first_imgTHIS week was presentation time for Finn Valley’s young athletes and close to 300 parents and athletes turmed out at the club Centre for what was a simple yet effective community occassion.Acknowledging some 52 athletes that amassed 102 national championship medals during the past season Patsy McGonagle underlined the enormous voluntary imput by the various group leaders introducing them and asked them to make presentations to each medal winner.In addition team bags were handed out and all current athletes in this age range also received same the kind sponsorship contribution of Ann Marie Mc Geehin a club coach was mentioned on behalf of her company Rite Financial Solutions. It was also alluded to that the club had a representative in the Olympic Games in Tori Pena plus team manager a further 2 competitors in the world junior champs with international schools and Masters recognition.The year ahead will hopefully be an exciting challenge as both work on the training  track to achieve and the physical completion of swim pool is due with work to begin on an additional playing field due to begin April.The evening concluded with a social cuppa and refreshments and the parents who did turn out to show their appreciation were thanked.The progress of the current development was outlined to those present. The club feel it very important to underline both the coach contribution and the dedication of the young people in their care with the final word being that the basic requirement of all who become involved is that they should show respect and adopt a positive attitude and remembering that there is no substitute for working together. FINN VALLEY AC’S SPECIAL NIGHT FOR YOUNG ATHLETES was last modified: November 8th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:FINN VALLEY AC’S SPECIAL NIGHT FOR YOUNG ATHLETESlast_img read more

Will DAngelo Russell Help The Lakers Call On The Hall Again

As we highlighted in our NBA preview last fall, the Los Angeles Lakers have built a substantial amount of their considerable success as a franchise on the backs of Hall of Famers — Shaquille O’Neal, Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and the like.But recently, the Lakers have been in the midst of a Hall of Famer shortage. In 2015, Kobe Bryant’s 2.0 wins above replacement (WAR) were the only L.A. victories generated by players likely to make the Hall (according to’s Hall of Fame probability metric), this coming on the heels of a 2014 season that saw only 1.5 WAR come from Hall hopefuls. The past two years represent the fourth- and fifth-fewest WAR the Lakers have ever gotten out of probable Hall of Famers in a single season.Los Angeles general manager Mitch Kupchak has been working hard this week to end the drought. With the Lakers owning the second overall pick in Thursday’s NBA draft, rumors were flying about whether L.A. would cast its future in the hands of a rookie or trade the pick for a promising veteran.Regarding the latter strategy, L.A. was reportedly in trade talks with the Sacramento Kings over mercurial center DeMarcus Cousins, one of the best big men in the league. But it’s unclear whether he’s the future Hall of Famer the Lakers so covet. If we zero in on the Hall of Fame odds for a player with a specific WAR total at a given age,1Using a logistic regression model there’s a 34.2 percent probability that Cousins will be Hall of Fame-worthy based on his output thus far. He’d need to beat his previous career high by more than 2.5 WAR next season just to give himself a coin flip’s chance at the Hall going forward.Perhaps that’s partly why L.A. ultimately turned to the draft instead — and selected guard D’Angelo Russell, to whom our model assigns the highest probability of superstardom in the 2015 draft class.2The “superstar” designation isn’t completely synonymous with a Hall of Famer, since each draft contains about twice as many future Hall of Famers as superstars.According to our model, Russell is a boom-or-bust prospect. On top of his class-leading superstar potential, he also has the highest “bust” probability of any player ranked among our top 25 college prospects. Russell’s usage rate and shooting efficiency were off the charts as a freshman, implying that he has the potential to be an elite NBA scorer if his skills translate, but he might not have as much to fall back on as other prospects if not.In other words, drafting Russell was a gamble. But it was a good one for a franchise traditionally fueled by a pipeline running directly to Springfield. Los Angeles has always been a dream destination for free agents, trade targets and rookies alike, but snagging a future Hall of Famer is still a lot harder than L.A. has made it look over the years. And sometimes it requires taking a chance on a high-risk/high-reward player to keep the talent flowing. read more

Hundreds attend vigil for victims of Cypriot serial killer

first_imgA vigil was held in Nicosia for the victims of a detained military officer, who has so far confessed to killing five foreign women and two girls. The number of the victims is expected to escalate to more, bearing in mind the number of missing foreign women that were presumed to have left the country.Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades expressed his “deep sorrow and concern” following the slayings of foreign women, mainly Asian, who came to the island to seek work. The serial killer selectively targeted foreign women online.Police have intensified their search for more dumped bodies. Five British law enforcement officials were coming to the island to help with the investigations.The suspect is a 35-year-old military official who has yet to be formally charged. He admitted to the murder of two bodies found in an abandoned mine but also told police that he had killed another four people. An examination of his computer has shown suspicious conversations with as many as 30 foreign women. The suspect will appear in court on Saturday for another custody hearings.VictimsCypriot police have come under fire by immigrant activists who believe that they did not take missing people reports seriously when it came to foreign domestic workers. Missing persons cases are now being revisited following the discovery of the bodies.The first victim found was Filipino Marry Rose Tiburcio, 38, who had been missing with her six-year-old daughter since May last year. Her bound body was found in an abandoned mine shaft. The girl’s body, believed to have been dumped in a reservoir, has not been found yet.Six days later the police found the body of Arian Palanas Lozano, also from the Philippines. The 28-year-old was dumped in the same mineshaft as Tiburcio.Another alleged victim is Maricar Valtez Arquiola, 31, from the Philippines. She has been missing since December 2017. The suspect denied involvement in her disappearance but reversed himself after a court hearing on Thursday.Police discovered another unidentified body at a military firing range that the suspect pointed them to. The victim is believed to be of either Nepalese or Indian descent.Romanian Livia Florentina bunea, 26, and her eight-year-old daughter, Elena Natalia Bunea, have been missing since September 2016 and are also believed to be victims of the serial killer. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Giuseppe Marotta on a new chapter in Inters history

first_imgInter Milan’s new CEO Giuseppe Marotta is keen on marking a new chapter in the club’s history.Marotta made the switch from Juve and in his first Nerazzurri interview exclusively to Inter TV, the new boss made his ambitions known.“A new chapter begins – a new journey with the same characteristics that have led me to other experiences. I will show great passion, determination and desire to take Inter as high as possible.Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“I was born into football, and as soon as this opportunity arose I didn’t hesitate to take it. I met the owners and I understood their desire to gift great success to the fans. There’s a lot of confidence in the management and it’s up to us to repay them.“There are plenty of points still on offer and all of our objectives are attainable. We’ll need to start again right from Saturday’s game against Udinese. Inter must have a leading role on the European stage, it’s a club with great honours.“It’s a really strong brand, with a history made up of many trophies and great players. The fans’ love for these colours is permanent.”last_img read more

Why This Fantasy Sports Company Is a Dream Come True for Fans

first_img 5 min read FanDuel is fantasy sports on steroids: bigger, stronger, faster. The New York City-based startup benches the familiar season-long league model embraced by millions of fantasy enthusiasts in favor of more lucrative daily and weekly competitions—a model perfectly attuned to the ADD-addled sensibilities of the Millennial generation.  Here’s how FanDuel works: Like with fantasy football, baseball and basketball games hosted by ESPN, Yahoo and other brands, players assemble virtual teams of real-world sports stars. Gamers accumulate points based on how the players fare, determined by statistical measures like touchdowns, field goals and passing yards. In traditional fantasy leagues, contestants draft their teams before the pro season, maintaining the same core roster for months. But FanDuel games last just one day or one week; on any given day, entrants can build new lineups based on whose performance is peaking or plummeting. FanDuel also offers gamers the choice of joining an existing league or creating their own. From there, they select an entry fee (up to $5,000) and the number of games or teams they wish to play. If their roster generates more points than their rivals on that day or week, they win all the money in the pot, minus FanDuel’s average 9 percent cut.Six years into its run, FanDuel is outdueling rivals like DraftKings and Draft, claiming an 80 percent market share of daily fantasy sports and boasting more than 1 million paid active users—numbers that in 2014 translated to $622 million in entry fees and cash payouts in excess of $564 million. FanDuel expects to pay out more than $1 billion this year, corresponding to roughly $100 million in revenue. “When you ask players what they look for, they always say they want the biggest prize pool, the most opponent variety and the most game variety,” says FanDuel co-founder and CEO Nigel Eccles. “Because we’re the biggest, we can give them what they want.” The Northern Ireland-born Eccles, along with his four co-founders, conceived FanDuel in 2009, capitalizing on language in the 2006 Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act that banned poker and sports-betting websites but exempted fantasy sports by declaring them games of skill, rather than games of chance. At the time of FanDuel’s 2009 launch, an estimated 28 million adults played fantasy sports, according to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association. Fast-forward to 2015, and 41 million North Americans are playing. Gaming industry analyst Eilers Research expects fantasy players to spend $2.6 billion on entry fees this year, up from $971 million just a year ago. Credit FanDuel for helping expand the gamer ranks. “About 60 percent of our users are under the age of 35,” Eccles says. “Most fantasy sports players average in their early to mid-40s.”FanDuel is even driving attention to real-life sports. Football has long reigned supreme over fantasy gaming, but the NFL’s regular season spans just 17 weeks each autumn/winter. The FanDuel formula best complements Major League Baseball’s 162-game season and the NBA’s 82-game season, with games every day of the week. “When fantasy football season goes out in January, our players get engaged in the NBA,” Eccles says. “Before FanDuel, players were watching four basketball games a week. After FanDuel, it’s seven. They’re also watching games longer.” The leagues are taking notice. This fall, FanDuel inked a multiyear deal with the NBA, introducing a one-day fantasy contest promoted via ABC, ESPN and TNT. The deal gives the NBA an undisclosed equity stake in FanDuel, which has raised $88 million in venture funding. “All the sports leagues are concerned about getting younger consumers, and when they look at us, they see something that can transform the live sports experience,” Eccles says. “It’s not about the playoffs or the Super Bowl. We’re driving people to watch the day-to-day, regular in-season games. We’re driving attention when fan interest is at its lowest.” More recreation brillianceThe Axe Bat from Baden Sports has an angled knob, oval-shaped handle, flush backside and barrel engineered for one-sided hitting (kind of like a golf club). Last year the bat was approved for use at all levels of amateur and pro baseball.Soundwall’s painted canvases and photographic prints do double duty as speakers that can connect to mobile devices or stream wirelessly; the artworks can also come pre-loaded with exclusive recordings that correlate to the image. Pack it in the trunk of your car, check it on a flight or hike with it—the Oru Kayak folds neatly into a compact box for easy transport and storage. For $25 a month, subscribers to Jukely get access to as many concerts as they like (the service currently offers hundreds of shows a month) across several major cities. Concert Window allows musicians to broadcast to fans worldwide by streaming live concerts online, then pays artists 70 percent of the revenue the very next day. A social media network just for sports fans, Fancred allows users to create profiles declaring their team allegiances. During game day, media feeds turn into a virtual stadium. For a monthly fee of $9.95, Oyster, the Netflix for e-books, invites users to peruse more than 1 million titles. Tinybop’s gorgeously produced apps for kids explore subjects such as the human body and botany. “The Robot Factory” lets them create fantastical robots complete with sound effects.Access to expensive outdoor equipment just got more affordable: Spinlister enables people to rent out their snowboards, skis, surfboards and bikes directly to others when not in use.  This story appears in the June 2015 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now May 26, 2015 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more