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first_imgThursday night’s Health and Wellbeing Event, hosted by the Finn Valley Community Health Forum (FVCHF), was incredibly successful with over 450 attendees from across Donegal.The attendees benefited from the advice and support of 82 exhibitors with stands ranging from healthy eating, HSE self-management to hobbies and holistic health. There was truly something for everyone at the Finn Valley Centre. Statistics on the evening included: 82 businesses, groups, individuals with stands Around 450 people through the doors Over 500 free cups of tea and coffee served Approximately 60 people attended workshops 5 huge hampers won & over 30 spot prizes given out at the Blood Pressure table (thanks to the exhibitors for their generosity)Monica Ramsey from the FVCHF commented, “We’d like to say a special thank you to Patsy McGonagle and the Finn Valley Centre for offering the venue for free and supporting us year on year. The event wouldn’t have been such a success without all our stand holders and their energy, goodwill, and all-around niceness. We know that many of them are volunteers, or were giving up their time out of work hours. It’s a huge commitment from everyone to make it happen.”The night involved talks and demonstrations from a wide range of exhibitors including Donegal Tai Chi, Relax Kids, Mental Health Ireland and Conor Gallinagh who is Horticulture Advisor. Corina Caterson Flynn from FVCHF wants to say thank you to the volunteers who made the event happen. “I’d like to thank the members of the committee who give up their time on a voluntary basis to organise this huge event. And thank you to the many people who come on the day to help out, like the Men’s Shed and our parking stewards.” Leah Fairman of Ballybofey and Stranorlar Chamber of Commerce commented, “It was great to see so many businesses from the Finn Valley taking part. And of course, the event wouldn’t be the same without the wonderful support of The Hatter Tea Room providing free tea and coffee to all attendees. It’s been our pleasure to support this leading event in the Finn Valley.” The Finn Valley Community Health Forum was set up in 2006 as part of the National re-organisation of local Health Services Executive (HSE) primary care services. Its vision is ‘To ensure a fair, equal and inclusive primary care system in the Finn Valley’. It encompasses the geographical areas of a Cloghan, Stranorlar, Ballybofey, Convoy, Drumkeen and Killygordon. The forum receives a small amount of grant aid from the HSE under Social Inclusion, with additional funding being secured from other agencies to ensure quality provision for voluntary agencies, organisations and groups to come together to work on Health & Social issues affecting people across the Finn Valley area. If you are interested in finding out more, want to add to the event or wish to join the FVCHF please contact finnvalleyhealthforum@outlook.comCheck out these photos from the event below! Some of the Forum Committee- – L to R – Kathleen McGarrigle (Chair), Leah Fairman, Jude Bromley, Monica Ramsey, Rachel McShane. Missing are Charlene Logue, Kathleen McGarrigle, Rev Adam Pullan and Michael Rowan.Health and wellbeing event event another success for Finn Valley was last modified: June 10th, 2019 by Caitlin LairdShare 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 valleyFinn Valley Centrehealth and wellbeinglast_img read more

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first_imgEsteban Granero talks about his recent move to QPR, insisting that he misses nothing about Real Madrid and is looking forward to making his home debut against Chelsea this weekend.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Beck’s, the largest family-owned retail seed company in the United States, is proud to announce a partnership with the country music band, The Henningsens, on their latest single “Why I Farm”. Beck’s Why I Farm Movement has inspired thousands, including The Henningsens, with its mission to honor the American farmer. As a way to thank farmers, Beck’s is sponsoring free downloads of “Why I Farm” for a limited time to those that support the Why I Farm Movement.“We’re thrilled to continue honoring the American farmer through this unique relationship,” said Scott Beck, president of Beck’s. “As a seventh-generation Illinois farm family, The Henningsens background allows the group to vividly tell the story of the American farmer in a unique way, through lyrics. It’s not only their personal experiences, but those of every farmer.”Since 2013, Beck’s Why I Farm movement has honored 20 farmers by sharing their personal, heartfelt stories of dedication, passion and triumph. Reaching more than 2.7 million people, Beck’s Why I Farm movement has gained fans and followers from across the globe.The Henningsens are a country music trio consisting of Brian Henningsen (bass, guitar and vocals), his son Aaron (guitar and vocals), and daughter Clara (lead vocals and guitar). The trio debuted with a self-titled EP album that included hit, “American Beautiful” in 2013 after touring with Brad Paisley and writing “You Lie” and “All Your Life” for The Band Perry.“People don’t realize the time, heartache, energy, money, and most of all the risk it takes to bring food to your grocery store,” said Brian Henningsen, of The Henningsens. “We hope this song will help bring that image to life for consumers.”In addition, Beck’s and The Henningsens have scheduled six live concerts around the Midwest as part of the Why I Farm Mini-Tour.Illinois State Fair | August 17, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. | Farm Bureau StageIndiana State Fair | August 21, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. | Hank FM Free StageBecknology™ Days | August 28- 29 | President’s Message at Beck’s headquartersFarm Progress Show | September 1-2 | 1:00 p.m. each day | Beck’s Booth 2061 at the corner of West Progress Avenue and Iowa Progress StreetNational FFA Convention | October 29 at 1:00 p.m. | Talent StageOhio Young Ag Professionals Conference | January 29 at 9:00 p.m.For your free download of the “Why I Farm” song, a behind-the-scenes look at the recording of the “Why I Farm” song, upcoming concert information, and additional information about the Why I Farm movement, visit www.whyifarm.com.last_img read more

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first_imgToyota’s new small car Liva is all set for launch on June 27, the company said on Thursday.At a press meet, the Japanese car giant said the much-anticipated Liva will be launched in the hatchback category by the end of this month, spiking a price war. It, however, didn’t share how much the car would cost.Toyota also said it will miss its sales target for 2011 in India by about 10,000 units, on account of production cut that it undertook following the disastrous earthquake and tsunami in Japan.”Earlier we had set a target of 1,50,000 units for this year. But now that has been reduced to 1,40,000 units due to the one month production cut following the tsunami in Japan,” Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) Deputy Managing Director (Marketing) Sandeep Singh told reporters in the national capital.SPECIAL: Stiff competition ahead as Maruti and Toyota enter each other’s territorySpeaking at the launch of the new variant of the premium sedan Corolla Altis, he said TKM hopes to sell 60,000 units of its sedan Etios and upcoming small car Liva.”We are looking to produce 2.1 lakh units in 2012 and will also try to sell all the vehicles,” Singh said.TKM on Thursday launched a new variant of its premium sedan Corolla Altis in both petrol and diesel options in the country, priced between Rs 10.53 lakh and Rs 14.77 lakh (ex showroom Delhi).”Since the launch of the first Corolla in India in 2003, we have been getting very good response for the car. So far we have sold 70,000 units of the car across the country,” TKM Managing Director Hiroshi Nakagawa said.FIRST LOOK: Pictures from the meet when Liva was announced The company sold 10,400 units of Corolla Altis in 2010, and is expecting to sell 11,500 units this year.The new Corolla Altis will come with a 1,798 cc engine. The petrol variant is priced at Rs 10.53 lakh to Rs 14.77 lakh, while the diesel option will be available for Rs 11.46 lakh to Rs 14.55 lakh.On the issue of long waiting periods, Singh said: “When we launched the Etios, we had about six months of waiting period, which has come down to about two months now, after starting the second shift of production in March. By the end of this month, it will come down to less than a month.”Besides, the company has recently increased the output of its multi utility vehicle ‘Innova’ to 4,800 units per month from about 4,000 units a month earlier, he added.Currently Innova has a waiting period of about three months, while customers wait for up to two months to take the delivery of the sports utility vehicle Fortuner.TKM had earlier announced to invest Rs 300 crore to ramp up its production capacity by 60,000 units to 2.1 lakh units annually by mid 2012.When asked if the company would export Etios, Nakagawa said: “Our focus is India. But we are currently studying the option.”advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgAustralia’s best Youth Touch Footballers will assemble on the Sunshine Coast for the Touch Football Australia (TFA) National Youth Camp at the Currimundi Recreation Centre, Currimundi, from Thursday 28 June – Sunday July 1 2007.93 National squad members from the six Federation of International Touch (FIT) Youth Divisions will be put through their paces by National Youth Coaches and some of Australia’s leading Open age Coaches and players during the four day program.The National Youth Squads comprising 18 Years Boys, Girls, and Mixed squads, and National 20 Years Men’s, Women’s, and Mixed squads will be exposed to fitness testing, skill development, game play, tactical briefs, sports science, and mentoring sessions during the camp.The camp is Australia’s first step in regaining the FIT Youth World Cup that was relinquished to New Zealand at the most recent Youth World Cup that was played at Quad Park on the Sunshine Coast in 2005.The National squad players will be working towards the National Youth Championships in Coffs Harbour from 19-22 September 2007, where squads will be reviewed again.Players have their long-term goals firmly on selection in the National Teams for the next FIT Youth World Cup to be played in Auckland New Zealand in January 2009.Local Sunshine Coast Australian Women’s Open World Cup player, Peta Rogerson will attend the camp as a role model with fellow 2007 FIT World Cup representatives Australian Women’s Open Captain Sharyn Williams, Australian Open Men’s Captain Gavin Shuker, and Gary Sonda.The quartet of role models played starring roles in the Australia’s retention of the FIT Open World Cup played in Stellenbosch South Africa in January 2007. The six National Youth squads will participate in a range of  on and off field activities aimed to introduce and immerse them in the successful culture of Touch Football Australia’s High Performance program.last_img read more

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first_imgEx-Wolves boss Solbakken: Man City will win league – they never stand stillby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Wolves boss Stale Solbakken believes Manchester City will win the Premier League this season.Liverpool are currently top of the table.But Copenhagen coach Solbakken told VG: “It’s probably City and Liverpool that’s number one and two in the end, but I think City is a clearer one than Liverpool is a clear two.”Remember that City has played away against its closest rivals (2-0 victory against Arsenal, 0-0 against Liverpool, 1-0 win against Tottenham and 0-2 defeat against Chelsea).”I think they build on the team all the time. (Pep) Guardiola is working on difficult things; the distances in the team, the defensive work and the ambitious attack game. They are so solid across all lines.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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first_imgTORONTO – Sears Canada begins its liquidation sales Thursday at its stores across the country as it prepares to shut its doors for good after 65 years.A Sears Canada spokesman says customers can expect deep discounts of up to 50 per cent off at its 74 department stores, and up to 30 per cent off at its eight Home stores, Calgary has four locations.Liquidation sales at its 49 Sears Hometown stores are due to start today, or shortly, but discounts there will vary, the spokesman adds.The sales are expected to last between 10 to 14 weeks.Sears Canada timed its liquidation sales to take advantage of the busy holiday shopping season.The national retailer has been in creditor protection since June, but was unable to find a buyer which would allow it to keep operating.last_img

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first_imgEDMONTON — Voters are heading to the polls in the Alberta election today and advance turnouts suggest it could be busy at the ballot boxes.Almost 700,000 people voted early in malls, airports, recreation centres, public buildings and even an Ikea store. That was well ahead of the 235,000 who came out early in the 2015 election that saw Rachel Notley’s NDP deliver a surprise knockout blow to the 44-year run of the Progressive Conservatives.This time around, the Progressive Conservatives are no more.The PCs merged with another right-centre party, the Wildrose, to create the new United Conservatives under former federal cabinet minister Jason Kenney.The four-week campaign focused on personal attacks and on Alberta’s fragile economy, which has been struggling for several years with sluggish oil prices and unemployment levels above seven per cent in Calgary and Edmonton.Kenney has argued that Notley’s government has made a bad situation worse with higher taxes, more regulations and increases in minimum wage.Notley, in turn, has said Kenney’s plan to freeze spending and pursue more private-care options in health care will have a profound impact on students in the classroom and on patients waiting for care.The campaign also featured Alberta’s relationship with Ottawa, specifically Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.Notley said her success working with Trudeau — or picking her fights with him as necessary — is what led to progress on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion to the B.C. coast. She expects construction to begin this year.She said Kenney’s promise to challenge Trudeau in court on everything from the federal carbon tax to proposed energy industry rule changes is cynical, self-defeating shadow-boxing given the collaborative realities of political decision-making.Kenney has campaigned on the “Trudeau-Notley alliance” that he says has turned Alberta into a doormat for Trudeau and other oil industry foes with no more than a faint and as yet unrealized promise of one pipeline expansion to the coast.Notley has also tried to make Kenney’s character an issue. A number of his candidates have either quit or apologized for past comments that were anti-LGBTQ, anti-Islamic or sympathetic to white nationalism.Kenney has called the attacks a “fear-and-smear” red herring to distract from the NDP’s economic track record of multibillion-dollar budget deficits and soaring debt.On the political fringes are the Alberta Party and the Liberals, each of which elected one candidate to the legislature in 2015.The Alberta Party, led by former Edmonton mayor Stephen Mandel, is running a full slate of candidates. It’s promising to be the safe centrist middle ground by combining the economic conservatism of the UCP with the social progressivism of the NDP.The Liberals, led by lawyer David Khan, are running on a similar platform with one significant exception — a provincial sales tax.History will be made no matter what.Notley will either be the first Alberta NDP premier to win re-election or the first leader in the province to fail to win a renewed mandate on the first try.Since its creation in 1905, Alberta has elected multi-term dynasties: the Liberals (1905-1921), the United Farmers of Alberta (1921-1935), the Social Credit (1935-1971) and the Progressive Conservatives from 1971 to 2015.Dean Bennett, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Maria Salvetti. Carl Bialik A day during the tournament can involve hours of watching tennis and thousands of decisions. Salvetti arrives by 10:30 a.m. and stays until the end of play, which can be almost 10 p.m. She works one hour and then takes the next one off. On Tuesday, she worked the first, third and fourth sets of the five-set quarterfinal that was won by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga over Kei Nishikori, and she expects to work both women’s semifinals Thursday. The tournament pays her about 100 euros (about $110), after taxes, for each day of work. When she’s off duty, the last thing she wants to do is watch tennis.When they are on the job, Salvetti and her French Open crew appear to be very good. For one thing, their numbers are consistent with those of independent match loggers. I compared the official stats for eight matches from last year’s French Open and 11 from this year’s with the numbers from the crowdsourced Match Charting Project and found that the amateurs and pros like Salvetti agree. The official scorers counted just 3 percent more winners and 3 percent fewer unforced errors. Scorers at the U.S. Open and Wimbledon are far more generous, awarding on average 27 percent and 32 percent fewer unforced errors than the independent scorers, according to the dozens of matches I’ve checked.Salvetti said the toughest judgment call is whether a missed shot was forced or unforced. She must decide whether the opponent’s shot was good enough to force the error or whether blame lies mostly with the player who missed. She thinks her courtside seat gives her an advantage over scorers working from home. “On TV, you don’t see all the power that all the players put into the hit,” she said. “You don’t see all the energy they use to run from one side of the court to the other.”Salvetti cited another reason that she’s confident in her work. After matches, the scorers reconcile their numbers with those that come from the umpire’s chair. Umps don’t record winners and unforced errors, but they do take note of whether serves go in, whether they’re aces and who wins the point. Salvetti said that in the rare cases when the umpires’ numbers disagree with Salvetti and her crew’s, 95 percent of the time the scorers are right. She doesn’t blame the umpires for this: They have “a lot more to focus on,” she said.Not every tournament keeps stats on winners, unforced errors and net points, and few do for every match. When they are recorded, they don’t make it into the official stats kept by the men’s tour and the women’s tour. I asked Salvetti how she feels about that. She said she knows from her regular job as an environmental economist how important data is. She wishes more came of her hard work collecting tennis data.“All this information is not used the way it could be used, for players to know more about their games, for coaches, for even journalists and people who bet,” Salvetti said, emphasizing that she was speaking for herself and not the scorers as a group. She teaches at the Sorbonne in Paris and thinks some of her statistically gifted students could do great things with the tennis stats. “All this information, in my opinion, has value that is not used,” she said. “It’s gold that we have in our hands, and we don’t make anything out of it.” Beyond hitting the ball, tennis has outsourced a lot of its work to technology. A sensor determines if a serve clipped the net and should be replayed, radar sensors measure serve speed, and calibrated courtside cameras judge whether a shot was in and generate advanced stats. But when it comes to recording unofficial stats such as winners and unforced errors, the Grand Slams still rely on people like Maria Salvetti.Salvetti has been keeping scores and stats at the French Open each spring for the past 20 years, since she was 19. When she was a child, Salvetti trained in Paris on the courts at Roland Garros, the home of the French Open. But when she was 15, she hurt her knee, stopped playing, and found her way to scorekeeping after a stint as a French Open ballgirl. She is one of about 40 scorers at this year’s French Open. Roughly one-third of them are women, up from about one-quarter when she started, she said.The job is filled with small, fast decisions: When a point ends, scorers determine whether it was decided by a winner, forced error or unforced error that was hit as a forehand, backhand or other type of shot. They also note whether the point was won while one player was at net. The data then feeds IBM databases and powers television graphics, and journalists use it to identify how the match was won. read more

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When Derek Jeter retired last year, the pundits puzzled over who would be the next “Face of Baseball.” Jeter was the guy on the Wheaties box, after all. And more broadly, Jeter’s retirement seemed to close one era of baseball and open another. Without an elder statesman, the game belonged to the kids. But would there be enough excellent, prodigious young players to replace Jeter’s cohort? We already have an answer: The kids are damn good, and they’re part of one of the most significant youth movements in baseball in the past 25 years.Baseball’s excellence is supremely concentrated in its young players at the moment. To get a sense for the balance of power in MLB, I calculated the average age of all position players in the league while weighting each player’s age by how good they were in a given year (using wins above replacement1FanGraphs’ version.). For example, the age of an MVP-type player counts for roughly eight2Here, I am contrasting an average MVP-level of performance — about 8 WAR — with a below-average player’s performance — about 1 WAR. times as much as a below-average scrub because he’s eight times better according to WAR. So, if the MVP is young, he’ll pull the weighted average down toward him. By weighting the ages in this way, we get a sense for where in MLB the production comes from — specifically, whether it arises from the grizzled veterans or the youngsters.The youngsters are winning.Since the early 2000s, the MLB’s weighted age has consistently fallen, hitting its low point (of 27.76) this year. This graph tells us that in recent years, more of the positive value in the league has been coming from younger players.The twin faces of the youth movement are undoubtedly Bryce Harper and Mike Trout, still only 22 and 23, respectively. Despite the best efforts of opposing pitchers, Trout is performing at his now-routine MVP level. Harper seems to have finally discovered consistent success with an overwhelming power stroke. But Harper and Trout have been joined by a generation of super-prospects who are outperforming even the loftiest expectations. Kris Bryant is the most obvious, but others include Joc Pederson, Carlos Correa, Mookie Betts and Addison Russell.There are several ways that baseball’s production could be getting younger, but it turns out that there are two straightforward explanations. One is that the oldest players have become less productive. The second is that the youngest players are on pace to create a tremendous amount of value.Let’s start with the veterans. Players ages 333Roughly the oldest 15 percent of players in MLB. and up have produced only 24 WAR so far this year, on pace for the second-lowest total of the past 25 years. Over a full year, that prorates to 54.8 WAR, which is less than half the total achieved by the equivalent group of players around the turn of the millennium.It’s not clear what is driving older position players down. One possibility is that new pace-of-play rules are making it harder for older hitters to make use of their experience. On the other hand, older position players seem to be getting worse not only at hitting, but also with the glove — and even on the base paths.There could be a connection between the fluctuating pattern of production by older players and the steroid era. Certainly, some of the confirmed steroid users managed to be productive well into their 30s, suggesting that steroids might confer their beneficial effects especially upon older hitters. But in the absence of data on who used what steroids when and how, it’s difficult to pursue this idea beyond a hypothesis. Regardless of the cause, it looks as though the current trend of age and production is more of a return to the norm of the early 1990s than a novelty.At the same time, we are witnessing a historic youth movement. Just as the very old players have gotten worse, the youngest have become much better. Players 24 and younger4Roughly the youngest 15 percent of players in MLB. have produced 48.7 WAR this year, which puts them on pace for about 110 WAR in a full year. If it holds, that would be the most WAR put up by this age group since 2007.That year saw a generation of future stars cement their place in the league. David Wright, at that time 24, had his best season, an MVP-caliber effort. Wright was joined by a host of talent, from Troy Tulowitzki to Jose Reyes to Miguel Cabrera. In total, 13 young hitters put up WAR values greater than 4, in the neighborhood of All-Star-level performance. Many of those players, and even some of the tier below them, have gone on to become superstars.Young players have traditionally relied upon their defense to build their value, and this year is no exception. The 24 and under group typically performs anywhere from 100 to 500 runs below average on offense but makes up for it to some extent with 100 to 200 runs from their defense.5I am also including the FanGraphs positional adjustment here. Less than halfway through this season’s games, young position players have been worth 93 runs defensively. Prorated to a full season, this would be the best defensive performance for that age group since 2001, when the overall value of the youngsters was near its low point.Except today’s kids can do something those 2001 ones couldn’t: rake. With an average mark of 94.6, young hitters are putting up the best Weighted Runs Created+ (wRC+) since that marvelous 2007 class (which was at 99.2). The average wRC+ is set at 100, so the young players are adding decent hitting to their superlative defense. Much of the hitting stems from a power surge: The young hitters are racking up a slugging percentage of .400, slightly better than the league average of .397.6Relative to the league average, this is the second-best number in the past 25 years (second, of course, to 2007).The young players are even providing value with their baserunning. Reds speedster Billy Hamilton, 24, leads the way, but the group is already up to 27.1 runs of baserunning value (Hamilton alone is responsible for nearly a third of this number). If it holds over a full season, that will be the best mark since 1990.Some of these statistics will not hold up over the length of a full season because of injuries or regression to the mean, of course. And many of the averages will be distorted by September call-ups. But two-thirds of the total WAR in this year’s young group comes from the 10 best players, all of whom are firmly ensconced in starting roles.A wave of young talent has arrived, just as the old veterans are fading into irrelevancy. Whether your preference is for Nolan Arenado’s slick glove work, Harper’s absurd power or Bryant’s eyes, we are witnessing the rise of a generation of future superstars. read more

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