West Indies cricket, 50 years ago

first_img TITLE ROBBED The Shell Shield, the Red Stripe Cup, or the President’s Cup, whatever it was called, it served West Indies well, despite its many changes in scoring, which led to the result of the match between the Combined Islands and Trinidad and Tobago in 1975, according to the rules of the completion, ending as a draw instead of a tie, and robbed the Combined Islands of the title. There is also its latest change to a franchise system, with, for example, Jamaica, Barbados, and Trinidad and Tobago, now known as the Jamaica Scorpions, the Barbados Pride, and the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force. The late Allan Rae, a former president of the West Indies Board, said on the 21st birthday of the regional competition, “One only has to compare the performances of the West Indies team before Shell’s involvement with the performances since that involvement to appreciate the force for good that the Shell Shield has been on our cricket.” The regional competition started as the Shell Shield, it lasted until 1987 before it changed several times to include the Red Stripe Cup, the President’s Cup, the Busta Cup, and the Carib Beer Series to the present Professional Cricket League of the West Indies. It started with Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, and the Combined Islands before teams from faraway places like England and Kenya were invited to participate. The regional competition, which was won by Barbados on 12 occasions in its time as the Shell Shield, was rated by many as the best first-class cricket competition in the world because of the quality of its players and the level of its competition, especially in its early years. The first regional match, known as the Shell Shield, was played between the Combined Islands and Jamaica on January 27, 28, 29, and 31 at the Antigua Recreation Ground in St Johns, Antigua, and it was a draw. It was a match in which opening batsman Teddy Griffith, playing for Jamaica, made 150 runs, the first century in the competition, opening batsman Easton McMorris scored 134 in the second innings, the first of three successive centuries, including 127 not out, out of 236 all out against Trinidad and Tobago, and 190 versus Lance Gibbs and Edwin Mohammed of Guyana. Over the years, there have been huge scores, such as the Leeward Islands 718 for seven against Kenya in Antigua in 2004, Guyana’s 641 for five declared versus Barbados in 1967, and the Leeward Islands 613 for five declared against Trinidad and Tobago at the ARG n 1984, and low scores, such as Guyana’s 41 versus Jamaica at Sabina Park in 1986, the Combined Islands 53 against Barbados at Warner Park in 1974, and 54 by the Windward Islands at Arnos Vale in 1968. Fifty years ago, January 27, 1966, West Indies cricket came of age, fully of age. It was the first day of a regional competition, a competition that provided regular, though limited, competition of four matches per team on an annual basis, and a competition that undoubtedly lifted West Indies cricket into the company of cricket in England, Australia, South Africa, and India. Half a century ago, the Shell Shield was founded, and it signalled the start of the rise of West Indies cricket to the top. The West Indies started playing Test cricket in 1928, they made their presence felt for the first time in 1950 by beating England in England, in 1966, they had their first official and regular tournament, and by the 1980s, the West Indies were the undisputed champions of the world. Today, they are nowhere to be found, not anywhere near the top. In fact, near to the bottom of the ladder. Fifty years ago, following the illustrious careers of players like Frank Worrell, Everton Weekes, Clyde Walcott, Sonny Ramadhin, and Alfred Valentine, the Shell Shield arrived in time to complement those of great players like Garry Sobers, Rohan Kanhai, Seymour Nurse, Basil Butcher, Conrad Hunte, Wes Hall, Charlie Griffith, Lance Gibbs, Jackie Hendriks, and Deryck Murray. And it stayed around to herald the coming of champions such as Lawrence Rowe, Alvin Kallicharran, Viv Richards, Gordon Greenidge, Andy Roberts, Michael Holding, Bernard Julien, Keith Boyce, Richie Richardson, Malcolm Marshall, and Jeffrey Dujon, to name a few. SHELL SHIELDlast_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEREPORTS SATURDAY 5-1-2013Old Orchard Inn Saturday Division OneGweedore Celtic Reserves P v P Glencar Celtic Glencar Inn Saturday Division TwoCranford United Reserves P v P Downtown UnitedDowntown Cup Group AErne Wanderers 5 Milford United Reserves 1Erne Wanderers started the new year off with a comfortable win against Milford on Friday night under the lights in the Lakeside. Played in good conditions Erne started the better and took the lead in the fifth minute when they won a free kick on the right on the half way line and with Milford asleep they didnt react to the quick free played down the wing for Mark Dorrian to run into acres of space and he dribbled into the box and pulled the ball back to the edge of the area for Mulligan to run onto and pass the ball into the bottom corner for his 8th goal of the season. Wanderers were dominating all areas at this stage and creating chances at will but didn’t add to the score sheet until the half hour mark when Ryan O’ Brien returned a ball into the box after a corner was cleared to his feet. It looked harmless enough but when the ball bounced in front of the keeper the spin took it past the keeper into the net for a freak goal. The 3rd came at half time when Sticky Ward beat his man on the left side of the area and his cross come shot reached the back post where right back Micheal Dolan slid in to riffle into roof of the net. Milford made a change at half time and started the better of the two teams but did’nt create any real chances and the home team extended thier lead on the hour mark when Sticky Ward fired home from 6 yards. Milford got on the score sheet on 70 minutes when they got a penalty and it was neatly tucked into the corner under keeper O’ Brien’s dive. Wanderes got the fifth on 80 minutes when Cassidy’s long clearence caught the away defence napping and Ward raced clear to round the keeper and tap into empty net for his 7th of the season. A good team effort from the homster’s with Ward, Spratt and Cassidy the pick of the bunch and a good tem effort from Milford. Ref John McGlanagheyGlenea United Reserves 9 Tullyvinney Rovers 0Glenea got their Downtown Cup campaign underway with a comfortable win over Tullyvinney. In wintry conditions Glenea played with the aid of the wind in the 1st half and pressed for the opening goal. The home side were rewarded on 20 minutes when Lee O’ Brien was on hand to tap home after the away keeper failed to deal with a cross. Glenea extended their lead on 24 minutes when Sean Maguire released Michael Mc Clafferty and he slotted the ball home. Glenea got their third on 32 minutes when Martin Maguire converted Martin Doohan’s cross. Glenea’s fourth came on the break, with Tommy Rodgers running from the halfway line to slot the ball home. Any hope the Tullyvinney had of getting back into the game was reduced when Padraig McGee converted a penalty for Glenea on 50 minutes. Glenea added further goals from Martin Maguire, Martin Ferry and two more from Lee O’ Brien to complete his hat-trick. Best for Glena were Lee O’ Brien, Michael Mc Clafferty & Conor McGee, while it was team effort from Tullyvinney Downtown Cup Group BKilmacrennan Celtic Reserves 2 Donegal Town Reserves 2Kilmacrennan were held at home on Saturday by a resilient Donegal Town side in wet, mucky conditions at Lurgy Park. Kilmacrennan started the game brightly and had a number of half chances before their reward came in the 28th minute when Liam McBride put JJ Fleming through on goal with a nice through ball and JJ made no mistake in dispatching past the goalkeeper. The home side could have been two goals up 10 minutes later after some great work from Sean O’ Donnell down the left wing, but his perfect cross bounced up in front of Cathal Gallagher when it looked almost harder to miss. Kilmacrennan started the second half well too as the pitch started to show bad signs of wear but they got their second 4 minutes into the second half when Cathal Gallagher pounced on a mistake in the Donegal Town defence to place the ball into the empty net to give the hosts a two goal lead. Donegal Town pressed hard for a way back into the game and got one on the hour mark after Ted Bustard was slid through and he beat the keeper in a one on one situation. The Donegal forward was on the mark again 15 minutes later, capitalising on a mistake in the Kilmacrennan defence to score his second. Both teams pressed hard towards the end and either could have won it only for missed chances. A draw was a fair result in the end.Downtown Cup Group C Deele Harps P v P Gweedore United ReservesGlenree United Reserves 2 Ramelton Mariners 4On a wet afternoon in Glenree Park both teams started their cup campaigns and it was the away team that started well when a free kick was whipped in by David Fisher only to be missed by everyone to nestle in the corner of the net. The home side got themselves back into the game in the 20th minute when Kevin Doherty pressurised the goalie and right back into a mistake which lead to the equaliser. Glenree took the lead in the 30th minute when another free kick lead to a goal with Vinny Mc Laughlin flicking on a header which curled nicely into the corner of the goals. Glenree went in at half time deserved leaders after a very good first half performance. The away team knew they had a fight on their hands if they wanted to take anything from the game and they started very brightly in the second half but still were not creating any clear cut chances due to the Glenree defence. Indeed the homeside should have had the game sown up after they missed some glorious chances. In the end these chances cost them the game as with eight minutes to go for the first time in the game there was a mix up in the home sides defence which lead to the equaliser from Barry Mooney. The homeside never really recovered from that blow and conceded the third moments later when Cathal Mc Gettigan finished well and an easy fourth was tapped in for the away side. It was a very flattering scoreline for the visitors as they were well contained throughout most of the game until the bitter end and were given a very tough match. The homeside must now move on and take the positives from their performance. A team performance was put in by both teams but Ian Mc Elhinney stood out as man of the match with a great performance. Referee: John FerryFAI Junior CupRichmond FC 3 Keadue Rovers 2NO REPORTSUNDAY 6-1-2013Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionMilford United 0 Rathmullan Celtic 3Rathmullan came out on top in this highly anticipated local derby game following the Christmas break. Rathmullan started brightly creating some very good crosses which were dealt with by the Milford defence and keeper Caolan Mc Gettigan. Rathmullan’s best chance came when left back Paddy Sheridan’s rocket of a shot from 25 yards was tipped over by Caolan Mc Gettigan. The best chance of the half fell to Peter Doherty who received the ball from Ciaran McGinley but his shot was saved by the feet of Ian Strain in the Rathmullan goal. Rathmullan made the break through on 21 minutes, on the counter attack, when Oisin McMenamin broke from the half way line to finish well. Again ten minutes later from another counter attack Eamon Sheridan held the ball up and put a perfect pass into the path of McMenamin who again finished well. Paddy Sheridan scored a good goal breaking from left back in the injury time to secure victory. Rathmullan were deserved winners on the day showing great hungry to win, with fitness and confidence. Best for Rathmullan were Paddy Sheridan and Oisin McMenamin. Best for Milford were Paddy Peoples and Mark Flood. Referee: Kevin LogueKilmacrennan Celtic 5 Dunkineely Celtic 1Kilmac started the new year with a fine win over Dunkineely. The hosts started at a blistering pace and their first shot on goal came from Eddie Doherty who struck a thunderous shot off the woodwork. Ryan Shiels forced the Dunkineely keeper into a fine save moments later. The breakthrough came on fifteen minutes when Ryan Shiels rose highest and headed home a Michael McLaughlin corner. With twenty minutes played Doherty shot from the edge of the box and forced the Dunkineely into another smart save however this time Caolan Kelly was on hand to tap in from close range. Dunkineely played their way into the game and scored with five minutes remaining in the first half through Martin Cunningham. Kilmac had time for another goal however, when Aidan Friel made a fantastic run down the right wing to cross for Kelly to collect his second of the game.The second half was a different story as Dunkineely held the majority of possession. The Kilmac defence held strong and caught the visitors on the break when Michael McLaughlin found himself one on one and coolly finished. Kelly collected his hatrick when Eddie Doherty found the striker unmarked to ensure the three points for Kilmac.Best for Kilmac were Ryan Sheils and Caolan Kelly. Team effort from Dunkineely.Referee: Paddy DuffyGweedore Celtic 0 Lifford Celtic 1A blustering crosswind didn’t help matters but Lifford will be satisfied to come away with three points from An Screaban on Sunday afternoon. The visitors controlled the early exchanges but a few long range shots didn’t trouble Michael Mc Kelvey the home keeper.After fifteen minutes Thomas Diver found himself clear but the Lifford keeper parried away his shot. The only goal arrived on forty minutes .A mix up in the home defence allowed Jude Patton to nip in and calmly finished from close rangeThe game became rather scrappy in the second half and despite the best efforts of both teams, neither created any clear cut chances.Best for Gweedore Damien O’Sullivan and Cathal CampbellA team effort by LiffordReferee: Joe Mc HughCastlefin Celtic P v P Glenea UnitedWatson Hire Division OneArranmore United 0 Curragh Athletic 4Curragh claimed all 3 points on their visit to the Island scoring 4 times in the process. The goals came in the 45th 60th 70th and 82nd minutes with the following scorers Ryan Carlin, Shane Barclay, Gareth Gallagher and Dan O’ Brien. The first was scored by Shane Barclay, finishing a right wing cross at the end of 1st half then Ryan Carlin toe poked an effort home from inside the area following a long clearance. The third and fourth were from corners and quick breaks both times the visitors finishing well. Arranmore threatened on occasion going close from a free but were denied. Emmett Mc Nulty best for Curragh and team performance from Arranmore. Referee: Brian O’ Kane had an excellent game!Ballybofey United 1 Raphoe Town 1In a lacklustre affair played at the Finn Valley complex in Stranorlar Ballybofey United and Raphoe Town shared the points. Raphoe squandered an opportunity to take a first half lead when they failed from the penalty spot. Just as the half time whistle seemed imminent Alan Patton crashed home a blistering shot from forty yards to put the home side ahead. Ten minutes after the re-start Raphoe pulled themselves level but again were the authors of their own misfortune as they missed from the spot for the second time in the match and had to settle for a share of the spoils. Referee: Ed MooreDonegal Town 3 Drumoghill FC 1Donegal Town gained all three points from this evenly contested game at the Hospital Field. The best early chance came when Conor Mc Monagle slid the ball across to Benny Byrne, from the right hand side, but Byrne failed to convert knocking the ball over the bar. Drumoghill then should have taken the lead when Richard Moore’s effort hit the bottom of the post after he created space well inside the area. The opening goal came shortly afterwards when Mc Monagle produced a moment of real quality as he rose inside the area to fire home with a bicycle kick. Drumoghill got right back into it before the break when a mix up in the Donegal defence allowed Moore to race through and finish well to send the teams in level at the break. Drumoghill started brightly after the break but as the half wore on the home side grew increasingly into the game. Benny Byrne restored Donegal’s lead when he headed home powerfully from a Stuart Johnston cross. The three points were sealed in the dying moments when David Harron spun his defender on the edge of the area and fired in a low cross which was converted by Declan Brown at the back post. Best for Donegal were Mc Monagle and Byrne. Team performance from Drumoghill.Cranford United 1 Eany Celtic 1Due to the poor weather conditions the game was switched to tri-a-loughin Fanad and both teams took some time to settle into any real patternof play. On ten minutes a long ball from the goalkeeper was firedgoalwards by Neil Lloyd forcing Enda McHugh into a great save butBarry Rose forced home the rebound. Cranford quickly got back on terms when aPhilip Buchanan cross was tucked in by Danny McBride. The game ebbedand flowed from then on with not many chances at either end. Cranfordgot on top early in the second half when Eany were reduced to ten menwith half an hour remaining. They pilled on the pressure for theremainder of the match with half chances falling to Buchanan, ChrisCarr and Arthur Lynch but all were unable to find a winner. Chris Duffyand Michael McGinley were Cranford’s best with Declan Boyle and NeilLloyd the standout men for Eany. Referee: Mick Lagan.CT Ball Division TwoKerrykeel ’71 F.C. 3 Convoy Arsenal 2Kerrykeel ‘71 grabbed all three points in their first game of 2013 but they made hard work of it as it was simply a game of two halves with Kerrykeel ‘71 bossing the first half and Convoy Arsenal the second. The ‘71 went in front on thirteen minutes when Niall Doherty finished well after great work from Cathal Martin. Kerrykeel were playing great attacking football and made it two nil on thirty eight minutes when Miley Mc Bride cooly slotted home from six yards after a great one two with Cathal Martin. At half-time Kerrykeel probably thought the game was over but Convoy had other ideas with a great second half display of football. They got one back on fifty-six minutes when Eamonn Kelly swung in a great ball and Barney Mc Bride could only head into his own goal. Convoy kept pushing and got level on seventy two minutes after a Kerrykeel attack broke down and Paddy Melaugh broke clear and beat the advancing keeper. Convoy looked like the team that was going to lift all three points as they kept Kerrykeel on the back foot and Sean Friel making a few great stops. In the final seconds Kerrykeel launched a ball forward and Seimie Friel brought it down with a great touch driving into the box and as he was about to unleash his strike he was pulled down by the Convoy defender. With referee Dennis O’Donnell pointing to the spot, Mark “Sparky” Friel stepped up to convert from the penalty spot. Convoy didn’t deserve to loose the game, however the ‘71 grabbed all three points.Best for Kerrykeel 71: Cathal Martin, Mylie Mc Bride and Niall DohertyTeam Performance from Convoy ArsenalReferee: Dennis O’DonnellCopany Rovers 4 Dunlewy Celtic 0An emotionally inspired Copany outfit produced a four-star performance to beat promotion chasing Dunlewey by 4 goals to nil at Killowen Park.Darragh Brogan opened Copany’s account on 12 minutes when he latched onto a quickly taken throw from Marty McGrath and fired home from the edge of the box.Copany doubled their advantage on 28 minutes when Marty McGrath fired home from close range after the ‘keeper could only palm Darragh Brogans effort into his path.On 33 minutes David Graham broke the offside trap and drove the ball low past the ‘keeper to make it 3 for the hosts.Darragh Brogan wrapped up an excellent half when he broke the offside trap and fired to the corner of the net on 43 minutes following some good build up play from the Cobras.There were a few chances at either end in the second half, with both ‘keepers making two point-blank saves each. Brendan Mc Geady came closest to pulling a goal back for Dunlewey when he showed the quality of his left boot with a shot which crashed against the crossbar on 65 minutes.Team effort from Dunlewey, with a phenomenal team display of commitment from the Copany side, with every player playing their part in an outstanding win.Referee: Seamus Mc GroaryFAI Junior CupCappry Rovers 1 Innishvilla 3Cappry Rovers were defeated by a much stronger Innishvilla team in the F.A.I. Junior Cupin Cappry Park on Sunday.Play swung from end to end with both teams playing their hearts out in a good competitive opening period with both defences kept busy.Cappry opened the scoring in the twenty seventh minute when Kevin Mc Glynn fired to the bottom left hand corner of the net past the diving keeper following a cross.The visitors put the pressure on in search of the equaliser but it was Cappry who nearly scored through Malachy Martin but his shot went narrowly wide. Innishvilla got back on level terms in the thirty ninth minute when a shot from close range by Mickey Lynch deceived Benji O’ Meara and finished in the back of the net.The visitors went in front in the forty first minute through Mickey Lynch when the Cappry defence failed to clear their lines and he scored from close range.In the second half Cappry went in search of the equaliser, created a few good chances, one where the ball ran along the goal line but there was no one to finish it. Cappry had another shot which hit the crossbar. The visitors also hit the bar.Cappry threw caution to the wind and played three at the back but were caught in the eighty fifth minute when Mark Murphy beat the off side trap to drill the ball past the advancing O’ Meara in the Cappry goal to seal the game and put the Cork team through to the next round of the cup.DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUERESULTSSATURDAY 5-1-2013Old Orchard Inn Saturday Division OneGweedore Celtic Reserves               P v P                   Glencar CelticGlencar Inn Saturday Division TwoCranford United Reserves               P v P                   Downtown UnitedDowntown Cup Group AErne Wanderers                                5 v 1                   Milford United ReservesGlenea United Reserves                   9 v 0                   Tullyvinney RoversDowntown Cup Group BKilmacrennan Celtic Reserves        2  v 2                   Donegal Town ReservesDowntown Cup Group CDeele Harps                                     P v P                   Gweedore United ReservesGlenree United Reserves                 2 v 4                   Ramelton MarinersFAI Junior CupRichmond FC                                   3 v 2                   Keadue RoversSUNDAY  6-1-2013Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionMilford United                                0 v 3                   Rathmullan CelticKilmacrennan Celtic                         5 v 1                   Dunkineely CelticGweedore Celtic                              0 v 1                   Lifford CelticCastlefin Celtic                                P v P                   Glenea UnitedWatson Hire Division OneArranmore United                            0 v 4                   Curragh AthleticBallybofey United                           1 v 1                   Raphoe TownDonegal Town                                             3 v 1                   Drumoghill FCCranford United                               1 v 1                   Eany CelticCT Ball Division TwoKerrykeel ’71 F.C.                           3 v 2                   Convoy ArsenalCopany Rovers                                4 v 0                   Dunlewy CelticFAI Junior CupCappry Rovers                                1 v 3                   InnishvillaTOTAL FOOTBALL: DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE, EVERY MATCH REPORT, EVERY SCORE was last modified: January 6th, 2013 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:EVERY MATCHEVERY SCORETOTAL FOOTBALL: DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUElast_img read more

Pirates vie for Africa greatness

first_imgFirst round Zanaco (Zambia) 1-0, 2-1, 3-1 Second round TP Mazembe (DR Congo) 3-1, 0-1, 3-2 Group stage AC Leopards (DR Congo) 0-0 (h) Al Ahly (Egypt) 3-0 (a) Zamalek (Egypt) 4-1 (h) Zamalek (Egypt) 1-2 (a) AC Leopards (DR Congo) 0-1 (a) Al Ahly (Egypt) 0-0 (h) Preliminary round Djabal Club (Comoros) 5-0, 4-0, 9-0center_img Semi-finals Esperance (Tunisia) 0-0, 1-1, 1-1 (won on away goals) 1 November 2013 Orlando Pirates, who face Egypt’s Al Ahly in the first leg of the CAf Champions League final at Orlando Stadium in Soweto on Saturday, will be attempting to follow in the footsteps of the great Pirates side of 1995 – the only South African team to have won the African Champions League. The current team has resembled its predecessors by producing impressive results away from home, going against the grain to achieve the away wins and draws, which are traditionally exceptionally hard to come by in African competition. In fact, when the Buccaneers claimed the trophy in 1995, they also did it the hard way, drawing 2-2 with Asec Abidjan of the Ivory Coast in Soweto in the first leg of the final, before winning 1-0 away from home to come out on top 3-2 on aggregate. A fearsome test Pirates face a fearsome test in the 2013 final against Al Ahly, a team that the Confederation of African Football (Caf) named the “African Club of the Century” in 2000. With seven Caf Champions League titles to its name, Al Ahly is the most successful club in the history of the competition. It has also won a record 36 Egyptian Premier League titles, won the bronze medal in the Fifa Club World Cup in 2006, and placed fourth in the competition in 2012. However, Roger De Sa’s charges are unlikely to be overwhelmed by the task at hand, even though the task awaiting them is likely to be much tougher than it was in the group stages, when they faced Al Ahly during Ramadan, while the players were fasting, and in front of an empty stadium due to political unrest in Egypt. That’s what the 3-0 result in that game will do for players. Feet on the ground An impressive 4-1 victory over Al Ahly’s arch-rivals Zamalek will also serve as a confidence-booster for the Soweto giants, but a 1-2 defeat to the same side in Egypt and a goalless draw against Al Ahly at the Orlando Stadium will ensure that the South African club’s players keep their feet on the ground. On their way to the final, a victory over Democratic Republic of Congo powerhouse TP Mazembe, who appeared in the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2012, was a particular highlight and the kind of victory from which players grow. There were some who believed the Congolese would end the Buccaneers’ run, but a goal from Onyekachi Okonkwo in the second minute sent them on their way to a 3-1 victory in Soweto as Collins Mbesuma added a double. Away from home, however, Pirates were able to overcome the dark side of football in Africa, losing 1-0 on the day, but progressing 3-2 on aggregate, despite having to put up with multiple nasty hurdles. It began with the television broadcast of the match, which was cut just before kick-off in Lubumbashi. Then, during the game, Pirates captain Lucky Lekgwathi was shown a dubious red card and Mazembe were controversially awarded two penalties. Goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa, however, stood firm, saving both spot kicks to steer the Sea Robbers into the group stages of Africa’s premier club competition.Semi-final victory The side’s semi-final victory over Tunisia’s Esperance was also a notable feat. The Blood and Gold had in the previous three seasons won the Champions League in 2011 and finished as runners-up in 2010 and 2012. In the first leg of the semi-finals, they played a very defensive game in Soweto and managed to hold Pirates to a goalless draw. De Sa’s charges used that result to their advantage, however, and by scoring an away goal they effectively forced Esperance to score two goals to win the game in Tunisia. They could not, and the 1-1 draw saw the South African club into the final on the away goals rule. Character-building Such character-building results will have shown the Pirates players that they have it within them to capture the Caf Champions League title again. South Africans football fans, including fans who normally have allegiance to other clubs, appear to have rallied behind the Buccaneers. The common view is that a victory for Pirates would be a victory for South Africa. The Soweto club has displayed impressive maturity during the Champions League competition to undo the traditional dominance of teams from central and north Africa. A victory, though, is needed to round off the job and boost South Africa’s Premier Soccer League.Bring on the football!Pirates’ path to the finallast_img read more

6 killed, 150 injured in train collision in Pakistan

first_imgFrom M ZulqernainLahore, Sep 15 (PTI) At least six people were killed and over 150 others injured today when a Karachi-bound passenger train rammed into a stationary freight train near Multan in Pakistans Punjab province.The pre-dawn incident took place near Bucch railway station in Sher Shah area when Awam Express to Karachi from Peshawar rammed into a goods train whose driver had stopped to remove the body of a man overrun by it, said official Nadir Chattha.The passenger train moving reportedlyat aspeed of over 100 km per hour collided with the goods train.”The Awam Express driver was given the redsignal but he couldnot stop the train in timeand the collisiontook place,” said a senior railways General Manager Javed Anwar, adding an inquiry committee has been constituted to probe.The collision wrecked the engine and power van, and overturned four bogies of Awam Express, he added.Initial investigations suggest the driver of passenger train was at fault for the crash.The incident left at least six people dead and wounded over 150, out of which 18 were said to be in serious condition, said rescue official Abdul Jabbar.The express trains driver and foreman jumped out of the train and are absconding.”Many passengerswere rescued after cutting the coaches. The rescue operation completed in four hours or so and all injured have been shifted to Nishter and other hospitals of Multan,” said Jabbar, adding most of the passengers were sleeping at the time of collision.250 rescue workers provided medical aid to 50 injured passengers on the spot before transferring them to the hospital. All the injured have been taken out of the train.advertisement He said four coaches of the passenger trainhave completely been destroyed in the accident.Meanwhile, authorities have imposed emergency at Multans Nishtar Medical Hospital and Shahbaz Sharif Hospital.Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan expressed their grief over the incident and directed the authorities concerned to provide best medical treatment to the injured.Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif offered condolences to the victims of the accident.The railways have seen decades of decline due to several factors, including corruption and lack of investment.Last November, 13 people were killed in southwestern Baluchistan province after a trains brakes failed and it sped down the side of a mountain. PTI MZ UZM ABH AKJ UZMlast_img read more

Tax watchdog warns the GM closure is a sign governments shouldnt give

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) – While some people in Alberta say the federal government should help out the oil and gas industry, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) says the General Motors closure should act as a warning signal that corporate bailouts don’t work.CTF Federal Director Aaron Wudrick said while it is difficult to watch some major corporations struggle, that doesn’t mean the government should be picking which ones to invest in.“I certainly don’t blame folks in Alberta for saying ‘why will you bail out Bombardier? Why will you bailout the auto sector? But you won’t bailout the oilsands?’ I think the answer is that you can’t afford to bail anyone out.”He noted some of the regionalism that comes into play when corporations are bailed out in eastern Canada.“People rightfully start to get upset when they see one communities company getting saved, and then when something happens in their community there is no help, it strikes them as unfair. They are right, it is unfair.”When govts bail out Bombardier but not Blackberry; when they help automakers but not the oilsands; when they deem some companies worthy of taxpayer life support while letting others die; they are not just distorting our economy for the worse – they are sowing regional divisions.— Aaron Wudrick (@awudrick) November 26, 2018He is not, however, advocating for governments to do nothing about these layoffs.“I think it is entirely appropriate for governments to concern themselves with how do we help people who affected, but that is very different from bailing out the company.”He believes a few things could help the country.“What we can do is try and create business environments with streamlined regulations and lower taxes that attract all industries and have a level playing field,” he said. “You can look at ways to retrain people, you can look at ways to create an environment where you are confident that you are going to attract new work so that you are not so concerned about one particular company going under.”last_img read more

The REAL Niche Publishing Operating as an Independent Magazine in 2010

first_imgManagement MakeoverMany independent niche publishers are startups that are still struggling for a toehold. All About Beer is more than 30 years old, founded in the late 1970 (it’s headquartered in an office that overlooks the ballpark where the movie “Bull Durham” was filmed).  Bradford started writing for the magazine in 1983, when he was the marketing director for the Association of Brewers. When he left the AOB, All About Beer asked if Bradford would run the title. When he eventually bought it in 1992, the magazine was far below its potential, he says.Today, All About Beer is 26,000 paid circ. with total distribution of 37,000 copies per issue. It’s published six times annually with two annual issues and four festivals. Annual revenues are in the “$2 million to $3 million range” and split one-third circ, one-third advertising, and one-third events.Critical to the success of a niche publication is the incredible value and impact of each staff position. Running companies this small means every individual player has a significant role to play in the overall success of the corporation. At All About Beer, each team member has P/L responsibility necessitating extensive management processes. “We simply can’t afford a B player in such a lean organization,” says Bradford. “In addition, every team member has quite a broad reach of responsibilities. Again, the value of the horizontal organizational system over the vertical, or silo, approach can be seen in the validation individuals get for their overall performance and the challenges faced in managing.”Bradford follows a strict management structure in which employees must pay for themselves within 18 months. “Virtually everyone has a budget, usually created by themselves and approved by me and the vice president, which covers their areas of expertise,” says Bradford. “They are also given goals based on the previous year’s performance with the next year’s expectations.” The events department has its own budget and the team shares a bonus pool if they exceed revenue and margin expectations. The marketing team has numerical goals and qualitative goals, with bonuses split between both of them. Sales and production share numerical and qualitative goals, vesting each other in the successful execution of the two core information packaging channels.The horizontal approach, while sounding very elegant, does pose some management issues when working across areas, according to Bradford. For example; the “beer wrangler”—who is in charge of discovering trends and new brands—shares in the success of various areas, requiring more management attention to goal setting and evaluation. “Again, the really tricky bit for a niche publication of relatively small size is keeping the support process to a minimum, but making sure it is effective in guiding people toward their goals,” says Bradford.  “It’s not an easy balancing act.”Building Business SavvyMany would-be magazine entrepreneurs look at their venture the same way some people look at running a restaurant—as a lifestyle, not a business. But developing business savvy around publishing economics, not to mention advertising and newsstand distribution, is essential for any magazine to survive beyond its first few issues. Crawl, a magazine dedicated to off-road enthusiasts, launched in 2005 by three guys with a passion for the sport but not much magazine business sense. They quickly ran into financial troubles and in April 2008 hired John Herrick, a financial services veteran, to turn the operation around. “I came out of 25 years of financial services and I didn’t know diddly about the magazine business,” Herrick says. “But I loved the sport, took a 65 percent pay cut and thought I’d get a piece of the action.”The problems were readily apparent: Crawl was billed as a bi-monthly but didn’t put its first issue of 2008 out until March 31. Many vendor relationships had been severed due to lack of payment. “We reworked the banking relationships and renewed our relationship with the printer, who hadn’t been paid,” says Herrick. “We started answering the phone and talking to customers. We reworked advertising deals—one-third of our ads had been trade or barter.”Then in December 2008, the CEO changed the locks and ceased operations. “After all that work, it just stopped,” Herrick says. “They owed me for wages, I sued and ended up settling with the publishing company for the title, distribution agreements and subscription list. I was already in deep to begin with, I might as well see what would happen if it was mine.”Herrick reached an agreement with his former partners in June 2009 and put an issue out by the end of August. Subscribers didn’t know it was coming. “From a viral standpoint, a lot of people started talking,” says Herrick.  Getting costs under control was key. The budget for the January 2010 issue was about $26,000. To manage production costs, Herrick cut the average folio from 180 pages to 148 pages. All newsstand distribution was relegated to 50 percent sell-through based on historical patterns. “We had driven the newsstand cost to the point that if we were at 48 percent sell-through, we were just breaking even,” says Herrick, who claims sell-through today is in the 60 percent range. “We had to overcome that frustration of, ‘Should I send these guys $24 and just hope? Or do I spend $6 at Barnes & Noble and know I have at least that one?’”In the last 90 days, Crawl’s circulation has grown 6.5 percent, with  16,500 copies on the newsstand and 8,200 going out in subscriptions. The fastest growing area is in the southeast and Herrick is looking at distribution on military bases.Crawl also had to woo back advertisers. “Trying to launch at the end of the year, we knew it would be January before we got companies to commit to coming back,” he says.  Herrick implemented an across-the-board 35 percent rate cut but is still getting about a $90 CPM. Ad revenue increased 50 percent from issue 18 to issue 20. “Our overhead is close to nothing,” says Herrick. “We’re not paying rent for an office, we’re not supporting three full-time staff people, we’re not paying for warehouse space. I work out of my home and a contractor does layout and design.While Herrick projected Crawl wouldn’t make any money until 2010, the magazine turned a profit with its second issue back. “I don’t believe that Crawl will ever sell more than 30,000 to 35,000 copies per issue,” he adds. “For 2.5 employees, this a $300,000 year net profit operation. This magazine seems to have weathered the biggest storm you could imagine—self-implosion. If I don’t screw it up, it should be fine. There is every indication that people want it in print and are willing to pay for it.” Learning from Past Mistakes Justin Heister and Mike Mazur, founders of Focus Skateboarding Magazine, also learned the hard way from an owner without much savvy. The two had met at another publication, where Heister was in charge of art design and Mazur headed up editorial. “The most valuable lessons learned, for better or worse, were how NOT to run a magazine,” says Heister.Lesson One: Don’t give away advertising. “That’s something the founder was all about—getting big name advertisers in hopes of bringing in other advertisers,” says Heister. “Ultimately, that really cheapened the product. When it came time for people to honor that year of free ads, they never signed up. With Focus, we stayed true to not giving handouts. We’re not going to trade you for product, we need money to publish the magazine.”Lesson Two: Figure out your distribution. “The magazine we worked for was freely distributed,” says Heister. “Everything went out through the Post Office as bound printed matter—and it never went where it needed to go. It would have been cost effective if it actually made it to its destination but it was such a lousy way to mail, half the magazines that went out wouldn’t make it to their destination. The owner wouldn’t use Fedex, which you could actually track, because of the expense.” For Focus, FedEx became the cheapest method after getting multiple line discounts. “We found a printer who would supply the boxes for free and FedEx supplied the labels and we saved thousands of dollars on shipping in the end by switching to FedEx,” says Heister.After that experience, Heister and Mazur launched Focus in 2005. “When we started Focus, we were basically homeless, living rent-free in an apartment with no windows and no heat in the frigid Philadelphia winter,” says Heister. “Between the two of us, we had a single computer, some camera gear, and the ambition to make something happen.”They had no real funding and focused on getting attention with a profile on MySpace and leveraging their reputations in the skateboarding community. Heister says carving out market share wasn’t  too difficult because most of the larger skateboarding publications are focused on the West Coast and distribution of those magazines in East Coast shops is typically limited to two or three copies. Focus opted for free distribution, placing 30 or more copies—the magazine prints 16,500 copies per issue—in those shops. “We filled a niche that has been completely overlooked by the skateboard industry,” says Heister. Focus has tried to phase out subscriptions, without luck. “Fulfilling subscriptions is so time consuming,” says Heister. “We raised the subscription price to $25 for six issues per year, but more people started subscribing. We’re up to 400 subscribers right now. Our efforts to steer people away from subscriptions didn’t work at all.”At the beginning of 2009, ad sales took a dive but otherwise stayed steady for the remainder of the year. Focus did around $140,000 in ad sales in 2008 and about $110,000 in 2009.  In January, Focus will host its first trade show, The Focus Show, in Philadelphia. According to Heister, it’s the first show of its kind on the East Coast. “Most of industry is in California and they have road reps for the East Coast,” he adds. “We’re offering those reps a chance to meet the East Coast vendors in one place, rather than take a few weeks to visit them one at a time.”Heister says Focus will offer some incentives reps haven’t seen at other shows. “For exhibitors, we’re raffling a free booth—if you bought a booth, you get a refund,” he adds. “There are only 40 booths at the show, so the odds are pretty good.” The Focus Show will also feature a ramp contest that requires shop buyers to attend with their sponsored rider. Prize money goes to the winning riders but the sponsoring shops will also get money to spend at the show courtesy of Focus.The magazine is selling booths for $500 and expects about $20,000 in revenue. “This is our first show and we’re trying to make this a great experience,” says Heister. “We’re not looking to make a profit with this one and we’re putting the majority of the money back into the show.” The Focus Show has received notice from some of the bigger media players in skateboarding, including a write-up in Transworld Business and live, on-site coverage from Fuel TV, which is coming out from California to be at the show. Start ConservativelyInPark, a magazine dedicated to   the theme park business, started publishing four issues a year in 2005. In 2008 they published five print and one digital-only issue and in 2009 published five print issues and eliminated the digital issue since it was not a big moneymaker and didn’t fit in with the schedule. The magazine has gone from 2,000 to about 4,500 subscribers, and now is split 50/50 between digital subscriptions and print. Each issue brings in around $7,000-$10,000 in ad revenue, with a “very seasonal market,” says publisher Martin J. Palicki. “Our tradeshows almost all take place in the fall, so advertisers focus on that period.” Each issue costs around $6,000 to produce and mail.Palicki advises publishers to estimate quantities conservatively. “I printed about 10,000 more copies of my first issue than I actually needed. Now my basement is filled with back issues. I now only print about 200 copies more than my distribution list, and 1,000-1,500 for any tradeshow distribution.” From a $25 Classified Ad to a $5 Million BusinessCountryside Publications is a niche publisher of four country-living and livestock-related titles located in Medford Wisconsin. Its flagship title, Countryside & Small Stock Journal (commonly referred to as Countryside) was launched in 1969 by Jerry Belanger with a $25 classified ad in Rodale’s Organic Gardening. The cost of a subscription then was $1 plus a letter with either a question, or an answer to a previous question, about self-sufficient living. The result became a magazine that was, and largely still is, written by its readers. Over the next 30 years Countryside grew and evolved but never strayed from the core premise; in 2000 Belanger retired and son Dave Belanger and daughter Anne-Marie bought the business in 2001.Today, Countryside is a lean operation approaching $5 million dollars in revenues with 13 full time employees plus two off-site editors, publishing four magazines in Countryside, Dairy Goat Journal, Backyard Poultry and sheep! (While Countryside and Reiman Publications were started about the same time with similar business models in towns just 70 miles away, the two companies have always been separate (although as Belanger says, “If they want to make an offer…”)Countryside Publications has always grown organically and has never used outside investors, a bank loan, or any other source of external funding. Revenue growth has averaged more than 20 percent annually for the past eight or nine years. “We’ll grow less in 2009 due mainly to a slight reduction in direct mail, but our margins will improve,” says Belanger.When Belanger took over the business in 2001, very little focus was placed on subscriber acquisition. In spite of this, renewal rates at the time were at 90 percent-plus, Belanger says. “But what we really had was a platform,” he adds. “In short order, we acquired Dairy Goat Journal and then sheep!” Both were being published in a tabloid newspaper format for fewer than 5,000 subscribers. Belanger converted the magazines to saddle-stitched 8 ½ x 11 and dropped the frequency to six issues a year. The subscription price is $21 per year.“Meanwhile, we embarked on an aggressive direct mail subscription acquisition campaign for Countryside,” he says. “We doubled circulation, and then doubled it again.” Today there are roughly 100,000 Countryside subscribers paying $18 per year with another 40,000 copies on newsstands. Because 85 percent of the people reading Countryside also had chickens, the publisher launched Backyard Poultry in 2006 “not having any idea if it would meet our projections,” Belanger says. “We enlisted my wife to the role of editor, announced the debut in the pages of our other titles, and spent $50,000 to get 150,000 double postcards in the mail. We sent that first issue to the printer with a 150,000 press run and held our breath.”It took only a few days for the initial 15,000 copies to sell out, so they printed 15,000 more and shipped them out in a matter of weeks. “We ended up printing another 15,000 copies before it was time for the second issue to appear,” says Belanger.Because the initial mailing was a relatively small 150,000 pieces, Belanger was able to cherry-pick the lists to mail, mostly from their growing in-house database. One outside list they used pulled a whopping 42 percent response rate and over 80 percent paid the invoice. Overall the response came in at 17 percent with a 45 percent pay-up.“We leveraged the revenue into more mailings including the use of card decks, which had never been a great source for us but worked well for Backyard Poultry, and tested different formats and offers.” says Belanger. Their current control is a self-mailer folded to 5 ½ x 8 ½ offering a free issue and an invoice. Today, Backyard Poultry has 60,000 subscribers paying $21 per year, with 35,000 copies on newsstands across the country which “sell well despite our wholesalers’ initial reservations on the subject matter,” says Belanger.Countryside’s main subscription source is DTP direct mail, and their control piece is the free issue offer (return the card and they will send readers a magazine and an invoice). Overall payup runs around 40-50 percent, but they have an upfront response of 5 percent-plus. This, combined with their low production costs, makes them happy.Another important source of revenue for the publisher is derived from book sales. While Countryside publishes a few anthologies of previous issues, most are titles from other publishers that they resell to subscribers using ad space in the magazines and an annual catalog. “Assuming the cost of advertising space is zero (which we do) net margins run north of 50 percent,” says Belanger, with total contribution to the top line around 7 percent.All back office operations are handled in Medford, Wisconsin. Fulfillment is done in-house including generating, inserting and mailing invoices, renewals, and supplemental issues. While they have used outside fulfillment vendors in the past, Belanger says they have found that they have more control over the process in house, and do it spending a lot less money.“My personal pet peeve is magazines that tell customers to wait 6-10 weeks for their first issue,” he adds. “At Countryside Publications we do weekly supplemental mailings. A new sub comes on board on Monday and their first issue is at our local post office on Thursday. If it’s a free issue, their invoice isn’t far behind.”Countryside outsources printing, larger direct mail campaigns and the creation and maintenance of their four Web sites. While Belanger says Web subscriptions are an efficient source of revenue, they make up only 5 percent of total revenues to date.“We’re consumer circulation driven. From our point of view, giving away magazines for less than the cost of production with the hope of attracting a large audience we can sell to advertisers has never been a viable business model, as a number of advertising-driven publishers have begun to discover in recent years,” says Belanger. “We love our advertisers, but we don’t want to pin our future on the vagaries of advertising economics. Advertising receipts represent only about 15 percent of our total revenue, and while some titles are down a bit, overall ad sales were up roughly 7 percent in 2009.”Niche and Online: Opportunity or Too Late To Catch Up?Many niche publishers remain primarily print publishers. They typically have Web sites dedicated to customer service and magazine content, with more sophisticated publishers offering a Facebook page or Twitter feed. Larger publishers have always contended that online is a mass market game and some smaller publishers don’t think a dedicated Web approach is worth it. “We’re focused on print for now,” says Crawl’s Herrick. “The Web site is just a portal to answer questions. I don’t know if I could go into that area and compete or if I could monetize it enough to make it worthwhile.”However, the low barrier to entry with starting an online business is spawning a stream of new online-only publishers. FordMuscle.com caters to Ford performance enthusiasts (and competes for the same automotive aftermarket performance advertising dollars as Source Interlink’s Hot Rod and Car Craft). The site generates about 160,000 unique visitors per month and broke $500,000 in revenue in 2009.While many publishers struggle with implementing a paid content model, FordMuscle.com is succeeding with one. The site introduced a forum category called “Tech Exchange” in which members can submit graphic how-tos. FordMuscle.com staff edits outside content before it’s made available to readers and contributors are rewarded for their submissions. The site receives between three to five submissions (which can range from five pages to 50 photos) per week. If a member submits one tutorial, FordMuscle.com sends a t-shirt. If they do two, they get a hat. If a member does six, they receive $100. “If someone is especially enthusiastic we may bring them on as a freelancer,” says co-founder Jon Mikelonis.Parts manufacturers can also be highlighted throughout, although ads are not sold directly against it. Mikelonis says advertisers haven’t tried to influence the tutorials. FordMuscle sells an annual online subscription for $19.95 per year and is considering a pay-per-article model for the future (subscriptions account for about 40 percent of revenue, while advertising accounts for 60 percent).Wend, a Portland, Oregon-based  outdoor adventure magazine,  is building a digital subscription base for online content, getting 50 to 70 new sign-ups per day. “We went with free subscriptions online—the platform doesn’t cost anything,” says editor Stiv Wilson. “We had a model for $5 online subscriptions but that will never be real revenue for us.” While Wend’s initial online content was just PDFs of the print magazine, it adds 10 to 15 pieces of new online content per day. In 2010, the site will undergo a redesign, adding a green gear store as well as a new business model in which eco-adventurers can find funding for projects.Offering digital subscriptions has actually helped the print product as well. “We’ve doubled the amount of print subscriptions because people who haven’t found it on their newsstand can now see the digital version,” says Wilson. “We make a decent margin on subscriptions. It’s not a big one but we’re not underwater with it like some other publishers are today.” Wilson says Wend is having a lot of success getting registrations and driving participation with online and newsletter-driven contests.“Nobody has figured out how to monetize the Web to the degree that you’re getting for a print page,” says Wilson. “To me, that’s because of brands not understanding the landscape media is performing in. A lot of ad agencies are way behind the times. You do a contest on Twitter to give away one clean canteen bottle and you get a thousand entries in a day. That kind of branding is worth its weight in gold.” Wilson says Wend has doubled revenue every year and expects $600,000 for 2009 and just under $1 million in 2010. “It’s not a giant leap, it’s a steady-as-you-go increase,” he adds. “Anything that quadruples overnight is bad—it’s hard on your staff and it’s hard on your business model if it stops performing.”In 2009, 80 percent of Wend’s revenue came from print. In 2010, Wilson thinks print will drop to 60 percent, with the remaining 40 percent coming from a mix of online contests, social media and brand consulting. “We’re seeing the media company become the partner rather than the ad agency be the go-between,” says Wilson. “I would expect by 2011, that revenue model will be 50/50. As the subscription portal goes up, print will go down. We’re not going to sell our magazines on newsstands unless its exceptionally high sell-through. It’s not worth it to us.”The magazine landscape is changing, according to Wilson, who cites 625,000-circ. National Geographic Adventure folding (that magazine will continue to live on in a multi-platform approach). “We’re friends with the folks over  there and I don’t want to saying anything bad but when you look at the big overhead model and then look to us, we only need to make enough money for six or seven people,” he says. “That shows us our gamble has paid off.” The Hearst’s and Time Inc.’s may get the headlines but the majority of companies in the $40 billion magazine industry are small, independent publishers targeting a specific niche. Most of these magazines go unheralded beyond their target audience but have some of the best content, most loyal readers, and most enduring business models.“It’s hard to relate to larger publishers,” says Daniel Bradford, publisher of All About Beer, a Durham, North Carolina-based magazine dedicated to America’s favorite beverage. “So much of our life is personal and relationship-driven. The woes of the major publishers aren’t exactly relevant to us, especially since we broke down the silos of what we actually do. We are no longer in the magazine publishing business, but the information packaging business.”Being a small publisher carries a unique set of challenges, and even opportunities. In this article we take a look at how small, independent publishers are breaking into the industry, building their business, and navigating the precarious proposition of publishing a magazine in 2010.Some larger publishers like Active Interest Media, Aspire and F+W are filled with small titles dedicated to a specific topic, and almost by definition, b-to-b publishers are niche. But for this article, we’ve tried to limit the focus to consumer enthusiast publishers of $5 million or less (in some cases, much less) in annual revenue.last_img read more

The Wilmington Insider For June 14 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Thursday, June 14, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Increasing clouds, with a high near 80. West wind 9 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph.At Wilmington Town Hall: The Wilmington Recreation Commission meets at 5pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.In The Community: The Wilmington Minutemen Co. is hosting its annual Flag Retirement Ceremony at 7pm at the Wilmington Minuteman HQ (intersection of Rte. 62 and Woburn St., behind the Harnden Tavern).For the past year, Wilmington Minutemen has been collecting unservicable U.S. Flags and will have a short ceremony to retire by burning torn and worn US Flags. If people have flags they would like to retire, everyone is encouraged to bring them to this event. This event is open to everyone, with a special invitation to the young organizations and youth in general.For more information, please call Company Sgt. Frank West at 978-658-1754.Worn flags can be dropped off for proper retirement year around at the Wilmington Post Office and Wilmington Town Hall.In The Community: Do you like to sing? Do you enjoy performing? Come join the Merrimack Valley Chorus at one of its regular weekly rehearsals. You just might discover a passion for a cappella singing, and you’ll also make some great new friends! Open rehearsals are every Thursday at 7pm at the Wilmington Arts Center (219 Middlesex Avenue).In The Community: The Town Beach is open today.  Lifeguards are on duty from 10am to 8pm. Admission is FREE for residents. Proof of residency is required. Learn more HERE.At The Library: Social Security: What You Need To Know at 7pm. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Walking Group at 8am. Computer Class at 9:15am. Intermediate Bridge Group at 9:30am. Art Class at 10am. Aerobics at 10:30am. Knitting/Crocheting at 11am. Ceramics at 1pm. Game Day at 1pm. Stress Management at 1pm. [Learn more HERE.]At The Town Museum: The Wilmington Town Museum is open from 10am to 2pm.Live Music: Larry Gilbert performs at Rocco’s Restaurant & Bar (193 Main Street) beginning at 6pm. … Pianist Ricky Lauria performs at Tremezzo Ristorante (2 Lowell Street) beginning at 8pm.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPUBLIC INVITED: Wilmington Flag Retirement Ceremony To Be Held On June 14In “Community”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Friday, June 14, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”VIDEO: Watch Wilmington Minutemen’s Flag Retirement CeremonyIn “Video”last_img read more

NASA telescope spies unusual galaxies from dawn of the universe

first_img Share your voice Spitzer’s deep-field view of the sky awash with galaxies. Circled in red are incredibly faint, distant galaxies that the telescope observed for over 200 hours.  NASA/JPL-Caltech/ESA/Spitzer/P. Oesch/S. De Barros/I.Labbe Astronomers surveying the sky with NASA’s Spitzer space telescope have been able to peer back to the early universe, 13 billion years in the past, and find some of the very first galaxies. They look like tiny, orange dots aglow in a sea of darkness — not too dissimilar to the famed first image of a black hole — but the miniscule lights imaged by Spitzer contain a host of young stars, composed mostly of hydrogen and helium. The discovery of these unexpectedly-bright galaxies could provide new clues about one of the most important cosmic events in history: the “Epoch of Reionization.”The new research, published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society in April, required Spitzer to stare into the same region of sky for over 200 hours, studying the ancient cosmos as part of a campaign known as the GOODS Re-ionization Era wide-Area Treasury from Spitzer (GREATS). Another great, the Hubble Space Telescope, also contributed to the data. Post a comment More space news Tags NASA Space With Spitzer trained on a region of the sky for so long, it was able to gather light that had traveled across the universe to reach us. In what amounts to a cosmic staring contest, Spitzer didn’t blink. The telescope detected faint infrared signals from 135 distant galaxies, produced by high levels of ionizing radiation. It’s a particularly important finding, because ionizing radiation is believed to have contributed to the Epoch of Reionization in the early universe — a cosmic transformation that shaped the universe as we know it today. Astronomers are still stumped as to what exactly caused these changes, but the early galaxies detected by Spitzer may provide some clues.”Our latest Spitzer result reveals how different these early galaxies are to those at later times and pinpoints our sample as a key set for providing insights into how galaxies so efficiently reionized the universe,” said Garth Illingworth, a co-author on the new study. The results were surprising for Michael Werner, project scientist with Spitzer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.”We did not expect that Spitzer, with a mirror no larger than a Hula-Hoop, would be capable of seeing galaxies so close to the dawn of time,” he said in a statement. “But nature is full of surprises, and the unexpected brightness of these early galaxies, together with Spitzer’s superb performance, puts them within range of our small but powerful observatory.”  Spitzer, launched in 2003, is an infrared observatory in an Earth-trailing orbit operated by NASA and the California Institute of Technology. It carries three instruments that allow it to “see” across the wavelengths of infrared light, providing spectacular views of the gaseous, dusty distant cosmos.center_img Sci-Tech 0 Your wedding ring came from a neutron star explosion, 4.6 billion years ago Scientists just observed a crash between two neutron stars Gravitational wave detectors upgraded to hunt for ‘extreme cosmic events’ NASA Spitzer telescope celebrates 15 years of astounding images 15 Photoslast_img read more

Victorias Secret Angel Kelly Gale goes topless flaunts her figure in barely

first_imgKelly GaleKelly Gale Official Instagram (kellybellyboom)Victoria’s Secret Angel Keely Gale set temperatures soaring with her recent social media posts. Reportedly to her Instagram and flaunted her pert derriere in a white G-string bikini before going for a dip.The supermodel is known to regularly storm the runway in skimpy outfits for the Victoria’s Secret lingerie brand. But Kelly proved that she doesn’t need a fashion show to make people notice her. The model could be seen flaunting her lithe frame as she turned to face the camera in the skimpy swimwear.’Water is so cold I’m freezing my little [peach emoji] off,’ Kelly captioned the racy snap. Her brunette locks could be seen falling around her face and shoulders. The Victoria’s Secret model paired her swimwear with simple small gold hoop earrings. Kelly GaleKelly Gale Official Instagram (kellybellyboom)Last year, she told Vogue Australia that she works out ‘six days per week, all year round’ and consumes a diet of fish, vegetables, fruit, oatmeal and yogurt.” Kelly Gakle is known to take her health and fitness seriously. Her profession demands it. ‘That’s how I was brought up,’ Kelly said of her healthy diet. ‘I was never introduced to bad, unhealthy foods, so for me it’s just natural to eat healthy.’Hwer healthy living seems to have paid off as the model looked gorgeous in the snaps. Kelly added that she snacks on ‘nuts and raw vegan chocolate sweetened with coconut sugar’. Kelly Gale is one of the most successful models in the world. And it sure looks like she is just getting started. The stunner added that said she swears by infrared saunas to make her ‘skin glow’ and ‘help get rid of any puffiness or water retention.’ Well, whatever she swears by, it seems to be working, because Kelly Gale looks beautiful. You can check out the pics here:  Kelly GaleKelly Gale Official Instagram (kellybellyboom) Kelly GaleKelly Gale Official Instagram (kellybellyboom) Kelly GaleKelly Gale Official Instagram (kellybellyboom)last_img read more

3 city restaurants fined for unhygienic food

first_imgA Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) mobile court led by its executive magistrate Moshiur Rahman has fined Tk 200,000 to three restaurants in city’s Farmgate area for preserving and selling unhygienic food items, reports news agency BSS.”Of the restaurants, Chandrima Restaurant and Mini Chinese was fined Tk 100,000, Kasturi Chayanir and Thai Chinese Restaurant and New Star Kebab were fined Tk 50 thousand each yesterday,” a DMP release said.The activities of DMP’s mobile courts against food adulteration, preserving and selling unhygienic foods throughout the capital in the holy month of Ramadan are being lauded by the city dwellers.DMP has promised to continue the activities of its mobile courts in this regard.last_img