Fr Mick is ‘Grassroots Hero’ as National Football Exhibition comes to Donegal

first_imgLEGENDARY FORMER Fanad United manager and soccer administrator Fr Michael Sweeney was last night presented with a Grassroots Hero by the Football Association of Ireland.The award was presented at the official launch of the FAI’s National Football Exhibition, which is open in Letterkenny until September 29.Fr Michael Sweeney with former Republic of Ireland International Ray Houghton, left, and Jim McConnell, right. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile  As part of the launch, the FAI sought nominations for a local Grassroots Hero.‘Fr Mick’ is one of the best known figures in Donegal soccer for over four decades now.In total five teams under Fr. Mick’s guidance won national titles from 1978 to 1988. He won the FAI Youth Cup with Fanad in 1979 and then the famous Intermediate Cup with Fanad in 1988.He lead PCC Falcarragh to three FAI All-Ireland Schools titles, two U16s Cups and a senior crown, while the small rural team was selected to represent the Republic of Ireland at an international tournament in Belgium in 1983. He managed Fanad United for almost 20 years in the Donegal League and Ulster Senior League.Indeed, he is a founder member of both Leagues, while he was instrumental in the Donegal League’s purchase of the parcel of land and initial development of the League’s fine headquarters at The Diamond Park, Ballyare.Fr. Mick highlighted winning the FAI Youth Cup Final in Ramelton in 1979 as a very big breakthrough on the national stage and of course defeating Derry City at the Brandywell was definitely another occasion that was ‘right up there’.However, his biggest triumph, surely, was when he guided Fanad United to victory over Tramore Athletic at Dalymount Park in 1988.Fr Mick is ‘Grassroots Hero’ as National Football Exhibition comes to Donegal was last modified: September 20th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Donegal LeagueFAIFANAD UNITEDFr Michael SweeneyRay HoughtonUlster Senior Leaguelast_img read more

1 Billion Peoples’ Interests Now Tracked by AddThis

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market marshall kirkpatrick Tags:#Data Services#web Related Posts AddThis, one of the leading link sharing services used by sites all around the web (including this one), announced today that it now offers publishers information about the types of interests their readers and content sharers have demonstrated on the other sites they have visited. The company says it sees 1 billion unique people every month, a very substantial portion of the internet, and tracks their interests with cookies.Privacy-first advocates may raise concerns about tracking like this, but for publishers interested in learning more about their audiences and the people who help distribute their content, the information could prove quite valuable. Unfortunately, the interests exposed right now are fairly general (music, education) and available only through a dashboard view to publishers. If that data were to be made available programmatically, through an Application Programming Interface (API), then some really interesting recommendations and other services could be built on top of it.We interviewed Hooman Radfar, CEO of AddThis partent company ClearSpring, about all this kind of data in March of 2009. He said at the time that an API could be coming soon. It’s still not here and today he said that was because of the overwhelming commercial interest in the company’s existing products. Will the company now start to focus on an API? ” In future releases, we will not only show more granular interests, but also make the information available in different ways like APIs, widgets, etc.,” Radfar told us today.Marketers Will Eat EverythingWe wrote about AddThis competitor ShareThis in February, 2009 and asked that company how it planned to relate to its data.I asked [CEO Tim] Schigel whether ShareThis would be sharing this kind of data it collects, in aggregate, with marketers. “That’s ultimately where we go with the business model,” he said. The company is talking with selected marketers about sharing access to market insights now, but Schigel emphasized that a few conditions needed to be respected. “We need to make sure that publishers can build trust with their readers,” he said, “and we need something unique that marketers can’t get elsewhere.”ShareThis has offered an API for some time, but that API appears to be write-only, allowing outside developers to change the way their websites share information on the platform.Can We Move Beyond Marketing?Sources of Value Beyond MarketingData as PlatformRecommendationVisualizationAnalytics, optimization, monitoring & thresholdsPattern detection for discovery of new marketsSecurityHistorical archiving. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Hopefully, one of these companies will offer a high-quality, read-API soon that will allow all kinds of service providers to build products, services, recommendations, analytics and more based on the expressed interests observed from our navigating all around the web. Hopefully the startup ecosystem will figure out how to monetize on the fascinatingopportunities presented by all this data – in a way that genuinely adds value to the lives of end users too (those of us who produced the data). Some of those uses will no doubt be in marketing, and that’s great, but hopefully many will go beyond that most obvious use-case for the data. That’s not something we can take for granted will occur – even data driven innovation is made of people. For now, the data market is moving forward slowly but surely. Want to see what’s visible via AddThis today? Check out the video below. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Odisha villagers in panic after wolves kill sheep

first_imgThe killing of dozens of sheep possibly by a pack of wolves in Niali and adjacent areas of Odisha’s Cuttack district has triggered panic among villagers, who have been spending sleepless nights for over two weeks now.Despite the Forest department personnel attributing these deaths to attack by wild animals, villagers suspect that a ‘mysterious creature’ is behind the killings. The Cuttack Rural Police have asked villagers to form defence committees comprising volunteers and police personnel to check such attacks.The Animal Disease Research Institute, Odisha, has collected samples of sheep carcasses for study. In most of the carcasses, intestines had bulged out while the liver was not in place, indicating attacks by wild animals. Fisheries and Animal Resource Development Minister Damodar Rout said there were reports of 150 sheep being killed by wild animals. “Wolves are present near the Vanaragarh forest patch close to Niali. Sheep has no defence mechanism. Wolves are devouring its liver because it is soft,” said Prasanta Kumar Mishra, Divisional Forest Officer of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar city division.Two traps set“To dispel doubts, we have set up two traps. From the pug marks, we have identified the animals to be wolves,” said Mr. Mishra. The forest department is now considering installing cameras.“We have advised villagers to keep the sheep in well protected sheds. As the sheep are left in the open, it becomes easy for the wolves to attack them,” the City Division DFO said.last_img read more

England 167-3 at stumps on Day 2

first_imgAlastair Cook continued his series domination of the Australian bowlers, scoring an unbeaten 61 on Tuesday and sharing important partnerships with Andrew Strauss and Kevin Pietersen as England cut the first-innings deficit to 113 runs on day two of the fifth Ashes Test.England, who have already retained the Ashes with a 2-1 lead coming into the last match, is well poised to claim its first Test series win in Australia since 1987.Cook played the anchor role in a 98-run opening stand with skipper Strauss, who blazed 60 from 58 balls, and then combined with No. 4 Pietersen (36) for 66 runs after England lost two wickets for one run before recovering to 167-3 at stumps in reply to Australia’s 280.Johnson, who top scored for Australia with 53 and shared a defiant 76-run rearguard stand with No. 10 Ben Hilfenhaus, removed Jonathan Trott and Pietersen to return figures of 2-42 in 12 overs.Cook, who is chasing his third century of the series and has already scored more than 640 runs, got a lucky reprieve on 46 when he miscued a catch to mid-on that appeared to give rookie left-arm spinner Michael Beer his first Test wicket. But umpire Billy Bowden referred the decision, suspecting a no-ball, which was confirmed by the video umpire.Earlier, Strauss raced to 50 with a slashing boundary wide of slips and was in fine touch with eight boundaries and a six before he was bowled by Hilfenhaus with a ball that pitched outside off stump and straightened.England slipped to 99-2 next over when Trott played on to Johnson, falling for his first ever duck in Test cricket.advertisementPietersen, who was loudly booed as he walked to the crease, turned his first ball for four.He then belted Beer’s first ball in Test cricket for a boundary and then almost played onto his stumps in a tempestuous innings before he was finally out attempting a hook against Johnson and directing it straight to Beer at deep backward square.Night watchman Jimmy Anderson survived 20 minutes and was unbeaten on one at stumps.Conditions were overcast for most of the day, but there was no repeat of the rain and bad light that interrupted the opening day.Anderson thrived in overcast conditions conducive to swing before the sun started to emerge, drying out the pitch and the outfield at the Sydney Cricket Ground.Australia resumed Tuesday at 134-4 – in an extended first session after 31 overs were lost on day one due to rain and bad light – and was in danger of another sub-200 first innings at 8-189 before Johnson and Hilfenhaus combined for the best partnership of the innings.Anderson finished off the tailend revival when Hilfenhaus swiped at a short-pitch ball and Matthew Prior took an acrobatic, leaping caught behind.After losing four wickets for 46 runs, the last two Australian wickets added 91 runs to restore some hope for Australia, which is desperate to level the series at 2-2 after England ensured it will retain the Ashes with an emphatic win last week in the fourth Test at Melbourne.Johnson dominated an entertaining partnership with Hilfenhaus before he was out for 53, bowled by a Tim Bresnan inswinger.The 10th-wicket pair belted 16 in three balls after lunch, delighting the SCG crowd, with Hilfenhaus driving Bresnan over the mid-wicket boundary on the last ball of one over and Johnson swiping Swann’s first two balls in the next over for four and six through the same area.last_img read more

Belarusian IPTV provider Beltelecom has added thre

first_imgBelarusian IPTV provider Beltelecom has added three new channels to the programming line-up on its Zala TV service.Beltelecom has added TPO, focusing on political, social and cultural issues, Russian Orthodox Church-backed channel Soyuz and Zhest, a channel aimed at the hearing impaired, to its line-up.The channels are currently being aired on a trial basis and are available as part of the Zala basic package.last_img