Netball Jamaica hits back

first_img “I realised from Fast5 Championships that Netball Jamaica really don’t want me to be a part of their coaching staff,” she added. However, Netball Jamaica’s public relations officer, Wayne Lewis, said Francis should blame herself and not the association for her failure to get the job. “If Netball Jamaica didn’t want Connie Francis, we would have just accepted the recommendations from the technical committee, employed Mrs McCracken and move on,” said Lewis. “But the fact that we opened up, was to give Connie Francis another opportunity since based on the reports from the technical committee Mrs McCracken was a lot stronger than her in the interviews,” he said. Meanwhile, Netball Jamaica said Allison-McCracken would be in charge for a six-month probation period. In their release on Wednesday, Netball Jamaica said Allison-McCracken who is of Jamaican parentage, brings to the position substantial training in the areas of sports psychology and netball coaching. She holds a United Kingdom Level 2 coaching certificate and has vast experience in game introduction and netball skills development at different levels. Netball Jamaica has hit back at former coach Connie Francis after she said yesterday that there were people within the organisation who did not want her to coach the national senior team. Francis’ outburst came after she was overlooked for the vacant Sunshine Girls job. Francis who has been coaching for more than 20 years, was among three candidates that were interviewed for the post, which has been vacant since Minneth Reynolds resigned last November. Netball Jamaica announced Englishwoman Jermaine Allison-McCracken as the new coach on Wednesday night. “At first I was told that it was a board decision but deep down in the back of my head, I think that the technical person must have a say in who coaches our national team,” said Francis. BLAME YOURSELFlast_img read more

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Paris Saint-Germain in talks to form partnership with Beckham’s Miami MLS side

first_imgParis Saint-Germain are one of a number of interested parties in negotiations to partner David Beckham’s Miami-based Major League Soccer team.Miami Beckham United [MBU], the ownership vehicle behind the proposed MLS expansion franchise, has been seeking financial backing to help build a stadium and team.It is understood a link-up with Ligue 1 champions PSG, owned by Qatar Sports Investment, would be about more than just a funding relationship, but there is still some way to go before a deal is finalised.Manchester City have a partnership with teams in New York, Melbourne and Yokohama, and that format could be replicated – at least in part – in Miami.Former Manchester United, Real Madrid and Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Beckham finished his playing career with PSG in 2012-13.The ex-England captain’s profile and the potential of the Miami franchise has also attracted interest from wealthy individuals across the globe.It may even interest Chelsea’s Russian billionaire owner Roman Abramovich, as well as others in the Middle East, China and elsewhere.In a statement, MBU said: “As Miami Beckham United lays the groundwork for launching a world-class soccer club in Miami, our team has attracted interest from a number of potential partners.“David Beckham, Simon Fuller and Marcelo Claure are evaluating these possibilities, with the goal of bringing additional resources and international expertise that draws players, staff and fans from around the world.“At the same time, we are performing due diligence on our stadium site as we move toward finalising the acquisition of two privately held properties and a third county-owned parcel over the coming weeks.” 1 David Beckham launches his Miami-based MLS franchise last_img read more

GOLF NEWS: JEREMY FOSTER IN SENSATIONAL FORM AT BALLYLIFFIN GOLF OPEN

first_imgBallyliffin Golf News: Sat 21st February 2015 Open1.Jeremy Foster (10) 37 pts. 2.Brendan Devlin (1) 37 pts.Gross: Oscar Mailey (6) 24 gr. Pts.1.Joe Sheridan (17) 36 pts.CSS: n/c Wed 18th February 2015 Wednesday Society Results1. John Gill 38pts2. John Moore 37pts3. Jack McFarland 36pts2’s: Neil McLaughlin (B), Jack McFarland Forthcoming fixtures.Fri 27 Feb 2015 Open any combination on The Old Links.Sat 28 Feb 2015 Open on Glashedy.Opens only €25 while dropping of the Fairways. Entries are now being taking for the Donegal Links Classic (25, 26 & 27 May 2015).Book your entry in the Great North Links Challenge (0749376119). 7, 8 & 9 October 2015).GOLF NEWS: JEREMY FOSTER IN SENSATIONAL FORM AT BALLYLIFFIN GOLF OPEN was last modified: February 23rd, 2015 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:BallyliffingolfNoticesSportlast_img read more

Dodgers start with Royster

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week A New England native, Wotus played a total of 32 big-league games, all for Pittsburgh and all in 1983-84. The former infielder retired as a Giants minor-leaguer following the 1989 season, after which he immediately became a minor-league coach. He has been with the organization ever since, including the past eight seasons on the big-league staff and the past seven as bench coach under managers Dusty Baker and Felipe Alou. Wotus interviewed for the Pirates managerial vacancy in 2000, as did Tracy, but that job ultimately went to Lloyd McClendon. McClendon was fired a month ago. Royster, an infielder, spent 16 seasons in the majors, including with the Dodgers from 1973-75. He also managed the Milwaukee Brewers on an interim basis after Davey Lopes was fired early in the 2002 season. Royster had been Lopes’ bench coach. Royster is African American, the only minority among the five candidates the Dodgers are considering. However, general manager Paul DePodesta said last week that the next manager won’t necessarily be one of these five and that if none of the current candidates emerges as a clear choice to manage the club, then another list of names will be compiled and interviewed. The Dodgers’ top minor-league affiliate has had five managers in the past five seasons, a trend Collins was hoping to stop when he assigned Royster to the job last winter. If Royster gets the big-league job or even if Collins gets it and names Royster to his coaching staff the 51s will be changing managers again in 2006. Royster spent 2004 as the Dodgers’ minor-league infield coordinator. He liked that job so much that Collins had to coax him back to managing when Collins decided after last season not to renew the contract of then-Las Vegas manager Terry Kennedy. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Jerry Royster, the manager of the Dodgers’ Triple-A Las Vegas affiliate, will be formally interviewed for the major-league club’s managerial opening today, becoming the first of the five current candidates to meet face-to-face with club officials. Royster will be followed by former Detroit manager Alan Trammell on Wednesday; San Francisco bench coach Ron Wotus, who was revealed on Monday to be the mystery fifth candidate, on Thursday; Dodgers player development director Terry Collins on Friday; and Northridge’s Torey Lovullo, the manager of Cleveland’s Double-A Akron affiliate, on Saturday. Meanwhile, former Dodgers manager Jim Tracy was interviewed on Monday for Pittsburgh’s managerial vacancy. That interview took place at the Houston office of Tracy’s agents, Alan and Randy Hendricks, after which Pirates general manager Dave Littlefield left for the club’s organizational meetings in Sarasota, Fla. center_img Tracy is believed to be the leading candidate for the Pirates job, but the fact he now has talked twice with Littlefield including a lengthy telephone conversation last week and still hasn’t been announced as the Pirates’ new manager is curious. Former Oakland manager Ken Macha, a Pittsburgh-area resident, was interviewed for the job on Sunday. Wotus, 44, wasn’t revealed as a candidate last week because while the Dodgers had secured permission from the Giants to interview him, they hadn’t been able to reach him. last_img read more

Man City expose Chelsea dust to lift Community Shield.

first_img Tags: ChelseaFA Community shieldMan Citytop Man City defeated Chelsea to lift the Community Shield on Sunday afternoonThe thirty point gap between last season’s English Premier League champions and FA Cup winners was apparent Sunday afternoon as Manchester City laid down a marker for their title defense with a clinical 2-0 victory over Chelsea in the Community Shield.Such was the gulf in class, the score line flattered Chelsea. Had two-goal hero Sergio Aguero not left one of his shooting boots home, new Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri could have been embarrassed on his competitive debut. Only Aguero’s profligacy and Willy Caballero’s brilliant shot stopping prevented a cricket score.Pep Guardiola’s trailblazers set a plethora of records in winning the 2017/18 title, registering the most wins, most goals scored and the highest points tally in Premiership history and on the evidence of their Wembley display, they will take some beating.Aguero had already tested Chelsea’s back four, playing in an unfamiliar 4-3-3 formation when he found space and time to evade Antonio Rudiger’s timid challenge and shoot past Argentina team mate Caballero. Time check was 13 minutes.Fielding a side without talismanic pair Eden Hazard and Ngolo Kante, Chelsea struggled to assert themselves. The Londoners’ best chance came midway through the first half when fast and rising teenager Callum Hudson-Odoi, shot straight at Claudio Bravo after wriggling free from City right back Kyle Walker’s close attention.Any hope Chelsea would erase a 0-1 first half deficit were wiped out on 58 minutes when Aguero latched onto a well weighted through ball past Chelsea’s struggling central defensive pair to fire home a rasper.The goal set the tone for the rest of the half, with the game mostly one way traffic onto Chelsea’s goal.Sarri meets Belgian pair Hazard and Thibaut Courtois, as well as World Cup winners Kante and Olivier Giroud at Stamford Bridge on Monday hoping to iron out their futures ahead of next weekend’s trip to Huddersfield Town.Premier League champions City begin their title defense by squaring off with Arsenal.Comments last_img read more

Brain Cells Have a Twist-Open Gate

first_img(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The structure of an important potassium-ion gate in the membrane of brain cells has been found to open like a camera iris.In Nature, Eitan Reuveny described a paper in the same issue by Whorton and MacKinnon that reveals how an important molecular gate named GIRK2 works in the membranes of brain cells.  These gates control the passage of potassium ions (K+) to the outside of the cell, a process that changes the electrical charge between inside and outside, allowing conduction of electrical signals.  His description, “Ion channel twists to open,” compares the twisting motion of the components to a camera iris: “The conformational changes that open the inner helical gate are comparable to the widening of a lens aperture by hand-rotating the aperture ring.”But whose hands rotate the ring?  The cylindrical channel that allows passage of K+ ions is surrounded by four complex proteins that lock into the cell membrane.  Activation of these “hands” by G-protein coupled receptors makes them turn the channel, opening it just a bit wider, but not enough, to allow the ions through.  From there, random perturbations may permit the ions to “burst” through the narrow opening as observed in living cells.  The channel also contains a “selectivity filter” to ensure only K+ ions can make it through.Reuveny began by explaining the importance of these channcels:Ion channels are the main units responsible for the electrical activity in our body. They constitute a large family of some 400 proteins in humans. A subfamily of these proteins consists of four GIRK channels, which specialize in converting chemical signals — mostly those of neurotransmitter molecules such as acetylcholine, dopamine, serotonin and adrenaline — into electrical ones in heart cells and neurons. They are therefore essential for controlling heart rate and the activity of neural circuits.Roderick MacKinnon received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2003 for his work on ion channels (see “Wonders of the Salt Gate” 1/17/02, also 3/12/02, 5/29/02, 5/01/03).  This paper contributes to the “long-awaited crystal structure of the mammalian GIRK2 channel in complex with two subunits of a G protein (a dimer of the Gβ and Gγ subunits), providing information about their mechanism of opening,” Reuveny said.  Ion channels such as GIRK2 literally “pump” ions against the direction of osmosis in order to set up the voltage necessary for electrical transmission.It’s nice to see MacKinnon still at work uncovering the secrets of these cellular gates a decade after receiving his Nobel.  In the past 10 years, has he seen the light of the Darwinists?  Has he found evolution essential to explain how these exquisite molecular gates work?  Nope.  Neither MacKinnon or Reuveny even mentioned it.Thinking about the action of these gates in slow-motion is amazing enough.  Realize, though, that they act lightning-fast, allowing your heart rate to adjust and allowing chemicals and ions to speed through the brain at the speed of thought.  Just like in 2002, this is phenomenal evidence for intelligent design.last_img read more

TomTom to step back from wearables market after poor sales

first_imgRelated Posts Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Follow the Puck TomTom may be on the verge of leaving the wearables market, after a 20 percent year-on-year consumer sales decline, which management blamed on the Sports division.“The wearables market has fallen short of expectations… And because of this and because we want to focus on automotive, licensing and telematics businesses, we are reviewing strategic options for our Sports business,” said TomTom CEO Harold Goddijn.See Also: Where are all the women in tech? They’re in wearablesTomTom’s sports division includes the company’s fitness trackers and the action cams.According to a report by Wareable, several key figures in the division have already departed. These include Patrick Stal, VP of marketing for TomTom Sports, Costa Grillo, global product marketing manager, Lindsay Mandeville, communications manager, George Sewell, VP of software, and Tom Brown, the head of the UK operations.Lots of empty desksMost of them left during TomTom’s last round of firings, in December. The report says that most of the positions have not been filled, leading them to believe that the division might be shut.Satnav manufacturers have been looking for ways to diversify their brands and wearables, which utilize GPS and low-power technology, seemed like an easy fit. However, the wearable industry has seen sluggish performance all round, with Apple and Xiaomi the only real ‘winners’ in the last six months, as Fitbit has lost market share and Jawbone folded.Intel has supposedly also “eliminated” its wearable division, following the disastrous Basis Peak recall, which cost the company millions in replacements and refunds.center_img David Curry Tags:#action camera#fitness tracker#Internet of Things#IoT#satnav#smartwatch#TomTom#wearable Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more

Money Monday

first_imgBy Barbara O’NeillDoes the military provide any type of compensation assistance for daily living activities?Yes. Special Compensation for Assistance with Activities of Daily Living (SCAADL) was authorized by the Fiscal Year 2010 National Defense Authorization Act (Public Law 111-84). This special monthly compensation is for eligible catastrophically injured or ill service members who require assistance with activities of daily living or who are at a high risk for personal safety and cannot live independently in the community without caregiver support. SCAADL provides financial assistance for non-medical care, support, and assistance by a primary caregiver for the service member. Catastrophically wounded, ill, and injured service members and their caregivers should discuss eligibility for this program with their primary care managers or care coordinators. To be eligible, service members must:have a catastrophic injury or illness incurred in the line of duty that compromises their ability to carry out activities of daily living such that they require personal or mechanical assistance to leave the home or bed or require constant supervision to avoid physical harm to themselves or others;be certified by a licensed physician to be in need of assistance from another person to perform the personal functions of everyday living; andrequire some form of residential institutional care in the absence of this provisionFor more information, click here.Browse more military personal finance webinars and blog posts by experts.Follow Dr. O’Neill on Twitter!This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network Blog on December 16, 2013last_img read more

Integrity In Your Pipeline

first_imgOne surefire way to miss your goals is to have a pipeline that lacks integrity. The lack of integrity isn’t intentional. No one is really lying about their pipeline. Mostly, there is just a lack of rigor around opportunities. Here are a few of the root causes that you need to remove if you want a pipeline you can believe.Bad Dates: No client will ever tell you that they need to close a deal on the last day of the month, the last day of a quarter, or the last day of the year. Those as “salespeople dates” used as a placeholder for the date by which they believe they can wrap up a deal. A client may, however, want to go live on the first day of a quarter or a year, in which case, their contract will likely need to be signed some time before, allowing time to get through the process.Too Old: Problems don’t age well, and neither do deals. The age of a deal can tell you whether you are looking at something you have a shot of winning. If the deal has been in the pipeline long enough to have its third birthday or has covered two Presidential elections, it’s not something you want to bet on in most cases.Bad Deals: If a deal should have been disqualified, it doesn’t belong in your pipeline. A fast “no” to bad deals is much better—and much healthier—than a slow “no” to those same deals.Wrong Stage: Some of the aging deals in your pipeline may become your client someday. You may have deals that look they have progressed to the point where your prospect will make a decision even when that decision is still far away. The optimism that causes one to believe they are going to win a deal might be well-founded. That said, just because you gave a prospect a proposal don’t mean they are prepared to sign a contract. If you skipped some of the commitments in this book, you may need to go backwards to go forward.A pipeline that lacks integrity can give you a false sense of confidence, causing you to believe that you are closing to your goals than you are. A bad number that is true is less damaging that a good number that is false. It can also prevent you from recognizing what you need to do to produce the results you want. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more