Galloway Mountain Rescue Team Praised For Bravery’ & ‘Dedication’

first_imgGalloway Mountain Rescue Team in Action AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInEmma Harper MSP has praised the ‘bravery’ and ‘dedication’ of the Galloway Mountain Rescue Team following a Parliamentary debate on the legacy of moutaineer, Sir Hugh Munro, who was the first person to chart Scotland’s highest mountains over 3,000 feet, now named the ‘Munros’. While South Scotland doesn’t have any Munros, it has plenty of mountains and hills called ‘Corbetts’ and ‘Donalds’ which attract thousands of visitors each year, on which mountain rescue teams can be required to save hillwalkers who are injured or in distress. The South Scotland MSP highlighted the work of Newton Stewart’s Galloway MRT, which was formed in 1975 and have responded to over 420 incidents, including one as recently as the 9th March. Ms. Harper said: “I would like to say thank you to Scotland’s mountain rescue teams. In the South West we have the Galloway Mountain Rescue Team, a charity in Newton Stewart which provides rescue services in the Dumfries & Galloway and South Ayrshire area.“Like other mountain rescue teams, Galloway MRT is a charity run by volunteers who give up their own time and when called upon put their life in danger to rescue those who are injured or in distress in our mountains and hills.“I would encourage everyone to visit their website to learn more about their work and to read about how to keep safe in the hills.”Speaking after the debate she added:“I commend the bravery and dedication of Scotland’s mountain rescue teams, including those in my South Scotland Region such as Galloway MRT, Moffat MRT and the Border Search and Rescue Unit.“I would encourage constituents to follow the advice of mountain rescue services in ensuring the right clothing and equipment is taken on any hill or mountain hike, and to take a map and compass as well. Weather conditions on Scotland’s hills can change very quickly and can be extremely challenging to navigate for even the most experienced of hillwalkers and climbers. Please visit the Galloway Mountain Rescue Team website for more information on how to stay safe when accessing our beautiful countryside.”last_img read more

After another 74, Mike Weir seems unlikely to make cut

first_imgIt’s not official yet, but Utah resident Mike Weir will not be playing the weekend in the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits Golf Course in Kohler, Wis.Weir shot his second-straight 74 for a 4-over 148 total after two rounds of the PGA. Half the field — 78 golfers — was still on the course due to fog delays each of the first two days, and the projected cut is currently at 1 over par. The top 70 players and ties make the cut and Weir, who is in a tie for 104th place, has little chance to make it.In Friday’s round, Weir had four bogeys along with two birdies at No. 5 and No. 14.— Mike Sorensenlast_img

Smiling Norman wins the day

first_img3rd Peter Seil (8) 33ptsNorman Cheetham.On Monday the golfers of the TRGG took on the challenges set by St Andrews golf course.  This is very much a “marmite golf course” as you either love it or hate it.Peter Seil continued with the recent improvements of his form, shooting 33 points to claim third position.  Robert Asanuma, playing his third round of golf with the society, claimed his third time on the podium with his 37 points being good enough for second spot.Now it usually takes a golfer with real patience and natural ability to shoot a good score at this fine venue.  That being said, it was even more remarkable that the day’s top round was achieved by Norman Cheetham with a fantastic 40 points and to round off the day there was a rumour that Norman even cracked out a cheeky little smile.Tuesday, June 6, Phoenix – Stableford1st Norman Cheetham (14) 36pts2nd Roger Wilkinson (15) 35pts3rd Darryl Ottaway (7) 34ptsPhoenix was the destination for the golf group on Tuesday and left hander Australian Darryl Ottaway, playing his first round with the group since November, scored 34 points which was good enough to take third position today.Roger Wilkinson’s caddie not only knows every slope on every green at Phoenix but she also possesses the same knowledge of each and every fairway.  Armed with this information Roger was able to shoot 35 points and take second spot.  However, this is the week not to be messing with “storming Norman” Cheetham and the sweet talking generous Australian took his second win in 2 days with 36 points.Thursday, June 8, Silky Oaks – Stableford1st Sakai Yasuo (11) 41pts2nd Robert Asanuma (13) 41pts3rd Neil Wilkinson (11) 40ptsJohn Baxter.Thursday saw the group visiting Silky Oaks and we witnessed a day of remarkable scoring.  Neil Wilkinson shot a fine round of 40 points but this was only good enough to claim third position.  Robet Asanuma’s fine form continued and he shot a splendid 41 points, however, on this occasion he was pipped for pole position by Sakai Yasuo who produced a better back 9.On the day, 14 of the 19 golfers who played scored over 30 points and this reflected the generosity of the course.Friday, June 9, Burapha – Stableford1st John Baxter (17) 41pts2nd Jim Cooper (16) 38pts3rd Andrew Ottaway (16) 36ptsBurapha welcomed the TRGG on Friday with the A and B nines being played.  Andrew Ottaway shot 36 points to take third place by virtue of count-back while Aberdeen’s very own Jim Cooper shot 38 to take second spot.  In a week of there being a general election in the UK, and also Scotland playing England at football, how Mr Cooper managed to concentrate on golf is a minor miracle.  Actually his passion for football and politics, both based around the theme of “anti English”, actually makes his success on the golf course more of a major miracle.Even the efforts of the tartan terror could not stop John Baxter who always manages to stay at the other end of the excitement metre compared to Jim.  Laid back John managed 41 points and this was more than enough to take the day’s top prize.Saturday, June 10, Greenwood – StablefordThe end of the week saw a long trip out to Greenwood and Billy Allen saw a slight improvement in his recent shocking form to take third spot with 31 points.Just ahead of Billy came Glenn Campell with 32 points but the winner as a result of a better back 9 was Joe Depasquale.  This was Joe’s first win at the TRGG in 15 attempts so this proved to be a popular result to end off another fine week of golf. Travellers Rest Golf GroupMonday, June 5, St. Andrews – Stableford1st Norman Cheetham (15) 40pts2nd Robert Asanuma (13) 37ptslast_img read more

RDS Qualifiers at Galway Equestrian Centre

first_imgPictured at the RDS Qualifiers at Galway Equestrian Centre sponsored locally by OceanFeed Equine are Eddie Moloney on Cruicerath Flexianna, owned by USA Young Jumpers LLC who came 1st in the 6 Year Old Class with Gerry Warren, Sales Manager, OceanFeed Equine and Lisa Holland, Galway Equestrian Centre. Photo Martina Regan Pictured at the RDS Qualifiers at Galway Equestrian Centre sponsored locally by OceanFeed Equine are Francis Connors on Pembrook Milenia, owned by M. Meller Wrenwood Stables, Winner of the 7 & 8 Year olds class with Barry O’Connor, RDS Committee and Gerry Warren, Sales Manager, OceanFeed Equine. Photo Martina Reganprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email These are the 4,5,6 and 7 year old classes which qualified for this years Dublin Horse Show at Galway Equestrian Centre on Wednesday. Pictured at the RDS Qualifiers at Galway Equestrian Centre sponsored locally by OceanFeed Equine are Niall Mullins on Tink Again, owned by Niall who came 1st in the 5 Year Old Class and Gerry Warren, Sales Manager, OceanFeed Equine. Photo Martina Regan Pictured at the RDS Qualifiers at Galway Equestrian Centre sponsored locally by OceanFeed Equine are Catherine Thornton on Cashmans Diamond owned by Maurice Bingham who came 1st in the 4 Year Old class and Gerry Warren, Sales Manager, OceanFeed Equine. Photo Martina Regan The classes are sponsored by Milltown Company OceanFeed. Pictured at the RDS Qualifiers at Galway Equestrian Centre sponsored locally by OceanFeed Equine are Eddie Moloney on Cruicerath Flexianna, owned by USA Young Jumpers LLC who came 1st in the 6 Year Old Class with Gerry Warren, Sales Manager, OceanFeed Equine and Lisa Holland, Galway Equestrian Centre. Photo Martina Reganlast_img read more

Lis Named Southland Men’s Tennis Player of the Week for First Weekly Award of the Season

first_imgMen’s Tennis Player of the Week – Nikita Lis, LamarLis went 3-0 over the weekend, including leading Lamar to an upset win over 66th-ranked Louisiana-Lafayette on the road Saturday. The Kaliningrad, Russia (Lyceum No. 49), native finished the victory for the Cardinals with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Louisiana-Lafayette’s Jarred Wynan at No. 1 singles after teaming up with Michael Feucht for a 6-3  win at the No. 1 doubles spot. The sophomore followed up Saturday’s performance with a win at the No. 1 singles spot against No. 45 LSU, defeating 67th-ranked Tam Trinh 6-4, 2-6, (10-8) after his doubles match went unfinished tied at four a piece. FRISCO, Texas – Lamar sophomore Nikita Lis has been named Southland Conference Men’s Tennis Player of the Week in the first weekly award of the season, the league office announced Tuesday. Each school’s sports information director nominates and votes for the players of the week, though is not permitted to vote for his own player. To receive honorable mention, a player must receive votes from 25 percent of the Southland sports information directors.last_img read more

‘At least I took part’ shrugs sixth-placed Vettel

first_img0Shares0000Sparks fly but Sebastian Vettel fails to fire in Silverstone qualifying © AFP / Andrej ISAKOVICSILVERSTONE, United Kingdom, Jul 13 – Sebastian Vettel shrugged and admitted he had no clear idea of why he struggled on Saturday to claim sixth place for Ferrari in qualifying for Sunday’s British Grand Prix.The four-time world champion, a strong winner of last year’s Silverstone race for a second time, was beaten for pace not only by the two Mercedes men, who took the front row of the grid, but also his team-mate Charles Leclerc, in third, and both Red Bulls. “I don’t know,” he said. “I just didn’t have the speed… At least I took part!”His self-effacing humour helped lift some gloom for the Italian team as they swallowed disappointment again after hopes had been raised by their earlier domination of final practice.“It was a bit strange because in Q1 we were as fast as were in Q3,” he added.“Usually, it’s pretty clear that you go faster from Q1 to Q3, without doing anything, but that didn’t happen today. So, strange… I just didn’t have a great feel for the car, which didn’t help.”While the top three – Valtteri Bottas, Lewis Hamilton and Leclerc were separated by only 0.079 seconds – Vettel was six-tenths adrift of Bottas’s pole pace in sixth.He said he could not point to a reason why he was unable to match Leclerc.“I think he did a good job, but for me I don’t have an answer now. I think it’s fairly evenly spread – he seems to gain a bit everywhere.“I just didn’t have a great feeling (for the car) this afternoon and that’s part of it because, around here, you need that or a bit of it to throw the car from side to side.”Looking ahead to the race, as Ferrari bid to end a run of 15 without a win, he conceded that he is likely to be involved in a scrap with both Red Bulls for a strong points finish.Vettel, under pressure from Italian fans exasperated by Ferrari’s struggles, is without a win in 17 races.He said: “The Mercs will be quick, but I think race-pace looks fine. It will be a tough battle between us and the Red Bulls.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Get Drumstruck!

first_imgBilled as the world’s first interactive drum theatre production, Drumstruck not only gives theatre audiences a taste of African drumming, but makes them part of the show too.After its hugely successful debut at the Liberty Theatre on the Square in February this year, it is back for a two-week run at the 1300-seat Spoornet State Theatre Opera House in Pretoria, to coincide with the UN World Summit on Sustainable Development.In a true celebration of African culture, organiser say Drumstruck offers audiencesthe “unique opportunity to become part of a show that is unlike any other: a show of criss-crossing southern and west African rhythms, a show of colliding, intersecting cultures, a show of stomping, clanging percussion, a show of heartstopping dance and movement, a show of hands”.This vibrant show is directed by Kathy-Jo Ross and features the exuberant Warren Lieberman, who launched the Drum Cafe drumming phenomenon, together with musical director Richard Carter, master drummer Munkie Ncapayi and a talented cast of traditional and urban African drummers, dancers and choristers.The Drum Cafe evolved from months of small, informal drumming circles in the lounge of Lieberman’s Joburg house every Tuesday evening. Lieberman opened his first Drum Cafe next to one of his hardware stores in Greenside, Johannesburg, and several branches followed. Before long, it had spread to Cape Town, London, Sydney and Kenya, and had a loyal following of drummers.As unlikely as the success of the Drum Cafe was, so is Lieberman an unlikely protagonist. He studied physics, applied maths and electrical engineering, dabbled briefly in the formal business sector, before realising that the world of hardware retail would never satisfy him.His Drum Cafes developed organically into one of South Africa’s most successful corporate entertainment companies, he adds, with big name clients. Its corporate division has expanded to cover a wide spectrum of events, from team building and conflict resolution to roadshows, conferences, product launches and promotions. The Drum Cafe boasts a client base profiling numerous top South African companies, including Investec Bank, Deloitte & Touche, Ernst & Young, M-Net, BMW and SAB.Drumstruck was born last year when Warren approached his childhood friend, Kathy-Jo Ross, a Wits Drama School graduate who had enjoyed a successful career as a performer in theatre, musicals and on radio. Says Ross: “It was the most exciting creative endeavour I had heard about in all my years of being in the theatre and I jumped at the chance of being involved.”Warren Lieberman and the Drumstruck cast (Photo: Drumstruck)The Drumstruck cast, led by the exuberant Warren Lieberman Lieberman says: “It happened through one of South Africa’s oldest and most intuitive group traditions: drumming. Today the Drum Cafe is synonymous with interactive modern day drumming, and has performed to well over 100 000 people around the world. In the last two and a half years it has grown from eight people to 24 in an unconventional set-up of talented performers and entrepreneurs with shared vision.”The progression from passive to interactive theatre is a natural one, he adds. “Some people go to the theatre purely to be entertained, some to escape from the stresses and strains of the world around them. Others go to the theatre to be confronted with their own worst fears and prejudices.“Rarely, if ever, do people go to the theatre for the most primal and compelling reason of them all – the natural, instinctive desire to be part of the show. Drumstruck addresses this need by bringing audiences into the show itself, allowing them to share the energy and excitement of an hour or two in the spotlight.”Other recent exciting projects include opening a music shop which offers the largest selection of African drums and world percussion instruments in South Africa; the launch of a CD, Mama, directed and choreographed by Wendy Oldfield; and the Drum Cafe’s African Music Agent (AMA) division, which aims to market, book, direct, choreograph and co-ordinate authentic African performers.Using the same informal methods that evolved in Lieberman’s lounge drum circle, everyone in the audience is given a small African drum and are encouraged to participate throughout the show. The infectious Lieberman teaches the audience a few simple drumming techniques, adds them into a series of musical riffs and before long even the most cynical person is happily drumming.But the show is also about investing in South African arts and culture through the empowerment of new South African performers, say the organisers. They have trained 12 talented former street buskers as performers and hope it plays a role in building the local music industry.Now, with established branches in London, Sydney and Kenya and a recent tour to Lithuania under their belt, the Drum Cafe’s international success has been a triumph for African culture.Source: Johannesburg World Summit 2002last_img read more

Call for crackdown on killer lithium batteries

first_imgThe potential impact of a lithium battery fire. Photo: FAA International carriers are moving to crack down on potentially deadly lithium-ion batteries dispatched by rogue manufacturers.Consumer demand for lithium batteries is growing by 17 percent annually but the International Air transport Association warns that the number of incidents involving counterfeit or undeclared batteries from unscrupulous manufactures has also risen.READ: FAA chief confirms MAX grounding will stretch into 2020Lithium batteries are a fire risk and a danger to aircraft if not handled properly.Watch this sobering US Federal Aviation Administration video of a simulated aircraft fire caused by lithium batteries: The International Air Transport Association wants governments to crack down on manufacturers of counterfeit batteries as well as mislabelled and non-compliant shipments.It is teaming Global Shippers Forum (GSF), the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) and the International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) to boost efforts on the issue.The four organizations have urged governments to introduce significant fines and penalties for those who try to circumvent the rules about the transport of lithium batteries.They argue abuses of dangerous goods shipping regulations put passenger and aircraft safety at risk and should be criminalized.The campaign includes a new incident reporting and alert system for airlines as well as an industry awareness campaign on the dangers of shipping dodgy lithium batteries.It also supports an initiative presented to the International Civil Aviation Organization that would see co-operation between aviation security, manufacturing standards, customs and consumer protection agencies.“Dangerous goods, including lithium batteries, are safe to transport if managed according to international regulations and standard,’’ said IATA senior vice president airport, passenger, cargo and security Nick Careen.“But we are seeing an increase in the number of incidents in which rogue shippers are not complying. The industry is uniting to raise awareness of the need to comply.“This includes the launching of an incident reporting tool so that information on rogue shippers is shared. And we are asking governments to get much tougher with fines and penalties”last_img read more

A Community-Based Framework to Evaluate Cloud Service Providers

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting When we wrote last week about “4 Tools for Assessing Cloud Performance,” we asked for suggestions about other resources that can help companies monitor and evaluate cloud services. And we asked for suggestions as to what factors, in addition to cost and performance, might be important to weigh when making business decisions.Jeffrey Abbott, Senior Product Marketing Manager in the Cloud Customer Solutions Unit at CA Technologies wrote a blog post in response: “Comparing the Relative Quality of Cloud Services – Is a single metric enough?” In it, he argues that not only are one or two variables insufficient, but that different parameters matter to different people. As such, a more robust index to evaluate cloud services needs to be developed.CA Technologies started work on such a project, which has now been handed over to Carnegie Mellon University so that it can be an independent tool built not by one vendor but by a broader online community.Cloud Commons and the Service Measurement Index The Service Measurement Index (SMI) is a method designed to measure the end-to-end customer experience for any number of cloud services. The SMI will allow organizations to evaluate any number of IT services available to them, regardless of whether those services are provide internally or sourced to outside companies. The index measures services on six metrics, including quality, agility, risk, cost, capability, and security. And it allows users to weight the importance of these different factors, depending on their definitions of what constitutes “good service.” After all, for some companies, cost is no option. For others, cost may be the key. The SMI, hopes Abbott, will allow businesses to compare “apples to apples” when making IT decisions.Launched in May of this year, the SMI and the Cloud Commons that supports it are fairly new projects. The index tracks over 100 services so far, including SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS providers. While some of the initial information comprising the SMI was compiled based on research with select businesses, Abbott says an API is in the works so that the index can be integrated into products and so that services can be monitored on a real-time basis. When appropriate, the information captured will be used to populate the database with more details about cloud companies’ performance. Tags:#cloud#cloud computing 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img audrey watters Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts last_img read more

The Best Time to Deploy Wi-Fi 6 Is Right Now

first_imgIt’s time once again for Mobile World Congress, our chance to get up to speed on everything happening in mobile and wireless connectivity. This year, it’s all about the gigabit experience. While there is a lot of buzz around 5G, it’s important to remember that Wi-Fi 6 plays a critical role in the future of connectivity — especially when it comes to the connected home.Wi-Fi 6 — based on the IEEE 802.11ax standard — is the next leap forward in wireless connectivity. Not only is it astonishingly fast, but it is also designed to handle dense environments with lots of connected devices. Plus, it enables a fully managed wireless LAN, making it ideal for service providers who want to provision device-to-device services in modern smart homes.With Wi-Fi 6 clients coming soon, service providers shouldn’t wait to deploy Wi-Fi 6-capable routers and gateways. Here are a few reasons why it makes sense to get a head start.1. Wi-Fi 6 will bring multiple waves of innovationAt Intel, our decades-long history of supporting Wi-Fi innovation and delivering leading technology continues as we highlight what’s possible with Wi-Fi 6. To enable an optimal experience from device to network, we delivered the industry’s first single-chip Wi-Fi 6 solution for mainstream 2+2 home routers and gateways and expect to be first to introduce Wi-Fi 6 solutions for the PC.At Mobile World Congress 2019, we’re demonstrating how OFDMA and scheduling technologies running on Intel’s Wi-Fi 6 solutions can boost network efficiency and reduce latency, improving experiences like VR, gaming and video streaming. We also showcased the next wave of innovation with the first demonstration of Wi-Fi 6 on the 6-7 GHz spectrum. When this enhancement to Wi-Fi 6 rolls out in the next couple of years, it has the potential to more than double the Wi-Fi spectrum with up to 4x more 160 MHz channel deployment options (estimates apply to U.S. implementations). This will further improve network capacity and reduce latency for even better user experiences.2. Today’s clients can already get a better connection with Wi-Fi 6Service providers can gain a competitive advantage by deploying Wi-Fi 6 as early as possible. To start with, when rolling out previous generations of Wi-Fi, the ecosystem has seen success introducing the infrastructure first to ensure high-quality experiences with clients. By installing routers and gateways with Wi-Fi 6 now, service providers will be ready when a broad range of Wi-Fi 6 clients hit the market.While consumers will get the highest-quality experiences connecting future Wi-Fi 6 devices to Wi-Fi 6 gateways or routers, a pleasant surprise awaits those who upgrade their home network now. This is because of the growing number of PCs with integrated gigabit Wi-Fi that are designed to use 160 MHz channel bandwidth and are available today. When connecting these PCs to a Wi-Fi 6 router that also supports 160 MHz channel bandwidth, it’s possible to get true gigabit speeds over Wi-Fi. This offers a performance boost today for more immersive experiences, with the satisfaction of future-proofing the home network for when consumers start to connect Wi-Fi 6 clients.When you further consider that a mainstream 2+2 Wi-Fi 6 router may be not only faster than a 4+4 Wi-Fi 5 router, but also comparable in price, there’s no reason to wait to roll out Wi-Fi 6.3. Wi-Fi 6 will complement 5G for fast, seamless connectivityThere’s no doubt that 5G is one of the hottest topics in wireless. Wi-Fi is also important for enhancing wireless connectivity and, given how pervasive it is in homes around the world, it’s not going anywhere. End users will expect Wi-Fi speeds to keep up as they connect more devices to their networks.As the mobile ecosystem moves to gigabit speeds, Wi-Fi 6 and 5G networks will complement one another so that end users can enjoy a seamless wireless experience. Wi-Fi 6 will play an important part in the 5G ecosystem since it introduces a managed wireless network infrastructure. Specifically, the use of downlink and uplink OFDMA in a managed Wi-Fi scenario lets operators differentiate traffic and services to efficiently utilize the wireless medium. All this means faster, more responsive connectivity to improve user experiences, no matter where end users go.Amazing experiences can’t waitFor service providers, the timing is right to start future-proofing home networks with Wi-Fi 6, setting the stage for blazingly fast wireless connectivity. To learn more about Wi-Fi 6 and how Intel is enabling Wi-Fi solutions that transform connectivity and deliver the best possible experiences, visit read more