12 Jan

Treu disaster in Wellington for Kenya

first_img0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, February 7- There will be no repeat of Wellington 7s heroics after the class of 2013/14 fell spectacularly at the first hurdle, crashing out of the Main Cup quarters with a whimper.The pressure will now be on head coach Paul Treu after Kenya lost their opening game in Pool D to Samoa 24-12 before meekly surrendering to Australia 24-0 to exit the Main Cup at a tournament they lost the big crown on sudden death to England last season. Their 40-7 victory over whipping boys Tonga turned out to be scant consolation for a time that illuminated New Zealand last season, coming 14-0 down to beat the hosts in the Main Cup semi before they lost 24-19 in sudden death to England in the decider.The former South Africa coach who retained the same 12 who contested the final of Bowl competition in Las Vegas two weeks ago, will face questions of his ability to reverse the fortunes of the team that was sizzling last season.It is the second round a row Treu has failed to lead the side to the Cup quarters despite carrying the most experienced squad for the fourth and fifth legs of the current HSBC Series.Against Samoa, Reupena Levasa touched down in the first minute as Patrick Faapale converted as Kenya found themselves 7-0 down early on.Oscar Ayodi could levelled for Kenya a minute later but Biko Adema missed the kick before Tulolo Tulolo extended the lead for Samoa with Faapale doing converting to take the scores to 14-5.Kenyan defence could not hold the Samoan forwards as Kelly Meafua breached the whitewash for a 19-5 deficit at the breather.Treu attempted to steady his sinking ship by substituting veteran Humpry Kayange and winger Dennis Ombachi but the tide could not be reversed as Reupena Levasa touched down for Samoa with Faapale missing the conversion as Daniel Sikuta scored the late try for Kenya to wrap the scoring.Fortunes did not change against Australia as Allan Fa’alava’au and Peter Schuster went over in the early exchanges before Con Foley stretched their lead for a 19-0 half time score.Greg Jeloudev completed the shut-out in the second period as Treu’s charges failed to make any inroads to the Wallabies try line.Kenya rose to the occasion in their last Group match by thrashing Tonga 40-7, but it was only enough to relegate them once again to the Bowl competition.Ombachi and Ouma scored tries in the opening minute as Adema converted both before Sikuta extended the lead.All time leading try scorer Injera got in the act to score his first try in the tournament as Kenya raced to a gaping 36-0 lead at half time against the whipping lads.Ayodi and Tonny Owuor added further tries after the break after Selu Vailea scored the consolation try that Sosefo Ma’ake converted for hapless Tonga.-More to follow0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

24 Dec

Levein: Huge mistake to write off Celtic after early blip

first_imgHearts boss Craig Levein has said anyone questioning Celtic’s title credentials following the champions’ slow start is sadly mistaken.Brendan Rodgers’ Hoops have endured their worst start to a domestic league campaign in 20 years, dropping eight points across their opening six matches.The Jam Tarts, meanwhile, have flown out of the blocks, scooping up 16 points from 18 and beating the champions earlier in the season at Tynecastle.Levein, however, believes it’s would be premature to suggest Rodgers’ team aren’t as strong as his Double Treble winners. Asked if their faltering start hinted at a weaker Celtic, the Hearts manager said: “I don’t quite agree with that.“They’ve had a slower start but it’s very early in the season and they will get stronger for sure.“Brendan has proven he is a top, top manager with top, top players.“They’re having a little blip but with the resources they have, they’ll be there for sure.” He added: “Brendan was talking about his side’s form not being great but they have the resources to turn that around.“Anyone who thinks Celtic aren’t going to be involved in the title challenge this year is sadly mistaken.”While Levein expects Rodgers’ men to improve, the Jam Tarts boss believes it will take until the turn of the year to decide whether a previous one-horse race for the Premiership title becomes a more open affair this time out.He continued: “You have to get round the first 11 games then once everyone has played everybody you get a better idea of what the league will look like.“We’ve started well, but have some tough places to go to. I think we can get better, we’ve players to come back who can help us and have already signed a striker for January.“As long as we keep performing well, we’ve a chance.”last_img read more

21 Dec

Protection of rare bird of prey may stop Donegal wind farm

first_imgA conservation group concerned about the protection of a rare bird of prey could halt plans for a multi-million-euro wind farm development in Meenbog, Co Donegal.The Irish Raptor Study Group, a voluntary organisation committed to the monitoring for conservation purposes of birds of prey, particularly the Hen Harrier and Buzzard throughout Ireland, has been granted leave to legally challenge An Bord Pleanála’s approval of the development.Mr Justice David Barniville said in the High Court yesterday he would consider setting a date for a judicial review and directed that all parties have relevant documentation lodged in court by October 19th. Barrister David Browne, who appeared for the Study Group, said his client was seeking an order quashing the planning board’s decision of June 25th last granting the developer Planree Limited planning permission.Although the main thrust of the proceedings is against An Bord Pleanála the developer and Donegal County Council have been joined as notice parties.Ryan Wilson-Parr, of Gleann Alainn, Drogheda, Co Louth, who is chairman of the bird protection group, claims the planning permission is contrary to the European Birds Directive and to the Planning and Development Act.He told the court that in December 2017 the Cork-based company Planree Limited had applied for planning permission for 19 turbines at Meenbog, Croaghonagh and Cashelavean in south Donegal, an area identified by the National Parks and Wildlife Service as important for the Hen Harrier and deserving of special protection. The Study Group had strongly objected to the proposed development and claimed the southern area of the county supported up to 11 territorial pairs of breeding Hen Harrier, equivalent to seven per cent of the national population.An Bord Pleanála’s approval of the development had been granted with 20 conditions attached, including the appointment of an on-site Ecological Clerk of Works and the putting in place of a specific monitoring programme for the species throughout construction.The Irish Raptor Study Group say the Hen Harrier, once widespread throughout the country, is now Ireland’s rarest declining breeding bird species due to habitat loss and has suffered a 50 per cent decline in numbers over the last 40 years.Protection of rare bird of prey may stop Donegal wind farm was last modified: September 21st, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:courtdonegalhen harrierwind farmlast_img read more

21 Dec

DVC Monthly Update – July 2019

first_imgShare This!Welcome to the July installment of our monthly Disney Vacation Club preview. This month, we round up the latest news, including dates for the DVC member cruises. We’ll also take a look at some common DVC owner questions.First floor studio villa at the Polynesian with a view of the bungalows.Booking WindowsHere are some booking window dates to keep in mind. For your home resort (11-month booking window), in July, you will be able to book for dates in June 2020. For all other DVC resorts (seven-month booking window), this month you will be able to book for dates in February 2020. Bear in mind that we’re now well into the range for booking in the Halloween and Christmas season 2019. If you’re planning to enjoy the park decor and parties during the holidays, now’s the time to get organized.With Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opening at Walt Disney World later this summer, fall bookings may be particularly tight. Personally, I have been planning a trip to WDW in mid-October and have already encountered periods with literally no availability in a studio or 1-bedroom unit anywhere at Disney World.Booking a last-minute summer trip directly through Disney, there is virtually no DVC studio availability in July or August. There are one-, two-, and three bedroom villas, as well as Treehouse villas, open at Saratoga Springs during most of July and August, as well as one- and two-bedroom openings at Old Key West, and some Grand Villas at Bay Lake Tower. The bungalows at the Polynesian Villas have openings throughout the remainder of the summer. There is minimal availability elsewhere.If you want to expand your options, you may want to explore renting points as an alternative to booking through Disney. (If you rent points through the affiliate link to David’s DVC rentals, TouringPlans receives a commission.)DVC and Disney NewsAs I mentioned above, Galaxy’s Edge is opening at Disney World this summer. The last weekend in August will see both the debut of Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the opening of the 2019 Food & Wine Festival at Epcot. In other words, late summer is going to be bonkers with new things to do, see, and taste at Walt Disney World. If your kiddos don’t go back to school until after Labor Day, and you can deal with the Orlando heat, it could be a good time to experience a lot at once.DVC sales are now in full swing for the new Riviera Resort, opening this winter. If you want a jump on buying merchandise for this property, head on over to Epcot to find Riviera tees, mugs, and other items.There are currently price reductions available for DVC members wishing to add points at Riviera or Aulani. The rates below are available for purchases now through October 30, 2019. Call 888-681-6028 to add on to your membership.Some of the biggest WDW news in the past month was the surprise, and surprisingly steep, increase in annual pass prices. Here’s a big reminder that DVC members are given discounts on AP prices. See the savings!If you’re thinking of staying at Old Key West, Angela has posted a terrific video overview of the resort over on our YouTube channel. This is a companion to her earlier video tour of a one-bedroom unit at Old Key West. Old Key West has some of the largest rooms on Walt Disney World property and are an economical use of your points. We also have a video tour of the entire Yacht & Beach Club resort. It’s not DVC specific, but many of the Beach Club’s amenities are available to guests staying at the Beach Club DVC villas.RemindersThere is limited availability on the DVC member cruises on Disney Cruise Line. The member cruises currently available are a 7-night Bermuda sailing from October 5-12, 2019, out of New York on the Disney Magic and a 7-night Alaska cruise out of Vancouver from August 24-31, 2020. In addition to all the fun of a regular DCL voyage, member cruises include loads of perks not available to regular guests, including enhanced stateroom gifts, presentations by Disney-affiliated celebrities, member receptions, and other surprises. Members may book up to four staterooms for these sailings. Call member services at 800-800-9800 for more information.In addition to the member cruises, there are select regular DCL sailings (some 4- and 5-night Bahamian cruises, some 7-night Mexican Riviera cruises, and some 7-Night Western Caribbean cruises) that are available for 30% off the original price when paying with points. Additionally, some Adventures by Disney river cruises and general trips are available for 20% off the original points price. Call member services for details.If you decide to book a member cruise (or any other Disney cruise sailing), you may want to kickstart your planning with the Unofficial Guide to Disney Cruise Line 2019, co-authored by yours truly.One of the perkier perks of DVC membership is Moonlight Magic Nights, evenings where members get the run of a park, plus lots of snacks, for freeeeee! Yep, it’s like those big-dollar paid late-night evenings, but at no extra cost. While there is no fee, advance registration is required and availability is limited. The 2019 Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and Epcot nights have now passed. Animal Kingdom will host three events: July 18, August 8, and August 22, 2019, and registration is now open for all members. The event is currently full, however DVC suggests checking back in case of cancellations. The last Moonlight Magic events of the year will take place at Typhoon Lagoon on September 18 and October 16, 2019, with registration opening on August 14 for members with WDW hotel reservations, and on August 28 for all members.DVC FAQHere’s where we tackle a frequently asked question or two about Disney Vacation Club.Question: Many of the DVC villas now have a single “pull down” bed available in addition to a “pull out” couch. What’s the difference and which is better?Answer: You are correct that in addition to the pull-out couches (a queen-size sleeper sofa) that have long been a part of the DVC villa experience, many of the villa resorts also include a “pull down” single bed. These single beds are typically located directly under the television. These beds often allow studio rooms to sleep five guests instead of four, which can be a terrific point savings for families like mine with three children. The addition of the third sleep surface can also be a boon for guests who are fine sharing a room, but not a bed, with their traveling companions.The pull down beds are slightly smaller than a standard twin-size bed, and they are promoted as appropriate for children. But to test out the comfort level, I slept in the pull down bed two nights during a recent villa stay. I’m a 5’6″ slightly “fluffy” adult and found the pull down bed to be perfectly fine. While a tall adult or teen might find the pull down bed too small, certainly children and many adult women would find it works for them.I have also slept on the pull-out sleeper sofa during many DVC villa stays. Given the choice, I would very much prefer the pull-down single over the pull-out sofa. The sofas tend to have thinner mattresses and a support bar that you can feel when you roll over. My three young adult daughters often bicker about who gets the pull-down single because they all prefer having their own space rather having to share the sofa bed.That does it for this month’s wrap-up. Got any DVC questions? Current members, do you have any advice for someone deciding whether to purchase points for the first time? Let us know below.last_img read more

17 Dec

English Charity Worker Wins the Best Job in the World

first_imgRelated Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… lidija davis A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Ben Southall, a charity worker from the United Kingdom has been appointed the new caretaker of the islands of the Great Barrier Reef, after beating 34,000 other applicants to the post dubbed “The Best Job in the World.”This new position requires Southall live, swim, and play every day, then record his adventures for the world via blogs, photos, video updates and media interviews. Not bad for AUD $150,000 and six months worth of work.Earlier this month, 16 finalists arrived on Hamilton Island, where the caretaker will be based, for a four day extended interview. After a swimming test and a tour of the island, the candidates explored the Blue Pearl Villa – a.k.a. the caretaker’s residence – a private, three bedroom cottage with views of the Whitsunday islands. The successful candidate, Tourism Queensland CEO Anthony Hayes said, would be “someone who can capture and hold world attention.”While Southall’s application video (embedded below) shows that he certainly can grab attention, and the publicity stunt dreamed up by Tourism Queensland has certainly been successful in giving Australian tourism a global profile, one question remains: Can the social Web interest translate into future tourism dollars for Australia – and more specifically Queensland? According to Hayes, “that’s the million dollar question.” Tags:#news#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

16 Dec

Bit.ly Plans to Strengthen the Skeleton of the Social Web With Verisign Partnership

first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… john paul titlow A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img Tags:#news#Social Web#web Our social Web is a busy, data-intensive place. Twitter sees 1 billion tweets in a week, Facebook now has 800 million users, and those are just the big players, neither of which was around eight years ago. The social Web is still relatively young, and growing. Like the Web itself, baked into the heart of much of our social experience is the good, old fashioned hyperlink. The only difference is that the social Web requires shorter links, which simplifies them visually, but adds another technical layer between users and the content they’re trying to access. Bit.ly redirects as many as 8 billion of those links in a given month. To help further strengthen the reliability of its shortened URLs, Bit.ly is going right to the root of the Web’s infrastructure. The company recently announced a partnership with Verisign, a key player in that infrastructure which oversees two of the Internet’s thirteen root nameservers, serves as the registry operator for the .com and .net top-level domains, and has a vital role in the Internet’s DNS architecture.Verisign is already resolving billions of DNS queries, translating long URLs into the IP addresses where sites actually live. Now, Bit.ly is going to move its main data center onto Verisign’s architecture, a move that the URL-shorterning service promises will provide “completely reliable and blazingly fast” short URL redirects. The company also cites the value the partnership will bring in terms of large-scale data analysis. Reads a Bit.ly company blog post: “Verisign’s architecture has been integral to the growth and stability of the Internet at large, and we could not be more excited to work with them. Scientists at both companies are already poring over volumes of DNS resolution data – data that will help us answer fundamental (and fundamentally awesome) questions like: “what actually are the most popular websites on the Internet?” and “just how big is the Internet, anyhow?””Between billions of DNS queries and billions of short URL redirects, there’s quite a bit of data to analyze. We’ve already seen Bit.ly do interesting things with the data they have on their end, so we can only imagine the kinds of insights this new partnership will bring. Related Posts last_img read more

16 Dec

New Druva Mobile Sync and Protection Software

first_imgTags:#cloud#cloud computing#Real Time#security Cloud synchronization vendor Druva announced today a new version 5.0 of its InSync software that provides a wide array of features, including the ability to remotely wipe a smartphone or tablet, geolocate and track the device, and encrypt data, too. From a single on-premises or cloud portal, IT personnel can view and manage backup, data access and data loss prevention, as well as allocate bandwidth and monitor device security, for all of the user’s laptops, tablets and smartphones. This chart, supplied by Druva, compares their features to other leading players. One of the key features is that for users with multiple devices, all data is available from any device, including both desktop and Web interfaces. Pricing for the inSync cloud solution is $6 per user, per month, and the on-premises version is $4 per user, per month. The InSync product will be available next month. david strom A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

28 Oct

10 months agoSneijder unsurprised Real Madrid struggling without Ronaldo

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Sneijder unsurprised Real Madrid struggling without Ronaldoby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWesley Sneijder isn’t surprised seeing Real Madrid struggle without Cristiano Ronaldo.Sneijder believes Ajax can upset Real in their Champions League round 16 clash.Sneijder told Marca: “I knew that Real Madrid depended a lot on Ronaldo, as he always made the difference. So it hasn’t been a surprise for me. Ronaldo always carried the team on his back and it seems, from what we’ve seen up until now, that Real Madrid depended on him a lot. “If Real Madrid did have him then Ajax’s chances of going through would be significantly reduced.” last_img read more

27 Oct

Photo: Baylor QB Commit J.W. Ketchum Had An Awesome BU Birthday Cake

first_imgA general view as the Baylor Bears take on the West Virginia Mountaineers in the first quarter at McLane Stadium.WACO, TX – OCTOBER 17: A general view as the Baylor Bears take on the West Virginia Mountaineers in the first quarter at McLane Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Waco, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)J.W. Ketchum III from Houston is one of two quarterbacks committed to Baylor in the 2015 class, and based on the birthday cake that he posted to Twitter this morning, he is a very solid verbal. my birthday cake was live #BU19 SIC’EM BEARS !! pic.twitter.com/es1CVVyhWH— KING✨ (@official_jk3) January 18, 2015Ketchum is a three-star recruit ranked as the 57th best prospect in Texas by 247Sports’ composite rankings. He and five-star Jarrett Stidham, who is already in Waco, are both vying to follow in the footsteps of Robert Griffin III and Bryce Petty.last_img read more

27 Oct

Photos: Urban Meyer Is Recruiting A 3-Month-Old Prospect To Ohio State

first_imgUrban Meyer writes a funny recruiting letter to 3 month old.Urban Meyer 3-Month-Old RecruitCollege football coaches have been known to start recruiting prospects when they’re pretty young; a couple years ago, a 13-year-old quarterback committed to USC. We’ve never seen one as young as this one, though. Urban Meyer recently sent a recruiting letter to Jack Nicholas Wolfgram, a three-month-old Buckeye fan who “needs to gain a little weight.” @collinnailor @Jones @LoriSchmidt sign him up. Baby Jack has been recruited by Urban #OSU #classof2033 pic.twitter.com/p6Rrfpiaxt— Nick W (@Wolfgram24) May 2, 2015This came after his parents sent Meyer a letter, boasting about their son’s [email protected] @collinnailor @Jones pic.twitter.com/m8jV9OXhh6— Nick W (@Wolfgram24) May 3, 2015Who will be Ohio State’s coach in 2033, anyway? [11W]last_img read more