Gleaner tipster Orville ‘Clarkie’ Clarke has swept both sections of the Caymanas Track Limited (CTL) tipsters’ competition’s first bi-monthly race for 2016. Spotting five winners on the final raceday last Saturday, ‘Clarkie’ moved away from closest rival Jimmie of the Star to beast him by four winners (46 to 42) to secure the $20,000 prize. And the veteran tipster, who was champion in 2014, also captured the wagering section with a healthy plus $1,093.24, clear of IRIE FM represented by last year’s champion tipster Howard Abrahams. As a result, Clarkie picked up another $20,000 for a grand total of $40,000 donated by the promoting company. He leads the competition with 46 wins, ahead of Jimmie (42), Howard Abrahams and Cable Sport Network (Francisco ‘Linky’ Mills) jointly in third on 41 wins each.
Guests on the roof of the new North West Science Park at LYIT in Letterkenny. Pic Donegal Daily.The new North West Regional Science Park in Letterkenny is on course to open in June this year.The 20,000 sq ft extension to the Letterkenny Institute of Technology’s CoLab facility has the capacity to bring hundreds of new jobs to Donegal.Guest were yesterday given a sneak preview of the facility which is supported by the European Union’s INTERREG IVA programme. The huge extension will extend, to the Republic of Ireland, the successful Science Park model currently operating in Belfast and Derry.Among those who attended yesterday’s preview of the new building were Minister Joe McHugh, Mayor of Derry Brenda Stevenson, Deputy Padraig MacLochlainn as well as a host of local councillors.The new extension will provide ready-made offices as well as shared desk space for up and coming businesses.The new facility will also be equipped with the latest high-speed internet connectivity, video conferencing facilities and meeting rooms. A number of companies are already in negotiations with a view to moving into the facility.One company who have already been confirmed as a future tenant of the NwRSP is the Massachusetts Medical Device Development Centre (M2D2).President of the LYIT Paul Hannigan paid tribute to all those involved in the project and stressed the cross-border co-operation between all parties.Guests at yesterday’s launch of the NWSP. Fiona Temple and Catherine Crawford from Mulroy College along with Sally-Anne Mulholland from AIB at yesterday’s ceremony. Pic by Donegal Daily. Shane Wallace from DonegalTV on site to capture all of yesterday’s ceremony Jim McLaughlin and Sally-Anne Mulholland from AIB. Councillors Gerry McMonagle and Paul Canning at yesterday’s ‘topping off’ ceremony. Pic by Donegal Daily. DONEGAL’S NEW REGIONAL SCIENCE PARK ON COURSE TO OPEN IN JUNE was last modified: January 24th, 2015 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:CoLabdonegalLYITNorthwest regional Science Park
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest No change in our outlook this morning. We remain dry through at least Friday in all areas of the state. Once again, the big rains for next week are up for some debate, but all data points toward some action. Temps today will not be quite as warm as yesterday, and temps tomorrow through the end of the week pull back into the upper 40s and low 50s. We see full sunshine through Friday, although clouds may start to push into western areas late on Friday. Showers develop over the a large part of Ohio for Saturday and Sunday, scattered through each day. Combined rain totals will be from a few hundredths to .4” with 80% coverage. The map at right shows combined rain totals out of the system this weekend. On Monday we see clouds take their own sweet time to break up. We wont rule out a few hit and miss showers, particularly in western Ohio and central Ohio. However coverage of any moisture on Monday will be limited to 40% of the state. We follow that up with a sunny and dry Tuesday. Rain remains on track for next Wednesday. The European model moves the system through quickly, while other models suggest a longer tail on this system, with more rain Thursday. We will leave rain totals mostly under half an inch, but will expand the upper end of the range, looking for .2”-.7” over 90% of the state. We may have to boost totals if rains keep good intensity into Thursday. Dry for next Friday, the 2nd and the start of the weekend Saturday morning. Then, however, clouds increase, and we have another strong low coming in from the west for late Saturday the 3rd and going through Sunday the 4th. This system looks to be rather rain laden, but we are pulling back on rains just a bit, because we think thunderstorm potential is lower than our initial thoughts. We are putting rain totals at .25”-1” over the entire state. We continue to look for another system going toward the 7th with .25”-1” potential, and then another front around the 11th, making the first part of November very active and wet.
Juventus striker Paulo Dybala hints at PSG ambitionsby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus striker Paulo Dybala admits a move to France could be in his future.Dybala has been linked with PSG – and he says playing in Ligue 1 is something he is open to doing.”Join the Ligue 1 one day? Why not?! Never say never!” he told Canal Plus. “But for now it’s not part of my plans.”Over the weekend, it had been suggested in Italy that Juve would be prepared to sell Dybala this summer to fund their signing plans. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Former ref Halsey: Man Utd lucky to keep Rashford goalby Freddie Taylor4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Premier League referee Mark Halsey believes Manchester United were fortunate in their 1-1 draw with Liverpool.The Red Devils opened the scoring through Marcus Rashford, after an excellent cross from Daniel James.But the goal could have been been ruled out for an earlier foul from Victor Lindelof on Divock Origi.Ex-ref Halsey wrote in The Sun: “Victor Lindelof fouls Divock Origi by catching him from behind in the build-up to Marcus Rashford’s strike.”You could argue that it was a ‘clear and obvious’ error not to award a free-kick to Liverpool.”A far lesser infringement led to Burnley having a goal chalked off by VAR at Leicester — these inconsistencies need to be ironed out.”VAR was correct to disallow Sadio Mane’s goal, under new interpretation of law 12 (handling the ball), as replays showed the ball clearly touched his arm.”The ball hit Fred’s shoulder in Manchester United’s box in injury time but there is no way that is a ‘clear and obvious’ mistake so Liverpool were never going to be awarded a penalty for that.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Jordan Henderson says Liverpool must learn from Man Utd drawby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJordan Henderson says Liverpool must learn from Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United.The Reds were unable to flex their muscles throughout the clash and relied on Adam Lallana to score an equaliser with time running out.Asked if a point was a fair outcome, the captain told the club’s website: “Probably. I didn’t think we performed well enough in the first half, not our usual selves really, especially with the ball.”We could have been a lot better but I thought second half was a lot better. We changed it a little bit tactically, which helped us, and I thought the longer the game went on we were pushing for that winner, and towards that last five to 10 minutes I thought we were going to get it.”Ox came close with a great strike with his left foot and we kept pushing but, overall, a fair reflection of the game would have to be a point.”But, like I say, we have got to be much better for the 90 minutes. I was disappointed we couldn’t come here and put on a top performance because I felt as though we could have done that today.”When you can’t win, you don’t lose, and that’s the sign of a good team. But we’ve got to learn from the game today and make sure it doesn’t happen again.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Indiana’s Troy Williams will be looking to do this again on FridayToday’s game against Michigan State is huge for Indiana for a number of reasons. The Hoosiers can pick up a big win against another likely tournament team, and impress a pair of huge recruits that are attending the game at Assembly Hall. Forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea is playing his part in the effort. The high-flying junior somehow split four Spartan defenders from just a few feet inside the foul line to slam home a missed three attempt. DUNK OF THE YEAR: https://t.co/NuDV8t1GV1— OHB (@ohholybutt) March 7, 2015We’d tell Michigan State to box out, but we’re sure Tom Izzo has already covered that.
It will entail facilitators’ leveraging of various sporting disciplines, among other interventions, to engage youth as a means of providing inspiration and hope of what can be achieved by tackling crime and other social challenges through collaboration. Story Highlights Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Fayval Williams, is among several notable persons supporting a programme designed to curtail crime and violence among youth through sports and mentorship, which is being spearheaded by Jamaica’s former ‘Sunshine Girls’ netball team captain, Simone Forbes. Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Fayval Williams, is among several notable persons supporting a programme designed to curtail crime and violence among youth through sports and mentorship, which is being spearheaded by Jamaica’s former ‘Sunshine Girls’ netball team captain, Simone Forbes.The initiative, dubbed ‘Project Gold’ (Guidance, Opportunities and Lessons for Development), was launched at the Triple Century Sports Bar, New Kingston on April 6.It will entail facilitators’ leveraging of various sporting disciplines, among other interventions, to engage youth as a means of providing inspiration and hope of what can be achieved by tackling crime and other social challenges through collaboration.Several disciplines, including netball, cricket, track and field and football, will be used in workshops that will be organized to help participants set goals and learn how to commit to them.The project will also provide family life and parenting skills, and entrepreneurship training for at least 15 parents and caregivers.A pilot for the initiative kicked off on Saturday (April 7) in August Town, eastern St. Andrew, for which Mrs. Williams is the Member of Parliament, with 30 participants aged 11 to 17.This eight-week engagement is being jointly implemented with the Citizen Security and Justice Programme Phase Three (CSJP III) and the Institute for Law and Economics (ILE).It will culminate with a community run involving about 300 parents and supporters of the participants.Athletes collaborating on the project, Olympian, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce; Jamaica and West Indies cricketer, Chris Gayle; and former ‘Reggae Boyz’ national football team captain, Ricardo ‘Bibi’ Gardner, are patrons of the initiative.Ms. Forbes used the launch to thank the sponsors and patrons for partnering on the project, which she said was initiated as a response to reports of increasing crime.“Crime is real. But guess what, all of us have to do something about it… all of us have a part to play in ridding society of this madness. This is a community project… so the people in the community… the people on the ground… they are the ones who are going to make this project a success,” she emphasized.Communications/Social Marketing Coordinator, CSJP III, Patrice Nephew, hailed the initiative as being well-needed and commended Ms. Forbes for championing its implementation.Ms. Nephew said it is in line with CSJP III’s mandate of contributing to the resocialisation of at-risk youth, as also its other projects that use sports for development and peace.
Los Angeles: Singer Billie Eilish has blasted a German magazine over its cover art that featured a bald and shirtless photo of the singer. The 17-year-old singer posted a lengthy comment on Nylon Germany’s official Instagram page after the magazine shared the cover art, designed by Marcel C Wilkens, which depicted her as a “supernatural fembot of the future”. “1. I was never approached by Nylon about this piece whatsoever. I did not know it was happening nor did anyone on my team. 2. This is not even a real picture of me. I had absolutely no creative input. 3. You’re gonna make a picture of me shirtless?? That’s not real?? at 17? and make it the cover???? Even if the picture was supposed to look like some robot version of me… I did not consent in any way. 4. And you’re gonna remove all my f***in hair? Boo to you,” Eilish wrote. After the uproar from the singer and her fans, the magazine removed the cover art and clarified that their intention was not to hurt anyone.
If you followed FiveThirtyEight’s coverage during the World Cup, you know that we’re big fans of the World Football Elo Ratings. They’re based on a relatively simple system developed by the physicist Arpad Elo to rate chess players. But they can be adapted fairly easily for other head-to-head competitions from baseball to backgammon.We thought we’d have a little fun and extend them to American football. In an accompanying post, you’ll find our initial Elo ratings for all 32 NFL teams (at this point, the ratings are based on a team’s standing at the end of last season, discounted slightly to reflect reversion to the mean). We’ve also developed a simulator program that plays out the NFL schedule thousands of times and projects a team’s likelihood of making the playoffs, based on a team’s record up to that point in time, its Elo rating, its remaining schedule and the NFL’s various tiebreaker rules. We plan to update these projections at the end of every week.But first (inspired somewhat by The New York Times’s personification of its election model, Leo), we thought we’d “interview” the Elo system about how it does its work.FiveThirtyEight: What are some of some of your best qualities?Elo: I’m simple, transparent and easy to work with. I can do a lot with a little, such as calculating point spreads and the probability of either team winning a game.Can I use you to beat Vegas?I wouldn’t try that. Vegas lines account for a much wider array of information than I do. When Nate backtested me, he found that I got 51 percent of games right against the point spread. That’s not nearly enough to cover the house’s cut, much less to make a living.We noticed that you have the Seattle Seahawks favored by 10 points in their Thursday-night game against the Green Bay Packers, while Vegas has the Seahawks as six-point favorites instead.That’s a perfect example. Has anything strange been going on with the Packers?Well, their star quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, was injured. Now he’s back!If this Mr. Rodgers fellow is as good as you say he is, that could account for the difference. I don’t know anything about him. I only keep track of the final scores, the dates of games and where the games were played.So what good are you?Think of me as a benchmark. I do a pretty good job of accounting for the basic stuff — wins and losses, margin of victory, strength of schedule. I also retain a memory from past seasons, so I know that the Jacksonville Jaguars aren’t as likely to win the Super Bowl as the Denver Broncos. Can we get to some more technical questions?Um … what are your parameters?That’s more like it. Like K, for instance; K is my favorite parameter.What makes K so special?K tells me how much to update my ratings after each game. In a sport like baseball, where there are lots of games, any one additional game doesn’t tell you all that much, so K takes on a low value. In the NFL, it’s much higher. Specifically, it’s the number 20. That may not mean anything to you, but if you set K a lot higher than that, I’d be a nervous wreck and bounce around too much from game to game. And if you made K much lower, I’d be hopelessly sluggish and too slow to notice changes in the quality of team’s play.I noticed the Detroit Lions have an Elo rating of 1467. What does that mean?An average team has an Elo rating of 1500 — so your Lions are not so hot. But it could be a lot worse. In 2009, the Lions got all the way down to a rating of 1223. Most NFL teams wind up in the range of 1300 to 1700.We’re still not quite sure how your ratings work. If you have one team at a 1650 and another at 1400, what does that mean?If it makes things easier, you can translate my ratings into a point spread. Take the difference in my ratings and divide by 25. It’s that simple.So, if one team is rated 250 Elo points higher than the other, that works out to a spread of 10 football points.Precisely.What about home-field advantage?I can account for that, too. Historically, it’s been worth about 65 Elo ratings points or 2.6 NFL points. Just add that to the point spread.What if you want to calculate a team’s probability of winning?That’s pretty easy, too, although you’ll need a formula for it. In a game between Team A and Team B, Team A’s win probability is equal to:Pr(A) = 1 / (10^(-ELODIFF/400) + 1)Where ELODIFF is Team A’s Elo rating minus Team B’s Elo rating.Let’s say Team A wins. Its Elo rating will improve?Yes. One of my more appealing properties is that a team’s Elo rating will always improve after it wins and always decline after it loses. How much it improves will depend on how much of a favorite or an underdog it was.So, like after the 2008 Super Bowl …I can predict where you’re going with that question. I’ll admit that I didn’t have the New York Giants rated so highly compared to the New England Patriots. But the Giants’ Elo rating improved a lot after they won that game — more than the Patriots’ would have if they’d won instead. I may have my flaws, but unlike a lot of you human beings, I know how to fix them. The lower a team is rated, the easier for it to gain ground by proving me wrong.Do you also account for margin of victory?Affirmative. I took some inspiration from the soccer ratings, which account for goal differential in addition to the game result. But this is one of the more complicated parts.For the NFL, I start by adding one point to team’s margin of victory and then take its natural logarithm. Then I multiply that result by the K value. That means I’m more moved by big wins than narrow ones, although there are diminishing returns. I’m not so impressed by the fifth touchdown when a team is ahead 28-0.That seems simple enough.It would be, but that isn’t all there is to it. We haven’t talked about my autocorrelation problem. It’s a little embarrassing.Go on. “Autocorrelation”? Was that the weird David Cronenberg movie?Autocorrelation is the tendency of a time series to be correlated with its past and future values. Let me put this into football terms. Imagine I have the Dallas Cowboys rated at 1550 before a game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Their rating will go up if they win and go down if they lose. But it should be 1550 after the game, on average. That’s important, because it means that I’ve accounted for all the information you’ve given me efficiently. If I expected the Cowboys’ rating to rise to 1575 on average after the game, I should have rated them more highly to begin with.It’s true that if I have the Cowboys favored against the Eagles, they should win more often than they lose. But the way I was originally designed, I can compensate by subtracting more points for a loss than I give them for a win. Everything balances out rather elegantly.The problem comes when I also seek to account for margin of victory. Not only do favorites win more often, but when they do win, they tend to win by a larger margin. Since I give more credit for larger wins, this means that their ratings tend to get inflated over time.Is this also a flaw with the soccer Elo ratings?Possibly. You may want to reconsider what you wrote about Germany.So, how do you correct for this?It isn’t complicated in principle. You just have to discount the margin of victory more when favorites win and increase it when underdogs win. The formula for it is as follows:Margin of Victory Multiplier = LN(ABS(PD)+1) * (2.2/((ELOW-ELOL)*.001+2.2))Where PD is the point differential in the game, ELOW is the winning team’s Elo Rating before the game, and ELOL is the losing team’s Elo Rating before the game.It’s a little ugly, but we all have our vices.I see that you have ratings for this year’s teams, but they haven’t played any games yet! How does that work?I take their rating from the end of last season and discount it slightly. Specifically, I revert it to the mean by one-third. Remember that the mean Elo rating is 1500. So, if a team finished last season with a rating of 1800, I’ll revert it to 1700 when the new season begins. This whole notion of “season” is strange to me, by the way. We don’t have them in chess.For now, the ratings are all about which teams were good last year?Technically speaking, a game affects my ratings forever once it’s played, just with a smaller and smaller weight that gradually diminishes to almost nothing over time. But, yes, for the time being, my ratings are mostly about who was good last season. Games toward the end of the season will count more, especially games during last year’s playoffs.Thanks for taking the time! So, you’re saying we should take the Seahawks?How about a nice game of chess?See the Week 1 Elo ratings and playoff odds.