Galway Footballers lose to Cavan

first_imgThe Galway Footballers hopes of reaching the League Final and promotion to Division One were dashed when they were beaten by Cavan by 1-16 to 1-12 with Patrick Sweeney getting the Galway goal.Kevin Dwyer reports Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.After the game, Kevin spoke to Galway manager Kevin Walsh Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Men’s Basketball: Jan. 16 Scoreboard

first_imgNicholls improved to 4-1 in Southland Conference action thanks to a Sam McBeath’s game-winning layup with two seconds left to beat Houston Baptist 66-64. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi remained perfect in road conference games with a 77-61 win at McNeese State and Sam Houston State beat Southeastern Louisiana 85-78. The Colonels, Islanders and Bearkats each are 4-1, just one game behind Stephen F. Austin, which ran its win streak to 13 games, including wins in all five Southland games. The Lumberjacks won 74-58 at Northwestern State. In other games, UIW won its first Southland home game, defeating Central Arkansas 87-72. Oral Roberts and New Orleans also picked up victories on Thursday. Sam Houston State 85, Southeastern Louisiana 78HAMMOND, La. – Sam Houston State’s starting five all scored in double figures to lead the Bearkats to an 85-78 win over Southeastern Louisiana on the road Thursday night.  |  SHSU  Recap  |  SLU Recap Oral Roberts 82, Abilene Christian 59ABILENE, Texas – A late first-half run gave Oral Roberts the momentum and the Golden Eagles carried it through into a dominant second half en route to an 82-59 victory against Southland Conference newcomer Abilene Christian Thursday at Moody Coliseum.  |  ORU Recap  |  ACU Recap Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 77, McNeese State 61LAKE CHARLES, La. – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi got off to a blistering start and rode the momentum to a 77-61 victory over McNeese State on Thursday at Burton Coliseum. The Islanders improved to 4-1 in Southland play with the win – including a 3-0 road record – while McNeese is now 3-2 in the league.  |  A&M-Corpus Christi Recap  |  McNeese Recap Nicholls 66, Houston Baptist 64THIBADAUX, La. – With less than 10 seconds left in regulation and the game tied at 64, Nicholls redshirt senior guard Pedro Maciel drove strong to the hoop before dishing off the ball to a waiting Sam McBeath under the basket for the game-winning layup with two seconds remaining to give the Colonels a thrilling 66-64 win over Houston Baptist on Thursday.  |  Nicholls Recap  |  HBU Recapcenter_img UIW 87, Central Arkansas 72SAN ANTONIO, Texas – UIW won a highly entertaining game Thursday against Central Arkansas, 87-72 at the McDermott Center.  The win was the first ever for the Cardinals against an NCAA Division I program at home.  |  UIW Recap  |  UCA Recap Stephen F. Austin 74, Northwestern State 58NATCHITOCHES, La. – Senior Deshaunt Walker finished with 22 points off the bench and junior Jacob Parker recorded his sixth double-double of the season to fuel Stephen F. Austin to its 13th consecutive victory in a 74-58 showing over Northwestern State Thursday at Prather Coliseum.  |  SFA Recap  |  NSU Recap New Orleans 77, Lamar 55NEW ORLEANS, La. – New Orleans shot efficiently in the second half as it pulled away for a 77-55 win against Lamar Thursday at Lakefront Arena.  |  UNO Recap  |  Lamar Recaplast_img read more

Eagle girls a contender in tight A North race

first_img BY WARREN RAPPLEYEAStaff Writer With seven games in the books, the Middletown High School South girls basketball team is sporting a spiffy 6-1 mark with the lone loss coming in the finals of the Point Pleasant Beach Holiday Classic. The Eagles were 3-0 in Shore Conference Class A North play heading into Monday night’s home game against Howell, also 3-0 in the division at the time. Coach Tom Brennan has stressed a team game, while making extensive use of his depth. On Friday, for example, Middletown South downed Marlboro 42-24, and Shealyn Taggert was the Eagles leading scorer with seven points. “Balanced scoring has been a key for us because defenses can’t key on any one player,” he said. “But an even more important aspect for us is defense. We pride ourselves on that and we gave up far too many points when we played Neptune, so it was important that we got that back on track against Marlboro.” The Eagles allowed Neptune to score 72 points in the Point Beach finale, while scoring 67 themselves. In fairness, the game did go into overtime. Middletown South had beaten both Florence and Point Pleasant Beach to earn a berth in the finals. South’s other triumphs have come against Manalapan and Freehold Township. Overall, Taggert is the Eagles leading scorer, averaging 11 points per game, with Courtney Herring right behind at eight points per. Sophomore center Shawna Hagen averages seven points; juniors Christina Longo and Julie Gannon average averages 6.3 and 5.7 points, respectively; and Jillian Gannon, a sophomore forward, is at four points. Brennan’s team has also taken care of business on the boards. Taggert and Herring both average seven caroms, while Longo averages six rebounds and Jillian Gannon four boards. The coach praised the play of point guard Brittany Hoffman, who averages better than five assists and has played an important role in limiting turnovers. Julie Gannon, who spells Hoffman at the point, averages 2.5 assists. “We’re getting strong efforts from everyone and they’re buying into the team game,” Brennan said. “Their unselfishness enables us to play at a high tempo and control the pace of games. That’s a huge benefit.” The Eagles are one of few local girls team boasting a winning record at this point in the season, though St. John Vianney’s 2-5 mark entering the week could be considered a bit deceiving. Though the Lancers have struggled a bit early on, only one of their losses has come to a Shore Conference team, a 47-51 loss to top-ranked Red Bank Catholic on Jan. 3. Vianney is undoubtedly better than a 2-5 team, and it will come as a surprise to no one if the Lancers begin to pile on the wins now that the regular season kicks into high gear. While RBC and SJV are the teams to beat in the Shore’s Class A Central race, the Holmdel girls are lining up for a run at the public school division title, despite a disappointing 42-40 divisional loss to Manasquan on Thursday. The loss dropped the Hornets (5-3, 1-2 in the division) a game behind Manasquan, though the two teams will meet again later this season. Mater Dei is another local team looking to rebound from a tough divisional loss after getting off to a fast start, as the Seraphs dropped a 58-45 contest to St. Rose on Thursday in a Class B Central showdown. The Purple Roses improved to 7-1 (4-0 in the division) with the win, while Mater Dei fell to 6-3 (3-1). This race, however, is far from over. On the boys side of play, the CBA Colts remain the team to beat in the Shore, and proved their mettle against one of the state’s elite teams, losing a hard-fought 47-45 contest to St. Anthony’s of Jersey City on Saturday. The Colts were led by North Carolina State-bound forward Dan Werner, who put on a clinic against the state’s third-ranked team, scoring 32 points and grabbing 13 rebounds, and earned the highest praise from the Friars’ legendary coach, Bob Hurley, who called Werner “the best all-around player in the state.” Unfortunately, St. Anthony’s hit their free throws down the stretch after an inspired CBA comeback. This Sunday, Werner and the Colts face an even tougher challenge as they take on top-ranked St. Patrick’s of Elizabeth in the marquee matchup at the Battle on the Boardwalk in Asbury Park. Tipoff is set for 4:30 p.m. While CBA has some big aspirations this winter, the Middletown North boys team is in the midst of a dogfight for the Public Schools A North title once again. The Lions entered the week at 6-2 (3-1) in the division, which puts them a game behind Manalapan and tied with Freehold Township. This is one division race that could go down to the final week. The A Central race is also getting interesting, with Manasquan sitting atop the standings at the moment at 8-1 (4-0). However, a rejuvenated Raritan team (6-3, 3-1) continues to impress with its motivated play, despite a disappointing 73-42 loss to Rumson-Fair Haven on Friday. Raritan and Manasquan square off tomorrow night in an important early season showdown. BY WARREN RAPPLEYEA Staff Writer last_img read more

Casemiro welcomes Neymar to Madrid

first_imgPhoto by Getty Images. Caption:Barcelona star Neymar is challenged by three Real Madrid rivals Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly keen to pay the Brazil striker’s €222million buyout clause, with reports in Neymar’s homeland suggesting he is receptive about a move to Ligue 1, where he would be the league and team’s biggest star.Gerard Pique attempted to add a definitive air to the rumour’s end, by posting “He’s staying” along with a picture of Neymar on social media on Sunday.However, Casemiro may well have added more fuel to the fire, by suggesting that his international colleague could find a home at the Santiago Bernabeu.He told Globo: “Neymar will tell you his future. He knows what he has to do.”The defensive midfielder devilishly added: “Why not come and play at Real Madrid? Here he would be welcome.”An attempt to break out of the shadow of Lionel Messi is thought to be behind Neymar’s wishes to leave and Casemiro expects his compatriot to come to a decision that benefits his long-term ambitions.”I have not talked to Neymar lately, but I wish him well,” he added.”Neymar is a great player, I have great admiration for him. He knows what he does, he is well advised, his father is a great person and he knows what he is doing.”If he leaves Barcelona I wish him all the luck in the world, and if he stays, then I do too.”Neymar is very important for the selection of Brazil, we always have his good football.”last_img read more

Managing the data deluge: Twitter as a tool for ecological research

first_imgFEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the editor of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Communication, data, Education, Internet, Monitoring, Social Media, Technology, Wildlife, Wildtech People are impressed by spiders in and around their homes, as seen in this Twitter video of one #spider unhappy to have its hiding place discovered.Because tweets are unstructured and copious, the chance to make use of Twitter data has inspired advanced work from many sciences – statistical and computational science, behavioral and linguistic science. How do people process language or influence each other? How can we apply machine learning to sort for target data amid random human associations?Even as the field of ecology becomes buried in data from camera traps, tracking studies, and citizen science records, it has been relatively late in launching its Twitter expedition. But in the September 2018 Methods in Ecology and Evolution, a University of Gloucestershire study by Adam Hart and colleagues looked at the reliability of Twitter data for ecological studies. Hart devised a methodology to collect, scrape, and structure the data sets of tweets about three ecological phenomena.Ants in their flying reproductive stage also spark interest on Twitter. Image by Charles Lam, Flickr CC 2.0.In some sense, they were gambling that these three cyclic ecological phenomena – the annual emergence of flying ants, the sighting of spiders in the home, the synchronized-drone-like murmurations of starlings overhead – might impress Tweeters enough to make a significant appearance on Twitter. And on searching the Twitter API for keywords or hashtags, such as #flyingants, #spider, and #murmurations, the researchers’ gamble paid off.“Make sure you choose something that people are likely to tweet about,” Hart said. “We still have much to learn about what motivates people to tweet about ecological phenomena and the sorts of information they are motivated to include.”Hart and his colleagues then compared the Twitter results to published data from three citizen science (CS) studies of the same phenomena over the same time periods. The most robust Twitter samples came from tweets about spider sightings. Twitter-mining yielded fewer data points than the planned (CS) experiments ­– almost by a factor of ten in some cases – with starling murmurations yielding the fewest. But Hart’s team picked up the slack with data science.“The statistical approaches we used allow for sample size in calculating significance,” Hart said. “So [a relatively low number of data points] is important, but it is allowed for in the analyses.”Using a statistical comparison method, the Kolmogorov-Smirnov test, to study Twitter’s reliability against the CS data sets, Hart’s team was able to show a striking correlation.Sightings of house spiders reported via a citizen science study (top) and derived from mentions within in tweets for the same year (middle) and the previous year (bottom). The X-axis indicates a 6-month time period (weeks 1 through 26). The citizen science data and Twitter data are not significantly different. While the number of Twitter data points for starling murmurations was too low to provide research conclusions, sufficient correlation existed between the distribution of Twitter mentions and that of citizen science mentions to suggest that Twitter can be a reliable data source. Image courtesy of Hart et al. (2018).After a discussion of Twitter’s reliability with respect to determining when and where sightings actually occur, the scientists conclude that Twitter mining can be a useful tool for ecologists, particularly in phenology, the study of “nature’s calendar.”Retrospective data mining of social media and other digital sources has generated a lot of excitement in ecology because it can shave considerable time off certain types of big data-focused research projects.Gabriella Leighton and colleagues developed a methodology for mining Google Images in tracking where, geographically, members of the same species started to exhibit different color variations. Like Hart et al (2018), Leighton and her co-authors compared Twitter results to known findings (Rounds, 1987) and found substantial correlation. The published paper couldn’t help mentioning time saved:“Notably, the Google Images method took a few weeks,” Leighton et al reported, “while the more traditional data collection methods undertaken by Rounds (1987) took 3 years.”A “quick and dirty” research optionFrom the point of view of Wesley Hochachka, a research associate with Cornell University’s eBird citizen science project, Twitter offers a “quick and dirty” research option.“You’re not actually getting a sample of reality,” Hochachka told Mongabay, “you’re getting reality filtered through the curiosity of an individual person and their motivation to tell somebody else about it.”Such individuality brings “noise,” or uncertainty, into the data sets. On a continuum of reliability between “quick and dirty” Twitter mining and long, hard traditional science, Hochachka would put citizen science somewhere in the middle. The eBird app collects data from bird watchers with a wide range of skill levels, at a rate of 7 or 8 million ornithology records a month. So data scientists have a lot to work with as they refine analytical methods to reduce uncertainty.At the same time, the online eBird form that volunteers use to enter their bird sightings is the product of scientific design and testing. As compared with retrospective Twitter mining, the data form allows for some control – the crux of traditional science ­– over the data sets coming in.The fascinating patterns that starling murmurations can create prompt even non-bird watchers to photograph and mention them via Twitter. Image by Airwolfhound, Wikimedia Commons, CC 2.0.According to Hochachka, the presence-only bias poses the biggest challenge to Twitter mining.“You know when an event happened – you know when there’s been a murmuration,” Hochachka said, “but you don’t know when somebody didn’t see that starling murmuration. That’s why these data are never going to be as good as a predesigned study.”In developing their data entry form, the eBird team sought to “minimize the proportion of data submitted in a presence-only form.” Hochachka points to a required field on the form that asks: “’Are you recording every species that you were able to see and identify?’ And if they say ‘yes’ – which, about 85 percent of the time, people say – then we know that if a certain species isn’t on that list, it was not detected by the observer.”Without this field, the colorful eBird maps describing bird migration patterns would be much less reliable, Hochachka says. The statistical modeling that underlies the maps is predicated on a binary, yes-no analysis, where the absence of yes does not mean no.A map of recent bird migration intensity, based on analyses of citizen science observations over time using artificial intelligence algorithms and models to discover seasonally- and regionally-varying patterns in the eBird data. Map courtesy of BirdCast, Cornell Lab of Ornithology.“You actually need those nos,” Hochachka said. “If you don’t feed [the nos] into these sorts of analyses, the program itself creates them” (introducing uncertainty).The bird-watching form tries to minimize other human inconsistencies – amount of time spent bird-watching, distance traveled while watching, the time of year, even the time of day.“There’s something called a dawn chorus,” Hochachka said. “If you were to go into the same forest at dawn and at noon, it could be deafeningly loud at dawn and utterly silent at noon. But the birds haven’t gone anywhere; they’re just not as detectable.”A source of big dataAs the challenges of big, noisy data attract researchers with specialties in advanced math and computational science, some field scientists worry that hands-on discovery is getting lost in the noise. Interestingly, Twitter is becoming an apt platform for informal “field work” in ecology. Valuable discoveries arrive on a hashtag or handle, particularly when the tweet contains images. In Hart et al’s Twitter-mined spider study, tweeted images allowed for determining the spiders’ sex and verifying a count of males to females.Professor Helen Roy from the Centre of Ecology and Hydrology uses Twitter  (@UKLadybirds) hand in glove with her online survey of UK ladybirds (“ladybugs” in the US).An adult 7-spot ladybird feeding on aphids. The ladybird citizen science challenge uses Twitter for engagement and education. Image by Helen Roy.“We have been able to improve understanding of insect invasions through our studies on the harlequin ladybird – a global invasive alien species,” Roy told Mongabay. Twitter allows Roy to conduct both data intake and educational outreach.“Just a few days ago, someone sent a picture [via Twitter] of the harlequin ladybird eating some moth eggs,” Roy said. “This is an important example of the way in which the harlequin ladybird may be adversely affecting other species.” Like retrospective Twitter mining, this research provides a useful starting point, though it lacks the representative nature of a statistical sample.In the end, the findings by Hart et al (2018) offer researchers a different kind of research tool. With its high degree of noise and bias, it will serve less as a substitute for well-designed study and more as a time saver in preliminary research. Hochachka sees it as a potential “snapshot” tool: “if there was no other existing source of information,” Hochachka says, “or if you could gather information, but it would take a long time to collate it, and you wanted a snapshot right now.”With their broad reach and increasing availability through machine learning analyses, Twitter and other social media may increasingly provide the big data that can help researchers support one avenue of research over another or suggest trends for further investigation.A flock, or murmuration, of starlings flies across a nature reserve in Suffolk, England. Image by Airwolfhound, Wikimedia Commons, CC 2.0.CitationsHart, A. G., Carpenter, W. S., Hlustik‐Smith, E., Reed, M., & Goodenough, A. E. (2018). Testing the potential of Twitter mining methods for data acquisition: Evaluating novel opportunities for ecological research in multiple taxa. Methods in Ecology and Evolution.Leighton, G. R., Hugo, P. S., Roulin, A., & Amar, A. (2016). Just Google it: assessing the use of Google Images to describe geographical variation in visible traits of organisms. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 7(9), 1060-1070., R. C. (1987). Distribution and analysis of colourmorphs of the black bear (Ursus americanus). Journal of Biogeography, 521-538. Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Access to constant streams of observational data from 60 or 70 million Twitter users is a potential trove for scientists, but extracting the target data is a challenge.A big advantage of social media data mining is the ability to turn data into usable information on a short timetable. The question is, how does quick, retrospective data compare to data from painstakingly prepared collection processes?A recent study compared the results from three published citizen science studies to data sets mined retrospectively from Twitter for the same time periods. It confirmed that mining Twitter could yield reliable baseline data (when, where). As for testing causal relationships or hypotheses involving dependent variables, the jury is still out.Twitter shows promise for ecological study, particularly studies around seasonal phenomena such as the annual emergence of flying ants. But filtering out the noise of random human observation is a still-evolving science. As early as 2009-10, researchers were looking at Twitter data mining as a way to predict the incidence of flu. At the time, the H1N1 virus, or “swine flu,” had made the jump from swine to humans and arrived in the United States. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) took notice and began sponsoring research.Eight years later, data scientists Alessandro Vespignani and his team have developed statistical models for crunching Twitter data in flu forecasting that can predict, six weeks out, when and where a flu outbreak might peak, with 70 to 90 percent accuracy. The Vespignani model integrates flu tweets with CDC data and other inputs of the initial flu conditions, where Twitter acts as “a proxy for monitoring infectious disease incidence.” Vespignani also noted that his model could work with many digital (e.g. social media) sources, which often come with time or location stamps. Article published by Sue Palminteri Hmmmm.. what’s in here? Oh! Sorry for disturbing you buddy! We’ll leave you alone now! #WildOz #spider #NSW #wildlife #fieldwork— Jodi Rowley (@jodirowley) September 30, 2018last_img read more

Miss Linden Beauty Pageant cancelled!!!

first_imgWith just two weeks remaining before the highly anticipated Linden Town Week (LTW) 2018, one of the featured events, the beauty pageant, has been cancelled in light of a scandal. Initially, seven delegates were poised to compete and the cancellation has definitely taken a toll on them.The decision to quash the pageant was taken on Wednesday evening by the Linden Mayor and Town Council (LMTC). LTW Project Coordinator Devin Sears told Guyana Times Entertainment that the majority of Councillors voted against the hosting of the pageant.The decision to cancel the pageant came after allegations surfaced of sexual misconduct on a delegate by a popular Linden businessman while the delegate was seeking sponsorship.The incident allegedly took place at the businessman’s home on March 3, 2018. The incident is being investigated by the Police.On Tuesday, former Linden Mayor, Carwyn Holland, called for the pageant to be cancelled following the revelation of sexual exploitation. Holland, who is no stranger to pageantry, is well aware of the consequences of such an allegation and thought it fit to make representation to call off the pageant.He described the incident as disturbing and urged young women in pageantry to lift their heads high as they are ambassadors of the communities they represent.last_img read more

LABA planned secondary schools 5-a-side POSTPONED

first_imgDue to unforeseen circumstances, Tuesday’s planned Inter-Secondary Schools five-a-side basketball championship for schools in Linden has been postponed to next Friday.President of the Linden Amateur Basketball Association, Lawrence Simon, said it was unfortunate that the inaugural championship billed for the Mackenzie Sports Club hard-court today had to be put back due to problems outside the control of his Association.LABA President Lawrence Simon posing with one of the trophies for the tournamentHe said the trophies have already been acquired for the event and thanked the sponsors so far for their faith in pulling off the event for school players in the under-19 age category.He said the Education Department has been helpful in getting the schools to play in the event, but hopes that next Friday the players will get a chance to show their talent.The schools invited to send teams are Christianburg Wismar Secondary, Wisburg, Harmony, New Silvercity and Linden Foundation Secondary Schools, and the Linden Technical institute.last_img read more

Street-fighter Hamilton out for Singapore sting

first_imgBut an unexpected victory for the Mercedes driver, who edged to the front of the standings by just three points with his wire-to-wire win in Italy, would set alarm bells ringing at Ferrari.The Italian team will be smarting after Hamilton’s crushing triumph at their home circuit this month — spoiling their 70th anniversary party, and earning boos on the podium from irate fans.Another disappointment on Sunday in Singapore, the 14th of 20 races and the unofficial start of the title run-in, would deflate optimism of Ferrari’s first world title in a decade.Ferrari’s downforce is a key weapon at the 23-corner street circuit, whose lack of long straights traditionally nullifies Mercedes’ high-speed advantage and puts overtaking at a premium.Lewis Hamilton heads of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel during the Belgian Grand Prix last month. Hamilton is out to upset Singapore race favourites Ferrari at the twisty street circuit this weekend © AFP/File / Emmanuel DUNANDMercedes chief Toto Wolff said the German marque faced a difficult weekend — but he will take heart from the fact that in five of the last seven seasons, the winning driver in Italy also took the chequered flag in Singapore.“So far this year, we have seen the pendulum swing according to circuit type. On the surface, Singapore is the kind of circuit that should favour both Ferrari and Red Bull,” said Wolff.“Both have shown strong performance on low-speed circuits demanding maximum downforce, and we have found life more difficult at those places in 2017.”– Heart and passion –But Wolff added: “We have made good progress in understanding what we need to do in order to get the most from the chassis… It’s a weekend when every part of the team needs to be at its best if you wish to score a strong finish.“We will aim to put all the pieces of the puzzle together and finish strongly.”Hamilton’s blistering form in qualifying this year, which saw him take a world-record 69th pole position in Monza, also gives Mercedes a chance. All but two of the races in Singapore have been won from pole and Hamilton is on a roll, having won three of the last four grands prix.The three-time world champion Hamilton, who penned a poetic tribute to mark 20 years since the death of Princess Diana, was also moved to wax lyrical about his performances behind the wheel.“I definitely feel like I have found more heart and passion within myself in the last three or four races,” he said at Monza.“Silverstone was an empowering weekend and that has kind of sparked a forest fire in me and that is hopefully reflecting in my driving.“While I feel like I always drive with my heart — my heart is really the engine, the power and the force behind what I do — my mind is like the rudder, and I feel like it has been steering me in the right direction.”Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo will also approach the weekend with confidence after reaching the podium on his last three trips to Singapore.“(It’s) one of our best chances of a win in the second half of the season,” said the Australian, who won in Azerbaijan and lies fourth in the standings.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Lewis Hamilton celebrates pole position for Mercedes next to second-placed Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix last month. Hamilton is out to upset Singapore race favourites Ferrari at the twisty street circuit © AFP/File / JOHN THYSSINGAPORE, Singapore, Sep 13 – Lewis Hamilton will aim to plunge a dagger into Sebastian Vettel’s world title ambitions by upsetting his expected march to victory in Singapore — two weeks after ruining Ferrari’s anniversary celebrations at Monza.Hamilton is distinctly second favourite against his title rival at the twisting, turning and stiflingly hot Marina Bay street circuit, which plays to Ferrari’s strengths and where Vettel has won four of the nine races.last_img read more

Kinder Morgan says ‘net price’ for Trans Mountain pipeline is $325 million lower than announced

first_imgAn attached report from adviser TD Securities concludes that the deal as negotiated is fair for shareholders. CALGARY, A.B. – Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. says the actual price the federal government will pay for its Trans Mountain pipeline system and expansion project will be hundreds of millions of dollars less than the $4.5 billion it announced in May.In a regulatory filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the company says it estimates it will have to pay at least $325 million in capital gains taxes to the Canadian government when the deal is concluded.It says that reduces the “net price” to $4.175 billion.- Advertisement -The filing is designed to advise Kinder Morgan Canada shareholders in advance of their vote on the transaction in August. Houston-based parent company Kinder Morgan, Inc. owns about two-thirds of the shares.The document also recounts the negotiations that led to the deal, including an initial offer by the company to give the government a five per cent equity stake in return for financial guarantees and Ottawa’s counter suggestion it could buy 51 per cent of the pipeline assets.The filing notes that once they decided on a 100 per cent sale, Kinder Morgan offered to sell for $6.5 billion and the government came back with a counter offer of $3.85 billion.Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgMs. Blathnaidh Colhoun, Loreto Education Centre, Rebecca Mc Nutt (Junior Winner), Mr. A. Kelly (Principal) photographed with judge, Ian Orr.The heavy Donegal rain poured last Wednesday morning as cars with students, teachers and parents arrived in Milford from Loreto schools all around the country. The schools included Loreto College, Swords; Loreto High School, Beaufort; Gorey Community School and Loreto Secondary School, Leterkenny.Parking attendants guided cars to their reserved parking spaces. Large boxes emerged from the car with students struggling to be seen behind them. Cake tins, mixing bowls ,ribbons and icing bags were to be seen. All had landed in Milford for the First ever Great Loreto Bake off. An inter schools competition has been developed & launched by the Home Economics staff at Loreto Community School Milford (Lynda Morrow, Margaret O’Connor and Alison Stoddart).Students had to get through three rounds (signature bake, technical challenge & showstopper) in their own school before getting to the national final in Milford.Finalists in the Loreto bake-off.Students had three hours to prepare, bake and decorate a themed cake of their choiceThe school was lucky enough to have Celebrity judge Ian Orr (from Browns Restaurants Derry and Letterkenny and face of Lidl Northern Ireland) to judge the competition. Ian was a big hit with the students as he took time to talk them about their creation and even admitted to picking up a few tips himself!!!! The visiting teachers were treated to a master class in food demonstration from Ian with the chocolate fondant dessert proving a big favourite.Hoards of students peeked through the glass window trying to get a glimpse of the cakes…and begging to get a taste.After the three hours, marvelous creations were to be seen with love heart shaped cakes, bird houses and decorations of handmade truffles, hand made caramel and sugar craft on top and a wide variety of coloured icing revealing delicious orange/ lemon/coffee/maderia cakes underneath when cut.Ian had the very difficult task of making the final choice. The senior winner was Chloe Marks from Loreto Swords and Junior Winner was Loreto C.S. Milford’s own student Rebecca McNutt.Finalists in the bake-off.Students were given a cash prize and a luxury cake decorating hamper from Crafter’s Basket, Sligo. Star Bakers awards were won by Fiona Boyce Loreto Letterkenny and Ann Marie Eikrem,Gorey Community school. These students were presented with a hamper from Mcgettigans Bakery,Letterkenny. Presenting the prizes was Blaithnaidh Colhoun from the Loreto Eduation centre,one of the main sponsors of the event. The Home Economics Department would like to thank their other sponsors : Loreto Community School, Milford, Parents Association ; Donegal Manor, Guest House and Cookery School; Marks & Spencers, Letterkenny; Castlegrove Country House Hotel; Letterkenny; Gallagher’s Butchers and Bakery Ballybofey, Castlefinn and Strabane; Bacus Ui Baoill, Fintown.THE GREAT LORETO BAKE-OFF ENJOYS A HUGE SLICE OF SUCCESS was last modified: May 18th, 2014 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:bake-offdonegalLoretoMilfordlast_img read more