first_imgRosses ACThere will be a table quiz in Caislean Oir on Wednesday 5th December starting at 10pm. Your support would be appreciated. The annual underage presentation night was held in the Naomh Mhuire club house on Wednesday 21st last. Special guests on the night were Aidan and Derek Gillespie, our two senior T&F athletes who brought home 4 national medals to the Rosses this year for their performances in the V1 and V2 long and high jump. Louise Gillespie addressed the crowd with regard to the 7 club athletes who represented Donegal in Birmingham the sportshall athletics. These athletes were Joey Donald, Jade O’Donnell, Nicole Boyle, Sarah Doherty, Tara Harley, Bridget McDyre and Ailbhe O’Donnell. Brid Doherty followed with great detail on all the 31 athletes who performed at the ulster children’s games. Two awards were presented to the highest achievers – Grainne Glynn and Emma Maloney. The 11 athletes who competed in the All Ireland outdoors and were presented with their awards. Track and Field athletes of the year were: Caoimhe Boyle, Nicole Boyle and Ailbhe O’Donnell. Breege Ward and Mark Nicholas awarded 16 junior athletes with certificates for their efforts with Jack Doherty and Aidan Boyle getting a special recognition. Grainne Glynn and Cian McDevitt were the junior girl and boy of the year winners. Cross Country athletes of the year were Saskia Boyle, Ciara Kavanagh and Patrick Marry. Special recognition awards to Mia Doherty, Dylan Sweeney, Orla Cavanagh, Eoghan Diver and Chloe Murphy. Patricia McDevitts work was recognised as invaluable and she received a recognition award. Coaches were thanked for their tremendous work. A special mention to all our sponsors and contributors during the year. Some words from our guest speakers completed a very positive evening on a high note and a huge thanks to all involved. The Sports Hall athletics will continue on Monday nights in the Rosses Community School from 6:45 – 7:45pm. Fee is 10 euro for 5 nights or 15 euro per family. All welcome. All seniors please note that the club is planning to have a Senior awards and social night with a provisional date of December 14/15th planned in Dungloe – please see facebook for details.ATHLETICS NEWS: ROSSES AC NOTES was last modified: November 27th, 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:Rosses AC noteslast_img read more


first_imgColeman celebrates at Goodison today. Pic: Helen MayoKILLYBEGS soccer star Seamus Coleman scored another superb goal for Everton today – to give his side the lead against Southampton in the English Premier League clash at Goodison Park.The Donegal man collected the ball on the right in the 9th minute, used his left foot to cut inside before switching to his right once more and firing an angled shot past Kelvin Davis to send home fans wild.The Saints equalised through Ramirez in the 71st minute but Lukaku restored Everton’s lead three minutes later after being set up by James McCarthy.  SUPER SEAMUS SCORES ANOTHER SENSATIONAL SCREAMER was last modified: December 29th, 2013 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:evertongoalseamus colemansouthamptonlast_img read more

Fischer Finishes 23rd At USA Outdoor Championship

first_imgSACRAMENTO, Calif. – Competing against the nation’s best at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championship, recent Drake University graduate Reed Fischer (Minnetonka, Minn.) finished 23rd in the men’s 10,000 meters Thursday evening. The four-time Missouri Valley Conference Champion finished in 30:53.30.The race was pushed back due to sweltering temperatures in Sacramento, Calif., and despite starting after 10 p.m. local time, Fischer and the other competitors endured brutal temperatures in the 80s during their 25 laps around the oval at Hornet Stadium that slowed the entire 24-runner field.Nike’s Hassan Mead won the USA Championship in 29:01.44 for his first national title.Fischer, who was one of just three collegiate competitors to qualify for the race, was a high as 16th at one point in the race before settling into 22nd and 23rd for the majority of the competition.The appearance and performance at the USA Outdoor Championship comes just weeks after Fischer earned NCAA All-America honors in the 10,000 meters with a ninth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. That honor came on the heels of winning the event at the MVC Championship to claim his fourth MVC title of the season. During the indoor season, he swept the 3,000 and 5,000 titles at the MVC Championship and was the MVC Cross Country Champion in the fall.Fischer has set school records this season in the indoor 3,000 and 5,000 meters as well as the outdoor 5,000 meters. His record setting performance in setting the outdoor 5,000 meters came at the Drake Relays to shatter the 39-year-old record and run the fastest 5,000 meters the Relays since 1988. He also owns the second fastest 10,000-meter time in program history at 28:47.86 set earlier this season at the Stanford Invitational.He is also a three-time NCAA qualifier, a three-time all-region selection and a seven-time All-MVC selection who will now begin his professional, post-collegiate career. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Vipers ease past Express to reignite title race

first_imgVipers are now level on points with leaders KCCA FC (file photo)StarTimes Uganda Premier League Vipers SC 2-0 Express FC St. Mary’s Stadium, KitendeFriday, 01-03-2019KITENDE – Vipers moved level on points with StarTimes Uganda Premier League leaders KCCA FC thanks to a 2-0 victory over Express FC.On a day that Express failed to trouble the Venoms, it was former Red Eagles’s striker Dan Sserunkuma who stole the show, scoring once at the start of each half and in process, hand the Kitende based side three vital points.As expected, Vipers started strongly, pegging Express back in their own half and on 7 minutes, last season’s top scorer Dan Sserunkuma opened the scoring with a simple tap-in after he was played in by youngster-Aziz Kayondo who made a surging run down the left.With Express struggling at all fronts, Lawrence Kigonya became the first player to be booked after fouling Tito Okello around the center circle.Moments later, Halid Lwaliwa headed straight at Express goalkeeper Mathais Muwanga following a Tom Matsiko free-kick.Vipers’ Ibrahim Kiyemba became the second player to be booked in the game for a reckless foul on Michael Birungi.At the half hour mark, Vipers missed two quick chances in succession, to double their lead. First it was Okello who shot straight Isaac Mutanga while pouncing onto Ibrahim Tembo’s long throw and then Tadeo Lwanga shot wide on the rebound.Four minutes from the break, Sserunkuma failed to connect with a Innocent Wafula low cross from the right while inside the area and the ball went out for a throw in.It was down the right that Vipers was troubling Express and in first half additional time, Kiyemba sent another low cross into the Express penalty area which was blasted over by Sserunkuma with the goal at his mercy.At the start of the second half, Express sent on Tony Odur and Sadiq Ssekyembe in place of the in-effective Joel Male and Shafick Kakeeto respectively, as the Red Eagles looked to add more fire-power upfront.However, four minutes later, Vipers doubled their lead. Abraham Ndugwa who was only recalled to the starting line-up after sometime out, played in a delicate through ball for Sserunkuma who in-turn slotted in past Muwanga for 2-0.A minute after the hour mark, Moses Waiswa who was fazed out in the last four games was introduced in place of Ndugwa.Moments later, Okello missed a chance to put Vipers 3-0 up when he headed over Wafula’s cross, while un-marked in the area.Vipers’ first major concern came on 67 minutes as their goalkeeper Mutombora got injured while gathering Mubaraka Kasule’s poor cross from the right. After recieving attention from the medical team, the Burundi number one picked himself up as resumed usual duty.Express’s first real chance came on 76 minutes but Brian Umony failed to get anything onto a loose ball in the Vipers area after the Venoms lazily failed to clear their lines following Birungi’s cross.on 80 minutes, Steven Mukwala was brought on to replace Tito Okello as the Venoms attempted to score a third.With six minutes to play, Tony Odur lashed onto a Muwanga long clearance but could not keep his attempted lobbed effort down while one on one with Mutombora.Express’s last change saw Pius Mbidde replace the injured Charles Lubega.With a minute of the 90 to play, Ibrahim Kiyemba was replaced by Rahmat Ssenfuka as Vipers called for their last change.Ssenfuka tried to stamp his mark on the game but his tame effort from distance was comfortably dealt with by Mwanga.In the end, Vipers who dominated the game from start to finish took home all three points.The three points for Vipers see them move level on points (45) with leaders KCCA, having played a game more. They however remain second with an inferiors goal difference as compared to that of the Kasasiros.For Express who failed to register a single shot on target throughout the entire 90 minutes, they remain 8th on the log with 28 points from 22 games.Comments Tags: dan sserunkumaExpress FCStarTimes Uganda Premeir Leaguetopvipers sclast_img read more

Humboldt Crabs fall to Pacific Union Financial Capitalists 6-5 in 12 innings

first_imgARCATA >> In the aftermath of Wednesday night’s loss to the Redding Colt 45s, Humboldt Crabs manager Tyson Fisher didn’t shy away from stating the importance for his team to rebound in its next game.That was simply because of who was making their way to Arcata this weekend.And while Fisher’s squad put up quite a battle, they weren’t able to come away with a win, rather being dealt a second consecutive frustrating loss.Dominic Fletcher’s one-out sacrifice fly to center field in the top of the …last_img read more

Netflix Prize: $1M is a Steal for Predictive Tech

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market After years of struggling to beat Netflix’s Cinematch recommendation algorithm by a baseline of 10%, two groups have emerged. While both teams produced qualifying systems, BellKor’s Pragmatic Chaos submitted their entry 24 minutes earlier than 2nd prize team The Ensemble. Earlier this year ReadWriteWeb covered the Netflix Prize and asked the question, “Will the $1 million dollars be won in 2009?” While the answer is a resounding “yes”, it was not January forerunner BellKor that took the prize, but rather an amalgamation of 4 teams that triumphed. As reported a month ago, a group made up of researchers from AT&T, Yahoo! Research Israel, Commendo Research and Consulting in Austria, and Montreal’s Pragmatic Theory announced having beaten Cinematch by 10%. As per the Netflix Prize rules, other teams were given 30 days to submit their entries before a winner was declared. With only 24 hours before the contest deadline, two teams jockeyed for position on the Netflix Prize leaderboard. BellKor posted both an additional Netflix submission and a blog post documenting those last excitement-filled hours of the competition. Of the thousands of entries, Gavin Potter, a retired management consultant with no formal machine-learning training managed to rise to number 17 on the Netflix Prize Leaderboard. Potter writes, “The competition has trained several hundred, if not more, people how to properly implement machine learning algorithms on a real world, large scale dataset…This is, almost undoubtedly, the world’s largest set of data on repeated decision making and it’s ripe for analysis. The analysis may not win the competition, but it sure should provide some insights into the way that humans make decisions.”The public knowledge acquired from the process of producing these algorithms will not only affect Netflix’s ability to suggest customer desires across its movie titles, but it will also form a baseline for other business systems. In addition to streaming entertainment providers, companies like Amazon and Pandora have worked hard to produce the best possible predictive technologies. If these company can tap into our unique tastes, they can suggest products and services we didn’t even know we wanted. So a 10% improvement on recommendations can equate to a lucrative sales increase. A second shorter term Netflix prize is expected in the near future. According to the New York Times’ Steve Lohr, the Netflix Prize 2 will be concerned with “taste profiles” based on demographic and behavioral data. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… dana oshirocenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Tags:#crowdsourcing#web last_img read more

Striving for Passivhaus Affordability

first_imgFor builder Christian Corson, low numbers are good numbers. His current project, a 1,600-sq.-ft. two-bedroom Passivhaus in Knox, Maine, has been testing well and not costing much. A few months ago, for example, with just the rough shell in place – oriented-strand board sheathing on a timber frame, all taping done, and windows installed and sealed in place – the building showed 0.545 air changes per hour at 50 Pascals pressure difference.There have been four blower-door tests since. The most recent, with construction essentially complete, Corson says, showed 0.286 ach50 – notably below the 0.6 ach50 Passivhaus requirement. In addition, the building’s annual heat demand is now at 3.1 Btu per sq. ft. – again well below the Passivhaus requirement, which is 4.75 Btu per sq. ft. (Modeling is based on 7,345 heating degree days.)But the other encouraging low number, Corson adds, is $130 – the cost per square foot, including all site work on the 10-acre lot.“This is the first step of an evolution for me to go beyond Passivhaus and do it affordably,” Corson, owner of EcoCor Design/Build, told GBA recently. “By exceeding the Passivhaus standard, it affords us some design flexibility down the road, so maybe we can deviate from the usual design, put more windows on the north side, and not be so committed to a single look.”Push to NZEThe slab for this project sits on a platform of expanded polystyrene that is 12 in. thick and insulates to R-54. Corson avoided using spray polyurethane foam.The exterior walls are insulated to R-58 with dense-packed cellulose; the ceiling is insulated to R-80 with loose-fill cellulose. Air conditioning and heat will be supplied by a Mitsubishi minisplit air-source heat pump, although the house also is equipped with electric baseboard heaters as backup.The home’s triple-glazed vinyl-frame windows, made by a Lithuanian company, Intus Windows, are rated at just under R-9. Corson became a product representative for Intus because, he says, the company offers an exceptional combination of quality and price.The project also includes a 1.4-kW photovoltaic system: six panels mounted on power rails that will affixed by brackets over the lower windows on the south side of the house. The PV system will bring the house to net-positive-energy operation – or very close to it.last_img read more

Seeking the Elusive Grade 1 Batt Installation

first_imgThe envelope, pleaseOne of the issues we see in multifamily buildings is inconsistent definition and location of the building envelope.Exterior walls are pretty straightforward, except for the assorted bump-outs that are typically only aesthetic. With few exceptions, the on-grade or elevated podium slabs generally define the bottom of the envelope.Roofs vary from steep slope to flat, offering multiple opportunities for insulation location, and often creating complex kneewall conditions. We see flat roofs specified with deck insulation as the base for roofing (not intended to serve as thermal insulation), often with ceiling insulation specified – creating a sort of semi-conditioned attic that wastes much of the value of the roof deck insulation.In one recent project, where the specified roof deck insulation was adequate as the thermal barrier, we recommended that the ceiling insulation be eliminated, creating a fully conditioned attic in the process. This detail did create some kneewalls that needed additional attention at cantilevers and against elevator shafts, but the overall results were better and less expensive than the original design. Having spent much of my time writing for GBA whining and complaining about the state of the insulation industry, it is now time for me to eat a little crow. The insulation work at one of our multifamily certification projects has, amazingly, met – and even possibly exceeded – my expectations for quality.After recently being fired from a certification project because we were being too demanding on the contractor, we were pleasantly surprised to find another client who was not only willing but eager to do high quality building envelope work. To meet NGBS certification through the prescriptive path, the project needed to meet the Grade 1 installation standard for insulation. Since the budget included fiberglass batt insulation, we raised our concerns early in the process, apparently with some success as the contractor found an installer who not only claimed to do Grade 1 work, but actually accomplished it.The installers are proud of their work and it shows. The batts are consistently cut properly to fit the wall cavities, and are (mostly) split around wires and pipes. Interestingly, during a recent inspection, I pulled back some batts around plumbing drains to find the lower section split properly while the top section wasn’t. I find it hard to understand the thought process behind this type of inconsistency. Onward and upwardAs our consulting and certification work on multifamily building expands, we continue to find new and interesting challenges that must be overcome for our clients to meet green certification. We see every challenge as an opportunity to improve building performance, learn something new, and help others figure out how to do a better job the next time.One great thing about this business is that there are always new challenges, keeping us and our clients on our toes and our days interesting. Air sealing is still a challengeDuring our initial walk-through prior to the start of insulation, we identified several chases on each floor that required additional air sealing. The construction team was not aware of these energy code and NGBS requirements. Although the city building inspectors don’t seem to enforce them, we do.The team installed drywall in the chases to provide the required air barrier. We recently invited the architects to meet with us on site to discuss some of the air sealing details, providing them feedback on how they can better document them on future projects. RELATED ARTICLES Batt Insulation is Still Making Me BattyShould Batt Insulation Be Outlawed?Installing Fiberglass RightGrading the Installation Quality of InsulationGBA Encyclopedia: Batt and Blanket Insulationlast_img read more

Gold Tones, Multi-Colored iPhones & Apple’s Design Ethos

first_imgFor the real thing, complete with black and white diamonds, the obscenely affluent have Stuart Hughes, which charged a Chinese businessman upwards of $15 million dollars (£10 million) for an iPhone 5 clad in genuine 24 karat gold. (iPad more your speed? Then check in to Dubai’s Burj Al Arab hotel, where you can borrow a gold-plated tablet along with a Rolls Royce and helicopter.)  Apple may look like it’s coloring outside the lines with the new gold iPhone 5S and rainbow-colored range of budget iPhones, but looks can be deceiving. Sure, the company has never made a gold iPhone before. Neither has it ever offered a budget version, much less one clad in a fruit-colored plastic shell. But that doesn’t mean the changes are totally foreign to the Apple aesthetic or design history. Here’s how they fit in. Taste The RainbowHardcore tech snobs belittle the conversation about color palette. It’s superficial, they say, particularly when there are more important things to consider—like technical specifications, features and price points. But for a company as design-centric as Apple, a change in color palette is no small matter. This is the same company that once saw a sea of beige computers, including its own Macintosh, and said, “No more.” (Actually, the message came from designer Jonathan Ive and newly reinstalled CEO Steve Jobs.)  Of course, that doesn’t mean there weren’t some missteps along the way.  Courtesy of Wikipedia: Apple Computer logo, Macintosh, iMac in Bondi Blue, iBooks, iMac “Flower Power”; iPod touch photo courtesy of Apple; iPhone 5S photo screencapped from YouTube video courtesy of DetroitBORG; iPhone 5C photo screencapped from YouTube video courtesy of iCrackUriDevice; Austin Powers in Goldmember image screencapped from YouTube video courtesy of generalshrooms; Vertu image courtesy of Vertu. All other Apple product images courtesy of Apple.  adriana lee The 1998 debut of the iMac G3 in Bondi Blue seemed like a breath of fresh of air.  The new palette not only reduces cost, it also separates the budget handset from its premium, next-generation cousin, the chic gold iPhone 5S. Why Apple Is Dipping The iPhone 5S In GoldIt’s the color of the Academy Award’s renowned “Oscar.” The Olympics adorn winners with it. And this summer, the value of the precious metal rose back up the charts.  What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … This begat the iMac G3 in a range of colors. Apple laptops went through a similar transformation, going from chunky, black Powerbooks to curvy iBooks swathed in fruit flavors.  Luckily, colored plastics are easy to come by. That’s good news for a company with a tradition of using color strategically to freshen up product lines. And it just so happens to come during a time when competitors like Motorola are offering bespoke device designs.  Related Posts No wonder Apple swathed its full-fledged upgrade in gold. It works with the company’s luxury/premium branding. It may also fit in with Jony Ive’s personal taste, if the home he bought last year is any indication. When Sotheby’s showed the $17 million home in San Francisco’s “Gold Coast,” it was largely decked out in gold tones and luxe accents. And, like Austin Powers’ Goldmember villain, it seems Sir Ive just couldn’t resist it. The current Apple senior vice president of design has a renowned penchant for simplicity, and he manages to show restraint here by eschewing “bling” for a subdued and sophisticated hue. The word “champagne” has been used to describe the color (even though the French wine industry would prefer otherwise). Whatever you call it, it’s still new for the iPhone…even if it isn’t brand new to the company’s other devices.  Maybe Apple will fare better. After all, it does have a knack for setting trends. But either way, it’s clear that this launch period will be pivotal. Because if the iPhone maker doesn’t succeed—if it introduces much-hyped changes that fail to catch on—the conversation won’t really be about color anymore. It will be about Apple, and whether it has lost its Midas touch.  Tags:#Apple#iPhone#mobile#smartphones Offerings like these transformed personal computers from stodgy productivity tools into stylish, droolworthy devices. They also laid the groundwork for the next major iProduct revolution in 2001: the iPod.Apple initially offered the portable music player in only one color at first, then in black or white. Eventually various scaled-down models and colors hit the scene. Sound familiar? That’s the same strategy Apple may be deploying now with the iPhone. Consider this dabbling a preamble to Apple’s current strategy, which is likely happening now due to some genuine business reasons. Gold is a popular choice in after-market iPhone cases and other colorization treatments—particularly in places like India and China, where Apple has been intensely interested in expanding marketshare. A gold-colored premium handset would likely be a major hit in these regions. Unfortunately for users around the world, the change could have other unintended effects. After all, during a time when smartphone thefts are rampant, it’s easy to imagine gold iPhones becoming irresistible targets for thieves. Perhaps that’s why iOS 7 now offers Touch ID fingerprint security and Activation Lock. The latter links an iOS device to an Apple ID, barring resets without authentication. These features appear to present a rather daunting proposition to thieves, though we won’t know if that alone will be enough to deter criminals just yet. Assuming, that is, that mainstream customers flock to gold phones. So far, it has been a struggle to find a company that has managed to do them right. (Your mileage may vary, but as far as I’m concerned, this one from luxury tech brand Vertu just isn’t it.)  The fifth generation iPod Shuffle also managed to avoid the tacky, shiny gold ingot finish, though its “orange” color was more vibrant—closer to 24 karat gold instead of 14.  Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Apple’s anodization process—an electrochemical process that uses rust to color the aluminum exterior—enabled the array of colors. And the iPod touch got the treatment last year, when it came out in an array of shiny, metallic colors.But this time around, the budget iPhone 5C isn’t taking advantage of this. The likely reason: cost. If the idea is to make a less expensive variation of the Apple smartphone, then cheaper plastics are a natural choice over pricey anodized finishes.  The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Only Action Moves You Forward

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now “I am going to focus on prospecting” is not the same as “I am going to make 100 dials.”“I am going to work on nurturing my dream clients” is not the same as “I am going to communicate a message of value to 15 of my dream clients this week.”“I am going to be a better coach for my people,” is not the same as “I am going to spend 4 hours a week coaching my people using a non-directive approach.”Your intentions, while important, are not what produces results. The actions you take are what produce results. In fact, taking action without intellectualizing what you are doing will produce better results than getting these the other way around.It’s possible that you don’t know what you need to do to produce better results, but it isn’t likely. It’s more likely that you resist doing what you need to do because it is difficult, because you are afraid, or because you lack the discipline to do the things you know you need to do.Talking the talk is not the same as walking the walk. One of the reasons some people produce more and better results than others in the same period of time is that they do so much more. These people have built up a capacity for work that exceeds their peers, and they are simply outworking them.Some people may have more talent than you. Some may have resources that you don’t have. But the decision to do the work is the great leveler. The capacity to do hard work in great volumes equalizes. That capacity is available to any and all who decide to take relentless action in pursuit of what they want, even if some who have experienced adversity seem to have it in great quantities.You never need to ask for permission to work hard, and you never benefit from doing less than is really necessary. Action is the only thing that moves you forward, and massive action moves you further faster.last_img read more