Watch: Friends of man who died in Donegal tragedy record touching tribute for charity

first_imgA group of Glasgow-based musicians have come together to dedicate a specially-written charity song in memory of their friend Sean Heraghty, who died in Donegal over a year ago.Sean, aged 26, passed away on 27th December 2017 whilst on his Christmas holidays in Ireland. The Scotland-born quantity surveyor was hit by a car in Sandhill, Dunfanaghy, while walking home in the early hours of the morning.The popular young man, whose family come from nearby Falcarragh, was buried in Donegal and a service was held in St Columkille’s Church in Rutherglen. Both were attended by hundreds of friends and family. The late Sean HeraghtyAndy Stevenson, a childhood friend of Sean’s, was travelling home from Sean’s funeral when he was inspired to write a song celebrating his life.Andy wrote Falcarragh’s Son, a song that touches on the many adventures Sean had, the positive impact he had on so many lives, and his connection with both Donegal and Glasgow. The poignant refrain in the song ‘don’t count the days, make the days count’ was a phrase much used by Sean and one which captures his lust for life.Falcarragh’s Son was released on YouTube and across social media on the first anniversary of Sean’s death. The track is being shared to help raise money for BUMBLEance, the Children’s National Ambulance Service for Ireland, in Sean’s name. An online donation page was set up for the cause:www.justgiving.com/falcarraghsean. Music teacher Andy Stevenson said: “Sean was a man who lived life to the full and touched so many lives. I wrote this song on the way home from his funeral in Ireland and decided to try and use this musical platform as a further opportunity to raise money for a fantastic cause.“I hope the song brings some comfort and warm memories of the man whom everyone called a friend. It has already raised a substantial amount of money which is incredibly humbling and I would ask that people continue to share the video across social media platforms and to continue to donate via the JustGiving page.“A special thanks should be given to all the musicians and creative people who helped make the song and the video.”Andy’s post on Facebook has been shared over 130 times and the video has been viewed almost 4,000 times on YouTube, raising an incredible €1,292.73 in one week, with those numbers climbing every day.To donate to the BUMBLEance fundraising page visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/falcarraghseanWatch: Friends of man who died in Donegal tragedy record touching tribute for charity was last modified: January 6th, 2019 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:Bumbleancecharityfalcarragh’s sonMUSICSean Heraghtytributelast_img read more

Introducing the Marshfield Tiger Booster Club

first_imgUpcoming events support local athletic programsFor Hub City TimesMARSHFIELD — The Marshfield Tiger Booster Club (MTBC) is a not-for-profit volunteer organization that was formed to support and enhance all athletic programs of Marshfield High School and Marshfield Middle School by raising funds to enable the schools to remain competitive in a challenging economy.MTBC’s volunteer board of directors is made up of past and current parents, alumni, and community members. Main fundraising sources include the concession stands at football games, advertisements for the annual sports program, banners at Beell Stadium, a golf outing to raise money for the student-athlete scholarships, and membership dues.The biggest MTBC fundraiser is the Booster Bash, a dinner and evening full of fun, raffles, games, and auctions, including naming rights to the field house. New this year is the Booster Dash, a 5K Fun Run/Walk open to all ages.This year’s Booster Dash 5K Fun/Run walk is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 25. Visit facebook.com/events/344856365688164 for more information. Registration for the event is at 4:30 p.m. at Beell Stadium. The Booster Bash Dinner/Auction will be held Friday, Sept. 26, in the Youth Building at the Central Wisconsin State Fairgrounds. More information is available at facebook.com/events/1606681656288252.Through these efforts the Marshfield Tiger Booster Club has been able to purchase equipment, supplies, and apparel and fund camps, workshops, and services totaling more than $500,000. MTBC’s success depends on the community.Please consider joining our organization. We are successful because of our members and their willingness to volunteer.last_img read more

Talis Takes on Amazon With Pot of Structured Data in the Sky

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting marshall kirkpatrick By making available databases of human genomic data, US census records and other data of public interest, the Amazon Public Data Sets are an incredible resource. They’re like a 21st century Public Library for robots to patronize. In this emerging era of flourishing data-centric applications, though, the state of the art never stands still.Forty year old British technology platform Talis (background) announced this week that it now offers free, perpetual storage and keyless API access to semantically marked-up large data sets. The offering is called the Talis Connected Commons and it’s the kind of thing that anyone with a geekish imagination can get excited about.The SettingIf the current web economy is being rocked by easy publishing systems that make the people formerly known as “consumers” capable of publishing and socializing around content of their own creation – then the next step of internet evolution may come in the form of automated systems able to process meaning and patterns out of large amounts of user-created and other information. When structured, free and available programmatically in bulk – that data is like a big pot of gold for developers. While Amazon offers free access to data sets, transport of the data is still paid for by users. The Talis Connected Commons also offers an API by default (a SPARQl end point, in particular) and is focused specifically on semantic data. The system is made for public sharing – two variations of Creative Commons licenses are supported for the data stored there. Talis is requesting that data set owners email a short description of their content to the company for approval and inclusion on the site.In other words, there’s no gold in the pot yet. Talis is more than well established and this offering is aimed at such a sweet spot that the only way the Connected Commons won’t be filled with good data is if the company totally drops the ball. We don’t expect that to happen.The PlotThis project is in the same vein as Nova Spivak’s forthcoming ontology authoring and hosting service, the vision of open source microblogging as the future of business intelligence and more.There’s a chain of events that news like this helps fill out. First, massive bodies of data are created or gathered, books are scanned, census data is collected, and patients donate their anonymous aggregate medical data to science. Next, the data is semantically analyzed and marked up (through any number of different semantic processing engines). Then, the data is stored and an API is made available (this is where the Talis Connected Commons comes in). Finally, developers build applications that leverage the smart data offered up through the platform, data visualizers find new stories to tell in images built from the marked up data and new relationships between people, organizations and concepts have the mist cleared away from them through systematic analysis of various permutations of previously unavailable structured data.Amazon Public Datasets include things like human genomic data, US census data, and data parsed from Wikipedia. What will the Talis Connected Commons provide a home and API for? We look forward to finding out. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Tags:#Amazon#NYT#Semantic Web#web Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Conte: ‘Inter not like my Juve’

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Antonio Conte has insisted that this Inter side are nothing like his first Juventus team. “We weren’t in Europe that year…” Speaking at a Press conference ahead of the game against Bologna tomorrow, the former Italy CT was asked about similarities between his current squad and the Juventus team of 2011-12. “No, we weren’t in Europe that year,” he asserted. “You can’t make comparisons, the only similarity is that we always play at 1,000mph. If we take our foot off the pedal, we don’t win. We are not built to wait.” Pressed on a potential bid for Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic, Conte refused to be drawn into any speculation. “I’m not talking about players from other clubs, out of respect for my players. I have great affection for those who helped me win important things, but it ends there.” Conte worked with Matic at Chelsea during the 16-17 campaign, winning the Premier League together. last_img read more

Barbara Walters Donates 15 Million For The Barbara Walters Campus Center

first_imgSarah Lawrence College announced today that prominent alumna Barbara Walters, noted broadcast journalist and author, together with her charitable trust have made a gift of $15 million to establish The Barbara Walters Campus Center on the historic College’s 44-acre campus just north of New York City in Westchester County.Barbara Walters makes record gift to fund Sarah Lawrence College campus centerCredit/Copyright: Donna Svennevik/ABCThe gift represents the largest single donation in the College’s 89-year history and comes as the College prepares to enter the public phase of a capital campaign.The Barbara Walters Campus Center, a multi-use building that will serve as the hub of student life and campus community, will bring together aspects of student engagement and day-to-day social and intellectual experiences. The building will feature adaptable social and academic spaces, a venue suitable for large public and campus events, lounges, dining facilities, the College’s radio station, a media innovation lab, areas for career services, student clubs, activities, and collaborative work. In addition, it will permanently house the Barbara Walters Archives (which will include edited video interviews, edited transcripts, and personal letters from the notable subjects of her interviews), which Walters announced she was donating to the College in May 2014, and the Barbara Walters Gallery, currently housed in the College’s Heimbold Visual Arts Center.“The Barbara Walters Campus Center will stand as a tribute to Barbara Walters and her belief in the power of a Sarah Lawrence education,” said President Karen R. Lawrence in making the announcement. “This remarkable woman has changed the face of broadcast news by establishing her unique genre of the investigative, long-form interview. She is a powerful role model for our students, and we deeply appreciate her generosity, her vision, and her many contributions to the College. This transformative gift will enable us to create a powerful magnet on campus – gathering spaces large and small – in which community will flourish at Sarah Lawrence College.”“When I donated my archives to Sarah Lawrence last year, I told the graduating class at Commencement that at Sarah Lawrence I learned to ask questions,” said Walters. “I attribute my success, in many ways, to the curiosity and confidence I came away with from this remarkable college. Today I am pleased to be able to make The Barbara Walters Campus Center a reality for future generations of Sarah Lawrence students.”“One of the hallmarks of the Sarah Lawrence campus is the convergence of living and learning,” said Dean of the College Jerrilynn D. Dodds. “This is a college where students and their teachers extend their intellectual discourse beyond the classroom, hampered only by the limited number of common spaces. The new campus center will provide a venue for an even greater degree of this expression of the College’s unique approach to learning.”Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Trump blackmailing Canada and Mexico says former Mexican president

first_imgMONTREAL – President Donald Trump is blackmailing Canada, Mexico and asylum seekers in order to exert maximum pressure to reach a new NAFTA deal that is favourable to the United States and to get funding for his border wall, former Mexican president Vicente Fox said Wednesday.“In the case of Mexico, the blackmail is the wall. He wants the wall and maybe he will grant NAFTA,” Fox said in an interview from Mexico City.The outspoken ex-politician has nothing good to say about the U.S. president, whom he describes as ignorant, bigoted and dangerous.Fox said Trump’s racist comments about Mexicans being rapists and criminals and complaints about illegal immigration belie the fact that NAFTA has done its job in stemming the flow of people crossing the border.Canada and Mexico have to remain firmly united rather than give in to Trump’s demands for bilateral agreements with its two North American neighbours, he said.“I don’t see the advantage of going bilateral,” he said, adding that trade for Trump is a zero-sum game, in which he wins and others lose.“So whatever formula, whether bilateral or trilateral or whatever other formula, it will never work if he insists that the United States has to have a surplus and we have to have a deficit.”Countries like Canada that believe in globalization and entrepreneurship need to stand up against Trump’s bullying behaviour, he said, criticizing the president for verbally attacking Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for his post-G7 meeting statement that Canada won’t be pushed around.“He’s a great prime minister doing a great job and this crazy horse, this crazy guy Trump doesn’t have the right to attack him the way he did.”Fox said he hopes the U.S. Democratic Party will make progress in November’s mid-term elections so Trump “can be bridled.”“Otherwise, we are all going to be paying a high price.”Canada and Mexico have both announced retaliatory tariffs after the United States imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum on them and a host of other countries.Fox said Mexico can also buy soybeans, yellow corn and dairy products from Brazil, Argentina and other countries to exert pressure on millions of U.S. farmers.Trump’s threatened tariffs on auto sector imports into the U.S. will raise prices for American consumers but, Fox said, won’t destroy Mexico because the country has developed a solid consumer market and can also shift exports to South America.American trade actions will only further drive countries into the trading orbit of China, which is increasing its business relationships in Latin America, Fox added.“China is ready to get in love with Latin America,” he said, adding that 1,000 Chinese business leaders are scheduled to meet next spring to drive up business in Mexico.The U.S. accounts for 20 per cent of the global economy but China is poised to overtake it as the world’s largest economy.He said Americans need to stand up to oppose Trump’s leadership.“Either they resist and repeal and change things or the United States will lose any remaining moral authority that they could have today by this stupid guy they have as president.”Fox spoke to The Canadian Press after it was announced he will join the board of Knowledgehook, a Waterloo, Ont.-based company whose platform analyzes the academic performance of math students in real-time to identify the best-practice teaching solutions to educators.The former president said that he hopes to use Knowledgehook to help Mexico’s education system, which had a high school graduation rate of 45 per cent. The platform will be implemented into Centro Fox Library in Mexico.last_img read more

Detroit And Minnesota Are Saving Thanksgiving Football This Year

This year’s Thanksgiving slate of NFL games is … not great. Only the game between the Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings has some juice to it. As you’ll see in the video above, that’s surprising! The Lions are usually the team holding Thanksgiving football back, not making it exciting.Check out our latest NFL predictions.

Alabamas Offense Is Now As Terrifying As Its Defense

92016Baker MayfieldOklahoma91.8 12018Tua TagovailoaAlabama97.8 For years, Alabama’s offensive blueprint seemed like a relic from the 1980s: Run the ball on the first few downs, attempt a short- to moderate-length pass, and move the chains or punt to play the field-position game. It was a Ritz Cracker offense that, at times, appeared premeditated to suck the entertainment out of the sport entirely. It worked: Alabama has had 11 running backs/fullbacks and 13 offensive linemen drafted over the past 12 years. RKSeasonPlayerTeamTotal QBR Tagovailoa vaulted into Alabama lore last season when, as a freshman, he was inserted into the national championship game after halftime and led the Tide to a come-from-behind win over Georgia in overtime. Now the front-runner for the Heisman Trophy, Tagovailoa has performed like a video game character in his sophomore campaign, accounting for 1,033 passing yards, 14 total touchdowns and zero interceptions. He can feather a ball onto the chest of a full-sprint receiver 40 yards downfield and Houdini his way around would-be tacklers bearing down on him in the pocket — execute and improvise. ESPN has been calculating Total Quarterback Rating, which seeks to value quarterback play on a 0-to-100 scale while adjusting for the strength of opposing defenses faced, since 2004. The left-handed Hawaiian is in line to produce the top single-season figure ever — by nearly four points. 82008Sam BradfordOklahoma91.9 52018Dwayne HaskinsOhio State93.7 32011Russell WilsonWisconsin94.1 72017Khalil TateArizona92.0 22018Kyler MurrayOklahoma95.6 Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group Tua is on historic paceSingle-season leaders in Total Quarterback Rating, 2004-18 The engine powering college football’s pre-eminent outfit over the past decade has typically been a blue chip-laden, pressure-oriented, versatile defense. In Tuscaloosa, where Nick Saban has helmed the Alabama Crimson Tide since 2007, that engine has only gained steam in recent years. The winner of 87.2 percent of its games and five national titles since the diminutive kingpin’s arrival, Alabama is the only program to qualify for the College Football Playoff in each of the first four years.Much of that sovereignty is attributable to the historically great fortresses that Alabama closes off its end zone with. There have been six instances since 2007 of a team holding opponents to five or fewer rushing touchdowns over an entire season. Alabama accounts for four. Some have even claimed the team’s stockpile of 18- to 22-year-olds could be competitive on Sundays. Baseless claims notwithstanding, the Tide have sent more talent to the NFL than any other team over the past decade. Since Saban’s arrival, 41 members of the Crimson Tide have been selected in the first two rounds of the NFL draft. More than 60 percent of that pool came from the defensive side of the ball. All 11 defensive starters in Alabama’s 2016 season opener were selected in the past two drafts.However, four games into the 2018 season, all anyone can talk about is the Crimson Tide offense — and for good reason. Saban, it would appear, finally has an offense as ostentatious and dynamic as his defense, a horrifying development for the rest of the country.Spearheaded by starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and under the direction of first-year offensive coordinator Mike Locksley, the Tide offense is crashing down on its competition like a tsunami. Alabama has outscored its four opponents by an average margin of 41 points. The Tide have played 16 quarters of football and failed in just two to put more points on the scoreboard than their opponent, and in both cases it was the fourth quarter of a blowout.1A 7-7 fourth-quarter tie against Louisville when Alabama led 44-7 entering the fourth, and the final frame of its blowout win over Texas A&M, when it ceded a touchdown while leading 45-16.Locksley’s offense has been so devastatingly effective that Saban, a well-established curmudgeon who cares not for style points, beseeched the press to “look at some of the things we didn’t do so well” following Saturday’s 22-point win over then-No. 22 Texas A&M. One can only be so sated by a unit averaging 53.8 points and 539.5 yards, after all.Alabama’s offensive efficiency — a metric graded 0 to 100 that controls for quality of opponent and “garbage time” — scores a 98.02. That’s the top mark of any team measured by ESPN Stats & Information since Saban’s arrival. Its defensive efficiency of 94.24 ranks a lusterless fourth since 2007, behind the current Georgia team and two other versions of Bama. According to College Football Reference’s Simple Rating System, Alabama is 49.71 points better than the average Football Bowl Subdivision team this season. However, in Saban parlance, “our team needs to do a lot of things to improve.” 102014Marcus MariotaOregon91.3 42010Andrew LuckStanford93.8 2012Johnny ManzielTexas A&M91.3 62017Baker MayfieldOklahoma92.3 However, that bland cadence hasn’t manifested under Locksley. Considering the second half of Alabama games have largely been a formality — the Tide have outscored opponents 148-20 in the opening 30 minutes — let’s assess first-half play calling. Alabama is taking to the air on 53.9 percent of plays, which ranks 38th nationally. That mark is 13.9 percentage points higher than last season’s average, which ranked 110th nationally. On first and second downs, Alabama’s pass percentage is 40.5 percent, up from 34.5 percent a season ago. Compared with previous seasons under Saban, this year is a clear aberration, like the Indiana Pacers suddenly learning the value of the three-point shot.“(Locksley) really is doing a good job of mixing up the run, the pass, the play-action screens,” tight end Hale Hentges said. “And he’s making a very natural flow to all of our plays and that’s what has made us have success. … He’s an offensive genius.”What once were almost always Mark Ingram carries on second down have been replaced by deranged sequences of Tagovailoa evading a pass rush to heave a cross-body rocket to the back of the end zone for a touchdown.Alabama has already attempted 17 passes that traveled at least 20 yards downfield, in line to finish the regular season with 51, according to data provided by TruMedia. Last season, the team accounted for 50 in 14 games. Only Hawaii (with 27) has accounted for more passing plays of 20-plus yards this season than Alabama’s 25. In turn, the Tide rank third in expected points added on passes (79.34) and second in adjusted offensive expected points added (98.2), according to data provided by TruMedia.“We feel like as a group, collectively, when we go out, we’re unstoppable,” wide receiver Henry Ruggs III said.Unstoppable isn’t far off. Alabama has scored a touchdown on 48.1 percent of its drives, the top mark of any SEC team. Locksley’s unit has only gone three-and-out eight times, in line to produce the lowest three-and-out percentage (15.4 percent) by an Alabama offense since Saban’s arrival by nearly three percentage points, according to data provided by ESPN Stats & Information.The onslaught of points hasn’t gone unnoticed by pundits like Kirk Herbstreit and Tim Tebow, who knows a thing or three about leading an explosive offense in the SEC. Both have posited that this year’s Alabama offense has the makings of the best in program history. Alabama no longer just suffocates its opponent with defense; in 2018, its offense brings the reckoning. read more

Depay refuses to rule out AC Milan move

first_imgLyon’s Memphis Depay has refused to rule out a move to AC Milan in the upcoming summer transfer windowThe former Manchester United forward has revitalised his career at Lyon after a disappointing spell at Old Trafford and has reportedly emerged as one of the primary targets for Milan technical director Massimiliano Mirabelli.The Dutch international has been watched by the Serie A side in recent weeks with Milan rumored to be prepared to launch a summer bid for Depay, according to multiple reports in the Italian press.Depay played for Holland in their recent 3-0 win over the Euro 2016 champions Portugal and refused to close the door on the prospect of lining up for Milan at the San Siro in the future.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“I’m focused on Lyon. I live day by day. I get up every morning and thank God for giving me the opportunity to play football,” said the 24 year-old, according to Eurosport.“If clubs are interested in me, this is certainly not the time to talk about it.“But AC Milan are a great club and a great team with a great history, but there are a lot of big clubs around the world.”last_img read more

Tony Adams slams Unai Emery

first_imgArsenal legend Tony Adams was disappointed by Unai Emery’s first game in charge against Manchester City.After Arsenal lost 2-0 at home to Champions Manchester City, Tony Adams felt there were little signs of change under the new manager.Speaking to talkSPORT, he said: “It was the same kind of performance. I was a little bit deflated and disappointed.”“Coming from Arsene who always played open attacking football, I really wanted the new manager to come in there and tighten things up.”“For the last ten years now – [we’ve been] leaking goals, soft away from home.”“I wanted him to put his new goalkeeper in, work with his back four, have two screening central-midfield players, and keep a clean sheet. It was crying out for it. But I didn’t see that.”“I thought he got a lot of selections wrong. His three best players were his subs [Alexandre Lacazette, Stephan Lichtsteiner and Lucas Torreira]. I don’t know why he didn’t start with them.”Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.Tony Adams was not optimistic about Arsenal’s title-winning chances. He said: “I can’t see it. I don’t know what he’s been doing for the last six weeks.”Adams went to criticise Unai Emery’s indecisiveness in team selection.“He’s been rotating all of his players and giving them all a game. They’ve got some good results but it’s pre-season.“From minute one, I would’ve picked my own goalkeeper, my back four and put the two lads in that I want to screen those, and get a firm base that’s been missing for the last ten years.“You’ve had six weeks of pre-season – go on, get on with it!“Arsenal fans up and down the country all want him to challenge for the title but at the moment we’re nowhere near.”last_img read more