first_imgDunfanaghy Golf Club Notes:Well the brave came out in Dunfanaghy this weekend and the weather proved a test. Well done to all who played.We are only around the corner from Easter when the golfing season really takes off. A divot day will take place here on Good Friday the 3rd of April. Please assemble at the club at 10.50am for 11.00am start. Buckets will be provided , however if we get a large crowd (as we hope we will) it might be a good idea to bring your own. Please make every effort to help out as it will be much appreciated. John and Cheryl now have the 32 names required for the mixed foursomes matchplay competition. A draw for matches will be made on Easter Saturday evening at 4pm in the club house. Please make every effort to attend and create a bit of atmosphere . The fee per team is €30.00 . Please pay Mary/Ruth in the shop if you have not already done so. Well done to John and Cheryl for running this competition again as it was a great success last year.The Senior and Intermediate Scratch Cups:The Senior and Intermediate Scratch cups are on Saturday 11th of April 2015. There are excellent prizes on offer with €300 for anyone who creates a new amateur course record. There are only limited places because it is 36 holes, so make sure to get your name down in time. You can enter by the BRS system online or contact the club on 0749136335.Club Pro AM : As most of you will know, Dunfanaghy Golf Club is now ranked in the top 100 courses in Ireland. In order to celebrate this achievement and to acknowledge the success of our esteemed club member, Paul McGinley, in captaining Europe to victory in the Ryder Cup, we have decided to organise a Pro-Am this year. It will be held over two days, the 13th and 14th of June. Entry fee for the team of three amateurs will be €100.00 per person.All entries must be directed through Mary Lafferty and no entry can be confirmed until the €300.00 has been paid in full. 50 teams, at most, can be accommodated.Results:Monday 23rd MarchOpen Ladies & Gents seniors Gents1at Neil Gallagher 42Pts2nd Danny Sweeney 41Pts3rd Neil McGinley 37Pts 4th P.J.McGowan 37Pts1st 9 Jim Carey 22Pts2nd9 Michael Hynes 19PtsLadies1st Kay Kelly 34Pts2nd Mary McFadden 34Pts3rd Sandra McGinley 33Pts1st9 Maureen Sweeney 21Pts2nd9 Marion O’Sullivan 14PtsWednesday open 25th March1st Anthony Gallagher 43Pts2nd Danny Sweeney 42PtsSunday 29th March Easter Hamper1st Paul Smyth 682nd Anthony Gallagher 69BOT3rd Patrick McMullan 69There are a number of competitions in the next week –Wednesday 1st April 2015 – Open Singles Stableford (soup and sandwiches)Saturday 4th April 2015 – Open 4BBB Stableford .Sunday 5th April 2015 – Open singles stablefordMonday 6th April 4BBB any combinationN.B. Remember we are back on the fairways from the 1st of April. The course is looking well and is a credit to Paul. Again please help out with the divot repair day on Good Friday.Everyone should have received an email in the last few weeks with details to entice new members to the club. It will benefit everyone if we are able to get more members in the club this year. Please contact a committee member if you require any further details regarding our drive to get more new members. Remember it is the time of the year for annual subscriptions to be paid. Please contact the club as soon as possible to make payment.Come Dine with Me:Just a little reminder that our “Come Dine with Me” evenings are fast approaching, if you have not committed to one of the following dates, the 11th April or the 2nd of May, we would really appreciate your participation, anyone who wishes to be a host on either evening, please contact Mary as soon as possible, in the clubhouse. To those of you who have already committed to a particular date, we thank you and look forward to two great nights of entertainment here at Dunfanaghy Golf Club.4 BBB Winter Open Competition:I know everyone will want to play in the Grand Final in June so don’t leave it too late to try to qualify. You can play in this completion on any day of the week and with who ever you wish to play so long as they have a GUI or ILGU handicap. Best of luck to everyone in April. Remember the best club team outside of 1st,2nd and 3rd qualifies for the final each month.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)GOLF NEWS: NEIL GALLAGHER COMES OUT ON TOP IN DUNFANAGHY was last modified: March 30th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DunfanaghygolfNoticesSportlast_img read more

Sharks demote Finnish center to AHL

first_imgSAN JOSE — The Sharks reassigned Antti Suomela to the Barracuda on Tuesday, leaving the NHL club with just 12 forwards for the time being. A corresponding move was not announced, and it is unclear how long the Finnish-born centerman might stay in the American Hockey League.Suomela, 24, has been a healthy scratch for the last two Sharks games as winger Lukas Radil, 28, entered the lineup. Radil had a goal in San Jose’s 5-3 win over Arizona on Saturday and had an assist in Monday’s 5-2 Sharks …last_img read more

Solar Panels That Don’t Look Like Solar Panels

first_imgA technology startup has developed a way to give crystalline silicon solar panels the look of grass, tile, wood shakes or just about anything else the buyer wants.Sistine Solar promises to “elegantly marry form and function” and speed the adoption of solar energy by making solar panels beautiful to look at.SolarSkin panels are the brainchild of Senthil Balasubramanian and Ido Salama. The business partners met as graduate students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. According to a story posted on the Sistine Solar website, they cooked up the idea of panels whose appearance could be customized at a campus watering hole called the Muddy Charles.In an email, Salama said the company is accepting orders for the panels and quoting prices on jobs in Massachusetts, New York, and California. Installations are scheduled for the last quarter of 2016 and the first quarter of 2017.Salama said technology developed by Sistine Solar “allows us to recreate and imprint graphics into a solar panel whereby a majority of the light gets transmitted and the rest that gets reflected recreates the original image.”The 65-inch by 40-inch panels use standard crystalline silicon technology to generate electricity. Panels are 15% to 17% efficient, and have a rated capacity of 250 watts each.“We found that people really like to customize their home,” Salama says on a video posted at the website. “Up until now, though, solar panels have been stuck in the last century. Much like a 1915 Ford Model T, you can get any color, as long as it’s black.”SolarSkin panels can be made to look like whatever roofing material has been used on a house. If homeowners want the solar array to look like a portrait of Elvis, that’s possible, too.The company wouldn’t discuss costs. An article posted at Yahoo, however, said that the panels would be “slightly” more expensive than typical panels on the market.The company won the 2013 MIT Clean Energy Prize in renewable energy and last year won a $1 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative.last_img read more

Smith’s status still unclear after early exit in TNT loss

first_imgPBA IMAGESTNT coach Nash Racela had little to say about the status of his import Joshua Smith after the KaTropa’s 125-101 Game 3 loss in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals Thursday night.“I don’t know. No idea. I can say something here, but I really have no idea,” Racela told reporters when asked for updates on Smith.ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Strizak fulfills championship demand from Pocari Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Smith played a measly nine minutes on the floor, contributing just four points and seven rebounds before complaining about pain in his right foot and leaving the arena early.He left the game with 6:54 remaining in the second quarter as team doctors tended on his supposed injury, then exited to the dugout midway in the third period and out of the venue even before the game ended.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRacela explained that it was a team decision to take Smith out of the court so that the medics can assesshis situation better.“It’s a decision by the team. We just want to make sure that he’s ok,” he said. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickencenter_img Racela also didn’t guaranteed that Smith will be able to suit up for Game 4 on Saturday.“We’ll let you know if we get something soon,” he said.Without Smith, the KaTropa failed to match the mighty Gin Kings, with Justin Brownlee taking over in the first half and igniting the rout with a 61-47 halftime lead, which further ballooned to 32, 125-93, late in the game.In Racela’s eyes, though, coach Tim Cone simply just had the better gameplan for the game.“It’s a game of adjustments. Coach Tim made wonderful adjustments for this game,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. What was glaring, however, was the discrepancy when it comes to fouls (TNT 30 – Ginebra 17) and free throw attempts (TNT 9 – Ginebra 29), which further made closing the series out hard for the KaTropa.“It’s hard to play in a game like this. You would really struggle. You saw the game, you saw the game,” said Racela, before citing Cone’s plea back in Game 3 for more fan support. “Coach Tim asked for help and he got his help today. It is what it is.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments What ‘missteps’? World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more

Farmers Urged to Contribute to Catastrophe Fund

first_imgGeneral Manager of the Banana Board, Janet Conie, is imploring banana farmers to contribute to the Catastrophe Fund, which will provide them with some level of insurance in the event of a natural disaster. Speaking to JIS News following a tour of a number of banana farms in St. Mary on October 26, Mrs. Conie pointed out that following the recent passage of Hurricane Sandy on October 24, farmers who have been contributing to the Fund will receive assistance in the coming weeks. “What we are asking is that farmers contribute to the Fund – contribute to their own ‘insurance’,” she implored. “It’s a Fund that was seeded with European Union (EU) funding and what we want is for farmers to build the fund to benefit their own programmes,” she added. The Catastrophe Fund, which is a little over $50 million, is managed by the Banana Board and was established in 2007 to help with the speedy recovery of the island’s banana industry in the wake of natural disasters. Mrs. Conie stressed that the support mechanism is a contributory Fund. Hence, farmers will only be able to benefit in the event of a disaster if they have been making regular contributions to the initiative. “Farmers must register with us. At the beginning of every year, we go on a drive and we make it very public. We go out into the banana communities and we really try to get farmers to contribute to their own recovery,” she noted. She said that the Fund only asks for $2,500 per hectare per year, “and with that you’re able to get much more.” Mrs. Conie pointed out however, that some farmers have shied away from the initiative because of a number of concerns. “What farmers are most concerned about is that ‘if I pay into the Fund and there’s no damage this year, do I benefit?’ [But] you cannot benefit from the Fund without a catastrophe,” she advised. Mrs. Conie further informed that in 2010, the Banana Board paid out some $10 million to farmers following the passage of Hurricane Nicole, under the Catastrophe Fund. “What we did was to look at the level of damage. We looked at what the Fund could put forward and then we pro-rated the level of damage per acre, per farmer and we made a contribution towards buying the inputs to get them back into production. Those farmers benefitted quite well,” she said. In 2011, some 266 farmers registered for the Catastrophe Fund. There are more than 200,000 farmers across Jamaica.last_img read more