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Kemba Walker enters 3rd All-Star game with uncertain future

first_imgThe Hornets and owner Michael Jordan have something to think about, too.They have to decide whether to give the largest contract in franchise history — he can make $220 million over five years if he makes All-NBA; or $189 million over five years if he doesn’t — to a 6-foot-1 point guard if it means limiting other free agents the franchise can sign to make it a championship contender.“I sense Kemba is the kind of guy who just wants to trust in an organization — that we’re always trying to do the right thing,” said Mitch Kupchak, in his first season as the Hornets general manager. “I do know he likes Charlotte. I know he’s a loyal person. So I think those things bode well for us. But we’re a long way off.”The Hornets did not attempt to trade Walker last week, a sign they are confident he will re-sign.But ultimately, Kupchak said, the decision on whether Walker returns “is a question for Kemba, because really what he thinks is much more important than what I think.”ADVERTISEMENT Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Kemba Walker. APCHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kemba Walker is preparing for his third NBA All-Star game — and his first as a starter — this weekend on his home court in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he once shouted “This is my city!” after a game-winning shot.The big question is how many more he’ll play in as a member of the Hornets.ADVERTISEMENT Before the season, Walker said he didn’t want to play anywhere other than Charlotte, downplaying the notion he’d go looking for a so-called “super team.”“I don’t want to do that,” Walker said in September. “I want to create something special here in Charlotte, something that we have never had here before. I want to create some consistency. And I want to be a part of that.”Walker hasn’t changed his stance in the five months since, even as the Hornets continue to muddle around a .500 mark, just above the playoff cutline.BOSTON BICKERINGMaybe the Celtics could use a pep talk from the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.Marcus Morris questioned the Celtics’ toughness after they surrendered leads of 28 points to the Clippers and 18 points to the Lakers on their home court, dropping them to fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings.“We are going to lose games, but if we don’t have no attitude and we don’t have no toughness it’s going to be a long season,” Morris told reporters, including NBA Sports.Morris went on to say it’s not been fun playing for the Celtics because they aren’t acting like a team.“I watch all of these other teams around the league and guys on the bench are up jumping on the court and looking like they are enjoying their teammates’ success, and they are playing together and playing to win,” Morris said. “When I look at us, I see a bunch of individuals.”Making matters worse, All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving sprained his right knee Saturday night and is listed as day-to-day. It’s not the same knee that caused Irving to miss the last 15 regular-season games and all of the playoffs last season. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers The eight-year NBA veteran is set to become one of several All-Star free agents in July and will surely be an attractive option for more than a few teams.On the surface, it seems like Walker re-signing a long-term deal is a no-brainer — he has repeatedly stated his desire to continue playing for the Hornets, and the organization wants him back.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsBut there are other factors at play.For the highly competitive Walker, he hasn’t much of a supporting cast and he’s only been to the playoffs twice in his previous seven seasons, losing both times to the Miami Heat in the first round. So the chance of going to an established winning team before too much of his career slips away could be luring. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ DeMarcus Cousins hits winning free throws to lift Warriors past Heat LATEST STORIES THAT’S CONVENIENTAs it works out, Stephen Curry and his younger brother Seth can share a cross-country flight back to Charlotte on Thursday for the NBA All-Star weekend. The Curry brothers face each other on Wednesday night when Seth’s Trail Blazers host older brother Stephen’s Warriors in Portland, Oregon.The Currys will be competing against each other in the 3-point shootout, which brings some added zest to a competition that includes Walker and defending champion Devin Booker and former champion Dirk Nowitzki.“I know he’ll want to beat me,” Stephen Curry said.Betonline.ag lists Stephen Curry as the heavy 11-4 favorite, followed by Booker, Buddy Hield and Seth Curry, who’ll compete in his first 3-point contest.ALL-STAR EVENTSThis is the first time the All-Star game will be held in Charlotte since 1991, when Michael Jordan was a playing in the game, not hosting it as an NBA owner.As usual, the game figures to attract plenty of celebrities.North Carolina native J. Cole headlines the halftime show Sunday, while Meek Mill will do pre-game introductions.Boxer Floyd Mayweather will host a celebrity go-kart challenge on Friday. Former NBA All-Star MVP Allen Iverson, who lives in Charlotte, is hosting a party, as are rappers Rick Ross, Doug E. Fresh and Deniro Farrar. There will also be a DJ performance by rapper Snoop Dogg. View commentslast_img read more

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Ajax name their price for Liverpool target Anwar El Ghazi

first_imgAjax have told Liverpool to cough up £15m if they want to land wing wizard Anwar El Ghazi.?The 21-year-old enjoyed an impressive campaign in Holland last season and finished up with 11 goals in 27 league games.Lazio, Liverpool and Wolfsburg have all been watching the Dutchman and he is expected to be on the move this summer.But, according to Il Tempo, Ajax have informed any interested clubs that El Ghazi will not be leaving for anything less than £15m.The Dutch side are aware of sides scouting their talented youngster and believe he can command that fee in the current market.Liverpool remain keen on El Ghazi after scouting him, but the necessary funds to land him could depend on fellow winger Lazar Markovic going out the Anfield exit door first.?? Anwar El Ghazi scored 11 goals in 27 league games last season 1last_img read more

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GAA: BUNCRANA CLUB NOTES JUNE 20TH

first_imgDonegal v TyroneThe club would like to wish Ryan Bradley and the Donegal squad good luck in this Sunday’s senior football championship semi-final against Tyrone in Clones.  This is not an all ticket fixture, only the Gerry Arthur stand (covered and uncovered) are pre-sold tickets.  Group tickets are availabe for the entire ground.  Group tickets and Gerry Arthur stand tickets must be ordered by Monday 20th June, lunchtime.Senior Executive Board MeetingAt the Scarvey on Monday 20th June at 8pm. Senior FootballThe senior footballers lost  by two pints to Naomh Bríd last Saturday night, 1-8 to 0-9, at the Scarvey.Irish Language ClassesImprove your spoken and written Irish in active fun classes one evening per week during the summer €10 per class (€8 for a club member) at the Scarvey GAA clubhouse.  Contact:  Maria – 086 161 9171.  The classes are aimed at over ten year olds, Maria is  willing to cater for different ages in different classes.  The lessons objectives is to improve students spoken and written Irish in an active and fun way through activities as well as written exercises.  The times of the classes have to be confirmed yet but are dependant on when the clubhouse is free.   Classes will last just over an hour continuing  for the duration of the summer depending on demand.  Please contact Maria on the above number to register your interest and to get further information.Bord na nÓgUnder 14 HurlingBallybofey was the place to be on Thursday night last, where an exhibition of underage hurling took place when Buncrana u14 hurlers played Ballyshannon in the championship final.  Played in far from ideal conditions, it was a nervy start for the boys and they only went in 1:5 to 1:1 in front at halftime.  The management team changed formation at half-time.  From the throw in for the second half it was a different story, our lads were on fire and easily went into a commanding lead within 5 minutes of the restart, with impressible scores coming from all angles.  In defence Paddy Wilson was solid, Captain Sam Doherty(roe) gave a second half performance way beyond his years.  Upfront the deadly duo of half forwards Dylan Duffy and Oisin Grant were on fire.  Converted back, Aidan Stokes excelled in his roll closer to the square.  All the squad can be justly proud of their achievement this year and deservedly claimed the title on a score line of 6:17 to 3:2.The Buncrana u14 Hurlers set sail for Galway to take part in the All-Ireland Feile na nGael finals on Friday 24th of June, where they will represent their club and county in this prestigious competition, that was first established in 1971 and has grown ever since.  Feile brings together over 25,000 Boys and Girls from all over Ireland and abroad.  The Scarvey boys will be hosted by Galway club Ballygar as is the tradition of the Feile, they will play the host club on Friday afternoon, followed by a colourful parade in Loughrea in the evening, they will return to Ballygar and all players and management will stay with host family’s.  On Saturday they will play a further two matches against Ashcaragh/Fohernagh(Galway) and Four Roads(Roscommon).  All three results will determine if the boys progress or not.  If they progress they will play semi finals and finals on Saturday afternoon and evening.  The host club will provide entertainment for all players and supporters at night.  Finals are due to take place on Sunday afternoon.  The boys achievement has not come about by chance, management duo of Tom Clare(snr) and Gerry Vaughan have put this squad through their paces since the end of January, early season defeats in friendlies didn’t deter this squad it just made them more resolved to achieve.  To date this year they already claimed Donegal Feile, Donegal League and Championship double and Ulster Feile titles.  With all 24 of the panel playing their part in what has been the most successful season by a hurling side in the club to date.  Their wins have come about in impressive fashion.The club and team management would like to take this opportunity to thank all the local business’s for their financial support that helped make the trip possible, to all the Parents who sold tickets and collected, to the boys themselves who raised money through a sponsored walk to Father Hegarty’s rock and to the wider community who supported them in what ever way.  Go raibh míle maith agaibh.  Best of luck to all involved.Under 12 FootballThe u12 footballers travelled to Urris on Tuesday night and were missing some regulars but both teams produced some of their bestfoolball to date, the skill levels of all 4 teams was great to see. Under 12 Girl’s FootballThe u12 girl’s football tarvelled to Carndonagh on Saturday for a well attended and organised blitz, these girls continue to improve much to the satisfaction of their hard working management team, thanks to the Carn club for hosting.Under 12 HurlingOur u12 hurlers had a hectic weekend with a Derry blitz and a Donegal blitz on Saturday and Sunday.  On Saturday they played Carrickmore(Tyrone), Ballinascreen(Derry) and Swatragh(Derry) and recorded three impressive comfortable wins, to maintain their unbeaten run in Derry.  This squad is back-boned by players from the u14 set up and these lads are well supported by the younger members of the squad and all impressed during the blitz.  Sunday afternoon they travelled to Letterkenny and played in what was one of the best run blitz in recent times seven teams were present, and once again the skill level was great to watch winning all four matches against Eunan’s, MacCumhaills, Gaels and old foe’s Ballyshannon.  A big thank you to the St Eunans club who run the event and for the welcome refreshments afterwards. Under 16 HurlingU16 Hurlers played in an Ulster 9 aside competition on Saturday in Belfast Rossa Park.  They lost the first game by 2 points to Killeavey, beat Strabane in second game, lost to Portaferry in third game.  A good performance by all the players.  It’s back to training on Wednesday night for League Game in two weeks time.Under 14 FootballOur under 14 footballers began their Northern Board campaign with a narrow defeat to Red Hughs Sunday week passed. We were short a few key players with holidays and some were away at the Donegal game on the Sunday night but the players that travelled conducted themselves very well. Behind at half time by seven points, they played like warriors in the second half but ran out of time in the end. Red Hugh’s now have great new facilities and our players welcomed the tea and sandwiches after the match and it was a great way for both young teams to mix.On Sunday last the under 14 footballer’s took on Urris.  We started the stronger of the two sides, scoring three goals in the first ten minutes, two from Owen McColgan and one from Tom Clare.  Conor O’ Donnell gave master performance of fielding and we played beautiful fast football all over the pitch.  Paul Nelson and Christopher Mc Kinney were on top in the middle and Aedan Stokes and Darren Doherty were generals in defence.  We missed a penalty but still lead at half time four goals and three points to three points.  The conditions were perfect but Urris were like a different team in the second half, they came like animals getting three goals in quick concession, and even though our defence battled hard with two goal line clearances from Ryan Mc Elhinney and Ryan Duffy, one on one stops by Ryan Mc Laughlin, Urris kept coming.  Urris lifted the tempo further but continual hard work by our two wing banks Oisin Grant and James Doherty worked the ball out to our forwards Shane Mc Clean and Conor Doherty the move was finished off by a goal by Craig Doherty.  The final score Buncrana six goals and eight points to Urris three goals and seven points.  What a difference a week makes, our under fourteens now have two more medals in their back pockets.Bord na nÓg – Summer Activities(1) The Club will be hosting a VHI Cúl camp, including football and hurling for boys and girls, from July 11 – July 15.  For Application Forms and information contact Leo Gill 086 086 8260.(2) The club will host a series of activities for teenagers, including ‘Video Analysis of Your Playing Style’, a canoe trip and a drumming workshop. Dates are July 5-7.  Contact Sean Noonan 087 923 2988 for information.(3) A meeting of club underage football coaches will be held in the clubhouse on Wednesday June 22 at 7.00pmLottoThe results of the club’s lotto draw which, took place on Tuesday 14th June in O’Flaherty’s Bar on the Main Street, are as follows.   The winning numbers drawn for the €10,000 jackpot were 07-10-12-20.There were no winners.   The winning numbers for the €2,000 Lotto Plus draw were 06-10-23-28.  There were also no winners.   There were five €20 consolation prizes which went to the following participants:Philip Scott, Slavery;Fiachra O’Flaherty, ℅ Bar;Tommy Caldwell, Castle Avenue;Jean O’Flaherty, ℅ Bar;Oisin McGee, ℅ Benny.For the purposes of hygiene and efficiency all players at ALL levels should bring their own water to all training sessions, from seniors down.Use of the Scarvey pitches for training or matches MUST be confirmed with Martin Mullan in advance (087 246 8108).  Use of clubhouse MUST be confirmed with David McConnell in advance (087 939 2767).If you do have any items which you think should be included in the club’s weekly notes, please email buncrana.pro@gmail.comby 6pm on a 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/buncranagaaGAA: BUNCRANA CLUB NOTES JUNE 20TH was last modified: June 20th, 2011 by gregShare 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

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Fuel economy changes urged

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Johnson made the comments during a tour of the EPA’s National Vehicle and Fuel Emissions Laboratory in Ann Arbor, about 40 miles west of Detroit. There has been growing pressure to change the tests in Washington. This summer, the Senate agreed to require the EPA to update fuel economy tests to reflect real-life driving, saying fuel economy numbers are inflating performance by 10 percent to 30 percent. That amendment was later dropped by a House-Senate conference committee, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists, an environmentally oriented group that has been pushing for changes. Automakers perform the EPA’s tests themselves and post the results. The EPA tests about 10 percent of all new models each year to make sure manufacturers are reporting accurate numbers. The agency also visits automakers’ labs. Margo T. Oge, the EPA’s director of transportation and air quality, said it’s very difficult to design a test that mimics real-world conditions because they vary so much. But she said the agency will use data collected from various states about real-world driving habits. She said the EPA also can require labs to raise or lower the temperatures to see how climate affects the tests. She said the new tests could lower the posted fuel economy for some vehicles and raise it for others. ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Friday he plans to propose new regulations for testing vehicle fuel economy by the end of this year and wants the new tests in place by the 2008 model year. The update will be the first major change to the EPA’s fuel economy tests since 1985. The EPA tests vehicles to get the estimated city and highway fuel economy that is displayed on vehicles’ window stickers. EPA Administrator Steve Johnson said he hasn’t decided what the final proposal will look like but it will take into account more factors than the current test. People drive faster than they did in the 1980s and road congestion has increased. Vehicles have more accessories like air conditioning, which use up vehicle power, and the EPA still conducts tests at 75 degrees, which doesn’t take into account the effect of hot or cold weather on fuel economy. “Everyone agrees that the test procedures and our calculations are outdated. We’ve got 20 years of new technology, 20 years of experience, 20 years of new driving conditions,” Johnson said. “The impact will vary from vehicle to vehicle,” she said. The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, which represents automakers in Washington, says it’s not opposed to a change, but believes it’s difficult for the EPA to conduct any sort of scientific test because there are so many variables. “We will work constructively with the EPA providing data, but people need to bear in mind that they can have tremendous influence on their own personal fuel economy,” said Eron Shosteck, a spokeswoman for the automakers’ group. For example, Shosteck said U.S. drivers could save 1 billion gallons of gas each year if they kept their tires properly inflated. Obeying speed limits also would help cut down on fuel. The EPA first began testing vehicle fuel economy in 1977. The test currently assumes drivers won’t go over a maximum speed of 56 mph in the city and 60 mph on the highway, and that drivers won’t speed up more than 3.3 mph per second. Many highways now have higher speed limits, and acceleration is 8.4 mph per second among faster drivers, the EPA said. Johnson conducted a fuel economy test while at the EPA lab and test-drove a hydraulic hybrid sport utility vehicle. The EPA said its hydraulic hybrid technology, which will be tested next year in UPS Inc. delivery trucks, could eventually improve fuel economy by 85 percent, or nearly double the amount of fuel conventional hybrids save. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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SIX FARMS RAIDED IN TRAVELLING GANG CRIME BLITZ

first_imgSIX farms have been robbed in a travelling gang crime blitz in Donegal.The raids netted tens of thousands of euro worth of farm equipment in raids across the east and north of the county.A week ago Donegal Daily reported how equipment including a trailer and a quad bike were stolen in a theft from the home of a disabled man in Kilmacrennan. Another home in the area had equipment taken from a shed.Since then Gardai have investigated four more raids.In one incident in Manorcunningham a range of expensive farming equipment was taken.The IFA and Gardai have issued warnings to farmers to step up security around their homes and outbuildings as a result of the raids. It’s understood investigating gardai believe the gang is from Limerick and has targeted Donegal over the past week.A number of items have been recovered, but there have been no arrests. SIX FARMS RAIDED IN TRAVELLING GANG CRIME BLITZ was last modified: September 2nd, 2013 by John2Share 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:SIX FARMS RAIDED IN TRAVELLING GANG CRIME BLITZlast_img read more

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LETTERKENNY CREDIT UNION LAUNCH 2014 SEASONAL LOAN

first_imgThe Letterkenny Credit Union has announced the official launch of the 2014 seasonal Loan.Christmas can be expensive time of year for many, and it can be a very stressful period for those trying to balance the books.But don’t get your tinsel in a tangle this December, just contact the credit union today to avail of their fantastic seasonal loan. They’re now accepting applications for the loan, so call in anytime to their office and request an application form for the loan.It’s the same great offer as previous years, for a €1,000 seasonal loan, payable over 9 month variable rate loan with weekly repayments of €26.14 and an interest rate of 4.85% (APR 4.97%), the total amount repayable will be €1018.70.It’s a truly fantastic seasonal offer, and reiterates why the credit union is regarded as the people’s bank.If you wish to apply, simply call to the office today and complete an application form. You will need to bring:Photo IDVerification of your addressLast 3 months of Bank StatementsVerification of Income. Letterkenny Credit Union Ltd is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland.LETTERKENNY CREDIT UNION LAUNCH 2014 SEASONAL LOAN was last modified: October 3rd, 2014 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:ApplyBusinessCHristmasFeaturesLetterkenny Credit UnionnewsratesSeasonal Loanlast_img read more

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Do you fancy dinner and a show with singer Brian Kennedy at The Shandon?

first_imgThe Shandon Hotel & Spa is excited to announce a glamorous dinner date with Brian Kennedy.Enjoy Shandon G&T drinks reception and a sumptuous 4-course gourmet meal before Brian Kennedy takes to the stage to perform.Brian Kennedy survived a childhood on the infamous Falls Road, West Belfast at the height of its hellish history against all the odds to carve an extraordinary career in music. In his own words he says, “It’s a miracle that I survived my childhood and became a singer really, given where and how my life started, but somehow my voice had other plans and saved me in the end.” That voice set him on a course that changed his whole life forever.From harmonising with ambulance sirens as a child to finally overcoming stage fright, his gradual ascent was nothing short of incredible. He busked on the dangerous streets of his hometown whatever the political weather until a sudden escape to London, when only 18 saw him surviving in the only way he knew how.He sang unaccompanied in the underground stations and outside the Dominion Theatre, sometimes literally in order to eat and until he finally saved up enough money for a guitar.He lived in various illegal squats before eventually being discovered by the now legendary Svengali Simon Fuller- [Pop Idol, Annie Lennox, The Spice Girls.] Brian is first and foremost a live performer and songwriter. As he bluntly puts it himself, “Music is my lifeblood.” His constant touring from Ireland and the UK to Australia, Germany and the USA, including the major global festivals, has resulted in an ever-growing international fan base the old fashioned way, over a phenomenal twenty-five year career on the rollercoaster ride that is the unpredictable music industry.The Shandon Hotel and Spa in Portnablagh.His work with Van Morrison has been well documented. The Belfast legend invited Brian to a rehearsal one day that resulted in him being featured as guest lead singer on the now unforgettable ‘Blues & Soul Revue’.Courtesy of Van’s continuing mentoring and generosity, Brian ended up sharing vocal duties on stages across the globe over a six-year period with Morrison and a breathtaking cast of some of the greatest artists in history: Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles and John Lee Hooker to name but a few. Madison Square Gardens was a far cry from the Falls Road.That unique Irish voice can be heard harmonising and answering Van on five of his major hit albums including “A Night In San Francisco” to “Days Like This”.As if that wasn’t impressive enough, you might be less familiar with Brian’s impromptu performances with Stevie Wonder at Ronnie Scotts in London. Incredibly and proudly he is one of only a few to have also sung with the late legendary Jeff Buckley at Sin-É in New York. Throughout the relentless touring with Van Morrison, Brian somehow managed to maintain a stream of chart-making albums. ‘A Better Man’ (1996) and ‘Now That I Know What I Want’ (1999), both went platinum at No.1 and earned him the awards of Irish Best Male Artist and Irish Best Male Album, as did the highly acclaimed ‘Homebird’ (2006) and cover album ‘Interpretations’ (2008). But it was Brian’s heart wrenching LIVE performance of ‘You Raise Me Up’ at the funeral of football Legend George Best that earned him a spot in the top 5 of the UK charts.He is a natural TV & Radio host as well as lead performer on diverse international stages, from his Role in New York’s Riverdance on Broadway for 9 months of over 300 performances to Eurovision 2006 in Athens. Remarkably Brian also found time to write and publish 2 fiction novels that were an instant success and he continues to receive many prestigious awards, including the 2010 Ireland Meteor Lifetime Achievement Award for Music, and an even rarer Honorary Doctorate Degree of Letters by the University of Ulster for his contribution to literature and Arts.In 2016 Brian was busy in the studio recording a 32 track double CD ‘Essential Collection’ comprising all brand new recordings from the past and present including a duet with Boy George. Brian maintains that “music is the language of emotion,” and after all his years gigging and recording with Van Morrison he prizes the live gig above all else, “ Van always said you’re only as good as your last gig”. Seeing and hearing is the only way to experience this national treasure of a man.During October 2016, Brian celebrated two birthdays. His iconic album ‘A Better Man’ turned 20 and that same week the man himself turned 50, so what better place to celebrate than on stage doing what he loves best. He performed the entire album in Dublin’s prestigious Vicar Street venue on October 13th 2016 and it is in the process of being related this year on CD/DVD on his own label. Last year saw Brian begin a challenging journey with cancer and he cites singing and performing as the motivation for staying positive. In Brian’s words: “The gigs make everything worthwhile, the fans’ support means the world to me, if anything the diagnosis and treatment has given me greater focus and determination to get through it all. Music is the ultimate healer and my voice has never let me down.” Seeing him perform live is all the proof that’s needed.Well over two decades later and Brian genuinely feels like he is only really getting into his stride. So, what else is left for a multi-platinum selling singer/songwriter, highly regarded radio & television presenter, an Honorary Doctor of Letters from The University of Ulster, a published author of two successful novels – not surprisingly, for a lyricist of his calibre. “Dr Kennedy” simply raises those eyebrows and answers playfully, ” Ah sure I’m only getting started!”www.briankennedy.co.ukFor more information or to book, please contact the hotel 00353 (0) 749136137 or email info@shandonhotelspa.com.Tickets are €59pp – ticket and B&B €109pps.Tickets must be purchased in full. Ticket price is non-refundable.Do you fancy dinner and a show with singer Brian Kennedy at The Shandon? was last modified: August 16th, 2017 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:Brian Kennedyshandonlast_img read more

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Info evening on Ballyness Bay protest to be held in Letterkenny

first_imgA public information event is to be held at Letterkenny Shopping Centre to raise awareness of a proposed shellfish production plant at Ballyness Bay in Falcarragh.Members of Grúpa Gníomhaíochta Bhá Bhaile an Easa/Save Ballyness Bay will host the event on 30th November, 2019.A spokesperson said “The intention is to raise public awareness of the threat posed to this beautiful, pristine environment by proposals to use it for industrial shellfish production. “The proposals threaten local employment, the future economic development of the area, several protected wildlife species, and the health and wellbeing of the local community which is totally opposed to the proposals.”More information on the “Save Ballyness Bay” campaign is available on our Facebook page and our website at https://saveballynessbay.comEmail:- saveballynessbay@gmail.comor contactSave Ballyness Bay Action Group, Killult, F92N6X6Info evening on Ballyness Bay protest to be held in Letterkenny was last modified: November 25th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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

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Ex-Googler Creates Voting Site: “How to Fix Google Buzz”

first_imgsarah perez Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… How badly do people want Google Buzz fixed? Enough to submit over 7,000 votes in the first 24 hours since the launch of a Google Moderator page called “How to Fix Google Buzz.” Google Moderator, for those that don’t know, is one of the unsung heroes of Google’s online services. Launched back in 2008, the tool offers a simply designed interface that lets participants vote ideas up or down. In this case, suggestions for Google Buzz features and bugs in need of fixing are the fodder for this new Moderator site.The irony of the situation is that the new “How to Fix Google Buzz” site was created by Jyri Engeström, a former Google employee who was at one time tasked with “making Google more social.” Before Buzz, There was Jaiku If Engeström’s name rings a bell, it’s probably because you remember him as the co-founder and chairman of a social networking startup called Jaiku, acquired by Google in fall of 2007. Jaiku was a formidable microblogging service and one of the few that could have ever truly given rival Twitter a run for its money. With this service, you could update your status from both the web and your phone as well as aggregate and automatically publish stories from your other activity streams including blog posts, del.icio.us links, Flickr photos, even yes, even Twitter updates. If anything, Jaiku was a “proto-Buzz.” It was a FriendFeed before there was FriendFeed. It was FriendFeed mashed up with Twitter. It was one of the first to stream your social activities from around the web in an easy-to-read format that people could follow and reply to. It even had comments! And IM! In fact, you could argue that Jaiku was a better Buzz than the half-finished service Google launched just last week.Unfortunately, Google let the original Jaiku service languish until eventually stopping its development entirely and open sourcing its code over on Google App Engine. Afterwards, in October of 2009, Engeström moved on to greener pastures. However, despite no longer working at Google, Engeström still clearly cares about Google’s social networking issues. This led him to create the “How to Fix Google Buzz” site. “How to Fix Google Buzz” – Submit and Vote on Buzz IdeasUsing the new site is simple. Sign in, read the issue on the screen then vote “yes” or “no.” If you don’t have an opinion on that particular idea, you can click the skip button. As of right now, the number one request is an option to hide comments. It’s followed by other popular requests including lists, blocking improvements, filters and more. Plus, the nice thing about Moderator is that each idea has its own permalink so if you want to rally support behind your top feature request – like, say, the whole messed up, broken Google Reader integration, you can do so. Ahem, cough, cough. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Although Google Moderator makes aggregating and voting on Buzz ideas and issues simple, can we believe that anyone at Google is actually watching? Of course, we can’t know for sure, but when we asked Engeström if Google would look at this page, he only coyly responded, “trust me, they will.” Image credit: ZDNet Tags:#Google#web last_img read more

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Energy Star Program to Include Clothes Dryers

first_imgFor the first time, the government’s Energy Star program will include clothes dryers, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced.Until now, the EPA’s Energy Star program had excluded the appliances even though they use an estimated 6% of all residential energy. How come? The energy efficiency of different makes and models didn’t vary appreciably. (For more information on this topic, see Alternatives to Clothes Dryers.)That appears to be changing, and the new specifications approved by the EPA will recognize electric, gas, and compact dryers that use approximately 20% less energy than required by the minimum efficiency standards effective in 2015, the EPA said in its announcement May 27.“The addition of clothes dryers expands the range of Energy Star products to include one of the most energy-intensive home appliance not yet covered by the program,” EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said in a prepared statement.More than 80% of all U.S. households have a clothes dryer, and if all of them met the new specifications, energy bill savings would amount to more than $1.5 billion a year and 22 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions would be avoided annually. New technology is promisingHeat-pump clothes dryers, developed in Europe in the mid-1990s, are one type of energy-efficient dryer likely to make the Energy Star list. Manufactured by a number of companies, they can reduce energy consumption over standard models by as much as 50%, according to a report from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in 2010.The dryers extract latent heat from the air and pump it into the clothes drum. Warm, moist air that exits the drum goes through a lint screen and an evaporator, and the water is removed, the Berkeley Lab report said. Instead of venting the air to the outside, as would be the case in a conventional dryer, these models circulate the warm and now mostly dry air back into the drum.Some models don’t have to be vented to the outside.Heat-pump clothes dryers haven’t been widely available in the U.S., although the Lawrence Berkeley report said there are 25 models available in Europe. They’re also more expensive than conventional models: a Consumer Reports article notes that one LG model will be here by mid-summer at a cost of $1,500 to $1,600.In general, the EPA said, clothes dryers that meet Energy Star requirements are likely to have features such as improved auto-termination sensors, which end the cycle automatically by sensing when clothes are dry. The EPA said its new specification also would list optional features, such as the ability to alert a user that the dryer wasn’t functioning properly, or give users feedback on the energy efficiency of different drying cycles.In order to quality for the Energy Star label, products must win third-party certification based on testing at an EPA-approved laboratory.last_img read more

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