Watch: A surprise musical send-off for Master Reynolds at Lurgybrack

first_imgA popular teacher at Lurgybrack NS in Letterkenny had his last day at the school today after 16 years.But the staff and students weren’t going to let him go without a fuss.Master Rory Reynolds has always been the sporting and IT champion in Lurgybrack. Come September, he will take on a new role as Principal of St Muras NS in Tooban.As a big thank you to their teacher on his last day, the Lurgybrack school community secretly recorded a musical parody video. The moving tribute to the Sligo man is called “Bye Rory” and features over 450 children and staff members. Everyone had to keep the video a secret until today, even Mr Reynolds’ sons Mark and Shane and his wife Deborah.Watch the ‘Bye Rory’ video below:  Mr Reynolds was looking forward to an eventful day already this Tuesday, as he had organised his final sports day and the official raising of the green flag for Active Week. The Green Committee were also raising the school’s 6th Green Flag. Special guest and past pupil Shaun Patton, goalkeeper for Donegal, was in attendance.Lurgybrack NS says ‘Bye Rory’ to Master Rory ReynoldsLurgybrack NS says ‘Bye Rory’ to Master Rory ReynoldsThe surprise came in the afternoon when the ‘Bye Rory’ video was premiered and a special presentation was made to Mr Reynolds. Plus, he got his own flag!Lurgybrack NS says ‘Bye Rory’ to Master Rory Reynolds, pictured with his family and Shaun PattonLurgybrack NS says ‘Bye Rory’ to Master Rory ReynoldsThe surprise was a big success, and a fitting gift for a wonderful teacher who has made a lasting impact on Lurgybrack NS.Watch: A surprise musical send-off for Master Reynolds at Lurgybrack was last modified: June 25th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Lurgybrack NSrory reynoldsSCHOOLlast_img read more

Vanguardia steps down, Alas appointed as new Phoenix coach

first_imgLouie Alas. PBA IMAGESPhoenix is off to a new path.Louie Alas has been installed as the new head coach for the Fuel Masters, days before the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Doesn’t matter how it’s done, Brownlee just wants to win title for Ginebra Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Next LATEST STORIES Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment PLAY LIST 04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment01:28Panelo on Albayalde stepping down: He has had enough01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gamescenter_img Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion “The said coaches represent two of the brightest coaching minds in the game today and we feel fortunate that they will be leading the future of our team as well as other basketball related activities,” the statement continued. “The management is elated with these changes and are expecting a different Fuel Masters team in terms of attitude, passion, intensity and pride in each game they play in Asia’s oldest professional basketball league.”Alas and Robinson were a part of coach Alex Compton’s staff in Alaska.“I’m super excited to take on a head Coaching position again as it will be a big challenge. I’m likewise sad as I’m leaving Alaska, especially Coach Alex who has very supportive and a dear friend to me and my family,” said Alas of his new post.He will be the franchise’s third coach, following Koy Banal and Vanguardia.Alas last took the helm with Letran back in NCAA Season 88 in 2012, while Robinson is currently steering Lyceum this NCAA Season 93, with the Pirates already qualified in the Finals after their 18-0 eliminations sweep.ADVERTISEMENT Team governor Raymond Zorilla announced the news on Thursday after coach Ariel Vanguardia and lead deputy Justino Pinat resigned from their duties.“After evaluating the performance of the team this past season, Mssrs. Ariel Vanguardia and Justino Pinat have earlier stepped down from their coaching positions with the best interest of the team in mind,” the team said in a statement.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutVanguardia amassed a 17-27 record with Phoenix since assuming the position prior to the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup. He led the team to three quarterfinals appearances in his tenure but failed to advance past that stage.In their lieu, coaches Alas and Topex Robinson have been signed to lead the Fuel Masters to a new beginning.last_img read more

What to expect from the Amazon smartphone

first_imgIn this file photo, Jeff Bezos, CEO and founder of Amazon, introduces the Amazon Kindle Fire during an event. Photo by AP.Today in Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos will take the stage in an event in Seattle. Normally, at such yearly events the eccentric Aamzon mogul announces new Kindle based hardware, including the blockbuster e-readers and the Android (Fire OS) based Kindle Fire tablets. Things could be a little different today. Many expect a smartphone. Reports about this mythical smartphone have been leaking for months. This device reportedly has been in the works for 5 years at Amazon’s LAB126 according to Brad Stone, who also recently published “The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the age of Amazon”. A lot is expected off the device and some consider it will be the most game changing mobile device since the original iPhone. We take a look at what to expect from the device. Camera technology The biggest deal about the device is the camera technology that it employs. The phone will sport four cameras in addition to the standard front and rear cameras to facilitate a 3D effect on the screen. While 3D screen have there before on phones like the LG Optimus 3D and the HTC Evo 3D, Amazon’s phone will not have the parallax issues that plagued previous smartphones. The six camera will be able to track the users head to produce a 3D effect on a normal LCD screen.According to Bloomberg, one of the biggest inspirations for such a screen was a demo by now Google employee Johnny Chung Lee, who used the Nintendo Wii remote and custom software to create head tracking technology. Rumours suggest the six cameras on the Amazon phone will allow for similar functionality.advertisement User interface Like Amazon’s Kindle tablets, the phone will almost certainly run on the forked version of Android that Amazon calls the Fire OS. But according to BGR, the phone will have a custom user interface that will leverage the 3D effects. The phone will have a number of 3D effects complimented by a many motion gestures that will let the user navigate the menu’s and will also let the user pull up more information by tilting the device.SpecsIn terms of basic specs, the rumoured device will not have exactly cutting edge specs. It will only have a 720p 4.7-inch screen, 2GB of RAM and a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. Some of the latest Android phones have massive QHD screens and have the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset, so comparatively the Amazon phone will be little short on ammunition.However, this still is a formidable package, which would do a late 2013 flagship proud, so there will be ample firepower on tab. Amazon will obviously banking on its unique 3D screen and interface for a very unique experience.As for the cameras on the front and back, the Amazon phone has been reported to have a 13-megapixel camera on the back and a low resolution front facing camera.On the face of it, the 3D functionality looks quite novel, but if Amazon can show compelling software experiences that tap into the capabilities of its new hardware, then one could be really looking an interesting device.last_img read more

Few SEC Running Backs Have Found The NFL To Be Really Easy

Many of the outliers aren’t much of a surprise — Peterson has seen some of the finest rushing seasons in league history over that period, and Bell may be the best back in the league today. But others require a bit more strain on the memory, such as Penn State’s Larry Johnson, who had two outstanding seasons after he emerged from behind Priest Holmes on the Kansas City Chiefs’ depth chart.More relevant, though, are the players who not only didn’t come up playing against SEC speed, but were outside the Power Five altogether. LaDainian Tomlinson, Chris Johnson, Michael Turner, Alfred Morris, Doug Martin, LeSean McCoy and a cavalcade of high-performing backs have combined for 187 player seasons with at least 100 carries since 2001. (This includes players such as Clinton Portis and Willis McGahee, who played for Miami before it joined the ACC in 2004.)1Likewise, McCoy played for Pitt before it joined the ACC and Tomlinson played for TCU before it joined the Big 12. And today’s top backs also include Jay Ajayi out of Boise State and David Johnson out of Northern Iowa.Not that any of this falls on the head of Fournette, whom everyone is taking a little too seriously. The SEC does put a lot of players in the league, and in positions to contribute for their teams. But if Fournette runs over the NFL the same way he did those SEC run defenses, he’ll be the first to do so in quite a while. When Jacksonville Jaguars rookie running back Leonard Fournette said the jump to the NFL was “really easy” after his time playing in the much-hyped SEC for LSU, a lot of observers raised an eyebrow. Things certainly haven’t always looked easy for SEC backs drafted in the first round.Todd Gurley, who was taken 10th overall out of Georgia in 2015, had an outstanding rookie season but struggled badly as a sophomore. Alabama’s Trent Richardson was out of the league in just four seasons after the Browns used the third overall pick on him in 2012. Georgia’s Knowshon Moreno had one 1,000-yard season among the six he lasted in the NFL after going 12th in 2009.The most productive highly drafted SEC backs around these days are likely Mark Ingram and Darren McFadden — neither of whom has ever looked like the star he was in college.Still, while the SEC hasn’t had the standouts of the Big 12 (Adrian Peterson, Oklahoma) or even the Big Ten (Le’Veon Bell, Michigan State), it has put a lot of backs in the league. Since 2001, there have been 97 player seasons in which a player from the SEC has had at least 100 rush attempts in a season, according to ESPN Stats & Information, compared to only 58 for the Big Ten, 43 for the Big 12, 68 for the Pac 10/12 and 38 for the ACC. This complicates the SEC’s reputation for turning out relative busts at the running back position a bit, since its players have at least shown the capacity to earn carries in the league.Here’s a chart showing each individual player season for SEC backs drafted since 2001: read more

Ohio State mens soccer beats No 15 Kentucky extends winning streak to

OSU senior midfielder Zach Mason (7) prepares to kick the ball during a game against Penn State on Sept. 20 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU tied 1-1. Credit: Ed MomotOhio State junior forward Danny Jensen scored a goal in the 56th minute to lead the Ohio State men’s soccer team to a 1-0 shutout victory over No. 15 Kentucky.The Buckeyes extended their winning streak to six games and improved their overall record to 7-4-2, while the Wildcats fell to 7-2-2 on the season.With the win, the Buckeyes tied their team-record winning streak, set during the 1987 and 1999 campaigns.The Scarlet and Gray came out of the gates strong to battle a team that came in with a matching five-game winning streak.The Buckeyes had the first shot of the game in the fourth minute when sophomore forward Marcus McCrary sent in a shot to the near post, but his shot was stopped by Kentucky senior goalkeeper Callum Irving.Senior midfielder Kyle Culbertson had the next good look for the Buckeyes in the 19th minute, but Irving also saved his shot.While the offense was stymied by the Wildcats’ defense, the Scarlet and Gray defense matched the effort throughout the first half, preventing the Wildcats from scoring.In the second half of the game, a few Buckeyes created highlight plays that proved vital to the victory.OSU redshirt senior goalkeeper Chris Froschauer made the biggest save of the game in the 50th minute when he stopped a shot from Kentucky junior midfielder Napo Matsoso. Matsoso gathered a rebound to send in a shot from the near post, but Froschauer came across with the save.Froschauer had three saves of the game, earning his fifth shutout of the year and second in a row.Jensen’s goal came in the second half when headed in a shot toward the back post with assists from Christian Soldat and Culbertson. Jenson’s goal gave him the OSU lead in scoring with nine points (four goals, one assist).Once again, the Scarlet and Gray defense held strong in the final 20 minutes to prevent the Wildcats from putting a point on the board.In addition to ending Kentucky’s five-game winning streak, the Buckeyes handed the Wildcats their first home loss of the season.Overall, shots were 13-4 in favor of Kentucky, while corner shots were 5-3 in favor of OSU.The Buckeyes are next scheduled to return home to resume Big Ten play against Wisconsin at 2 p.m. on Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

Track and field teams ready for Big Ten Championships

Ohio State’s track and field team will compete this weekend in the Big Ten Conference Championships in Bloomington, Ind. Events begin today and continue through Saturday and Sunday.The men’s track and field team is coming off of an impressive performance in the Billy Hayes Invitational, which was also held at Indiana University.Senior Elon Simms won the 400-meter hurdles event with the seventh-best time in the Big Ten season, 52.13 seconds. OSU had seven additional top-four placements in various events.Senior Jeff See, OSU’s top distance runner, said the team has a good shot at winning and he is looking forward to his races.See will be running the 1500-meter, which he has placed second and third in before, and the 5K, which he has not yet placed in.“I’m much fitter heading into championship season than I’ve been in the past, so hopefully that will be the difference maker,” he said. “I’m going into both races with the expectation of winning them. Top three is fine, but I don’t see any reason to count myself out of winning.”The women’s track and field team is also returning on a good note after 10 top-four placements in the 25th Jesse Owens Track Classic.Among these placements are two first-place finishes. Sophomore All-American Christina Manning clenched the 100-meter hurdles title, and Shaniqua McGinnis and Latoya Sanderson had a season-best performance in the 4×100-meter relay, also the third-best performance this season in the Big Ten.Junior sprinter and hurdler Letecia Wright said her team is prepared.“Everyone’s been keeping their focus on championships throughout the season,” Wright said. “Every week, people strive to improve their marks because they know championships are a battle and everyone is bringing their A-game.”While optimistic, Wright knows the competition will be no a walk in the park for herself and her teammates.“I think the biggest challenge we face is not getting lazy or too comfortable after doing so well in indoor season,” she said. “As a team, we have to keep the intensity in training and I think we’ve done a good job with that.”Wright will compete in the 100-meter hurdles, 100-meter dash, and 4×100-meter relay in Bloomington. Though she said she has done “alright” so far in her events, she hopes to push herself harder than ever.“I want to run fast and give 100 percent in all the events so I can get set up for regionals and nationals,” she said. “As a team, I think we can get in the top five if everyone competes the way we know they can compete.”With high hopes from all parts of the team, OSU will stay focused this week on its weekend championship goals.“We’ve really done all we can to make sure we’re ready and a lot of our guys are running great,” See said. “We need to use each other’s performances as momentum in our own events. If we can build off of each other, it’ll be hard to stop us.” read more

Mens Lacrosse No 16 Ohio State piles on the goals in 1710

Ohio State then-sophomore attack Tre Leclaire walks off the field with his teammates after scoring his first goal of the game in the first quarter against Michigan on April 13, 2018. Ohio State beat the Wolverines 8-5. Credit: Edward Sutelan | Editor In ChiefOhio State found scoring from seven different players against Boston University on Saturday, but it also relied on the same players from the week before.In the Buckeyes’ 17-10 win against the Terriers, senior midfielder Jack Jasinski and junior attacker Tre LeClaire came up big once again, giving Ohio State nine goals between the two.Jasinski’s five goals were a team high and LeClaire added four of his own to give the pair eight and seven goals on the season, respectively.“The goal every year is to improve,” Jasinski said. “This year I keep chipping away and at it and luckily the results came our way.”Ohio State (2-0) and its’ fast-paced offense came out with a 10-3 lead at the half, before senior attacker James Burr and Boston (1-1) made a surge comeback in the second half to close the gap before the Buckeyes ultimately pulled away late for a seven-goal win.“You take confidence from doing, and we were confident going into today from what we saw in practice this week,” head coach Nick Myers said. “I think the guys were confident that all we needed to do was do what we did for three or four days that to me was probably the biggest key, we didn’t have that feeling a week ago, and I love the way the guys responded to last week.”The offense was on full display from the start of the whistle, with Jasinski opening the scoring with a goal less than a minute into the contest. Boston countered that with a goal early from freshman attacker Timmy Ley,  but the Buckeyes would get three straight goals for a 4-1 lead.The Terriers would get another goal before Ohio State came back again with three straight goals to end the first quarter with a 7-2 lead. The second quarter was more of the same, with the Buckeyes starting the quarter off quickly on a goal by sophomore midfielder Colby Barker, his first goal of the season, helping Ohio State take a seven-goal lead into a halftimeIn the third quarter, the game started to turn. after the third goal from LeClaire, Boston scored four straight goals to cut the game to 11-7 before the Buckeyes ended the quarter with back-to-back goals for a 13-8 lead heading into the fourth quarter.Ohio State outscored the Terriers 4-3 in the final frame to take the victory and move to 2-0 on the season“We were trying to do a little too much, and we got back to it in the fourth quarter,” Jasinski said.Burr finished with six goals for the Terriers, and Boston freshman goalie Joe McSorley made five saves on 22 attempts.Ohio State freshman goalie Skylar Wahlund made his first career start, making eight saves and leaving the game with a .500 save percentage before redshirt-sophomore Josh Kirson came in, saving three shots on five attempts.“I think both goalies did a good job, we didn’t do a great job in that third quarter, I think we got two guys that are really capable, just like a lot of positions there is competition,” Myers said.No. 15 Ohio State heads to Amherst, Massachusetts to take on UMass at 1 p.m. on Saturday. read more

Its a difficult group Valencia coach

first_imgSpanish manager Marcelino Garcia Toral believe the UEFA Champions League group for Valencia is difficult but not impossibleSpanish La Liga side Valencia has been drawn into one of the most difficult groups of the 2018-2019 UEFA Champions League.The Spanish team will have to play against Italy’s Juventus, England’s Manchester United and Switzerland’s Young Boys.But Valencia coach Marcelino Garcia Toral believes that while the group is difficult, it is not impossible to qualify to the next round.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“It’s a difficult group and we knew that being in the third pot would expose us to risks, but there’s nothing impossible in life and that includes this group,” Marcelino told the official Valencia radio station as quoted by Football Italia.“It’s an attractive group, exciting for us and the fans. We’ll try to go through to the next phase and after six games we’ll see where we are.”“Our hope and ambition are to keep going. I’m certain Juventus and Manchester United will consider Valencia to be a minefield and it’ll be very motivating for us against these opponents,” he added.last_img read more

Djibril Cissé Zidane tried to convince me to join Real Madrid

first_imgFormer Liverpool striker Djibril Cissé has revealed that Zinedine Zidane tried to convince him to join Real Madrid in 2002Cissé rose to prominence at French club AJ Auxerre and he twice finished top of the Ligue 1 scoring charts in his six seasons of senior level football at the club.After scoring 70 times in 128 games for Auxerre, a £16m deal was announced for Cisse by Liverpool in 2004.But the Frenchman claims that the Reds were not the only club interested in him at the time.“In my final year at Auxerre, I had already signed a pre-contract with Liverpool. And in 2002, during the Japan & South Korea World Cup, I got settled in my room with Sylvain (Wiltord),” he told RMC Sport.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“I am in my room all alone at this point, and I hear a knock on the door. It is Zizou (Zidane) and I am like ‘oh no, what have I done, I am 20, I have only just arrived, why me.’ He says sit down I need to speak with you.“Zizou says that at Real Madrid we are interested in you, that we want you to come and play for us. I look at him, I say honestly, I don’t know how to say no to you, but I have already signed a pre-contract… and even in training (at Real Madrid) I wouldn’t be good enough to be in the squad, look who was playing then.“I thought it was impossible if I joined Real Madrid, it would stop my progress. Van Nistelrooy was still there. I didn’t think it was the right club for me. I signed for Liverpool. People speculated a lot and said I could have joined a better club.”Cisse managed 24 goals in 79 games for Liverpool and scored a spot-kick in a penalty shoot-out from the club’s famous comeback win against AC Milan in the 2005 Champions League final.Cisse now plays for Italian Serie D side Vicenza.last_img read more