first_imgJamaica win again at World TT champsJamaica’s men’s table tennis team made it two wins from two games at the Perfect 2016 World Team Table Tennis Championships at Malawati Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, after scoring another 3-0 win yesterday, this time over Laos.In the opening game, Michael Hyatt scored a narrow and nail-biting 3-2 win — 11-8, 9-11, 11-8, 11-13, 4-11 over Phathaphone Thavisack. Kane Watson then brushed aside Mosangsinh Sonpasith 3-0, winning 11-5, 11-4, 11-3 and Mark Phillips beat Oliyavong Phonepaseud 3-2 in five sets — 6-11, 12-10, 11-3, 6-11, 11-7.In their first game on Sunday, Jamaica defeated Morrocco, also 3-0.Hyatt dismissed his opponent 11-6, 11-4, 11-5, Watson won 13-11, 11-5, 11-7 and Phillips won 11-4, 1-10, 11-4 win in the final match.The Jamaicans are second in the group with maximum four points. They trail leaders Morroco (five points), who they defeated in their opening game and who has played a game more.The Jamaicans will face the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) today.The Caribbean team is competing in Group P in Division Four with the DRC, Ghana, Laos and Morrocco.Daley still St James FA bossWESTERN BUREAU:Incumbent Gregory Daley was returned for another term as President of the St James Football Association, following Monday night’s election of officers, sending challenger Orville Powell to a crushing 82-16 loss.Other members of the executive are: David Watt, first vice president; Hopeton Gilchrist, second vice president; Dennis Waite, general secretary; Tracey Reid, assistant general secretary and treasurer Gavin McNeil.It is the second time in near four months that the Montego Bay United (MBU FC) owner was losing a football-related election, after failing in his bid to challenge Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) President, Captain Horace Burrell, in November 2015.”The outcome here tonight speaks for itself. I believe that most of the things my challenger sought to address are all valid. However, it has to be about the approach. I choose to incorporate the clubs in my decision-making and that is why the affiliates have given me another term to lead,” said Daley.”We try to make them part of the process of change, we understand the culture they work under and help each club administratively to become a lot more professional in their set-up and their development and I believe that they appreciate how we deal with things,” Daley said.Powell’s impressive slate of candidates included former national goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts, Sandra Christie, Germaine Spencer, Edmund Sherriff and Kenneth Watson.last_img read more

first_imgThe new €1m Tyrconnell Bridge in Donegal Town was officially opened today with a secret time-capsule included to remember its construction. The iconic bridge which is also known locally as the Iron bridge and the Green bridge has been expertly rebuilt with elements of the existing structure restored and blended with the new construction to form a genuine replica of the iron bridge that is fit for modern road users requirements.This bridge, which is listed on the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage, was originally constructed in 1895 by the contractor W.J. Glen C.E from Stranorlar costing £1,600. This four-span road bridge over River Eske and the New Row Road was built as part of the infrastructure for the narrow gauge rail network that made up the County Donegal Railway to transport goods from the local harbour to the County Donegal Railways rail station.Cllr. Micheal Naughton, Cathaoirleach of Donegal MD says that this bridge holds an important place within Donegal Towns historic streetscape nestling between the castle and Church of Ireland church.He said “This was a complex project and a very important project for the people of Donegal Town. This bridge is part of the town’s fabric and in designing this new bridge a lot of factors had to be taken into account. For instance the architectural heritage and the importance of designing a replica structure, the status of the River Eske as a Special area of conservation (SAC), the need to take into account modern design and loading standards, pedestrian links as well as the practical the long term maintenance of the structure.Admiring the view from the iconic Tyrconnell Bridge in Donegal Town following it’s official opening on Tuesday morning is Cllr. Barry O’Neill, Cllr. Tom Conaghan, Cllr. Seamus O’Domhnaill, Cllr. Niamh Kennedy, Cllr. Noel Jordan and Cllr. Michael Naughton.“I would like to commend the team involved in the design and construction of this project including our own staff in Donegal County Council as well as designers Roughan O Donovan and contractor L&M Keating”. Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr. Seamus O Domhnaill also acknowledged the help and assistance from various organisations including ESB, Openeir and ENET as well as the Inland Fisheries Ireland and the National Parks & Wildlife Service.He said “Because of the help and assistance of the various personnel from different organisations we were in a position to deliver this complex project both on time and within budget. This bridge has stood the test of time for generations and has played a very important role in the life of Donegal Town for many years. Through this investment it will continue to play an important role linking some of the most historic parts of this beautiful town and I am confident that it will stand the test of time for future generations.”The new bridge has a 125-year design life, is 30m long and constructed from 6 plate girders and has 4 individual spans 6m in length, 3 river spans and 1 over New Row. The bridge is supported on original sandstone ashlar abutments and piers and has been designed to closely match the original bridge. The existing masonry substructure has been repaired with matching materials and traditional methodologies with new locally sourced sandstone copings.During construction historical items were found within the structure including a rat tail wrench and a chisel buried within the piers and these items have been donated to the Donegal County Museum and now form part of the Museum Collection.Time CapsuleIn keeping with the historical nature of the bridge a Time Capsule has been placed in the South End of Tyrconnell Bridge. The Time Capsule used is, in fact, the metal box which was previously attached to the North end, West side of the original bridge.This box is constructed of solid steel and the time capsule includes a bottle of Tyrconnell Whiskey for good luck, copies of newspapers, photographs of Donegal County Council staff directly involved in the project and key staff from all the contractors.The time capsule was locked with a marine grade padlock and entirely surrounded in concrete.The key is part of the Donegal County Museum Collection. It was placed at the South end of the bridge, near the East side on Friday, 4th January 2019. XYZ coordinates at the top of the Time Capsule are: Easting is 192953.749; Northing is 378551.285; and Elevation is 6.502. Judith McCarthy from Donegal County Museum believes that this is a great way to celebrate the rehabilitation works of the bridge.She said “By placing these items in the time capsule, it forms a piece of the history of this bridge, the project workers and of this community. I hope whoever opens the time capsule will get a good sense of what life is like in Donegal Town in 2019 and the importance of this piece of infrastructure to the town. The key for the padlock is in the Donegal County Museum Collection, in case future generations are looking for it!”Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr. Seamus O Domhnaill and Cathaoirleach of Donegal MD Cllr. Micheal Naughton unveiling the plaque at the new €1m Tyrconnell Bridge in Donegal Town on Tuesday with Cllr. Barry O’Neill, Cllr. Tom Conaghan, Cllr. Seamus O’Domhnaill, Cllr. Michael Naughton, Cllr. Noel Jordan, Seamus Neely, Chief Executive Donegal County Counci, Cllr. Niamh Kennedy and Pauric Kennedy, Mayor of Donegal Town.Time capsule buried at new €1M Tyrconnell Bridge was last modified: May 21st, 2019 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)last_img read more

first_imgDonegal ETB launched a new Traineeship in Automated Software Testing on Monday last in Gaoth Dobhair. This exciting new training opportunity has been developed in partnership with Pramerica and Údarás na Gaeltachta.The course is being delivered in the gteic@Gaoth Dobhair innovation and digital hub, one of a network of thirty hubs to be developed in locations throughout Ireland’s Gaeltacht areas by Údarás na Gaeltachta. At the launch of Donegal Education and Training Board (ETB) Automated Software Testing Traineeship in gteic@ Gaoth Dobhair on Monday last are left-right: Vinny McGroary (Area Training Manager, Donegal ETB), Colm Richardson (Assistant Training Centre Manager, Donegal ETB), David Roche (Director FinTech Services & Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Pramerica), Anna Ní Ghallachair (Chairperson, Údarás na Gaeltachta), Cróna Gallagher (Director of Further Education and Training Services, Donegal ETB), Michael Logue (Director, Systems Development and Gweedore Site Exec Pramerica Systems Ireland) and Micheál Ó Duibhir (Manager, gteic@Gaoth Dobhair).In opening the launch event Údarás na Gaeltachta Board Chairperson, Anna Ní Ghallachair, said, ‘Údarás na Gaeltachta are delighted to have had this opportunity to collaborate with our colleagues in Donegal ETB and our client company Pramerica. Innovation is central to our 3-year strategic plan and in supporting the delivery of this training provision we have developed a new innovative collaboration with the industry which we hope will reap significant benefits for course participants and this Gaeltacht community. This type of collaboration is essential for the development of the region and we look forward to working together on similar projects in the future.”In speaking about the development of the course, Pramerica’s Director FinTech Services & Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, David Roche said, ‘This career traineeship has been developed in close collaboration with Pramerica here in Donegal. It will allow learners to progress directly into employment in the software sector. This is a great example of the strategy and success of ICT/FinTech working in collaboration with academia. Because of the Donegal ETB’s flexibility in course development and delivery, we are delighted that courses like this can be provided in all parts of county.”The traineeship covers a range of modules relevant to the industry including HTML5 application development fundamentals, software development fundamentals, database administration, computer programme using C#, software testing fundamentals and computer program using JAVA. Work experience is a core component of the traineeship with thirty percent of the training consisting of practical work experience in the industry.At the launch of Donegal Education and Training Board (ETB) Automated Software Testing Traineeship in gteic@Gaoth Dobhair on Monday last are left-right Dara Devine (Contracted Training Officer, Donegal ETB), Micheál Ó Duibhir (Manager, gteic@Gaoth Dobhair), Paul Herron (Automated Software Training Instructor, Donegal ETB), Cróna Gallagher (Director of Further Education and Training Services, Donegal ETB), Colm Richardson (Assistant Training Centre Manager, Donegal ETB), Anna Ní Ghallachair (Chairperson, Údarás na Gaeltachta), Vinny McGroary (Area Training Manager, Donegal ETB), David Roche (Director FinTech Services & Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Pramerica), and Mairead Carlin (Assistant Training Centre Manager, Donegal ETB).In officially launching the traineeship, Cróna Gallagher, Director of Further Education and Training (FET) with Donegal ETB stated, ‘We are delighted to launch this exciting new training development here in Gaoth Dobhair today. Donegal ETB’s Further Education and Training (FET) Service, has worked closely with Pramerica to develop this new traineeship in collaboration with Údarás na Gaeltachta. It has been a wonderful example of how our FET Service is working with industry in the county to meet their training needs and subsequently helping to fulfil employment requirements.’ Traineeships are co-funded by the Irish government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020.Donegal ETB launch new Automated Software Testing Traineeship was last modified: May 28th, 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:Automated Software TestingDonegal ETBÚdarás na Gaeltachtalast_img read more

first_imgThe very mention of a crunch April game against Notts County is enough to send shivers up the spine of Brentford supporters of a certain age.Because, on the eve of another Magpies visit which could help decide where the Bees will play next season, if you were there it is impossible not to cast your mind back 19 years and wonder ‘what if’.To put what happened into context let me explain the background to the match.Brentford were playing in the second tier for the first time since 1954, which was a unique experience for a fair percentage of their supporters.Halfway through the season, ironically after a Christmas holiday 1-1 draw away to County, the Bees sat comfortably in 10th place in the table with no evident relegation worries.Although they had lost captain and inspirational centre-half Terry Evans on the first day of the season, Brentford had more than held their own – with a home draw at West Ham and win at Sunderland among their more impressive results.However, the new year brought a bad run from which they could not escape.Slowly they started to slip down the table with injuries playing a part and forcing them to play two wingers as full-backs.That was the case during an embarrassing 6-1 thrashing at Millwall, which was made worse by the fact it was televised live on ITV.After a run of one win in 13 games they were in the relegation zone for the first time.A brief revival of two wins and two draws gave the fans hope and lifted Brentford back up to 17th with six games remaining.On Easter Saturday the Bees went down 3-2 to a Derby side, who earlier in the season had deprived them of a place at Wembley in the Anglo-Italian Cup final.So the visit of Notts County two days later, on 12 April, was crucial to Brentford’s survival hopes.The Bees had not won a home game since Boxing Day and when County took a fifth-minute lead it appeared to be the same old story.But Alan Dickens quickly equalised and then in the 65th minute Gary Blissett gave the hosts a priceless lead.The rest of the game seemed to drag and when it moved into injury-time fans’ nerves were shredded.It was then that referee Mr Biggar indelibly etched himself into Brentford history. In those days there was no board signalling how much extra time the officials would play – the crowd just had to wait for the referee to blow the final whistle.There had been hardly any stoppages in the second half but still the game kept going and going until in the sixth extra minute County inevitably equalised.No-one knew where the time had come from and the game kept going for another couple of minutes – but when the match did finally end the players and fans were simply devastated.The Bees never recovered and although they finally recorded a home win in their final game at Griffin Park by beating Barnsley 3-1, they went down meekly after a final day 4-1 hammering at Bristol City.But it was the day the Magpies flew away from Griffin Park with their extra point which is even now talked about as the one when Brentford’s relegation fate was sealed.Follow me on Twitter at @ianwestbrooklast_img read more

first_imgIt was one of those days when the script went horribly wrong for the hosts. And in the end, Malaysia beat India 3-1 to retain the gold medal in the badminton team championships at the Siri Fort Sports Complex here on Friday.Saina Nehwal’s hard fought 24-26, 21-17, 21-14 win over Wong Mew Chew proved to be the only silver lining for the hosts.The Indians got off to a disastrous start when the duo of Jwala Gutta and Velliavetil Diju went down to the Malaysian pair of Koo Kien Keat and Chin Ee Hui 21-14, 10-21, 21-10 in the mixed doubles.Diju-Jwala’s loss virtually killed India’s hopes as the Indian think tank had banked upon this duo to win a point.Jwala and Diju were not at their best in the first game which they lost 14-21. The second game proved to be a different story as Diju got his smashes working. Buoyed by the partisan crowd the Indian pair raised the level of their game to win the second 21-10.However, in the decider it was Koo and Chin who were the sharper pair as they came up with a series of amazing retrievals to seal the final game 21-10.In the second singles, Periapalli Kashyap gave his heart out but had to bow to the experience of the world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei.The talented Hyderabadi smashed and dribbled with elan as the crowd got behind him.It was Kashyap who led for major part of the opening game.advertisementTaking the shuttle early, he fooled Lee with his wristy flicks and flat retrievals which caught the Malaysian on the wrong foot.It was only the greater experience of the world No. 1 which saw him prevail in the first game. Realising the fact that his smashes were not working, he slowed down things and resorted to the drop and toss game. These change of tactics caught Kashyap totally by surprise and he went on to lose the game 18- 21.The second game proved to be a one sided affair as Lee stepped up the pace and went on to wrap up the match 21-7.Meanwhile, Saina had to dig deep before overcoming the challenge of Wong Mee Chow.The Malaysian stunned the capacity crowd by winning the opening game 26 24.But the world No. 2 showed her class in the second game when she made Wong move all over the court before scoring with her patent smashes. Despite the best efforts of the Wong it was Saina who won 21-17.The decider saw Saina at her best as she went on to win 21-14.”She (Wong) played very well.Also I felt the drift was affecting my game. But I tightened my game in the second and third games. It was a big relief to win,” she said.last_img read more

first_imgDarjeeling: With the bipartite talks between the management and tea trade unions ending in a deadlock, the unions have demanded the immediate intervention of the state government in the next round of talks to be tripartite in nature. The trade unions have also lined up a series of agitation programmes to add more muscle to their demand, including blockade on the dispatch of tea.Incidentally, five rounds of bipartite talks between the management and trade unions ended in a stalemate with the workers demanding 20 percent bonus and the management unwilling to pay more than 10.50 percent. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaA rally was organized by all the operation tea gardens united in Darjeeling town on Wednesday with tea garden workers participating. The rally culminated in a public meeting at the Darjeeling Motor stand. An indoor meeting was also held, attended by representatives of all trade unions. “The bipartite talks have failed. We demand immediate intervention of the State Government. Tripartite talks will have to be held to break the stalemate,” said Amar Lama, representing the Jan Andolan Party (JAP.) Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe trade unions have decided to stop the dispatch of tea from the tea gardens starting from Thursday. “Along with this the workers will observe “go slow” from 8am to 9:30am every day. During this time the staff and sub staff working in the tea garden offices will observe pen down,” added Lama. The tea trade unions have made an appeal to the entire Hills to express solidarity with the tea garden workers. “Tea is the economic mainstay of this region. Not only 60,000 odd workers but more than 2 and a half lakh people (workers and their dependents) are looking forward to the bonus. They contribute a major share to the local economy starting from vehicles, garment shops and eateries are all dependent on them. The entire hill market is waiting for the bonus, so all should come forward to express solidarity with the workers,” Lama said. In a symbolic gesture, the trade unions have appealed to all the shops throughout the hills to down their shutters halfway from 1 pm to 3pm on Friday. “We also appeal to all the political parties and public representatives to support the cause of the workers,” said Lama. Anit Thapa, Chairman, GTA has expressed solidarity with the workers. “After the 104 day bandh in 2017, the tea gardens have not faced a single day bandh hence. I have written to the Chief Minister and the Darjeeling Tea Association that the workers should be given 20% bonus,” stated Thapa.last_img read more

first_imgSingapore: An Indian national here was sentenced to four months of jail on Friday for molesting an air hostess on a flight from Kochi to Singapore in 2017, according to a media report. Vijayan Mathan Gopal, a quality assurance engineer, was found guilty after a trial in which he was charged with three counts of outraging the modesty of the 22-year-old victim while on a Scoot flight on November 2, 2017, Channel News Asia reported. The victim had testified during the trial that she had gone to Gopal to tell him firmly not to press the call light button for assistance again, after he did so repeatedly. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report He stroked her face and said “you are so beautiful”, before cupping her face with his hands, the report said. This made her feel “angry, uncomfortable and very disgusted”, but she could not push him away as he was a passenger, and instead leaned back and raised her voice, saying: “Sir, sir, sir.” He replied: “Do not throw your anger at me”, and “I’m the boss of this flight”. The victim tried to stand up but Gopal continued grabbing her right arm. When she tried again, he put his hand on her right thigh with great force. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests When she finally managed to get to her feet by grabbing the arm rest, she felt Gopal touched her by placing his palm on her left buttock. She later reported the incident to the plane captain and submitted a report to the airport police, the report said. District Judge Salina Ishak noted that the victim was the cabin crew member in charge of the flight, with 96 passengers packed into a confined space over several hours. She had to supervise air stewardesses and stewards under her charge, and had to deal with a medical emergency, a dispute Gopal had with another stewardess, and multiple call light button requests from the accused during the flight. The judge said that air travel is “a high-pressure environment”, with no ready escape for a molest victim aboard an aircraft. “The judge had taken into account the degree of sexual exploitation, the circumstances and the physical or psychological harm caused,” the report said. The judge said there had been “no intrusion into private parts” for all three charges, and that while the victim was shaken after the incident, there had been no evidence to show psychological harm. Gopal, a permanent resident of Singapore, had claimed that the victim and her colleague had fabricated the allegations after his complaints of poor service. The judge noted that he had cooperated with police investigations and attended all necessary court hearings. The defence said Gopal would be appealing against the conviction, and there was a tussle between both sides over the bail amount, with the judge eventually increasing bail to SGD15,000 pending appeal. Gopal following the charges has lost his job, and has no family members in Singapore, the court heard. For each charge of molesting the victim, he could have been jailed for up to two years, fined, caned, or given any combination of these penalties, the report said.last_img read more