Despite making his debut in one of the most challenging North American rally events, 17-year-old Fraser McConnell had an electrifying start to Canadian motorsport which saw him place a sensational 11th place in the national standings, at the North America Tall Pines recently.It was the teen’s second rally as a young driver.Co-driving for the Jamaican was the very experienced Nathalie Richard who helped the teen to third overall, first in class production in two-wheel drive, first in novice and 11th place in the national standings.Co-driver Richard remarked of McConnell’s exploits: “For his first rally he chose the most challenging event in North America (Canada), Tall Pines. He did a great job and impressed me right from shakedown, which was his first time sitting in a car.”I was almost as proud of him as his supportive (but freezing) family members! Good stuff, Fraser!” she added, describing Rally of the Tall Pines as one of the most challenging annual events of the Canadian Rally Championship series.A total of four classes of cars in the order of speed/power: four-wheel drive open, four- wheel drive production, two-wheel drive open, and two-wheel drive production.The registered competitors faced off for National and/or Regional points and drivers were classified as ‘Expert’ or ‘Novice’.McConnell, who is currently a high school student in Canada, remains upbeat as he eyes a great future in the sport.”It’s a new experience for me. Good learning experience with a new car and new navigator.”Throughout the day I got faster and faster. It was quite a challenge, but what was exciting for me is that I was beating turbo four-wheel drive and open class,” the teen recalled.He added: “It was like the biggest event in the world for me and I just wanted to make my name. I will be trying to compete more abroad next year and get more power in the car,” said the 17-year-old.”Meanwhile, father Peter McConnell said: “We were torn about this decision because it coincided with Rally Jamaica, but we felt that he had much more to gain by competing in one of North America’s premier rally events.”With Fraser now introduced to the North American Rally World in a big way, he will no doubt be able make an even positive impact next time and chart a way forward.
Buncrana GAA Notes:Sincerest sympathies from all at Buncrana GAA Club to Clubman Francis Craig and all his family on the sad passing of his Sister Elizabeth Tinney. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.Senior & Reserve Football While it was entertaining enounters with strong Burt teams just wasn’t our Senior and Reserve Footballer’s day in neighbouring grounds of Hibernian Park with final scoresSenior Burt 3-12 Buncrana 2-09Reserve Burt 3-08 Buncrana 1-08 Senior LadiesOur ladies defeated St Marys Convoy in an excellent hard working victory, St Mary’s had an unbeaten record until they came to the Scarvey, giving our Girls a deserving 1 point victory.Well Done GirlsUnderage NewsUnderage ResultsU16 Football Glenswilly 3-9 Buncrana 2-10U18 Division 2Final Buncrana 3-3 Milford 2-13Semi Final Buncrana 3-12 Carndonagh 2-7 Buncrana now proceed to county league division 2 semifinal against Realt na Mara Bundoran on Monday 20th at 6.45pm in Pairc Mac Dairmada LiffordU12 FootballThe Boys travelled to Castledawson and came out in the first have playing excellent and give very little away and had a few great score on the board. St Malachy fought hard in the second half but our boys resisted well giving them a great win and a 6point victory.U12 Development SquadThe boys travelled to Doire Colmcille, and had a great day with some mighty scores they all worked well as a team and fought hard for all they got. The boys give it there all and had an 11 point victory.Parish LeagueParish League will start on Tuesday 21st at 3.30pm in the Scarvey for children born in 2005, 2006 & 2007, anyone want come along and give it a try.Topaz Cash for ClubsThere’s only 2 weeks left to collect these cards and we are still a bit away from the 300 target. SO PLEASE, if anyone has cards filled then give them to any manager/committee member ASAP! We could be in with a great chance to win €€€€ here….don’t worry if you haven’t got a card as they have them at the counter of your Topaz station….. As much help as possible would be appreciated!!John McFadden CupThe annual u14 john Mc Fadden Cup was held in the Scarvey on Saturday. Ardoe (Tyrone), Clann Eireann (Armagh), Ballinascreen and Steelstown (Derry) along with Donegal’s own Urris, Muff, St Euann’s and hosts Buncrana made up the high level line-up. Indeed after the top quality group games, the semi final line up was St Euann’s vs Steelstown and Buncrana vs Urris….Hosts Buncrana made it past a very good Urris side to play local kingpins St Euann’s.After 4 tough games Buncrana came up short against a very good St Euann’s team. So well done to St Euann’s on taking home the cup. Thank you to the officials, parents, supporters and mostly the players for an excellent day of football. All teams can be proud of their players and how well they have been coached. The Buncrana boys left all they had on the pitch and the management team are extremly proud of their efforts on Saturday….that’s the last 2 finals we’ve reached against some of the best run clubs and teams in Ulster…..Well Done Boys.Training TimesFootballU18 Minor Football Tuesdays at 5.45pmU16 Boys Football Monday’s 4.15pm in the Scarvey.U14 Tuesdays 7-8.30 and Fridays 4.14-5.45 (new and old players always welcome)U12 Boys Football on Friday evening at 7.00pm in Scarvey.U10 Boys Football Friday’s from 6.30pm in ScarveyU8 Boys Football Friday’s 6.30pm in ScarveyU6 Boys & Girls Friday Evenings from 6.30pm – 7.30pm in The ScarveyU8 & U10 Girls Saturdays 10.30 – 11.30 in the ScarveyHurlingU8 & U10 Hurling on Sunday’s from 11-12 in the ScarveyU14 Hurling on Tuesday 7 – 8.30pmU16 Hurling on Wednesday from 6.30pmGirls (U12/14/16) 7-8pm on Monday in the Scarvey.Mizen to Malin FundraiserThe Club is hosting a Table Quiz in the Lake of Shadows on 30th April so please get your thinking caps on and reserve the date. More details to follow including starting time, etc, once they have been confirmed.Club MerchandiseElizabeth Anne is now taking orders on the first Tuesday of every month. Contact her on 086 0604075.Club LottoGaa training.com has released a new eBook on GAA training:The Three Tiers: A Fresh Approach to Physical Preparation in Gaelic GamesAs part of the promotional launch every club that downloads a copy is entered into a draw for a set of jerseys!! The eBook can be found here: www.gaatraining.com/shopThis is a fantastic new resource for GAA clubs and a first of its kind within the GAA community.Club WebsiteWant to keep right up-to-date on local Buncrana Club news? Just enter your email address into “Receive Club Notes by Email” on the club’s homepage at http://www.buncranagaa.com/ to automatically receive the Club’s Weekly Notes.You can renew your annual membership online now at the website too – and you don’t even have to be in Buncrana! Membership now open worldwide…just click on the link below to renew onlinehttp://www.buncranagaa.com/buncrana-gaa-club-membership/Check out Buncrana GAA Club Calendar on our website for period March – to April. Great sporting activities for children, boys and girls, and young adults http://www.buncranagaa.com/calender/Club Notes: Anyone who would like to receive a copy of the weekly club notes should email Jim at [email protected] be included on the mailing list. If you have any items which you think should be included in the club’s weekly notes, please email Jim at [email protected] by 6pm on each Sunday for consideration. 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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Todd NeeleyDTN Staff ReporterOMAHA (DTN) — Poultry exports from the United States to China will resume after the Chinese government lifted a four-year ban on Thursday, as the nation struggles to meet protein demands in light of the African swine fever outbreak.The lifting of the ban is effective immediately. China imposed the ban in 2015, responding to avian influenza outbreaks in the U.S.; the U.S. has been free of avian influenza since 2017.The news was welcome relief for U.S. poultry producers. The National Chicken Council, National Turkey Federation and the USA Poultry and Egg Export Council released a joint statement following the announcement.“Lifting the ban has been a top priority of the U.S. poultry industry for the past four years,” the groups said. “We thank President Trump, Agriculture Secretary (Sonny) Perdue, U.S. Trade Representative (Robert) Lighthizer, Treasury Secretary (Steve) Mnuchin, congressional leaders and their staffs, all of whom have worked tirelessly to reach an agreement with China and ensure the poultry industry has access to this market.”At its peak, annual poultry exports from the U.S. to China was a $71 million market for turkey and a $722 million market for chicken. The groups said renewed access to the Chinese market could result in $1 billion annually for “chicken paws alone.”In addition, they said there could be another $1 billion of potential exports of other chicken products, including leg and breast meat. Turkey exports could generate another $100 million in sales and poultry breeding stock at least $60 million more.“America’s poultry producers are committed to raising high-quality, nutritious products, and we are extremely pleased that we will once again have the opportunity to share these products with Chinese consumers,” the groups said.Lighthizer and Perdue issued statements regarding China’s decision.“The United States welcomes China’s decision to finally lift its unwarranted ban on U.S. poultry and poultry products,” Lighthizer said. “This is great news for both America’s farmers and China’s consumers. China is an important export market for America’s poultry farmers and we estimate they will now be able to export more than $1 billion worth of poultry and poultry products each year to China. Reopening China to U.S. poultry will create new export opportunities for our poultry farmers and support thousands of workers employed by the U.S. poultry industry.”Perdue said, “After being shut out of the market for years, U.S. poultry producers and exporters welcome the reopening of China’s market to their products. America’s producers are the most productive in the world and it is critical they be able to sell their bounty to consumers in other parts of the globe. We will continue our work to expand market access in important markets like China as well as other countries, to support our producers and U.S. jobs.”The U.S. exported more than $500 million worth of poultry products to China in 2013, prior to the 2014 avian influenza outbreak.The U.S. is the world’s second-largest poultry exporter, with global exports of poultry meat and products of $4.3 billion last year.Todd Neeley can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @toddneeleyDTN(SK/CZ)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.
A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… guest author 1 Related Posts I always looked forward to seeing new “I’m a Mac – I’m a PC” ads on television. As a long-time Mac fan and a marketing pro, I really admired these spots. They were smart and edgy, yet friendly. They were fun. They differentiated Macs from PCs. From a marketing perspective, they were appropriate to Apple’s David fighting Microsoft’s Goliath. And they worked really well, perhaps better than any other mass-market technology product ads.Now I wince every time I see a new one, hoping its smug attitude and condescending tone doesn’t go too far.This guest post was written by Frank Cioffi.I also relished how Apple’s spots unhinged Microsoft, prompting the Goliath to produce its own, usually inept, TV ads that broke a major rule of marketing: never appear reactive to a smaller competitor. Microsoft’s PC ads and the flurry of Ballmer-isms that accompanied them, all on the heels of the Windows Vista catastrophe, actually seemed to reinforce Apple’s point.But what has worked for Apple over the last three years doesn’t seem to work as well now. Call it a psychographic observation, but the theme is getting tired, and the emotional impact of the ads has shifted. The superior, mocking tone of the ads sometimes goes too far, especially now as the new Windows 7 is being well received. Don’t get me wrong. I’m a born-and-raised New Yorker. I like sarcasm. But for me, edgy has gone over the edge in some of these ads.Do we Mac users tend to feel superior? Of course. We know we enjoy the world’s most elegant operating system. But when a Mac evangelist like me starts feeling mildly apologetic about these spots and empathizing with the PC guy, something is amiss.Does Apple’s research show that prospective Mac customers, their intended audience, still like these ads? I assume so. But perhaps Microsoft’s jab at Apple in its TV ads earlier this year (the one in which PC buyer Lauren says, “Maybe I’m not cool enough” to be a Mac person) was accurate, signaling that Apple’s approach borders on arrogance, especially as it gains ever greater market share.While Mac’s market share still pales in comparison to Windows, Apple is no longer a David. With its omnipresent retail stores, the iconic iPod and the runaway popularity of the iPhone, Apple is a real and perceived leader. It has a market cap of over $170 billion and more cash than Cisco or Microsoft. Its TV ads, its recent mishandling of App Store developer issues and criticism from prominent tech journalists show that the Apple perception machine is showing cracks. The company is starting to appear arrogant.To its credit, Apple’s iPhone television ads are clean and crisp, relaying useful features and the latest apps. And not all of the Mac-PC ads are disdainful. The recent one with actor Robert Loggia as PC’s coach is fun. But the spot portraying a top-of-the-line PC model as a semi-sleazy sales guy? That’s when I cringe. The new spots reacting to Windows 7? Not so bad, but they still rely too much on criticizing Microsoft. There’s a difference between conveying product superiority and having a superior attitude.For this Mac fan, these ads are past their peak. They were great fun for a while. But it’s time to shift the tone or move on. Certainly Apple’s creative teams can come up with a follow-up act that is informative, entertaining and edgy, without sounding smug. Otherwise, Apple runs the risk of (gasp!) emulating Microsoft.Guest author: Frank Cioffi is editor and publisher of Apple Investor News, the Apple-only news aggregator and part of the Tech Investor News network.. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Apple#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…
A ring isn’t the only thing Urban Meyer will be getting as a result of Ohio State’s national championship. The Buckeyes’ coach will also be getting a tattoo. Prior to his team’s game against Oregon in the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship Game, Meyer promised his players he would get inked up if they beat the Ducks. They did, 42-20, so the 50-year-old will be visiting a tattoo parlor at some point in the near future. Friday evening, Meyer made an appearance on the Late Show With David Letterman. He talked about the tattoo he’ll be getting at about the 1:05 mark. While a Block O on top of his head seems like an interesting idea, odds are Meyer will probably opt to get something on his chest or back like Rick Pitino.
New York Giants President John Mara said Tuesday that the NFL would probably not expand its postseason field from 12 to 14 teams for the 2014 season. But make no mistake, expansion is coming sooner or later. The television ratings for playoff matchups — even for early rounds — are so monstrous that it makes sense from a revenue-maximizing perspective to add postseason games.But how about from a football perspective? ESPN’s Stats & Information correctly points out that, even with 14 playoff qualifiers, only 43.7 percent of NFL teams would earn postseason berths, which is still lower than the 53.3 percent qualification rates in the NBA and NHL. Then again, both of those sports play best-of-seven series to determine who advances to the next round; the NFL’s postseason is a single-elimination tournament. (And, 2013 excepted, the NFL playoffs are trending toward less predictable outcomes as it is.)Even in a 12-team playoff format, the best team in football fails to win the Super Bowl far more often than not. But would a 14-team bracket add another layer of randomness? Using the power of Monte Carlo simulation and the theoretical distribution of true talent in the NFL, we can estimate how often a team of a given ranking in “true talent” wins the Super Bowl under both the 12-team format and the proposed 14-team arrangement. For both formats, I assigned each team a true-talent rating at random (from a normal distribution with a mean winning percentage of .500 and a standard deviation of .146) and simulated the 2013 NFL schedule 10,000 times, recording how often a team of a given talent ranking won the Super Bowl. Here are the results:As it turns out, a 14-team playoff format wouldn’t change much for the favorites’ chances of a Super Bowl victory. The No. 2 seed in each conference would be forced to play an extra game (rather than receiving a bye during the wild-card round), but that doesn’t move the needle a lot — mainly because the No. 1 seeds still get byes into the divisional round.What would really shake things up, though, would be a move to a 16-team bracket, which would give the NFL a playoff participation rate closer to the NBA and NHL (although the NFL would still be lower). If we run the same simulation process above but plug teams into a 16-team playoff format, the following probabilities emerge:Forcing the top seed in each conference to play an extra game would drastically shift the Super Bowl odds for the NFL’s three most talented teams, redistributing much of their current probabilistic advantage across the rest of the league. The move to a 16-team playoff would be a much bigger change than from 12 teams to 14.The remaining question is whether that’s a bad thing. A 16-team playoff would increase the role of chance in the NFL’s postseason — an element which has already been on the rise in recent seasons. The NFL’s landmark popularity over the past decade suggests that such parity has moved the league closer to the optimal mix of determinism and randomness. (By contrast, a system designed to turn the NFL playoffs into a science experiment always yielding the most deserving champion would be tedious and unpopular.) But it’s not clear whether there are diminishing returns to the NFL’s parity formula.
When Ohio State hired Melissa Schaub as its assistant women’s tennis coach in 2011, it was an exciting homecoming for the Ohio native. “I don’t know if it gets any better than Ohio State and being a part of this athletic department,” Schaub said. Now, after spending just a year on the Buckeyes’ staff, Schaub finds herself as the interim coach for the 2012-13 season after the departure of former coach Chuck Merzbacher, who was hired by Minnesota in July. She said she always wanted to return to Ohio and coach the Buckeyes. “It’s been great, it’s a dream come true job for me at Ohio State, being from Ohio and just growing up a fan,” Schaub said. “I couldn’t ask for a better group of girls. They’ve made the transition easy.” Still less than midway through the season, some members of the team said they have bought into what their new coach is teaching them and look to build on a promising start to the year. Junior Noelle Malley has been at OSU longer than Schaub has, but Malley has picked up on Schaub developing leadership as the year has gone on. “I feel like she has gained more confidence in what she’s telling us, and she’s adjusted to her role really well,” Malley said. “She’s just doing what she wants in practice and seeing what we need to work on.” During Schaub’s first season in Columbus as an assistant coach, the team struggled, going 10-15 on the year. Malley already feels more confident about achieving a better result than last year with Schaub at the helm. “Everybody is in way better shape this year,” Malley said. “We feel really confident when we play matches.” Graduating from Tennessee in 2006, Schaub was a star for the Volunteers, earning All-American honors her freshman season in Knoxville. Gabby Steele, a senior for the Buckeyes, said she likes having a coach that is close to her age who knows what they are dealing with as student-athletes. “It helps because she’s able to relate a lot,” Steele said. “She just got out of college, too, so she knows exactly what we are going through.” Not one to let distractions get in the way, Schaub said she is confident that the shaky job security that comes with the title of interim coach will not change how she goes about the season. “You can’t let that get in the way of the kind of coach you’re going to be or how you treat the team,” Schaub said. “It’s all about trying to get wins and bettering the program and getting these guys to buy into the system.” The Buckeyes are set to travel to West Lafayette, Ind., to play Purdue for their first conference road trip game of the season on Friday at 3 p.m.
Juan Antonio Pizzi has admitted that he is keen to forget this “feeling of shame” as soon as possible after Saudi Arabia were thrashed 5-0 by the hosts Russia in the opening World Cup gameThe Russians proved to be too much for the Falcons on Thursday at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.Goals from Yury Gazinsky, Denis Cheryshev, Artem Dzyuba and Aleksandr Golovin sealed a convincing 5-0 win for the hosts.“The opposing team really didn’t have to make a huge effort to win this game,” said Pizzi, according to Sky Sports.“We have now to forget this feeling of shame and start thinking about the next match.”The Argentine coach conceded that the defeat will raise uncertainty over his future at Saudi Arabia.Scotland needs a hero: Billy Dodds Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 According to former striker, Billy Dodds his country needs a hero to inspire future generations as the team’s hope to qualify to the EURO 2020 is small.“The way I feel right now makes that a valid point but whatever happens I’ve got my philosophy and I’ll try to do as best I can. I trust in our plans and I trust in my players and I trust we’ll have a better performance in our next game,” he said.Pizzi, who has been in charge for the last seven months after replacing the fired Edgardo Bauza in November, insists that the display did not do Saudi Arabia’s potential justice and has now urged his team to turn their focus to Uruguay in the next game.“This game should not be a point of reference. We didn’t play the way we planned to. It is left to us to be positive and start thinking about the next match,” he said.“I believe that we came into this tournament well prepared and the players were ready to show that they could play at the World Cup. We did not show today what we have done in our previous games.”Saudi Arabia’s match against Uruguay will take place in Rostov on June 20.