‘Pittsburgh Kid’ Spadafora wants to prove 40 is the new 30

first_imgBRING IT ON—Paul “The Pittsburgh Kid” Spadafora and his opponent Hector Velazquez of Tijuana Mexico laugh at each other as Roy Jones Jr and his partner Troy Ridgley TnT promotions and Roy Jones Jr presents looks on. (Photos by J.L. Martello)On July 11, Roy Jones Jr., in association with TNT Promotions put out a boxing card at the Rivers Casino billed as “The Rivers Rumble IV.”Jones has spent more than 25 years torching, torturing and utterly embarrassing almost every one of his opponents.  Just as he has generated success in multiple businesses, the multi-tasking Jones plans to build on his success as a boxing promoter.“I’m still doing my thing in the ring.  I will be defending my WBU World Title on July 26,” said eight-time world champion Roy Jones.  “I don’t think Paul Spadafora is too old to win a world title.  Bernard Hopkins proved that.  However after Chris Bosh signed a 118 million dollar contract to resign with the Miami Heat I might have to pick up basketball again.  My son is a great football player but now football is targeting the knee, so I’m encouraging him to focus more on basketball.  He is an outstanding point guard and his AAU Team is one of the best teams in the country.”The main event featured “The Pittsburgh Kid” Paul Spadafora, 49-1-1, 19 KO’s, who fought in Pittsburgh for the first time in five years.  Spadafora was coming off his first professional loss and a seven-month layoff after nose surgery.last_img read more

Motorcyclist Crushed to Death by Garbage Truck

first_imgTime ran out for an unidentified motorcyclist who many said was coming from church yesterday when he was crushed to death by a truck belonging to Libra Sanitation.The incident took place near the Fish Market in Sinkor, Monrovia, holding up the already congested traffic for several hours. The man met his horrific death in the accident that left him almost unrecognizable with one side of his face smashed. Many said the victim, wearing a white shirt, khaki pants and matching shoes, could not have been a (commercial) motorbike rider because he was well-dressed and could have been coming from church.Police on the scene had the remains covered with a white cloth as eye-witnesses lamented over the tragedy.Police investigators did not speak to the Daily Observer and kept eye-witnesses anxious to see the body a distance from the scene.The Libra Sanitation truck, bearing license plate number LBC50104, allegedly ran over the victim, who died shortly after he was struck down, an eyewitness to the accident remarked.Until the police took the body way, there was no sign of anyone arriving on the scene to identify the victim, but a group of young men, who showed up later expressed anger at the driver of the truck.“You’re lucky. We would have killed you,” one threatened and another made an attempt to open the passenger side of the truck.Many complained that drivers of large trucks have no respect for drivers of smaller vehicles and motor bike riders.“Sometimes drivers of big vehicles can drive so close to you that your only choice is to get off the main road with your small vehicle or with your motorbike,” an eyewitness said.The accident caused traffic in the area to come to a standstill, with drivers who did not know the reason for the delay expressing frustration with the slow pace of getting through.Many people on the scene expressed regret about the accident and the loss of life.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

WATCH: Newcastle reject scores dazzling solo goal for new club Nice

first_imgIt’s been a tumultuous eight months for former Newcastle star Hatem Ben Arfa, but the Frenchman seems to have bounced back to his best after netting his second goal in two games to new club Nice – and in fine style too.Released from Newcastle after going AWOL during a loan spell at Hull City, the Frenchman soon signed for Nice, only to have the deal terminated over a rule which prevented him from playing for more than two clubs in one season.Forced to sit out for the remainder of the season, Ben Arfa was signed by the Ligue 1 side again this summer, and he was instrumental as they claimed their first three points of the season with a 2-1 over Caen.With the score level at the interval, Ben Arfa took control on 65 minutes, superbly dancing past three defenders before smashing an unstoppable shot under the bar.Check out the stunning goal below! Former Newcastle star Hatem Ben Arfa 1last_img read more

ATHLETICS NEWS: SENSATIONAL MARY MC LOONE WINS HER NINTH NATIONAL TITLE

first_imgTir Chonaill AC News:Mary and Conal shine at Indoor Nationals in AthloneMary Mc Loone won her ninth Irish Senior Indoor Triple Jump title in style on Sunday in Athlone. She went into the lead in the 2nd round with a best of 12.10m and ended up an impressive winner from Fiona Hill, Newbridge, 11.39m and Fiona O’Shea, Dooneen, 11.32m. As a twelve years old Mary joined Tir Chonaill AC and over the years progressed through the juvenile and junior ranks to blossom into a top class International athlete.Her remarkable record of winning nine Senior Indoor, nine outdoor triple jump plus outdoor and indoor long jump titles puts the Cleengort, Glenties/ Glenswilly NS teacher into a very special achievement club in Irish athletics. Mary has been Internationally capped on numerous occasions, represented Ireland in three Europa Cups and during the 2000’s led her club Tir Chonaill AC in three European Club deciders in Belguom, Switzerland and Slovakia Conal Mahon, from Irvinstown, a former St Michael’s,Enniskillen student and currently studying in NUIG, has made remarkable progress since joining the club ranks three years ago, During the current indoor season Conal has won Irish Universities and Irish U23 Triple Jump titles. On Saturday, following a closely fought competition, with a best of 14.08m, he climbed onto the podium as a bronze medal winner. Congratulations and well done to Mary and Conal on your achievements in a most competitive and highest standard of indoor championships to date.Donegal and North West athletes had a n excellent championships. Mark English, was impressive in winning the 800m final and will lead a very young Irish team at the European Indoors in Prague from 6-8th March. Letterkenny clubmates, Brendan Boyce, 2nd/5k walk, Danny Mooney, 4th /1,500m, Nth Sligo’s Ciaran Elliott, 2nd/200m, Zak Irwin, Sligo AC , 3rd /60m and Gerard O’Donnell, Carrick on Shannon, an athlete with strong local Donegal Town and Ardara connections was impressive in winning the 60m Hurdles. Following the championships the Irish team was selected for the European Indoor championships in Prague. Led by Mark English, 800m the nine person team also includes North West athletes Danny Mooney and Gerard O’DonnellUlster Schools CC FinalsCongratulations to the Abbey Voc. School Under 17/Intermediate Girls Cross cross country team on a fine performance on Tuesday[today] at the Ulster Schools CC finals in Mullusk. Led by Emily McGill in 6th place and supported by Abbie Boyle and Niamh Boyle they came home with a 93pts total to secure a 4th place team position behind Sacred Heart, Omagh, 27pts, Victoria College, Belfast, 58pts and Loreto Coleraine, 93pts.Fourteen teams, all who had qualified at Ulster District CC c/ships, competed.Donegal Town ‘March Hare 5k’You and your friends are invited to participate in the ‘March Hare 5k’ Road Race/Walk on Sunday next 1st March –11.30 am start. IndividualPrizes for Junior Men and WomenSenior Men and Women Master Men 40, 50, 60,Master Women 40, 50,60plus numerous Spot Prizes and hospitalityRegistration from 10am Abbey Voc. School Gymnasium An ideal opportunity to access your fitness in preparation for the Cara Bundoran Challenge 13/14/15th Marchwww.carabundoranchallenge.comCARA BUNDORAN CHALLENGE 2015A record breaking entry is anticipated for the Cara Bundoran Challenge 2015 on 13/14/15th March. With €7,000 in prizes on offer, valuable goodie bags for the first 1,500 entries and three charities benefiting i.e. Shout, ACT. Meningites and Fighting Blindess the organisers indicate to be very pleased with the entry response to date.Last weekend two club groups in preparation for the event ran the 10 miles circuit and indicated that the course was fast, scenic and a joy to run.To enter get an entry form from any club group leader/coach and return same to Cara in Donegal Town or on line at http://carabundoranrun.com/index.php/enter/ATHLETICS NEWS: SENSATIONAL MARY MC LOONE WINS HER NINTH NATIONAL TITLE was last modified: February 25th, 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:athleticsNoticesSportTIR CHONAILL AClast_img read more

MURDER ACCUSED DWYER WORKED AT LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL, COURT HEARS

first_imgThe man accused of murdering childcare assistant Elaine O’Hara worked at Letterkenny hospital throughout 2012.Murder accused Graham Dwyer.Graham Dwyer, 42, is accused of murdering the 36 year old woman for his own sexual gratification.A court heard yesterday how architect O’Dwyer worked at the Letterkenny hospital in 2012 but gave no details of his role or where he stayed during his period in Co Donegal. Evidence revealed how Dwyer has a son who now lives in Ballyshannon and how the pair met in Bundoran while he was working here.Mr Dwyer (42), of Kerrymount Close, Foxrock, is pleading not guilty to the murder of Ms O’Hara (36) at Killakee, Rathfarnham on August 22, 2012.Ms O’Hara, from Killiney, was last seen alive near Shanganagh Cemetery in Shankill that day.Her remains were found by a dog walker in undergrowth in the Dublin mountains on September 13, 2013. The prosecution maintains Mr Dwyer killed her for his own sexual gratification.The trial has been ongoing for a number of weeks and is expected to last some considerable time. MURDER ACCUSED DWYER WORKED AT LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL, COURT HEARS was last modified: February 21st, 2015 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:donegalElaine O’HaraGarham Dwyermurder accusedlast_img read more

Hope as family cut off by collapsed bridge to meet Minister today

first_imgA family who have been virtual prisoners in their own home since an access bridge to their home was destroyed in August are to meet the Minister of State for the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands. Seán Kyne, will meet with the O Duibhir family in Bunbeg, West Donegal today.It is hoped the Minister will see first-hand the serious problems being faced by the family in trying to get to and from their home close to the River Clady. Sean O Duibhir confirmed to Donegal Daily he is to meet with Minister Kyne today.He said “I am delighted to be able to meet the Minister and I am hopeful he will see first hand the problems we have.“I am grateful that I am being given a chance to show him our situation and what we are going through.Mr O Duibhir Snr at the ambulance.“Hopefully something can be done when the Minister sees what we are facing every day.” The family face problems on a daily basis and have to walk to the local road to drive their cars to the local school and to shops.Last month Sean’s 79-year-old father had to be trolleyed more than 200 yards into an ambulance because the footbridge to his home has not been replaced.Mr O Duibhir Snr, who is confined to a wheelchair, collapsed at his home.However, emergency medical personnel could not get their vehicle near the family’s home his home after the footpath collapsed and was washed away during flooding in August when the local River Clady burst its banks.Instead, the frustrated paramedics were forced to wheel the man more than 200 yards from his home to the main road where he could be taken by ambulance to hospital. Local county councillor Micheal Mac Giolla Easbuig said he is hopeful the Minister’s visit will end the family’s daily turmoil.Hope as family cut off by collapsed bridge to meet Minister today was last modified: November 26th, 2019 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:bridgeBunbegMinister KyneRiver Cladylast_img read more

Olympus Announces OM-D E-M5 Mark II Camera, 5-Axis Stabilization with 60p Video

first_img  Sensitivity Range  200-3200, High Sensitivity Mode up to 25600   Crop Factor  x2   Battery  BLN-1 Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Product TourOlympus has created the following product tour showing off a few of the cameras new features.Cinematic ExamplesOlympus has created a few example videos showing the E-M5 Mark II in-action.In this first example Olympus shows us how the Mark II can be used to get cinematic looks. It’s hard to get a great understanding of the video quality due to the harsh color grade, but we would be wrong to say that the footage doesn’t look cinematic.Director of Photography John Brawley has created a beautiful lifestyle video showing the Mark II’s video potential. The majority of this film was shot handheld.Here is a behind-the-scenes video of that shoot. If you’re short on time skip to the end of the video where John shows us what the ungraded video looks like, and how much of a difference the 5-axis stabilizer makes on shooting video.This video shot by Markus Kontiainen and Janne Amunét features the Mark II in cold weather. The footage is pretty darn impressive all around.Perhaps the most facinating example of the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II in action is this film shot by Edmond Terakopian. The film is a documentary featuring a London Taxi driver. It’s also a great example of the 5-axis stabilizer in action. Some of the shots in this film were shot handheld in a car, but from the smooth stabilization you would have thought they were shot using a track dolly.Pricing and AvailabilityThe Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II will be available in March for a price of $1,099.What do you think of this new camera? Will it be a revolutionary product for 2015?Share in the comments below.   Burst Shooting  10 fps   Storage Media  SD, SDHC, SDXC   Display Screen  3.0″ OLED Flip-Out Touch-Screen Olympus’s latest camera announcement might be a game-changer for video professionals and photographers alike.Every spring camera companies announce new products in the run up to April’s National Association of Broadcasters Show (NAB). We’re in the middle of this wonderful season and Olympus is kicking it off with their latest camera announcement….The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark IIThere are a number of cool features to get excited about with this camera, but by far the most exciting is 5-axis sensor stabilization. Unlike optical stabilization, sensor stabilization takes place on the inside of the lens. The sensor will move to compensate for any camera sake.This isn’t the first time we’ve seen 5-axis stabilization. This revolutionary technology was first unveiled by Sony with their A7II, but the difference with this Olympus announcement is that the E-M5 uses a Micro Four-Third lens mount. As you may already know, Micro Four Thirds mounts can be adapted to accept a lot of different lenses, many more than a traditional DSLR. So instead of having to purchase really expensive lenses, users can use lens adapters with older lenses on a Micro Four-Thirds mount.The 5-axis sensor stabilization will add 5 stops of stabilization to the image.The E-M5 Mark II is equipped to shoot photos and video. Avaliable frame rates include  60, 50, 30, 25, and 24 frames per second. This is due to the improved IPM and AII-I compression formats.The camera also comes with a focus peaking function, meaning the camera will tell you if the image is in focus or not. However, it should be noted that when using the HDMI 4:2:2 output the focus peaking will be disabled.This camera can accept 1/8” microphone inputs which can be used with hotshoe microphones, like the Rode video mic. Users can change the audio levels during the middle of recording for both the on-camera mic and an external mic. However, there is not audio monitoring output on this camera. If you want to monitor sound on the E-M5 Mark II you will have to buy a separate hotshoe adapter or simply use an external recorder.Video aside, the Mark II is a very impressive camera when it comes to photography. The 16 megapixel sensor can actually process an ‘image’ up to 40MP. You read that right, a 16MP camera can shoot a 40MP image. In short, this process works by shooting a series of images across a one second span of time. The camera then stitches the images together to create a larger image.Other notable features include 10 fps burst shooting mode, built-in WiFi, and a 3.0” flip-out touch screen OLED monitor. The E-M5 Mark II is also the first Olympus camera to feature timecode information.Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Specs   Shutter Speed  1/8000 to 60 Seconds   Lens Mount  Micro 4/3   Image Stabilization  5-Axis Stabilization   Video  1080p: 60, 50, 30, 25, & 24 fps   Flash  None   Viewfinder  Electronic, 2360k-Dot   Sensor  16MP Live MOS Sensor   Video Output  4:2:2 1080p HDMI Output   Autofocus  Yeslast_img read more

Freeing Yourself From the Past

first_imgI send out a newsletter every Sunday morning. Each week I write about some big success principle that you can apply to your life, your work, or your sales game. I ask the community of people who subscribe to the newsletter to send me their stories, their thoughts, and their ideas, and a good number of people email me directly each week.Almost every week I receive an email from a newsletter subscriber explaining to me how the decisions of their past now defines their future. But outside of choosing to focus on some past event and choosing to use those stories to define you, you can’t be trapped in or by the past.That Was ThenYou aren’t trapped in your past. Even if you feel like you are.It doesn’t matter what decisions you made, and it doesn’t matter which decisions were made for you.You made poor choices. Your family made poor choices. You caused something bad to happen to someone else. Someone else caused something bad to happen to you.You did something wrong. You failed to do something and the result was awful.You made a choice and now you are unhappy. Or you’ve lived with a choice someone else made for you and you’ve come to both realize and regret it.This Is Here. This Is Now.At any time, at any point in your life, you can simply call for a do over. In fact, you are responsible to call for that do over. Why? Because this is the only life you have. And you only have the limited time remaining in which to do whatever it is that you were put here to do.Living in the past means cheating yourself of the life that you want now. Living in the past means cheating the rest of us of the life that you should be living now. It deprives us of the biggest and best version of you, the version we’ve been waiting for.The past decisions are shackles in which you have locked yourself. You have the power to free yourself from the past any time you choose to. Choose to make that time now. The past is already behind you; stop dragging into the future.last_img read more

Indian Firms Welcome Resumption of H-1B Visa Premium Processing

first_imgIndian IT industry is feeling a tinge of relief, as the United States has resumed the premium processing of H-1B visas, six months after its suspension in March, to clear the backlog of long-pending applications. The resumption of visa processing will help Indian companies plan their projects well and deal with exigencies effectively. Indian techies account for almost 70 per cent issuances of H-1B visas each year.The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) resumed the processing on Sept. 18, subject to the fiscal year 2018 cap of 65,000 visas. The USCIS guarantees the completion of processing within 15 days.What is Premium Processing of H-1B Visa?Premium processing of H-1B visa involves fast processing of pending applications within 15 days, for a service charge of $1,225. The 15-day processing time is the major highlight as normal processing usually takes 3-6 months.However, new applications will go through the normal channel, and will be processed only in a timeline that ranges from three to six months.The premium processing of H-1B visas is likely to help companies that have to move professionals to the United States immediately for new projects and other business requirements.Indian IT Industry Relieved“This is certainly a welcome move,” R Chandrasekhar, the president of the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM), said, according to NDTV. “We were expecting this to come. Usually, when priority visa processing is suspended, it is done for 2 months or so. This time, it was more, which was different.”Chandrasekhar added that the resumption of visa processing was very vital for the “smooth conduct of business”.“Applications have halved because of issues around visa, including long delays, increased scrutiny, and also because of changing business models, there is increased local hiring,” he pointed out.The six-month lacuna in premium issuance of H-1B visas gave valuable lessons to Indian companies, which rely a lot on the United States for their operations. It made many of them look for newer markets in Europe and other parts of the world, a trend that may continue now.Even in the midst of these positive signs, data reviewed by Reuters reveals that the U.S. government headed by President Donald Trump is issuing costly and time-consuming challenges to visa applications. USCIS data shows that the agency issued 85,000 requests for evidence between January 1 and August 31, 2017 to H-1B visa applicants — a 45 per cent increase over the same period last year. The request for evidence may delay the visa issuance procedure by months. Related ItemsH 1B NASSCOMH-1B IndiansH-1B techiesH-1B visas United StatesH1b Indiansh1b visas US processingLittle Indialast_img read more

India vs Sri Lanka, 2nd T20I: Kuldeep Yadav reveals how he got three wickets in an over

first_imgKuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal have been a revelation for India in the shorter formats. The spin-twins as they are known now, have bowled well in tandem and the pair have hunted down the opposition bowlers with precision.The two wrist spinners spun webs around the Sri Lankan batsmen in the 2nd T20I at Indore, as they finished with match figures of 104/7 in their eight overs. In the 1st T20I as well at Cuttack, they return with even better-reading figures of 41/6 from their eight.It was Rohit Sharma with the bat, who won the match for India. His blitzkrieg innings of 118, which included the joint fastest hundred off just 35 balls, gave the Indian inning impetus to finish at 260/5, the joint second-highest T20I total. Kuldeep scalped three important wickets giving away 52 runs, while Chahal took four wickets as to hand India a 88-run victory.Game, set and match! #TeamIndia wrap the 2nd ODI with a comprehensive 88-run win. That’s all we have from Indore. Over to Mumbai for the finale #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/rOZDDc6ZQT- BCCI (@BCCI) December 22, 2017It was the 15th over that Kuldeep changed the course of the game, picking up all of his three wickets. On the first ball it was Sri Lanka captain Thisara Perera who fell for a duck. Kuldeep tossed the ball full outside off, as Perera tried to slog the ball to stand for a six, but he ended up top-edging the ball to Hardik in the deep.Up next was Kusal Perera in the very next ball. Another tossed-up ball outside off, made Kusal come down the track. He looked to clear the boundary ropes but found Manish Pandey at long off with open arms.advertisementOn the fifth ball of the over, it was MS Dhoni this time as his quick glove-work. Another delivery pitched full and flat outside off was enough to tempt Gunaratne to sweep. But he missed. In the process, his back foot was dragged out of his crease and Dhoni whipped off the bails in a flash.Despite giving away a lot of runs, Kuldeep said that he was constantly looking for wickets and Rohit Sharma and Mahendra Singh Dhoni helped him to get the wickets.”First three overs, 45 runs, but I was always thinking about wickets. I knew if I got one, I would probably get the second one. The first over (I bowled) was slow in the air, but the wicket was good to bat on and the ball was coming on nicely. Later on I was bowling wide of the batsman,” Kuldeep said after the match.”I realized that I need to bowl it into the wicket. They (Dhoni and Rohit) were backing me and telling to look for the wicket. Small ground with small boundaries, Dhoni and Rohit were telling me to keep away from the batsman and try the variations outside the off-stump. Seven wickets in three overs really changed the game,” he added.India have won the series after taking an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. The last T20I against Sri Lanka, incidentally the 19th time India have face their neighbours this year, is on 24th December at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.last_img read more