A whole lotto luck as THREE Donegal players chosen for Winning Streak

first_imgThere’s definitely some good fortune in the hills of Donegal as an incredible THREE people from the county are to appear on Winning Streak this week.Donegal contestants have appeared on six out of eight shows in 2019 so far. And there will be an even bigger local contingent heading to RTE studios this Saturday.No one could believe it when three Donegal people were drawn from the drum in last week’s show. They were: Sarah McCarron from Clonmany, Chris Gillespie from Carrick and Kathleen Coyle from St. Johnston.Presenters Marty Whelan and Sinead Kennedy were just as surprised!“I think we should do an outside broadcast in Donegal,” Marty suggested after the third name was chosen.“If the next one is Donegal we’d be cheaper to go there. To get them all down on the bus it wouldn’t be fair,” Sinead added. Katarzyna (Katya) Galera from Bundoran and Eamonn McCready from Doochery were the last two Donegal contestants to appear on Winning Streak, taking home a cool €53,000 in prizes on 30th March.A whole lotto luck as THREE Donegal players chosen for Winning Streak was last modified: April 9th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:gameshownational lotteryRTEWinning Streaklast_img read more

The Brain You Use, and How It Uses You

first_imgNeuroscientists continue to find out amazing things about the human brain.  In some ways we are responsible to use our brains, but in other ways the brain does things to us.  If nobody has figured out where the dividing line is for thousands of years, it’s unlikely we will today; but the following findings can shed some light on the mystery.Sing for mental health.  Something about singing does a brain good.  The BBC News and National Geographic reported on work at Northwestern University that showed music helps prevent dyslexia in children and can even rewire a damaged brain.  That seems to indicate that if you did not choose to avail yourself of music therapy, the benefits would not occur.Remember to forget:  New studies on memory seem to suggest that forgetting is an active process.  Old memories don’t just fade away; they are actively erased to make room for new memories.  That’s the idea in an article on Live Science reporting on work in China and at Cold Spring Harbor Labs, New York.  The researchers feel this could lead to drugs that could help patients erase bad memories, like traumatic events.  Be sure not to overdose on it.  Who knows if the brain would come back after a reboot – think of having to take all that school again.Nap stir:  Speaking of a reboot, that mid-day nap might refresh your brain like a warm restart.  PhysOrg, Live Science and Science Daily all reported on findings at UC Berkeley that show naps clear the mind and boost the brain’s learning capacity.  Moms may appreciate the break when the baby takes its nap, but important things are happening in the tiny head in that interval.  Maybe Mom should take one, too.    Participants who took 90-minute naps in a controlled experiment scored markedly better on learning tests.  One researcher put it into familiar terms: “It’s as though the e-mail inbox in your hippocampus is full and, until you sleep and clear out those fact e-mails, you’re not going to receive any more mail.  It’s just going to bounce until you sleep and move it into another folder.”  So that’s why we forget what the teacher said.  Unfortunately, the teacher doesn’t get a “Returned to sender” message from the student.  The student should not try to argue to the teacher that his napping in class is a way to enhance his learning.The brain-computer analogy got another insight recently.  Researchers at the Institute for Technical Science in Graz are abandoning the single-file method of computing and building net-like processors.  Science Daily said this effort was inspired by studying how the brain is wired, with each neuron connecting to many other neurons.  “The scientists want to design a new generation of neuro-computers based on the principles of calculation and learning mechanisms found in the brain, and at the same time gain new knowledge about the brain’s learning mechanisms.”Science Daily looked to worms for the answer.  Whatever it was, it started early on.  Their headline stated, “Last Ancestor Humans Shared With Worms Had Sophisticated Brain, microRNAs Show.”That last article wins Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week for beginning, “The last ancestor we shared with worms, which roamed the seas around 600 million years ago, may already have had a sophisticated brain that released hormones into the blood and was connected to various sensory organs.”  The implication is that our brains evolved from worm brains.  But this relies on evolutionary assumptions and deep time, and doesn’t help Darwin anyway; it pushes the origin of these sophisticated mechanisms closer to the goo.    Back to reality. Who could not be fascinated by the brain?  We are aware of choosing to think and act, but there are also many processes that occur automatically in the background – re-organizing memories in sleep, re-wiring in response to music, entrainment of a new skill or idea by habit after focused concentration.  We sense that we are operating a very sophisticated computer.  We know how to use the GUI, but have no idea how the software and wiring works.  Evolutionists tend to be materialists and deny we have free will (e.g., 02/17/2010, bullet 1), but creationists typically believe we have responsibility for our choices and actions.  The debates will go on, but it’s hard to defend determinism, when you think about it.  See?(Visited 21 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Das Haus Tour

first_imgI attended an event in October called the Das Haus tour – a prefab “house” sponsored by the German Consulate General that will be roaming the country for about a year. The first stop was in Atlanta, so although I was one of the first people to see it, I don’t understand the point of the venture.Quoting the glossy brochure distributed at the event I attended, “Central to the exhibition is an integrated, fully functioning structure that applied real-world technologies and solutions that meet ultra-low energy building standards.” What I saw didn’t even come close to resembling this.The actual exhibit, on the lawn of the World of Coca Cola, an enormous, if entertaining, pseudo-museum dedicated to the biggest purveyor of sugar water on the planet, was an assembly of modified shipping containers that sort of resembled a building.Not much there, thereSeeing the exhibit in person provided me with little, if any insight into what it was intended to explain to visitors. I did get a little more information once I downloaded the technical brochure from the website. The two-pronged approach of the project is to promote energy efficient and renewable technologies to the general public. The technologies on exhibit were inspired by Germany’s entries into the 2007 and 2009 Solar Decathlon, so it bears some resemblance to those mobile home sized projects.What it didn’t appear to have was a particularly coherent message or story to tell to visitors. One section was a fully enclosed living module that resembled many uber-modern compact homes. Another section displayed various types of high efficiency walls sections with explanations of the various components. Sprinkled around were a few displays of commercial products including prefabricated wall components and solar panels which appeared to be paid advertisements from invited sponsors.I get the feeling that they had hoped to have more of these displays, but did not get the expected participation from vendors. After viewing the exhibit, few of the attendees seemed to have much of an understanding of what they had seen.The hidden valueDisregarding my disappointment with the exhibit, there were several days of presentations while it was in Atlanta. Although I was not able to attend them, they looked interesting, including one on solar-ready housing and one on barriers to clean energy market transformation.I would have liked to attend some of these talks, but I would have preferred even more to be invited to give one myself (I never said I wasn’t the jealous type).To me the whole event resembles exhibits I have seen at trade shows that are organized by foreign chambers of commerce and consulates where various vendors are invited (or coerced) to show their wares in hopes of expanding their business in the US. To me, these appear to be primarily a way to spend money to justify the various organizations existence and continued funding.Having already visited Atlanta and Houston, Das Haus is headed to Phoenix in January, San Francisco in February, then to Canada and more U.S. cities until it closes in Denver in November 2012. If anyone in Atlanta or Houston has seen it and has any thoughts to add, please share them.And for those of you who will have the pleasure of seeing Das House next year, please keep me in mind when you do.last_img read more

Astros start fast, top Dodgers for 2-1 World Series lead

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Houston Astros’ Carlos Correa and George Springer celebrate Game 3 of baseball’s World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. The Astros won 5-3 to take a 2-1 lead in the series. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)HOUSTON — A perfect fit in their own place, the Houston Astros are halfway home.George Springer and the Astros broke out the bats early this time and kept up their big run at Minute Maid Park in October, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3 Friday night for a 2-1 lead in the World Series.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort McCullers left in the sixth as Los Angeles scored twice to cut into a 5-1 deficit. Peacock followed, and shouldered the load for a shaky bullpen by posting his first save in 11 years of pro ball. The right-hander was nearly perfect, walking one and striking out four.“It was awesome,” said Peacock, who made 21 starts and 13 relief appearances during the regular season. “I’ve never experienced anything like that in my life.”Coupled with four shutout innings from McCullers to finish off the Yankees in Game 7 of the AL Championship Series, the unconventional Astros became the first team to have two saves of three-plus innings in one postseason.On a night when a lot went right for Houston, also credit third base coach Gary Pettis, who’s been having quite a postseason. He boldly sent Josh Reddick careening home on a wild throw by reliever Tony Watson for a two-out run in the fifth.The Astros rode the momentum of a thrilling victory Wednesday night in Los Angeles, where Marwin Gonzalez hit a tying homer in the ninth on an 0-2 pitch from star closer Kenley Jansen, and Houston went deep three times in extra innings before hanging on to win 7-6 in 11.Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger almost won that game with a drive that was caught on the warning track in the ninth. He fanned all four times up in Game 3, leaving him 0 for 11 with seven strikeouts in the Series.“I think he’s just in that funk right now where he’s chasing balls out of the strike zone,” Roberts said.This game wasn’t nearly as dramatic, not that the home crowd minded.Fans were revved up from the start when injured Houston Texas defensive end J.J. Watt — who has raised more than $37 million for relief efforts after Hurricane Harvey — wobbled out to the mound on crutches to throw the first ball.Soon, it was time for the Houston hitters to take over. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next LATEST STORIES Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’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 Games Coming off a dramatic rally to win Game 2 at Dodger Stadium, the Astros improved to 7-0 at home this postseason. Jose Altuve & Co. have dominated, too, outscoring the Red Sox, Yankees and Dodgers 36-10 in that span.“We’re very comfortable here,” Hinch said.Springer lined a leadoff double in the first and the Astros went on to win a home game for the first time in the World Series. They were swept by the White Sox in 2005, and this win left them two victories from a most elusive championship.Game 4 will be Saturday night when Charlie Morton starts for Houston. Left-hander Alex Wood pitches for the Dodgers, facing a lineup that has put at least one runner on in 14 straight innings.“Obviously, this crowd is into it. Very educated, very enthusiastic,” Dodgers manager Dave Robert said. “They’ve got some confidence over there, that team.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Green, Beal ejected after fight during Wizards-Warriors game View comments Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Gurriel homered into the Crawford Boxes in left to begin the second — he became the 13th hitter already to homer in this Series. Reddick followed with a double and Evan Gattis, the designated hitter with the game in an American League park, drew a walk.Gonzalez launched a drive off the wall in left and wound up with an RBI single when Gattis held at second, seeing if the ball would be caught. Brian McCann singled home another run with one of his three hits, and Alex Bregman’s sacrifice fly made it 4-0.When Altuve doubled, Darvish was done after 1 2/3 innings. He threw 49 pitches and the Astros swung and missed only once.Darvish had done well at Minute Maid, going 4-1. That included a 2013 start when he was one out from a perfect game for the Rangers before Gonzalez singled.“The fastball command wasn’t there, and the slider was backing up. So he just really didn’t have the feel and couldn’t get any type of rhythm going,” Roberts said.Last month, Darvish and several Dodgers players wore Houston Strong T-shirts to raise money for hurricane relief. The four-time All-Star who previously played in Texas also contributed to the relief efforts.On Thursday, Darvish kidded that maybe his goodwill would lead to good luck.“Since I made that donation, maybe I can use a ball that doesn’t have much pop in it,” he said through a translator.Nope, didn’t quite work out that way. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding The ballpark was booming from the start, with cheers, chants and a train whistle echoing beneath the closed roof. Deep in the heart of football country, a sellout crowd stood much of the evening. And with every Houston batter getting a hit or walk, fans enjoyed the Friday Night Sights.“The energy in the building is second to none,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. “It’s loud. They’re loud from the very beginning.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutYuli Gurriel homered to begin a four-run burst in the second inning that sent Yu Darvish to the shortest start of his career. Astros curveballer Lance McCullers Jr. wobbled, but protected the lead into the sixth.Brad Peacock rose to the occasion with 3 2/3 innings of hitless relief to put the Astros two wins from their first championship.last_img read more

Cheteshwar Pujara, The Wall 2.0

first_imgCheteshwar Pujara had waited for this moment for a long time. He had dreamt it over and over again his entire cricketing life. In 2010, he had even come close to it, but had fallen short by 28 runs.However, on Thursday in Hyderabad, Pujara was determined to fulfill his destiny. This time, he did not miss. He completed his maiden century on the opening day of the first Test against New Zealand. The three-figure mark — attained only in his fourth Test and sixth innings — is a justification of his hard work and the faith shown in him by the entire cricket fraternity.Some years ago, the question would be asked: Was anyone good enough to replace Rahul Dravid in the Indian team? The answer or argument, more often than not, would reach its conclusion with Pujara, an unassuming 24-year-old from the sun-battered, dusty plains of Saurashtra.By 2008, Pujara had emerged as a run-making machine on the domestic circuit. Here was a batsman born to play Test cricket, technically sound and temperamentally gifted, immune to the rising Twenty20 phenomenon.Pujara reached the heights of his mastery in domestic cricket when he hammered three triple-centuries in just one month, an almost unheard of feat. Even though only one of those knocks came in first class matches, the signs were increasingly clear: this batsman was special, he was brimming with potential, and primed for the challenge of international cricket.Pujara’s domestic record speaks for itself. In 64 first class games, he’s scored more than 4,500 runs at an average of nearly 54. His 14 centuries and 21 fifties clearly indicate that he makes chances count and scores big, a invaluable asset in any form of cricket.Although limited overs cricket is not his forte, Pujara, similar to Dravid, has adapted well to the format. His List A statistics boast of six century and an average of more than 50.It’s a fact that Pujara doesn’t have Yuvraj Singh’s swagger and Virat Kohli’s flashy swing of the bat. But his footwork is exquisite and his repertoire of shots wider than any of his contemporaries. If ever there is a time to pick a batsman to save the Indian team from doom, Pujara would be the overwhelming choice.advertisementlast_img read more

Danny Kingad enters ONE Flyweight GP semis, scores unanimous win over Japanese bet

first_imgLATEST STORIES Filipino phenom Danny “The King” Kingad punches his ticket into the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix semifinals with a sensational unanimous decision win over Senzo Ikeda! #WeAreONE #ANewEra #Tokyo #MartialArts pic.twitter.com/xdJoPaYbMQ— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) March 31, 2019TOKYO, Japan—Danny Kingad advanced to the semifinal round of the Flyweight World Grand Prix after topping Senzo Ikeda by unanimous decision in ONE: A New Era Sunday at Ryogoku Kokugikan here.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsKingad proved why he’s among ONE Championship’s fast rising stars with an impressive showing.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sigh of relief: No serious injury for UP hitter Isa Molde Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving View comments The 23-year-old Team Lakay bet was relentless from the opening bell as he and Ikeda let it all out in an explosive encounter. Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrantscenter_img Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Google Philippines names new country director Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Danny Kingad scores unanimous decision win. Photo from ONE ChampionshipCheers rained down for the hometown bet Ikeda but Kingad silenced the crowd with his striking and much-improved ground game.Kingad quickly established control after taking down Ikeda then, went for a rear-naked choke that the Japanese was able to slither out of.Kingad faces Kairat Akhmetov next in the semis. Akhmetov beat Fil-Australian Reece McLaren in the other Flyweight World Grand Prix earlier.ADVERTISEMENT Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon eventlast_img read more

Positions Vacant!

first_imgAre you looking for a thrilling career in the sports industry? Touch Football Australia (TFA) is seeking suitably qualified applicants for positions in our Western Australia and Victoria office. Please click on the respective jobs below to open the Position Description.Events and Competitions Coordinator (Western Australia)Applications for this opportunity close at 5.00pm (AEST) on Wednesday, 1 March 2017.Part time Events and Competitions Coordinator (Victoria)Applications for this opportunity close at 5.00pm (AEST) on Wednesday, 1 March  2017.For further information or to lodge your application for these career opportunities, please email [email protected] LinksPositions Vacantlast_img read more

THE STAGE IS SET FOR COUNTRY STARDOM CANADIANS HAVE SELECTED THREE FINALISTS

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “We have some incredible artists in Top of The Country this season and I’m looking forward to seeing what they accomplish in the finale,” said Tracy Martin, President, CCMA. “We’re looking forward to celebrating their undeniable growth as artists when they take to the stage at Country Music Week. Congratulations and good luck to the three finalists!”Later this year, the three Top of the Country finalists will participate in a week-long SOCAN songwriting trip to Nashville, perform at a major country music festival and attend an exclusive mentorship session in Toronto with influential people from across the industry.The grand prize winner will be chosen live at SiriusXM Top of the Country Finale during Country Music Week 2019 in Calgary, AB from September 5-8. Finalists will compete live on stage before a soon-to-be-announced headlining act, airing live on SiriusXM. The winner will receive the $25,000 grand prize, plus an international SOCAN songwriting camp and more.SiriusXM Top of the Country in partnership with the CCMA is part of SiriusXM’s ongoing commitment to promoting and elevating the best in emerging Canadian music. SiriusXM continues to offer a leading platform for Canadian artists through its significant financial contributions and North American-wide reach of over 55 million listeners.To watch the finalist videos, please visit: siriusxm.ca/topcountry.About SiriusXM CanadaSirius XM Canada Holdings Inc., operating as SiriusXM Canada, is the country’s leading entertainment company. SiriusXM creates and offers commercial-free music; premier sports talk and live events; comedy; news; and exclusive talk and entertainment. SiriusXM is available in vehicles from every major car company and on smartphones and other connected devices as well as online at siriusxm.ca.Join SiriusXM Canada on Facebook at facebook.com/siriusxmcanada, on Twitter at @siriusxmcanada, on Instagram at @siriusxmcanada and on YouTube at youtube.com/siriusxmcanada.SiriusXM radios and accessories are available from retailers nationwide and online at SiriusXM. In addition, SiriusXM Music for Business provides commercial-free music to a variety of businesses. SiriusXM is also a leading provider of connected vehicles services, giving customers access to a suite of safety, security, and convenience services including automatic crash notification, stolen vehicle recovery assistance, enhanced roadside assistance and turn-by-turn navigation.SiriusXM Canada has been designated one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies ten years in a row and is currently a Platinum Club Member.About the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA)Established in 1976, the CCMA is a membership-based, not-for-profit organization committed to the promotion and recognition of Canadian country music. Built upon the foundation to educate, elevate and celebrate Canadian talent, the CCMA progressively heralds the spirit, community and creativity that country music fosters through year-round initiatives, culminating every fall with Country Music Week and the Canadian Country Music Association Awards. Sponsors of Country Music Week and the 2019 CCMA Awards Show include FACTOR, Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters and the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage’s “Canada Music Fund”, Radio Starmaker, the Government of Alberta, The City of Calgary and Tourism Calgary. Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook TORONTO, May 27, 2019 – SiriusXM Canada, the country’s leading audio entertainment company, is thrilled to announce the three finalists for the second annual SiriusXM Top of the Country competition, in partnership with the Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA). These three artists will duke it out in a live onstage battle to be crowned Canada’s next big country star and win a $25,000 cash prize and an international SOCAN songwriting camp.The 2019 SiriusXM Top of the Country finalists, selected by Canadians are:Matt Lang (Hometown — Maniwaki, QC)Kelsi Mayne (Hometown — Windsor, ON)Tim & The Glory Boys (Hometown — Winnipeg, MB)“The talent competing in the first phase of SiriusXM Top of The Country was exceptional, and now the group is down to three,” said Jeff Leake, Director, Music Programming, SiriusXM Canada. “Our finalists now have the opportunity to show off their craft to some very big audiences this summer. We can’t wait to see them perform at the finale during Country Music Week.”last_img read more