Carifta Trials in Montego Bay?

first_imgJanuary 23 was a momentous day in the history of Jamaican track and field. Most people will remember it as the day Calabar High School opened the doors to its first synthetic track to be laid at a high school in Jamaica. The meet, the first McKenley/Wint Classic, was a memorable occasion.The mood was bright as all present enjoyed the sight and feel of the new facility. From a viewing perspective, the only drawbacks are that the throws and horizontal jumps are outside the oval, but that doesn’t detract from the overall value the new track brings. In any case, those ‘so-called’ drawbacks disappear if you view the new facility mainly as a training venue.As befits a meet carrying the names of megastar Olympians Arthur Wint and Herb McKenley, the event was thoughtfully operated with ticketing, parking and access to the track well worked out. It seems reasonable to assume that in the years to come, the grounds around the track will be developed with additional spectator seating and lighting.Calabar High wasn’t the only place that a new track opened on the 23rd. Thirty minutes away, the newly resurfaced oval at the GC Foster College for Physical Education & Sport was put into service at the Central Hurdles and Relays meet.Never before have two new synthetic tracks been opened in Jamaica on the same day. That’s history.Calabar High and GC Foster College join the National Stadium, the Stadium East field, the University of the West Indies and the Catherine Hall Sport Complex as locations with modern tracks.Catherine Hall is a great venue. It has already hosted the 2011 Carifta Games and shortly will play host to the annual Western Championships and Western Relays. For at least two reasons, it might be a good idea to move the Carifta Trials between Kingston and Montego Bay.Having the Trials at the Sports Complex might stimulate interest in the sport in the west. It would also relieve western teams of the financial burden of travelling in alternate years. As things stand, western teams must budget for trips to Kingston for the Gibson-McCook Relays, the Trials and Boys and Girls’ Championships, as well as for other meets in the Corporate Area that fit their needs.Consider a future where a synthetic track is laid at a central Jamaica venue like the Kirkvine Sports Club just outside Mandeville. In that future, the Trials could move from Kingston to Kirkvine and then to Montego Bay. Imagine that.n HUBERT LAWRENCE has been making notes at track side since 1980.last_img read more

‘Enough is enough!’ – Liverpool fan creates fundraising page in bid to get Brendan Rodgers sacked

first_imgOnly two people have jumped on board the cause so far, with 15 euros currently raised, but it should still be an alarming incident for Rodgers.Michael Gavin established the idea following the heavy United defeat, and wrote the following description to accompany the ‘gofundme’ page:“Brendan Rodgers’ time is up. There’s not much more of this insipid football anyone can take, from the horrific signings to the tired cliches used in the media week in, week out. Enough is enough.“It’s reported that it will take €10 million to sack him so this page has been set up to show FSG that LFC fans are so desperate to get rid of him that we are willing to pay for his sacking.“Please donate whatever money you can and share this page across all your social media pages.”Is he right? Is Rodgers’ time up on Merseyside? Vote here. Times are tough for Liverpool fans.A second successive humiliating league defeat, the latter coming against their great rivals Manchester United on Saturday, has scuppered any cause for optimism after a promising start to the campaign.The Reds were abject at best during their 3-1 reverse at Old Trafford, and many of the Anfield faithful saw the display as the final nail in Brendan Rodgers’ managerial coffin.One dismayed supporter in particular has gone to real extremes to voice his displeasure, taking to crowdfunding in an attempt to get the Ulsterman sacked. Brendan Rodgers 2 2last_img read more


first_imgLetterkenny based CloudConsulting.io are seeking Java/Python engineers to work on the very latest cloud technology.CloudConsulting.io is an exciting tech startup delivering cloud based software and professional services to clients worldwide.We are looking for Java developers and Cloud Consultants to build the latest in cloud automation software working with Amazon AWS, Google GCP and Microsoft Azure. We currently have a number of exciting development roles for automation systems, metics systems and large scale photo and video processing.About YouAn ideal candidate will have a knack for solving a broad range of problems using a wide array of technologies.You will need to be enthusiastic about learning and will need adapt to new technologies on a regular basis. Responsibilities• Design & develop solutions primarily in Java with Spring, Bootstrap and AngularJS• Design and develop cloud solutions for clients worldwide cloud across all major cloud providers• Improve architecture and optimize performance of very complex cloud software systems• Troubleshoot and resolve problems • Engage in pair programming with a peer to not only develop but also execute on Quality related tasks such as code reviews, unit tests, functional testing, automation of functional and performance test cases to ensure that the features are delivered to highest quality.Desired Skills• 3+ years Java application development experience• Strong experience in both the front-end web tier (JavaScript, AngularJS, Bootstrap, AJAX, HTML, CSS, and cross-browser development) and back end (Java, SQL) software development • Experience with web services development• Experience building usable and scalable systems or applications• Strong object oriented design skills and experience using design patterns• Strong affinity to delivering features with high quality• Ability to learn and adapt quickly in a dynamic environment• Ability to work on multiple projects against aggressive deadlines• Bachelor’s degree in computer science or equivalent experience•Knowledge of Agile developmentCandidates having .NET / C++ / Python Experience may also be considered.Please send your CV to info@cloudconsulting.ioJOB VACANCY: LETTERKENNY BASED CLOUD CONSULTING COMPANY SEEKING JAVA/PYTHON ENGINEERS was last modified: August 5th, 2014 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:Cloud ComputingCoLabJOB VACANCY: Jobsletterkennynewslast_img read more


first_imgLetterkenny’s newest development Rann Mor Meadow is selling fast and is ticking all the right boxes for potential new home-owners looking to invest in property.The only “A” rated energy efficient homes in Letterkenny are attracting huge interest because of their fantastic energy efficient specifications.Rann Mor Meadow, located just a short distance from the town is an ideal location for new home-owners. The first phase of fifteen homes are almost sold out, indicating clearly the popularity of the new homes.Rann Mor Meadow boasts a superb range of features – which will ultimately save new home-owners thousands of euros every year.Developers GDC (Ireland) Limited has a long and proud reputation of building quality homes, and this current new development at Rann Mor Meadow is finished to the highest of standards.Their commitment to finishing off the communal areas and overall appearance of the estates is there for all to see. GDC (Ireland) Limited prides itself in ensuring that services and landscaping are completed to the highest of standards, so that proud new homeowners can also move in with peace of mind regarding the completion of all developments.Prices at Rann Mor Meadow start at just €122,500, and with the first phase of fifteen homes almost sold out, it shows that new homeowners can clearly see their is superb value for their money in investing in the property at Rann Mor Meadow.With the housing market expected to continue its recovery in the next couple of years, these homes represent unbelievable value for money.Daniel Doherty, Managing Director of GDC (Ireland) Limited told Donegal Daily, “We are delighted with the feedback and response we are getting from people.“It is always satisfying to see people who appreciate your work and product so much. “They are able to make one of life’s biggest commitments (buying a home) with confidence and hopefully will enjoy many happy years in Rann Mor Meadow.“Rann Mor Meadow ticks all the boxes, Daniel concluded.The homes include solar panels, triple glazed windows, extra thick cavity block walls with added insulation, supreme air tightness, and heating control zones.Combined with condensing oil fired central heating and a solid fuel back boiler linked to the central heating system this all leads to huge savings in energy costs over the lifetime of these houses. Indeed, Daniel also revealed that the heating costs are estimated to work out at less than €1 a day.Mary Rainey of selling agents, Sherry FitzGerald Rainey, has revealed there has been a ‘significant’ amount enquiries and is adamant that new home-owners can see the ‘real’ benefits from these energy efficient homes.Mary Rainey said, “People are becoming more cost conscious.“These market leading energy efficient homes will save their owners a considerable amount of money every year.People can also see the quality of other nearby developments by GDC, like Rann Mor Walk, Rann Mor Close and Rann Mor Court.For further details, contact GDC (Ireland) Limited, Kilderry, Muff, Co. Donegal. Tel: 074 9384700. E-mail: info@gdcirl.com of the selling agents Sherry FitzGerald Rainey, Letterkenny, on 074 91 22211 or see http://www.sfr.ieFIRST PHASE OF HOMES ALMOST SOLD OUT AT SUPERB RANN MOR MEADOW DEVELOPMENT was last modified: November 7th, 2014 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:BusinessFeaturesGDC Ireland LTDnewsRann Mor Meadow Estatelast_img read more

Carndonagh actors bring hit musical Oklahoma! back to the stage

first_imgCarndonagh Musical Society are taking to the stage again in the Colgan Hall, with their 2018 production, Oklahoma! running from 21st-25th March. Part charming love story, part stirring retelling of American history, and many parts beloved songs and stunning dance, Oklahoma!was the first collaboration by the legendary team of composer Richard Rodgers and librettist Oscar Hammerstein II. The production was a milestone in the development of American musical theatre for its fusion of song, story and dance.  The musical is based on Lynn Riggs’ 1931 play, Green Grow the Lilacs, and features much-loved songs like ‘Oh, what a beautiful morning’, ‘I’m just a girl who can’t say no!’ and ‘People will say we’re in love’. Set in Western Indian Territory just after the turn of the 20th Century, the spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the backdrop for the love story of farm girl Laurey Williams (Annah Lafferty) and her courtship by two rival suitors, cowboy Curly McLain (Shane Devlin) and the sinister and frightening farmhand Jud Fry (Shaun Tully). There’s a box social coming up, and Curly asks Laurey if she’ll be his date. Trouble is, Laurey thinks he’s waited too long, and in a fit of pique accepts an offer from the boorish Jud instead. Meanwhile, Laurey’s friend Ado Annie (Stella Farren) is also torn between two men: a cowboy named Will Parker (Kevin Doherty Glack) and a foreign peddler, Ali Hakim (Paul McElhinney). Both women struggle to know their own hearts before it’s too late. The young folks are guided through this turbulent journey by Laurey’s Aunt Eller (Karen McLaughlin) and Ado Annie’s father Andrew Carnes (John McLachlan) Annah Lafferty as LaureyKevin Doherty as WillShane Devlin as CurlyStella Farren as Ado AnnieThese talented local actors are supported by an all-singing, all-dancing chorus, from all over Inishowen, who have been working since January on their sharp-shooting, line-dancing and burlesque skills, as well as revelling in the superb choruses, ‘The Farmer and the Cowman’ and ‘Oklahoma’. It is almost 30 years since Oklahoma was last staged in the Colgan Hall, and CMS is delighted that some of the cast from that original production will be taking to the stage again in March. This year’s production is directed by Danielle Kelly, no stranger to the Colgan Hall stage herself, with choreography by Marian Hennigan and musical direction by Helen Haughey. Tickets go on sale in Doherty’s Newsagents (Fintans), The Diamond, Carndonagh, from Monday March 5th. Adults €12, children €6. The show runs nightly from Wednesday 21st March to Sunday 25th March, in the Colgan Hall, Carndonagh. Doors open at 6.45, and the curtain goes up at 7.30 sharp. For further information, see Carndonagh Musical Society on Facebook, or contact carndonaghmusical@gmail.comCarndonagh actors bring hit musical Oklahoma! back to the stage was last modified: March 19th, 2018 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:Carndonagh Musical SocietyColgan HalleventsInishowenmusicaloklahomatheatreWhat’s on?last_img read more

Bangin’ Around to Get Something New Under the Sun

first_imgYou’ve heard of the Big Bang, and the Cambrian Explosion.  Now, to get the solar system started, astronomers have added a Little Bang to move things along in the naturalistic path from nothing to everything.  Science Daily, Space.com and PhysOrg all reprinted a press release from the Carnegie Institution claiming that a nearby supernova led to our solar system.    Alan Boss thinks he’s gotten the devil out of the details.  A nearby supernova, you see, was needed in the model for two reasons: to get our sun’s birth cloud to gravitationally collapse, and to seed it with isotopes like iron-60, whose short-lived daughter radionuclides are found in some meteorites.  These two requirements did not work well together.  “Until this study,” Boss explained, “scientists have not been able to work out a self-consistent scenario, where collapse is triggered at the same time that newly created isotopes from the supernova are injected into the collapsing cloud.”  By fine-tuning the explosion in his computer model, Alan Boss and team found a way to keep the right ingredients together.    Students of solar system cosmogony may not have realized that the supernova-shock model was so plagued with difficulties.  A 10-year-old conundrum regarding the need to heat by compression at the same time the cloud cools by radiation “has left serious doubts in the community about whether a supernova shock started these events over four billion years ago or not,” one astronomer commented.  But now, Boss has hope again.  “This is the first time a detailed model for a supernova triggering the formation of our solar system has been shown to work,” he admitted.  “We started with a Little Bang 9 billion years after the Big Bang.”Well, that just makes our planet even more privileged than ever to have had such a fine-tuned explosion nearby to gently deliver our baby sun.  Better not expect this to have happened so delicately around other stars.  Alan Boss, you may recall, rocked the astronomical community a few years ago by proposing his heretical disk-instability model for the origin of planets, as opposed to the conventional slow gravitational accretion model, which was struggling with the problem of planetary migration (see 03/21/2006).    Why this evolutionary fascination with explosions?  It’s all they have, folks.  In the absence of a designing intelligence, they have to look at what remains: chaos, chance and violence.  From bangs and booms and flotsam and jetsam the most graceful and elegant examples of design known to man just magically “emerge” by chance.  And they call creationists stupid-stitious.    At least creationists have more fun.  They are in church praising God, the supreme Architect of our fine-tuned universe, using their whole being – body, mind and emotions – in joyful celebrations with highly-skilled musicians employing finely-crafted instruments, singing out with all their might the glories of One who knows how to employ controlled energy toward purposeful ends:O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder,Consider all the worlds Thy hands have made;I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,Thy power throughout the Universe displayed.Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee:How great Thou art! How great Thou art!Meanwhile, in dreary laboratories, morose naturalists, their minds lost in imaginary worlds, trying in vain to get their brains to emerge from a series of explosions, drone on:Talkin’ to myself and feelin’ old,Sometimes I’d like to quit,Nothin’ ever seems to fit;Bangin’ around,Nothing to do but frown;Reinin’ in my models always gets me down.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Savings Strategies for Non-Savers

first_imgIMPORTANT DETAILS FOR THE WEB CONFERENCEResources for the upcoming Savings Strategies for Non-Savers web conference, including the presentation slides, worksheets, and articles, are available here.This web conference will be hosted with the Department of Defense. If you are not located on a military installation, you will need to install security certificates to access this presentation. Instructions are available here.  For those who cannot connect to the DOD host site, the presentation will be streaming on Ustream and can be viewed here. Additionally, Adobe apps for iPhone, IPad and Driods devices are available; search for “DCO Connect” in respective stores.This web conference is free and requires no registration. Simply click here and join the web conference as a guest at 11 a.m. EST on Feb. 4. We hope to see you all online!This post was originally published on the Military Families Learning Network blog on January 31 , 2014. By Molly C. HerndonDr. Barbara O’Neill will present a 90-minute web conference on Savings Strategies for Non-Savers on Tuesday, February 4 at 11 a.m. EST.Savings Strategies for Non-Savers will begin with a discussion of the importance of saving money, types of savings, reasons to save and reasons why people don’t save. Dr. O’Neill will describe the process of using SMART goals to determine how much periodic saving is needed to reach a financial goal. Other topics that will be discussed include:A Savings Coat of Arms activity and webinar chat discussion15 specific ways to save money10 ways to reduce expenses and find money to start savingA discussion of online resources about saving moneylast_img read more

The Indian Magic At Cannes

first_imgOn Thursday, April 12th, Thierry Fremaux, the director of Festival de Cannes unveiled his festival’s 71st official selection, which includes new films by Jean-Luc Godard, Spike Lee, David Robert Mitchell and Jafar Panahi. As the world of cinema waited more for the likely omissions than for its inclusions at the end it became clear – there was no Indian film among the 18 films playing in competition – the most exclusive section of the festival.In 1994 Shaji Karun got the news his film ‘Swaham’ had been selected for Cannes that year. Using landline phones I sought him out in Kerala to congratulate him and interview him for Screen International. For the past 25 years, the world has not had the opportunity to see any Indian film at Cannes in the Competition section. It also pains film enthusiast that India, one of the foremost producers of films in the world, is yet to win ‘Palm d’Or’, the top prize at the festival of Cannes. Related Itemslast_img read more

Top Immigrants In UK

first_imgIndians are the largest foreign national group to be granted British citizenship in 2007.14,490 Indians received British citizenship, almost 9 percent of the 164,635 foreign nationals to be granted such citizenship. They were followed by Filipinos with 7 percent, Afghans with 6 percent and South Africans with 5 percent.  BRITISH CITIZENSHIP GRANTED 2007  Total 164,635 India  14,490 Filipinos  10,840 Afghans  10,555 South Africans    8,150     Related Itemslast_img