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first_img BERNARD’S CONTRIBUTION Jamaica, under the leadership skills of Marva Bernard, has managed to get their own ‘home’ as well as numerous corporate bodies putting up their cash and kind to support netball. Money is still short, thus arranging and travelling to other ranked nations to play ‘Tests’ happens rarely, and is due to a great extent on the generosity of the other nations. Faced with that reality, one would think that Netball Jamaica would be very interested in keeping squad members playing top local netball regularly, and would be actively encouraging these squad members to play week after week. No matter what spin is put on the reason for the rule, the bald fact is that the rule makes no sense and has got to be rescinded. The fans of Jamaica’s netball, and the public in general, can force the removal of this rule … if they want. The IAAF’s woes continue with major sponsor Adidas withdrawing from their contractual support of the beleaguered organisation, mainly because of the continuing revelations regarding corruption and illegal activity of the principals of the organisation. The Dick Pound-led investigation is not over, not by a long shot. Keep watching this space. The past president of Netball Jamaica has received numerous awards and praise for her leadership skills while being a ten-year president of the sport of netball in Jamaica. These plaudits re her leadership skills are well deserved. Her successor, Dr Paula Daley Morris, has promised a change in how the game in administered. I was hoping that I would have seen a change in the policy, particularly one that would have seen the nation have a realistic chance of changing our position in world netball, from ‘sometimes third, most times fourth’ to finalists and eventual champions. Alas and alack, that wish of us, (Jamaica) moving on up looks as distant as it always was. Mr Netball himself, Winston Nevers, has gone public with his concerns regarding a ‘rule’ that seems designed to stop teams that he coaches from dominating local netball. The thinking behind the implementation of this rule seems to be “stop Nevers from winning everything, so that we can justify keeping his skills away from the national programme”. A local radio programme recently highlighted the rule. As I understand it, teams playing in the national league can only have three members of the national squad playing for any one team during the competition. If a national representative (who happens to play for a team coached by Mr Nevers) does not want to play for a rival team, then that player is refused permission to play netball locally! Huh? So instead of allowing players selected to the national squad to play as much netball as possible, Netball Jamaica is happy with these players watching the game week after week! That thought is frightening, if the main aim of the rule is to sideline Nevers. As I understand sports of any kind, the participants need regular playing time in competition against their peers and against competition that is superior. Australia has just completed a three ‘Test’ clean sweep against England, as both sides continue engaging in ‘Test’ conditions against world-ranked opponents.last_img read more

first_imgRoman Abramovich will have to remain patient when Chelsea change their whole philosophy under Antonio Conte, according to Jason Cundy.The Premier League club appointed the Italian as permanent successor to Jose Mourinho and the 46-year-old will take the reins at Stamford Bridge in the summer, after Italy’s Euro 2016 campaign.The Serie A-winning boss has signed a three-year deal in west London, ending months of speculation.“He was top of the list,” former Blues player Cundy told Hawksbee and Jacobs.“I’m glad it happened, the club can now begin to plan and prepare [for next season]. Obviously he’s still got to go to France [to manage Italy at the Euros] – it wouldn’t bother me if they got knocked out so he can get back and start planning for next season.”After Chelsea’s 4-0 victory over Aston Villa at the weekend, interim boss Guus Hiddink talked of the need to give youngsters the chance to prove themselves at Stamford Bridge, ahead of a new era.The Blues have a number of exciting prospects emerging from their academy, with over 30 players out on loan, and Conte will be spoilt for choice when he takes his first session at Cobham in around three months’ time.“Chelsea over the last decade, one of the big failures at that football club is not producing players for our first team,” Cundy continued.  “There have been some excellent players that have come through. We win almost every youth tournament/league we enter.“IF there is a philosophy change, I would be all for that, BUT the players have got to be good enough and ready.“We saw at the weekend that players like [Ruben] Loftus-Cheek have got the ability to go in and play at that level. It’s about opportunities and they have been few and far between.“Jake Clarke-Salter came off the bench for his debut, Charly Musonda who is out on loan, Nathan Ake – I think there are players here that are good enough.“Of course, managers come into Chelsea Football Club and the pressure to win things is intense. Therefore you can understand why there hasn’t been enough players. But if there is a philosophy change, you have to have patience and that is key.”Jason Cundy co-presents the Sports Bar, weekday nights from 10pm.last_img read more

first_imgTHE TEAM which is doing a 3 peaks 3 day 3 counties challange had a tea party in Ramelton.They would like to thank anyone that helped out in any way.A cake made for the occasion by local lady Ursula Mc Conigley was raffled and won by Michael Gallagher Jnr (pictured above). A total of €605 was raised.A group of 12 people will take on a “3 peak, 3days, in 3 counties, challenge” of Croagh Patrick in County Mayo, Slieve Donard in Co Down and our own Mount Errigal on the 25th,26th and 27th of April.The group are all members past or present ,committee, instrutors, parents or family members of Ramelton Town Band, and they will be raising much needed funds for the band and the Irish Cancer Society.Anyone who can help in any way with sponsorship or funding towards the challange it would be greatly appreciated, you can contact the group by email on, or like or facebook page ” 3peaks 3day challenge” or contact PJ Cavanagh on 0863082244.  MICHAEL GETS HIS CAKE FROM THE 3 PEAKS TEA PARTY! was last modified: February 22nd, 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:3 peaks challengefundraiserIrish Cancer SocietyRAMELTON TOWN BANDlast_img read more

first_imgfe (left) Eibhlin Doherty Crana College, Buncrana working on their project in the after -schools “Mobile Robot programme” developed by LYIT Lecturer Martin Bradley.Encouraging young people to build and program their own robots has proved to be a big hit with school children in Donegal. Martin Bradley, a lecturer in the electronic engineering department at Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT), pioneered an after-school robotics programme to help encourage students to become inspired by engineering.The Mobile Robot programme was first introduced in December 2011 at Crana College with Sean McFadden, an engineering teacher at the school. The programme taught young students how to program a light-following robot and older students how to build and program it. “I felt if we could engage young students in engineering in a practical way it would make the subject enjoyable and accessible. Robots seemed to me to be an imaginative way to get the students’ attention,” explains Martin. He had previously introduced robot building and programming into the “Introduction to Electronic Engineering” module at LYIT. Major US Multinational Texas Instruments, whose microcontroller is the brain of the robot are very excited and have published an article about the programme “ The Luck of the Launchpad in Ireland” on their website.What started out as a pilot sparked such huge interest amongst the students that Martin decided to expand it. The Mobile Robot Programme has been rolled out to 8 other schools and will be available to the general public in Inishowen this summer through a “Technology Club” which is to be set up in the new Sliabh Sneacht Centre in Drumfries.The success encouraged Martin to broaden the curriculum to teach students how to build and program seven different types of robots. The LYIT lecturer has posted a video on YouTube that showcases the various robots that have been created such as , light-following robot, Android app remote control, noise-following robot, line-following robot, tilt control using an Android app, voice-controlled robot and Play-Doh controlled robot. Have a look Sean Deehan, a student at Crana College, says he got a lot from Mobile Robots, “I enjoyed learning about the chips in the robots. It’s interesting to see how this links to real life applications. It was brilliant making and controlling the robot.”Liam Galbraith, Principal at Crana College, adds, “It was great to see students engrossed in something that obviously captivated them. This will benefit these students a great deal.”The impact of the programme didn’t go unnoticed. In May 2013, Crana College received the Science, Technology, Education, Arts and Math (STEAM) Awards at the Donegal Vocational Education Committee awards ceremony. Last Year, four students from Crana College showcased their robots on the Institutes of Technology Ireland (IOTI) stand at the BT Young Scientist exhibition in Dublin.What’s next? Bradley hopes to integrate Texas Instruments SimpleLink™CC3000 Wi-Fi and CC1101 Sub-1 GHz connectivity modules on future robots and expand into the new Junior Certificate programs across Ireland.“A synergy has resulted from this and I believe the impact on the local economy will be seen in the future. I’d like to thank all of the people who help run the Mobile Robot programme and the students who participate. They keep us on our toes.” Bradley said.The Mobile Robot programme has since moved to other secondary schools such as Magh Ene College Bundoran, Carndonagh Community School and Scoil Mhuire Buncrana. Primary schools Scoil Cholmcille Newtoncunningham, Scoil Iosagain Buncrana, St Mary’s National School Malin Head and Scoil Naomh Padraig Drumfries have also been introduced to the programme. For more information on engineering courses at LYIT visit or to find out about the The Mobile Robot programme contact Martin Bradley martin.bradley@lyit.ieLYIT LECTURER USES ROBOTS IN SUCCESSFUL AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMME was last modified: January 30th, 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:LYITROBOTSlast_img read more

first_imgA meeting will be held on Wednesday night, 27th February in the Villa Rose Ballybofey at 9pm to formally set up the Finn Valley Cycling Club.Anyone interested in cycling in the Finn Valley are asked to attend. All levels are welcome.CYCLING: NEW CLUB FOR THE FINN VALLEY was last modified: February 26th, 2013 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:Finn Valley Cycling Clublast_img

first_imgResult: Senior Ladies League Division 3 SEC.L.G Naomh Muire 5-16 Naomh Columba 2-10 Our Ladies took the points this morning in a very well disciplined and impressive team performance. Playing against the wind in the first half, we started well with a point and then an early goal by Lauren Rodgers. The girls from Glen took control though with some great passing and movement to edge into the lead, by half time the score was 3-01 to 2-08.The second half was a different story with excellent team play by all players and some exhibition style shooting from Ellie Tracey. Playing with the wind, Naomh Muire seized control and dominated the scoring in impressive style.Well done to management and the entire squad, keep it lit girls!Naomh Muire: Clare Sweeney, Katelyn McGarvey, Saoirse Bonner, Megan Burns, Maria McGarvey, Aoife McGarvey, Lisa McGee, Jade O’Donnell, Nicole Boyle, Katie O’Donnell (C), Lauren Rodgers, Emma O’Donnell, Ellie Treacy, Morgan Devenney, Sorcha Doohan.Subs: Nancy Devenney (Sorcha Doohan), Katie McDevvitt (Lauren Rodgers), Eibhlín Martin (Nicole Boyle),Naomh Columba: Lauren Jones, Leanne Gillespie, Emer Carr, Roisin Doherty, Gale Haughey, Susan O’Donaghue, Aisling Jones, Michaela Gillsepie, Nuala Byrne, Erin Cunningham, Sarah McMorrow, Sarah O’Gara, Fiona MaGuire, Eilish McKinley, Claire Byrne NAOMH MUIRE SENIOR LADIES EARN STUNNING RESULT AGAINST NAOMH COLUMBA was last modified: May 9th, 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:GAANAOMH MUIRESportlast_img read more

first_imgThe Opposition Congress on Wednesday retained both Mungaoli and Kolaras Assembly constituencies in Madhya Pradesh, while the ruling Biju Janata Dal wrested the Bijepur Assembly seat in Odisha from the Congress in the bypolls held last week.Congress’s Mungaoli candidate Brajendra Singh Yadav, who got 70,808 votes, beat his BJP rival Baisahab Yadav by a margin of 2,124 votes. In Kolaras, Congress candidate Mahendra Singh Yadav defeated BJP’s Devendra Kumar Jain by over 8,000 votes.The outcome of the two bypolls in M.P. is being seen as a possible pointer to the mood of the people ahead of the Assembly elections due later this year in the BJP-ruled State. The bypolls were necessitated due to the death of Congress MLAs Mahendra Singh Kalukheda (Mungaoli) and Ram Singh Yadav (Kolaras).Naveen upbeatIn Odisha, BJD candidate Ritarani Sahu won with an impressive margin of 41,933 votes. She bagged a total of 1,02,871 votes, while Ashok Panigrahi of the BJP came second with 60,938 votes and Pranaya Sahu of the Congress got only 10,274 votes, according to Returning Officer Tapiram Majhi.Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik termed the outcome a “rejection” of violence by the people of Bijepur. “Odisha is a peaceful State. The people will not stand for violence in a democracy,” he said.Mr. Patnaik was apparently hinting at a series of incidents in the run-up to the bypoll, including slippers being thrown at him during an election meeting in Bijepur and an attack on the brother of the State’s Labour Minister. The BJD had alleged BJP’s involvement in these incidents.Speaking to the media after her victory, Ms. Sahu said, “I will work for the all-round development of the people in our area and strive hard to fulfil my husband’s (former Bijepur legislator Subal Sahu) dream.”The Bijepur seat had fallen vacant after the death of Subal Sahu, a Congress MLA, in August last year. Ms. Sahu had joined the BJD a month after his demise.Mr. Panigrahi, a former BJD legislator, had joined the BJP in October last year.The poor show by the Congress, which had won the Bijepur seat in three consecutive elections in 2004, 2009 and 2014, was primarily due to the infighting in its State unit and late announcement of the party’s nominee.(with PTI inputs)last_img read more

first_imgThe Embassy of India in Oman has invited applications from NRI students living in Oman for a special scholarship programme.Indian citizens and Persons of Indian Origin can apply for this scheme, involving undergraduate programmes, according to an online statement from the embassy.Read it at Times of Oman Related Itemslast_img

first_img Promoted5 decades agoNext Tech #1 Way to Stop Any Pet’s Bad Behaviours Fast Arsenal defender Mustafi wants social media restrictions: My children will see thisby Freddie Taylor17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi wants to see restrictions put on social media to stop trolling.The German has been outcast at the Gunners after a number of defensive mistakes last season.And after being constantly lambasted by supporters on social media, Mustafi fears for what his children will read about their father in the future.”Football has become more inhumane,” he said. “Social media has also contributed to this, because anyone can comment, without names. People can unload their frustrations directly on us.””It is no longer about the sport, but only to discredit someone to get as many likes as possible. I would like to see more restrictions in the future. “What’s on the internet will never disappear. And I’m worried that this will eventually affect my children.” RECOMMENDED FOR YOU Promoted10 hours agothis site Arsenal hero Van Persie: Ozil situation a shame About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the love Promoted10 hours agothis site Ajax hero Sjaak Swart on Chelsea defeat: Robbed! A capital blunder! Promoted5 decades agoU.S Green Card – Free Check Registration for the new Green Card Lottery is now open – Check your eligibility Promoted5 days agoGerman Bundesliga BVB coach Favre on axing Sancho: He still has much to learn Have your say Recommended by Promoted2 days agothis site Chelsea suffer double midfield blow ahead of Ajax clash Promoted5 decades agoBabbel Language expert shares the secret to learning a language in 15 mins a day Promoted5 decades ago8fit Skip the Gym, Do This 10-Minute Workout Instead Promoted10 hours agothis site Woodward’s suddenly talking: Why it’s good for Man Utd & fans Promoted10 hours agoSpanish Liga Sevilla thump Europa League opponents Dudelange Promoted5 decades ago8fit How to Burn 300+ Calories in 10 minutes? Try this workout Promoted5 decades agoNext Tech Hong Kong: New WiFi Booster Stops Expensive Internetlast_img read more

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer during an Ohio State football game.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on prior to the All State Sugar Bowl against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Urban Meyer is now one game into his three-game suspension to start the 2018 college football season. The Buckeyes won their season opener in blowout fashion over Oregon State on Saturday, 77-31.Two games remain in Meyer’s suspension. The Buckeyes host Rutgers on Saturday and then travel to Texas to play TCU.Meyer, though, is able to start coaching at practice today.Ohio State issued an update on his status late on Sunday night. While Meyer will be returning to the Woody Hayes Athletic Facility today, he will not be speaking to the media until his suspension is over.“Urban Meyer is set to return to Ohio State from suspension tomorrow, but he isn’t set for any media availabilities this week. Ryan Day, who will still be the Buckeyes’ acting head coach for the next two games, will continue to handle the head coach’s media duties this week,” Eleven Warriors’ Dan Hope tweeted.Urban Meyer is set to return to Ohio State from suspension tomorrow, but he isn’t set for any media availabilities this week. Ryan Day, who will still be the Buckeyes’ acting head coach for the next two games, will continue to handle the head coach’s media duties this week.— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) September 2, 2018Ohio State interim coach Ryan Day will continue to fulfill head coaching media obligations until Meyer’s suspension is over.The Buckeyes are set to host Rutgers at Ohio Stadium on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. E.T.last_img read more