first_imgCOUNTY stars Eilish Ward and Michael Murphy will be on hand later this month for a skills course aimed at 13, 14 and 15-year-olds across the county.The Lenovo Skills Club will take place at MacCumhaills in Ballybofey for four days from Tuesday June 24 until Friday June 27.The Lenovo GAA Skills Hub is a nationally co-ordinated Gaelic Games programme of skill development activities taking place in a positive playing environment, providing boys and girls aged 13 -15 with the opportunity to derive maximum enjoyment from their involvement in Gaelic Games with a view to maximising participation, optimising playing standards AND ensuring that players’ needs are catered for in a balanced and holistic way. Inter county players Michael Murphy and Eilish Ward will be actively involved in the day to day activities of the Skills Hub.The staff working on the programme are experienced quality coaches (male and female), who have GAA, LGFA or Camogie qualifications.The programme is run for four hours a day, starting at 11am.The “Lenovo GAA Skills Programme” is supported by the GPA, LGFA and the Camogie Association. Along with Playing the Games and expert coaching, a section of each day will be used to show best practice in Lifestyle choices such as Nutrition, Fitness levels, Preparation for Games, Sun Smart, and general advice from the inter county players present.The course is €50 and a free training top is provided for each player.You can book your place here  COUNTY STARS MICHAEL AND EILISH TO RUN GAELIC FOOTBALL SKILLS HUB was last modified: June 9th, 2014 by John2Share 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:BallybofeyEilish WardJune 2014Lenovo GAA Skills HubMacCumhaillsMichael Murphylast_img read more

Chelsea v Schalke player ratings

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Walking Upright Was a Birth Defect

first_imgWhat’s so big about walking upright?  A single birth defect in a human ancestor 21 million years ago could have made it all possible, according to Dr. Aaron Filler (Cedars Sinai Medical Center), a specialist in the spine.    According to EurekAlert, he proposes that in the “hominiform hominoid” Morotopithecus, a sibling was born with its horizontal septum transposed behind the lumbar region of the spine.  This would have made its normal knuckle-walking gait inefficient.  The child must have stood upright for relief.  “Any mammal with this set of changes would only be comfortable standing upright,” he said.  “I would envision this malformed young hominiform – the first true ancestral human – as standing upright from a young age while its siblings walked around on all fours.”According to the article, this idea “greatly demotes the importance of the bipedalism of Australopithecus species such as Lucy,” because walking upright was already old hat by then.  In fact, the septum pattern found in his assumed upright-walking hominoids is as old as some invertebrates.  Filler seems to be proposing upright posture not for any particular functional reason but as a mistake.  “From an embryological point of view,” he remarked, “what took place is literally breathtaking.”So the Ugly Duckling of an early hominoid family found a sweetheart with the same birth defect and the two lived happily ever after, having lots of children that became medical doctors and philosophers.  He’s right; for a story devoid of sense or evidence, this one is literally breathtaking.  Better re-read the 11/18/2004 entry to recall all the other birth defects Dr. Filler forgot to fill out.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Nokia helps make Chengdu region into a smart powerhouse

first_imgRelated Posts For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Trevor Curwin How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… Forget smart cities, smart regions are where it’s at.Nokia is putting its significant smart city-building experience to work helping to create a smart region from the ground up. TianFu New Area is a collection of cities, towns, villages, and districts planned to cover 609 square miles of territory in western China.Launched in December of 2011, Chengdu Tianfu New Area is a major undertaking with the goal in mind of creating a modern urban area with residential, commercial, and industrial centers that serve as a hub for International business and economic development.See also: 6 ideas to consider in smart city developmentNokia’s role in this project is a big one. In an agreement signed with the Tianfu New Area Chengdu Administrative Committee, Nokia agrees to aid in the development of the region’s Internet of Things (IoT) network which will connect numerous critical infrastructure systems together.“The TianFu New Area development project presents an exciting opportunity to build a smart city – or actually a smart region – from the ground up,” Said Mike Wang, the president of Greater China for Nokia. “The communications network will serve as the brain and nervous system of the smart city, and we welcome the opportunity to apply Nokia’s technology and know-how to the challenge of building the digital infrastructure that will support this groundbreaking effort.”The region’s new “brain and nervous system”Wang’s description of the project as a brain and nervous system of the city is a particularly good analogy. This network would enable better monitoring and communication between the transportation, safety, and other critical municipal systems to take place.A smart city includes an array of sensors and monitoring equipment would enable the city’s infrastructure to be closely monitored and managed from a central hub rather than numerous smaller systems spread out across the area. Smart city technologies promote efficiency,This network will make Tianfu New Area one of a handful of modern smart cities, and arguably one of the single largest IoT hubs in the world.This isn’t Nokia’s first sign of interest in the region. In late 2015, it announced plans to expand on its a global research and development center there. The center focuses on research and development of Nokia’s network services and products.center_img Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities Tags:#Chengdu#Internet of Things#IoT#Nokia#Smart Cities#smart city#TianFu New Area How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic …last_img read more

Laxman set to draw the curtains on a ‘Very Very Special’ career

first_imgVangipurapu Venkata Sai Laxman, the stylish Hyderabadi cricketer, is all set to call it a day.The 37-year-old middle-order batsman is likely to quit international cricket soon after the two-Test cricket series against New Zealand, commencing on August 23. The first match of the series will be played in his home town of Hyderabad.Laxman is expected to make the announcement on his retirement in a day or two.The “Very Very Special” batsman, who has been out of form for the last two seasons, reportedly told his close friends in the field and a couple of sports correspondents on Friday that he had decided to retire from international cricket and would like to make an announcement to this effect before the commencement of the India-New Zealand Test series for which he was picked up.”I would take a final call after discussing with my parents, wife, well-wishers, coaches and other friends,” he is learnt to have said.Laxman did not respond to the calls and text messages when Mail Today tried to contact him to get confirmation about the reports on his retirement. Sources close to him, however, confirmed that he made up his mind to bid adieu to cricket.Laxman, who made his debut in 1996 against South Africa, has played 134 Tests scoring 8,781 runs, including 17 centuries and 56 fifties, at an average of 45.97. He has also played 86 ODIs, scoring 2,338 runs with six hundreds.Sources said Laxman had, in fact, decided to announce retirement much before the selection of team for the two-match Test series against New Zealand. “The retirement of Rahul Dravid brought a lot of pressure on him to follow suit, as he had not performed well in both the Test series in Australia and England. Since then, he was toying up with the idea of quitting international cricket,” sources said.In fact, Laxman’s average during the four-Test series against Australia was 19.38, and before that, he had just averaged 22.75 in the series against England. In between these two series, however, he had put up a good show against the West Indies in a three-Test home series by scoring 298 runs with a stupendous average of 99.33.Following the pathetic performance in Australia, Laxman was under pressure to quit, as there was criticism against him that he was blocking the chances of youngsters. He was apprehensive that he might not be picked up for the series with New Zealand, but the selectors have thought otherwise. They picked him up for the squad as they apparently thought a senior cricketer like him would be the backbone of the team in the absence of Dravid. As a result, Laxman decided to play for the last time for the country.”Obviously, he wants to retire with grace by putting up a decent performance in the home series,” sources said. – With inputs from Mail Today advertisementlast_img read more