Royal Assault fancied in feature

first_img won twice Significantly, ROYAL ASSAULT has won twice from six starts, both coming over today’s trip. The chestnut colt by Blue Pepsi Lodge out of Mayken won over the distance on his debut in January and followed up over the same in non winners of two on March 22 in the good time of 1:06.4. Next time out he had to settle for eighth place behind ALI BABA in the 2000 Guineas over a mile in April, but showed pace for a long way before the distance took its toll. Now back over his pet trip and in very good nick, ROYAL ASSAULT should win from the lightly raced DWAYNE STAR (Robert Halledeen up), who has won twice over the straight from only three starts and appears to have lots of scope. Other firm fancies on the 10-race programme are the recent winner ALPHALETTA to repeat in the second race with Wesley Henry again in the saddle; RUNNER in the sixth; GOLDEN BULLET to rebound with a win in the seventh race; and STIR IT UP, now fitted with the visor, to turn the tables on old rival SIR BIGGS in the closing race over 1400 metres for maiden three-year-olds. Having chased home the impressive three-year-old colt, BUZZ NIGHTMARE, in his last two races, ROYAL ASSAULT should come into his own and win the ninth race over 1100 metres for native and imported three-year-olds at Caymanas Park today. With leading jockey Shane Ellis again riding for trainer Anthony Nunes, ROYAL ASSAULT has acquitted himself well in defeat and back in action with only 51.0kg, should make all the running in a field of seven. Indeed, ROYAL ASSAULT showed good speed to chase BUZZ NIGHTMARE on the last two occasions, finishing 21/2 lengths second on August 22 in the O & S Tack Room Trophy over 1300 metres behind a fast 1:19.2. Although he just held on for second from the fast-finishing WINGS OF HOPE that day, I expect him to hold the Harry Parsard-trained WINGS OF HOPE at bay with a furlong less to travel. The same is true of the Nunes-trained BALLON D’OR (late headway), who finished 31/4 lengths fourth and SHINING LIGHT, who could fare no better than sixth.last_img read more

Suspect in East Canje shooting gives conflicting statements

first_imgAs police continue to probe the fatal shooting of an East Canje farmer three days ago, the two suspects remain in custody; however, one has given investigators conflicting statements.Dead: Ramnarine EtwaruThe body of Ramnarine Etwaru was found on a dam in East Canje with multiple gunshot wounds on Tuesday last. Following the discovery, police arrested two men, Ramadolar Shamdundar called ‘Arnold’, 38, and Diaram also called ‘Bouy’, 46.One of those in custody is a fisherman who saw Itwaru lying on the dam and reportedly told villagers that the man had met with an accident. It was after villagers arrived on the scene that it was discovered that he was shot execution-style.Initially, one of the suspects told investigators that he heard gunshots and saw when the fisherman was coming out of the backdam. That story was changed with the suspect now saying that he did not see the fisherman. He has also given investigators conflicting timeframes about when he left the backdam.Nevertheless, the probe into the latest murder in the Region continues with detectives working on a theory that Itwaru was shot over a disputed plot of land situated at Gangaram.The fact that Etwaru’s motorbike was found in an upright position next to where the body was lying leaves some to believe that he might have been lured off of the bike before being shot.Etwaru leaves to mourn his wife and an eleven-year-old son. Police are continuing their investigation and are hoping to get a confession from the suspects soon.last_img read more

Tragic Accident Kills 6

first_imgAt least six persons are confirmed dead as a result of a tragic motor accident involving a National Transit Authority (NTA) bus that occurred yesterday on the Kakata/Gbarnga highway, near Zeanzue in the proximity of the infamous Gbartala Town.Dr. Jefferson Sibly of Phebe Hospital confirmed the death of six passengers, including children. Several others, among them, one of Nimba County’s famous musicians, Levi Zenaway, sustained serious injuries and are being treated at the Phebe Hospital in Bong County.Bong County Police Detachment Traffic Commander, Augustine Kanneh, told the Daily Observer that the accident occurred near Gbartala before approaching Zeanzu Town.He said more than 60 passengers were on board the NTA bus with plate #5138 from Monrovia en route to Ganta, Nimba County.Inspector Kanneh quoted some of the passengers as saying that the driver was on high speed when he lost control and plunged the vehicle into a valley.Up to press time last night, identities of the dead have not been established.Nearby residents who rushed to the scene of the accident, particularly women, wept.Inspector Kanneh told this newspaper that officers from the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) and the Liberia National Police (LNP) were expected on the scene.He also said that the driver of the NTA bus, whose identity was not revealed, and who survived the crash, is in police custody.Police are working with survivors to establish the cause of the accident.Meanwhile, latest report says family members of some of the victims arrived from Ganta, Nimba County.Some citizens who spoke to the Daily Observer attributed the increase in motor car accidents on the road to “reckless driving.”They therefore called on the government to monitor and control speed limits on the country’s highways to prevent deaths as a result of excessive speed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Chelsea fans demand Jose Mourinho brings this former Blues pair back to Stamford Bridge to help solve crisis

first_imgChelsea suffered their sixth Premier League defeat of the season at the weekend, as the reigning English champions plunged even further into a crisis that surely no one saw coming when they were crowned champions last May.  Many of the club’s supporters retain full support for beleagured boss Jose Mourinho, and are instead looking at alternative ways of addressing the current situation in west London.And a section of Blues fans want legendary pair Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard back at Stamford Bridge, even if they only train with Chelsea during the MLS off-season, stating that the dressing room is in dire need of the established experience, leadership and heart that the duo could provide.Have a read of what Chelsea supporters have had to say below… Chelsea fans want Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard back at Stamford Bridge 1last_img read more

Peamount give Roma McLaughlin a glowing send-off to Shelbourne

first_imgPeamount United have paid a glowing tribute to Roma McLaughlin, who has signed with Shelbourne for the 2017 season.Shelbourne, the Women’s National League champions, snapped up midfielder McLaughlin, who hails from Greencastle. The midfielder is now set to play in the WNL and the Champions League with Shels.McLaughlin was the WNL Young Player of the Year in 2015 and has been nominated for that award again for the 2016 campaign. For the last two seasons, she has been on the Team of the Year, while she made her Republic of Ireland senior debut in 2016. In a statement, Peamount said: “Everyone at Peamount would like to wish Roma McLaughlin the very best with her move to Shelbourne WNL for the forthcoming Continental WNL 2017 season.“In her first season 2015/2016 Roma picked up the Continental young player of the year award along with getting selected for the team of the year, she also picked up the Club player of the year.“During the short 2016 season Roma’s standards never dropped as once again she has made the short list for the Continental young player of the year and she has also made the team of the year again. To top off a fantastic season Roma made two appearances for the Ireland Senior ladies team. Advertisement “Roma is one of the most genuine girls you will ever come across and apart from what she does on the pitch it’s off it that you see the real Roma and that’s the part that we will miss the most but she will ALWAYS be a pea and we will always love her to bits.“So from Vinnie , Pat , James and the the rest of your sisters keep doing your thing Girl.”Peamount give Roma McLaughlin a glowing send-off to Shelbourne was last modified: January 8th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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

What’s next for Raiders after Donald Penn goes on injured reserve?

first_imgALAMEDA — The Raiders placed veteran offensive tackle Donald Penn on injured reserve Wednesday, Jon Gruden announced.Gruden said rookie Brandon Parker will start at right tackle in his place. The Raiders hope to have Penn back at some point this season.Penn injured his groin during Sunday’s 45-42 win over the Browns, and Parker played 57 of 92 offensive snaps (62%) compared to Penn’s 35 (38%). The Raiders traded up in April’s draft to select Parker with the first pick of the third round, and …last_img

Zuma to lead South African delegation to Brics summit

first_img8 July 2014President Jacob Zuma will lead a high-level South African delegation to the sixth Brics summit taking place in Fortaleza and Brasilia, Brazil from 14 to 16 July.The sixth meeting of the Brics (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) grouping will take place under the theme “Brics – inclusive growth: sustainable solutions”.Speaking to the media in Pretoria on Tuesday, International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said the leaders of the five countries would also discuss issues of global governance, global peace and security, the Brics Contingent Reserve Arrangement (CRA), and progress towards the establishment of the Brics-led New Development Bank (NDB).“The issue of the venue or domicile for the Brics-led Development Bank is on the agenda,” Nkoana-Mashabane said, adding that the countries’ finance ministers would meet before the summit to finalise the recommendations for the leaders.At the fifth Brics summit in Durban last year, the leaders instructed the ministers to work on technical details around the setting up of the bank, which will spearhead infrastructure development in Brics member states and other developing nations.During South Africa’s tenure as Brics chairperson, substantive progress was made in anchoring the new Brics mechanisms – including the Brics Business Council and the Brics Think Tanks Council – that were launched in Durban.Reports on the work undertaken by these structures will be submitted to the sixth Brics summit.Nkoana-Mashabane paid tribute to the achievements of the Brics grouping in regional and international affairs. She said Brics was not only about the economy, but also about partnerships and collaborations – and not only for South Africa but for the region and the continent as well.“Since its first summit in 2009, Brics has consolidated its position as a positive force for the democratisation of international relations and for the enhancement of existing institutions of international governance.”The minister added that, since South Africa joined Brics, several partnerships had been forged across national, provincial and local spheres of government, ranging from knowledge exchanges to investment opportunities, and on issues relating to global governance and its reform.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Android Apps Get Virtualized to Run on Other Phones

first_imgsarah perez Mobile technology company Myriad has announced new software called Alien Dalvik which will allow Android applications to run on non-Android phones. The software will be demonstrated live for the first time next week at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.Although Myriad may not be a household name, the company is also the maker of virtual machine software called Dalvik Turbo, which was introduced last year as way to speed up the performance of Android applications by up to three times, while also improving battery life on Android phones. This latest release builds on top of that technology and will be available for the MeeGo platform later this year, with other platforms to follow.What’s Mobile Virtualization?Mobile virtualization is developing area in the mobile industry, with obvious possibilities in the enterprise space where mobile phones are more and more often serving as end points for enterprise applications. As with PC/server virtualization scenarios, mobile virtualization also offers the benefits of increased security and reliability as well as the ability to lock in data that comes from running apps in virtual environments instead of directly on the device.As ReadWriteWeb’s Alex Williams noted last fall, mobile virtualization is why President Barack Obama can use a BlackBerry – the highly locked-down apps are run in a virtual environment where they’re protected from security threats and break-ins.It also means that corporate employees could bring their own phones to work, filled with the personal, “fun” apps they enjoy, while still meeting the needs of I.T.But on the consumer side of the equation, mobile virtualization could allow applications from one mobile platform to run on another. In this case, with the Alien Dalvik software, it means Android apps can run on MeeGo and other platforms.Android Apps on Nokia MeeGo Phones…Very Interesting Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#Android#apps#mobile center_img For Nokia, which has been planning on introducing high-end handsets running the smartphone operating system MeeGo, the possibilities are intriguing. This would mean that Nokia customers would not only have access to the MeeGo-ready apps sold through Nokia’s own app marketplace, the Ovi Store, but they could also run many of the nearly 200,000 Android applications available today. (Myriad says “the majority” of Android apps can run unmodified, without comprising performance. We’ll see if that’s true next week at Mobile World Congress!)For the end user – the mobile consumer – it means they wouldn’t be limited to choosing a phone or tablet based on what apps its software operating system runs by default, but could pick the device whose hardware they preferred, whose user interface looked the best, or any other of a number of factors, and still have access to the large ecosystem of Android apps thanks to virtualization.For example, there are already rumors that RIM’s upcoming PlayBook tablet will use a Dalvik virtual machine to run Android apps on the BlackBerry operating system.To demonstrate the technology in action, Myriad says it will show off Alien Dalvik running on a Nokia N900, which isn’t actually a MeeGo device, but rather a Maemo-based one. Nokia’s Maemo is sort of a precursor to MeeGo, as it and Intel’s Moblin OS merged to form the forthcoming MeeGo OS.You can see the video demo of Alien Dalvik here on YouTube now. This news is especially interesting in light of recent developments at Nokia, and the speculation that it will partner with Microsoft to offer phones built with Nokia hardware, but running Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system. As an alternative, this virtual machine software could instead allow Nokia to continue as planned with their MeeGo initiatives, but launch devices that had immediate access to Android apps. Maybe Nokia will surprise us and do both those things.Note: We’ve reached out to Myriad for some additional details on this news, specifically if it has plans to make partnership announcements of any kind at MWC. We’ll update when we hear back.Update: Myriad tells us it’s in talks with several suppliers at the moment but cannot yet say if they will be announcing partnerships at MWC at this time. Regarding the extent of Nokia’s involvement during the testing of the VM software on the N900, Myriad said “our activities with Nokia, as with our other customers, are commercially sensitive and so we are unfortunately unable to answer this question for you.” Hmm. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Friendlier Foam Insulation On the Way, Eventually

first_imgAvoiding the Global Warming Impact of InsulationCalculating the Global Warming Impact of Insulation New Blowing Agent Addresses Climate Impact of Foam InsulationInsulation to Keep Us Warm — Not Warm the PlanetPHIUS Says No to Some Types of Spray FoamPassivhaus and Spray Foam Builders who have been waiting for a new generation of extruded polystyrene insulation with a lower global warming potential (GWP) than what’s currently available may have to wait a little longer.On the plus side, Honeywell announced in January that it was ramping up production of a new blowing agent, a hydrofluoroolefin (HFO) compound with a GWP of less than 1, called HFO-1234ze. It could replace a hydrofluorocarbon called HFC-134a, whose GWP is 1,300 times higher, in the production of extruded polystyrene (XPS).At the same time, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is finalizing a rule that will ban certain HFCs, including HFC-134a, on January 1, 2017. The agency said that the revised regulations, introduced under the EPA’s Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program, is currently with the Office of Management and Budget for review.But there are some indications that the switch may not be that fast. The XPS industry says that the EPA’s timetable is unrealistic and that however attractive a transition away from HFC-134a might be, manufacturers need more time. Further, one industry source suggests that the dates proposed by the EPA may be pushed back when the final rule is published sometime this summer. The situation is a little different for closed-cell spray polyurethane foam. Lapolla Industries Inc., a Texas-based manufacturer, already offers closed-cell polyurethane foam made with an HFO blowing agent, Foam-Lok 2000-4G, and other manufacturers are said to be in the midst of making the transition. DuPont supports the shift, but says that EPA’s pace may be “aggressive”In a statement, DuPont said that it supported “a consistent, orderly shift to low GWP solutions,” but added that the EPA’s proposed dates for XPS were “considered aggressive and many commenters have suggested moving forward at a slower pace.”“The final rule is expected in July,” DuPont said, “and dates for specific foam and refrigerant products are expected to be slightly later than originally proposed.”Helping XPS manufacturers evaluate HFO blowing agents will help sustain insulation products that save energy while lowering their global environmental impact, the company said.“However, making XPS insulation is a rather complicated and demanding extrusion process,” DuPont’s statement adds, “which makes it difficult to switch from one blowing agent to another. Each company must reformulate its own unique foam systems; design and convert equipment; obtain approval for air permits; and meet internal and external testing requirements…Typically, extruded polystyrene manufacturers have required five to six years to transition after an appropriate technical solution has been identified.”In comments submitted to the EPA in October 2014, DuPont said that foam producers “have reported as yet unresolved stability problems” with HFO blowing agents. One industry work group looking at low-pressure applications said that “this instability leads to reduced shelf life for the packaged foam product… on the order of two to eight weeks, versus the necessary one year or longer needed to meet the demands of this industry’s supply chain.” RELATED ARTICLES center_img HFOs are a fourth-generation blowing agentBlowing agents are the chemicals that make insulation foamy and contribute to the foam’s insulating properties. They are used in a number of kinds of foam insulation used by builders — rigid foam sheets, sealing foam sold in aerosol cans, high-pressure foams mixed on site, and low-pressure, two-part foam kits sold in canisters. Variants also are used as refrigerants.Blowing agents are made in both liquid and gaseous forms, depending on their end use. Gaseous blowing agents are used in the production of factory-made rigid insulation and low-pressure, two-part polyurethane sealant. Liquid forms are for two-part spray polyurethane mixed on site.The GWP is one of two important environmental benchmarks. A GWP of 1 means the compound is no more damaging to the atmosphere than carbon dioxide. The other key consideration is whether a blowing agent depletes the ozone layer in the atmosphere, called the ozone depletion potential (ODP).Hydrofluoroolefins are the latest in a succession of blowing agents that started with CFC-11, a chlorofluorocarbon developed in the 1960s and long since phased out because of the damage it did to ozone. Manufacturers later developed HCFCs (hydrochlorofluorocarbons) in the 1990s and then HFCs (hydrofluorocarbons) in the early 2000s as they attempted to come up with blowing agents that had a zero ODP as well as a low GWP.As Tristan Roberts wrote at GBA in 2011, HFOs are “fourth generation” blowing agents that have both of these beneficial characteristics.Although the new hydrofluoroolefins were ideally designed to be what Roberts called “drop-in” replacements for HFCs, the various forms of foam insulation are complex blends of chemicals, all of which can interact with each other in unanticipated ways. As a result, substituting one blowing agent for another and making sure the resulting insulation has acceptable working characteristics and thermal properties is a lengthy, expensive process, says Rick Duncan, technical director of the Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance, an industry trade group.In addition to Honeywell, whose HFO blowing agents are sold under the Solstice label, DuPont makes one called Formacell 1100 (HFO-1336mzz). Arkema also has developed one called Forane.Manufacturers have choices other than HFCs and HFOs, including water and flammable hydrocarbons such as pentane. But those materials either aren’t safe for field use, or they produce insulation with lower R-values, so there are some drawbacks. No timetable for new productsXPS manufactured with an HFO blowing agent has been available in Europe for some time. There are three principal manufacturers of XPS in the U.S. — Dow, Owens-Corning, and Kingspan — and to date none of them has announced a switch from HFC-134a to an alternative.According to Duncan, the transition to HFO blowing agents for spray polyurethane foam is underway at “many if not all” of the 20 or so formulators of spray polyurethane insulation and roofing systems in anticipation of tougher EPA rules.In addition to Lapolla, West Development Group, recently acquired by the Henry Company, also has replaced HFC-245fa with HFO-1233zd in its 3-pound closed-cell foam used in low-slope roofing applications, Duncan said. That’s a denser version of the spray foam used in walls and roof cavities.The EPA says its proposed rule “would change the status from acceptable to unacceptable” for a number of hydrofluorocarbons, including HFC-134a, HFC-365mfc, HFC-245fa, Formacel B and Formacel Z-6.But the proposed rule specifically excludes “spray foam applications” from the 2017 ban, according to a statement from the EPA.“EPA is continuing to review SNAP submissions for new alternatives including those used in the spray foam end use category,” the statement said.There’s no telling when the EPA may consider alternatives to the HFCs ready for market, but there may be reasons other than government intervention for switching to an HFO blowing agent in closed-cell polyurethane foam. Lapolla’s website says Foam-Lok has a 10 percent better R-value than other closed-cell foams, an aged R-value of 6.8 per inch when applied in a 4-in. thickness. It also increases yield from 8 percent to 10 percent over previous generation products. Industry trade group also objectsA trade group representing the XPS industry raised a number of objections to the plan in a letter last year. The Extruded Polystyrene Foam Association said that the government’s timetable was unrealistic, and that alternatives to HFC 134a aren’t ready for commercial use.Among the group’s arguments:The alternatives listed the EPA as acceptable substitutes for HFC-134a — saturated light hydrocarbons, CO2, water, Exxsol blowing agents and HFO-1234ze, among others — won’t work for XPS, and “the proposed abrupt transition from HFC-134a… is unachievable.”HFO blowing agents are expected to cost “significantly more than existing alternatives.”It was unreasonable to make the industry rely on a single manufacturer (Honeywell) that produced the new blowing agent in a single factory. “If there is a strike, shutdown, fire or any other type of disruption to production at that plant, or if that manufacturer decides to stop producing that product, the XPS industry might become incapable of manufacturing XPS.”The industry made “significant capital expenditures” to switch to HFC-134a just five years ago and anticipated in “good faith” it would be allowed to use it for more than six or seven years.Banning HFC-134a on the current proposed timetable would be much more expensive than the EPA has estimated.John Ferraro, the group’s executive director, said in a telephone interview the EPA has given the industry up to seven years to switch from one blowing agent in the past.“The process takes years, not months,” he said. “Why they think this one will take only 18 months, I don’t know.”Ferraro said he understood the EPA had amended the 2017 phaseout for HFC-134a in the proposal now under review by the Office of Management and Budget, but added he did not know what the new date was. Should the agency stick with its original deadline, he said, the industry would not be able to comply. “It’s just not possible,” he said.The group would like to see the required transition pushed back to 2021 or later.last_img read more

Naveen reviews flood situation, announces relief

first_imgOdisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik reviewed the flood situation in three districts of the State on Monday and announced financial assistance for the people affected by the deluge. The Baitarani river is in spate and has so far affected about 7.5 lakh people in Bhadrak, Jajpur and Kendrapara districts of Odisha.Financial help According to the Chief Minister’s announcement, adults will be given ₹60 per day and children below 12 years ₹45 per day for seven days, besides relief materials. The government will transfer the money directly to the beneficiaries’ bank accounts.Mr. Patnaik spoke to the Collectors of the three flood-hit districts through video-conferencing and asked them to submit damage assessment report within seven days. He also told the Collectors to ensure that people get relief materials, food and safe drinking water in the flood-hit areas. Free treatment for their livestock and vaccination will also be provided by the State government.The review by Mr. Patnaik revealed that at least 903 villages under 17 blocks and four urban local bodies of the three districts have been affected by the flood. At least 40,000 people living in low-lying areas have been evacuated and sheltered in relief camps where cooked food is being served. Officials said that 90 metric tonnes of fodder have been distributed in the flood-hit areas for the livestock and the health department has provided medical aid to the people in the deluge-hit villages. At least 50,000 hectare of agricultural land in the three districts remained submerged, the officials said. Meanwhile, sources in the Special Relief Commissioner’s office said that though the water level in Baitarani had come down, villages of Bhadrak and Jajpur districts remained inundated while 31 villages in Kendrapara district remained marooned.last_img read more