The laws of attractions

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Conor Barry and Aaron Conway Sign New Deals With Galway United

first_imgThere is good news for Galway United supporters this morning with Conor Barry and Aaron Conway committing themselves to the club for the new season. Portarlington native Conway featured on 7 occasions for the Tribesmen in 2017.The centre-back, who is also comfortable operating at right-back, progressed through the club’s under-19 side.The 20-year-old’s most impressive performance came against St Patrick’s Athletic in the FAI Cup, when Conway deputised at full-back in United’s 2-0 win against the Saints in Inchicore.Shane Keegan told that if Conway realises his potential, he could play a key role at Eamonn Deacy Park.“Aaron is a player I have high hopes for. I believe he’s a rough diamond, he only came to the game late-ish. He’s still learning.“While still being so raw, he has demonstrated that he’s able to come up against established players and he is well able for them.“I think I showed how much faith I had in him when I threw him in from the start in an FAI Cup game when I wasn’t going to make any changes.“We said we’ll throw Aaron in and see how he gets on. To be honest, he did superbly against Billy Dennehy, who is one of the top wide players in the league. That was him playing in a position that he would argue isn’t his primary position, so I do have huge hopes for him.“It’s going to be all about attitude for Aaron, if he wants to live a professional footballers lifestyle and tick all the boxes off the field, then he’s going to have a serious chance. He’s a player who I think could be a week in, week out starter if gets himself really focused.”print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Portumna native Barry signed for Athlone Town from Galway United in 2016, before returning to Eamonn Deacy Park at the tail end of 2017, having played more than 40 games for the midlands outfit, scoring 10 goals in the process.22-year-old Barry spoke to about his plans to push on in 2018.“I’m looking forward to starting pre-season in January. I came back at a difficult time last season and the likes of Gavan Holohan, Ronan Murray and Rory Hale had already cemented their place in the side, it was kind of difficult to break through. I’m hoping to push on next season and get a regular start in the team.”Barry will be hoping his versatility will give his manager food for thought going into the new season.“One of the first things I spoke about with Shane was the fact that I can play out wide, behind the striker and even up front, so there are options there for the manager and I’m hoping to get one of those positions cemented next season.”The attacking midfielder was bullish about Galway United’s aims for 2018.“This is probably the first season in my career that I’m at a club who are almost favourites to win the league. Getting back the likes of Ludden, McCormack and obviously Ryan Connolly is a huge plus for us in the First Division and our aim has to be to go and win the league next year.”Galway United boss Shane Keegan was pleased to retain a player who has accrued significant First Division experience over the last two seasons.“I spoke with Conor this time last season and instead of taking the easy route, he went out and got his game time in with Athlone Town.“For a young player, he’s got a ridiculous amount of experience, when you add the number of games he’s had with Athlone Town, along with his caps for the Irish Universities side.“He’s played an awful lot of football. He will be one of the few players in our squad who has played in the First Division last season and he will know what it’s all about,” Keegan concluded.last_img read more

Pella pulls out all the stops to send Anderson packing

first_imgArgentine Guido Pella pulled off a major upset at Wimbledon on Friday, beating fourth seed and 2018 finalist Kevin Anderson in straight sets to reach the last-16 of a Grand Slam for the first time.The 29-year-old, who beat the big-serving South African 6-4 6-3 7-6(4), will play Canada’s Milos Raonic next for a place in the quarter-finals.Anderson, runner-up to Novak Djokovic last year, arrived at the All England Club after an injury-hit season due to a troublesome right elbow and his serve-and-volley game was derailed by a lack of sharpness at key moments.Pella, the 26th seed, made a nervy start, saving two break points in his opening service game before settling into his stride.He kept the 6ft 8in (2.03 metres) Anderson, the tallest man to play a Wimbledon final, guessing with a dizzying array of shots, including his backhand slice, and made 13 unforced errors compared to 29 from his opponent.There was little to choose between the two in the opening set until Anderson’s first serve deserted him with the score level at 5-5.Pella turned the screws at the right moment and converted his fourth set point to claim the opener when the South African netted a forehand.That rattled Anderson, who came out swinging at the start of the second set, but the 33-year-old’s timing was off and Pella broke again to race into a 3-0 lead.Anderson clawed a break back when Pella sent a backhand volley wide with the court at his mercy, but the Argentine broke again and served out the set to take a 2-0 lead.Anderson, who hit 14 aces and 40 winners, fought on grimly to send the third set into a tiebreak, but Pella kept his composure, winning a stunning exchange of volley that brought the crowd to its feet to earn two match points before claiming the biggest win of his career.last_img read more

I lost motivation after grandfather died, says emotional Kyrgios

first_imgTrump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Yanson buses to keep operating despite legal battle Meanwhile, Kyrgios brushed off his spectacular racquet demolition, insisting that was part of the whole package — like it or not.“I don’t know if that’s the best role model you want,” he said.“But I’m not trying to show anybody my frustration. I just do it for myself. I’ve been doing it my whole career. It’s just a habit now.”Anderson, meanwhile, said he was able to take advantage of Kyrgios’s meltdown to record his second win in two meetings with the Australian, having also come back from a set down to win in Chengdu, China last year.“I was in his head after winning that second set,” admitted Anderson.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES View comments Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead “He was struggling with his own battles, I didn’t give him a way to get back in the match. So it’s something that I knew I needed to do, and I thought I was able to execute that very well today.”Anderson, ranked at 56 in the world, made the most of the 18th-seeded Australian’s 42 unforced errors to progress to the third round where he will face Britain’s Kyle Edmund.Anderson has gone as far as the fourth round in Paris in 2013 and 2014.“I feel like each week I’m playing better and better tennis,” said the South African.“My body feels really strong and healthy, which is the biggest focus.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Swing Out Sister back to PH this April More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Murray, Del Potro set up French Open blockbuster MOST READ Australia’s Nick Kyrgios returns the ball to South Africa’s Kevin Anderson during their tennis match at the Roland Garros 2017 French Open on June 1, 2017 in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / Thomas SAMSONAustralian firebrand Nick Kyrgios admitted that the death of his beloved grandfather made him fall out of love with tennis.The 22-year-old, who tumbled out of the French Open on Thursday, losing 5-7, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 to big-serving Kevin Anderson of South Africa, was on the brink of tears when asked to recall memories of Christos Kyrgios who passed away in April after a long battle with cancer.ADVERTISEMENT China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak The family tragedy forced Kyrgios to dash back home, cancelling the start of his claycourt season in Estoril before jetting pack to Europe in the build-up to Roland Garros.“After my grandpa’s passing, I just lost a lot of motivation to do anything really,” said Kyrgios whose frustration boiled over as he slid to defeat, smashing a racquet on a courtside chair and picking up a penalty point for his troubles.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundWhen he was asked to talk about his relationship with his grandfather Kyrgios was on the verge of tears and called a swift halt to his press conference.“It was tough back home. I can’t talk about it, I can’t,” he said. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respitelast_img read more

Defensive error top 10 featuring THREE Liverpool defenders! Guess who?

first_imgOne of the salient themes in the Premier League this season has been defensive frailty.From Manchester United, through Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool, it seems as though pretty much all of the traditionally ‘big’ teams are struggling at the back – with the exception of Chelsea.The excellent defensive displays of Southampton and West Ham are largely to explain their fantastic starts to the season, with the Saints in particular boasting a level of organisation and solidity that the top flight’s biggest can only dream of.But which players are the biggest culprits of defensive errors? It is just down to defenders, or a midfielders and goalkeepers responsible for their side’s lapses?Click the arrow to see who has committed the most errors this season… 10 10 10 3. Alberto Moreno – Three defensive errors (leading to two goals) – Click the arrow for more – Another of Liverpool’s summer acquisitions, the Reds’ £15m signing of Alberto Moreno has largely underwhelmed. Despite showing glimpses of his true talents, the Spaniard’s time on Merseyside has largely been overshadowed by defensive lapses, with Moreno have recorded three errors in the league, two leading to goals. 10 10 10 7. Martin Skrtel – Three defensive errors (in 810 mins game time so far) – Click the arrow for more – As one of Liverpool’s more senior stars Martin Skrtel is expected to lead the defence by example, but that has been questionable at times this season. In the nine league matches the Slovakian has featured in, Liverpool have conceded 14 goals, with the Kop defender making three defensive errors in that time. 10. Jordi Amat – Two defensive errors (in 315 mins game time so far*) – Click the arrow to see which defenders have been more error prone! – Check through our slideshow of the most error prone defensive players so far this Premier League season (*correct on 11 November 2014). Swansea’s Spanish defender enjoyed a relatively solid debut season in the Premier League last season, but this season he has struggled to establish himself. Amat has registered four appearances for the Swans this season, owing largely to a knee injury suffered in September, but during the time he was on the pitch he has been far from convincing, making two defensive errors. 2. Vito Mannone – Three defensive errors (leading to three goals) – Click the arrow for more – It is perhaps a little unfair to point a finger of blame at goalkeepers when it comes to conceding goals, but in this case Vito Mannone’s three errors cannot go unrecognised. The Sunderland ‘keeper has conceded 17 goals in the league so far this season, including eight against Southampton and as such has lost his place in the starting XI. 10 5. Jack Colback – Three defensive errors (leading to one goal in 968 mins) – Click the arrow for more – Colback caused something of a minor stir by moving from Sunderland to Newcastle over the summer, and while his performances have been encouraging, the flame-haired midfielder’s game hasn’t been free from error. So far, he has made three errors, one of which ended in a goal. 9. Federico Fazio – Two defensive errors (in 156 mins game time so far) – Click the arrow to see which defenders have been more error prone! – Tottenham’s summer signing Federico Fazio has endured a stuttering start to life in England. Two red cards – one in the Premier League, one in the Europa League – have been two massive blots on his copybook, but when he has been on the pitch he has been far from convincing. In just two league fixtures, Fazio has made two defensive errors. 4. Mauricio Isla – Three defensive errors (leading to one goal in 810 minutes) – Click the arrow for more – QPR surprised many by landing the Chilean on loan from Juventus, a move that has seemed inspired in recent weeks. Although he is an early contender for Rangers’ player of the year with his buccaneering play, the 26-year-old has also been a little careless at the back, making three errors, one of which resulted in a goal. 1. Dejan Lovren – Four defensive errors – Liverpool’s £20m summer signing arrived with an excellent reputation following a stellar season with Southampton, but he has largely failed to live up to that promise. Indeed the Croatian defender leads the way in the Premier League for defensive errors with four, while his Liverpool side have conceded 15 goals in the league so far, five more than at this same stage last season. 8. Wojciech Szczesny – Three defensive errors (in 990 mins game time so far) – Click the arrow for more – It’s perhaps a little unfair to include goalkeepers on this list, but as the last line of defence, they should be the least error-prone individual on the pitch. Despite his shot-stopping ability, Szczesny has been far from error-prone, making three clear errors, although he is yet to be punished for his lack of concentration. 10 10 6. Phil Jagielka – Three defensive errors (leading to one goal in 990 mins game time) – Click the arrow for more – The Everton and England stalwart is considered to be one of the Premier League’s finest defenders, but even Phil Jagielka is susceptible to error as he has shown this season. An ever-present in the Toffees backline, Jagielka has made three defensive errors in his 11 league matches, with one directly resulting in a goal. 10last_img read more

Aide: Craig will likelygive up his Senate seat

first_imgPOLITICS: He’d stay only if conviction is quickly overturned and he gets committees back. By Charles Babington THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – Idaho’s senior Republican congressman called on Sen. Larry Craig on Thursday to make it clear he will leave his seat by Sept. 30, as GOP leaders sought to remove any doubt that the embattled senator will resign within weeks. Craig’s chief spokesman said his boss had dropped virtually all notions of trying to finish his third term, which ends in early 2009. But prominent Republicans in Washington and Idaho wanted a firm deadline in hopes of putting the controversy behind them. Craig pleaded guilty in August to disorderly conduct following a sting operation in a men’s bathroom at the Minneapolis airport, but he said this week he hoped to withdraw the plea. He also hinted he was rethinking his weekend announcement that he intended to resign by month’s end. Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, said Craig should make his resignation unequivocal so that Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter, also a Republican, can choose a replacement. Simpson said Craig “needs to make it clear that he is going to resign at the end of the month, so that Butch can make a replacement.” Craig spokesman Dan Whiting said Thursday that the senator was focused on trying to clear his name and to help Idaho prepare for a replacement. “The most likely scenario, by far, is that by October there will be a new senator from Idaho,” Whiting said. The only circumstances in which Craig might try to complete his term, Whiting said, would require a prompt overturning of his conviction, as well as Senate GOP leaders’ agreement to restore the committee leaderships positions they took from him this week. Those scenarios are unlikely, Whiting said. Republican Senate leaders welcomed Whiting’s comments after a series of confusing signals from Craig’s circle. A prompt resignation would enable Republicans to sidestep one of the several ethics dilemmas they face this fall, and avoid the embarrassment of dealing with a colleague who had been stripped of his committee leadership posts and urged to resign by party leaders. It also would negate the need for a Senate ethics committee investigation, which GOP leaders had requested.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

In pictures: Andy Murray celebrates winning 2016 Wimbledon crown

first_imgAndy Murray and Milos Raonic with their trophies after the men’s singles final. PAAndy Murray kisses the trophy. PADignitaries applaud as the Scot lifts the Wimbledon crown in front of the Centre Court crowd. PAThe emotion of the occasion hits Andy Murray after the final point. PAAndy Murray looks to the sky after his final triumph. PAAndy Murray punches the air in delight as the crowd rise to salute the champion. SNSlast_img

Carndonagh Foroige Club launches Teen Interest brochure

first_imgThe Carndonagh Foroige Club have again this year entered the Foroige Youth Citizenship Awards in partnership with Aldi.This year they took on a project called Teen Interests which was a guide to what’s on and what’s available to 12-18 year olds aroundthee Carndonagh area.Each member of the Club conducted a survey of the community through a questionnaire. This survey confirmed that there was a lack of knowledge to what was available for 12-18 year olds in the area. Their next step was to advertise for information through local press, radio, Facebook, community newsletter and the Club. They also made posters to put up on the public notice boards around the town.Marie Barrett came to club to teach a photography skills workshop. When they had all information collected a brochure was made up. The Citizenship Committee collected the Brochures and the decision was made to distribute the brochures to all 7 National Schools & Carndonagh Community School. The Club conducted a walkabout to meet with the activity providers and this was thoroughly enjoyed by all the young people. All feedback received was very positive. This was because the brochure highlights what’s available to young people in the area which they may not have known about previously. It also includes Jigsaw & Volunteering opportunities which people felt was important to include everything in the same brochure.A spokesperson said: “Our group now looks forward to attending the Foroige Youth Citizenship Awards Ceremony in the Citywest Hotel in Dublin on the 29th April where the project will be judged on a National level. We would like to thank everyone who contributed towards this brochure  and gave feedback.”Carndonagh Foroige Club launches Teen Interest brochure was last modified: April 14th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Carndonaghforoigeteenagersyouthlast_img read more

Bill to instil scholar responsibility

first_img19 February 2008South African scholars will be taught a new Bill of Responsibilities as part of their life orientation lessons, which together with a schools’ pledge is intended to instil a culture of respect and responsibility in the country’s youngsters.Unveiling the Bill on Monday, Education Minister Naledi Pandor said it listed 12 responsibilities that result from the rights afforded to South Africans by the country’s Constitution.The responsibilities that are in the Bill are to ensure the right to equality, human dignity, life, family or parental care, education, work, freedom and security of the person, own property, freedom of religion, belief and opinion, live in a safe environment, citizenship and freedom of expression.Although the Bill is already being distributed to schools, Pandor said that members of the public had until March to comment on it. “We need to get all sectors of society involved in this process to ensure that everybody understands it well,” she said.Earlier this month, Pandor unveiled the draft National Schools Pledge, which aims to instil a sense of morality in young South Africans.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Current Mashup and API Trends

first_imgTags:#Analysis#web ProgrammableWeb currently measures popularity by number of views. This is a bit unfortunate,particularly because there is no way to sort mashups by rating. As a result, the most popularmashup – Virtual Places – isone that doesnot have a high rating. It looks interesting and claims to be sophisticated, but it didnot load for me.The second most popular mashup was called Wii Seeker.As the name implies, it helps people find nearby locations that have a NintendoWii. It must have been reallypopular at some point, but now it looks fairly primitive. The next mashup that caught my attentionwas the one in fourth place called Weather Bonk.This one had a high user rating and was actually very interesting, as it pulled togetherlive weather, historical information, forecasts and web cameras.Using Delexa for mashup popularityNext we briefly leave ProgrammableWeb and head over to Delexa,a mashup site that uses and Alexa APIs to show the most popular sites by category.The top mashup tagged by users was Housing Maps, aclassic mashupthat combines Google Maps and Craigslist to help people find housing. The figure below shows the distribution of tags for mashups. This is calculated by analyzingthe tags across all the mashups posted onto ProgrammableWeb. Mapping is overwhelminglythe most popular category,spanning 43% of all mashups. This is not surprising because it all started withthe Google Maps API – and people are still very excited about putting information on a map. Photos, Search andShopping tags are roughly equal – with 10% each. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Is this what mashups will be – a playground for enthusiasts? I believe that the answer is ‘yes’.Even though services like Yahoo! Pipes, Teqlo and Dapper are working to simplify the process ofcreating mashups, it will likely remain a fairly technical exercise done by enthusiasts.  However,it is also likely that we will see companies and products taking ideas from many mashupsand creating applications with the combined functionality. For example, taking ideas fromthe bestmashups (like Cloudalicious) and creating a set of tools for bloggers and marketers would bevery useful. So mashups will, I think, become the labs of the web – where rapid prototypingis done by enthusiasts, which gives rise to more integrated offerings by web companies.Please let us know what your favorite mashup is and give us your take on wheremashupsare heading. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting There are few surprises in this information. Google Maps is by far the most popular API,with 50% of mashups using it. Flickr and Amazon are next with 11% and 8% respectively.Also, it’s notable that 5% of mashups are using YouTube – which probably corresponds to the recent rise ofvideo aggregators like Vidmeter. Finally, 4% and total of 74 mashupsuse the API. One API that caught my eye was Cloudalicious,which shows the distribution of tags for a particular URL over time. This can be insightful in terms ofunderstanding how people’s perception about your site is changing (or not).Check out the tag cloud trend forRead/WriteWeb: ConclusionWhat can we derive from this analysis? It appears that mashups are certainly cool,but they are not burgeoning. The growth has been steady, but not really explosive. This begsthe question: why?  There are several reasons, the primary one being that most current mashups arecreated for fun and not for business. Enthusiasts with some spare time on their hands arebuilding these during their evenings and weekends, without having monetization in mind. The secondreason is that APIs, as with any software libraries, have a learning curve. CertainlyInternet companiesare trying to expose their services in the simplest possible way, but not everything can be made simple. Related Posts center_img Web 2.0 has brought usa flock of APIs and the wonderful new concept of a Web mashup. Thanks toapps like Google Maps, and Flickr, we have started to think a lot about remixing the web. In the figure belowis a classic example of a mashup – a Twitter Map.This mashup uses Twitter and Google Maps APIs to create a new application, which literally putsTwitterusers on the map. Mashup popularity alex iskold 1 Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market The second most popular mashup according to Delexa was GeoGreeting,which is more entertaining than useful. This mashup showed geographical locations with buildingsthat resembled the shape of the letter that you typed. The third most popular mashup accordingto Delexa was Weather Bonk, the same one that caught my eye on ProgrammableWeb.Analyzing APIs: GoogleMaps used in 50% of mashups Back now on ProgrammableWeb and the chart on the right demonstratesthe growth of APIs. As with mashups, the actual growth is not that impressive – but it is steady.As of now, there are close to 400 registered APIs. The way that Programmable Webmeasures API popularity seems to be more objective and reliable than is the casewith mashups. The popularity equals the numberof mashups that use the API and the chart below shows the distribution of the most popularAPIs: When two services like this are put together, it is likely that somethinginteresting will emerge. However, not all possible combinations of services are actuallyuseful. To bring order to the often chaotic world of Mashups, John Musser createda site called ProgrammableWeb that tracks mashups and APIs.John’s site forms the basis of much of this post. So let’s head over there tofind out what the big trends are in mashups and APIs today…High Level API Trends: Google leads the packThe API section of ProgrammableWeb shows popular APIs. It also has an interesting scorecard thatcompares API offerings from web giants like Google and Microsoft. A quick look at the scorecard reveals that Yahoo! and Google lead the pack in terms of number of APIs – 22 and 20 respectively.Amazon, Microsoft and AOL have roughly half of that and eBay has 4. But in terms of usage, Googleis far ahead of the pack – 1114 Mashups use a Google API. It is also interesting to note thateven though Microsoft has 3 times the APIs of eBay, they both have the same number of Mashupsusing their APIs.Also check out the mashup matrix,which gives insights as to how APIs cluster with each other. Eachdot in the matrix implies that two APIs are part of the same mashup. One way tointerpret the matrix is that a cluster of dots indicates logical belongings ofAPIs, or a natural fit with each other. Analyzing Mashups: Mapping continues to dominate The Mashup dashboardon ProgrammableWeb contains a lot ofinteresting statistics about Mashups. On the right, we see the numbers for the past six months.We conclude that mashups have been growing steadily, but not spectacularly. This is notsurprising, because creating mashups requires time and more importantly technical know-how.last_img read more