Senate OKs new agency for boxing, combat sports

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Pacquiao, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Sports, noted that his Senate Bill No. 1306, or the “Philippine Boxing and Combat Sports Commission Act of 2018” would “formulate and implement a national policy on the development, safety and welfare of Filipino professional boxers and combatants.”An amendment introduced by Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon mandated the commission to provide assistance not only to local athletes and other stakeholders in professional boxing, but also to those engaged in professional “combat sports.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe bill also formally defined combat sport as “any sport, martial art or activity that involves, in accordance to the applicable regulation, striking, kicking, hitting, grappling, throwing and or punching opponents.”The new Philippine Boxing and Combat Sports Commission will be composed of a chairman and four members, and will be placed under the administrative supervision of the Office of the President. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taalcenter_img Under the bill, professional boxers and combatants will be enrolled in the Social Security System (SSS), National Health Insurance Program-Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth), and the Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-Ibig).Aside from requiring physical and medical examinations in all professional boxing and combat sports matches, Pacquiao said the bill would also mandate alternative livelihood programs for retired or injured boxers and combatants.  /kgaSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Filipino boxing idol and Senator Manny Pacquiao. AFP FILE PHOTO / Mohd RASFANThe Senate on Monday approved on third and final reading a bill seeking to establish the new Philippine Boxing and Combat Sports Commission to “promote the safety and welfare” of Filipino athletes.“It is about time that these passionate athletes who bring honor to our country while risking their lives inside the ring be given due attention, proper aid and necessary support,” Senator Manny Pacquiao said in his sponsorship speech.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title WTA calls for equal treatment of players, on-court coaching View commentslast_img read more

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Ellen Extols Aureus Mining Company

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has praised Aureus Mining Incorporated (AMI) for the level of infrastructure development projects the company is undertaking in Grand Cape Mount County, north western Liberia. President Sirleaf made the commendation during a recent visit to the company’s operation sites in Kinjor, Grand Cape Mount County, where she made specific reference to the company’s successful Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) and the Community Development Plan (CDP) for affected communities and residents within the concession areas. Aureus Mining Incorporated (the “New Liberty Gold Project,”) is Liberia’s first hard-rock gold mining company operating in Grand Cape Mount County. The President said she was deeply impressed by Aureus’ health, education and housing projects for residents and employees. Upbeat by the level of transformation in the once remote and sparsely populated Kinjor Town, the President observed that Aureus has improved the lives of residents of the area. She used the occasion to call on other concession companies to follow the good examples of Aureus as she heartedly greeted its officials at the concession site.“If all concession companies were following the examples of Aureus, there would be no problem at many of the concessions in the country,” President Sirleaf said.Commenting on the issue of employment for the population, the Liberian leader noted that Aureus alone cannot employ everyone in Grand Cape Mount County. She encouraged the youths in the county to engage in agriculture and other positive ventures as a means of empowering themselves.While Kinjor Town, Darblo Clan, Gola Konneh Distract, President Sirleaf visited the new RAP Village, where over 600 temporary and prominent housing units are being built for residents of the affected community.The President also visited Camp David, where Aureus Mining is constructing housing units for its workers and later visited the site of the washing plant currently under construction where the gravel containing gold will be washed and processed.For his part, Aureus Mining’s country Manager Debah Allen expressed his delights over the President’s visit and promised his company’s commitment to the development of post-war Liberia and as well to the rebuilding of the country’s economy.Mr. Allen declared that Aureus Mining has 1, 500 employees currently in its employ. He added that the company is also providing skills training for many of the residents and building their capacity through the setting-up of cooperatives as a means of developing the livelihood of the locals.“We have set up a timber sale cooperative with the community to provide skills training and equipment for the locals to roof trusses, doors and windows, which are purchased by Aureus for the construction of the RAP, and mine accommodation in other areas,” he said.The Aureus’ country manager disclosed that the company has constructed an elementary school for the community and is currently paying the teaching staff.Mr. Allen announced that a clinic and a police station will soon be constructed and housed within the new community center. He noted both the clinic and the police station will be turned over to the government upon completion. “We intend to establish an agricultural and seamstress cooperatives for the community to produce agriculture produce and sew reflective and safety uniforms for sale to the company,” Mr. Allen noted.Aureus Mining Incorporated was formed in April of 2011 following the butterfly split of African Aura Mining into separate gold and iron ore entities.The company is currently constructing the first commercial gold mine in Liberia, the New Liberty Gold Project and discovering and developing new mines.Aureus CEO’s Assertion and Company’s Investment Portfolio In a power point presentation to President Sirleaf and her delegation, the president and CEO of the Aureus Mining Company, Mr. David Reading, outlined the company’s achievements since 2011.According to Mr. Reading, Aureus Company has raised US$40 million for conversion drilling, definitive feasibility study and exploration in the same year.Mr. Reading added: “the Company completed feasibility studies and was granted environmental permit by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of Liberia in 2012 and that the company also raised US$80 million from equity financing”The CEO informed President Sirleaf that in 2013, the EPA approved the RAP and the CDP, restated and amended the Mineral Development Agreement (MDA) with the government and the company raised US$16 million equity for corporate and exploration purposes amongst others.Mr. Reading also informed the Liberian leader that in 2014, “Aureus completed the foundation of the mill and steel work and has since commenced on site; and that the company raised US$15 million and first drawdown on New Liberty Project finance facilities.”Meanwhile, Mr. Reading has disclosed that the mine has an eight- year life span and the first pour of gold will be on track by March of 2015. Residents’ Descending OpinionsIn a related development, residents of Kinjor Town have begun relocating from the old village to the temporary housing units until the main housing units are completed.Some of the residents in Kinjor have, however, expressed mixed feelings over the relocation process. They indicated that their temporary structures have not been completed; as such, they are finding it difficult to relocate.They want the company to fully complete their structure before they can be relocated. They also complained of unemployment and want the company to employ more youths in the community.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Guyana risks becoming pariah State if Govt doesn’t respect rule of law – Teixeira

first_imgChief WhipGail Teixeira…says President has to lead from the front, set date for electionsMuch is at stake if the Government continues to disregard the Constitution and leadership is not shown by President David Granger, who, by law, has to set a date for elections that is in keeping with the Constitution of Guyana, but, since December 2018, has failed to do so.This is according to former People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Chief Whip Gail Teixeira, who was at the time appearing on the Globespan 24×7 live show in New York, USA on Sunday.Also appearing on the panel with her was Working People’s Alliance (WPA) Executive Member, Dr David Hinds and Liberty and Justice Party (LJP) Presidential Candidate Lenox Shuman.According to Teixeira, Guyana is at a crossroads where it can either respect the Constitution, or become a pariah State that does not respect the rule of law. She noted that the onus was on President Granger to respect the Constitution.She pointed out that despite the ruling, the status quo remained the same, and Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairman, Retired Justice James Patterson remained at the helm of the elections body despite being declared unconstitutionally appointed by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).She stressed the importance of the President making efforts in good faith to comply with the ruling and the Constitution, so that his public utterances that he respected the CCJ ruling could have some credibility. These good-faith efforts, she noted, would include Granger seeking Patterson’s resignation.“The attitude of the Government since the ruling has been less than inspiring and, frankly, quite disturbing. We need good-faith efforts by the President, to advise Mr Patterson to resign. We have to have good-faith efforts by Granger to name a date for elections within 90 days from June 18, based on the CCJ ruling.“Those two things, were he to do them, would certainly enhance the Government’s dedication or declared dedication to the Constitution and would give some comfort to Guyanese that we are still within the democratic fold of countries. That is the next step,” Teixeira said.According to Teixeira, anything other than concrete good-faith efforts from the President would mean he has been paying nothing but lip service when he declared his respect for the decision. Her call for good-faith measures was echoed by Shuman.Meanwhile, Dr Hinds noted that the two political sides now have to come together in some kind of compromise. According to Hinds, it is his hope that the leaders can put the country as a priority in seeking such a compromise.However, Teixeira high-lighted the importance of the Constitution, which she noted was supposed to guide the behaviour of citizens and was sacrosanct. She also pointed to all the effort that went into creating the constitutional changes during the 1999 to 2001 constitutional reform process.As a way forward, all the panelists were in agreement that the political parties should agree on a strict timeline to be followed in order to appoint a new GECOM Chairman. And with Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo already declaring that he has a list of candidates ready to provide to the President, Teixeira noted that such an appointment could be made in a week by the President.Last week, the CCJ ruled that the no-confidence motion tabled in Guyana’s National Assembly in December 2018 had been validly passed and, therefore, general elections must be held within a stipulated time frame. It also ruled that Patterson was illegally appointed.President David GrangerFinance MinisterWinston JordanBut while Granger publicly announced his respect for the CCJ rulings, his Ministers have been less respectful. Government Ministers have, in fact, made statements that defied the CCJ rulings and even the CCJ’s jurisdiction in Guyana – although Guyana has recognised the Court as its final appeals court since 2005. The first such statements were made by Finance Minister Winston Jordan. According to Jordan, the coalition Government is not prepared to call elections unless House-to-House Registration is carried out regardless of what the CCJ or anyone says. Jordan made this statement during a Government outreach in Bartica on Tuesday, in the presence of several other Ministers of Government. At the time, Jordan also rallied coalition supporters to protest if necessary for House-to-House Registration. This is despite the fact that this exercise is likely to further delay elections that were constitution-ally due since March 21 of this year.Minister of StateDawn Hastings-WilliamsOn Friday, Minister of State, Dawn Hastings-Williams rejected the CCJ’s appellate jurisdiction during a bizarre protest staged by several Government Ministers and a few A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) supporters outside GECOM’s headquarters, where they were calling for House-to-House Registration before elections were held.Hastings-Williams voiced her blatant disregard for the CCJ as Guyana’s final court of appeal by saying that that Court had no authority to issue any consequential orders on Monday, since Guyana is an independent state with its own laws. The PNC, through General Secretary Amna Ally, has since distanced itself from her comments.The CCJ has set today as the date to hand down con-sequential orders, though it has given the opposing sides an opportunity to craft their own way forward, to be submitted to the Court for consideration.last_img read more

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Talisman donates to Upper Halfway School

first_img– Advertisement -Upper Halfway School recently received a $4,500 donation from Talisman Energy.The cheque was presented on Friday and will support the purchase of musical instruments for a new program for grades K-7.The funds will also be used for sports equipment. Since the school doesn’t have a gymnasium, students use an outdoor rink and there is a big need for more protective equipment.  Photo of (from left to right) Paul Perkins (Senior Community Engagement Advisor – Talisman Energy), Dave Burridge (Principal at Upper Halfway School) and Kris Chenier (Head Teacher at Upper Halfway School) – photo provided by SD 60.last_img

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Guyana Amazon Warriors new merchandise on sale

first_img– road show rolls into Parika todayThe “Biggest Party in Sport” opens at Providence on Thursday, August 9 when the Guyana Amazon Warriors begin their campaign against last year’s runners-up, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots.The commencement of ticket sales locally on July 19 was the first step in the lead-up to the excitement that only comes from the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL). This year, Guyana will host five preliminary matches involving the Guyana Amazon Warriors plus two play-off games that will be contested among the top four teams following the league phase of the tournament, which is now in its sixth year.All set. This excited fan displays her tickets and Warriors top with prideProvidence has been considered the ‘sacred hunting ground’ of the Amazon Warriors mainly as a result of the overwhelming support from local fans. As such, the local franchise has made official players’ merchandise available for sale as is customary annually for the adoring fans. There are hats and caps; playing and warm-up replica tops, long and short sleeved; playing and warm-up trousers, both long and short, all in various sizes for children and adults.Additionally, souvenir items are on sale, including coffee mugs, umbrellas, bats, balls, batting gloves and pads, and helmets.However, fans are urged to only buy from the Guyana Amazon Warriors Merchandise Shop at 232 Camp and Quamina Streets in Georgetown as there may be some imitation items elsewhere. In previous years, unsuspecting patrons bought bogus merchandise and even paid higher prices than the authentic TYKA items.Meanwhile, the Guyana Amazon Warriors began a road show with the Warriors bus taking to the streets on Saturday along the East Coast of Demerara. The bus stopped at the Mahaica and Mon Repos Markets where the models interacted with jubilant fans and shared out gifts, including arm bands and flags. Today, the road show will roll to the Parika area where the excitement will continue and fans are urged to join in the fun.The sixth edition of CPL begins on August 8 in Trinidad with defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders taking on St Lucia Stars at the Queen’s Park Oval before the attention shifts to Providence. The Amazon Warriors will play the Stars on August 11 at Providence from 16:00h and will complete their first phase of home matches on August 12 against the Barbados Tridents.The Shoaib Malik-led team will then head on the road for their away fixtures before returning to Guyana for assignments against Jamaica Tallawahs and Trinbago Knight Riders on September 8 and 9 respectively.Tickets are on sale at 232 Camp and Quamina Streets, Georgetown; 19 Princess Elizabeth Road, New Amsterdam and at Imam Bacchus General Store at Affiance on the Essequibo Coast.last_img read more

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Popular and unique coaster has ups and downs

first_imgVALENCIA – It twists and spins and hurdles its riders, but all those thrills come at a cost. For riders, experiencing X can mean more than four hours in line. For Magic Mountain at Six Flags California, the ride’s complexity has meant cost overruns, legal battles and engineering nightmares as wild as the head-over-heels roller coaster. In a high-stakes competition over which of the world’s parks has the most thrilling coasters, Magic Mountain’s experience with X shows the pitfalls of relying on the latest in coaster technology. “It was supposed to be the nuke bomb in the coaster war,” said Robert Niles, the Pasadena-based editor of ThemeParkInsider.com. “The specs on the ride were just audacious. It switched the war from being who could build the tallest, fastest coaster to who can create the most intense experience.” But X, which was supposed to cost $6.6 million, ended up costing more than $17 million, according to court documents. And technical kinks are still being worked out, five years after it opened. When the theme park disclosed plans in 2000 to build X and two other rides, coaster fans heralded the announcement as a huge expansion of the park. It was an era when Magic Mountain was in the running to be the world’s coaster capital, a title it recently gave up to Cedar Point in Ohio, which has 17 coasters to Magic Mountain’s 15. For a time, Magic Mountain even centered its marketing strategy on X, calling itself the “Xtreme park.” Now, Magic Mountain’s corporate owner, Six Flags Inc., has no immediate plans to build another coaster at the Valencia theme park, said company spokeswoman Wendy Goldberg. Six Flags has a new game plan: attract families. “For a very long time there’s been almost an arms race with regards to getting the most complicated and technologically sophisticated rides up in the park, and of course that lends a degree of uncertainty in terms of cost and completion time,” Goldberg said. “We’re not swearing off thrill rides in the least. But for the time being, we do want to balance out our offerings so thrill riders and families can both come to the park and find everything they want for a great day of entertainment,” she said. Coaster fans celebrated the idea behind X as a head-spinning concept. Ultimaterollercoaster.com wrote in a 2002 article, “Initial reaction to X was almost disbelief. Had the ride designer gone insane?” X is called a “fourth-dimension” coaster. The new “dimension” is because riders’ seats, positioned on either side of the track, rotate 360 degrees as the ride plunges and loops. But for Six Flags, the ride’s complexity was its downside, contributing to long lines. X is still the only ride of its kind in North America. “Believe me, if this had been a huge hit and a highly reliable attraction at Magic Mountain, you absolutely would have seen it at other Six Flags parks around the country,” Niles said. X was supposed to open in June 2001, but technical problems delayed that until January 2002. The ride was down for maintenance during the busy summer months of June to August 2002, and it recently required routine off-season maintenance before re-opening earlier this month. X is still not running at its full capacity of 1,680 people an hour, contributing to the long lines. The ride needs to have three trains running to hit 1,680 an hour, and it normally has two, said Magic Mountain spokeswoman Sue Carpenter. The troubles with X go beyond lines and maintenance time. It made the company that built it a casualty of the coaster wars. The decades-old Arrow Dynamics, a pioneer in steel coasters that in 1975 opened the first modern looping coaster, went bankrupt in 2002, the same year X opened. The ride proved so complicated that Six Flags had its own engineers redesign parts of it because they didn’t work, according to a complaint filed in federal bankruptcy court. Six Flags claimed an ownership stake in the ride’s technology because of modifications from its own engineers. Arrow countered in court that Six Flags scared away potential buyers, by telling them it had partial rights to X’s technology, and tried to have the only “fourth-dimension” coaster in the world. The two sides settled their dispute in 2003. Arrow eventually was bought by S&S Power Inc. of Utah. “I can’t comment on the history of the bankruptcy of Arrow,” said Quin Checketts, the son of S&S’s founder and the company’s director of technical services. “But I do know that X turned into a difficult challenge for them, and it probably contributed to the financial trouble that they were in.” After S&S bought Arrow, the combined company built another “fourth dimension” coaster. Eejanaika opened last year at Fuji-Q Highland in Fujiyoshida, Japan. The ride is a new and improved version of X, with lighter trains and a smoother ride, Checketts said. Meanwhile, Six Flags has hired S&S to redesign the trains on X, to lighten them and to limit down time, Checketts said. For its part, Six Flags, like other parks, is spending less money on new rides than it used to. In 2005, the company announced that it would reduce capital investments in its parks from $140 million a year to about $100 million. Meanwhile, five years after X opened, some coaster fans who travel the nation for a good free fall or to ride an old “woodie” coaster have still not ridden it. Mark Cole, 46, is president of the 7,900-member American Coaster Enthusiasts. The Florida resident has made three trips to Magic Mountain in recent years, and X was never open when he came. “It is well known by our members,” Cole said. “They do want to ride it when they’re there, and that is one of the reasons why they want to go to that park.” Eric Hernandez, 28, is a Burbank resident psyched to get on X for the first time one day. But he is not one to stand in line too long, especially when the ride is not running at full capacity. “Literally, like in 15 minutes, we moved like five feet, and we saw one car go by,” he said. alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (661) 257-5253 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! 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Carvajal confident Real can still win La Liga

first_img0Shares0000World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo (L) will go head-to-head with Real Madrid teammate and Spanish captain Sergio Ramos in the all-Iberian clash in Sochi on June 15, 2017MADRID, Spain, Dec 27 – Defender Dani Carvajal insists Real Madrid can still win the Spanish league, despite the 3-0 El Clasico defeat by Barcelona that left them 14 points adrift in the La Liga title race.“We have not lost it nor has Barcelona won it. It is a lot of points. But we are going to try to win the matches that remain and see if we can lift the title. “La Liga is not won or lost in December,” he said in an interview published Wednesday in Spanish sports daily AS.“It was a hard loss, but we are Real Madrid. We have had a fantastic year and there are still six months left in the season,” the 25-year-old added when asked about Real’s loss at home to Barcelona.The Spanish giants completed a double of Champions League and La Liga titles last season and have since added the Club World Cup trophy and the European and Spanish Super Cups.But coach Zinedine Zidane has come under fire in recent weeks for the first time since taking over at Real, after their faltering start to the domestic league campaign and a Champions League loss to Tottenham Hotspur that left them facing a last-16 tie with big-spending Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in February.“The qualifying round against PSG is going to be very difficult, they have great players, we are going to give everything we have,” said Carvajal, who is under contract with Real until 2022.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Mark Hughes hints at late January signing as Stoke City exit the FA Cup

first_imgStoke manager Mark Hughes hinted at a late dip into the transfer market following the injury to Mark Wilson in Saturday’s FA Cup defeat to Crystal Palace.Wilfried Zaha scored the only goal of the game as the Potters were dumped out of their second cup competition of the week.Wilson left field with a ‘significant injury to his knee’ according to Hughes, leaving the Welshman light in terms of defensive cover.“You’re looking at a period of 10-12 weeks,” said Hughes.“He could be out for a significant amount of time so at the moment, given our defensive options and the guys that we have unavailable, we are a little bit light.“We might have to look at our options, maybe short term from now until the end of the season.“It’s not an area which we were looking to strengthen so we don’t know what is out there.“We hadn’t given that area the consideration it probably deserves now in the current circumstances.“You never know, but I’m sure once people realise that we might be a little bit shy of defensive numbers  I’m sure we will get a lot of calls between now and the window closing.”last_img read more

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DD Motoring: Hybrids for the Hills of Donegal!

first_imgI start my journey ‘up stream’ of Letterkenny this week at Newmills near Glenswilly. I am out for a spin in one of the many new Toyota Hybrid cars. Even though it’s the first day of spring when they say the day and night are the same length, the sun is going down far too fast for my liking. I grab my camera for a couple of quick photos of the brilliant white Toyota Uras which I parked up along PF Gallagher’s perfectly preserved corn mill.You can just make out the beautiful mill wheel to the side of the old building and to the left of the mill you can hear the rattle of the River Swilly, all business on its way out into Lough Swilly before eventually making its way to the Atlantic Ocean. Advertisement The same but different. the new Toyota Hybrid Auris and the New Mills, both taking their power from nature. Photo Brian McDaidPF Gallagher was an old man when I was a boy. My father would head out there for the messages for the house with us all piled into the back of an old Anglia estate (HIH 866). They had the freshest of Grant’s ham in the shop which, Carrie , PF Gallagher’s sister would finely slice. My father also could have a half and a bottle in the shop which doubled up as a bar as he waited on his shopping.As a boy running around Newmills, I never could quite figure out how the mill worked. The mill wheel was one of the biggest wheels about but yet it was higher than the River Swilly that flowed past it. How did the water make it work? It was only in later years when the Board Of Works took the mill over and stripped all the overgrown trees back that I could fully understand the workings of the water wheel.It’s hard to believe that PF Gallagher’s old corn and flax mill and this new Toyota Hybrid are both finding energy to produce power from nature! PF went up stream from Newmills and diverted part of the Swilly off to the side, the flow of the river above that would push it down its new path.That water would make its way down into the mill dam which is higher than the buckets on the mill wheel. As the buckets fill the beautiful mill wheel gathers momentum and starts to turn. On a normal mill back in the day that would have enough to get the corn milled and the provide power for the scutcher to work the flax, PF Gallagher went a step further; he was also producing electricity from a generator also driven by the mill wheel, which was supplying power to lights for the mill from the River Swilly. Advertisement The mill was lit by electric light where the homes in the local area were lit by candle. PF Gallagher could have sold you electricity if you wanted it and had the means of holding it. Back in the those days the radios in the homes were called a wireless!Not a thing to do with broadband or anything like that, they were called wireless because they used what was called a dry battery to power them and did not need to be plugged in. PF could charge them from the generator at the mill and you could carry them home, power up your radio and tune into “Athlone” and listen by candle light.Meanwhile back at the millSo what has a hybrid got to do with a 200 year old mill. Everything!PF Gallagher extracted power from nature. PF could sit at Newmills and wait for a flood to flow down the Swilly and he was on full power. His mill was stationary where the new Toyota Hybrid is mobile. The Toyota power sources on in its ultra efficient engine, whereas PF’s River Swilly was his power source at the mill to run it and produce electricity – the same can be said about the hybrid motorcar.In an ideal world an all electric car would be perfect, but when you consider that most of us can’t keep our mobile phones topped up with power, the Hybrid is the way to go. The Engine on the Hybrid provides the main power supply, but like PF the Hybrid is getting that best possible use of the engine as it is driving the car on the road and is also producing electricity which is stored in the latest in battery technology.Then when the car is in slow moving traffic in town driving, it switches to an electric motor which is driven by the batteries on board. This is where the Hybrid wins over any ordinary car as it is not burning fuel sitting in traffic as the electric motor will move it along with out starting the engine.The big brakesLike our miller PF Gallagher, the Hybrid also is using gravity to recharge the batteries. The gearbox in the Hybrid (CVT) is automatic and when you set it in B setting in drive the brakes and the transmission gather energy to recharge the cars batteries when the car is going down hill.Just made for the Hills of Donegal.The Toyota Hybrid gearbox with the B setting which charges the batteries through the brakes when the car is going down hill. Photo Brian McDaid.Unlike PF Gallagher you don’t need a flood in the Swilly to go and enjoy the benefits of driving the New Toyota Hybrid! The engine is always there to supply the drive and recharge the batteries, so you could say it’s wireless as well in that you do not need to plug it in to charge the batteries. This week drove the Auris, it just looks like any other family car, ours was in white with the “SOL” trim level, complete with stylish black alloy wheels.First days of spring. The Toyota Hybrid Auris which is more friendly to the environment. Photo Brian McDaidAnd finally…And what about the Hybrid in snow?Just one of the questions I was asked this week when out testing one of the latest Hybrids, another one was can you charge your phone in them? And the other question is where do you plug them in?There are great interest in these car of the future. So much so that Toyota in Donegal are organising a Hybrid information weekend at the start of April at their showrooms where the range of cars will be on show. Also Experts from Toyota HQ will be in Donegal to talk and answer questions about Hybrid cars and also talk about Toyota’s long term plans for building cars that will be kinder to our environment, and hopefully they will be able to answer some of the may questions the public are interested in.Happy Motoring FolksDD Motoring: Hybrids for the Hills of Donegal! was last modified: March 24th, 2017 by Brian McDaidShare 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:dd motoringLough SwillymillNEWMILLSpf gallaghertoyota hybrid aurislast_img read more

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ANNE MARIE TO GET 3,000 NORTHWEST 10K WALKERS AND RUNNERS OFF TO FLYING START

first_imgThe 16th North West 10k will be officially started by the joint Donegal Person of the Year Anne Marie Ward.The news has been confirmed by 10k Chairperson Grace Boyle as the build up begins in earnest for the charity race and walk which takes place on Sunday, May 6th in Letterkenny.The event is expected to attract more than 3,000 participants this year. The charities who will benefit this year are the Buddy Bear Appeal; the Donegal Down Syndrome Association and MS Ireland Donegal.All charities who register with the 10k committee will receive support including having their name posted on the website.This is the 16th year of the North West 10k charity and to date the event has raised an overall total of 590,000 euro for 27 different charities.In 2011 a record number of around 3,000 took part and the organizing committee is expecting that figure to be exceeded significantly this year. Among the high profile names that have already committed to walking the 10k on May 6th are the County Manager Seamus Neely and the Mayors of Donegal and Letterkenny Noel McBride and Gerry McMonagle. Race Director Brendan McDaid is appealing to all runners to register on-line at www.northwest10k.com while the organizers are using a chip system this year for athletes, which will automatically record their times at the finishing line. ANNE MARIE TO GET 3,000 NORTHWEST 10K WALKERS AND RUNNERS OFF TO FLYING START was last modified: April 10th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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