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Donegal students plan to Beg, Borrow and Steal in race to Rome

first_imgTwo teams of Donegal students from Dublin City University are taking on a cross-country challenge for charity this February.The Beg Borrow Steal fundraiser involves 200 DCU students in teams of two racing across Europe to reach Rome. They are expected to get there with no money whatsoever.The students must rely on the kindness of strangers and transport services to make their way to Italy. They also have to stop at two surprise checkpoints along the way. The checkpoints will not be revealed to them until they leave Dublin on February 2nd. Contestants gather sponsorship before and during their trips to raise money for the for the Irish Cancer Society in association with Movember, last year reaching a grand total of €50,000. This year it is hoped the fundraising target will be even bigger.Conor Mallon and Paul JohnstonConor Mallon and Paul Johnston are two first year students from Kilmacrennan and Ramelton. Their team, ‘Two Boys Roman’ has raised more that €270 so far and are asking for more donations from the local community here in Donegal for the Movember foundation. Follow their Facebook updates over the weekend here.The boys would appreciate any sponsorship they might receive from local businesses to help make the victors of this event a Donegal team!Sarah O’Dwyer and Niamh O’SheaAlso from Donegal is Sarah O’Dwyer. The Buncrana native is a first year student studying Communications at DCU. Sarah has teamed up with her housemate, Niamh O’Shea from Cavan, and their team is called Penne-less Pals. They have raised €340 so far. Sarah and Niamh have already booked their flights home from Rome on February 7th – but how they’ll get there is a mystery to all! Sarah and Niamh are planning to rely on local support and connections to get them to Rome. You can follow their journey on the Penne-less Pals Facebook Page.Who would they do such a thing? Sarah and Niamh explained the motivation behind their challenge:“We are doing Beg Borrow Steal not just because it’s a challenge and we want to create amazing memories, but also because it’s in aid of a fantastic charity. Movember is, at its core, all about keeping men alive for longer. It encourages men to open up and talk about their health problems, be that physical or mental. We think the work Movember does is amazing and want to help out as much as possible!”This is set to be Europe’s biggest student adventure race so it’s something worth following, for the entertainment value alone! You can check out www.ie.movember.com to see the teams and donate, while over on social media you can tune into the action using the hashtag #BegBorrowStealDCU on February 2nd.Donegal students plan to Beg, Borrow and Steal in race to Rome was last modified: January 30th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:beg borrow stealcharityDCUMovemberstudentslast_img read more

Why it’s ok to be concerned about the Warriors’ poor preseason play

first_imgThe Warriors’ preseason loss to the Lakers Wednesday was bad. All sorts of bad.It was the kind of performance that can create a pessimist out of even the most optimistic Warriors fan.Thank goodness it didn’t count for anything. One preseason game isn’t a viable reason to panic — especially when you consider that the Warriors were without three presumed starters for the game.Stephen Curry — who did not play on Wednesday — will cover up a lot of the Warriors’ woes. Adding wings …last_img read more

Garuda international flights find new home in Jakarta.

first_imgAll Garuda Indonesia international services will operate from the new Terminal 3 at Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International  Airport from May 1.Garuda will transfer 30 daily overseas flights to the new facility and will be the only carrier operating international flights from the 25-million passenger terminal for now. Other international carriers will continue to operate from Terminal 2.Soekarno-Hatta is the main airport serving the greater Jakarta area, catering for 187 international flights a day and handling 54 million passengers a year. Its annual throughput makes it the world’s 18th busiest airport and its location means it is called Cengkareng by locals, accounting for its CGK IATA code.Indonesia’s national carrier said it had worked with airport operator Angkas Pura II   to successfully completed simulations to test the new terminal’s operational feasibility.It said passenger simulations focused on passenger flows between the departures area and boarding gate as well as between the landing gate and the passenger arrivals area.“The simulation of T3 International operations has been conducted several times involving hundreds of passengers, immigration and Customs officers, and also Gapura Angkasa as the ground handling provider and other stakeholders,” Angkasa executive  Agus Haryadi said in a statement.“In line with numerous simulations, we are positive that as a result of all the prior preparation, the T3 operations will run as smoothly as possible, specifically for Garuda Indonesia.’’Terminal 3 was officially launched in August, 2016 and has been catering for domestic flights. It has had a number of teething problems, according to local media, including a collapsed roof and flash flooding in the arrival gate areaInternational operations will be supported by 64 immigration counters — 32 each for arrival and departures — 30 immigration “autogates’, six baggage claim points, six aerobridges and parking for 1200 vehicles.The terminal boasts a commercial area of almost 46,000 sq. m with walk-through shopping and is connected to its counterpart by a Skytrain.Garuda corporate communications vice president Benny S. Butarbutar said the move to Terminal 3 meant passengers would enjoy upgraded facilities with a “five- star” service standard.He said the airline had also conducted several operational trials involving all service units at the airport “to ensure all aspects of aviation safety and security as well as passenger services are running according to the relevant standards and procedures’.Garuda will operate 28 check-in counters and will have lounge facilities capable of accommodating up to 2100 passengers with 1700 in the business lounge and 400 in first class.Despite the preparations, the airline appealed to customers to arrive earlier than normal in anticipation of “any delays and adjustments of passenger flow”.last_img read more

Markets watching as planting season gets rolling

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Weather will once again dominate grain markets for the next three months. The U.S. Climate Prediction Center is not currently seeing an active El Niño or La Niña. It is extremely important to monitor for that activity. The Center does see increasing odds for an El Niño in the Northern Hemisphere by late summer or fall. It’s arrival will be crucial for summer weather conditions. Other meteorologists suggest that if El Niño begins after early August, summer weather patterns could be hot and dry. Typically the El Niño pattern is not bad for crop production if present during the summer in the U.S.Corn and soybean planting is the main focus for producers across Ohio and the Midwest for the next three weeks. As of the second week of April, U.S. corn planting progress was 3%, the same as the five year average. Days before the Easter holiday, producers across parts but not all of Ohio were just beginning field preparations to plant corn and soybeans. Field activity was not yet at a fast and furious pace at that time. Mid-April Ohio weather forecasts have above normal precipitation into the end of April.Weather has not been a huge factor in Brazil or Argentina as compared to previous years. Lacking this year were the long periods of hot weather in Brazil along with prolonged rainy periods in Argentina. Missing are the concerns of reduced soybean production in Brazil and Argentina due to weather. Also missing are the huge soybean loading delays, which reached nearly 60 days at the ports in Brazil. Those delays were long enough to shift loadings from the U.S., pushing our soybean exports higher than expected.The supply and demand report increased ending stocks for soybeans and wheat. Soybean ending stocks were increased 15 million bushels while wheat ending stocks increased 30 million bushels. The March 31 quarterly stocks report estimated soybean stocks higher than traders had expected. With soybean demand consisting largely of exports and crush, usage can be readily observed with weekly export reports or monthly soybean crush reports. The reality of higher than expected soybean stocks reveals a trend that will gather steam in coming months —2016 U.S. soybean production was under-reported with previous reports. Any corrections will take place with the October Supply and Demand Report which will follow the Sept. 29 Quarterly Grain Stocks Report. Meanwhile, the residual column will change to reflect the expected higher production.The mid-April period brought two things to watch. First, South America soybean producers reduced their selling to a near crawl. It was the same selling pace seen in February when reports of the Brazilian Real moving unfavorably brought news of producers in Brazil storing, not selling soybeans. It did not affect or reduce the loading of soybean boats in Brazil during February and March. Second, the Commitment of Traders Report brought an uncommon occurrence heading into the spring planting season: managed money grain positions short in the grains. Funds have been reducing their long soybean positions for over six weeks as they grew tired of the price decline of nearly $1.40 from February into April. The price decline was not healthy to their bottom line. Mid-April managed money held short positions in soybeans of 24,000 contracts. Weeks earlier they had been long over 150,000 contracts of soybeans. The report had the same traders short 143,000 contracts of corn and short 138,000 contracts of wheat. While those traders had been short corn for weeks and short wheat for many months, the report revealed they were adding to their short positions in both corn and wheat. Corn prices were higher for several days mid-April. It had been thought with that price rally that it had been a rally of funds reducing or buying back their short positions. That was not the case. Those funds continue to believe and position themselves for lower prices for corn, soybeans, and wheat which they feel are destined to come to reality as the planting and growing seasons progress in the months ahead.last_img read more

Mayweather-McGregor is a pay-per-view smash

first_imgWATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding “It’s a little soon to be predicting a record,” said Espinoza, who heads sports for Showtime. “But the record is definitely within reach.”Estimates vary, but if an average of 10 people watched each pay-per-view the total audience for Saturday’s fight in the US could reach 50 million people, or nearly one in six Americans.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I’d absolutely call this a complete success,” Espinoza said. “This was a fight that had massive expectations in both the fight itself and the business results. It lived up to those expectations in every respect.”At $99.95 a buy, the pay-per-view generated at least $450 million in revenue on domestic television alone, money from which each fighter gets an undisclosed percentage. Mayweather estimated after the fight he would make $300-350 million, while McGregor said his take would be around $100 million. View comments The pay-per-view numbers include streaming on the Showtime and UFC apps as well as cable and satellite television buys. The fight was held up briefly because of some streaming issues, but Espinoza said reports of widespread problems with the online feed were overblown.“We were particularly pleased with the digital streaming aspect,” he said. “It was our first venture going direct to consumers on Showtime and we were thrilled. We generated over four times the buys we had expected online.”There were also reports of several million illegal streams of the fight and Espinoza said Showtime’s anti-piracy technicians saw more illegal streams than any previous fight. But he said the nature of the fight meant groups of people gathered to watch it, and that most bought it legitimately to be guaranteed the best possible feed.“We knew we had a massive event with huge interest,” he said. “And we knew a huge amount of people were going to be watching, including some who watched illegally.”Mayweather improved to 50-0 in what he said was his last fight, while McGregor is expected to return to UFC following his only pro fight. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, and Conor McGregor pose during a news conference after a super welterweight boxing match Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)LAS VEGAS — Conor McGregor’s improbable challenge of Floyd Mayweather Jr. was a hit at the box office and could end up the biggest pay-per-view ever, with an estimated 50 million people watching in the United States alone.Preliminary figures released by Showtime PPV on Friday showed the fight was tracking in the “mid to high” 4 million range, threatening the 4.6 million record set by Mayweather’s 2015 fight with Manny Pacquiao. Showtime’s Stephen Espinoza said the number will likely rise some as more firm figures come in.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Barcelona closes transfer market with whimper Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement PLAY LIST 00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’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 Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Though the fight suffered some at the box office because of extremely high ticket prices, it hit the kind of numbers on pay-per-view that promoters were hoping for. When added all together the fight could generate some $600 million in total revenue, which would be along the lines of the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight.Mayweather stopped McGregor in the 10th round, the first time he has had a real stoppage in nearly a decade. But McGregor’s performance also won some applause, as he boxed better in his first boxing match as a pro than many thought he would.Assuming the preliminary estimates hold up, Mayweather will have participated in the top four pay-per-view events of all time. His fight with Oscar De La Hoya in 2007 sold 2.4 million pay-per-views, and his 2014 fight with Canelo Alvarez sold 2.2 million.Espinoza said he should know by next week whether the fight will end up No. 1 or No. 2 on the all-time list. But he said the early estimates were lower than what the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight ended up to be, and that this would likely go higher, too.“There could be a good amount of growth between the initial numbers and where we eventually end up,” Espinoza said.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Read Next MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Gameslast_img read more

ICC World Twenty20: Pakistan officials get visas to assess security in India

first_imgVisas have been issued to two Pakistani officials to visit India for assessing the security arrangements for the national team ahead of World Twenty20.The Indian high commission on Sunday issued the visas according to a statement from the Pakistan interior ministry.  (World T20: AAP joins protest against India-Pakistan Dharamsala clash) “All arrangements are complete for the security team to leave for India on Monday,” the ministry said in the statement.”Director FIA Usman Anwar and Col. Azam from the Ministry of Interior will leave from Pakistan while the third member will join them from the Pakistan high commission in New Delhi,” the ministry said.Col Azam is also the general manager of security and anti-corruption unit in the Pakistan board.”The team will meet the Chief Minister Himachal Pradesh and the state police chief and will prepare a report which will be sent to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar,” the statement added.Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said on Saturday that the PCB has been told to wait and not send the team to India until the security delegation gives clearance.Nisar had also insisted that the Indian government was responsible for ensuring security of the Pakistan team.The Pakistan security delegation will meet with officials of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and also meet senior Indian security officials to assess the security cover for the Pakistan team.last_img read more

6 Reasons The Hawks Will Beat LeBron James and

The Atlanta Hawks had the best record in the Eastern Conference, but the Cleveland Cavaliers are favored to beat them and advance to the NBA Finals. The disregard for the Hawks is palpable—and misguided. The regular season counts for something—a lot, actually. And here is why they will send LeBron James and the Cavs fishing for the summer.Home City AdvantageAtlanta is party central for the entire NBA. The restaurants, lounges, night clubs, adult entertainment spots… they draw NBA players out of their hotel rooms as if by a trance. The late-night carousing wears on a team’s legs and concentration. In an evenly matched series like this one, that energy edge very well could be a difference-maker. And even if the Cavs decide to stay in their room, they won’t be watching Being Mary Jane. The “entertainment” can—and will—come to them.Best Team AdvantageThe Hawks’ unselfish style of play has been the hallmark of the best season in franchise history. Part of the reason they are disregarded is because they do not have a superstar player. But they have four all-stars, who, if they play to their regular-season stature, far exceed the Cavs, who do not have an injured Kevin Love. Talent wins, and the Hawks have more of it. read more

Commentary Opening Day offers hope fresh start for fans

Opening Day in Major League Baseball is, for some, a national holiday. It’s synonymous with “hope.” It’s a time when every team is undefeated and every fan owns bragging rights — yes, even Ohio sports fans. But it goes beyond that. Opening Day brings new life to a team. It’s like a New Year’s resolution, and, for most professional sports teams in Ohio, it ends like most New Year’s resolutions: null and void within three months. Still, it’s always nice to start the season thinking your team has a shot. That’s why we try to appease the baseball gods by wearing team jerseys and hats and even our lucky socks that haven’t been washed since the Kenny Lofton days, as if the fate of our team’s championship hopes rest solely on our wardrobe offerings. Some call it crazy, ridiculous and even fanatical. And, to that we say, “What’s your point?” As Opening Day arrived, Major League Baseball in Ohio finds two ball clubs heading in opposite directions. Baseball’s oldest franchise, the Cincinnati Reds, truly has given its fans something to cheer about. On Opening Day, the Reds defeated the Milwaukee Brewers, 7-6. This year, the Reds hold great expectations, and look to rebound from a first-round playoff sweep at the hands of the Philadelphia Phillies last October. Last year’s National League Central champs boast a star-studded roster that includes the likes of Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips and the “Cuban Missile,” Aroldis Chapman and his 105 mph fastball. And then there’s the Cleveland Indians. After a rough finish last season, expert analysts say the Indians are heading toward a rebuilding phase. Rumor has it pitcher Fausto Carmona could be on the move before the All-Star break, in exchange for prospects to breathe new life into the ball club. But, the Indians are going to need more than a few trades and superstitious batting routines to become a legitimate contender. And, if winning is what the Cleveland Indians are looking to do, they might consider picking up free agent Charlie Sheen, aka Wild Thing (I hear he’s “between jobs,” and “winning” is his new mantra). Statistically speaking, Opening Day is not necessarily an indicator of what is to come for a team. Last year the Reds dropped their home opener to the St. Louis Cardinals, giving up 11 runs. As the season progressed, the Reds picked up steam and ended the regular season five games ahead of the second-place Cardinals. New York Times columnist George Vecsey once said, “There is no sports event like Opening Day of baseball, the sense of beating back the forces of darkness and the National Football League.” And, with potential lockouts from both the NFL and the NBA looming, the great American pastime may be all we have left. read more

Ohio State baseball set for midweek home contests against Akron and Xavier

Junior pitcher Ryan Riga (44) throws the ball during a game against Siena March 14 at Bill Davis Stadium. OSU won, 8-5.Credit: Sam Harrington / Lantern photographerAfter sweeping a winless Siena team over the weekend, the Ohio State baseball team is looking to continue defending its home turf.The Buckeyes (11-6, 0-0) are preparing for their last two non-conference games — against in-state opponents Akron Tuesday and Xavier Wednesday — before kicking off their Big Ten schedule with a weekend series against Michigan State.Senior outfielder Tim Wetzel, who is hitting .417 (10-24) with runners on base, said the team is concentrated on taking things one game at a time.“One thing that is big with this year’s team is we’re just treating every game the same, whether it’s the Big Ten or a midweek game like we’ve got coming up this week. Every game is just as important as the next,” Wetzel said. “We’re not going to jump ahead to the Big Ten this weekend. We’ve got to take care of these two games first.”Coach Greg Beals said he expects his players to bring a lot of energy into both of their games this week.“I just want to see us keep the winning streak going, I want to see the quality of at-bats continue to grow, I’d like to see us hit some extra base hits. If we get some extra base hits, we usually score runs in those innings,” Beals said.Sophomore pitcher Jake Post is slated to start the game against the Zips (7-8, 0-0). After two starts and also coming out of the bullpen as a relief pitcher twice, Post is currently 2-1 with a 1.80 ERA and said he is confident heading into the game against Akron.“They look like a beatable team. If I execute my pitches and our hitters come through and we play good defense, we’ll come out with a win,” Post said. “I just want to go as deep as I can, have a good game, throw good pitches and execute to put the team in a good situation to win.”Numerous freshmen have emerged as key players for the Buckeyes in the early season. The Big Ten announced Monday that freshman pitcher Travis Lakins earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors. Lakins recorded a perfect 1.2 innings pitched in the latter game of a doubleheader with Siena Saturday after striking out a career-high five hitters and only allowing a pair of hits in 3.2 scoreless innings at No. 7 Oregon State Tuesday.Other freshmen producing for OSU include outfielder Ronnie Dawson, who is currently third in the Big Ten with a .393 batting average and leads the team with 22 hits. Freshman pitcher Adam Niemeyer struck out a career-best eight while allowing just one hit over 4.1 scoreless innings of relief against No. 9 Oregon March 7.“They’re huge, we knew that we were going to need them coming into the season big time,” Wetzel said. “The (freshmen) pitching staff has really been stepping up, (Troy) Montgomery and Dawson in the lineup have been huge, we knew that was going to be the case. We’re just excited they’re producing.”Beals said a key to succeeding in the conference is getting the younger players as much playing time as possible.“I think we’ve been able to get production from the younger guys but most importantly, we’ve got them experience and they’ve gotten a good number of at bats, so they’re going to be ready to go now that we start conference play,” Beals said.Beals added that OSU is healthy and ready to make an impact in the Big Ten when the conference portion of its schedule begins this weekend.“Physically, we’re in really good shape so as you transfer from preseason into the conference season, that’s something that’s always a concern and we’re healthy right now,” Beals said.First pitch against Akron is set for 5:05 p.m. Tuesday at Bill Davis Stadium. read more

Opinion If Ohio State wants to win Haskins has to start in

Ohio State redshirt freshman quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) throws a pass in the fourth quarter of the game against Michigan on Nov. 25 in Ann Arbor. Ohio State won 31-20. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorLast season, redshirt sophomore Dwayne Haskins secured the backup quarterback position when redshirt junior quarterback Joe Burrow was temporarily sidelined with a hand injury. In that backup role, Haskins threw for 565 yards, four touchdowns and one interception, completing 70.2 percent of his passes across eight gamesWhile the numbers in his limited play aren’t gaudy by any means, Haskins made his best case for the 2018 starting job on a single drive against his team’s arch-rival. Once J.T. Barrett was forced to exit the game and Ohio State trailed 20-14, Haskins orchestrated a scoring drive that proved to be the game-winner in its 31-20 victory. Given the collectiveness he showed in the most tense moment of his football career, Haskins made a strong case for why on Sept. 1, when the when the Ohio State football team opens its season against the Oregon State Beavers, he should start at quarterback. “It’s crazy to go win the biggest rivalry in sports. I never thought it would be a reality,” Haskins said after the win. “I got my number called and it worked out for me. I’m thankful.”Worked out for him it did, most importantly in the eyes of head coach Urban Meyer.“I can’t say it’s comfort yet,” Meyer said after the game. “But to see him perform in that environment, and more importantly against that defense. That’s an elite defense.”If there’s one thing about quarterbacks that matters to Meyer, it’s big-game experience. That was evident when he began the 2015 campaign with Cardale Jones — who led his team to a national championship the year prior —, to be the Week One starter over Barrett, — who became statistically the greatest quarterback in school history.From a scheme standpoint, Meyer has almost always had a quarterback weith the ability to make plays on the ground. Haskins has the skills to extend a play at times, but in no way are his legs a threat for opposing defenses to worry about.The lack of mobility, however, might not be a detriment to his chances of becoming the starter since Ohio State will be returning two previous 1,000-yard rushers. Last season, Barrett out-carried Mike Weber or J.K. Dobbins in seven games and out-carried both combined on two occasions.With that duo behind him, the Buckeyes’ offense can become more simplified. The running backs run and the quarterback throws. And Haskins will throw well because what he lacks on the ground, he makes up for with incredible arm talent.“It would mean the world to me [to be the starter],” Haskins said following Ohio State’s Cotton Bowl victory. “I’ve been working for this since I was a little kid and it’s right there so I’m going to go take it.” read more