Hamilton proud of come-back

first_imgABU DHABI, UAE (CMC):Reigning champion Lewis Hamilton says he is proud of his comeback campaign, irrespective of the outcome of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday.Hamilton is 12 points behind Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg, who will win the title if he finishes in the top three even if the Briton wins the race.”It has been a challenging season in terms of ups and downs,” said Hamilton, whose paternal grand parents are Grenadian.”But I’ve managed to strengthen in terms of turning the negatives into positives.”Hamilton’s engine failure while leading in Malaysia in September, created a 28-point swing in favour of Rosberg, and a win for Rosberg in Japan the following weekend left Hamilton 33 points adrift.Hamilton also had engine failures in qualifying in early season races in China and Russia, which meant that he had to recover from positions down the grid.”I am really proud of what I’ve achieved. I was 43 points behind. I thought it was impossible to come back from that, and I have been 33 points behind and nearly turned that around,” said Hamilton.”It has shown everything is possible, and I will keep facing the races coming with that mentality.”last_img read more

Gor, AFC out to seek first round slot in CAF assignments

first_imgThey conducted their first training on Tuesday after departing the country on Monday.Kenya’s record 16-time KPL champions, Gor Mahia, travelled to Malabo with a 2-0 first leg advantage against Equatorial Guinea league Champions, Leones Vegeteranios in the CAF Champions League.Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr during a training session. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHead coach Dylan Kerr has taken the same squad that did the job in the first leg, hoping to replicate the same performance. Rwandese forward Jacques Tuyisenge made a return to the team after missing the first leg, but suffered another setback when he was forced off injured during their midweek Kenyan Premier League match against Zoo FC where they won 4-2.“It is unfortunate that Jack (Tuyisenge) will not be able to be part of the return leg because he gives us so much dynamism in attack. But we go there with confidence; I trust the players I have picked and I am confident we will win. We are going there to play an attacking game. No packing the bus. We want to win and win well,” the British tactician said.A draw or a 1-0 loss will even be enough for Gor Mahia, but the demanding Kerr will want them to go for victory to ease into the second round.-Shakava upbeat-Gor Mahia captain Shakava screams in celebration after scoring Gor’s only goal in their 1-0 Super Cup win over AFC Leopards at Afraha Stadium on January 28, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluOn his part, Captain Harun Shakava adds that they are poised for victory.“For us, the only thing we want is a win. We have played five competitive matches so far this year and the confidence level have risen. Playing away from home is not easy and we have to be tactically and technically alert,” Shakava said.-AFC Leopards seek win-AFC Leopards conducted their first training today in MadagascarMeanwhile, AFC Leopards will be in Mahajanga, Madagascar, hoping for an improved performance after being forced to a 1-1 draw by Fosa Juniors in the first leg in Kakamega last week in the Total CAF Confederation Cup.Leopards coach Robert Matano, just like his Gor Mahia counterpart is angling for a win, though a high scoring draw will take them through.“We’ve had time to work on our mistakes because we haven’t played since the game in Kakamega. We have especially worked on the coordination in our defence and attack, which were a bit shaky and we expect to win,” Matano said.AFC Leopards will be seeking at least a 1-0 win to progress to the first round.The club received a huge setback with Ghanaian forward Prince Arkoh suffering an anterior cruciate ligament tear in the first leg and is set to be out for six months. Arkoh was arguably AFC’s best performer in the first leg and his absence will be a huge blow to the Kenyan side.However, they have been boosted with the return of international right back Dennis Sikhayi who has recovered from a groin problem.Skipper Duncan Otieno has rallied his teammates to ensure they earn a ticket to the first round.“It will be a tough match because having seen them in the first leg, they are a very good and organized team. We need to go there and be at our best, get a win and progress. Trying to get a draw is dangerous and we have to play all out,” Otieno said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia defender Wellington Ochieng blasts the ball into the net as teammate Ernest Wendo tries to defend during a training session. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 20 – Kenya’s continental representatives, Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards will be out to seek progress to the first round of their respective competitions on Wednesday when the return leg ties of the preliminary stage will be played.Both Gor and AFC are away to Equatorial Guinea and Madagascar respectively after registering mixed results in the first leg hosted in Kenya nine days ago.last_img read more


first_imgA Co Donegal woman has been nominated to one of the world’s most famous engineering halls of fame.Professor Maire O’Neill from Glenties, has enjoyed a trailblazing career in the world of digital security.Now she has beEn nominated to enter the Semta Engineering Hall of Fame. She is the youngest ever engineering professor at Queen’s University Belfast and also the youngest to be elected a fellow of the Irish Academy of Engineering.The 36-year-old, who juggles a busy career with caring for her two children, works at the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) at Queen’s.Maire is one of five people shortlisted for the Semta Hall of Fame award which celebrates the most inspiring and innovative UK engineers.Respected as one of Europe’s leading digital security experts, she previously won British Female Inventor of the Year for work on high speed data security. Her research involves designing novel security solutions for communications applications such as email, cloud, set-top boxes and mobile technologies.As Maire explained, there is a long tradition of women in engineering but they are still very much under-represented in the profession.“I try to get involved in events to promote engineering at secondary school level.” she said.“I was part of an initiative called Scientific Women Academic Network. Queen’s has been awarded a silver medal in the Swan charter about how we go about promoting women in research and academia. I led the team that won that award for our engineering department in Queen’s.“We are proud of that and are trying to address the lack of women in our discipline and how we can go about increasing representation.” On her Semta Hall of Fame nomination, Maire added: “I am pretty proud I am alongside the shortlistees. I noticed James Dyson was previously shortlisted. I am in good company – I feel it is quite an honour.”DONEGAL WOMAN RECEIVES NOMINATION FOR ONE OF WORLD’S TOP ENGINEERING HONOURS was last modified: January 29th, 2015 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:donegalGlentiesHall of FameMarie O’Neillsemta Engineeringlast_img read more


first_imgThe crew of the Derry Clipper celebrate their homecoming with the city’s Mayor Brenda Stevenson.The Donegal skipper of the victorious Derry “LondonDerry” Doire yacht was given a hero’s welcome when the boat sailed into its home port this morning.The previous day, Sean McCarter, from Buncrana, steered the Derry entry to victory in the 14th race (from New York) of the round the world challenge.Several thousand people lined the quayside on the River Foyle to welcome the Derry Clipper home. The yacht was accompanied by a flotilla of around 20 boats,  including the Lough Swilly Lifeboat from skipper McCarter’s home town.Several thousand cheered and waved as the yacht docked to the sound of fireworks and “Danny Boy” and “The Town I Love So Well,” performed by the combined local church choirs.Buncrana man Sean McCarter, skipper of the Derry Clipper, is welcomed home by city Mayor Brenda Stevenson,Mayor of Derry, Cllr Brenda Stevenson, was on hand to “pop” the champagne and cases of Guinness were “at the ready” for the crew which had been “dry” since leaving New York just over two weeks ago.Speaking before coming ashore, Sean McCarter said he was “overwhelmed” by the welcome. He said: “After almost 40,000 miles it’s unbelievable to be sailing into Derry and even more so in first place.“We have had several boats come out to meet us at six o’clock this morning and the flotilla has been growing ever since.”He added: “We always knew it was going to be something special, but this is more than we expected.”The yacht’s arrival in Derry saw an emotional one for Andrew Taylor, the crew member who fell overboard in the North Pacific.Andrew, who was swept away from the yacht by high winds, was rescued after spending around 90 minutes in the water. His family were on Derry’s quayside yesterday to meet him for the first time since the dramatic incident.He said: “I’m fit and healthy. This is a big moment for me. I have spoken to my family over the phone but I have not seen them for months.”“It certainly has been very emotional day,” he said.“To receive such a great welcome in Derry is amazing, but to have mum and dad here as well makes it all the more special.” HERO’S WELCOME FOR DONEGAL SKIPPER OF VICTORIOUS DERRY CLIPPER was last modified: June 23rd, 2014 by johngerardShare 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:buncranaclipperdonegalmccarterseanskipperlast_img read more


first_imgThis weekend the sheltered waters of Lough Swilly will come alive with sails big and small, with the slap of oars and paddles.The shoreline and the golden sands of its beaches will play natural backdrop to theatre and games, to families and friends celebrating in the unique surroundings of our coastal environment.On the tables in the courtyard of Rathmullan’s historic Battery there will be an abundance of Donegal’s local food culture: fresh fish and shellfish from local waters; lamb, beef and pork from local fields – all of it turned into an exceptionally simple menu of regional cuisine by talented local chefs. “We wanted this to be an event for everyone,” says Mark Wheeler of Rathmullan House and one of the driving forces behind SeaFest.“For sailors and watersports enthusiasts, be they experienced or novices; for families in search of something active to do with the kids; for people who simply take pleasure in being at the seaside; and of course for everyone who enjoys good local food.”The event will open on Friday evening, 1st July, with the launch of MalinWaters, a new cross-border marine tourism intiative for the the shared maritime zone between Northern Ireland, North West Ireland, and Scotland. MalinWaters is part financed by the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund through INTERREG IVA Cross-Border Programme.“We are delighted to be part of the SeaFest event as it reflects exactly what the project partners are trying to achieve with our new MalinWaters tourism brand,” says Lee-Anne Doherty, the project’s Marketing Officer. “This includes encouraging engagement by local people in marine leisure and waterborne activities, attracting activity enthusiasts to the area and illustrating County Donegal’s significant maritime heritage and linkages.”SALDANHA CUPOn Saturday the action on the water kicks off in earnest with the Saldanha Cup, a traditional cruiser-racer sailing regatta commemorating the 200th anniversary of the sinking of the frigate, the HMS Saldanha. The regatta will start and finish off the pier in Rathmullan with a course taking in the site of the Saldanha wreck near spellbinding Ballymastocker Strand.While the big boats are busy chasing each other up Lough Swilly, the smaller sails will come out to play in the windsurfing competition and SeaFest’s dinghy regatta.“For both of these we’re using formats for varying skill levels and want to encourage as many people to take part as possible,” says Rick LeVert, another of the event’s organisers and one of the volunteers leading Rathmullan’s community sailing and watersports school. “Our main emphasis is on participation, getting active. The windsurfing is being run in heats around a figure-of-eight course. For the dinghies, we’re running a mixed fleet race around an Olympic-style course, but as soon as we have more than six boats of any one design, we’ll split them off into their own fleet to create a more competitive format for them.”But not all the action on the water will be under sail.PADDLE-BOARD RACINGOn Sunday, 2nd July, paddle- board racing moves centre stage on the programme. Joining them on the water will be a fleet of traditional currachs, going head-to-head in an event that could well end up being the highlight of the entire weekend. “In a sense, we wanted to return to the traditional style of a regatta that used to take place on Lough Swilly going as far back as the 1830s,” says Mark Wheeler.”Those events combined sailing with rowing. They were highly spectator-friendly, and more of a community celebration than the specialist events that many modern regattas have become.”The SeaFest shore-side programme is being assembled by the experts at the Earagail Arts Festival.Here too the emphasis is on tradition and activity. ”At the heart of the programme are what we call vintage games,” says Earagail Arts Director, Paul Brown.”These are the traditional classics we all know and love – egg-and-spoon and sack races, sideshow standards such as the dunking booth and ring the bell – but presented with a real sense of drama, comedy, and excitement.”ORGANIC PIGSThat same sense of drama and excitement is on the menu in the courtyard of Rathmullan’s historic Battery, where local organic pigs will be spit-roasted and fish from local waters smoked for all to see.“The experience will be as much about the theatre of great food as the taste,” says Mark Wheeler.”We also have an adventurous culinary side programme planned, ranging from coastal foraging and kitchen gardening to butchery and baking demonstrations.”So, whether you’re a water rat, landlubber, or food lover, put SeaFest in your diary for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd of July.EndsALL ABOARD FOR SEAFEST 2011 was last modified: June 30th, 2011 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:seafestlast_img read more

Weary Angels fly into Chicago, beat White Sox in Game 1 of ALCS

first_imgCHICAGO — As the Angels spent the past couple of days rolling up their frequent flier miles, the Chicago White Sox rested and waited. It was their reward for sweeping the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox out of the playoffs, setting them up nicely for their American League Championship Series against the Angels. However, it was the White Sox who appeared soggy in the Angels’ 3-2 victory in Game 1 before 40,659 at U.S. Cellular Field, made to look that way by Angels starter Paul Byrd and relievers Scot Shields and Francisco Rodriguez, and an Angels team that executed nearly flawlessly. Byrd gave up two runs and five hits in six crisp innings, Shields followed with two scoreless innings and Rodriguez remained perfect in save situations in the playoffs with a scoreless ninth. Photo gallery: Angels vs White Sox The Angels did all the little things needed in a tight game, getting a bunt down, stealing bases, making plays on defense. The White Sox didn’t, looking more like they were the team that had flown from New York to Southern California to Chicago in less than 48 hours, not the Angels. “You have to execute out there,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “We were fortunate we were able to. This is the way the series is going to be. The White Sox execute small ball probably better than anybody in our league.” But not in Game 1. The Angels were 2 for 2 in stolen base attempts, while the White Sox had two runners thrown out trying to steal by catcher Bengie Molina. Scott Podsednik, who finished second in the league with 59 steals behind Chone Figgins, was thrown out on a pitchout called from the bench by Scioscia in the fifth inning. “He’s a very good manager,” Molina said. “He was a catcher in the big leagues for 13 years. He has a pretty good idea who’s going.” center_img In the seventh, Molina threw out A.J. Pierzynski trying to steal. “I think he was confused,” White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said of Pierzynski, who had zero stolen bases during the regular season. “I think he must have missed the sign.” The Angels got just enough offense against White Sox starter Jose Contreras, who had won nine consecutive starts, including one in the postseason. A home run by Garret Anderson in the second inning gave the Angels a 1-0 lead, and they turned consecutive singles by Steve Finley and Adam Kennedy to start the third into two more runs. The pitchers held on from there, but they said it wasn’t any easier than holding off the powerful Yankees lineup to win the ALDS. “It’s a different type of lineup, different type of hitters,” Shields said. “They still make you work, they run the bases, they put the ball in play. And they still have some pretty good thumpers, too. We have a little different strategy with their hitters, but you still need to make pitches.” Shields came up with probably the pitch of the game in the bottom of the eighth when the White Sox had runners on first and second with two outs and cleanup hitter Paul Konerko up. Shields retired Konerko on a flyball to center. “I was just trying to get Paul out somehow,” Shields said. “He’s had an incredible year. I was trying to make a pitch for him to pop out on, or hit a groundball at somebody. After I got him, I could breathe easier.” The Angels could also rest easier, knowing they could return to the team hotel and sleep until noon today if they wanted, with no flight planned on their itinerary. “We’re supposed to be tired, but once we’re between the white lines, you don’t think about it much,” Molina said. “You just play the game. But when we got that third out in the ninth inning, that’s when I felt tired.” Contreras had not lost a start since Aug. 15 and was the AL’s pitcher of the month for September. He retired the side in order in the first, but Anderson led off the second with a home run, blasting a 2-0 pitch into the right-field seats. In the third, the Angels flipped on their little-ball switch after Finley and Kennedy began the inning with singles. Figgins sacrificed the runners to second and third, and Orlando Cabrera drove in Finley from third with an infield single. Vladimir Guerrero followed with a comebacker to Contreras, who would have had a play at the plate on Kennedy. But Contreras never looked home, and tried to turn the double play. Cabrera was forced out at second, but his hard slide forced second baseman Tadahito Iguchi to throw wildly, allowing Guerrero to reach first and Kennedy to score for a 3-0 lead. “That helped us a lot,” Molina said. “We scored first and had a 3-0 lead, and we took over after that. Maybe you expect a lot of mistakes or miscues because of the circumstances we went through, but we played a great game.” The White Sox crept back in it, first getting a solo homer from Joe Crede in the bottom of the third to make it 3-1. In the fourth, Carl Everett singled and came around to score on Pierzynski’s two-out single to cut the Angels’ lead to 3-2. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Cards to allow travelers to fly through security

first_imgSAN JOSE, Calif. – Passengers at Mineta San Jose International Airport will soon be offered a high-tech express lane for security checks. The airport is slated to become the second in the nation to launch a so-called “Registered Traveler” program that offers airline passengers a prepaid, preapproved security pass – complete with fingerprint and eye scans. Enrolled passengers who pay a fee and get a background check will be able to bypass the airport’s general security checkpoint. Instead, as holders of a “Clear” card, they could head to the more exclusive security lane where their bags will be scanned, and a separate machine will check their fingerprints and eyes to verify their identity and preapproved security clearance. The program is already in use at the Orlando International Airport in Florida, with more than 10,000 members paying a $79.95 annual fee, said Rich Dressler, a spokesman for the San Jose airport. San Jose passengers will likely be charged a similar fee, he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Other airports across the nation are expected to adopt the program as well, creating what the Transportation Security Administration hopes will be a fully interoperable network by June 2006. Registered travelers will be able to go in and out of participating U.S. airports using the same fast-track service. San Jose’s program is pending final TSA approval, expected within a few weeks, Dressler said. Enrollment in the program will then begin within 30 days, and the new security lanes will open within 90 days. “The program is consistent with our aim to offer cutting-edge innovations whenever we can,” said Bill Sherry, director of aviation for the San Jose airport. The Silicon Valley airport has 183 flights a day. It handled more than 11 million passengers and 240 million pounds of air cargo in 2004. last_img read more

Warning as woman cons shoe shop out of €500 in distraction theft

first_imgLocal Gardai have revealed how a woman conned a local shop out of €500 while purchasing a €50 pair of shoes.Garda Sgt Paul Wallace gave details of the distraction theft as he issued a warning to shops and businesses ahead of the busy Christmas rush.Sgt Wallace revealed how the woman was a professional thief and did not even purchase the shoes in the end but managed to deceive €500 from the store. He warned businesses to be very wary of people coming into shops looking to exchange notes into small denominations.“Most shops are not Bureau de Changes and should not be changing larger notes into smaller amounts. This is what banks are for.“There has been a spike in these crimes and we would urge people working in shops and other businesses to be vigilant.“These people are good and what they do and the best thing is simply to tell them that you do not have change,” he said. He also warned staff never to leave cash registers open allowing the opportunist thief to strike.Warning as woman cons shoe shop out of €500 in distraction theft was last modified: December 17th, 2019 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:distractionshoestheftlast_img read more

World Running Day: 6 pieces of running gear you need to have before hitting the road to keep you injury proof

first_imgSo is running something you look forward to every morning? Or is it your way of carving some me-time? Whatever be your reasons, you must remember that ‘running is cheaper than therapy’.If you plan to hit the road today, we bring you 6 products that could make running an infinitely better, pain-free and interesting experience.Also read: 5 significant ways to replenish your body after a run Moisture-wicking socks: You can’t underestimate the importance of having a comfortable leap when it comes to running. Your feet–how they feel and how much wear and tear they can absorb–can make or break the quality of your laps. Our pick: The Bonjour Men’s Black Ankle Length sports socks. Available at www.snapdeal.com USP: This pair of socks offers comfort and comes in a set of 3 pairs. Moreover, the blended cotton fibre keeps you cool and comfortable.Picture courtesy: www.snapdeal.comHydration belt: Worn low on your hips, this belt contours yours body to eliminate bounce and allows an easy and single-handed access to your bottles. Our pick: Kalenji Belt is a one such example of a perfect hydration belt. Available at www.decathlon.inUSP: The belt is easy to wrap around and extremely convenient for runners of all age groups.Also read: Believe it or not, winter is the ideal season for running Picture courtesy: www.decathlon.inNo-slip grip hair ties: The perfect companion to have, these soft metal-free elastics holds your hair or pony tails perfectly while running. Our pick: Scunci no-slip grip keeps hair off your face while running. Available at www.amazon.comUSP: Its stretchy and comfortable to wear and keeps your hair in place, without you having to tie your hair over and over again.advertisementPicture courtesy: www.amazon.comWireless earbuds: Music keeps a fitness enthusiast running. And owning a good set of earphones will definitely motivate you to run more. Our pick: The Back Beat GO2 Wireless Earbuds from Plantronics. Available at www.plantronics.comUSP: This pair is incredibly small and amazingly light which makes it the best buddy for any runner. Picture courtesy: www.plantronics.comFitness bands and apps: You can download a fitness-running app to give you a lowdown on your entire workout. Plus, one of the primary tech accessories that any runner should consider should be a good fitness tracker. It will help you track your heart rate, the calories burnt and the miles you’ve covered.  Our pick: The Jawbone UP3 band is a perfect fit (you can also download its app). Available at www.Jawbone.comUSP: With an advanced fitness tracking system that helps you track the exact data, it’s reliable for any runner. The Jawbone application can further track your run while letting you compete with your friends and family.Also read: From a procrastinating writer to a marathon finisher, not a motivational story  Picture courtesy: www.Jawbone.com Running pants: Technically, you can wear whatever you want to but running-specific pants are popular among runners; they also help you traverse long distances with ease. These technical pants can really make running more enjoyable. Our pick: Adidas Techfit Base Black Solid Tight. Available at www.Adidas.comUSP: It is worth an investment if you’re an avid runner, because it keeps your routine comfortable and the material used is water resistant.Picture courtesy: www.Adidas.comlast_img read more