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Bruno and Ballesteros ’18’: “They told me it looked like him”

first_imgAnd, without going any further, another defense of reference in recent years in the club, now in sports management, David Navarro, was the one who began to establish relations with the canary and lived a similar situation. He arrived free of contract from Switzerland until the end of the season and ended up taking root in the Levant. Bruno’s story could have a traced ending. They are not bad references Dorsal ’18’ seems to have chosen Bruno González in Levante and not vice versa. The number that Sergio Ballesteros wore in his years at Orriols and that Erick Cabaco left after his departure to Getafe. There were few more options and he ended up decanting without knowing the fact. Upon being warned, the Tenerife revealed an anecdote of his childhood: “when I was a child and he was in Tenerife of Heynckes and was beginning to stand out, some friend told me that it looked like him. It is another pride, a responsibility and we are going to give it our all and break our soul for the shield. “An end of sentence that could have signed the legendary defender of Burjassot. “I can bring strength, experience and aggressiveness in a good way. I like grief, physical contacts and it can be my main characteristic“Bruno said when defining his characteristics, some words that could have sprouted from the Ballesteros libretto.last_img read more

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Hitler missed the goal

first_imgWith Goebbels as a henchman, Hitler attached great importance to his regime’s propaganda. I would not overlook the mass phenomenon that was already at that time football and From his arrival to the Government he used sport to boast of German power, but several times they did not end as he expected.At the JJ OO in Berlin in 1936, Peru humiliated Austria (the country of origin of the Führer), despite the Nazi effort to avoid it. The referee was threatened and came to cancel three Peruvian goals. The match was suspended due to the behavior of the South American fans, who invaded the field of play (ordered by Goebbels). With the intention of repeating the game, Peru and Colombia (in solidarity) left the JJ OO.Again with Austria as the protagonist, Germany organized a friendly match with its neighbors to celebrate the Anschluss (The annexation of both countries also involved the soccer teams). Austrian Mathias Sindelar won the match by himself and refused to play the German World Cup that summer in France. That party ended his professional career and his accidental death in January 1939 remains an intrigue.Hitler requested to host the 1942 World Cup for the same reason of exhibiting himself to the world. FIFA had doubts and deferred its decision until 1940. The war did not change the plans of the highest soccer body and Germany would be declared host at a meeting in Luxembourg, but a Nazi bombardment in the area and the advance of German troops suspended the decision and the tournament. On April 20 it became a national holiday to mark the birthday of the Führer and in 1941 he decided to celebrate it with a match in Bern against the Swiss team. “That was like a crime of high treason”, declared Sepp Herberger, German coach. Upon learning of the defeat, Goebbels sent a telegram to Hans von Tschammer, head of the German Sports Office: “It is forbidden in the future to organize sporting events in which there are doubts of victory. End. Heil Hitler”.But the failed show of strength that we remember most today in the famous 1981 film Evasion or Victory was known as Death match. FC Start, a team of former soccer players, defeated a team from the German Army in Kiev despite the consequences they already knew. “They entered resigned to lose, trembling with fear and hunger, but they could not resist the desire to be worthy”Eduardo Galeano wrote.Although Spain did not participate fully in the war, the team played a friendly match in Berlin. They had all the comforts of the world and served as a tribute to the Blue Division. There are several stories of soldiers who pursued their careers after the war. Bert Trautmann, parachutist of the Luftwaffe who ended up in Manchester City, or Fritz Walter, captain of the Germany champion of the World Cup 54 (the Miracle of Bern), who escaped from going to the fields of the Gulag when he was recognized by a Soviet soldier.England. In general, football did not stop in the first years except in England, where they learned from their mistake 25 years ago. Nevertheless, tournaments were organized without FA recognition. The Wartime League and the Football league war cup they were the entertainment of a country that had to meet a series of rules. No more than 8,000 spectators due to the risk of German bombardments (in one of the Cup finals at Wembley they exceeded 40,000 in a football victory over fear) and displacements always less than 50 miles (80 km).last_img read more

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“Do it for the passion, not the pay” – Vice Chancellor to teachers

first_imgVice Chancellor of the University of Guyana (UG), Professor Ivelaw Griffith on Wednesday encouraged teachers to do their jobs for the passion and not the pay, moments after a teacher took to the stage of the National Cultural Centre to complain, in the form of poetry, of the miniature salary increases Government has announced.Professor Griffith was at the time giving the feature address at the Education Ministry’s Regional Award Ceremony in Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica), which was held under the theme ‘Recognising and Celebrating our Achievements’.“Teachers whether at the primary or secondary or university (levels) don’t get paid enough but we don’t do it just for the pay, we do it for the passion, for the motivation, for the incentivising of youth development,” he said.His comments on educators’ salaries came just after a teacher perfVice Chancellor, Professor Ivelaw Griffithormed her poem, calling out Government for their small increases while raising the cost of living in other areas.The Vice Chancellor asked teachers across the auditorium of the National Cultural Centre to hold hands with their colleagues and students while reciting “I may not get paid enough money as a teacher, but I will continue to be excellent.”Meanwhile, 98 awards were handed out to teachers and students who performed well over the past year at the National Grade Two, Grade Four and Grade Sixexaminations. Teachers were rewarded in the area of music and athletics, among others.A special stalwart teacher, Francesca Vieira, was also paid tribute to for her years of dedicated service in the Education Ministry.The event was attended by the Regional Education Officer (ag), Tiffany Favourite-Harvey; the Regional Chairman, Genevieve Allen; and other executives from the Ministry, along with teachers and students from various schools across the region.The Government recently announced that persons earning less than $100,000 aSpecial stalwart teacher, Francesca Vieira, who was honoured for her years of dedicated servicemonth will receive a seven per cent increase.Those earning between $100,000 and $299,999 will get an increase of 6.5 per cent, while those in the $300,000 to $499,999 range will get a five per cent increase. Those with a paycheque of between $500,000 and $699,999 a month will have their salaries increased by three per cent.Meanwhile, those in the $700,000 to $799,999 range will be eligible for an increase of two per cent, while those earning $800,000 to $999,999 will get one per cent in increases and those with a $1 million salary and above will get a 0.5 per cent increase.The circular issued by the Finance Ministry with regards to the salaries makes it clear that the increases do not apply to teachers, University of Guyana employees, Government Ministers and Members of Parliament.It does, however, apply to the Disciplined Services, including the Guyana Police Force and the Guyana Defence Force.Nonetheless, teachers will be receiving a 12 per cent increase on their salaries for 2016 and eight per cent for 2018.last_img read more

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GAA NEWS: SEAN MACCUMHAILLS CLUB NOTES

first_img********MAC CUMHAILLS LOTTO WON********Congratulations to Fiona Mc Ginley, Ulster Tyre Company, who was the sole winner of our Lotto. Fiona receives €10,000.Next weeks Lotto starts at €1,000 €2 weekly or a yearly subscription for the Club Lotto is €100€5 weekly or a yearly subscription for the Club Lotto is €240.Contact any club committee member for detailsIF YOU’RE NOT IN, YOU CAN’T WIN!!!!!!! RESULTSMAC CUMHAILLS V MALIN.SENIORFT SMC 2-08 MALIN1-15.Scorers for Mac Cumhaills.Stephen O Reilly 1-00 Benny Mc Laughlin 0-01(f)David White 0-02Marty O Reilly 1-01(1f)Barney Lafferty 0-01 Darren O Leary 0-02Andrew Mc Closkey 0-01Mac Cumhaills were well into this match and were leading at half time.Malin took the initiative in the second half, rarely missing a chance and eventually ran out the winners.MAC CUMHAILLS V MALIN RESERVEFT SMC 2-06 MALIN 1-07.Scorers for Mac CumhaillsMichael Lynch 1-01Rory Dunleavy 0-01Alan Patton 1-00Enda Corry 0-01Ryan Duffy 0-01Shane Mc Nulty 0-01Aaron Kelly 0-01A very good team performance from Mac Cumhaills. This result keeps them in the top two with a great chance at winning the league. Both Seniors and Reserves away to St Michaels in first round of Championship next Sat.FIXTURES.Mon 2nd. U12 Football. Home to Buncrana.Sat 7th Seniors/ Reserves. Away to St Michaels 1st Round ChampionshipU10 Football. away to Robert EmmettsU16 Football. Home to CarndonnaghPlease keep an eye on our Facebook page as we will update any information as soon as we receive it.UNDERAGE TRAININGTraining for underage teams is as follows,Under 6’s Boys and Girls: Wed 6.00pm. On Astro pitch Contact Alan Martin 0861723899Under 8’s: Boys and Girls : Wed 6.00 on Training pitch.Contact Noel Doherty 0866028868Under 10’s Boys. Wed 6.00pm on Training pitch.Contact John Burke 0868185915Under 12’s Boys.Tuesdays 6.00-7.15. Contact Luke Gavigan 0877980865Under 12/14 Girls. Sunday 12.00pm Contact Olivia Finn 0879673264.Camogie: Under 12/14 Tues 6.00-7.00.All ages Fri 6.00-7.00pm.Training for girls football 14-18 is on Thurs 5.45pm and Sundays 11.45am.New players welcome. Contact Michael Gordon 0877941058DONEGAL V TYRONE.Congratulations to the Donegal team on their impressive win against Tyrone on Sat. Best of luck to the boys when they take on Down in the Ulster Final. We shall be running another Correct Score Competition for this match. You can get a sheet from the Clubhouse or any manager.BAG PACKING DAY IN SUPERVALUtThe club had a very sucessful bag packing day in Supervalu last sat. Thanks to Charlie Ferry and all the staff at Supervalu for accomodating us. Also, thanks to allt he customers who contributedso generously. Well done to all the coaches,parents and kids who gave up their time to help out their club.MAC CUMHAILL’S BINGOMac Cumhaill’s Weekly Bingo is in The Villa Rose this week at 8.30pm. Everyone WelcomeFOR SALEClub socks and togs for children up to age 14 and Canning hurls from sizes 26 – 35.Also we have new gear bags for sale. €15.These can be purchased from the club on Tue and Wed at 7.00pmSIGNS.Anyone wishing to take a sign in a prime location on a gable wall, please contact Alan Or Peter.MAC CUMHAILL’S BINGOMac Cumhaill’s Weekly Bingo is in The Villa Rose this week at 8.30pm. Everyone Welcome.CLUB MEETING’SClub meetings will be held on the Last Monday of every Month at the Clubhouse. Any person wishing to get involved in the club please come along or contact any member.The Clubhouse bar is now taking bookings for parties: Contact Simon at 085 1503092 for more informationGAA NEWS: SEAN MACCUMHAILLS CLUB NOTES was last modified: July 2nd, 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)Tags:Sean MacCumhaills GAA noteslast_img read more

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Dunfanaghy golfers were at top of their game during heatwave

first_imgClub newsWith Open Week well underway, and with the help of some fine weather, we have had some fantastic performances throughout the week. Events got underway with the Wednesday Open Singles Stableford, sponsored by Moore’s Garage and Arnold’s Hotel. Mark Caithness was the winner with an impressive score of 42 points. Mal Johnson was second with 40 points, with Knox Wilson in third with 39 points. Niall McCormack won the gross with 31 points.It was the turn of the ladies on Thursday the 21st with the Open singles stableford sponsored by Nora Crumlish. The winner was Cheryl Chambers with a great score of 41 points. Anna Curley was second with 40 points while Margaret O’Hare was third on 39 points. Robyn McConnell won the gross. The Gents Singles Stableford on Friday the 22nd was sponsored by Glen FreshFoods/Starcrest Seafoods/Gary McFadden & Sons. It was nice to see Graham Cummings on top of the leaderboard again after a noticeable absence, with 41 points. In second was Mark Caithness who is obviously in great form. Mark had 40 points, his second score in the 40s within two days. Third was Billy Griffin with 39 points. Michael Wilson won the gross with a fantastic score of 36 points.Saturday saw the staging of the 4BBB Open sponsored by Heineken/Western Beverages and the Ladies 14 hole competition sponsored by Geraldine Magee. The 4BBB was won by John McGinley and Ken Gleeson with an unbeatable score of 58 points. In second were Garry Wright and Ian Walsh with 59 points who narrowly beat the Daltons (Michael and Gerald) into third place on BOT. MaryWilson won the ladies competition with Lady Captain Mary Lafferty in second and Jill McCorkell in third.Sunday’s Open Singles Stableford, sponsored by Value Centre produced some of the best scores of the week. Junior GolfWe had a fantastic day’s golf for the Juniors on Saturday with nearly 30 young competitors gracing our fairways. It was a great spectacle to see such a large group of young enthusiasts displaying their very impressive talents.In the Senior Boys section there was some terrific golf on display but it was James T Sweeney who emerged as the clear winner with 41 points. James followed that up with another great score of 42 points on Sunday to win the category prize in the senior competition. Well done to James who has lost a total of 6 shots in the last two weeks and now plays off a handicap of 18. Second place in the senior boys was Luke Kelly (13) with 39 points while Eoin Flanagan (21) was third on 37 points.In the juveniles section, Hugh Burke narrowly defeated Ben Smyth. Eoin Bonar was third. In the cadets section, twins Stanley and Alfie Wilson could not be separated, finishing in a dead heat to claim joint first prize. In third place was Sean McBride.Note that the Presidents’ Prize for juniors will take place on Wednesday the 3rd August while the Captains’ Prize will be held on the 10th August. Afternoon tee times to be confirmed. Competition Results:Wednesday Open – 20 th July 20161 st Mark Caithness 42 pts2 nd Mal Johnson 40 pts Gross Niall McCormack 31 gross pts3 rd Knox Wilson 39 ptsVisitor John Wilkinson 35pts1 st 9 Nigel Doherty 21pts bot2 nd 9 Kenneth Chambers 21pts botLadies Singles Stableford – 21st July 20161 st Cheryl Chambers (18) 41 pts2 nd Anna Curley (35) 40ptsGross Robyn McConnell (13) 24 gross pts3 rd Margaret O’Hare (32) 39 ptsGents Singles Stableford – 22nd th July 20161 st Graham Cummings 41 pts2 nd Mark Caithness 40 ptsGross Michael Wilson 36 gross pts3 rd Billy Griffin 39 ptsOpen 4BBB– 23rd July 20161 st John McGinley/Ken Gleeson 582 nd Gary Wright/Ian Walsh 593 rd Michael Dalton/Gerald Dalton 59sLadies Open 14 Hole Stableford1 st Mary Wilson Malahide (21) 30 pts2 nd Mary Lafferty (20) 29 pts3 rd Jill McCorkell (22) 29 ptsSunday 24th July 2016 Open Single Stableford1st John McNulty 42pts2nd Brendan Kelly 39ptsGross Richard Martin 34 Gross Pts3rd Liam McBride 39pts botVisitor Joe Caulfield 35pts1st 9 Colin Higgs 21pts2nd 9 Gary Wright 20ptsCategory James T Sweeney 42ptsCSS 37ptsEvents for the week aheadPlease note that our open week continues throughout the week with competitions every day. Bookings can be made online or by ringing Ruth or Mary in the shop. Please tell your golfing friends and bring them along to enjoy our course and sample our food afterwards in the Vardon lounge. Function Room for Private Parties:We have hosted a number of private functions in the clubhouse recently and these have proved to be a great success. If you, or someone you know, is organising a private function please be aware that the clubhouse is available free of charge, with exclusive use for the occasion. So far, the feedback that we have been getting is that the golf club is the ideal venue for parties of up to one hundred people. Please make contact with Sarah if you are interested in holding a function at the clubhouse (074 91 36335)Dunfanaghy golfers were at top of their game during heatwave was last modified: July 26th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:DunfanaghyGolf newslast_img read more

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REVEALED: NEW PASSPORT LAWS WILL HIT DONEGAL PET OWNERS

first_imgDONEGAL people buying pets from the North will have to buy them pet passports and have them micro-chipped under new laws which have come into force.The same cross-Border rules now apply in the opposite direction too, a spokesman for the Department of Agriculture told donegaldaily.com.The regulations have been brought in by the EU. In theory it also means that someone from Pettigo taking their pet out for the day in Fermanagh – or someone from Lifford walking their dog over the bridge into Strabane – must have the animal chipped and must have a passport.“The new requirement is that all pets travelling from the UK to Ireland should be microchipped and accompanied by a pet passport,” confirmed a spokesman.However the spokesman said: “As both Ireland and the UK have had no indigenous rabies for many decades, compliance checks on pets travelling between the two countries will not be applied. Pet owners travelling with their pets should therefore not experience any change on the ground.”Under the rules, pets travelling from other non-qualifying (high risk) countries can also travel into Ireland without quarantine provided the pet has a passport/certificate showing identification and a subsequent rabies vaccination. At least 30 days after rabies vaccination a pet must be blood tested to confirm a neutralising antibody titration at least equal to 0.5 IU/ml.  A pet may enter Ireland only when at least three months has expired since a successful blood-test.LEAVE YOUR COMMENT BELOW© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldaily Follow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailyREVEALED: NEW PASSPORT LAWS WILL HIT DONEGAL PET OWNERS was last modified: February 8th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:pet passportslast_img read more

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CONFIRMED: LIFFORD BEDS TO CLOSE – LETTERKENNY GENERAL NEW WING WILL OPEN, BUT €5M AXED FROM BUDGET

first_imgSHOCKING details of how the axe has fallen on medical services across Co Donegal are beginning to emerge from the HSE West plan for 2012.Lifford Hospital’s 20 beds have been earmarked for closure, though daycare services will be retained.And while the new A&E will open at Letterkenny General Hospital this year, the hospital has had its funding cut from €97M to €92.6M. With an €8M overspend last year, this is the equivalent to a €13M cut at Letterkenny.(The full Plan is available on our homepage on donegaldaily.com).Refurbishment of facilities in Stranorlar will take place and Glenties is to get a new primary care centre.However politicians have reacted with anger with Sinn Fein TD Pearse Doherty claiming that a total of €27M will be taken out of the Donegal health service this year. St Francis’s hospital in Galway is the only other hospital to actually close its doors.The HSE says there will be a consultation process on Lifford – but it looks like a decision has already been taken.Says the report on Lifford: “The priority is to support older persons to continue to live in their own communities, promoting their independence and participation in their communities. In trying to help older people to achieve this, we will, within available resources, provide a variety of home and community-based support services including home help services, home care packages, respite care, day care, meals on wheels, health promotion initiatives / programmes and rehabilitation.”There is widespread shock that the official HSE Press Release announcing a €104M cut in spending in the HSE West region didn’t even mention Lifford.The closure of its 20 beds was buried deep inside the actual full report. CONFIRMED: LIFFORD BEDS TO CLOSE – LETTERKENNY GENERAL NEW WING WILL OPEN, BUT €5M AXED FROM BUDGET was last modified: February 17th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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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PARTS OF LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL MAY HAVE TO BE DEMOLISHED

first_imgParts of Letterkenny General Hospital may have to be demolished and rebuilt as the fall-out from Friday’s flooding continues.Copyright Donegaldaily.com: pictures inside Letterkenny General on Friday.A meeting of hospital management yesterday heard that parts of Floor B at the hospital are so badly damaged that they may have to be knocked down.A source at the hospital said the public simply don’t realise how serious the situation is. “A lot of people think it was mainly the new accident and emergency department that was flooded but it wasn’t.“Almost half of the hospital was under water and the place is a mess.“It’s very sad to see it and the amount of equipment that has been destroyed is horrendous.“The places look like it was hit by a tornado. The water is gone but the mess left behind is horrible,” said the hospital worker. Only the most serious cases including cardiac emergencies and road traffic accident victims are being admitted to the hospital.Altnagelvin and Sligo General Hospitals will continue to see the majority of patients needing treatment.Taoiseach Enda Kenny last night admitted that it could be a long time before the facility is back to normal.The estimate for damage to the hospital is now running into millions.More than 500 volunteers have gathered at the hospital in recent days to help with the clean-up. However there is much public disquiet as to how the hospital was allowed to be flooded just weeks after it was first flooded – before the new €22M A&E was opened.PARTS OF LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL MAY HAVE TO BE DEMOLISHED was last modified: July 29th, 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:FLOODINGLetterkenny General Hospitallast_img read more

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Blake civil trial in hands of jury; only 9 votes needed for verdict

Plaintiffs’ attorney Eric Dubin alleged that in the months before Bakley died, Blake tried to distance himself from her and then tried to hire two former Hollywood stuntmen to kill her. Dubin claimed that when those plans failed, Blake took matters into his own hands. Blake attorney Peter Ezzell contended, among other things, that because of Bakley’s background, there were many people who might have wanted to kill her. Bakley ran a mail-order business in which she solicited money from men by using nude pictures of herself and promises of sex. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The jurors were also given guidance on how to determine damages if they find liability. Verdicts require agreement by nine of the 12 jurors rather than a unanimous decision. The burden of proof also is lower than in a criminal case. A criminal conviction requires a finding of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. To determine liability in a civil case, jurors must find that a claim is more likely to be true than not. At trial, the children’s attorney suggested that Blake was bent on getting rid of his wife at any cost, while the defense sought to show that the actor wanted to stay married and raise the daughter he had with Bakley in a stable environment. Blake married Bakley in 2000 after tests showed that he was the father of her baby, Rosie. In May 2001, Bakley was found shot to death in Blake’s car on a street near a Studio City restaurant where they had just dined. Blake claims he went back into the restaurant to retrieve a handgun that he carried for protection but had left in their booth, then went back out to the car and found his wife mortally wounded in the passenger seat. BURBANK – Jurors began deliberations Friday in the wrongful-death lawsuit that claims “Baretta” star Robert Blake is liable for the killing of wife Bonny Lee Bakley 4 years ago. Blake, 72, was acquitted of murder in March after a criminal trial, but the lawsuit brought on behalf of Bakley’s four children seeks to hold him civilly responsible and to win monetary damages. Jurors put in just over two hours of work before recessing for the weekend. They began deliberations after Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David Schacter instructed them on the questions they must answer to reach verdicts. The judge said they must decide whether Blake intentionally caused Bakley’s death or plotted to cause it. They also must decide whether there was a conspiracy between Blake and co-defendant Earle Caldwell, his former handyman, to cause Bakley’s death. read more

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R50m for new research posts

first_imgSouth Africa’s astronomy programmes will benefit from the five new astronomy chairs soon to be appointed. (Image: Ska SA) MEDIA CONTACTS Mr Nhlanhla NyideDST, Communications+27 012 843 6793 USEFUL LINKS • Department of Science and Technology • National Research Foundation • Square Kilometre Array RELATED ARTICLES • Ska to reveal universe’s secrets • African eyes on the universe • Science and technologyJanine ErasmusThe Department of Science and Technology (DCT) has allocated US$6.2-million (R50-million) to fund new research chairs, or research professorships, in South Africa during the 2010/11 financial year.Making the announcement in August 2009, Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor named 10 new research chairs, adding that there are plans to appoint nine more this year.The appointments fall under the South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI), a key part of government’s strategy to strengthen the human resource pool in scientific research.The programme is administered by the National Research Foundation (NRF), the national governmental agency tasked with the promotion and support of basic and applied research, as well as innovation.SARChI, an important component of the NRF’s strategic plan up to 2015, aims to boost the country’s competitiveness in the international knowledge economy, by cultivating both existing and potential strengths.The initiative’s ultimate goal is the creation of 210 new chairs by 2010.Chairs are awarded in one of two tiers. A Tier 1 chair is given to those outstanding academics with exceptional research and student supervision records, and who work to continually improve their performance.A Tier 2 chair is given to emerging researchers who show the potential for rapid development and who also have excellent research and student supervision records.“Our investment will build a larger base of scientific expertise than currently exists, thus enhancing South Africa’s international reputation in research and innovation,” said Pandor. “This, in the long run, will help create jobs, increase economic growth and improve our standard of living.”Boosting scientific researchThe SARChI initiative is already in its third round. The previous two rounds saw the establishment of 72 new chairs – 21 in 2007 and 51 in 2008. Research subjects range from health and wealth in South Africa, and cancer biology, to fundamental physics and string theory, vaccine-preventable diseases, and economic development.Of the 72 chairs, 16 have gone to the private sector or to other countries, including Ethiopia, Nigeria, Kenya, the UK, Germany, Sweden, Italy and the Netherlands.Pandor announced the names of the 10 new appointees before mentioning that another five chairs will be appointed in astronomy, as well as a further four in mathematics.The astronomy chairs are expected to strengthen South Africa’s bid to host the world’s largest telescope, the Square Kilometre Array (Ska), and will attract top class astronomers and engineers to work on Ska and other programmes.The minister named some interesting features regarding the 10 new chairs. Most of them, she said, were in the human and social sciences in the fields of development planning and modelling, development economics, and social change, as well as econometric modelling, statistics, indigenous knowledge systems, and mathematics education.Two of the 10 were supported by the private sector in the form of financial institutions Rand Merchant Bank and the FirstRand Foundation, with a view to encouraging research and development in maths education. Two of the 10 are to be appointed at previously disadvantaged institutions, and one goes to a South African woman currently based in the US.The 10 new professors will assume their duties during the remainder of 2009 or at the start of the 2010 academic year.Boosting research capacityThe NRF has named a number of key objectives for SARChI. Top of the list is an increase in the number of world-class South African researchers.The second objective is to retain or lure top research scientists to the higher education sector. This will help to reverse the decline in research output, capacity and focus at government-funded research and higher education institutions, and science councils.SARChI will also strengthen the capacity of research and higher education institutions, science councils, museums, and other research facilities, such as teaching hospitals, in order to boost the generation of new knowledge.Thirdly, the programme will stimulate strategic research in all fields, resulting in greater levels of excellence in research areas of both national and international importance.Another important function is the creation of research careers for deserving young and mid-career researchers, while at the time addressing racial, gender and age imbalances. Finally, the programme aims to accelerate the training of top researchers.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.last_img read more

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