Dungloe housing project to proceed after issues

first_imgThe Dungloe Community Housing project is to proceed to construction stage immediately.The announcement comes following a number of issues which arose and threatened the project’s viability recently.Both Deputy Pearse Doherty and Pat the Cope Gallagher have held a number of emergency meetings with Minister Finian Mc Grath recently in order to overcome the issues. The issues had been highlighted by the HSE and were imposing massive constraints on the overall sustainability of the project in Dungloe.The project is funded by the Department of Housing and consists of Community Group Houses numbering 3 housing units of 4 individual self-contained bedrooms at Fair Hill Dungloe.The formal approval was granted to the Co Donegal Parents and Friends for People with Intellectual Disabilities for this development to progress to construction stage.Each proposed unit will consist of 4 individual living accommodations – made up of ensuite room up to current HIQA standards and each unit then will have a communal sitting room, quiet room, visitor room and dining room. When completed it is anticipated that the 3 units will provide assisted living accommodation for 12 people in total.This development will replace the existing unit on the Church Road at Dungloe. The proposed new development will be funded by the Department of Housing and Local Government and we expect construction works to begin within a matter of months.Pat the Cope and Pearse Doherty both added “We wish to pay tribute to the board of the Parents and Friends Association, who have worked tirelessly and have brought the project to this stage.“They have dedicated a great deal of time and planning into making this project a success and now as the project moves to construction stage they have a great deal to be proud of.“We wish also to acknowledge the work of the officials of the Housing Section of Donegal County Council for their excellent work on this project. “We also must acknowledge the intervention of Minister of State Finian Mc Grath, who through his offices and our continuous lobbying of the Department – the entire development as originally proposed and designed, will now proceed to construction rather than a scaled downed version which the HSE were proposing.“It was this revised proposal that lead to the recent delay in finally appointing a contractor for this most worthwhile development. But, we are glad to report that the entire project is to proceed now without delay and as originally proposed.”Both TDs met with the County Donegal Parents & Friends committee to convey this good news as the group were most anxious about the recent delays that were stalling this project.Dungloe housing project to proceed after issues was last modified: May 14th, 2019 by StephenShare 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:donegaldungloehousinglast_img read more

Giants need an All-Star: ‘Somebody is going to have to go’

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — An attendance decline at Oracle Park isn’t the only way fans have expressed their disappointment in the Giants’ play this season.After Major League Baseball revealed updated vote totals from the ballots that have been cast, it’s clear Giants players haven’t received much support in the polls this year.Catcher Buster Posey was the only Giants starter to rank among the top 10 vote-getters at his position, but Posey is a distant eighth among catchers behind Cubs backstop Willson …last_img read more

Evolutionists Struggle to Explain Language

first_imgTheories of language evolution don’t rise much higher than ape chest-pounding, monkey screams and imaginative speculations.It’s another Big Bang Theory. The origin of human language remains just as puzzling today as it was in Darwin’s time. Many stories have come and gone, but they lack scientific rigor. The evidence we have shows that complex, grammatical language is unique to humans, but that hasn’t stopped evolutionists from trying to bridge the gap by conjuring it up from the bottom up (studying ape antics) or the top down (studying humans).Top DownMarcus Perlman (U of Wisconsin-Madison) has attracted attention for his new theory that language began by vocalizations and gestures together, rather than by gestures alone. In “Recreating language’s Big Bang through a game of vocal charades,” he describes the problem on The Conversation:Roughly 7,000 languages are used around the world, and many thousands more have cycled in and out of existence throughout human history. Where did these languages come from, and how did our ancestors create the very first ones? One basic unanswered question is whether the first languages began as gestures, like modern-day signed languages of the deaf, or as vocalizations, like most extant human languages, which are spoken.Unfortunately for scientists interested in these questions, languages don’t leave fossils. So instead, experimental psychologists like me try to understand how language evolved by conducting communication studies with modern human beings.Perlman gathered participants to play a game where they had to use charades to invent new words. He says that the invented words tended toward onomatopoeia, like scratchy sounds to indicate “rough” or quick, high-pitched sounds to indicate tiny. But what about grammar? Here, he leaps forward in his imagination:Iconic gestures, which can be understood even when communicators lack a common language, can then be molded into a system of signs and grammatical rules that are shared between members of a community. Over time and generations, they can develop into a fully complex and expressive language.But can studies on fellow humans who already grew up speaking in grammatical syntax reveal anything about the origin of languages? The participants knew they were playing games concocted by the experimenter. At best, Perlman’s idea is heuristic; at worst, purely anecdotal – an outworking of his precommitment to materialistic evolution.  He himself recognizes the limitations of his work, only suggesting that it offers a “glimpse of how language could have evolved” —But what do these findings say about the bigger question of how the first languages originated? Certainly great caution is warranted in generalizing to the evolution of language from experiments conducted in the laboratory with English-speaking undergraduates or online with Mechanical Turk workers.But our experiments do show that the human potential to create iconic vocalizations is quite impressive, far exceeding many previous estimates that have influenced scientific theories of language evolution….Importantly, our claim is not that spoken languages must then have evolved exclusively from vocalizations. Rather, our argument is that there is considerable potential for vocalizations to support the evolution of a spoken symbol system….Yet even if language has multimodal origins, our study hints at the intriguing possibility that many of the spoken words of modern languages may have long ago been uttered by our ancestors as iconic vocalizations.His statements rank high on the perhapsimaybecouldness index (PCI). If anything, the empirical evidence he cites supports the conclusion that humans are unique. The equipment for language was already present; therefore, language did not evolve. Nevertheless, Perlman’s theory was picked up semi-enthusiastically by the science media as evidence for evolution, despite its debunking of the gesture-origins theory of language:Spoken language could tap into ‘universal code’ (Catherine Matacic at Science Magazine): “Sotaro Kita, a psycholinguist at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom who was not involved in the study, says the Perlman work is ‘theoretically very important,’ and could ‘knock out’ a common explanation for language evolution: that humans developed gestural language first, and only much later moved on to spoken language. Instead, says Kita, it is much likelier that gestures and spoken language evolved in lockstep.“Human language may have started differently than thought (PhysOrg): “These findings, the researchers claim, suggest that it appears more likely that our ancestors used both hand-signals and noises to convey meaning, which over a long period of time, evolved into more complex sounds that came to be associated with common ideas among multiple people.”It might be predicted from a design perspective that human languages would have commonalities. That, indeed, is what Science Magazine reports: despite their differences, human languages “evolved” to make communication “as efficient as possible.” But is their Genesis reference a Freudian slip?Have you ever wondered why you say “The boy is playing Frisbee with his dog” instead of “The boy dog his is Frisbee playing with”?  You may be trying to give your brain a break, according to a new study. An analysis of 37 widely varying tongues finds that, despite the apparent great differences among them, they share what might be a universal feature of human language: All of them have evolved to make communication as efficient as possible.Earth is a veritable Tower of Babel: Up to 7000 languages are still spoken across the globe, belonging to roughly 150 language families. … Yet despite these different ways of structuring sentences, previous studies of a limited number of languages have shown that they tend to limit the distance between words that depend on each other for their meaning. Such “dependency” is key if sentences are to make sense.So how did that evolve? They don’t say. After the suggestive phrase that languages “have evolved,” the E-word never again appears in the article. Instead, they talk about how existing sentence structures make sense in terms of efficient memory processing. Maybe there was some good sense, not just babble, behind Babel.Bottom-UpAt the other end of the gap, evolutionists look at monkeys and apes for clues they are evolving into language speakers.Marmoset kids actually listen (Science Magazine): In this article, readers can feel the tension the big-bang theory of language creates, along with a wistful longing to smooth it out for Darwin:Undergraduate linguistics courses typically present language as unique to humans. Chomsky and others have postulated a language organ that evolved in hominids. This idea found modest support in the lack of evidence for vocal production learning (imitating sounds) in nonhuman primates. But did language suddenly emerge in the Homo lineage as a “hopeful monster” who could learn new sounds and meanings? Evidence for vocal learning in nonhuman primates is now emerging, and in hindsight, looking at vocal production learning as the sole evolutionary precursor of language might have been shortsighted.Trying to bridge the “evolutionary canyon” between apes and humans, authors Margoliash and Tchernichovski discuss a paper by Takahashi et al., that studied vocalization development in marmosets. They found hope in “evidence for a developmental process, rather than its endpoint, which reveals a shared developmental program for animal communication and human language.”  But where did the developmental program come from? Bypassing that conundrum, they think “This indicates an ancestral developmental program that is shared not only between humans and other primates but also across mammals and birds.” Doesn’t that make it worse for evolution? Did the common ancestor of birds and mammals have this? Why not say that dinosaurs and alligators had it? Their discussion, also high on PCI, is heavy on “emergence” because they are determined to explain language in Darwinian terms:How can we relate these behavioral results to an evolutionary process? Perhaps, just as evolution can be understood as a modification of a developmental program, we could think about vocal learning as a modification of a program for vocal development. The early stages of vocal development are remarkably similar across taxa…. The infant produces highly diverse but loosely structured vocalizations, a cloud of sounds from which distinct clusters gradually emerge. This indicates a transition from a continuous, graded signal to a weakly symbolic vocal performance. Call types then undergo further differentiation and selective attrition. A process for combinatorial capacity emerges.This comes dangerously close to Haeckel’s “recapitulation” theory if they think the baby is replaying the tape of its evolutionary past. Let’s see if they pursue that: “A single explanation for the complex factors influencing changes in vocal developmental patterns over evolutionary time is unlikely to emerge. However, Takahashi et al.‘s findings point to an ancient substrate for vocal learning that an evolving large hominid brain could take advantage of, thus continuing the evolutionary process that has enabled communication in other animals.”Not quite recapitulation, but close. They leave the origin of the “evolving large hominid brain” to others.Gorilla my dreams: “Apes may be closer to speaking than many scientists think,” Science Daily suggests in its headline about Koko the gorilla.  This is another bottom-up approach, looking for language in our supposed nearest of kin. The local expert is, once again, Marcus Perlman. “Koko bridges a gap,” he says. “She shows the potential under the right environmental conditions for apes to develop quite a bit of flexible control over their vocal tract. It’s not as fine as human control, but it is certainly control.”Bonobo “Baby Talk” Reveals Roots of Human Language (National Geographic). Forever in love with the ape-to-man transition (see also “Nut-Bashing Monkeys Offer Window Into Human Evolution“), NG promotes Neely Ann the Bonobo as a budding philosopher just slightly less precocious than Einstein. Liz Langley channels what Neely Ann is thinking. “As we watch the bonobos, I think I hear a vocalization called peeping—a short, high-pitched sound bonobos make with their mouths closed,” she whispers. “Peeping, which is very similar to the burbling of human infants before they form words, may tell us more about the evolution of human speech.” As Langley left, she missed Neely Ann burbling, “I peep, therefore I am.”Speaking humans exist. Gorillas exist. Marmosets and bonobos exist. To be empirically rigorous, evidence for bridges between them in the unobservable past hardly rise to the level of anecdote.Evolutionists use language to destroy it. Did you notice? They are not just peeping and burbling. (On second thought…). They are at least attempting to appeal to abstract concepts that are not reducible to onomatopoeic sounds. “Truth,” for instance, sounds very different between languages on different continents, but refers to the same abstract reality. These evolutionists assume free will, consciousness, thought, morality, and other Christian concepts to undermine them. They use language to destroy it, to rob it of its significance. If all they are doing is peeping and burbling because evolution developed the capacity for vocalizations somehow, then nothing they say makes any sense.Nancy Pearcey has a new book out, Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism and Other God Substitutes. It looks pretty good for pointing out the materialist’s propensity for the self-refuting fallacy. Listen to her on ID the Future explain how materialists freeload from the Christian worldview to espouse their ideas, because they know they cannot derive them from their own assumptions. That applies to their theories of the “evolution of language” as well. “The evolution of language” is itself a self-refuting concept if it has to stand on its own as mere vocalization by material brains and vocal cords. Without logical concepts to which the words refer, the sounds of the words signify nothing. A parakeet can be taught to imitate the sounds. If humans are analogous to parakeets, they are not dealing in matters of truth, logic, or morality. (Visited 608 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Building Materials Supplier Updates E-Book Series

first_imgA New York City supplier of building materials for high-performance and Passive House buildings is developing a new series of free electronic books for builders and designers. Eventually the e-books will explore nine different types of building enclosures. The company, 475 High Performance Building Supply, is basing its “Smart Enclosure” series on the pressing need to control carbon dioxide emissions and keep atmospheric concentrations of CO2 in check. As 475’s chief operating officer Ken Levenson explained in a telephone call, the initiative builds on an e-book series that the company rolled out several years ago. “We’re regrouping and rebooting to version 2.0,” he said. “It’s the ‘new and improved,’ with a broader context.” Levenson, lead author on the project, said that the material would encompass a greater number of building types than the original e-book series and eventually offer a comprehensive library for buildings and designers. “Our thought is that this is going to be kind of a mini-encyclopedic approach to building assemblies,” he said.RELATED ARTICLESBooks for Homeowners Interested in Saving EnergyBaby Steps on the Path to High-Performance HomesCan a High-Performance House be Livable, Too?The Four Keys to a High-Performance Home475 Building Supply Releases a Third e-Book Guiding principles and levels of performance The company has long advocated building assemblies that minimize both spray foam and rigid foam insulation, so its list of guiding principles won’t raise many eyebrows. It includes: Lower embodied carbon and greater carbon sequestration. Lower toxicity. More natural materials. Vapor, air, and thermal control. Durability of 100 years plus. The initiative also proposes a three-tiered approach to building performance, all of them promising more energy efficiency and lower toxicity than industry standards. Four-Seven-Five calls them modified default, simplified and improved, and optimized performance. “The Three Tiers are not precise demarcations of success,” the website explains. “Rather they indicate the direction of improvement relative to the other tiers and to the typical industry approach we describe as the Industry Standard High-Performance Default.” For example, the section on wood-frame construction begins with a description of the “high-performance default”: spray foam cavity insulation, OSB sheathing, a weather-resistive barrier, exterior foam board and siding over a vented rain screen. Four-Seven-Five’s Tier 1 modified version substitutes wood fiber or wool cavity insulation in place of the foam, and adds a continuous layer of wood fiberboard insulation on the exterior instead of rigid foam. Tier 2 and Tier 3 assemblies would substitute diagonal structural strapping for sheathing, add an interior service cavity, and place continuous wood fiberboard in different thicknesses over the studs. Levenson said that designers and builders could adapt and modify the assemblies to meet their specific needs. Levenson said there is ample in-house expertise to vet the recommendations the books make. “We don’t feel like we’re out on a ledge,” he said, adding that when the project gets to straw bale or mass timber construction, the group would probably have to ask a lot more questions and seek input from others. Helping business is part of the plan Four-Seven-Five’s e-book series is reminiscent of the online Best Practices Manual offered by Hammer & Hand, a high-performance builder in the Pacific Northwest. It, too, is available to anyone who wants to download it. But while Hammer & Hand is a general contractor that wanted to offer field guidance to its own carpenters, the 475 project comes from a retailer of building materials, many of which are promoted in its guide. “We’re a business,” Levenson said. “This is a vehicle to sell products. I kind of joked that this is really about elevating Gutex, which we think is a fantastic material. If every building could be built with Gutex fiberboard insulation, the world would be a better place, right? “But the fact of the matter is that we went into this business because we were freaking out about climate change,” he continued, “and because we saw Passive House as part of that solution.” (Levenson, a registered architect, is a board member of New York Passive House and secretary of the North American Passive House Network.) While the books will help the company get bigger by selling more products, Levenson said, it’s also aimed at spreading the word about best building practices. “We’d be the first to say that if you want a third-party discussion, that’s not this e-book per se,” he said, “but we do think they stand on their own.” Rolled out in stages The series eventually will encompass nine types of enclosures: masonry retrofit, wood retrofit, 2x framing, I-joist outrigger, double-stud, mass timber, straw bale, metal frame, and concrete. For now, only the masonry retrofit section is complete, while some parts of the wood retrofit and 2x framing also have been posted. Each section will include construction photography and a video library. Users can download free CAD files and edit them for their own use. At the present rate, the company could post one section per month, and building out the rest of the series could come as quickly as six months. Printed versions of the same books could follow as early as January.last_img read more

Are You That Person Who Clicks On Ads?

first_imgAdmit it: you’re that person. You’re the one who spends over 23 hours watching online video every month. You’re the one that is driving the online video market to $37 billion by 2017. You are the 83.3%.Are you the same person who clicks on ads? The same person who is clicking the online advertising market into $100 billion territory in 2013?Come on: is it you?There’s some evidence to suggest that the two go together. Most online video isn’t the BBC soccer news stream that !%!%!% auto-plays whenever I visit a soccer news site (which, I will admit, is every 3.2 seconds – hey, someone needs to keep tabs on just how bad my Arsenal is). As a recent comScore report showcases, it’s entertainment-oriented video on YouTube and Facebook, primarily, that people watch:Credit: comScore, February 2013What about online advertising? According to a 2011 WebTrends report on Facebook advertising, click-through rates (CTRs) are puny for things like healthcare and financial services ads, but for media and entertainment or tabloids? Lots of clicks:Credit: WebtrendsAdmit it: you’re “that guy” who sends around the funny cat videos. You’re the one watching the blurb on LIndsay Lohan being in rehab (again).It’s you!Or maybe it’s your parents, as Facebook ad click-throughs skew to the 50+ crowd. Which is interesting, since the online video generation definitely trends younger. Perhaps those who watch a lot of video aren’t the same people who click on all the ads, but rather a devoted group of clickers?There’s some evidence that this is the case. While comScore finds that 83.3% of all Americans watch online video, Criteo reports that just 20% of online browsers account for 50% of click-throughs:Source: Criteo 2012Nor do such people stop with innocent clicking. Once they click, they buy. A lot. According to Criteo, they’re 3 times more likely to buy than non-clickers. My hunch? It’s the Boomer demographic, which controls 70% of U.S. wealth, that clicks on all those ads. This is a bit frightening, as it may mean that the Internet is being subsidized by a fading group. Presumably, clever advertisers will figure out how to get the young’uns to click and buy, too.Or maybe they’ll just get older and click more.Personally, I don’t think I’ve ever clicked on an online ad (Adblock Plus keeps me from even seeing them anymore, bless its soul), but I’m grateful that someone does, whatever their age. My walk down memory lane, watching old Duran Duran videos? You or perhaps someone older paid for it with their clicks. That Facebook service my friends still frequent? Others pay for that, too. Others’ click-and-buy mentality keeps the Internet running.So, thank you, whoever you are. Please click more.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Matt Asay A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Tags:#click-through rates#online advertising#online video Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

9 Tips for Shooting in Cold Weather

first_imgKeep your equipment safe when shooting in cold weather.Winter is upon us. So, in light of the recent polar vortex, we’ve rounded up our best tips for cold weather photo and video shoots.1. Avoid ‘Cold Soaking’“Cold Soaking” is allowing your camera to become as cold as the environment around you…and you want to avoid this. Allowing your camera to reach sub-zero temperatures is a recipe for disaster as most cameras aren’t created to withstand subzero temperatures. Keep your camera in it’s case/bag until it’s time to shoot. In extreme temperature scenarios it may be beneficial to include additional insulation in your camera bag.2. Carbon Fiber TripodIt doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that a cold metal tripod in cold weather is a bad idea. Instead of freezing your fingers off try using a carbon fiber tripod. Carbon fiber tripds are great for shooting in extreme temperatures. They’re also extremely lightweight when compared to their metal counterparts.3. Bring Extra BatteriesBatteries drain faster in cold weather. So next time you have to shoot in extreme cold make sure you pack 2 to 3 times your normal supply of batteries.4. Use Hand WarmersSmall hand warmers are a lifesaver in cold weather and they can serve a variety of other purposes. For example, a small hand warmer can be placed in your camera bag to regulate the temperature.5. Bring ND FiltersSnowy is bright even in overcast weather. For this reason you should bring your ND filters along. ND filters cut out incoming light and allow you to use a wider aperture even in bright conditions. This is really important if you are wanting to get a shallow depth of field.6. Gradually Go from Cold to WarmProblems may arise if you quickly go from a cold environment to a warm one – condensation can form on your camera and lens. It’s best to allow your camera slowly to adjust to room temperature. One trick is to keep your lenses in Ziplock freezer bags, allowing them to acclimate to the temperature change before opening. Adding silica gel packs in the baggie can help cut help alleviate any humidity.If condensation gets inside the camera or lens body it can permanently damage the hardware. In these extreme scenarios it is best to let the camera completely dry out before attempting to use it again.7. DehumidifiersOne way you can significantly cut back on condensation is to put a dehumidifying pack in your camera bag. Just as you might imagine, these packs are designed to absorb moisture making your camera less likely to experience damage as a result of condensation.Lens cap manufacture BRNO make dehumidifying lens caps that have silica gel built-in. If you’re going to be doing a lot of outdoor cold-weather photography or filmmaking it might be worth it to get a few.8. Get a Coated LensMost modern day lenses come with special coatings that allow them to withstand the elements. This is especially important when shooting in cold weather as it is easy to get things like snow and condensation on the lens. If you’re considering renting a lens check out if it has a specialty coating on it.9. Winter-Proof CasesThere are a few winter-proofing camera cases that you can buy to protect your camera gear, including the Camera Duck which goes for about $130 on B&H. Camera Duck also sells large warmers designed to fit over their weather covers.Even if you don’t want to spend the money on a winter cover, a waterproof case is a worthwhile investment.Have any other tips for shooting in cold weather? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

How To Capture Smooth Walk-and-Talk Shots Without A Movi Or Steadicam

first_imgStabilization devices such as a Movi or Steadicam aren’t always an option. Luckily, there are other ways to capture walk-and-talk shots smoothly.Images from EasyrigI’ve used both Steadicams and Movis countless times. Under the right circumstances, they by far offer the best solutions when it comes to covering a walk-and-talk shot. That said, having worked on many low-budget productions that couldn’t afford to rent a steadicam/operator package, I’ve learned to improvise with far simpler tools out of necessity.Typically I’ll default to one of these two options when attempting to shoot a walk-and-talk scene when I don’t have access to a Steadicam or Movi:1. EasyrigFor those of you who haven’t used an Easyrig — it’s a relatively inexpensive harness-like device that allows you to clamp your camera to an arm that extends over your head:The Easyrig isn’t intended to be used in place of a Steadicam. It was really designed to take the weight off the DP/Operator’s shoulders when shooting handheld material with a heavy camera. That said, in a pinch I’ve had to use one in place of a Steadicam and was able to get really solid results. It’ll never be as smooth as a proper Steadicam, but if you’re on a wide enough lens and take your steps carefully, you can get some great shots. Here’s a video from the gang at No Film School that covers some of the ins and outs of working with an Easyrig.2. Keep It on the SticksAlthough a traditional walk-and-talk/tracking shot is accomplished by literally walking with your talent, certain scenes can be covered just as effectively on a tripod. As long as your actors are walking relatively straight ahead and not rounding any corners, keeping your camera on the sticks may be the easiest and the most effective way to capture your scene without struggling with a messy tracking shot.You may choose to start on a long lens, straight back from your talent and simply pull focus as they walk towards you. Alternatively, you could start on more of an angle to the talent and pan with them as they start on frame right (facing camera), and cross all the way to frame left (facing away from camera). If you really want the tracking shot, here’s another tripod-based way to go about it that would work for a walk-and-talk scene, courtesy of Fenchel and Janisch:Neither of the above techniques is a replacement for a Steadicam or Movi, and I’d never recommend making any choice simply based on your budget. But in a circumstance where you absolutely need to cover a tracking shot, but just don’t have the means to do it, an Easyrig or simply shooting on a tripod are reliable options.Got any nontraditional, lo-fi, DIY camera stabilization tricks up your sleeve? Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more

Lukaku header gains World Cup spot for Belgium

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Two goals from Edin Dzeko helped the Bosnians beat Gibraltar 4-0 to leapfrog Greece into second place. Belgium has 22 points, Bosnia-Herzegovina 14, Greece 13 and Cyprus 10.Cyprus’s hopes of qualifying took another blow in a 1-0 loss away to Estonia, thanks to Mattias Kait’s winning goal in the dying seconds.Estonia is fifth with eight points while last-place Gilbraltar has lost all eight matches.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Greece responded three minutes later through Zeca, but only one more minute passed before Belgium retook the lead thanks to Lukaku’s header. It was the Manchester United forward’s 10th goal of the qualifying campaign.Victory leaves the Belgians top with an unassailable eight-point lead over second-place Bosnia-Herzegovina. That makes Belgium the first European team confirmed for the World Cup besides host nation Russia.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 shutoutBelgium is unbeaten in qualifying, with seven wins and a 1-1 draw at home to Greece in March.The Belgians have scored 35 goals and conceded just three in a group where they were considered the overwhelming favorites. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspensioncenter_img Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku celebrates at the end of the World Cup Group H qualifying soccer match between Greece and Belgium at Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus port, near Athens, Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017. Belgium won 2-1. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)Romelu Lukaku was on target Sunday to give Belgium a 2-1 win over Greece and a place at next year’s World Cup.The Group H fixture was goalless until the 70th minute when Jan Vertonghen blasted the visitors into the lead with a fierce shot.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Switzerland wins 8th straight game, Portugal stays closelast_img read more

Western Australia Media Release

first_imgThe Version two event was held on November 20-22 at UWA Sports Park, McGillivray Oval. The event drew 42 teams, and a mountain of spectators and officials.On Friday, we commenced at the new time of 11.50 for Round 1, with round games being played until around 5 o’clock.Saturday was again similar with round games commencing at 9am and concluding at 5pm for the annual Referee Awards Dinner at Challenge Stadium. The dinner saw a range of awards given including the Certificates of Commendation to those who had shown commitment and dedication to their affiliate. During the evening it was also an opportunity to show appreciation to John Moore who commenced refereeing in 1980 and to this day is still holding that whistle and running around the park.However the night was about one award, the 2009 Referee of the Year. This year the prestigious award went to Karen Woods.Sunday was finals day, with the open men’s kicking off the morning with their final round. The day the saw 7 divisions semi-finals and then towards midday the grand finals began. The Womens 35’s, Mens 40’s and Womens 27’s were all at UWA Sports Park, and for the other 4 divisions we moved to the newly built State Athletics Stadium.The Grand Final results are below:Womens 35’sSouthern – 3Perth Brothers – 0Player of the Final – Michelle Keegan – SouthernReferees – Paul Thomas, Matt Thomas, Pammy TauMens 40’sGeraldton – 6Rosalie – 4Player of the Final – Eugene White – GeraldtonReferees – Steve Williams, Stuart Evans, Paul RichardsonWomens 27’sRosalie – 4Tompkins Park – 3Player of the Final – Tegan Young – RosalieReferees – Damien Capp, Brendan Davies, Fiona HayMens 30’sRosalie – 11Fremantle – 6Player of the Final – Jay Laurie – RosalieReferees – Richard McIllroy, Phil Galvin, John Bedford2  November 30, 2009Mixed OpenGalaxy – 10Fremantle – 7Player of the Final – Joseph Parekura Tarau – GalaxyReferees – Andrew Catterall, Ben Morton, Lee BroadbridgeWomens OpenSouthern – 6Perth Brothers – 3Player of the Final – Ashleigh Dewar – SouthernReferees – Chris Murray, James McMahon, Justin ParsonsMens OpenSouthern – 8Tompkins Park – 7Player of the Final – Stuart Brierty – SouthernReferees – Tony Arnel, Grant Hill, Karen WoodsBall Boys – Zac Richardson, Charlie DossetterChampion Affiliate – Southern DistrictsAt the conclusion of the Mens Open final there were several awards to be given to Touch Football Community members who had donated numerous hours to the sport in a range of areas. TouchWest congratulates:State Referee Directors Encouragement Award – Paul RichardsonReferee of the Tournament – Fiona Hay2009 Leading Referee – Tony ArnelCoach of the Year – George Forster-JonesVolunteer of the Year – Freda BlackTouchWest wishes to thank all the volunteers and staff who donated numerous hours to the event.All event action photos are available from www.energyimages.com.auFull results will be available from www.statechamps.com.auRelated Fileswrap_up_-_state_champs-pdflast_img read more

TFA Photo Competition

first_imgOver the past few months Touch Football Australia (TFA) has been calling for entries into its Photo Competition and we are now pleased to announce the winners. The following budding photographers’ photos were selected as winners in the competition:Peter SheffordIngrid VirgonaAnthony McGrathKate Spranklin Mick and Sue Gallegos/Melinda ChalkerTerry ParkerTo view the winning photos, check out the ‘TFA Photo Competition Winners’ album on the TFA Facebook page – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia. Let us know which is your favourite photo on Facebook by ‘liking’ the photo in the album and we will choose someone who has voted for the public’s favourite photo to win a prize. We’ll announce the winner on Friday, 3 November. Thank you to everyone who contributed photos for the competition.Related LinksPhoto Competitionlast_img read more