Vanguardia not blaming Wright amid Phoenix’s struggles

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos 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 respite “Everybody should be accountable for it. We didn’t have the breaks today. NLEX made shots in the fourth quarter that we couldn’t stop, and their veterans were able to execute, unlike us. So we should learn how to close out games,” he said.Phoenix springs back to action on Sunday, August 6, against Blackwater. JESports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Phoenix coach Ariel Vanguardia. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFor coach Ariel Vanguardia, it’s just pure coincidence that Phoenix’s struggles arose when Matthew Wright came back to the roster.“We’re not blaming anyone. We win as a team, we lose as a team,” he said Sunday after the Fuel Masters absorbed a 95-91 loss to NLEX to suffer their second straight loss.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Wright has yet to taste a victory with Phoenix since coming back from his Gilas Pilipinas stint in the 2017 Jones Cup.The Fil-Canadian sniper has been averaging 10.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 3.0 assists in the two games he has played in this 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’But in Vanguardia’s eyes, the Fuel Masters have a bigger problem as a whole rather than individually.“We couldn’t finish the job,” he quipped, as Phoenix squandered a 10-point lead, 78-68 with 8:58 remaining and allowed NLEX to rampage behind Carlo Lastimosa and Alex Mallari. LATEST STORIES McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Vanguardia continued: “Our defense didn’t hold up in the fourth quarter, especially on Lastimosa. It’s a wasted chance for us to move up. We know we got outworked especially in the fourth quarter.”The Fuel Masters lost the rebounding battle to the Road Warriors, 65-46, and their bench unit failed to provide the necessary lift as they could only muster 37 points, compared to NLEX’s 53.Wright, who poured 17 points, five rebounds, and three assists in the losing effort, agreed with his mentor, noting that immaturity got the better of the Fuel Masters in the end game.“We had some poor executions down the stretch. That’s why we lost,” he said.Necessitating responsibility from his lineup top-down, Vanguardia said that this defeat to NLEX should be a building block for Phoenix moving forward.ADVERTISEMENT ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur D-League: CEU ‘ready’ for must-win game vs Racal End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcanolast_img read more

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The Politics of Forgetting: the United States of Africa

first_img– A call to accomplish the idea of continental self-interest for AfricaBy Jerry Kai-Lewis (silkkai2000@yahoo.com; obama44th@gmail.com) It was almost 98 years ago in 1919 that Marcus Mosiah Garvey Jr., under his United Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League, launched his Black Star Line, a steam ship company that was part of his programs aimed at improving the conditions of those of African ancestry. At its peak in 1920, the UNIA-ACL claimed 4 million members. Despite Garvey’s controversial mail fraud charge, trial, conviction, jailing and deportation back to Jamaica by the US Government, his UNIA-ACL was the first Black movement that showed great potential at mobilization efforts by people of African descent.Considered a prophet by the Rastafarians for accurately predicting the coronation of a Black king in Africa (Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia) that would be the deliverer of those of the Diaspora, Garvey also influenced the formation of Pan-Africanism, the OAU (now AU), and, the United States of Africa. He was the first to ever mention the United States of Africa in a 1924 poem saying: Hail! United States of Africa – free! Hail! Motherland most bright, divinely fair! State in perfect sisterhood united. Born of truth, mighty thou shalt ever be.Shortly before Garvey’s death in 1940, his call was heeded by a young Ghanaian who graduated from Lincoln University, a Black school in Pennsylvania USA, and was smitten with the idea of a United States of Africa – Kwame Nkrumah. During his years in office, and after the formation of the OAU in 1963, Nkrumah, then Ghanaian president and father of the continent’s Pan Africanist movement, echoed Garvey’s call to unite the continent into a single political and economic bloc. As a sign of his dedication to the idea of a US of Africa, Nkrumah bought the Black Star Line, got it back on the seas and placed the name “Black Star” on everything from street signs to the center of Ghana’s red, yellow and green flag. “The emergence of such a mighty stabilizing force in this strife-torn world should be regarded…not as the shadowy dream of a visionary, but as a practical proposition which the peoples of Africa can and should translate into reality…We must act now. Tomorrow may be too late,” said Nkrumah. Yet the then 31-nation OAU didn’t heed Nkrumah’s call. Instead, Balkanization (politically unstable countries) and South Americanization (politically and economically weak and dictator-ridden countries without organic ties to one another) became the order of leadership in most countries continent-wide. Between 1963 and 2002, the continent suffered: countless coups, dictatorships and civil wars; a severe brain drain, financial mismanagement and corruption; and the displacement and deaths of millions of Africans due to war, poverty and disease. Also, during this time, regional economic blocs, ECOWAS, OERS, UDEAC, OERM, EACM, CEAO, CEDEAO* and UEA, were formed.According to another champion of the Pan African cause, Cheikh Anta Diop, a lot of these groupings failed as they were born, the Union of East Africa (Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya) being a good example. “All of them are giants with feet of clay engaged in trying to square the circle: to achieve meaningful economic unity without political union. No one wants to make the necessary sacrifice to achieve political unity. All hope to gain the benefits of economic integration without sacrificing the selfish interests of their governing groups on the altar of African unity. That is the fundamental contradiction lying at the base of all these ephemeral constructions and unions,” said Diop in his seminal work, Black Africa: The Economic and Cultural Basis for a Federated State.While these economic groupings were good starts, Diop contended that the reason why they would not work is because they were not legally binding.“The days of the nineteenth-century dwarf states are gone. Our main security and development problems can be solved only on a continental scale and preferably within a federal framework,” said Diop. Within a federated state, which involved a real surrender of sovereignty, the rules governing such a set up was irreversible, hence legally binding. With parts or all of their sovereignty transferred to a continental parliament, the borders marking these dwarf states proliferating the continent would have, in effect, become mere administrative lines. That would have solved the border disputes, still a legacy of the Berlin Conference of 1884-85 when Africa was partitioned by European powers, which plagued the continent in the early years of independence. Morocco was not part of the now AU as a result, and is not a part of ECOWAS because of this.Not willing to sacrifice their national interests for the sake of continental unity, most of the leaders at independence regarded their national coffers as personal bank accounts. The lust for more money and power saw them doing any and everything in their power, from the banning of political parties, jailing and killing political dissidents, to encouraging tribal conflicts, just to hang on to the highest office in the land, even for life.Forced to see the continent’s weak standing in this age of globalization where their wishes are ignored by bigger economies and blocs, the African countries, who trade more with other countries than with each other, decided in 2002 to form the African Union with the aim of greater integration. So after 39 years of making Africa the laughing stock of the world’s peoples, some of the dictators, their handpicked successors and a few democratically elected presidents were showing signs of seriously turning Garvey’s and Nkrumah’s call for a single economic, political and military Africa into reality. While many observers saw this drive, set for accomplishment by 2015, as the last ditch effort of washed out political icons, it is nonetheless still a possible and viable venture, a win-win situation for an economic, military and political power long in the making. But where should we start in order to get on the Black Star Line?It took 39 years from Garvey’s poem to the formation of the OAU. It took another 39 years after that for the formation of the AU. So, the talk of a U.S of Africa by 2015, while it was encouraging never sat well with me – maybe because it was way below the 39 year cycle and the fact that most of our leaders have been known for making bombastic speeches and accomplishing very little, if anything at all. Our way forward is something that most of our political ideologists have surprisingly overlooked for half a century. The advent of a forced and borrowed western style of democracy overlooked the fact that African empires had set up strong political foundations where the separation of power were their strongest points. Instead of restoring the African democratic principles, a principle under which tribalism and blatant corruption, the reasons for all the civil wars and coups that have plagued the continent since independence was impossible, the post-colonial state maintained western political hegemony over Africa.“African law must therefore be rescued from the non-law or ‘Customary Law’ to which it has been relegated because colonialism made it mimic other systems, and pluralism of law must be restored…Although colonial domination disrupted the process of state building, African societies remain plurinational by nature. The pre-colonial nations – that marked out the identities of these multinational states – survived: even though they were parceled out and often dispersed among several states, it was not impossible to reforge a societal link. Reinstating these nations will make it possible to bring to an end the crisis of national consciousness and identity that is ravaging Africa, and will prevent political manipulation of disputes over nationality,” said Professor Mwayila Tshiyembe of the Pan-African Institute of Geopolitics.The first step should be for our leaders to recognize that the state/continent is made up nations/tribes that have to work together for the common good of the state/continent, while simultaneously allowing individuals to be proud of their nationalities, religions and other orientations. This set-up was here before colonial domination and a proper restoration of our past makes for a better future. And while our leaders are still arguing over the modalities of coming together, it would take the vision and selfless passion of the Founding Fathers of Pan Africanism to accomplish this idea of continental self-interest. If China and India can rule more than a billion people from different nations/tribes, so can the United States of Africa!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Who Owns the Land Tourney Set for July 22-23?

first_imgThe national football team, Lone Star, yesterday failed to win a simple game to give honor to Chief Patron Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. The team lost 0-2 to their Mauritanian counterparts to the shame of many.However, still to recognize the President’s contribution to the development of sports, a two-day soccer and kickball tournament is scheduled to take place at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex with the last County Sports Meet big guns participating.The counties are Monsterrado, Nimba, Maryland and Margibi. The main reason for the two-day tournament, according to the assistant minister Murvee Gray, is to recognize the president’s numerous contributions that ensured that Liberian teams were always provided for financially to represent the country in international competitions.Cataloguing President Sirleaf’s support, Minister Gray recounted the government’s decision to get a foreign coach for the national team at a huge cost, with the intention that the country would benefit from his expertise.“A German coach was contracted for a period of one year to develop the national team, who was selected following a vetting process,” he said. He added that during President Sirleaf’s leadership, the perennial conflict that had existed between the Liberia Football Association and the Ministry of Youth & Sports about who controls the national team was resolved.“The senior national team was financed to participate in the 2010 Nations and World Cup qualifying rounds, though the team did not qualify after six games,” he said.The junior national team also reached the quarter-finals of the West Africa Football Union (WAFU) competition held in Nigeria.He said the female Homeless World Cup, held in Melbourne, Australia saw a Liberian team among 56 countries, with Liberia finishing second place.“The U-14 soccer team also participated in a youth tournament, sponsored by Olympique Afrique in Dakar, Senegal and Liberia reached third place,” Minister Gray said. “The government provided financial subsidies to the Liberia National Olympic Committee.” he said.He said the national Amputee Team won their tournament held in Monrovia, organized by the Amputee Football Federation of Africa, in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth & Sports and the Liberia Football Association from March-April in 2008.“That tournament was named in honor of President Ellen Sirleaf and Liberia came first, among countries like Sierra Leone, Angola and Nigeria,” he noted.Minister Gray said the national volleyball team participated in the Zone Three Competition in La Cote d’Ivoire and finished third place.He explained that the National Wrestling Federation attended a championship competition in Istanbul, Turkey; the national taekwondo team attended a competition in Seoul, South Korea and the swimming team attended the All Africa Games in Maputo, Mozambique.“Judo, karate and athletics were supported to their various competitions which showed the president’s persistent support to sporting bodies, despite their results, hoping that they would do better in the future,” he said.From 2006 up to the present, he said the National County Sports Meet has been rebranded under the theme: Sports for Peace and Development, and the rebranding is under the theme: Sports for Healthy Life.“In the wake of these numerous supports, among others, we think playing these games in her honor is the best thing to do,” Minister Gray said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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11 West African Ministries Explore Practical Policy Tools to Turn Extractives into Development Outcomes

first_imgNatural resources make significant contributions to economic growth in most African countries. But how can countries turn extractives-driven growth into development outcomes?This was at the heart of a workshop co-organized by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Collaborative Africa Budget Reform Initiative (CABRI) on September 7, in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Thirty policymakers from Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, Mali and Nigeria attended the workshop and discussed practical policy tools to help countries improve development outcomes derived from extractives.The sessions were led by policy experts from the African Natural Resources Center (ANRC) and the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) of the AfDB, and CABRI.The workshop aimed at strengthening the capability of public officials in negotiating extractives contracts, leases and concessions. It also focused on how to use financial models for appraising extractives projects and managing extractives revenue for growth and development.Among other things, the workshop participants conducted peer learning sessions and shared best practices, with a focus on experiences in West Africa.“Negotiating extractive contracts, leases and concessions, and using financial models for appraising extractives projects are key to getting more value out of projects,” said Modibo Traore, Officer-in-Charge of the African Natural Resources Center.“It is vital for governments to get their decisions right across the natural resource value chain,” he said.Nana Boateng, Program Manager at CABRI, pointed out that CABRI has done research and case studies around revenue management in the extractives sector over the past two years. Boateng highlighted the critical need for officials from ministries responsible for extractive sector to collaborate with their colleagues from finance or budget.“This needs to be further strengthened by building capabilities within these ministries,” Boateng said.Turning minerals in the ground into sustainable development outcomes will play a key role for Africa to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the High 5s – the AfDB contribution to the SDGs. The AfDB and CABRI believe that supporting peer learning and lesson sharing can equip policymakers with the right tools and build capacity.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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RENOWNED LETTERKENNY ARTIST HOLDS DERRY EXHIBITION

first_imgWith a client list from Donegal to Dublin, Letterkenny-based artist Fiona Higgins has enjoyed huge success over the last few years. The artist, who is known for her batik painting on silk, is about to launch her latest collection which will also include oil paintings inspired by the scenery of the North West.The exhibition, “Dappled Light”, will be officially opened by Noelle McAlinden, Creative Arts Advisor, ilex in the Cascade Gallery, Waterside Theatre and Arts Centre, Derry-Londonderry on Thursday 26th May at 6.00pm. A graduate in Fine Art Painting from the Dublin Institute of Technology, Fiona went on to gain a teacher’s diploma at the College of Marketing and Design. She then spent ten years working as a teacher at St. Mary’s Secondary School, Limavady, before taking the decision to become a full-time artist.With sell-out exhibitions in galleries throughout Ireland and the UK Fiona is also a regular exhibitor at the RDS Craft Fair in Dublin.She is a founding member of the Donegal Designer Makers and has exhibited at their recent sell-out shows in Ramelton and Ardara, county Donegal. Her work is on display in the Leinster Gallery, Dublin, The Island Gallery, Coleraine, The McGilloway Gallery, Derry, Leitrim Design House and the Cat and Moon, Sligo.From a well known family of artists, Fiona has also held several family exhibitions with her father Charlie McGinley, sister Deirdre and brother Donnchadh. Her new website was recently used by Google as an example of a small business making use of the web, and, at the official launch in Dublin last week Fiona presented Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD with a batik painting of Croagh Patrick.“I work in oil on canvas and Batik on silk, and my main themes are seascape and bog, inspired by memories of my childhood spent by the shore”, says Fiona.“I try to capture the patterns created by the reflection of clouds on the wet beach and the general colour and movement of the landscape. All of the scenes are close to my heart which makes them enjoyable to paint”.Iain Barr, General Manager , Waterside Theatre said “We are delighted to have Fiona show her art in Cascade Gallery, and especially as her work is inspired by the North West, I am positive it will be a very popular and successful exhibit.”“Dappled Light” runs in the Cascade Gallery, Waterside Theatre, Derry-Londonderry until Saturday 30th June, 2011. To attend the official opening or for further information, call Fiona on +353 (0) 86 1578829 or visit www.fionahiggins.com or call the Waterside Theatre on 028 71314000.EndsRENOWNED LETTERKENNY ARTIST HOLDS DERRY EXHIBITION was last modified: May 16th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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JUDGE SAYS HE HAS NO ANSWERS TO DONEGAL’S COURT BACKLOG

first_imgA judge has expressed his frustration that he has not been able to reduce the backlog in Donegal’s courts.Circuit Court Judge John O’Hagan made his comments at Letterkenny Circuit Court this morning.Judge O’Hagan addressed a packed courthouse as people arrived in court to see if their cases were going ahead or not. The judge said he had been sitting at Letterkenny Circuit Court for six years and “not much has happened.”He said he will work hard to bring down the number of cases on the list.“I don’t know what the answer is,” said Judge O’Hagan.JUDGE SAYS HE HAS NO ANSWERS TO DONEGAL’S COURT BACKLOG was last modified: July 10th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Bale wins Champions League in Cardiff and was clearly very happy about it

first_imgGareth Bale’s dreams came true as Real Madrid won the Champions League in his home city of Cardiff.Having played an important role in the 2014 and 2016 triumphs, the 27-year-old started this year’s showpiece finale on the bench.Manager Zinedine Zidane opted for Isco, with Bale being introduced in the 77th minute, making a timely return from a calf injury as Real Madrid beat Juventus 4-1.Victory saw the Spanish side become the first team in the Champions League era to retain the title and doing so on home turf meant a lot to the Wales international.“To win at home is a dream come true,” Bale told BT Sport. “It’s been a hard season and I’ve worked hard. 2 Gareth Bale has now won the Champions League three times 2 “It didn’t seem like I was going to make it to the final but I’ve worked tirelessly at home and it’s the reward you get for all the hard work you’ve put in.”Real are winners of European football’s leading club competition for a 12th time and Bale continued: “We’ve made more history. I’m a happy man to win the 12th and we’ll enjoy this moment now.“What an incredible stadium. The city have done an immaculate job in hosting such a great event and we thank everyone for that.”Zidane, meanwhile, – a former Juventus and Real Madrid player – became the first manager to retain the European title since Arrigo Sacchi accomplished the feat with AC Milan in 1989 and 1990.The Frenchman recalled previous criticism when he said: “I don’t want to say I’m very good because before I was scandalously bad as a coach and now I’m supposed to be the best.“I love football. I have the chance to be with this great club, with this great squad.“We’re working hard. We worked hard all season, thinking we could achieve things because in the long run everyone’s been very important.“For me, that’s the success and the key.”last_img read more

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GAA: URRIS GAA CLUB NOTES

first_imgGAA Bingo Every Thursday Night At 9pm In St Marys Hall Clonmany Everyone Welcome.Match & Win for 17/11/2011 No jackpot winner last week this weeks will rise to €2,500.00 numbers drawn were 3,8,13,23 the €15 consolation prizes went to Daniel McConnelogue Annagh, Eddie Mc Crystal 33 Richmond Park Omagh, Sean Toland Annagh, Leeann McLaughlin Aghilly Buncrana, Philip Ivers c/o Brineys Clonmany.Congratulations to Aine Bradley on being selected as Donegal Girls U14 player of the year at the Donegal Ladies Underage awards night in Finn Valley last Saturday night. Aine was was one of 3 Urris girls who played on the Donegal panel (Siobhan Roddy and Gráinne Hession being the other two) in 2011 and played a huge role in Donegal winning the Ulster ‘B’ championship. Scrappage Saturday – The Club will be holding a scrappage collection day at Straid on Saturday 3rd December from 10am to 4pm. All scrap metal is being collected and if you cant get your scrap to Straid let us know and we will arrange to collect it, this is your chance to clear your sheds and house of any unwanted metal items, everything from cars to washing machines bicycles to copper pipe can be got rid of. If you want to arrange collection give John Friel 0860523550 or David Hession 0860538537 a call.Presentation Nights – The Senior Presentation Night will take place in the Strand Hotel on Saturday 26th November at 8.30pm,price of the meal on the night is €20 – €5 extra for steak. We would encourage all our members both players and supporters to come out and celebrate another year of footballing endeavours in what is always one of the highlights of the Urris calendar.Please contact David or John to confirm attendance before the 24th November.Annual Mass for the deceased will take place in the Club House Straid on Thursday 24th November at 7pm all welcome.2011 A.G.M of Urris GAA Club will take place on Sunday 4th December at 6pm in the Day Centre Cleagh. Motions for the A.G.M must be delivered in writing to David Hession on or before the 20th November for consideration by the meeting. New Club Website is up and running at www.urris.gaa.ie so check it out for all the clubs up to date news.Club Merchandise – the club has a range of merchandise available in all sizes polo shirts hoodies jackets and not forgetting the all important urris hat for the coming winter contact Alan on 0879029672.Any items for the notes please send to lckn3@eircom.net or text to Liz O’Neill on 0863858629 before 9pm on Sunday evening.Club Merchandise – the club has a range of merchandise available in all sizes polo shirts hoodies jackets and not forgetting the all important urris hat for the coming winter contact Alan on 0879029672.Results: Minors 2-12 Malin 0-4, Reserves 0-8 Buncrana 0-8, Seniors 3-12 Buncrana 0-10. Fixtures: No details on the coming weeks fixtures available yet check donegalgaa.ie for information.Any items for the notes email to lckn3@eircom.net or text to Liz O’Neill 0863858629 before 9pm on Sunday.GAA: URRIS GAA CLUB NOTES was last modified: November 20th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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: URRIS GAA CLUB NOTESlast_img read more

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GOLF NEWS: OTWAY HOST VERY SUCCESSFUL PRESIDENT’S DAY LAST WEEKEND

first_imgOtway Golf News:Congratulations to club President Dessie Crerand on a very successful Presidents day last Saturday at Otway. While the weather has been typically Irish so far this year. Unpredictable, Dessie’s guests and club members were blessed with summer temperatures and ideal playing conditions. On the day, the best was kept till last, as Damian Gallagher took to the course as last of the participants, but finished first on the podium to claim Dessie’s Presidents prize with 43 pts. In second place on 41 was Peter Friel, pipping brother Philip on break of tie into third. Paul Murray won the gross prize, while the nines went to Shaun Sweeney and Sam Anderson. Sean Duffy hit the longest drive, and nearest the pin was Martin O’Reilly. The ladies 9 hole competition was won by Orla Gallagher with Mary Hasson coming a close second. Well done to Dessie and his partner Joan for organising a very enjoyable day of golf, a tasty bite to eat after battle, and a night of entertainment into the wee hours. The spirit of competition and entertainment continues this Saturday 29th when lady captain Iris Condron hosts her big day, with the gents invited to participate in a nine hole competition at 5pm, and the now-famous barbeque on completion. Best of luck to Iris and all the ladies and gents taking part on the day. GOLF NEWS: OTWAY HOST VERY SUCCESSFUL PRESIDENT’S DAY LAST WEEKEND was last modified: August 25th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:golfOtwaySportlast_img read more

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Appreciate Your Gifts

first_img Microsoft has a novel take on human beings: use them as antennas.  Live Science reported that since the human body gives off detectable electromagnetic signals, the signals could be harnessed to create a home automation system that learns the layout of the house, then automatically responds to the body.  Some day you might turn on lights when you walk into a room, use gestures to turn up the thermostat or control the volume of music, or operate appliances without knobs or switches.     The human body is a natural antenna, the article said.  “It reliably picks up the electromagnetic signals that emanate from all electrical systems and appliances in the home.  These ambient signals can be used to create an affordable home automation system that controls household electronics with a pat on the wall or even a simple hand gesture.”     Many are already familiar with the Wii and Kinect game consoles that respond to body movements, and light switches that respond to hand clapping.  Tapping into human electromagnetic signals opens up new vistas.  The possibilities for “controller free living” are virtually limitless, reporter Leslie Meredith said.     A visitor from the past would probably worry he was seeing witchcraft if a wave of the hand could turn on the lights – but it would just be a clever application of manipulating plain old natural forces, like the old theremin musical instrument that fascinated 1920s viewers with music made by a wave of the hand (see Theremin World).  When humans can get cats to respond to gestures, then they’ll really have something. Math brain:  Studies of Amazon tribespeople show that they have an innate understanding of Euclidean geometry, even without ever learning it at school.  For the BBC News, Jason Palmer reported, “Tests given to an Amazonian tribe called the Mundurucu suggest thatour intuitions about geometry are innate.”     People in the Mundurucu tribe only have approximations for numbers, and no language for geometry, but they showed comparable skill to French and US schoolchildren, even exceeding them in some ways.     The researchers believe this shows that geometry is intuitive for humans: “they seemed to have an intuition about lines and geometric shapes without formal education or even the relevant words.”  They even grasped some non-Euclidean geometry better than some westerners, such as understanding that parallel lines on a sphere can intersect. Baby skill set:  Live Science posted a gallery of “Nine Brainy Baby Abilities,” including innate knowledge of social power, mind meld with dogs, following others’ moods, dancing, mimicking, learning during sleep, rudimentary math abilities, ability to learn language, and innate ability to judge character. Infant rationality:  A study in Science was titled, “Pure Reasoning in 12-Month-Old Infants as Probabilistic Inference.”1  Whether they can or Kant make a Critique of Pure Reason is a question for philosophers.  The abstract said, Many organisms can predict future events from the statistics of past experience, but humans also excel at making predictions by pure reasoning: integrating multiple sources of information, guided by abstract knowledge, to form rational expectations about novel situations, never directly experienced.  Here, we show that this reasoning is surprisingly rich, powerful, and coherent even in preverbal infants.  When 12-month-old infants view complex displays of multiple moving objects, they form time-varying expectations about future events that are asystematic and rational function of several stimulus variables. See also the Live Science review of this paper.  It commented that robot designers have biomimetics on their brain: “The goal, [Joshua] Tenenbaum [MIT] said, is a sort of‘reverse engineering’ of infant cognition that might help robotics developers build machines that interact with the world more like the human brain does.” Beautiful brain:  Behind the outward shows of rationality are amazing cells.  Science Dailyposted a color picture of the brain’s most common cell, the astrocyte.  “Long considered to be little more than putty in the brain and spinal cord, the star-shaped astrocyte has found new respect among neuroscientists who have begun to recognize its many functions in the brain, not to mention its role in a range of disorders of the central nervous system.”  A group of researchers at the University of Madison-Wisconsin has now succeeded in culturing some of these cells in a lab dish.     Other animals have astrocytes, don’t they?  “Astrocytes, some studies suggest, may even play a role in human intelligence given that their volume is much greater in the human brain than any other species of animal,” the article answered.  They are involved in every brain function. Blind as a bat:  The BBC News, Medical Xpress and Live Science discussed how the blind can develop a sixth sense, a kind of echolocation, that helps them navigate in the absence of vision. “Some blind people are able to use the sound of echoes to ‘see’ where things are and to navigate their environment,” Live Science said.  “Now, a new study finds that these people may even be using visual parts of their brains to process the sounds.”     In fact, even sighted people can learn how to echolocate.  This raises the interesting idea that humans are “over-engineered” for perception, but through lack of practice fail to use all the latent abilities available to them. Power stroke:  When you switch from walking to running, your body switches gears.  The power in walking comes from the hips, but when running, the body switches to get its power from the ankles, an article on PhysOrg discussed.  Researchers at North Carolina State measured this “tradeoff” that occurs automatically; humans just take it in stride. We like to showcase stories of amazing animals, but humans are special, too.  What animal can boast some of the qualities that science has recently reported?center_img 1.  Teglas, Vul et al, “Pure Reasoning in 12-Month-Old Infants as Probabilistic Inference,” Science, 27 May 2011: Vol. 332 no. 6033 pp. 1054-1059, DOI: 10.1126/science.1196404. Have you ever seen an animal make shadow puppets of human beings?  Why not?  Parrots can talk and sing, but they don’t reason about parallel lines on spheres.  Gorillas make gestures, but they don’t write software to turn up the music with them.  Peregrine falcons are fast, but humans make jets that fly faster than sound.  Whales are great divers, but humans build submarines that study life at deep-sea vents.  Birds navigate by the stars, but humans build spacecraft with star trackers that orbit distant planets.  It seems we have some bragging rights.  Let the one who designed these innate capabilities in himself cast the first boast. (Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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