HORSEMEN LEAVE MALIN HEAD ON EPIC JOURNEY

first_imgThree national champion horse-carriage drivers have set off on an epic journey from Donegal to drive a horse and trap the length of Ireland.The horsemen left Malin Head yesterday.Dan J Spillane, 58, from Macroom, Co Cork, cracked the whip to lead the fundraising drive from scenic Malin Head early yesterday in the hope of completing the 750km journey to Mizen Head in Cork next week, raising money for cancer research along the way.The Ballinagree Horse Driving Club member, who has been driving horses for over 20 years, said it has been a dream of his to complete the trip using a horse and carriage. “It’s something I always wanted to do and I thought if we’re doing it, why not collect money along the way, and make a holiday out of it,” he said.He and his team hope to raise around €40,000 for the Breakthrough Cancer Research, the fundraising charity for the Cork Cancer Research Centre at Cork University Hospital.HORSEMEN LEAVE MALIN HEAD ON EPIC JOURNEY was last modified: July 10th, 2014 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:donegalhorsesIrelandlast_img read more

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For Athletics rookies, familiarity softens October pressures

first_imgSEATTLE — Sean Murphy’s promotion to the big leagues was expected, but a tad delayed.The catching prospect tore his meniscus in early spring, then re-injured it early August. A frustrating sequence for a budding star, sure, but one former catcher made sure to reach out every step of the way.“Yeah, Bob (Melvin) would text periodically about the knee, checking in,” Murphy said. “It shows he cares, and shows he is supportive, and to have him text me once in a while, it’s a good feeling.”Melvin …last_img read more

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South Africa scores double ton

first_imgThe Chennai Super Kings celebrate, with South African fast bowler Makhaya Ntini in the centre of the picture.(Image: Indian Premier League) The Proteas, dressed in test kit, during their 2008 tour of Australia. (Image: Wikimedia) Newlands cricket stadium, with its famous backdrop of Devil’s Peak. (Image: Wikimedia)Janine ErasmusSouth Africa has become the hub of the cricket world almost overnight, with two major international tournaments shifting from India and Pakistan to the southern tip of the African continent amid fears for the safety of players.The country will host both the Indian Premier League and the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Champions Trophy tournaments. The unexpected cricketing bonanza will bring thousands of visitors to South Africa and some sources say it will boost the economy by up to R1-billion ($100-million).The ICC awarded the Champions Trophy to South Africa in mid-March, and followed this announcement a mere two weeks later with the news that the Indian Premier League (IPL) was also moving south.South African cricket fans have more to look forward to in 2009 than ever before. The Champions Trophy takes place in Gauteng province from 24 September to 5 October 2009, while IPL games will be held around the country between 18 April and 24 May.The new infrastructure put in place for the 2010 Fifa World Cup will have an unscheduled test run during the two large-scale sporting events.Short noticeCricket South Africa has less than a month to organise the month-long IPL event, which takes place over 59 games and in six cities around the country.Cricket South Africa CEO Gerald Majola said: “CSA is delighted to accept the invitation to host the 2009 DFL Indian Premier League tournament. This is a great compliment to both CSA and our nation to be shown this confidence in our ability to hold one of the world’s top sporting events at short notice.”England was another contender for the hosting honours but in the end South Africa’s glorious weather swayed the IPL board. In addition, South Africa is experienced in putting on a show, having hosted the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup in 2007 as well as the Cricket World Cup in 2003 – the event’s first showing on the African continent. The fact that South Africa is two time zones closer to India than is England also influenced the decision, as games can be broadcast in India during prime time.The IPL is a Twenty20 tournament. In this, the shortest form of the game, teams bat for a maximum of 20 overs each, bringing a game to a close in less than three hours, as opposed to a normal One Day International (ODI) which takes around four hours per team.The tournament, which features the world’s top cricketers, caused a storm of controversy when it was launched in 2008 because of the huge salaries offered to players – salaries that could entice them to abandon their careers at home and join the league, to the detriment of their national teams. Furthermore, national cricket bodies contend that players should always be available to represent their country irrespective of the IPL schedule, but IPL contracts are inflexible.IPL players from South Africa include bowlers Dale Steyn, Albie Morkel and Makhaya Ntini, all-rounder Jacques Kallis, wicketkeeper Mark Boucher, and batsmen AB de Villiers, Herschelle Gibbs and Graeme Smith, the captain of South Africa’s national team, the Proteas. Other top international players include Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, leg spinners Shane Warne of Australia and Anil Kumble of India, Australian fast bowler Glenn McGrath, and the fearsome off spinner Muttiah Muralitharen of Sri Lanka.Fans can look forward to the likes of the Jaipur Rajasthan Royals, the Chennai Super Kings, the Delhi DareDevils, and the Kolkata Knight Riders, among others, striding onto South African fields, bringing with them the glamour and excitement of limited overs cricket played by the best in the world.Teams will start arriving in South Africa from 1 April 2009. According to the IPL, the opening ceremony and first game will take place at Newlands in Cape Town, while the final will most likely be held at the Wanderers in Johannesburg. Both cities are world-famous as cricket venues, but there are a number of other South African cities, including Durban, Centurion, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town, East London and Bloemfontein, that are also well versed in hosting international games.Safety firstA horror attack by armed terrorists on Sri Lankan players in Lahore, Pakistan, in February 2009 sparked an international outcry and prompted the world cricketing authority to immediately seek an alternative venue for games already scheduled.Pakistan was to co-host the Champions Trophy, but ICC CE Haroon Lorgat said afterwards that international cricket would not return to that country soon. Lorgat, a South African, took over the helm of the ICC in April 2008, succeeding Malcolm Speed of Australia.Six policemen and a bus driver were killed during the onslaught. While cricket on the subcontinent remains as popular as ever, the safety of players and officials is the ICC’s top priority.Prestigious tournamentThe ICC Champions Trophy is a prestigious ODI tournament that takes place every two years and is regarded as second only to the World Cup. It was scheduled for Pakistan in September 2008 but was postponed once already due to security concerns.South Africa and Sri Lanka were both considered but again, the weather in South Africa was a major factor. Games will take place at the dual venues of the Wanderers in Johannesburg and Supersport Park in Centurion, near Pretoria.Only the top eight ODI teams are eligible for the tournament. Second favourite South Africa is placed in Group B, along with New Zealand, Sri Lanka and England. Top seed Australia as well as India, Pakistan and West Indies are in Group A. Australia is the defending champion.ICC President David Morgan said, “I think the Board has made a sensible decision that will give the event every chance of success. Cricket South Africa can provide two world-class venues in what is effectively one location.” Morgan added that weather conditions in the area around Johannesburg in September and October are stable and ideal for cricket.At the top of their gameThe Proteas are currently at the top of the ICC’s ODI table, just one point ahead of their arch-rivals Australia, while the positions are switched for the latest Test Championship table.On 25 March Australian captain Ricky Ponting received the ICC Test Championship mace and a cheque for coming second in the ODI championship, while South African captain Graeme Smith received the ICC ODI Championship shield plus a cheque as runner-up in the Test Championship.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Related articlesSporting South Africans honoured Tourism in South Africa Useful linksCricket SASouth African Cricketers’ AssociationInternational Cricket CouncilIndian Premier LeagueWestern Province Cricket The WanderersCricket Australialast_img read more

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Microsoft Confirms Return Of The Start Button

first_imgMicrosoft today is confirming new design and interfaces changes to Windows 8.1, codenamed Windows Blue, today – changes that include the return of the missing Start menu button.(See also Microsoft Is Backing Down From One Of Windows 8’s Boldest Changes.)It isn’t known if this design change (one among many highlighted in today’s entry on the official Windows blog) will be enough to turn around the at-best ambivalence users have shown towards Windows 8 and its Metro interface, but it’s a Start.Image courtesy of Microsoft. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Microsoft#now#Windows 8 Related Posts center_img readwrite Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Finding a Compelling Reason for Your Dream Client to Change

first_imgOne of the most difficult challenges we face in sales today is helping our dream clients understand that they should not be satisfied with the status quo. Opportunities that you develop by assisting your prospective clients in establishing a new vision of greater possibilities helps you to create opportunities that you are more likely to win.Prospecting is easier when your prospective client is dissatisfied and contacts you. But winning those opportunities can be more difficult and less likely, especially if they’ve engaged in a formal process and you do not have the inside track for your relationships.So how do you prospect in a way that allows you to leverage the compelling reasons that your dream client should be changing?Systemic Challenges Tend to Be UniversalThe systemic challenges that your prospective clients face either universally, or in their specific vertical, is the place to discover those compelling reasons. The systemic challenges tend to affect everyone in an industry, and mostly all at the same time.Maybe one of the challenges your prospective clients face is that they can’t find enough of the talent they need. If their problem is systemic and universal, it’s a useful trend to create the case for change, provided what you sell allows you to help them identify the talent they require, or find a way not to need so much of it.One company I spoke for had a software program that allowed people with no skills to do the work of a specialist who would normally be compensated hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. Not only were the specialists expensive, they were rare. This company’s prospective clients didn’t know how they were going to find the talent they needed at a price they could afford. This problem was universal, and the company’s solution solved it.Another company I know has a process where they find billings that their clients normally miss. The amount of this absent billing can be as much as 20 percent of their overall revenue. These prospects know that there’s something wrong, but they don’t know how to identify it or a solution. With a simple audit the company shows them how their solution pays for itself in a matter of months.These challenges are universal and they’re systemic. They are a starting point for conversation about the value that you can create around the problem that’s compelling enough for your dream client to want to solve. What are the common problems and challenges that your prospective clients face that are universal and systemic?How do you engage with your dream clients around these compelling reasons to change instead of a pitch about your company, your features, and your benefits? Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

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Mamata dares Modi to prove she took money for paintings

first_imgWest Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday dared Prime Minister Narendra Modi to prove that she took money selling her paintings.The TMC chief’s strong reaction comes after BJP president Amit Shah on Tuesday alleged Ms. Banerjee’s paintings were bought by chit fund owners for crores of rupees.Addressing a public meeting here, Ms. Banerjee said the BJP leaders have no courtesy and her party has initiated defamation proceedings “over the baseless allegation“.“Modi Babu (PM), I challenge you to prove that I have taken a single penny (for selling the paintings) in my account. You talk like a barbarian and have no courtesy,” Ms. Banerjee said.last_img read more

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ROUND 3: Pacquiao ends round strong with solid punches to Broner’s head

first_imgOil plant explodes in Pampanga town Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Manny Pacquiao, right, throws a left to Adrien Broner during the WBA welterweight title boxing match Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, in Las Vegas. APMANILA, Philippines—Manny Pacquiao again connects early in the round with Adrien Broner still using that jab to create distance.Pacquiao’s jab manages to shorten the distance as he pins Broner to the ropes only for the American to go for a clinch stopping the champion’s offense.ADVERTISEMENT ROUND 2: Pacquiao still the aggressor, Broner connects with a couple TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Broner is able to use his right straight but the most he can do is graze Pacquiao’s forehead.Pacquaio then connects with a left straight to Broner’s forehead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsBroner tries to connect with another right straight but he hits Pacquiao’s guard and then receives a straight left to the face.Pacquiao then lands a couple to Broner’s head in the final seven seconds of the round. Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles02:17Keith Thurman gambling on himself to KO Manny Pacquiao in 1st round02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionlast_img read more

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SELECTMEN NOTEBOOK POWMIA Chair To Be Installed At Town Hall

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — A chair to honor America’s prisoners of war and missing in action will be installed at Wilmington Town Hall this November.The chair will be located in Room 9, where the Selectmen and many other town boards hold their meetings.The chair was built and donated by Shawsheen Tech students.“The Tech has been a great resource to our Department over many years and the POW/MIA Chair is just the latest example of the partnership we, as a town, have with them,” said Wilmington Veterans Director Cimaglia.Cimaglia will come in front of the Selectmen at its November meeting to explain the Chair and its significance.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedShawsheen Tech Builds & Donates POW/MIA Chair To Town Of WilmingtonIn “Education”SELECTMEN NEWS: Town Accepts Flag Pole Donation For Silver LakeIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Big Issues To Be Discussed At November 26 MeetingIn “Government”last_img read more

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A novel way to put flame retardant in a lithium ion battery

first_img Schematic illustration for the fabrication of the microfibers by electrospinning. Credit: Liu et al. Sci. Adv. 2017;3:e1601978 More information: Kai Liu et al. Electrospun core-shell microfiber separator with thermal-triggered flame-retardant properties for lithium-ion batteries, Science Advances (2017). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1601978AbstractAlthough the energy densities of batteries continue to increase, safety problems (for example, fires and explosions) associated with the use of highly flammable liquid organic electrolytes remain a big issue, significantly hindering further practical applications of the next generation of high-energy batteries. We have fabricated a novel “smart” nonwoven electrospun separator with thermal-triggered flame-retardant properties for lithium-ion batteries. The encapsulation of a flame retardant inside a protective polymer shell has prevented direct dissolution of the retardant agent into the electrolyte, which would otherwise have negative effects on battery performance. During thermal runaway of the lithium-ion battery, the protective polymer shell would melt, triggered by the increased temperature, and the flame retardant would be released, thus effectively suppressing the combustion of the highly flammable electrolytes. Safer, more environmentally friendly flame retardant with first-of-its-kind dual effects SEM image of the TPP@PVDF-HFP microfibers. Scale bar, 5 μm. Credit: Liu et al. Sci. Adv. 2017;3:e1601978 Schematic of the “smart” electrospun separator with thermal-triggered flame-retardant properties for lithium-ion batteries. Credit: Liu et al. Sci. Adv. 2017;3:e1601978 Reports of phones and hoverboards catching fire due to short circuits in batteries have caused alarm in the personal electronics industry—both by users and those that make the devices. Unfortunately, up until now, engineers have not been able to solve the problem completely. Most such efforts involve re-engineering devices to prevent short-circuiting and thus overheating, or attempting to put flame retardant directly in the batteries. Neither approach has proven to be entirely satisfactory. Re-engineering does not always solve the problem and the addition of flame retardant greatly reduces battery efficiency. In this new effort, the researchers describe an approach that thus far appears to offer some help—it does not stop overheating from occurring, but it is able to prevent fire.The new approach involves encapsulating a common flame retardant called triphenyl phosphate in an extremely tiny sheath made of plastic fibers and then inserting several of them into the electrolyte that sits between the anode and cathode. The sheath keeps the retardant from actually coming into contact with the electrolyte material, which is flammable and the source of most battery fires. But the plastic fibers in the sheath have a melting point of 160° Celsius—if that temperature is reached, the plastic melts and the retardant is released into the electrolyte quashing a potential fire. Journal information: Science Advances In test devices using their encapsulated flame retardant, the researchers report that the sheaths melted and the retardant was released and merged with the electrolyte in just 0.4 seconds and because of that fires were averted.In practice, it is presumed that such an occurrence in a device would initiate a hardware error before the battery stopped working to alert a user to what had occurred. Thereafter, a user would also presumably have to purchase a new battery in order to continue using their device which would survive the overheating event. GIF animation showing the EC/DEC electrolyte is highly flammable. Credit: Liu et al. Sci. Adv. 2017;3:e1601978 Schematic illustration for the fabrication of the microfibers by electrospinning. Credit: Liu et al. Sci. Adv. 2017;3:e1601978center_img GIF animation showing the EC/DEC electrolyte is highly flammable. Credit: Liu et al. Sci. Adv. 2017;3:e1601978 Explore further © 2017 Phys.org GIF animation showing the flammability of the EC/DEC electrolytes in the presence of the TPP@PVDF-HFP separator. The flames of the electrolyte diminish rapidly and are completely extinguished within 0.4 seconds. Credit: Liu et al. Sci. Adv. 2017;3:e1601978 (Phys.org)—A team of researchers at Stanford University has found a novel way to introduce flame retardant into a lithium ion battery to prevent fires from occurring. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the team describes their technique and their results when testing it. GIF animation showing the combustion of EC/DEC electrolyte with the flame-retardant TPP. Credit: Liu et al. Sci. Adv. 2017;3:e1601978 Citation: A novel way to put flame retardant in a lithium ion battery (2017, January 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-01-flame-retardant-lithium-ion-battery.html This document is subject to copyright. 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