Ballybacka the Queen at Cork

first_img The young son of trainer Aidan O’Brien brought Pat Fahy’s four-year-old to gain a head verdict over Shadagann, with Ger Lyons’ pair of Unsinkable and Unrequited filling the next two places. Fahy said: “Anybody could see she was extremely unlucky at the Curragh last time. Ballybacka Queen (10-1) got up close home under 7lb claimer Donnacha O’Brien to snatch the Cork Derby (Handicap). “I was really worried about the ground today, and walked every bit of it. I left it up to Donnacha to mind her if she didn’t travel on it. “She will probably go for another handicap at the Curragh on Derby weekend and we’ll claim the 7lb again. We can go back for a Listed or Group race after that.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Shafer recounts 1st Notre Dame game, debut as college coach

first_imgAll Scott Shafer had known as a coach was Division III football. Now he was a “GA in the corner” with Indiana and the Hoosiers were starting their season against Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.Shafer sat with Joe Novak, Indiana’s defensive coordinator at the time, while the two put on their socks in the locker room before the game. Of the two, the older Novak had put in a lot more time to play a game at the hallowed Notre Dame Stadium.“(Novak) said, ‘You little son of a gun, it’s taken me 23 years to get here and play at this venue, and here you are in your first game at Notre Dame as a college football coach,” Shafer said. “And I turned to him and I said, ‘Coach, it’s taken me 23 years to get here too.’ Because I was 23 years old.”What prompted Shafer’s trip down memory lane was a question about the “aura” of Notre Dame football. The Syracuse head coach — in anticipation of the Orange’s (2-1) date with No. 8 Notre Dame (3-0) at MetLife Stadium at 8 p.m. on Saturday — discussed his first experience against the Fighting Irish, but also likened his current team’s game to any other. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“You can say, ‘Aw you’re trying to downplay, Coach. I’m not trying to downplay anything, this is a great opportunity,’” Shafer said. “It’s an unbelievable chance to live the dream with my players, our players, coaches and myself. “But, you know, it’s overrated if you don’t take care of job one, and that’s what the cadence, what foot do I have to step with, where do they end, let me go try and knock this guy backwards.”But before getting to that, Shafer shared a story about being intimidated by then-Notre Dame head coach Lou Holtz. Shafer was warming up the quarterbacks too close to midfield, and some of the players — future NFL Pro Bowl quarterback Trent Green among them — spilled onto the Irish’s side of the field. Shafer remembers Holtz running over and saying something to the effect of “You don’t get to the 50,” and leapt to the side of the podium to mimic his 23-year-old self. “I shouldn’t have been intimidated, it’s just Lou Holtz,” he added. “He grew up in Ohio like I grew up in Ohio. You know, we just knew football as a way to get out I guess.”TV timeouts didn’t happen in D-III and Shafer used his first exposure to one as a chance to look around. With a play chart in his hand he was fuming about a play not going the Hoosiers’ way, but he also saw there were two white lines and a football field in front of him. The band, the crowd, the stadium and Notre Dame’s legacy are all things Shafer said “don’t matter” when you’re standing on the field. Shafer said it’s just like playing ninth-grade football at Auburn Road junior high, except you’re in an NFL stadium, there’re stars instead of clouds in the sky and the game’s on ABC. Shafer is making sure it doesn’t take his team until the first TV timeout to realize all that. “So trying to break it down into simplicity and the things that it is is the key,” Shafer said. “Understanding that there’re quite a few Chinese people over there in China that don’t even give a hell that we’re playing football … “Trying to bring it back to reality.” Comments Published on September 25, 2014 at 3:51 pm Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesse Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more


first_imgThese kids from Milford enjoyed their day off school by sculpting this huge snowman. Picture by Marie McGrory. Sean Martin from Ballybofey with his super COOL snowman.Emily Cannon CHILLS out her igloo. 🙂Hannah, Eddie and Harry McBride enjoying the snow in Castledoe in Creeslough.Máirtín Mac Crábhagáin sent us in this brilliant picture from Lifford. 🙂Laura Ní Ghallachóir sent us in this snap of her little nephew and niece Caolan and Abbie with their snowman.Little Adam and Annie enjoy the snow in Lifford. 🙂Teresa McGinley sent us in this snap of Rory with his snowman in Lifford.Picture Special: Schoolchildren in Donegal woke up this morning and rejoiced when they looked out their bedrooms windows and seen nothing but snow. The word quickly filtered through that the majority of schools in the county were closing amid fears of the dangers of travelling on the treacherous roads.That meant it was time to build snowmen and start snow fights before the thaw predicted for this afternoon set in.Although snow is dreaded by most because of the traffic disruption it causes, it universally loved by kids.In the images above you can see the joy in their faces and they sculpt their own snowmen.Storm Rachel has arrived and the heavy snow has been replaced by heavy rain, although some forecasters are predicting more snow on Friday.  PICTURE SPECIAL: SCHOOLCHILDREN REVEL IN DONEGAL’S WINTER WONDERLAND was last modified: January 14th, 2015 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:FeaturesimagesKidsnewspicture specialsnowWINTER WONDERLANDlast_img read more

Is the Office closed? Microsoft announces new AI research incubator

first_imgSmall Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#AI#artificial intelligence#Machine Learning#Microsoft#research#Skype Related Posts Follow the Puckcenter_img Microsoft has created a new research incubator for scientists and engineers to work towards general-purpose artificial intelligence.The incubator will tackle the development of AI that can be deployed into all products, rather than narrow AI, which is built for a singular purpose.See Also: Microsoft likes self-driving cars, but won’t be building themThis type of all-knowing AI is highly sought after, Google, Facebook, Apple, and Amazon have all invested millions to try and create a self-aware and wide-ranging intelligence.Microsoft has based the incubator inside the Research and AI team, which was set up last September to bring AI researchers and scientists from all ends of the company together.Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has placed AI at the forefront of the company’s movement, which includes cloud computing, augmented reality, and the Internet of Things. The company announced layoffs and a reorganization around a core composed of its Azure cloud platform and moving away from its traditional productivity software.Collaboration with MITThat has manifested itself in several of the company’s major tools, like Skype with the new Translator service and Cortana, the personal assistant on Windows devices. The deployment has also hit Microsoft’s enterprise side, with Azure Machine Learning a key component for businesses.Microsoft will collaborate with MIT’s Center for Brains, Minds, and Machines on the AI research.The company has also launched an ethics oversight panel for the AI research team, who will act as an advisory board on the right approach to artificial intelligence. This will co-exist alongside Microsoft’s cross-company ethical AI partnership with Amazon, Google, Facebook, and IBM. David Curry Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You…last_img read more

How to Beat a Rigged System

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Too many people are being convinced to accept the mindset of the victim. They’re being told they don’t have the power change their life. They are buying the idea that the system is rigged against them and that there’s nothing they can do about it. Set aside for the time being that none of these things are true.But even if they were, holding these beliefs would not serve the holder, creating resentment, anger, frustration, and a debilitatingly negative mindset instead.If the system is rigged, there’s still an age-old recipe for beating that system and succeeding in the pursuit of your goals.Attitude: Your attitude is 100% within your control, which is not to pretend it’s easy. A good attitude is a discipline. You will always have a negative stimulus. However, you also have the power to pause between that stimulus and your response. If you want to understand how important the decision is to control your attitude, read Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning. Frankl survived three concentration camps in Nazi Germany while losing his family. He attributes his survival to the ability to control his mind—his most important freedom. Your attitude is what gives you power inside a rigged system.Work Ethic: Your work ethic is also within your control. You can show up early, stay later, and work harder than anyone else. You can also do better work than almost anyone else by merely giving that work your full focus and concentration. In an age of infinite distractions, a strong ability to focus is a defining differentiator. It is difficult not to like and appreciate people with an exceptional work ethic. Work ethic by itself will provide advancement opportunities. The system has no way to protect itself from a hard worker. Wherever they go, hard workers are highly valued and reap the benefits and rewards of their efforts.Level Up: if you look for one common denominator among all successful people, regardless of their human endeavor or pursuit, and regardless of the circumstances of their birth, you will find that they continually work on improving themselves. They read books, and they take courses, they study other people to gain an edge that allows them to produce better results. Leveling up isn’t a matter of money. There’s enough content on the Internet in whatever area you want to improve at no cost-or an extraordinarily low cost—that self-improvement has never been more available to you. The system was long ago broken here. There are no more gatekeepers. No one can stop you from becoming super-competent.Accountability: If you want to grow and advance, you have to be accountable for greater and greater outcomes. Jocko Willink proposes extreme ownership. The first thing you need to be responsible for is your performance. When you look to externalities for reasons that you are not succeeding, I promise you will find them. When you understand that your state is the result of your beliefs, the decisions you’ve made and the actions you’ve taken—or more likely, not taken—you recognize that you control the one thing you need to manage to produce the results you want. The system is rigged for those who are accountable, taking responsibility for delivering outcomes. It rewards that behavior in every case.Find a Model: Other people are right now producing the results that you want in your life. They are no different than you are. You are human; they are human. You have natural talents and gifts as well as deficiencies, and so do they. But the recipe for producing almost any result you want in life is well known and well documented. There are specific sets of action when repeated that generate a particular outcome. If you’re going to speed up the time it takes you to create a result, find a model, deconstruct the recipe, and follow that recipe. This result is already being produced within the system, and because you are in that same system, all things being equal, it will produce the same result for you.The economic world in which we find ourselves is not an easy one to navigate. There are systemic challenges, in some ways greater than earlier times. That said, a scrappy go-getter always bends the system to their will.last_img read more

10 days agoBournemouth keeper Ramsdale admits Bolton rejection sparked career

first_imgBournemouth keeper Ramsdale admits Bolton rejection sparked careerby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale admits rejection by Bolton Wanderers has sparked his career.Ramsdale was released from Bolton at the age of 15 after being told he was “too small and couldn’t kick”. He said: “It’s been difficult.“There’s a lot of rejection as a young kid, obviously getting released at Bolton – being too small and couldn’t kick.“But that could possibly be the best thing which ever happened to me. It gave me the backbone and the toughness to never say die.“Signing here (at Cherries) from Sheffield United, it was a lonely journey for the first two years.“I didn’t enjoy it and probably didn’t fulfil my potential but had two good loan periods.“One with Chesterfield, which we got relegated in but one with Wimbledon where we managed to stay up.“I can look back at that in the mirror and say I had a massive part to play. I think I grew into a man.“Now I am standing here today, I am using my experiences from then to take into the games for Bournemouth.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Ric Hamre receives recognition from peers with 40 years of Service Award

first_imgHamre’s Funeral Chapel was originally Reynars Funeral Home. Hamre purchased the business from his father Ernie who operated the company out of Dawson Creek. His daughter goes on to share, all forty years have been spent serving the direct community of Fort St. John.This award is recognition and a testament to Hamre’s dedication to his profession. Hamre is currently a representative on the Funeral Service Association of British Columbia Board of Directors and is past President of the Funeral Service Association of Canada.Hamre’s Funeral Chapel is also the only full-service facility in Fort St. John and as the needs of the city have grown so has the building to meet the needs of the community, now with the only operating crematorium in Fort St. John. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With years of dedication to the community, local funeral director and embalmer Ric Hamre was recently recognized and awarded by his peers.Awarded ’40 years of Dedicated Service’ by the B.C. Funeral Associaton at a conference in Kelowna, Hamre is a third generation funeral professional. Hamre has been the owner of Hamre’s Funeral Chapel since 1986. His daughter Kaylie Hamre said, ” My father purchased the business from my Grandfather.”last_img read more

Modi’s address gross misuse of power & machinery: Mayawati

first_imgLucknow: BSP president Mayawati on Thursday lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for “gross misuse of power and machinery” in addressing the nationwithout prior permission of the Election Commission and hoped that the poll body will act in an exemplary manner. She was referring to Modi’s address to the nation on Wednesday announcing India’s successful test of an anti-satellite missile that put the country in an exclusive club of space super powers. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”The EC has formed a committee to examine the content of PM’s address yesterday but the real issue is why & how the PM addressed the country without its prior permission. It is the gross misuse of power & machinery for the electoral benefits. EC must act in an exemplary manner,” the BSP leader tweeted. “Previous experience proves that like law & order, BJP leaders are habitual offenders in violating Model Code of Conduct. And PM Mr Modi again flouted poll norms by addressing the country without prior permission of EC though there was no such emergency. Hope the EC acts promptly,” she said in another tweet. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KIndia shot down one of its satellites in space on Wednesday with an anti-satellite missile to demonstrate this complex capability, making it only the fourth country to have used such a weapon. Declaring India has established itself as a global space power after the success of the operation ‘Mission Shakti’, Modi said the missile hit a live satellite flying in a Low Earth Orbit after it traversed a distance of almost 300 km from earth within three minutes of its launch.last_img read more

Take Your Pick!

first_imgFrom film stars to cricketers and political mavericks – this Lok Sabha election will witness debutantes from across professions. The intent – largely to woo masses with their popular appeal. This year, the desperation seems real with a number of high-profile signings and switches across political coloursBJPFirst inningsGautam Gambhir: Speculations are ripe that he will be awarded a ticket from Delhi. He joined BJP earlier this year and has been vocal about his views on governance and politics. On social media, he has been a front-running critic of AAP. Constituency: Undecided; one of the 7 constituencies of Delhi Polling date: Delhi polls on May 12 Jaya Prada: Two-time MP from Rampur for Samajwadi Party, Prada is now Contesting for BJP from the same Rampur seat after being formally included on March 26. Jaya Prada entered politics in 1994 with Telugu Desam Party (TDP). Later, she joined Samajwadi Party but was expelled due to anti-party activities in 2010. Constituency: Rampur, Uttar Pradesh Polling date: April 23, 2019 Deepa Malik: The first Indian woman gold medalist at paralympics, Malik Joined BJP last week from Haryana and could contest polls this time as the state’s BJP candidate list is yet to be declared. Constituency: Undecided, possible from Haryana Polling date: Haryana polls on May 12 Amit Shah: Hardly unknown, Shah will make his poll debut this time from Gandhinagar, a most relevant seat for BJP. Earlier, Advani and Vajpayee have both contested from this seat. He has previously been an MLA from Sarkhej. Constituency: Gandhinagar, Gujarat Poll date: April 23, 2019 Ravi Shankar Prasad: Contesting for the first time in his life as a politician from Patna Sahib constituency, Prasad is replacing Shatrughan Sinha who was earlier denied a ticket by BJP. Constituency: Patna Sahib, Bihar Date: April 29, 2019 Tejasvi Surya: A possible celebrity in the making, Surya, contesting from Karnataka’s high-profile Bengaluru South constituency will contest his first election this year. A 28-year-old lawyer, he is the general secretary of BJP’s youth wing in Karnataka. His fiery speeches and blunt messages across social media have garnered massive support. Constituency: Bangalore South, Karnataka Poll date: April 18, 2019 CONGRESSUrmila Matondkar: A known face, Matondkar’s political ambitions were hitherto unknown. She is up against sitting BJP MP Gopal Shetty, who beat Sanjay Nirupam last time with a 3.8 lakh margin. Govinda was earlier fielded from here against veteran Ram Naik and had won. Constituency: Mumbai North, Maharashtra Poll date: April 29, 2019 Shatrughan Sinha: Sinha quit BJP after being denied the Patna Sahib constituency and will now rally from the same seat for Congress. Had been dissenting against the current dispensation for a while and even attended Mamata Banerjee’s January anti-BJP rally in Kolkata. Constituency: Patna Sahib, Bihar Poll date: May 19, 2019 Manvendra Singh: Son of Jaswant Singh, one of the founding members of BJP, Manvendra had contested from the same Barmer seat with a BJP ticket in 2004 and won. He switched from BJP to Congress in August 2018. Constituency: Barmer, Rajasthan Poll date: April 29, 2019 Sadhvi Savitri Bai Phule: An Uttar Pradesh MLA in 2012, Savitri later joined the 16th Lok Sabha from BJP in 2014. She quit BJP in December, as a reaction to hatred and atrocities against the cause of lower castes, but continues in Lok Sabha. Now, she has joined Congress and will fight her seat from previously-held Bahraich. Constituency: Bahraich, Uttar Pradesh Poll date: May 6, 2019 Tariq Anwar: NCP leader and sitting MP of Katihar, Anwar left NCP in September 2018 to join Congress and will contest elections from the same seat this time but for a different party. He has earlier been very vocal against Congress – things now look different. Constituency: Katihar, Bihar Poll date: April 18, 2019 Satyaprakash Nayak: Primetime TV host in Odisha, Nayak is being fielded against Sambit Patra from Puri. He joined Congress in 2017 and is also its media cell chairman in Odisha. He will contest his first Lok Sabha elections against Patra and the sitting BJD MP, another spokesperson, making the Puri assembly seat fight a battle between media representatives of parties. Constituency: Puri, Odisha Poll date: April 23, 2019 Krishna Punia: MLA from Sadulpur constituency, Arjuna awardee and ace athlete, Punia will contest her first LS poll for Congress from Jaipur Rural against a formidable opponent: Minister of State and sitting MP Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore. Constituency: Jaipur Rural, Rajasthan Poll date: May 6, 2019 Vaibhav Gehlot: Son of Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot, Vaibhav is contesting for the first time from Jodhpur constituency against BJP veteran Gajendra Singh Sekhawat. Constituency: Jodhpur, Rajasthan Poll date: April 29, 2019 Regional forcesKanimozhi Karunanidhi: Daughter of DMK patriarch Karunanidhi and Rajya Sabha MP from Tamil Nadu, Kanimozhi will make her LS debut from Thoothukudi (Tuticorin) in an exciting contest against BJP state president Tamilisai Soundararajan. Constituency: Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu Poll date: April 18, 2019 Mimi Chakraborty: Adding to this election’s star-studded list is Mimi Chakraborty, TMC’s chosen candidate from Kolkata’s Jadavpur constituency. Earlier held by Harvard Professor Sugata Bose of TMC, she will be up against Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya, former Mayor under CPI-M, and BJP’s Anupam Hazra, earlier expelled from TMC Constituency: Jadavpur, West Bengal Poll date: May 19, 2019 Nusrat Jahan: Another one of didi’s chosen flagbearers, Nusrat is widely loved across Bengal. She is up against BJP’s state general secretary Sayantan Basu and has already been trolled and harassed by you-know-who’s digital soldiers. Constituency: Basirhat, West Bengal Poll date: May 19, 2019 V V Lakshmi Narayana: A former joint director of CBI who was in the limelight for his investigation into the quid pro quo scam involving YS Jaganmohan Reddy and several bureaucrats, Narayana will fight the elections from Visakhapatnam on a Jana Sena ticket. Constituency: Vishakapatnam, Andhra Pradesh Poll date: April 11, 2019 Prakash Raj: Multilingual actor Prakash Raj surprised both his adversaries and numerous fans when he announced that he would contest as an Independent candidate from Bengaluru Central Lok Sabha constituency. Constituency: Bengaluru Central, Karnataka Date of Polling: April 18, 2019 Kanhaiya Kumar: JNU’s greatest ‘anti-national’, Kumar has survived the ugly face of this rule. He will make his election debut from Bihar for CPI-M, in a deal that compromised the party’s alliance with RJD. He is up against Tanveer Hasan and BJP’s Giriraj Singh. Constituency: Begusarai, Bihar Date of Polling: April 29, 2019last_img read more

Neymar returns as Mbappe flattens Monaco in title party

first_imgParis: Neymar joined the Paris Saint-Germain title party on Sunday when he made his first appearance since January as Kylian Mbappe swept aside Monaco with a hat-trick in a 3-1 win for the newly-crowned Ligue 1 champions. Mbappe took his league tally for the season to 30 following his treble, which came just hours after PSG were crowned champions for the sixth time in seven years when closest challengers Lille dropped points. Neymar’s return at the start of the second half replacing Layvin Kurzawa is the cherry on the cake for Thomas Tuchel’s side, who had been without the Brazilian superstar since January 23 with a right foot injury. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhEdinson Cavani also returned to action as a second half substitute, having a late strike correctly ruled out for offside, meaning that PSG’s famed front three are back together following months apart. Mbappe has thrived in the absence of his strike partners, and gave his side a 2-0 first-half lead with two neat finishes, the first coming in the 15th minute and the second seven minutes before the break after a beautiful pass from Dani Alves. The World Cup winner then put the three points beyond doubt when he tapped in Alves’ low cross nine minutes after the break. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterAleksandr Golovin rolled home a consolation for the away side, who remain in trouble in 16th place and are only four points away from the relegation play-off spot. On Sunday afternoon Lille ended their challenge with a goalless draw at Toulouse that left them 16 points behind PSG with only five games to play and allowed capital club to celebrate the title after missing chances to seal it in their previous matches. The Parisians have struggled with key injuries in recent weeks and they lost Italian international midfielder Marco Verratti with what looks like a knock to his left ankle. PSG took the field wearing a shirt with a large image of Notre Dame replacing the usual sponsor’s logo.”Notre-Dame” replaced the player names on the back of the shirts. The iconic Paris cathedral was damaged in a spectacular blaze last Monday. The club said that they would put a limited edition of the shirts on sale on line during the match for 100 euros each. The club said the money “will be donated to associations related to firefighters”. The club also posted a “Hommage to Notre Dame” video on their web site in which players praised the team-work of the Paris fire brigade and made a gesture that imitates the two famous towers that form part of the cathedral’s facade. The club said it was also using Sunday’s game to thank the firefighters.last_img read more