thing As True Cross-Platform Browsers?Not everyone agrees, of course. “Sharing bookmarks and possibly open tabs is nice, but it’s not a defining feature that drives people to change their habits,” said appMobi’s CTO Sam Abadir. “The mobile versions of Opera, Chrome and Safari are all optimized for small screen/touch (as they should be) and this makes them pretty different from their big screen/mouse desktop brethren. Dolphin for example, has achieved decent traction without having any desktop presence.”Maybe so. But the fact is that an app like Dolphin, with an extensive feature set, traction among mobile users and gaining popularity, is still leaving money on the table with its mobile-only approach.  The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologycenter_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#Android#app development#Browsers#iOS#Mobile First What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

Ranchi Rhinos pull out of Hockey India League for financial reasons

first_imgThere seems to be more trouble on the way for the Hockey India League. Just days after the Mumbai Magicians exited from the ambitious franchisebased competition, Ranchi Rhinos could also be on their way out.Winners of the first edition of the league, the Rhinos have cited ‘financial’ reasons for terminating the contract. According to sources, the owners had a tiff with Hockey India over the franchise fee.”The owners of Ranchi Rhinos wanted certain reduction in the fee structure. They were not getting the returns they had expected when they bought the franchise. When the discussions with Hockey India didn’t work out, they decided to withdraw from the league,” a source told MAIL TODAY.While there are reports that the federation is still trying to negotiate with the team owners, the players have already received an email from Hockey India stating that the team has ceased to exist. “We were shocked when we received the email. We had no clue that something like this will happen. We have not yet received any mail from the owners and are in the dark about the reasons for the withdrawal,” a Ranchi Rhinos player said.According to sources, the decision to pull the plug on the team was taken only recently. “Ranchi Rhinos did not plan to withdraw to start with. In fact, they were preparing for the next edition and were looking at possible players to purchase in the upcoming auction. But, when things didn’t work out with Hockey India, they decided to quit. Speculation about this was doing the rounds over the last few days,” he said.advertisementHowever, Hockey India secretary general Narinder Batra rubbished the reports and Ranchi Rhinos were still part of the league. “No team has pulled out. The Hockey India League will be held as per schedule next year and Ranchi will be part of it,” he told MAIL TODAY. Meanwhile, there are reports that Hockey India is planning to rope in two more teams into the league.last_img read more

Ohio State Football: Ohio State’s Cardale Jones Mocks Women Sports Fans On Twitter, Claims He Was Hacked

first_imgCardale Jones posts seeral tweets about women and sports.Cardale Jones Women Sports Fans 4Twitter hasn’t been the best place for Cardale Jones. There was, of course, the “I didn’t come here to play school” incident a couple years ago. There has also been the trolling of Joakim Noah and the transferring to Akron prank that upset some of his fans. Then, last night, the Ohio State national champion-winning quarterback appeared to mock women sports fans during the NBA Finals. Jones’ account tweeted the following last night: Screen Shot 2015-06-05 at 9.21.11 AM@CJ12_ Screen Shot 2015-06-05 at 9.21.31 AM@CJ12_ Screen Shot 2015-06-05 at 9.21.45 AM@CJ12_ Jones, though, claims he was hacked.I need to change my Twitter password— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) June 5, 2015BTW, those wasn’t my tweets about females and sports, I don’t comment on race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, politics or gender, goodnight— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) June 5, 2015people wait patiently just to see when you screw up, go stalk someone else’s social media— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) June 5, 2015The “I was hacked” defense when some poor-tasting tweets are sent out is an unbelievable one in most cases, but maybe Jones is telling the truth.last_img read more

EU Helps Fund Extension of Polish LNG Terminal

first_imgThe Polish government and the Polskie LNG company have reached an agreement on the extension of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Świnoujście, in north-western Poland on the Baltic Sea coast.According to the European Commission, on April 24 the parties signed a grant agreement under which around EUR 128 million (USD 142.6 million) from the European Regional Development Fund would be invested in extending the terminal, which is the only facility of its size in Northern, Central and Eastern Europe.“The extension of the Świnoujście terminal will help diversify natural gas supply sources and improve the country’s energy security. This is a new example of the Energy Union in motion, supported by Cohesion Policy,” Corina Creţu, Commissioner for Regional Policy, said.We are investing €128 million to extend an #LNG terminal in north-western Poland on the Baltic Sea coast.It will help diversify natural gas supply sources and improve the country’s energy security.More here → https://t.co/uXwsHhAYzZ #CohesionPolicy pic.twitter.com/nbQZbIkzNA— European Commission (@EU_Commission) April 24, 2019The current investment comes on top of more than EUR 250 million of Cohesion Policy funds already invested in the terminal and more than EUR 2 billion invested in Polish energy infrastructure since 2007.The terminal expansion project is on the European list of Projects of Common Interest (PCI). Together with the Baltic Pipe project, for which a EUR 215 million EU grant was signed just last week, the new LNG terminal in Świnoujście will open Poland’s gas market to new suppliers enhancing the diversity and security of energy sources in Poland.The Baltic pipe will allow, as of 2022, the shipment of gas from the North Sea to the Polish market and further to the Baltic States and neighbouring countries. At the same time, the pipeline will enable the supply of gas from Poland, via the LNG terminal, to the Danish and Swedish markets.last_img read more

16yearold girl crashes stolen SUV into yard and gets arrested in Grande

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – A 16-year-old girl is facing at least one charge after allegedly crashing a stolen SUV into a yard over the weekend.On Sunday at approximately 2:30 a.m., Mounties in Grande Prairie responded to a report of an SUV driving erratically in the area of Landing Drive.Upon arrival, officers discovered the vehicle had crashed into a residential yard, and that the home’s residents had taken the vehicle’s keys away from the female driver before police arrived. Police uncovered that the vehicle had been reported stolen earlier in the week, and the driver was arrested without incident.The 16-year-old, whose identity cannot be revealed under the terms of the Youth Criminal Justice Act, is facing a charge of possession of property obtained by crime and will appear in court in Grande Prairie on September 24th.last_img read more

Pleasant Tuesday morning in Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: It was a pleasant Tuesday morning in the national capital with the minimum temperature recorded at 12.8 degrees Celsius, three notches below the season’s average, the Met said. “The sky will remain partly cloudy,” an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official told IANS. The humidity at 8.30 a.m., was recorded at 80 per cent. The city received 0.6 mm of rain in last 24 hours. The maximum temperature was expected to hover around 27 degrees Celsius. The overall Air Quality Index (AQI) of Delhi at 8.30 a.m. was recorded at 172, which is moderate. Monday’s maximum temperature settled at 8.4 degrees Celsius, one notch below the season’s average while the minimum was 12.4 degrees Celsius, two notches below the normal.last_img read more