Provincial calibre talent on hand at Grass Roots Soccer Camp

first_imgThe wind may have been cool and brisk on the final day of the Grass Roots Soccer Camp but that didn’t stop aspiring soccer players from continuing to work on their skills. The camp, hosted by the Fort St. John Soccer Club had players working with members of the Alberta Soccer Association.Provincial coach for the Alberta Soccer Association John Clubb said there is a good core of soccer players in the community, and the lessons taught have been with the aim of encouraging young ones to stay involved in the sport, and potentially move on to the provincial level.One of the main focuses of the camp may seem peculiar to those who don’t understand the game inside and out, but Clubb said the notion to purely kick the ball prevents grass roots players from learning the rest of the game.- Advertisement -“I have one rule for playing soccer: You’re not allowed to kick the ball. No one is allowed to kick the ball. It’s the one message that can change the whole way we play the game. I hear it so often from the bleachers, ‘kick it, kick it, good kick, big kick.’ We want children to pass the ball, shoot the ball, dribble the ball so there’s a bit of decision making going on.”Clubb and Alberta Soccer are hoping to return in October to put on another camp.last_img read more

Poll: Who do Liverpool fans want as their manager? Ancelotti, Klopp or Rodgers?

first_img Carlo Ancelotti, Jurgen Klopp or Brendan Rodgers 1 Brendan Rodgers’ position as Liverpool manager seems like it is hanging by a tether after a string poor results.Some fans have been calling for his head while others are getting behind him, so the Drivetime team want to know who Liverpool fans want as their manager – Carlo Ancelotti, Jurgen Klopp or Brendan Rodgers?last_img

GAA NEWS: CLOUGHANEELY SUFFER DEFEAT AWAY TO MALIN

first_img***Reserves / Seniors***Rinne Cloich Cheannfhaola an turas fada go Málainn tráthnóna Dé Sathairn. Ar an drochuair, chaill an dá fhoireann. Buailleadh na sinsir 2-14|1-7 agus an fhoireann tacaíochta 0-15|3-2 Our seniors and reserves made the journey to Malin on Saturday evening last. Unfortunately both teams came away with a loss; the seniors losing 2-14|1-7 and the reserves 0-15|3-2. The teams have a free weekend ahead and are then due to play Naomh Columba at home the following weekend! The teams have quite a few home games coming up now so please come down to show your support!****Campa Samhraidh/Summer Camp – C.L.G Chloich Cheann Fhaola******4ú – 8ú Iúil.Peil Gaelach, Sacair,Cispheil, Súilóidí Nadúra, Éalain,Cluichí agus cuid mhór imeachtaí eileAoiseanna: 7 – 12 .10.r.n – 3 i.nTáille: €30 páiste amháinBeirt Pháistí €50Triúir nó níos mo as an teaghlach amháin – €70T Léine san áireamh.Thuilleadh eolas ó Eibhlín ar 0863760815.4th – 8th of July.10am-3 pmGaelic Football, Soccer, Basketball, Volley ball, Art, Nature Walks, Treasure Hunts and much more.Children between the ages of 7 to 12 years.Cost for one child is €30Two children €50Three or more from the one family €70.Free T-Shirt for each child.For more information contact Eibhlín on 0863760815***Club Lotto*** Numbers drawn on June 1st were 1 3 6 7 13 17. We had no match 6 winners so jackpot rises to €2,750! We had 2 match 5 winners who win €50 each- congratulations to Eamonn McGarvey, (London) and Aisleen Cunninghamm, Killybegs. Next draw takes place June 8th in Óstan Loch Áltan prior to the bingo. The club lotto tickets are on sale in various outlets throughout the parish and will be on sale each Wednesday evening in Óstan Loch Áltan prior to the bingo.***Schools Coaching***As per previous years the club again held coaching sessions recently for the various schools in the parish. Many thanks to all the coaches and those who volunteered to help out over the past few weeks and many thanks to all the schools and kids who were a pleasure to work with! Maith sibh!***U-10’s***Well done to our U-10 team who travelled to Ardara on Monday to take part in a tournament. They played a blinder and came home Shield Winners! Well done lads and many thanks to their coaches and helpers who travelled with them!***Good Luck***On behalf of all at the club we would like to wish those members/players sitting their Junior/Leaving cert the best of luck over the next couple of weeks!GAA NEWS: CLOUGHANEELY SUFFER DEFEAT AWAY TO MALIN was last modified: June 7th, 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:CloughaneelyGAASportlast_img read more

Why Your Eyes Jitter

first_imgThe coach’s advice “Keep your eye on the ball” is impossible, because your eyes are constantly in motion with tiny jerks called fixational eye movements or saccades.  Why do the eyes move all the time?  Some scientists at Boston University decided to find out.  Reporting in Nature,1 they found that saccades help you discriminate fine details in the visual field.  Rucci et al said,Our eyes are constantly in motion.  Even during visual fixation, small eye movements continually jitter the location of gaze.  It is known that visual percepts tend to fade when retinal image motion is eliminated in the laboratory.  However, it has long been debated whether, during natural viewing, fixational eye movements have functions in addition to preventing the visual scene from fading.  In this study, we analysed the influence in humans of fixational eye movements on the discrimination of gratings masked by noise that has a power spectrum similar to that of natural images.  Using a new method of retinal image stabilization, we selectively eliminated the motion of the retinal image that normally occurs during the intersaccadic intervals of visual fixation.  Here we show that fixational eye movements improve discrimination of high spatial frequency stimuli, but not of low spatial frequency stimuli.  This improvement originates from the temporal modulations introduced by fixational eye movements in the visual input to the retina, which emphasize the high spatial frequency harmonics of the stimulus.  In a natural visual world dominated by low spatial frequencies, fixational eye movements appear to constitute an effective sampling strategy by which the visual system enhances the processing of spatial detail.The brain compensates for these movements so that we are not aware of them (03/29/2002, 11/24/2005, 11/10/2006).  This was known, but the reason for the saccades was only suggestive till now.  Using new methods, the Boston University team found that subjects with the stabilized vision lost more than 16% of their ability to discriminate fine details in the high-frequency gratings, but showed no change with low-frequency gratings.  This result was unexpected:Thus, fixational eye movements improved discrimination of the orientation of a high-frequency grating masked by low-frequency noise but did not help with a low-frequency grating masked by high-frequency noise.  This result is surprising because it contradicts traditional views of the influence of fixational eye movements on vision.  Indeed, the pronounced reduction in contrast sensitivity at low spatial frequencies measured by previous experiments with prolonged retinal stabilization predicts a more significant drop in performance with low-frequency than with high-frequency gratings.Nevertheless, their experiments were robust: the saccades helped most in distinguishing fine detail.  The researchers found, furthermore, that the eye movement also helped distinguish detail in very low contrast scenes.    For a controlled experiment, they kept one axis stable and the other in natural motion.  As expected, image discrimination was improved on the moving axis.These results are consistent with the informational content of the modulations of luminance introduced by fixational eye movements.  These modulations only convey information about the pattern of noise during motion parallel to the grating, but provide maximal information about the grating when motion occurs on the axis orthogonal to the grating.    The authors provided some differential equations that described how the motions of the eye provide more information from the visual field.  In conclusion, they said:Our results show that vision is impaired at high spatial frequencies in the absence of fixational eye movements.  This finding is consistent with the spatial frequency dependence of the temporal modulations resulting from fixational eye movements.  Neurons in the early visual system are sensitive to these input modulations.  As with the stimuli of experiment one, natural visual environments possess substantial power at low spatial frequencies.  Our results indicate that sampling visual information by means of a jittering fixation is an effective strategy for analysing natural scenes, facilitating the processing of spatial detail in the face of otherwise overwhelming low-frequency power.As indicated, they figured that there must be a function for the phenomenon.  This approach motivated them to experiment and find the answer.  It was not possible to determine this function with earlier technologies, they said.    Science Now weighed in on this story, commenting that these findings “mark an important step toward settling a 50-year-old controversy.”  The article said we still have known surprisingly little about saccades.  This new work shows that “the eye’s jitters help the brain pick out fine details, the kind involved in locating a single tree in a forest or a berry in a bush.”  This ability is shared with other mammals: “Most animals with sharp central vision, such as humans, monkeys, and cats, make microscopic eye adjustments when they fix their gaze.”  Saccades have also been observed in the eyes of birds.21Rucci, Iovin, Poletti and Santini, “Miniature eye movements enhance fine spatial detail,” Nature 447, 852-855 (14 June 2007) | doi:10.1038/nature05866.2See Journal of Neuroscience where researchers described saccades in the eyes of two species of predatory birds possessing binocular vision.  The authors did not comment on whether this represents a case of “convergent evolution.”There was no mention of evolution in this paper.  We do not know their feelings about evolution, but these authors have demonstrated in deed that assuming design leads to productive science.  They saw a phenomenon; they assumed there was a reason for it.  Now we know more about the eye than we did: and it’s a wonderful thing.  There is more information and functional design behind these strange eye movements than we imagined.    Their results make sense in hindsight, too (if you’ll pardon the expression).  Continuous eye motion allows the neurons and the brain to take numerous snapshots from slightly different angles, so as to glean the maximum amount of information from the visual field.  For widely spaced details, this does not add much information, but it adds a lot in low contrast and high-detail situations.  Think about that the next time you are reading fine print in low light, like the small black lettering on black plastic that manufacturers are fond of embossing on the backs of TV sets to frustrate consumers when they need to plug in the cable in dim light.  Your eyes are subconsciously helping you out.  This could have been vital for our primitive ancestors.  How could they have plugged in the cable before the flashlight was invented?    Compare this finding with the one about birds that bobble their heads when they walk (04/12/2004).  When you see something in nature you don’t understand, try the approach that there must be a reason for it.  Science is supposed to be an organized method for finding out the reasons for things.  Now, ask yourself the meta-question: what is the reason for reason?(Visited 150 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast – December 19th

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ryan Martin 171219No change in the outlook today. We still look pretty good for the next few days. We dry out, stay above normal for temps, and see better sunshine chances through Thursday. Winds go west at a moderate clip today, and stay like that through Thursday as wellFriday, winds turn more southwest, and clouds move in. Friday itself we do not see an exceptional amount of precipitation – only a few hundredths to a tenth or two over about 40% of the state. But, that action ramps up overnight Friday night through Saturday morning, where we see rains of .25”-.75” over 90% of the state. There still a threat of thunderstorm action down in far southern Ohio, near the river. In those areas, we can see some rain totals pushing closer to 1”.For the rest of Saturday and most of Sunday we dry back down, but we see much colder air starting to push in from the NW. Precipitation continues to flow up the old, slowing, stalling frontal boundary over KY and areas south, but at this point, we do not expect any of it to get into the state. Sunday is very cold in the north, but only slightly below normal in the south. Christmas day continues to be the wild card. We actually have good cold air in over all of the state, and the track of moisture from the southwest actually sets us up much better for Christmas Day snow than our neighbors to the west. Right now, we think we need to be on the lookout for anywhere from a couple of inches all the way through 10 inches for Christmas. This means a large part of the state may end up with white Christmas potential. The map above is a map of 24 hour snow totals from the night of Christmas Eve through sunset Christmas night. This map is NOT AN OFFICIAL FORECAST!! This is a forecast that we will be refining as we move through the rest of this week, but for now, we need to start planning on some inclement weather on Christmas Day. IT may not be enough to cause major problems in all areas, but it could cause some issues in parts of the state, and it will be nothing like what we have for the next couple of days either. And still, even with the potential for snow here, perhaps the bigger story will be the brutal cold for next week. From Tuesday right on through the end of the week, temps will be well below normal, and will be the coldest of the season to this point.In the extended period, we see another strong storm circulation developing in the southern plains for the New Year’s weekend. Current track is far south, but we continue to watch this one for an adjusting track that may start off 2018 with a significant winter event. Stay tuned!last_img read more

Location-Based Services: Hype or Hit?

first_imgEarlier this week, Juniper Research published a report which said the market for location-based services (think mobile check-in games like Foursquare, social networks like Loopt, location-enabled apps like Google Maps, etc.) will bring in revenues of more than $12.7 billion by 2014. Spurring this growth are a number of factors, including the increased number of App Stores, handset improvements, access to high-speed mobile Internet and improvements to positioning technology. While it’s clear that location-based services are on the move, pinpointing a dollar amount to their market is a trickier subject. Has Juniper overestimated? U.K.-based consultancy Broadsight thinks so. “These numbers are way overstated,” says firm co-founder Alan Patrick, who concludes that’s it’s far too early to tell the market’s true size at this time. An Argument Against LBS’s $13 Billion Market Forecast Presenting at a local event for digitally-minded professionals, Patrick’s talk offered a dose of realism to what has been, until now, a well-hyped – perhaps overly hyped – technology trend. He claims that location-based services (“LBS”) is one of those cyclical hypes that comes around every ten years or so. “Like all overhyped areas, it comes complete with way overoptimistic market projections,” notes Patrick on the company blog. Although he doesn’t call out analyst firm Juniper by name, he says that “$13 billion are the sorts of numbers being thrown around.” (Juniper predicts $12.7 billion). So how much does Patrick think the market’s worth? It’s too early to tell, he says. Instead of focusing on what has influenced the market to grow thus far, Patrick examines the two determining factors that will impact the actual revenues LBS is able to generate: penetration and Average Revenue per User. Penetration of the LBS market can vary widely including everything from smartphone users all the way to consumer devices like cars and even low-cost “Internet of Things” devices. The “Internet of Things” refers to real-world objects getting connected to the web. It can also include other web-connected devices like sensors or those incorporating RFID technology. The point Patrick was making is that the actual market value will be greatly influenced by how many devices end up web-connected and using LBS over the next few years. If, however, only smartphone users are taking advantage of LBS, then the market retains only niche value. The second determinant is the Average Revenue per User. This also can vary between “free” – as when location services are given away as a part of something else – and those that are “paid for” outright. Users could “pay for” services either via subscription payments, software downloads or ad funding, for example. Based on these determining factors, the actual market value for LBS, as you can see, may vary widely. Assigning it the $13 billion price tag is “of the ‘Panglos’ school of forecasting,” he says. That is, “assuming the best of all possible outcomes in the best of all possible worlds.”Privacy Issues: A Limiting Factor to LBS Growth?Patrick also brings up the privacy issues inherent in using the types of apps that broadcast your location, an issue we discussed ourselves just last week. At that time, the potential dangers in location broadcasting were brought to the forefront of our minds when the new site PleaseRobMe launched, displaying real-time updates from members of mobile social network Foursquare who broadcast their check-ins on Twitter. Although the site’s goal was simply to raise awareness of the issue, the news quickly spread until even local TV anchors were discussing it on the nightly news. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts sarah perez Even among tech bloggers such as ourselves, there is disagreement as to whether or not these services represent a true danger. A discussion in our writers’ chat room the other day had one writer positioning the services as tools for stalking, saying these types of apps “make it a heck of a lot easier for people” to do so. Meanwhile, another writer argued “well, having a knife around makes it easier to cut yourself, too.” (Names withheld to protect the innocent!) The truth is, mainstream users will likely not jump on the LBS social bandwagon right away – unless Facebook launches something, that is. However, there’s a reason they haven’t done this yet – outside of the tech bubble, a good bit of the population is fairly concerned with protecting their privacy. You can argue that their fears come from an inherent lack of understanding about the realities of how LBS is used, but that won’t necessarily convince them. Just like anything, true growth and acceptance will take time. And fears like these aren’t exactly the sort that will go away over the next four years. All that being said, while Patrick presents his ideas as “rational prognosis” regarding this industry, it’s possible that he’s being a little too down on the market’s potential. Maybe it won’t reach $13 billion, maybe it will…but like he said, it’s too soon to know. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#mobile#NYT#Trends#web Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

National Register of Citizens: Assam man suffers double blow

first_imgParalysis robbed Azizul Hoque of his ability to work, before the system, members of his family said, snatched his identity as an Indian more than two years ago.They are now counting the days for the next hearing in the Supreme Court, which sought replies from the Centre and the Assam government on how the 41-year-old Hoque came to be declared a foreigner and lodged in a detention centre on March 24, 2017.Family hopefulAnas Tanwir, handling the case, said the apex court on July 3 given the Central and Assam governments two weeks to reply.“That means they have to reply by July 17, right? And we can hope for a hearing by the Supreme Court soon after,” Baharul Islam, Mr. Hoque’s elder brother, told The Hindu from their village Singiapathar in central Assam’s Nagaon district. The village is about 140 km east of Guwahati.Mr. Islam, in his late 40s, could not recall when the Assam police’s border wing sent a notice to his brother. The border wing is tasked with detecting and deporting foreigners and refers cases to a Foreigners’ Tribunal (FT) for deciding a suspect’s fate.“It was 12-13 years ago. He went to the police when summoned about 10 years ago before an illness made him paralysed. He had always been a bhodai (dimwitted) and paralysis prevented him from going out to work,” said Mr. Islam, who sells vegetables in a nearby town.“I stay away from home most of the time. But Azizul and many others in my family are always at home. They said they gave him notice thrice, but none of us received it. They took him to the Tezpur Central Jail’s detention centre out of the blue,” he said.‘Doubtful’ tagThe problem for Mr. Hoque began in 1997, when for the first time his name figured in the voters’ list but with the ‘D’ (doubtful) tag that indicated he was suspected to be an illegal immigrant. None of his three elder siblings — sister Hafiza Khatun and eldest brother Khairul Islam — are D-voters.The name of Mr. Hoque, like everyone else in his family, was included in the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) published in July 2018. He was put in the additional list of 1.02 lakh NRC-excluded people published on June 26.“Our father Abdur Rahman’s name is in the 1965 voters’ list. Our grandfather Pashan Ali was granted land patta (deed) in 1940. Why should our youngest brother be singled out as a foreigner? This is just harassment because of the language we speak and religion we follow,” Mr. Islam said.Members of Mr. Hoque’s family said they have promised him that he would be brought back home soon. They are pinning hopes on the Supreme Court for his release sooner.last_img read more

Cano Back To The Bronx

first_imgSEATTLE — Robinson Cano knows it will be awkward from the moment he walks into Yankee Stadium and has to figure out the route to the visitors’ clubhouse for the first time in his career.And that’s before he takes the field in the Bronx wearing something other than pinstripes.“It’s going to be weird,” Cano said. “It’s going to feel a lot different being on the other side.”After signing his $240 million, 10-year contract with Seattle in the offseason, the All-Star second baseman will return to New York for the first time as a member of the Mariners on April 29 when they open a three-game series against the Yankees.Cano figures the reaction will be mixed. He was supposed to be the next great Yankees player to spend his career in New York, following the lead of Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada and the soon-to-be retiring Derek Jeter.Players simply don’t’ give up the limelight of New York to go be isolated in the Pacific Northwest.But Cano did, with contract security and millions of dollars behind making that decision. The flip side is now facing what he left behind.“Hopefully good,” Cano said of the reception he’ll get. “The way that I left New York, it wasn’t a good way. You just go there to play the game and try to beat them.”Cano knows that his comments the day he signed with Seattle still have reverberations, when he said he didn’t feel respected by the Yankees with their contract offer. The Yankees’ top offer was $175 million over seven years.Cano said he didn’t want to go through the contract process again in his mid-to-late 30s and Seattle’s willingness to push the contract out to 10 years sealed the agreement.“I didn’t feel respect. I didn’t get respect from them and I didn’t see any effort,” Cano said last December.Cano tried to play down over the weekend how the separation from the Yankees happened, saying his focus was on being back in Yankee Stadium and seeing friends and former teammates.“I don’t want to blame anybody. I’m looking forward to going there,” Cano said.Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon had no worries about how Cano would handle his return and the questions that are likely to come.“I’m sure he’s going to be happy to get back to Yankee Stadium, obviously in a different role. He’s a professional. He’ll answer his questions and get ready to play,” McClendon said.“Other than that he’s probably more anxious to get out on the field and play than deal with the media,” he said.Cano will face the first-place Yankees putting up numbers thus far that were expected and with a team that has settled down after an eight-game losing streak. He is Seattle’s top hitter with a .301 average.Cano has just one home run, but the Mariners have been consistent that he wasn’t acquired to be a home run hitter. Cano has 11 RBIs, scored 10 runs and been a teacher to others in Seattle’s lineup.The most noticeable has been his work with Justin Smoak, who leads the team in RBIs and doubles through the first four weeks.Cano was making time to enjoy the return to the Big Apple. He hoped to be able to walk around the city without too much hassle, noting that Yankee fans had given him privacy when he played there.Cano was scheduled to appear on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon night after making other appearances earlier in the day. It’s the only trip for Seattle to New York this season.“They’re different teams. But we have a team here that we can compete,” Cano said. “I’m excited to be here and that’s why I choose here and I really like this city.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more