Nominations open for Australia Day Awards

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Galway Athletics Report

first_imgOther resultsAthletics Ireland president Georgina Drumm with men’s runners, Eskander Turki of Monaghan Town Runners, 3rd place, Freddie Keron, Raheny Shamrocks, 1st place, Brendan McDonnell of Galway City Harriers, 2nd place, after the Irish Runner 5 Mile at the Phoenix Park in Dublin.Brendan McDonnell of GCH took second place at the highly competitive Irish Runner 5 Mile at the Phoenix Park in Dublin at the weekend. McDonnell clocked 25.16 to finish just behind Freddy Sittuk of RahenyGCH Junior athletes Thomas McStay and Aaron Brennan travelled to the UK to compete in the University of Birmingham series of races, with McStay clocking a sub four-minute 1500m time and a solid 8.45 personal best for 3000m, and Brennan running a PB of 8.52 over the 3k distance Tailteann GamesRobert McDonnell of Colaiste na Coiribe/GCH winner of the Tailteann games 400m Schools event, who has been selected for the Irish Schools teamThe prestigious schools interprovincial track and field event Tailteann Games, was held last Saturday in Dublin, and featured many of Galway’s top track and field athletes.Robert McDonnell of GCH took pride of place, as he won the 400 metres well, in 50.73, for Colaiste Na Coiribe.  Emma Moore of Presentation Athenry was second in the Girls 800m, while Seren O’Toole of Ballinrobe and GCH was also second, over 300m Hurdles.  All three athletes now qualify for the Schools International to be held in July in Scotland. There were other good results via Chloe Casey of St Raphael’s Loughrea was third in the Discus, while Eimear Rowe of Mercy Tuam placed fourth in the 300metres. International Relays Castlegar Track and Field Tribal gamesCastlegar AC’s Tribal Games takes place Saturday 30th June next in Merlin Woods City Park in Doughiska. The track and field event features Ireland richest grass mile, and includes competitions for Juvenile and adult athletes. The event starts at 5pm on the day.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email National LeagueThe National Track and Field League was held in sweltering conditions in Templemore, Tipperary on Sunday last, with GCH, Galway Ladies and Galway Men’s teams all taking part in Round One of the competition.Galway City Harriers Men’s team topped their pool in the Premier Division with a fantastic team display orchestrated by manager Cliff Jennings. Their performance included event double wins by Sean Breathnach in the Shot Putt and Weight for Distance throws, and by Cillin Greene who was first home in both 100m and 200m sprints. The squad also had second place finishes via Brendan Staunton in Discus, James Frizzell over 800m, Henrique Novokolata in the Triple Jump, Talon Thompson second in the Steeplechase, and strong performances elsewhere including Neill Keane over 1500mGalway Ladies team finished fourth overall in the Premier Division, with highlights including a win for Aisling Joyce in the 1500m, a first and second place for team manager  Sarah Finnegan in the 100m Hurdles and Triple Jump, and second places for Cathy McKenna in the Javelin, Maeve Curley in the Walk, and Sinead Treacy over 200m.Galway County men’s team were a very respectable third overall in Division One, led by managers Sean McDermott and Michael Tobin, there were some outstanding performances by the likes of Brendan Lynch, who won the 400m Hurdles and was second Dion both Triple Jump and Long Jump, Jerry Keary, who was victorious in the High Jump, as was the evergreen Tommy Farragher in the Hammer throw. Ronnie Warde was runner up over 100m and also competed well in the Shot Putt, and Damien O’Boyle also took second in a new event for him in the 3k Walk.All three Galway teams will aim to qualify for the final now, with the second and final qualifying round to be held July 8th in Athlone. Irish Junior Relay 4x100m squad, who qualified for World Juniors, with Jack Dempsey of GCH on right and David Murphy Aaron Sexton and David McDonald.Jack Dempsey of Galway City Harriers competed on the Irish squad who were successful in getting the 4x100m Relay qualifying standard for the World Youth Championships, in a meeting in Mannheim, Germany last Saturday. The Irish squad clocked a National record of 40.30 seconds with Dempsey along with Aaron Sexton, David McDonald and David Murphy all combining brilliantly to secure the standard FixturesNational ChampionshipsThis weekend sees the start of the National Track and Field championships programme, with two events to be held in Tullamore.On Saturday June 30th, the Juniors and U23s take place in Tullamore, with many Galway athletes competing including Cillin Greene in 100/200m, Aisling Joyce in middle distance, James Frizzell (800/1500m), Jonah Erugo 200/400m, Nicole King (400m), Jerry Keary in High Jump and Sinead Treacy over 200m all likely to feature.On Sunday July 1st, the National Paired Juvenile team events for Under 9s, 10s and 11s takes centre stage, along with the u9-11 Relays and the U12 and 13 Field eventslast_img read more

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‘Yes, always you’ Milan tell Balotelli

first_imgBalotelli exposed the ‘Why Always Me?’ message after scoring two goals in an October 2011 derby against Manchester United.The message was generally believed to target the many media reports of the many stunts and incidents that made Balotelli a household name during his time in the Premier League.Two days prior to the derby in question, for example, Balotelli set his house on fire after throwing fireworks out of the bathroom window.Balotelli arrived in Milan on Wednesday and said he hoped he could revive his career after a roller-coaster spell with the English champions.“I didn’t start the season very well with City so I am coming to Milan to revive myself and to do well,” said Balotelli as he prepared to return to Serie A in a deal said to be worth around $30 million (22 million euros).“I have wanted to play for Milan for a long time, but I was with other teams. When this chance came along I grabbed it. I hope Milan can become a big club again.”Balotelli, who will wear the number 45 shirt, was set to complete a medical on Thursday and be unveiled to the press on Friday evening.Milan, who have climbed to fifth place at 12 points behind leaders Juventus following a disastrous start to the season, host Udinese on Sunday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000MILAN, Italy, Janury 31 – AC Milan have welcomed Mario Balotelli to the club following his arrival from Manchester City with a cheeky reference to the ‘Why Always Me?’ T-shirt the striker famously exposed in a 2011 derby against United.‘Yes, always you’, was the headline on the Milan webpage officially welcoming Balotelli to the Rossoneri, a club he openly supported while playing for Milan rivals Inter.last_img read more

Husky Energy puts 500 retail operations and Prince George refinery on the block

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – Husky Energy Inc. says it is looking at getting out of retailing fuels to consumers after 80 years in the business.The Calgary-based oilsands producer says it is launching a strategic review that could result in it selling its Canadian retail and commercial fuels business and its small Prince George, B.C., refinery.It says it prefers to focus on its core upstream assets in northeastern Alberta, Atlantic Canada and the Asia Pacific region, adding the decision is not related to its offer that expires next week to buy oilsands rival MEG Energy Corp.- Advertisement -Husky has more than 500 service stations, travel centres, cardlock operations and bulk distribution facilities from British Columbia to New Brunswick. Its myHusky Rewards loyalty program has about 1.6 million members.The 12,000-barrel-per-day refinery in Prince George processes light oil into gasoline, diesel and other products for nearby regions of B.C. It owns two refineries and is half-owner of a third in the United States.Spokesman Mel Duvall says Husky started selling fuel to consumers in 1938 shortly after the original owner built a small refinery in Cody, Wyo. The refinery was moved to Lloydminster on the Alberta-Saskatchewan border in 1946.Advertisement CEO Rob Peabody says in a news release the businesses are “highly marketable” and will attract strong interest and valuations.TD Securities Inc. is acting as financial adviser, with Torys LLP as legal adviser.last_img read more

‘He owes Spurs nothing’ – Carragher says Pochettino should take Man United job

first_img“What has taken four-and-a-half years to build at Tottenham can be achieved sooner with the players he inherits, the same clever management he has demonstrated in north London and astute signings.”Carragher also claimed how he felt Pochettino is frustrated by the constraints at Spurs, with a small transfer budget and lack of ambition holding him back.He added: “It is naïve to believe Pochettino will be content working at a club where qualifying rather than winning the Champions League is the measure of success.“He does not want the comfort of knowing he is safe from the sack if he finishes in the top four. He wants to win the Premier League and Champions League. gameday cracker Pochettino still has four and a half years left on his contract but Liverpool legend Carragher believes Spurs fans need a “reality check” regarding the Argentine’s future, claiming the north London side “will never be as big as Manchester United.”Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Carragher advised the former Southampton boss to ditch Spurs.Carragher said: “If Mauricio Pochettino is offered the Manchester United job, he has to take it.“That is a hard for Tottenham Hotspur supporters to accept. Sadly for them, it is inevitable that they are prey to a more powerful Premier League rival. Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City deals REVEALED Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 3 huge blow no dice Latest Premier League News Carragher believes Pochettino does not owe Spurs anything tense center_img “Hearing some arguments against Pochettino moving to Manchester United, I cannot help but think a reality check is needed. I do not write this to be disrespectful to Spurs.“It does not matter how great Spurs’ new stadium is and how many supporters fill it. It does not even matter what they win this season or over the next few years.“Spurs are not Manchester United. They will never be as big as Manchester United.“Questions like, “Why would Pochettino leave Tottenham now?” amount to a loyalty plea. Pochettino owes Spurs nothing. He has done an unbelievable job with a fraction of United’s budget. Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card shining Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Carragher believes Pochettino is destined for a move to Old Trafford 3 REVEALED Jamie Carragher believes Mauricio Pochettino has to take the Manchester United manager’s job at the end of the season.The Tottenham boss has been highlighted as the favourite to permanently succeed Jose Mourinho, who was sacked from his post earlier this week. Pochettino is viewed by many as the ideal man to permanently succeed Mourinho 3 “He knows which clubs are best equipped to do it, not just on the occasional basis, but every season.“He knows these chances do not come around often. If he does not take it this time and an alternative candidate succeeds, it may never come around again.“It is already football’s worst kept secret that United want Pochettino. It would be one of football’s biggest surprises if they do not get him.”last_img read more

The Retail Equation/Sysrepublic Names Sean Manion New Vice President of Regional Sales

first_imgThe Retail Equation and Sysrepublic, industry leaders in retail analytics solutions and the newly merged retail business unit of Appriss, today named Sean P. Manion vice president of regional sales. With 28 years of retail sales experience, Manion is exceptionally skilled at selling technology-based solutions and has deep experience in the retail industry, specifically across vertical markets such as specialty, department stores, grocery, hospitality, and automotive. He will be responsible for leading the continued growth of The Retail Equation and Sysrepublic’s suite of retail analytics solutions.Prior to joining the company, Manion held several executive-level sales positions with Demandware, Inc.; GlobalBay/Verifone Inc.; and MICROS-Retail. While at MICROS-Retail, Manion led the company’s growth for 10 years through the sale of solutions for point-of-sale and retail loss prevention. He has worked with more than 80 retailers throughout his sales career.“As retailers continue to realize significant value from The Retail Equation’s and Sysrepublic’s combined retail exception-based reporting and return fraud solutions, there is increasing demand for these services,” said Mark Hammond, CEO of The Retail Equation. “Manion’s deep experience working with retailers across many vertical markets will support our aggressive growth initiatives.”- Sponsor – Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Census Director Nominee Promises to Control Costs for 2020

first_imgThe biggest challenge facing the U.S. Census Bureau is to rein in the spiraling costs of the decennial census. Yesterday, at his confirmation hearing, the likely next census director told a Senate panel that he could break that cycle for the next census in 2020—but only if the agency is given enough money ahead of time to road-test putting the census online and making other changes in how the data are collected.John Thompson, now president of the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) in Chicago, Illinois, has been nominated by President Barack Obama to succeed Robert Groves as director of the Census Bureau. Trained as a statistician, Thompson knows the bureau well, having spent 27 years there and having led the 2000 census before joining NORC in 2002. And his return to the agency seems like a sure bet judging from the bipartisan support that he received during yesterday’s appearance before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.The 2010 census cost $13 billion, and that number is projected to exceed $25 billion for the 2020 census. But the committee’s chairman, Senator Tom Carper (D-DE), said that “a $25 billion decennial census is unacceptable.” Minutes later, the panel’s top Republican, Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn, called the figure “ridiculous.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Thompson said he readily agreed that the next census has to cost a lot less than that. Under questioning from Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI), he even promised “to put in place a [2020] census that is no more expensive than in 2010, except for inflation.”Thompson said that the agency has developed four “promising options” to bend the cost curve. The biggest change, he said, would be “to use the Internet as the primary self-response option.” The Census Bureau also wants to cut down on the number of fieldworkers needed to go door-to-door by tapping into the reams of demographic data already collected by other federal agencies. Using existing geographic tools such as Google Maps should cut down on the cost of preparing the address lists that form the basis of each census, he added, and collecting data electronically should reduce the amount of time spent on field operations.But Thompson also reminded lawmakers that there are plenty of wrinkles to be ironed out before these changes can be incorporated into the next census. “To realize this potential,” he said in written answers to questions from the panel, “there must be funding to support the advance research necessary to take full advantage of these opportunities.” His unspoken message was clear: If Congress continues to cut the bureau’s annual budget as part of the overall push to reduce government spending, we won’t be able to work out the kinks in time for April 2020.While controlling costs is the most pressing issue for the agency, Republicans on the Senate panel also used the hearing to register their unhappiness with what they regard as inappropriate and intrusive questions on the decennial census and its longer and more frequent cousin, the monthly American Community Survey (ACS). The issue has become a rallying point for those concerned about privacy and trust in government, said Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH). “Some of these questions are quite personal,” she told Thompson. “They would get my dander up.” To make her point, she cited a question on the ACS about whether persons with physical or mental disabilities have trouble dressing or bathing themselves.Thompson’s response was diplomatic but firm. “Senator, I certainly do not want to unduly burden the American public,” he said. “And my entire professional career has been devoted to protecting the privacy of survey recipients. … But I also want to collect the important information that this survey is designed to generate.”Johnson also asked Thompson about the possible fines, which he said range from $100 to $5000, facing survey recipients if they do not fill out the questionnaire. Thompson acknowledged that the law exists but said it was a matter for the Justice Department, not the Census Bureau. “I don’t think fining people is the right way to encourage their response,” he said. “We are a data collection agency, not an enforcement agency,” he added, saying that he didn’t know how the fines were assessed.After the hearing, Carper told ScienceInsider that he agreed with Thompson that fines are not a useful tool to encourage participation and that public education is the way to go. “We need to do a better job of explaining to people why we have this survey, how it helps local and state government and the business community,” Carper said. “And that’s not just the job of the federal government.”Asked how quickly he expected Thompson’s nomination to be taken up by the full Senate, Carper said that he was “encouraged” by the presence of Coburn, Johnson, and Ayotte at the hearing and by what he characterized as their “positive” comments. He said that he couldn’t promise a final vote before the Senate recesses in August but added, “I’ve not heard of anything today that would cause us to slow down.” NORC at the University of Chicago John Thompsonlast_img read more

Food and Fuel: 2 Grand Challenges Facing Us this Earth Day

first_imgSince the very first Earth Day more than four decades ago, the environmental movement has tackled a wide range of problems, including air pollution, contaminated water, deforestation, biodiversity loss, and more. But this Earth Day, I propose that there are two fundamental issues the movement must address over the coming decade if it is ever to defuse the tension between development and the environment. In fact, these two issues underlie many, if not most, of the world’s environmental challenges.I’m referring here to the human quest for food and the human quest for fuel.Unsustainable Food ProductionFood production has significant―but often underestimated―impacts on the environment. Take climate, for instance: About one-quarter of the world’s annual greenhouse gas emissions are agriculture-related. In particular, nearly 13 percent of global emissions comes from livestock, fertilizer use, and farm-related energy consumption, while another 11 percent results from the clearing of forests and other ecosystems, primarily for agriculture.Take water: Agriculture is responsible for approximately 70 percent of the world’s freshwater withdrawals and up to 85 percent of its freshwater consumption. Farming also impacts water quality; excess fertilizer washes from farm fields into waterways, creating massive “dead zones” in lakes and coastal waters.Or take land: Today, nearly 50 percent of the planet’s land mass outside of deserts and permanent ice is used for growing food. Next time you take a flight, look out the window. Most of what you will see isn’t cities and concrete; it’s farms and pastures.And then there are the oceans. Fishing now occurs across one-third of the world’s marine surface, and unsustainable fishing threatens 60 percent of the world’s coral reefs.The Environmental Costs of FuelThe human quest for fuel―or energy―has similar, wide-scale impacts. Take climate, once again: About two-thirds of global greenhouse gas emissions arise from burning coal, oil, and natural gas for power, heat, and mobility.Take air pollution: Burning coal is a major source of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, particulate matter, and mercury emissions, which are implicated in smog, acid rain, and various human health problems. And recent events in Beijing—where residents inhale life-threatening pollutants—remind us that urban air pollution woes are far from over.Or take water: Energy demand for freshwater withdrawal is projected to double by 2030.Our Mission, Should We Choose to Accept ItOf course, all of this doesn’t mean we should forgo food and fuel. We all need to eat; we all need energy to improve our lives. And food and fuel are critical for the global economy. Although it directly accounts for just 3 percent of global GDP, agriculture employs more than 2 billion people. That’s more than one-quarter of the human population. Likewise, the energy sector is a large direct and indirect employer around the world.If the aspirations of Earth Day are ever to be realized, then figuring out how to implement sustainable agriculture and deploy sustainable energy at scale will need to be a strong focus of the environmental movement. Such a focus would directly tackle the underlying causes of most of the world’s environmental challenges. It would ensure environmentalism aligns with human development—little is more basic to human well-being than food and energy. And such a focus would be relevant for all nations—every country is concerned about its food and energy security.So it boils down to food and fuel. Fix these, and much of the rest may fall into place.last_img read more