Issued on behalf of our members, the 81 National Governing Bodies and 29 Local Sports Partnerships that organise sport and physical activity in Ireland Federation of Irish Sport welcomes Resilience Fund for Sport for the survival and reignition of sport organisations nationwide The Federation of Irish Sport welcomes today’s announcement by the Government that a funding package of up to €70 million has been allocated as part of a Resilience Fund for Sport package. The Federation would like to thank the government for their support and is delighted that they have recognised the extremely valuable contribution that sport makes to Irish society.This funding package will support the sport sector through;– Funding of up to €40m for the three main field sports organisations – the FAI, the GAA and the IRFU– A Resilience Fund of up to €10m to support the National Governing Bodies of Sport– A Sports Club Resilience Fund of up to €15m to support clubs– A Sports Restart and Renewal Fund of up to €5mAs the Federation of Irish Sport noted in its appeal for a Resilience Fund for Sport to the government in May, this financial assistance will go a long way in helping sports organisations who are facing particular financial difficulty to get back to business and to adapt to the new reality as restrictions lift. We welcome the government’s acknowledgement of our call for support, and their commitment to investing in sport at local and national level to help Irish sport through this unprecedented emergency and back on to the road to recovery. The Federation will continue to work with its members and Sport Ireland to maximise levels of physical activity and participation in sport in Ireland. print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
Defending championsgo 2-2 at nationaltournament By tim morrisStaff Writer Defending champions go 2-2 at national tournament By tim morris Staff Writer With the season now behind him, Bo Scannapieco has more of an appreciation for what his Brookdale Community College softball team accomplished this year. “Looking back on it, we did well,” said the veteran skipper. “Summing up the season, we really did exceed expectations. “Being the national champions there was a little more pressure to get back and to defend it,” he said. “There was pressure on the girls all year. We were the hunted and got everyone’s best effort. It was a challenge for the girls and they accomplished a lot.” The Jersey Blues finished fourth at the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III national championships, May 16-18, going 2-2. They were one game away from playing Anne Arundel, Md., (the eventual winner) for the national title, losing to Broome, N.Y., 10-7, in the double-elimination tournament held in Joliet, Ill. “We gave a gallant effort,” Scannapieco said. “I’m not disappointed at anything. We distinguished ourselves well. “I think we finished about where we should have,” he added. Brookdale, which won its eighth consecutive Region XIX championship on its way back to the nationals, began the defense of its national title with a 7-3 win over Nassau, N.Y. Ryan Lafferty improved to 15-4 on the season and fanned 10 batters. Jessica Williams and Kristin Tozzi slammed run-scoring doubles in a six-run fifth inning that broke the contest open. In the second round, the Blues fell victim to a perfect game from Anne Arundel’s Tina Willis as she bested last year’s national tournament Most Valuable Player Marissa Busch, 2-0. Busch (19-3), was outstanding herself. She tossed a four-hitter and did not give up an earned run. Brookdale stayed alive in the loser’s bracket the next day as Busch picked up her 20th win of the season, beating Dawson, Mont., 7-3. “I thought that was our best game of the tournament. We got good pitching, hitting and fielding,” Scannapieco said. In the second game against Broome, the Blues’ title defense bid ended as they appeared to run out of gas, losing a 5-2 lead. With the loss, the Jersey Blues finished the 2003 campaign at 36-9 and fourth in the nation. Not bad at all for a team that had just nine players at its first meeting of the season. Scannapieco was still able to put together a team that won the Garden State Athletic Conference title during the regular season and defended its Region XIX title against some very talented teams. “We could have been beaten in the Regions this year,” Scannapieco said. “Give credit to the girls, they did everything they had to do to be a championship team.” Williams and Tozzi were two newcomers who drew praise from Scannapieco because both, like many on the team, were playing out of position defensively — Williams at shortstop and Tozzi behind the plate. “There was a lot of pressure playing shortstop and Jessica Williams handled it,” said Scannapieco. “She played stellar defense and batted .415 with 48 RBIs. “We wouldn’t have been able to do what we did without Kristen Tozzi,” he added. “I have to compliment every kid who played out of position.” Williams was the lone Jersey Blue to make the all-tournament team in Joliet. She was 9-for-14 at the national championships. Williams was a first team all-American, and Busch was named second team all-American. Busch, a first team pick last year, is only the third Jersey Blue to be a two-time all-American, joining Maryann Soares and Amanda Smith. Busch, Williams and Jessica Murray all made the all-Region first team, with Lafferty and Tozzi second team selections. Busch, Williams, Murray and Deirdre Trujillo were all-GSAC first team members with Lafferty a second team choice. Murray, a center fielder, had a big season, batting .500 with six home runs and 60 RBIs. She and Williams were one-two in RBIs in the nation. The incomparable Busch was brilliant again, completing a record-breaking career. She was 20-3 for the season with an earned run average of 0.95. She authored one no-hitter and 10 shutouts. She set BCC career records for shutouts (26), strike outs (294), innings pitched (311.66), earned run average (0.78) and winning percentage (.857). Her 42 career wins (42-7) tied Dara DeVincenzo for the most in school history and her five career no-hitters also matched DeVincenzo’s. Busch’s impact, however, went beyond numbers. “There are two or three players who you remember as being special, and she’s one of them,” said Scannapieco. “She’s very loyal, wants to win, is motivated and works hard at it. She’s very team-oriented. She cares what the team does. She’s one of the special players.” In looking ahead to 2004, Lafferty proved that she can win big games and should settle in nicely at the top of the rotation. The lefty was 15-5 with a 1.62 ERA and fanned 141 batters. She won the decisive game against Gloucester in the Region finals. Tozzi, despite moving to a new position, batted .323 with 25 RBIs.
A 5-foot-9 forward from Mississauga, Ont., Ougrinov joins the Blues after playing the 2017-18 season with the University of Victoria Vikes. The University of Toronto women’s basketball program is pleased to announce that Ellen Ougrinov has accepted her offer of admission and committed to the Varsity Blues beginning in the 2019-20 season. “We are so happy to have Ellen return home and wear the Blue and White,” said Michèle Bélanger, who enters her 41st season as Varsity Blues head coach this fall. “Ellen is a talented, hard working player, who will add experience and poise to our game. She is a student-athlete that will provide our team with depth in her position as well as a high compete level.” “I chose U of T because I know its reputation for being a school with high academic and athletic standards and I wanted to be a part of it,” said Ougrinov. “I am looking forward to getting to play for the Varsity Blues on their home court in front of my friends and family.”Ougrinov will study within U of T’s Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education starting this September. Prior to that, Ougrinov captained and was the most valuable player of the Kings Christian Collegiate basketball team, while also playing for GTA West in the JUEL league. Story Links For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Version
Jose Barker, 35, called “Quarters” of 34 Howes Street, Charlestown, Georgetown, was on Thursday remandedJose Barker, called “Quarters”to prison by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan when he appeared before her charged with robbing a retired British soldier visiting Guyana.Barker pleaded not guilty to the charge which stated that on May 30, 2016 at Croal Street, Georgetown, he robbed Edward Constant of one gold chain valued G$180,000. He was also accused of using personal violence against Constant during the robbery.Barker was represented by Attorney Adrian Thompson who in an application for bail told the court his client is innocent and is a victim of mistaken identity.He further argued that since the matter was laid indictable the case will more than likely not be tried anytime soon.He also stated that the Magistrates’ Courts are overloaded with cases and the victim should not be given preference for the reason he is of a British nationality.Police Prosecutor Neville Jeffers successfully objected to bail on the grounds of the seriousness of the offence and its prevalence.Jeffers told the court the accused was positively identified by Constant during an ID parade, hence his apprehension.He added that the stolen item was not recovered.Magistrate McLennan denied bail and Barker was remanded to prison.He will return to court on June 16, 2016.According to reports Constant, who is in Guyana to celebrate the country’s Golden Independence Anniversary in keeping with a pledge he made 50 years ago, told the media that on Monday morning while sightseeing around the Stabroek Market area, he felt someone grab his shirt from behind and pulled it, in the process, grabbed his gold chain to which was attached a diamond-crested ring.“As he pulled it, he came towards me and I hit him. It was more out of temper, because I saw his face for about a second and I just punched him to the side of the head and he was gone,” the former soldier related.Constant said the stolen items means a lot to him: “My wife bought me the gold chain… she bought me a gold chain before she died and I put her wedding ring and her engagement ring on it and it’s gone,” the old soldier lamented.Although he spoke of one man, Constant said he was told by the police that the perpetrators were two youths.Constant was in Guyana back in 1966 to lower the Union Jack when Guyana gained independence from Britain and promised to return when the country turns 50.
West Ham target Carlos Bacca 1 Sevilla have withdrawn from the race to land West Ham target Carlos Bacca.The AC Milan striker has reportedly been the subject of a £28million bid from the Hammers, who are desperate to land a big-name striker this summer.The east London club are thought to be closing in on a deal for the Colombian hotshot, who stands to earn a reported £90,000 a week should he head to West Ham.And they have been handed a boost in their pursuit of the 29-year-old, who scored 18 goals in 38 Serie A outings last term.It had been reported that his former club Sevilla, who he left to join Milan a year ago, were weighing up an offer to take him back to Spain.But the club’s sporting director Monchi insists Sevilla are not attempting to bring back Bacca.He told a press conference: “We have three [non-EU] foreigners in the team, so there is nothing more to say. In addition, Carlos will have more interesting options.”
MATCH WEATHER: It may be pretty miserable across Co Donegal today, with further snow on the hills overnight.But the weather in Belfast will be dry by the time the Match for Michaela event kicks off at 6pm.BBC Northern Ireland says the east of Ulster will dry up this afternoon. There will be a light south-easterly wind and temperatures of around 6C. UP FOR THE MATCH FOR MICHAELA – DRY EVENING FORECAST FOR BIG GAME was last modified: November 3rd, 2012 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:UP FOR THE MATCH FOR MICHAELA – DRY EVENING FORECAST FOR BIG GAME
update talkSPORT.com rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Saturday’s papers and online… Atletico Madrid are prepared to lower their asking price for midfielder Saul Niguez to £85million, putting Manchester United on alert. (Telegraph)RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann has held transfer talks with Red Bull Salzburg striker Erling Haaland who has been linked with a January move to Manchester United. (Daily Mail)Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer flew to Salzburg to meet Haaland on Friday as the club pursues its top target. (Daily Mail)Meanwhile, Red Bull Salzburg sporting director Christoph Freund believes it is “too soon” for Haaland to leave the Austrian club. (Daily Mirror) Getty Images – Getty Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman appointed 4 AFP or licensors Haaland is wanted by several European giants, including Man United Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Jurgen Klopp has been a revelation at Liverpool targets Lucas Torreira could leave Arsenal for Napoli in a £21m transfer, but the Serie A club want to negotiate a loan deal first. (Daily Mirror)Arsenal and Manchester United are set to battle for Sweden midfielder Dejan Kulusevski who is on loan at Parma from Atalanta and is valued at £42m. (Daily Mirror)Bordeaux boss Paulo Sousa, who had brief spells in charge at QPR, Swansea and Leicester, says he is trying not to think too much about his future after a surprise link with the Arsenal managerial vacancy. (Goal.com)Jurgen Klopp has hinted Liverpool could be back in the market for more Red Bull Salzburg players after landing Japan winger Takumi Minamino before the January transfer window. (Daily Mirror) Former Arsenal manager Unai Emery has already turned down job offers from Everton and two Chinese sides. (Marca)Atletico Madrid are considering a move for Chelsea’s Spain international left-back Marcos Alonso. (Daily Star)Chelsea boss Frank Lampard will not speak to Olivier Giroud, Willian, or Pedro – all out of contract at the end of the season – about their futures until next month. (Independent)Lampard insists Chelsea are only in the market for players of “top calibre” in the January transfer window. (Daily Express) 4 Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son statement on target Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Frank Lampard has said he wants to bolster Chelsea’s attack in January Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti LATEST Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship 4 Crystal Palace could move for Chelsea’s France international striker Olivier Giroud. (Daily Mirror)Jose Mourinho has ruled out allowing young defender Juan Foyth to leave on loan in the January transfer window. (Sky Sports) Getty Images – Getty 4 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ PEP TALK Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ latest rookie error LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES stalemate Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard has opened up to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after off-field issues impacted his form at the start of the season. (Daily Mail)Rangers are monitoring Charlton’s Montserrat striker Lyle Taylor who has also attracted interest from Championship rivals including Swansea, West Brom and Sheffield Wednesday. (Sky Sports)
27 November 2012 South African International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane officially handed over the UN climate change presidency as this year’s UN climate summit (COP 18) got under way in Doha, Qatar on Monday. Thousands of government representatives, international organizations and civil society members gathered in the Qatari capital as the United Nations Climate Change Conference kicked off with a call to build on and implement previously agreed decisions to curb global carbon emissions by the year 2020.The Durban Platform During last year’s COP 17 gathering in Durban, South Africa, 194 countries agreed on a package of decisions – known as the Durban Platform – which include the launch of a protocol or legal instrument that would apply to all members, a second commitment period for the Kyoto Protocol, and the launch of the Green Climate Fund, which was created to help developing nations protect themselves from climate impacts and build their own sustainable futures. The Doha gathering, which brings together the 195 parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the parent treaty of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, will seek to meet the objectives set forth in another climate change meeting, held in Bali, and plan the work of the Durban Platform. The incoming president of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18), Qatar’s Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, told the gathering that their work over the next 10 days would “draw on past success … We have to reach an agreement on the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, build on progress in Bali, and make progress on our agreement in Durban.” Under the Kyoto Protocol, 37 states – consisting of highly industrialized countries and countries undergoing the process of transition to a market economy – have legally binding emission limitation and reduction commitments. Government delegates at the conference will try to extend the Kyoto Protocol, which expires at the end of 2012.‘The door is closing fast’ Addressing the conference, UNFCCC secretary Christiana Figueres highlighted recent UN-led reports pointing to the urgency of keeping global average temperatures from rising beyond an internationally agreed level of two degrees Celsius, beyond which climate change could have serious impacts. Analysis published by the World Bank last week shows the world remains at risk of seeing a four degree Celsius rise in temperatures by the end of the century. In its recently-released 2011 Greenhouse Gas Bulletin, the UN World Meteorological Organization said greenhouse gas concentration reached a record high last year, while the Emissions Gap Report by the UN Environment Programme warns that the gap between what is needed in terms of emission reductions to stay below two degrees Celsius and what has so far been promised by countries is widening, not decreasing. Figueres said countries could still reverse these trends if they decided to act, since the knowledge, technology and policy options needed to curb emissions were already available to them. However, she stressed that time was running out. “Expert analysis consistently says that we do have the possibility to keep on track and that to act now is safer and much less costly than to delay,” she said. “In the last three years, policy and action towards a sustainable, clean energy future has been growing faster than ever. But the door is closing fast because the pace and scale of action is simply not yet enough. So Doha must deliver its part in the longer-term solution.”Durban decisions ‘must be honoured’ South Africa’s ambassador at large for climate change, Nozipho Mxakato-Diseko, said ministers had to instruct their negotiators to honour the Durban package of decisions to ensure that it was not reopened and unravelled. “It’s on the basis of the Durban outcome that we need to move forward in COP 18. Doha must be all about the implementation of the already agreed decisions.” Mxakato-Diseko said that although there were some outstanding issues, ministers would need to work together to decide how to deal with these outstanding issues. “We have, for example, created a number of key institutions to enhance provision of the means of implementation. We need to effectively operationalize these institutions and ensure that they can deliver on their mandates.” SAinfo reporter
Social media is not on the list of top workforce trends for 2014. Mobile applications (apps) for work, however, are. In fact, they’re No. 1.So said HR software developer PeopleMatter in a webinar it gift-wrapped just in time for the holidays called Naughty or Nice? Top 10 Workforce Trends and Whether They’ll Be Good or Bad for Your Brand in 2014.Why mobile apps?Well, for one, more and more people are tethered to the Internet from the palms of their hands. According to the Pew Internet & American Life Project, 56 percent of American adults have smartphones. Most cellphone users (67 percent) check their phones for calls, messages or alerts—“even when they don’t notice their phone ringing or vibrating.”In 2013 smartphone and tablet users racked up 102 billion app downloads. In 2014 many apps will be geared toward getting work done: PeopleMatter predicts more companies will develop apps that help schedule and record time and attendance; aid employee engagement; create digital to-do lists and productivity trackers; and complete a range of other tasks. What’s more, these apps will have the ability to access data stored in the cloud and be accessible from multiple devices.Other trends:Health care reform. Cited as a “naughty trend,” the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was signed into law in 2010.The law requires that all Americans have health insurance by 2014 or pay a fine for each month they lack coverage. The employer mandate, which will go into effect in January 2015, states that all full-time workers at companies with more than 50 employees must be offered job-based health coverage.Employers that do not offer this coverage will pay a per-employee fee of $2,000. Many small companies will continue to get around the mandate by either hiring part-time staff or by limiting the number of employees they hire, said Ryan Glushkoff, director of product marketing at PeopleMatter.“With the employer mandate now scheduled to go into effect in January 2015, 2014 will be a pivotal time,” he said.Going paperless. Storing HR data in the cloud will continue to be a “nice” trend as companies focus on saving money and having their data available anytime, anywhere. Software-as-a-service (SAAS) will continue to provide optimal solutions for workforce system needs.Point solutions. More companies will continue to use “point solutions,” although it is a trend that PeopleMatter hopes will decline. These are technology solutions that help companies solve single problems. However, they’re expensive, often require a separate technological infrastructure, provide inconsistent experience (sometimes they work; sometimes they don’t) and are fraught with a host of other problems. Part of the reason they remain popular, Glushkoff said, is that “more than half of customers want a single solution and about one-third are willing to sacrifice functionality to stay with one vendor.”Job boards. “The question is not whether job boards are still relevant, but are they relevant for their users?” Glushkoff said. There are niche boards and boards that aggregate jobs (think Indeed, Monster and CareerBuilder). Indeed sees 30 percent of all job-search traffic, according to recent data from comscore.com. “Social media is [also] getting an increasing share of recruiting dollars because platforms like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter are able to make connections in a candidate’s natural habitat. Plus, since these networks know you, the connections made between employee and candidate have high relevance.”Why is this a naughty trend? Well, “as an employer, you might be wondering how you can surf this wave of change in the job industry—and the answer is not much,” he said. However, Glushkoff advises companies to use “unique URLs for each job posting and measure the performance of each URL on each job board. You should be measuring which job boards are generating you the best return—some will be better than others, and those are the ones you need to focus on.”In a separate interview, Jobvite Chief Marketing Officer Kimberley Kasper said job boards will continue to be a declining trend in 2014.“Social recruiting and the referral method is the only way recruiters can hire better people faster who will stay longer and, ultimately, be better cultural fits.”She added: “There’s also something to be said about the candidate experience. All too many job seekers feel like their resume is sent to a black hole when they apply through a job board … and that’s because it is. Hundreds of applications are submitted for a single job opening, and recruiters simply don’t have the time of day to sift through them and respond individually. It’s not a good use of the recruiter’s time, and, ultimately, it’s a waste of the candidate’s time, too. Job boards have their role, but they are a hiring solution of the past.”Screening employees. According to PeopleMatter, in 2014 companies will use a funnel-like hiring approach to filter out mediocre candidates. Online application systems are important, as these systems will allow employers to sift through candidates, assess them based on a series of questions to see if they’re a good fit for the business, and see skills and personality traits. Background checks and screening will continue to be important, as well.Focus on fit. “Picking the right person is critical to running a business,” said Jay Bredenberg, director of software architecture at PeopleMatter. In many cases it’s important to hire someone who fits the culture and shares the same values—“this is a big change in how we hire,” he said.“Qualifications can be taught; fit can’t.”Compliance. “This is a naughty trend,” Glushkoff said.“Compliance means different things.” Is your organization following federal and state employment laws that govern your industry and company size? He said HR will be paying close attention to compliance when it comes to compensation, wages, new-hire orientation, employee payroll, recruitment and hiring, employee separation and performance management.“One of the big areas also is immigration,” he observed. “What’s changed lately is [U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services] is no longer just targeting large employers—they are ‘moving down market’ and are looking at the smaller and medium-sized businesses.” The number of audits is increasing dramatically under the Obama administration. Fines have risen in tandem, and these are just for I-9 violations. “Expect these enforcement trends to continue in 2014,” he said. “You can also expect government regulations to continue to evolve, just like they did in 2013.”Business analytics. That term is often “mixed in with big data, but these are more than buzzwords,” Glushkoff said. “If you look at the last 20 years or so, we’ve had online applications; we’ve been accumulating lots of data. The amount of data in the world is getting bigger, and without doing something with it, it doesn’t have much value.” The goal with analytics is to find out what’s in the data and try to predict what might happen in the future. Data analysis can help increase transparency, improve decision-making and identify new opportunities, he explained.Get more out of people. “If you’re hiring better-quality people, your turnover is going to be lower,” Glushkoff said.“When you have to find, hire, interview and onboard—all of that effort is very expensive—it costs about $3,000 per employee. That can be countered by training people better, providing them real-time feedback on their performance. Lowering the time to hire also lowers risk.“Good employees who can deliver great service and connect with customers are gold. Bad ones are going to make it even harder to survive on your already-thin margins.”Aliah D. Wright is an online editor/manager for SHRM. You can reach her via Twitter @1SHRMScribe.
Geocaching, the game of finding objects hidden around the world using a GPS device, is believed to have 5 million participants worldwide, according to leading commercial portal Geocaching.com. That company released a new geocaching app for Android this morning, with a price tag of $9.99. With more than 5 million participants, Geocaching.com calls the practice “the most popular location-based game on Earth.” That’s a number not for one particular company, but an estimate of all the geocaching participants across different platforms. Still, the game is typically thought of as a pretty nerdy pass-time, but it remains twice as big as the much hyped location startup Foursquare. Are we Foursquare fans missing out on something?While Foursquare in particular has garnered a huge amount of media attention, it is just one of many different types of location-based services. As a service based on social sharing of your location, it may be less appealing to many people than are other service that leverage, but don’t share, where you are. Location based social networks may be more difficult for people to understand, as well.Foursquare relaunched yesterday with a new emphasis on features that could be described as geofencing: an option to receive push notifications from trusted sources or to-do items when you check-in within a certain proximity of associated locations. That’s an important differentiator between the startup and the new Facebook Places. Might Foursquare implement a geocaching-type feature as well? One thing’s for certain, these new location-based social games are more interesting, more innovative and more compelling for technology-focused press to talk about than old fashioned (10 year old) geocaching. More people appear interested in playing geocaching so far, though. Tags:#Location#mobile#web Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement marshall kirkpatrick The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …