Tupou wants another taste of Test rugby

first_imgTupou has had a career year as Queensland’s go to option at tighthead prop, his scrummaging and defensive work now complementing the world class carries which made him a YouTube sensation.He is arguably the form prop in the country and that will have him firmly part of Wallabies coach Michael Cheika’s plans when Ireland come to town in June.”I really hope I’ll be able to get a chance to play later on this year,” Tupou said.”I’ve been focusing on the Reds but if I get a chance to play again that would be awesome.”Tupou made his Wallabies debut against Scotland at Murrayfield last year but was taken on Spring Tour in 2016, too, as a development player.That has accelerated Tupou’s growth, as even he admits he was in dire need of a scrummaging masterclass when he arrived at Ballymore in 2015.”It helped a lot, especially at scrum time,” Tupou said.”Coming off of school in New Zealand as a big prop I used to just run over the white boys.”But if you don’t have the scrum you can’t play so I have been learning from guys like James Slipper, Sekope Kepu and Alan Alaalatoa.”I’m looking forward to working with them again in June and then hopefully later in the year.”Direction from Reds coach Brad Thorn has helped, too.He has asked Tupou to shelve the gut-busting runs for added impact in defence and at scrum time – a formula which has certainly helped so far this season.”Thorny doesn’t want me to focus on my running,” Tupou said.”He wants me to focus on my D and my scrummaging.”The running will come later on.”last_img read more

Horse Racing Results

first_imgCaymanas Park Results for October 17, 2016Track Condition : Dirt : GoodRace 1 1000 M (S) (Purse $530,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2) – F&MALEX’S IMPORT BODY PARTS DEPARTMENT PLAQUE1. *MAMETA SEllis 54.02. RISING POWER AntThomas4 49.0 121/2L3. CHEXIMAKIT BebHarvey2 52.0 Neck4. STAROFTHETOWN AndreePowell4 52.0 13/4LWIN: $67.00PLACE: $54.00, $99.00, $88.00Final Time : 1:00.3 Splits : 23.1, 46.4, ,Winner : 4yo b filly – STORM CRAFT out of BISCAYNE STARR byTrainer : NUNES,ANTHONY C Owner : STEPHAN A NARINESINGHBred by PHILLIPS, O’NEILQuinella : (3,4) $276.00 Exacta : (4-3) $295.00Trifecta : (4-3-5) $263.00NORMAN MANLEY MEMORIAL CUPRace 2 1000 M (R) (Purse $530,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($250,0-$210,0)/NB5YO-NW2 & 6YO&UP-NW41. TWO STEPS UP DenBrown 54.02. *WARRIOR PRINCESS JInnis3 52.0 2L3. WILLINSTON MWard4 48.0 11/4L4. ABOGADO JPatterson2 54.0 NeckLate scratch : #1 REGGAE GOLD, #7 QUEEN OF THE TOWNWIN: $131.00PLACE: REFUNDFinal Time : 1:02.3 Splits : 23.3, 48.2, ,Winner : 5yo b colt – TRADITIONAL out of HISHI BLOSSOM by MACHO UNOTrainer : MARKLAND,O’NEIL D Owner : O’NEIL D MARKLANDBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Quinella : (3,6) $133.00 Exacta : (3-6) $298.00D/E : (4-3) $143.00Trifecta : (3-6-4) $804.00Race 3 1300 M (Purse $590,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($450,0-$400,0)/NB5YO – NW4ALEX’S IMPORT TRANSMISSION DEPARTMENT PLAQUE1. *STORMING DDawkins2 53.02. WESTERN ROSE RLahoe 52.0 31/4L3. XQUISITE CHOICE AntThomas4 56.0 4L4. MEGATRON JErwin 53.0 5LLate scratch : #7 JUNIOR DONWIN: $97.00Final Time : 1:20.2 Splits : 24.0, 47.3, 1:12.4,Winner : 4yo b filly – STORM CRAFT out of PSYCHE by SCHISMTrainer : GRAHAM,NEIVE E Owner : MODERN CONNECTIONBred by ASTON MARSH (DR.)Quinella : (3,4) $230.00 Exacta : (4-3) $424.00D/E : (3-4) $331.00Trifecta : (4-3-5) $507.00Rolling Triple : (4-3-4) $416.00Race 4 1000 M (S) (Purse $768,000) NB3YO MAIDEN CONDITION RACE – NOT EARNED $120,0 SINCE JUNE 17. (DIV.I)ALEX’S IMPORT SUSPENSION DEPARTMENT PLAQUE1. MARKET SENSATION JPatterson2 48.52. SURE STEP AndreePowell4 48.0 11/4L3. *THAT’S THE MAN HPottinger2 50.5 3/4L4. WHITE RUSSIAN OEdwards3 51.0 41/2L5. DOUBLE DEAL RMcNaughton 52.5 13/4LTOOK #1 ONLINE TRAIN SBlake 52.0WIN: $174.00PLACE: $56.00, $81.00, $63.00Final Time : 1:00.2 Splits : 23.0, 46.2, ,Winner : 3yo b filly – MARKET RALLY out of ECONOMIC SENSATION by STAR ATTITUDETrainer : CHEN,DWIGHT P Owner : HAMARK FARMSBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Quinella : (4,13) $587.00 Exacta : (4-13) $969.00D/E : (4-4) $430.00Trifecta : (4-13-11) $621.00Hi-5 : (4-13-11-5-6) $8,684.00Rolling Triple : (3-4-4) $1,408.00Race 5 1300 M (Purse $530,000) NB5-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)ALEX’S IMPORT JAPANESE TRUCK PARTS DEPARTMENT PLAQUE1. MY FAVORITE DANCER JPatterson2 54.02. ALL FOR THE GLORY JErwin 56.0 61/23. WICKED TUFF AChatrie 54.0 11/24. SPROUTING WINGS JInnis3 52.0 21/2Late scratch : #6 MISS ADDIWIN: $167.00PLACE: $63.00, $56.00, $55.00Final Time : 1:24.0 Splits : 24.3, 49.2, 1:16.3,Winner : 5yo b filly – DISTORTED out of THE WHITE WITCH by SPLINTER REDTrainer : PRYCE,DENNIS Owner : UNCLE BOBBred by KENUTE BIGNALLQuinella : (2,7) $369.00 Exacta : (2-7) $548.00D/E : (4-2) $723.00Superfecta : (2-7-5-3) $2,162.00Rolling Triple : (4-4-2) $3,216.00Race 6 1000 M (S) (Purse $768,000) NB3YO MAIDEN CONDITION RACE – NOT EARNED $120,0 SINCE JUNE 17. (DIV.II)ALEX’S IMPORT ACCESSORIES DEPARTMENT PLAQUE1. *RUNAWAY GAL OWalker 53.02. SHEZA SPY RLahoe 52.0 1/2L3. LUNA EMMA AndreePowell4 46.0 21/4L4. MOON WALK DAThomas 52.0 11/4L5. CONCLUSION JInnis3 48.5 31/4LTOOK #1 WAR ADVOCATE RHalledeen 53.0Late scratch : #8 MRS. K. T.WIN: $73.00PLACE: $53.00, $97.00, $91.00Final Time : 1:00.0 Splits : 23.0, 46.0, ,Winner : 3yo ch filly – LEGAL PROCESS out of VOODOO CHANT by SCHISMTrainer : DACOSTA,WAYNE A Owner : EDWARD STEINMAN & VON G. WHITEBred by NEW BLUE LTD.Race 7 1400 M (Purse $800,000) NB2-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHTALEX’S IMPORT NEW PARTS DEPARTMENT PLAQUE1. FEARLESS SAMURAI OWalker 52.52. *HENRY THE SECOND DDawkins2 54.0 13/43. SOTOMAYOR LSteadman2 54.0 34. LAWS OF THE CODE AChatrie 51.5 65. WESTERN WARRIOR RHalledeen 54.0 11/2WIN: $108.00PLACE: $78.00, $77.00, $135.00Final Time : 1:26.3 Splits : 24.0, 46.3, 1:12.3,Winner : 2yo ch colt – FEARLESS VISION out of SAYURI by ALISIOSTrainer : DACOSTA,WAYNE A Owner : ELIZABETH A DACOSTABred by ORANGE VALLEY ESTATES LTD.Quinella : (4,8) $89.00 Exacta : (4-8) $209.00D/E : (12-4) $151.00Superfecta : (4-8-9-5) $615.00Rolling Triple : (2-12-4) $1,555.00Pick-4 : (4-2-12-4) $4,836.00Quinella : (12,13) $311.00 Exacta : (12-13) $292.00D/E : (2-12) $470.00Trifecta : (12-13-11) $1,491.00Hi-5 : (12-13-11-7-9) $45,887.00Rolling Triple : (4-2-12) $3,339.00Super-6 : (4-3-4-4-2-12) $6,356.40HEROES DAY STAKES TROPHYRace 8 1600 M (Purse $560,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE III(NW3 O/T)1. SUPERTRONICS BebHarvey2 52.02. MR. AMBASSADOR OWalker 54.0 Neck3. *BALLON D’OR SEllis 53.5 11L4. TARANTINO OMullings 52.0 NeckWIN: $137.00PLACE: $52.00, $51.00, $53.00Final Time : 1:39.4 Splits : 24.3, 47.4, 1:12.4,Winner : 4yo ch colt – SEEKING THE GLORY out of SUPER LASS by LINE IN THE SANDTrainer : DACOSTA,WAYNE A Owner : CARLTON S WATSONBred by ORANGE VALLEY ESTATES LTD.Quinella : (4,5) $169.00 Exacta : (5-4) $393.00D/E : (4-5) $328.00Superfecta : (5-4-1-6) $1,676.00Rolling Triple : (12-4-5) $448.00Race 9 1100 M (Purse $768,000) NB3YO(NW2)/IMP3YO&UP(MDN)/REST. ALL. IIALEX’S IMPORT ENGINE DEPARTMENT PLAQUE1. KING D OMullings 51.52. OCEAN SEEKER JInnis3 48.0 6 1/4L3. PROUD PRESIDENT AntThomas4 49.0 Neck4. *LIKE A LADY JPatterson2 49.0 1 1/2L5. IAN LINKS JErwin 53.5 1 1/2LLNS MR. LYNDHURST 52.5WIN: $277.00PLACE: $132.00, $325.00, $161.00Final Time : 1:05.4 Splits : 22.4, 46.0, ,Winner : 3yo colt – BLUE PEPSI LODGE out of FIGHT FOR PLEASURE by FIGHT OVERTrainer : CHUNG,SPENCER A Owner : MR. J.P.S.Bred by HAM STABLES LTD.Quinella : (5,9) $3,566.00 Exacta : (5-9) $6,704.00D/E : (5-5) $6,704.00Trifecta : (5-9-8) $4,301.00Hi-5 : (5-9-8-13-3) $40,922.50Rolling Triple : (4-5-5) $3,076.00PlacePot 8 : (1-3-6-7,3-4-7,4-13,2-7,8-12-13,4-8,4-5,5-9) $1,446.00GOLD CUPRace 10: Alex’s Import Gold cup1400 M (Purse $1,500,000) 3-Y-O & UP GRADED STAKES1. BUZZ NIGHTMARE OMullings 50.02. PHINEAS JPatterson2 48.5 2 1/4L3. BRAWN AChatrie 51.5 1/2L4. HOUDINI’S MAGIC DDawkins2 48.0 1 3/4LWIN: $186.00PLACE: $74.00, $121.00, $116.00Final Time : 1:23.4 Splits : 23.2, 45.4, 1:10.1,Winner : 4yo colt – INTO MISCHIEF out of QUEEN OF BATTLE byTrainer : FEANNY,PHILIP M Owner : 2 PENYUBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Quinella : (7,9) $1,221.00 Exacta : (7-9) $2,133.00D/E : (5-7) $521.00Superfecta : (7-9-10-2) $20,683.00Rolling Triple : (5-5-7) $3,136.00Race 11 1500 M (Purse $500,000) 3YO&UP CLM($180,0)-NOT EARNED $120,0 SINCE JUNE 17ALEX’S IMPORT WASSY CG 150 PLAQUE1. *BATIDOR DE MUNDO DDawkins2 50.02. SIRMANDI ARobles 52.0 8L3. MONEYNEVERSLEEP BebHarvey2 52.0 3/4L4. YES WE WILL HPottinger2 55.0 3/4L5. FIRST’K’BOY RoshJohnson4 53.0 5LWIN: $112.00PLACE: $76.00, $129.00, $85.00Final Time : 1:36.3 Splits : 24.4, 48.4, 1:16.0,Winner : 6yo b horse – NATURAL SELECTION out of COTTA’S JEWEL by MINER’S MARKTrainer : NUNES,ANTHONY C Owner : STEPHAN A NARINESINGHBred by Y.S. (1955) LTD.Quinella : (3,8) $551.00 Exacta : (8-3) $878.00D/E : (7-8) $390.00 () $89.00Trifecta : (8-3-1) $437.00Hi-5 : (8-3-1-9-11) $51,168.00Rolling Triple : (5-7-8) $1,981.00Pick-4 : (5-5-7-6,10,12) $5,468.00Super-6 : (5-12,4,5,5,7,8-10-12) $5,055.30Pick-9 : (4-7,4,2,8-12,4,5,5,7,8-10-12) $545,823.50last_img read more

Cevon’s contentions are without merit – Communities Ministry

first_imgThe Communities Ministry has come out in defence against reports made by Cevon’s Waste Management Inc, which earlier this week cried foul over the award of the contract for the development and maintenance of the controversial Haags Bosch solid waste disposal site, at Eccles, East Bank Demerara (EBD).Last week, a 1 million one-year contract was inked between the Communities Ministry and Puran Brothers Inc, for that company to maintain the Eccles, EBD dump site. Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan, when questioned by Guyana Times assured that the awardee was found to be the most suitable among the four other bidders for the project.But on Sunday, Cevon’s Waste Management came out swinging, contending that the process for the award of the contract was rather “unfair”, and had moved to file a protest with the Bid Protest Committee (BPC). Cevon’s cited low price, technical competence, operation methodology and past performance as reasons for the protest.On Tuesday, the Communities Ministry said the contention made by Cevon’s Waste Management – of the decision to award the contract for the management of the Haags Bosch Landfill site to Puran Brothers Disposal Inc was unfair and biased – is without merit.It said efforts to bring relief to residents of Eccles and neighbouring communities have been, over the past several months, working to ensure that the Haags Bosch Landfill facility be transformed into a site which complies with international and environmental standards.“Due to this effort, a contract was signed on July 14, 2016 between the Ministry of Communities and Puran Brothers Disposal Inc with the aim of enhancing the aesthetics and implementing regulations that are in accordance with the relevant health standards”.The Ministry said it remains committed to ensuring that new measures are implemented to guarantee the effective management of waste.“The Ministry of Communities wishes to assure the public that claims by Cevon’s that the company was sidelined are inaccurate and reiterates that the tender process was based on the stipulated criteria as outlined in the Procurement Act”.At the signing of the contract, Bulkan said that the signing of the new contract provides for different and improved features, including the use of a compactor unit to more efficiently manage the waste and to extend the duration and life of the landfill site.“There will be daily cover of the waste to prevent odour and other unsanitary effects. There will also be proper fire fighting equipment,” he said, since there have been numerous bouts of fires during the last couple of months, following the departure of the previous contractor.The Communities Minister said it is expected that a “fresh approach” from what was said was the continuation of an intended meaningful relationship between Central and Local Government.The Minister, along with senior officials within his Ministry and representatives of the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) and the contracted firm, had gathered in the boardroom of the site’s administrative building, at Eccles, to sign the contract.last_img read more

Radmanovic injures shoulder

first_imgThe Lakers couldn’t even make it out of the All-Star break unscathed. Forward Vladimir Radmanovic suffered a separated right shoulder when he fell on a patch of ice Saturday in Park City, Utah. Kupchak said he wouldn’t look to add a forward, but said of the overall picture: “Does it increase the urgency as far as making a deal? I don’t know. We have a pretty good idea of what we want to do if we can do it.” For the time being, the Lakers face a decision about starting Brian Cook or Maurice Evans in Radmanovic’s place. The injury also derails what already had been a disappointing season for the Lakers’ major free-agent acquisition. Radmanovic, who signed a five-year, $30.2 million contract in July, is averaging just 6.9 points and 3.4 rebounds while shooting a career-worst 33.9 percent from 3-point range. He suffered an injury to his shooting hand during the preseason and watched Walton take the starting job originally earmarked for him. Then in December, Radmanovic was dubbed a “space cadet” by Jackson for his difficulties in learning the triangle offense. He found himself out of the rotation altogether when Lamar Odom returned after missing 21games with a sprained knee ligament. But Walton was injured just when the Lakers welcomed back Odom, and Radmanovic went from sitting to starting. Although he scored in double figures in five consecutive games, Radmanovic’s play regressed, and Jackson’s patience ran out on the Lakers’ eight-game trip. Radmanovic stayed in the starting five, but Jackson opted not to play him in the fourth quarter of games. All told, the Lakers have lost key players to 119 games with injuries. Center Chris Mihm has not played this season after undergoing ankle surgery, Brown has missed 23 games with a severe ankle sprain and Walton has sat out the past 11games. ross.siler@dailynews.com (818) 713-3610 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The timing couldn’t be worse for the Lakers, who already were without two injured starters in Walton and Kwame Brown and need a victory Wednesday against Portland to avoid the first six-game losing streak of Phil Jackson’s coaching career. “It seems like we’ve had at least our fair share (of injuries),” Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said. “It’s something that all teams go through. Maybe we’ve had a little bit of an extra dose. But there’s nothing you can do about it. It’s part of the equation.” The Lakers are hopeful Walton will be able to return from his sprained right ankle in the coming week, with team spokesman John Black saying Walton made “slight progress” this weekend and might try to practice today. Whether Radmanovic’s injury emboldens the Lakers to make a move before Thursday’s trading deadline remains to be seen. “It doesn’t really affect a whole lot,” Kupchak said. “I think of more concern right now is where we are with Luke, because he was close to returning before the break. With Luke back, I think we’re versatile enough to make it through the end of the season.” center_img Radmanovic, who was starting in place of the injured Luke Walton, is expected to miss approximately eightweeks, a timetable that would cost him more than 25 games and keep him out until the final week of the regular season. He returned Sunday to Los Angeles, where he was examined by team doctors. Radmanovic underwent an MRI exam and CT scan Monday that confirmed the separated shoulder, the team said. last_img read more

Chelsea 3-1 Sporting Lisbon: Unbeaten Blues top Champions League Group G with easy victory

first_img John Obi Mikel celebrates with his Chelsea team-mates after scoring in the Champions League Chelsea cruised to a 3-1 win over Sporting Lisbon at Stamford Bridge to conclude their Champions League group stage campaign with their unbeaten record intact.The Blues, who had already booked their place in the last-16 with a commanding victory over Schalke a fortnight ago, looked comfortable throughout and were rarely threatened by the visiting Portuguese outfit.Jose Mourinho’s side went into the half-time break with a comfortable 2-0 lead following Cesc Fabregas’ early penalty and Andre Schurrle’s strike.And while Jonathan Silva pulled one back for Sporting early in the second-half, Chelsea replied just six minutes later when John Obi Mikel tapped in from close-range to seal an easy win.It was a cruel evening for Sporting, whose run in the tournament comes to an end thanks to Schalke’s 1-0 win over Maribor, which saw the Germans claim the runners-up spot and with it their progression to the knock-out stages.With first place in Group G already secured, manager Mourinho named six changes to the side which slumped to their first defeat of the season against Newcastle at the weekend.It was still a strong side, though, with Spanish duo Diego Costa and Fabregas starting in their familiar attacking roles, and it was the playmaker who opened the scoring from the spot, coolly converting after Filipe Luis was fouled in the box just eight minutes into the game.And Schurrle, making his ninth start of the season, swiftly doubled their lead on 15 minutes with a clinical finish, tucking the ball into the far corner from Nemanja Matic’s perfect pass.It was a typically assured performance from the Blues for the remainder of the opening period, controlling the ball and preventing the visitors from having much of an impact.But they perhaps took their foot off the gas after the break, and were punished for it when Sporting pulled one back through a fine finish from Silva, who was allowed to chest down the ball and volley past Petr Cech from just inside the area after Chelsea failed to clear.Any hopes of a comeback were soon nipped in the bud, however, as Mikel re-established the Blues’ two-goal cushion with a tap in right on the goal line – only his fifth ever goal for the club – after Gary Cahill nodded on from a corner.With the win already in the bag, Mourinho introduced homegrown youngster Ruben Loftus-Cheek for his first senior appearance and Chelsea could have had a fourth when he played fellow substitute Loic Remy through on goal, only for the Frenchman’s effort to be blocked.Sporting had a flurry of late chances to grab what would only be a consolation, but the Blues’ back-four was quick to shut down their options, as the London side cantered into the next stage with another three points. 1last_img read more


first_imgTHE DONEGAL Chamber Orchestra brought some extra festive cheer to the Courtyard Shopping Centre in Letterkenny today.The orchestra played classical pieces by Warlock, Jarre, Torelli and Strauss – plus a large number of traditional Christmas music.The Chamber Orchestra will be back on stage at An Grianan Theatre on Sunday (5pm) as part of the Donegal Music Education Partnership annual concert. The chamber’s repertoire will include:Peter Warlock (1894-1930)Capriol Suite for string orchestra (1926) (5′)– Basse-Danse– Pieds en l’Air– MattachinsMaurice Jarre (1924 – 2009)Somewhere, my love (Lara’s Theme) from “Dr. Zhivago” (1965) (50th Anniversary ) (3′)Giuseppe Torelli (1658-1709)Concerto Grosso Op.8 No.6 in g minor ”Christmas Concerto” (1709) (8′)– Grave-Vivace– Largo– Vivace  DONEGAL CHAMBER ORCHESTRA BRINGS FESTIVE CHEER TO COURTYARD SHOPPING CENTRE was last modified: December 12th, 2015 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:donegal chamber orchestralast_img read more

Finn Harps thank supporters for ‘tough but rewarding year’

first_img2016 has been a very tough but rewarding year for Finn Harps FC, but once again we have pulled together as a club and achieved safety despite the many challenges we faced. There are a huge number of people who make all this possible and Finn Harps FC would like to thank all who contributed to a successful year.These include:>Our management and backroom team>Our main sponsor McGettigan’s, whose support was so vital throughout the year>All those who sponsored matches, match balls, players, programme ads, pitch-side hoardings, draw prizes etc>Kevin Bradley and Highland Bakery for their media advertising sponsorship>Our website advertisers>Finn Harps Schools Committee and coaches>Our u17 and U19 players and coaching staff who enjoyed a fantastic season>Academy coaches and volunteers>Our lotto and fundraising staff>Our office and admin volunteers>Our match-night team of stewards including the vital contribution from Ivan Harvey and all at MICAD Secuirty>Ticket sellers and turnstile operators>Our famous tea ladies and merchandise shop staff>Our official match programme contributors and sellers>Our pitch and ground maintenance volunteers>Our marketing and social media volunteers including our design partners at DIAGA>All local and national print, broadcast and online media for their coverage>Our team doctor and Irish Red Cross>Our shareholders, patrons of Friends of Finn Harps and of course our ever loyal supporters both at home and who followed the team all over the country once more>Everyone who supported our fundraisers and events>Our friends and partner on matchnights at Mobstats>And most of all our players, including those who departed during the season, who made 2016 another historic year for the club The Board of Finn Harps will discuss, plan and the inform supporters of a plan of action to build on this year’s success and prepare the club for competing in the 2017 SSE Airtricity Premier Division as well as U19, U17, U15 and Ulster Senior leagues.Finn Harps thank supporters for ‘tough but rewarding year’ was last modified: November 6th, 2016 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:finn harpsFootballsse airtricity premier divisionSupporterslast_img read more

Gardaí issue warning over broadband phone scams

first_imgMembers of the public are being advised to be on the alert to a phone scam in which fraudsters claim to be calling from utility companies on the pretence that there are issues with the customer’s broadband service.The warning comes from An Garda Síochána, in association with the FraudSMART, a fraud awareness initiative led by Banking & Payments Federation Ireland (BPFI).The fraudsters are using the name of a utility company (telephone/mobile phone provider, broadband provider or software company) to call householders, offering to “fix” computer or broadband problems. The caller will attempt to trick you into revealing your banking or card details and providing codes from your card reader to access your online banking and make fraudulent payments.The householder may be asked to allow the caller to take remote control of your computer to “assist” you. However, this could allow the fraudster to show you fraudulent screens.The callers are professional and will be able to transfer you to their “supervisor” should you request this. They sound genuine.A spokesperson for the An Garda Síochána gives the following advice. “If you have received a suspicious call, hang up and phone the company the person is purporting to be from directly yourself.“Do not use a number given to you by the caller and make sure you hear a dial tone before making the call. If you are concerned that you may have fallen victim to a scam contact your local garda station and also your bank.”Niamh Davenport, who leads the BPFI FraudSMART programme, stated: “Always be wary of any unexpected calls or texts especially those asking for personal details or payments.“Never give your financial or personal information in order to release money, refund fees, or access to your computer. Fraudsters are very convincing but do not be afraid to take the time to make the relevant checks.“The caller will try to rush you or make you feel foolish and negligent if you don’t follow their instructions, but this is all designed to panic you into doing something you wouldn’t otherwise do.” Gardaí issue warning over broadband phone scams was last modified: June 7th, 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)last_img read more

SETI vs. Intelligent Design

first_imgIntelligent Design proponents have often pointed to the similarity between what they are doing and what SETI is doing.  For example, SETI is attempting to detect evidence of intelligence in coded signals from space, and design biologists are detecting evidence of intelligence in the DNA code.  Seth Shostak, Director of the SETI Institute, decided to challenge that comparison in the weekly SETI report on Space.com.  He started with a comparison of his own: ID people are no more to be taken seriously than the comedian who found a potato that looked like Richard Nixon’s head.  But then he got serious; isn’t there a double standard, if SETI is accepted by the scientific community and ID is not?    First, Shostak argued that the signals SETI is searching for are not all that complex.  A code or message is not a requirement; a valid candidate might just be a “persistent narrowband whistle” of no known natural origin.  Still, why would SETI be able to deduce intelligence with far less complexity than the high complexity found in DNA?  Here, Shostak made a surprising statement: such a simple, narrow signal from space would constitute better evidence for intelligence than the DNA code:Well, it’s because the credibility of the evidence is not predicated on its complexity.  If SETI were to announce that we’re not alone because it had detected a signal, it would be on the basis of artificiality.  An endless, sinusoidal signal – a dead simple tone – is not complex; it’s artificial.  Such a tone just doesn’t seem to be generated by natural astrophysical processes.  In addition, and unlike other radio emissions produced by the cosmos, such a signal is devoid of the appendages and inefficiencies nature always seems to add – for example, DNA’s junk and redundancy. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)He admitted that the pulsar first thought to be evidence of extraterrestrial intelligence in 1967 did not convey information, but then says that it was profligate in its signal, broadcasting all over the spectrum.  This, he claims, shows that it was a signal no alien would produce; it would be too “wasteful.”  In cells and sea lions, on the other hand, nature produces things full of “Junk, redundancy and inefficiency” he claimed.  To him, this proves they were not artificially engineered because they are not “optimally built.”    A second error in the comparison, Shostak continued, is in overlooking the importance of context.  SETI researchers would be justified in inferring artificiality if they found a large green square on an earth-like planet (instead of in a group of stars), just like archaeologists are justified in inferring hominid tool-making if rock chips are found in a cave.    In summary, Shostak disavows the comparison between SETI and ID research on two counts: (1) SETI is not looking for messages with evidence of intelligence, but only for simple artificial signals; (2) SETI is looking for artificiality in the context of places where such “very modest complexity” would be unexpected and not otherwise observed.  The last word: “This is clearly nothing like looking at DNA’s chemical makeup and deducing the work of a supernatural biochemist.”We have to hand it to Seth Shostak for tackling an argument head-on without too much mocking.  Will his arguments stand up to scrutiny?  You decide.  In the first place, looking for a simple signal is just the first pass filter.  All the SETI literature has been replete with claims that eventually humans want to converse with the aliens and learn from them.  Jimmy Carter spoke for the earth in writing, “We hope some day, having solved the problems we face, to join a community of galactic civilizations.”  That’s also why our messages to them have been very complex: from the Arecibo message, to the Pioneer plaque, and especially to the Voyager records – loaded with information, telling them as much about ourselves as the bandwidth allowed.  Finding a “persistent narrowband whistle” would most certainly instigate an intensive follow-up search to first confirm the artificiality of the signal, and then try to discover more complexity in it.  Shostak and the world would certainly not be sufficiently convinced to get off at the whistle-stop and say, “well, we found intelligent life, so let’s move on to something else.”  Look at how the alleged canals on Mars sent scientists and the public into a frenzy to get more data and learn more about a possible Martian civilization.  The confirmation of extraterrestrial intelligence would surely demand more complexity in the signal, just as it did in the SETI-dominated movie Contact.    As to Shostak’s second argument that an artificial signal would be efficient whereas life is profligate and wasteful, who is he kidding?  This is a red herring wrapped in circular reasoning.  Like most of the SETI crowd, Shostak is an evolutionist.  He assumes life evolved, and he assumes evolution is a wasteful process without design, so when he finds what (to him) looks like wastefulness and redundancy, he only argues his assumptions.  This is the old dysteleology (bad design) argument, but it is rather presumptuous to tell the Designer “if you were really so smart, you would have done it my way.”  In the first place, Shostak obviously has not been listening to the molecular biologists who are in such awe of the efficiency and robustness of biological machinery that they are racing to imitate it (11/19/2005).  (Artists may try to imitate junk, but not engineers.)  In the second place, the “junk DNA” he speaks of is rapidly being redefined as more about its essential functions is being uncovered (10/20/2005, 09/08/2005, 07/15/2005).  In the third place, he presumes he knows what the aliens would do, when maybe, to them, sending a wideband message might make more sense than a narrowband one.  In the fourth place, he assumes human intelligence is not profligate, redundant and wasteful.  Ever seen government regulations?  So not only is he presumptuous and uninformed over the particular claims of this argument, it is an irrelevant argument anyway: SETI would certainly follow up any sign of “artificiality” with a massive search for more complexity containing a message.  He argued that the ID claim that “complexity would imply intelligence, is also wrong.”  But this misrepresents the claims of ID (see next paragraph), and will come back to bite his own assertion in the end.    Shostak also misleads his readers by making a false distinction between artificiality and complexity.  This equivocation also begs the question about design vs. evolution.  The ID literature has made it clear that it is not just complexity that makes a design inference valid, but specified complexity.  If an “artificial” signal were found with enough complexity beyond what could be produced naturally, it would be specified by definition, even if it were a persistent lowband whistle.  After ruling out chance and natural law as sources, both Shostak and the ID community would conclude that an intelligent design inference is warranted.  So the distinction disappears.  Both sides also agree that specified complexity depends on context; a little complexity, like a cairn on a trail, is sufficient to make a design inference in the mountains, whereas much more specified complexity would be required to declare a forger guilty.    And what is “artificial” anyway, if not designed by an intelligence?  Shostak is not being consistent here, because to him, artificiality evolved: it has its roots in non-design.  How could artificiality (i.e., purposeful action of a designer) evolve in the first place?  At what point did purpose and intent (i.e., free will) diverge from chance and necessity?  A beaver is intelligent, but is hauling a piece of wood for the purpose of making a dam equivalent to sending an intelligent signal bearing information?  Is the guard crow sending intelligent communication when it caws the warning signal to the flock?  Suppose an alien planet had frogs that croaked with a persistent narrowband whistle in the radio range; would SETI be ready to ask them about the meaning of life and how to survive global war?  Clearly a different category of communication is being sought here.  SETI goes beyond astrobiology.  It would not be content to find bacteria on Mars; it wants evidence of purpose, intent, intelligence and free will – beings capable of harnessing nature to send information-bearing messages that would never occur by chance or natural law.  Humans do this all the time: smoke signals, skywriting, petroglyphs, writing with a stick in the sand, or beaming bits into space.  How can Shostak make a design inference based on artificiality (extraterrestrial intelligence, the kind that intends to communicate with us) without first assuming the very criterion he wants to deny to advocates of intelligent design?  And without coming up with some sort of criterion for minimum specified complexity, how can he distance himself from the comedian who finds a potato that looks like Richard Nixon’s head?    Finally, let’s have a little fun at Seth Shostak’s expense, with all due respect.  One of the persistent harangues against intelligent design is that it “brings science to a halt by claiming a designer did it.”  According to this view, ID scientists are lazy and prone to jumping to conclusions.  They don’t want to be diligent in performing the rigorous work necessary to find natural explanations for complex phenomena (see 11/21/2005 end of main article).  This is not true, because using the Dembski Explanatory Filter, intelligent causes are always a last resort after natural and chance causes are eliminated.  But let’s put the shoe on the other foot for a change.  Dr. Shostak, Jill Tarter et al.,wouldn’t it be the lazy way out for a SETI scientist to infer intelligence for a persistent narrowband whistle?  Surely a naturalistic explanation must be out there.  You must keep trying, ad infinitum, till a natural cause is found.  If you infer intelligence was the cause, you are just giving up.  You are failing to perform the rigorous analysis necessary to do science; you are bringing science to a halt.    Nice try, Dr. Shostak.  Think about this some more and try again.  And while you’re at it, tell us how your own intelligent message-sending capacity evolved, or how it can be distinguished from chance and natural law, if nature is all there is. 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Western Province lift Currie Cup

first_img29 October 2012Western Province were crowned South African provincial rugby champions for the first time since 2001 after an upset 25-18 defeat of the Natal Sharks in the Absa Currie Cup final in Durban on Saturday night. It was a tight but deserved win for Allister Coetzee’s charges.Before the game, most pundits agreed that the Sharks had too much firepower for the men from Cape Town. They had better depth, they were more experienced and they had beaten Province (or the Stormers) in their four previous meetings in 2012.In addition, the game was at Mr Price Kings Park where the Sharks had lost only to the Super Rugby champions, the Chiefs, all year, and when the same two teams met in the 2010 final in Durban, the Sharks ran out convincing 30-10 winners.But that is why the game is played. Victories on paper don’t count.FlyhalfThe star of the Sharks’ 20-point victory in 2010 was flyhalf Patrick Lambie, who scored 25 of the home team’s 30 points. He had been in superb form heading into the 2012 final and was expected to dominate his Western Province counterpart Demetri Catrakilis.It didn’t turn out that way as Catrakilis played a pivotal part in Province’s victory, performing efficiently throughout and landing two drop goals, one with his right foot and the other off his left foot to stretch his team’s lead to seven points right at the death.Early on, it looked as if a Sharks’ victory would be a formality. The game was hard-fought, but the Sharks were bossing it.With their all-Springbok front row, they were clearly stronger in the tight scrums, but Province, led by Bok lock Eben Etzebeth, gave the Sharks fits at lineout time. Nonetheless, they appeared in control of the game.DominatedAfter Catrakilis landed an early penalty, the Sharks dominated possession and territory. By the 27th minute they led 12-3 after forcing four kickable penalties, which Lambie landed.While Province resisted strongly – their defence has been their strength throughout 2012 – they did not appear threatening on the offence, especially after losing star winger Bryan Habana to injury early on, and with the Sharks playing most of the game in the Western Province half, it looked as if regularly kicking penalties would win it for the hosts.Dion Fourie and company, however, pulled back three points in the 33rd minute when Joe Pietersen, Habana’s replacement, landed a long distance kick at posts.TryThen, with half-time drawing near, Juan de Jongh won Province a scrum inside Sharks’ territory with some good defence. From the set piece, the visitors executed a planned move to perfection as De Jongh took a pass from Catrakilis and just evaded the tackles of two defenders. He then wrong-footed Lwazi Mvovo to race through and score under the uprights.Catrakilis added the conversion to put Province, who had been under the cosh, into a narrow 13-12 lead.The try seemed to inject the visiting team with belief and inspiration and they began to take the game to the Sharks more, whilst maintaining a stubborn and hard- hitting defence.Right before the half-time whistle, Catrakilis added a further penalty to the Western Province score to make it 16-12 to the underdogs at the break.Massive scrumThe Sharks began the second half with a massive scrum that destroyed the Province front eight and earned the home team a penalty. Another successful kick from Lambie reduced the deficit to only one point.Province were put under significant pressure for the next 10 minutes, but the Sharks could not find a way over the try line and had to settle for Lambie’s sixth penalty after 56 minutes, which did, nonetheless, give them a narrow 18-16 lead.It didn’t last long as the men in blue and white forced their way deep into Sharks’ territory, where they put the home side under heavy pressure. They were awarded a penalty and Catrakilis made no mistake with the easy kick to edge his side 19-18 in front.Drop goalTwo minutes later, captain Dion Fourie made a break and after a number of phases Catrakilis struck with a well-taken drop goal to extend his team’s lead to four points.Western Province kept up the pressure and played the game in the Sharks’ half, but when they won a penalty Joe Pietersen was wide with a longer range effort.With five minutes to play, Province won a tighthead and took play into the Sharks’ 22. Catrakilis then stuck a dagger in the hearts of Sharks’ supporters by scrambling to his left and striking a left-footed drop goal low over the posts.At 25-18 down, the home team needed a converted try to level the contest and they very nearly got it.Guessed correctlyAn excellent break down the right put Louis Ludik in the clear, with Charl McLeod racing up on his outside, and only Pietersen to beat. Ludik drew Pietersen and passed to McLeod. The fullback, though, guessed correctly and at the last moment pulled out of tackling Ludik and dragged McLeod down.With time up, Province had a scrum and needed only to kick the ball out to win. McLeod, though, forced a turnover and the Sharks’ faithful looked on. hoping for a fairytale ending.The men in black and white worked their way up the field, pushing Western Province back, but, after going through numerous phases, a knock on meant the Cape Town-based team had won the Currie Cup for the first time in 11 years.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more