MINISTER McGINLEY LAUNCHES OIREACHTAS FESTIVAL AS THOUSANDS ARRIVE IN LETTERKENNY

first_imgMinister for State for Gaeltacht Affairs  Dinny McGinley has officially launched the annual Oireachtas Festival at the Mount Errigal hotel in Letterkenny today.Now in its 115th year, the Oireachtas is a Mecca for lovers and performers of the traditional arts including sean-nós dancing, singing and storytelling.This year, record numbers of children are entering the sean-nós dancing competition as nearly fifty under twelve’s will battle it out on the big stage. The festival will attract crowds of up to 10,000 to the Donegal town over the weekend. Speaking at the launch, the Minister welcomed the Oireachtas festival back to Letterkenny and reassured the hundreds gathered that every attempt will be made to ring fence funding for the Irish language in the coming budget.“The Irish language sector is currently being restructured and I know that this is a challenge for all organisations involved” he said. “Our primary objective is to safeguard the investment that is currently being made in the Irish language so that festivals and organisations like the Oireachtas can continue to thrive in the years to come.”All major organizations in the Irish Language sector will hold board meetings and seminars during the weekend including Foras na Gaeilge, Údarás na Gaeltachta and Conradh na Gaeilge. Donegal County Council and Letterkenny Town Council have contributed to the funding of the Oireachtas this year.One of the highlights of the weekend is the ‘Steip’ sean-nós dancing competition which will be broadcast live on TG4. Other highlights include the Corn Uí Riada sean-nós singing competition which will be broadcast live on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta. It is held in memory of Sean Ó Riada and champions and challengers will sing their hearts out to win the prestigious title. Otv, the dedicated online Oireachtas festival channel, will broadcast footage from the various events and competitions live around the world. “Regardless of economic, political or financial strains, the Oireachtas still remains the most popular Irish language gathering for both contestants and spectators” says Liam Ó Maolaodha, Director of Oireachtas na Gaeilge.“It has survived for over a hundred years, through world wars, times of boom and bust and brings together the best of Irish language culture and its people” he said.Several Irish language CD, DVD, App and book launches will also take place at the Oireachtas. For those without the competitive streak, there are plenty of musical highlights such as ‘Cabaret Craiceáilte’, hosted by RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta’s Rónán Mac Aodha Bhuí, which this year features acts including Kíla, Daithí Ó Drónaí and the Dirty 9s. MINISTER McGINLEY LAUNCHES OIREACHTAS FESTIVAL AS THOUSANDS ARRIVE IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: November 1st, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:MINISTER McGINLEY LAUNCHES OIREACHTAS FESTIVAL AS THOUSANDS ARRIVE IN LETTERKENNYlast_img read more

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Should The US Be Worried About The Next Generation Of Womens Soccer

Obviously, those 2018 youth players won’t be old enough in 2019 to figure into the senior team’s World Cup fortunes. But the lack of earlier success could suggest a down period coming for the Americans in upcoming World Cups. At least, that’s assuming youth-level results are predictive of future senior-team outcomes. But is that true?Fortunately for the U.S., the relationship there is only a moderate one. To measure this, I’m using a system called “Dynasty Points,” which I’ve used before to track a team’s postseason success over multiple years. In each tournament, you get 1,000 points for winning the whole thing, 500 for finishing second, 250 for losing in the semifinals (with a 100-point bonus for finishing third), 115 for losing in the quarters and 40 for losing in the Round of 16 (when applicable).2These values are roughly scaled to reflect how many teams you needed to beat out in order to reach a given level of the tournament, while keeping the value of winning at a constant 1,000. If a team’s performance at the youth level was cause for concern or optimism for later iterations of the senior team, we’d expect a strong relationship between World Cup dynasty points and dynasty points produced by the youth teams in the decade between five and 15 years before.But looking at the 2007, 2011 and 2015 World Cups (and weighting by the number of youth tournaments that led up to each — meaning 2015 had more of a sample, since the era of two youth tournaments didn’t begin until 2008), the correlation coefficient between youth performance and World Cup success is 0.49. That’s not a nonexistent relationship by any means, but it also indicates that about three-quarters of the variation between countries in World Cup success is explained by something other than youth-level results in the years beforehand.Broadly speaking, if a team consistently finishes well in the Under-17 and Under-20 events, it tends to do better at the World Cup as well. Many of the most successful youth-level countries — such as Germany, the U.S. and Japan — are also among the best World Cup teams. But the relationship isn’t perfect. According to Dynasty Points, North Korea is the most successful youth-level team since 2002, winning four tournaments and finishing second on two other occasions. Yet North Korea has advanced out of the group stage just once in its World Cup history.3The North Korean team was banned from the 2015 World Cup after a doping investigation. Meanwhile, Norway and Sweden have been incredibly successful at the World Cup level (they rank third and fifth in all-time Dynasty Points, respectively) and have combined to advance out of the group stage of a youth tournament just twice since 2002.The U.S.’s own history is instructive in the imperfect relationship between youth results and World Cup outcomes. Although it dominated junior tournaments from 2002 to 2008 — winning two events, finishing second in another and never losing before the semifinals — it has also made two World Cup Finals and won Olympic gold with the senior squad since its ongoing youth-level dry spell began in 2010. 2012U-20 WCYouth64.51000– 2015World CupSenior76.51000– 1999World CupSenior66.01000– 2002U-19 WCYouth66.01000– 1995World CupSenior64.5350– 2011World CupSenior64.0500– YearTournamentTypeMatchesWins*Dynasty Points 2008U-20 WCYouth65.01000– 1991World CupSenior66.01000– 2004U-19 WCYouth65.0350– 2010U-20 WCYouth42.5115– 2014U-20 WCYouth42.0115– 2003World CupSenior65.0350– 2012U-17 WCYouth32.00 2016U-20 WCYouth63.0250– 2006U-20 WCYouth64.0250– Is the USWNT’s youth-level talent pipeline drying up?Results for the United States at both the World Cup and youth-level tournaments Wherever it lands in the upcoming World Cup draw — which will be held in Paris on Saturday at noon ET — the United States Women’s National Team will go into next year’s tournament in its familiar perch as favorites. The U.S. has been the most dominant team in the history of the event (which began in 1991), capturing the Cup three times and winning more matches (33) than any other country. Along the way, Team USA has given us multiple generations of superstars, the latest of which includes names like Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe and Tobin Heath — all of whom figure to represent the Stars and Stripes in France next summer.But this won’t quite be the same roster as the one last seen hoisting the World Cup in 2015 (or even the one America sent to the 2016 Olympics). Likely gone are goalkeeper Hope Solo, forward Abby Wambach, midfielder Lauren Holiday and defenders Meghan Klingenberg, Christie Rampone and Ali Krieger, among others. And while the U.S. has perpetually been able to retool on the fly with the emergence of even greater young talent than before (remember Morgan’s breakout performance as a 22-year-old at the 2011 World Cup?), there’s growing concern that the next generation won’t be as ready to carry the torch.Specifically, the U.S. results at the youth level — including both the Under-17 and Under-20 Women’s World Cups — have been pretty mediocre in recent years. The U.S. didn’t advance out of its group in either tournament this year and has advanced past the quarterfinals just twice at the youth level since 2008.1That year, Morgan helped power the U.S. to the championship at the Under-20 Cup with this ridiculous goal. 2008U-17 WCYouth63.5500– 2016U-17 WCYouth31.00 2007World CupSenior64.5350– 2018U-17 WCYouth31.00 2018U-20 WCYouth31.50 It bears mentioning that the 2012 Under-20 squad also won gold, so the U.S.’s recent youth results haven’t been completely devoid of success. And it’s also important to note that the senior team can poach promising young stars from the youth level, inherently limiting the U.S.’s performance in U-17 and (especially) U-20 tournaments in favor of bolstering the main roster.It’s true that next summer’s team will be asking more of some players who hadn’t taken on full-fledged starring roles in previous major tournaments. But a number of those have drawn rave reviews during friendlies and qualifiers with the national team this year, including Lindsey Horan and Crystal Dunn, both of whom also logged time on the 2016 Olympic team. And forward Mallory Pugh, who will turn 21 just a few months before the World Cup, is as promising as any member of the U.S.’s next generation. Pugh returned from injury to score six goals and set up three others in 10 international games this year — and could be just scratching the surface of her talent.According to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group, the average age of Team USA in its 2018 games was 26.4 years old, compared with the average age of 32.6 for the group that took the field in the 2015 World Cup. A few standbys do remain from the rosters of old — Lloyd and Rapinoe are still the anchors of this team, while Morgan remains at the top of her game, having scored or assisted on 14 goals in 15 games with the national team this year. But the 2019 World Cup will also serve as a transition of sorts into a new era for the USWNT. And although America’s youth-level results leading up to next year aren’t great, we shouldn’t assume that the U.S.’s senior-team dominance will end any time soon. Dynasty Points are awarded for success in a tournament. A team gets 1,000 points for winning the tournament, 250 for losing in the semifinals (with a 100-point bonus for finishing third), 115 for losing in the quarters and 40 for losing in the Round of 16.* Ties are counted as a half-win.Source: FIFA read more

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Scripps Health launches drug takeback kiosks

first_img KUSI Newsroom Scripps Health launches drug take-back kiosks October 23, 2018 Posted: October 23, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Scripps Health Tuesday installed three permanent drug take-back kiosks.Residents can drop off expired, unused and unwanted pills from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays at the kiosks, which are attached to Scripps’ on-site pharmacies in La Jolla, Encinitas and the Hillcrest neighborhood.Scripps is the first health care provider in San Diego County to offer annual access to prescription drug disposal services, according to Dr. Ole Snyder, physician chair of the Scripps Opioid Stewardship Program.“The safest way to dispose of unused medications is by bringing them to a take-back location, but that’s not always easy,” Snyder said. “Scripps is changing that by making this service available year-round at no cost to the public at conveniently located sites which already are visited by patients.”Scripps aims to reduce the public’s use of and dependency on opioids through the Stewardship Program. Roughly 54 million people have used prescription drugs like opioids for nonmedical reasons at least once, according to data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. In addition, 62 percent of teenagers who have taken prescription drugs recreationally say they got them from their parents’ medicine cabinets.“This issue is of great importance to Scripps Health because many of the prescription drug overdose deaths that occur in the United States each year can be traced back to pill bottles left in home medicine cabinets,” Snyder said. “Drugs that remain unused following an injury or illness can pose a dangerous risk and temptation to others in the house, including visitors and workers.”This Saturday is Prescription Drug Take Back Day. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, local law enforcement agencies and county officials will host collection events for unwanted prescription drugs at 44 sites across the county.Visit www.scripps.org/services/pharmacy for more information. KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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