Technologies: Slayer of Mind and Body

first_imgThe world is full of technical gadgets. Now few people use pen, pencil, diary or notebook. Now all use a mobile phone, digital diary, tab, laptop, or commuters for writing and keeping the records. There was a time when writing kits, pen sets, or diaries were given as popular gifts but this popular practice has become a thing of the past. This has on one hand killed the market and business of these items and on the other hand-creativity has been killed.There was a time people used to have proud of their good and artistic handwriting and language skills. But this generation is completely ignorant about this creativity and skill. Diary writing was another art that is altogether forgotten. People used to keep stylish pen and pencils to demonstrate their style and mannerism. This generation has no idea about this taste.There was another family feature when people have different colours of ink and inkpots and their hands, handkerchiefs, clothes etc have also marked off the ink they and their children use. Special soaps were used to clean the stains and marks of the inks. Children have special freedom and game to ruin the dupattas, sarees, shirts of their fathers’, mothers’, sisters’ and brothers’ were spoiled by the stains. All such games and naughty pleasures and family love have now vanished with the over-use of technologies. Now users are always tensed about safety due to the high cost and high maintenance cost of the gadgets.Pen, paper and writing skills give physical and mental satisfaction. If one is an expert in writing and calculations, it develops a certain intense connection about this bond, a closeness that is missing from any other electronic gadgets i.e. computer, laptop, smartphones and calculators. It is the possession and contact of the pen and paper, the flow of ink, the speed of the pen, the alliance and intimacy of all with the human hand and the hand’s link with the mind of the writer vibrate the mind and body with energy. This is all the role of the pen and the significance of the paper. Man’s overdependence and overindulgence with computers, smartphones and calculators have killed this relationship and broken the joint family into nothingness.Even if now somebody uses a pen, they use a high-quality one. It rarely spoils anything. People are so lazy now that they do not re-use or re-fill the ink. The used pen is thrown. It is total casualness. Now, the study table is without ink-pot, eraser, blotting paper, diary, writing pads or sharpener. People are the complete slave of smartphones, tabs, laptops, computers, digital diaries and calculators. Due to this mental slavery, people are crippled that they cannot do any simple calculation without the help of the calculator.Technology has distorted our lives, mentality, behaviour and persona. Our thinking, memorizing and writing sense is are heavily damaged.  We don’t use these technologies judiciously but rather we are over-reliant and slave of them. If they are not with us we become uneasy and annoying. We feel a sense of loss and vacuum around us.Around a few years back, the beg of school-going children was fully prepared and equipped by their mothers with copies, diaries, pens, pencils, pen-holders, nibs, and ink-pots. All the children have a pencil box equipped with pencils, scales, erasers, sharpeners etc. Desks in the schools were made with an ink-hole for ink.Students had to dip the nib of the holder into this ink-hole of blue or black ink repeatedly and then fight away to write few words before again dropping the nib into the ink-hole. Good writing was a prized art. It was a good mental exercise of mind, body, hands, eyes and concentration.This was a very strenuous task; but this process shaped and produced Dickens, Mark Twain, Shaw, Tolstoy, Kipling, Munshi Prem Chand, Tagore, R.K.Narayan and Dr S.Radhakrishnan —dip and write, dip and write, for days, weeks, months and years. People and writers were very meticulous and careful about handwriting, spellings, grammar, and punctuation so that the readers, compositor, or teacher can understand and appreciate the writing. But smartphones, laptop, tab, etc have killed this art and mental work out.Letter writing and diary writing are the biggest causalities of this technology colony. There was a time when diary writing and letter writings were big documents and art. Letters and diaries used to discuss and narrate families, relations, news, philosophy, society, politics, environment, nature, psychology, weather and whatnot. The art of diary and letter writing produces some of the greatest intellectual minds and literarily pieces. Diaries and letters of Matthew Arnold, Arthur Hugh Clough, Bernard Shaw, Anne Frank, Mahatma Gandhi, Emily Dickinson, P.G.Wodehouse, Nehru, John F. Kennedy, Robert Scott, Meena Kumari etc., are now big and popular literary books.Mathematical abilities and calculation power have been destroyed by the slavery of computers, calculators and computers. Now the majority of people are incapable of solving the easy and simple mathematical calculation without using calculators. The slavery of technology has mentally crippled this generation.Above all, writing art and skills develops the personality of a person and makes him disciplined and efficient. The handwriting of a man indicates and specify the personality and behavioural aspects of a person. Matthew Arnold, Abraham Lincoln, John F Kennedy, Tagore, Mahatma Gandhi, Dr.S.Radhakrishnan had very good handwriting and everyone knows they were great creative writers and statesmen. On the other hand the handwriting of Hitler, Mussolini and Jinnah were very poor. Their mind and behaviour were also very destructive.There is a very interesting fact about handwriting. Henry Wainwright was a very dangerous criminal but had neat elegant handwriting. This refined him as a meticulous criminal and clean prisoner. The same was true to another dreaded criminal Charles Shobraj. Shobraj was a very shrewd conspirator and criminal and he was also a skilled writer.Commuters, laptops, smartphones, and calculators have also killed the art of good teaching. Now teachers are also dependent on these gadgets. Without the help of these gadgets, they are almost handicapped.  There was a time, good teachers used to memorize everything and they used to teach writing on the blackboard, neat and fast. They always emphasized the memorising and significance of good handwriting. Neat and open handwriting develop a cultured, disciplined, organised and orderly mind.The mind has become so much crippled due to the over-dependence on technology that to check the coping and cheating Plagiarism Checker Apps are used because human beings have no power of reasoning, memory and judgment now. However, these plagiarism checker apps have only the mechanism to check the copying of the language. However, only a creative mind can write the unidentical language. They do not have the power to check the coping of points, contents and other major issues. This method is again very absurd like electronic gadgets.Unfortunately, computers and smartphones have soiled all these qualities of mind and body. Now, nobody wants to take pains of writing, oral calculations and mathematical calculations. Now, teachers and students are crippled due to their slavery to smartphones and computers. Good handwriting and capability of oral calculations keep mind and body in good shape and alert.Over-dependence on smartphones are also responsible for a large number of accidents. Thousands of people die every year in accidents using mobile phones. Similarly, the over-use of electronic gadgets is turning modern youth casual, undisciplined and ill-mannered. Educational campuses are full of such students. The use of technologies must be judicious.last_img read more

Rail freight deal remains unlikely this year

first_img“The EU rail sector is in a bad way. If it is going to have a future at all, something will have to give.” The Finnish presidency hailed the agreement reached by transport ministers in the early hours of Thursday morning as a significant step forward, but diplomats are warning that no one should start popping the champagne corks yet.Although Helsinki persuaded EU member states to commit themselves to establishing a harmonised charging system and granting foreign firms access to international freight services, even Transport Minister Olli-Pekka Heinonen conceded that the meeting’s conclusions were worded in such a way that they could be interpreted differently by individual member states.This means that a final deal on a detailed package of measures could still be a long way off, although Heinonen insisted that significant progress had been made. “It was extremely important to get this concept on board so that we can continue the process,” he told European Voice this week. “This was a first step forward and now we will go to the concrete questions.” At last week’s ministerial meeting, member states agreed to work on several measures aimed at luring freight traffic away from Europe’s increasingly congested roads. Rail now carries less than 14% of EU freight traffic, less than half its share of the market in 1970.Ministers agreed, for example, to grant all licensed Union railway undertakings access to international freight services, in line with the European Com-mission’s plan to make Europe’s railways more competitive.But Paris is still expected to resist any attempts by outsiders to gain access to the country’s rail infrastructure, even though it signed up to the Finnish-brokered compromise.Germany and the UK are also refusing to back down over their demands for the right to be able to charge as much as they want for access to infrastructure, even though a majority of member states want to limit charges as much as possible.When it took over the Union presidency in July, Finland vowed to make getting agreement on the Commission’s rail liberalisation proposals a top priority for its six-month stint in charge of Union business, but progress has been held up by French stubbornness. Given that, said one diplomat, the Finns “really did as much as they could” last week.“We finally have common ground on the important principles. That to me is movement,” he said, although he warned that huge obstacles would still have to be overcome before a final deal could be reached.last_img read more

Using magnetic forces to control neurons, study finds brain is vital in glucose metabolism

first_imgLinkedIn Email Share on Twitter Pinterest Share on Facebookcenter_img Share To learn what different cells do, scientists switch them on and off and observe what the effects are. There are many methods that do this, but they all have problems: too invasive, or too slow, or not precise enough. Now, a new method to control the activity of neurons in mice, devised by scientists at Rockefeller University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, avoids these downfalls by using magnetic forces to remotely control the flow of ions into specifically targeted cells.Jeffrey Friedman, Marilyn M. Simpson Professor and head of the Laboratory of Molecular Genetics, and colleagues successfully employed this system to study the role of the central nervous system in glucose metabolism. Published online today in Nature, the findings suggest a group of neurons in the hypothalamus play a vital role in maintaining blood glucose levels.“These results are exciting because they provide a broader view of how blood glucose is regulated–they emphasize how crucial the brain is in this process,” says Friedman. “And having a new means for controlling neural activity, one that doesn’t require an implant and allows you to elicit rapid responses, fills a useful niche between the methods that are already available.” It may also be possible to adapt this method for clinical applications, says Jonathan Dordick of Rensselaer. “Depending on the type of cell we target, and the activity we enhance or decrease within that cell, this approach holds potential in development of therapeutic modalities, for example, in metabolic and neurologic diseases.”Magnetic mind controlPrevious work led by Friedman and Dordick tested a similar method to turn on insulin production in diabetic mice. The system couples a natural iron storage particle, ferritin, and a fluorescent tag to an ion channel called TRPV1, also known as the capsaicin chili pepper receptor. Ferritin can be affected by forces such as radio waves or magnetic fields, and its presence tethered to TRPV1 can change the conformation of the ion channel.“Normally radio waves or magnetic fields, at these strengths, will pass through tissue without having any effect,” says first author Sarah Stanley (now Assistant Professor of Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Bone Disease at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai). “But when this modified ferritin is present, it responds and absorbs the energy of the radiofrequency or magnetic fields, producing motion. This motion opens the channel and allows ions into the cell. Depending on the ions flowing through the channel, this can either activate or inhibit the cells’ activity.”This study is the first to turn neurons on and off remotely with radio waves and magnetic fields. TRPV1 normally allows positive ions — such as calcium or sodium–to flow in, which activates neurons and transmits neuronal signals. The researchers were also able to achieve the opposite effect, neuronal inhibition, by mutating the TRPV1 channel to only allow negative chloride ions to flow through.“The modified TRPV1 channel was targeted specifically to glucose sensing neurons using a genetic technique known as Cre-dependent expression,” says Stanley. “To test whether a magnetic field could remotely modulate these neurons, we simply placed the mice near the electromagnetic coil of an MRI machine.”Blood sugar switchUsing this novel method, the researchers investigated the role these glucose sensing neurons play in blood glucose metabolism. Hormones released by the pancreas, including insulin, maintain stable levels of glucose in the blood. A region of the brain called the ventromedial hypothalamus was thought to play a role in regulating blood glucose, but it was not possible with previous methods to decipher which cells were actually involved.Friedman and colleagues found that when they switched these neurons on with magnetic forces, blood glucose increased, insulin levels decreased, and behaviorally, the mice ate more. When they inhibited the neurons, on the other hand, the opposite occurred, and blood glucose decreased.“We tend to think about blood glucose being under the control of the pancreas, so it was surprising that the brain can affect blood glucose in either direction to the extent that it can,” says Friedman. “It’s been clear for a while that blood glucose can increase if the brain senses that it’s low, but the robustness of the decrease we saw when these neurons were inhibited was unexpected.”Polar possibilitiesThe researchers’ system has several advantages that make it ideal for studies on other circuits in the brain, or elsewhere. It can be applied to any circuit, including dispersed cells like those involved in the immune system. It has a faster time scale than similar chemogenetic tools, and it doesn’t require an implant as is the case with so-called optogenetic techniques.In addition to its utility as a research tool, the technique may also have clinical applications. “Although it is a long ways off, this technique may offer an alternative to deep brain stimulation or trans-magnetic stimulation,” says Friedman. “We’d like to explore the possibility that this could provide some of the benefits of these without such an invasive procedure or cumbersome device.”last_img read more

Altamira terminal gets a lift

first_imgThe 200,000 sq m steel and breakbulk terminal has handled over 5,100,000 tonnes of steel since its opening in 2009. The terminal provides rail and road links to Monterrey, Monclova, San Luis Potosi, Queretaro, Guadalajara and Mexico City.The new Gottwald crane will be added to the terminal’s existing 100-tonne capacity model, in addition to its heavy-duty forklift range.Clipper Group, which is one of the four shareholders in the IPA Steel Terminal, explained that the new HMK260E crane will be able to execute heavy lifts of up to 150 tonnes in tandem with the terminal’s existing mobile harbour crane. Read more about the Altamira terminal here.  www.clipper-group.com www.steelterminal.comlast_img read more

Counting the burials: African nations scramble to track COVID-19

first_imgMore African countries confirm Covid-19 cases AFRICAN NATIONS CHAMPIONSHIP Long after the funding for his project was frozen, Bilal Endris has kept a lonely watch over cemeteries in Ethiopia’s capital by slipping cash to gravediggers to alert his team to any sudden spikes in burials.In a nation where fewer than 2% of deaths are registered, an increase in burials may be one of the first signs that a killer disease is on the loose.The program was set up to monitor deaths related to HIV/AIDS a decade ago. Now doctor Bilal monitors for a spike in fatalities linked to COVID-19.He has yet to see one, but projects like his are being set up in other African countries where many deaths go unrecorded, making it hard to assess the scale of a disease. In some cases, nations are dusting off programs set up during Ebola outbreaks.Bilal himself has secured additional funding to restore the program to all 73 of Addis Ababa’s cemeteries from just 10 now.Only eight countries in Africa – Algeria, Cape Verde, Djibouti, Egypt, Mauritius, Namibia, Seychelles, and South Africa – record more than 75% of deaths, according to the United Nations.In other regions, where official data is readily available, researchers have used the number of deaths from all causes that exceed the average for the time of year to help gauge the number linked to the coronavirus pandemic.“In Ethiopia and everywhere across Africa … we go blind.” Bilal told Reuters. “I wanted to turn the health care system into one based on evidence.”In the capital Addis Ababa, less than 20% of deaths occur in hospitals, Bilal said, so monitoring deaths requires talking to community leaders and burial grounds.In Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, media reports citing gravediggers alerted authorities to an undetected COVID-19 outbreak in the northern city of Kano in April, when deaths surged from a daily average of 11 to 43.Bilal’s project began tracking burials at all graveyards in Addis Ababa a decade ago.But in 2018, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) froze its funding, as the country had started using other methods to track HIV mortality, according to a CDC spokeswoman.Bilal scaled back his surveillance to 10 cemeteries and began working for free, paying sources with a tiny grant from Addis Ababa University – until May.City officials called him for a meeting, desperate to know whether COVID-19 was cutting swathes through their city, he said. The Ministry of Health did not respond to requests for comment.Although official figures are still low – 6,973 confirmed cases and 120 deaths as of Thursday night – Ethiopia’s outbreak is accelerating. The university has now given Bilal enough support to restart the program in all 73 graveyards.“It used to be funded by the CDC but now it is funded by Addis Ababa University as everyone, including the government, thinks the program is very important,” said Dr Wondwossen Amogne, an associate professor in infectious diseases at Addis Ababa University and director of research at the university’s Black Lion Hospital.Health minister Lia Tadesse confirmed the study was being used by the government to monitor any spikes in death.As a separate initiative, New York-based public health initiative Resolve to Save Lives is working with five other African nations to set up similar programs, including Rwanda and Senegal. The other three don’t want to be named.They will establish the usual death rate by interviewing community leaders, then watch for spikes.Deciding whether any excess deaths are due to COVID-19 could be tricky, however. People with other diseases are avoiding hospitals for fear of catching the virus, health officials say.Bilal’s team has begun asking families at burials whether the dead had any possible COVID-19 symptoms, such as a cough or a fever.Relatedcenter_img COVID-19 may impact African economies for three yearslast_img read more

Youth football and rugby to get together

first_imgPittsburgh Harlequin Youth Rugby action. (Courtesy Photo)PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Football and rugby are getting together to promote player safety.A youth clinic featuring the Heads Up Tackling program will be held on May 31 as part of the final day of the Collegiate Rugby Championship.Former players and NFL executives will help educate coaches and young players on the value of safe tackling at the new Academy Fields located on the grounds of PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania. All players and coaches are invited to stay for the day’s final Rugby 7’s championship match.NFL director of football development Matt Birk and former players Hollis Thomas and Ike Reese will participate.“I’m looking forward to learning more about rugby and its techniques, some of which I anticipate being useful and applicable to football,” said Birk, who won a Super Bowl with Baltimore in the 2012 season. “We at the NFL are open to learning and interested in any relationships or discussions that can help make our game safer.”Rhino Heads Up Tackling is a step-by-step protocol to safely teach the core principles of the skill, utilizing five fundamentals through a series of drills. The purpose is to reinforce proper tackling mechanics and teach them with a focus on reducing helmet contacts. It is a technique rugby long has used, significantly reducing head injuries and concussions in both 15’s rugby and 7’s, the game which will be part of the 2016 Olympics.“Both football and rugby have a common core of athleticism and teamwork,” said tournament director Donal Walsh, but most importantly they need to be safe and fun for all involved. We think this clinic will have great value for anyone interested in either football or rugby, and will educate both on how to play correctly.”The clinic will help conclude the two-day Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship festival, the largest gathering of collegiate and high school rugby teams in America. Twenty schools will be competing for the national title.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

Joseph, Rickaby pace Team 1999-2003 to top prize at Bomber Alumni Basketball Tournament

first_imgMike Vance, Matthew Fuhr, Jeremy Phelan, Brody Blair and Leo Grypma paced Team 1999-2003.Team 2006-08, consisting of Florian Joseph, Chase and Clay Rickaby, Ben Irving, Joel DeVito and Ryan Moore, advanced to the final by stopping Team 2013-18 72-63 and Team 2010-11 64-52.Team 1999-2003 opened by outlasting Team 2004-05 73-57 before edging the West Kootenay Men’s Basketball League All-Stars 62-58.All proceeds from the Bomber Alumni Basketball Tournament benefit the Blair D’Andrea Alumni Scholarship Society.The scholarship fund supports development of local grassroots basketball and student-athletes with post-secondary pursuits.D’Andrea, who was instrumental in the development of high school basketball while teaching at L.V. Rogers in Nelson, Salmo Secondary and Mount Sentinel High School in South Slocan, died suddenly in 2013. Florian Joseph and Chase Rickaby were too hot to handle in sparking Team 2006-08 to a 72-63 victory over Team 1999-2003 in the final of the 2016 Bomber Alumni Basketball Tournament Boxing Day at the Trafalgar Middle School Gymnasium.The dynamic duo of former Bomber point guards led the victors to the early lead then snuffed out any rallies by Team 1999-2003 with shots from downtown.Joel DeVito and Ben Irving also chipped in on the scoresheet for Team 2006-08.last_img read more

Galway Ladies football team named to play Mayo

first_img1          LisaMurphy (Kilkerrin Clonberne)2          MaireadCoyne (Grainne Mhaols)       3          SarahLynch (Naomh Anna Leitir Mor)          4          FabienneCooney (Claregalway)          5          ShaunaMolloy (St Furseys Headford) 6          LouiseWard   (Kilkerrin/Clonberne)   7          CharlotteCooney (Claregalway)         8          OliviaDivilly  (Kilkerrin/Clonberne)   9          BarbaraHannon (Dunmore MacHales)           10        MaireadSeoighe (Clonbur)      11        TraceyLeonard (Corofin)        12        LeanneCoen (Corofin)13        LucyHannon (Dunmore MacHales) 14        RoisinLeonard (Corofin)        15        SarahConnelly (Dunmore MacHales)16        DearbhlaGower (Corofin)17        BronaghMurphy (St Marys)    18        AoifeThompson (Mountbellew/Moylough)    19        NiamhDaly (St Gabriels)        20        LindaBooth (St Brendans Ballygar)   21        CiaraMcCarthy (Annaghdown)          22        Riona Ni Flatharta (Naomh Anna Leitir Mor)24        AineMcDonagh (Moycullen)  25        OrlaMurphy (Claregalway)     26        LynseyNoone (Kilkerrin/Clonberne)27.       GeraldineConnelly (Dunmore MacHales)28        AmyCoen (Corofin)    print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The Galway ladies football team to play Mayo in the Lidl National League in Castlebar tomorrow (5.15pm) shows one change from the side that defeated Westmeath last Sunday. Lisa Murphy from Kilkerrin Clonberne replaces Moycullen’s Roisin Ni Chonghaile in goal as Galway are rotating their goalkeepers throughout the league.last_img read more

Galway GAA Fixtures – June 26 – July 3

first_imgJunior Hurling League Final, Venue: Kenny Park, Craughwellv Liam Mellows 18:30, Ref: Karol Collins Sun 30 Jun Division 1 Hurling League, Venue: Portumna, (Round 5), Portumna v Cappataggle12:00, Ref: Brian Keon Division 1 Hurling League, Venue: Ballyloughane, (Round 5), Liam Mellows vKilnadeema-Leitrim 12:00, Ref: John Keane Division 1 Hurling League, Venue: Castlegar Pitch, (Round 5), Castlegar vTynagh/Abbey-Duniry 12:00, Ref: Karol Collins Division 1 Hurling League, Venue: Tommy Larkins Park, (Round 5), Tommy Larkins vLoughrea 12:00, Ref: Gerry Donoghue Division 1 Hurling League, Venue: Turloughmore, (Round 5), Turloughmore vSarsfields 18:00, Ref: Richard Mc Nicholas Wed26 Jun Minor A Hurling Championship – Group 1, Venue: Kenny Park, (Round 3), Kinvara vClarinbridge 19:30, Ref: Richard Mc Nicholas Minor A Hurling Championship – Group 2, Venue: Duggan Park, (Round 3),Killimordaly v Turloughmore 19:30, Ref: Peter Campbell Minor B Hurling Championship – Group 1, Venue: Tommy Larkins Park, (Round 5),Tommy Larkins v Kilnadeema-Leitrim 19:30, Ref: Kevin Egan U-15 Division 1 West, Venue: Mervue, (Round 1), St. James vSalthill-Knocknacarra 19:00, Ref: TBC U-15 Division 1 West, Venue: An Spideal, (Round 1), An Spidéal v Killannin19:00, Ref: TBC U-15 Division 2 N, Venue: Craughwell, (Round 1), Craughwell v Cortoon Shamrocks19:00, Ref: TBC U-15 Division 2 N, Venue: Claregalway Lakeview, (Round 1), Claregalway vAnnaghdown 19:00, Ref: TBC U-15 Division 2 N, Venue: TBC, (Round 1), St. Gabriels v Dunmore MacHales19:00, Ref: TBC U-15 Division 2 West, Venue: TBC, (Round 1), Cárna-Caiseal/Na Piarsaigh v NaomhAnna, Leitir Móir 19:00, Ref: TBC U-15 Division 2 West, Venue: Oughterard, (Round 1), Oughterard v St Michael’s19:00, Ref: TBC U-15 Division 2 West, Venue: Páirc na bhForbacha, (Round 1), Barna v MícheálBreathnach 19:00, Ref: TBC U-15 Division 3 A, Venue: Mountbellew, (Round 1), Mountbellew/Moylough vSalthill-Knocknacarra 19:00, Ref: TBC U-15 Division 3 A, Venue: TBC, (Round 1), Killererin v Kilconly 19:00, Ref: TBCU-15 Division 3 B, Venue: TBC, (Round 1), Northern Gaels v St Brendan’s 19:00,Ref: TBC U-15 Division 3 B, Venue: Kilkerrin-Clonberne, (Round 1), Kilkerrin-Clonberne vCaltra 19:00, Ref: TBC Junior C Hurling Championship – Group 1, Venue: Meelick-Eyrecourt, (Round 4),Meelick-Eyrecourt v Sylane 19:30, Ref: David Cunningham Junior C Hurling Championship – Group 2, Venue: Ballinderreen, (Round 4),Ballinderreen v Clarinbridge 19:30, Ref: Michael Conway Junior C Hurling Championship – Group 2, Venue: Killimordaly, (Round 4),Killimordaly v Oranmore-Maree 19:30, Ref: Mike Tarpey Junior C Hurling Championship – Group 2, Venue: Menlo Emmetts, (Round 4), MenloEmmetts v Kilbeacanty 19:30, Ref: Adrian Mooney Wed 03 Jul Junior B Hurling Championship – Group 2, Venue: Cappataggle, (Round 2),Cappataggle v Beagh 19:30, Ref: Gerry Hurley Junior B Hurling Championship – Group 1, Venue: Oranmore-Maree, (Round 1),Oranmore-Maree v Carnmore 19:30, Ref: Fergal Bermingham Fri 28 Jun Division 6 Football League (West), Venue: Oughterard, (Round 7), Oughterard vAn Cheathrú Rua 20:00, Ref: Mairtin Mac Donnacha Division 6 Football League (West), Venue: The Prairie, (Round 7),Salthill-Knocknacarra v Oranmore-Maree 20:00, Ref: Ger Cahill Division 6 Football League (West), Venue: Westside, (Round 7), St Michael’s vAn Spidéal 20:00, Ref: Noel Cummins Division 6 Football League (West), Venue: Leitir Móir, (Round 7), Naomh Anna,Leitir Móir v Mícheál Breathnach 20:00, Ref: Pádraig Mac Donncha Division 7 Football  League (North), Venue:Bushfield Park, (Round 2), Loughrea Gaelic Football v Menlough 20:00, Ref: PaulQuinn Sat 29 Jun Division 1 Hurling League, Venue: St Thomas, (Round 5), St Thomas v Gort 18:00,Ref: Peter Murphy Division 2 Hurling League, Venue: Oranmore-Maree, (Round 5), Oranmore-Maree vClarinbridge 18:00, Ref: Paul Fahy Division 2 Hurling League, Venue: Ahascragh Sportsfield, (Round 5),Ahascragh/Fohenagh v Ballinderreen 18:00, Ref: James Hoade Division 2 Hurling League, Venue: Padraig Pearses GAA Ground, (Round 5), PádraigPearses V Killimordaly 18:00, Ref: Christopher Browne Division 2 Hurling League, Venue: Athenry, (Round 5), Athenry v Abbeyknockmoy18:00, Ref: Ronan Stankard Division 2 Hurling League, Venue: Beagh, (Round 5), Beagh v Ardrahan 18:00,Ref: Tom Mc Nicholas Junior A Hurling Championship – Group 1, Venue: Pearse Stadium, (Round 3),Bearna-Na Forbacha v Salthill-Knocknacarra 18:00, Ref: Paul Fahy Junior A Hurling Championship – Group 1, Venue: Killimor, (Round 3), TommyLarkins v Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry 18:00, Ref: Liam Gordon Junior A Hurling Championship – Group 2, Venue: Kenny Park, (Round 3),Skehana-Mountbellew/Moylough v Meelick-Eyrecourt 17:00, Ref: James Lundon Division 8 Football League (West), Venue: Crestwood, (Round 5), Fr Griffins/ÉireÓg v An Fhairche – Clonbur 19:00, Ref: Ger Cahill Division 8 Football League (West), Venue: Leitir Móir, (Round 5), Naomh Anna,Leitir Móir v Killannin 19:00, Ref: Liam Conghaile Division 8 Football League (West), Venue: South Park, (Round 5), Gaeil naGaillimhe V Renvyle 19:00, Ref: Mairtín O Curraoin (coilím) Minor B Hurling Championship – Group 2, Venue: Cappataggle, (Round 3),Cappataggle v Sarsfields 18:00, Ref: Seamus Moran Under 12 Hurling group 8, Venue: Páirc Maigh Cuilinn, (Round 5), Moycullen vTurloughmore 19:30, Ref: Síofra N Mhúrtacenter_img Division 3 Hurling League Group 1, Venue: Baile Doite Pitch & Clubhouse,(Round 3), Moycullen v Killimor 11:30, Ref: Pat McGrath Under 15 A Groups 1, Venue: Clarinbridge, (Round 1), Clarinbridge vKilnadeema-Leitrim 18:45, Ref: John Mc Donagh Division 5 Football League (West), Venue: Ros Muc, (Round 7), Na Piarsaigh vMoycullen 14:00, Ref: Muiris Mac Gearailt Division 5 Football League (West), Venue: Killannin, (Round 7), Killannin v An CheathrúRua 14:00, Ref: Alan Carr Division 5 Football League (West), Venue: Claregalway Lakeview, (Round 7),Claregalway v Barna 14:00, Ref: Frank Kinneen Division 5 Football League (West), Venue: Mervue, (Round 7), St. James v Salthill-Knocknacarra14:00, Ref: Tom Nally Division 7 Football League (West), Venue: Indreabhán,(Round 5), Mícheál Breathnach v Oileáin Arann 13:00, Ref: Mairtin O Mainin Division 7 Football League (West), Venue: Oranmore, (Round 5), Oranmore-Maree vClifden 13:00, Ref: Ronan McNulty Minor A Hurling Championship – Group 1, Venue: Kenny Park, (Round 2), St Thomasv Salthill-Knocknacarra 12:00, Ref: Michael Haverty Minor B Hurling Championship – Group 1, Venue: Ballygar GAA Pitch, (Round 3),Ballygar v Kilnadeema-Leitrim 11:00, Ref: David Staunton Mon 01 Jul Under 12 Group 1, Venue: New Inn, (Round 6), Sarsfields v Carnmore 18:30, Ref:Seamus Goldrick Under 12 Hurling Group 7, Venue: New Inn, (Round 6), Sarsfields v Carnmore19:30, Ref: Seamus Goldrick Under 15 A Group 1, Venue: Tommy Larkins Park, (Round 1), Tommy Larkins vLoughrea 18:45, Ref: Liam Gordon Under 15A Group 2, Venue: Craughwell, (Round 1), Craughwell v Turloughmore18:45, Ref: Pat Brennan Under 15A Group 2, Venue: Castlegar Pitch, (Round 1), Castlegar vTynagh/Abbey-Duniry 18:45, Ref: Paul Fahy Under 15A1 Group 1, Venue: Páirc na bhForbacha, (Round 1), Cois Fharraige vMichael Cusacks 18:45, Ref: TBC Under 15A1 Group 1, Venue: Killimordaly, (Round 1), Killimordaly v Sarsfields18:45, Ref: James Lundon Under 15A1 Group 2, Venue: Sylane, (Round 1), Sylanev Gort 18:45, Ref: David Staunton Under 15A1 Group 2, Venue: Ballinasloe, (Round 1), Ballinasloe v Oranmore-Maree18:45, Ref: John Cahill Under 15B Group 1, Venue: Ardrahan, (Round 1), Ardrahan vSkehana-Mountbellew/Moylough 18:45, Ref: John Mc Donagh Under 15B Group 1, Venue: Mullagh, (Round 1), Mullagh/Kiltormer v Carnmore18:45, Ref: Darragh Kelly Under 15B Group 2, Venue: Kinvara, (Round 1), Kinvara v Athenry 18:45, Ref:Paul Fahy Under 15B Group 2, Venue: Ballinderreen, (Round 1), Ballinderreen v Moycullen18:45, Ref: John Mc Donagh Under 15B1 Group 1, Venue: Cappataggle, (Round 1), Cappataggle v Liam Mellows18:45, Ref: Derek Moloney Under 15B1 Group 1, Venue: Padraig Pearses GAA Ground, (Round 1), PádraigPearses v Meelick-Eyrecourt 18:45, Ref: Seamus Goldrick Under 15B1 Group 2, Venue: Ahascragh Sportsfield, (Round 1), Ahascragh/Fohenaghv Abbeyknockmoy 18:45, Ref: Vincent Burke Under 15B1 Group 2, Venue: Tonabrucky, (Round 1), Rahoon-Newcastle v Kilconieron18:45, Ref: Michael Connolly Under 15C Group 1, Venue: St Thomas, (Round 1), St Thomas v Four Roads 18:45,Ref: Fergal Bermingham Under 15C Group 1, Venue: Cregg, (Round 1), Annaghdown v Ballygar 18:45, Ref:Michael Connolly Under 15C Group 2, Venue: Portumna, (Round 1), Portumna v Pádraig Pearses18:45, Ref: Brian Keon Under 15C Group 2, Venue: Killimor, (Round 1), Killimor v Mícheál Breathnach18:45, Ref: Seamus Canning Tue 02 Jul Division 2 Hurling League, Venue: Craughwell, (Round 5), Craughwell v Mullagh19:30, Ref: Ger O ConnorU-15 Division 1 North, Venue: Tuam Stars, (Round 1), Tuam Stars v Athenry19:00, Ref: TBC U-15 Division 1 North, Venue: Oranmore-Maree, (Round 1), Oranmore-Maree vMonivea-Abbey 19:00, Ref: TBC U-15 Division 1 North, Venue: Corofin GAA Pitch, (Round 1), Corofin vClaregalway 19:00, Ref: TBC Division 7 Football League (North), Venue: Ballygar,(Round 5), St Brendan’s v Tuam Stars 20:00, Ref: Sean Lyons Minor B Hurling Championship – Group 1, Venue: Cregg, (Round 5), Annaghdown vMullagh/Kiltormer 19:30, Ref: Karol Collins Minor B Hurling Championship – Group 1, Venue: Ballygar GAA Pitch, (Round 5),Ballygar v Moycullen 19:30, Ref: Adrian Mooney Minor B Hurling Championship – Group 2, Venue: Padraig Pearses GAA Ground,(Round 5), Pádraig Pearses v Cappataggle 19:30, Ref: David Staunton Minor B Hurling Championship – Group 2, Venue: Kilconieron, (Round 5),Kilconieron v Sarsfields 19:30, Ref: Shane Curley Minor B Hurling Championship – Group 2, Venue: Meelick-Eyrecourt, (Round 5),Meelick-Eyrecourt v Loughrea 19:30, Ref: Brian Keon Minor B1 Hurling Championship Group 1, Venue: Skehana, (Round 5),Skehana-Mountbellew/Moylough v Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry 19:30, Ref: James Lundon Minor B1 Hurling Championship Group 1, Venue: Tonabrucky, (Round 5), RahoonNewcastle – Bearna Na Forbacha V Ballinderreen 19:30, Ref: Paul Fahy Minor B1 Hurling Championship Group 2, Venue: Páirc an Chnoic, (Round 5), MícheálBreathnach v Ahascragh/Fohenagh 19:30, Ref: John Keane Minor B1 Hurling Championship Group 2, Venue: Ballinasloe, (Round 5),Ballinasloe v Killimor 19:30, Ref: John Rosney Minor B1 Hurling Championship Group 2, Venue: Craughwell, (Round 5), Craughwellv Portumna 19:30, Ref: Ronan Stankard Thu 27 Jun U12 Hurling Group 2, Venue: Portumna, (Round 5), Portumna v Kinvara 19:00, Ref:Liam Gordon Under 12 Hurling Group 3, Venue: Killimordaly, (Round 5), Killimordaly vKilnadeema-Leitrim 19:00, Ref: Pat Burke Junior C Hurling Championship – Group 1, Venue:Ballyloughane, (Round 4), Liam Mellows v Ballygar 19:30, Ref: Adrian Pierce Junior C Hurling Championship – Group 1, Venue: Tonabrucky, (Round 4),Rahoon-Newcastle v Sarsfields 19:30, Ref: Fergal Berminghamprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Virgin says it’s ready to start Japan services late March

first_imgVirgin Australia Airbus A330 business class Virgin Australia says it will be ready to begin services to Japan on March 29  if it is given one of two daily landing slots available at Tokyo’s Haneda airport.The airline plans to use an A330-200 to start the new Brisbane-Haneda daily service and says preparations have been underway for many months.It would partner with All Nippon Airways, giving it a good foothold in the market.But here’s an obstacle: rival Qantas has put in a bid for both slots.Virgin argued in its submission to the International Air Services Commission that its new service had the potential to deliver “significant and sustained benefits for travelers and Australian exporters, boosting tourism and trade flows between the two countries”.READ: Jetstar pulls out of regional New Zealand“The Japan market represents an excellent strategic fit for Virgin Australia, as a destination with a strong growth outlook for both inbound and outbound travel and which appeals to our leisure and corporate customers alike,’’ it said.“The greatest public benefits are likely to be realized by splitting the available capacity between Virgin Australia and the Qantas Group.“Such an outcome would facilitate increased competition, choice and more capacity than if both daily frequencies were allocated to the Qantas Group as it has requested.“This would create intense competition between ourselves, the Qantas Group and the other carriers serving the route, thereby promoting the object of the International Air Services Commission Act 1992.”Virgin said it would add 200,750 seats to the Japan route, injecting up to 110,960 more seats than the Qantas proposal, and the entry of a fourth airline group would place downward pressure on airfaresThe partnership with ANA includes plans for reciprocal codeshare services on sectors between and within Australia and Japan.Virgin said this provided the best opportunity for dispersal of Japanese visitors between the eastern and western seaboards, given ANA was the only airline offering flights between Perth and Tokyo.It would also allow it to offer “new and enhanced product and services” on the route including in-flight wi-fi and a better checked baggage allowance than Qantas.The airline rejected as unfounded any suggestion it would not be able to start services by March, noting it has strong incentives to make sure that happens.“Given we have already announced our intention to serve Haneda, we would sustain significant reputational damage if we did not commence flights on time,’’ it said.“In addition, we are investing substantial funds in establishing the new route which would be foregone if the capacity was not utilized. “last_img read more