MICHAEL MURPHY VOTED GAA.IE FOOTBALLER OF THE WEEK

first_imgDONEGAL captain Michael Murphy has been voted the official gaa.ie Player of the Week.The Glenswilly man’s performance against Derry at Celtic Park on Sunday had fans from all 32 counties voting online.He had strong competition from Mattie Donnelly (Tyrone) and Shane Walsh (Galway) in the football vote, but the Donegal captain was a comfortable winner in the end getting almost half of the votes. ***GAA.ie FOOTBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK1. Michael Murphy (Donegal) – 1477 votes (48.3%)2. Mattie Donnelly (Tyrone) – 807 votes (26.4%) 3. Shane Walsh (Galway) – 775 votes (25.3%)The 2012 All-Ireland winning captain changed the game for Donegal against Derry, inspiring their comeback. Brought close to goal for the second half, his influence in the decisive third quarter was profound.Two of his points in that period, his one from play and that incredible sideline ball from the right wing, will live long in the memory.That stellar performance at the most crucial period of the game saw him pick up a huge amount of support on Facebook, more than enough to take him past Donnelly and Walsh, although they both polled very strongly.Donnelly just pipped Walsh into second place after his dominant display from centre-half-back in Tyrone’s replay victory over Down at Newry on Saturday night. The Trillick St. Macartan’s man received 26 per cent of the vote. In third place was Galway’s Shane Walsh. The Kilkerrin-Clonberne man was the star of the Galway team that won the U21 All-Ireland last year and against London he really announced himself at senior level, scoring 1-6 of his side’s tally in Ruislip, including 1-3 from play and a brilliant ’45’. He received 25 per cent of the vote.***Players of the Week are decided based on votes cast by followers of @officialgaa on Twitter and on the Official GAA Facebook Page.MICHAEL MURPHY VOTED GAA.IE FOOTBALLER OF THE WEEK was last modified: May 28th, 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:gaa.ieMichael Murphyonline votelast_img read more

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Warriors coach Steve Kerr’s radical idea: Young ballers should play soccer first

first_imgA lot of impressionable boys and girls who worship at the altar of roundball are going to be gobsmacked when Warriors coach Steve Kerr is appointed Grand Potentate of basketball.“If I was the czar of American basketball I would make every player coming through the youth basketball program play football,” Kerr said recently on the Men in Blazers soccer podcast.“Football” meaning soccer for the uninitiated. Kerr had an international upbringing, so we’ll excuse his un-American vernacular.Guarant …last_img

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SA couple row across the world

first_imgRiaan Manser and Vasti Geldenhuys did the unthinkable in a 133-day quest across 10 765 kilometres of ocean. (Images: Riaan Manser) • Karen Jurgens Riaan Manser Adventure +27 021 820 7373 pr@riaanmanser.com • Solms-Delta lives a transformation ethos • Cape Town’s Open Streets bring the people out to play • Life’s a beach in South Africa • Travel and tourism boom for South Africa • Durbs on list for New7Wonder CitiesRomaana NaidooSouth African “oar-some” couple, Riaan Manser and Vasti Geldenhuys, did the unthinkable when they took their Spirit of Madiba on an unforgettable adventure.Never in her wildest dreams did Geldenhuys think that a simple request for a New York holiday would result in a 133-day quest across 10 765 kilometres of ocean. Manser said he would take her, but that they were going to go his way – by rowing boat. Geldenhuys embraced his idea, through naivety, and the rest is literally history.Braving torrential storms, blistered hands and food poisoning, the couple tested their 14-year relationship as they rowed from Morocco to Manhattan in a journey that became known as TakeMe2NY. They arrived in New York on Friday night, 20 June, South African time.They are the first people to have rowed from mainland Africa to mainland United States. Geldenhuys also became the first woman from the African continent to have rowed across any ocean.Manser explained that when they landed in Morocco they heard about the death of Nelson Mandela and as a small token of gratitude to what he had meant in their lives, they named their boat Spirit of Madiba. They first headed to the Canary Islands and then down to Cape Verde before they hit Barbados. According to Manser’s support team, there was “no support boat, no ablution facilities, no luxury; just Riaan, Vasti, their combined determination and a 7m rowing boat with their supplies”.Fishing for foodThe couple intended to row 20 hours a day, taking two hourly shifts at a time. With the huge amount of calories they were burning daily, they replenished with high-calorie freeze dried foods. Other nourishment was supplied by the ocean, and the couple had to catch their own food.Manser, an adventure junky, and Geldenhuys, a lawyer, mentally and physically prepared for their gruelling expedition by training daily on a stationary rowing machine and spinning bike. This, accompanied by an extensive knowledge of the Atlantic Ocean and their vessel, which became their new home, helped them ahead of the voyage.“Although we are both very active, taking part in mountain bike races, jogging and swimming, we didn’t do endurance training,” Manser said. “The most difficult part of this trip was not the physical rowing, which was already excruciating on our bodies, but more the mental torture this trip takes you through. You have to constantly convince yourself it is worth it, or that it is going to be worth it. It’s very monotonous and with the same view every day for four-and-a-half months, it’s gruelling mentally.”Asked how he was able to persuade his fiancée to take the trip, he answered that she “wanted to do something great in her life, something she could be proud of”.They learned everything there was to know about each other on the expedition. “You spend a lot of time together. We have been in a relationship for more than 14 years so we know each other pretty well, but one thing we have learned is that arguing about things really doesn’t get you anywhere, that you have to be patient with each other. Being right is not always being happy.” They arrived in New York on Friday night, 20 June, South African time.You gotta wannaAs for how they managed on such a small boat, Manser said: “We often joked about it. We said ‘you gotto wanna’. You got to want to. When times were tough, this escalated to ‘you gotto.’ We knew our journey would not be complete until we reached our destination, New York. So every minute spent on that small space was with a goal. Getting across the Atlantic or getting to mainland USA in Miami would not have been good enough. Getting to New York was our goal.“We also realised that you don’t need much space. The ‘bathroom’ was outside and the kitchen, bedroom, living room, closet etc was our 1.5m by 1.5m space inside the cabin.”He explained: “The worst times were when our boat was capsized by a 7m wave while we were rowing.” Geldenhuys was stuck underneath the boat; Manser was thrown into the ocean and had to swim back to the boat. Another time, Manser drifted away from the boat while trying to film. There was no way the boat could have been stopped or turned, so he had to grab on to a fishing line and be reeled in.“The 900-foot container ships bearing down on us, and with some near misses, provided for some near heart-stopping moments.”Adventure junkyManser is no stranger to adventure. He has cycled 37 000 kilometres through 34 countries, covering the perimeter of Africa. This achievement earned him the title Out There Adventurer of the Year 2006 and led to his book, Around Africa on my Bicycle.TakeMe2NY was his fourth world-first expedition. In July 2009, Manser paddled 5 000 kilometres in 11 months in a kayak around Madagascar. He was alone and unaided. During this adventure, he was imprisoned and held captive by rebels.His travels then took him to Iceland, where he paddled 2 300 kilometres around Iceland with Dan Skinstad in a double sea-kayak over a five month period in March 2011. “We always knew that we would have delays during the winter due to bad weather, but we could never have predicted how long we would be delayed,” Manser explained.He has also climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and descended to Lake Assal, the highest and lowest points on the continent. The Explorer’s Club in New York – whose members include the first man to reach the North Pole, the first to reach the South Pole, the top of Everest, the deepest point in the ocean and the first man on the moon – extended a special invitation to Manser to speak before its illustrious organisation.last_img read more

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Fall tillage: Is it necessary?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It’s dry and we harvested early, so there is time to kill and diesel is cheap. I called Sjoerd Duiker, Soil management specialist at PennState on this one. He is a graduate of OSU and works close enough to understand our concerns. He supplied us with this for the mid-October C.O.R.N. newsletter: http://corn.osu.edu/c.o.r.n.-newsletter#3. Generally his message is: don’t overdo it.When compaction has been caused, remedial action may be needed. This is especially the case if ruts have been created. If no ruts are seen it is probably not necessary to do tillage. Instead plant a cover crop to use the living root system to alleviate compaction.Ruts need to be smoothed out to be able to plant the next crop successfully, however. If ruts are uniformly distributed across the whole field, some type of tillage may need to be done on the whole field. In many cases, however, ruts are localized and only need localized repair.Remember the negative consequences of tillage.It will be necessary to till deeper than the depth of compaction. Shallow “vertical tillage” tools that only do tillage in the top four inches will not be sufficient to manage soil compaction.Very tough shanks are needed that will penetrate instead of bounce on top of the compacted layer. New subsoilers can do maximum fracturing without doing much surface disturbance with straight or bent-leg shanks. Parabolic shanks do much more surface disturbance and will need more secondary tillage for seedbed preparation and are therefore not preferred.Deep tillage may be what you could use in the fall, and then come back in the spring to smooth the field up with a field cultivator or disk harrow.Deep tillage should fracture the soil and it therefore needs to be performed in relatively dry soil.Deep tillage can be performed in a living cover crop in the spring if you use the modern, low-disturbance subsoilers. So let subsoiling not deter you from planting a cover crop.The more tillage you do, however, the more you set yourself up for increased compaction problems in the future.last_img read more

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OpenID for Google Apps is Here, But Not Everybody’s Happy

first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#enterprise#Products Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Google announced today that everyone using Google Apps enterprise or education editions can now use their organization’s domain as a federated single sign-on. That means that millions of schools, businesses and other organizations can now use their Apps accounts as an OpenID. For a movement that has seen adoption held back because of confusion or just plain unfamiliarity among consumers, this should be a huge boost. However, a few prominent developers and advocates feel that Google’s approach is not entirely acceptable. They are critical of the use of vendor-specific extensions and APIs instead of the open standards that are so important to OpenID.The Sound & FuryThe concern that some OpenID developers have expressed publicly is in regard to the way that OpenID discovery occurs. The crux of their concern is not whether Google’s solution will work; it’s about whether Apps OpenID will function as a provider that gives people full control of their online identity. Independently of the OpenID Foundation, Google has rushed to use their own methods. Unlike OAuth, the discovery is currently a part of the OpenID core, even if it isn’t related to how the actual authentication functions. In order to be redirected from their domains to Google’s OpenID service, relying parties will have to use an extension developed by Janrain, despite work that is well underway by the Foundation on a standard independent of any one vendor. Google, Your New Identity HubNow that the Apps OpenID has been released, another issue has arisen. It’s related to how Google will become an identity hub for SaaS partners which want to let their users login with their Apps accounts. Early partners in this program that were announced in the blog post by Google today include Ping Identity and Manymoon. Some have taken issue with Google’s API even being the fallback system should a normal request fail. But for these partners, it looks as if the API is not the fallback system: it’s the default. By cutting corners and not using a more neutral method, Google is unlikely to get the support from the OpenID Foundation they want. In a phone call today, Google’s Eric Sachs said that though the company has no control over how partners choose to implement the system, it was necessary to use the API if they choose to present it to users as a way to log in directly with Apps. Thin IceIt would seem that despite best intentions for an exciting project, there are some issues that could curtail support for the initiative. The announcement of the plan was accidentally leaked to the public earlier this month, and it revealed fears at Google that the project could be viewed by the community as an attempt to co-opt OpenID.To Google’s credit, they’ve been talking with the OpenID Foundation to try and address any concerns. “We definitely do want to work with the community on this.” said Sachs. Still, any opposition from the OpenID Foundation or the community at large about how Google is implementing OpenID could damage its “don’t be evil” credibility, at the very least. center_img steven walling Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affairlast_img read more

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Weekly Case Study: A Vermont Bank Readies for Expansion

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Chittenden Bank started developing its plan to double the size of its presence in Vermont and came across the challenge of how the enterprise would be affected by the expansion.It realized that the existing physical infrastructure would not suffice. And doubling the size of the IT staff was not an option.Instead, it turned to virtualization. Here are the results.A Vermont Bank Readies for Expansion Related Posts center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting alex williams Tags:#cloud#cloud computing#Virtualization last_img

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Internet of Things Innovators: ThingMagic

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Every Thursday evening PT we shine a spotlight on the Internet of Things, which is when everyday objects are connected to the Internet. Today we look at one of many companies making ‘things’ happen in the evolving Internet of Things. Based out of Cambridge, MA, the aptly named ThingMagic makes a range of RFID (radio frequency identification) products. Last July, ThingMagic started a campaign which caught our eye: 100 uses of RFID, a blog series which ran over 100 business days. At first we were a little skeptical, but when we checked in at the end of November the mission was nearly complete. All 100 uses are now available on the ThingMagic blog, covering a range of industries – healthcare, banking, cycling, prisons, swimming pools, and more.RFID chips are tiny microprocessors that are embedded into real world objects. Data from the chips is read by RFID Readers, which is what ThingMagic specializes in. Over the 10 years of its existence, ThingMagic has diversified its customer base and was eventually acquired last October. ThingMagic’s acquirer was Trimble, a provider of positioning and tracking solutions using technologies like GPS, laser and optical. Trimble, which has annual revenues of over $1 billion, bought ThingMagic to add RFID to its tracking arsenal. Jürgen Kliem, Trimble VP of strategy and business development, told RFID Journal in October that “a growing number of Trimble’s customers are showing an interest in RFID-based asset-tracking solutions.”Founded in 2000 by a group of PhD graduates from MIT’s Media Lab, ThingMagic aimed to become “the engine in RFID.” By the time of acquisition a decade later, ThingMagic’s customers included industrial automation firms, manufacturers, automotive companies, retailers, and consumer companies.The name ThingMagic originated from a goal of “adding magic to everyday objects.” However it took a long time for that vision to become a reality. As Gregory Huang of Xconomy put it, in an excellent profile last August, “the technology was strong but its business use was overhyped, so it got stuck on the adoption curve.” Last year, RFID finally began to get successful uptake. ThingMagic co-founder and CTO Yael Maguire told Xconomy that “in most cases it’s [RFID] caught up with people’s imagination. People are focusing [now] on how to deploy it.” Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts The fact that ThingMagic was acquired by a billion-dollar tracking company proves that RFID technology is fairly mature now and so deploying it is key. What’s more, RFID combined with other Web and mobile technologies is an increasingly important part of the Internet of Things. Sensors may be the only technology that is more important.As ThingMagic co-founder Ravi Pappu told Xconomy, “it’s not just about the RFID [it’s about] connecting to other systems, like Bluetooth, GPS, Wi-Fi.” By combining all of this, he said, “you have the Internet of Things.”ThingMagic will be viewed as one of the early success stories of Internet of Things. Perhaps it sold a bit too early, even. One thing is for sure, RFID uptake owes a lot to this little Boston company powered by MIT Media Lab PhDs. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Internet of Things#web richard macmanus 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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MFLN “Network News” – August 2017

first_imgHave you heard?  The MFLN Virtual Conference: Learning Through Change is right around the corner!  Join us September 26-29, 2017 for four days of free interactive sessions and dynamic keynotes to explore personal, professional, and organizational change from multiple angles.Visit the Virtual Conference homepage for session descriptions and registration information.  Also, be sure to subscribe to the MFLN mailing list for conference updates!An invitation from Eddy Mentzer, Associate Director for DoD Family Readiness & Well-Being:We also hope to see you for one or more of our professional development sessions in August.  Explore the full listing of upcoming MFLN professional development opportunities.last_img

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Luxury car maker Jaguar, owned by Tata Motors, ready to launch new sports saloon

first_imgJaguar XFR-S Automobile manufacturer Tata Motors’ luxury sports car brand Jaguar will unveil its XE S derivative vehicle next month, a company statement said Wednesday.Jaguar said the full XE range will be revealed at the Paris Motor Show press conference on Oct 2.Jaguar has described the XE as “a true driver’s car, one that redefines the concept of the mid-size sports saloon”. The XE will be Jaguar’s smallest model and with it the company will widen its presence in the market and potentially increasing its already healthy profits.Designed, engineered and manufactured in Britain, the XE, according to Jaguar, “will bring levels of innovation never seen before in this segment – with its lightweight construction expertise and sophisticated chassis technology in addition to the new family of Ingenium engines”.It claimed: “The XE combines thrilling performance, agile handling and precise, responsive steering, with outstanding levels of refinement and fuel efficiency.”Insiders in the car industry in Britain have also spotted another Jaguar prototype – belonging to its flagship XJ model – undergoing final tests.The top-selling sedan has been in the fray in its current version since it was presented in 2009. A facelift to entice customers is now anticipated.last_img read more

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