A Go Fund Me page has been set up to raise money for the purchase of a defibrillator for the young Fanad footballer, Keri Sweeney.The Mulroy College student had to sit out six months and was unsure if she’d ever get back on the pitch after being diagnosed with a heart condition.Earlier this year, an MRI scan showed suggestions of perimyocarditis and it was confirmed that a virus had attacked her heart and caused pericarditis/myocarditis. Recently, Professor Kevin Walsh, at The Mater Private in Dublin, gave the Fanad teenager the green light to return – provided there is a defibrillator and trained personnel on site.“I can’t wait to get back,” Keri told Donegal Daily/Donegal Sport Hub in an interview published yesterday morning.Keri plays for Mulroy Academy and the Donegal Women’s League, while she also lines out for Gaeil Fhánada.Keri is also trying to raise awareness about the importance of defibrillators, and having trained personal to operate them, at sporting venues. She said: “So many people don’t know they have this. I was just lucky I found out.”To make a donation to help Keri purchase a defibrillator and get back playing, click here: https://www.gofundme.com/defibrillator-for-keri-sweeneyLet’s help Keri Sweeney purchase a defibrillator to get back playing football was last modified: September 21st, 2018 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:defibrillatorDonegal Women’s LeagueFanadKeri SweeneyMulroy Academy
Roberto Di Matteo defended his decision to make eight changes to Chelsea’s starting line-up for their defeat at Liverpool.The interim boss rested a number of players ahead of the forthcoming Champions League final.Chelsea must win that final against Bayern Munich to qualify for next season’s tournament after their 4-1 loss at Anfield ended any lingering chance of a top-four finish.“We’ve come so far because we’ve used the energy and players we have in the squad. That is the only way to be in the race until now. I have no regrets,” Di Matteo told Sky.“We’ve had very intense games and to get yourself up for all those has been a big demand. I thought tonight fresh legs would give us a better chance.“We’ve got a game on Sunday and we want to finish our last game well to go into the Champions League final in a positive mood.”More reaction later.Was Di Matteo’s team selection justified? Click here to voteClick here for the Liverpool v Chelsea quizFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
One day in December I was visiting family and picked up my niece Xander from daycare. We had to leave before her balloon got turned into an animal. It was disappointing. So when we got back to her house, I pulled out my iPhone and showed her an app called Aardvark. We asked Aardvark how we could turn one long balloon into a balloon animal. My niece jumped up and down with excitement every time we got an iPhone push notification that someone out on the internet had an answer to offer. The first 3 people said “draw eyes on it and call it a snake.” That was funny the first time. Then, someone came through with a great link to good instructions for making a balloon animal. We made one, we were happy and proud, and we’d become the kind of people who knew how to make balloon animals.A month later, Xander was visiting my house and we gave her a package of balloons. She whipped up a giraffe, a horse and a princess crown in minutes. Her mom asked her how she did it and you know what she said? “The Aardvark taught me how to do it!” Google announced today that it bought the company that made that iPhone app. It feels like some closure on my past year of hunting the story of the Aardvark, both personally and professionally. I’ve asked for and received from Aardvark advice on cooking, home repair, what color shirt to wear on TV, whether I can easily catch a cab at a particular BART stop and how to make balloon animals. Today Google officially announced the acquisition of Aardvark and its availability in Google Labs. I thought I’d take this opportunity to share a few stories about my year following this company and using its service. There’s no knowing how much attention the project will get inside Google, so this may be a case of “it was fun while it lasted.” But it sure was fun. And perhaps this acquisition won’t be the last we hear of Aardvark, after all.Founded by ex-Google employees, here’s how Aardvark describes its team that built the system: “Over 2009, the company built an amazing technical team of over twenty people, including engineers from each of Silicon Valley’s major technology companies, four AI Ph.D.s, and founders from a dozen different successful startups.” Those people are all Google employees now and have a tidy pile of money.How Aardvark WorksI love telling people about Aardvark. It’s interesting, easy to understand and makes almost everyone raise their eyebrows, whether in intrigue or skepticism. Here’s how it works: you get an invite from a friend and that friend says you are someone who knows about music, PHP, Portland, Oregon and barbecue. Then, you accept the invitation and say “I also know about skateboarding and training flea circuses.” So Aardvark tags you as a person who knows about those things.Then, you can ask Aardvark any question you can think of, through Instant Messaging, iPhone, web or Twitter interfaces. The system looks at the text of your question, figures out what the topic is, then goes looking for someone to answer it. Aardvark seeks out people who are tagged as knowing about the topic of your question, are most socially-close to your immediate circle of friends (on Twitter, Facebook or Aardvark), who are available at that very moment via IM or iPhone and who have been rated in the past as good people to answer questions, who have the same propensity to use or avoid obscenity as you do, and a number of other criteria. Aardvark then pings those most-qualified people to ask if they are available to answer your question. If they say they are, it acts as an intermediary, delivering your question and bringing you back answers. The vast majority of questions are answered to the satisfaction of the people who asked them within 5 minutes. It’s amazing. There’s all kinds of technology under the hood, too. The service watches what you’re Tweeting about if you’ve associated your Twitter account, for example, and considers you particularly qualified to answer questions about topics you’ve been discussing most recently on Twitter. It really is an amazing system, from the rapid text analysis to the people-sorting to the well-thought-out user experience. Aardvark’s investors got a little bit of money out of the deal, but seeing one of the leading examples of what some people believe is the future of search (social search) sell for a mere $50 million does raise questions. With a total of $1.3 billion invested in various companies, lead backer August Capital is probably disappointed at this small exit, even if it is nearly 10X the $6 million that Aardvark had raised.The price may well be based on the company’s failure to find a substantial number of users. Aardvark said earlier this month that it had fewer than 100,000 registered users. So be it. The founders will now return to Google, their former employer, with a powerful proof of concept, an eye for the huge Google user base and several million dollars in each of their pockets. Maybe they’ll continue to work on Aardvark itself and maybe they won’t. Only time will tell.In the mean time, I’ve had a great time using Aardvark and have even put it to work for me professionally.Last October I was walking down the street in San Francisco after lunch, headed back to the Moscone Center to see what was rumored to be a big announcement at the Web 2.0 Summit. Microsoft was going to announce that it cut a deal with Twitter to include Tweets in Bing search results. The much more connected Kara Swisher broke the news and I was trying to think of how to add value to the conversation with my coverage. So I put out a tweet: “Are there any User Experience experts at Web 2.0 who can talk to me about Bing/Twitter integration?”By the time I sat down on the floor of the crowded convention hall before the announcement, I hadn’t gotten a single reply on Twitter. So I decided to fire up Aardvark. I asked it by IM, “are there any UX pros available right now to give me a live reaction to some news about to break?” I was quickly delivered 3 suitable User Experience design professionals from around the country, asking me how they could help, through the Aardvark IM interface. I typed, copied and pasted as fast as I could – sending them the link to bing.com/twitter as soon as it was available, getting their thoughts, asking follow-up questions, separating three live interviews in one chat stream (chatting with Aardvark) into three separate interview chunks of text. It was crazy! I typed and thought and parsed as fast as I possibly could and then boom – within minutes of the announcement being over, I had a blog post up. Three User Experience professionals react to the way that the first major search engine to do so integrated the Twitter stream. It was quite a rush and something I couldn’t have done in any other way, without Aardvark. We all knew that Aardvark was born and raised to be sold, probably to Google. When Michael Arrington broke the news 2 months ago that Aardvark was in talks with Google, it wasn’t a surprise. Nor was it a surprise that TechCrunch broke the story, Arrington has held an annual summer event at the offices of August Capital, Aardvark’s lead investor, for years. He’s very connected to the circle of people around Aardvark, as he is with hot Silicon Valley startups quite often.A few days after that news came out, Aardvark CEO Max Ventilla was a guest on Leo Laporte’s show This Week in Tech. I ended up butting in far too much, explaining Vark and telling stories in the TWiT chat room that Leo asked Max about live on the show. I was a little worried that Max was going to get tired of me. I’d been trading emails with him, cursing him for giving exclusives to other media outlets, interviewing him at length for our research report on the future of the Real-Time Web and just generally being a harassing fan and overeager news blogger.After the show, I shot him an email anyway. I told him that I’m not connected enough to break the news that Aardvark is about to sell, but I’d like to try to out-write my competitors. Just like the New York Times writes obituaries for famous people before they die, I’d like to spend some time with him so I can write the story of Aardvark ahead of time, before it gets acquired.He told me there was no rush, that nothing was really happening, but agreed to schedule a call. We scheduled some time, but that morning a pipe exploded in the basement of my house. I emailed him and said I’d reschedule sometime soon. That was two weeks ago. I never got to dive deep into the story of Aardvark, before it got acquired, and now there’s no telling what the future will bring for the company. But I did have a great time chasing Aardvark around in my personal and professional life over the last year. I know how to make a mean sweet potato and butternut squash soup thanks to Aardvark, and I’m not afraid to put certain Arm and Hammer products on my carpet to vacuum up, even if they aren’t labeled for it explicitly. Thanks, Aardvark community.These days I haven’t been responding to my Aardvark IMs as much as I used to. I used to answer lots of questions, so now I get a lot of questions. Most of them are on topics I have no interest in. I spent the end of last year chasing down the next social search company that caught my fancy, the then-unlaunched Quora, built by some of the very first people to join and leave Facebook in the early days. I posted the first screenshots of Quora and use it regularly still, but as a web technology writer it’s my job to be looking for the next new thing.I still enjoy Aardvark and I love the ideas behind it. We’ll see what happens to it at Google, but if absolutely nothing else: my niece and I now know how to make balloon animals. 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Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now The question asked of me last week was this: “How do you think about making the right decision in sales?”There is no way you can know with absolute certainty what the right decision is before you make it. But there are ways that you can do a better job of making decisions in sales—or in any other area of life. The challenge is in not getting wrapped around the axle and committing to a course of action before you have had a chance to think things through.The way to make good decisions is to first consider your options. Once you have identified all your choices, you can weigh them against each other to determine which choice you believe will allow you to achieve the result you want. More choices improve your chances of success while believing there is only one course of action limits your chances.Let’s assume you are calling on your dream client, and their gatekeeper decides to lock you out, forbidding you from gaining access to the contact with whom you need to meet.You might decide that you are going to do any one of the following:Contact the client directly. A decision worth considering, even if it comes with the downside risk of alienating the gatekeeper and making an enemy.Identifying and pursuing a new contact. Another reasonably good choices depending on the context. The downside risk here is that word gets back to the contact and their gatekeeper and you end up bringing negative attention to yourself.Identifying someone who can make an introduction. Maybe you have a shared contact that would be generous enough to make an introduction. This might be especially valuable if you have done good work for this person and they’d like to do this for you.Enlisting the client as an ally. Maybe the best thing to do is try to win the gatekeeper’s heart and mind, enlisting their help in your cause, proving you create value, and making them look good in the process.There are still more choices available to you, like having someone else on your team work on access through another channel. From the small number of facts and clues, it’s still difficult to make a good decision, but with a little context, a good choice becomes clear. If your best client used to work for the contact you are pursuing, the decision is easier to make. If you have another contact that has engaged with you, that might make taking a different path a better option.The key to making good decisions is to first start by identifying your options before you make a decision and act.
PSL: Petron stays unscathed, turns back F2 in Finals rematch Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico “After our game against Adamson, I couldn’t sleep, I didn’t feel right, so I texted coach and told him ‘I am sorry, you had expectations put on me, so I will get back in the next game.’”Dy added that De Jesus’ comment not only struck a chord with her, but with the whole Lady Spikers team who had to be reminded that they were the defending champions for two years running.“Coach would always say to us ‘who are you? You’re the defending champions right?’ so we realized that ‘yeah, we are the defending champions,’” said Dy. “So coming into this game, we just remembered who we are.” “We really played badly in that loss, so whatever he says to us we’ll just accept it.”And Dy personall wanted to make up for her lackluster performance against Adamson where she scored just eight points.Dy responded with a season-high 21 points, the first time she breached the 20-point mark this season, and that included 11 spikes, seven blocks, and three service aces.READ: UAAP volleyball: La Salle outplays Ateneo for share of 2nd seed“I played really bad against Adamson, it was a really bad game for me,” said Dy, whose team improved to 5-2 to get a share of the second seed with Far Eastern University.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH That ripple turned into an uproar that would only be quelled when the Lady Spikers got back on the winning track, which became reality when La Salle trumped Ateneo, 25-20, 25-17, 24-26, 25-20, in its first round capper in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament.Kianna Dy said De Jesus’ comments riled them up even further and motivated them to avenge their shock loss to the Lady Falcons.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutREAD: De Jesus blasts Lady Spikers after 2nd loss: ‘You don’t belong in UAAP’“Coach never gives us any praise for whatever we do, he will always look at our mistakes,” said Dy in Filipino Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena. “I think it was an eye-opener for us but we know that we deserved that comment.” Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving When De La Salle head coach Ramil De Jesus lashed out at his players with the “barangay” label after their loss to Adamson University, the comment caused a ripple in the Lady Spikers’ locker room.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
REGINA – The old saying that the only constant in life is change may best sum up the coming year in Saskatchewan politics.The governing Saskatchewan Party, the Opposition New Democrats and even the seatless Liberals are to elect new leaders in the coming months, and that could affect the decade-long political status quo in the province.Opinion polls in recent months have suggested the gap of support between the Saskatchewan Party and the NDP has narrowed considerably, especially after last spring’s tough-medicine budget. And the governing party is losing Prem=ier Brad Wall, whose personal approval ratings have continued to score high, to retirement.“The type of leader that the Sask. Party needs is essentially a Brad Wall without the negative aspects of the Brad Wall legacy,” says Joseph Garcea, who teaches political studies at the University of Saskatchewan.“To some extent, they need a Brad Wall without baggage.”Garcea pointed to last spring’s budget, which raised the provincial sales tax and included cuts to libraries that were later reversed following public protests.He also cited ongoing controversy into a $21-million land purchase west of Regina. The auditor general found the government overpaid for the land and did not follow proper procedures. That prompted an RCMP investigation.The NDP is hoping to capitalize on the controversies and sees an opening with Wall’s departure.“For the last 10 years, the premier — Brad Wall — has been the brand of the Sask. Party and … with him stepping down and a new leader taking over, it’s going to be very different, I think,” says interim NDP leader Nicole Sarauer.Garcea says a lot will depend on how much each party can unite following the leadership campaigns, which can often be divisive. He also says the spring budget could help shape voters’ minds for the 2020 election.As for Wall, he has some advice for whoever takes over: stay humble, avoid rigid ideology and admit mistakes, such as the library cuts.“Be humble and be pragmatic,” he says.“We’re a free-enterprise party. We believe in markets. But we also have to respect that Saskatchewan people aren’t really interested in ideology … they’re interested in results and they’re also interested in a government reflecting their priorities.”Wall also suggests his party should avoid getting into debates over socially divisive, federally governed issues such as abortion.Three of the leadership candidates running to replace Wall recently talked about their anti-abortion views to a group called Right Now, which is dedicated to electing anti-abortion politicians.One candidate, Ken Cheveldayoff, told The Canadian Press that abortions should be allowed only for women whose lives are in jeopardy and not for victims of sexual assault. He later walked back from that stance and said any sex assault victim has the right to make the choice to have an abortion.Wall said provincial leaders should stick to provincial matters.“There will be (some people) that are interested in socially conservative or socially liberal issues, and that’s fine. But at the provincial level, where we don’t really have jurisdiction over these things, I don’t understand why we would … focus any great deal of resources on these issues ….“We do have a lot more to do with the economy and with health,” he said. “Let’s focus on those. I think that’s reflective of the priority of the vast majority of Saskatchewan people and that would be my advice.”Wall, who announced his resignation in August but is staying on until his successor is chosen at the end of January, says he has yet to line up a new job.“When the new leader is chosen … I’m going to probably take a it of a break, but I’ll be looking for work in earnest thereafter.”
James Harden’s one weird trick: drawing contact on 3-point shots. In the video above, see just how much better Harden is than his competition at attracting whistles from beyond the arc.
Johnnie Dixon (1) is lifted into the air by A.J. Alexander (88) after Dixon’s touchdown during the second half of the Buckeyes game against Rutgers on Oct. 1. The Buckeyes won 58-0. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorRedshirt sophomore tight end A.J. Alexander’s playing career at Ohio State has come to an end after missing the entire 2017 season due to a knee injury, the university announced Tuesday.Alexander will be placed on a medical scholarship, according to a team release. This means that while he will no longer be on the team, he will still retain a scholarship after having his athletic career end due to an injury.It was revealed Alexander would miss the entire campaign due to season-ending knee surgery in June 2017. He played in all 13 games in 2016 and had four catches for 27 yards.He was expected to take on a bigger role in the 2018 season, following the departure of redshirt senior tight end Marcus Baugh. Ohio State will now need to find its starting tight end next season between redshirt freshmen Luke Farrell and Jake Hausmann, redshirt sophomore Rashod Berry, as well as incoming four-star recruit Jeremy Ruckert. Kierre Hawkins, another redshirt freshman tight end, transferred out of the program.
Junior forward Tanner Lacyzinski (9) skates with the puck in the first period of game one during Ohio State’s hockey game vs. Michigan State on March 1. Ohio State won 5-1. Credit: Nick Hudak | For The LanternThe Ohio State men’s hockey team’s season is over after losing 2-0 in a low scoring game against Denver in the NCAA West Regional Semifinals.In what was one of the lowest scoring games of the season for the Buckeyes, Ohio State (20-11-5, 13-7-4 Big Ten), a No. 3 seed in the NCAA tournament, was not able to crack the defense of Denver (23-11-5), resulting in its third loss in a row and the end of its season. Ohio State’s head coach Steve Rohlik was upset after what he described as a disappointing end to the season.“We knew the team that’s good first was probably going to get the upper-hand and we certainly had our chances there and it just didn’t work out the way we wanted to,” Rohlik said.The turning point in the match came nearly 40 minutes after the puck drop, when Denver put the first point on the scoreboard with 39.5 seconds left in the second period on a goal by senior defenseman Les Lancaster. Despite Ohio State getting its fourth power play of the match in the third period, the Buckeyes still couldn’t find an opening in Denver’s defense. With 1:30 left in the game, the Buckeyes replaced their goalie with another skater in an attempt to tie the match up and go into overtime. Denver managed to win the faceoff, however, and scored the game-sealing goal with 58.3 seconds to go.Ohio State finished the game outshooting the Pioneers 24-13. Despite the loss, senior forward Mason Jobst was proud of the Buckeyes’ aggressive performance in the first period.“I think going into the game, obviously, we know the style that they were playing and we were playing was going to be mainly defensive and 0-0: that’s what we expected,” Jobst said. “We had the upper hand in shots and we were keeping things simple. After [the first period] I thought we were feeling pretty good.”Senior defenseman Sasha Larocque said it was difficult to comprehend this being his final game in an Ohio State uniform.“We played that Carmen song after every game for the last four years so it was a little bit of a goodbye,” Larocque said. “It’s tough to accept that the best four years of your life are behind you, and you’re never going to throw this jersey on again and play a real game.”
Southgate was overwhelmed with excitement over his side’s opening World Cup win against Tunisia in Volgograd on Monday.The 2-1 victory plus another three points against Panama in Nizhny Novgorod on Sunday will book their place in the knockout stages.However, the England boss, Southgate was brought crashing back to earth quite when he tripped up while jogging and dislocated his shoulder.He admits he feels embarrassed and that the messages from back home have gone from herograms to mocking ones.He said as reported by Daily Star:Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“I just clipped a step, landed on my elbow and that popped my shoulder out. I tried to get up, but my arm was pointing in a different direction so I just pulled my cap down hoping no-one would see me!“Running is, as a manager, where you get time to think. That time on your own and I will have to find a replacement for that because I don’t think I’ll be on the running machine any time soon in the next couple of months.“Every time I phone home, it’s the usual thing once people know you’re alive the gloves are off and there is more stick flying around!”Southgate has refused to wear a sling and will settle for the damaged arm being strapped up when he’s on the touchline to face Panama.He added: “They’ve got it strapped up. I didn’t like the look of a sling in public. So they can strap it and keep it in place.”