Allois Pollmann-Schweckorst Wins Verona Rolex FEI World Cup

first_imgHe was last to go, both in the first round of the Verona Rolex FEI World Cupâ„¢ competion and in the jump off, but in the prize giving ceremony, Alois Pollmann-Schweckhorst was first to be congratulated. Verona was a dream coming true for this very experienced rider from Germany and his mount, one of the best show jumpers in the world. For some reason they never won a FEI World Cupâ„¢ qualifier before, although they both know the way to the final. In a three rider jump off, Pollmann-Schweckhorst only had to bring his horse safely home, after Omar Bonomelli, obviously the big favourite of the Verona crowd, and Steve Guerdat, each made a mistake.For a long time it looked as though Omar Bonomelli would be the only rider capable of dealing with all the technical and physical challenges of Giovanni Bussu’s difficult, yet fair design. It was a truly magnificent clear round of local hero Bonomelli. His superbly trained horse Quintero made all distances – both long and short – look absolutely normal. Whereas others had problems attacking the big Liverpool oxer number 7, consecutively approaching the delicate high vertical number 8 in five strides. Or doing the very long three strides to oxer number 7, placed in a corner, or doing the short four to the SNAI oxer number 10.Omar’s wive Jonella Ligresti-Bonomelli was one of the ‘victims’ of Giovanni Bussu’s clever course designing. Her scopy stallion Toulon made a huge jump over the 1.53-1.70 oxer number 11, which was the beginning of the line towards the double. Toulon was a little close and a little flat taking off for the first element of the double combination, which resulted in a rail down. Jonella Ligresti was the only rider having time problems, but her 5 faults was not a bad result in this tough competition. Her Belgian bred and BWP approved stallion, a former prize winner under the saddle of Hubert Bourdy, jumped superbly with the small lady rider from Italy.Then Steve Guerdat entered the arena, with the winning feeling of Lyon, one week before, still in mind. Tresor V, his Lyon winner, was in the stable getting a rest, Jalisca Solier was strong and fit and cleared the fences with an ease resembling Quintero. The crowd didn’t know how to react. At last, after 27 combinations a jump off was ensured, but at the expense of their compatriot Bonomelli.Last rider to go Alois Pollmann-Schweckhorst proved that Giovanni Bussu’s design was far from unjumpable. It became clear that some of the four faulters, like Edwina Alexander, Giuseppe d’Onofrio and Sören Pedersen had just been unlucky missing the jump off due to a silly mistake. Pedersen and d’Onofrio must have been pleased with their round in Verona, as they added some valuable Word Cup points to their competition result so far.It doesn’t matter how much experience international top riders have, they never get used to winning. Alois Pollmann-Schweckhorst was even more excited as he never won a FEI World Cupâ„¢ qualifier before aboard Lord Luis. “I was lucky to be the last to go in the jump off”, said Pollmann-Schweckhorst. “It took not more than ten minutes, between my first round and my jump off round. Lord Luis jumped fantastic, he was not tired at all. On the contrary, he was still very much concentrated and eager to go.”“I also was a bit lucky that Steve Guerdat made the mistake in the jump-off. Lord Luis is a super horse with a lot of scope, but he certainly is not faster than Jalisca Solier. I would have had a hard time beating Steve’s time.”This was Alois Pollmann-Schweckhorst’s first qualifier in the Rolex FEI World Cupâ„¢ competition. “I haven’t made a note yet in my agenda for the final in Las Vegas. I’ve been there twice, would love to go for the third time, but April is still a long way. If I would win another 20 World Cup points, that would bring me in a favourable position!”Steve Guerdat’s plan fell to pieces after the second jump of the jump off. “I know my horse, she’s naturally fast, for sure faster that Lord Luis”, commented Steve Guerdat. “After Omar made his mistake I knew I only needed a clear round without being stupid racing for an incredible time. I didn’t need that to put the pressure on Alois. But my mare hit the last pole of the second oxer. Yet I’m very happy with her, this was her first big class after the Olympics. Alois deserved to win, in two rounds his horse didn’t touch one rail. That´s our sport, you can´t win if the other guy stays clear.”Things are working out really well for Steve Guerdat. He won the 5* Grand Prix of Lyon last week, riding is other top horse Tresor V. “For the short term my aim is to qualify for the top 10 in Brussels. I was 12th on the world ranking last week, so I should be able to make it. And for sure for next year Las Vegas is on the top of my list!”The man who is on top of the list for this moment is an Italian by the name of Omar Bonomelli. Doing well in all three of the Rolex FEI World Cupâ„¢ qualifiers, Bonomelli has gathered 25 points and leads the race towards the final in Las Vegas. “Last year I missed the final at only one point, this is not going to happen again if I can prevent it”, said Bonomelli.The big favourite of the Italian crowd impressed once more with his riding and could have won the 8th FEI World Cupâ„¢ qualifier in Verona, if his fans in the audience wouldn’t have misjudged the jump off course. “After the double combination the people thought the ride was over and made some noise”, explained Bonomelli. “But I still had fence 15 to go. My horse lost concentration, started to buck and we had the fence down. But it was exciting to do so well in front of my home crowd. The Italian people are very friendly to their own riders, they really would have loved to see me win. Maybe some other time!”Result Rolex FEI World Cupâ„¢ competition in Verona:1) Alois Pollmann-Schweckhorst (GER), Lord Luis, 0-0/56.04sec.2) Steve Guerdat (SWI), Jalisca Solier, 0-4/46.54 sec.3) Omar Bonomelli (IT), Quintero, 0-4/48.72 sec.Not in the jump off:4) Sören Pedersen (DEN), Lobster, 4/70.05 sec.5) Ludo Phillipaerts (BEL), Cavalor Winningmood, 4/70.91 sec.6) Robert Smith (GBR), Vangelis S, 4/71.12 sec.7) Edwina Alexander (AUS), Isovlas Ithot du Château, 4/72.00 sec.8) Roger Yves Bost (F), Ideal de la Loge, 4/72.24 sec.9) Giuseppe d’Onofrio (IT), Landzeus, 4/72.39 sec.10) Daniel Etter (SWI), Peu a Peu, 4/72.54 sec.Rolex FEI World Cupâ„¢ points in Verona:Alois Pollmann-Schweckhorst             20Steve Guerdat                                    17Omar Bonomelli                                  15Sören Pedersen                                 13Ludo Phillipaerts                                12Robert Smith                                      11Edwina Alexander                              10Roger Yves Bost                                   9Giuseppe d’Onofrio                              8Daniel Etter                                         7Marcus Ehning                                     6Michael Whitaker                                 5Ludger Beerbaum                                4Marco Kutscher                                    3Pilar Cordon                                         2Albert Zoer                                          1Standings after three Rolex FEI World Cupâ„¢ competitions:1) Omar Bonomelli                              252) Daniel Etter                                    223) Ludo Phillipaerts                            214) Geir Gulliksen                                 215) Gerco Schröder,eq. 6) Rutherford Latham,eq. 6) Alois Pollmann-Schweckhorst   208) Nicolas Delmotte                            20Further details are available on www.feiworldcup.org Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! 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Flooding, winds from weekend storms cause damage in NEJC, but no injuries

first_imgRising waters on State Park Road in Fairway stranded this car Saturday.The powerful storms that swept through northeast Johnson County Saturday night felled trees and stranded vehicles in quickly rising waters, but didn’t cause any serious injuries, emergency responders reported.Battalion Chief Bruce Randall said firefighters received two calls about cars trapped in rising waters, one at the entrance to Kansas City Country Club and another near 5400 Mission Drive.A Leawood family also reported that their car stalled out in rising water on State Park Road in Fairway after they’d dropped off some friends. They put the car in neutral and tried to push it out of the dip in the road where the water was deepest, but with the current gaining force, they recognized they were in danger. A passing police officer ordered them out of the water. They put the car in park and abandoned it. Sunday morning the car still wouldn’t start.Gusts of wind associated with the intense storm front also felled trees in the area. Reader Christie Green sent in this picture of a damaged tree blocking the road at 69th Street and Roe Avenue:last_img read more

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Americans Are Terrible at Estimating Income Inequality

first_imgThe Atlantic Cities:Income inequality is an abstract idea, measurable in many ways. And so perhaps it’s not surprising that Americans are terrible at estimating the true extent of the problem (or how fast it’s grown with time).The question, after all, requires several mental leaps: from our own income, to a sense of where we fit on the national scale, to an awareness of the outer poles of that distribution. There are some serious math and reasoning skills required here.You may be surprised, though, by exactly how – and how consistently – people get this wrong: A new study in the journal Psychological Science from researchers at St. Louis University and the University of Florida found that most people think income inequality in America is far worse than it actually is. We’re good at estimating how much people at the bottom of the income ladder make. But we’re awful at grasping the top. As a result, we have a distorted sense of one of the most pressing public policy problems of our times.Read the whole story: The Atlantic Cities More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

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Good use of sewing skills

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Galway GAA Fixtures

first_imgWed 29 Mar Junior Hurling League Group 2Sarsfields V Pádraig Pearses 11:00, Ref: Peter MurphyCappataggle V Killimordaly 11:00, Ref: Gerry Donoghue Minor B2 Football League – NorthCaltra V Menlough 18:45, Ref: Sean Lyons Toddie Byrne Cup – Group CVenue: Clarinbridge, Turloughmore V Clarinbridge 12:00, Ref: Ronan StankardVenue: Clarinbridge, Clarinbridge V Athenry 13:00, Ref: Ronan StankardVenue: Clarinbridge, Turloughmore V Michael Cusacks 14:00, Ref: Ronan Stankard Toddie Byrne Shield – Group BPortumna V Mountbellew/Moylough 18:30, Ref: Vincent BurkeAhascragh/Fohenagh V Mícheál Breathnach 18:30, Ref: David Staunton Justin Cheevers Cup – Group CVenue: Ballyloughnane Cois Fharraige V Liam Mellows 12:00, Ref: John KeaneVenue: Ballyloughnane, Liam Mellows V Meelick-Eyrecourt 13:00, Ref: John KeaneVenue: Ballyloughnane Cois Fharraige V Gort 14:00, Ref: John Keane Minor A Football League – NorthMountbellew/Moylough V Claregalway 18:45, Ref: Gerry DalyKilkerrin-Clonberne-Williamstown V Annaghdown 18:45, Ref: Padraic KellyGlenamaddy V Monivea-Abbey 18:45, Ref: Pj Rabbitte U14 A Hurling ChampionshipSarsfields V Kilnadeema-Leitrim 18:30, Ref: Gordon Duane Minor A Football League -WestSalthill-Knocknacarra V Barna 18:30, Ref: Ger CahillMoycullen V Oughterard 18:30, Ref: Tommy Faherty (S) John Dunne Cup – Group 6Dunmore MacHales V Caltra 20:30, Ref: Noel Dempsey Junior Hurling League Group 4Craughwell V Oranmore-Maree 11:00, Ref: John Mc DonaghArdrahan V Ballinderreen 11:00, Ref: Kevin Egan Minor B1 Football League -WestKillanin V Naomh Anna, Leitir Móir 18:30, Ref: Frank KinneenSt Michael’s V St. James 18:30, Ref: Alan Carr U16 Football Division 1 NorthLoughrea V Caherlistrane 19:00, Ref: Kevin EganCorofin V Monivea-Abbey 19:00, Ref: Austin O ConnellGlenamaddy/Glinsk V Dunmore MacHales 19:00, Ref: Pj. RabbitteSt. Gabriels V Ballinasloe 19:00, Ref: Martin Gavin Toddie Byrne Cup – Group AKinvara V Loughrea 18:30, Ref: Pakie MuldoonKilnadeema-Leitrim V Moycullen 18:30, Ref: Peter Murphy Oranmore-Maree V Barna 19:00, Ref: Paddy Ó Gríofa John Dunne Cup (Qtr Final),Tuam Stars V Killererin 20:00, Ref: Austin O ConnellJohn Dunne Cup – Group 2Killanin V Salthill-Knocknacarra 18:45, Ref: Muiris Mac Gearailt Junior Hurling League Group 1Meelick-Eyrecourt V Killimor 11:00, Ref: Peter CampbellPortumna V Mullagh 11:00, Ref: John Rosney Justin Cheevers Cup – Group DVenue: Woodford, Rahoon-Newcastle V Salthill-Knocknacarra 12:00, Ref: Pakie MuldoonVenue: Woodford, Tommy Larkins V Salthill-Knocknacarra 13:00, Ref: Pakie MuldoonVenue: Woodford, Ardrahan V Rahoon-Newcastle 14:00, Ref: Pakie Muldoon Justin Cheevers Cup – Group DArdrahan V Tommy Larkins 18:30, Ref: Kevin Egan Justin Cheevers Cup – Group APádraig Pearses V Kilconieron 18:30, Ref: Seamus GoldrickMullagh/Kiltormer V St Thomas 18:30, Ref: Vincent Earls Minor B1 Football League – NorthBallinasloe V Dunmore MacHales 18:45, Ref: Martin FlahertyCaherlistrane V St Brendan’s 18:45, Ref: TBC Toddie Byrne Cup – Group BSarsfields V Killimordaly 18:30, Ref: Christopher BrowneCarnmore V Cappataggle 18:30, Ref: Adrian Mooney Tue 04 Apr U16 Football Division 3Milltown V Killererin 19:00, Ref: TBCKilkerrin-Clonberne V Menlough 19:00, Ref: TBCAn Fhairche – Clonbur V Cortoon Shamrocks 19:00, Ref: TBC Minor B2 Football League – NorthSt Gabriel’s V Oranmore-Maree 18:45, Ref: Martin GavinHeadford V Milltown 18:45, Ref: Richard McNicholas Minor C Football League – NorthKilconly V Cortoon Shamrocks 18:45, Ref: Charlie Ward Justin Cheevers Cup – Group BBallinderreen V Abbeyknockmoy 18:30, Ref: Charlie WardCastlegar V Sylane 18:30, Ref: Paschal Sheehan Junior Hurling League Group 6Athenry V Abbeyknockmoy 11:00, Ref: Michael ConwayCarnmore V Turloughmore 11:00, Ref: Richard Mc Nicholas Minor A Hurling Championship – Group 1Venue: Ahascragh, Turloughmore V Ballygar 18:00, Ref: Christopher BrowneVenue: Loughrea, Liam Mellows V Kilnadeema-Leitrim 18:00, Ref: Derek Kelly Minor B1 Hurling Group 2Sarsfields V Abbeyknockmoy 18:00, Ref: Peter MurphySkehana-Mountbellew/Moylough V Oranmore-Maree 18:00, Ref: Richard Mc NicholasGort V Ahascragh/Fohenagh 18:00, Ref: Joe Larkin U14 Football Division 1 NorthMonivea-Abbey V Annaghdown19:00, Ref: Martin Collins Minor B2 Football League -WestCarna-Caiseal/Na Piarsaigh V Clifden 18:30, Ref: Mairtín O Curraoin (coilím) U16 Football Division 2 WestAn Cheathrú Rua V Clarinbridge 19:00, Ref: Brendan KinneavyMícheál Breathnach V St Michael’s 19:00, Ref: Máirtín Ó GríofaClifden V Naomh Anna, Leitir Móir 19:00, Ref: Noel GorhamOughterard V An Spidéal 19:00, Ref: Noel Cummins Justin Cheevers Cup – Group BVenue: Ballinderreen, Sylane V Ballinderreen 10:30, Ref: Tommy HanlonVenue: Ballinderreen, Abbeyknockmoy V Castlegar 11:20, Ref: Shane HynesVenue: Ballinderreen, Ballinderreen V Castlegar 12:10, Ref: Tommy HanlonVenue: Ballinderreen, Sylane V Abbeyknockmoy 13:00, Ref: Shane Hynes Minor B1 Football League – NorthSt Brendan’s V Athenry 18:45, Ref: Martin FlahertyLoughrea V Ballinasloe 18:45, Ref: Paul Quinn Toddie Byrne Cup – Group DCraughwell V Ballinasloe 18:30, Ref: John RosneyOranmore-Maree V Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry 18:30, Ref: Michael Connolly Mon 03 Apr U16 A Hurling ChampionshipAthenry V Kinvara 18:45, Ref: Richard Mc Nicholas Toddie Byrne Shield – Group BVenue: Portumna, Mícheál Breathnach V Portumna 10:30, Ref: Brian KeonVenue: Portumna, Mountbellew/Moylough V Ahascragh/Fohenagh 11:20, Ref: Shane CurleyVenue: Portumna, Portumna V Ahascragh/Fohenagh 12:10, Ref: Brian KeonVenue: Portumna, Mícheál Breathnach V Mountbellew/Moylough 13:00, Ref: Shane Curley Toddie Byrne Cup – Group CClarinbridge V Michael Cusacks 18:30, Ref: John Mc DonaghAthenry V Turloughmore 18:30, Ref: Shane Hynes Minor B1 Hurling Group 1Sylane V Cois Fharraige 18:00, Ref: Adrian MooneyTommy Larkins V Ballinderreen 18:00, Ref: John Rosney Minor B Hurling Championship – Group 1Ardrahan V Craughwell 18:00, Ref: Paschal SheehanSt Thomas V Mullagh/Kiltormer 18:00, Ref: Michael ConwayKillimordaly V Michael Cusacks 18:00, Ref: Leonard Fay Minor A Hurling Championship – Group 2Venue: Ballinderreen, Clarinbridge V Kilconieron 18:00, Ref: John Mc DonaghVenue: Killimor, Meelick-Eyrecourt V Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry 18:00, Ref: Shane Hynes Justin Cheevers Cup – Group CGort V Meelick-Eyrecourt 18:30, Ref: Liam Gordon Minor B Hurling Championship – Group 2Cappataggle V Loughrea 18:00, Ref: Gerry DonoghuePortumna V Killimor 18:00, Ref: Peter CampbellPádraig Pearses V Moycullen 18:00, Ref: James Lundon U16 Football Division 3Milltown V Killererin 19:00, Ref: Charlie WardKilkerrin-Clonberne V Menlough 19:00, Ref: TBCAn Fhairche – Clonbur V Cortoon Shamrocks 19:00, Ref: Peter Bane John Dunne Cup – Group 1Cárna-Caiseal V An Cheathrú Rua 18:30, Ref: Brendan Kinneavy Minor C Hurling Championship – Group 1Salthill-Knocknacarra V Mícheál Breathnach 18:00, Ref: Pat McGrathRahoon-Newcastle V Ballinasloe 18:00, Ref: Murt Ó Cualáin Sun 02 Apr Division 5 (West)An Cheathrú Rua V Moycullen 11:30, Ref: Mairtín O Curraoin (coilím)Naomh Anna, Leitir Móir V Killanin 11:30, Ref: Pádraig Mac Donncha Division 5 (West)Mícheál Breathnach V Na Piarsaigh 19:00, Ref: Frank Kinneen U16 Football Division 2 NorthTuam Stars V Athenry 19:00, Ref: Austin O ConnellMountbellew/Moylough V Headford 19:00, Ref: John CahillCaltra V St Brendan’s 19:00, Ref: Mike TarpeyKinvara V Kilconly 19:00, Ref: Brian Keon Toddie Byrne Shield – Group AKillimor V Annaghdown 18:30, Ref: Michael MeliaSkehana V Tuam 18:30, Ref: Mike Tarpey Junior Hurling League Group 3Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry V Loughrea 11:00, Ref: Liam Gordon Toddie Byrne Cup – Group DVenue: Craughwell, Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry V Craughwell 10:30, Ref: James LundonVenue: Craughwell, Ballinasloe V Oranmore-Maree 11:20, Ref: Leonard FayVenue: Craughwell, Craughwell V Oranmore-Maree 12:10, Ref: James LundonVenue: Craughwell, Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry V Ballinasloe 13:00, Ref: Leonard Fay Minor A Football League – NorthMonivea-Abbey V Corofin 18:45, Ref: Gerry GuinanClaregalway V Kilkerrin-Clonberne-Williamstown 18:45, Ref: Austin O ConnellAnnaghdown V Glenamaddy 18:45, Ref: Gerry Daly Minor B1 Football League – NorthAthenry V Loughrea 18:45, Ref: Pat Hansberry Junior Hurling League Group 7Annaghdown V Liam Mellows 11:00, Ref: Adrian MooneyRahoon-Newcastle V Moycullen 16:00, Ref: Paul Fahy Toddie Byrne Cup – Group CMichael Cusacks V Athenry 18:30, Ref: Richard Mc Nicholas Toddie Byrne Cup – Group BVenue: Bullaun, Cappataggle V Sarsfields 10:30, Ref: Gordon DuaneVenue: Bullaun, Killimordaly V Carnmore 11:20, Ref: Seamus MoranVenue: Bullaun, Sarsfields V Carnmore 12:10, Ref: Gordon DuaneVenue: Bullaun, Cappataggle V Killimordaly 13:00, Ref: Seamus Moran John Dunne Cup (Qtr Final),St. James V Corofin 19:00, Ref: James Molloy Justin Cheevers Cup – Group DTommy Larkins V Rahoon-Newcastle 18:30, Ref: David EarlsSalthill-Knocknacarra V Ardrahan 18:30, Ref: Pat McGrath Minor A Football League -WestMoycullen V Salthill-Knocknacarra 19:00, Ref: Tommy Faherty (S) U16 Football Division 1 WestAnnaghdown V Barna 19:00, Ref: John DonovanSalthill-Knocknacarra V St. James 19:00, Ref: Kieran QuinnMoycullen V Killanin 19:00, Ref: Tommy Faherty (S) Division 6 (West)Oughterard V Barna 19:00, Ref: Frank WalshSt Michael’s V Fr Griffins/Éire Óg 19:00, Ref: Alan CarrCárna-Caiseal V An Spidéal 19:00, Ref: Brendan Kinneavy Toddie Byrne Shield – Group AVenue: Killimor, Tuam V Killimor 10:30, Ref: Gerry DonoghueVenue: Killimor, Annaghdown V Skehana 11:20, Ref: Peter CampbellVenue: Killimor, Killimor V Skehana 12:10, Ref: Gerry DonoghueVenue: Killimor, Tuam V Annaghdown 13:00, Ref: Peter Campbell Sat 01 Apr Toddie Byrne Cup – Group AVenue: Kinvara, Moycullen V Kinvara 10:30, Ref: Paschal SheehanVenue: Kinvara, Loughrea V Kilnadeema-Leitrim 11:20, Ref: Tom Mc NicholasVenue: Kinvara, Kinvara V Kilnadeema-Leitrim 12:10, Ref: Paschal SheehanVenue: Kinvara, Moycullen V Loughrea 13:00, Ref: Tom Mc Nicholas John Dunne Cup – Group 3Monivea-Abbey V Oranmore-Maree 18:45, Ref: Padraic Kelly Fri 31 Mar U14 Football Division 3Tuam Stars V Kilkerrin-Clonberne 19:00, Ref: Gerry Daly U14 Football Division 1 West Justin Cheevers Cup – Group CLiam Mellows V Gort 18:30, Ref: Ronan StankardMeelick-Eyrecourt V Cois Fharraige 18:30, Ref: David Cunningham Minor B2 Football League -WestAn Cheathrú Rua V An Fhairche – Clonbur 19:00, Ref: Noel Gorham Minor B2 Football League – NorthCaltra V Headford 18:45, Ref: Martin GavinMenlough V St Gabriel’s 18:45, Ref: Austin O ConnellOranmore-Maree V Milltown 18:45, Ref: Richard Mc Nicholas Wed 05 Apr U14 Football Division 3Menlough V Craughwell 19:00, Ref: Gerry Moore Junior Hurling League Group 5St Thomas V Kilbeacanty 11:00, Ref: Ronan StankardGort V Beagh 11:00, Ref: Fergal Bermingham U14 A Hurling ChampionshipCappataggle V Loughrea 18:45, Ref: Micheal Kelly U14 Football Division 4Milltown V Barna 19:00, Ref: Noel Finnegan John Dunne Cup – Group 2Barna V Killanin 19:00, Ref: Muiris Mac Gearailt Justin Cheevers Cup – Group AVenue: Ballymacward, St Thomas V Pádraig Pearses 10:30, Ref: Tomas LallyVenue: Ballymacward, Kilconieron V Mullagh/Kiltormer 11:20, Ref: Gerry HurleyVenue: Ballymacward, Pádraig Pearses V Mullagh/Kiltormer 12:10, Ref: Tomas LallyVenue: Ballymacward, St Thomas V Kilconieron 13:00, Ref: Gerry Hurley Division 7 (West)An Fhairche – Clonbur V Clifden 11:30, Ref: Mairtin O MaininMícheál Breathnach V Gaeil na Gaillimhe 11:30, Ref: Ger CahillBarna V Oileáin Árainn 11:30, Ref: Kieran Quinn Minor B1 Football League -WestAn Spidéal V Killanin 19:00, Ref: Kieran QuinnNaomh Anna, Leitir Móir V St Michael’s 19:00, Ref: Mairtín O Curraoin (coilím) Minor B2 Football League -WestMícheál Breathnach V An Fhairche – Clonbur 19:00, Ref: Mairtin O Maininprint WhatsApp Facebook 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GECOM responds to PPP/C’s protests

first_imgDear Editor,As the organisation that is responsible for conducting national elections in Guyana, the Guyana Elections Commission (Gecom) undertakes these procedures transparently, and in accordance with the law. While this has been explained and attested before now, it is important for us to reiterate this fact, in light of the recent protests, held by members of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C). While we respect the rights of citizens to protest, since it is a common feature of a democracy, we abhor misinformation, libellous, slanderous and boisterous assertions about Gecom during your (PPP/C) demonstrations.As an independent body, the activities of Gecom, specific to elections and National Registration, are approved by the Commission.This Commission comprises six Commissioners (three nominated by APNU/AFC and three by the PPP/C), along with the Chairman, Dr Steve Surujbally. The Commission deliberates, pronounces and votes on decisions and work plans to be executed by the Secretariat. It therefore means that Dr Surujbally does not exclusively make decisions concerning Gecom, instead, these decisions are made by a body of Commissioners.In addition, all activities at the Polling Stations and Registration Offices are conducted in the presence of Party Agents, who are there to witness and ensure that all activities are conducted in a lawful and transparent manner. On Elections Day, these Party Agents are also required to sign the Statements of Poll and collect a copy for their respective parties. The Statements of Poll are posted outside the Polling Stations after the counting and tallying processes are completed, as the law stipulates. Gecom will not break the law to satisfy political expediency.Given the measures implemented, how could 2015 General Elections been “rigged”? Why would Gecom set out to “rig” any elections? The votes were counted – in the presence of the Party Agents. The Commission provided the nation with the results, within the time frame stipulated by law. It is now left for us to prove that wise man wrong when he said that “the hardest thing an Elections Body can do is convince the losers that they have lost”.Meanwhile, Gecom will proceed on the activities scheduled for this autonomous body. The 8th Cycle of Continuous Registration begins on June 6, as outlined in the notices published. We will be providing further guidance via the media, as required.A brand new and due House-to-House Registration will follow, probably as early as next year, as it has been a part of our mode of operations – not because we were pushed by any political party.Sincerely,Guyana ElectionsCommissionPublic Relationslast_img read more

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Auburndale boys basketball rallies past Pittsville

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterAUBURNDALE — The Auburndale boys basketball team needed a big run to save itself from a home loss.The Apaches outscored Pittsville 13-2 in the fourth quarter to pull out a 39-31 victory in a Marawood Conference South Division game Thursday night at Auburndale High School.Pittsville led 19-17 at halftime and 29-26 after three quarters before the Apaches held the Panthers to just one basket in the final 8 minutes.Matt Nikolay had 17 points, nine rebounds, and six steals for Auburndale (11-5, 6-3 Marawood South).Auburndale made just nine field goals but was 18 of 21 on free throws while Pittsville was just 3 of 4.Matthew Carlson topped Pittsville (6-11, 3-7 Marawood South) with 15 points and nine rebounds.Auburndale plays at first-place and undefeated Marathon on Tuesday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Apaches 39, Panthers 31Pittsville 5 14 10 2 – 31Auburndale 9 8 9 13 – 39PITTSVILLE (31): Aron Masanz 1-2 0-0 3, Jake Allind 1-8 2-2 4, Jacob Schulz 2-6 0-0 6, Paul Downs 0-4 0-0 0, Aidan Masanz 1-6 0-0 3, Matthew Carlson 7-12 1-2 15. FG: 12-38. FT: 3-4. 3-pointers: 4-13 (Schulz 2-6, Ar. Masanz 1-2, Ai. Masanz 1-2, Downs 0-1, Carlson 0-2). Rebounds: 21 (Carlson 9). Assists: 8. Record: 6-11, 3-7 Marawood South.AUBURNDALE (39): Jake Lewis 2-5 4-4 9, Matt Nikolay 4-11 7-8 17, Caleb Weinfurter 0-1 0-0 0, Bryan Gehrke 0-1 0-0 0, Cooper Krings 1-5 0-1 2, Tyler Weber 0-2 0-0 0, Alex Marth 1-3 5-6 7, Matt Lang 0-1 0-0 0, Josh VanSchoick 1-3 2-2 4. FG: 9-32. FT: 18-21. 3-pointers: 3-14 (Nikolay 2-3, lewis 1-4, Weinfurter 0-1, Gehrke 0-1, Weber 0-1, Krings 0-4). Rebounds: 23 (Nikolay 9). Assists: 6. Record: 11-5, 6-3 Marawood South.last_img read more

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Cape Town hotel voted world’s trendiest

first_img24 January 2012The Villa Zest Boutique Hotel in the Cape Town suburb of Greenpoint has been voted the trendiest hotel in the world in the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice 2012 Best Hotels Awards.The Travellers’ Choice awards honour the top hotels, beaches and travel destinations worldwide based on millions of “real and unbiased” opinions from TripAdvisor travellers.The Villa Zest Boutique Hotel offers luxury accommodation and is ideally located just a kilometre away from the Cape Town CBD. It is also within walking distance of the world-renowned Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.Table Mountain, the Cape Town International Conference Centre and the popular beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay are all in close proximity.“An oasis of calm centrally located in Cape Town, the Villa Zest luxury accommodation in the Green Point suburb is perfectly placed to bring you everything the city has to offer,” the hotel’s website reads: “Palm-lined beaches, the vibrant business district, Table Mountain, and a variety of upmarket restaurants, cafes, bars and nightclubs ensuring guests an unforgettable experience.”The hotel offers a lounge that opens up into a balcony offering views of the V&A Waterfront, a quiet garden and pool area, a rooftop terrace offering 360° views of Cape Town, an object art gallery, and a media house that offers high-end technology and communications solutions to business travellers.“The rooms at this Cape Town Boutique Hotel represent the ultimate fusion of style, luxury and comfort,” says the website. “Each room is unique and has been individually decorated, with the greatest attention to detail, using only the finest furnishings and fittings.”The hotel is rated as “excellent” by 125 reviewers on the website, with 13 “good” and three “average” ratings. The majority of the reviews cite the hotel’s good service and helpful staff as the reasons for the high ratings.Comments include: “Excellent and great stay in Villa Zest”, “Awesome little hotel”, “This place is GREAT”, “Oasis in the heart of the city”, “outstanding customer service,” “Modern design hotel and very helpful staff,” “Fantastic hospitality and beautifully designed boutique hotel,” “THE one & only in Cape Town,” “Almost faultless. Staff were amazing,” and “Best boutique hotel ever.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Turbulence injures 37 on Air Canada flight

first_imgAn Air Canada plane flying between Vancouver and Sydney was diverted to Honolulu after 37 people were injuured during severe turbulence.The Boeing 777-200, operating as Flight AC33  with 269 passengers and 15 crew,  was about two hours past Hawaii when it hit clear air turbulence, according to the airline.The plane was at 36,000 ft and about 966kms southwest of Honolulu when it dropped suddenly.READ: Graphic video shows US jet mayhem after turbulence.Emergency officials in Honolulu said 30 people were transported to local hospitals, nine with serious injuries and 21 with minor injuries. Complaints included neck and back injuries, head injuries and lacerations.One passenger, Australian Michael Bailey, estimated the plane dropped about 100ft.“Five to 10 seconds and then bang, all of a sudden it dropped,” he told ABC radio. “It must have dropped like a 100ft or something because people went up to the ceiling throughout the plane.“It was pretty scary.”Flight attendants were handing out snacks at the time and witnesses said they were among those who hit the ceiling.One witness said about half the passengers weren’t wearing seatbelts.“The whole experience was probably 10 to 15 seconds, a bit of mild shaking, nothing out of the ordinary, and then just a drop out of nowhere,” passenger Alex Mcdonald, of Brisbane,   told CBC News.“I saw the people ahead of me hitting the overhead baggage compartments and then just slamming back into their seats.“[It] was just a bunch of noise, people extremely shocked, and then a very eerie stillness throughout the cabin as people tried to grasp what had happened.”The incident is yet another example of why airlines continually warn people to keep their seatbelts fastened, even if the seatbelt sign is not on.Scientists have warned passengers to expect more bone-jarring encounters with rough weather due to changes in the climate.A 2017 study by University of Reading researcher Dr. Paul Williams predicted the chances of being tossed around an aircraft cabin by severe turbulence could triple in coming years.READ: Severe air turbulence could triple due to climate change.Although technology allowing aircraft to detect the phenomenon has improved, clear air turbulence remains difficult to distinguish and there are still incidents where passengers and cabin crew are injured.It costs US carriers an estimated $US200 million annually and the US Federal Aviation Administration has identified it as the leading cause of injuries to passengers and crew in non-fatal accidents.last_img read more

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Class Highlights: PROS002 Increasing Client Manageability w/Intel vPro and Microsoft ConfigMgr 2007

first_imgPROs002 class overviewWired/wireless & Indepent of OS / Power state*today is the announcement of SCCM SP2Extending the wireless capabilities of SCCM Config Mgr 2k7 features:*setup & config*discovery / inventory/audit*remote console* power control*Bring vpro scenarios to your groups & collections – just making it part of your daily cycle’s.“huge extension” in the out of band scenarioPower Management:(site configuration, client relationship, collection based management).  Ability to do specific targeting to the client.Help desk efficiency·      remotely restart computer·      interactive remote boot·      remotely interact with bios·      review core system HW inventory and audit info3 Key messages for SCCM SP2*Automate deploymentsIncrease Deployment reliabilityExtend remote deployment scenarios to inpocrporate (reboot via id-r-reboot to PXE services.Service pack 2 – MS SCCM-       vPro integration-       win7 enablement-       Better together keeps ringing thru. Here’s what we have been waiting for..  SCCM SP2 – RC ready to go.last_img read more

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