Emmanuel, who was a finalist in 2016 was in top form as he coasted to a 6-2, 6-2 win over Emmanuel Idoko.The other semifinal match will see Joseph Imeh take on Emmanuel Sunday with Imeh ending the great run of youngster Christopher Bulus of the Aces Tennis Academy 6-3, 6-2 while Sunday edged 2015 winner Thomas Otu in a thrilling 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (4) match that lasted over two hours.In the women’s singles, prime seed, Christie Agugbom coasted to a 6-1, 6-2 win over Omolayo Bamidele, a wildcard entrant and will face a familiar foe in Sarah Adegoke, the fourth seed triumphed over Aanu Aiyegbusi 6-1, 6-1.Second- seeded Blessing Samuel, a 6-2, 6-4 victor over Angel McLeod is to confront kid sensation, Marylove Edward, whose powerful hits were too much for Deborah Gbadamosi to contend with in a one- sided match that ended 6-1, 6-0.The 11-year-old was on a short training programme at the prestigious IMG Tennis Academy in the United States before this tournament and has been the surprise element here. Her great form will come under huge scrutiny against Abuja-based Samuel.The final of the tournament which featured over 300 players is slated for saturday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Five-time winner, Abdulmumuni Babalola thursday set up a semifinal showdown with Spain-based Sylvester Emmanuel as the 39th Central Bank of Nigeria Tennis Championship reaches its home-stretch in Lagos.Babalola, who was recently elected as players’ representative on the incoming board of the Nigeria Tennis Federation (NTF), dispatched Nonso Madueke 6-3, 6-2 and is expected to face his biggest test today in the last-four clash with Emmanuel. The later is Nigeriaâ€™s number one tennis player according to the latest NTF rankings.
This month sees the inaugural AOIFE Festival and Events Advice Clinic roll into two Donegal locations to engage with the 45 plus Festivals and event organisers in the county.Aoife’s Executive Director and Communications Assistant will be traversing the Country this season in an effort to meet local member Festival and event organisers.Modelled on other Network offerings – the POP Up Advice Clinics are facilitated locally to allow organisers meet AOIFE personnel and get a steer on some of their problems. Founded in 1993- the Association of Irish Festivals and Events Association is the fourth largest in Europe (with over 200 members) and through training networking and advocating best practice helps “not for profit festivals” reach and expand their local and international goals.The Clinics will deal with:• The European Festival Labelling & Awards Programme• Funding and Grant Applications• Setting up a new Festival / Event• Revenue and Sponsorship Opportunities• Leader and Cluster support• Association Development• Social Media Mentoring• Connections, Contacts and General Advice.Participants MUST register with the AOIFE Secretariat in advance to book at 30 minute consultation during the time the team are there. The Advice Clinic Service is Free to members and non-members must pay a fee of €50. Over 40 locations in 19 counties will be completed before Easter. A further 8 in Leinster and Ulster in April / May and the remaining 5 Ulster Counties will be visited in the early Autumn – affording may in the 200 plus network an ideal opportunity to meet and discuss face to face issues confronting their festival and event.Priority will be given to member Festivals of the association but it’s hoped the programme will give a chance for newer Festivals and Events in the non – profit sector to meet first hand with the Senior Team.“The first edition of the EFFE Label and Award 2015-2016 presented 761 festivals from 31 countries receiving the EFFE Label and 12 of the most trend-setting European festivals which received an EFFE Award. We don’t want medium sized festivals to miss out on this opportunity to get recognition for their good work and get them to apply now for the EFFE Label 2017-2018!” stated Executive Director Colm Croffy Funded and supported by the EU Commission – A.O.I.F.E.is one of 27 National Hubs for the Awards Scheme.Being a selected festival means to your audience, your sponsors, your media, your local authorities that your festival programme and mission belongs to the outstanding and innovative group of festivals in the European Union and beyond.It also means networking in the EFFE Label Meet-up on 6 May 2017 in Frankfurt where you will meet your colleagues; and your festival gets visibility through a dynamic branding and media campaign that will promote the EFFE Community towards audiences across Europe. All participating festivals have a profile page on the EFFE website and are all part of the online EFFE Professional Community.Last but not least, EFA will animate this new international festivals community, allowing professionals to exchanges and interact with each other.For Registration for your 30 minutes Advice Slot or your 30 minute Social Media Mentoring slot please contact Membership Officer Christina at 090 964 3779. Or see www.aoifeonline.comThe Advice Clinics will be in Donegal in two locations – Letterkenny Radisson Blue Hotel 9.15 a.m. – 3.15 p.m. Donegal Town Abbey Hotel – 4.30 p.m. – 8.30p.m On Mon 23rd January Further Information Please contact Colm Croffy 087 2215406Festival and Events Advice pop-up clinics coming to Donegal was last modified: January 19th, 2017 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:donegalFESTIVALS
Donegal GAA star Eamon McGee has told Junior Cert students unhappy at their results they received today not to worry! McGee said that those unsatisfied with their performance in the state examination should take solace from Manchester United and Real Madrid!McGee said the two biggest clubs in the world couldn’t even sign transfer papers properly and botched the proposed transfer of David De Gea. McGee tweeted the following message on his social media timeline,McGee tweeted, “Man U and Real, 2 of the top teams in the world couldn’t sign transfer papers properly weeks ago so any junior certers out there don’t worry!!The hilarious tweet has been retweeted by dozens of followers of McGee on Twitter.Donegal fans will be hoping the influential defender will return for Rory Gallagher’s side for next season’s Ulster and All-Ireland campaigns. DONEGAL STAR TELLS JUNIOR CERT STUDENTS TO KEEP IT ‘REAL’ was last modified: September 9th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:newsSport
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Rarely do images of flight come to mind when thinking of agriculture. For some agriculturalists though, their daily work is amid the blue skies.Agricultural aviation is an enterprise not for the faint of heart. Much like farmers, this select group of pilots deals with high-cost and high-tech matters every day and puts in long hours during the heat of the season.Ohio has a rich history of aerial application. The first known use of heavier-than-air machinery for the dispersal of products occurred at a farm near Troy where lead arsenate was spread to kill catalpa sphinx caterpillars in 1921. Since then, the industry has thrived in Ohio, now home to several full-time operators. There have been many changes through the years.As cover crops have increased in popularity, they have become a more important part of the aerial application business for Mark Gaerte of Gaerte Ag Service in northwest Ohio who serves as president of the Ohio Agricultural Aviation Association.“The outlook is positive,” Gaerte said. “Grain prices might be down here in the nation, but I think the cover crop sector is picking up for most aerial applicators in the state and across the Midwest. Things look up for us like that. We are busiest from day to day July through September. It goes from corn fungicide spraying that first week of July until almost the end of August and goes right into dry cover crop seeding from then on out. It depends on the weather obviously. We end up seeding it up until October. I’ve gone as late as October, some in November. It’s always different.”Luther Gibbs and his son Brian Gibbs are a father-son team running Gibbs AeroSpray close to Lake Erie.“We live up near Fremont, Ohio. Up along the Lake we spray row crops, some vegetable stuff — cabbage, pickles, a few tomatoes,” Luther said. “Dad started the spraying business in 1952 when the Heinz company opened, H.J. Heinz, and then we just progressed on from there.”Brian Gibbs is the third generation to fly above Ohio’s fields in the family business.“There’s a lot of pride involved. You want to do the best job you can do for the farmers around. A lot of our customers have been around since my grandpa was spraying so I enjoy just getting to know everybody and doing the best job we can do for them,” Brian said. “We’ve had a pretty dry spring overall so far. As far as the wheat acres, a lot of guys were able to get in and topdress it with their own equipment. Work’s been picking up a little bit with alfalfa weevil spraying for bugs. We usually get into spraying some wheat fungicide. But all in all, guys are probably going to be rounding out planting and it looks like it’s been a pretty good spring for everybody so far.”There are several important issues at the center of the ag aviation world currently.“New regulations on the Waters of the U.S. — we have to worry about that a little more. I noticed the other day we passed some creeks that actually had signs posted that said Waters of the U.S. and I have never seen that before,” Luther said. “But I think the farmer is going to have to start paying attention to that.”Being involved in such a small career field, crop dusters often find themselves commonly sharing stories and recommendations with their fellow pilots. It’s clear there’s very little bad blood to be had within the tightknit Ohio group.Ohio’s aerial applicators — more often known as crop dusters — recently gathered at the Morrow County Airport, base of operations for Fisher Ag Service, to take part in Operation SAFE. The event offers networking opportunities, but more importantly helps to ensure the use of application technology is as efficient and accurate as possible. SAFE in this case stands for Self-regulating Application and Flight Efficiency and is put on by the National Agricultural Aviation Association (NAAA).According to the NAAA, aerial application accounts for about 20% of all applied crop protection products on commercial farms and nearly 100% of forest protection applications. The numbers also show there are around 1,350 aerial applicator businesses in the U.S. with the average pilot having 21.3 years of experience within the industry. The price of ag aircraft can range anywhere from $100,000 to $1.5 million.With those dollar amounts in mind, it’s clear why crop dusters want to get the very most out of their equipment and provide the best possible service to the producer on the ground through efforts like SAFE.“We’ve been in business for about 24 years. Single pilot, single-plane operation — I’m everything fromA Cessna crop duster waits its turn in the hanger.chief pilot to the gas boy and everything in between,” said Roger Trump, who runs an aerial applicator business in western Ohio near Greenville. “You’re able to give your customer a better quality job by running the aircraft through a test pattern like this. Because with the aerodynamics, sometimes even though you stand behind the airplane and look at the placement of the nozzles on the booms and everything, you say ‘well that looks good.’ But with the aerodynamics and the air churning around the aircraft, sometimes it’s not as good as it looks and this actually tests the pattern on the ground so you can shuffle the nozzles to where the need to be to get as even an application as possible.“One of the issues that we have to be very conscious of and concerned about is drift of chemical off target — making sure it stays in the field where we put it — and just being a good steward of the environment for the community and the country.”The SAFE event is focused on implementing the best technology to better serve farm customers. Dennis Gardisser is president of WRK — one of the few companies in the world that deals with aerial application technology. The SAFE program in Morrow County marked the 31st event of its kind this spring alone for the Arkansas-based business.“We’re here today working with the agricultural aviation industry to do two major things. One is to help them with spray applications and one is to help them with their dry material distributions. In the spray applications we collect a sample dynamically exactly as they would in the field, but we’re able to analyze that because we put a tracer in the water and we have a collection medium that’s 150 feet wide,” Gardisser said. “Once we’ve done that we know what the correct swath width is and we know how uniform they’re applying the material so that we get everything evenly in the field. We also put out collectors so we know what their droplet spectrum is, so when we go to the fields to work with the producers and they buy the chemical, then that chemical is placed in the field at the correct rate, at the correct droplet size. They get high efficacy for good plant or pest control and they have good safety when they don’t have small droplets.“It’s a way for them to test those materials at the start of the season and be ready. In addition, there’s a lot of dry materials put out — fertilizers and seed — and so we have a dual set of equipment where we’re able to analyze the distribution of those. We can determine the rate as well as the swath width and uniformity of those as well. All of these measures are voluntary. The pilots are paying my firm to be here to do this, and they’re hoping to be very competitive and provide the clients they work for the best service possible.”The event helps to improve the industry in Ohio and ultimately the performance on the ground for farmers.“We have a good bunch of people here in Ohio flying spray planes. I’m not saying other areas of the country don’t, but one of the things in Ohio is that the aerial applicators kind of work with each other,” Trump said. “In other parts of the country, it becomes more of ‘well whatever I can do to get one over on my competitor who’s one or two counties away.’ But we don’t see too much of that attitude here in Ohio. It’s more of a cooperation attitude and I appreciate that — I think that’s great that we have that type of environment among our aerial applicators in Ohio.”Whether it’s the state-of-the-art aircraft, the in-depth knowledge needed for chemical and seed work, or any area in between, agricultural aviation has devoted people working hard behind the scenes to get the job done.Operation SAFE helps ensure the use of aerial application technology is as efficient and accurate as possible.Ohio’s aerial applicators, in partnership with farmers, are putting their skills and passions to work to feed this world. The only difference is they’re working at speeds of 140 miles per hour and up just feet off the ground. Butch Fisher, owner of Fisher Ag Service, the host of the SAFE event, has been doing just that for several decades now.“This event gives us a chance to pattern test airplanes, check for swath, droplet size, make sure we’re on label and everything, do a little more accurate of a job,” Fisher said. “We’re basically a five airplane operation. I’ve been in business basically 40 years and started out with a helicopter and an airplane. Then we advanced to strictly airplanes. And we do liquid work, seeding, dry fertilizer — mainly crop care. We are basically keeping the plant at the best growing conditions for the season. Most of our work is after the plants are emerged and growing good so our busy season is basically June, July, and August. So we’re pretty active once the crops get up — we do a little bit of early spring work for herbicides and a little urea. We finally finish out in the summer during a good fungicide run on corn and beans with seeding cover crop. Really, we’re here to take care of people — been here for 40 years.”Luther Gibbs, right, weighs urea in a collection tube to test the accuracy of his application equipment.
Background Today’s military service members and their families live, work and play in local communities throughout the country. They attend civilian schools and houses of worship, shop at local businesses and use local community services. Those community services play a key role in supporting service members and their families. By working together, military service providers and their civilian counterparts can build a community’s capacity to support service members and their families, and help them feel welcome and connected.Highlights Community Capacity Building training offers ways for military service providers and service providers in the local community to work in partnership, pooling resources to support military families and accomplish their program goals. The training is offered in a two-part series, which includes the following:• Community Capacity Building – Fundamental provides an overview of community capacity building and offers ways organizations can support service members and families. The program takes service providers through a four-step process to create an effective plan.• Community Capacity Building – Advanced provides more in-depth training on the various elements of community capacity building. Topics include assessing and discussing community needs, engaging military leaders and monitoring a plan’s progress.My Training HubThe Community Capacity Building training is available to any individual or organization that supports military service members and their families. My Training Hub, a part of MilitaryOneSource, which hosts the Community Capacity Building trainings, is an easy-to-use learning management system with self-directed training courses for a variety of audiences. The Community Capacity Building trainings are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week on My Training Hub.Stay tuned for helpful videos and webinars on how you can use this training to help enhance community capacity to support military families.
Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “This is a big help for us, especially for the team’s morale,” said Pascua in Filipino. “Hopefully we can sustain the momentum, the consistency, and the effort.”Pons led FEU with 18 points while Toni Rose Basas and Celine Domingo added 16 and 12 points, respectively.Risa Sato had 14 points to lead NU with Jaja Santiago and Aiko Urdas coming away with 13 and 11 points, respectively.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Far Eastern University stunned previously unbeaten National University, 25-22, 25-27, 25-13, 25-20, and created a three-way logjam for second place in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT View comments The Lady Tamaraws hiked their record to 4-2 and joined defending champion De La Salle and Ateneo at the second seed while the Lady Bulldogs remained atop the pile with a 5-1 card despite the loss.After Bernadeth Pons scored off a powerful crosscourt kill to give FEU a 23-18 lead in the fourth set, the Lady Bulldogs managed to put a scare after NU got a couple of free points, a net touch and service error, to inch within 24-20.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNU, though, ironically got handed the loss after Roma Doromal’s last attempt went out of bounds.FEU head coach George Pascua is hoping his team can sustain the momentum from his huge victory. Tabora hopes to help bring back interest in bowling with PSA recognition AFP official booed out of forum LATEST STORIES Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico MOST READ Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Read Next Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City
zoom British Columbia’s Port of Prince Rupert expects more than a 100% increase in the number of ships and passengers visiting the coastal community this summer, according to its 2017 cruise schedule.A total of 25 vessels carrying around 17,000 passengers will dock at Prince Rupert’s Northland Cruise Terminal in 2017, representing the city’s biggest cruise season since 2011. The coming season also marks the second consecutive year that the number of cruise ship passengers visiting Prince Rupert has doubled, up from 7,264 in 2016 and 3,626 in 2015.“In addition to the increased number of vessels and guests Prince Rupert will see this year, we’re also excited that 20 of those vessels are participating in our shore excursion program and are taking full advantage of the unique tours and activities of our destination,” Don Krusel, President and CEO of the Prince Rupert Port Authority, said.“It’s great to see cruise lines including Prince Rupert on their Alaskan itineraries for the first time, and the return of lines that we’ve had the pleasure of hosting in the past,” Krusel added.Seabourn Cruise Line is returning to Alaska for the first time in 15 years, and will include Prince Rupert on six voyages of the 450-passenger Seabourn Sojourn beginning on June 23. Crystal Cruises will return to Prince Rupert for three calls in 2017, after the inaugural visit of its Crystal Serenity ship in 2016 on the heels of its sailing of the Northwest Passage.Norwegian Cruise Line is coming back to Prince Rupert for the first time since 2011, with the two largest vessels of the 2017 season. The Oceania Regatta will also return for seven calls this season, bringing the largest share of Prince Rupert passenger traffic with capacity for 4,788 guests. Regent Seven Seas Cruises will sail the Seven Seas Mariner into the Prince Rupert’s harbour for two calls, and Ponant’s 264-passenger Le Boreal will make one of the last calls of the season in September.
VANCOUVER – A Vancouver woman invited to sing O Canada before a Seahawks game in Seattle says she will take a knee during the American anthem to support protesting NFL players and make a statement about human rights.Arielle Tuliao said she broke into tears when she read an email from the Seahawks asking her to sing Canada’s national anthem on Sunday as part of the team’s celebration honouring Canadian fans.“They sent me a specific clip of me singing for the (Vancouver) Canucks, which in itself was my original dream,” Tuliao said Friday, the same day she decided she’d be kneeling with players.The 28-year-old singer and actor who made her foray into belting out O Canada for professional teams by performing at a Vancouver Whitecaps soccer match last year said the opportunity to sing for the Seahawks brought up some conflicting feelings.Tuliao wondered how she’d respond as players kneeled or locked arms during the Star-Spangled Banner in keeping with protests by NFL and NBA teams over police brutality against African-Americans and President Donald Trump’s portrayal of their stance as unpatriotic.“How do I take a stand without bringing unnecessary drama to my country? I want to honour the Seahawks for celebrating their true north fans but at the same time it’s my job to also stand up for (their) rights, not just as American citizens, but as humans.”Tuliao said she won’t kneel during the Canadian anthem because that would take away from the Seahawks’ celebration of their growing fan base in Canada.“But I’m 100 per cent confident that I’ll be kneeling for the American anthem,” she said, adding she’ll also be celebrating her brother’s birthday in Seattle on Sunday as her team takes on the Indianapolis Colts.Tuliao was initially afraid to wade into a political issue in the U.S. but said she was motivated by conquering her fear of speaking openly about her lifelong battle with depression, for which she finally sought help after hitting rock bottom last year.“I’ve stopped doing things because I’m scared and this is something that’s way bigger than me and it’s way more important than me. In my heart I know it’s the right thing to do.”The Seahawks did not respond to requests for comment.In Canada, the Toronto Argonauts and the Saskatchewan Roughriders have linked arms during O Canada to support their American counterparts.Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby has faced criticism for supporting his team’s trip to the White House as part of a traditional champions’ visit with the president though Trump has rescinded an invitation to the NBA’s Golden State Warriors after all-star guard Steph Curry said he wasn’t interested in attending.Prof. Paul Quirk, who teaches American politics at the University of British Columbia, said most U.S. citizens seem to be reasonably tolerant of the current protests by sports teams so they’re not likely to take offence to Tuliao’s stance at a football game.“In particular, I think the entertainment industry, which seems to be her career, is mostly opposed to Trump and sympathetic to the players and the Black Lives Matter movement,” said Quirk, who moved from the U.S. in 2004 and now has dual American-Canadian citizenship.— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter.
New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton, who is currently serving a yearlong suspension, is set to become a free agent at the end of this season after his multi-year contract extension in September 2011 was voided by the NFL within the past year according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.The extension would have kept Payton in New Orleans through the 2015 season, but a clause in the contact is the specific reason why the NFL decided to void it. The clause states that Payton could walk away from the deal if general manager Mickey Loomis was fired, suspended, or left the organization under any circumstances that were deemed to be unsatisfactory by the league.The NFL felt that the clause would have set a horrible pattern for future coaching contracts and denied the deal months before Loomis was set to serve his eight game suspension for his role in the bounty scandal.Ironically, Saints owner Tom Benson announced the extension last year which did not receive approval from the league.“I am very pleased to announce this contract extension today for Sean that will run through the 2015 season,” Benson said. “Our goal is to continue to build a tradition of winning here in New Orleans and Sean represents that tradition.”In March, Payton visited the NFL offices to appeal his suspension in connection with the bounty scandal, he then asked NFL commissioner Roger Goodell about the status of his contract extension and was informed that the contract was unacceptable, according to Schefter.Both sides attempted to resolve the matter, but were unable to in numerous attempts that date back to the beginning of this year.The NFL released a statement Sunday morning, saying it had “made no determination” on the status of Payton’s contract for next year.“All contracts between clubs and their employees must be approved by the commissioner, and we do not comment on specific terms of individual contracts,” the statement said. “Any comment regarding the matter should come from Coach Payton and the Saints.”There are some in the league office that believe Payton’s contract will be put on hold, meaning he would be the head coach in New Orleans for the 2013 season. But others believe that he will become a free agent.The struggling Dallas Cowboys are one of the teams that have risen to surface in being interested in Payton if he is a free agent. Payton served as assistant head coach from 2003 to 2005 for the Cowboys and purchased a house in the city early last year.Current Cowboys coach Jason Garret is in his second year after finishing 8-8 last year. He has been scrutinized the past couple of weeks with bad play-calling and clock management issues, which has them at 3-4 for the season.Earlier in the season Cowboys owner Jerry Jones expressed that the window of opportunity was closing on his team. The Cowboys have not made a playoff appearance since 2009, and if they do not make playoffs this season he may possibly replace Garrett with Payton.