2019 Pacific Paddle Games cancelled

first_imgSUP magazine has revealed this in an announcement late last week and despite the unfortunate news, it is working with its sanctioning partner, the Association of Paddlesurf Professionals (APP), and California State Parks to explore options to bring PPG back in 2020.The Pacific Paddle Games has been the main event in the SUP community and took on the major task of filling the shoes of the Battle of the Paddle, when that event announced it would no longer be held back in 2015.The event was one of the most looked-forward to events of the year for athletes, media, spectators and brands alike as it provided the perfect place for the SUP community to gather and end the year on a high note.As a result of this decision, the APP is reluctantly forced to withdraw the PPG from the line-up for the 2019 season.There is no word yet on if there will be an event added to the tour to take its place.The Association of Paddle-surf Professionals World Tour has been working closely with the new management of SUP Magazine to ensure its successful future and is committed to working on the return of this prestigious event for the 2020 season.last_img read more

Legendary drivers lead stars in Safari Classic

first_img0Shares0000Ian Duncan testing his Ford Capri ahead of the Kenya Airways East African Safari Classic Rally.PHOTO/AttexNAIROBI, Kenya, July 4 – With many legendary competitors in quick Porshe 911s, Datsuns and Fords aiming for podium finishes, 2017 could prove to be the closest Kenya Airways East African Safari Classic.Entries for the prestigious event continue to trickle in at the event secretariat in Nairobi with two former multiple Kenya champions Baldev Chager and Ian Duncan already enlisted for the nine day grueling rally slated for Kenya and Tanzania from November 23 to December 1. Chager has won the Kenya National Rally Championship thrice in 2008, 2013 and 2014 while Duncan, on the other hand, is a six times Kenyan champion in 1987 in a Toyota Celica TCT, 1988 in a Toyota Celica GT4, 1989 in an Opel Manta 400, 1991 in a Subaru Legacy Turbo, 2000 in a Toyota Land Cruiser and 2011.East African Safari Rally General Manager Pipi Renu hinted that other high-profiled local drivers could follow suit in due course.“Entries for the event continue to pour in. We have many drivers who have expressed interest and I can assure rally lovers of some big names from Kenya and overseas that will be joining the list, probably some of the most famous locals. The last to sign up for the event was Kabras Sugar Racing which announced a three car Porscvhe 911 outfit so we expected more in due course,” said Pipi.Also listed is Stig Blomqvist who incidentally is the event’s defending champion.Blomqvist (born 29 July 1946) won the WRC drivers’ title in 1984 and finished runner-up in 1985.Another car to watch is the Datsun 260Z of South Africa’s Geoff Bell and the highly competitive Group B Mazda RX-7 of French historic veteran, Philippe Gache.Legendary driver and Arusha industrialist Jayant Shah will be returning to the biennial extravaganza in his 70s behind the wheel of a Porsche 911. Shah will be navigated by Ravi Chana from Kenya.Though the Shah/Chana partnership started in 2010 in Tanzania, but it was not until 2015 that an opportunity on Safari Classic opened up next to Shah. Chana has since 2015 been called upon to fill the void left behind by the legendary Lofty Drews who has called “tulip notes” for Shah on previous occasions.Scott Amstrong, who was born and raised in Kenya, will be making his debut in a Datsun 160J navigated by Harpal Sudle, formally from Eldoret. Both Amstrong and Sudle have relocated to the United Kingdom although the latter’s father (Sinder Sudle) is synonymous with Eldoret Rally organization from the 1970s to date.The all Italian crew of Gilbertto Sandretto and Fabrizia Pons have also sign up and will steer a Porsche 911 prepared for them by English specialists Tuthill Porsche. Pons is no stranger to Safari Classic adventure and is best known for her partnership with Patrick Njiru and Travis Pastrana.Pons guided Michèle Mouton to a number of good results  and is one of few people to have achieved world championship points as a driver and co-driver, having finished ninth overall in the 1978 Sanremo Rally before switching to co-driving.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

LSU’s gamble pays off

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityClearly, the LSU coach is on quite a roll. The No. 1 Tigers and their go-for-broke coach pulled off one gamble after another before Jacob Hester hit the jackpot, scoring on a 2-yard run with just over a minute remaining for a 28-24 victory over ninth-ranked Florida on a thrilling Saturday night in Death Valley. Playing as the top-ranked team in the AP Top 25 for the first time since 1959, LSU was in serious trouble much of the game. Their top-rated defense was shredded by Florida’s double-threat quarterback, Tim Tebow, who led the Gators to a trio of 10-point leads. But they couldn’t hold off the Tigers. LSU (6-0, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) took advantage of two second-half turnovers and barely converted a pair of fourth-down runs on their final drive. Finally, Hester powered into the end zone to give LSU its first lead of the night – and the only one that mattered. “We pretty much knew it was going to be a chance to win the game,” Hester said. “Coach Miles said, `I believe in you. I don’t want a tie. I want to go out and win this thing.’ When your head coach has that kind of respect and trust in you, you want to prove something to him.” Florida (4-2, 2-2) lost for the second week in a row, the first time that’s happened to Urban Meyer since he was a little-known coach at Bowling Green in 2002. And, in all likelihood, the Gators’ hopes of repeating as national champions have been snuffed out just halfway through the season. “I don’t know if I’ve ever done this, but I guarantee we’ll be back,” Meyer said defiantly. “The Florida Gators will be back. Smokin’.” Tebow threw for a pair of touchdowns and ran for another, guiding Florida to a 24-14 lead with 15 minutes remaining. But the Gators, who failed to complete a comeback against Auburn the previous week, were the victims of LSU’s rally this time. “I thought our defense hung in there,” Meyer said. “They are so young and the offense has got to move the ball. That’s twice now. It’s two weeks in a row.” LSU kept rolling the dice and coming up with winners. The Tigers scored two touchdowns on fourth-down plays and another after pulling off a fake field goal. Then it was Hester, bulling his way into the end zone to put LSU ahead with 1:09 remaining. When LSU knocked down Tebow’s final long pass in the end zone, the record crowd of 92,910 let out its biggest roar of all. The Tigers should still be No. 1 when the poll comes out today. And, with second-ranked USC losing to Stanford in a 24-23 stunner, really there’s no doubt about it. “We took great strides in showing our character and ability to come from behind,” Miles said. “I like the way this team is coming together.” Miles helped the cause by going all-in every chance he got. Backup quarterback Ryan Perilloux scored on a fourth-and-goal run from the 1 in the second quarter. Starting quarterback Matt Flynn pulled off a fake field goal that led to Keiland Williams’ 4-yard TD run in the third quarter. Flynn tossed a 4-yard scoring pass to Demetrius Byrd on fourth-and-goal with 10:15 remaining. But the Tigers weren’t done. First, with 7 minutes left and the ball on their side of midfield, LSU passed up a punt and went for it needing nearly 2 yards. Hester took the handoff and put his head down. The chains came on after he was tackled. First down by about the length of the football. “I gamble more than you think,” Miles said with the devilish grin of someone who doubled down and hit blackjack. “Their offense is a possession offense. … They keep the ball. We knew if we got some fourth-down opportunities, we knew were going to make those calls. We were going to make `em. We just knew that.” They did, over and over again.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GAME OF THE DAY: Tigers rally to defeat Florida and remain undefeated. By Paul Newberry THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BATON ROUGE, La. – Les Miles should head straight to one of those Mississippi River casinos. last_img

Carndonagh CS soccer star is Sports Person of the Week, in association with O’Reilly’s

first_imgTHE RESULTS are in from the return of the Donegal Daily/Donegal Sport Hub Sports Person of the Week poll, in association with O’Reilly’s Sportswear – and it was a tight call!There were a total of 2,137 votes cast this week.Carndonagh CS student Ailish Doherty topped the poll, with some 860 votes – 40 per cent of the votes cast. Ailish edged out boxer Denis O’Donnell in the battle, with the Ulster heavyweight champion taking 768 votes.Carndonagh CS travelled to England last week and won the SAFIB Rod Houston Cup in Lilleshall. Carndonagh CS blitzed their opponents in style and their successful voyage ended with a 3-1 win over Welsh side Ysgol Glan Clwdy, Saint AsaphCarndonagh also beat Crompton House School 4-2 and Shenfield High School, Essek 4-0. Ailish Doherty was on fire with six goals, including two in the final game. Each weekly award winner will receive a kitbag, a jacket and a bobble hat, supplied by O’Reilly’s.O’Reilly’s Sportswear was founded in 2017 by well-known Twin Towns sporting brothers Steven and Martin O’Reilly.Carndonagh CS soccer star is Sports Person of the Week, in association with O’Reilly’s was last modified: October 11th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Ailish DohertyCarndonaghCarndonagh Community SchoolO’Reilly’s SportswearSports Person of the Weeklast_img read more

Strachan: We know how important this is to everybody

first_img“Anywhere where we have gone over the last couple of days, as a group or as individuals, we know how important it is to everybody. We know how important it is to everybody because we are all getting texts from our friends wishing us good luck, emails from people we have not heard from in a wee while. We know that.“I just think these players are used to it. It’s a big game. I don’t shield them from anything. They can enjoy the media frenzy, they can enjoy the excitement of other people, there is no problem with that.”A poor start to qualification, where the side only took four points from their first four matches, has been turned around completely with a five match unbeaten run being completed with a late winner against Slovakia at Hampden on Thursday. Strachan praised his players for their approach throughout good times and bad and said their composure was evident in their last game.“They have had a balance,” he said. “Whether they have taken body blows or given body blows, you couldn’t tell the difference in our camp. Scotland manager Gordon Strachan says his players are aware of the excitement around their World Cup date with Slovenia and can embrace the “frenzy” as they look to book a play-off place.Belgium’s win over Bosnia on Saturday means that if Scotland win in Ljubljana on Sunday evening then they will be guaranteed a place in the play-offs to reach Russia 2018.Strachan said he couldn’t, and wouldn’t, shelter his players from the attention but doesn’t believe they will be fazed as they concentrate on continuing a strong run of form to achieve their aims.“We went through the airport and they are telling us it’s going to be a big night,” he said. “You can never envisage how the game is going to go. I couldn’t think there was going to be an 89th-minute winner the other night.“What we do know from over the past year is that physically we are alright. Certainly there are at least three teams that are physically stronger than us in this group.“But we know we have the power to keep running and the mental strength to keep doing what we want to do. The other night there, it would have been easy to go gung-ho and throw everything up front, but the players kept plugging away at what they thought was the best way to win the match.“Not what everyone thought in the stadium or what everyone thought watching the telly, it’s what they thought was the best. We leave it to them to work out problems sometimes.”last_img read more

Donegal councillor wants to join High Court challenge over RTE programme

first_imgDonegal County Councillor John O’Donnell wants to join a High Court challenge over an ethics inquiry arising from an RTÉ investigation programme.The Irish Examiner reports the Kilmacrennan councillor wants to be joined as a notice party to judicial review proceedings by Monaghan Cllr Hugh McElvaney.The review concerns an investigation by the Standards in Public Office Commission into whether Cllr McElvaney breached the ethical framework under the Local Government Act 2001. The two Councillors, along with a third Councillor, Joe Queenan of Sligo County Council, were all made the subject of separate investigations by the commission after their respective councils made complaints about their behaviour arising from an RTÉ Investigates programme broadcast in December 2015.The programme concerned a proposed wind farm development, purportedly by a foreign investment company, represented by a person who gave the name Nina Carlson but was, in fact, an undercover researcher.The programme broadcast footage of separate meetings between the researcher and the three and also featured recorded phone conversations.The commission’s inquiries concerning all three Cllrs went to hearing last September but were put on hold pending Cllr McElvaney’s judicial review, yet to be heard. Mr McElvaney, a Fine Gael Cllr in late 2015 and now an Independent, has claimed he was “entrapped” by the researcher.He objected to the commission hearing proceeding for reasons including RTÉ claimed privilege and was not advancing Ms Carlson as a witness whom he could cross-examine.He went to the High Court after the commission ruled the hearing could proceed before it on the basis of unedited footage and recordings provided by RTÉ and other evidence.Today, Mark O’Connell BL, for Cllr O’Donnell, said his client wished to be joined as a notice party to the McElvaney judicial review because he would be affected by the outcome and has a “vital interest” in it.He said Cllr McElvaney wants to stop the investigation proceeding on grounds including he had no opportunity to cross-examine the undercover reporter and Cllr O’Donnell had raised a similar preliminary objection before the commission hearing concerning him proceeded last September. While his client took a “realistic and constructive” approach during that hearing, there was “no guilty plea as such” and Cllr O’Donnell had at all times objected to the investigation taking place.Mr Justice Michael McGrath was told solicitors for Cllr McElvaney were aware of Cllr O’Donnell’s application to be joined as a notice party and appeared to be neither consenting nor objecting to it.The Commission, represented by James Doherty SC, opposed Cllr O’Donnell’s application.He said no objection had been raised on behalf of any of the three concerning the accuracy of the RTE recordings. The commission’s investigations into Cllrs Queenan and O’Donnell are at an advanced stage, evidence has concluded and only submissions and a decision are awaited, he said.This contrasted with the hearing related to Cllr McElvaney where no evidence had been heard due to his judicial review. Cllr McElvaney’s case is “much broader” than the points made on behalf of Cllr O’Donnell before the commission, and included claims of apparent bias and concerning fundamental rights, counsel said.Mr O’Donnell had not brought his own judicial review, is out of time to do so and cannot “piggyback” on Cllr McElvaney’s, he argued. If Cllr McElvaney gets an order of prohibition, that will only affect his hearing, he added.Mr Justice Michael McGrath said he hoped to rule within a week or so.Donegal councillor wants to join High Court challenge over RTE programme was last modified: February 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)Tags:challengeCllr John O’DonnellethicsHIGH COURTkilmacrennanRTElast_img read more

Delta to expand premium economy across its international fleet.

first_imgPhoto: Delta Air LInes Delta Air Lines will put its new premium economy seats on its entire international widebody fleet by 2021.US carriers are playing catch-up with premium economy and Delta only announced its new Premium Select cabin in 2016.  The airline introduced the cabin the following year on its Airbus  A350s and this year is rolling it out on its Boeing 777s.It is now discovering what airlines in other parts of the world have found: passengers like the concept.Delta estimated last week that an 8 percent gain in premium seats — including premium Select, Delta One and Comfort Plus — had produced a 20 percent increase in revenue in the second quarter.WATCH Slipping into LAX at sunrise.Delta President Glen Hauenstein told reporters and analysts on a recent conference call that the airline continued to be excited about the future as it drove better brand loyalty and customer segmentation.Hauenstein said the airline would continue to expand premium seat numbers and Premium Select would be available on the entire widebody fleet from 2021 because “people want to buy these products and services from us.”“And quite honestly, we haven’t made it that easy for them,’’ he said. “Over the next months and years, we’re going to make it easier and easier with more and more ways to buy these products and services, and we see that as a real growth opportunity.”Delta premium Select features 19-inch wide seats with a pitch of 38 inches, adjustable leg rests and headrests, a 13.3-inch high-resolution in-flight entertainment screen and in-seat power.Customers pay about double the price of an economy ticket but get other perks such as better food and drinks as faster check-in.READ: Delta shuns economy class crush.On the question of whether Premium Select was cannibalizing more expensive business class fares, Hauenstein said there had been robust demand for the Delta One product.Premium Select had now been introduced into 50 percent of Pacific markets and there had been no real degradation in demand for premium products, he said.Instead, consumers and corporations with travel policies only allowing coach travel had been trading up.“As we continue to roll out different ways to buy those products, we will see, I think, another explosion in demand as other customers will use their miles to sit in the cabins they want,’’ he said.“And I think the ability of our frequent flyers to choose where they want to sit after they buy the ticket is really going to be something that’s going to generate a lot of great products and services for customers as well as revenue for the airline.’’last_img read more

Top Search Terms on Twitter Since July 2008: Sleep.fm, Ezinearticles, and GaryVee

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Twitter users clearly love the social alarm clock Sleep.fm, the Vaynerchukbrothers, Chris Knight, and ezinearticles. At least, according to search analytics firm Compete, which aggregated the top search terms since Twitter acquired Summize in July 2008, these are some of the top searches that users performed on the popular microblogging service.Besides the terms mentioned above, the top ten is rounded out by searches for Barack Obama, the iPhone, AJ Vaynerchuk’s PleaseDressMe, music site TheSixtyOne, and FollowFriday. Tags:#news#Statistics#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… frederic lardinois Some of these search terms are no surprise – but it is definitely interesting that more people searched for the Vaynerchuk brothers than for ‘obama.’ Compete’s Becky Blitzenhofer argues that all of these brands and users used “Twitter aggressively as part of their marketing strategy” – and apparently, this popularity translates into search activity as well (but then, Obama also used Twitter quite aggressively during his election campaign). It should be noted that this data spans over half a year, so it purposely ignores short-term trends and instead features those search terms that users have consistently searched for over a long period of time. Still, we are somewhat perplexed by some of the terms that appear on this top ten list. Twitter is slowly integrating the search function deeper into the core of its service. Among other things, it is slowly rolling out a new version of its user profiles, which features a search box (some users already have access to this). These new homepages also feature a prominent link to the top ten trending topics on the service. According to Compete’s data, traffic on search.twitter.com kept lagging behind the growth curve of Twitter itself, but given that Twitter never really promoted search.twitter.com, this is really no surprise and we will probably see a major uptick in usage now that Twitter is integrating search into the user profiles.last_img read more

WordPress Adds Link & Photo Recommendations from Zemanta, I Wish I Liked Using It

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Blogging#news#web marshall kirkpatrick Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts center_img Leading blog software provider WordPress.com will now offer multi-media and article link recommendations based on the words a user types into their blog composition window, in real time. The company announced today a new partnership with the service Zemanta.Zemanta is a startup that captures more internet buzz words than almost any other I can think of:  semantic web, rich media, recommendations and real-time.  I mean that in a good way, too.  In addition to a browser plug-in and this new relationship, Zemanta is available through partnerships with blog platforms Movable Type, Blogger.com and Scribefire. The company claims it now reaches 30% of the blogs online. Zemanta is a truly remarkable service, but I’m not sure how useful it is.  For me at least, I don’t find the recommendations terribly compelling.  I just installed the Chrome extension, though, and will give it another try.    I don’t like the requirement that I have the Rich Text Editor turned on, I prefer to blog in HTML. That’s an understatement – the truth is that if I had to use a Rich Text Editor regularly I would scream. Just testing it out one more time for this post I’m getting a lot of crufty HTML put in, but maybe most bloggers don’t mind. It may be that web technology is not as good a subject for the service as more general interest content, or that I prefer my own methods of finding links and media assets, or that I am at core a bad person and don’t want to link out to other sites.  I haven’t been able to find a way to have Zemanta show me my own posts first among its recommendations, but perhaps there is a way.  I do like to link out to other blogs, I swear. We first wrote about Zemanta more than two years ago and interviewed CTO and co-founder Andraz Tori as well.Do you find Zemanta useful?  It’s a fabulously innovative company and it’s great to see it announce a big partnership like this one. But these HTML issues are driving me nuts.  Maybe it’s just that I hate rich text editors, I don’t know.  Let us know in comments what you think of the service. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more