GAA NEWS: AODH RUADH DRAWN TO FACE GLENSWILLY IN U21 CHAMPIONSHIP

first_imgAodh Ruadh GAA News: Open membership sessionsThere will be open registration sessions in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh on Thursday 12th March from 6.30pm to 8pm and Saturday 14th March from 12 to 2pm. The deadline for 2015 club membership is approaching rapidly and all club members are asked to submit their registration form and fee at their earliest convenience. Some key points to bear in mind:-· Paid up members will receive preference for tickets to Donegal’s championship matches, including All-Ireland final tickets. · In order to be entitled to the rights of a full member, a person must have their fees paid to the club on a date before March 31st and be registered by the club on the online system in order to have a vote in the upcoming membership year.· Only fully registered players on the GAA online registration system are allowed to take the field for the club. If your name is not in this system you are ineligible. That has repercussions in terms of insurance cover for injuries.· Registration is an important component in meeting the running costs of the club.· Only fully paid up members will be eligible for the annual draw for tickets to the football and hurling All Ireland finals.Membership can be paid to Mary Matthews at Shannon’s Corner. Players can also download registration forms from aodhruadh.org and submit this along with the relevant fee directly to their manager.FootballThe draw for the under 21 championship has seen Aodh Ruadh drawn in the preliminary round where they will have a home tie against Glenswilly. The winners of that will play Buncrana in the first round proper, with the winners of that facing the winners of Saint Eunan’s and Gaoth Dobhair. It was a game of two halves for the minors on Sunday as they took on Naomh Columba in the Park on Sunday. The Ernesiders were shorn of the talents of Philip Patton, Cookie O’Halloran and Oisín Roper for this one and faced a brisk breeze in the first half. They duly delivered an outstanding half of football to go in leading by three points at the break. The second half was a different matter. Glen ground their way back into the game, Ballyshannon’s conversion rate dropped and come the final whistle the visitors had amassed a three point winning margin. A tough defeat to take, but there were still many positives in the game. Jason Granaghan and Colm Doyle, both at corner back, had exceptionally good games, while in the middle of the field Shane McGrath produced an outstanding performance. Conall Sweeny, one of the youngest members of the panel, really stepped up to the mark, dominating at centre back. Nathan Boyle was having a super game until forced off with ligament injury and we send him the club’s best wishes for a speedy recovery. Despite that defeat Aodh Ruadh are through to the quarter-finals. However the minor programme is in flux at the moment as a few more games remain to be played before the final quarter-final composition is determined, so as yet we have no indication as to when that game will take place or who will provide the opposition. We have some pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.Training continues for the under 14s this Saturday 14th March from 10am-11am in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.Indoor training finally returns for the under 6s and under 8s this Friday in the Mercy Hall at the usual times, under 6s: 6-7pm; under 8s: 7-8pm. Indoor training continues for under 10s in the new hall at Coláiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 7pm followed by the under 12s from 7pm to 8pm, also in the new hall. PLEASE NOTE, THERE IS A CHARGE OF €2 PER HEAD TO COVER THE COST OF HALL HIRE. Please bring your own water and wear runners as no other footwear allowed. Parents/Guardians are asked to please collect children promptly after their session is finished.Many thanks to everyone who attended the Bord na nÓg quiz in Owen Roe’s last week as we raised €300 for the club. It is getting near the end of the time to collect Lucozade codes. We have 166 collected so if anyone if collecting them for the club please send them on to me here. If anyone drinks Lucozade please keep collecting the codes until the 31st March.HurlingMany thanks to Pauric Dowdall of Ulster GAA who conducted an interesting and enjoyable Coach The Coaches workshop in Creevy National School on Saturday last. Coaches from Ederney, Erne Gaels and Four Masters also took part in this workshop. The following Aodh Ruadh underage hurling coaches took part in this session: Mike Lynch, Peter Horan, Pauric Keenaghan, John Larkin, Paul O’Sullivan and John Rooney. Many thanks to principal of Creevy NS Aoibhinn Kelly and her staff for the use of their fine sports hall.Donegal minors lost out to Tyrone in a challenge game in Garvaghey on Saturday 3-14 to 3-10, Brendan Gillespie and Oisín Rooney started for Donegal while Stephen Connolly and Adam Brennan came off the bench in the second half, with Brennan grabbing a goal. Donegal play Derry this Saturday in Letterkenny in their opening game of Division 1 of the Ulster Minor League.We had great numbers at our training on Sunday morning, with numbers increasing in all age groups, training again this Sunday at 12 noon all welcome especially beginners, hurls and helmets are provided for training. Membership forms available at all training sessions very important that all players be registered by the 31st March 2015 for insurance purposes.There is a foundation award for hurling course in MacCumhaill Park this Friday/Saturday, 13-14th March. If you would like to attend please e-mail Emma Gaughan on [email protected] or text 0863039610.LadiesThe seniors lost their first game of season at home to Naomh Conaill on Sunday. You can check out some images from the game in the aodhruadh.org image gallery.There is a home game this Sunday against Four Masters. Training for under 16s, minors and seniors takes place on Tuesday 7pm and Saturday 11am.There is training for under 12 girls (Born 2003 or 2004) on Mondays in the Mercy Hall from 6-7pm. There is a €2 charge to help cover the cost of the hall.Remember Garda vetting forms to be filled in and returned to Teddy Kane as soon as possible.TwitterWe are making a concerted effort to boost usage of our Twitter account, @aodhruadh. Already our committed volunteers have been hard at work over the past weekend in putting up updates from around and about the club and it looks like it could turn into a great resource for breaking club news. Get following @aodhruadh for the very latest news from the club.Club kitWe now have official club shorts available to order. They are O’Neill’s, so top quality kit. Kids sizes (24 and 26) cost €18, while adult sizes (28, 30, 32, 34, 36 and 38) cost €22. We’ll have samples available shortly, watch the Facebook page for images. Contact Chris Kelly on 0868813553 to place your order. Our navy blue soft shell jackets are also back on salw. We now have three youth sizes available. Ages 7-8 priced €40; ages 9-10 priced €40; and ages 11-12 priced €45. All jackets will have the Aodh Ruadh and GAA crests, plus the child’s initials on the sleeve. We are also able to order Ladies soft shell jackets with pink Aodh Ruadh crest and GAA logo. We are also selling adult jackets. You can check out samples of the jacket on aodhruadh.org. For further details call Chris on 0868813553.Abbey Centre BingoAnn Mulhern of Donegal Town was the winner of last week’s big bingo jackpot of €400. Bingo returns to the Abbey Centre this Friday at 9pm. The winter snowball is still waiting to be won, now standing at €650 on 52 numbers or less. Books available priced €10/€5.Aodh Ruadh LottoThere was no winner of last week’s Aodh Ruadh Lotto jackpot of €4,700. The winning numbers drawn were 5, 6, 10, 11, 13 and 16.In the lucky dip €20 went to: John Faherty Portnason; Jane Maguire, Knather Road; Gerry Timoney, Belcoo; John McGrory, Dunmuckrim; and Freddie Henry, Garrison. Next draw in McGinley’s with a Jackpot of €4,800 on Monday at 8.30pm.The lotto team for McCosker’s Centra this Saturday is: JUVENILE HURLERS.You can receive the club notes by e-mail every Tuesday morning. To subscribe, enter your details on the website, www.aodhruadh.org, or e-mail your request to [email protected] NEWS: AODH RUADH DRAWN TO FACE GLENSWILLY IN U21 CHAMPIONSHIP was last modified: March 10th, 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:Aodh RuadhGAANoticesSportlast_img read more

Alex Rodriguez Ready to Challenge MLB in Appeal

Photo by AP Photo/Gene J. PuskarThe New York Yankees failed to make the playoffs, so their season will end on Sunday. Since there are no more games for the Yanks, Alex Rodriguez’s 211-game suspension appeal will start Monday. After being penalized for so many games, the third baseman has been telling reporters he is looking forward to going through due process and will fight the Major League Baseball decision.“Let’s get it on,” said Rodriguez as he talked to reports Saturday. “It starts on Monday. We’ve got to face it head on … I’ll be there every day. I’m fighting for my whole life, my whole legacy. I hope everyone is there.”The appeal process is expected to go on for months, and a decision may not be made until November or December. Frederic Horowitz, who will be a mutual arbitrator, will have the power to uphold, overturn or reduce Rodriguez’s suspension.The league suspended A-Rod for his alleged ties to Biogenesis and an alleged attempt to interfere with its investigation. Biogenesis of America, is a debunked Florida anti-aging clinic accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs to several MLB players. The company was reportedly responsible for giving 13 MLB players, including Rodriguez, PEDs and masking them to prevent the athletes from failing their drug tests. read more

Serena Loses In First Match After Giving Birth But

Serena Williams from the U.S. returns the ball to Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia during the final day of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Serena Williams lost on her return to competitive tennis after giving birth, going down to French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in an exhibition in the United Arab Emirates on Saturday.“I don’t think I am going to rate my performance,” Williams said. “I have plenty of comebacks, from injuries, from surgeries, but I’ve never had a comeback after actually giving birth to a human being. So, in my eyes, I feel it was a wonderful, wonderful match for me.”Williams struggled with her serve and Ostapenko won 6-2, 3-6 and then 10-5 in a super tiebreaker, but the American still impressed to take a set off the No. 7-ranked Ostapenko after nearly a year away from tennis.Williams said after the 67-minute match at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship that she is still undecided on her title defense of the Australian Open, which starts Jan. 15, but delivered a warning to rivals.“I don’t know if I am totally ready to come back on the tour yet. I know that when I come back I definitely want to be competing for championships,” Williams said. “I am definitely looking forward to getting back out there.“I am taking it one day at a time. I am going to assess everything with my team before deciding.”The 36-year-old Williams took time off after winning the Australian Open last January while pregnant. She gave birth to her first child, a girl named Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., on Sept. 1. She married Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian in November.Williams has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, a record for the professional era.“Knowing that I have won 23 Grand Slam titles and several other titles, I don’t think I have anything more left to prove. But I am not done yet,” Williams said.Despite winning her opening game when she broke Ostapenko, Williams was nowhere near her best in the first set, before fighting back and winning the second.After the initial break, Ostapenko latched onto the weak serves of Williams, and several unforced errors helped, as she stormed back into the match to go 4-1 up with two breaks.Williams struggled with her serve in the second set too, but went ahead 3-0 with a couple of early breaks as she started to hit more confident shots, including several crowd-pleasing double-handed passing shots. Another break in the ninth game delivered her first set of the comeback.“In the beginning, it felt a little tough. But as the match moved on, I was less afraid. I knew I was not going to fall over and break,” said Williams.“The more I played, the more confident I felt that I would be able to go for shots that I was afraid to go for in the first set.”In the super tiebreaker, Ostapenko raced to an 8-2 lead before quelling a brief recovery by Williams.Williams said she was delighted with the way she competed.“For me, it is all about physical, how I am feeling physically … I am just proud being out here and playing in Abu Dhabi and to be able to just compete. I have had a tough few months and I am just excited to be able to play again.”It was the first time a women’s match had been played in the traditionally men’s only exhibition event.South Africa’s Kevin Anderson defeated Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 7-6 (0) in the men’s final. read more

David Nisleit sworn in as San Diegos police chief

first_img Posted: February 27, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — David Nisleit was sworn in Tuesday as San Diego’s police chief,  a job he will officially begin on Friday.Nisleit, a three-decade veteran of the San Diego Police Department, was confirmed by the City Council on Monday. He was selected by Mayor Kevin Faulconer earlier this month to succeed Chief Shelley Zimmerman, who is set to retire on March 1.“I am blessed and humbled to be the 35th police chief of the San Diego Police Department,” Nisleit said at Tuesday morning’s ceremony. “I look forward to working with the City Council and everyone in the community in making San Diego the safest large city in the United States.”Nisleit will lead the department during a time when crime in the city is at its lowest rate in decades. But he has big tasks ahead. Among them is filling more than 250 vacant police officer positions.“Today marks a new era for the San Diego Police Department,” Faulconer said.Nisleit said he’s confident that a recently approved police contract and a new retention and recruitment plan will help the department get back to full staffing in the first time in a decade. He’s hoping to fill the vacancies largely with local candidates — those who are already committed to the San Diego community. That fits in with one of his other priorities of bolstering the department’s community policing program, which means more officers walking the beat in business districts and forging lasting bonds with community leaders.Nisleit has served in the department’s gang, robbery, narcotics, homicide, sex crimes, SWAT, internal affairs and special operations units.Nisleit currently makes $147,790. His salary as chief will be $205,000. February 27, 2018 Ed Lenderman, Ed Lenderman David Nisleit sworn in as San Diego’s police chief Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

2nd Annual Chelseas Light Foundation Golf Classic

first_img KUSI Newsroom, 2nd Annual Chelsea’s Light Foundation Golf Classic May 31, 2019 Posted: May 31, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – She was abducted and murdered a decade ago but her father is trying to bring positivity from the death of Chelsea King.The Chelsea’s Light Foundation is holding their 2nd Annual Chelsea’s Light Foundation Golf Classic to help protect the joy and innocence of childhood.The tournament includes golf, beer garden, lunch, dinner, and a poker tourney.Chelsea’s father, Brent King, is visiting San Diego to award the foundations annual Sunflower Scholarship to 14 students.King joined KUSI News to discuss the tournament and what the foundations means to him.Tickets: www.chelseaslight.org last_img read more

A Test of the Copernican Principle

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. However, as physicists Robert Caldwell of Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, and Albert Stebbins of Fermilab in Batavia, Illinois, point out, the Copernican principle has never been confirmed as a whole. In a recent paper published in Physical Review Letters called “A Test of the Copernican Principle,” the two researchers set out to prove the 500-year-old principle using observations of the cosmic microwave background (CMB).“The Copernican principle is a cornerstone of most of astronomy, it is assumed without question, and plays an important role in many statistical tests for the viability of cosmological models,” Stebbins told PhysOrg.com. “It is also a necessary consequence of the stronger assumption of the Cosmological Principle: namely, that not only do we not live in a special part of the universe, but there are no special parts of the universe – everything is the same everywhere (up to statistical variation). “It is a very handy principle, since it implies that here and now is the same as there and now, and here and then is the same as there and then. We do not have to look back in time at our current location to see how the universe was in our past – we can just look very far away, and given the large light travel time, we are looking at a distant part of the universe in the distant past. Given the Cosmological Principle, their past is the same as our past.”Cosmic DistortionWhen the universe was just 400,000 years old, matter and radiation decoupled and left a remnant radiation that still pervades the entire universe today. By measuring the tiny temperature fluctuations of this CMB radiation, scientists can learn things about the universe such as its shape, size, and rate of expansion. In the latter case, the observations show that the universe is expanding at an ever-accelerating rate, leading scientists to speculate about the existence of dark energy, new laws of gravity, and other possible – and often exotic – theories.But what if the universe’s accelerating expansion is just an illusion? As Caldwell and Stebbins explained, this scenario is entirely plausible if the Copernican principle is loosened a bit. If, instead of the universe being homogenous and isotropic as the Cosmological Principle states, there is rather “a peculiar distribution of matter centered upon our location,” then the universe would be centered on a low-density, matter-dominated void. Such a universe would be non-accelerating, and there would be no need for dark energy or other similar theories. That’s why it’s important to know if the Copernican principle is correct: it will ensure that CMB observations haven’t been misinterpreted to indicate cosmic acceleration when there is none. To test the principle, Caldwell and Stebbins developed a “CMB-distortion test”: they looked for deviations of the CMB spectrum from a perfect blackbody as might have been caused by a large, local void. A void or other “non-Copernican structure” would cause ionized gas to move relative to the CMB, and the Doppler-shifted CMB scattered toward us could contain detectable deviations from a blackbody. “In essence, we use the reionized Universe as a mirror to look at ourselves in CMB light,” the researchers explained. “If we see ourselves in the mirror, it is because ours is a privileged location. If we see nothing [i.e. no peculiar distortions] in the mirror, then the Copernican principle is upheld.”The Hubble BubbleAs an initial test, Caldwell and Stebbins focused on a universe model consisting of a simple, spherically symmetric void, which is also known as a “Hubble bubble.” This void universe resembles an open (low-density) universe embedded inside a flat (medium-density) universe. The size of the void depends on how gas is distributed throughout the universe. Basically, gas can exist in three zones – neutral, reflection, and Doppler – depending on its redshift. Depending on how these three zones overlap, the void can come in five sizes, from small to “superhorizon,” where the void encompasses the entire observable universe.Using their CMB-distortion test, the researchers calculated that only the smaller void models could lead to the type of distortion associated with a violation of the Copernican principle. Then, by analyzing data for the CMB spectrum, they were able to rule out nearly all of these non-Copernican Hubble bubble void universes – meaning the Copernican principle passed this first test. However, Caldwell and Stebbins also noted that other models – such as those with a higher density or smaller radius – may still exist that evade this test.The researchers added that this is not the first time that bits of the Copernican principle have been tested, but it is one of the first tests of the remaining radial inhomogeneity on very large scales. Caldwell explained that, in 1995, physicist Jeremy Goodman of Princeton proposed a similar test of spectral distortions. Goodman’s implementation resulted in a weaker constraint, or test, of the Copernican principle.“This [large-scale testing] is not easy to do because, when we look far away, we are looking back in time, and it is difficult to say whether what we see is due to changes with time, which does not violate the Copernican principle, or changes with distance, which does,” Stebbins explained. “Thus, it is a hard question to answer, which is why it has not been done.”More TestsIn the future, the scientists plan to further pinpoint the CMB distortions that could be caused by a local non-Copernican structure, and also apply the test to other more general universe models. These tests should be useful in potentially ruling out alternative hypotheses for dark energy, as Caldwell explained. More fundamentally, the tests could either verify the foundation of centuries of astronomical work, or – and the chance is slim – suggest that the Copernican principle may not be as certain as we think.“If our test of the Copernican principle were to fail, it would probably not be believed, and a variety of other observations would be required to test it,” Stebbins said. “If all these further tests confirmed the large void, then we would have to rethink our ideas about dark energy, or, namely, unthink them. “I think the scientific community would not be too unhappy with the idea of a large under-dense region – it is not hard to think of ideas of how they might come to be, even in the context of a hot big bang model. What is hard to understand is why we would be so close to the center of one. No doubt someone would come up with an ‘anthropic’ argument for it – but I’ve thought a bit about that, and don’t really think there is a salable anthropic explanation. (By the way, I don’t think there is a salable intelligent design reason, either.) In the end, we might have to live with the Walter Cronkite explanation ‘… and that’s the way it is …. ’”More information: Caldwell, R. R. and Stebbins, A. “A Test of the Copernican Principle.” Physical Review Letters 100, 191302 (2008). Copyright 2008 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. This image shows a cross-section of a void universe with an observer (O) in the center, in violation of the Copernican principle. CMB photons (yellow lines) can scatter off reionized gas, and some may lead to CMB distortions. Credit: Caldwell, R. R. and Stebbins, A. ©2008 APS. Explore furthercenter_img Earth not center of the universe, surrounded by ‘dark energy’: cosmologists report Citation: A Test of the Copernican Principle (2008, May 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-05-copernican-principle.html The Copernican principle states that the Earth is not the center of the universe, and that, as observers, we don’t occupy a special place. First stated by Copernicus in the 16th century, today the idea is wholly accepted by scientists, and is an assumed concept in many astronomical theories.last_img read more