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first_imgA lot has been written regarding the appointment of 52 Government boards whose members were, as The Gleaner columnist Gordon Robinson puts it, “considered, vetted and approved in absolute secrecy”. It goes without saying that ideally, in a modern democracy, such appointments would be subject to scrutiny from the very people who would be affected by an unsuitable (incompetent) appointee. But the reality is that we have to live with it until we the people, understand and use our power to force elected representatives to govern on our behalf, not theirs or their ‘pardies’. In the popular sport of horse racing, there appeared in the Track and Pools publication of April 13, the results of an appeal heard by the Jamaica Racing Commission (JRC). This appeal was held on April 7. The facts outlined in the report of the appeal were that a horse, PRINCE OSHAUN, trained by Colin Blair and ridden by the apprentice jockey, Bebeto Harvey, won the fourth race on the 28th November 2015. At the conclusion of the race there was a Stewards Inquiry, where the film of the race was reviewed. After the review, the winner, PRINCE OSHAUN, was disqualified for intimidation and interference to horses #5, MONEY NEVER SLEEP and horse #15, ROMAN SPY. Therefore, all those punters on and off the racetrack who had backed PRINCE OSHAUN, lost their money as second-past-the-post GRAND CORAZON was now declared to be the winner. However, at the appeal, the aggrieved trainer submitted that his horse (PRINCE OSHAUN) came down from the outside after the interference occurred and could not have intimidated any other horse or jockey. Mr Blair further submitted that if his horse, PRINCE OSHAUN, was not in the race, the infractions that happened would have still occurred. The trainers’ submissions at the appeal reflected the opinions of fans of racing who were present in the North Lounge at the Caymanas racetrack on that fateful day. UPHELD THE APPEAL The appellate body reviewed the film of the race and listened to evidence from Harvey and Operation Steward Robert Clark. Its conclusion was that PRINCE OSHAUN could not have intimidated any other horse or jockey, and upheld the appeal. Thus, the new results would reflect that PRINCE OSHAUN was, indeed, the winner and directed that the appropriate adjustment to the purses be made. Unfortunately, those knowledgeable punters who had selected PRINCE OSHAUN to win the race (and who witnessed PRINCE OSHAUN winning the race) have absolutely no possibility of being rewarded for their correct decision, while those responsible for this error is allowed to say, “oops”, and continue to adjudicate on races ostensibly to keep making these errors with absolutely no possibility of any sanction, while punters are actively encouraged to “come on down to the track and support the sport of kings”. Here now is an opportunity for the new commission to inject some long-lost confidence in the administration of the sport by taking decisive action against any member of staff whose actions repeatedly are found (on appeal) to have no basis in fact. Those responsible for these (numerous) errors only serve to turn off punters (the lifeblood of the sport) as there are many alternatives for the betting dollar. Racing cannot afford to keep alienating those whose money keeps the sport alive. For even though there was no parliamentary vetting and public comment on their suitability, competence or integrity, the sport of kings, horse racing, needs board members to do the right thing.last_img read more


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first_imgRafa Benitez, the Napoli manager, says Manchester United will have the final say over whether or not Marouane Fellaini ends up at the Serie A club this season.Napoli recently confirmed their interest in the Belgium international, who has failed to reproduce the form of his Everton days since moving to Old Trafford in a £27.5m deal last summer.Fellaini’s future at Old Trafford has come under much scrutiny since the arrivals of new manager Louis van Gaal and Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera, while United are still keen on Holland international Kevin Strootman.Napoli are expected to offer him a route out of Old Trafford, with a loan bid in the offing, but Benitez says United are still yet to decide the 26-year-old’s fate.He told TMW: “Fellaini? He’s not our player, it depends on them [Manchester United] and not on us.” 1 Marouane Fellaini last_img read more


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first_img Olivier Giroud This interview appears in the current edition of Sport magazine. Download the free iPad app here, and follow on twitter @sportmagukWho would play you in a film about your life?“An ’Ollywood actor? Ah, I don’t know… The one I like at the moment is Gerard Butler, or maybe Ryan Gosling.”If you could be a professional in another sport, what would it be?“Maybe ski? The giant slalom. I used to ski a lot because I was born in the mountains, in the Alps. I love it and I reached a great level. But I’m not allowed to do it now, so I really miss it. The last time I went skiing? About ten years ago. Too much time.”Have you ever been starstruck?“When I was about ten years old, I saw Zinedine Zidane and I was like [mouth agape]. He came to my home town, to a tournament that I was playing in to say hello. But there were too many people around for me to ask for a picture.”What’s your favourite TV show?  “It’s a French one, because I have French TV at home. But for English programmes it’s maybe The Voice. It’s entertaining – but no, I definitely can’t sing.”Your favourite ever goal?“My first goal in the World Cup, which was the header I scored against Switzerland in 2014. It means a lot to me.”Who’s the most talented footballer you’ve ever played against?“I’ve never played against Cristiano Ronaldo and I’ve never played against Lionel Messi. So maybe Franck Ribery for Bayern Munich, or Arjen Robben… or [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic.”If you could watch only three sports for the rest of your life, what are they?“Tennis, skiing and football. I used to play a lot of tennis when I was young. And I love to watch Roger Federer play – he has a fantastic technique.”Who would you most like to go for a drink, or coffee with?“My daughter is too young to drink, so I’ve got my wife, my mother… Someone famous? Ah okay, then David Beckham is a top man for me. I think he should be an example for the young players. He was a great footballer, but the man himself is very respectful and a top man. So, yeah, why not?”If you could…“Ah, wait. Meeting Beckham is not like a dream because I’ve already met him. So why not someone like Brad Pitt? I love his films and I think he’s a legend of the acting world. He’s also a dad to a lot of kids and I think he’s doing really well with everything, so why not try to learn something from him?”Good question, Olivier. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?“Have you seen the film Jumper? Where you can teleport? I can speak with you now and maybe one second later be in Shanghai or LA. I would like that.”How would you describe yourself in three words?“Funny, generous and respectful.”If you were stuck in a lift with a team-mate, who would be the best and who would be the worst?“The best would be one of the French guys because I can speak French with him, even if my English is not so bad. But the worst one? That’s a tough question. Anyone who’s a joker.” 1last_img read more


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first_imgMAVERICKS COLUMN: Following on from the last column on “talking to your barber”, although men primarily come in to Mavericks to get their hair cut, a hot towel shave or a beard trim, we are often asked by our customers for advice on their skin.So to help out the men of Donegal Daily, we have compiled a basic Q&A on skin care for men. How does men’s skin differ from that of women?Men’s skin tends to be both thicker and oilier. This extra lubrication is essential for beard growth and helps to counterbalance the ravages of time, protecting the skin and acting as a natural wrinkle-reducer. Despite the benefits, having excess skin oil does have a downside – when the oil combines with dirt and dead cells, it can clog the pores causing spots.What happens to the skin as men age?Skin changes dramatically as you age. During puberty, when a man’s hormones are kicking into high gear, the body produces more sebum (oil). However, as men get older, oil production in the skin reduces and moisturisers with age-defying ingredients are needed to nourish, hydrate and help combat the skin’s aging process. The sun…friend or foe?While sunshine may lift your spirits the odd time we get it around the hills of Donegal, it does nothing but harm the skin. Exposure to the sun’s damaging UV rays is one of the leading causes of premature skin aging and also puts you at greater risk of developing skin cancer. Dermatologists suggest that, regardless of skin type, a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 is essential for year-round use.What is exfoliation and why do I need to do it?Skin produces cells that continually renew themselves. Exfoliation helps rid the skin of the dead cells that build up on its surface. Scrubs containing granules gently buff away impurities and dead surface cells, stimulating skin renewal and revitalising the complexion without any redness or flaking.What products should I use for shaving?When wet shaving, a lot of men try to cut corners and use cheap aerosol shaving foams and gels. The vast majority of these products contain additional chemicals that irritate the skin as opposed to soothing it. To create their texture, they are also heavily aerated, creating insufficient lubrication between the razor and skin. The best products to use are shaving oils or, better again, are the old fashioned shaving soaps or creams. Prorasso has a range of shaving soaps and creams which are second to none. When used correctly they result in the smoothest shave achievable. We use the Prorasso range ourselves for the hot towel shave and it is also available to buy in Mavericks. Anyone who has tried it, hasn’t looked back. Under eye cream: Is it for men?Check out any photo of yourself that’s at least five years old and you’ll no doubt see far more significant changes in the eye area than in any other area of your face. The skin under the eye is extremely delicate, and as you age, it gets thinner, making it extremely susceptible to wrinkles. It’s especially important to feed the vulnerable under-eye area with a nutrient-packed, super-hydrating, under-eye cream. Start today – even if you’re only in your twenties – for results you can see like fine lines beginning to diminish.I hope this helps and gives you an insight on how to slow down the clock.For any more advice on skin care for men just contact us on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Maverick-Traditional-Barbershop-1544230652533677/?fref=ts or call into Mavericks Traditional Barbershop, Lower Main Street, Letterkenny. ARE YOU A MAVERICK? TOP TIPS ON GOOD SKINCARE FOR MEN was last modified: February 23rd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:AdviceBusinesscolumnMAVERICKSnewsQ&ASkincarelast_img read more


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first_imgThere was gridlock reported at Letterkenny General Hospital last night with major overcrowding.The Outpatient Department was being used as a ward at one stage.All clinics for today are due to be reviewed this morning to determine if they will go ahead.  GRIDLOCK AT LETTERKENNY GENERAL DUE TO OVERNIGHT CROWDING was last modified: May 17th, 2012 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


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first_imgRangers were impressive against Leeds in their last home league matchWednesday’s 3-2 defeat at Barnsley was a setback for QPR after two wins and two clean sheets in their opening couple of Championship matches. Today they will look to get back to winning ways at Loftus Road, where they will face a Preston side who have been enduring a difficult start to their seasonKick-off: 3pm, Saturday 20 August 2016Referee: Andy Madley (West Yorkshire)Five key battles: Including Steven Caulker v Jermaine BeckfordBetVictor.com preview: QPR should beat PrestonVital statistic: QPR have scored at least two goals in each of their three Championship games this season.Injuries and suspensionsQPRRuled out: Grant Hall (one-match ban), Joel Lynch (abdominal strain), Ariel Borysiuk (ankle), Jamie Mackie (ankle), Jack Robinson (knee).Fitness test: Ben Gladwin (ankle).PRESTONRuled out: Calum Woods (knee), Stevie May (knee)Fitness test: Paul Huntington (abdominal strain). Possible starting line-upsQPR: Smithies; Perch, Onuoha, Caulker, Bidwell; Henry, Luongo; Cousins, Chery, Nbakoto; Polter.Preston: Lindegaard; Grimshaw, Wright, Clarke, Cunningham; Pringle, Browne, Gallagher, Robinson; Doyle, Beckford. Facts and figuresFORM GUIDE (last five league matches)QPR: L W W W L (9 points) • Home: W W D W L (10 points)Preston: L L L D W (4 points) • Away: L W D L W (7 points)TOP SCORERS (league only)QPR – 3: Chery; 2: Polter; 1: Caulker, Onuoha.Preston – 1: Robinson.LAST FIVE MEETINGS19 Mar 2016: Preston 1 QPR 17 Nov 2015: QPR 0 Preston 019 Feb 2011: Preston 1 QPR 120 Nov 2010: QPR 3 Preston 127 Mar 2010: Preston 2 QPR 2QPR 1 win, Preston 0 wins, 4 drawsSee also:The QPR v Preston quizQPR should beat Preston – and Fulham’s odds are cut after good startQPR v Preston: five key battlesQPR wait for news on Gladwin injury Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more


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first_imgLimited access to new agricultural technologies and delays in registering these put farmers at a disadvantage to overseas producers, who already have other advantages, including government subsidies, Absa says, adding that local farmers must be helped to gain access to markets beyond South Africa’s borders. “In addition, we insist that the farmers we finance use the most up-to-date agricultural technologies,” he said. “We need to address this holistically, and the Department of Agriculture has a significant role to play in this.” 8 September 2009 “In essence, we will fund the farmer, and the farmer will pay us with agricultural production.” As a result, many farmers operated at a loss, while around three percent simply left the business, Absa says, adding that farmers have no option but to control costs, become more productive and gain access to new markets. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Financial assistance “But that is easier said than done,” Janovsky said. “Local farmers are already the best in the world, and they are as productive as what the natural resources in South Africa allow. “But, as it now stands, most cannot simply produce more crops on the same land or increase the rate at which their cows produce calves.” In South Africa, farmers who want to export have to do it all by themselves, Absa says, adding that export is out of reach for all but the biggest players due to huge costs and legal constraints – and this is where the country’s banks have a role to play.center_img South African farmers need to access new markets and implement the latest technology if they are to become more competitive, while banks must expand their roles and introduce new products for the sector, says banking group Absa. “The truth is, on equal terms, South African farmers can compete with any farmer in the world, but farmers are hamstrung and many will not survive,” Janovksy said. “There is enormous potential, but it is being limited by access to international markets.” New agricultural technologies Rising input costs “Increasingly we are involved in the complete production and sales chain,” Absa Agribusiness GM Ernst Janovsky said in a statement last month. “For example, Absa Agribusiness will not only provide crop finance and insurance to a farmer, but will also act as broker, buyer and seller of his produce. According to the bank, South African farmers are facing difficult times, with input costs rising by more than 30% in 2008 – instead of the usual average annual three percent rise – due to rising fuel and fertiliser costs Janovsky said this required banks to help farmers manage price and production volatility. Price volatility could be dealt with through forwards, derivatives and futures contracts, while production risk could be limited through insurance products covering adverse climate conditions, disease and parasites. According to Absa, new agricultural technologies, like drought- or disease-resistant seeds, and new planting and irrigation techniques, are critical in overcoming biological limitations to increased productivity.last_img read more


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first_imgEric Eldon at InsideFacebook reports that the social network has begun experimenting with a new option for users to report the senders of friend requests as someone they don’t actually know. The prompt appears after you click to ignore a friend request.Actually knowing a person isn’t a requirement to be their friend on Facebook (unlike LinkedIn, for example), so this is an odd choice of words, but presumably the vast majority of the site’s users do only want to be friends with people they’ve met. Facebook has strict limits on the number of messages and friend requests a person can send, but apparently that hasn’t worked well enough. Tags:#social networks#web marshall kirkpatrick Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Two years ago MySpace added a requirement that any friend requests sent had to be verified as human using a CAPTCHA. That cut spam friend requests on MySpace down dramatically. There is no such requirement on Facebook.Dealing with information overload and spam are key steps in creating and maintaining a user experience that keeps people coming back to non-essential websites like social networks – as opposed to email, which you’ll keep using anyway because you have to.According to Eldon, Facebook hasn’t determined yet what it will do with these reports when filed. We regularly hear about people claiming abuse by the Facebook anti-spam team but every time we call Facebook about one of those complaints, the company’s response seems quite reasonable. People do a lot of obnoxious things on Facebook. I don’t know any of those people, though, and plan on clicking a button that says so when the opportunity arises.last_img read more


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first_imgThe Android version of a popular barcode-scanning application has been spotted running on several different BlackBerry devices according to the app’s maker ShopSavvy. In a recent blog post, the company revealed that, despite not having an official BlackBerry version of its smartphone application available, its analytics program shows that its Android app was run on various BalckBerry devices, including the BlackBerry 8300, 8600 and the 8520.Even more interesting is the fact that these apps were run somewhere in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada – the same city where Research in Motion (RIM), the manufacturer of BlackBerry devices, has its headquarters.This report gives more credence to the rumor that RIM is working on a way for its devices to run Android applications using some sort of virtual machine software. Originally, early reports stated that RIM was looking into using the Dalvik virtual machine, the same software as is used on Android devices. Later reports said those plans had been dropped in favor of software developed internally at RIM.Interestingly, all previous rumors were solely focused on this development being for the purpose of running Android apps on RIM’s new tablet computer, the PlayBook. Now it seems that RIM’s plans may be broader than previously imagined. If RIM is testing Android apps on regular BlackBerry phones, it could mean the company is planning to support Android across its entire ecosystem of devices – not just the QNX-based PlayBook.ShopSavvy’s log files can’t pin down the software that’s making it possible to run these Android apps on the BlackBerry devices, only that such an event has occurred. For proof, ShopSavvy posted screenshots of its analytics program to disquiet skeptics’ comments. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology sarah perez Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#Android#mobile#news#NYT#RIM Assuming this is not a fluke of some kind, it would be an incredible development for the mobile industry, and yet another step in terms of platform consolidation. Instead of fighting for the #3 (or in the post-Nokia/Microsoft era, possibly the #4 spot), RIM would concede that its BlackBerry application ecosystem isn’t strong enough to make it a contender in the new mobile landscape. But would riding on Android’s coattails be enough to save RIM from obsolesce? With its diminishing importance in the enterprise as well, with more and more companies allowing employes to use their own smartphones at work, RIM has more challenges ahead of it than just needing a larger selection of apps.last_img read more


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first_imgOnline grocery marketplaces are fast changing the habits and mindsets of Indians, especially the young urban professional, on what was once mundane into fun. Plus, no more scurrying around for parking space, small change or wading through dirty marketplaces.In the past year or so, India has seen a virtual mushrooming of online grocery portals, with some even promising free delivery on the same day, and attractive discounts and promotional offerings thrown in.“This was almost the last piece of the parcel that was left,” said 23-year old, Harvard-educated Pratik Jindal, chief executive of SRSGrocery.com, speaking about the online market. “The main reason behind grocery portals is: People are getting more tech-savvy,” Jindal said.Names such as Zip.in, SeaToHome.com, Grofers.com, AaramShop.com, LocalBanya.com, EkStop.com, BigBasket.com, AtMyDoorSteps.com, MyGrahak.com, ZopNow.com, Omart.in, RationHut.com and SeaToHome.com are just a handful of such stores that have set up shop — some with deliveries at multiple locations.Zip.in was started by New Jersey-based Kishore Ganji started in December 2014. “We ventured into this area as the food business in India is very large but fragmented as well. Our main operation is in Hyderabad. But now we have also started in Vizag,” Ganji said.The numbers and the growth potential also seem to add up in favor of such stores.According to the latest data released by the Internet and Mobile Association of India, the online food delivery market saw an impressive 40-percent growth in 2014 and reached Rs.350 crores by the end of December.“The online grocery market garners six percent of the total online services pie,” according to an association release.It’s also not that big physical retailers or the small kirana shops in the neighborhood are scared. This is primarily because the online stores need them.“We already home-deliver goods to our customers in the locality, only that we take orders over the phone. If the big chains or online portals tieup with us, then I think that will help in our business,” Yadav Kumar, who runs a kirana store in Mayur Vihar in east Delhi, said.Even big retailers like Future Group, which owns Big Bazaar, are planning to go online soon. To converge its digital and physical channels, Big Bazaar has roped in SAP company Hybris, which helps transform businesses to meet the demands of the digital age.With Hybris solutions, it plans to give customers the flexibility to buy, pay and get things delivered anywhere. It had also launched Big Bazaar Direct, in which it is partnering with mom-and-pop shops and even individuals.With Bid Bazaar Direct, franchisees can sell both their own and Big Bazaar products, through a tablet provided to them. So far, nearly 700 franchisees have signed up.Globally, according to a Nielsen Global E-commerce and the New Retail Survey released a few months ago, a quarter of the respondents said they were already ordering groceries online for home delivery and more than half were willing to use it in the future.The majority of the 30,000 respondents in 60 countries felt physical shopping had its charm. But the study added: “Research also shows clicks do lead to bricks and this is an important take-away for retailers and manufacturers who must engage the consumer early on the path to purchase.”A study on online groceries done by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) also predicts strong growth. “The availability of multiple payment methodologies such as online banking, credit cards, debit cards, and cash-on-delivery have meant that it is convenient for urban Indian consumers to shop online while saving both time and money,” the study said.Navneet Singh, chief executive and co-founder of PepperTap, said that growth has been strong for his portal. “We are now present in 12 cities and will be present in 35 cities by year-end. It is a capital-efficient model. Logistics is provided by us,” he said.In January, Singh said, the company saw only 50 orders a day, which is now touching 12,000-15,000 orders. He said, its mantra was to partner with local stores and put their catalogues online. “We have tie-ups with 140 retailers so far.”Jindal of SRSGrocery said the venture, which is a part of SRS Grocery stores spread across the Delhi NCR region in the name of Value Bazaar, started in January this year. The company has 45 stores.“Our thought was why not provide everything to the customers at their doorsteps? We have added two crucial things to our existing retail business — procurement technology and a logistics team,” he said, adding: “We do not have any minimum order specs and no delivery charges.”Stakeholders like Jindal also explained there were also attractive captive shoppers in working couples and even old people. Plus, another attraction is that the number of products available in the online format is much higher than neighborhood mom and pop shops.“We have a wide range of products. Now we have our own logistics team. We follow the hybrid model – where we have tie-ups with large retailers, wholesalers and vegetable markets. Capital cost is less since we don’t hold inventory. We pack products well and ensure quality,” Ganji added.But the final say in all this, the stakeholders concede, has to be the price.Ganji says it is but natural for online grocery stores to be cheaper. “We are not into price war with other portals. But things are much cheaper online. We don’t have to set up a shop in a high street mall. We don’t have decoration cost or any such recurring costs.”The USDA report also gave a risk-benefit analysis. “Compared to these (physical) stores, online retailers will need to overcome delivery challenges (traffic, poor roads, greater distance, cost). Nevertheless, online retailers enable consumers to bypass parking and traffic congestion in most Indian cities while providing better selection than a neighborhood store.” Related Itemslast_img read more