USL Preview: “The attitude and commitment since I took over has been first class” Gavin Cullen

first_imgCOCKHILL CELTIC PLAYER-MANAGER Gavin Cullen says that squad freshness has ensured that hunger hasn’t been an issue as they chase a fifth Ulster Senior League title in a row.Cockhill host another of the heavyweights this Sunday as they welcome Derry City Reserves to the Charlie O’Donnell Sports Grounds (2pm) for a clash of two of the League’s contenders.Cockhill have been League and Cup double winners in each of the last four seasons, while Derry, back in 2012, were the last League victors before Cockhill’s reign of glory began. “At times, you’d be sitting thinking the hunger is on the wane, but then the players remind you just how much they want it,” Cullen says.“It has been some commitment by these players to do what they have done and to keep going.“A couple of years before I took over, I thought it was dropping a bit, but the whole thing has been energised again. The attitude and commitment since I’ve taken over has been first class.”Cullen himself has been absent in recent weeks because of a hamstring injury, but could be in contention for a place on Sunday. Gerry Gill, Derek Doherty and Ryan Varma are hampered by injury, too, but are expected to be passed fit, although Garbhan Friel seems likely to be unavailable.Cullen has seen the likes of Peter Doherty, Paul McDermott and Ronan Doherty come into his ranks and take it by the scruff, while the returns of Oisin McColgan, Mark Moran and Ryan Varma have been key.“It all really adds to the depth of the squad,” says Cullen.“That is the key for success and the key for hunger. Competition for places is massive for us. Gerry Gill was away for a while, but came back last Christmas and when you see the desire he has to do well it just lifts the whole place.“We have 25 players on the first-team panel. I’d actually love more games to be honest so we could rotate and change it more.” Derry City Reserves have already flexed their muscle this season having hit Bonagee for seven recently and Cullen is expecting the Candystripes to offer a severe test of Cockhill’s credentials.He says: “You won’t know what sort of a side they’ll have out until we land on Sunday. With any other team you could make a fair stab at seven or eight players at least.“With Derry, you just can’t do that. We know the way they’ll play; they’ll be sharp and fast. It’s just the personnel we won’t know.“Derry have been very strong at this level. We’re well aware of their quality. They’ll be a quality side for us to play. They’re the best footballing side in the League.” “They’ve been brilliant for the League, in fairness. They always talk the League up and they’re really positive about it. The League has worked really well for them.”Cockhill come into the game on the back of an emphatic 7-0 win over Swilly Rovers in the Intermediate Cup on Sunday, when all the goals – including a Ronan ‘Olly’ Doherty hat-trick – came in the second half.Cullen says: “It was just important to win it. It would have been very disappointing not to go through. Swilly were well set up and defended well in the first half, but we got through in the second. In any Cup competition, getting the result is all that counts.”FIXTURESFour Lanterns Ulster Senior LeagueSunday, October 30, kick-off 2pmCockhill Celtic v Derry City Reserves          Vincent McLoughlin; Assistants – Packie Coll and tbcFanad United v Finn Harps Reserves         Marty QuinnLetterkenny Rovers v Bonagee United       Marty McGarrigleUSL Top goalscorers (League goals only)Max Karner (Derry City Reserves)                         3Cathal Farren (Derry City Reserves)                      2Aidan McLaughlin (Bonagee United)                      2Steve Okakpu-Emeka (Letterkenny Rovers)          2Christy Connaghan (Letterkenny Rovers)             2INTERMEDIATE CUPThe names of Cockhill Celtic and Bonagee United will be in the pot when the draw for the next round of the FAI Umbro Intermediate Cup is conducted. The draw will be made next Tuesday, November 1, at FAI headquarters in Abbotstown.BARRY HEADS OFF WITH ‘HOPE’SWILLY ROVERS midfielder Barry Mooney departed for India this week as he embarks on a volunteering mission with The Hope Foundation.The 26-year-old Ramelton man is traveling solo, but will join up with other volunteers upon arrival in Kolkata, in the West Bengal region of India.“I’m going out to work with the disadvantaged, particularly the street and slum children of Kolkata,” Mooney explained.“Hope aims to give education, health care, lifeskills and protection to those in need.“I’m really looking forward to the experience.”Mooney signed up last year when he was attending NUI Galway.He said: “I didn’t really have a reason as such, but I’ve always wanted to do something like this. I just thought it would be a good experience and gives me a chance to do something worthwhile.“So, I’m volunteering for a while out there and have raised a few quid to help those who have nothing.”Mooney has raised over €4,000 already.USL Preview: “The attitude and commitment since I took over has been first class” Gavin Cullen was last modified: October 26th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Gavin CullenpreviewSportUSLlast_img read more

Your Personal Path to Independence

first_imgYou are independent when you no longer need to rely on something or someone else.The first level of independence you need to reach is being independent of needing “this job.” This doesn’t mean that you are wealthy enough that you no longer need to work, although that is a level of independence you should pursue. At this first level of independence, you may need “a job” to survive, but not necessarily the one you are in now. Or the one after that.How do you gain this first level of independence? Through personal and professional growth and development.Personal GrowthFirst, you develop yourself personally to be so valuable that, should something happen (and given a long enough timeline, something always happens), you will have your pick of new opportunities. You work on building your own personal strengths and capabilities so that you are more valuable to many organizations in many industries.You need a list of things that you are personally studying to make you more effective as a human being. I’d start with Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People (as a workbook, not as a “book to read.”) I’d also follow the recipes in Tom Peter’s The Little Big Things. You might sign up for unlimited classes on Lynda.com for $25 a month and learn all kinds of skills and all kinds of useful software packages.Your personal growth and development is the path to independence.Professional GrowthSecond, you focus on growing professionally. You need to learn your trade or craft, whatever that is. Even though it may be your employer’s responsibility to give you the training and development you need, you should never leave that responsibility in anyone else’s hands. You do what is necessary to grow, whether that be reading, taking classes, or finding a mentor.You also need to do such good work where you are now that you are the first person on anyone’s list for the opportunity for advancement. This requires that you seek out growth opportunities, namely difficult and important projects. It also means you seek out responsibility for delivering outcomes.Your professional development is your responsibility, and it also the path to independence.Relationship GrowthYou’ve heard that “It’s not what you know. It’s who you know.” Well, now it’s who knows you and for what.The third development project you must always be working on is your personal and professional relationships. You must develop a personal and professional network of people who know you, know the value you create, and trust you so much that they’ll vouch for you anytime and anywhere.If you are doing well here, people are already presenting you with opportunities. If you are doing poorly here, you are not sure what you would do if something happened.Relationships are built on an investment of time and energy. You have to have a presence and spend time with people in order to develop powerful relationships. You also have to proactively look for ways to be valuable to the people who make up your personal and professional relationships. You don’t find ways to be helpful so that people owe you favors. You find ways to be helpful to make a contribution and to be known as someone who cares and who makes a difference.When something happens, and eventually it will, your relationships are going to be a big part of your next opportunity. They are a critical component of your path to independence.This is your path to personal independence. If you are not on this path now, step on to it in a hurry. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

Northern Saskatchewan fire claims life of young girl

first_imgAPTN National NewsA house fire in northern Saskatchewan claimed the life of a young child.She’s the fourth child to perish in a blaze in recent months.And she’s being remembered at her school on the Witchekan Lake First Nation.APTN’s Larissa Burnoff sits down with the principal and a band administrator to find out more about this young girl.last_img

The Cubs Pitchers Are Making Their Own Luck

Midseason is rapidly approaching, and the Chicago Cubs are still making the rest of Major League Baseball look bad. They’re World Series favorites by a mile according to our Elo predictions — which also have them pegged for 104 wins — and they’ve outscored their opponents by an average of 2.3 runs per game, the most of any team through 70 games since the legendary 1939 Yankees.The Cubs have excelled on offense, scoring the third-most runs in the majors, but to an even greater degree the team owes its extreme success to run prevention. Chicago’s current 2.73 team ERA would be the lowest full-season1So, not counting the strike-shortened 1981 campaign. figure in the designated hitter era (since 1973), and the lowest relative to the MLB average since World War II.This Cubs staff is pretty good at making guys miss — it ranks fifth in the majors in K-BB rate — but that alone isn’t enough to explain such a microscopic ERA. Chicago has also allowed a .254 batting average on balls in play, 42 points below the major-league average and 19 points lower than the next-closest team. If the Cubs were to finish the year that far below the norm, their BABIP would also be the lowest relative to average since World War II. As a byproduct, the gap between Chicago’s ERA and its Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP) is 0.64 runs, the widest positive gap in the majors.We know of three things that could contribute to such a separation. One is flat-out luck, but the others are a good defense and a pitching staff that induces especially fieldable batted balls. Prior to the advent of Statcast, MLB’s new radar-based motion-tracking system, it was almost impossible to separate the latter two elements, parsing out a pitcher’s impact on batted balls from that of his fellow defenders. But now we can start to unravel those relationships and assign partial credit to each possible factor at work.To do that, we built a couple of models. The first model estimated each MLB pitcher’s effect on the exit velocities and launch angles he allows by comparing his rates to the same hitters’ numbers against all other pitchers.2Specifically, we used two mixed models that incorporate effects for each batter, pitcher and park to predict exit velocity and launch angle. Because 20 to 25 percent of batted balls are missed by the tracking system, all models in this piece imputed missing Statcast data using the average of similarly classified batted balls and outcomes. Then we calculated what would happen if we replaced each team’s actual pitchers with a staff full of generic arms that allowed league-average exit velocities and launch angles. The difference between those actual and generic figures gives us a number of runs attributable to each pitching staff’s contact-management skills, i.e., its tendency to allow batted balls that do less damage.Next, we modeled fielding on a team-by-team basis by estimating how much each batted ball “should” have been worth (in terms of linear-weight run value) based on its exit velocity and launch angle.3This was a random forest model, as described in an earlier piece. Then we compared those estimated values to the actual values of the same batted balls.4Using a separate model to adjust for ballpark effects. If a batted ball with an exit velocity and launch angle that would typically produce a single actually yielded an out, the model credited some of the difference to the defense, which we assume prevented the single through some combination of good range, good hands and good positioning.Finally, we combined those two values into one total figure to see how many runs each team has saved on its balls in play, relative to a team with average contact-management and defense. TEAMFIELDINGPITCHINGTOTAL Angels-6.42.4-4.1 Braves3.1-5.4-2.4 Diamondbacks4.6-23.4-18.8 Reds1.8-49.9-48.1 Pirates-6.815.58.7 Dodgers2.927.330.2 Royals0.5-12.6-12.0 Cardinals6.413.419.8 RUNS SAVED Rangers18.5-6.212.3 Indians6.7-7.1-0.4 Nationals-3.816.312.6 Phillies-3.9-31.2-35.1 Marlins5.3-2.82.5 Twins-12.1-39.0-51.1 Yankees-11.215.84.6 Blue Jays14.16.520.6 Brewers-10.9-3.4-14.4 Giants6.717.524.2 Red Sox9.7-3.85.9 Padres2.4-9.2-6.8 White Sox3.125.428.5 Mariners-0.27.67.4 Cubs12.644.557.1 Mets-4.026.422.3 Rockies9.8-24.9-15.1 There’s a moderate, statistically significant relationship5A correlation coefficient of 0.44. between a team’s ERA-FIP gap and our estimate of its runs saved from contact management and defense. Add in sequencing (as measured by Left on Base Percentage), and we can explain about 60 percent of the difference between a team’s ERA and its FIP. The rest can be chalked up to random variation, plus a variety of smaller factors6Such as the way pitchers influence other batted-ball characteristics (i.e., spray angle), the tendency of good pitch-framing catchers — such as the Cubs’ Miguel Montero and David Ross — to produce more favorable counts and make batters swing at bad pitches (which can’t be hit as hard), and the ability of batters and pitchers to restrict the running game (the rare area in which the Cubs don’t excel). and, admittedly, other unknown elements that we can’t conceive of or are unable to calculate using current data.According to our models, the Cubs’ defense — aided perhaps by data-driven positioning, if not frequent infield shifting — has been the third-best in baseball, behind the Rangers and Blue Jays. But fielding is a relatively small piece of Chicago’s run-preventing puzzle. Its pitching staff’s collective ability to manage contact leads the next-best team by close to 20 runs. As a group, Cubs pitchers have depressed exit velocity by 0.4 miles per hour and launch angle by almost 2 degrees, relative to average.7As of June 19.That leads to a larger takeaway from our models: Leaguewide, the impact of pitchers’ contact management is more than twice that of defense, which seems to contradict the traditional defense-independent pitching theory that most pitchers have little ability to prevent hits on balls in play. (It’s probably no coincidence that the career leader in Inside Edge’s Soft Contact rate is fabled bat breaker Mariano Rivera.) In other words, much of what appears to be good or bad defense might really be good or bad contact management, which can produce easier (or more difficult) fielding opportunities that make certain fielders look better or worse than they are. In theory, only a Statcast-derived defensive stat could account for this heretofore-camouflaged effect.Exit velocity is meaningful even over small samples, but at this early stage of the Statcast Era, we still don’t know enough about how pitchers control contact to say whether the Cubs’ BABIP is sustainable, or if it stems from a conscious pitching (or even pitching-acquisition) approach. As with any extreme observation, it seems safe to expect some regression to the mean for Chicago’s pitchers. Still, we can conclude that the Cubs’ historically low BABIP through their first 69 games isn’t merely luck. One way or another, the Cubs have earned a lot of those outs. Tigers-10.69.9-0.7 Includes games through June 19Source: MLBAM, PitchInfo Astros-10.310.0-0.3 Rays4.2-19.6-15.4 The Cubs Are The Best At Controlling Contact Athletics-5.7-8.8-14.5 Orioles-2.7-4.9-7.7 read more

Carnival urges TCI to spend swifter on sprucing up Grand Turk competition

first_img Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6m Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Cruise figures forecast to drop, says Tourism Director Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 08 Oct 2015 – Carnival Cruise Lines is encouraging the TCI to use that $4 million in the joint fund to speedily improve the look and appeal of the capital, Grand Turk. When the UK Governors of Caribbean Overseas Territories got together in Miami last month, they talked about more than domestic and national security; they talked about each country as a tourism destination. His Excellency, Peter Beckingham said, for the TCI it is about maintaining the edge.“Turks and Caicos is also in an enviable position compared to most of the Caribbean OT’s for cruise ship business. At the end of our meeting I called on senior management at the Carnival Group to hear about latest developments affecting our business in Grand Turk.” The Governor added that, “Not surprisingly Carnival emphasised how important it was for Grand Turk to start using the $4 million plus that we have in the joint TCI Government/Carnival Infrastructure Fund to make our destination a cleaner, more attractive and hassle free destination.” The Governor said the TCI also has some catching up to do when it comes to attracting more European visitors to the territory. Related Items:Carnival Cruise Lines, gordon ‘butch’ stewart, governor peter beckingham, grand turklast_img read more

Pochettino Alli not certain for Man City game

first_imgTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is remaining cautious over Dele Alli’s comeback ahead of Monday’s Premier League showdown with Manchester CityThe 22-year-old midfielder has returned to training after being sidelined with a recurring hamstring problem for the past month.Alli, who was also absent for England over the recent international break, is believed to be in contention to make his return to action at Wembley.It will be his first appearance since Spurs’ 2-2 draw against Watford on September 26.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…But, while feeling optimistic about Alli’s progress, Pochettino is reluctant to force him back into action before he is ready.“Yes I think it’s good news but we need to be careful. He started today with the group,” Pochettino told reporters on Football London.“Sure we hope he will be available for Monday but I’m not sure if we’re going to put him in the squad or not.”Injured defenders Jan Vertonghen and Danny Rose will likely remain on the sidelines for Spurs as they continue to recover from their hamstring and groin issues respectively.last_img read more

Sycuan Casino celebrates huge milestone with resort Topping Off Ceremony

first_img Updated: 10:20 AM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsKUSI’s Elizabeth Alvarez was live for Sycuan’s Topping Off Ceremony on Tuesday. She interviewed Cody Martinez, Chairman of the Sycuan Tribal Council, about Sycuan’s history and the new resort.Sycuan Casino began as a humble Bingo Palace in 1983. Now more than 34 years later, it has become a community landmark.Today, Sycuan celebrates a major milestone by placing the final beam atop their new resort structure. Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Sycuan Casino FacebookTwitter May 22, 2018 Elizabeth Alvarez, Elizabeth Alvarez Sycuan Casino celebrates huge milestone with resort Topping Off Ceremony Posted: May 22, 2018 Topping-off Ceremony for @SycuanCasino The next casino-resort destination set to open in 9 months. @KUSINews @KUSI_GMSD pic.twitter.com/QRZluOHKMm— ELIZABETH ALVAREZ (@EAlvarezKUSI) May 22, 2018last_img read more

Up close with the rare and unique aircraft of the Yanks Air

first_img Amid the steel, aluminum and rust at the Yanks Air Museum Boneyard Related on CNET The decay, rust, and sky of an aircraft boneyard A vast oasis of aircraft lies deep in the Arizona desert Welcome to the Boneyard, a desert tomb for US military aircraft Inside the amazing Spruce Goose at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum Protectors of planes past at the Yanks Air Museum Tags 38 Photos Out back is another gem of this museum: a boneyard. Partially complete aircraft sit in the sun, waiting for their time to be restored to their former glory. It’s one of the few boneyards you can actually walk through unsupervised. We did a whole separate story on that, and took a bunch of pictures. When I was a kid, three models of fighter jet dominated the media. The iconic F-14 was immortalized in Top Gun. Then there’s Iron Eagle and its F-16. Its three (!) sequels were watchable in that “Blockbuster at 9:30 on a Friday night pick-something or we’re leaving” way. And as far as the F-15 goes, I hope everyone who wanted one was able to have Starscream … or at least Leader-1.Today the F-14 is retired, but the F-15 and -16 are still widely in service. While many museums have some or even all of these aircraft in their collections, it’s rare to see them all next to each other. The toys of my youth, full-size. I’m exploring the Yanks Air Museum, in Chino, California. It includes a full restoration shop that rebuilds and restores classic aircraft. Many of the planes at the museum were restored on site. Even more amazing, most of these aircraft are still flyable. Here’s a look around. Post a comment Aircraft of everyone’s youthI’ve seen F-16s at other museums before, but its two contemporaries put its diminutive size in sharp relief. To give you a rough idea, the F-16 is like a compact car sitting next to the Mack-truck-esque F-15 and even larger F-14. Before you get to the jets, however, there’s the Legends hanger, where propeller aircraft from the dawn of flight through WWII sit in beautifully restored form. In another rare pairing, there’s even an early P-51 Mustang next to a late-model P-51 Mustang. It’s amazing to see how rapidly the design progressed during the war. Once you’ve had your fill of biplanes and gyrocopters and medium-size bombers, you head to the Starfighter hanger, with myriad jets from the end of WWII to the modern era. There’s a few more WWII aircraft in here, including an SBD Dauntless, a P-40, and even a Wildcat built by General Motors.Next I proceed over to the Restoration hangar. A half dozen restorers are working diligently on several WWII-era aircraft. This is a slow process; one restored P-39 took nine years to complete. Finding pieces is always a challenge, as you’d expect. Many of the aircraft they restore here go beyond beautiful museum pieces. They get restored all the way to being airworthy again. Share your voice Protectors of the pastChino isn’t a long drive from Los Angeles. Even better, the drive will let you tour Yanks Air Museum, the boneyard and a whole other air museum on the opposite side of the airport. That one’s called the Planes of Fame, and we’ve got a full tour of that coming soon. As far as Yanks goes, I recommend timing your visit during one of their special events. Several times a month they’ll have things like cockpit tours of some of their aircraft. Air museums are great, but being able to see inside these beautiful beasts is a whole other experience.    But for now, check out the galleries above to see all the hard work the expert restoration team has put into these classic and historic aircraft.As well as covering TV and other display tech, Geoff does photo tours of cool museums and locations around the world including nuclear submarines, massive aircraft carriers, medieval castles, airplane graveyards and more. You can follow his exploits on Instagram, Twitter, and on his travel blog BaldNomad. He also wrote a bestselling sci-fi novel.  0 54 Photos Culturelast_img read more

Lamar Odom says he slept with 6 women a week paid money

first_imgLamar Odom (Creativecommans/David Shankbone)Creativecommans/David ShankboneLamar Odom, the former NBA player and ex-husband of Khloe Kardashian, has reportedly opened up about his sex life in his new book titled, “Darkness to Light.” In his autobiographical book, he talked about sleeping with plenty of women and how he used to pay a lot of money for abortions.In his book, Lamar Odom said that he used to sleep with up to six women a week and “demons” troubled him in the earlier days and how he used to get women to just fill up the void. As per The Daily Mail, Odom stated that he needed women as an “outlet…an escape.””I would f*** five or six girls a week, but my demons tormented me on the one night I went home alone,” Lamar admitted.In addition to this, he talked about getting involved in unprotected sex and how his flings created problems for him.”But this does not come without problems … most of my sex has been unprotected, and I’ve paid for plenty of abortions over the years,” he recalled.The 39-year-old Lamar Odom further disclosed that after the passing of his mother when he was only 12 years old, he used sex as a way to fill up the void. Lamar and Khloe are to divorce after four years of marriage.ReutersLamar Odom married Khloé Kardashian after about a month of dating. Their wedding was featured on Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Following the success of the reality show, Odom became a household name, which fetched him his own spinoff series, titled Khloé & Lamar which debuted on April 10, 2011.Things started to get sour between Lamar and Khloé when the former was arrested on charges of driving under the influence ov drugs. He was also hospitalized one time after he got several heart attacks and strokes. In 2016, Khloé filed for divorce which was finalized later the same year.Apart from talking about his sexual encounters, Lamar Odom also talked about the time when he reportedly made threats against Khloé when he was under the influence of cocaine. As per Lamar, he once grabbed his former wife forcefully by the shoulders and even stated that he will kill her.last_img read more