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GOLF NEWS: RORY LENIHAN WINS THE SUNDAY COMPETITION AT MURVAGH

first_imgDonegal Golf Club (Murvagh)Men’s CompetitionsSun 28th September The high scoring seen in the last few weeks was continued on Sunday the 28th September when Rory Lenihan was the winner with 43pts.Tony Keys makes the trip up from Clones to play each Sunday and this weekend he was rewarded with 2nd place on 40pts while Mark Sweeney on 39pts just held off Colm (Eir) Campbell for 3rd place on a break of tie. Kerryman John Joe O’Shea had reason to celebrate for a 2nd Sunday in a row when he recorded a Hole in One at the 5th.Results:1.Rory Lenihan (13) 43pts 2.Tony Keys (19) 40pts3.Mark Sweeney (14) 39pts (bot)4.Colm (Eir) Campbell (11) 39ptsGross. Bobby O’Shea 32ptsThursday Specials: We had our final 9 Hole competition of 2014 which was a 3 club competition, the persistent rain earlier in the day ensured the turnout was low with 20 players teeing up. The winner was Tony Forde with 17pts. John McCafferty was the best past player with an impressive score of 19pts.Our AGM was held on Thursday 25th September, the turnout was very disappointing again this year. The committee elected for 2015 is Chairman: Jimmy Melly, Secretary : Barry Kennedy, Treasurer : Robert Morrow Committee : Liam Farren, Frank O’Donnell, Adrian Murray and An Other(TBC).Thanks to outgoing committee for organising yet another good year for the Thursday Specials.We have reached our limit of 32 players for this Year’s weekend away which will be held on the 11th\12th October at Slieve Russell Golf Club. If you are travelling, please make payment in full to any committee member. If you are on the list but unable to travel please contact any committee member as early as possible so your place can be offered to someone else. Junior Golf.The Under 16 team were unlucky to lose out in the County Final of the U-16 Donegal League on Sunday. Completing the away leg of the Final they lost out on the 19th in the deciding match. Well done to all involved on an excellent performance in a competitive competition.Ladies’ Competitions21st & 23rd September -Sponsor: Leslie RobinsonWith difficult pin positions, Mary Farragher Lady Captain, brought in the winning score of 35pts in our popular professionals competition. Margaret Buckley, was runner up with 34pts. Kathleen Fox and Mary T Martin were 3rd and 4th with 33pts1. Mary Farragher (23) 35pts2. Margaret Buckley (28) 34pts3. Kathleen Fox (22) 33pts BOT4. Mary T. Martin (34) 33ptsFront 9. Margaret Trimble (34) 18ptsBack 9. Ursula Miller (22) 19pts9 Hole CompetitionMaureen Child’s (16) 17ptsWinner of Medal Trophy for 2014 was Maureen Child’sUpcoming Competition5th & 7th October – 15holes stable ford sponsored by Eddie Walsh & Sons Family MeatsFashion ShowA very successful fashion show was held in the Clubhouse last Friday. Anna Colhoun, Charlotte Caldwell, Margaret Trimble and Margaret Buckley modelled the latest fashions from Magee of Donegal with assistance from Violet and Edith and Compere Mary Quigg. Rosewoods stylish clothes were displayed to advantage by Miriam Bennett, Gaye McGoldrick, Marie McGarvey and Dorothy Woods. Noreen, Gwendolene and Annabelle helped behind stage and Annette Diver did the commentary.During the interval, the International Catwalk, was held at enormous expense. Costumes depicting various countries were modelled by Mary Farraghar, Mary Harley, Mary McLaughlin, Crona O’Reilly and Jane Brown much to the amusement of the audience. Thanks to Patsy Harkin for all her help and to the Social Committee for organising the night.Hearts and Hips Scramble (In memory of Jimmy Higgins RIP)The inaugural Hearts & Hips Scramble competition (in memory of Jimmy Higgins RIP) was held on Wednesday 24th September. Despite a small entry, everyone who played enjoyed the occasion. The competition was won by Ann McGlynn, Hugh Dillon, John McBride and Brian Neilan who had the most birdies on the day. Thanks to Joan Higgins for sponsoring first prizes & to Kate Giblin and her staff for the tea and sandwiches. Proceeds are going to the Patients Comfort Fund in Donegal District Hospital.GOLF NEWS: RORY LENIHAN WINS THE SUNDAY COMPETITION AT MURVAGH was last modified: September 29th, 2014 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:golfMurvaghNoticesSportlast_img read more

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Exciting new archaeological sites discovered in Donegal

first_imgTwo new archaeological sites have been uncovered during roadworks in West Donegal.The major historical find was made at Letterilly, outside Glenties. According to Donegal County Museum, the sites may date as far back as the Bronze Age, which took place between 2,500BC and 700BC.One find was a burned mound, called a fulacht fiadh, while ancient pottery, tools and bone were unearthed at the second site. The two sites were discovered during works on the N56 Letterilly to Glenties (Kilraine) road scheme.Photo: Donegal County MuseumSpecialist studies are being carried out to determine the era from which the artefacts originated.Donegal County Museum reports that there is already a known archaeological monument in Letterilly – a low enclosure which overlooks these two previously unknown archaeological sites.They said: “The first site Letterilly is a ‘fulacht fiadh’. It is believed that the majority of fulacht fiadh were used for cooking, but the hot water may have been used for a variety of other purposes, including bathing in association with saunas, leather-processing, textile-dying or even brewing. “These sites are one of the most common sites found throughout Ireland and the majority of them date to the Bronze Age.Photo: Donegal County MuseumPhoto: Donegal County Museum“The second site at Letterilly was strewn with granite boulders and contained burnt bone, charcoal and sherds of decorated pottery and flint tools.“In the Bronze Age pots were used for cooking, storing and consuming food, while others were used as funerary urns for cremations. Cremation was the most common burial rite during the Bronze Age.“Preliminary indications are that this might be one of the most North Westerly discoveries of this kind of pottery.”Excavation and archaeological works were carried out by TVAS Irish Archaeology Services, contracted by Donegal County Council and under Archaeological Licence/Direction from the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Exciting new archaeological sites discovered in Donegal was last modified: March 19th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:archaeologyDonegal County Museumhistoryletterlillylast_img read more

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Murdered priest with links to Lough Derg on the path to sainthood

first_imgA murdered former priest that served in Donegal is set to be made a saint, it has emerged. Fr Ragheed Ganni, who served on Lough Derg, is set to be one of the first formally-recognised martyr of modern Iraq.Fr Ganni, 34, was murdered along with three sub-deacons by Islamist militants in Iraq in 2007. Former President Mary McAleese has previously described Fr Ganni as a reminder of “the cost of freedom and the price of service to others”.Mrs McAleese, who befriended Fr Ganni after originally meeting him when he was volunteering at the Donegal Christian sanctuary as a young seminarian, said when he finished his studies in Rome she asked whether he would contemplate returning to Ireland only to be told he was determined to serve the Christian community in his troubled homeland.Speaking last month, Mrs McAleese, said: “I was one of a number of people, good friends of his, who tried to persuade him not to do that.“He knew better than any of us how dangerous it was, but he was quite determined that his vocation and his mission lay among his own people, his own family, in bringing them pastoral help and comfort. Fr Dick Mohan, who was Prior at Lough Derg when Fr Ganni worked on the island, said  he was “delighted to hear that news because Ragheed was a very special person, and many, many people who were privileged to meet him in Lough Derg and to hear him and become friends with him will be happy to know that his goodness has been recognised.”Murdered priest with links to Lough Derg on the path to sainthood was last modified: September 16th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more

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Fishing the North Coast: Smith and Chetco full of bright steelhead

first_imgAfter what seems like a couple months of solid rain, things are finally looking up for North Coast steelhead anglers.Not only are the Smith and Chetco in pristine condition following the latest round of storms, but the rest of the coastal rivers are dropping quickly as well.The South Fork Eel, Van Duzen, and the Mad could all be some shade of green as early as the weekend.If you’re looking to land your first steelhead of the year, you’ll want to take advantage of this break in the weather …last_img read more

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South African Nation Brand continues to rise as a globally competitive Nation Brand

first_imgJohannesburg, Wednesday 28 September 2016 – Brand South Africa today welcomed South Africa’s rise of two places in the annual World Economic Forum’s Global Competitive Index. South Africa now stands at 47 of 138 – up from 49 in 2015 – countries measured on 12 pillars.According to the 2016 study, South Africa has demonstrated sustained improvements in its performance from 2015. The Nation Brand has improved in 10 of the 12 pillars:1. Goods & Market Efficiency – 10 positions (28/138 countries)2. Labour Market Efficiency – 10 positions (97/138 countries)3. Higher Education & Training – 6 positions (77/138 countries)4. Macroeconomic environment – 6 positions (79/138 countries)5. Innovation – 3 positions (35/138 countries)6. Infrastructure – 4 positions (64 of 138 countries)7. Health & Primary Education – 3 positions (126 of 138 countries)8. Business Sophistication – 3 positions (30 of 138 countries)9. Financial Market Development – 1 position (11 of 138 countries)10. Technological Readiness – 1 position (49 of 138 countries)South Africa declined in the area of market size, down to 30 from 29 in 2015 and institutions down to 40 from 38 in 2015.Brand South Africa’s CEO Dr Kingsley Makhubela says that South Africa’s improved performance in the Global Competitive Index is positively correlated with the policies and programmes being implemented by the Nation Brand to strengthen the economy and the way in which it is able to respond to contemporary social issues.“The results in the 2016 WEF Global Competitiveness Index indicates that South Africa is indeed resilient in the face of global headwinds and a range of other challenges. More importantly, these results confirm that we are on the right path as a nation in terms of the solutions we are implementing to strengthen our economy. The strides we are making in collectively executing the National Development Plan and 9 point plan for economic development are yielding positive results for the country and our people.”“Brand South Africa expresses its appreciation to all citizens of the country for your steadfast commitment to ensuring that the Nation Brand strengthens its value proposition for citizens in particular and the international community in general,” concluded Dr Makhubela.According to the World Economic Forum, “South Africa slightly improves both its score and ranking (47th, up two). It has been relatively less affected by commodity price falls than other economies in the region, and has registered marginal improvements in almost all aspects of competitiveness. Most significant areas of progress include enhanced competition, both locally (up 13 places) and internationally (up 16 places); better use of talent in terms of how pay reflects productivity (98th, up 29 places); and a small but important upgrade in the quality of education (up five places), with primary school enrolment also now passing 97 percent.”This is the latest in a series of international instruments which highlight the strengthening of the Nation Brand’s competitiveness. The Institute of Management Development’s Competitive Index and the World Bank’s Logistics Index are amongst the indices where South Africa has improved in its performance.last_img read more

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Former Tripura PWD Minister absconding

first_imgNine police personnel have been placed under suspension in Tripura over the past two days after they failed to track absconding CPI(M) veteran and former PWD Minister Badal Choudhury, wanted in a ₹600-crore construction work scam.Deputy Superintendent of Police (District Intelligence Branch) Banoj Biplab Das was suspended on Saturday on charge of dereliction of duty.On Friday, officer in charge of the West Agartala Police Station D.P. Roy and six other personnel either attached with the Crime Branch or the Special Branch, were suspended, a day after West Tripura Superintendent of Police Ajit Pratap Singh was placed under suspension. Three personal security staff of Mr. Choudhury were among those who faced action. The BJP-led coalition government also carried out a major reshuffle in the top and middle rung of the State police. Mr. Choudhury was named in an FIR registered in the West Agartala Police Station by the Vigilance Department, which probed the alleged ₹600 crore construction work scam in the PWD in 2008.last_img read more

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Some NHL Stars Get More Assists At Home Than They Deserve

This matches the existing research on a home-court scoring partiality in basketball — both in the NCAA and the NBA — in addition to the home-rink bias present in the recording of hits and blocked shots in the NHL.But although there appears to be some hometown favoritism involved with the NHL’s second assist, it might be difficult to do anything about it. Indeed, judging when a player should receive a secondary assist is not always clear cut. Let’s look at a pair of goals scored last season — one by the home team and the other by the away team — at Amalie Arena in Tampa Bay, the rink with the NHL’s third-biggest home second-assist bias since the lockout.First, does Anton Stralman, who lost possession by flipping the puck into a New Jersey Devils defender, deserve a secondary assist on this play?Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/2_44_njd_tbl_1415_h_discrete_t-b439_goal_1_1600.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.We would argue that he does not, but Stralman’s home-arena scorer thought differently.In the next clip, former Capitals center Eric Fehr carries the puck into the zone and sends it toward the slot before it eventually finds the stick of Brooks Laich, who buries it in the net. Fehr was not awarded an assist for this play, though he very well could have under the second-assist rule.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/2_414_wsh_tbl_1415_h_ingame_t-b238_goal_1_1600k_16x9.mp400:0000:0000:14Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Responding to a request for comment via email, NHL Vice President of Communications John Dellapina told us, “The standard for what constitutes an assist is clearly detailed for all of our off-ice officials and the expectation is that that standard will be applied.” But, clearly, that standard is applied differently across the board. In each of the above cases, the rules for awarding secondary assists left much up to the individual interpretation of the official scorer.So if there’s no way to standardize how they are awarded, perhaps the problem with secondary assists isn’t how they are handed out, but the fact that they exist at all. Since all goals and assists count equally in a player’s point tally, second assists are valuable — too much so to be awarded with such inconsistency.As Simon said: “The fact that there’s no difference [in points] between a secondary assist and a goal is pretty silly, isn’t it?” Even when factoring in home teams’ tendency to score more frequently, the number of superstar players with extreme home-slanted secondary assist numbers is peculiar.1For instance, Steven Stamkos, P.K. Subban, Evgeni Malkin and Crosby are all household names; on the other hand, most people haven’t heard of Alex Goligoski. In addition to Crosby, other big names with many more second assists at home include Evgeni Malkin (43 more; or a 56 increase), Steven Stamkos (41 more; 121 percent) and P.K. Subban (39 more; 91 percent). These home-cooked assist totals can add up: The Art Ross has gone to either Crosby or Malkin in four of the last 10 seasons, to go with a pair of runner-up finishes (plus three more for Stamkos and Ryan Getzlaf, another home-assist beneficiary).2Malkin’s 2008-09 Art Ross win is especially suspect; he beat Alex Ovechkin that year by only 3 points (113-110) after recording 13 secondary assists at home and only four on the road.Although Rand Simon, an agent with Newport Sports Management — a firm whose clients include Stamkos and Subban — said he couldn’t remember a time when a player’s second-assist tally came up in negotiations, he admitted it’s a stat that he and his team are aware of when they sit down across from general managers. “When we prepare and do research for contracts, it’s something we always look at,” Simon said over the phone. “If he does have a significantly high number of primary assists, it’s something that we keep in the back of our mind and talk about. Conversely, if there’s a player that the club is comparing him to and he’s getting a lot of secondary assists versus primary, it’s something we want to know.”“I could see it becoming a negotiation point, especially in the case of extremes,” he said. “Or in the case of maybe the club being critical of a player because his assists were off from one year to the next. Maybe the agent can point out that it was all secondary assists; the primary assists stayed the same.”That inconsistency affects entire teams’ stats, not just those of star players. The chart below shows second-assist rates for both home and away goals, split by the hometown team: Depending on the arena, the rate at which secondary assists are awarded varies from 70 percent of a game’s total goals (Ottawa) to 80 percent (Colorado). In effect, this means that roughly once every two games, there’s an extra secondary assist given out in Colorado that wouldn’t have been in Ottawa.That’s for all goals scored by both teams in a game; the numbers also suggest scorers might show implicit bias when awarding second assists on home goals, specifically. For roughly a third of the home rinks we studied,3Specifically, 11 of the NHL’s 30 arenas. the difference in second-assist rates between the home team and away team was statistically significant, meaning it could not reasonably be explained away as the product of natural fluctuations. This is even true across game situations; that is, if we account for score effects (in case there are more second assists when the leading team — i.e., the home team more often than not — scores) or isolate 5-on-5 play only (accounting for possibility of more second assists on power plays, which the home team also tends to get more of), the same conclusion holds. Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby is one of the most talented players in the National Hockey League. But sometimes, he also gets lucky.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/2_1132_car_pit_1314_h_discrete_pit85_goal_1_1600.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.This clip comes from the 2013-14 season, when Crosby won the Art Ross Trophy as the league’s top scorer. On the play, the Consol Energy Center’s official scorer awarded Crosby a secondary assist even though the pass he attempted to shovel back to a teammate resulted in an apparent turnover. This type of judgment call frequently went in Crosby’s favor that year; he recorded 22 secondary assists at home, versus just 12 on the road.And it wasn’t just a one-season aberration. Few players benefit more than Crosby from the secondary assist, one of the league’s most inconsistent and superfluous stats. Over the course of his career, Crosby has recorded 150 second assists at home and only 112 on the road, a 38-helper difference that ranks seventh in the NHL since 2005-06.Like pitcher wins in baseball and quarterback rating in football, the NHL’s second assist isn’t a great barometer of talent. Carolina Hurricanes analyst Eric Tulsky once showed that secondary-assist totals for forwards at even strength are mostly noise, not a reflection of player skill. But we’ve also identified another problem with the second assist: The likelihood of one being awarded varies greatly depending on the arena and, in certain cases, whether the player is wearing the home team’s uniform. (This despite the fact that each arena’s official scorer is assigned by the league, not the team itself.)Point totals have a demonstrable effect on awards such as the Art Ross and Hart trophies (MVP); Crosby, for instance, doubled up on those honors in 2013-14, one of six times an Art Ross winner also took the Hart in the 11 seasons since the 2004-05 lockout — with a seventh likely coming this season in the form of Patrick Kane. They also help determine player salaries and incentive-based bonuses. So it’s worth asking whether certain players have been unfairly valued because of the way different official scorers award secondary assists.In fairness to Crosby, he’s far from the only player who earns a disproportionate number of secondary assists at home. Check out the scatterplot below, which shows career home and road second-assist numbers for players with at least 70 assists since the 2005-06 season. The dotted line is where we’d expect players to fall after accounting for the fact that NHL teams score about 10 percent more often at home than on the road. The further a player is above it, the more disproportionate his tendency to rack up secondary assists at home. read more

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