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Big Bam opens Saturday

first_imgThe Big Bam Ski Hill will be opening Saturday at 10am.Spokesperson Duane Brooks confirmed that, volunteers have been going “fast and hard and the hill is ready to open.”Friday the Hill received approval from the BC Safety Authority and announced they would officially open on Saturday.- Advertisement -You can find your way to Big Bam by heading down the Big Bam Road just south of the Taylor Bridge. The entrance to Big Bam is located just past Peace Island Park.The non-profit society is still looking for volunteers. For more on how you can help visit www.bigbam.caMeanwhile, Brooks says anyone interested can now register for seasons passes at the Fort St. John Visitor Information Centre, at Ernie’s, or at the Griffin Sport and Ski Shoppe.Advertisementlast_img

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GAA NEWS: RED HUGHS LADIES FACE MALIN THIS WEEKEND IN CRUCIAL LEAGUE MATCH

first_imgRed Hughs GAA NotesSenior MenThe lads had no games last weekend. They have two games this weekend on Friday they play away in Burt Reserve throw in 6.45 Senior 8pm Then on Sunday they are away to Urris Reserve Throw in 1.30 Senior 3pm Good luck ladsSenior LadiesThe ladies are back in action again this weekend with a home game v Malin throw in 12 Noon Good luck ladies.Minor Board The under 8 boys and girls are hosting their blitz at home this Saturday at 11am The club would appreciate it very much if parents could make some sandwiches or buns etc for the tea after the blitz as at each of the blitzes we attended so far this year we were very well treated by the host clubs.There will be no training this Saturday for the under 6 children as a result of the blitz.Under 12 girls training is on this Thursday from 6-7pm due to the blitz on the pitch on Saturday.Hard luck to the u12 girls who represented Dromore National School in the County final in Glenswilly during the week. The girls should be very proud off themselves.The girls have an All County Blitz in Convoy on Saturday 12th of July.Under 12 boys played Glenfin at home on Monday evening they played really well and put in a sterling performance. They play their final game away to Convoy next Wednesday the 2nd of July at 6.30pmThe under 16 boys are back in action this Friday evening away to Convoy Throw in 7pm.The minor Championship has been change as a result of Donegal reaching the Ulster Final. It will now commence on Monday the 30th Of June playing the first two rounds and then deferred until after the Ulster final. So that means our boys are playing Malin at home next Monday Throw in 7.30pm Kelloggs Cul Camp will be run at the club from 14th – 18th of July. The camp is for boys and girls between the ages of 6 to13 years old. The cost off the camp is €55 for 1st child €45 for 2nd child €40 for 3rd and subsequent children .Reg. forms are now available. Contact number 0861635726.Local League will kick off next week date and times t.b.c. anyone who hasn’t yet registered can do so by this Saturday text or call Stephen on 0872054484 or Maura on 0861635726More help is badly needed to coach the kids on a Saturday morning from 11 to 12 we are appealing to parents to help us out for an hour. Just don’t drop the kids off and leave stay get involved and you will enjoy it as much as the kids. Even if you can do one Saturday a month any help would be very much appreciated. Contact any of the coaches if you are interested.Lotto & 100+ Club Results Numbers Drawn 4,8,6,2,7,5,3,1One Winner matched 3 numbers Was Patricia Callaghan Tiernisk recieves €50Next weeks Jackpot is €4075100+ ClubThis weeks winner was number 60 Patsy Byrne Belalt recieves €100Thanks to everyone for your continued supportOther NewsThe Clubs Annual 5k is on this Friday evening the 26th of June at 7.30pm Registration in the clubhouse from 6.30pm Entry fee is €5 for Adults and €2 for under 16’s Come out and run jog or walk refreshments served afterwards in clubhouse.Well done to Stephen Mc Menamin and the county minor team who beat Antrim to reach the Ulster Final.Club Meeting this Wednesday in the Clubhouse at 9pm The club ask that members please make an effort to attend these meetings.GAA NEWS: RED HUGHS LADIES FACE MALIN THIS WEEKEND IN CRUCIAL LEAGUE MATCH was last modified: June 24th, 2014 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:GAANoticesRED HUGHS.Sportlast_img read more

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UNCDuke Really Is College Basketballs Best Rivalry

UNCDuke Really Is College Basketballs Best Rivalry

IndianaKentucky1966-2016491930183818851857 WINSELO RATINGS 5IndianaKentucky613288436 13GeorgetownVillanova456251205 Among top Elo rivalries, UNC-Duke stands out Related: Hot Takedown ELO RKTEAM ATEAM BTOTAL GAMESPROXIMITYEVENNESS BaylorKansas1952-201733429172819871844 DukeMichigan1964-201430228195517751856 KansasTexas1960-201733267200318471920 15ArizonaUCLA338705287 TEAM ATEAM BSEASONSGMSTM ATM BTM ATM BHARMONIC MEAN Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group 11Florida StateNorth Carolina518741788 GeorgetownSyracuse1958-2017834043183718511842 4DukeNorth Carolina230155 6DukeMichigan823750703 8DukeGeorgia Tech378643736 ArkansasKentucky1950-2017381127178319881877 RANK (OUT OF 843) DukeN. Carolina1950-20171748193186418761864 1KansasTexas792784772 12DukeNotre Dame834772729 14Georgia TechNorth Carolina355632686 When Did Sports Become So Political? Add it all up, and it’s difficult to find a rivalry that combines so many different measurable factors of animosity between two schools. None of the rivalries with an Elo rating in the same neighborhood as the Tar Heels and Blue Devils have played anywhere near as often3The other Research Triangle rivalries — both Duke and North Carolina versus N.C. State — are the only ones that come close., nor do any have the physical proximity, nor are any as closely matched recordwise. It’s a set of conditions custom-built for hate — and that’s without even considering less-quantifiable factors, such as the cultural divide between a public university (UNC) and a private one (Duke), the fact that most UNC students are from in-state while most Duke students are from outside North Carolina, or the many memorable incidents that have stoked the rivalry over the years. KentuckyN. Carolina1950-2017351520183418721849 10GeorgetownSyracuse40156082 DukeGeorgia Tech1956-2017866521196317481846 9BaylorKansas792756825 3KentuckyLouisville705144543 Best college basketball rivalries since 1950, according to Elo KentuckyLouisville1951-2017402614191918451877 7KentuckyNorth Carolina765626291 Min. 50 years between initial and most recent meetings, and at least one game played every two years.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group 2ArkansasKentucky730771667 The fifth-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels will close out their ACC regular season on Saturday the same way they always do — with a game against the Duke Blue Devils, ranked No. 17. The two teams’ longstanding feud is almost always mentioned first when people discuss great college basketball rivalries. But what’s in a rivalry anyway? A good one is a bit like a good obscenity — you know it when you see it. It’s an extra charge in the arena when the opponent comes to town; an unwillingness to give an opposing player the benefit of the doubt; a vilification of the other team’s coach as an evil mastermind.But all that’s tough to measure, and measuring things is sort of the point of what we do around here. So I gathered data on some of the factors we can quantify, to put at least a few numbers on what makes Duke-Carolina so intense — and to see if any other pairings have the stats to contend with Tobacco Road’s finest for the sport’s top rivalry.One obvious place to start is with the quality of the teams involved. I took every pair of teams that has played each other at least once every other season1On average. for at least a half-century, and sorted them by the average harmonic mean of the two teams’ Elo power ratings whenever they played. (I used the harmonic mean to make sure both teams hold up their end of the bargain in terms of high ratings.) By that measure, North Carolina and Duke have the fourth-best rivalry since 1950, which is when our dataset starts tracking Elo:2Unfortunately, that data does only cover a little over half the history of the rivalry. But in this case that’s OK, because Duke-UNC didn’t really become the high-stakes rivalry we now know until the mid-1950s, when both teams started to emerge simultaneously as national powerhouses. Of course, rivalries are about more than just how good the two teams are. In the case of Duke-Carolina, it’s also about the sheer number of times they’ve played each other: 243 games in total (not including Saturday’s tilt), including 174 since 1950 — second only to the 198 editions of the “Civil War” staged between Oregon and Oregon State. And those games have been close, with UNC coming out on top overall, with a 93-81 record against Duke over the span of those 174 contests. In terms of proximity to a perfect .500 split, that’s in the top 18 percent of all 843 rivalries in our sample.Proximity also plays a major role in Duke and UNC’s hostilities. Aside from the 14 rivalries in our dataset that involve teams from the same city — think Saint Joseph’s and Temple in Philly, or UCLA-USC in Los Angeles — North Carolina and Duke are the 16th-closest pair of schools, with only about 10 miles separating them. Saturday’s regular-season finale in Chapel Hill won’t serve as the de facto ACC regular-season championship, like it has at times in the past. (UNC can do no worse than a tie with Notre Dame for No. 1 in the conference standings, while Duke can’t win the conference.) But, as always, it will pit two of the nation’s top teams against each other in a preview of the kind of high-caliber matchup each squad will face on the road to the Final Four. And maybe that’s what stands out most about this rivalry: Both teams are always in the national championship hunt. (Famously, you have to go back to Feb. 25, 1955, to find a Duke-UNC matchup in which neither team was ranked nationally at tipoff.) So no matter who wins, we’ll be spending a lot of time with both the Tar Heels and Blue Devils over the next month. read more

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Largest cold store warehouse facility opens in Howrah

Largest cold store warehouse facility opens in Howrah

first_imgKolkata: The largest cold store warehouse facility in the country was inaugurated in Howrah on Thursday.The new cold storage which has been constructed through financial assistance from the UK government has a capacity to store 85,000 tonne of food products. Crystal Logistics Cool Chain limited, a cold chain logistics company inaugurated the expansion of its cold storage warehouse in Howrah with a capacity of 11,000 pallets, up from 5,000 pallets earlier, a press statement issued by the British Deputy High Commission Office in Kolkata said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeApart from holding a huge amount of food products, the new warehouse will also improve market access which will help in increasing household income of the people. The fund is provided by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) to help low income states with equity partnerships for small infrastructure development. Senior representatives from DFID inaugurated the facility. Bruce Bucknell, British Deputy High Commissioner in Kolkata said: “I am delighted that the UK is supporting this expansion of an important business district in Bengal. The development of the cold chain infrastructure will allow more agricultural and food products to reach wider markets.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAccording to a senior official of the British Deputy High Commission in Kolkata, the increased cold storage capacity will benefit players across the marine value chain linking fishermen to large exporters. It will enable the prevention of food waste by creating infrastructure that can house seasonal and perishable food products. Various products which are stored and shipped through the facility will cater to the exporters and institutional consumers. The Department for International Development (DFID) India is a United Kingdom government department responsible for fostering development partnership between the UK and India. The goal of the department is to eliminate world poverty and promote sustainable development.last_img read more

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CuttingEdge Startups Leading the Robotic Revolution

first_imgJune 3, 2013 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals This story appears in the May 2013 issue of . Subscribe » Troy Straszhelm, co-founder and CEO of Industrial Perception, switches on a blue robotic arm outfitted with some of the most advanced imaging software in existence. The robot hand swivels, pauses as if in contemplation, then turns to a mound of empty boxes stacked haphazardly on the back of a truck. It clamps one from the top and tosses it. “Catch,” Straszhelm calls out.Once the kinks are worked out (like perfecting the grip so the box never falls back into the pile) human-operated forklifts in warehouses could be replaced by similar “smart” robotic arms with the ability to deal with any number of problematic scenarios in shipping: crushed boxes, illegible graphics, jumbled inventory in containers or on conveyor belts. An arm running Industrial Perception’s software could potentially handle anything involving a box, even “learning” to work only when conditions are ideal. “We’re working on the eyes and brains of industrial robots, on perception, manipulation, planning and control,” Straszhelm says of his Palo Alto, Calif.-based company. “There’s a bunch of stuff you can do with existing hardware if you have software that’s smart enough.”Is this the start of a robotics revolution? Is intelligent machinery the next big thing? Consider: NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity was shortlisted as Time magazine’s Person of the Year. Google’s fleet of autonomous cars is now legal in California and Nevada, making robot taxis a near-reality. And iRobot, makers of the Roomba vacuum cleaner (going on more than 10 years in business), recently filed a patent for a potentially game-changing 3-D milling, drilling and finishing robotic fabricator, designed to handle all aspects of product manufacturing.Startup infrastructure dedicated to robotics is likewise emerging: hacker spaces (Robot Garden), accelerators (Robot Launchpad) and even a dedicated venture capital firm, New York City-based Grishin Robotics, founded last June by Russian internet entrepreneur Dmitry Grishin. Yet more proof can be found in startup garages around the country, such as Lemnos Labs, an incubator founded in late 2011 in an industrial sector of San Francisco’s hip SoMa district. “We want to help cultivate people’s interest in hardware,” says co-founder Jeremy Conrad, a former Air Force engineer, noting that investor interest has grown because of recent exits like Kiva Systems, a maker of robots that service warehouses, which sold to Amazon for the shockingly high sum of $775 million. Lemnos, itself, has received $1.85 million, and several of its portfolio companies have obtained significant funding as well.Why now? The recent catalyst for robotics has been the emergence of 3-D printing technology, which makes rapid prototyping accessible to startups. “You can build much cheaper, fasterand better than before,” says Valery Komissarova, Grishin Robotics’ business development director. Until recently, she says, it took about $1 million and a decade to build any kind of robot. The rise of crowdfunding, too, has made it possible to quantify user demand.Another factor is the ability to leverage technologies and advancements made in other industries. Mobile-device manufacturing has made previously expensive componentry–GPS, batteries, sensors and cameras–not only affordable but portable and more powerful. For example, Grishin has invested in Double Robotics, a Y Combinator alum producing an affordable $1,999 telepresence robot that uses an iPad as the interface, opening telepresence up to a world outside of corporations, such as for sick students who can’t attend school. Co-founder David Cann says the company received nearly $2 million in orders with no advertising efforts; shipping began in March.Lower costs and greater capital efficiency are also driving the acceleration in robotics, adds Frank Tobe, publisher since 2008 of online news source The Robot Report, who has amassed a list of 2,200 companies directly involved in robotics. The trade association International Federation of Robotics predicts that more than 14 million consumer-service robots will be sold from 2011 to 2014. The industry is also being buoyed, Tobe says, by the proliferation of a common open-source robotics operating system: ROS, developed about five years ago by Menlo Park, Calif.-based Willow Garage. “Having a universal language for programmers coming out of college to use means there’s no need to reinvent the wheel, and a lot more integration of ideas around the world,” Tobe says.In fact, Willow Garage made the big announcement in February that it would transition from research to becoming a commercial entity. Willow’s robot, the PR2, while not exactly commercially viable at $400,000, has been famously programmed to fold laundry, thus overcoming the traditional hurdle of robots being unable to “understand” soft materials.”The robotics field is coming into its own. We like it now because there are a number of extraordinarily large industries that can be transformed,” says Jon Callaghan, a founding partner at early-stage tech VC firm True Ventures, which is an active investor in hardware startups, including 3-D-printer company MakerBot Industries, and 3D Robotics, a San Diego company helmed by Chris Anderson, former editor-in-chief of Wired magazine.Related: MakerBot’s Bre Pettis on the Next Industrial RevolutionFor Callaghan, the ultimate driver of the new interest in robotics is the flourishing “maker” economy, which refers to a creative movement inspired by open-source software and hardware. “It has lowered barriers to entry and creates a new playing field,” he says, “and made it possible for good robotics ideas to solve large industrial and societal problems. We’re seeing very early indicators that this market is coming into fruition immediately. It’s super early, but it will hit very, very quickly, and we’ll look back on 2013 … as a year for robotics coming into its own Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 5 min read Register Now »last_img read more

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