Rockets could be without Paul for four weeks — reports

first_imgCoco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ He along with newcomers Luc Mbah a Moute and PJ Tucker were brought in to give superstar James Harden more support as the Rockets seek to challenge the Golden State Warriors’ hegemony in the Western Conference.Paul, who was hurt when he banged knees with Memphis Grizzlies guard Mario Chalmers in a pre-season game, was hampered by the knee in Tuesday’s season-opening triumph over the Warriors.He scored just four points and handed out 11 assists and sat out the Rockets’ game at Sacramento the following night.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene LATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Back to square one It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s not a tear or something like that. It’s a bruise. We just have to make sure he’s 100 percent the next time he plays.“I don’t think there’s (concern). All indications are he should be OK.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogBut the New York Times and ESPN were among the outlets reporting that Paul could be sidelined for a month. ESPN, citing unnamed sources, said the team had been making inquiries about acquiring a fill-in point guard.Nine-time All-Star Paul joined the Rockets in the off-season via a trade from the Los Angeles Clippers. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Chris Paul #3 of the Houston Rockets checks on referee Tre Maddox #73 after he fell during their NBA game against the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena on October 17, 2017 in Oakland, California. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFPHouston Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni downplayed the seriousness of point guard Chris Paul’s knee injury, but US media reported Friday he could miss up to four weeks.“It’s only a bump,” D’Antoni told reporters as he revealed Paul would sit out Saturday’s home opener against the Dallas Mavericks.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny View commentslast_img read more

Knicks beat Spurs to end 18-game home losing streak

first_imgRogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “That group gets credit for playing and doing their job the way they should,” he said. “Other than that, it was a pathetic performance defensively, but the Knicks had something to do with it.”The Spurs were so off early that they didn’t even make one of their baskets. Knox and Smith both went for the rebound of Aldridge’s miss with no Spurs around and knocked it into the basket, with Aldridge getting credit for the field goal.The Knicks led by nine at halftime and then started to run the Spurs off the floor in the third quarter. Pushing the pace and getting some easy dunks on lobs, they opened a 90-67 advantage on a 3-pointer by Dotson. The Spurs had to call three timeouts in the period — two at the same time when they couldn’t get the ball in after the first one — and were still down 19 with just over 2 minutes left in the period.They scored the final eight to cut it to 94-83 entering the fourth, but whenever they seemed to have any momentum, they would throw the ball away, allow an offensive rebound or commit a foul to stall.“We crawled back from 20, got back in the game, gave ourselves an opportunity,” DeRozan said, “but it’s really hard to find positives when you’re supposed to come in a building like this, against a team like this and get a win.”TIP-INSSpurs: Popovich said G Derrick White, recently returned from a heel injury, would play Monday in Brooklyn after sitting out the front end of the back-to-back. … Jacob Poeltl had 12 points and nine rebounds.Knicks: C DeAndre Jordan sat out with a sprained left ankle. … Fizdale said G Frank Ntilikina was progressing in his recovery from a sore groin and now able to do some running. … Fizdale was asked if he had considered any different types of techniques to deal with the Knicks’ struggles at home. “Like incense?” he responded.COACH ON COACHPopovich coached against Jeff Van Gundy when the Spurs beat the Knicks in the 1999 NBA Finals, and selected him to coach the U.S. team in qualifying games for this summer’s Basketball World Cup, where Popovich will lead the Americans. Popovich praised the work of Van Gundy, who hasn’t been an NBA coach since going 52-30 with Houston in 2006-07. So when the Knicks snapped franchise-record losing streak at Madison Square Garden at 18 games by beating the San Antonio Spurs 130-118 on Sunday night, actor Samuel L. Jackson made the announcement from on stage to Lee . Lee was in the audience on the night he won the award for best director for “BlacKkKlansman,” but for so long sat courtside when the Knicks used to win home games.“It’s major,” guard Dennis Smith Jr said after his first home victory as a Knick.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“We’ve been having our fans come out and support every night and haven’t won here since Dec. 1. I wasn’t part of that one, so I’m glad that we could get it tonight and just give the fans something to see.”Damyean Dotson scored 27 points, and Smith, Kevin Knox and Emmanuel Mudiay all had 19. Smith had 13 assists and Knox had 10 boards, while rookie Mitchell Robinson finished with 15 points and 14 rebounds. “He’s better than most of us as a coach. I think most people know that, but that’s not always what gets you hired,” Popovich said. “It’s circumstances and those sorts of things and personal situations, and timing has to be right and all that. But he certainly is somebody who would make a franchise better, without any doubt.”FAMILIAR FACEDavid Lee sat courtside with his fiance, tennis star Caroline Wozniacki. Lee played for both teams, beginning his career with the Knicks in 2005 and playing his final season with the Spurs in 2016-17.UP NEXTSpurs: At Brooklyn on Monday night.Knicks: Host Orlando on Tuesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tigresses foil Lady Maroons bid for lead; Lady Eagles stun Lady Tams New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) looks for a shot around the defense of San Antonio Spurs center LaMarcus Aldridge (12) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New York, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK — This Broadway smash even made news on Hollywood’s big night.Hey, when the Knicks win a home game, Spike Lee needs to know. Even if he’s across the country at the Academy Awards, busy getting his own big victory.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlecenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Coach David Fizdale said the Knicks never talked about their home skid, which began after a victory over Milwaukee.“They get over it, they get back to work,” he said. “And at some point you know the basketball gods will look out for you when you’re doing that.”DeMar DeRozan had 32 points and nine rebounds for the Spurs, who fell to 1-6 on their trip that ends Monday night in Brooklyn. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 18 points, but was limited to just 13 minutes through three quarters because of foul trouble.The Spurs came in as the NBA’s best 3-point shooting team but were just 6 for 24 behind the arc, far too poor to make up for a dismal defensive effort that had the Knicks wearing out the rims with slam dunks and shooting 51 percent.Coach Gregg Popovich credited his reserves for getting the Spurs back into the game in the second half, but the hole was too big.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Inter Milan fall further behind Napoli after Roma draw

first_imgUruguayan Vecino met a whipped Marcelo Brozovic cross to beat an outstanding Alisson, who had made two superb second-half saves from Mauro Icardi, and keep Luciano Spalletti’s side in the top four, level on 43 points with third-placed Lazio and three ahead of Roma.However they are winless in six games in the league and no longer look like title contenders, while Roma, who stay fifth on 40 points, have fallen even further behind after picking up just ten points from a possible 24 since beating Lazio in mid-November.Eusebio Di Francesco’s side are now 12 points behind Napoli, who extended their lead at the top to four points when Dries Mertens ended a long goal drought to give his team a 1-0 victory at Atalanta.Belgian international Mertens’s 65th-minute strike ended a league dry spell that stretched back to October 29, getting behind the defence and flashing his 11th goal of the season past Atalanta goalkeeper Etrit Berisha.“He (Mertens) had shown some signs of improvement even without scoring goals, so the drought was relative. It was obvious he’d get back to scoring goals eventually,” said Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri.Napoli’s forward Dries Mertens (2nd L) celebrates with teammates after scoring against Atalanta on January 21, 2018 © AFP / MARCO BERTORELLOAtalanta are down to eighth after the loss and AC Milan’s 2-1 win at Cagliari, which came thanks to Franck Kessie scoring twice to drag his team back from a goal down in Sardinia.Lazio took third thanks to a thumping 5-1 win over Chievo in Rome that saw rising star Sergej Milinkovic-Savic bag a fine brace either side of half-time to put Lazio two up, after Chievo’s Manuel Pucciarelli had equalised Luis Alberto’s 23rd-minute long-range opener for the hosts.Substitute Nani laid on Bastos to fire home a deflected fourth with seven minutes left, before the former Manchester United winger added a fifth three minutes later with a fine hit from the edge of the area.“The boys are enjoying themselves, when we manage to go ahead we often score a lot of goals and that is a great hallmark,” said Inzaghi, whose exciting team are now Serie A’s top scorers with 53 goals despite having the league’s leading scorer Ciro Immobile limp off with a muscle injury after 35 minutes.– Quagliarella’s Indian summer –Sampdoria are three points ahead of Atalanta in sixth after Fabio Quagliarella fired an excellent hat-trick to down Fiorentina 3-1 in Genoa.The 34-year-old Italian is enjoying something of an Indian summer and scored in the 30th, 60th and 68th minutes to continue Sampdoria’s fine home record that has seen them gather 24 of their 33 points at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris.Lazio’s forward Luis Nani (R) scores against Chievo at the Olympic Stadium in Rome on January 21, 2018 © AFP / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE“I am in an environment that I like a lot, a team in which I have a lot of fun and everything else comes from that,” said Quagliarella, who has scored 15 times in 20 league appearances.Bottom club Benevento’s mini-revival came to a crashing halt with a 3-0 beating at Bologna, thanks to goals from Mattia Destro, Sebastien De Maio and Blerim Dzemaili.Benevento had won two games in a row — there first ever Serie A successes — going into the winter break but remain on seven points and are now 11 points from safety after Crotone’s 3-0 win at second-bottom Verona, which lifted them out of the bottom three.Elsewhere, Simone Berardi saved a point for Sassuolo with a 1-1 draw at home to Torino after Obi had given the away side a 26th-minute lead, and Udinese played out another 1-1 draw with SPAL, who drop back into the relegation zone despite Sergio Floccari saving a point after Samir’s 11th-minute opener.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Inter Milan’s midfielder Matias Vecino (R) heads the ball to score against Roma at the San Siro stadium in Milan on January 21, 2018 © AFP / MIGUEL MEDINAMILAN, Italy, Jan 21 – Inter Milan fell further behind in the Serie A title race on Sunday after a scrappy 1-1 home draw with Champions League-chasing Roma left them 11 points behind leaders Napoli.Matias Vecino equalised with a late header for Inter after Stephan El Shaarawy had capitalised on awful defending to clip home goalkeeper Alisson’s huge clearance in the 32nd minute to open the scoring.last_img read more

Mbappe is Time magazine’s ‘Future of Soccer’

first_imgMbappe made headlines in September 2017 when he moved from Ligue 1 side Monaco to Paris Saint-Germain for a staggering 180 million euros ($207 million), a deal that saw the then 18-year-old player handed a reported monthly salary of 1.5m euros ($1.8m).But the 19-year-old’s stock skyrocketed during this year’s World Cup, where a series of phenomenal displays drew compliments from Brazil legend Pele on his way to helping France end their 20-year wait to win another World Cup trophy.Mbappe became the youngest French goalscorer in World Cup history when he struck in a 1-0 win over Peru in the group stages.The teenager from the gritty Parisian suburb of Bondy then tore apart Argentina, scoring twice and earning a penalty as Les Blues eliminated the highly-fancied South Americans 4-3 in the last 16 knockout round.In doing so, Mbappe became only the second teenager, after Pele in 1958, to score two goals in a World Cup match.When Mbappe scored with a 25-yard strike in the final, a 4-2 win over Croatia, he became only the second teenager to do so, after Pele, in 1958.With a total of four goals in the tournament, Mbappe received FIFA’s award for Best Young Player of the World Cup.Arguably better still were the plaudits from Pele himself, who said: “If Kylian keeps on equalling my records, I’m going to have to dust off my boots.”Mbappe’s teenage days will end when he celebrates his 20th birthday on December 20.He played a key role for France on Thursday, equalising from the penalty spot in a 2-2 friendly draw against Iceland.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Paris Saint-Germain’s forward Kylian Mbappe, pictured on October 7, 2018, became the youngest French goalscorer in World Cup history when he struck in a 1-0 win over Peru in the group stages © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFEPARIS, France, Oct 11 – Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe’s rapid rise to global fame has earned the teenaged World Cup winner an appearance on the cover of Time magazine’s international edition, to appear on Friday.Time said Mbappe was a global superstar who “is the future of soccer.”last_img read more


first_imgA total of €5,000 has been granted for three playgrounds in Donegal.Dinny McGinley, T.D. has been informed by Dr James Reilly, T.D., Minister for Children & Youth Affairs the money has been awarded for the upgrading and purchase of equipment for three playgrounds in Donegal South West.The three playgrounds are in Glenties, Stranorlar and Donegal Town. Deputy McGinley said “Play is the work of children and improving the quality of play and recreational facilities to children will reap dividends in years to come. I would also like to pay tribute to the commitment of the community groups and Local Authorities who are working together to achieve this goal.”FUNDING IS ‘CHILD’S PLAY’ FOR THREE DONEGAL PROJECTS was last modified: May 21st, 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)last_img read more


first_imgLetterkenny Gaels Club News:Is mór an trua nar iarraidh leis an Ghrúpa Baileád nó le Méabh Ni Chathail san Amhránaíocht Aonair sa Chómortas Scór Sinsir a bhí ar siúil i nGleann tSúilí Dé hAoine seo caite. The Ballad Group consisting of Geraldine Hanley, Deirdre Uí Dhochartaigh, Katrina Patton, Méabh Ní Chathail and Eimear Kelly standing in for Bernie Frain sang beautifully, performing a lively version of “Óro sé do bheatha bhaile” and a haunting arrangement of “She moved through the fair”. Méabh sang “Coinleach Glas an Fhomhair” for the solo ballad. The judge paid compliment to the sweetness of all their voices. Both the Ballad Group and Méabh in the solo ballad came second in their categories – something to be very proud of at County level and suggesting that there is a lot of potential in these women to do even better next year. Is mór an éacht atá déanta ag Gaeil Leitir Ceanainn i mbliana maidir le Scór na nÓg agus Scór Sinsir ach fan go bhfeicfidh sibh cad é a dhéanfaidh muidinne an bhliain seo chugainn!A well attended Underage Football Presentation evening took place at the weekend at the Club Room. Thanks to Donegal Ladies Footballers Karen Guthrie and Grainne Houston for helping out with the presentations.The underage football training resumes again this Friday night  (5th February) and will run for 6 weeks until Friday March 11th 2016.  We will then take a break for a few weeks (over Easter) and move outside to Pairc na nGael after Easter. Under 6 ( 2010 or later) training starts on Friday 5th February at 6:00pm (until 6:45pm)  in the Gym Hall at Woodland National School. Under 8 (born 2008, 2009) and under 10 (born 2006, 2007) training will also resume in the Aura Leisure Centre on Friday the 5th February from 7:30pm to 8:30pm.New members welcome.Michael Murphy Sports are currently stocking a range of Gaels Club merchandise including jerseys, training tops, hats & scarfs.Camogie training and the winter league for u-8 & u-10 teams continues every Friday evening  from 6-6.45pm at the LYIT. U-12 camogie and girls circuits will also resume on 29th from 7-8pm. New members always welcome. Contact 086 8163505 for more details.Sympathy is extended to the Morrison family on their recent bereavement.Hurling training for u-6 to u-13’s is back in full swing on Monday evenings from 6-7pm at the Aura. All welcome. Please note change of time and venue. Contact 086 8405785 for more details.For regular club updates and photos see our club web page, Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @LetterkennyGaelLADIES STARS SPECIAL GUESTS AT LETTERKENNY GAELS GAA UNDERAGE PRESENTATION was last modified: February 2nd, 2016 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:GAALetterkenny GaelsSportlast_img read more


first_imgTHE death has been announced of the food critic Paulo Tullio – a man who loved Donegal.He visited the county regularly to enjoy both the food and its people.And the people here took to him. “There’s something about Donegal that always makes me enjoy a visit,” he wrote in his column for the Irish Independent in 2011“It’s a mixture of the friendliness of the people and its extraordinary landscape that makes a trip there such a joy.”After travelling to Laghey he met up with friends Jeroan and Sinead McGowan and went to dinner in Donegal town.He wrote: “Sinead was keen for me to try La Bella Donna, an Italian restaurant just off The Diamond in the town centre. Inside, it had the look of an Italian trattoria of the 1980s; it was warm and comfortable and the welcome was friendly. “The first thing I looked at was the wine list, a decent list with some fairly priced Italian wines, from which I picked a wine from the Campania, a Greco di Tufo at €27.“The menu was the usual mix of Italian dishes and dishes designed with the Irish palate in mind. It’s been a long-time rant of mine that Italian restaurants very rarely cook authentic Italian dishes, but I do understand that there is customer resistance and restaurants have to satisfy their customers if they want to stay in business.“You can find an intelligent discussion on this on the website www., where I saw a really good idea. What restaurants could do is put a symbol against dishes that are authentic; that way customers would know if what they ordered was the real thing or not.“That’s an idea I’d love to promote, because it would satisfy purists like me, it would be informative and it would allow Italian restaurants to construct a menu that pleases the Irish palate as well as giving them a chance to cook real Italian dishes. It’s an idea that deserves to be adopted by any restaurant claiming to serve Italian food.“Anyway, back to La Bella Donna. We had a mix of dishes between us, some Italian and some not. I particularly like the aubergine parmigiana, which was my starter, and the medallions of beef fillet served with a pepper sauce, which was Sinead’s main course. “I also had a pasta dish of seafood, which was decent enough but not memorable. On balance, I liked the food on offer in La Bella Donna, but I felt they did rather better with the non-Italian dishes than the Italian ones.“We ended the evening right next door in The Reel Inn, which sits alongside the banks of the River Eske. It’s a pub where traditional music is played most nights, the owner John McMenamin being an accordion player. A warming open fire blazed, and we listened entranced to a capella singing.“The next day, Toni and I decided that a shopping spree was what we needed, so it was off to Letterkenny’s new shopping centre for some serious retail therapy. Last time I was in Letterkenny, the Radisson Hotel was surrounded by a building site; now it’s surrounded by a shopping centre.“After a couple of hours of shopping it was time for a bite to eat, so we tried the Bread & Butter Café, which was close to TK Maxx. “We didn’t have high expectations when we sat down in a booth, but the service was excellent and, as it turned out, the food was well made. Toni wanted a light snack, so she ordered the homemade vegetable soup, which came with homemade bread, while I went for a simple dish of fish and chips.“For simple café fare, I thought it was well done. Toni’s soup was well made, nicely presented and the bread was good, while my fish and chips were excellent, the batter on the cod crisp and dry, and the chips managed to be golden, crispy and soft inside. That’s exactly how I think chips should be made, but it’s surprising how rarely they arrive like that. A small ramekin of tasty tartar sauce accompanied the dish.“A shared dessert of Malteser cheesecake and a pretty good espresso finished the meal, which left us both contented.“After visiting Stranorlar, it was back to Donegal town and the Mill Park Hotel, where we were staying. We had a light supper in the bar, which was pretty good and so the Donegal idyll came to an end……DEATH OF FOOD CRITIC PAULO WHO ‘LOVED DONEGAL’ was last modified: June 6th, 2015 by John2Share 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:daddeaddeathfood criticpaulo tullioRIPlast_img read more

DD Motoring: From Kerry to Kelly’s

first_imgWe were the Veedol ton up boys or “Cafe racers” back then on our bikes with clothes pegs and pieces of Cornflake boxes making an engine sound when it hit the spokes of the wheels, around the green but not allowed onto the main road.The famous Veedol oil brand which was familiar to the locals in Wolfe Tone Place.This all comes back to me as I sit in a recently renovated Diner at Kelly’s at the Mountain Top and proudly look at the larger than life size poster of my neighbour in sepia pictures around the diner.He was looking sharp in his uniform complete with cap and long arm driving gloves. Today the voice of the AA is Conor Faughnan, but back in the day the face of the AA in Donegal was Foley as in Tim! Advertisement He could have been from anywhere that the Automobile Association was on call to help its 55 million members looking at this fine picture of him in the wall, but he was my neighbour from 31 Wolfe Tone Place in Letterkenny four doors up from our home at No 27.The pictures are from Letterkenny with Tim in his AA motorbike and sidecar and another one of Tim pictured beside an old Series 1 Land Rover and a final picture of Tim saluting local man John Crerand in his car as he drives out of Letterkenny.Tim Foley in the life sizes poster at the Kelly’s Diner at the Mountains TopThe sepia tone pictures look to be from the 50s or early 60s and gives a great insight of what life was like on the roads in Donegal. Tim Foley was originally from Kerry and came to Donegal where he was stationed with The AA. He met his future wife Rose from near Ballybofey and came to live in Letterkenny in Wolfe Tone Place.John Walace pictured at the poster of the Late Tim Foley which sits proudly on the walls of Kelly’s Diner. Photo Brian Mc DaidWhen the AA centralised their call out in the Northwest to Sligo, Tim stayed in Letterkenny and got work as a telephonist in the telephone exchange at night but by day he was still into the cars and was the area agent for Veedol oil. When we were wanes in Wolfe Tone Place we all got Veedol stickers from Tim for our bikes which looked so cool. An STP sticker was the normal one for the motor fans but up in Wolfe Tone we were different. Advertisement Little did we know that Veedol was a world famous brand which was the oil of choice of Henry Ford and his model T and was also used to lubricate the first airship that flew around the world! Sadly Tim has passed from this world a good few years now but most will remember Tim in his bicycle shop, Church St. Cycles on the Church Lane.I once bought a Raleigh bike from him which is still going strong now down in Galway. It is on loan to my sons as a transport option for him to and from school.Walk the linePatrick McIntyre was a member of the committee that worked on the old Lough Swilly railway line to make it into a walkway near Cresslough. The line hugged along the bottom of Muckish mountain with views out towards Tory Island. I’m sure Patrick dreamt of the benefits it would be to locals and tourists alike who could benefit from of the remoteness and raw beauty of Co. Donegal, unfortunately Patrick never lived to see the benefit of his work and the committee’s effort.His efforts were not forgotten though and the day that section of track was open as a walkway his wife Winifred was asked if she would do the honours and cut the tape, which she did with sadness and pride. That was on the 13th of December 2013 and I was privileged to be invited. It became part of my journey called “walk the line” that I completed that year.On Monday this week I was back on the old railway line in a section I had difficulty finding in 2013. Gatehouse No 7 and Gatehouse no 8 out of Letterkenny on the Lough Swilly extension line to Burtonport are different to any other gatehouses as they are built a good distance from the crossing they were built to service. An old Bridge out in the middle of the wilderness one used by the Letterkenny to Burtonport extension line from Derry. Photo Brian McDaidThat is because the ground was too soft to find a footing for the founds for them where the railway ran through. These are located on the Termon side of Barnes Gap.A great start to the railway line walk which we had a sneak preview of this week in Termon. Photo BY Brian McDaidSo as you can imagine Graobhin An Termon have done great work to get this section back on track. A fresh path of 801 grade stones with drainage to either sides and fencing and new galvanised gates for the landowners along the way hopefully will ensure that all who want to use it will respect the benefits of walking through a part of Donegal that is unspoilt.New gates along the old railway line to ensure that walkers and land owners are treated with the respect in this great local facility in Termon. Photo Brian McDaidWalking this line this week in its remoteness I can’t help thinking about part of Donegal that hasn’t changed for generations, so the view that I saw on Monday was the view that everyone else seen that ever walked this section of line before me.A sad reality about this section of line on the way into Termon Station was that more people may have walked the line into Termon Station than travelled on the train. Journey of hopeWhen I walk the line in 2013 an elderly man told me of his memory of the railway when he was a young boy. It was a regular sight to see groups walking in their bare feet into Kilmacrennan Station with their shoes draped by they laces around their neck.Children and adults would spend a night in the station which is in Termon sleeping in sheds and spending time in Doonwell where they would pray that they would get work in the following days when they would make the last part of the journey to the hiring fares in Letterkenny by train.This section of walkway is not opened yet but it a credit to the people that believe in the benefits of it and hopefully a section of the walk may be opened later this year.Happy Motoring FolksDD Motoring: From Kerry to Kelly’s was last modified: February 7th, 2018 by Brian McDaidShare 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:brian mc daidKelly’s DinerKerryletterkennymotoringlast_img read more

Donegal gets busy bee-coming a pollinator!

first_imgA proposal for Donegal to back an All-Ireland Pollinator Plan has been adopted by Donegal County Council.Inishowen Councillor Albert Doherty proposed the motion calling on the council to adopt, implement and actively promote the plan.The plan was unanimously supported and adopted by members this week. Cllr Doherty has welcomed members support which now directs Donegal County Council to sign a framework agreement, become an official partner with the Pollinator Plan and affirm the local authority’s commitment to support pollinators in County Donegal.Cllr Doherty stated “To help pollinators, we need to ensure that they have food, shelter and safety from chemicals such as pesticides.“Council owned grounds, parks and open spaces can play a critical supportive role for pollinators.“Friendly pollinator actions include managing the land in a slightly different way than has been the norm, now working it in a way that it is sustainable for pollinators so that they can survive and continue to provide us with their vital service. “Ireland depends on pollinating insects to pollinate our crops, fruits and vegetables. Unfortunately, many of our pollinators are now threatened with extinction. There is much better awareness now about the importance and the plight of the bees and the fact that all of us including County Councils can do something to help them.“Community groups, Tidy Town committees, farmers, schools, sports groups and the local authorities et al can and are the essential ingredients required in implementing the plan and making the landscape more pollinator friendly.“Donegal County Council has now committed to what will be a lengthy venture. The Pollinator Plan is a cross-sector initiative requiring interest, cooperation, understanding, awareness sharing and Actions.”“Doing nothing is not an option,” Cllr Doherty concluded.Donegal gets busy bee-coming a pollinator! was last modified: March 27th, 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:Cllr Albert Dohertydonegalpollinatorlast_img read more

From flying planes to finding caches — Interview with cache owner Cliptwings

first_imgGeocaching HQ: What keeps you engaged with the game?Cliptwings: Paying it forward in two ways gives me the most satisfaction these days. First, I try to make the caches I hide as interesting as possible. I give finders a fun puzzle to solve to get inside the container, or make the cache something they have never experienced before, such as an audio or video cache. Second, I do a weekly “Introduction to Geocaching” presentation at our local State park. I love introducing the activity to people who don’t know anything about it. I end the presentation with a hunt for three nearby caches, and it’s great to see a smile on their faces when they find their first geocache. Geocaching HQ: For you, what makes a quality cache?Cliptwings: For me, a quality cache is one in which the cache owner obviously put some thought and effort into making it. It can be an LPC or an ammo can or something totally unique. If the experience leaves you with the feeling of wanting to find more of the same, then I think it’s a quality cache.Geocaching HQ: What’s the best approach to creating a geocache?Cliptwings: I think it depends on what the cache owner wants to convey to the finder.  Are they taking you to a pretty, interesting, historic place? Then a magnetic micro on a stop sign is good enough. A good Mystery cache can be placed lots of places because the object is to challenge the geocacher’s intellect. By the way, I generally stay away from geocaches that force you to think – it makes my head hurt! Generally, I look for a safe, pleasant place to hide a cache, one which gets lots of foot traffic but also has plenty of hiding places.Geocaching HQ: If someone reading this was looking for inspiration, what words of advice would you give them?Cliptwings: I tell the folks in my presentation to start the easy (and cheap) way. Download the Geocaching app® to your smartphone (everyone has one of those, right?) and use the free membership to start. Go for the one and two star difficulty caches until you get comfortable with the process. I don’t think there’s anything more frustrating than spending hundreds on a GPS receiver and failing to find those five star bison tubes. When you find those first few easy ones, I think you’re inspired to try more difficult hides, with better equipment, with a Premium membership. Geocaching HQ: You have a number of complicated and intricate caches. Do you find it difficult to provide maintenance on them?Cliptwings: Most of the time the only real maintenance I need to do is to replace the battery every eight to twelve months. The computer in my Arduino caches is simple and robust, and I try to build in reliability wherever I can. That doesn’t mean they are all fool-proof. I loved building a cache called “Cut the Cheese,” GC6ZHJ7. It was an Arduino cache that sensed methane, the kind of gas people “pass.” Once the gas was “smelled,” a servo would unlock the lid to the container. But I had to archive the thing because people kept sitting on it and busting the container! Here’s a YouTube link.Geocaching HQ: Have you ever had an idea that you thought was impossible?Cliptwings: Not that I can recall, but I set the bar pretty low! I get most of my ideas from the internet. There are hundreds of 10 year old kids out there who come up with brilliant ideas and write the software programs to execute those ideas. I just borrow their talent and adapt them to geocaching.  Geocaching HQ: Do you have a favorite hide of your own active caches?Cliptwings: I have two favorites because they are so different from each other and from others that I’ve found. The first is “The OroValleyan,” GC6G639, based on the book and movie “The Martian,” played by Matt Damon. You are an astronaut stranded on the desolate planet of Oro Valley (my town in Arizona). The only way out is to contact your home base using an old explorer spacecraft, which is stage one. When you activate the “spacecraft,” headquarters sends you the coords for the rescue ship. The spacecraft points to  hexidecimal characters that you then need to translate into coordinate numbers using an ASCII table. The “rescue ship” is the second and final stage. It was really fun to make and was the first Arduino gadget cache where I did the programming myself. Here’s a YouTube link. My other favorite is “Walk With Me,” GC42MWP.  First thing you do is download an mp3 file which is in the description, and upload it to your phone or player. Then go to the set of coords listed in the description. This is your starting point. From there, the mp3 recording will tell you where to go and what to look for. I tell you some stupid jokes along the way and add in some inspirational music from the Indiana Jones movies. You end up at an object that will provide you the numbers for the final stage coords. It was a blast to make and I love reading the comments from the finders’ logs.We love hearing about local cache owners who put a creative twist on their caches! Let us know your favorite geocache creators in the comments below!Share with your Friends:More For cache owner ‘Cliptwings’ geocaching isn’t just a hobby, it’s a new opportunity to realize that even if he can’t fly anymore, the wings of passion prevent him from being cooped up. A former Airforce and commercial airline pilot turned creative gadget cache engineer. Travelling the world on planes Cliptwings says there wasn’t a place that didn’t have a cache nearby. First introduced to the game by his wife, Princess Pooh Pooh, who thought of him when a geocacher explained the game to her. They went out to find a cache in a park and got hooked. To him, it felt powerful to have GPS technology in his hand because airlines still used ground-based navigation at the time. Since then Cliptwings has hidden a number of amazing caches that take some time and creative juice to create. Geocaching HQ: What’s your background outside of geocaching?Cliptwings: I flew C-130 and Gulfstream aircraft for the US Air Force for 26 years, then I flew for American Airlines, in many places and airplanes, for 16 years. Now I’m retired.  There wasn’t a place I visited that didn’t have some kind of cache nearby!Geocaching HQ: How and when did you hear about geocaching? Cliptwings: My wife, Princess Pooh Pooh, was a Flight Attendant with America West Airlines. She flew with a Captain who would run off as soon as the crew arrived at their layover hotel. Being naturally curious, She asked him what he was doing with his spare time. He explained the concept of geocaching to her, and she thought to herself, “Hmm, what a nerd! My husband would LOVE this nerdy stuff!”Geocaching HQ: Which cache got you hooked?Cliptwings: My very first find! It was just a standard hide in a local park, but to me there was just something magical about satellite navigation. At the time we still used ground-based systems to navigate the airplane, so to have a tool in your hand that could get you within ten feet of a 35mm film canister was unbelievable! I know how Dave Ulmer must have felt. After that, the ability to visit interesting, historic, or beautiful places by geocaching really got me interested.  Geocaching HQ: What is the story behind your username?Cliptwings: I was briefly laid off from American Airlines after the tragedy of September 11, 2001. I was looking for something to do while searching for another job, and my wife came up with the geocaching idea. Since I was no longer flying, my “wings” were “clipt.” I thought it was a natural fit, so I became Cliptwings. It’s not very imaginative, and certainly not as good as many I’ve seen out there. Geocaching HQ: What are your favorite caches you’ve found?Cliptwings: I have two, both found while on flying layovers. Both are virtuals, and I forget the GC numbers. The first was in downtown Baltimore, and the GPSr took me to an old cemetery among the tall buildings. To log the find, I had to identify a particular resident of the cemetery at the GZ. Lo and behold, when I arrived at the tombstone, I was looking at the grave of the famous author Edgar Allen Poe! I never would have known he was there without geocaching taking me there. My other favorite was in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The cache took me to a beautiful park right along the shore of the bay.  To log the find, I had to identify an “out of place” object at the GZ. Well, my GPSr took me to the corner of a very old, red brick church. As I looked up at the corner, I noticed a cannonball wedged in between the bricks! It seems that during the War of 1812, the British bombarded this area from their ships, and one of the cannonballs landed in the wall of the church! The people of the parish just left it there. Now that’s some interesting history!   SharePrint RelatedVom Fliegen bis zum Finden von Caches – Interview mit dem Cache-Besitzer CliptwingsJuly 19, 2019In “Deutsch”Van het vliegen van vliegtuigen naar het vinden van caches – Interview met cache-eigenaar CliptwingsJuly 19, 2019In “Local stories”The OroValleyan — Geocache of the WeekJuly 10, 2019In “Geocache of the Week”last_img read more