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High Performance PNG reviews programs

first_img“While programs and services provided by High Performance Sport Papua New Guinea will remain unchanged, it will be the approach that will be enhanced going forward.”This was made clear by the High Performance Director Aaron Alsop when presenting the updates aligning the programs for 2016-2017.“The programs and services won’t change a lot in terms of what we are doing next year, but it will just mean that the amount or the level of services the athletes and coaches get access to depend on what tier structure they fit in,” Alsop said.Generally, the tiered program is a system for defining different levels of services and support for various sports teams and athletes.“So obviously, tier 1 sports being our absolute elite athlete that we have, right down through our tier three program,” Alsop said.He stressed that another program also gaining momentum going into 2017 is the Talent Pathway program, which aims to develop athletes through development scholarships.The opportunity of what High Performance is looking to do, as well with coaching scholarships, will mean that some of these programs may have been delivered before informally but haven’t been really structured.Other programs facilitated by HP were the tertiary schools sports days, which saw up to 10 colleges and institutions both in Port Moresby and Lae participate in games of volleyball, touch, futsal, mixed netball and basketball.Alsop said  the developments in the HP programs are set to enhance the participation of the country in international events, including the various Oceania championships in the region, the Youth Commonwealth Games in Bahamas,  the Asian Indoor Games, the Universiade (World University games) in Chinese Taipei, the 2018 Commonwealth Games and the Youth Olympics.last_img read more

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MLB umpire Tumpane rescues woman on bridge

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Marck Espejo shines in triumphant Thailand debut 8 injured in foot bridge collapse in Negros Occidental MOST READ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite LATEST STORIES View comments Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Magnitude 4.2 earthquake jolts Batangas Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Australian Open: A look at Serena, other things to know So the 34-year-old Tumpane reached for the woman even as she urged him to let her go.“It was just pure instinct,” Tumpane said . “You hear kind of stories of this all the time, different scenarios, people aiding and situation where I was lucky enough to be there to help and try to think of everything I could do, hanging on to her. At times she wanted to go the other way. I was like, ‘not on my watch, please.’ We were just hanging on.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’And saving a life.Tumpane secured one of her arms. A bystander walked up and grabbed the other while another — Mike Weinman, an employee for the Rays — clutched her legs and pinned them to the railing while Tumpane mouthed to someone in the crowd to call emergency line 911. Major league umpire John Tumpane consoles a woman he had seen hop over a railing along the Roberto Clemente Bridge over the Allegheny River, Wednesday, June 28, 2017, in Pittsburgh. (Steph Chambers/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)PITTSBURGH—John Tumpane can’t explain why he approached the woman as she hopped over the railing of the Roberto Clemente Bridge on Wednesday afternoon.The woman told Tumpane she just wanted to get a better view of the Allegheny River below. The look on her face and the tone of her voice suggested otherwise to Tumpane, a major league baseball umpire in town to work the series between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Tampa Bay Rays.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Clippers coach Rivers on Chris Paul trade: ‘I hate the way it ended’ New Queen: Hallasgo dethrones Tabal in Milo Marathon “I just happened to be there,” he said. “I think I’ve been a caring person in my life. I saw somebody in need, and it looked like a situation to obviously insert myself and help out.”The aftermath was a bit surreal. After the woman was taken away, Tumpane called his wife, his arms still shaking.“Not too many times you call your wife and say you helped save somebody’s life,” he said. “A really special moment.”One that stayed with him even as he prepared to call balls and strikes behind home plate Wednesday night. During breaks in the action his eyes would drift to the bridge just a few hundred feet behind the center field wall at PNC Park.“It’s also hard when you stand back behind home plate and look and you see the bridge in the distance, In between innings and whatnot, just thinking of how things could have maybe been,” he said. “Glad it was this way.”Tumpane has no experience in crisis management or suicide prevention. He’s spent 16 years living the nomadic life of an umpire. Asked what was going through his head while he tried to coax the woman back to safety, Tumpane just shrugged his shoulders. How do you explain the unexplainable?“I happened to be in the right spot at the right time,” he said. “Tried to be as comforting as I could and talk her through it. Thankfully that was the outcome.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What followed were chaotic moments of panic, fear and ultimately, grace.“I couldn’t tell you how long we were waiting for everyone else to get in place,” Tumpane said. ‘Obviously another power comes into be when you’re hanging on and you know what the alternative is of you letting go and not having other people to help you.”Tumpane, Weinman and the third volunteer clung to the unidentified woman until emergency responders arrived. A police boat raced up the river to the iconic yellow bridge named for the Pirates Hall of Famer who died on Dec. 31, 1972, when a plane making humanitarian deliveries to earthquake victims in Nicaragua crashed. Now, 45 years later a crowd thrust together by fate brought a complete stranger back from the brink. Together.“Once they were able to secure her, we were able to talk her back to help us out and we got her back on this side,” Tumpane said. “After that I went up to her, she said, ‘You’ll just forget me after this’ and I said, ‘No, I’ll never forget you.’ This was an unbelievable day and I’m glad to say she can have another day with us …”Tumpane, who grew up in the Chicago suburbs, got into umpiring as a teenager, made his major-league debut in 2012 and received his full-time MLB commission in 2016, stressed he’s no hero.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Analysis: Why the Warriors will win the NBA Finals

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals? PLAY LIST 01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN MOST READ Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast Detroit won back-to-back titles in 1989 and 1990 and nobody considers that era of Pistons basketball a dynasty. Same goes for the Houston Rockets, champions in 1994 and 1995. San Antonio won five times in the Tim Duncan era, yet none of those came back-to-back even. Miami went to four straight finals from 2011 through 2014, winning in the middle two years, but didn’t get the elusive threepeat.The Warriors are playing for history.A third straight title, that’s the stuff dynasties are made of. And if they get that one, then maybe the band stays together one more year to chase No. 4, something Michael Jordan never got, something no team in history other than Bill Russell’s Boston Celtics got in a run that ended half a century ago.The Raptors won’t be easy.But the Warriors are playing for something that, unlike rosters, will last forever.Warriors in six.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next They have been strangely steeled by this lingering sense of doubt all season. They dealt with injuries; Cousins was out most of the year as he continued recovering from Achilles surgery, Stephen Curry dealt with a groin strain, Draymond Green had toe issues. They dealt with strife; a very popular narrative early in the season was that Durant and Green were warring Warriors. They looked really bored at times.And the postseason hasn’t been a cakewalk. The Los Angeles Clippers tested them in the first round, winning twice on the Warriors’ home floor at Oracle Arena. The second round against Houston was 2-2 after four games. Durant got hurt in Game 5 of that series with the outcome hanging in the balance.Go figure. The Warriors pulled out the win that night and haven’t lost since.For this series against the Toronto Raptors, they’re going to get Cousins back. They’ll probably get Durant back at some point, as well. Thompson tends to play well when he’s angry and he’s got a right to be angry after not being picked for the All-NBA team. And Curry, although individual honors aren’t why he plays the game, will probably be driven on some level to win NBA Finals MVP for the first time.More than anything, they’re playing for something dynastic.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s not going to last forever,” Kerr said on Sept. 24, as training camp was beginning.Fast forward to now. There are two or three weeks left in the season and then a most uncertain summer begins. Kevin Durant may leave. DeMarcus Cousins may leave. Klay Thompson may leave. Andre Iguodala may leave. The Warriors know, and have known, that their roster next season may look a whole lot different than it does now.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsIf this run is going to end, it’ll be on their terms.The Warriors are going to win another NBA championship. Analysis: Why the Raptors will win the NBA Finals The Golden State Warriors players pose with the Western Conference Championship trophy after Game 4 of the NBA basketball playoffs Western Conference finals against the Portland Trail Blazers Monday, May 20, 2019, in Portland, Ore. The Warriors won 119-117 in overtime. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)TORONTO — Golden State coach Steve Kerr dropped the hint eight months ago that this season may be the end of the Warriors, at least as the team is currently configured.He was speaking of the Warriors’ run atop the NBA, with three titles in four years.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

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THE POWER OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT/OWNERSHIP – (PART THREE): THE ROLE OF EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION

first_imgThe focus of this third article of the series centers on the role of effective communication in initiating and maintaining community ownership. What do we mean by an effective communication? What kind of communication do we need to help us spur on community participation at every level in every part of the country? Why is communication important for the right kind of community engagement? The second article on spreading community ownership everywhere in Liberia observed the following salient points:One way communities can remain engaged with their own and national issues is to maintain and build on the gains made with the involvement of the local communities in the fight against the Ebola pandemic. There was a massive effort from many partners to engage the local communities and get them to spread the awareness messages and the needed actions to halt the transmission. This was done through the use of local administrative structure and the huge training of chiefs, religious leaders, teachers, women and youth leaders, and getting many ordinary people at various levels of the community engaged with the process. In no time every local community in Liberia was in action in fight Ebola.This much training and community involvement should now be used in creative ways to attend to other critical needs of the nation such as keeping our schools and all learning institutions safe and promoting the restoration of basic health services (immunization of our children and building the required confidence in our health system).Through practical actions from government and others, communities should be taught and shown that the solution of their problems and promoting their own good causes lies in their own hands. Others can help but they must take the lead. Such vital lesson can be conveyed through involving, in a persistent and continuous way, the local communities in planning and implementing program and projects in the areas of health, education, agriculture, infrastructure, and inculcating local entrepreneurship. Communities must be consulted and made active partners in every part of the county. They can be active forces for the good of all.A required element of community engagement is appropriate communication. Communication is a two-way activity. It requires both speaking through verbal and non-verbal means and listening. One speaker speaks and the other listens and the other speaks and the one listens. Keen listening means the listener attempts to feel what the other feels, hear what the other hears and to put one in the other’s shoes.An effective communication is absolutely vital to any attempts to persuade people to do something, especially if it involves asking them to change their mental attitude and behavior. Any kind of propaganda (whether it is a war of any kind, a political platform, a new policy, a marketing strategy, an evangelistic undertaking, or any human endeavor that asks the voluntary involvement of other people) requires the right kind of communicating if it is to succeed. In fact, communication is a necessity for all who lead or influence others in one form or the other. Sometime the difference between success and failure depends on one communicates his/her vision.If communities are to find self-generating solutions to their problems and improve their total wellbeing there must be effective community at every level and stage of a continued process. Those who initiate and remain with community engagement have to be effective communicators.This requires an entry into the community. Community entry is about the strategies employed to get the community to open herself up and disclose its true needs, concerns and aspirations. There are all sorts of ways of doing this, depending on each particular community. Whatever means one chooses has to include involving the local leadership on the ground.Effective communication takes a lot more listening than talking. It means honestly and earnestly seeking to understand and learn from the community as opposed to telling her what one wants to communicate and coming to teach the community something. When one listens empathetically very often one learns something valuable from and about the people that one desires to engage. Effective communication overcomes barriers and creates countless opportunities for community participation and ownership.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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LPRC, Club Breweries, Others Appeal

first_imgLPRC and Club Breweries have registered their appeals to the First Instant Board Appeal Committee, headed by vice president Musa Shannon, against their de-registration as members of the Liberia Football Association (LFA).Secretary General Alphonso Armah told newsmen yesterday that hearings are expected this weekend at the football house on Benson Street.Mr. Armah further announced that 2nd division outfits Small Town and Mighty Blue Dragon have also sought appeal.Though, Armah failed to state the appeal’s fees, reports say each team paid L$10,000.It may be recalled last week, Ansu Dorley, chairman of the First Instant Board said the clubs failed to meet up with the minimal requirement of a practice pitch, Article of Incorporation (AOI) amongst others, thus disqualifying them from the 2014/2015 LFA League.Mr. Dorley named the teams for the 1st division as BYC, FC Fassell, LISCR, Wantaga, Nimba United, Jubilee FC, NPA Anchors and Aries. IE and Keitrace were given provisional clearances up to May 31.He also named Mighty Blue Angels, Barrolle, ELWA United, Gardnersville FC, BYC II and Holder FC to participate in the 2nd division league.Georgia Conquerors and Sesay FC were given provisional clearances, while Small Town, Ganta and Might Dragon were denied participation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Treatment of sugar workers unforgiveable and criminal

first_imgDear Editor,It is awful to see, on a daily basis, the vicious assault on sugar workers. This assault started almost immediately after the May 2015 elections.APNU/AFC promised “change”, and among the changes they promised was that greater security and respect would be extended to sugar workers, including an annual 20 percent increase in wages and benefits.Some sugar workers, though skeptical, placed their destiny in Moses Nagamootoo, Ramjattan, and others in Region Six and Five, and provided some of the critical votes that APNU/AFC needed to take over Government. They exercised their democratic right and opted for “change”. They have been betrayed; and, today, sugar workers are the poster child for betrayal.The thing is that as the assault continues unabated since May 2015, their champions, like Nagamootoo and Ramjattan, are AWOL, missing in action.The latest assault on sugar workers is the now frequent late payment of their wages. Last week, sugar workers were paid four days late, without an apology and without an explanation. The vast majority of these workers live from paycheck to paycheck. Any delay in receiving their paychecks poses unconscionable difficulties for their families. The media continue to expose this egregious violation of the labour laws of Guyana. Every time wage payments have been delayed, senior officials of GuySuCo have confirmed the late payments, but only off-the-record and unofficially. GuySuCo refuses formally to communicate with workers, or with anyone.GAWU has confirmed that late payment of wages to sugar workers has become a norm these days. Late payment of wages to the sugar workers is not just unacceptable, it is illegal.The President, who recently declared that paying severance to sugar workers whose jobs were ripped from them is hemorrhaging the treasury, is silent about late payment of wages to workers. The prime minister, who bombastically deemed himself the champion of sugar workers, is silent; even though he went to his home village of Whim to launch the AFC’s LGE campaign. The Agriculture Minister is, as usual, not just silent, but nowhere to be found. He continues to behave as if he has no role to play.The Finance Minister may still be out of the country, having found it necessary to be carnivalling in Brooklyn earlier this month. The Social Protection Minister and her junior minister responsible for labour appear not to know or not to care.Khemraj Ramjattan simply does not want to talk to sugar workers anymore, and MPs such as Charandass no longer find sugar workers relevant.More than 7,000 sugar workers have lost their jobs, and most of them have either received none or only part of their severance.It is more than nine months since that severance was due for many, and some have been owed now for almost two years. Severance is due to an employee at the time his job is taken away because of closure or down-sizing. This is Guyana’s law, and it is also international law.There is no room for prevarication on this matter. The only word from the President is that the severance is a drain on the national treasury; no word on whether GuySuCo, a Government public entity, will pay soon, and whether the workers will be paid with interest.Those who are lucky to still be working are now subjected to late and deferred payments for wages earned. They have worked without a pay increase for three years (2015, 2016 and 2017), and it is unlikely that there will be an increase in 2018, making it an unprecedented four straight years.Their annual production incentives have essentially been dumped. In 2015 it was reduced, and none has since been negotiated. Land which was promised to them is being taken up by the Government, or being offered for sale to private investors and friends and families of the Government.Guyana made the list of shameful countries because of how we treat prisoners. Guyana deserves being on the list because of how we treat sugar workers.The silence of this Government is shameful, a disgrace, and makes them complicit in another illegal assault on sugar workers. GAWU has spoken up.Will FITUG and the GTUC speak up? Will the Guyana Human Rights advocates stand up and speak out? Who is willing to stand up and speak out against this injustice?Sincerely,Leslie Ramsammylast_img read more

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Sibling rivarly to spice Coast rally

first_imgWith battle lines already drawn, much of the enthusiasm is centred on the entry of two sets of parent and progeny crew.Coast Pekee’s veteran Ajaz Mirza couldn’t have asked for a memorable rally as he will have his pace notes called by his son Adil who has had a feeling of the cockpit since 2007.Adil’s brother Izhar will be among those vying for honours and to add spice in the event is the entry of Rai brothers, Tejvir and Onkar, who will be driving different makes of the Subaru model, the latter being navigated by rally guru and two-time Kenya champion Baldev Chager in an Impreza.Onkar and Tej are nephews to two-time Kenya Champion, Sarbi Rai.But what makes the whole affair interesting is the pulsating rally rivalry between Coast and Nairobi drivers with both set to flex their muscles to prove who the undisputed kings of Mariakani gravel stages are.Several potential titlists are lined among them defending champion Khara who will be taking on series leader Sudesh Hirani “Hakuuz”. Hakuuz plots a fairly robust run in Mariakani having already acquired the ex-Raaji Bharij Subaru Impreza N10.Kenya National Rally Championship (KNRC) results officer Qayyum Shiraz will be testing different waters altogether as he makes his maiden appearance in a quite competitive field.With Qayyum the only greenhorn in the championship, 20-year old Navid Khalid will be carrying along not only the acclaim of being Coast’s youngest driver who will be competing in the main class despite being in the ‘Waka Waka’ Two-Wheel Drive Toyota Levin.Khalid is not alone in this category as Jittu and Prakash, the youngest navigator at 18, will also be steering a two wheel drive.And quite as lot is also expected of another budding driver in Farhan Khan “Don” from Coast who will be driving a Subaru Impreza.“Don” is back with Thabit Khandwalla, and having completed new paint job on his car he’s already psyching-up Guru Nanak.Mariakani will not be devoid of more spectacle in the three buggies that will be driven by Mubashar Khan, Huzeifa Hanowalla and Tarveen Singh Oshan.Curiously, the trio will be having their own battle of sorts and whoever among them will carry the day will have broken a lot of sweat.ENTRY LIST-MMC MARIAKANI RALLY RD 31. Naushad Kara/Adnan Din (LOTA MOTORSPORTS-Subaru N12)2. Sudesh Hirani “Hakuzz”/Haps Sagoo (Subaru N10)3. Victor Okundi “Biqui” /James Mwangi (Toyota Vitz)4. John Mburu/Rafael Kivaa (Mitsubishi EVo4)5. Onkar Rai/Baldev Chager (KABRAS SUGAR-Subaru gc8)6. Tarveen Singh Oshan (Buggy)7. Mubashar Khan (SHAZZ GROUP-Buggy)8. Huzeifa Hanowalla (Buggy)9. Jitendra Davda “Jitu”/Prakash Narotham (BABU MOTORS-Toyota Marino)10. Jan Mohammed (Subaru gc8)11. Izhar Mirza/Zahir Shah (COAST PEKEE-EVO9)12. Naveed Khalid/Mutuma M’marimba (WAKA WAKA- Toyota Levin)13. Qayyum Shiraz/Riyaz Ismail (SHAZZ GROUP-Subaru gc8)14. Ajaz Mirza/Adil Mirza (COAST PEKEE-Subaru N6)15. Farhaan Khan “Don”/Thabit Khandwalla (EAGLE MOTORSPORTS-Subaru)16. Anish Chouhan/Kailesh Chouhan (BHP PERFORMANCE-Subaru Legacy)17. Paras Pandya (Subaru N6)18. Tejvir Rai/Bharat Pattni -KABRAS SUGAR-Subaru)0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, September 23- Sibling and family rivalry in the picturesque terrains of Mariakani is on the cards during the third round of the Mombasa Motor Club (MMC) Rally Championship on Sunday.As drivers brace themselves for a dress rehearsal ahead of next month’s KCB Guru Nanak Rally, the penultimate stage of the KNRC, family love will be put aside in pursuit of supplanting Naushad Khara of Lota Motorsports off his MMC title perch.last_img read more

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Greenhouse gas measure is dropped

first_imgWASHINGTON – Under pressure from fellow Democrats, Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., on Monday dropped a measure to block California and 11 other states from regulating “greenhouse” gas emissions from automobiles. Californians including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger had opposed the language in a draft bill released this month by the House Energy and Commerce Committee. It would have barred the Environmental Protection Agency from issuing a waiver for a state to impose auto pollution standards if the new requirements are “designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.” Dingell, the committee’s chairman, and Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va., wrote in a memo to committee members Monday that they would postpone until the fall consideration of the language on the California waiver as well as several other controversial provisions – on fuel economy, the promotion of liquefied coal as a motor fuel and the creation of a low-carbon fuel standard. “These issues are important, and we are committed to addressing them and others when we take up comprehensive climate change legislation in the fall,” they wrote. “This will also give us the needed time to achieve consensus on these issues if at all possible.” Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill said Pelosi and Dingell were talking but the speaker hadn’t yet decided whether to support his new approach. “The speaker and Chairman Dingell are continuing discussions on this proposal, but the speaker has made no decisions at this time,” Hammill said. Pelosi aims to have an energy legislation package ready for the House to consider after the Fourth of July holiday. California has been battling the federal EPA for two years to get permission to implement a state law that would require automakers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, mainly carbon dioxide, by 25 percent from cars and 18 percent from SUVs by the 2009 model year. California can’t implement the law without a special waiver from the EPA, which the agency has refused to say whether it will grant. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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DONEGAL FIRE SERVICE IN LINE FOR AWARD AFTER GORSE FIRE HEROICS

first_imgThe Donegal Fire service could scoop a major award after their heroics in tackling many gorse fires last summer.The service has been shortlisted in the Outstanding Customer Service section of the Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards.Donegal County Council has been shortlisted in two other categories. They could also win awards after being nominated in the One Donegal Cultural Diversity Month in the Festival of the Year category and the Donegal Gathering in the Supporting Tourism section.The Awards will take place in November at Dublin’s Burlington Hotel.DONEGAL FIRE SERVICE IN LINE FOR AWARD AFTER GORSE FIRE HEROICS was last modified: August 20th, 2012 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:DONEGAL FIRE SERVICElast_img read more

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Video games aid job seekers

first_imgWASHINGTON – Video games, hated by parents and teachers as the enemy of learning, may be good for kids after all. The speed, color and action of the small screen can be harnessed for education, given enough investment in research. And that’s not the conclusion of some band of slackers. It comes from the Federation of American Scientists, a body that normally deals with weighty issues such as nuclear weapons proliferation. On Tuesday, the group called for federal research into how the addictive pizazz of video games can be converted into serious learning tools for schools. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsThe theory is that games teach skills that employers want: analytical thinking, team building, multitasking and problem solving under duress. Unlike humans, the games never lose patience. And they are second nature to many kids. The idea might stun those who consider games to be the symbol of teenage sloth. Yet this is not about virtual football or skateboarding. Games would have to be created and evaluated with the goal of raising achievement, said federation President Henry Kelly. There’s already an audience; more than 45 million homes have video-game consoles. “If we can’t make the connection, shame on us,” Kelly said at a news conference. What’s needed, he said, is research into which features of games are most important for learning – and how to test students on the skills they learn in games. The departments of education and labor and the National Science Foundation would lead the way under this plan. “This is an investment that the private industry simply is not capable of taking,” said Kelly, a former White House science and technology leader during the Clinton administration. “This is the kind of thing where the federal government has always acted in the past, to underwrite basic research that you need to drive an important movement forward,” he said. Just one obstacle Getting costly research about games on the federal agenda is just one obstacle. There are plenty of others. Schools, colleges and universities are a fractured market. They make their own buying decisions, and are likely to be dubious about the value of games. The gaming industry has already figured out that educational games don’t make money in the consumer marketplace. The new approach would instead market them directly to schools. Doug Lowenstein, president of the Entertainment Software Association, said there will soon be 75 million Americans who are 10 to 30 years old – an age bracket that grew up on video games. Not a blight It’s good to hear a respected group say that video games are not a blight on society, said Lowenstein, whose group represents U.S. makers of video games. “Common sense tells us that a medium so basic to the lives of these `millennials’ has potential beyond the living room,” Lowenstein said. “We would be crazy not to seek ways to exploit interactive games to teach our children.” The potential is enormous, agreed Don Blake, a technology analyst for the National Education Association, which represents teachers and other classroom professionals. But when he thought about how games would work in class, questions kept popping to mind. How much training would teachers receive? Who would persuade school leaders and the public that games aren’t a waste of time? Would education schools add serious gaming to the curriculum? Ultimately, he said, teachers need to see games as a way to help – not as a threat.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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Listen: Kevin McHugh backs Finn Harps to survive in play-off

first_imgFINN HARPS legend Kevin McHugh has backed Ollie Horgan’s side to overcome Drogheda United and retain their Premier Division spot.Harps are in a play-off as the Premier Division team for the first time and the club has mixed fortunes in these games over the years.“We’re in good shape,” McHugh, who is now the head of the Harps Academy, told Donegal Daily/Donegal Sport Hub, ahead of Monday’s first leg at United Park. “Drogheda blew Cabinteely out of the water and it’ll be a tight game. I fancy Harps at home if they can keep the score down on Monday.“It wouldn’t be a big disaster to go down, but it’s great to have Shamrock Rovers, Dundalk, these teams coming and there’s a bigger buzz about the place. The way Harps are set up, they can beat Drogheda over two legs.” McHugh is manager of the Harps Under-13s who yesterday defeated Shelbourne 3-1 in the National Shield final at Ballyare. Shaun Patton scored twice and McHugh said: “That’s Shaun’s 22nd League goal and I’d say he’s the top scorer in the National League. It’s really good for him and his family. He works hard and he’s getting his rewards. He got two great goals.”McHugh also touched on the importance of the Ulster Senior League to Harps and gave his thoughts on an All-Ireland League. Listen to the full interview below …Listen: Kevin McHugh backs Finn Harps to survive in play-off was last modified: October 27th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:2019 League of Ireland Premier DivisionDrogheda Unitedfinn harpsFinn Harps Under-13sKevin McHughOllie Horganlast_img read more

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Tottenham ‘close to signing’ international midfielder in €20m deal

first_img shining talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… REVEALED A fee of around £17.2million (€20m) has been touted as the Turkish club need to balance their books to comply with Financial Fair Play rules.Elmas has played 34 times for Fenerbache this season and has been capped by Macedonia 10 times.They signed him for just €180,000 in 2017 from Rabotnicki and could land a huge profit if they sell him in the summer. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Slavia Prague vs Chelsea (Thursday, 8pm) – talkSPORT 2Southampton vs Wolves (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Manchester United vs West Ham (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTLeeds vs Sheffield Wednesday (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Wigan vs Norwich (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2Crystal Palace vs Manchester City (Sunday, 2:05pm) – talkSPORT Fenerbache are currently struggling in the Super Lig and sit 13th place.They are just five points above the relegation places with seven games of the current season to go. REPLY Tottenham Hotspur are close to signing Fenerbache midfielder Eljif Elmas, according to reports in Turkey.The highly-rated 19-year-old has already been linked with a number of Premier League clubs, including Leicester City and Manchester City. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS BEST OF Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions ADVICE center_img Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 1 REVEALED Eljif Elmas has been linked with a move to Spurs no dice Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury LIVE ON talkSPORT huge blow Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card TuttoMercato had previously reported that Fiorentina were the front runners to sign the Macedonia international.However, Turkish news outlet Superhaber now claim ‘Elmas’ new address’ will be in Tottenham as the youngster is ‘transferring to England’.last_img read more

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Cool Event Ideas I Learned at WordCamp Orlando

first_imgI’ve been organizing events and conferences for over eight years, and you would think I have it down to a science.Not true, as I found out at last weekend’s WordCamp Orlando 2013. I discovered lots of good ideas for sponsors and attendees to add to my event planning toolkit.Keep Your Sponsors HappyI spent time talking with several WordCamp Orlando sponsors, and found out how small things make a big difference for them. Here are a few items they shared with me:Sponsors were set up in an area where they saw a lot of traffic from event attendeesFood and drink were set up in a nearby space only for sponsorsThroughout the day, conference volunteers checked to see if sponsors needed food or drinkConference volunteers offered to man the sponsor table while the sponsors ate lunchWhat’s That Opportunity?Everyone comes to conferences for different reasons: to learn, speak, connect with others in the community, hire, or find partners for projects. Depending on the size of the conference, you may never find who you’re looking for.At WordCamp Orlando, two large flip charts were posted in the registration area for people to post opportunities as well as post what skills/experience they had to offer for projects. I wasn’t sure what to call them, so I’m naming them opportunity boards.What a great idea! Each day the “Looking to Hire” and “Looking for Work” boards were filled with attendee names, description of project or skills, and their email address. I’m hoping to hear stories of successful connections from the opportunity boards.And the Winner Is…I’ve seen plenty of contests at events and conferences. But what I liked about the contests held at WordCamp Orlando were the personalized prizes.The “Guess How Many LEGOs” contest had a fun WordPress LEGO piece as the prize. Another prize was locally-made honey from a WordCamp Orlando attendee. One of the most sought-after prizes was an autographed copy of the recently published The Year Without Pants: WordPress.com and the Future of Work book by Scott Berkun.Kudos to all the WordCamp Orlando organizers, well done! As I said, these are small things, but add delight for sponsors and attendees at events and conferences. What small things have you implemented at your events that delight your sponsors and attendees? Share your event planning ideas in the comments.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedHow-to Tips for Organizing WordCampsEarlier this year, Andrea Middleton of WordCamp Central kicked off the first of several online chats for WordCamp organizers. The online chats are intended to provide help, support, and tips for WordCamp organizers as they plan their events. I was able to attend the first chat on organizing WordCamps and…In “Conference”What is a WordCamp?Last Sunday at our Metro Detroit WordPress meetup, we saw a lot of new members attend the WordPress REST API presentation, which was great. I think the attraction of a developer-focused talk brought in a lot of new people. Before the presentation started, one of our long-time members asked who…In “Conference”WordCamp Phoenix Returns October 1-2, 2016WordCamp Phoenix returns this fall for a two-day event of inspiring talks and networking opportunities for people who use, design, and develop with WordPress. The 2016 event will be held October 1-2, 2016 at a new location, in downtown Phoenix at the Phoenix Convention Center. This year’s event features two…In “Conference”last_img read more

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Police Officer Struck by Vehicle While Apprehending Accused Thief

first_imgOn Saturday, a Bethlehem, New York, police officer was in the parking lot of the Glenmont Walmart taking a report for a property damage crash when he reportedly observed a Walmart loss prevention officer attempting to apprehend a woman who had just shoplifted from the store in an unrelated incident. According to BPD, the officer ran towards the fleeing suspect in the parking lot as she got into her vehicle. The officer signaled for the woman to stop and approached the front of her vehicle. The suspect reportedly then put the vehicle in drive and drove forward, striking the officer. Despite being injured, the officer approached the vehicle on the driver side and was able to convince the suspect to stop the vehicle.Wendy M. Downey, 58, of Castleton, was arrested in the parking lot and charged with felony counts of assault and reckless endangerment, as well as the misdemeanor counts of petit larceny, criminal possession of a weapon, resisting arrest, reckless driving, aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, operating while registration/license suspended, and the violations of unregistered motor vehicle, uninsured motor vehicle, unsafe backing and failing to comply with an officer.The injured officer was treated by Delmar-Bethlehem EMS and transported to St. Peters Hospital for a knee injury. Downey was arraigned in the Town of Bethlehem Court by Judge Ryan Donovan and remanded to the Albany County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail. A preliminary hearing in Bethlehem Court was set for Tuesday, July 10.   [Source: Spotlight News]- Sponsor – Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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There Are No Lulz in Prison: U.S. Gov Seeks Longer Prison Sentences for Criminal Hackers

first_imgdan rowinski Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Criminal and black hat hackers beware – If the U.S. government finds you, it is not going to be lenient.The stakes are rising in the world of cybersecurity and the Obama administration is not taking it lightly. The White House has proposed to congress an increase in maximum jail time for criminal hackers whose acts are “potentially endangering national security” from 10 to 20 years, according to Reuters. With Anonymous and Lulz Security bouncing around hacking seemingly anything they want, the government is pounding its gavel with one of only powerful rhetorical messages – sticking criminals in the deepest, darkest dungeon for as long as possible.There Are No Lulz In PrisonThe proposal would double prison time for offenses in just about every cybersecurity category when it comes to the government. Instead of 10 years for threatening national security, the maximum would be 20 years. Computer thefts would rise from five years and $5,000 to 10 years and accessing a government computer would go from one year to three years.There have been attacks on the U.S. Senate and public site for the Central Intelligence Agency within the past month along with attacks on the International Monetary Fund and U.S. defense contractor Lockheed Martin. The attack on the CIA looks like it was a simple distributed denial of service attack (DDoS) that took down CIA.gov. That is not a serious breach (if a bit of an embarrassment for the CIA) but the hackers involved would probably get 20 years in prison under the proposal.Catch Me, If You CanThe Reuters report quotes Frank Cilluffo, director of George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute saying “smoking keyboards are hard to find.”The problem for digital forensics teams is that it is very hard to track down criminal hackers. Hiding origin points of hacks is very easy through server mis-location and botnets that, by definition, have no definitive source. The question becomes: is it worth it to track down “hacktivists” that “do it for the lulz?”“It seems to me that there was a big difference between attacks like those perpetrated by hacktivists which brought down the CIA website, and serious organized infiltration of networks to steal confidential information,” wrote Sophos Naked Security blogger Carole Theriault.Big Time Hacks on the RiseThe attack on CIA.gov had the essence of a “because we can” type of hack. The CIA’s forward-facing website may host some user information and a lot of public documents, but the actual functioning of the CIA, the U.S. intelligence community and military are much harder to crack. Those operations often function in a different plane of Internet (more like an Intranet) existence — think of it like a giant mote or air bubble between the World Wide Web and internal military operations – that are very difficult to bridge. But, breaches or take-downs are making news every week. Sony’s PlayStation Network is the biggest example recently. Google has been responding to what it claims has been a concerted, persistent effort of hacks coming from the Chinese government (or at least hacker groups inside China … is there any difference?). National security experts deal constantly with what they call “persistent threat” coming from either outside the country or criminal groups inside the U.S. It is a race for government and corporations to stay one step ahead. Yet, the fact of the matter is that persistent threat and sophisticated black hat hackers are not going to go away, even if a few of them do end up serving 20-year prison sentences. Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Government#NYT#security#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Spotify Gets A Music Recommendation Engine (Sort of) With Echofi

first_img12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Related Posts 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout john paul titlow 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Appcenter_img Tags:#music#news#web 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… For many users of Spotify, the feature that’s most painfully absent from the music streaming service is a recommendation engine for songs and artists. After all, listeners have come to expect this feature after years of it being available in Internet radio products like Pandora and Last.fm. Echofi is a new Web app that hopes to solve this problem. It takes Spotify’s music library and mashes it up with the API from The Echo Nest, a powerful music intelligence platform that contains data about more than 30 million songs. The result is a Pandora-style radio station based on your musical tastes and fueled by tracks from Spotify. Enter an artist’s name and hit the “play” button to launch Spotify and songs by similar artists will begin playing. Like on Pandora, you can even vote songs up or down to help train Echofi to better understand what you’re truly into. The Echo Nest, a Massachusetts-based company founded in 2005, uses acoustic analysis, data-mining, natural language processing and machine learning to listen to and understand music, learning about its characteristics and defining relationships between various songs and artists. It’s like Pandora’s Music Genome Project, but on a much bigger scale. Whereas Pandora boasted 800,000 songs in its database at the time of its IPO, The Echo Nest has analyzed over 30 million. The Echo Nest platform powers nearly 200 music apps, including from some notable players like MOG, the BBC and MTV. Spotify, which launched in the United States this summer, does not have a built-in recommendation engine of any kind, even though similar services like Rdio offer the feature. With Echofi, Spotify is as close as it’s ever come to offering decent music recommendations. Its sure to be a welcome addition to the service, but it’s not without its limitations. For one, users can only create a radio station based on an artist’s name. Last.fm lets you do so using artist name or genre, while Pandora gets even more granular by offering stations based on individual songs. There are also a few minor user experience issues. For one thing, the Spotify desktop application has a tendency to un-minimize itself when each new song beings, a slightly annoying flaw that creator Andy Smith acknowledges in the FAQ. We found it strange that hitting the “love” button on a song resulting in Echofi skipping to the next song. That behavior makes sense if we vote a song down, but if we say we like it, that should imply that we’d like to keep listening. The Echofi Web app itself is nicely-designed with an interface about as simple as they come. If you’re accustomed to using the audio controls on your keyboard to play, pause and skip tracks in Spotify, you’ll have to get out of that habit to use Echofi. Since it’s browser-based, it doesn’t use those keys, and the actual song order originates from the Web app, not from the Spotify desktop app. Overall, we found the experience of using Echofi to be pretty fluid and enjoyable, despite a few minor issues. We’d love to see this kind of functionality built right into the Spotify app, whether by integrating Echofi or something like it. Whatever Spotify may have been planning (if anything) for a recommendation engine, the developers behind Echofi have already made a considerable head start. last_img read more