first_img MAN CITY OUT LONDON (AP): No Jamie Vardy, no problem for Leicester. Even with their top-scorer suspended, the Premier League leaders still overpowered Swansea 4-0 yesterday to move another step closer to collecting the trophy. The only team which can now catch Leicester is Tottenham, but the preseason 5,000-1 outsiders have their destiny in their own hands. Tottenham are eight points behind Leicester in second place going into today’s game against West Bromwich Albion. Regardless of what Tottenham do in their last four games, Leicester will be guaranteed the top flight for the first time in its 132-year history by collecting five points from their remaining three fixtures. Leicester dismantled Swansea with their biggest win in three months. Vardy’s replacement, Leonardo Ulloa, scored twice after Riyad Mahrez’s opener and Marc Albrighton completed the rout. “I talked to my players before the match and I said we had a dream so far, now make a dream reality,” Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri said. “Now is the right moment to push. If Tottenham are better than us, OK, but we have to fight because we will never have this fantastic moment (again). “Now there are only three matches, we know they are very important for our history but for this reason we give everything. We play with our hearts and it’s difficult to beat those who play with the heart and soul.” The attacking threat provided without 22-goal Vardy will have reassured the Foxes they can cope without him for longer. The England striker is waiting to discover from the English Football Association if his one-match ban will be extended over the angry reaction to being sent off in last weekend’s draw against West Ham. “Without Jamie, everyone makes something more and it was a fantastic show to see my players fight and play together,” Ranieri said. By extending their unbeaten run to nine games, Leicester officially knocked Manchester City and Arsenal out of the title race a year after the central England team’s priority was fighting relegation. Fourth-place Arsenal, who have gone 12 years without winning the league, were held 0-0 by Sunderland in yesterday’s other game. It was a valuable point for Sunderland, who climbed out of the relegation zone by going above Norwich on goal difference. “It is frustrating because we play to win the title,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. Arsenal’s season now rests on holding on to fourth place and qualifying for the Champions League, with Manchester United five points behind in fifth place. United also have an FA Cup final to look forward to. Louis van Gaal’s side discovered yesterday that they will face Crystal Palace on May 21 in a repeat of the 1990 final. In a semi-final overshadowed by Leicester’s game, Palace beat Watford 2-1 with all three goals coming from headers. Yannick Bolasie’s opener was cancelled out by Troy Deeney but Connor Wickham restored Palace’s lead. United also beat Everton 2-1 on Saturday.last_img read more

first_imgAfter a very successful season, coaches Gerard Dicaire, Gavin Brandl, and Brendan Loewen have all stated that they will return for the 2018/2019 season. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northeast BC/Yukon Trackers celebrated a record season for the club at their year-end awards banquet on Monday.The team had a tremendous season with a record of 31-12-5, good enough to make them the NAMHL Boucher Division’s Regular season champs. In the playoffs, the Trackers would be named NAMHL Boucher Division Playoff Champions before hosting the BC Hockey Tier 1 Provincials, where the team won the bronze medal.Head coach Gerard Dicaire said that it wasn’t easy choosing individual players for the awards, as all members of the roster were vital to the team’s success.- Advertisement -“It was not easiy picking just one player for each award,” said Dicaire. “It was a total team effort this year and the team results are an example of this.”Individual Awards are listed below:Top Defence – Connor KindratTop Forward – Curtis HammondTop Defensive Forward – Devan MinardTop Points – Curtis HammondMost Improved – Jayden ViensRookie of the Year – John HerringtonUnsung Hero – Zury ReschkeMost Inspirational – Connor BowieMost Dedicated – Aiden Craig-SteelePlayoff MVP – Tyler McArthurRegular Season MVP – Connor KindratThe Trackers also broke three team records during the season, which included; most regular season wins, most points in the regular season, and fewest goals against in a single season.Advertisementlast_img read more

first_img0Shares0000UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin talks during a press conference following a meeting of the UEFA Executive Committee in Cardiff, south Wales, on June 1, 2017 © AFP/File / JAVIER SORIANOGENEVA, Switzerland, Sep 20 – UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has called for greater support from Europe’s political leaders to help introduce measures to regulate the transfer market on the continent.“I have heard some very prominent politicians, such as the German Chancellor Angela Merkel just a few days ago, condemning financial developments in football and calling for greater sporting balance,” Ceferin said in a speech to open the UEFA Congress in Geneva on Wednesday. “To all the European politicians, let me say that we cannot agree more, but I cannot say that you have done much to help us set things straight so far.“We are open to any and all reforms that would serve the good of the game. We are imaginative and we are committed, and we are just waiting for the green light from those who… have yet to enable us to put it right.”Hoping to be elected for a fourth term in legislative elections this weekend, Merkel recently criticised French giants Paris Saint-Germain’s spending in the summer transfer window as they committed the two biggest fees in history to sign Neymar from Barcelona for 222 million euros ($264m) and Kylian Mbappe from Monaco for 180 million euros.“Such sums are comprehensible to no one. UEFA and FIFA should readjust the rules on player transfers to ensure greater balance. Otherwise, the transfer fees threaten to rise further,” Merkel said.UEFA earlier this month said they had opened an investigation into whether PSG had broken their rules on Financial Fair Play which are designed to stop clubs spending more than they earn.Europe’s top clubs spent record sums in the transfer window that closed at the end of August, with English Premier League sides — fuelled by enormous income from television rights deals — splashing out £1.4 billion ($1.8 billion) in total.Stating his confidence that the situation will soon change, Ceferin added: “If European and national legislation were to allow it, we could envisage with more guarantees, and greater certitude, a whole arsenal of concrete measures to make the game fairer and better regulated, and improve its ethics and solidarity.”Among the measures Ceferin floated to stop the chasm between the continent’s richest clubs and the rest from further widening are salary caps, luxury taxes, squad limits and limits on player loans.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Manchester City’s Belgian defender Vincent Kompany has been absent since he injured his calf in August 2017 while on international duty with Belgium © AFP/File / Paul ELLISMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Oct 20 – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola admitted Friday he does not know when Vincent Kompany will return, sparking fresh worries about the veteran defender’s long-term fitness.City skipper Kompany has been absent since he injured his calf in August while on international duty with Belgium and has not featured for his club since a 2-1 win at Bournemouth on August 26. It was initially hoped the 31-year-old centre-back would only face a short spell on the sidelines but his ongoing absence has raised fresh concerns.Kompany has endured a difficult few years with injury and has made just 28 appearances in the Premier League in the past three seasons.When asked for an update on his fitness, Guardiola said the centre-back was not ready and he did not know when he would be return.Guardiola, speaking at his weekly press conference in Manchester, is likely to restore Sergio Aguero to his starting line-up against Burnley on Saturday after he said the striker was ready to feature against the Clarets.It had been thought the Argentina international could be missing for six weeks after he suffered a broken rib in a car accident in Amsterdam late last month.– Aguero ready –Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero is likely to return to the starting line-up against Burnley on October 21, 2017 © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFBut Aguero has been an unused substitute in City’s past two matches — a 7-2 win over Stoke in the Premier League and a 2-1 success against Napoli in the Champions League.“He was ready to start (against Napoli),” explained Guardiola, who has no fresh injury worries ahead of the match at the Etihad Stadium.“I think the game against Stoke it was just one training session before. He could have played but was not completely fit.“But the game against Napoli he was ready and of course he is ready for tomorrow against Burnley.”Despite City’s scintillating form that has propelled them to the top of the Premier League, Guardiola has warned his players not to underestimate Burnley after improved results from Sean Dyche’s side away from home this season.The Clarets have beaten champions Chelsea and Everton away from home and secured hard-fought draws at Liverpool and Tottenham.“I have a lot of respect for what they have done,” Guardiola said. “Last season they had problems to win away but in the first game at Stamford Bridge they took points and also then at Anfield, against Tottenham, then win with an amazing result at Goodison Park.“What they do, they do really well. They are masters in the channels, with long balls, the second balls, in set-pieces and defend well in the box.“It’s complicated to attack them because they are physically strong. We have to try to be dynamic, try to take advantage because when they score goals they defend really well and their results away are fantastic.”And Guardiola believes there is still more to come from his players even though they have produced some eye-catching displays in recent weeks.“Everybody can improve, myself, everyone,” added Guardiola. “I said many times in the last few weeks we have played quite good in the last games but always we can improve. Always we can do better and hopefully we can maintain that level in the next games.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_img Joint 5. Everton: 15 major honours (9 Titles, 5 FA Cups, 1 Cup Winners’ Cup) and Chelsea: 17 major honours (4 titles, 1 Champions League, 7 FA Cups, 2 Cup Winners’ Cups, 1 Europa League, 4 League Cups) – 39 points each – Everton may not have won a trophy since the 1995 FA Cup, but the Toffees history is enough to see them level with Chelsea… for now. When Roman Abramovich took over at Stamford Bridge in 2003, Everton were well ahead on the honours front, 39 points to 18. That’s Andy Gray (above) celebrating with the 1985 Cup Winners Cup trophy, which the Toffees won as part of a double with the league title. Chelsea have caught up with some serious success in the past decade, including three titles. The Blues have also completed a clean sweep of European honours, adding the Champions League and Europa League to their previous brace of Cup Winners’ Cup triumphs from 1971 and 1998. 3. Arsenal: 27 major honours (13 Titles, 11 FA Cups, 1 Cup Winners’ Cup, 1 Fairs Cup, 2 League Cups) – 67 points – The Gunners may have missed out on the 2006 Champions League – losing the final to Barcelona – but Arsenal have had success in continental competition, winning the 1970 Fairs Cup and the 1994 Cup Winners Cup. However, their impressive haul of domestic trophies spans decades going back to the 1930 FA Cup, which paved the way for the Gunners to dominate that decade, winning five titles before World War 2. The 2014 FA Cup win was the 11th time they have won the world’s oldest domestic cup competition, a joint record held with Man United. That’s the ’94 team above, celebrating after beating Parma 1-0 in Copenhagen to claim the Cup Winners’ Cup, a season after winning both the FA and League Cups under the management of George Graham. 7.Tottenham: 17 major honours (2 Titles, 8 FA Cups, 2 UEFA Cups, 1 Cup Winners’ Cup, 4 League Cups) – 32 points – Spurs were the first British side to win a European trophy when they thumped holders Atletico Madrid 5-1 in the 1963 Cup Winners Cup. The White Hart Lane honours board also lists eight FA Cups, four League Cups, two UEFA Cups – including the inaugural edition – and two titles. 9. Newcastle: Won 4 Titles, 6 FA Cups, 1 Fairs Cup – 26 points – Newcastle haven’t won a major trophy since 1969, yet still make it into ninth place in this ranking of the most successful English clubs. Managed by Joe Harvey – who captained the club to FA Cup glory in his playing days – Newcastle won the 1969 Fairs Cup (a forerunner of the Europa League), defeating Hungarian team Ujpest 6-2 on aggregate in the two-legged final. The Magpies have also won six FA Cups – three of which came in the 1950s – plus four league titles, the last of which came in 1927. That’s Frank Hudspeth, above, walking down the Wembley tunnel with the FA Cup after winning the 1924 final 2-0 against Aston Villa. 11 11 Which clubs make the top 10 and who is number one? Click the arrow on the right to find out! – Last week we compiled a list of the most successful clubs in English football, but not everyone was happy with that rating of domestic achievement. ‘What about European trophies?’ was the main complaint, while others suggested that simply adding up trophies won fails to take into account the relative worth of certain silverware (for example, a league title meaning more than a League Cup). So we’ve come up with a list of success that takes into account both relative worth of competitions AND continental triumphs. We’ve awarded three points for league titles and Champions League trophies, while clubs get two points for other major European trophies and FA Cup wins, with one point awarded for the League Cup. Joint 10. Sunderland: Won 6 Titles and 2 FA Cups = 22 points (three points for a title, two for an FA Cup, one for a League Cup) and Blackburn: Won 3 Titles, 6 FA Cups and 1 League Cup = 22 points – click the arrow to see the most successful English clubs of all-time! – Sunderland and Blackburn Rovers are the only teams to make the top 10 without ever having won a European honour. Sunderland have won six league titles and two FA Cups, with the last silverware coming in the 1972 FA Cup final. Blackburn have won six FA Cups, three league titles and one League Cup, for a total of 22 points. Their last major trophy came with 2002 League Cup final success against Tottenham, while they clinched the 1995 Premier League title under the management of Kenny Dalglish. 11 Joint No. 1. Man United: 39 major honours (20 Titles, 3 European Cups, 11 FA Cups, 1 Cup Winners’ Cup, 4 League Cups) and Liverpool: 41 major honours (18 Titles, 5 European Cups, 7 FA Cups, 3 UEFA Cups, 8 League Cups) – 97 points each – So there you have it, there is nothing to split the two north west giants in terms of major success down the years. Man United fans take great delight in the fact that they have overtaken Liverpool on the domestic front, going from 18-7 down in terms of titles in 1990, to 20-18 ahead in 2013. But Liverpool fans point to the Reds’ unrivalled European record, with five European Cups to the Red Devils’ three. United have claimed more FA Cups, but Liverpool outscore them in the other European competitions as well as the League Cup. All in all, it couldn’t be much closer. With Chelsea and Manchester City on the rise, both United and Liverpool face a major battle to add to their honours list, but history suggests they will do so before long. 11 11 11 11 11 4. Aston Villa: 20 major honours (7 Titles, 1 European Cup, 7 FA Cups, 5 League Cups) – 43 points – Villa edge Chelsea given their historic success in England, including seven league championships, and a 1982 European Cup final win against Bayern Munich. Their FA Cup and League Cup success was spread throughout the decades of the last century, from FA Cup glory in 1905 to League Cup triumph in 1996 (their last silverware to date). That’s the victorious European Cup squad celebrating their 1-0 win in Rotterdam. But to tackle the first question, we decided – as we did with the domestic top 10 – to exclude all trophies decided by a one-off game (Super Cup, Community Shield and Intercontinental Cup), as well as the FIFA Club World Cup, which has yet to gain a credibility to match its grandiose title.This is something of a blow to Manchester United’s tally, with the Red Devils having won/shared the Community/Charity Shield on 20 occasions (five more than Liverpool in second).Liverpool themselves have won three Super Cups to Chelsea, Forest, Villa and Manchester United’s one, while United are the only English club to have won either the Intercontinental or Club World Cup.But the line has to be drawn somewhere, otherwise Liverpool fans could complain about the exclusion of the 1986 Screensport Super Cup, Arsenal fans could bemoan the omission of the Mercantile Credit Trophy and Chelsea supporters might point to their Full Members Cup triumphs.To answer the second question, we allotted a points system to reflect the relative merits of each competition…Top flight titles and European Cup/Champions League trophies = three pointsFA Cups = two pointsEuropa League/UEFA Cup/Fairs Cup and the old Cup Winners’ Cup = two pointsLeague Cups = one pointSo, which clubs make up the top 10 and in what order? Have a guess, then find out by clicking through the top 10 above!What do you think of our ranking? Comment below… 11 11 Last week we listed English football’s top 10 most successful clubs in domestic competition, which took into account only Premier League/First Division, FA Cup and League Cup honours, but some people weren’t happy about this assessment of domestic dominance. A selection of Liverpool fans seemingly weren’t happy with a top 10 looking at success in domestic competitions, accusing talkSPORT of being biased in favour of Manchester United.The simple truth is that we were interested in looking at domestic success – discovering, for example, that Aston Villa were above Chelsea – but the responses led to an interesting debate: which English clubs have been most successful overall, taking into account all major competitions?To answer that we first had to answer two further questions: what constitutes a ‘major trophy’ and are all these major honours worth the same?Pablo, commenting on our domestic success top 10, was adamant that different trophies have different value… 8. Man City: Won 4 Titles, 5 FA Cups, 1 Cup Winners’ Cup, 3 League Cups – 27 points – Man City’s recent Abu Dhabi-backed success has catapulted the club among the elite, with two titles, one FA Cup and one League Cup in the space of four seasons. But it isn’t the first golden spell the club have experienced. Back in the late 1960s and early 1970s, City briefly overtook neighbours United as Manchester’s top dogs, claiming the title in 1968, the FA Cup in 1969 and two trophies in 1970. Man City’s all-English line-up beat Polish side Gornik Zabrze to claim the 1970 Cup Winners Cup, to add to the League Cup they won at Wembley earlier that season. The 1976 League Cup was claimed, but it was a long wait until the next major trophy in 2011. 11last_img read more

first_imgPresiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, elected last year as the first woman to lead the church, had warned San Joaquin Bishop John-David Schofield against secession but did not outline specific consequences. Jefferts Schori supports ordaining partnered gays and lesbians. “We deeply regret their unwillingness or inability to live within the historical Anglican understanding of comprehensiveness,” she said in a statement after the vote. “We wish them to know of our prayers for them and their journey.” Clergy delegates at the convention voted 70-12 to break away, and lay delegates voted 103-10 in support of the move. The outcome leaves in question the status of the five or so parishes in the San Joaquin diocese that wish to remain aligned with the Episcopal Church. Local clergy who agree to leave could lose their ministerial credentials and their pensions. Jefferts Schori indicated in her statement that the national denomination will not give up the diocese. “The Episcopal Church will continue in the Diocese of San Joaquin, albeit with new leadership,” she said. The diocese serves about 8,500 parishioners in 47 congregations in central California. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Episcopal Church is the U.S. member of the global Anglican Communion, a 77 million-member fellowship that traces its roots to the Church of England. Anglicans have been moving toward a worldwide schism since 2003, when the Episcopal Church consecrated the first openly gay bishop, V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire. San Joaquin is also one of the three Episcopal dioceses that will not ordain women. The Episcopal rift over theology began decades ago and is now focused on whether the Bible condemns gay relationships. “We have leadership in the Episcopal Church that has drastically and radically changed directions,” McCalister said. “They have pulled the rug out from under us. They’ve started teaching something very different, something very new and novel, and it’s impossible for us to follow a leadership that has so drastically reinvented itself.” Episcopal and Anglican advocates for accepting gay relationships say they are guided by biblical teachings on social justice and tolerance. Traditionalists believe that gay relationships violate Scripture. SAN FRANCISCO – The conservative Diocese of San Joaquin voted Saturday to split from the liberal-leaning Episcopal Church, becoming the first full diocese to secede from the denomination in the debate over the Bible and homosexuality. Clergy and lay members of the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin voted 173-22 at their annual convention to remove all references to the national church from the diocese’s constitution, said the Rev. Van McCalister, a diocesan spokesman. The diocese, based in Fresno, plans to align with the like-minded Anglican Province of the Southern Cone, based in South America. The decision is almost certain to spark a court fight over control of the diocese’s multimillion-dollar real estate holdings and other assets. last_img read more

first_imgThe owner of a bar in Co Donegal claimed late night revellers were taking part in the Fleadh – which was taking place in a different county!Letterkenny court.Gardai called to the Diamond Bar in Raphoe at 4am on August 15th last and found more than a dozen revellers and a musician playing in the corner. When Gardai asked owner Conor McGranaghan why he was still open, he replied that the Fleadh was on.Garda Inspector Michael Harrison replied the Fleadh was indeed on but that it was in in Co Sligo.Judge Paul Kelly asked the accused man’s solicitor “Did they get lost?”Solicitor Donagh Cleary said Mr McGranaghan and his father had been in the licensed trade for more than 50 years between them and had no previous convictions for after-hours drinking.Mr Cleary said there was a problem with the area was there was an issue with people getting taxis.“He had earlier left a number of people home free of charge himself,” said Mr Cleary.Judge Paul Kelly ordered Mr McGranaghan to donate €150 to Raphoe Leaf Project.DONEGAL BAR OWNER SAID LATE NIGHT DRINKERS WERE CELEBRATING SLIGO FLEADH! was last modified: April 20th, 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) Tags:Diamond BarRaphoeSligo Fleadhlast_img read more

first_imgBuncrana GAA Notes All-Ireland Quarter Final Tickets: Ticket orders will be taken between 8.00pm and 9:00pm on Tuesday evening at the Scarvey, prices will be posted on Facebook as soon as they are released.Annual Buncrana GAA BBQ: The annual Buncrana GAA Barbecue is one of the most enjoyable nights of the year and it takes place on Saturday 17th August. Delicious food, full bar, live music and the chance to win the lotto jackpot…Don’t miss it! Admission including food only €10. Emergency Services: Buncrana GAA are delighted to offer our facilities to The Irish Coast Guard and the RNLI who will now be using our training field for emergency landings to airlift patients to Dublin when required.Next Wednesday they will carry out a practice Helicopter landing and training drill on our grounds at approximately 6.30pm to 7pm. This is a new machine that the coastguard have and by all accounts is one of the biggest available. It is going to be an interesting sight & parents and children are welcome to view the event at The Scarvey if they wish. Senior and Reserve Football: The Senior and Reserve sides faced Glenfin at the Scarvey on Sunday evening. Unfortunately both sides were unable to record victories, with the Reserves losing out by 3 points and the Seniors losing by a single point, after a very close battle.Girls Football: Girls football training is on Monday night at 7.00pm sharp. Open to all girls from the ages of 9 to 16 years of age. New players are also welcome. Please bring your own water bottle.U6 Fundamentals: Bun Cranncha C.L.G. youngest team the U6s (Fundamentals) have finished up for their summer break. After training hard all year, the team finished up with a trip away and a presentation morning at the Scarvey. The sessions were well-attended all year and no doubt we have some stars of the future involved in this age category. The coaches would like to thank all the parents who have helped us throughout the year. Last week a mini-summer camp was held at the Scarvey for the 5 and 6 year olds, again this was well attended, by both new and regular players, looking forward to seeing you all back next season. With some fantastic weather ensured it was enjoyed by both players and coaches alike. Sun-cream and water seemed to be the words of the week! The coaches (Claire Doherty, Jim Gillan, Declan Doherty and Bronagh McBriarty) would also like to thank SuperValu for sponsoring the fruit and water on our last day, helping to encourage good nutrition and hydration from an early age!U8 Football: U8 Football will continue on Friday at 6.30pm, new members are always welcome.U9/U10 Football: U9 Football (for children born in 2004) and U10 Football (for children born in 2003) is on Friday evenings in the Scarvey from 6:30pm. New players are always welcome.U12 Football: The U12’s season has now finished and the management team would like to take this opportunity to thank all the current squad and their parents for all their efforts this year. It is estimated that we played 25 matches this year, including teams from 9 different counties, so an excellent effort was made this year. A reminder that we will be going to Rockhill on August 17th, if anyone that has not received information on this please contact Aidan on 0862762671.U13 Football: The U13’s (players born 2000 or after) training begins on Tuesday 30th (7-8pm, team meeting at 6.30 sharp). Training will be Tuesday nights 7-8pm and Friday 7-8.30pm. Full attendance and commitment is required for this short but important season, contact Aidan on 0862762671. Lotto: The winning numbers in the lotto draw, which took place on Tuesday 17th July in O’Flaherty’s Bar on the Main Street, are as follows: 7-9-18-26There was no jackpot winner this week, however prizes of €20 go to each of the following participants:Barry Gallagher, C/o St Mary’s BingoBrendan Gallagher, Ture, Muff Roisin McDermott, Carraig FernDeirdre Deeney, Castle AveLiam Coyle, Shore RdClub Notes: Anyone who would like to receive a copy of the weekly club notes should email Oisín at buncrana.pro@gmail.com to be included on the mailing list. If you have any items which you think should be included in the club’s weekly notes, please email Oisín at buncrana.pro@gmail.com by 6pm on each Sunday for consideration. To keep up to date with all the latest goings-on, please join us on www.facebook.com/buncranagaa or www.twitter.com/buncranagaa @buncranagaa, or visit our website www.buncranagaa.com.GAA NEWS – THINGS STARTING TO SIZZLE FOR BUNCRANA BBQ! was last modified: July 28th, 2013 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:Buncrana GAA noteslast_img read more

first_imgLYIT suffered a disappointing 3-0 defeat away to Dundalk IT in the CUFL earlier this afternoon at Oriel Park. LYIT enjoyed an excellent win in their last outing against NUIG – in Shane Byrne’s first game in charge since the departure of Niall McGonagle from the role.However, there was no repeat of their away joy this week – as they suffered a comprehensive defeat at the hands of an excellent Dundalk IT side.LYIT were without the inspirational services of Cliftonville FC keeper Peter Burke, who is in league cup action tonight for his club. He was replaced by Mark McElhinney – but there was nothing the deputizing shot-stopper could do to prevent the onslaught of an excellent and well-organised Dundalk side.LYIT had USL sharpshooters Paul McVeigh and Anthony Appiah leading the line for them, but neither were able to find a way through a resolute Dundalk defence.LYIT will be disappointed, but the side is still finding its feet and will still be confident of progressing past the group stages.LYIT will hope to bounce back next week and have a home fixture against GMIT next Wednesday.  CUFL: LYIT SUFFER HEAVY AWAY DEFEAT TO DUNDALK IT was last modified: October 14th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:LYITSportlast_img read more

first_img(Visited 69 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Entropy at all scales: clearly seen. Creation of order: not so much.Watch 2000+ Comets Whiz Past The Sun (Space.com): An animation by Goddard Space Flight Center based on actual data from the SOHO observatory shows over two thousand comets whizzing past the sun from 1998 to 2010. Many sungrazers never made it past the sun. The narrator mentions high-speed comets that are “getting fried in the process” of their sungrazing journey.Comet surface changes before Rosetta’s eyes (PhysOrg): Rosetta is watching Comet 67P undergo rapid change as it nears perihelion: “spectacular changes are proceeding extremely rapidly” the article says. Material that is being lost is never coming back to build up the comet.‘Chaos’ on Jupiter’s Moon Europa Perhaps Spawned by Comet Crashes (Space.com): Chaos and crashes are not the ingredients for sublime order. Every impact crater is a scar from a destructive process. Science writer Charles Q. Choi found a way to insert “life” into the tragedy by pure faith.Surprisingly fast motions in a dust disk (Nature): We mentioned this paper a couple of days ago (10/19/15): a dust disk around star AU Microscopii is casting off clouds of material so rapidly that changes are clearly visible after only a few years of observation.Discovery of two close-in exoplanet companions sheds new light on planet formation (PhysOrg): Wendy Bowyer tries to put a happy face on a sad story: two hot Jupiters are in the last phases of their death spiral. Bowyer shares how nobody expected gas giants to orbit so close to a star as they have been seen by the hundreds in the last 20 years.  It led astronomers to theorize that they are being pulled in to destruction. But even this story is weak: “The whole theory of planet formation and migration is not totally understood,” a U Michigan astronomer confesses.A disintegrating minor planet transiting a white dwarf (Nature): A small body with a comet-like tail shows it is disintegrating. “This system provides further evidence that the pollution of white dwarfs by heavy elements might originate from disrupted rocky bodies such as asteroids and minor planets.” Science Daily refers to this as a “Death Star” caught in the act of destroying a planet. “We’re watching a solar system get destroyed,” a Harvard-Smithsonian astronomer says. Elisabeth Gibney at Nature News has an artist conception of the doomed planet; “Dead star caught eating planetary leftovers” is her headline.Can you kill a star with iron? (PhysOrg): Polluting a star with iron may lead to its demise, since a star cannot burn it. It’s like toxic waste to a star, leading it to explode in a supernova, Fraser Cain explains.Astronomers catch a black hole shredding a star to pieces (Science Daily): X-rays are signatures that a star has been torn apart by a black hole, and that’s what the Chandra X-ray Observatory appears to have witnessed once again. “The black hole tears the star apart and starts swallowing material really quickly,” one of the orbiting telescope’s observers says.Creative Processes?Pufferfish planets could explain how hot Jupiters get so big (New Scientist): Is this a plausible theory for the origin of gas giants? Joshua Sokol compares young planets to the fish that rapidly expand their size. “They would be the pufferfish of outer space,” he jests. “A long-standing riddle would be solved if planets of the same mass as Jupiter balloon in size when their host stars reach the end of their lives.”  Either way, it’s a death knell for the planet and for the star. Does it help matters to claim that “gas giants are born large”? Most of the article is speculation.Cosmology: A story of cosmic proportions (Nature): Michael Turner, in his review of two new big-bang-to-life books, waxes eloquent for a moment dreaming about science’s “adventure” to discover how nature overcomes entropy, then suddenly comes crashing back to reality in the last sentence of this quote:In a chapter called ‘The cosmic imperative’, Baggott implies that the evolution of life is an inevitable consequence of chemistry, despite our not knowing precisely how it occurred. This reminded me of physicist Murray Gell-Mann’s dictum “Everything not forbidden is compulsory” (borrowed from novelist T. H. White), which describes the importance of symmetry principles in particle physics: they set the basic rules, but not the detailed outcomes. A rich set of rules (think chess) can lead to complex and interesting outcomes. I would take this further: the Universe is governed by physical laws that permit a rich set of behaviours, resulting in its inevitable evolution from vacuum energy to quark soup, nuclei and atoms, all the way to the emergence of life and self-awareness. But that does not explain where space, time and the laws came from, or why there is something rather than nothing.What are white holes? (PhysOrg): Fraser Cain discusses theoretical opposites to black holes that expel matter instead of gobbling it up.  “White holes are completely theoretical mathematical concepts,” he quips. “In fact, if you do black hole mathematics for a living, I’m told, ignoring the mass of the singularity makes your life so much easier.” Could white holes explain the universe? “Another interesting idea put forth by physicists, is that a white hole might explain the Big Bang, since this is another situation where a tremendous amount of matter and energy spontaneously appeared.” That only pushes the origin back a step, if one begins with nothing. Out of nothing, nothing comes. Beginning with a Creator, however, makes the idea of White Hole Cosmology intriguing, as some creationists have postulated.Secular materialists dream wistfully of a universe where stars are born, planets are born, and everything comes up roses. What they observe is the Second Law of Thermodynamics at work: destruction, disruption, dissipation, chaos—all moving inexorably toward Heat Death. Fraser Cain’s speculation about white holes and the big bang also violates the First Law of Thermodynamics. It takes directed energy to overcome the universal application of the Second Law. When the Michael Turners that you know go off into their evolutionary trances, have them read Granville Sewell’s article on ENV and watch his video clip at the end.  Intelligence can create information and direct energy for growth. Raw energy alone, like a bull in a china shop, is destructive.last_img read more