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BASKETBALL: FOUR LETTERKENNY BLAZE TEAMS FOR ALL-IRELAND CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS

first_imgBASKETBALL: Under 14 Boys had already qualified for Super Cup Finals and All Ireland Club Championships having won the league outright. Our other three qualifying teams went on to win playoffs this weekend and therefore have also booked their places in the above. UNDER 16 BOYSBlaze under 16 boys went into the Northwest playoffs with the goal of securing a place in the All Ireland Club Championships. To succeed they would have to first have to over come a determined Ballyshannon side. Blaze started the game with full court man to man pressure in the hope of forcing Ballyshannon into turnovers. The plan worked and Blaze built up a strong lead of 31 to 4. With one eye on the final which was on later in the day Blaze started to run the bench and rest some players. Despite the score, Ballyshannon never gave up and started to close the gap. Blaze continued to push the ball offence and got some nice scores of the fast break. Blaze changed their defensive formation to zone and closed out the game with a score line of 53 to 22.Blaze would have to wait till after the next semi final between Donegal Town and Dungloe to see who they would be facing in the final. As it turned out Donegal Town emerged victorious from a very exciting match. Going into the final, Blaze knew that if they lost this game then they would have nothing to show for all their hard work. With everyone focused on the game, Blaze started were they left off against Ballyshannon. They started of playing their own brand of tenacious defence and fast moving of offence. Blaze played some excellent high energy defence and got their rewards with some easy scores of the fast break. Blaze went in at the half with a 39 to 23 lead. Donegal town continued to attack the basket and resulted in some of the Blaze players getting into foul trouble.  Blaze changed to a zone defence in an effort to stop the fouls and control the game. Blaze closed the game out with every player getting on the score sheet and a final score of 77 to 42. The Letterkenny boys are now looking forward to the Super Cup and the All Ireland’s.UNDER 16 GIRLS U16 North West Cup Semi Letterkenny Blaze 41 – Donegal Town 25Donegal Town got off to a great start and took an early lead in the opening quarter and led 15-8. Blaze came out fighting in the 2nd and played great defence and rebounded the ball really well to keep donegal scoreless in the 2nd quarter and  Blaze led 22-15 at half time.  A low scoring quarter from both teams  in the 3rd meant Blaze held onto their lead going into the final quarter leading by 10 points.  Blaze managed to control the final quarter and finished the game 41-25. Katherine Kelly had a great game for Blaze finishing the game with 17 points and Sophie Carr led the scorers for Donegal Town with 13 points. U16 North West Cup Final Letterkenny Blaze 41 Sligo All Stars 39 Letterkenny Blaze met Sligo All Stars in the final of the North West Cup. Having lost to All Stars twice in the league they knew it was going to be a tough battle. With only 2 points in it in the opening quarter, both teams would have to up their game to get ahead. Eilis Dolan had 7 points in a row and Aoibheann O Grady added 5 in the 2nd quarter to extend their lead to 7 points  at half time. Another tight quarter between the teams left Blaze with only a 6 point lead at the end of the 3rd with all to play for in the final quarter. We were left an exciting 4th quarter with both teams with players in foul trouble.  Sligo All stars were starting to catch with up the Blaze girls  however when the final whistle went it was Letterkenny Blaze on top with a 3 point lead.  Aoibheann o Grady finished the game with 11 points with Eilis Dolan and Eimear Quinn on 7 points for Blaze while All Stars Aishling O Reilly had 13 with Ciara Mooney on 11. UNDER 14 GIRLSLetterkenny Blaze U14 girls travelled to Ballyshannon on Sat March 5th to compete in the North West Play Offs. In their Semi Final they were matched up against a very spirited Sligo All Stars Team. It took both teams a little while to settle before Blaze got the first score of the game however this produced a quick response from Sligo and the game was up and running.Letterkenny gained the upper hand in the first quarter and this continued into the second quarter when a couple of converted fast breaks meant that Blaze went into the halftime interval leading by 9 points on a score line of 20-11.The Letterkenny team continued to add to their lead in the third quarter with some good teamwork on both ends of the court and while the fourth quarter was a closer affair the Letterkenny girls ran out comfortable winners with a final score of 34 – 26. A good performance with 9 different players getting on the score sheet.  Next up in the Final was a very well drilled Ballyshannon Team. Previous meetings between these two sides were very close hard fought games and this would prove to be the case once more.Both teams didn’t want to give any advantage to the opposition early on so the start of this game was a bit cagey with both teams not wanting to make any mistakes. This lead to a low scoring game however it did not lack in excitement as both teams worked hard for scores. A mixture of nerves and solid defence saw the first half end with Blaze ahead by 2 points at 13 -11. The large home crowd got behind their team in the second half however they were ably matched in noise levels by the loyal travelling support for Blaze. The second half mirrored the first with scores hard to come by however the young girls from Letterkenny Blaze were able to stretch their lead in the 3rd quarter and hold out for a well-deserved victory on a score of 23 – 18. Next up for the U14 girls is a meeting with Donegal in the North West Super Cup Final on March 13th with a 13.30 tip off in the Abbey Vocational School, Donegal Town. Donegal are North West League winners and will be strong favourites for the final particularly with home court advantage however something tells me that this team from Letterkenny Blaze will not be just going over to make up the numbers.Under 12 Boys and U12 Girls are in Ballyshannon this weekend to play in the League Finals for that age group.  Good luck to all the boys and girls.BASKETBALL: FOUR LETTERKENNY BLAZE TEAMS FOR ALL-IRELAND CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS was last modified: March 11th, 2016 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:all-irelandbasketballLetterkenny blazeu14last_img read more

Learn to Speak: Toss a Spear

first_imgHuman language evolved after our ancestors learned to throw a spear, according to William H. Calvin, in his new book A Brief History of the Mind: From Apes to Intellect and Beyond (Oxford, 2003).  Robin Dunbar is not too sure about this, in a book review in the Feb. 26 issue of Nature.1  Although he respects Calvin, he is not convinced of his thesis for the origin of human language:I found the themes of the book, broadly speaking, congenial, and the account well informed and authoritative, as one might expect from a neuroscientist and science popularist of Calvin’s stature.  However, there are aspects of this particular book that I found less satisfying.  Calvin’s insistence on the importance of a gesturally based phase to language evolution does not, I think, make sense.  Language is a parsing skill, and, even though parsing is a hierarchical process, it seems to me to be a very different kind of skill from that used in coordinated throwing.  Manipulating concepts is not the same kind of activity as manipulating muscle masses.  Nor does the timing really work.  The evidence, as Calvin himself notes, points to a period about 500,000 years ago as the likely timing for the origin of speech, if not full-blown language.  But the archaeological record is very clear that real projectile-based hunting did not become widespread until the Upper Palaeolithic revolution, which kicked in around 50,000 years ago (perhaps a little earlier in Africa).  The evolution of speech, then, pre-dates the fine muscle control of aimed throwing by a very wide margin.He also found Calvin’s look into the future “unconvincing.”  Nevertheless, Dunbar is glad that “After a century of neglect, the mind has suddenly become an issue of evolutionary interest once again.”1Robin Dunbar, “Could throwing spears have laid the foundations for language acquisition?”, Nature 427, 783 (26 February 2004); doi:10.1038/427783a.Dunbar is way too polite with his criticism.  Why?  Darwin Party members are loathe to call each other stupid.  It might provide fodder for those darned creationists.    In support of evolution, all Calvin provides is a just-so story that spear throwing evolved our brains into speech machines.  How can that be?  It violates the principle learned by every child: “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”  One would think that words, the later weapon, would be more effective in the struggle for survival.    What Calvin lacks in evidence for evolution he makes up for in evidence against it.  Dunbar states:Notwithstanding the enthusiasm in the 1970s and 1980s for the similarities between humans and our primate cousins, both in popular culture and among academics, the fact is that humans are very different from even our ape sister species.  William Calvin’s latest book looks at how different we really are.    The essence of Calvin’s argument is that the difference between humans and other animals comes down to what he calls “structured stuff” (that is, coordinated, structured task processing).  One of the most obvious examples is the way we deconstruct sentences to expose their meaning.Apes, of course, have no such abilities, nor are there any transitional forms between us (see 01/20/2004 entry).  From this clear statement declaring the gulf between apes and man, he launches into the JSS (just-so story):We can do this, he argues, because we evolved the capacity to coordinate fine-tuned movements in the context of throwing.  The great revolution in human evolutionary history stems from the shift from the older forms of heavy-duty hunting, mostly by dint of thrusting spears, to projectile hunting (throwing spears or using bows), which required careful aiming and much finer coordination.    Practice at these activities fine-tuned the neural machinery that allowed the delicate motor control required for speech and language.  Much is made, in this respect, of the growing evidence for the brain’s ability to coopt neural circuits.  For example, the neural substrates for reading have different location in the brain in different individuals, as one might expect of a skill that does not have a long evolutionary history.  This ’softwiring’, as Calvin calls it, is clearly of major importance in human cognition.Convinced?  This is so lame.  So Lamarckian.  Even if practice stretched a hunter’s brain, it would not help his kids any more than a giraffe stretching its neck would promote the inheritance of that acquired characteristic.  The trait has to get into the gametes.    No problem, we’ll just modify the JSS a little.  Presumably, a chance mutation gave a hunter a more complex brain, granting him better aim at spear-throwing.  He brought more meat back to the cave, which made him more attractive to the females.  So he had more kids bearing the same mutation, who survived to reproductive age while all the others starved.  Isn’t evolutionary storytelling fun?  You never have to prove your JSS.  As long as it keeps the Darwin Party in power, it is such a dreamy, endless pastime.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Cape Town: most beautiful city

first_imgThe majestic tree is a favourite with visitorsto the area, and may now be viewed againafter a hiatus of 36 months.((Image: MediaClubsouthafrica.com. Formore free photos, visit the image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Gert BamCity of Cape Town sports and recreation+27 21 400 5090 or +27 82 222 1242Janine ErasmusCape Town has made it onto Forbes magazine’s list, released earlier in 2010, of the 12 most beautiful cities in the world.According to Forbes, the Mother City is on a par with Paris, Vancouver, Sydney, Florence, Venice, San Francisco, Chicago, New York City, Cambridge, Tokyo and London as the most scenic travel picks.While the list has generated much heated online discussion, and many people have agreed or disagreed with the selections, most would concur that Cape Town is one of the most visually pleasing destinations to be found anywhere.The Forbes list is drawn up in consultation with experts from a range of relevant fields, including architecture, urban planning and sustainable development.Learned consultants included Amanda Reynolds of the UK-based Urban Design Group; architect Michael Kaufman of Goettsch Partners in Chicago; and Raymond Levitt, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University.UK urban designer and architect Tony McGuirk; J Hugh O’Donnell, CEO of engineering firm MMM International, and Ken Drucker of the New York office of architectural firm HOK also provided input.Towards the end of 2009 Cape Town was also named one of the world’s top 10 party cities by the travel guide Lonely Planet, in its 1 000 Ultimate Experiences publication. The city joined Buenos Aires, Dubai, Montreal, Thessaloniki, Belgrade, La Paz, Baku, Auckland and Tel Aviv as a desirable destination for those who love a laid-back atmosphere during the day and a festive vibe at night.Open spaces impressCape Town is the only city from a developing nation to have made the cut, and the only one on the African continent.Forbes was particularly impressed by Cape Town’s open spaces. According to environmental engineer Levitt, the city was also singled out for its small ecological footprint compared to sprawling metropolises like Tokyo and New York. This, he said, was a result of its “manageable size”.A 2010 Fifa World Cup host city, Cape Town is gearing up for the tourist influx with a host of infrastructure upgrades, such as the Integrated Rapid Transit system and the impressive new Cape Town stadium and its associated Green Point Common, which is being developed now that the stadium is fully functional. The common is expected to become an important social gathering site once complete.Cape Town also hosts a number of other popular sporting events, such as the annual Cape Argus and Cape Epic cycle tours and the Two Oceans ultramarathon. Participants from all over the world descend on the city to pit their skills and endurance against the best athletes in these taxing sporting disciplines.The city has an abundance of unspoilt beaches for those who love to soak up the sun, and it is also known for its bustling nightlife and fine restaurants. Some of the top establishments in the country are to be found here, a number of which have also won international acclaim.A little further inland, the Cape winelands offer award-winning wines from many world-renowned estates, some of them possessing an ancestry that dates right back to the early days of the Cape’s colonisation by the Dutch.The city also boasts many highly rated hotels, ranging from the brand-new One and Only – part of a growing international chain developed by South African hospitality tycoon Sol Kerzner – to the venerable Mount Nelson, which opened on 6 March 1899 and is a favourite of well-heeled travellers.No description of Cape Town would be complete without a mention of its most spectacular landmark, the flat-topped Table Mountain, part of the 30 000ha Table Mountain National Park, administered by South African National Parks. Not only is the site home to a wide range of animals and birds, it’s also popular with thrill-seekers who are able to hike, climb, cave, and base-jump from its many cliffs.last_img read more

HP App Lets You Pin Any Webpage to a Location

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Location#NYT#Product Reviews#web Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting marshall kirkpatrick Led by HP’s Thomas Sandholm, the Gloe project so far includes:Pre-populated content from Wikipedia, review and photo sharing sites. The index of locations and content is already large and smart.Automatic tag-clouds to see content type by category.A bookmarklet lets you add any content from around the web to the database, tied to a specific location on the map. This part is barely usable, but it’s a great idea.Google Gears support to add geolocation to your laptop browser.Facebook Connect integration to provide either universal or friend-network views of what’s most important in a location.Vote budgeting, allowing you to put multiple votes in favor of an item in case it’s extra important to you that it gets voted up.The service is essentially a form of Augmented Reality, augmenting physical locations with geotagged web content. The potential for fun and value here is huge and I’ve long wondered why no one had built an app like this. (See GeoURL, it turns out, for a related project.)The API means that other applications can be built on top of Gloe, using it as a database.HP says the concept is just that, a concept. But the company hopes that people will check it out, build on the API and see what comes of it. It may or may not be commercialized in the future. The idea is awesome and I really hope that the product gets developed and an iPhone app gets built. Bring on the future! I’m standing outside a beautiful old building, rich with hidden history. I pull out my phone, expose my location and am shown the online content voted most relevant for that particular spot. Maybe it’s a Wikipedia entry, maybe it’s public records, maybe it’s an old news story about that place. I can read to my heart’s content, I can vote my favorite content up and I can add new webpages to the location I’m at for other people to discover in the future.That kind of vision has long been a dream of mine and now the people at the HP Social Computing Lab have built a proof of concept web application, Android app and API to do exactly that. Called Gloe, the service is very proof-of-concept and the UI needs serious work before many people use it, but it’s pretty awesome already. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more