‘Admiral’ Bailey lifting Tivoli Gardens FC with ‘basics’ in RSPL

first_imgTwo-title winning Tivoli Gardens Football Club coach Glendon ‘Admiral’ Bailey has admitted that he found his former team in a less than ideal state and has been having to teach football tactics from the very basics.Bailey replaced Christopher Bender late this season and got his team off to a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Rivoli United at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex.”There is a lot of work to be done. First and foremost, I have to get them more tactically aware so they understand the role and understand where they are supposed to play on the football field and what time, and then the playing conditions,” Bailey outlined.When asked if his team could rebound to finish among the top four and make it into the semi-final round, Bailey said that he was not looking that far.”There is still a lot of work to be done; there is nothing to celebrate. In terms of the fitness level and the whole understanding role for the football field, there is still a long journey, still a long way to go, but it is always good to start out positive and winning,” stressed Bailey, who admits to taking time away from his musical career to deliver Tivoli from a relegation struggle.Tivoli then rallied to a similar 2-1 come-from-behind win over Harbour View on Sunday, taking them to four points ahead of the relegation zone and one point behind ninth-place Cavalier SC.”It was very important for us. I think it gets us out of the red temporarily. One step, one day at a time, but there is still a lot of work to be done,” Bailey said.last_img read more

MY DONEGAL – WITH SINGER AND ALL ‘ROUND GOOD GUY GAVIN BOYLE

first_imgBusinessman and singer Gavin Boyle is well-known across Donegal and further afield and has always championed all his native county has to offer. He tells us all he likes and dislikes about Donegal.What is your favourite place in Donegal? Mullaghduff. It’s home and the community spirit here is second to none. It’s a great place to live and grow up.What is the one thing you would change about the county? I would make it flatter – the hills are a killer when you’re out running!Who is the one person in Donegal you look up to? Daniel O’ Donnell. He is a great ambassador for his homeland, county, country and has never ever forgot about where he has come from and continues to promote Donegal wherever he travels. He is to be admired for all that he has done in his career.Daniel O’Donnell or Packie Bonner?Daniel but Packie is also a true gentlemanWhat has been your proudest moment as a Donegal man?Winning the Sam Maguire last year – unforgettable.What has been your saddest moment? Losing friends and family to the dreaded disease of cancer.What is your favourite Donegal-made product?Donegal Pens – These young Rosses lads have done very well for themselves and worked hard to build their business up. They deserve great success.Donegal’s greatest ambassador? Donegal’s musicians – Altan, Clannad, Enya, Daniel to name but a few.Which successful Donegal business person do you look up to?Pat Nora Gallagher from Dungloe. In the times that are in it, Pat took a big risk opening a new Bar & Restaurant in Dungloe last year, along with opening the Daniel O Donnell Visitors Centre. Both places created new employment for the locals and Pat deserves recognition for what he has done.Who is Donegal’s greatest Sportsperson?Without a doubt Jim Mc Guinness.What is your favourite Donegal restaurant?My Partner Jay is a brilliant cook so our house is a great restaurant. Other than than it would be Sal & Paddy Gallaghers on a Friday night and The Fantastic Danny Minnies Restaurant in Annagry.Donegal’s Golden Eagles or Basking Sharks?There are enough “Sharks” out there so I would go with Eagles.Your nomination for Donegal’s most stylish person?After myself of course, I would have to go with Mr Noel Cunningham!Your favourite Donegal saying or expression?“That’s a wake on ya”. Nearly every weekend when I come home, I am greeted with this saying and it cracks me up, especially as I have no idea who the person is who has died!Will Donegal win the All Ireland this year?If last year is anything to go by, I certainly hope so.What is your favourite Donegal food?Has to be my Great Uncle Bernie Gillespie’s filleted fish. I love coming home to mums and waiting for me on the pan is Bernie’s fish, if it could be boxed and sold he would make a fortune!What is the one thing that annoys you about Donegal?Honestly, nothing.If you had a million euro to change something about Donegal, what would it be?I would use it to create employment to bring those family & friends that had to leave the county to get work, back home again.MY DONEGAL – WITH SINGER AND ALL ‘ROUND GOOD GUY GAVIN BOYLE was last modified: January 8th, 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:Gavin BoyleMY DONEGALlast_img read more

Sars scraps stamp duty

first_imgClaiming refunds Procedures for the claiming of refunds were published on 27 March 2009 in the Government Gazette: see Sars’ stamp duty web page. 2 April 2009 Revenue franking machines will also be finally scrapped on 1 November 2009, and any value remaining on these machines can be refunded at any Sars branch until 31 October 2010. Outstanding duties “This is now done away with from 1 April 2009.” Holders of existing stocks of revenue stamps have until 31 October 2010 to claim a refund for the stamps from their nearest Sars branch. “The scrapping of the Act follows the whittling down of the scope of stamp duties over the past few years until only property leases of over five years required stamp duties to be paid,” Sars said in a statement this week. The scrapping of the Act is not retrospective, however, and taxpayers remain liable for stamp duties due up to 31 march 2009, and any outstanding stamp duties must still be paid. The abolition forms part of ongoing efforts to reduce the administrative burden on taxpayers and simplify South Africa’s tax system. “Adhesive revenue stamps will only be demonetorised from 1 November 2009, to allow time for other government departments which utilise these to introduce alternative measures,” Sars said. “After that date they may not be used for any purpose.” The South African Revenue Service (Sars) has abolished the Stamp Duty Act (77 of 1968) with effect from midnight on 31 March 2009. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Why are there so many wheels on large airliners?

first_imgWith large super-jumbo airliners like the Airbus A380 and Boeing 747-8 weighing nearly one million pounds at takeoff, their landing gear has to be designed not only to take all that weight while on the ground, but distribute it evenly so the aircraft does not crush the concrete runway or asphalt taxiway below. Even smaller aircraft are equipped with landing gear designed to distribute their weight evenly for runways, taxiways, and ramps at the smaller airports they serve around the world.To solve this weight-distribution problem, aircraft designers initially came up with two and four-wheel “bogies” mounted on two main landing gear struts that effectively spread the airliner’s footprint weight very evenly on the ground. With the advent of wide-body jumbo jets, additional landing gear struts and wheels were added either under the center fuselage, or just inboard of the wing root. The Boeing 777 features a unique landing gear design with six main wheels located in tandem on each main strut.last_img read more

Performance Testing: Essentials, Process, and Best Practices

first_imgRelated Posts Software performance testing is vital for determining how a system will perform under various loads and conditions. Performance testing does not seek to identify defects or bugs but instead measures performance in relation to benchmarks and standards. It helps developers identify and diagnose bottlenecks. Once bottlenecks are identified and mitigated, it’s possible to increase performance.Performance testing differs from functional testing, which focuses on individual functions of the software. This includes interface testing, sanity testing, and unit testing. More or less, testers check to ensure that functions are carried out properly and serve their purpose.Performance testing, on the other hand, tests the readiness and overall performance of the software and the hardware it runs on. As such, performance testing is typically conducted after functional testing.Ultimately, poor performance can drive users and customers away. In its turn, sound performance testing will help you identify areas for improvement.5 Essential Aspects of Performance TestingIt’s important to identify and test several performance aspects of the software under load. Doing so will help you detect bottlenecks and other potential issues. Let’s examine five of the most commonly tested metrics.Load Testing: it examines how a system performs as the workload increases. Workload can refer to the volume of conducted transactions or concurrent users under normal working conditions. Load testing also measures response time.Soak Testing: also known as endurance testing, soak testing is an assessment of how the software performs over an extended period of time under a normal workload. This test is used to identify system problems, such as issues with database resource utilization or log file handles.Scalability Testing: it tests software performance under gradual increases in workloads, or changes in resources, such as memory, under a stable workload.Stress Testing: it measures how a system will perform outside of normal working conditions. For example, how will the system respond when faced with more transactions or concurrent users than intended? This helps to measure its stability and enable developers to identify a breaking point. Stress testing also allows developers to see how the software recovers from failure.Spike Testing: this is a specific type of stress testing that demonstrates the software response when this software is repeatedly hit with large, quick increases in load.Performance Testing Step by StepMost of your time is going to be spent planning the test rather than running it. Once you run the test, most of the work is handled by the hardware. Of course, after results are generated, you’ll have to analyze the output. Now let’s examine the performance testing process step by step.Identify the Test EnvironmentTo get started, you’ll need to identify the physical test environment, including hardware and network configurations. You’ll also need to have the software set up. By understanding the test environment and matching it as closely as possible to real-world conditions, the test itself will be more accurate and provide better insights.Know Your Performance Acceptance CriteriaYou should know what goals you want to reach. This means determining the acceptable levels of response time, resource utilization, and throughput. Also, consider various configurations that could affect performance.Plan and Design Tests to Identify Key ScenariosNext, you need to identify key scenarios based on the anticipated real-world use. Different users will generate different demands. It’s important to account for as many of them as possible by determining variability among representative users. Once variability is determined, it’s important to simulate the conditions and to test the performance correspondingly.Configure the Test EnvironmentNow it’s time to revisit the test environment and to set up the monitoring structure. This step will be highly dependent on your software, hardware, and other factors. Review your work to make sure there are no errors.Execute the Test and Gather DataOnce the test is set up, it’s up to your hardware and software to carry it out. Make sure you gather data and closely observe the test as it unfolds.Digest the ResultsIn a sense, the real work doesn’t begin until the performance test is completed. Once you’ve gathered data, you’ll need to analyze the results. Pay attention to bottlenecks, critical failures and any abnormalities. Also, run the test again to ensure that performance is consistent.Some Best Practices to Keep in MindWhen setting up your test environment, you need to consider how your software will perform in the real world. Take into account the variety of devices and client environments, such as different web browsers, that will be used to access your software. Also, don’t start your test from the boot-up as most people will be using your platform while it is already under load.Further, set a baseline for user experience. Performance data is vital. However, the most important question is “how satisfied are the users?” Understand how decreasing performance will detrimentally impact them.Conclusion: Be Ready to Start OverOnce the first round of the test is completed, you’ll be able to identify potential bottlenecks and other issues. These problems should be addressed. This may mean changing hardware or rewriting code, among other things.However, every time something is changed, it’s important to conduct another performance test to see if results have improved. By doing so, it’s possible to incrementally improve and maximize the performance of the software and corresponding hardware. Milos Mudric Follow the Puck Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Milos Mudric is a content specialist and tech enthusiast. He is the founder of Silver Fox Digital and SEObrainiac.com and he occasionally writes interesting stories about Blockchain, IoT and Fintech. Tags:#app development#app testing last_img read more

Mahadayi talks only after Karnataka poll: Goa BJP

first_imgThe Goa Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday said bilateral talks over sharing drinking water from the Mahadayi river with Karnataka will be held only after the Karnataka elections.The party had faced criticism from environmental activists, civil society members and Opposition parties after Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar wrote to Karnataka BJP chief B.S. Yeddyurappa to discuss the release of water from Mahadayi.Talking to reporters on the sidelines of a function in North Goa on Sunday, Goa BJP president and Rajya Sabha MP Vinay Tendulkar said the party was fully with Mr. Parrikar’s stand, but added, “The CM has already indicated that this will happen only after the Karnataka elections. Therefore, the question does not arise of using the issue for elections.”Flak from all partiesAfter Mahadayi Bachav Abhiyan (MBA), an organisation working against the diversion of water to Karnataka, the Opposition as well as allies of the government have joined those criticising Mr. Parrikar for his willingness to discuss the issue with Karnataka.On Sunday, All India Congress Committee secretary Girish Chodankar said Mr. Parrikar must first provide regular drinking water to his constituents in Panaji before providing drinking water to others.Anand Shirdokar, president of the Goa Suraksha Manch, attacked Mr. Parrikar for offering to hold talks when the matter is in a tribunal, and Goa has till now said it will only go by the verdict of the tribunal.“It is clear that Mr. Parrikar has been pressurised by his party boss Amit Shah,” said Mr. Shirodkar.Government ally Goa Forward Party has also expressed reservations over the CM’s letter, and alliance partner Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, which had a central committee meeting on Sunday, has strongly opposed the move too. “The government must maintain status quo on the issue till the tribunal verdict is out,” MGP president and former Minister Deepak Dhavlikar told reporters after the meeting.Impact on caseMBA secretary and a member of the National Wildlife Board Rajendra Kerkar told The Hindu that the organisation fears that Mr. Parrikar’s sudden “surrender” could weaken Goa’s strong case in the Mahadayi Water Dispute Tribunal.last_img read more

10 months agoPremier League trio eyeing Ipswich whiz Andre Dozzell

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Premier League trio eyeing Ipswich whiz Andre Dozzellby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveIpswich ace Andre Dozzell is back on the radar of Premier League clubs.The Mirror says Bournemouth, Brighton and Crystal Palace are all tracking fit-again Dozzell.The 19-year-old midfielder – valued at £5 million by the Tractor Boys – is back in action after suffering a cruciate ligament injury on the opening day of last season that ruled him out for more than a year.Dozzell was a member of the England side that won the Under-17 and Under- 19 European titles in 2016 and 2017 respectively.Ipswich, rock-bottom of the Championship and 10 points from safety, may be tempted to cash in to help fund new signings in their desperate bid to beat the drop. last_img read more

Ohio State baseball looking for revenge Big Ten title in 2016 season

OSU then-sophomore outfielder Ronnie Dawson signs autographs before a game on April 12 at Bill Davis Stadium. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe Ohio State baseball team hasn’t won its conference or made the NCAA tournament since 2009. That six-year postseason drought, however, could be put to an end this season, as the Buckeyes are returning 20 letter winners, including 10 seniors and six starters, in a lineup that projects to be among the best hitting teams in the Big Ten.OSU’s quest for the postseason is set to commence this season with four games at the Dodgertown Classic in Vero Beach, Florida.Sixth-year coach Greg Beals said he is excited about his team’s potential, making it clear that he expects the Scarlet and Gray to compete for the conference championship. “I think you approach every season with a championship mindset, and if you ask any guy in that locker room and anyone on that coaching staff, that’s our mission: to play for a Big Ten championship,” he said. “The expectation is to play up to our ability and be as consistent as we can on a daily basis. I believe with the talent on this club, the experience on this ballclub, if we’re able to play at a high level consistently, then the winning and losing will take care of itself.”Counting on the outfieldBeals said the Buckeyes have the experience needed to bring the Big Ten championship back to Columbus. A key reason, the coach said, will be the strength of OSU’s outfield.The unit will be anchored by a pair of juniors: center fielder Troy Montgomery and left fielder Ronnie Dawson.“They are experienced, high-quality players with big, big futures ahead of them,” Beals said. “I’m looking for them to have big seasons.” Montgomery will be the Buckeyes’ leadoff hitter after batting .317, with a team-high 54 runs scored in 55 games last season. Beals said Montgomery has blistering speed, as evidenced by his 35 stolen bases last season which led the Big Ten and tied a program record.Dawson, a career .307 hitter, should provide the power for the Buckeyes. He will bat third in the lineup after clubbing seven home runs and 15 doubles last season. Beals said Dawson had an outstanding offseason, which included earning all-star honors in the Cape Cod Baseball League over the summer.The Grove City, Ohio, native said he believes the team is fully prepared to start the season on a good note to build momentum early on.“We’re one unit this year, and last year we had a bitter taste in our mouths,” Dawson said. “As a team I think we’re ready. We’re excited to get out there to show people what we’re capable of. It’s going to be a big year for the Bucks.”Leadership across the boardBeals said the team’s captains, senior second baseman Nick Sergakis and junior catcher Jalen Washington, will provide the team with the leadership needed to propel the Buckeyes through the 57-game slate. Washington said the team is hungry, while Sergakis said the team will be looking for revenge on some of the teams that took it to OSU at the end of last season.“We have a high expectation, of course,” Sergakis said. “As far as last year goes, it didn’t end up the way we wanted and we want to try and correct it. We’re looking for payback this year.”Sergakis leads an experienced infield defense that in total has started 388 games for the Scarlet and Gray. Washington is in his first year as the everyday catcher and his development, along with the pitching staff’s, is going to be an important factor for OSU’s overall success.Starting out strongHeading into this season, the pitching staff will be looking to fill the void from some key departures, as it lost Travis Lakins, Ryan Riga and Trace Dempsey to graduation or the MLB draft. But fortunately for OSU, the team is returning two key pieces to the rotation in junior left-handed pitcher Tanner Tully and redshirt sophomore righty Adam Niemeyer. Tully said he is fired up and ready to take the mound as OSU’s opening-day starter.“We all worked hard this summer going our separate ways, and we’re coming back as a unit,” Tully said. “We pushed each other harder than we have before, (we) definitely (had) a good fall, and we’re ready to go.”Last season, Tully went 4-4, compiling a 4.32 ERA while striking out 44 batters. His counterpart, Niemeyer, a right-handed pitcher from Minster, Ohio, compiled a 2.16 ERA in 12 appearances last season, with a 2-0 record over four starts for the Buckeyes. Beals said Niemeyer will be the typical Saturday night pitcher and will be looked at as a guy who OSU can count on for big innings this season.“Adam’s a great competitor,” Beals said. “He’s another guy that’s got good feel for pitching the baseball, he throws a lot of strikes. I’m excited for Adam to be a regular in the rotation, he’s certainly ready for that. I’m confident he’s going to have a really good season for us.”The third and fourth spots in the rotation are set be rounded out by senior John Havird and freshman Ryan Feltner. “Havird has been throwing the ball really well,” Beals said. “He’s not a flamethrower, he’s a lefty and he’s a command guy. He’s got great movement on his fastball, plus changeup and breaking ball. And Ryan Feltner is a very highly skilled, highly touted freshman who was in the draft out of high school. I’m looking forward to seeing his first collegiate start this weekend.”Dodgertown ClassicOSU is scheduled to open versus Toledo on Friday, before playing a doubleheader against Niagara and Pittsburgh on Saturday. The Buckeyes are slated to close the season-opening series again with Toledo on Sunday. Beals said the full weekend of baseball will give him a good look into the true makeup of his team.“Obviously, we want to get started fast, but with the high expectations that this ballclub has, we’ve got to be careful that we’re not pushing too hard too soon and that we trust ourselves and just go out and play the game,” he said. read more

Queens of Ohio Volleyball wins tourney

The Ohio State women’s volleyball team fended off fellow in-state universities this weekend to win the Sports Imports Classic at St. John Arena.Bowling Green, Cleveland State and Xavier all fell victim to the Buckeyes (12-1 overall, 3-0 in the tournament), who dropped only one set the entire weekend.Xavier (7-6) had an opportunity to win the event on Saturday night with a victory over OSU, but the Buckeyes won all three sets, pushing the Musketeers into a second-place finish at 2-1.OSU played better as the match went on, winning the final set 25-6 after more competitive bouts of 27-25 and 25-18. Junior Katie Dull led the Bucks with 17.5 points, including 13 kills.Earlier Saturday, OSU faced its toughest challenge against Cleveland State. The Vikings jumped out to an early lead, sparked by a 26-24 win in the first set. However, OSU rolled out three consecutive winning sets, 25-20, 25-22 and 25-15.Senior Kristen Dozier paced Ohio State with 17 points and 15 kills.On Friday, the Buckeyes swept away Bowling Green in three quick sets, 25-19, 25-20 and 25-13.Freshmen Amanda Peterson and Emily Danks and redshirt senior Chelsea Noble all represented Ohio State on the tournament team, Peterson being honored as the event’s Most Valuable Player.Cleveland State (11-4) finished third at 1-2, and Bowling Green (7-6) failed to record a victory, finishing up 0-3.The Buckeyes head to Illinois on Friday and Northwestern on Saturday for a pair of Big Ten road games to kick off conference play. read more

Baseball Ohio State hopes to rebound in home opener

Ohio State then-junior infielder Kobie Foppe (2) connects with a pitch in the third inning of the game against Ohio University in April 10. Ohio State won 4-0. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe Ohio State baseball team will aim to end its five-game skid at home this weekend. The Buckeyes (7-9) will host Lipscomb (9-6) in a three-game series beginning their nine-game homestand on Friday. The Bisons come into the series on a hot streak. They have won five straight games, outscoring opponents 41-14 over that span. Ohio State, on the other hand, has not recorded a win in more than a week of play. The Buckeyes have been outscored 42-25 over their past five games. Lipscomb has a team batting average of .297, which ranks the Bisons inside the top 50 in the nation. The offense has been fueled by a trio of players. Redshirt sophomore designated hitter and catcher Chris Bashlor has a .434 batting average and 16 RBIs. Sophomore center fielder Maddux Houghton and senior third baseman Zeke Dodson are both batting above .360. Lipscomb’s offense is averaging 7.07 runs a game also adding 25 stolen bases on 29 attempts. Redshirt senior left fielder Tevin Symonette leads the team with 7 steals. Symonette is also batting .269 on the year. The Lipscomb pitching staff is made up of two solid starters, who are a combined 4-0.Senior starting pitcher Chris Kachmar has a 2.74 ERA and three wins in his four starts. Freshman starting pitcher Scott Elgin boasts a 3.65 ERA in four appearances for the Bisons. The Bisons hold a 4.67 ERA, while walking an average of six batters a game. Extra base runners will provide Ohio State’s offense an opportunity to put up larger numbers and improve upon its average of 5.31 runs a game. Senior left fielder Brady Cherry has provided a bright spot for the inconsistent Buckeyes. Cherry is hitting .344 to go along with a team-high 13 RBIs and four home runs. The pitching staff will also look to regain its rhythm, after allowing five or more runs in each of their past six contests. Ohio State will begin its series against Lipscomb at 5:05 p.m. Friday at Bill Davis Stadium. This will be followed up with a 3:05 p.m. Saturday game and a 1:05 p.m. Sunday finale. read more