EHF Challenge Cup: SKA Minsk with one hand on the trophy, wins 31:26 in Luxembourg

first_imgShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsSKA Minsk and Spartak Mironovic are on the way to return the club where it was at the end of the 80’s, when the club won three times the EHF Champions League in 1987, 1989 and 1990. This time SKA Minsk won the lowest in ranking European Competition – the Challenge Cup – but with the superb play they’ve showed this season and also the fact that they are pretty much able to parry Dinamo Minsk and Brest Meshkov in the domestic Belarussian Championship, we can surely expect them to challenge a higher in rank EHF Competition next season.In the first leg of the Challenge Cup final, SKA Minsk won 31:26 against Handball Esch in Luxembourg, and with this victory the second-leg seems only a formality. Pukhouski was the game’s top scorer, while at the same time he is the Challenge Cup top scorer as well. Meshkov Brest beat SKA Minsk for Belarussian Cup trophy 2016! Click to comment ShareTweetShareShareEmail EHF Cup (Round 2): Ademar Leon and Nantes with dominant victories Related Items:challenge cup, esch, handball esch, martin muller, minsk, mironovitch, SKA Minsk, spartak mironovic Meshkov Brest win Belarussian championship 2016! Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Recommended for youlast_img read more

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Broadway League to Dim All Marquee Lights in Memory of Harold Prince

first_imgThe Broadway League has announced that marquee lights of all Broadway theaters will be dimmed tonight for exactly one minute at 7:45pm in memory of 21-time Tony-winning director/producer Harold Prince, who died this morning at age 91.”To be both a genius and a gentleman is rare and extraordinary,” said Thomas Schumacher, chairman of The Broadway League. “Hal Prince’s genius was matched by his generosity of spirit, particularly with those building a career. Sitting on the T. Edward Hambleton Fellowship Panel of Mentors alongside Hal was both a lesson in producing and a lesson in humanity. He was a giant.””Harold Prince, a former chairman of the board of the Broadway League, was devoted to the theater and cared deeply about all aspects of the business. His passion, creativity and unparalleled standards gave life to so many of the shows we now consider Broadway classics,” said Charlotte St. Martin, president of The Broadway League. “He was famous for his remarkable artistic collaborations, but what some may not realize was his extraordinary commitment to mentoring the next generation of industry professionals and ensuring the future of Broadway.”Among Prince’s Tony-winning works were the original productions of Sweeney Todd, West Side Story, Cabaret, Fiddler on the Roof and the record-breaking hit The Phantom of the Opera, which is currently the longest-running musical in Broadway history.His other Broadway credits include The Pajama Game, Damn Yankees, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Company, Parade, She Loves Me, It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s Superman, Pacific Overtures, On the Twentieth Century, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Merrily We Roll Along and the revue Prince of Broadway, which marked his final Broadway credit.Prince was presented with a Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2006. View Commentslast_img read more

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My Donegal with Councillor Patrick McGowan

first_imgWell known County Councillor and Cathaoirleach of the Stranorlar Municipal Area, Cllr Patrick McGowan is a proud Donegal man. Here he outlines what he loves about Donegal and why he is a big fan of Michael Murphy.What is your favourite place in Donegal and why?Narin. Family holidays in a caravan. If you could change one thing about Donegal what would it be?A little less rainWho is the one person that you look up to and why?Pat the Cope Gallagher. He works seven days a week for the people. I don’t know where he gets the energy and motivation from. What’s your happiest Christmas memory in Donegal?When Edanne and I and our three children were together for Christmas 12 years ago.What has been Donegal’s proudest moment in recent years?Winning the All Ireland and this year’s Irish open in BallyliffinIf you found a magic wand that allowed you to grant one wish, what would it be? End the madness of bigotry and persecution.What is your favourite Donegal-made product?Rapeseed oilWho is Donegal’s greatest ambassador around the world and why? Has to be Daniel O’DonnellWhat has been the biggest compliment you’ve ever received?Getting electedWho is your favourite Donegal sportsperson of all time?Michael MurphyWhat is your favourite Donegal restaurant?Conkers – good food and good serviceWhat is your favourite Donegal saying or expression?How’s it going!What is the biggest challenge facing the people of Donegal?Getting a good paying job and to be happy at your work.What is your favourite food that you associate with Donegal?Scone with raisinsIs there anything that really annoys you about Donegal or its people?Not pulling together as much as we use to doDo you have a favourite local band?ClannadIf you had a million euro to improve something in Donegal what would it be?St Josephs hospital.Where’s the most unusual place you’ve logged on to Donegal Daily?AzerijbanIs there anything about Donegal that you are very proud of? (example: our culture/language)Our beachesWhat is the most rewarding thing about what you do?Helping someone get something they are entitled to.My Donegal with Councillor Patrick McGowan was last modified: December 29th, 2018 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:BallybofeyMY DONEGALPATRICK MCGOWANlast_img read more

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Recent Belcher pledge to support WCU scholarships inspires another $1 million commitment

first_img“This scholarship has majorly helped me work toward earning my degrees. I am paying for college on my own, and I am an out-of-state student,” said Bevers, who is majoring in management and finance. “Each year, I take out the maximum amount of loans possible from the government. Without the Brinson Annual Scholarship, I would have to come up with the extra money on my own or take out a loan with a higher interest rate. The scholarship relieves a lot of that pressure.” “This scholarship allowed me to be able to save more money to put toward my loans and save for my wedding that is two weeks after graduation, so that was very helpful,” she said. “I think that scholarships are one of the only reasons some students get to come to college. Because of this, there should be more scholarships available and they should be easily accessible.” That is why, after learning of the Belchers’ leadership gift in the Lead the Way campaign, they decided the time was right to increase their support for Honors College scholarships. They also are directing some of their gifts to Honors College programming, general scholarship support and the Catamount Club. “Our original contributions were brought about by my involvement on the Honors College Advisory Board and Jack’s involvement with the Foundation Board,” Judy Brinson said. “We had the opportunity to learn about WCU’s commitment and importance to Western North Carolina. While neither of us graduated from Western, we love this area and understand the need for quality, affordable higher education.” “This scholarship has helped immensely by taking some of the financial stress off my shoulders. College is stressful as is, and when you add in the money situation, it makes it even worse. Every bit of help matters,” said Johnston. For more information on how to help deserving students at WCU, visit the website give.wcu.edu. A husband and wife who divide their time between Highlands in the Western North Carolina mountains and Hilton Head Island in the South Carolina Lowcountry recently announced a $1 million commitment to fund scholarships for students in the Honors College at Western Carolina University. Twenty-eight students to date have received financial support to attend WCU through the Brinson Annual Scholarship Fund. Among them is Joy Johnston, a senior from Mills River majoring in English. The Brinsons, who are among dozens of friends of the university who have been moved to do just that, decided to increase their original gifts of $350,000 to the $1 million level, said Judy Brinson. “We were inspired by Chancellor Belcher and Susan and their gift to the Lead the Way campaign,” she said. “He and Susan have a dedication to WCU that is infectious.”center_img The Brinsons are co-owners of Apparel Brands Inc., an international uniform manufacturing business. Although they are not WCU alumni, they say they have come to embrace the university and its commitment to providing higher education opportunities to the people of WNC. Jack and Judy Brinson, who already were longtime contributors to WCU, say they were inspired to increase their philanthropic support for the university to seven figures by an October announcement by Chancellor David O. Belcher and wife Susan. That’s when the Belchers pledged $1.23 million for WCU’s ongoing efforts to increase scholarship support for students. In announcing their pledge, the Belchers said they hoped to inspire others who are willing to make transformational gifts as the Lead the Way comprehensive fundraising campaign, with a focus on endowed scholarships, nears the public phase. Burgin Mackey, a sophomore from Mars Hill majoring in environmental health and Japanese studies, is also continuing his pursuit of a college degree with financial assistance made possible by the Brinsons’ gifts. And for Ally Bevers, a junior from Mount Airy, Georgia, the support provided through the Brinson Scholarship Fund is helping her pay the higher cost of tuition for students who are not from North Carolina. “We have been so impressed by Honors College Dean Jill Granger and the Honors College students and staff. We have met many of the students, and know that they are hardworking and deserving,” Judy Brinson said. “We also know that scholarships are necessary to continue to attract the best students. For some students, scholarships provide a lifeline just to allow them to even attend college.” “The Brinson Scholarship has made it possible for me to complete my second year at Western. Coming from a background where money is tight, I rely on scholarships to help me pay for my education. My career goals require me to attain a formal education so there is no other way for me to go to achieve my dreams,” Mackey said. “I am very grateful to the scholarship committee for helping me to accomplish my goals.”last_img read more

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ATG Recommendations Aims to Predict Your Next Purchase

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting richard macmanus Related Posts Tags:#Features#NYT#Recommendation Engines#web ATG calls its approach to recommendations a “blended approach”, which aims to predict what the consumer wants to buy next. The recommendations come from a combination of user, site and product data. Elements include purchase history, the time of day, where the user clicked from, what browser they use, product catalog variables, historical shopping information, click-stream data, and more. Out of all this ATG provides what it calls “predictive recommendations”.How is ATG Different From richrelevance?ATG’s approach sounded very similar to that of richrelevance. So we asked ATG: what’s different? Bruce D’Ambrosio, founder of CleverSet and ATG’s Chief Scientist, responded that richrelevance is similar, but that it is “mostly a subset” of what ATG Recommendations does. He said that ATG is focused on bringing the merchandiser “into the conversation with the visitor”, whereas richrelevance perhaps has less focus on merchandiser and more on the user. D’Ambrosio further said that ATG models the visitor in both current and longer term sessions. The method it uses is called “Statistical Relational Learning” (SRL), whereby ATG integrates information about the actual user with “similar visitors”. It also incorporates relational data about the product and “context of use”.Another key piece of data that ATG focuses on is “engagement”, by which it means what fraction of users/buyers interact with recommendations. D’Ambrosio said that they see an enormous amount of this engagement activity before users buy products.The Netflix PrizeAs an interesting aside, we asked D’Ambrosio, as a very learned and experienced engineer in this field, what his thoughts were on the Netflix Prize. We mentioned the Napoleon Dynamite problem, whereby products like that are hard to recommend against. D’Ambrosio replied that to win the Netflix Prize will require a re-definition of the problem, by “dramatically expanding the scope of the information”. He said that most of the interesting information required to do Netflix recommendations well is actually off-site – e.g. product data that’s not in the catalog on Netflix. He thinks that to win the Netflix Prize, contestants must gather more information about products like Napoleon Dynamite.Conclusion: Big PlayerAs well as finding that it’s a crowded market, another thing we’ve discovered in this series is that comparing recommendation engines directly to one another is nearly impossible. Firstly because each customer has different needs and so unless the customer has tried more than one product, they won’t be able to accurately compare them. But secondly, each recommendation engine has a different approach and their algorithms are complicated – and well protected. Who knows what is really under the hood of Baynote, richrelevance or ATG.However, ATG does have a good track record behind it; and we were particularly impressed by the knowledge of Bruce D’Ambrosio – surely one of the company’s best assets in recommendations technologies. So if you’re an e-commerce shop looking to implement recommendations, ATG seems like a relatively safe bet. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… In this latest instalment in our series on recommendation engines, we look at ATG – an e-commerce services vendor which, among other things, provides recommendations technology to retailers such as Tommy Hilfiger and BetterWorldBooks. ATG has a similar “blended” approach to recommendations as richrelevance, whom we profiled last week – in other words it uses a mix of personalization and wisdom of the crowds. ATG’s current approach to recommendations is heavily influenced by a product it acquired in January 2008, CleverSet. We spoke to ATG this week, to find out more about their recommendations product and what makes it stand out in (what we’re discovering) is a crowded market for recommendation technologies.We spoke to 3 people from ATG: Ryan Hoppe, Marketing Director, ATG e-Commerce Optimization Services; Erik Holm, Product Manager, ATG Recommendations; and joining us later in the call was Bruce D’Ambrosio, Chief Scientist and the founder of CleverSet (also a former Oregon State University computer science professor).CleverSet, now known as ‘ATG Recommendations’, is described on ATG’s website as “a predictive recommendations service”. It’s just one part of a suite of e-commerce “optimization services”. The company claims that it is differentiated from other recommendations services by its focus on commerce and the fact that it is a stable, profitable company. In the 2008 year the company did $164M revenue “with profitability”. That figure includes many services and licensing revenues, of which product recommedations is just one. ATG was founded in 1991 and it did an IPO in 1999, so it does appear to be more experienced than competitors like richrelevance.Predictive RecommendationsATG’s core product is an e-commerce suite, which it says is used to power hundreds of online store fronts. Its “e-Commerce Optimization Services”, which includes recommendations, can be used on other e-commerce sites as well as those powered by ATG. The company told us that their products aim to increase the following 3 things: conversion rates; order value; and customer attention.last_img read more

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W3C Announces MathML 3, New Standards for Math on the Web

first_imgGrowing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Tags:#hack#Tools W3C has announced the third version of its standards for the inclusion of mathematical expressions in Web pages. MathML (Mathematical Markup Language) is aimed to make math on the Web more accessible and more international. While the basic markup remains the same, this version brings to it some improvements for assistive technology, as well as for formulas in languages that are written from right to left. The MathML standard is supported in a number of applications already, beyond just websites – eBooks, equation editors, screen readers, braille displays, and computational software, for example. And it’s part of the larger W3C Open Web Platform, which includes HTML5, CSS and SVG. As browsers expand their support for HTML5, MathML support will be included. This means that embedding math in Web documents will become easier, and math software can more easily publish to HTML.In announcing the new version, W3C stresses three areas: accessibility, education, and international interoperability. As testimony from Adil Allawi, Technical Director of Diwan Software Limited, an Arabic language software publisher makes clear, math – on the Web at least – is yet to be an “international language”: “We have been working for the past five years converting Arabic school books to electronic documents, but we have always faced problems with mathematical books which rely on custom layout and fonts,” he says.An Example of MathMLHere’s an emaple of how MathML works in order to represent the equation “x squared plus 4x plus 4 equals 0 The first example uses presentational tags, the second semantic tags.Presentational tags:Semantic tags: Related Posts 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac…center_img Why You Love Online Quizzes How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? audrey watterslast_img read more

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Man’s body found after Lake of the Ozarks boat crash

first_imgAuthorities have found the body of a Eugene man after a boat accident on the Lake of the Ozarks.The Highway Patrol says two boats crashed into each other at about 10 p.m. Saturday at the 4 MM of the Osage Arm. The driver of the upstream boat, 62-year-old Kelly Wise of Atlantic, Iowa, has been arrested on suspicion of boating while intoxicated. He has minor injuries, and his passenger has moderate injuries.Four mid-Missourians were in the boat heading downstream. Troopers say they found the body of 39-year-old Jason Russell of Eugene at 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Nathan Sneller, 37, of Jefferson City was flown to a hospital with serious injuries. Driver Bradley Siebeneck, 37, of Holts Summit, and 42-year-old Brian Basham of Eldon have minor injuries.(This story was last updated at 4:25 a.m. Monday.)last_img read more

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Virat Kohli reveals long-term ambition: Wanted to be one of the top players in the world

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli was honoured with the Polly Umrigar award at the Board of Control for Cricket in India annual awards ceremony on Wednesday. Kohli is the only Indian cricketer to receive this award three times. (Virat Kohli, R Ashwin receive awards in glittering BCCI ceremony)Kohli, upon receiving the award from former India wicket-keeper Farokh Engineer, thanked his teammates and acknowledged 2016 as the breakthrough year in his career. (Virat Kohli, Ravichandran Ashwin bag top honours at BCCI 2016-17 awards)[email protected] receives the Polly Umrigar award #Naman pic.twitter.com/eLewm11UVa- BCCI (@BCCI) March 8, 2017″It’s been quite unbelievable, the last 10-12 months. As cricketers you always have a breakthrough year. Starting later 2015 to end of last year probably I could recall, you know, when I get older as the breakthrough year in my career. All the hard-work, all the training, on a daily basis all the sacrifices I think came together nicely,” Kohli said at the glittering awards ceremony which was held in Bengaluru.WATCH FULL VIDEO”Couldn’t have been possible without the help of my teammates. At times when you don’t do well is when champion players in your side step up. Everyone has been able to do that and that’s why we are the top side in the world. Its testimony to the kind of talent we have in the team. I thank all my teammates for the support, the trust and the effort. It’s a great honour receiving this for the third time,” he added.advertisementThe ceremony was conducted by former India all-rounder and Team Director Ravi Shastri, who also asked Kohli on what triggered off the spark in him that took his game to a different level.”I always wanted to be one of the top players in the world so I understood what it would take for me to maintain my form in all three formats. Its very important in the transitional phase to be available for all three formats. The kind of position the BCCI has put me in I’m very thankful of. I take it as an opportunity, I don’t take this as a job. I’ve been put in a place that I need to do the right things, set the right examples and follow a certain path that the whole team believes in.”My early days in my career as well there have been people who doubted the way I’ve gone about with my game. Even now there are doubters and haters all around. But one thing is for sure that I’ve always believed in myself, always believed in my heart that if I work hard 120% everyday of my life then I won’t be answerable to anyone,” Kohli said.The 28-year-old was on a roll last year amassing 1215 runs in 12 Tests at an average of over 75 including a record four double hundreds in consecutive series. He scored 739 runs in 10 ODIs at 92.37 with three hundreds and slammed 641 runs in 15 Twenty20 internationals at 106.83 with seven half-centuries to his name. He is the only batsman in the world who averages over 50 in all three formats of the game.last_img read more

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Charo Says No To Bullfighting

first_imgOn behalf of PETA, saucy Spanish-American entertainer Charo has appealed to authorities to reject an initiative to protect and promote bullfighting as a national cultural pastime.The actor and classical guitarist, who went to weekly bullfights with her father as a young girl, wrote to Spain’s Culture Committee after an industry-led petition automatically triggered the consideration.“I am proud of my Spanish heritage, but I was shocked and saddened to learn that you are considering protecting bullfighting as a cultural pastime,” she wrote. “I was born and grew up in Murcia, where I studied classical and flamenco guitar under Andrés Segovia until I teamed up with Xavier Cugat to bring Spanish music and culture to the rest of the world. I have spent my career entertaining people, but there is nothing remotely entertaining about stabbing bulls to death in bullfighting arenas.“I grew up attending weekly bullfights with my father, so I saw how the bulls were tortured and killed. Despite the history of bullfighting in Spain, times and sensibilities have changed, and millions of Spanish citizens have signed petitions to ban bullfighting across the country. As a result, the barbaric “sport” has been outlawed in Catalonia and the Canary Islands. Even our state-run Spanish television discontinued live coverage of bullfighting, saying it is too violent for children to see.“As a proud Spaniard and member of PETA, I am ashamed that some in my country continue to cling to a sad chapter of our history that should have come to an end long ago. Cruelty is not culture. I urge you to reject the initiative to protect bullfighting.”Bulls are commonly deprived of food and water for days prior to a “fight”, and before entering the ring, they can have the tips of their horns shaved off and petroleum jelly smeared into their eyes to blur their vision. Once in the ring, a bull is repeatedly stabbed by a variety of spears, spikes and daggers, causing tremendous pain and blood loss until the matador finally drives a sword into the exhausted animal. Bullfighting has been on the decline for years, with attendance decreasing and bullrings closing in countries where it is allowed, as more and more people put animal welfare first. Seventy-six per cent of Spaniards say that they have no interest in this barbaric ritual, and the industry survives only because of subsidies from Spanish and EU taxpayers. Any move to protect bullfighting would be a huge step backwards.last_img read more

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PDM on Passing of Conrad Howell

first_img TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Only Doug and Ralph and Ruth can fit, that’s why TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Recommended for you Related Items:condolences, Pdm, Rev Dr. Conrad Howell Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 14 Sept 2015 – The PDM in a press release extended sincerest and deepest condolences to the family of Dr. Conrad Howell.The opposition party describes the late Dr. Howell as a citizen who chose to be a participant in his country’s affairs through various means; he was a constant voice in the national dialogue. His life is therefore worthy of celebration.The PDM also spoke about the unity displayed by members of the public on the Island of Providenciales over the weekend. The partnership between the Police and the people was an encouraging breath of fresh air.The PDM encourages TCIslanders through the mourning, to also give thanks for the life and contributions of the Late Rev Dr. Conrad Howell. last_img read more

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