Fianna Fail Councillor says she can’t give Michael Martin her full backing as leader

first_img Pinterest Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Twitter Facebook Google+ WhatsApp Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Google+ WhatsApp Fianna Fail Councillor says she can’t give Michael Martin her full backing as leadercenter_img Previous articleShay a doubt for FA Cup FinalNext articleRoads Service to increase parking enforcement in Rosemount News Highland Homepage BannerNews Twitter Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic By News Highland – May 26, 2015 Fianna Fail’s only female elected representative in Donegal has said the party is not doing enough to increase the number woman in politics and is unable to give leader Michael Martin her fall support.Councillor Rena Donaghey was reacting to yesterday’s shock announcement from Senator Averil Power that she was leaving Fianna Fail, with her parting shot a claim that Michael Martin is not an effective leader.Councillor Donaghey says Averil Power’s decision is disappointing adding that she can’t herself give Mr Martin her full backing as the party is not doing enough to increase female representation:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pinterest Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal last_img read more

ESL and University of York announce collaboration in esports teaching and research

first_imgESL and the University of York have today announced a collaboration to make industry-aligned teaching and research for esports a reality.This unique partnership between the two organisations will allow the University of York to lead the way on UK-based teaching and research tailored specifically to the esports industry. The collaboration includes: Digital Creativity Labs, an £18 million EPSRC/AHRC/Innovate UK-funded research initiative focusing on the convergence of digital games and interactive media and one of the biggest games research labs in the world; University of York’s Department of Theatre, Film and Television, offering one of the top three Film and TV Production degrees in the country and a unique highly interdisciplinary degree in Interactive Media; York’s Department of Computer Science, one of the highest ranked in the UK.The collaboration has three key aims:Teaching – ESL will hold regular masterclasses with University of York students, including workshops and taster days. The University of York is committed to aligning its teaching offerings with the needs of the industry, while also offering BSc & MSc dissertations on esports. ESL and UoY are co-designing an elective module on esports content production as a third year, credit-bearing module, aiming to launch Autumn 2018.Research – Alongside a substantial investment by DC Labs in research into future innovations in the esports industry, the collaboration will see PhD internships take place through the Intelligent Games and Game Intelligence (IGGI) PhD programme and Digital Creativity Labs. Esports research already explored by DC Labs investigates areas including AI, human-computer interaction, interactive storytelling, data visualisation, game analytics, behavioural psychology and more.Careers – ESL internships will provide hands-on experience for undergraduate students, while industry placements will be available for selected PhD students.“We’re incredibly excited to be entering into a partnership with the University of York to help develop fresh new esports talent,” commented James Dean, Managing Director of ESL UK. “We’ve always been committed to creating opportunities for more people to enter the industry and now, with the help of the University of York, we’re looking forward to being able to help make sure the future is even brighter and better than it is now.”“High growth rates have seen games overtake film in terms of market size. Esports shows similarly spectacular growth. Our collaboration with ESL provides us with an exceptional opportunity to pioneer highly relevant, impact-driven research in this area”, said Peter Cowling, Director of the Digital Creativity Labs at York and Professor of Computer Science. “Esports lies at the convergence of two of our academic programmes, Film and TV Production and Interactive Media”, adds Professor Andrew Higson, Head of the Department of Theatre, Film and TV at the University of York. “Partnering with ESL is an exceptional opportunity for us to develop teaching about esports and career paths for our students in this rapidly growing industry.”Esports Insider says: Big news this from ESL and University of York. A very well known and established University getting involved is great news. We particularly like the emphasis on careers as this is something often poorly executed in esports. Plus, it should give ESL UK a conveyor belt of great talent ready to pick up.last_img read more

Rose Ladies Series: Lily learns at the school of Law

first_img Lily May Humphreys skilfully avoided the water with her opening drive and was then able to make a big splash of her own during a memorable round with Bronte Law at the latest Rose Ladies Series event.England women’s international Humphreys played superbly to finish in a tie for fourth place at the third of the Rose Ladies Series events at Buckinghamshire Golf Club on Thursday.In the same playing group as Solheim Cup star Law, the Essex amateur shot a terrific one-under par round of 71.Now Humphreys has admitted the chance to witness at close hand the methods and mentality of the LET player has given her fresh insight into what it will take to make the next step in her own career.At one stage on her back nine, the 18-year-old got it to two under par and held a one-shot lead over the field only for Scotland’s Gemma Dryburgh to come from the pack and claim victory.There may have been a slight disappointment at not managing to eke out a few more birdies and push for a win, but Humphreys was able to take plenty positives from the day.And even though she outscored Law on the day by six shots, the England Golf Order of Merit winner from 2019 believes she has learned plenty from watching one of her heroes up close in competitive action for 18 holes.“I was a bit nervous on the first tee,” confessed Humphreys.“I didn’t know where the ball was going to go and just thought to myself ‘Don’t put it in the water’ – especially playing with Bronte!“My drive was fine – and although I got a bit of a dodgy par on the first hole, which is a straightforward par five, I was able to calm my nerves.“It was a great experience to play with Bronte (pictured below). She put me at ease and chatted a little bit about her plans for the season.“It was great for me to see her play and even if she didn’t score as well as she’d have wanted, I could see how tough her mentality is.“I could clearly see that she was still trying on every single shot and determined – even if it wasn’t going to be her day – to shoot the best score she could.“I could see how she reacted to certain situations and it made me think about aspects of the game differently.“I don’t get the opportunity to see much of the girls playing on TV so to be invited to the Rose Series and to get this chance to play with Bronte was amazing.“I was very pleased with how I played and while I’m a bit disappointed that I couldn’t get one or two more birdies and at least make a play-off it doesn’t take away from the day.”Humphreys rhymed off eight straight pars before sinking a 12-foot putt on the ninth for birdie.A bogey at 10 was wiped out by another birdie at 11 and after sinking another putt on 16 she sat at two under par and led the field by one (see below).“I could see a leaderboard as I made my way down 15 and saw red figures at the top so I knew I needed to go under par,” added the golfer from Stoke by Nayland.“Then after the 16th the scorer with my group asked me if I wanted to know what was happening and told me: “you’re leading!”“I wanted to finish with two fours, but the 17th is a hard hole, uphill and into the wind and I never really gave myself a chance to make anything other than a bogey.“I couldn’t birdie 18 and looking back I missed a few putts.“I three-putted the fifth for a par and then missed from six foot at the seventh. Overall, though, I can’t be too disappointed.”Humphreys had planned on having a crack at the 2020 tour schools in autumn, but with these being cancelled as a result of the Coronavirus crisis, she will now focus her attention on more amateur events.“It’s unfortunate, but everyone’s in the same position,” added Humphreys.“I can now look forward to playing in the English Women’s Amateur at the end of the month at Woodhall Spa and try to build on this.“I didn’t know how I would play after so long away from competitive golf. I played the Sunningdale Foursomes in March and that seems a long time ago now.“Over the last few weeks my game has been getting steadily better and better and this has given me more confidence.”Next week (9 July) the Rose Ladies Series rolls on to Royal St George’s Golf Club in Kent – the venue for the 2021 Open Championship.Once again, some of England’s top amateur women will tee it up alongside the game’s best professionals in an event covered by Sky Sports Golf.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.ICYMI: Thank you to the team at Sky Sports Golf for their coverage of the event. 3 Jul 2020 Rose Ladies Series: Lily learns at the school of Law Tags: Bronte Law, Lily May Humphreys, Rose Ladies Serieslast_img read more

Commissioners Celebrate Earth Day, Thank Volunteers

first_imgSubmitted by Thurston County CommissionersTo celebrate Earth Day , Thurston County Commissioners presented their annual Earth Day proclamation at their regular weekly meeting. But with all the fanfare, flowers, costumes, dancing and dozens of special guests, today’s festivities will be remembered as something far beyond simple regular meeting proceedings.The proclamation declaring Tuesday, April 22 Earth Day in Thurston County was welcomed with daffodils presented by students from McLane Elementary School, and a rousing song and dance from Samba Olywa that has become a delightful annual tradition at the county commissioners’ Earth Day presentation event. Commissioners also congratulated Eli Sterling and all of the volunteers that contribute to the Procession of the Species parade as they celebrate the 20th procession this Saturday.“This special day gives us a chance to highlight the work and dedication of our local environmental heroes,” said Commission Chair Karen Valenzuela. “These volunteers are the heart and soul of this community. Thurston County is a greener and healthier place to live because of your hard work and commitment to the environment. Thank you all for everything you do for Thurston County.”“I look forward to our Earth Day celebration each year,” said Commission Vice Chair Sandra Romero. “It’s a fun and festive way to acknowledge the serious business of protecting our environment. Protecting our clean water, our fertile agricultural lands, our forests, our prairies, our wildlife, and Puget Sound protects our own quality of life and our own health here in Thurston County. Our children are counting on us to do the right thing and leave them a healthy community and a healthy planet.”“We truly could not accomplish all of the things these fabulous volunteers and environmental stewards do without the gifts of their time and tireless efforts. Thurston County as a government body could not afford all of the programs and projects that our volunteers donate to this community. What they do benefits us all, and for that we are all in their debt. They have given us all the gift of a healthier environment,” said Commissioner Cathy Wolfe. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more