Minister Trotman spreads Easter cheer

first_imgLeader of the Alliance For Change (AFC), Raphael Trotman who is also the Natural Resources Minister on Wednesday brought smiles to the faces of children in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara- Berbice), when he distributed kites and toys in the spirit of the Easter holidays.Minister Raphael Trotman distributing kites to children at the Little Friends Child Care and Drop in CentreThe Minister and his team visited the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC) as well as the medical institution’s daycare – Little Friends Child Care and Drop in Centre – where he handed over the tokens to the eager little ones.The Minister noted that while it was not an official visit, given that it is the Easter holidays, he decided to pay a visit to children at the medical institution to see how they were doing and to spread cheer.Also forming part of the team was Member of Parliament (MP) Audwin Rutherford and others.last_img read more

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Microsoft to acquire Net ad firm

first_imgKevin Johnson, the head of Microsoft’s platforms and services division, which includes the Windows operating system and online services such as MSN, said there was a “competitive process” to acquire aQuantive, but he declined to talk about other bidders. Piper Jaffray analyst Aaron Kessler estimates the online advertising market to be worth about $25 billion this year. Over the next five years, Kessler said he expects annual growth of about 17 percent. Johnson said Microsoft was “committed to earning a bigger slice of that market opportunity” with the acquisition, but some analysts expressed surprise at the richness of the price. Prudential Securities analysts John McPeake said in a note to investors that the deal “looks expensive” and that it wasn’t clear why Microsoft would want to have a business that sent traffic to competitors, such as Yahoo and Google.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – Microsoft Corp., not wanting to get left behind rivals in an online advertising boom, agreed Friday to pay $6 billion in cash to acquire aQuantive Inc., a leading agency for Internet ads, which also has powerful technology that serves display and banner ads to other Web sites. The eye-popping premium of 85 percent Microsoft is paying for aQuantive reflects a heated race for the few remaining online advertising businesses, as media and technology companies jockey for position in the Internet advertising market. The deal caps a month of furious activity in the sector, which began in mid-April with Google Inc.’s $3.1 billion purchase of DoubleClick Inc., a company that provides technology used by Web site publishers to deliver advertisements to viewers. Google is already the leading provider of keyword search advertising, which suggests “sponsored” links along with search results. Companies like DoubleClick and aQuantive help provide the delivery of “display” ads on Web sites such as banners and boxes, which lead users to advertiser’s Web sites. For Microsoft, getting aQuantive could jump-start its online advertising business, which lags far behind Google and Yahoo Inc. due to the lower traffic on its own destination Web site, MSN. The deal “certainly keeps them in the competitive arena with Google,” A.G. Edwards analyst Denise Garcia said. The technology of aQuantive will allow Microsoft to deliver ads to third-party Web sites, something that should mesh with Microsoft’s existing plans for delivering ads onto other platforms such as video games on its XBox, which connects to the Internet. Microsoft currently delivers ads mostly to its own Web sites, such as MSN. AQuantive also has a significant interactive advertising agency called Avenue A/Razorfish, which buys, sells and creates online advertising – much like a traditional advertising agency, but online. Microsoft, whose MSN site has struggled behind search leader Google and also Yahoo, is hoping the acquisition will help sell and deliver advertising on the Internet, a business that is on pace to grow nearly 30 percent this year, way ahead of other forms of advertising. last_img read more

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Nigeria coach denies cash inducement claims

first_img0Shares0000His expose has led to the resignation of the head of the Ghana Football Association, Kwesi Nyantakyi, after he was accused of soliciting bribes and kickbacks.ABUJA, Nigeria, July 22 – Nigeria’s chief coach Salisu Yusuf has denied any wrongdoing after footage broadcast on Tuesday showed him accepting money from undercover reporters posing as football agents.The BBC showed video of Yusuf taking what it said was Sh100,000 ( $1,000) after a conversation about the selection of two players for the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN). He was also told he would receive 15 percent of the fee if the players were included in the Nigeria squad for the tournament, which is open only to home-based African footballers.The BBC said the footage was part of a wider investigation into corruption in African football by Ghanaian journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas.His expose has led to the resignation of the head of the Ghana Football Association, Kwesi Nyantakyi, after he was accused of soliciting bribes and kickbacks.The two players in the latest report were not identified.In a letter to the BBC, made available by Yusuf, he confirmed he met two people who introduced themselves as football agents and that they had a discussion about players for the CHAN.He said he neither promised nor committed to select the players nor asked for money, which he maintained was $750 not $1,000 as claimed.But he said he believed the money was not an inducement and fell within guidelines from the world governing body FIFA and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) about accepting gifts.“I can remember giving them my honest answer to the end that if the said players were found suitable in the selection process, they would indeed be selected,” he wrote.“I did accept $750 handed to me by one of the two agents to the two Nigerian players only as a gift of trivial and symbolic value and not as an inducement to play the two players represented by the two agents.”There was no immediate response from the NFF.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Newcastle news: Chief scout Graham Carr leaves Magpies

first_img Carr leaves St James’ Park after seven years of service Newcastle chief scout Graham Carr has left the club by mutual consent with three years remaining on his long-term contract.Carr, the man credited with finding the likes of Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye and Moussa Sissoko, heads out of St James’ Park with the club yet to make their first signing since securing a return to the Premier League at the end of last season.His departure was announced in a statement which read: “Newcastle United’s chief scout Graham Carr has today parted company with the club by mutual consent.“Graham has been United’s chief scout for seven years, taking up the position towards the end of the 2009/10 season which saw the club gain promotion back to the Premier League under former manager Chris Hughton.“Graham was instrumental in identifying players from across the UK and Europe, including signings Yohan Cabaye, Mathieu Debuchy, Vurnon Anita, Moussa Sissoko, Papiss Cisse and Cheick Tiote.”Carr, whose knowledge of the European market – particularly France – was heavily exploited by the Magpies, was handed an eight-year contract in June 2012.Managing Director Lee Charnley said: “It has been my pleasure to work with Graham over the last seven years as both a colleague and a friend. He can count some of Newcastle’s most successful players in recent years as his ‘finds’.“Everyone connected with Newcastle United wishes Graham the very best for the future.”Carr’s services were retained even after current manager Rafael Benitez was handed full control of team affairs when he agreed to stay on Tyneside last summer.However, the Spaniard was frustrated by the lack of transfer activity in January with owner Mike Ashley having stepped in as Benitez guided the club out of the Sky Bet Championship. 1last_img read more

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GAA NEWS: GAEIL FHÁNADA UNDERAGE TRAINING WILL BEGIN IN JANUARY

first_imgGaeil Fhánada NotesLotto results No jackpot winner.  Nos drawn were 01, 06, 14, 18, 19, bonus 05. €100 winner Cormac Sweeney, The Ross.  €50 Seamus Dorrian, The Ross.  Next week’s jackpot €2,250. Rachel and Declan on duty.  Wouldn’t that be a nice wee lift for Christmas! Come on support our wee club! If you’re not in you can’t win!Under ageTraining will resume on Saturday 16th January 2016 in Rossnakill @ 4.30pm. Happy Christmas to all the boys and girls, hope Santa is good to you all.  Happy Christmas to our coaches, parents and anyone who helped out with Bord na nÓg during 2015.  U21 ChampionshipOur Under 21s were very unlucky when they were defeated by one point by Glenfin in the Semi-final of the U21B championship last Saturday in O’Donnell Park, Letterkenny.  Hard luck boys, you’ve done us proud all year.  There’s always next year boys, heads up! Gaeil Fhánada Club gear available now from Michael Murphy Sports! Get your orders in asap in time for Christmas. GAA NEWS: GAEIL FHÁNADA UNDERAGE TRAINING WILL BEGIN IN JANUARY was last modified: December 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:GAAGaeil FhanadaSportlast_img read more

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Lineker posts moving tribute to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha after death is confirmed

first_img REVEALED 2 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move “He allowed us, as supporters, to achieve our dreams.””We had the highest high but this really is the lowest low in the history of the football club.”#LCFC fan & talkSPORT reporter @MrGeoffPeters pays an emotional tribute to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.#RIPVichai pic.twitter.com/5yt3oJa36p— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) October 29, 2018 Lineker is from Leicester where his father ran a fruit and veg stall for more than 40 years. The former striker began his career at the club Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ ADVICE Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was a hugely popular man in Leicester and with him as chairman, the club won the Premier League title despite being 5,000-1 outsiders BEST OF no dice Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? RANKED Football news MONEY And on hearing confirmation that Srivaddhanaprabha had tragically lost his life, he posted a picture of the man holding the Premier League trophy on Instagram, alongside the caption: “Deeply saddened to hear the confirmation that Leicester chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was one of 5 people to lose their lives in the helicopter crash on Saturday evening.“A quiet, unassuming man who will always be remembered with great fondness and respect. He also helped to bring the most magical, miraculous title win in the history of football. Thank you, Chairman for all you did for our football club. #RIP”Geoff Peters, a talkSPORT reporter and lifelong Leicester fan, said Srivaddhanaprabha was “one of us” in an emotional tribute and highlighted how well thought of he was. Gary Lineker has paid tribute to Leicester chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha following the confirmation of his death.The 60-year-old, two members of his staff, the pilot and a passenger were killed when their helicopter spiralled out of control, crashed and burst into flames on Saturday after the club’s game against West Ham. huge blow Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 2 REPLY Thousands of mourners have left flowers outside the King Power stadium, with players also paying their respects.Lineker, who began his professional football career at Leicester and has remained a fan ever since, said his recent Match of the Day broadcast was one of the most difficult he has ever done. shining Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card last_img read more

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Letterkenny District Court: Up to 6 month wait between criminal summons and court date

first_imgLetterkenny District Court has one of the longest waiting times for the processing of court dates according to figures released by the Courts Service.It can take anywhere from 20 to 24 weeks for a hearing to be scheduled at Letterkenny District Court following a criminal summons.The Irish Times report that Dublin has the longest waiting times for criminal hearings, with a 26-week wait on average. The quickest dates are given in Tralee in County Kerry, which takes 8 to 12 weeks. A period of 12 to 14 weeks is allocated for the servicing of the summons, which is outlined in an agreement with the Gardaí.For civil cases, the average waiting time across the country is between 8 to 10 weeks.In 2016, 113,724 new civil matters and 382,325 new criminal matters were lodged – 60% of which were related to road traffic offences.Letterkenny District Court: Up to 6 month wait between criminal summons and court date was last modified: August 13th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:civilcourtcourt servicecriminal hearingsletterkennylast_img read more

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Six Donegal brothers ploughing their way to TV fame tonight

first_imgA family of skilled farmers from Donegal will be featured in a special edition of RTE’s Nationwide this Wednesday evening.The Simms brothers from Milford have gained attention at the National Ploughing Championships as all six of them are competing in Carlow this week.RTE cameras will meet Matthew, Lee, Gary, Alan, Andrew and Ivan Simms tonight to hear about their events and preparations.  Competitiveness clearly runs in the family, as eldest brother Matthew is coach to the Republic of Ireland ploughing team. Tune in to Nationwide on RTE One from 7pm this Wednesday, 18th September, to see the show.Don’t miss #RTENationwide this evening, Wed 18th Sept, from the Ploughing Championships in Co Carlow –@KennedyMary chats to the Simms brothers from Co Donegal, all six of them ploughing over the three days on @RTEOne 7pm & RTE+1 8pm @rte @DonegalHour @dgldemocrat @donegalpage RT pic.twitter.com/WntxH8fUgS— RTÉ Nationwide (@RTENationwide) September 18, 2019Six Donegal brothers ploughing their way to TV fame tonight was last modified: September 18th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:agriculturefarmingnational ploughing championshiprte nationwidesimmslast_img read more

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Cosmologist Squirms at Thought of Fine-Tuning

first_imgLawrence Krauss (Case Western Reserve U, Ohio) meant to talk about prospects for distinguishing between sources of so-called dark energy, the mysterious force that appears to be accelerating the expansion of the universe.  But in the process, he opened his soul and revealed feelings, dreams, and nightmares.  First, he states the problem:Dark energy is perplexing.  Physical theory currently has no explanation of why the energy of empty space should be precisely zero (quantum-mechanical effects combined with relativity in fact predict quite the opposite).  But it also gives no explanation of why that energy should not instead be so huge that it would dwarf all of the energy in anything else (making galaxy formation impossible).   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)The measured value for the cosmological constant hovers around exactly -1.  That is far from huge, but not zero.  Sounds like we a fine-tuning problem here.  Krauss would rather find a theory that predicts why the universe has to be the way it is.  If dark energy, whatever it is, appears to be due to a finely tuned value for the cosmological constant, we are stuck with explaining how we became so lucky to have another precisely fixed cosmic parameter that, if changed, would rule out life, because it would rule out galaxy formation.  He takes some comfort in the work of Kunz et al. who are looking for other sources for the dark energy.  If he fails, the thought of this “ big problem in cosmology lurking on the horizon” gives Krauss nightmares:Thus, some of us wake up in the middle of the night worrying that the discovery of dark energy may put cosmology on the same footing as particle physics, with all of the data that have come in over the years pointing consistently to exactly the same set of cosmic parameters, but without revealing any smoking-guns that could direct us to a fundamental theoretical rationale for why the data take these values.  I have even made a bet with physicists Stephen Hawking and Frank Wilczek that this will happen (then, even if my worst nightmare turns out to be true, I will at least get a few bottles of wine out of the bargain).  On the other hand, perhaps the cross-comparison of present and future cosmological observations, along the lines proposed by Kunz et al., will yield some new handle on this slippery problem.  In that case, I might lose my bet, but the ‘golden age’ of cosmology would persist.1Lawrence M. Krauss, “Cosmology: What is dark energy?”, Nature 431, 519 – 520 (30 September 2004); doi:10.1038/431519b.Atheists would rather get drunk than face the prospect that they live in a finely-tuned universe, created on purpose by an all-wise, caring, intelligent Creator.  Fear not, Dr. Krauss; the sober life brings more ultimate satisfaction.(Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Going forward from the FFA

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