Two big late moves in RSPL transfer window

first_imgClaudious Blackburn’s switch from Cavalier to Harbour View and Rafique Bryan’s move to University of the West Indies (UWI) were the two major late Red Stripe Premier League transfers just before the deadline at midnight last Friday.A former Arnett Gardens youth player, Bryan represented his home town club, sparingly, in the league last season and has decided to join the University of the West Indies for their inaugural top-flight football season.The 19 year-old is the fifth signing by the UWI, which also added Anthony Greenland, Stephen Lowe, Jamie Robinson, Daniel Gilzene along with Bryan, to their roster for this season.The transfer of Blackburn from Cavalier to Harbour View is the other major signing in the window. The ex-Cavalier man did not have the best season last year but will be a good addition to the east-Kingston club.Harbour View also made two late signings. Now at the east Kingston club are former Cavalier goalkeeper Devon Haughton and Akeen Smith, who has moved from Bull Bay.PROMISING PLAYERAlthough defending champions Arnett Gardens will be without Bryan, one of their most promising youth prospects, they have added an adequate replacement in Rivoli and national Under-20 player Davion Garrison. They have also acquired Javasca Taylor and Roger Bucknor from Wanderers, Travellers’ Lamard Neil, and Tajar Phillips from Royal Lakes.Tivoli also made a move in the window before it closed, picking up a valuable buy in former Waterhouse and national under-20 midfielder Theo Brown from Newlands, and former Portmore and national Under-17 player Adrian Christian, and Dwayne Smith from Dunbeholden.last_img read more

Gritters sent out as heavy sleet hits Donegal

first_imgDonegal County Council has sent out their team of gritters tonight as heavy sleet falls across the county.This picture was taken at Meenaroy this evening by Michael Friel Coaches.It shows a heavy fall of sleet. Plunging temperatures are forecast for the rest of the week with snow forecast for Wednesday by Met Eireann.Donegal County Council sent out their team of gritters tonight at 8pm with all main primary routes to be treated.   Gritters sent out as heavy sleet hits Donegal was last modified: November 13th, 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)last_img read more

Latest: Fulham 0 Wolves 0 – tepid start to FA Cup clash

first_imgFulham’s senior players were the most prominent during a docile first 20 minutes at Craven Cottage.Scott Parker, protecting the back four, was neat in possession while Hugo Rodallega’s movement gave Wolves’ back four a workout.The Colombian was the first to work either keeper, as his deflected shot was comfortably claimed by Carl Ikeme.Parker then almost found Rodallega’s head with a lofted pass but it was just beyond the striker.Cauley Woodrow squandered the clearest chance when he blazed over the bar from just inside the box.Wolves have looked to counter down the flanks but full-backs Jack Grimmer and Kostas Stafylidis have kept the doors closed, with Shaun Hutchinson and Nikolay Bodurov dominant in the air.Whites boss Kit Symons named an attacking side, with Lasse Vigen Christensen making a quicker than expected recovery from a hamstring problem. Fulham:  Bettinelli; Grimmer, Hutchinson, Bodurov, Stafylidis; Parker; Christensen, Fofana; McCormack; Rodallega, Woodrow.Subs: Kiraly, Burn, Kavanagh, Roberts, Ruiz, Williams, Dembélé. Wolves:  Ikeme; Iorfa, Batth, Stearman, Doherty; Evans, Price, Henry, Edwards, Sako; Clarke.Subs: Kuszczak, Saville, Ricketts, McAlinden, Ebanks-Landell, Jacobs, Dicko.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Giants 27, 49ers 23: Manning’s last-minute TD pass spoils Mullens encore

first_img(Click here, if you are unable to view this photo gallery or video on your mobile device.)SANTA CLARA — Nick Mullens was all set to win his encore as the 49ers starting quarterback. But, as was the case in the pre-Mullens era, the 49ers defense couldn’t hold a late lead.Eli Manning threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Sterling Shepard with 53 seconds remaining to hand the 49ers a 27-23 defeat. “I’m extremely disappointed,” coach Kyle Shanahan said. “We put ourselves in position where …last_img read more

New fox species found at Malapa

first_imgThe specimen found at Malapa consisted of what looked like a piece of jawbone and parts of the skeleton. The researchers had to analyse the fox closely to distinguish it from any living or extinct form of fox, based on the proportions of its teeth and other aspects of its anatomy. (Image: Wits University) The Malapa cave is one of the richest archaeological sites on the continent, and is best known as the resting place of skeletons of a new species of human ancestor known as Australopithecus sediba, found here in 2008 by Prof Lee Berger. (Image: Institute for Human Evolution) MEDIA CONTACTS • Institute for Human Evolution   Wits University  +27 11 717 6695 RELATED ARTICLES • No bedbugs for early humans • Fossils tell the mammal story • A fun approach to science teaching • Maropeng top evotourism destinationWilma den HartighSouth Africa’s renowned Malapa cave at the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage site in Gauteng has yielded yet another discovery – a two-million-year old previously unknown fossil fox.The Malapa cave is one of the richest archaeological sites on the continent, and is best known as the resting place of skeletons of a new species of human ancestor known as Australopithecus sediba, found here in 2008.The Malapa fox is the second new species, after sediba, to be described from this site.Prof Lee Berger, a palaeoanthropologist from the Institute for Human Evolution (IHE) and School of GeoSciences at Wits University, says the discovery is important for South Africa, and the world.“Malapa continues to reveal this extraordinary record of past life,” Berger says.“Often everyone pays attention to the major hominin discoveries we make, but the discovery of a new species is a very rare thing,” says Berger, who made the discovery of A. sediba.“We find fossils all the time, many of animals that are extinct now but did live at one time. Prior to this discovery, the world didn’t know that this fox existed.”Researchers from Wits and Johannesburg universities and international scientists published the findings in an article in the Transactions of the Royal Society of South Africa on 16 January 2013.The cool factorBerger says when the fossil was discovered, carnivore specialists realised it was something that they had never seen before in science.The specimen they found at Malapa consisted of what looked like a piece of jawbone and parts of the skeleton – but the only way to prove it is an entirely new fox was through intensive research.The researchers had to analyse the fox closely to distinguish it from any living or extinct form of fox, based on the proportions of its teeth and other aspects of its anatomy.They named the previously unknown species Vulpes skinneri, in honour of the late world renowned South African mammalogist and ecologist, Prof John Skinner of the University of Pretoria.Berger says the discovery can help scientists answer important evolutionary questions about modern African mammals, but it also reveals more unanswered questions about the origins of small carnivores such as foxes.“It can tell us more about the evolution of modern foxes and gives us insight into the ecology and world of our ancestors,” he says.“Now there is a whole new lineage of foxes out there that scientists can research,” he says.Small carnivores often had much smaller and more localised habitats than larger mammals, and this is very useful to scientists. Berger says it could potentially help researchers learn more about the environment at the time.Mystery surrounds the ancestry of foxesThe IHE’s Dr Brian Kuhn, head of carnivore studies at Malapa, says very little is known about the ancestry of foxes in comparison with other African carnivores such as larger dogs of the Canis group.“It’s wonderful to see a potential ancestral form of living foxes,” Kuhn says.Berger explains that so little is known about foxes because specialists studying small carnivores are very rare. “It is not a field of study often taken up by scientists,” he says.Researchers also tend to focus on the study of “prestige animals” such as large mammals.He says smaller animals are also poorly represented in fossil records because often predators consume them entirely, leaving very little to study.And this is why the world’s newest fox is such an extraordinary discovery – it will inspire scientists to work on lesser known species and discover similar animals.Berger expects that many scientists are going to re-examine their existing fossil collections. If they take a closer look at what they have, they could perhaps uncover another new animal species.“I think we are going to see an explosion of interest in these small and very important mammals,” he says.“Who knows what we will find next?”last_img read more

South African firm wins Airbus A400M contract

first_img18 November 2013European aircraft manufacturer Airbus has contracted South African aerospace company Aerosud to produce the fuselage linings, cockpit linings, galleys and wing tips for the full lifespan of its A400M military transport aircraft programme.According to IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly, Aerosud – which also supplies parts for Airbus’s A320 family of aircraft and A350XWB long-haul airliner – won the contract in open tender against a number of bidders from other countries.Airbus delivered the first of a batch of 50 A400M military transport planes to the French Air Force in October. South Africa is one of a number countries working on the A400M programme.“I am happy to re-affirm Airbus’ commitment to South Africa and its aerospace industry,” Airbus vice-president for international co-operation Simon Ward said at a media briefing to announce the contract in Pretoria on Friday.“Today Airbus-related work is the main contributor to the sector by value, and probably by volume in terms of the sheer number of parts manufactured here for our programmes. We have contracted work with local industry worth about R4-billion. Last year alone, the value of Airbus-related manufacturing in South Africa was worth around R350-million.”Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies, also speaking at Friday’s briefing, said the awarding of the contract demonstrated South Africa’s capacity for advanced manufacturing, and indicated growing international confidence in the country’s aerospace industry.“The aerospace industry is a strategic one, one characterised by significant levels of value-addition and technology intensity,” Davies said. “Because the global industry is heavily concentrated with complex supply chains in which suppliers have to meet the highest global standards, it is safe to state that it’s not a small achievement for a South African company to have become part of this supply chain.”Davies said the contract would provide sustained work, high-tech jobs and export revenues for South Africa, adding that successful military transport aircraft programmes tended historically to run for over 50 years.Aerosud has benefited from the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI’s) Aerospace Industry Support Initiative (AISI), which helps local aerospace companies to meet international standards, develop and commercialise new technologies, and gain international exposure.Davies said the DTI had, through the AISI and the National Aerospace Centre programme, provided industry investment and skills development support worth R27-million to 169 organizations in 2012.He added that Aerosud had shown how a close working relationship between the government and business was possible and sometimes necessary for companies to succeed in a highly competitive global marketplace.“The lessons from this success should and must be used to support other companies, including black-owned companies, as part of government’s overall efforts to transform the economy and support black economic empowerment.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

New Maharashtra Governor will purse land for resort in J&K

first_imgThe State government will request the new Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to talk to his counterpart in Jammu & Kashmir for revenue land to construct two state-of-the-art tourism resorts in that State. Senior officials said Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis held a meeting to review the proposal for setting up tourism resorts in J&K and Ladakh this week. As per protocol only a Governor can request for facilitating joint agreements or collaboration on projects with another State being ruled by a Governor. Mr. Fadnavis has asked the State Tourism Department to send a team to survey land in J&K and simultaneously urge the Governor to forward the proposal to Satya Pal Malik, his J&K counterpart, according to senior officials. Mr. Koshyari recently replaced Ch. Vidyasagar Rao as Governor. “The Chief Minister has asked us to put together the final blueprint and forward it to Governor House. A letter will be drafted to the honourable Governor requesting him to facilitate the land deal. Since there is no democratic government in J&K, we (State government) cannot directly deal with the Governor,” said a senior official of the Maharashtra Tourism Department.Maharashtra and Karnataka have become the first States, following the abrogation of Article 370, to stake claim over land for development purposes in J&K. Maharashtra Cabinet cleared a proposal for the setting up of a tourism resort last week. Tourism Minister Jaykumar Rawal had recently said the government was keen on catering to mountaineering tourists and those on pilgrimage as part of the plan. But senior officials said so far no final proposal has been put together, and a team will visit J&K to first survey the land. Last month, Mr. Rawal met Union Minister for Tourism and Culture Prahlad Singh Patel in New Delhi to present his demands, which included land for the resorts.Union Home Minister Amit Shah during his speech in Parliament on the abrogation of Article 370 had said the bifurcation of the State (J&K) would open up the path of development, including construction projects and industries. The State government and Tourism Board will soon allocate funds for the same, the Minister had said. “The resorts will cater to not only tourists from our State but to everyone who visits J&K on a religious pilgrimage. Ours will be the first State to service this class of tourists in the entire country,” Mr. Rawal had said.last_img read more

Roger Federer warms up for Australian Open with easy win in Hopman Cup

first_imgRoger Federer strolled past Japan’s Yuichi Sugita 6-4, 6-3 to give Switzerland a winning start at the Hopman Cup on Saturday.In just over an hour, Federer beat Sugita, sending out a strong signal ahead of next year’s Australian Open.Federer has had a successful 2017 after a six-month injury lay-off in 2016. Coming off the injury break, Federer won two Grand Slams in Australia and the Wimbledon.While Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray are battling with injury issues, Federer looks fit as ever, rearing to defending his Australian Open crown.Federer hurried to save a break point in his first game but otherwise did not have any trouble against the 29-year-old Sugita, whom he broke in the fifth game, and there was no looking back from there.ALSO WATCH”It’s been an absolute dream run,” the Swiss said, looking back at the year.”It’s gone by too fast to be honest, you know. When you’re having fun things go too fast but what a year it has been, (I) could not be happier.”Such a huge surprise. I’m healthy, had a great off-season, so pleased to have the year that I had.”The 19-times grand slam winner, who will be defending his title at Melbourne Park next month, was happy with the way he coped with the demands of the game.”I feel the game has evolved again in the last 10 years or so. I have made some adjustments to my game, I’m trying to hit through the backhand a bit more, maybe I have a bit more pop on the serve and naturally the whole rally has changed because you have different options.advertisement”I think I’m playing very well, otherwise I wouldn’t be having the results that I’m having. I’m happy I’m still playing at this level. I was always hoping to play for a long time and I’m doing that.”Belinda Bendic beat Naomi Osaka 7-5 6-3 in the women’s contest to clinch Switzerland’s victory in the round-robin stage of the mixed team event.Earlier, CoCo Vandeweghe beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Jack Sock downed Karen Khachanov to help United States beat Russia at the Perth Arena.(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img read more