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NJ rolls out new league

first_imgIn an effort to improve the standard of netball across the island, Netball Jamaica (NJ) and sponsors Jamaica National (JN) Bank launched the Parish Netball League competition yesterday.President of NJ Dr Paula Daley-Morris, announced details of the competition during a press briefing at JN Bank’s head office in Half-Way Tree.Teams in each parish will first compete in a round robin tournament, with the parish champions collecting $70,000, the runners-up $30,000 and the third-place team taking home $20,000.The top two in each parish will then advance to the county Major League; third and fourth, a county Intermediate League, while fifth and sixth-place teams will move into the county Minor League.The top-two Major League teams from each county will move on to a six-team national final.GOOD FIRST STEPDaley-Morris heaped praise on JN for supporting the new league.”I am happy. JN is always supporting Netball Jamaica. We have expanded the league and they have stuck with us,” she said. “It is a good first step to expand netball across the island because all the parishes will benefit from it, and we are happy that the JN Bank team saw it fit to provide support.”Carlene Edwards, sales promotions and events manager at JN Bank said her company is committed to the development of netball in Jamaica.”Over the years, we have realised the significant impact of sports on our young people through the promotion of teamwork,” said Edwards.”At JN, we value our more than two decades of association with Netball Jamaica. This long-standing relationship is indicative of our commitment in creating a sustained netball programme in Jamaica and since 1991, we have built a solid, strong relationship with Netball Jamaica, to energise teams across our country,” she said.Edwards added that the league will provide excellent opportunities for more young women in all parishes to compete in high-level club netball competitions.The rural area opening ceremony and dress parade for the new league will be held at St Elizabeth Technical High tomorrow, while that for the urban area will take place on February 26 at the Leila Robinson Courts. The best dressed team will win a cash prize of $20,000.last_img read more

West Ham and QPR go head-to-head over France World Cup star

first_img Mathieu Valbuena 1 West Ham are battling QPR to land France international Mathieu Valbuena.talkSPORT told you last Friday that QPR had entered the race to sign the Marseille playmaker after he declined the opportunity to join Dynamo Moscow.R’s boss Harry Redknapp revealed his need for two new midfielders and a playmaker after QPR’s 2-0 friendly defeat to Red Bull Leipzig on Saturday and he has ramped up his interest in Valbuena after the sale of Esteban Granero to Real Sociedad.But now, according to French newspaper L’Equipe, West Ham are locked in a battle with their former manager to land the 29-year-old.Both London clubs have tabled bids for Valbuena, who is expected to leave Marseille this summer.Valbuena, who made four starts for France at the World Cup, joined Marseille from Libourne in 2006 and has picked up one Ligue 1 winner’s medal during his time at the Stade Velodrome.last_img read more

State population growth slows

first_img There were 94,217 more births than deaths in the county, but 1,830 more people moved out than moved in, leading to an overall population growth of 92,387. Linda Gage, a senior demographer with the state Department of Finance who helped produce the new figures, said it is not surprising that people are moving out of Los Angeles County. The region, she said, is obviously a magnet for international immigrants who aren’t as familiar with other areas of the country. But once they move to the area and learn more about the United States – and find out about opportunities elsewhere – they move around the country. “The foreign-born population is becoming more dispersed geographically throughout the United States,” Gage said. Additionally, within California, real-estate prices are most expensive in coastal urban areas such as Los Angeles, leading people to flee the region for the less-expensive Inland Empire. Riverside County was the fastest-growing in the state at a rate of 4.4 percent. While the new state report did not include the San Fernando Valley, the greater Valley population now stands at 1.816 million as of Jan. 1, 2005, according to an earlier Department of Finance estimate, an addition of 19,000 residents and a growth rate of 1 percent. “We’re built out in Los Angeles city and in the Valley and the only way to go is up – and that’s expensive,” said Daniel R. Blake, director of the San Fernando Valley Economic Research Center at California State University, Northridge. Blake said slow growth was partly due to high housing costs – with the average price of $561,000 in Los Angeles – driving residents to such cities as Palmdale and Lancaster. Harrison Sheppard, (916) 446-6723 harrison.sheppard@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! California’s population grew to more than 37 million last year, a relatively modest increase but one that foreshadows the heavy strain expected on state resources in coming years. The state’s population grew by 1.4 percent, or about half a million people, according to estimates Thursday from the state Department of Finance. Meanwhile, Los Angeles County grew by just 0.9 percent – to 10.2 million – reflecting a gradual slowing as more people moved out of the region than moved in for the first time in seven years. While the rate of growth has been slowing for both the state and Los Angeles County, state officials remain concerned that California’s aging roads, schools and other infrastructure already are strained with the current population. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Even with slower growth, the state is projected to have at least 48 million people by 2010. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has proposed a massive $222 billion 20-year infrastructure package, the Strategic Growth Plan, to help accommodate some of this growth. “Fill the Rose Bowl five times over and that’s how many new Californians there were in just one year,” said H.D. Palmer, spokesman for the state Department of Finance. “So we need to take action this year to begin to rebuild and expand our state’s roads, improve our state’s levees and rebuild and expand our state’s school facilities.” State legislative leaders agree on the need for a new program of infrastructure improvements, but have been debating how to finance it, how large to make the final package and what areas on which to focus. They are negotiating a bond package to send to voters as the first installment in June or November. While Los Angeles County remains the most populous in the state, the rate of growth has steadily declined in recent years. And for the first time since 1998, last year more people moved out of the county than moved in. last_img read more

GAA NEWS: GAEIL FHÁNADA CONGRATULATES CLUB LOTTO WINNERS

first_imgGaeil Fhánada lottoNumbers drawn 03, 09, 11, 17, 18. Bonus 01. No jackpot winner. €100 winner Francis McBride, Kerrykeel. €50 winner Kathleen Friel, Pollaid. Next week’s jackpot €800. Please support our club!Cumann na mBanLGFA Senior Championship First game on this Sunday 10th July. We play Termon B home and away in first round. If we win these games we would play McCumhaills in semi-final. Ádh mór cailíní!!LGFA MINORSOur Ladies play their first game next Tuesday 12th July in Trialough at 7p.m. against Milford. Best of luck to all involved.U12 Girls Training is on this Friday 08th @ 6pm.  Hoping to see you all there.Our Ladies are holding a table quiz in the Atlantic House next Friday 15th July.U9s and U10s Both teams travelled up to our neighbours Termon last Saturday on a very damp and blustery morning. Some mighty football was played by these young, future players of the club.In the U10 game our goalkeeper Killian Friel played really well with some reflex saves and pinpoint kickouts, and the defence in front of him of Eoghan Logue, Caolan mc Elwaine, and Aaron Mclaughlin tackling hard and blocking well with some great defending. Declan Brougham, James Mc Ateer and Ciaran ‘The Baker’ Mc Elwaine controlled things around the middle of the field and were instrumental in setting up attacks for the 3 flying forwards of Cormac Sweeney, Shane Carr and Ultan Blaney who contributed handsomely to the scoreboard. Some of our players were missing through holidays, weddings and sickness but the remaining team members soldiered well in their absence. This is a hard working group of boys who play the game the proper way and are a joy to coach. U9 game. Another close sporting game against a very good Termon team, great kickouts from goalkeeper Pauric Heraghty who organises his defence very well. Dean Friel, Adam Ward and Niall Toland are 3 tough wee defenders who are hard to get past, in the middle of the field Mark Hunter and Oisin Roarty worked very hard against tough opposition. Up front Darragh and Paddy McElwaine played with plenty energy and skill and set up loads of attacks for the busy Daibhead Lynch who scored some mighty points. Again this group of boys are very committed and work hard always both these teams are coached by Paul Dougie Coyle and Martin Mc Ateer.Thanks to David Brady and Paddy Gallagher from the Termon club and to Eddie Harkin and James Cassidy who refereed both games and always encouraged both teams, thanks to all the parents who travelled up in large numbers to support the boys. Martin will be in touch early in the week with the plans for the U8 and U10s for next weekend.Gaeil Fhánada Development.The AGM of our Pitch Development Committee will take place on Monday July 11th at the Clubhouse in Portsalon. We invite members who have an interest in the development to come along to see the work to date and give their views on the project going forward. For further information contact Fiona Shiels on 085-1555645.We look forward to a good turn out.DONEGAL v TYRONE ULSTER FINALDonegal’s Ulster Final will take place in Clones, Monaghan on 17 th July. Best of luck to Rory and the boys from all at Gaeil Fhánada.For attention of club coaching officer and youth coaches. Check out www.playerperformancecoaching.com for information on two different workshops to help advance club coaching:1) Player Performance Coaching Workshop2) Club Coaching ReviewCúl CampGAA Cúl Camp takes place from July 25th to 29th in Trialough. If your child is aged between 6 and 13, why not book them in for a week of fun, based around Gaelic games.Further information and applications from Fiona Shiels.A small deposit secures a place.You can keep up to date with Gaeil Fhánada on Facebook.GAA NEWS: GAEIL FHÁNADA CONGRATULATES CLUB LOTTO WINNERS was last modified: July 6th, 2016 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:Gaeil Fhanada noteslast_img read more

WHAT A LOTTO LUCK! THREE DONEGAL PLAYERS PICKED TO GO ON WINNING STREAK!

first_imgMary McDermott, who played on behalf of her brother Joseph Harkin from Cashel, Gleneely, Co. Donegal, has won €32,000, including a holiday to Kenya, in January. Now three more players are going on the show!THREE LUCKY Donegal punters have been picked to go on next week’s Winning Streak…each with a chance to win ONE MILLION EURO!Presenters Marty Whelan and Sinead Kennedy expressed shock as three of the five people chosen to go on the TV show were from County Donegal.Michael McGlynn from Trentaboy, Drumkeen, David Russell from Ardnadition in Manorcunningham and Isle of Doagh woman Rose McLaughlin, from Figart, all had their names drawn on the TV show tonight. Tonight’s winner scooped a wonderful €100,000 spinning the wheel – taking her total to €157,000.A total of €331,000 was won between the five competitors tonight.Now the next five contestants – including our three from Donegal – will be going after big money on next Saturday night’s show.Expect loads of green and gold in the audience as they compete for cash with Lonford man Brendan Keenan and Con Canning from Dublin. Go Donegal! WHAT A LOTTO LUCK! THREE DONEGAL PLAYERS PICKED TO GO ON WINNING STREAK! was last modified: March 23rd, 2014 by John2Share 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 playersDrumkeenIsle of DoaghlottomanorcunninghamWinning Streaklast_img read more

Drake Sweeps MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week Honors

first_imgST. LOUIS, Mo. – Drake University’s Becca Jonas (Independence, Mo.) and Reed Timmer (New Berlin, Wis.) have been named the Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Week presented by Eagle Bank and Trust Company, the conference announced Tuesday, Dec. 27.Jonas, a member of the Drake women’s basketball team, earned the honor after scoring a career-high 24 points on 11-of-13 shooting in the Bulldogs’ win over Eastern Washington. Against Auburn, she posted five points and four rebounds. On the season, Jonas is averaging 8.5 points and 3.6 rebounds per game. Academically, Jonas has a 3.96 GPA as a digital media production major.Timmer averaged 15.5 points per game last week for the Drake men’s basketball team in a pair of games. He opened the week with 16 points against South Dakota State and followed that with 15 points and three three-pointers in the win over Mississippi Valley State. Timmer boasts a 3.47 GPA in his pharmacy curriculum.Timmer and Jonas’ honors mark the ninth time this season a Drake student-athlete has been named the MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week. To qualify for the honor, student-athlete must carry a cumulative GPA of 3.20 or higher, completed at least one academic year at a Valley institution and must be at least a sophomore in academic standing. Redshirt freshmen and first-year junior college transfers are not eligible. In addition to the academic qualifications, student-athletes will be evaluated on their athletic performance for a one-week period.2016-17 Drake MVC Scholar Athletes of the WeekDec. 27 – Reed Timmer, Men’s BasketballDec. 27 – Becca Jonas , Women’s BasketballNov. 22 – Reed Fischer, Men’s Cross CountryNov. 1 – Reed Fischer, Men’s Cross CountryOct. 25 – James Wypych, Men’s SoccerOct. 4 – Reed Fischer, Men’s Cross CountrySept. 27 – Mueng Sunday, Men’s SoccerSept. 6 – Reed Fischer, Men’s Cross CountryAug. 30 – James Wypych, Men’s SoccerPrint Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Brevett named Hanworth Villa manager

first_imgFormer QPR and Fulham full-back Rufus Brevett has taken over as manager of Hanworth Villa.The 46-year-old, who also played for West Ham, spent seven years at Rangers before a five-year spell at Craven Cottage.“I know we have a set of good players and everyone will be given a chance to impress,” said Brevett, who has previously managed Arlesey Town.Villa finished seventh in the Combined Counties Premier Division last season.See also:Waddock returns as Aldershot bossDonnelly joins Margate on one-year dealFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

South African model for African maths centres

first_imgAfrican maths students are to benefitfrom a network of training centres, whichwill boost the continent’s complementof skilled scientists and researchers.(Image: AIMS South Africa)MEDIA CONTACTS • Lisa LambertCommunications, Perimeter Institute+1 519 569 7600, x5051• Arun SharmaNextEinstein South AfricaRELATED ARTICLES• SA hosts world science meet• New online university to fight cancer• Science university for Botswana• R50m for new research posts• SA-Uganda science agreementJanine ErasmusThe Cape Town-based African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), a postgraduate academic institution, is to be the model for three maths training centres on the continent.The three centres are expected to serve as a nurturing ground for more world-class African mathematicians.According to cosmologist Neil Turok, founder of AIMS South Africa, the goal is to build 15 such centres across Africa by 2020, possibly in countries such as Botswana, Egypt, Rwanda, Madagascar, Mozambique and Uganda.The project, dubbed NextEinstein, is Turok’s brainchild and has already led to the opening of a second AIMS centre at the African University of Science and Technology in Abuja, Nigeria.NextEinstein aims to boost capacity for scientific and technological education, research and development in Africa.The South African-born Turok is currently the executive director of Canada’s Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, taking up his position after a stint as the Chair of Mathematical Physics at the UK’s Cambridge University. The non-profit Perimeter Institute, which focuses on scientific research and educational outreach, is to disburse the funds.Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the new venture in July 2010, saying that his government was pleased to support research into science and technology, as millions of people in developing countries already lead better lives because of it.The first centre is to be launched in Senegal in September 2011, with others in Ghana and Ethiopia following soon afterwards. The Senegalese government has allocated about US$1.3-million (R9.4-million) towards the facility, and has donated a parcel of land near the coastal city of M’bour, about 80km south of Dakar.The Canadian government has also pledged its financial support for the project, to the tune of C$20-million (R140-million). The money will go towards the construction of AIMS centres over the next four years.“With the announcement of major support for the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Canada is also pioneering the sharing of knowledge and expertise as a route to development,” said Turok. “Just as ideas and innovation are the foundation of Canada’s new economy, they will be the basis of Africa’s future economic, educational, scientific and governance self-sufficiency.”Africa’s young EinsteinsAll of the new centres will be based on the Cape Town model, established by Turok in 2003. AIMS South Africa receives sponsorship and support from British philanthropist Sir Bob Geldof, eminent physicist Stephen Hawking, South African entrepreneur Mark Shuttleworth, US actor Forest Whitaker, and business tycoon Sir Richard Branson, among others.Academic partners include the Stellenbosch, Cape Town and Western Cape universities locally, and the Cambridge, Oxford and Paris-Sud-XI universities abroad. An enthusiastic teaching body of both local and visiting lecturers ensures that tuition is of the highest quality, and often at no charge.According to the centre’s director Prof Barry Green, there is no shortage of willing teaching staff, and he felt confident that the other AIMS centres wouldn’t have any problem in attracting lecturers either.“AIMS is now generating a stream of well-prepared students entering many advanced areas of science,” said Hawking in 2008. “The NextEinstein plan, to create AIMS centres all over Africa, is even more exciting. Its implementation will have a major impact on the continent’s development. Not only will this be vital for Africa, I believe it will be important for the future of science because science needs Africa’s talents.”The theoretical physics genius, who attended the Canadian announcement, added that he was looking forward to meeting Africa’s potential young Einsteins.AIMS South Africa has already seen over 300 mathematics graduates from various African countries successfully complete the training course. With their skills and knowledge now at a globally competitive level, these students are able to apply to universities around the world for admission to postgraduate degrees. Many have been accepted into courses in Europe and the US, while others have successfully completed postgraduate degrees at South African universities.About 60 students are currently enrolled, but the expanded AIMS network of 15 centres will see about 750 scientists graduating across the continent each year. This bodes well for the future of African science and technology.The M’bour institute will take in 35 students for the 2011-2012 academic year. The centre’s director Mamadou Sangharé said that it would employ local lecturers, but also draw foreign teachers from its own pool of partnerships, particularly those with French universities.last_img read more

87th Ohio FFA Convention schedule

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 87th Ohio FFA Convention will take place April 30th and May 1st this at the Ohio Expo Center. The event will welcome Ohio FFA members from across the state to rub shoulders with others wearing blue jackets. Students will take part in workshops, compete in contests, and be recognized for their achievements to name just a few things of what to expect over the two busy days in Columbus.Full coverage of the event will be provided from the 2015 Ohio Ag Net and Ohio’s Country Journal Student FFA Reporters.Here is a look at the convention’s schedule:THURSDAY, APRIL 30th7:30 am Set Up: Agriscience Fair, Proficiencies8:00 am Convention Registration – Celeste8:00 am National Chapter Interviews – Rhodes8:00 am Ag Issues CDE – FFA Center9:00 am Career Show & Expo – Bricker9:00 am Agriscience Fair Interviews – Bricker9:00 am Proficiency Interviews – Bricker9:00 am Ohio FFA Fights Hunger – ODOT1:00 pm Grain Merchandising Finals – Rhodes12:30 pm Recognition Luncheon  – Rhodes1:30 pm PRE-SESSION2 pm FIRST SESSIONOpening CeremonyTeacher/Administrator RecognitionChapter Trust AwardsFoundation Service ChaptersChildren’s Hospital RecognitionCROP/Church World Services RecognitionOhio FFA Fights Hunger RecognitionWashington Leadership Conference ScholarshipsRecognition of New FFA ChaptersKeynote Speaker – Curtis ZimmermanDelegate Business Meeting & Officer ElectionsClosing Ceremony5:30 pm Honorary Degree Dinner  – Rhodes6:30 pm PRE-SESSION7 pm SECOND SESSIONOpening CeremonyHonorary State FFA Degree CeremonyNational Winners RecognitionStar American FFA Degree RecognitionStar State FFA Degree RecognitionProficiency Award RecognitionWildlife through Fiber and/or Oil CropConcert – Keith AndersonClosing CeremonyFRIDAY, MAY 1st8:00 am Registration – Celeste9:00 am Career Show & Expo – Bricker9:00 am Choir Practice – Bricker9:00 am Band Practice – ODOT9:30 am PRE-SESSION10 am THIRD SESSIONOpening CeremonyChapter Awards• Ohio FFA Gold Medal Chapters• Top 10 Student Development Chapters• Top 10 Chapter Development Chapters• Top 10 Community Development Chapters• Top 10 ChaptersKeynote Speaker – Miss Ohio Mackenzie BartProficiency Award RecognitionEquine Science through AccountingClosing Ceremony1:00 pm Talent Show – Celeste2:30 pm PRE-SESSION3 pm FOURTH SESSIONOpening CeremonyCreed Speaking PresentationOfficer Awards• Secretary’s Award• Treasurer’s Award• Reporter’s AwardNational FFA Officer KeynoteState CDE RecognitionPrepared Speaking PresentationAgriscience Fair RecognitionOhio FFA Officers’ Parent RecognitionClosing Ceremony5:00 pm State FFA Degree Reception – ODOT5:00 pm Past Officer Reception – FFA Center5:00 pm Band and Chorus Musical Presentation6 pm PRE-SESSION6:30 pm FIFTH SESSIONOpening CeremonyBand and Chorus PresentationRemarks – Ohio FFA AlumniRetiring Address – State President, Sydney Snider2015-16 Ohio FFA Officer AnnouncementConferring of the State FFA DegreeOfficer InstallationClosing Ceremonylast_img read more

One Builder’s Buy-American Strategy

first_imgGlobal commerce being what it is, tradeoffs are a reality for people trying to pursue a buy-American agenda. A case in point: Anders Lewendal, a builder based in Bozeman, Montana, whose pursuit of materials grown and manufactured in the U.S. was recently profiled in the New York Times.Lewendal calculates that if builders nationwide shifted 5% of their materials and appliance purchases to products made in the U.S., about $14 billion would be added the domestic economy each year. And if all other businesses and consumers applied that notion to their purchases, it would commensurately boost the U.S. economy and help lower the unemployment rate.Walking the walkAs Lewendal points out in the Times story, though, the pursuit of made-in-America products can be rough on purists, mainly because even goods manufactured here often include components mined, fabricated, or assembled in other countries.Lewendal, who has an undergraduate degree in economics and is a Certified Green Professional in the NAHB Green program, is by now well acquainted with the realities of manufacturing and sourcing. His point is that for many products it isn’t that difficult to at least come close to buying American and, in most cases, it is only modestly more expensive.He told the Times that the approach increased by 2% or 3% the $265,000 construction cost of a 2,280-sq.-ft., three-bedroom house he is building.An economist interviewed by the paper pointed out, however, that the commingling of foreign and domestic parts and labor makes it difficult to predict the larger benefits of buying American. Still, pushing in that direction in the product-intensive world of home construction has convinced Lewendal that there’s enough merit to his theory to justify scaling it up.He is illustrating his concept through one of his recent projects, called the All American Home. The house is built with materials and equipped with appliances whose provenance is as all-American as Lewendal could possibly manage.In keeping with his preferences for green building, it is also designed to be relatively energy-efficient, with a HERS Index rating of 40.last_img read more