Broadcasting legend Gay Byrne dies aged 85

first_imgTributes are pouring in following the passing of Irish broadcaster Gay Byrne, who has died today at the age of 85.Gay died peacefully in his home in Dublin following a long illness.He was one of Ireland’s most-loved media personalities and hosted RTÉ’s The Late Late Show for almost four decades. He also presented the ‘Gay Byrne Show’ on RTE Radio 1 for almost three decades. Gay had a keen fondness for Co. Donegal, where he and his wife Kathleen bought a holiday home near Dungloe more than 40 years ago. He was a popular ambassador for Donegal tourism and helped launch the Go Visit Donegal brochure in 2015.His death was announced by RTE this afternoon.In a statement, his family said: “It is with sadness that Kathleen, Crona and Suzy wish to announce that their beloved Gay has died peacefully at home today, surrounded by his family.“We wish to thank everybody for their love and support during Gay’s illness. Particularly the wonderful teams in the Mater Hospital, St Francis Hospice and the Irish Cancer Society”. Tributes have been paid by President Michael D Higgins, who described Gay as “a man of great charisma, Gay Byrne was someone who exuded warmth and presence, who was possessed of effortless wit, charm and who had a flair for broadcasting. This was combined with an innate gentleness as a person, professionalism and humour.The President continued: “Through his work in radio and on television he challenged Irish society, and shone a light not only on the bright but also the dark sides of Irish life.“In doing so, he became one of the most familiar and distinctive voices of our times, helping shape our conscience, our self-image, and our idea of who we might be. Beyond compassion, which he had in abundance, he had a sense of what was just.”Ryan Tubridy, the current host of The Late Late Show, said: “It is with enormous and profound sadness that I heard of the passing of my friend and mentor, Gay Byrne.“He was the master, a once off and the likes of which we will never see again.” Gay Byrne, a great friend, colleague and broadcasting legend. pic.twitter.com/WPUUN6NnSC— RTÉ One (@RTEOne) November 4, 2019Broadcasting legend Gay Byrne dies aged 85 was last modified: November 5th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

DD Motoring: Memories of Manus live on at Tribute night

first_imgDD Motoring Columnist Brian McDaid counted Manus Kelly as a friend. He was at the Mount Errigal Hotel last weekend for what was an amazing tribute to a man many still find it difficult to believe is gone.Manus Kelly selects first on his sequential gearbox with his left hand as he leaves the finishing ramp after an interview.Putting his fist out through the hole in the square sliding perspex driver’s window Kelly punches the air as a very young Charlie, his son, sitting on his knee, managed to get his fist out that square window as well to punch the air, much to the enjoyment of the spectators that lined the barriers in the car park that June summers evening. Advertisement A closer look at that photo and under that “Mandy Smile” there was a gritty determination that said, ‘I will be back’ and true to the determination on his face that evening, he was.Firstly to win the National and then in the International in the following years as he made this spot the finish ramp his own on the weekend of the Donegal rally.Manus Kelly’s sitting at the front door of the Mt EErrigal Hotel on Saturday Night. Photo Brian McDaid.That photo was taken in 2012, and in as many feet as there are years away to 2019 his winning Subaru and Escort were sitting parked the other side of the wall at the Mt.Errigal Hotel for his tribute night.On Saturday night Just after 8pm the last of the crowd that gathered in the reception of the Mt. Errigal Hotel to honour Manus Kelly made their way into The Glendowan and Glencar Function Rooms for their meal. Advertisement Then all of a sudden the reception room was quiet. And as I headed home the automatic doors of the Mt. Errigal reception opened, there in perfect silence sat Manus Kelly’s Subaru. In the time it took me to turn off the flash and turn down the shutter on the camera to try and capture the image of the car in the dark winters night, Mandy’s career flashed through my mind. It would possibly be the last time I would capture an image of this iconic car in the TFS colours.Manus Kelly was narrowly defeated by Declan Boyle in his old Limelight Mk 2 Escort and took his defeat gracefully that year in that red escort Just feet away from where cars were sitting tonight, on the Rally Ramp back in 2012. Over the years he had his ups and downs. As the image of the Subaru appear in the frame the offices of Manus Kelly business TFS makes the perfect backdrop. But things are far from perfect tonight as the biggest gathering of friends rallied around these last few difficult months since the passing of Manus Kelly to pack out the function rooms for a tribute night to a local hero. Family friends and fans put a brave face on for emotional journey down memory lane.Before Mandy’s Tribute that night across in The Great Hall Function Room in another part of the Mt Errigal Hotel, the proceeds of Donegal Déjà vu was presented to the Donegal Hospice by Beatty Crawford and Plum Tyndall, listening to Plum and his unmistakable voice, it felt more like the old Ballyraine Hotel.As the cheque presentation of €25,000 were made and the photos were taken. One of the guests at the function that evening was none other than Cathal Curley who not alone won the 1st ever Donegal Rally but also like Manus Kelly went on to win the event three years in a row in the seventies. Back in those early days, the finish ramp was the actual front door of the old Ballyraine Hotel not unlike where Mandy’s old rally cars were parked tonight.I’m too young to have witnessed Cathal Curley in his prime in the early 1970s in Donegal but I’m a massive fan of the folklore he created in promoting what it meant to win the Donegal Rally. Curley drove a flat-six boxer engined Porsche to victory back then AUI 1500 now a collector’s item, and Manus Kelly also drove a flat-four boxer Subaru to victory for his hat-trick also making his car one of the most famous in rallying history. In the early days of the Donegal rally when the Parc Ferme for the event was a field behind the old Ballyraine Hotel, Carrie Harvey who was at the hospice presentation on Saturday night told the story of her late husband Eamon.A smile for a hero Manus Kelly at the celebration of his 1st outright win of the Donegal International Rally. Photo Brian McDaidLike all the other drivers he was surrounded by young fans with notebooks getting autographs, and was enjoying the notoriety until Seamus McGettigan who was one of the co-drivers came up to the door with a rally cap pulled down covering his face and got an autograph of Eamonn before he released it was McGettigan taking a hand out of him.The days of autographs have now become as faded as the ink they were once scribbled down those signatures with. Now it’s “the selfie” a photographic copy of a memory in time we once enjoyed pictured with a local hero like that the late Manus Kelly was.He took us on amazing journey which ended far too soon, and Saturday, night thanks to his close friends and family and his team we were back in the memories for a memorable night. The first winner of the Donegal Rally Cathal Curley with Beatty Crawford, Plum Tyndall and Rory Kennedy at the Deja Vu presentations to the Donegal Hospice on Saturday Night. Photo Brian McDaid.DD Motoring: Memories of Manus live on at Tribute night was last modified: November 28th, 2019 by Brian McDaidShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Brian McDaidManus Kellytribute nightlast_img read more

Warriors trading Andre Iguodala to Memphis Grizzlies

first_imgIn an effort to clear salary in a sign-and-trade with the Brooklyn Nets, the Warriors traded veteran Andre Iguodala to the Memphis Grizzlies along with a 2024 protected first-round pick (protected 1-4), 2025 (protected 1) and 2026 (unprotected).Iguodala is on the final year of his contract that would have paid him $17.2 million. The Grizzlies did not trade anything in return since the Warriors were looking to dump … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile devicelast_img

Home Affairs speeds up services

first_img11 June 2008The Department of Home Affairs’ turnaround strategy is on track, marking a change in the way the department does business and delivers services to citizens and residents.Delivering her budget vote in Parliament in Cape Town this week, Home Affairs Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said that this could only bode well for the customers who visited Home Affairs offices.She said that her department had achieved the goals set out in the first phase of the turnaround strategy, with the department being able to issue a new identity document within two-and-a-half months – down from the initial waiting period of up to six months.“We are well on our way to our aim of two months by the end of the year,” she added.The department has also acquired a new e-passport production system, to be installed in the government printing works by August this year, with staff already having begun training on the new system.“The main benefit of the new system will be the reduction in the passport production turnaround time due to the printing systems ability to print higher volumes,” she said. “The implementation of online fingerprint verification and subsequent interface with the passport completion processes will further enhance the turnaround times and issuance within 10 days.”Constitutional obligationMapisa-Nqakula said the department had a constitutional obligation to provide every South African with an identity document, which serves as a key for access to rights and services in the country.“By introducing an operational management system as part of the roll out of the new process, we are eliminating blockages in the production process,” she said. “This means that we will be able to offer our clients reasonable and reliable time frames within which they can expect their documents.”She said that the Track and Trace system, which enables the department to track the progress of customers’ ID applications, had transformed the way in which the department handled customer enquiries about the progress of their applications.“We can report that the system is now fully operational in all our permanent offices nationwide,” she said. “We are receiving positive feedback both externally and internally. The system has clearly worked as a management and a service tool.”In addition, temporary Identification Certificates are now being issued immediately.Fingerprint identificationThe department also started with the roll out of online fingerprint verification systems, which enable it to verify fingerprints electronically at local offices even before applications are sent to the head office in Pretoria, in 40 offices during March this year.The online verification makes it possible for counter staff to conduct real-time fingerprint comparison of citizens whose fingerprints were previously registered on the automated fingerprint identification system.This has lead to further improved turnaround times in respect of issuing ID documents, temporary identity certificates, emergency and temporary passports. Previously centralised manual fingerprint verification took an average of seven days to process.Smart ID cardsMapisa-Nqqkula told members of Parliament that a pilot project for smart ID cards – the only outstanding element of the Home affairs National Identification System – would commence in December this year, after the Cabinet approved the model and roll out plan for the card and the replacement of the current green bar-coded ID book.This will streamline the production process, reduce turn around times for the ID document and ensure the integrity of the identification system, she said, adding that the roll-out would go hand-in-hand with the national population register clean up.The department has set aside a total of R114-million for the 2008/09 financial year, with the amount rising to R335-million in the 2009/10 financial year as the volumes of the roll out increase.“In order to properly manage the roll out, we will issue a limited number of these cards to identified vulnerable groups and continue with a staggered roll out in the following years,” she said. “Discussions will be held with the [Independent Electoral Commission] regarding the use of these cards during the 2009 general elections.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

a month agoMan City boss Guardiola on Liverpool hacking scandal: We’re all bugged

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola on Liverpool hacking scandal: We’re all buggedby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola says everyone is bugged after responding to their hacking scandal.In 2013, City’s online scouting network had been hacked by a rival Premier League club who accessed their database of player targets.The Scout 7 system was password protected – but City believe their network was illegally accessed.It’s emerged in The Times that Liverpool are believed to have made City a £1million payment in a confidential settlement of the data breach.Guardiola said: “Today there are not secrets any more. Look what happened in the big governments in the states and Russia and everywhere everyone knows it.“No secrets anymore. You want to keep a secret? Don’t tell to a friend, on devices or mobile phone, today anything can happen.” last_img read more

4 days agoEx-Man City boss Pearce: Liverpool will win title comfortably

first_imgEx-Man City boss Pearce: Liverpool will win title comfortablyby Freddie Taylor4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveStuart Pearce says Liverpool are a certainty to win this season’s Premier League title.The Reds’ lead at the top was reduced to six points after Sunday’s draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford.But former Manchester City manager Pearce is adamant Liverpool will be crowned champions in May.”I think Liverpool will win the Premier League comfortably this year,” Pearce told talkSPORT.”I’m not sure they’ll go unbeaten, but I can’t see them losing more than two games. They’re still clear favourites.”Those could be against Manchester City, potentially, but if you go into the game against your nearest rivals with a six-point buffer, it will put real pressure on Man City to come out and play.”That might just suit Liverpool.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

4 days agoCrisis almost over as Man City welcome back three defenders for Atalanta

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Crisis almost over as Man City welcome back three defenders for Atalantaby Freddie Taylor4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City are set to welcome back three defenders for Tuesday’s Champions League group stage clash with Atalanta.John Stones, Kyle Walker and Nicolas Otamendi were all absent in Saturday’s win over Crystal Palace, with midfielders Rodri and Fernandinho acting as makeshift centre-backs.Walker has been out with a virus, while Otamendi suffered a blow on international duty with Argentina.Stones hasn’t started since suffering a thigh injury against Norwich last month. last_img

a day agoLiverpool boss Klopp: Of course the second Spurs meet us they’re back on track!

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp: Of course the second Spurs meet us they’re back on track!by Paul Vegasa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was typically jovial when talking about Sunday’s clash with Tottenham Hotspur.Spurs snapped a three-game winless with an emphatic 5-0 win over Red Star Belgrade on Tuesday.Speaking after his side beat Genk on Wednesday, Klopp joked about the timing of Spurs’ return to form.He said: “We’ve just had two away games that were both difficult for different reasons. I don’t know where we are now but I know where we need to be on Sunday.”It’s a refreshed Tottenham. Of course the second they meet us they’re back on track! But we’re a different team to Red Star Belgrade, just like Tottenham are different to Genk.” last_img read more

Advice For Phil Jackson Hire Phil Jackson

Win shareJacksonEveryone else > 3/4100%32.3% 2/3 – 3/450%9.3% < 2/30%0.4% With Phil Jackson returning to the NBA as president of the New York Knicks — his first front-office job — there’s one move he can make to greatly improve the Knicks’ chances at success: Hire himself as coach.I’m not saying that the Knicks’ players are a perfect match for Jackson’s “triangle” offense, or that I have any insight into his coaching shortlist — except that any name on that list other than his will be less likely to win championships.To illustrate, let’s take a quick look at some of Jackson’s accomplishments:I know “count the rings” is a controversial argument, but Jackson has won a lot of championships. This graph also doubles as a good reason why he should return to coaching: He’s fallen behind the rest of the NBA. Time to catch up!Though already a Hall of Famer and widely regarded as one of the best coaches in NBA history, Jackson still sometimes gets criticized for having won his 11 rings exclusively with some of the best players in history: First Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen (and later Dennis Rodman) with the Chicago Bulls, then Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal (and later Pau Gasol) with the Los Angeles Lakers.Of course, if he had taken over last year’s Lakers squad — with Kobe, Gasol, Dwight Howard and Steve Nash — and trounced everyone on his way to a 12th trophy, he would have faced the same criticism. It’s ridiculous: Take any player who Jackson won a championship with, and he has won at least five more without them. The reverse isn’t even close. Among Jackson’s regular starters, Rodman had two championships without him, and Shaq had one. That’s it.But the point that Jackson’s teams were all very strong, while mostly true, misses a critical point: They won more championships than even incredibly strong teams are expected to.Jackson’s teams won more than 75 percent of their games in the regular season six times, and each time won the NBA championship. Since the introduction of the 3-point shot (1979-80), 31 non-Jackson-coached teams have won more than 75 percent of their games, and only 10 won the title.But maybe his top teams are just better than the rest of the NBA’s top teams. So let’s look at the next step down: Jackson’s teams won between two-thirds and three-fourths of their games in the regular season 10 times, winning five championships (50 percent). The rest of the NBA has done the same just 10 of 108 times (9.3 percent).None of Jackson’s four teams who failed to win two-thirds of their games ever won a championship. But of the 765 other teams in that category, only three ever did. To summarize: One reason Jackson’s consistently great teams may have done so well relative to their records is that their records more accurately reflect their strength, more so than the random NBA team that runs well for a year or so. But Jackson’s dynastic teams do even better in the playoffs than other dynasties.For example, the average Phil Jackson team saw its win-rate drop by about 4 percent in the playoffs (against much stronger competition) compared with the regular season (against average competition). The league dropped, on average, by 11 percent. Gregg Popovich is notorious for resting starters and otherwise not taking the regular season seriously, and even his San Antonio Spurs see a 9.5 percent drop. To find any dynasty nearly as consistent as Jackson’s, you have to go back to the 1980s. Pat Riley’s Lakers’ win rate dropped only 5 percent (though if you add in Riley’s years with the Knicks and the Miami Heat, his average jumps back to 10 percent).Even if Jackson had nothing to do with his teams’ strength in general, his ability to keep them performing their best or even better in the playoffs is remarkable. Given the extreme rarity of clutch-like effects in sports, is it more likely that two to three different teams independently possessed this quality, and Jackson just happened to coach them? Or did Jackson’s coaching instill this quality? read more

Inconsistent Buckeyes go 11 in weekend play

The Ohio State women’s volleyball team jumped out to a one-set lead (26-24) against No. 19 Michigan, but dropped the next three sets (17-25, 16-25, 19-25) en route to a 3-1 loss Friday night. The Buckeyes seemed energized during the highly contested first set, which saw 16 ties and eight lead changes, winning on a game-point kill by outside hitter Anna Szerszen. The momentum did not hold for the Buckeyes, however, as Michigan jumped out to an early 7-1 lead to start the second set. OSU never recovered from the early deficit and headed into the break with the match tied at one set a piece. After the break, Michigan picked up right where it left off, jumping out to a 9-2 lead to start the third set. OSU cut the lead to 9-6 but could never climb back in the set. The last set was close through the first-half, featuring three ties, but Michigan began to pull away after gaining an 11-10 advantage. With Michigan’s lead 23-15, OSU began to fight back, riding outside hitter Katie Dull’s three consecutive kills, but fell short in the end. For the Buckeyes, Dull had a team-high 18 points with 15 kills, two aces and a solo block. Betsy Hone led the Buckeyes with 30 assists and Sarah Mignin was the team-leader in digs with nine. The Buckeyes had trouble getting into a rhythm the entire night. Following the game, the team spent some extended time in the locker room to work things out. “We had a really good conversation that was much needed,” OSU coach Geoff Carlston said. “I think we are going to be better tomorrow. “We were just disconnected and it’s my job as a coach to get everyone connected again. The dynamic needed to be tweaked and it just didn’t feel like our team today, but we’ll move forward.” The Buckeyes recovered quickly, turning around Saturday night to sweep Michigan State at St. John Arena, three sets to none (25-20, 25-22, 25-18). Michigan State found itself leading the first set 14-8 before the Buckeyes made five consecutive points to get them back in the game. A kill by middle blocker Mariah Booth brought up game point, and a kill from Dull sealed the first set for the Buckeyes. Set two was close throughout, seeing seven ties and three lead changes. Michigan State led 10-8 before the Buckeyes scored nine unanswered points, making the score 17-10. OSU increased its lead to 21-13, but the Spartans fought back with six unanswered points of their own, making the score 21-19. A 4-3 run to close the set gave OSU the 2-0 set lead. OSU jumped out early in the third set and never looked back. At 23-17, a kill by middle blocker Kelli Barhorst gave OSU match point. A 24-18 Spartan error gave OSU the match. Dull posted a match-high 18.5 points with 14 kills, two aces and a solo block. Amanda Peterson led the Buckeyes with 31 assists while Mignin was the team-leader in digs with 8. With the win, Ohio State improves to 14-3 on the year and 2-2 in conference play. read more