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first_imgOn the eve of Conor McGregor’s high profile UFC fight in Dublin this weekend, the last fighter to defeat him has reflected on the fight! The man who put a blemish on his record was Burtonport fighter Joseph Duffy.Duffy sensationally defeated the Dubliner after just forty seconds of the first round. The careers of McGregor and Duffy have gone in different directions since that bout which took place in 2010 at the Neptune Stadium in Cork.McGregor is now a UFC star and a household name in Irish sport, credited with putting UFC on the radar of sports fans here in Ireland.While Duffy is currently preparing to re-establish his name in the sport having decided to quit professional cage fighting after growing disillusioned with the sport.Duffy reverted to professional boxing and was convinced by James Tandy to try his hand at boxing. His transition was smooth, with Duffy having a perfect 7-0 record in professional boxing.However, Duffy’s first love and passion had always been for mixed martial arts combat and when he was offered the opportunity to return to cage warriors he decided it was too good an opportunity to turn down.MMA fight fans were gutted when Duffy left the sport, but are delighted the Burtonport man, based in Wales has returned to the sport.He makes his return to MMA on the 16th of August at the Helix in Dublin.However on the eve of Conor McGregor’s fight tomorrow Duffy has cast his mind back to when he faced the talented Dubliner. Duffy said, “To tell you the truth, I don’t know why they matched us up.“I remember taking the fight and there wasn’t a whole lot of footage on Conor.“I don’t know if there was an idea behind it, maybe they were testing the two boys that were tipped to go the whole way.“Looking back now it’s surprising that the fight happened so early really. Duffy admitted he knew little of McGregor but said he had seen him in action once in Letterkenny.“I had seen Conor fight once in Letterkenny I think it was.“I was meant to fight Tom Egan on the same show, but I did see him fight at the time but as far as the hype that was around him, I couldn’t say that I was aware of it to tell you the truth.Duffy recalled how he was impressed with the Dubliners ability even though the fight lasted a mere forty seconds.“Out of all the guys I fought, and remember that with a lot of them there wasn’t a lot of stand-up exchanges, he was leaps ahead of them as far as his boxing was concerned.“I had never felt like that before, you know, out of my depth. I think it was in the second exchange he tagged me with a few shots and I was nearly admiring what he was doing.“The timing was just perfect, it was beautiful.On the fight itself, while McGregor looked the part initially he was brutally exposed by a ruthless Duffy.“I remember it as clear as day. As soon as I hit side control, I relaxed and he held onto my neck just a little bit too long.“I could hear John shouting in his corner, ‘release the neck’.“Sometimes when you hit the ground you can be a little tense and hang on to things you shouldn’t, but straight away I attacked the arm and neck.“As soon as I felt him holding the neck, he had it quite tight, I knew from there that the choke would finish the fight. I was going for that submission 100%, I knew it was on.Duffy revealed McGregor was very gracious in defeat and wished Duffy all the best in his future career.“After the fight he just wished me all the best with my career and I wished him the same.“He was very gracious in defeat and to be honest, every time I’ve seen him he’s been a gentleman.“I’ve got really good time for him.Click on the video below to view the footage of the fight between Duffy and McGregor.DONEGAL FIGHTER REFLECTS ON THE NIGHT HE DEFEATED CONOR MCGREGOR AFTER JUST FORTY SECONDS was last modified: July 18th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:2010Conor McGregorCorkDefeatdublinJoe DuffynewsReturnSportUFClast_img read more

SA’s science & technology decade

first_img24 January 2005From mosquito-repellent candles to the Southern African Large Telescope, developments in science and technology in South Africa’s first decade of democracy have put the country on the international map, according to a new book.The book, a high-quality coffee table edition entitled “Science and Technology in South Africa: Progress and Achievements in the First Decade of Democracy, 1994-2004”, was written and compiled by Graeme Addison, a veteran journalist and author of a three-part compendium of science books.Sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology, the book is bristling with achievements in science and technology over the past 10 years, bursting with fascinating photographs, and written in an easy-to-read-and-absorb style.After the obligatory foreword and introduction from the politicians and bureaucrats, this A4 landscape publication is easy to tackle – sidebars focus on researchers and their projects, while the main text moves through the country’s exciting technology developments in a style not bogged down by jargon.The book considers SA’s inventiveness – typified by Pratley’s Putty, the glue that was sent to the moon – and the country’s leadership on the continent, typified by “Africa’s giant eye” or SALT, the Southern African Large Telescope, the largest and most powerful optical/infrared telescope in the southern hemisphere, capable of seeing objects a billion times too faint to be seen with the naked eye.The book consists of five parts: assessing South Africa’s achievements in science and technology; looking at old and new generations in the field; new frontiers; science and technology for sustainable development; and finally, stepping stones to the future in science and technology.Driver of changeAccording to Addison, science and technology is a crucial driver of change in South Africa: “[T]he momentum for change, with science and technology as a leading component, is not only sustainable, it is accelerating.”At the same time, the book acknowledges that the legacy of apartheid is still felt in the dominance of ageing white male scientists, a situation that is changing at an appreciable pace.In a 2001/02 survey of SA’s science councils, research and development staff from disadvantaged groups had increased from a low base of 7.3% in 1994 to an impressive 45.6% of the total.The book profiles several emerging young scientists, and it’s heartening to see quite a few black women scientists featured.The range of projects the Department of Science and Technology is involved in is impressive and wide-ranging: biotechnology, information technology, technology for manufacturing, natural resource technology, and technology for poverty reduction.The chapter on science and technology for sustainable development looks at traditional medicine research, mosquito-repellent candles (based on an indigenous plant used by traditional healers), HIV vaccine research, and agricultural research – including rural business initiatives like beekeeping technologies and essential oils processing.SA takes the lead in AfricaThe final chapter in this 171-page publication focuses on South Africa’s lead in Africa as the “powerhouse of the south”, with the message that the country will work “for all the countries to its north if we approach them with an attitude of humility and the objective of achieving mutual benefits”.In 2003 the African Laser Centre (ALC) was established in Pretoria, bringing together scientists from Senegal, Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria and Ghana, acting as a catalyst for the transfer of laser technologies into Africa.Laser technology affects a number of fields relevant to Africans: cataract surgery, glaucoma and cancer treatment, and the detection of TB. Lasers also monitor plant stress levels, an important factor in improving crop harvests and pollutants.Another project the department is actively backing is South Africa’s bid to host the Square Kilometre Array, which will be the world’s biggest and most costly telescope, at a billion dollars.The project, involving some 34 institutions in 15 countries, will unfold in two phases: the demonstrator phase until 2007, and the final construction phase beginning in 2011, with final completion set for 2020. Final selection of the site is due to take place in 2006‘We were living in a desert for science’The book concludes: “South Africa’s international profile in science and technology has grown remarkably in the first the years of democracy.”Previously, science and technology was used in “wrong ways” – equipping South Africa to become a nuclear power and military hardware exporter. Now it is on a different course, working for the benefit of the whole country.In the words of scientist Mike Wingfied, director of the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute at the University of Pretoria: “We live in the most wonderful place to do science, and the Department of Science and Technology needs a huge compliment as well as our support.“We were living in a desert for science. Obviously not everything is yet in place – more must be done to cultivate black graduate students – but science is being well promoted, and the results are showing in recruitment to the sciences.” Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Davis Cup tie will be De Voest’s last

first_img2 April 2014South African Davis Cup star Rik De Voest announced at the Irene Country Club on Tuesday that the Davis Cup tie against Lithuania, to be played from 4 to 6 April, would be his last for the country.The 33-year-old confirmed that after 15 years as a professional the tie to be played this weekend would be his last outing in the green and gold.‘A memorable journey’“This is my 20th Davis Cup tie I will be playing for my country and it’s fitting, here at my home club in Irene, I play that tie and call time on my Davis Cup duties. It’s been a memorable journey and I am very proud in what I have achieved,” he said.De Voest also confirmed that he would retire from professional tennis in the next few months, but before doing that he had to meet some on court obligations.“My wife Carolyn [a Canadian] has just given birth to our first child Morgan and my life has changed. I am now a family man with new goals, objectives and priorities and my last tournament will be in my new home city, Vancouver, Canada,” De Voest explained.Davis Cup awardThe International Tennis Federation (ITF) announced that they would be presenting De Voest with a special Davis Cup award on the Saturday [5 April] of the tie, to commemorate his 20th tie in the competition.De Voest will be one of only four South African players to have played 20 or more ties for their country. The others to have achieved the milestone are Cliff Drysdale, Frew McMillan and Wayne Ferreira.Line-up not yet confirmedMeanwhile, South African captain John-Laffnie de Jager said his team was well prepared for the showdown with Lithuania, but could not confirm who would be his second singles player after De Voest.“I have told all the boys that the second spot is up for grabs and whoever performs best this week will be able to fill that spot,” De Jager said.He has until Thursday to name his final four players from his five man squad. De Voest and doubles specialist Raven Klaasen are given choices, but the remaining two spots will be filled by Dean O’Brien, Jean Andersen or Ruan Roelofse.Adapting wellLithuanian captain Rimvydas Mugevicius said his team were adapting well to the altitude and were hitting the ball better each day.Ricardos Berankis, the top ranked Lithuanian player, said he was pleasantly surprised at how well the court was playing and he was feeling quite confident after two days of practice.‘A tough one’“This tie is going to be a tough one,” Berankis reckoned. “South Africa have a good team with lots of experience. I don’t know the players that well, but we have a few more days to watch them in action and strategise accordingly.”With only four players at his disposal, the Mugevivius said he had very little choice, but would decide on Thursday who to play in the doubles.He is expected to select Berankis and his second highest ranked player, Laurynas Grigelis, to play singles, but could be forced to use both Berankis and Grigelis in the doubles too because his third and fourth players, Lukas Mugevicius and Mantas Bugailiskis, are “young, with very little Davis Cup experience”.DrawThe official draw for the tie takes place at 10:00 on Thursday morning at the Irene Dairy Farm, just outside Centurion, where both captains will name their four players and their singles line up and doubles teams. Internationally acclaimed tennis referee and umpire Gerry Armstrong of England will officiate the draw.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Thomas Tuchel: ‘I told Neymar to face truth and deal with consequences’

first_img“The supporters have expressed their opinions and I can understand them, absolutely. It’s their right to express themselves,” he says as we sit down for our interview as part of my work for beIN Sports France. “They’re proud of their club and it’s not so nice when you hear your player talking for weeks and weeks saying he wants to leave. As I told Neymar, sometimes it’s like this in life – you have to face the truth and deal with the consequences.”Once the transfer window closed with Neymar still at PSG, the manager’s job was to reintegrate and remotivate a player for whom he has great affection. “Neymar has a good heart,” Tuchel says. “Sometimes it’s a bit hard to see that he is a nice person when you only watch him play from outside. But he is, he’s a nice guy.“I told him: ‘You think the hardest part is over but from now on you have to deal with me and I’m going to push you hard. So the hardest thing is still to come for you.’”Tuchel’s pushing seems to be working. Neymar has scored winning goals for PSG against Strasbourg and Lyon, with further strikes against Bordeaux and Angers, although he was ruled out for four weeks with a hamstring injury on Monday. Bigger tests await for Tuchel, with the Champions League last 16 looming in February as a make-or-break moment once again for a PSG manager. I ask him how he measures success at a club such as his. Is it simply a question of points or is there something more to it? It turned out to be an interesting summer for Thomas Tuchel but perhaps not in the way he would have wanted. Rather than being able to focus solely on how to improve on a debut season that brought a French league title, a cup final and an infuriating last-16 exit to Manchester United in the Champions League, the Paris Saint-Germain manager was fielding questions about the future of Neymar.On and on it went. From the moment the first reports of Neymar wanting to leave appeared, to the moment he did not return for the first day of pre-season to finally playing his first club game of the season on 14 September, the story was always about the Brazilian rather than the team.Not that Tuchel was surprised. He knows what it entails being manager of PSG and is not complaining. The Neymar saga may have overshadowed the start of the season but PSG are top of Ligue 1 by two points and lead their Champions League group after two wins in two games, including a 3-0 victory over Real Madrid. Tuchel can be happy when they are 11 games into the season and there are signs the relationship between Neymar and the fans is slowly healing. Read more Reuse this content Share on LinkedIn In the meantime Tuchel, who speaks fluent English and gets by pretty well in French, will continue his quest to become better acquainted with the city of Paris. A family man with two young daughters, Tuchel would like to have more time and freedom for cultural pursuits. He is still coming to terms with a profile that often means he will be recognised, even in Paris museums.“It’s not the same looking at a painting in a gallery when you can feel other eyes are on you,” he shrugs and admits to toying with the idea of adopting a disguise. “Sometimes I try to sneak out when it’s dark, out in the streets, to get a taste of that freedom, to feel the vibe of the city. Other times I care less about people watching me and just go to a restaurant but that doesn’t happen that often. It’s an all-consuming job, hard to escape from and you don’t know the price you have to pay for your passion when you start out.”Does a person have to be slightly mad to be a manager? “Yes, you have to be,” he says with a smile. “It was pretty obvious from the start because even when you’re the coach of the under-14s or the under-15s in the academy, although you don’t have to deal with the press or the media you do have to deal with the parents and sometimes I’m not sure which is worse …“You have to deal with the pressure inside the academies, the parents who want the best for their kids and how you don’t always share the same opinions. But we’re all crazy in love with football so we accept it.” What next for Neymar and PSG? Share on Messenger interviews Share on WhatsApp Paris Saint-Germain Topics Facebook “I have no clear definition,” he says. “Points count, definitely, titles count if you go to a club like PSG, that’s the way it is. But there’s also the relationships with the players, the connection with the players, sometimes helping a player through a difficult period in his career. That’s also success, no? Hopefully I don’t depend too much on the points and the titles because the possibility that you get sad or that you don’t fulfil your own goals is too high. There’s more to life than points and trophies but we’re all very competitive and we all want to win every game.“Sometimes you work hard helping players through tough times and you work hard in building a team and creating connections and then you see your team work so well together in a really tight match and you think, ‘Wow, what a great job we did over the past however many weeks.’ But nobody out there knows what you’ve really achieved. All the little things you achieve every day are like little rewards for me. From the outside it’s all much simpler and it’s just about winning.”The German arrived at PSG in 2018 after two seasons at Borussia Dortmund followed by a year’s sabbatical. In the French capital he has won the league but that is expected at a club who have Kylian Mbappé, Neymar and Edinson Cavani in the forward line. Tuchel has a remarkable squad at his disposal but when asked whether he has ever experienced a perfect game, he says: “Never had one, never been close and still on the hunt. Still looking for one and still loving the training and still looking for the perfect training session, too. I like to think we get closer and closer all the time.“You have these periods where you really think, ‘Yes, this is it’ but the tension is so high in these games that you cannot fully enjoy it. Football is a game where lots of mistakes happen and the ability to deal with the mistakes is also a quality. You have to accept as a coach that there will not be a perfect game. It is sad, of course. It’s a bit like Sisyphus, isn’t it? You never quite get there.“You have amazing feelings and you love this job because you see so many good things. It can get close to perfection but never quite attain it.” The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Pinterest Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Share via Email Twitter Thomas Tuchel replaced Jurgen Klopp at Borussia Dortmund before moving to PSG in May 2018. Photograph: TF-Images/Getty Images Share on Facebook Neymarlast_img read more

6000 migrants arrested in Istanbul crackdown

first_imgIstanbul: A crackdown on unregistered migrants in Istanbul has seen 6,000 arrests including Syrians in the past two weeks, the interior minister said Wednesday. There has been concern in recent days over reports that hundreds of Syrian refugees have been sent back to Syria, after being forced to sign consent forms in Turkish that they do not understand. Soylu denied the claims. “We have been carrying out an operation since July 12… We have caught 6,122 people in Istanbul, including 2,600 Afghans,” Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu told TV station NTV. He said Syrians were part of the group, without giving numbers. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”When we catch Syrians who are not registered, we send them to refugee camps,” he said, citing a camp in the Turkish border province of Hatay. However, he said some Syrians were choosing to go back to their home country “voluntarily” to areas where fighting has abated. Turkey has more than 3.5 million Syrian refugees — the highest number in the world. Most have “temporary protection” permits but these restrict them to the province in which they were registered. The current crackdown is aimed at those who live in Istanbul without a permit to stay in the city. A coalition of Syrian NGOs said Monday that more than 600 Syrians — mostly with protection permits issued in other provinces — were arrested in Istanbul last week and deported back to Syria, rather than to their assigned provinces. The crackdown is orchestrated by the Istanbul governor’s office, which is controlled by the central government in Ankara.last_img read more