Keep calm – Ranieri warns Leicester

first_imgLONDON (AP):Claudio Ranieri shed his coy and cautious demeanour yesterday to flaunt his euphoria about Leicester being on the brink of the Premier League title in the most stunning season in the club’s 132-year history.Breaking the habit of a season, when Ranieri has mostly restricted himself to prioritising top flight survival, the manger finally publicly acknowledged the target is delivering the title.With 12 points to play for, Leicester have a five-point lead over Tottenham as they looks to collect the biggest prize in English football for the first time.The pursuit of the title has overshadowed the landmark already achieved: steering Leicester into the Champions League for the first time by securing a top-three finish.”Hey man, we are in Champions League!” Ranieri said at a giddy news conference appearance at the central England club. “Dilly-ding, dilly-dong, come on! You forget.”You speak about blah, blah, blah, but we are in Champions League! Come on man!”Leicester’s hierarchy were mocked for hiring Ranieri last July having only just avoided relegation from world football’s richest league.The 64-year-old Italian had been out of work for almost a year after being fired by Greece for making a wretched start to European Championship qualifying.And he hadn’t coached in England for 11 years since being fired by Chelsea. Now Ranieri’s team is a staggering 29 points ahead of defending champion Chelsea, with the two teams meeting in the last round.”Fantastic, fantastic. Terrific. Well done. Well done to everybody,” Ranieri said. “The owners, the fans, to the players, the staff, everybody … it’s a great achievement, great achievement. Unbelievable. And now we go straight away to try to win the title. Yes. Yes man!”Amid the unusual expressiveness, Ranieri still had a serious message for his players: “Keep calm.”One key player will be missing this weekend: top scorer Jamie Vardy. The 22-goal striker is banned for tomorrow’s visit of Swansea and is waiting to discover if the suspension will be extended after admitting that his conduct toward the referee was improper after being sent off in last Sunday’s draw with West Ham.”Now we go straight away to try to win the title. Yes man, only this remains,” Ranieri said. “I talk to my players, ‘Come on, now is the right moment to push’.”I always believe. I am a positive man. If Tottenham go above us, congratulations, but I prefer to be five points ahead.”last_img read more

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Fair finale for Jamaica in Badminton Int’l

first_imgHost nation Jamaica had to settle for second best, behind their international opponents, as the third annual Jamaica International Badminton Tournament climaxed yesterday, at the National Indoor Sports Centre.There were two local flag bearers in yesterday’s final; Mikaylia Haldane and Katherine Wynter in the curtain raising women’s doubles.All Jamaica champions Dennis Coke and Katherine Wynter paired up in the mixed doubles, which was played, after press time.Haldane and Wynter finished second, copping silver, behind gold medallists and top seeded Leanne Choo of Australia, and Rachel Honderich of Canada, who outclassed them 21-2 and 21-8.The Jamaicans, though losing were not dejected, according to top ranked Katherine Wynter.GOOD GAME”Overall it wasn’t a good game, we could have put up a much better fight, I think with a lot more training and practice we can put up a better fight next time,” the 21-year old told The Gleaner.Wynter, when asked, sought to address the issue of whether foreign players are superior than Jamaicans, noting; “they have more ability to go to major tournaments, and more experience.”Wynter bemoaned lack of exposure, experience and funding.Jamaicans; Alana Bailey and Geordine Henry copped third place, as beaten semi-finalists.Local badminton fans had much to cheer about at the tournament which has been quiet so far, with an intriguing men’s singles final which saw top seeded Adam Mendrek, of the Czech Republic, lose a world-class battle to fourth seeded Soren Toft, of Denmark.The scores were: 21-14, 14-21 and 22-20 to the Dane, who overcame injury stoppages on the court in the second set en-route to his epic win.That game was slated to follow the Women’s Singles Final, top ranked Rachel Honderich versus Slovakian Martina Repiska,ranked second.last_img read more

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Time to get serious and stop the scourge of smuggling

first_imgDear Editor,Where is Guyana going when it comes to law and order? When will we, as a nation, get serious and stop the scourge of smuggling?Recently, the media reported that two Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) officers were shot with pellets by smugglers. From what I read, the two officers were part of a GRA team that attempted to intercept a vehicle and a boat suspected to be operated by smugglers transporting smuggled chicken and alcohol at Bee Hive, East Coast Demerara.Smuggling has taken root as a nasty part of Guyana’s underground trade. These ‘big shot’ smugglers plus a swarm of small-time hustlers doing the same wickedness do not give two hoots that their crimes cost Guyana countless millions of dollars in funds for social development. This loss deprives law-abiding citizens of much-needed benefits like improved health care, better education, proper roads and infrastructure etc.People hell bent on gorging themselves on the proceeds from crime have been smuggling fuel, gold, food, electronic equipment, alcohol, cigarettes and much more across Guyana’s borders for decades. Much talk and some anti-smuggling campaigns have done little to slow them down, much less stop them.Smuggling in Guyana reached its zenith in the 1970s when the Government of the day banned essential goods such as flour, onion, garlic, corned meat and salt. Even sugar was being imported in those days.In those days, many people believed that the External Trade Bureau was controlling imports at the behest of the then Government and many basic commodities were not readily available.Therefore, many citizens turned to smuggling to get essential goods for themselves and for resale. The Government back then obviously meant well and did not realise the extent to which people would go in order to get essential consumer items.Today, even though all these goods are available to everyone in great abundance, the reality of smuggling remains, and it is a thriving business.Smugglers pay no tariffs or taxes. Therefore, they undermine legitimate businesses that not only pay all tariffs, but also pay NIS and other legitimate operating expenses, thereby contributing to the coffers of this nation and enabling our Government to provide us with services that are essential to our people’s wellbeing.This is not the first-time smugglers have shot at GRA officials. Thank God, the injuries to the GRA officers were not life threatening. I wish them speedy recovery and hope they resume their duties fearlessly, when they are healed.Obviously, the team members were not cowards; actually, they were very professional in their approach to these criminals. Thankfully, arrests were made. Kudos to the officers and to GRA for having such committed personnel in the law enforcement department.I suggest that we set-up an intelligence gathering network around the country. This network can particularly target smuggling hotbeds such as Charity, Corriverton, Anna Regina, Mon Repos and Mahaicony.Our intelligence network could set up sting operations with officers infiltrating smuggling rings by pretending to be wholesalers or vendors willing to buy smuggled commodities.The GRA and Police can also set up a hotline to facilitate getting anonymous tips that would lead to the arrest of smugglers. Also, a reasonable reward can be offered in exchange for any information leading to the identification and arrest of smugglers.Sincerely,Roshan Khan Srlast_img read more

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Northern Lights Raceway Hosts Shortened Season Opener

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C.  – Though the rain did cut into racing on Saturday, Northern Lights Raceway played host to a successful first race of the 2016 season on Sunday.The drag strip unofficially began their 2016 season on Friday afternoon at 5:00 with street-legal drag racing that was open to the public. Though rain was threatening, it never materialized. Mark Brush with the Speedway says that turnout from the public was good, and that the event was far more successful than last year’s opener, which was shortened due to rain.Rain on Saturday meant that the ¼ mile was closed for the day, but Northern Lights was able to reopen, and saw 58 racers competing on Sunday.- Advertisement -In the Box Class, Elton Hagen took first place, while Merv Kowalski ended up in 2nd. The No Box Class was won by Steve Brietkreuz, though not far behind him was Amber Rutherford. The Pure Street Event was taken by Jordan Mayes, followed by Jason Gertz.Dave Marsh came in first place in the Bike Sled Class, Richard Rollinson took second place.The Top 3 racers in the Junior Class were: Noah MacDonald, Isabella Sasyn, and Grant Gessner.Advertisement Northern Lights Raceway's season opener on May 28th. Photo credit: Chris Newton Northern Lights Raceway’s season opener on May 28th. Photo credit: Chris Newton Northern Lights Raceway's season opener on May 28th. Photo credit: Chris Newton Northern Lights Raceway’s season opener on May 28th. Photo credit: Chris Newton Northern Lights Raceway's season opener on May 28th. Photo by Chris Newton Northern Lights Raceway’s season opener on May 28th. Photo by Chris Newton Photo by Chris Newton Photo by Chris Newton Northern Lights Raceway's season opener on May 28th. Photo credit: Chris Newton Northern Lights Raceway’s season opener on May 28th. Photo credit: Chris Newton Northern Lights Raceway. File Photo Northern Lights Raceway. File Photolast_img read more

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USC basketball notes: Stewart returns more determined

first_imgLodrick Stewart’s trip home to Mississippi for his great-grandfather’s funeral last weekend made the senior guard more determined than ever to have a future in basketball. Stewart’s family lives on a plantation covering a 10-mile area. He said his ancestors were brought from Nigeria as slaves, and that the slave owner left the plantation to the Stewarts when he died. Most of his family members have lived there ever since. “I just play better when he’s out there,” Stewart said. “I look up in the stands and see him and know it’s time to pick it up.” Been a long time: USC’s last victory at Arizona’s Mc- Kale Center came Jan. 17, 1985, by a score of 64-63. The Trojans’ 21 consecutive losses at Arizona are their most at any Pacific-10 Conference opponent. “We weren’t part of those,” said coach Tim Floyd, who was an assistant at Texas El-Paso when the streak started. “We’ve lost one to them.” Most players had no idea it had been that long since USC was victorious in Tucson, Ariz. USC has won its past twogames against the Wildcats, though both of those games were in Los Angeles. “Somewhere in the ’80s, I believe?” Gabe Pruitt said. “I just learned that today. Obviously, that’s a big challenge for us. I want to be a part of that, to make that history of being the USC team to go on the road and beat Arizona.” matthew.kredell@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Lodrick and his twin brother, Rodrick, moved to Seattle with their father, Andrew “Bull” Stewart, and attended high school there. Lodrick had not been back to Mississippi in sixyears. “It’s not like here (Los Angeles), where blacks and whites live next to each other and are friends,” Lodrick Stewart said. “It’s different in the South. There’s still slave houses out there.” Stewart said he sometimes feels lonely living on his own in Los Angeles. He came to USC with Rodrick, but his twin brother transferred to Kansas after his freshman season. “I have nobody to turn to here, no family,” Stewart said. “I hang out with teammates, and they’re like my family. But it’s still hard because it’s not like blood family.” Stewart did get some good news on the trip to Mississippi. His father, who runs a gym in Seattle and has been to a handful of games this season, plans to attend every USC game the rest of the season, starting tonight at Arizona. center_img “I don’t care about driving big cars or none of that,” Stewart said. “All my money is going to help them get out of there. It’s about family first, that’s how I was brought up. I just want to make it, it don’t matter if it’s the NBA or overseas, so that I can help them.” He hopes to move his whole family out to the West Coast someday. last_img read more

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Craigslist becomes avenue for sex trade

first_imgGARDEN CITY, N.Y. – The eight women visited Long Island this summer along with vacationing families and other business travelers, staying in hotels and motels in commercial strips in middle-class suburbs such as East Garden City, Hicksville and Woodbury. Their ages ranged from 20 to 32. Three had come all the way from the San Francisco Bay Area; one came from Miami. Two lived less than 60 miles away, in Newark and Elizabeth, N.J., and two even closer, in Brooklyn. All eight were arrested on prostitution charges here, snared in a new sting operation by the Nassau County police that focuses on Craigslist.org, the ubiquitous Web site best known for its employment and for-sale advertisements but which law enforcement officials say is increasingly also used to trade sex for money. Nassau County has made more than 70 arrests since it began focusing on Craigslist last year, one of numerous crackdowns by vice squads from Hawaii to New Hampshire that have lately been monitoring the Web site closely, sometimes placing decoy ads to catch would-be customers. “Craigslist has become the high-tech 42nd Street, where much of the solicitation takes place now,” said Richard McGuire, Nassau’s assistant chief of detectives. “Technology has worked its way into every profession, including the oldest.” Augmenting traditional surveillance of streetwalkers, massage parlors, brothels and escort services, investigators are now hunching over computer screens to scroll through provocative cyber-ads in search of solicitors. In July raids, the sheriff of Cook County, Ill., rounded up 43 women working on the streets – and 60 who advertised on Craigslist. In Seattle, a covert police ad on Craigslist in November resulted in the arrests of 71 men, including a bank officer, a construction worker and a surgeon. And in Jacksonville, Fla., a single ad the police posted for three days in August netted 33 men, among them a teacher and a firefighter. “We got hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of hits” in phone calls and e-mail messages, said John P. Hartley, the assistant chief sheriff there. Sex and the Internet have been intertwined almost since the first Web site, but the authorities say prostitution is flourishing online like never before. And while prostitutes also advertise on other sites, the police here and across the country say Craigslist is by far the favorite. On one recent day, for example, some 9,000 listings were added to the site’s “Erotic Services” category in the New York region alone: Most offered massage and escorts, often hinting at more. Law enforcement officials have accused Craigslist of enabling prostitution. But the company’s president, Jim Buckmaster, said its 24-member staff cannot patrol the multitude of constantly changing listings – some 20 million per month – and counts on viewers to flag objectionable ads, which are promptly removed. “We do not want illegal activity on the site,” he said. Asked whether the company supported the police’s placing decoy ads on Craigslist, Buckmaster said: “We don’t comment on the specifics” of law enforcement. Craig Newmark, the site’s founder and chairman, deferred all questions to Buckmaster. The police have also occasionally turned to Craigslist to trace stolen goods offered for sale or to make drug busts. In June, in Nassau, spotting code words such as “snow” or “skiing” to refer to cocaine, they set up a sting with an undercover officer to arrest a man who advertised cocaine for sex. Experts say that under the federal Communications Decency Act of 1996, the ads are legal and Web site owners are exempt from responsibility for content posted by users. While Buckmaster said Craigslist was no different from old-media publications that have long carried sex-oriented ads, law enforcement officials say its scope and format are especially useful to the sex industry. With listings for some 450 cities around the world, Craigslist claims to have 25 million users and 8 billion page views a month. Posting advertisements, except those in the employment and some housing categories, is free, as is responding to them by e-mail. The police say Craigslist has changed prostitution’s patterns, with people roaming the country, setting up shop for a week or two in hotels – often near airports – where they use laptop computers and cell phones to arrange encounters for hundreds of dollars, then moving on to their next location. “They like to move around, that’s for sure,” said McGuire. “They’re flying in from out of state because there is money here” on Long Island. In Westchester County this spring, the police in Greenburgh, Rye, Rye Brook and Elmsford formed a joint task force to investigate ads on Craigslist, resulting in 30 arrests. Some of those arrested were out-of-town prostitutes who booked numerous dates in advance, then whisked in for a busy couple of days, the police said. In Sandpoint, Idaho, population 8,105, R. Mark Lockwood, the police chief, said an arrest this summer involving Craigslist “was probably our first prostitution case since World War II.” Amid the police crackdown, in a game of electronic cat-and-mouse, the authorities say Web site users who get wind of enforcement sometimes post warnings to thwart investigators. The Craigslist modus operandi provides mobility, helping prostitutes keep a few steps ahead of the law, law enforcement officials say. It also affords a degree of anonymity – if they are caught, being away from home makes an arrest less embarrassing. Pimps have also adapted to the computer age, the police say. Among those arrested here in August, on charges of promoting prostitution, was Victor Teixeira, 31, of Mineola. “He was managing the technology of it,” said McGuire. “He recruited the women on the Internet. He put different ads up sometimes three times a day. He would screen the calls and make the appointments.” Teixeira pleaded not guilty; he could not be reached for comment. Most of the arrests are on misdemeanor charges, with convictions resulting in fines of a few hundred dollars; only repeat offenders risk jail time. The real penalties are the disruption of business, the cost of lawyers and the seizures of computers and cash – as much as several thousand dollars at a time. The police say the focus on such misconduct is worthwhile because prostitution is often linked to more serious crimes, involving drugs, weapons, physical abuse and exploitation of minors and immigrants. Law enforcement officials ask why Craigslist even includes Erotic Services among its 191 categories. Buckmaster, the company president, said the site created that category “at the request of our users” for legitimate massage, escorts and exotic dancers. In an e-mail interview, he said the police have praised the company’s cooperation, though he did not give examples.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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MURPHY HOPING GLENSWILLY CAN HAVE A GO AT ULSTER TITLE

first_imgGLENSWILLY’S Donegal Championship heroes have a chance to show they are good enough for a crack at the Ulster crown, star forward Michael Murphy says.The Donegal captain hopes Glenswilly will rise to the occasion when they face Cavan Gaels in the Ulster Club Championship this Sunday.The Cavan side – 12 times their county champions – are favourites in the preliminary round clash – but the presence of Murphy has everyone talking. He scored 1-7 in Glenswilly’s historic county final win over St Michael’s.“Never in a million years did we think we would be standing on the same pitch as Cavan Gaels in an Ulster Championship game,” said Murphy.“In the past teams like St Eunan’s, Glenties and Kilcar dominated the Donegal championship, but it is much more open now and we are delighted to be on the list of winners.“Donegal football seems to be getting stronger. Last year Glenties were just a couple of kicks away from beating Crossmaglen and winning an Ulster Championship and it would have been richly deserved. “But Cavan Gaels are one of the superpowers of the Ulster, along with the likes of Cross and St Gall’s, to name but a few.”Match is at Breffni Park in Cavan this Sunday with a throw-in of 3.30pm.MURPHY HOPING GLENSWILLY CAN HAVE A GO AT ULSTER TITLE was last modified: October 15th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:GAAglenswillylast_img read more

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SOCCER: DESSIE ‘ROCKER’ McLAUGHLIN STANDS DOWN FROM RATHMULLAN CELTIC

first_imgBACK-to-back league winners Rathmullan Celtic are coming to terms with the decision of their joint manager Dessie McLaughlin to step down from his role.The club reluctantly accepted ‘Rocker’s’ resignation at a committee meeting this week. In a statement the club heaped praise on McLaughlin for his incredible success – the club lost just two leagues games on their way to two titles.The club said: “Dessie informed the committee that he did not feel he was in a position to offer the commitment he requires of himself for the season ahead, owing to family and personal commitments. Under those circumstances, he felt he could not take the role on and so he offered his resignation which was accepted.“With our AGM upcoming on July 18th, Mark Curran remains in charge of team affairs. Mark has expressed his desire to recruit a resource to help fill the void left by Dessie.“On behalf of Mark Curran, the players, committee, our dedicated supporters who have followed Rathmullan over the past two seasons as well as anyone who has had the pleasure of being around to see history being made, we want to place on record our sincere gratitude to Rocker for everything that he put into making the success happen. “Since forming his managerial partnership with Mush, Rocker has brought a level of professionalism, dedication and discipline to Rathmullan that was never witnessed before.“Together with Mush and the players, Rocker has been part of a club that has brought untold pride to many people who hold Rathmullan close to their hearts.“This time two years ago, Rocker and Mush agreed to become joint mangers on their own terms, demanding that the committee of the club backed them and supported them in their work. In return they have brought back to back league titles to the Flagpole field. A feat nobody could have predicted when they took over.“Throughout the title winning campaigns in the CT Ball Division 2 and the Milford Inn Division 1, the team lost just two games, one per season. A remarkable achievement at any level.“Winning a first league title in Kerrykeel in April 2011 was a momentous day for football people in Rathmullan and sparked celebrations befitting of the occasion. To repeat the feat by downing St Catherines a year later in glorious sunshine in front of a bumper crowd in Rathmullan surpassed all expectations. Save for those of a remarkable management team.“In May of this year, the Rathmullan gaffers were recognized for their achievements with a joint Donegal League Manager of the Year award. “Rocker leaves his position with the club in a stronger position, both on and off the field, than ever before. We have the exciting prospect of top tier football for the first time on the New Flagpole, and we have a talented young team equipped to deal with the challenge, thanks in no small part to the tricks of the trade they have learned over the last 24 months from a master in the craft.“The new season is just five weeks away and the preparations are underway despite what is a setback for everyone. We look forward to another rollercoaster ride around the pitches of Donegal this winter.”SOCCER: DESSIE ‘ROCKER’ McLAUGHLIN STANDS DOWN FROM RATHMULLAN CELTIC was last modified: July 7th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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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SHADOW CAST OVER CELEBRATIONS AS YOUNG DONEGAL FAN DROWNS IN DUBLIN

first_imgDonegal celebrations have been overcast with sadness following the tragic death of a young fan in Dublin last night.The fan, Andrew Duffy, 24, from Termon, is believed to have drowned in the Canal at Binn’s Bridge at Phibsboro.The well-known Termon GAA player had been at the game earlier His body was taken from the Canal after midnight and he was pronounced dead just before 1am.Gardai have described the incident as a tragic accident.It is understood that he had been making his way back to where he was staying when he slipped and fell into the water.A full investigation has been launched into the circumstances surrounding the death. Former TD and local GP Jim McDaid said his nephew was with Andrew when the accident happened.“It is heartbreaking for the entire family and people around Termon and beyond,” said Dr McDaid.“The family are lovely people and for this to happen on a day when Donegal was celebrating such a brilliant victory is just so tragic.”Andrew’s home parish of Termon was in mourning at the death of the young man.He played senior football for Termon GAA team and was hugely respected in the community. He had been part of a talented young side which had won the All-Ireland Gaeltacht Junior championship.His father John, a Waterworks Caretaker with Donegal County , mother Margaret and sisters Leanne and Caroline were last night being comforted by family and friends.A special mass in his memory was attended by hundreds of people including members of the Donegal Senior Football team at St Columba’s Church in Termon tonight.Chairman of the Termon GAA club, Joe McDaid, said Andrew was a modest and quiet young man whose death had numbed the community. “Andrew was such a lovely young fella and was quiet and modest. He farmed and did a lot of fencing.“People are waking up to hear this news and they just can’t believe it has happened.“It has taken the whole shine off Donegal’s win for us. People are thinking about getting tickets for the All Ireland final but we’re just thinking of poor Andrew and his family.“It’s just awful what has happened,” he said.In a statement this evening Termon GAA club said: “Termon GAA was rocked to its core this Monday morning with the news of the tragic death of club member and senior team member Andrew Duffy.  The club would like to offer its condolences to Andrew’s family at this heart-breaking time. Our thought and prayers are with them.“Andrew represented the club at all age groups and was part of a very successful minor team which won county honours, but it was at senior level that Andrew excelled. Andrew won reserve player of the year in 2010 and made the breakthrough to being a regular starter for our senior team this season. Indeed, Andrew was the holder of his own All Ireland medal having played a significant role in Termon winning the All Ireland Junior Gaeltacht title earlier this year.  While scant consolation now, the last game of Gaelic football which Andrew saw between Donegal and Cork was one in which so many of the characteristics he himself brought to the game were on show: courage, skill, honesty and work rate were all evident in Croke Park and were always on display when Andrew wore the club colours.“If you had to pick one person to embody all the positive things in Termon GAA club, Andrew Duffy would have been that person. You will be sorely missed Andrew. Ar dheis de go raibh a anam.”SHADOW CAST OVER CELEBRATIONS AS YOUNG DONEGAL FAN DROWNS IN DUBLIN was last modified: August 28th, 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)Tags:ANDREW DUFFYCANALDROWNSTermonlast_img read more

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Spacecraft at midpoint of Mars trip

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The orbiter also will continue to seek evidence of water, scan the surface for sites to land future robotic explorers and serve as a communications link to relay data to Earth. Already, the orbiter has successfully returned data at 6 megabits per second, or about the speed of filling a CD-ROM every 16 minutes. The reconnaissance orbiter flawlessly launched aboard an Atlas V rocket in August for a 310-million mile journey to the Red Planet. It will spend the next few months dipping down into the planet’s upper atmosphere, using friction to slow down and lower its altitude. The orbiter is the last of its kind that NASA will send to Mars this decade. Budget cuts forced the space agency to cancel a $500 million mission to send another orbiter in 2009. However, NASA plans two additional Martian landing missions – the Phoenix Mars Scout in 2007 and the Mars Science Laboratory two years later. The orbiter’s primary mission ends in 2010, but scientists say it has enough fuel to last until 2014. The $750 million mission is managed by JPL. LOS ANGELES – A NASA spacecraft is halfway toward Mars, where it is expected to collect more data on the Red Planet than all previous Martian explorations combined. The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter successfully fired its six engines for 20 seconds last week to adjust its flight path in anticipation of its March arrival. It will fine-tune its trajectory two more times before it enters into orbit around Mars, said Allen Halsell, deputy navigation chief at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. Once in orbit, the two-ton spacecraft will join a trio of probes currently flying around Mars. The orbiter is loaded with some of the most sophisticated science instruments ever flown into space including a telescopic camera that can snap the sharpest pictures yet of the planet’s rust-colored surface. Previous spacecraft that have landed, circled or zipped past Mars have shot tens of thousands of images, but only about 2 percent of the planet has been seen at high resolution. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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