Richards-Ross to take it easy in 2016

first_imgJamaica-born American quarter-miler Sanya Richards-Ross told popular track and field outlet Athletics Weekly that she is looking to pace herself in training ahead of the 2016 season.The four-time Olympic and five-time World Championships gold medal winner had a disappointing season in 2015, after failing to qualify for an individual event for the World Championships in Beijing, China.She was a member of the USA’s silver-medal winning 4x400m relay team, but will no doubt be looking to get an opportunity to defend the 400m title she won almost four years ago at the London Olympic Games at the upcoming instalment in Rio de Janeiro.As a result, the veteran sprinter, going on advice from other experienced campaigners – Kim Collins and Felix Sanchez – is planning to take things a little easier in training, pointing to an overly intense approach in her preparations as a reason for her disappointments this year.”This year I think, I over-trained,” she admitted.”At the beginning of the year, I said, ‘Coach, I want to run faster than 48.7 this year. I want a PR.'”I was doing 1,000 sit-ups a day. I started running with the boys and pushed myself really hard and felt great in practice but flat in races. We couldn’t figure it out,” Richards-Ross looked back.”I don’t think anyone has won four successive relay gold (medals), so that’s what I’m going for in Rio as well as defending my individual title,” said Richards-Ross.last_img read more

Sacked GNNL General Manager appeals dismissal

first_imgAttorney-at-Law James BondSacked General Manager of the Guyana National Newspaper Limited, which is the publisher of the Guyana Chronicle, Sherrod Duncan is moving to the Prime Minister’s Office to have his dismissal overturned.According to Duncan’s attorney, James Bond, the litany of breaches brought against his client does not warrant dismissal and as such, a call is being made to the Prime Minister, Moses Nagamootoo, who has oversight for the State entity, to review the decision made by the Board.“These matters I must say does not warrant dismissal… no one could show that Mr Duncan benefitted personally from any of those, I think that was to his credit” Bond stated.According to the learned attorney, if the matter is not addressed at this level then a wrongful dismissal lawsuit will be filed at the High Court.“I wouldn’t want to give too much to what they said but that is the essence of them saying that there was not [a] vote to dismiss Mr Duncan so that would be our primary trust in appealing to the Office of the Prime Minister that there was no vote …If the matter isn’t address at this level, a wrongful dismissal case will be filed at the High Court”, Bond revealed.Duncan, who was the Alliance For Change (AFC) Councillor for the city of Georgetown and Deputy Mayor, served as General Manager of the company from June 1, 2018, to April 1, 2019.The Board of Directors of GNNL in a statement said the decision to dismiss Duncan came after a five-hour long meeting at the company’s office where Duncan and his legal representative, Attorney James Bond, were given the opportunity to provide an explanation in response to the findings of the audit report which was dated March 18, 2019, and answer questions posed by the Directors as to why he should not be disciplined in accordance with the recommendations of the report, which was presented by the Office of the Auditor General.According to the statement, one Director recommended a one-month suspension and an extension of probation for Duncan while two other Directors recommended an extension in the probation period while three other Directors held the view that Duncan’s services should be terminated with immediate effect for gross misconduct.A vote on the matter of termination of services was called and three Directors voted against, while three voted in favour. There was a tie and the Chairman, Geeta Chandan-Edmond, supported the termination of Duncan’s services in accordance with Article 94 of the company’s Articles of Incorporation.There are over 20 transactions conducted under Duncan’s watch or by Duncan himself, which were in blatant violation of financial regulations.A special audit ordered by the Office of the Auditor General found numerous violations during the short three-month period under Duncan’s stewardship of the company.Sacked General Manager of GNNL Sherrod Duncanlast_img read more

Revealed: The new top baby names in Donegal

first_imgThe CSO today released the list of the most popular Irish Babies’ Names for 2016, and for the first time in nine years, Jack has been knocked off the national top spot.In Donegal, Charlie and Ava have replaced Jack and Emily as the most popular names for newborn boys and girls last year.Jack was also the most popular name in Donegal in 2015, but more parents have chosen to call their boys Charlie last year. Ava replaced Emily as the top name for little girls in Donegal in 2016, while Emily remains the top name registered for girls across the 26 ROI counties last year.James is now the most popular baby boy’s name in the country, closely followed by Jack, Daniel, Conor and Sean. Emily, Grace, Ava, Lucy and Amelia jointly with Sophie were ranked in the top five names of choice by parents for their newly arrived baby girls.Murphy, Kelly, O’Brien, Ryan and Walsh were the five most popular surnames of newborns registered in 2016.Image: CSO IrelandName trends changingBack in 1966, John, Michael, Patrick, James and Paul were the names most favoured by parents of newborn baby boys. While there were 3,152 baby boys named John 50 years ago, the five most popular boys’ names in 2016 together only accounted for 2,989 baby boys. Interestingly, none of the top five girls’ names appeared in the top 100 names for girls a half century earlier when Mary, Catherine, Margaret, Ann and Anne were the most popular names for baby daughters in 1966. In 2016, there were 490 baby girls named Emily, compared with 2,857 given the name Mary in 1966.New varietiesCommenting on the report, Carol Anne Hennessy, Statistician said: “2016 is the first year since 2007 that Jack didn’t head the list of most popular boys’ names.  James is now the most popular, closely followed by Jack, Daniel, Conor and Sean.”The stats show that girls are given a wider variety of names than boys with 4,526 separate girls names registered, compared to 3,456 for boys.For boys, Muhammad, Louis, Lucas Josh, Jason and Ollie had most growth in popularity.  Muhammad jumped 36 places in the rankings since 2015, up from 119 to 83 in 2016 to make it the only new entrant into the top 100 names for boys.Willow, Matilda, Harper, Heidi and Zoey showed the most growth in popularity in girls’ names between 2015 and 2016 and these together with Aria were the only new entrants into the top 100 names for girls in 2016. Jack was the most popular name for boys and Grace the most popular for girls where both parents were of Irish nationality while Finn and Isaac shared number one spot where both parents were U.K. nationals. Aria and Emily shared the top spot for girls that were born to U.K. nationals in 2016.Less popular choicesSome less popular names for boys included Anton, Brodie, Cruz, Harris and Feilim. Less popular girls’ names included Blake, Indigo, Lucia, Reidin, Romy and Peyton.Revealed: The new top baby names in Donegal was last modified: June 1st, 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:baby nameschildrenCSOlast_img read more


first_imgFORMER Irish Olympian, Marcus O’Sullivan,  paid a flying visit to the club on Tuesday night.O’Sullivan,  a four times Olympian,  won three gold medals at the World Indoor Championships over 1500m.He is third all-time (trailing Steve Scott and John Walker (runner)) with total sub-4 minute miles. This was a fanstastic occasion for the club members who met him during a training stint and he passed on a few very useful tips. O’Sullivan qualified for four Olympic Games for Ireland: 1984,  1988,  1992,  and 1996,  at both 800 meters and 1500 meters. He reached the 1500 metre finals at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.He set an indoor 1500 metres world record of 3:35.4 on 10 February 1989,  and was generally regarded as a better competitor running indoors. This is evidenced by the fact that O’Sullivan won the prestigious Wanamaker Mile in Madison Square Garden’s Millrose Games five times (1986, 1988, 1989, 1990 and 1992).Well done to Garvan McCloskey (67.30),  Paul Cosgrove (69.13) and John Coleman (79.06) who competed very well in the Craughwell 10 mile race in Galway at the weekend.The club was delighted with the large turnout at the St Patrick’s Day 5k with 143 competitors. Our club captain,  Gary Crossan is busy preparing for the Conemara Ultra Marathon., A club meeting was due to be held last night (Thursday). The lotto numbers are the weekend were: 14,  15,  17 and 23. Match three winner was Con McLaughlin. The jackpot this Saturday night in The Glencar Inn is €570. For anyone who missed Marcus’s visit you can get your own inspiration by watching the following video: AC NOTES was last modified: March 23rd, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more

Antelope Valley Things To Do

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The Antelope Valley Weekend column runs weekly. Fax information or updates to (661) 267-5747 by noon Wednesday. Mailing address is 1645 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite D, Palmdale, CA 93550. Attention: Entertainment. Ranger-led nature hikes will be held at 11 a.m. every Sunday at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road in Agua Dulce. Meet in the first small parking lot by the ranger station. Call (661) 268-0840. Mojave Desert Information Center offers natural history exhibits, videos and a touch-screen computer to find out more information about desert state parks and the surrounding areas. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week at 43779 15th St. W. Call (661) 942-0662. Bingo will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday by the Knights of Columbus, 719 W. Ave. M. 40 and Up Singles dance, 6:30 p.m. Sunday at 240 E. Ave. K, Lancaster. Admission $7. Club membership: $20. Call Hester at (661) 718-8997. Fun After 40 Ballroom Dance Club dance, 7:30-10 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Lessons are available, 6:30-7:30 p.m. for $2. Admission: $2 for members and $4 for nonmembers. Bring a small dessert. Call (661) 943-0210 or (661) 267-5551. 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

Mourne Antiques uncover hidden gems with new store name

first_imgMourne Antiques, the well-known treasure trove of Letterkenny, has just launched a brand new name and sign today. Now called ‘Mourne Antiques & Jewellery’, the rebranding sends an exciting invitation to customers to discover another element to the store.The new name for Mourne Antiques quietly suggests the direction this long-established shop in Letterkenny is going. It has been known to the certain few that they have sold good quality jewellery in this hidden treasure for the last 30 years – but now it’s time to spread the word.If you weren’t interested in antiques you would have been forgiven for not entering the doors of Mourne Antiques and discovering its secrets – a wide and wonderful selection of jewellery from every era.Mourne Antiques & JewelleryThere is contemporary jewellery of silver and gold, vintage pieces from the 1970’s and ‘80s, 1940’s costume jewellery from the Hollywood age, and of course the rare and exclusive antique pieces this shop is best known for.If you are shopping for an unusual and well-priced engagement ring this is also the place to look. The selection of diamond rings is said to be among the best in the country. Frances and Keith can give you advice on your special selection.  Diamond bracelet and pink sapphire ring from Mourne Antiques & Jewellery They also can advise on the care and repair of your precious piece whether it is newly acquired or a prized heirloom.Pop into the shop on Upper Main Street in Letterkenny and you could be amazed at the beautiful pieces on offer – whether jewellery or their long-standing selection of antique china, furniture, or decorative pieces.You will find them just opposite Dillons Hotel!Mourne Antiques uncover hidden gems with new store name was last modified: July 19th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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:jewelleryMourne Antiqueslast_img read more

Google and Best Buy Partner on Mobile Applications

first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#Google#mobile#news#NYT#web Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img sarah perez Yesterday major electronics retailer Best Buy and internet powerhouse Google announced a partnership designed to help the retailer compete in the mobile sales arena. In addition to other Best Buy strategies for ramping up their mobile division, one key aspect to their multiphase plan involves collaborating with Google on a series of exclusive mobile applications, the first one being a shopping app that helps customers find the item they’re looking for within their nearest Best Buy store. Best Buy’s New Mobile AppsAccording to Best Buy chief marketing officer Barry Judge, the new applications, which also include several Facebook apps that will appear on the company’s branded page, take advantage of the company’s “Remix API,” (application programming interface). This allows third-party developers to access Best Buy’s inventory data, pricing, and product images for use in their web or mobile applications. Next month, the first of several Google-created Best Buy applications will launch. The new app will allow consumers to do product searches and then will provide them with the location and directions to their nearest Best Buy store. It will even direct the user to the exact location of the product within the store itself. Phones sold in Best Buy will include the app pre-loaded onto the handsets prior to purchase. Also coming are applications designed specifically for Android, Google’s mobile operating system, but there’s no word yet as to what those apps will be. Best Buy currently carries two models of Android phones, the G1 and the myTouch 3G. Other Plans: Websites, Gadget Deals, and Facebook AppsIn addition, the company is launching a dedicated website for Best Buy Mobile in October, is lining up exclusive deals to sell highly anticipated gadgets like Nokia’s first netbook, the Booklet 3G, and is launching a series of Facebook applications. The revamped Facebook page, which the company said will attract anywhere from 3 to 4 million fans, will offer several apps designed to help holiday shoppers find gifts. One, the “Hint Hacker,” allows visitors to send gift hints to their family and friends about what products they’re interested in. Another, called the “Holiday Morning Simulator,” is a goofy Christmas card where Best Buy Blue Shirt employees sing holiday tunes, also addresses gift-purchasing questions. A third is a Facebook Secret Santa app. These, too, will be revealed in the coming weeks. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

Starbucks Expanding Mobile Payment Program to More Stores

first_imgStarbucks CEO Howard Schultz announced this week that the Seattle-based coffee chain would soon be expanding its mobile payment program to more stores over the coming months. Launched in September of last year, Starbucks users with iPhones could pay for their purchases via their mobile device using a special Starbucks Card mobile application. The app was initially accepted at just 16 Seattle and Bay Area stores which were taking part in the pilot program. In March 2010, the company expanded the mobile program to include 1,000 Target stores across the U.S. Now, Starbucks plans to expand it yet again. “We know believe that offering mobile payment and mobile gifting capabilities will result in a more efficient in-store experience,” said Schultz.After entering in a Starbucks card number in the application, the Starbucks Card app displays a barcode which can then be shown at checkout in lieu of handing over a physical card to be swiped. The app also allows customers to check their card’s balance, view transactions and reload the card with new funds. Tags:#Apple#mobile#news#web sarah perez Currently, the mobile payment aspect to the application works at 16 select stores in Cupertino, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, San Jose and Seattle where the feature has been in testing in addition to all Target locations in the U.S. Based on the program’s “early success” and user feedback which Schultz describes as “positive,” the company is now committed to expanding the program in the months ahead. According to Schultz, not only does the mobile app make for a more efficient in-store experience for Starbucks customers, it will also provide the company with a significant competitive advantage and help further differentiate it from its competitors. While we at ReadWriteWeb are certainly fans of mobile technology, it will be interesting to watch as this sort of mobile payment system takes hold outside of the very tech-savvy enclaves where it has been initially tested. Will mainstream users adopt this system in large numbers? Will it really be more efficient or will you be stuck in line behind folks fiddling with their phones? And where, by golly, is the Android version? Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

DOD’s Demographics Reports:  What Public Documents and Data Can Tell Us | Part 1

first_imgThis MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on February 23, 2018. Written by: Christopher Plein, Ph.D. West Virginia University and MFLN Caregiving Team MemberIn any work that we do, it is essential to have baseline information and a sense of trends relating to needs, resources, issues, opportunities and challenge.  Fortunately for those who work with military families, there are a number of helpful resources that document and chart trends in the active duty military population.  This blog is the first in a two part series that shares some helpful and readily available resources.  These are public documents produced by the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and can help us understand current conditions and what the future might hold in store.To understand the scope and reach of the active duty military population – and indeed the entire military-related population – the DOD’s regularly published Demographics Report: Profile of the Military Community is an informative resource.  For example, the 2016 Demographics Report provides both general information as well as more specific details that might be of use to those working with military families.Learning from ReportsThere is a wealth of information to be found in these reports. For example, according to the 2016 Demographics Report, there are approximately 1.29 million active duty military personnel.  In addition, there are approximately 1.67 million associated family members who are spouses, children, or other dependents of these active duty members (pages 30-31)  Almost 40% of active duty military have dependent children (page vi). Combined, the number of active duty military personnel and affiliated family members totals 2.96 million individuals.  An even closer look at the reports will reveal helpful information on educational attainment, family size, income, spousal employment, age and other demographic factors of those in the military and their families.Active duty military families live and work across the United States and abroad. According to the 2016 Demographics Report, about 88% of active duty military personnel are stationed in the U.S. or its territories.  This population is not distributed evenly across the United States. The five states with the largest number of active duty military personnel in rank order are: California, Texas, North Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia. Together these states make up 43% of the active duty population (page 33).  The report also provides very specific information about the number of active duty and dependents at specific installations in each of the states (pages 175-185).State and Community SupportWith this type of information in hand, we can begin to better understand some of the challenges and opportunities facing states and communities in supporting military personnel and their families.  Where there are large concentrations of military families, we may expect community-based service providers and state and local officials to have a clearer understanding of the needs and issues. At the same time, there may be high demand placed on resources and services.  In states with fewer active duty military families other challenges may emerge. For example, state and local policymakers may not be fully aware of some of the challenges facing military families as they move from one state to another.Trends – What They Teach UsReviewing the reports allows us to see trends over time. One very important trend relates to the size of the active duty military force.  The proposed 2019 DOD budget calls for some incremental increase in force size.  However, a review of longer term trends reveals a steady decline in the numbers of active personnel in recent years.  For example, as the 2016 Demographics Report shows in 2010 the active military force stood at about 1.42 million. It now stands at about 1.29 million and the rate of decline has varied across the service branches (page 16).  Understanding changes in force size is crucial to anticipating family needs, allocating resources, and helping those families that are transitioning from active duty military service.The Military Families Learning Network (MFLN): Using Data to Inform Community Capacity BuildingAcross our concentration teams, we endeavor to make community capacity building part of our programming and efforts to provide information and assistance to military support personnel.  The Demographics Report helps us to gain a better sense of the military population dynamics and trends. The DOD and the service branches rely in part on community-based delivery systems and services. Understanding demographic trends is essential to planning and coordination. Next month, we are going to dig even deeper into how various DOD reports provide detail and information on how various services and initiatives that have been developed to assist in family readiness and caregiving.last_img read more