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first_imgDonegal Junior LeagueReportsOld Orchard Saturday Division One Arranmore United 0 Erne Wanderers 3Erne deservedly went away from the Island with all three points to keep their title challenge alive, winning by 3 goals to nil. Michael Ward bagged the first for Erne with a rocket of a left footed shot which found the top corner after 30 minutes. Christopher Mc Glanaghey and Declan Proctor went close for the Islanders and Chris Mc Glanaghey had a great chance after 55 minutes but was brilliantly denied by a low save from Erne custodian Peter Boyle. Conor Proctor tested the keeper minutes later with a cross come shot which Boyle tipped over. Erne grabbed their 2nd when conditions played a part as two home defenders lost their footing and Barry Mulligan fired home from 12 yards. Number three was scored by Michael Ward as he tapped home from two yards when Slevin’s header was tipped onto the crossbar by the home keeper. Mulligan was immense throughout for the visitors while Martin Proctor put in a power of work for the Islanders from start to finishGlencar Celtic 0 St. Catherines Reserves 0 This match was played in atrocious conditions from start to finish. Strong winds and driving rain killed any hope of either team producing any passing football. Glencar had the best of the early exchanges but couldn’t trouble the St Catherines’ keeper. St Catherines had the ball in the net late in the 1st half but it was ruled out for hand-ball.The second half was much the same and with conditions worsening the middle of the park was virtually unplayable and slowed up attacks for both teams. Glencar stared the half brighter and had a couple of crosses into the area but they just couldn’t find the finishing touch. St Catherine’s got a foothold in the game and could have grabbed a late winner with some good pressure. A point apiece was a fair result in the end.Castlefin Celtic Reserves A Donegal Town Reserves ACastlefin got off to a perfect start after 5 minutes. Paddy Dooher’s shot from the left wing found its way into the bottom corner. Donegal Town’s best chance came to Stephen Curneen but Castlefin keeper Simon Mc Menamin was able to clear the danger. Castlefin doubled their lead on 14 minutes. Matthew O’Rourke beat the offside trap and rounded Donegal Town’s keeper to finish calmly to the back of the net. Castlefin made it three on the half hour mark. Mc Menamin’s goal kick found Ronan Tourish who’s shot was saved but Gavin McNulty made no mistake in tapping home the rebound from two yards. Donegal Town pulled one back on 35 minutes, the wind caught Stephen Curneen’s shot helping it into the top corner.Donegal Town pulled another back a minute before half time, David ‘Ted’ Bustard’s header in the box from a corner found the back of the net. As the weather conditions became difficult the game was called off at half time due to water on the pitch. Referee: Andrew MullinGlenree United Reserves 1 Orchard F.C. 7 Prior to kick-off a minutes silence was observed for the late Alfie Ladley, former manager and chairman of Glenree United. Orchard kicked off with the wind at their backs and took control of possession from early on. Glenree defended doggedly until the 30th minute when Niall Bonner beat two defenders and found the bottom corner. Orchard were 2 up five minutes later after some neat build up play was finished well by Eddie McLaughlin. Niall Bonner made it 3 on the stroke of half-time after a good through ball. Glenree started the 2nd half well and Ross Hamlyn was played through by a lovely pass from Kevin Martin. Hamlyn rounded the outrushing keeper to score on 51 minutes. The ever dangerous Bonner got his hat-trick with a quality finish from an acute angle ten minutes later. Peter Blake made it 5-1 after a mix-up in the Glenree defence on 74 minutes. With the game well over as a contest the Glenree defence gifted the Orchard men two late goals scored by Eddie McLaughlin and Krissi McLaughlin. Man of the match was Niall Bonner. Referee: Marty Mc Garrigle.Glencar Inn Saturday Division TwoMilford United Reserves 2 Curragh Athletic Reserves 2The points were shared in a game where conditions deteriorated from the start. Curragh took the lead after ten minutes when Simon Cromie latched onto a through ball to shoot low past Enda Mc Hugh. Lee Burke equalised on the half hour after a good through ball from Ciaran McGinley. Conditions in the second half meant there was very little football played but Joey Cullen put Milford ahead on fifty five minutes. Milford had several chances to finish the game off but they were caught with Curragh’s only attack of the second half when Gary Heaney slotted home. Game blown up after seventy five minutes due to the worsening conditions. Cranford United Reserves A Drumbar F.C. AThis match between the two teams at the bottom of the Glencar Inn Division Two was abandoned after only thirty minutes due to the pitch becoming unplayable.Ramelton Mariners 2 Drumoghill F.C. Reserves 0Ramelton Mariners played host to Drumoghill Reserves on Saturday. Both sides started brightly on what was a greasy surface. The Ramelton men got on top when central midfielders Diggy, Kevi and Corey won plenty of possession. Packie Durning had two good chances to continue his recent goal scoring run but the visiting keeper saved well. The visitors then broke away and a shot from 20yards was goal-bound only for Kevin Mc Cahill’s finger-tip save, pushing it onto the crossbar. In the 30th minute Ricky Fisher received the ball wide and his cross come shot made its way over the keeper’s head to make it 1-0 to the home side. It was 2-0 on 40 minutes when some fine play on the edge on the box lead to Fisher getting on the ball twelve yards out and his delicate finish to the bottom corner brought his tally to 9 in 8 games. The second half started with the visitors pressing and they could count themselves unlucky as they found the Ramelton keeper in fine form. The Ramelton men had a good shout for a penalty when the Drumoghill left-back seemed to handle inside the area but the referee waved play on. With the rain teeming down both sides agreed with the referee that it was unsafe to carry on. The match was halted on 75minutes. Best for Ramelton were Kevin Mc Cahill and Ricky Fisher. Best for Drumoghill was Michael Lynch.Tullyvinney Rovers A Keadue Rovers Reserves AKeadue took an early lead in this match at the Crossroads. Their lead was short lived however as Tullyvinney struck back within ten minutes. Keadue did regain their advantage but the elements which had persisted from early morning just got worse as time went by and match official Barry Hunter had no option but to abandon the match on thirty seven minutes.ResultsBrian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionSt. Catherines 1 Kildrum Tigers 1St. Catherine s played host to Kildrum Tigers in Emerald Park on a windy Sunday afternoon. As both teams tried to get the measure of the conditions St. Catherines made the breakthrough when Barry Rose ran onto the ball and into the Kildrum box where he was fouled. Jason Noctor duly dispatched the resultant spot-kick to give the hosts the lead. William Lynch had a chance to equalise on twenty five minutes but he was off target. On thirty four minutes Kildrum were given a great chance to get back on level terms when they were awarded a penalty. Up stepped Jonny Mc Ginty and he put the Saints keeper Michael Mullin the wrong way to make the score line one all with half time approaching. The remainder of the game saw both defences on top in what were condition not suitable for cohesive football. Well done to both sets of players in the circumstances.Drumoghill F.C. 2 Glenea United 1For the second week in succession these two evenly matched sides squared up to each other and Drumoghill again prevailed thanks to first half strikes from Liam O’Donnell and Terence Shiels. Shiels’ goal proved to be the winner after Darren Mc Geever had levelled for Glenea and it was a brilliant header from Shiels that was worthy of winning any contest. Drumoghill though were made to work hard for their points and can thank Richard Tinney, Christopher O’Donnell and David O’Carroll for some heroic defending in the final 20 minutes as Glenea looked to salvage something. One brilliant block from O’Carroll in particular was every bit as important as the goals when he somehow through his leg in front of a goal-bound effort in the final minute to ensure victory for Drumoghill. Drumoghill had earlier taken the lead when Richard Moore’s long ball was latched onto by the speedy Liam O’Donnell and the striker cum winger calmly rounded the keeper and slotted home to put his side into the lead on 18 minutes. Referee: Mick Lagan.Gweedore Celtic 3 Lifford Celtic 2Gweedore grabbed all three points against Lifford at wintry Screban .The home team had to do it the hard way, coming from a goal down and being wasteful in front of goal when opportunities arose. Lifford hit the front on ten minutes through Roulstone. The home team squandered numerous chances to draw level before Thomas Diver scored from a direct free just on half time. Ten minutes into the second half Gweedore were two ahead thanks to two quick strikes from Campbell and Diver. Almost immediately Lifford were back in it, again Roulstone the scorer. Gweedore had to hold Lifford at bay for most of the second half and it took a great stop from Christopher Sweeney in the 90th minute to ensure the points remained at home. Best for Gweedore Damien O’ Sullivan and Lee Ferry. For Lifford Roulstone and Gethins. Referee: Ed MooreWatson Hire Division OneLagan Harps 7 Dunkineely Celtic 1In a game reversed to Darney Park Lagan Harps were comfortable winners over a disappointing home team. The first twenty were evenly contested with the home team having the better of the chances. Lagan took the lead on 20 minutes when Kenny Doran scored from close range. Chris Toner added a second on 25 minutes before Dunkineely had a player sent off for a second bookable offence. Further goals from Toner and Kevin Kelly killed the game off by half time. Lagan continued to dominate in the second half. Two more goals from Kevin Kelly, one a fine free-kick and one from Michael Devlin completed the Lagan scoring. James Byrne scored a late consolation for the home team. Referee John Coyle.Curragh Athletic 0 Castlefin Celtic 10Castlefin Celtic produced a lethal performance in hammering a depleted Curragh Athletic side in the first Division of the Donegal League. Understrength Curragh were a few short due to injuries and ended up more depleted before kick-off due to late but unavoidable work commitments. High flying Castlefin were three up at the break thanks to goals from Emmet Whyte, Peter Bryson and Travis Lafferty and completed the route thanks to goals from JP Malley (3), I. Ward (2), Fergal Mc Nulty and Michael Dunnion. Credit to both teams and in particular some underage and Saturday team players who turned out for the home side. Referee: P. Martin.Gweedore United 3 Copany Rovers 1This game played in windy conditions in Gweedore saw the home side claim the three points following a good second half performance. A strong Copany side came to Carrickboyle and were very difficult to break down. United hit the post on three minutes, a good shot from John Mc Fadden. There were early chances at both ends with David Graham and Rodger Leonard bringing the best out in Shaun Mc Clafferty in the United nets and Ciaran Mc Fadden and John Mc Fadden going close for the home side. United broke the deadlock in the 27th minute when a Paul Duggan corner was headed into the top corner by Michael Connolly to make it 1-0. In the second half the home side got on top and extended their lead in the 53rd minute when Shane O’ Donnell scored a penalty after Ciaran Mc Fadden was brought down. It was 3-0 in the 74th minute when Ciaran Mc Fadden finished past Christy Price in the Copany nets after good play from John Mc Fadden. The visitors pulled one back in the 90th minute when Ryan Johnston finished from close range. David Graham and Rodger Leonard played well for Copany with Paul Duggan and John Mc Fadden excelling for United.CT Ball Division TwoRaphoe Town 3 Dunlewey Celtic 1Raphoe Town rolled out a wintery welcome to Dunlewey Celtic on a cold bitter day in Raphoe. Dunlewey started this game well and were pushing Raphoe back in the first 20 minutes without really troubling keeper Paul Carberry. Raphoe came back into it after this and played some good football but were missing that final pass when it mattered. The second half was all Raphoe as they pressed the visitors back for long periods and it was no surprise when Keelan Gillen broke the deadlock after he broke through the defence and finished expertly. The same player scored 10 minutes later, a fantastic goal from an impossible angle to give Raphoe a two goal cushion. He nearly made it three when he went on a fantastic run only to be stopped by a fantastic save from the Dunlewey keeper. Dunlewey got a penalty with five minutes to go and Roarty put it away with confidence. Dunlewey were pushing now but got caught on the break when young Craig Kelly broke from the halfway line and finished like a pro. Raphoe had a few more chances after this but will be happy to have collected the three points. team performance from Dunlewey with Gary mc Cullagh and Emmett Kelly best for Raphoe Town. Referee: Michael Mulhern.Convoy Arsenal 2 Glenree United 1Both teams came into this game in good form and the match started at a high tempo with Glenree putting pressure on the Convoy backline and Convoy looking dangerous on the counter. Convoy started to get a bit more control midway through the half and they got the breakthrough on the half hour mark when Johnny Robb cooly backheeled the ball home after a dangerous Jason Elliott corner wasn’t cleared properly. Glenree tried to get a quick reply with a few long range efforts but Chris O’ Donnell in the Convoy goal handled everything comfortably. The second half started much the same as the first with Glenree battling hard and stopping Convoy getting any rhythm going. Convoy were then punished on the hour mark when a shot from outside the box was saved by Chris O’ Donnell but the rebound was knocked in by the Glenree frontman. This seemed to be the wake-up call that Convoy needed and they upped the tempo straight from the restart. The Glenree goal was breached in the 68th minute after some fine work down the convoy right lead to Gary Brolly stroking in a fine Darren Harvey cutback. Convoy pushed on in search of the third goal that would have taken the pressure off but it never arrived leading to a very nervy last ten minutes with Glenree throwing everything at the Convoy defence. Convoy managed to see out the game with Conor Cairns exceptional until the final whistle. Convoy go back on top of the table but its all looking very much to play for coming into the final few games. Best for Convoy were Paul O’ Leary and Conor Cairns with a really solid team performance from Glenree. Referee: Joe Mc Hugh.ResultsOld Orchard Saturday Division OneArranmore United 0 v 3 Erne WanderersGlencar Celtic 0 v 0 St. Catherines ReservesCastlefin Celtic Reserves A v A Donegal Town ReservesGlenree United Reserves 1 v 7 Orchard F.C.Glencar Inn Saturday Division TwoMilford United Reserves 2 v 2 Curragh Athletic ReservesCranford United Reserves Av A Drumbar F.C.Ramelton Mariners 2 v 0 Drumoghill F.C. ReservesTullyvinney Rovers A v A Keadue Rovers ReservesBrian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionSt. Catherines 1 v 1 Kildrum TigersDrumoghill F.C. 2 v 1 Glenea UnitedGweedore Celtic 3 v 2 Lifford CelticCappry Rovers P v P Donegal TownWatson Hire Division OneKilmacrennan Celtic P v P Kerrykeel ’71 F.C.Lagan Harps 7 v 1 Dunkineely CelticCurragh Athletic 0 v 10 Castlefin CelticGweedore United 3 v 1 Copany RoversCT Ball Division TwoLetterbarrow Celtic P v P Deele HarpsRaphoe Town 3 v 1 Dunlewey CelticBonagee United P v P Ballybofey UnitedConvoy Arsenal 2 v 1 Glenree UnitedKnockalla CupCockhill Celtic 4 v 0 Rathmullan CelticFixturesSaturday 07-03-2015 K.O. 2p.m. (Unless Stated)Old Orchard Saturday Division OneArranmore United v Donegal Town Reserves (1 p.m.)Fintown Harps AFC v Glencar CelticGlencar Inn Saturday Division TwoStrand Rovers v Drumoghill F.C. ReservesRamelton Mariners v Curragh Athletic ReservesDowntown CupSt. Catherines Reserves v Drumbar F.C.Downtown Cup Quarter FinalsKeadue Rovers Reserves v Castlefin Celtic Reserves (1.30 p.m.)Orchard F.C. v Glenea United Reserves (1.30 p.m.)Erne Wanderers v Mulroy CelticSunday 08-03-2015 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionDrumoghill F.C. v Rathmullan CelticCappry Rovers v Lifford CelticGlenea United v Kildrum TigersGweedore Celtic v Donegal TownWatson Hire Division OneCastlefin Celtic v Kilmacrennan CelticDunkineely Celtic v Curragh AthleticKeadue Rovers v Lagan HarpsWhitestrand United v Kerrykeel ’71 F.C.CT Ball Division TwoBallybofey United v Convoy ArsenalDeele Harps v Eany CelticDONEGAL LEAGUE: ALL YOUR REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES was last modified: March 1st, 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:Donegal Leaguelast_img read more

Half-time: Huddersfield 0 QPR 0

first_imgQPR created the better of the chances in an intriguing but goalless first half.Charlie Austin’s early shot deflected off team-mate Tjarron Chery and flew just over the bar, while Huddersfield captain Mark Hudson turned Matt Phillips’ cross narrowly past his own post.At the other end, Rangers keeper Rob Green remained largely untested, bar a bobbling shot from distance from Jacob Butterfield, which he gathered comfortably.Chery looked bright in the first period and the Dutchman sent in a teasing cross which just evaded Austin inside the box.The hosts ended the half strongly with Nahki Wells’ shot blocked behind for a corner by Grant Hall, which came to nothing.QPR made one change for this game, with Michael Doughty replacing father-to-be Karl Henry. Clint Hill and Sebastian Polter were both ruled out with illness.Huddersfield Town: Murphy; Smith, Hudson, Lynch, Davidson; Scannell, Whitehead, Butterfield, Hogg; Wells, Miller.Subs: Allinson, Cranie, Dempsey, Bojaj, Lolley, Carayol, Bunn.QPR: Green; Perch, Onuoha, Hall, Konchesky; Faurlin, Doughty, Luongo, Phillips; Chery; Austin. Subs: Smithies, Furlong, Kpekawa, Comley, Hoilett, Emmanuel-Thomas, Blackwood. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Vasundhara Raje to launch State-wide Vikas Yatra in April

first_imgRajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje will launch a Vikas Yatra next month covering all 200 assembly constituencies in the State.The decision to undertake the State-wide developmental tour from April 15 was taken in Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting chaired by the Chief Minister, said State minister Gajendra Singh Khimsar.“The yatra will kick-off from April 15 from the tribal- dominated division of Udaipur to highlight BJP government’s achievements in the State. Local MLAs, MPs and minister-in-charge of the districts would accompany the Chief Mnister during her tour that would culminate in July,” said Mr. sar. The party leaders are being apprised of the impending plans for the yatra, slated in the run-up to forthcoming assembly elections likely to be held by year end. This would be Ms. Raje’s third yatra since 2003 when she first took over BJP’s reins in the state. She had earlier undertaken Parivartan Yatra and Suraj Sankal Yatra.last_img read more

AAPs RS nominees: A billionaire, veteran CA & party loyalist

first_imgNew Delhi, Jan 3 (PTI) The AAP today nominated senior party leader Sanjay Singh and two little-known faces, a Delhi-based businessman with past links with the Congress and a veteran chartered accountant, as its Rajya Sabha nominees.The decision taken by the Political Affairs Committee (PAC) of the AAP was greeted with scorn and disbelief by many party leaders and a barrage of criticism by the likes of Kumar Vishwas who dubbed himself a “martyr”, saying he was ignored for the Upper House for speaking against Arvind Kejriwal.At the PAC meeting, senior leader Ashutosh, believed to be among the upper house hopefuls, red-flagged the billionaire businessmans nomination. He was the only one among the nine PAC members to have raised an objection.Before the PAC meeting at Kejriwals residence, around 56 AAP MLAs met the chief minister. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia claimed the MLAs unanimously endorsed the candidates, however, sources said there were disagreements.Several came out sporting downcast faces and went scurrying for their vehicles, avoiding the media persons gathered outside.”Arvind Kejriwal wanted three eminent personalities to represent Delhi in the upper house. Accordingly, we got in touch with 18 such persons from various fields including the media, academics, law.”However, a few among them politely declined saying joining the RS on a party ticket may affect their independence. The rest said identifying with AAP may prompt the Centre to ruin their lives. So we went for a mix and nominated those who may not be of high-level but with significant contributions,” Sisodia told a press conference.advertisementChandni Chowk MLA Alka Lamba congratulated Singh for his candidature. She refused to comment on the other two names.Singh, a former social activist hailing from Uttar Pradeshs Sultanpur, is counted among Kejriwals most trusted lieutenants and has been with him since the India Against Corruption agitation days.Most recently, Singh (46), a mechanical engineer by training, was the partys Punjab poll in-charge.56-year-old Sushil Gupta, who unsuccessfully contested the 2012 Delhi Assembly polls on a Congress ticket, has declared assets running into over Rs 160 crore while Narain Dass Gupta (72) is a former president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI).Sushil Gupta, who runs a chain of private and charitable schools and identified himself as an agriculturalist in the 2013 poll affidavit, quit the Congress on November 28, last year.Kumar Vishwas, who is a PAC member, was not present in the meeting. Immediately after the announcement made by Sisodia, Vishwas lashed out at Kejriwal, saying he was being punished for speaking the “truth”.The poet-politician also charged that around one and half years ago, Kejriwal had in a partys national executive meet said with a smile, “We will finish you, but we will not let you be a martyr.””I want to congratulate (Kejriwal) that I have accepted my martyrdom,” he told reporters at his residence.The Opposition BJP and former AAP leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan also criticised the AAPsdecision.Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari hit out at Kejriwal, saying the AAP has “betrayed” the people by nominating “two businessmen” for the polls to the upper house.Yadav suggested that the AAP has struck financial deals with Sushil Gupta. “I used to say, whatever his other faults @ArvindKejriwal cannot be bought. Defended him against Kapil Mishra?s allegations. Now I dont know what to say. Speechless, ashamed and numb.”Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken tweeted that Sushil Gupta knew about his possible nomination as early as November.”Otherwise, Sushil is a good man known for his charity!” the Congress leader tweeted.Former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan, former union minister Arun Shourie, ex-Chief Justice of India T S Thakur are among the personalities the AAP had reached out to for RS nominations.Elections to three Rajya Sabha seats from Delhi would be held on January 16 as the terms of the incumbent members, Karan Singh, Janardan Dwivedi and Parvez Hashmi ? all from the Congress ? end on January 27.The AAP, which enjoys a brute majority in the 70-member Delhi Assembly, is set to win all three seats.The last date to file nominations for the three Rajya Sabha seats is January 5. PTI SBR TIRlast_img read more

Face of a killer Police release new images in coldcase murders of

first_imgEVERETT, Wash. – Police in Washington state have released images of a man created through groundbreaking DNA technology that they say could help solve the murders of a young British Columbia couple more than 30 years ago.The composite images released by the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office show a Caucasian man with fair hair and green or hazel eyes, traits that investigators said are connected to the DNA of the person they think killed Tanya Van Cuylenborg, 18, and Jay Cook, 20.“We believe that someone knows who our person of interest is,” investigations Capt. Jim Miller said at a news conference on Wednesday. “Maybe you were too afraid to come forward at the time or you thought someone else already had. Now is the time to share what you may have seen or heard and bring closure to this crime.”The high school sweethearts from Saanich, B.C., were on their way to Seattle to pick up furnace parts for Cook’s father when they disappeared in November 1987.Their bodies were found in separate locations outside the city days later. Van Cuylenborg had been restrained with zip ties, sexually assaulted and shot in the back of the head. Cook had been strangled and zip ties were found near his body.Forensic evidence found at the crime scenes has been tested against databases in both the United States and Canada over the years, but investigators have never found a match.Recently, they sent a sample to a lab in Virginia for DNA phenotyping, a process that looks at specific codes to predict a person’s appearance, including eye, skin and hair colour, facial features and ancestry.The technology cannot indicate traits like age or body weight, but Parabon NanoLabs, the company that did the analysis, predicts the suspect is a man of northern European ancestry, with very fair skin and possible freckles, with light brown hair and could be balding.The sheriff’s office released three images showing what the suspect may have looked like at 25, 45 and 65 years old.Miller noted there may be differences between the real-life killer and the images, but said the technology has been used to help solve other cases.“It’s not 100 per cent guaranteed. It’s not a photograph. It’s a composite,” he said.Investigators have never given up on solving the case and the new images renew their optimism, said Det. Jim Scharf.“Hopefully someone out there knows an individual that looks similar to this that was in the area at the time and capable of committing this crime. All we need to do is get a sample of his DNA to match and identify him,” he said.“The smallest detail could end up being the lead that we need to solving this case.”Cook’s sister, Laura Baanstra, still hadn’t looked at the images when police unveiled them Wednesday.“That could be the likeness of the person that killed my brother. That’s tough,” she said.Baanstra said the last time she saw her brother was as he was getting ready to leave for Seattle. He hadn’t had anything to eat and asked for a bite of her sandwich. Reluctantly, she gave him half before standing in the window and waving goodbye, she said with a small smile.“When your brother or sister, daughter or loved one, walks out the door, you have no way to know that you will never see them again.”Baanstra pleaded for anyone with information about her brother’s murder to call police, even if they only have “an inkling of an idea.”“If these new pictures that this amazing new technology created triggers a memory you had, perhaps of someone who said something odd that lived in or near the Snohomish area or even Vancouver in late 1987, please, for the sake of my brother, Jay, Tanya and all of our families, call it in,” she said.A C$50,000 reward for information leading to a DNA match has been offered through the end of December.— By Gemma Karstens-Smith in Vancouverlast_img read more

Suits star Meghan Markle launches accessible clothing line at Reitmans

first_img Twitter Advertisement The “Kate effect” — selling out fashions worn by the Duchess of Cambridge — is well established, as are the frenzies stirred up by offspring George and Charlotte’s sartorial moments. Canada’s own Reitmans may be mobbed when the second Meghan Markle capsule collection launches Thursday on the heels of romantic rumours linking the TV star to one very eligible, very red-haired prince.Six days before that gossip bomb landed, an impromptu celebration took place at Soho House in Toronto, though the reason is now virtually eclipsed by the Prince Harry factor. Palace-worthy cut-glass coupes appeared magically at the leather-rimmed round booth, followed, also via invisible hands, by champagne.Markle, who plays paralegal-turned-law student Rachel Zane on the filmed-in-Toronto smash legal series Suits, had received some big news on her way to this interview: she had surfed past one million followers on Instagram earlier in the day. Just imagine what will happen to her Insta numbers now? The five-piece line is modelled after what she wears in real life, running from day to night engagements, on and off of planes. It is also “an accessible version” of the glamorous duds she wears in character. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementcenter_img Facebook Login/Register With: The excitement comes at an all-around swell moment for this California girl, who turned 35 over the summer. The collaboration with Montreal-based Reitmans “is totally an extension of my personal style,” she says, which she describes as, “Aspirational Girl Next Door.”She was “deeply and passionate involved in the design process. I’m a brash American and if my name is going to be on something, I’m going to have my say.” Advertisementlast_img read more

Watching peppy videos online could make you happier

first_imgWatching high-spirited videos on YouTube after a long day at work could pep you up a bit as researchers have found that people mirror the emotions of those they see online. When a YouTuber posts a video with a generally positive tone, the audience reacts with heightened positive emotions and the same is true for other emotional states, said the study published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science. “Our research is a reminder that the people we encounter online influence our everyday emotions – being exposed to happy (or angry) people can make us more happy (or angry) ourselves,” said lead author of the study Hannes Rosenbusch from Tilburg University in the Netherlands. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFor the study, the researchers examined over 2,000 video blogs, or vlogs on YouTube. Vloggers share emotions and experiences in their videos, providing a reliable source of data. The researchers focused on studying more popular vlogs, with a minimum of 10,000 subscribers. Some of their sample vlogs had millions of subscribers. To measure if people watching vlogs experienced emotional contagion or homophily, the team studied words and emotions expressed by the vloggers and analyzed the emotional language of online comments. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveBeing affected by others’ emotions is known as “contagion” and “homophily” refers to the tendency of people seeking out others like themselves. The researchers modelled the effect of both immediate (contagion) and sustained (homophily) emotional reactions. They found evidence that there is both a sustained and an immediate effect that leads to YouTuber emotion correlating with audience emotion. “Our social life might move more and more to the online sphere, but emotions and the way we behave towards one another will always be steered by basic psychological processes,” Rosenbusch said.last_img read more

The Future of Productivity AI and Machine Learning

first_imgJuly 5, 2017 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The productivity and project management market is booming, and it’s continuing to evolve in new and exciting ways. I wanted to know what the future of artificial intelligence in project management would look like, so I reached out to founders, productivity experts and futurists who work in this space every day to ask what their predictions are for the next five and 10 years. Their answers were enlightening.We’ll use AI for decision support, not decision making.David Allen, the inventor of Getting Things Done, believes, ”Systems will get better at presenting the relevant data to optimize our experience in every situation — at the right place, at the right time. We need to think of productivity systems as supporting systems for our decision process.”Related: How to Prepare Employees to Work With AISo, we won’t yet be using AI to eliminate our decisions and automate them, but to enhance the ability to make a decision in any situation. I also think this is the next likely step for AI. Most people wouldn’t trust a computer to make decisions for them, but they do look for information to help make those decisions.Allen goes on to say, “Neither these new presentation forms nor trends like A.I. will make a decision for you. That won’t work. I see that A.I. can support your decisions but we still will use our heads to make decisions.”It’s not robots . . .When most people think of AI, they think of robots doing manual labor to get things done for us, whether it’s Rosie from The Jetsons or a robot on the assembly line at Ford. The issue I have with this is that this view is too limiting. Sure, robots will become intelligent, but so will everything else. The team behind the online video series In a Nutshell released a great explainer video about this.Right now, an app that will be able to recognize your motivation level and give you tasks that fit that level is not out of the question. Bots that can answer simple service questions and learn from the responses are already around, working with some success and some big failures.Related: Rethinking Chatbots: They’re Not Just for CustomersMark Mader, CEO at Smartsheet, thinks that thinking of AI as roving robots is missing the point, saying, “Looking further out, there’s no doubt that automation — don’t think robots, think removing mundane and unproductive work steps from your day — will increase. Machine learning will be able to predict what workers are trying to do and make their work easier. How? By automatically gathering the information they need to complete a task, populating forms and sharing them with the appropriate people.”I see a combination of both. Specifically in project management, I see a future where machines will be able to predict a change using real-time data and make changes accordingly. It’s the combination of bots and machine learning that holds the key: Think of an assembly line system pushing out barbecue equipment. The system will be able to predict that demand will increase due to an upcoming holiday and automatically tell the bots on the line to increase production. I’m not sure if there will be a human decision between them, but I think as we become more comfortable with the machines’ decisions, we’ll give them more control of the process.It’s my decision to make.AI is far from being human, let alone superhuman. As I pointed out, we’ve released machine learning bots with some pretty terrible results. Machines are not yet good at understanding context or sarcasm, so when we let them learn, they usually miss the mark.Using machines to help with a decision, however, seems like the only way forward for the moment. As a form of decision support, productivity expert Carl Pullein thinks that “machine learning and artificial intelligence [will move] towards creating productivity tools that can schedule your meetings and tasks for you and to be able to know what needs to be done based on your context, where you are and what needs to be done.”Related: Why Small Business Should Be Paying Attention to Artificial IntelligenceMachine learning enabled tools like Grammarly are already on the market, but as these decision-making aides become more well-known, they are moving into more complex areas. Think of it as your Facebook timeline algorithm or your spam filter, but for your to-do list.Just like education, access is the key to machine learning.To get a sense of where we are now, think of systems that are on and learning all of the time. Your computer browser talks to Google and Facebook and any number of companies, where what you’re doing, clicking, buying and beyond, is stored. Now with the recent trend of IoT, these things are moving away from our computers and cellphones and becoming part of our everyday lives. And gaining access to data along the way. Your smart fridge might be able to tell the local supermarket how much water you drink per week. If everyone in the local area has a smart fridge, that same supermarket would be able to make a better decision about how much water to keep stocked.Productivity psychologist Melissa Gratias sees this system working for us in our workplaces too. “Most apps and programs require the user to purposefully interface with the tool in order to use it. We will see more smart homes, smart cars and voice-activated entry points that allow the tool to be always available to the user, no matter where she is. She won’t have to stop what she’s doing to, for example, add something to her task list.”Related: Will a Robot Take My Job?So, not only will the supermarket know what to stock, but your fridge will know what to add to your shopping list for the next week. Automatically, through learned behavior.All the experts I spoke with agreed that decision support is likely the only way forward in the short term. Machines are being taught the decision preferences of humans, because they can’t discern context on their own. So, we need to educate machines on what it’s like to think like a human. Companies like Alphabet are already working on it, with projects like DeepMind at the forefront of AI and machine learning technologies. Others, like Elon Musk’s OpenAI, are working to make sure that humanity’s fears of a malevolent AI will never be realized. As we learn to trust these systems, adoption will quickly follow. And since they’re so universal, they will surely touch all industries. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Free 6 min readlast_img read more