T&T beat Jamaica to reach final

first_imgTrinidad and Tobago will play Barbados in the finals of the second round of the 2016 Caribbean Women’s Olympic Beach Qualifier today at the Urban Development Corporation’s Beach in Ocho Rios, St Ann. Trinidad advanced after beating Jamaica 15-11 in a golden set to advance 3-2 in one semi-final while Barbados got the better of French St Martin (3-0). All four teams advance to the third round of the elimination, scheduled for El Salvador in May. Yesterday’s result a big disappointment for the Jamaica delegation. “A golden set is like a penalty shootout in football, one false start and it’s very difficult to come back; we started off slow in the set and we ended up chasing the game and in the end we lost,” said coach Gatasheu Bonner. “Our first aim was to qualify for the third round (but) apart from that we really, really wanted to win this tournament here and give our Jamaican fans something to cheer about.”last_img read more

Northern BC Winter Games Results – Individual results as of 10:30am

first_imgThe Northern BC Winter Games are underway this weekend in MacKenzie with athletes from all over Northern BC Participating.  Here are the individual results from athletes in Peace River – Northern Rockies.  We will post more results each day. Figure SkatingJunior Bronze 9-20Baldonnel5NA Swimming14 & Under 50 Fly MaleFort St John538.91 McLeodMollyFinalsSilverFigure SkatingPrePreliminary 9-20Dawson Creek2NA GrecoKaseyFinalsBronzeFigure SkatingPrePreliminary 9-20Baldonnel3NA BraybrookChristyFinalsGoldFigure SkatingPrePreliminary 9-20Fort St John1NA Figure SkatingPreliminary 9-20Chetwynd4NA LindstromBrooklynFinals WassMattFinals WiddicombeCarlyFinals HuangLangeFinalsBronzeSwimming14 & Under 100 Back MaleFort St John31:16.96 Last NameFirst NameForMedalSportEventCityPlaceScore Figure SkatingJunior Bronze 9-20Fort St John7NA Figure SkatingPrePreliminary 9-20Dawson Creek6NA Swimming15 & Over 100 Breast FemaleChetwynd41:33.46 StewartCarsonFinals Swimming14 & Under 400 Free MaleFort St John56:13.75 BrodyErinFinals JarrattWhitneyFinalsBronzeFigure SkatingJunior Bronze 9-20Fort St John3NA Last NameFirst NameForMedalSportEventCityPlaceScore StevensKristinFinals WillsieAmandaFinals GibosNancyFinals Swimming15 & Over 100 Breast FemaleFort St John51:35.14 GreenwellAirdrieFinals GinterKelseyFinals CameronKelseyFinals FarnsworthKristinFinals Figure SkatingSenior Bronze 9-20Chetwynd6NA Swimming15 & Over 100 Back FemaleChetwynd41:22.41 GinterKelseyFinals EmsleyNicoleFinalsBronzeFigure SkatingSenior Bronze 9-20Fort St John3NA De SmitCaitlinFinals WiddicombeCarlyFinals Figure SkatingJunior Bronze 9-20Fort St John6NA HuangLangeFinalsSilverSwimming14 & Under 100 Breast MaleFort St John21:29.74 WassMattFinals Swimming14 & Under 50 Fly FemaleDawson Creek638.08 Swimming15 & Over 100 Breast FemaleChetwynd61:35.53 1 2 3 4 Swimming15 & Over 400 Free FemaleFort St John45:42.10 Swimming14 & Under 100 Breast FemaleDawson Creek41:32.10 De SmitCaitlinFinalsBronzeSwimming15 & Over 50 Fly FemaleFort St John334.70 WiddicombeCarlyFinals RossMartiFinalsSilverFigure SkatingSenior Bronze 9-20Chetwynd2NA Swimming15 & Over 50 Free FemaleDawson Creek432.48 Figure SkatingSenior Bronze 9-20Chetwynd5NA 1 2 3 4 Last NameFirst NameForMedalSportEventCityPlaceScore HuangLangeFinalsBronzeSwimming14 & Under 50 Free MaleFort St John330.22 HuangLangeFinalsSilverSwimming14 & Under 400 Free MaleFort St John25:19.69 McMasterBrittneyFinals HuangLangeFinalsGoldSwimming14 & Under 50 Fly MaleFort St John129.52 ShentonCarleeFinalsGoldFigure SkatingJunior Bronze 9-20Fort St John1NA BeechKirstynFinalsBronzeFigure SkatingPreliminary 9-20Fort St John3NA Swimming15 & Over 400 Free FemaleFort St John55:48.13 JewisonHeatherFinals NelsonCharlaFinals Last NameFirst NameForMedalSportEventCityPlaceScore Swimming15 & Over 50 Fly FemaleChetwynd437.76 Figure SkatingPrePreliminary 9-20Fort St John7NA BraybrookChristyFinalsGoldFigure SkatingPreliminary 9-20Fort St John1NA – Advertisement – JakubowskiHayleyFinals Figure SkatingSenior Bronze 9-20Chetwynd7NA Swimming14 & Under 100 Breast MaleFort St John61:38.98 WassMattFinals GallagherKortneyFinalsGoldFigure SkatingSenior Bronze 9-20Fort St John1NA De SmitCaitlinFinals Swimming15 & Over 400 Free FemaleFort St John66:15.81 LindstromBrooklynFinals WiddicombeCarlyFinals Swimming15 & Over 50 Fly FemaleDawson Creek539.10 1 2 3 4 Swimming15 & Over 50 Free FemaleChetwynd532.56last_img read more


first_imgDaniel O’Donnell has revealed that himself and brave wife Majella met her cancer battle head-on by pressing ahead with holiday plans.Daniel and MajellaMajella captured the hearts of the nation when she appeared on the Late Late Show to have her hair shaved for the Irish Cancer Society.Now singer Daniel has revealed how they went about fighting the disease by living life to the full including booking a holiday. “The one thing the doctors told us was to live life as normal as possible and do all the things she felt up to.“Prior to her diagnosis we had booked a trip to Rome, Vienna & Budapest, this was to take place on the 23rd of September, 10 days after her first treatment.“Thankfully she was well enough to go and we had a great time,” he said.Daniel revealed that Majella has now managed to raise more than €575,000 after appearing alongside Late Late Show host Ryan Tubridy. And the Donegal entertainer said his wife is continuing to have more treatment.“She’s had her second round of chemotherapy although the treatment is very tough she is staying really positive and in good spirits.“I would like to thank you for your good wishes & prayers. And Majella especially asked me to say how touched she is with all of your kind thoughts.”He added that he still feels guilty about touring abroad but Majella has instead the show must go on.“From my point of view it’s been difficult touring all the time and not being able to be with her. But Majella was adamant that I would continue doing the shows.” DANIEL AND MAJELLA FACED CANCER BY GOING ON HOLIDAYS was last modified: October 10th, 2013 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:cancerdaniel o’donnellMajellalast_img read more

Farm Bill could help farms battling low prices

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dairy farmers have a stronger safety net against low milk prices and high feed costs under the new federal farm bill, and more federal dollars will be spent to spur international trade of American agricultural products.Both changes could help farmers at a time when revenues from selling milk, corn and soybeans have dipped and markets have shrunk.Under the new farm bill, dairy farmers will pay lower premiums for a federal program that provides them payments when the margin between milk prices and feed costs dips below a certain level set by the government. The top level of coverage was raised from $8 to $9.50 per hundred pounds of milk, which will increase payments to dairy farmers.“This is not a trivial change,” said Carl Zulauf, an agricultural economist and professor emeritus with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University.“It could mean a lot to dairy farmers.”Ohio’s dairy farmers have recently been leaving the business at a higher than usual rate as a result of a drop in the price they’ve gotten for their milk for several years. Many of Ohio’s 2,130 dairy farmers have struggled with reduced revenue because the supply of dairy products has outstripped the demand.The new federal farm bill signed by President Donald Trump on Dec. 20 is expected to cost $867 billion over the next decade. It is a massive piece of legislation that funds a host of programs from crop insurance to food assistance. The House of Representatives and the Senate each passed separate versions of the bill in June.“Given the large voting margins, I think there was something in this bill that appealed to everybody, whether you’re living in a rural area or an urban area,” said Ben Brown, manager of the farm management program in CFAES.Missing from the final bill is a controversial provision to increase work requirements for those receiving foods stamps, also known as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).The farm bill’s allocation of additional money to open up new foreign markets for agricultural products amounts to an additional $235 million over the next five years. This comes at a time when the U.S. share of world markets for many of its agricultural exports is continuing to decline, as it has for decades, Zulauf said.Soybeans are Ohio’s top agricultural export, but sizeable international tariffs imposed this year on U.S. soybeans as well as on corn and other commodities have driven down the international demand for those crops.“Farmers want someone to help market their products, which leads to higher demand,” Brown said.The debate has been over whether the government should partner with farm organizations to help pay for marketing agricultural goods, he said.Since March, when the Trump Administration announced a 25% tariff on foreign steel and 10 percent on foreign aluminum bought in the United States, countries including China, the world’s top soybean consumer, have countered with tariffs on U.S. products, including soybeans, corn, pork and other agricultural products.Even before the recent tariff war, the United States had been claiming a smaller share in the world export market of many agricultural goods, Zulauf said.“This is Congress’s reaction to that,” he said.Other changes in the new farm bill include:Farmers who participate in the Conservation Reserve Program, by agreeing not to plant crops on a portion of their land, could receive less compensation per acre compared to what they received under the previous farm bill. Even so, farmers will have the option of enrolling more acres in that program.Starting with the crop harvested in 2021, farmers, including corn and soybean farmers, will be able to choose annually between one of two commodity subsidy programs: Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC). Previously, farmers could choose only once and had to stick with that choice through the end of whatever farm bill was in place, typically a five-year period. Which program is more profitable for a farmer can change from year to year.More relatives associated with a farm, specifically first cousins, nieces and nephews, could now be eligible to receive federal payments made to farms when commodity prices or a farm’s revenues from the sale of those commodities go below a certain level. The relatives have to meet certain criteria to qualify for the payments.last_img read more

TV’s Social Game: If They’re Talking Online, They’re Watching Offline

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The television industry knows full well that the TV isn’t the only screen viewers are watching at home. Smartphones and tablets mean Twitter and Facebook activity—and lots of social mentions generally means higher ratings. (And, perhaps, vice versa.) Most of us aren’t ever just watching TV anymore. Before we strategically position ourselves on the couch, we position smartphones, laptops or tablets within reach. Perhaps we are even watching on these devices themselves—which makes the switch between streaming shows and live Twitter feeds a little more difficult.Live-tweets, hashtags and mentions are the premiere link to connecting avid TV fans to their beloved programs and characters. Producers and advertisers as well are able to monitor immediate feedback about what is and is not working. By providing online-only photos and video extras and getting their talent to interact with fans, TV knows exactly what the viewership wants and just how to serve it to them.With reports that Facebook is drawing in more 18-24 year olds during prime-time hours than the four major networks, television execs are making serious efforts to capitalize on the advertising reach the social network giant presents. Facebook released its own statistics about the on-site public conversations occurring during prime time hours, reporting that between 88 million and 100 million Americans are using Facebook’s second screen during peak viewing. The Game of Thrones “Red Wedding” episode garnered 1.5 million Facebook mentions alone. Social data analytics site Trendrr has unveiled a study in partnership with Facebook analyzing second-screen Facebook activity during a week in May. The study reports that Facebook user’s engagement with television was five times as much activity than all other social networks combined. Nielsen and Social Guide release a daily data set that collects the top 10 most-tweeted-about shows from the previous night. They report that for premiere episodes, an 8.5% increase in Twitter activity correlates with a 1% increase in program ratings for adults 18-34 years old. In this chart from the week of July 21-28, the most-tweeted spot is taken by MTV’s Catfish with an astounding 536,309 tweets:  The CW Now app combines both the social and viewing experience by allowing users to watch a show and browse at the same time. The incorporation of commentary to the playback feature is social engagement at its easiest, as viewers are able to watch a show on the same platform where they comment, Tweet, and create conversation. Taking out the middle man of separate screens makes interaction a simple, one-step process.  The symbiotic relationship between TV show and fan is this: producers use social media to talk to their viewers, and vice versa. A pretty simple method, really, but the consistent ratings numbers for social heavy shows proves this method is doing it right. Lead and GetClue images courtesy Alloy Productions, Arrow image courtesy CW Network. Another fandom-driven television show is ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars, whose four main actors are active on Twitter, often replying to fans or posting behind-the-scenes photos or videos on set. Much like Teen Wolf’s The Hunt, the ABC Family drama released a web series aptly titled Pretty Dirty Secrets that ran during their break after the Season 3 finale.Watch-and-Chat #SecondScreening The TV-watching experience has become a social package deal for the millions who live hashtag their viewing. Second screen apps have taken this and wrapped it neatly in a bow. MTV’s Teen Wolf has a well-known track record of intense and effective social engagement. After the wrap of Season 2, Teen Wolf instituted The Hunt, a Facebook-scripted social game that spanned eight weeks, a lengthy project during the show’s break to quench the thirst of rabid AlphaPack fans. This game helped Facebook Likes on the Teen Wolf page shoot up by a whopping 127%. Related Posts stephanie ellen chan The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img After Season 1 of VH1’s Love and Hip Hop became a social media darling in the summer of 2012, plans to accelerate Season 2’s social traffic went into high gear. Web series spin-off Check Yourself amassed 1.7 million streams and birthed a Love and Hip Hop ATL Social Leaderboard, a summary of the show’s social performance tracked across various platforms. Various episodes of the show accumulated between 206,566 to 640,637 unique tweets, and mobile activity following the April 2013 premiere showed a 49% increase from last year. Ratings followed suit—by the wrap of the Season 2 finale, Love and Hip Hop dominated the Monday night cable slot. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#social#TV#twitter GetGlue allows users to “check into” a show they are watching in order to access the show’s “feed,” a thread where other viewers can post comments, pictures, quotes, and video. ABC Family posts everything from videos of the latest story arc, to announcements of actor’s live tweets on the Pretty Little Liars GetGlue page. Actors engaging with fans on social media has become a primary way to get viewers excited and participating.  TV’s Social Strategies #socialshows Of course, separating cause from effect here isn’t easy. You’d expect more popular shows to have broader social followings; similarly, a growing social following could boost viewership by drawing in its members’ friends and followers. But whether one causes the other, or whether both phenomena stem from a show’s underlying popularity (or lack thereof) remains much harder to discern.That hasn’t stopped Hollywood, of course.Networks are taking note of the second-screen phenomenon, recognizing that social networking follows viewers even when an episode has finished airing, a season has wrapped, and the TV is turned off. Producers who have made the transition into social media understand its benefits of creating dialogue and keeping viewers satiated with photos, videos and behind-the-scenes extras. The point is to retain interest, knowing that if excitement is generated online, it will be manifested in the ratings.Here are three shows whose smart and persistent social media strategies have earned their ranks in the top five most-Tweeted shows from July 21-28. last_img read more

Forest Dept., Railways join hands to save jumbos in Odisha

first_imgAuthorities from the Forest Department and the Railways have initiated joint measures to prevent the death of wild elephants in train accidents between the Rambha and Humma railway stations under the Khallikote forest range in the Ganjam district of Odisha.This is the region where, on the night of December 29, 2012, six wild elephants were killed when the speeding Chennai-bound Coromandel Express collided with an elephant herd that was crossing the railway tracks. Usually, wild elephants frequent this area and cross railway tracks and roads at night.According to the Berhampur Divisional Forest Officer (DFO), Ashis Behera, ahead of the coming harvest season of kharif crops, all measures have been initiated to check the possibility of accidents between trains and elephant herds. There are only 20 wild elephants in the Berhampur forest range and seven of them are in the Khallikote forest range. But every year, during the paddy harvest season, elephant herds from the Chandaka forest reach this area via the Barbara forest. During their journey, they cross the railway track between the Rambha and Humma railway stations.The Forest Department has already erected solar-powered electrical fencing on a stretch of around three kilometres near the Satrusallya railway level crossing. A watch tower has also been erected near this level crossing, which is manned by four trackers of the Forest Department for round-the-clock monitoring of elephant movement in the region.On September 29, a joint coordination meeting was held between officials of the Forest Department and East Coast Railway in Berhampur to streamline exchange of information on the movement of elephants in this stretch. Similar coordination meetings are to be held every month. The exact location of elephants would be provided to station masters of the Rambha and Humma railway stations every day.In case of the issue of a caution notice regarding the movement of wild elephants in the region, train drivers will have to reduce the speed of the train and cross the seven kilometre stretch from Burudi to Satrusallya blowing long whistles.Field staff of the Forest Department are expected to be extra vigilant during the cropping season.last_img read more