The Senior and Reserve teams both suffered defeat in their fixtures v St Michaels at the weekend. This weeks matches are away v Glenfin on Saturday evening, matches at 4.30 and 6.00.Lotto: No Jackpot winner last week. Numbers drawn: 2, 4, 7, 16 & 17, bonus 18. €100 winner was Ben McFadden, Ards, Creeslough , and €50 winner was Neil Blaney, Rosnakill. Next draw for Jackpot of €2600 takes place in the Lighthouse Tavern this weekend.The Club wish to extend sincere sympathy to the extended McVeigh family on the death of Marie Barnett, Raphoe. GAA NOTES: GAEIL FHANADA was last modified: September 20th, 2011 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:GAEIL FHANADA GAA NOTES
A Donegal man is to literally watch over rugby’s World Cup Final in New Zealand.The New Zealand rugby authorities last week erected an imposing 2.7 metre statute of Ramelton-born David Gallaher on a concrete plinth outside the Auckland stadium that will host the event’s opening and closing ceremonies. The sportsman, whose imposing likeness was unveiled at Eden Park on Friday last (15th July), emigrated to New Zealand as a five-year-old along with his entire family in 1878 form the tiny village of Ramelton.Gallaher is considered to be one the most important figures in the history of the game.The unveiling of his memorial coincided with an announcement by the International Rugby Board that the Donegal man has been inducted into the sport’s Hall of Fame. Just thirty figures in the history of world rugby have been accorded the accolade.David Gallaher, known as Dave, is revered in New Zealand as the captain of ‘The Originals’, the first All Blacks rugby team. He led the side on a groundbreaking tour of Britain, Ireland and France in 1905 which resulted in 34 wins in 35 matches.The team’s performance turned world rugby on its head, established more than a century of All Blacks dominance of the sport and made rugby the national game of New Zealand.Gallaher died four weeks short of his 44th birthday in 1917 fighting with a New Zealand regiment in the First World War and is buried in France.The Gallaher Shield, Auckland’s primary club tournament, is named in his honour whilst in 2000 the Dave Gallaher Trophy was inaugurated for international tests between New Zealand and France.In 2005, Letterkenny Rugby Club, with the assistance of the Dave Gallaher Memorial Society, brought a party of All Blacks to Donegal on the centenary of the sportsman’s greatest achievement to officially name the club’s Dave Gallaher Memorial Park and to unveil a plaque at his birthplace in Ramelton.The statue at Eden Park was erected by Gallaher’s local rugby club in Auckland, Ponsonby. The club’s Director of Rugby Bryan Williams is also President of the New Zealand Rugby Union. Speaking at the unveiling, Mr Williams paid tribute to the pioneering role of Letterkenny Rugby Club and their efforts to commemorate Gallaher’s life and achievements.He said he was delighted that close links had been established between Ponsonby and Letterkenny RFC, which have resulted in a number of player exchanges between County Donegal and New Zealand since the events of 2005.Letterkenny Rugby Club Chairman, Mr Mark Bundschu, said everyone from Ireland should be proud of the tributes that continued to be paid to Donegal-born Dave Gallaher.“Rugby is a truly global game and 4 billion people will watch the World Cup Finals in New Zealand, which will start and conclude under the gaze of Gallaher’s statue. It is astonishing and humbling to see the influence that a locally-born man has had on the sport. “It’s not just that his likeness will now be seen by those attending the opening ceremony and the final. It’s the fact that his name is revered in New Zealand, in France, and since the All Backs visit to Donegal in 2005, also in Ireland. When one considers that just 30 players have been entered into the IRB Hall of Fame – and one of them is from County Donegal – it’s clear to see that this county has forever been linked to the very heart of the game of rugby.”The statue was unveiled by New Zealand’s oldest living All Black, 91-year-old Sir Fred Allen.In his accompanying speech, the former All Black coach spoke movingly about Dave Gallaher’s Donegal roots and the great courage the pioneer family had displayed when faced by hardship on their arrival in the wild New Zealand outback more than a century ago.“Captain Cook had named the area they arrived in ‘the Bay of Plenty’. It was anything but!” he added. Sir Fred noted that it was in order to support his family after the death of his teacher mother that the teenage Dave Gallaher moved to Auckland to work and started playing the game that would take him to worldwide fame.The man responsible for Gallaher’s likeness is sculptor Malcolm Evans, who details Gallaher’s links to Letterkenny Rugby Club and Ramelton on the www.gallaher.co.nz website he created to help publicise the statue. He revealed that a limited number of smaller replica bronzes of the famous rugby player would also be created. “At this stage, we are taking enquiries and anyone interested can visit the website and register their interest. It certainly would be nice to see one of these make its way back to the land of his birth,” he added.EndsDONEGAL MAN TO WATCH OVER RUGBY’S WORLD CUP was last modified: July 20th, 2011 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:DAVE GALLAHERRUGBY WORLD CUP
DONEGAL TD Pearse Doherty has criticised Irish Water’s new ‘seven year plan’ and has questioned the legality of the company’s plan to borrow more than is legally permitted.Deputy Doherty said: “Irish Water’s proposal to invest up to €5.5 billion, including €3bn of borrowing, in their seven year plan when they are legally limited to borrowing €2bn raises a serious question as to how they can achieve such borrowing without a change in the law.“Something does not add up here. Section 35 of the Water Services Act no 2, very clearly puts a cap in the borrowing at Irish Water at €2bn. Yet when I asked An Taoiseach this morning in the Dáil he was very clear that no legislative change is planned. As things stand Irish Water’s plan appears to be illegal. “Rather than spinning headlines that job losses are about savings Irish Water need to answer more fundamental questions about how their plan is even legal.“This is the latest financial puzzle to come out of the shambles that is Irish Water. The Eurostat destruction of the government case that this spending would be off balance means that every cent Irish Water borrows is on the backs of the Irish people. Sinn Fein will this week, in our alternative Budget, show how domestic water charges can and should be abolished.” IRISH WATER PLANS ‘DODGY’ SAYS DOHERTY was last modified: October 8th, 2015 by John2Share 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:dodgyIrish WaterPearse Doherty
Beaded artwork by the husband and wife team Billy and Jane Makhubele. A photograph of Natalie Knight and Nelson Mandela at her art studio in 1993. One of the highlights of the exhibition is a lithograph, titled Tennis Court, by Mandela himself. Susan Woolf’s conceptual pieces in the Towards Mandela series made of newspaper clippings, teabags and resin. Joachim Schonfeldt’s unusual circular paintings depict Mandela’s life in the townships. Collen Maswanganyi’s painted sculpture of a Shangaan woman wearing traditional clothes sending a Facebook message to Madiba on his 94th birthday. (Images: Natalie Knight) MEDIA CONTACTS • Natalie Knight Curator +27 11 485 3606 RELATED ARTICLES • ConCourt art tells South Africa’s story • “The excitement never left us” • World to serenade Madiba • African Guernica: life becomes art Wilma den HartighAhead of Nelson Mandela International Day on 18 July, art is being used to celebrate the life of South Africa’s iconic former president and anti-apartheid activist in his 94th year, and tell the story of a life dedicated to the struggle for freedom. Unlike speeches, films or awards, the beauty of art is in the detail and individual artistic representations that have captured the story of Mandela, at all stages, over many years. Natalie Knight, art curator of the Mandela @ 94 _ z _a exhibition, now open to the public at the Origins Centre at Wits University in Johannesburg, says that the artworks on show do just this. They tell Mandela’s story from his rural beginnings, his life of poverty in Alexandra township and his home in Soweto, to his days as a lawyer and as an accused, his suffering in prison and his triumph of becoming the country’s first democratically-elected president.Sharing experiences of MadibaThe Mandela @ 94 _z _a exhibition consists of paintings, sculptures, photographs, cartoons, beadwork and prints created by artists from various cultural backgrounds. The 20 participating artists are all South African, with the exception of Blanchard Magu from the Ivory Coast.Knight says one of the most remarkable aspects about artists’ representations of Mandela over the years is that they have been overwhelmingly positive.“The common denominator among the exhibiting artists is their admiration and respect for a leader who has made South Africans proud,“ she says.“Through their artworks they have captured the spirit of a man who embodies the desire for peace, justice and reconciliation.”She says this is why the exhibition is so captivating. “Everyone has a different experience of Mandela.” She recalls her own experience of meeting the renowned struggle icon.“My first interaction with Nelson Mandela was when he walked into the Natalie Knight Gallery in the Hyde Park Corner shopping centre in 1993,” she says. “I was in the middle of a photo shoot.”She also remembers what he was wearing. “He was wearing his broad, friendly smile and a casual sweat shirt with the words – The Music Talks.”Knight showed Mandela a pastel drawing by artist Tommy Motswai, of the historic handshake between FW de Klerk and himself. The photographer asked if Mandela would shake hands with Knight in front of the drawing.“He obliged and then shook hands with the other 15 members of my staff as well,” she says. “His bodyguards were getting restless and possessive but Madiba brushed them aside.”Years later the photograph became the source material of a beaded artwork made by the husband and wife team Billy and Jane Makhubele. This is one of the works on show at the exhibition.The pair created artworks from photographs published in newspapers of important events in Mandela’s life – including the day of his release from Robben Island and his wedding to Graça Machel – using beads and safety pins on traditional Shangaan fabric. Mandela’s art also on showOne of the highlights of the exhibition is a lithograph, titled Tennis Court, by Mandela himself.The lithograph is one of a collection of artworks by Madiba which appeared in The Robben Island series II. The series was sketched and completed by the Nobel laureate between March and June 2003. It consists of 21 charcoal sketches of images that he found meaningful during his incarceration on the island. The tennis court came into existence when prisoners asked officials if a courtyard at the prison could be converted so that they could get more exercise. Before this, prisoners were only marched round the courtyard for half an hour every day. “Our persistence paid off and we painted the cement courtyard surface to create a traditional tennis court layout,” Mandela explains in the book. “Strangely, Robben Island was the first opportunity for me to play tennis since university … it was a strange sensation enjoying such civilised hobbies in such an uncivilised place.”Knight says that this particular work’s simplicity is what makes it so striking. Various pieces by conceptual artist Susan Woolf are also on show. Woolf is an accomplished South African artist and one of her more recent projects depicting taxi hand signs were accepted for a national stamp series in 2010. Stampnews.com also chose Woolf’s taxi hand sign stamps as one of the top 10 most important stamps in the world in 2010.Her conceptual pieces in the Towards Mandela series were made of newspaper clippings, teabags and resin. Woolf says she collected newspaper articles about Mandela for many years, and when she moved into her new studio she wasn’t sure what to do with them. “I thought that I just can’t let go of the clippings and I wanted to find a way to preserve them,” she explains.She decided to set the clippings in used rooibos teabags. The use of rooibos teabags is significant as it relates to Mandela’s years in prison. Before it became popular, rooibos was considered a cheap tea and was often only deemed suitable to serve in prisons.Every teabag, complete with tea grains, contains inscriptions by Woolf. “I just recorded my thoughts of the moment on them, often while waiting for my children when I was picking them up at school.”Knight also included unusual circular paintings by Joachim Schonfeldt. The round hand-painted scenes on hollowed-out sections of wooden doors depict Mandela’s life in the townships. “The artist bought ordinary doors, then carved circles in them and in each carving painted a site where Mandela lived,” she explains. Schonfeldt is also known as one of the founders of the Bag Factory Artists Studios in Johannesburg, one of the first collective studio spaces for visual artists in the country. Sculptor Johannes Maswangnayi produced images in wood of Mandela at different times of his life. His son Collen exhibits a thought-provoking sculpture entitled Fruits of Freedom, which questions whether Mandela’s long walk to freedom has borne fruit. Cartoons by well known South African cartoonist Jonathan Zapiro and photographs by Jurgen Schadeburg, Debbie Yazbek, Michael Meyersfeld and Ivor Ginsberg are also part of the exhibition.References to social mediaKnight says that Collen Maswanganyi’s small painted sculpture of a Shangaan woman wearing traditional clothes and sending a Facebook message to Madiba on his 94th birthday straddles the cultural divide. In the exhibition’s name Knight also tried to include elements of social media and the internet by using references to emails, Twitter and instant messages. But the abbreviation “ZA” signals that it is very much a local exhibition. The exhibition is open to the public from Monday to Friday from 09:00 – 17:00 and on Saturdays from 09:00 – 13:00. It runs until the 31st of July 2012.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Expositions Commission inducted six members into the Ohio State Fair Hall of Fame during the Ohio State Fair. The inductees are: Stacey French, Grove City, Ohio (Franklin County); Cindi Grover, South Solon, Ohio (Fayette County); Bill Isler, Prospect, Ohio (Marion County); Ronald Mack, Seville, Ohio (Medina County); Fred Wilkes, Pataskala, Ohio (Licking County); and Jim Zehringer, Fort Recovery, Ohio (Mercer County).Stacy FrenchStacy French French has been an Ohio Expo Center employee for the past 29 years, beginning as a secretary in the special events office and moving up to executive secretary in 1995. In recent years, she has coordinated all agriculture and livestock competitions for the Ohio State Fair. Cindi GroverCindi Grover Grover has been an active supporter, exhibitor and employee of the Ohio State Fair for 51 years. She began her journey at the Ohio State Fair when she was 8 years old showing livestock and has been involved ever since. Grover was the voice of the swine department for 20 years and has announced the Ohio State Fair boar goat shows for the past 13 years. She also narrated the Ohio State Fair Guys and Gals sheep lead contest for three years. In addition, she assists in announcing all State 4-H awards and finalists in the skillathon at the Ohio State Fair goat show. Grover was a 4-H adviser for 16 years and served as a member and secretary of the Fayette County 4-H committee for eight years. She serves on the 4-H Camp Board for eight counties. Bill IslerBill Isler Isler has been an exhibitor and supporter of the Ohio State Fair for 60 years. He began showing pigs and steers in 4-H and FFA as a teenager. His business, Isler Genetics, offers seedstock to consumers around the world and sells commercial boars and gilts. Isler has volunteered at the Ohio State Fair’s livestock judging and served at the pork stand. Through his company, he has financially supported the Buckeye Barrow Boosters since it began, and the Ohio Swine Youth Committee for the last four years. Ron MackRon Mack Mack has served the Ohio State Fair for 38 years as an exhibitor and draft horse director. He is one of three founders of the Governor’s Cup six Horse Hitch Class. After Mack’s work to build the division back up it was soon regarded as one of their largest shows in the nation. He is the president of the National Belgian Youth Corporation. Fred WilkesFred Wilkes Fred Wilkes has offered 66 years of service to the Ohio State Fair. He began as an exhibitor in the Horse Show department in 1953 and has been the Dairy Goat Director for 31 years. As an Ohio State Fair exhibitor of miniature horses, Wilkes has won countless ribbons and banners throughout the years. Jim ZehringerJim Zehringer Zehringer has been an active supporter of the Ohio State Fair for many years. His greatest contributions have been made to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Park. Zehringer contributed to advancements including a geological walkway installation, the brand-new animatronic Smokey Bear and the new fire tower. Zehringer’s contributions earned him awards including the Golden Egg Award from the Ohio Poultry Association, Louis Bromfield Award from the Malabar Farm Foundation, the Friends of Agriculture Award from the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and Citizen of the Year for Fort Recovery.
PODCAST: Understanding Indoor Air Quality Part 1 PODCAST: Understanding Indoor Air Quality Part 2 Consider occupant-sensing ventilationPeter Smith suggests Woolfe consider something called occupant-sensing ventilation, available through Conservation Technology. The company describes it as a “continuous, multiport, exhaust-only” system. An efficient exhaust fan is connected to bathrooms, laundry and kitchen with a trunk duct and motion-sensing exhaust grilles. When the rooms are unoccupied, airflow rates are modest. When a room gets too humid or is occupied, airflow rates jump sixfold. RELATED MULTIMEDIA John Klingel has two additional ideas: install a high-capacity fan that starts up whenever the garage door is opened and runs for 20 minutes. The system would have an inlet for fresh air specifically for the garage. And second, Klingel suggests, install the door between the house and the garage so it opens into the garage. That way, any negative pressure in the house will draw the door more tightly closed. Our expert’s opinionHere’s how Peter Yost, GBA’s technical director, views it:While the air-sealing details to isolate an attached garage are not easy, they work. For more, see How to Build an Energy Star Home: Building Plans for the Thermal Bypass Checklist. Diagnostic testing can confirm how effective this is.An excellent workshop by Keefe, Cox, and Williams on the principles, techniques, and procedures for isolating attached garages was presented at an Affordable Comfort conference: The Garage Connection: Solving Indoor Air Quality and Comfort Problems.I have to admit, I have been pretty dead-set against the idea of attached garages from an indoor air quality perspective, but the sheltering and material savings associated with an attached garage are compelling. If the garage is isolated outside the conditioned boundary, the door to the house is airtight and swings outward, and a dedicated exhaust fan on a trigger and timer is installed. Sure seems as though our GBA crew, collectively, has nailed this one. Is this any way to heat a garage?Woolfe may be a fan of green building, but what he’s really after is staying comfortable in his garage, not necessarily greening “the whole thing,” as Linck had suggested. “Green?” he asks. “Who’s talking green? I’m mostly interested in avoiding white — as in white fingers when working on my car in the winter!”James Morgan can sympathize, but adds this: “It doesn’t sound very smart or effective to rely on leakage from the house through an inadequately insulated common wall to heat your garage. It’s only leaky homes that have made attached garages an acceptable arrangement. Tight homes demand a different standard.”“James, I don’t plan to rely on heat leaking from the house to heat the garage,” Woolfe says. “The garage will be cold unless I specifically heat it, just not as cold as it would be with four walls exposed to the weather, instead of three walls. Likewise, one wall of the house will be warmer because it will be buffered by the garage.”Heat is definitely a factor. Holladay argued in a previous exchange that basements are far more useful than garages. “Garages freeze; basements don’t,” he wrote. “You can’t store a bucket of drywall mud in a garage.” CONSTRUCTION DETAILS Jack Woolfe wants to build a small, airtight house with an attached garage. The house will have an exhaust-only ventilation system, meaning the system will expel stale air from the house without providing a specific source for replacement air.That’s one of several options for whole-house ventilation, but Woolfe is weighing the possible risks.“I’m concerned that the negative pressure in the house may draw unwanted fumes in from the garage,” he writes in a post at GreenBuildingAdvisor’s Q&A forum. “Are there any recommendations for supplying makeup air to the house so that there isn’t negative pressure in the house, or perhaps a well-sealed door between the house and the garage? Any other ideas, besides a HRV system or a detached garage?”Woolfe’s question is the subject of this week’s Q&A Spotlight. RELATED ARTICLES Energy Star Air Sealing PackageMechanical Systems Basement Insulation Retrofit Or, make the garage a detached structure“If it’s not too late,” says GBA senior editor Martin Holladay, “consider a detached garage. Even a garage connected by a short breezeway is safer than an attached garage.”No doubt this is true. Given the variety and toxicity of stuff that often ends up in the garage, keeping the structure safely away from an airtight house sounds like good advice.Except that Woolfe is counting on it.“Martin, you must feel strongly in favor of a detached garage,” he says. “I really like the idea of the garage and the house sheltering and warming each other, and the sharing of the common wall means less foundation, framing, roofing and cladding. Sure would like to find a way to have my cake and eat it too.”John Linck agrees. “I built my home with a long tandem attached garage along nearly all the cold northern exposure, with attic above,” he says. “The savings in materials and energy help to green the whole, if having a garage at all can really be considered green. “I also turn off my Prius when it’s in the garage so any fumes are very temporary and certainly don’t approach dangerous levels. The garage is totally sealed from the living space, 5/8-inch fire-rated drywall, fireproof steel entry door, etc.”The Prius factor? Linck isn’t the only one to have a hybrid car. “I’ve found that with our hybrid car we can back out and close the overhead door before the gas engine ever kicks on,” writes Kevin Dickson.But not everyone owns an electric vehicle, and there also are the many solvents, fuels, adhesives, finishes and other potential sources of foul air in a garage. And, Linck adds, if you’re a fan of starting your car with a remote device, you’re probably better off with a carport.“If your memory is like mine, you might start it and forget it,” he says. “My CRS syndrome is getting worse every year.” Ventilation Choices: Three Ways to Keep Indoor Air FreshDesigning a Good Ventilation SystemExhaust VentilationMechanical Systems Overview Mechanical SystemsHVAC FansHVAC Air Cleaning Devices GREEN PRODUCT GUIDE
Tags:#Google Glass brian ford Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Google Glass is now “unofficially officially” out in the wild, early reviews are in, and they’re not spectacular. I’ve been a Glass skeptic from the start, but now I’m just going to come right out and say it: If the developer version is at all an accurate representation of what Glass will look like as a finished product, it’s going to fail.Here’s why.No One Likes To Wear GlassesIf people liked wearing glasses, we wouldn’t live in a world where many people opt to wear contacts. I actually don’t like wearing contacts (my eyes are sensitive) and because my insurance covers the cost of buying glasses I dutifully trot in, excited by the prospect that this time, I’m going to find the perfect pair.(See also: Google Glass Unboxing Photo Gallery: Meet The Future Of Mobile)An unboxing and overview of what’s in the box with Google Glass, a moonshot project that might just be crazy enough to catch on. I speak from experience: No matter how well they’re fitted, glasses slip. They pinch. They’re easy to forget. They cause headaches. They’re inconvenient when they’re on and even more so when we need to take them off. Put simply, glasses are a hassle and despite my best intentions I give up on wearing them after only a couple months.No matter your level of respect for Google, it won’t have solved these problems. If anything, they’re only going to be exacerbated by the fact that Glass will need to fit perfectly in order to work perfectly. Also by the fact that people who like to wear glasses can’t currently wear Glass, because it doesn’t work with… glasses!(See also: Google Glass: What Do You Want To Know About Google’s Internet Eyewear?)Whether we like wearing glasses or not, we definitely don’t like wearing ugly glasses and Google Glass is nothing if not ugly. (Take a look at any picture that doesn’t feature a professional model at a professional photo shoot and tell me I’m wrong.)Those of us who are forced to wear corrective glasses are pretty particular about what we’ll wear, and Google says we can have any design we like as long as it’s ugly.Google Glass Is Already A Parody Of ItselfThe iPad elicited pre-release chuckles because we’re all children and we think feminine hygiene products are hilarious. Apple put an end to our juvenile japes by releasing a product that worked well. More important, perhaps, the iPad was announced and then it was released and reviewed as a finished product.As a result, we were able to walk into a store, buy one and draw our own conclusions. And we did. Millions of times, collectively.Not so with Google Glass. The devices are out there, yes, but most of us will never know someone who owns a pre-release pair. Many of us already understand that wearing prescription glasses kind of sucks, and even if we have no real idea what it’s like to meld a tiny screen to that experience, adding to bad doesn’t often make good.This means we’ll spend the next several months forming our opinions based on preconceived notions, reviews, word-of-mouth and, yes, Saturday Night Live skits.The Reviews Have Been TerribleWhether it’s battery life, how well they function, the price to value ratio, or build quality, no one seems to have much nice to say about Google Glass in its current form. (ReadWrite’s Taylor Hatmaker is one exception.) You might retort that it’s unfair to review a beta product, but Google could have released Glass alongside an NDA or an embargo, and it didn’t do that. It unconditionally put the “future of tech” in the hands of any journalist who was willing to shell out $1500 and hoped for the best.Is it possible that Google will completely overhaul their flagship next-generation mobile computer in an effort to address these issues? Sure it is. I think it’s unlikely, but it’s possible. Does it matter? Is “Joe Average” going to spend his money on a first-of-its-kind product that was savaged in early reviews? Not likely.Word-Of-Mouth Has Been TerribleGlasshole. It’s not terribly clever — okay, it’s actually sort of clever — but it caught on. And it makes a strong and succinct point that if you wear these, you’re kind of a dick. This isn’t a jab at the product, it’s a commentary about the person wearing the product. If you’re wearing them, that person is you.That’s the kiss of death for any device, let alone an expensive product that also happens to be getting so-so reviews at best. (Maybe Glass won’t be expensive once it’s actually released. But Google is cultivating the idea that the device will be expensive by keeping silent about the eventual price.)Live from New York: Google Glass Is Terrible!If Glass were well-reviewed, I’d leave this alone. The problem isn’t that Saturday Night Live is making fun of a new tech product; they do that all the time. The problem is that Saturday Night live is parodying a product and it’s hard to tell that it’s a parody. I’ve seen videos of people wearing Glass and they’re experiencing all the issues that Fred Armisen sends up in his sketch.The joke is that his character is going out of the way to seem enthusiastic about Glass despite all the glitches, and therein lies the difference between parody and reality: Most of the “real” reviewers seem to be just as confounded by things like poor speech recognition, but far from being enthusiastic, they seem mostly disappointed that “the future” is so wonky.Google needs an army of disciples who will evangelize despite flaws, and thus far, it seems like they’ve just got Robert Scoble. (This is a good time, I think, to bring up my point about professional models again.)Google needs to get out in front of the impression that Glass doesn’t work well, and it has yet to do so.Wear No EvilAdd to all that my ongoing concerns about wearer discomfort, the potential for long-term negative impacts on our vision, inevitable privacy issues, and the likelihood that businesses will ban the use of Google Glass outright.Maybe Google is giving us a preview of the future. Maybe we should all be excited that Google is willing push the envelope by trying something new.For now, though, maybe we should all come to terms with the idea that Google is facing a failure of epic proportions.Related stories10 Compelling Ways People Plan To Use Google Glass5 Socially Unacceptable Things You’ll Do With Google GlassGoogle Glass: Way Too Much Google For Its Own GoodWhy Google Glass Is Way More Important Than Any SmartwatchWhy Google Glass Needs A Style InfusionLead image via Taylor Hatmaker
MAVERICKS 109, BUCKS 105MILWAUKEE (AP) — Harrison Barnes scored 15 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter to lift Dallas over listless Milwaukee.The Mavericks played as if they still had a chance at the playoffs, while the Bucks frittered away an opportunity to cement their hold on the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference.Dirk Nowitzki and J.J. Barea each had 17 points as the Mavericks snapped a four-game losing streak. Yogi Ferrell had 13 filling in for the ailing Seth Curry.Giannis Antetokounmpo had 31 points and 15 rebounds for the Bucks, fresh off a 14-4 record in March. That was the franchise’s third-most wins in a month and best mark since the 1970-71 NBA championship team went 16-2 in February.CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James made a big 3-pointer in the final minute of the second overtime and scored 41 points to offset 43 by Indiana’s Paul George, and the Cleveland Cavaliers opened their April schedule with a 135-130 win Sunday over the Indiana Pacers, who remain on the outside of the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference.Indiana Pacers’ Paul George, left, reaches for the ball as Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James drives to the basket in overtime during an NBA basketball game, Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)James added 15 rebounds and 11 assists in 52 minutes for the defending NBA champions, who ended the game with some drama as Tristan Thompson and James angrily exchanged words during a timeout in the second OT.Kyrie Irving made four free throws in the final 16.5 seconds and Kevin Love had 20 points and 12 rebounds as Cleveland stayed within a half-game of Boston for the top spot in the East. The Cavs visit the Celtics on Wednesday night.George was magnificent in defeat, scoring 19 straight points for Indiana in the overtime sessions and adding nine rebounds and nine assists. But he couldn’t prevent the Pacers from their eighth straight road loss.ROCKETS 123, SUNS 116PHOENIX (AP) — Patrick Beverley scored a career-high 26 points and the Houston Rockets sent the Phoenix Suns to their 12th straight loss with a 123-116 victory despite not having James Harden in the lineup.Harden was ruled out with acute viral syndrome, the team announced before the game. He had not missed a game all season and entered Sunday tied for second in the league in scoring at 29.2 points per game.Beverley played despite a sore right ankle and scored 11 of his points in the third quarter. Lou Williams scored 16 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, and Troy Williams, called up from the D-League early Sunday, scored 18 of his career-high 21 points in the first half.Williams, who last appeared in an NBA game on Dec. 16 with Memphis, shot 5 of 7 from 3-point range in the first 20 minutes.Tyler Ulis finished with a career-high 34 points for the Suns, who were swept in a season series by the Rockets for the first time in franchise history. At 22-56, Phoenix has the West’s worst record by a half-game below the Los Angeles Lakers. Ulis added nine rebounds and nine assists, and Devin Booker scored 27 for the Suns.WARRIORS 139, WIZARDS 115OAKLAND, California (AP) — Stephen Curry hit nine 3-pointers and scored 42 points, also dished out eight assists, and Golden State moved closer to locking up the Western Conference’s top playoff seed by beating Washington.Draymond Green had his 19th career triple-double and fifth this season with 11 points, 13 assists and 12 rebounds. Curry scored 10 points over the final 1:52 of the first half and shot 15 for 22, including 9 of 14 on 3s, in the Warriors’ 11th straight victory. It was his 26th career 40-point game and fourth this season.John Wall had 15 points and 11 assists for the Wizards, who couldn’t make it two wins over the mighty Warriors in just more than a month’s time. He set the single-season franchise assists record with No. 802 in the third quarter, topping Rod Strickland in 1997-98.CELTICS 110, KNICKS 94NEW YORK (AP) — Isaiah Thomas scored 19 points in just 24 minutes and Boston remained atop the Eastern Conference with its 50th victory, beating New York.Jaylen Brown added 16 for the Celtics, who will be no worse than tied with Cleveland for the best record in the East when they host the defending NBA champions on Wednesday. Boston is off until that showdown, while the Cavaliers were set to play two games in between.Boston secured its first 50-win season since going 56-26 in 2010-11 and did it easily, shooting 55.6 percent and getting 14 points apiece from Marcus Smart and Al Horford.Courtney Lee scored 16 points and Kristaps Porzingis had 14 for the Knicks, who announced during the game that Derrick Rose will have season-ending surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee. They also played without Carmelo Anthony (sore lower back).HORNETS 113, THUNDER 101OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Kemba Walker scored 29 points to help Charlotte overcome Russell Westbrook’s sixth straight triple-double and beat Oklahoma City.Westbrook finished with 40 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. It was Westbrook’s 40th triple-double of the season, putting him one behind Oscar Robertson’s NBA record of 41, set during the 1961-62 season. It was Westbrook’s first career triple-double against Charlotte.Frank Kaminsky had 18 points and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added 16 for Charlotte, which entered the day in 10th place in the East, two games behind Chicago, Indiana and Miami, who were tied for seventh.Walker went 6 of 12 from 3-point range. It was the 14th time this season Walker hit five or more 3-pointers in a game.SPURS 109, JAZZ 103SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Kawhi Leonard had 25 points and seven assists, and San Antonio held off Utah in a matchup of postseason-bound teams.The Jazz closed to 102-98 on Joe Johnson’s 16-footer with 2:06 remaining that capped a 10-0 run. Leonard then blocked a shot by 7-foot-1 center Rudy Gobert to help San Antonio preserve the victory.Gobert had 19 points, 14 rebounds and six blocked shots. Boris Diaw scored 19 points, making all nine of his shots against his former team.Utah (47-30) leads the Los Angeles Clippers (47-31) by a half-game for the Western Conference’s No. 4 seed and home-court advantage in the opening round.San Antonio (59-17) is second in the West behind Golden State.NUGGETS 116, HEAT 113MIAMI (AP) — Danilo Gallinari scored 29 points, Nikola Jokic and Wilson Chandler each added 19, and Denver topped Miami.Emmanuel Mudiay scored 17 for Denver (36-40), which got back within two games of Portland for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.Gallinari hit two straight jumpers late in the fourth to push a one-point Denver lead out to six, and the Nuggets held on at the end to deal Miami’s playoff hopes another blow.Goran Dragic scored 22 points for the Heat (37-40).BULLS 117, PELICANS 110NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Jimmy Butler scored 39 points and Chicago sustained its playoff push with a victory over recently resurgent New Orleans.Butler made 14 of 26 shots, including all three of his 3-point shots, to help the Bulls win for the fifth time in six games. Chicago entered the day in a tie for seventh in the Eastern Conference with Miami and Indiana.Butler’s final points came on a step-back jumper with 20 seconds left stem a late Pelicans run.Bobby Portis scored 21 points and Joffrey Lauvergne 15 for the Bulls, while Rajon Rondo added 10 points, nine assists, nine rebounds and three steals.Anthony Davis had 30 points and 11 rebounds for New Orleans, while DeMarcus Cousins added 26 points and 18 rebounds.RAPTORS 113, 76ERS 105TORONTO (AP) — Serge Ibaka scored 24 points and DeMar DeRozan added 17 as Toronto registered its ninth straight home victory over Philadelphia.DeRozan tied his season high with nine assists, and Jonas Valanciunas had 14 points for the Raptors, who closed out a four-game homestand by going 3-1. The last time the 76ers won in Toronto was Nov. 10, 2012.Rookie Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot had a career-high 23 points and Dario Saric added 16 for the 76ers, who lost their third straight.LAKERS 108, GRIZZLIES 103LOS ANGELES (AP) — D’Angelo Russell scored 28 points and three Lakers had double-doubles in a victory over Memphis.Memphis fell to 42-35, 1 ½ games back of Oklahoma City for the sixth spot in the Western Conference with five games to play.Mike Conley had 20 points and had 12 assists for the Grizzlies, but missed a 3-pointer with 6.3 seconds left that would have tied the score. Troy Daniels also had 20 points for Memphis.Julius Randle had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Lakers, while Larry Nance Jr. added 12 points and 14 boards. Thomas Robinson finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds, the first time the Lakers had three double-doubles in a game since Dec. 16, 2014 (Wesley Johnson, Jordan Hill and Ed Davis).HAWKS 91, NETS 82NEW YORK (AP) — Brook Lopez scored 29 points, Jeremy Lin had 15, and Brooklyn spoiled Paul Millsap’s return to the lineup by beating Atlanta.Rondae Hollis-Jefferson added 11 points for the Nets, who have won two straight games.Dennis Schroder scored 16 points, while Millsap and Tim Hardaway Jr. each had 14 for the Hawks, who have lost two straight.Millsap returned after a seven-game absence with a left knee injury but Atlanta fell to 39-38, just a game ahead of seventh place in the Eastern Conference.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Ex-Man City fullback Greg Leigh hopes NAC Breda fans now behind himby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester City fullback Greg Leigh hopes he’s now winning over fans at NAC Breda.Having been snapped up from Bury last summer, Leigh suffered a slow start to his Eredivisie career.However, the defender impressed for victory over Vitesse and acknowledged the support and chants of “Leigh, Leigh, Leigh” from NAC fans.”I heard it, yes. I tried to shut myself off, but I heard it. I cannot deny that it makes you bigger as a player, it is good for your self-confidence,” he said.”I know what it has been like when I have not been able to convince, that is the most important thing for me. The criticism was sometimes justified, I can do better, I know.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say