Pee Wee Black Sox compete at Alberta Provincials

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The North Peace Pee Wee Black Sox travelled to Alberta this past weekend to compete at the Pee Wee A Provincial Championships.Although the team didn’t make it to the semi-finals, finishing with a record of 1-2-0, North Peace Minor Ball president Forrest Liddicoat says that the team has progressed incredibly well considering this is the team’s first year playing in the league.In their first game of the tournament, the FSJ Black Sox fell behind early and couldn’t come back in a 16-9 loss to Westlock Wild on Friday.  Despite the loss, FSJ Black Sox did collect ten hits in the high-scoring affair. Unfortunately, Westlock Wild had 15 hits on the way to victory.- Advertisement -FSJ Black Sox captured the lead in the first inning.  An error scored two runs for FSJ Black Sox.After FSJ Black Sox scored three runs in the top of the fifth, Westlock Wild answered with three of their own.  Westlock Wild then answered with a triple off of Bryce T., driving in one run and Bryce uncorked a wild pitch, scoring one run.In the teams second game of the tournament on Saturday FSJ Black Sox defeated St. Paul Storm 18-11 in a back-and-forth affair.  The game was tied at five with FSJ Black Sox batting in the top of the fourth when Nolan W. doubled, driving in two runs.Advertisement Both offenses were strong at the plate as FSJ Black Sox collected 12 hits and St. Paul Storm 16.After FSJ Black Sox scored five runs in the top of the fifth, St. Paul Storm answered with five of their own.  FSJ Black Sox took the lead for good with five runs in the fourth inning.  FSJ Black Sox scored five runs in the sixth inning.In the third and final game of the tournament, the FSJ Black Sox fell behind early and couldn’t come back in a 23-10 loss to Mayerthorpe Mets on Saturday.  Mayerthorpe Mets scored on a triple, a wild pitch, a double, and a single in the first inning.Despite the loss, FSJ Black Sox did collect nine hits in the high-scoring affair. Unfortunately, Mayerthorpe Mets had 15 hits on the way to victory.Advertisementlast_img read more

Local company takes part in ‘Day of Caring’

first_imgEmployees from Devon Canada volunteered for the ‘United Way Day of Caring’ by helping out at the local SPCA in Fort St. John, Wednesday.Approximately 12 employees participated in cleaning up outside and in the building, says Suzanne Cavalheiro, the company’s field administrator.She says participants mowed the lawn, weeded, moved dog pens with a donated Bobcat and dusted.- Advertisement -She adds they even took six dogs for a walk.The company also helped out at the SPCA last year, painting the kitty room and helping cut down trees.last_img read more

Aston Villa stalwart returns as Sherwood’s number two

first_img1 Kevin MacDonald Kevin MacDonald has returned to Aston Villa to become Tim Sherwood’s assistant.The 54-year-old has left his role as professional development phase coach at Nottingham Forest to take on the job at Villa Park.MacDonald previously spent 17 years at the Midlands club, serving as a youth coach, reserve team manager and briefly as caretaker boss in 2010, following the exit of Martin O’Neill.His appointment comes after the additions of Mark Robson as first-team coach and Seamus Brady as perfomance analyst.Sherwood, appointed Paul Lambert’s successor last week, will bid to get his Villa reign off to a winning start at home to Stoke on Saturday with the aid of his new backroom team.last_img read more

Suarez sinks Arsenal in Griezmann’s Camp Nou debut

first_img0Shares0000Luis Suarez’s late strike won Sunday’s friendly against Arsenal at the Camp Nou © AFP / Josep LAGOBARCELONA, Spain, Aug 5 – Luis Suarez’s late volley saw Barcelona to a 2-1 win in the Joan Gamper Trophy friendly in front of a bumper crowd at the Camp Nou, as Antoine Griezmann made his home debut following his big money move from Atletico Madrid.Suarez flashed home Sergi Roberto’s lofted pass in the 89th minute in front of nearly 99,000 people, who packed the stands to see new signings Griezmann and Frenckie De Jong, with his strike and Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ comical own goal cancelling out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s fine first half opener. “It was an entertaining game, the atmosphere was great and it was a privilege to reunite with our fans,” said Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde.“I think we did well, but perhaps in the first half we lacked a bit of rhythm.”Barca are aiming for European glory this campaign after suffering Champions League humiliations against Roma and Liverpool the last two seasons.Before the match captain Lionel Messi addressed those defeats — which saw Barca throw away comfortable first-leg leads before being dumped out — in a speech to the crowd.However Messi didn’t take the field and it was left to his long-time strike partner rather than the new boys to see off the Gunners after a powerful second half display.0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

REVEALED: GARDAI AND PSNI PROBE CROSS-BORDER MACHINERY THEFT GANG

first_imgGARDAI and the PSNI are co-operating in an investigation into a Co Donegal gang behind a spate of machinery and vehicle thefts, donegaldaily.com has learned.The gang steals diggers, trailers and even lorries on one side of the Border and then tries to sell them on the other side.Detectives believe that the gang responsible may be stealing to order. In the latest twist in the investigation Gardai have asked the PSNI for help in tracing tens of thousands of euro worth of equipment taken in Co Donegal earlier this month.A Ford Iveco lorry and trailer were stolen along with a Hitachi digger from Letterkenny on April 5. The lorry has a white cab and a black body.The theft of farm machinery and lorries has grown substantially in both jurisdictions, we have been told.A range of farm machinery stolen in England and the North and offered for sale in the North West were seized last autumn. These included top of the range John Deere, Massey Ferguson and New Hollands tractors as well as slurry spreaders and even a baler.In a number of cases vehicle identification numbers were removed from the tractors and replaced with numbers copied from older vehicles.We understand some of the tractors were offered for sale via the internet at lower than usual prices and detectives are checking several other cases in the west and north west.ADVERTISEMENT REVEALED: GARDAI AND PSNI PROBE CROSS-BORDER MACHINERY THEFT GANG was last modified: April 30th, 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) Tags:Donegal Newsdonegaldaily.comREVEALED: GARDAI AND PSNI PROBE CROSS-BORDER MACHINERY THEFT GANGlast_img read more

CORNCRAKES ALIVE AND WELL AS FIVE HEARD ON TORY

first_imgThe corncrake is alive and well on Tory Island.The extremely rare and secretive bird has long made its summer home on the Donegal island.Birdwatch Ireland has now confirmed that “at least” five calling males have been documented on the island. At least three of these birds are located within the Birdwatch Ireland management area on the island (an increase for this area on last year).However, Niall Hatch of Birdwatch Ireland says it is too early to get an idea of breeding birds on the island as it does not take place until the beginning of June at least.Because the birds fly in from Africa to spend the summer in Ireland other parts of Europe, some corncrakes may not have even arrive in Donegal yet.   CORNCRAKES ALIVE AND WELL AS FIVE HEARD ON TORY was last modified: May 20th, 2013 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:Birdwatch IrelandcorncrakesTory Islandlast_img read more

GARDENING WITH GARETH – WAGING WAR ON SLUGS

first_imgA slug!The focus of our attention this week are the terrestrial gastropod molluscs that frequent our gardens, otherwise known by their collective humble name…Slugs.The humble slug is the number one pest of the gardener, and routinely tops the Top 10 Pests in the annual Royal Horticultural Society list of most unwanted garden visitors, occupying the top slot 8 out of the past 10 years.Slugs play an important part in the gardens ecosystem, both breaking down organic matter, such as old leaves but also being a vital food group for many other garden visitors, such as Starlings and Hedgehogs (although the amount of slugs which Hedgehogs eat is widely discussed – thehedgehog.co.uk suggest that slugs and snails only make up around 5% of a Hedgehogs diet). To completely eradicate slugs from the garden would be immensely damaging to the wider ecosystem, instead we try to control their numbers and/or what plants are ‘available’ to be consumed.The control methods available for gardeners tend to fall into the organic – and non-organic columns, but really the methods are very inter-related and reliance on simply an organic or non-organic slug pellets will not be enough.This past week I’ve been chatting to Noel Doherty, Head Gardener at the multi-award winning Harrys Restaurant, about how he controls slugs in the restaurants walled garden in Burt and Community Gardener Joanne Butler, who has her own organic garden at home and co-ordinates organic gardening courses in areas including Ards Friary, Gweedore, Letterkenny and Dunfanaghy about how these guys go about slug control and if they’ve any ideas that others could adapt for their gardens.Here’s a wee run-down of some methods I’ve had success with…and failures…and I always welcome feedback on how others tackle and manage their slug population…Decoy PlantsI sometimes cut some leaves from my Comfrey Plants and leave some on the ground overnight, then come out the following morning, lift them up and give whatever slugs are underneath a size 10. This also works with a timber board left in the garden. Simply and effective, but maybe not for the squeamish. Also some plants are repellent, I’ve had some good success using foliage from chives around my cabbages, this works as a repellent to the slugs, try some around your hostas and see how you get on. VigilanceAccording to Noel Doherty, “Vigilance is the key!”. Noel plants successional crops outside after April and is regular inspecting crops for eggs and any early batches to interrupt their breeding patterns, thus giving fewer to deal with later in the season. Joanne Butlers urges a similar approach, “In my own greenhouse I take the vigilante approach , checking under pots and trays in the greenhouse and looking out for eggs (like little clear balls of caviar is the best way I can describe them ) this is a good form of housekeeping as you may find a cluster and eradicate them before any damage is done”SaltWaste of time. If you’re putting salt onto slugs to dry them (remember from school that slugs are mostly water) yes they’ll dry out, but its immensely time consuming and frankly horrid…and if you put lots of salt around your plants you’ll kill the plants too. Size 10 the slugs instead of watching them sizzle. WoodAshDiscussed as ‘great stuff’, but it needs to be dry to be effective and most slug damage is done when its wet, so this option seems rather counter-productive in that its not that effective when the slugs are most out! Tried it and its never worked for me.Garlic BarrierNow this is good. Water some diluted garlic over your garden plants and this repels slugs – they detest the residual oils that garlic leave behind and will go out of their way to avoid contact with it, and any that have direct contact will die of within hours. The garlic drench will also kill the slug eggs in the soil. You can make your own garlic drench, but the highly concentrated forms available in garden centres are far more effective.Predators As mentioned before slugs are a stable food source for many garden visitors, Hedgehogs will eat some, starling will eat some, ground beetles and ducks will eat some… but few will only eat them. Slugs produce thick mucus when ‘harassed’ so they’re not exactly caviar. If you have a garden system which encourages a wide range of bird visitors (so try to feed or provide feed stuffs all year – think insects, seeds etc) and a soil which is full of life (remember all that lovely composts, manures, leaf moulds you add ) then this diversity of biology will bring in many grazers of slugs to your garden.Beer TrapsA stable anti-slug tool for years. The slugs are attracted towards the fermented product, and simply drown. Again maybe not one for the squeamish, as of course, you have to empty the cup every so often when it fills up. When you do empty the cup, just tip it out onto the garden, the dead slugs will rot down and feed the soil, or may be gobbled up by something. The choice of beer will determine how effective your beer-trap is however, trials in US found Budweiser to be the most effective, whereas in UK Guinness was found the most effective. Milk also works, and is worth a try if your shy on Guinness. When I’ve used beer traps I’ve placed them 1 to the m2 in ‘hot spot’ areas of the garden and found them to be really good. Noel Doherty from Harrys cultivates many acres of prime vegetables so for him these beer traps he finds are too labour intensive and not worth it in big gardens, “Use organic slug pellets and keep the beer for yourself!” Noel adds.Slug Pellets A hotly discussed topic in the horticultural world and one you may or may not have an interest in. 85% of all gardeners use slug pellets, so it’s more than likely you’ve bought tub this year and chances are you use too much of them. The blue snow effect is something I see a lot in gardens, and something which is highly inefficient. The most commonly used Slug pellet is the non-organic type which contains the active ingredient Metaldehyde – in use since the 1940’s (this is the wee black specs in the blue pellet), chances are the pellet itself (which is the bait) is made from wheat or barley flour. The problem with the blue snow effect is that after 14 days the pellets are of no interest to the slugs as they’ve lost their attractiveness, so you’re better to apply a small amount every 2 weeks, a few pellets spaced 2-3 inches apart is enough. Not handfuls….just a few is enough, correctly applied slug pellets should be almost unseen in the garden. Also within the slug pellet option you have the ability now to use organic slug pellets, these are free from the pesticide Metaldehyde and are instead based on Iron Phosphate (also labelled Ferric Phosphate), this is an ingredient which causes feeding inhibition in the slugs, giving them stomach poisoning. These organic slug pellets are safe for animals, pets etc as long as they are used correctly, if you put more than 4 times the recommended application down you will kill the earthworms in your soil, so stick with the recommended application rate, which will typically be 3 times more than conventional slug pellets. Noel Doherty agrees with me here and adds “A joy of these slug pellets are that the slugs hide away and die, so there’s no mess left behind!”Sheep Wool (and indeed human hair)Slugs find sheep wool and human hair very irritable and will avoid it. So if you place a ring of sheep wool or human hair around your slug sensitive plants then this will work as a great deterrent. If you feel the hassle of collecting wool from fences a bit of a hassle you can follow the example of Joanne who uses a pelleted form of sheep wool in the Community Garden at St Conals in Letterkenny, “Slug Be Gone” is the brand Joanne favours and is available in the garden centres.CoffeeOld spent coffee granules are another thing that slugs dislike. The caffeine makes slugs to lose their appetite, and are a repellent to slugs. So ask your favourite coffee shop to keep you their coffee grinds and then apply this around your garden plants. This is one which I use in my own garden, and have found it every effective.NematodesThese are natural predators you introduce via a watering can to your garden, these microscopic animals then hunt out the slugs, live inside them, lay eggs and kill them from within. And when these eggs hatch they go on to hunt out more slugs, these are super effective (as long as its warm enough – above 12C- and damp enough) a packet of Nemaslug will cost you around 18 euro, will treat 40m2 and will be effective for around 6 weeks (easily purchased on-line)CopperSlugs are repelled by copper. So on your pots use some copper tape wrapped around the pot (look out for this in the garden centre), also a thick band of copper wire wrapped around your raised beds works wonders. The slugs come in contact with the copper, dislike it and move elsewhere. I’m still using copper wire I got from Geraldine Coyle (Alpha Stainglass windows) some years ago in the raised beds in my own garden. Building on this copper idea, a good copper take, trowel or how used to cultivate between your plants will also leave residual copper behind in the soil, and this will discourage slugs also (GreenHill Farm is your source for these)PorridgeLast year in the Dunfanaghy Community Garden Joanne used porridge as a ‘filler’ for the slugs, “this sounded great as the slugs would gorge on the porridge and swell up not being able to eat … But we didn’t take into account the bird problem that we encountered . They were all having a ball on the porridge the following morning and not a slug to be seen.”WateringSlugs make their own mucus to travel about it, but their journey is made easier by the ground being wet, add in the fact the slugs are largely nocturnal and I always ask myself ‘Why do folks water their gardens at night?’, all you’re doing is laying slug highways! So water in the morning, so excess water can evaporate off before the evening.Hand PickingI’ll admit to never having done this. I’m not going out in my garden with a torch at night looking for slugs…I’ve got episodes of Modern Family to watch. But folks seem to do this, apparently…do you???Eggs ShellsThese work on the basis of providing an unattractive surface to the slugs on which to move across. I’ve tried various incarnations of these over the years, my latest was microwaving the egg shells so they go dry enough for me to then break them up and sprinkle around the plants….but I’ve had little success with them, but the crushed egg shells do break up eventually and provide a valuable calcium source for the plants so it’s a bit of a win.Mixed saladsI’ve found that salad leave mixes containing some red leaves to be unfavoured by slugs….Where do the slugs come from?You might be thinking this after going through all the above. But a garden typically has around 200 slugs to the m2, with around 95% living below the soil, so what you see are only the remaining 5%! And each slug can produce 90,000 grandchildren the way they breed…emerging every year when the temperature is above 5C and each one of these will have 27,000 ‘teeth’ munching away on your garden plants!!I don’t believe there’s one ‘holy grail’ for slug control, there’s no one quick fix for a heavy slug problem. But a multi layered approach, over a number of seasons, will dramatically reduce your slug problem into a tolerable level, where they’re ability to cycle nutrients through the consumption of old leaves and other organic matters will work to your benefit.For more information on community gardens in NW Donegal contact Joanne Butler (+353) 0861789972, OURganicgardens.ie + @OURganicG on Twitter. Noel Doherty, Head Gardener of Harrys Restaurant can be followed on Twitter using the handle @nollaig80. My thanks to the two guys, who despite being unbelievably busy took time out to join me for a chat this week.Next week….Dare I say…Planning the vegetable garden for Spring…(no I’m not wishing the summer away before you start!!)Gareth AustinGareth Austin is resident Horticulturist with BBC Radio Foyle, a member of the Chartered Institute of Horticulturists and lectures in Horticulture with National Learning Network. For more see GarethAustin.com or join Gareth on Twitter @GardenerGareth .GARDENING WITH GARETH – WAGING WAR ON SLUGS was last modified: July 4th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GardeningGareth Austinslugslast_img read more

Mbappe best teenager footballer since Pele: Five biggest Inferences from Euro footy Weekend

first_img Tags: Top five conclusions from Weekend’s action Maple is already a world cup winner1- Anthony Martial Needs To Be Trusted.The 22-year-old was once again the toast of Manchester United after he masterminded their victory over determined Bournemouth.The Martial we are watching of late is a throwback to the boy who arrived three seasons back from Monaco. What the Frenchman needs to perform is love, trust and responsibility. Give him all three and Martial will repay you with goals, assists and a contract extension.2- 100 Points For Paris Saint Germain.On Friday night, French Ligue One leaders subdued Lille to set a new record of twelve consecutive victories at the start of a season. On the evidence of their display against an obdurate Lille, PSG are almost guaranteed to break the 100 point barrier. Ligue One teams are simply not equipped to stop Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and company. Emerging starlets Stanley Nsoki, Moussa Diaby, Timothy Weah and Christopher Nkunku would walk into starting line ups of half the divisions teams.3- Callum Wilson Tops Olivier Giroud. Would be surprised if Maurizio Sarri renews Giroud’s contract when it expires next June. The French World Cup winner is a good player, but he is not a striker capable of powering a team to Premier League success. Enter Wilson. The Bournemouth striker is a workaholic, fast, highly mobile creator and scorer of goals. Sarri says Victor Moses and Danny Drinkwater don’t suit his style. Add onto that Giroud.4- Solari Has No Quick Fix For Real Madrid.Though Santiago Solari’s arrival at the Bernabeu has stemmed the rot, he won’t turn Los Blancos into Liga Santander favourites overnight. The record champions were mighty luck to dispatch Real Valladolid on Saturday evening. Club president Florentino Perez must address systemic problems that forced Zinedine Zidane to throw in the towel. Frequent changing of managers is no solution.5- Kylian Mbappe Best Teenage Striker Since Pele. In four decades of watching football, I have never seen a teenager who is a more accomplished goal scorer. Blessed with blinding pace, Mbappe is the ultimate fox in the box who is also a team player. Not even the great Lionel Messi, or Cristiano Ronaldo were that good, or that strong at 19. And both were most definitely not World Cup winners. Only Pele was as good at nineteen.Comments last_img read more

Half-time: Leeds United 0 QPR 0

first_imgQPR competed well in the first half but lost Jamie Mackie after he picked up what appeared to be another hamstring injury.Rangers forward Mackie, who missed more than three months of the season with a hamstring problem, went off after 24 minutes at Elland Road.He was replaced by Sebastian Polter, who picked up a knock during Friday’s defeat against Middlesbrough and was left out of the starting line-up in favour of Conor Washington.Junior Hoilett and Massimo Luongo were also recalled to the side, with Tjaronn Chery and Karl Henry dropping to the bench.Rangers failed to trouble 19-year-old goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell, who is making his senior debut for Leeds, before the youngster kept out a shot from Hoilett on 38 minutes.Earlier, Hoilett sent an effort over and Matt Phillips fired wide of the near post as both teams struggled to create clear-cut chances.And in the final seconds of the half, Polter and Washington were just unable to connect with Phillips’ cross.At the other end, in-form Rangers keeper Alex Smithies comfortably gathered efforts from Mustapha Carayol and former Brentford man Stuart Dallas.QPR: Smithies; Onuoha, Angella, Hall, Perch; Phillips, Faurlin, Luongo, Hoilett; Mackie (Polter 25), Washington.Subs: Ingram, Robinson, Henry, Chery, Gladwin, El Khayati.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more