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first_imgWizzy Brown Bookmakers has been found guilty of operating without a Bookmakers License in several of his betting shops across Donegal at a recent sitting at Letterkenny District Court. Shane Browne, 10 Ard Na Mela, St. Johnston, owner of Wizzy Brown LTD was found guilty of operating without a license in his betting outlets in Bunbeg, St. Johnston and Killyclug.The D.P.P. at the suit of the Revenue Commissioners brought the case against Mr Browne. Judge Paul Kelly fined Mr Browne €2,500 for operating without a license at Wizzy Brown Bookmakers, in Bunbeg.Judge Paul Kelly also fined Mr Browne €2,500 for operating without a license at Wizzy Brown Bookmakers in St. Johnston and Killyclug.Mr Browne also had a number of summonises issued against him in four of his other betting outlets in Ardara, Muff, Convoy and Newtoncuningham which Judge Paul Kelly took into consideration.Solicitor Donough Cleary, was representing Mr Browne in court, and said that negotiations are on-going between Mr Browne’s accountant and representatives from the Revenue Commission.Mr Clearly stated that Mr Browne has been involved in the business for over a decade, and wants to get this issue resolved as soon as possible, as he employs a significant number of people across all his shops in Donegal.WELL-KNOWN BOOKMAKER FINED FOR OPERATING WITHOUT A LICENSE was last modified: June 4th, 2014 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:courtsHome-page NewsWizzy Brownlast_img read more


first_imgPaddy Power have ranked Harps as 20-1 outsiders to upset the odds against St Pat’s on Sunday.Paddy Power has priced Finn Harps at an incredible 20-1 to upset the odds and defeat St Patrick’s Athletic in the FAI Cup semi-final on Sunday.Harps have been notoriously difficult to beat all season and have enjoyed a solid campaign under the guidance of Ollie Horgan.This season is the first time since 1999 that Harps have reached an FAI cup semi-final, but Paddy Power has completely dismissed their chances of causing an upset on Sunday by pricing them at 20-1. Donegal were 10-1 outsiders in some bookmakers against Dublin, and Harps are double the odds to repeat the same feat and upset the Dubs in their own backyard.Many felt those odds were disrespectful to Donegal and the same is being said about Harps.In a two horse, to price a team at 20-1 is disrespectful, and it’s bound to give Ollie Horgan added motivation to cause an upset, although they’ll hardly need anymore motivation with the carrot of an FAI Cup final at the Aviva Stadium on offer.Odds of a draw are 7-1 to won, and that’s a great bet when you consider the amount of matches Harps have drawn this season coupled with how well they’re organised under Horgan. It’s been reported that Harps have sold in the region of 400 tickets for Sunday’s cup clash which is also being televised live on TV on RTE Two at 1.45pm.  FAI CUP SEMI-FINAL: HARPS A WHOPPING 20-1 TO UPSET ST.PAT’S IN FAI CUP was last modified: October 2nd, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:fai cupfinn harpsnewsPaddy POwerSportlast_img read more

Severe recession may follow bubble

first_imgNEW YORK – Much of the nation has had a lovely real estate boom for the past five years, but the house party is almost over and the cleanup won’t be pretty. That’s the word from economists and investors who have watched housing prices march ever higher. “The collapse of the housing bubble will throw the economy into a recession, and quite likely a severe recession,” warned a July report by the Center for Economic and Policy Research. In recent weeks, many major investment firms have concurred. Said a Lehman Brothers report, “(A) turn in the housing market is central to our economic forecast.” “The demographic story behind the housing market boom, as we always thought, was a giant hoax,” wrote Merrill Lynch & Co.’s North American Economist, David Rosenberg, in a recent report. If housing prices decline sharply, the effects could be broad. Lehman estimates that one-third of the past year’s U.S. economic growth was a consequence of the housing boom. Housing construction is equal to 5 percent of the national economy. A downturn in housing could mean more than 1.3 million lost jobs, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. predicts, bumping up the national unemployment rate by 1 percent and the unemployment rate in house-mad California by 2 percent. Those numbers don’t include likely job cuts in housing-dependent businesses, such as banking, furniture and building materials. The Center for Economic and Policy Research predicts worse, saying a bubble burst would mean the loss of 5 million to 6.3 million jobs. The housing run-up has financed consumer spending, creating more than $5 trillion in bubble wealth, the center estimates. Consumers have used “cash-out” mortgages to pay for everything from new kitchens to college tuition. A final nightmare scenario: A federal bailout of the mortgage market is likely if housing crashes, the center predicts. So, if corporate pension funds continue to falter and this dire prediction does come true, the feds could conceivably be holding your mortgage and your pension. While there’s disagreement on what a downturn will mean, it’s widely held that a number of factors could bring prices down. A decline in prices will track interest rates: If rates go up sharply, housing prices will plummet, said Mark Zandi, chief economist at, an independent provider of financial research. If rates increase slowly, housing prices might ease gradually. Others point to simple supply and demand. Bubbles have their own psychology – a neighbor tells you at a party that her house has tripled in value and you feel like an idiot for renting – but supply and demand operates on logic, which has to kick in at some point. The supply-and-demand picture for housing looks out of whack. For six straight months, ending in September, builders started work on more than 2 million new homes. This has only happened three other times in the postwar period, according to Merrill Lynch: 1971 to 1973, 1977 to 1978, and early 1984. Those periods were fundamentally different from today in at least one respect: More people were forming households. Household formation is the growth rate in the number of households and it’s boosted by new immigration and twenty-somethings leaving their parents’ homes. It is currently half what it was for most of those peak periods. “At no time in the past three decades has the gap between household formation and housing starts been as wide as it has been over the past 12 to 24 months,” Rosenberg wrote. “We’ve become accustomed to hearing about how housing is in a new paradigm, that the fundamentals are sound, so on and so forth. But please, just don’t tell me that the sector has managed to divorce itself from supply and demand realities.” He points out that the number of households in the group most likely to buy a home, 25- to 44-year-olds, fell 2 percent last year, a record decline. Another indicator, unsold homes sitting on the market, also points down. The ratio of inventories to sales has been rising rapidly in recent months and now stands at its highest level since 1996, according to Wachovia Corp. Rents provide more evidence of an imbalance between supply and demand. Since World War II ended, sale prices for homes have generally kept pace with the overall rate of inflation, and rents moved at the same pace. That hasn’t been the case for the last eight years, according to the Center for Economic and Policy Research. “There has been no significant increase in rents, which would be expected if the run-up in house prices were explained by the fundamentals of the housing market,” wrote Dean Baker, the center’s co-director. Then, there’s the problem of affordability. Affordability for first-time home buyers is the worst it has been in 20 years, which brings to mind an old parable about the stock market. A woman buys up a company’s stock, driving up the price as she goes. Eventually, she tells her broker to sell. His response: “To whom?” “House prices are at the mountaintop,” Zandi said. “All roads lead down. It’s just a question of how steeply.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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first_imgTIME is running out for clubs to book coaches on the Ladies Football Coaching & Development workshop next Monday.‘COACHING THE KEEPER WORKSHOP’.Venue, Colaiste Ailigh, Letterkenny.Time;- Sharp @ 7pm to 9.30.Fee;- €25 per Club.Minimum number of coaches required is 15 and maximum is 25 – participants must be over 16yrs of age. The workshop will be delivered by Lyn Savage & Will Harman national Dev. Officers from the LGFA plus Two Inter County Goalkeepers Linda Martin, Monaghan All star nominee, and Irene Munneely, Meath All star 2011.The Donegal Ladies Board of the LGFA need a minimum of 6 club goalkeepers from Donegal for the practical element of the workshop.This workshop will come in two parts- Theory & Practical.County Team managers should send their county keeper and their keeper coaches to his workshop and clubs should get their adult keeper and a coach to attend. Contact Dev. Officer with names of participants and goalkeepers asap. The course is open top men’s and ladies’ teams.FINAL CALL TO CLUBS OVER TOP NOTCH GOALKEEPING COACH COURSE was last modified: May 19th, 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:coachdonegalgoalkeepingLGFAlast_img read more

Half-time: Man Utd 0 QPR 0

first_imgWith new manager Harry Redknapp watching from the stands, QPR made a resolute start at Old Trafford.Redknapp inherits a struggling side from Mark Hughes, whose team selection – made before he was fired on Friday morning – reflected the Welshman’s desire to get back to basics with the help of Rangers’ most trusted players.Esteban Granero was dropped to the bench along with Anton Ferdinand, Junior Hoilett and Samba Diakite.Stalwarts Clint Hill, Shaun Derry and Jamie Mackie were given starting places, while Stephane Mbia returned from a three-match ban.The changes had a noticeable effect, with Rangers much more solid than their thrown-together band of big-name signings have been so far this season.A great last-ditch challenge by Derry thwarted Paul Scholes, while Robin van Persie and Ashley Young both fired wide as Manchester United dominated much of the first half.Rangers threatened on the counter-attack and had the ball in the net when Mackie headed in, but the effort was rightly ruled out for offside.QPR: Julio Cesar, Dyer, Hill, Nelsen, Mbia, Traore, Derry, Faurlin, Mackie, Taarabt, Cisse. Subs: Green, Diakite, Ferdinand, Wright-Phillips, Granero, Ephraim, Hoilett.Click here for the QPR v Man Utd 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Warriors 144, Wizards 122: Stephen Curry sparks early regular-season MVP buzz

first_imgIt did not matter whether Curry flailed the ball from 32 feet or on a high-arcing finger roll. He often made the shot, anyway.In related news, the Warriors coasted to a 144-122 victory over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday at Oracle Arena as Curry posted a team-leading 51 … Click here if you are having trouble viewing the slideshow on a mobile device.OAKLAND – The ball went high up in the air. Since the ball left Stephen Curry’s fingertips, of course it dropped into the basket.last_img read more

Redwoods makes final home stand of 2018 today

first_imgCollege of the Redwoods football will take the field at Community Stadium for the final time in 2018 today when it hosts Yuba for a Pacific 7 Conference match up. Kick off is at 1 p.m.Redwoods (1-3, 2-6) will look to snap a four-game losing skid against one of the better teams in the Pacific 7 as Yuba (2-0, 5-2) enters today’s contest riding a five-game winning streak. Redwoods fell on the road in Los Altos to Foothill last weekend (Oct. 20) by a 45-27 margin.Quarterback Moise Francois had …last_img read more

Van Dyk in record Boston Marathon win

first_img20 April 2010After winning the Boston Marathon for a record ninth time on Monday, South African wheelchair racing star Ernst van Dyk now has more victories in the world-famous marathon, first contested in 1897, than anyone in any racing category.Previously Ireland’s Jean Driscoll won the women’s wheelchair event eight times, from 1990 to 1996, and again in 2000.Monday’s victory was one of Van Dyk’s toughest wins yet, with another South African, Krige Schabort, pushing him all the way to the finishing tape.“It was the hardest ever, to have to fight all the way to the end, instead of finishing at a pace that was comfortable,” Van Dyk told afterwards. “It was a battle.”Good startVan Dyk started the race well and built up an early lead, but Schabort, a two-time podium finisher in the Olympic wheelchair marathon, wasn’t about to make it easy for him and put the pressure on in ideal conditions.Van Dyk set a blazing early pace, passing through the 10-kilometre check point in only 17 minutes and 56 seconds. Behind him, however, Schabort had good support from the Japanese pair of Kota Hokinoue and Soejima Masazumi and they worked together to haul in Van Dyk.By halfway the trio had caught the eight-time champion and passed him, but one doesn’t win a race eight times without being able to handle the challenges laid down by determined opponents.Heartbreak HillAt Heartbreak Hill, a key point in the race, just after the 30-kilometre-mark, Van Dyk was still in fourth place. Slowly, though, he began to reel in the men in front of him, but the distance to the finish was rapidly diminishing.“I caught back up with Kota (Hokinoue),” he told the Boston Herald, “then I could see Krige in front of me and knew that I had a chance.“I sprinted as hard as I could. Once I caught up to him we knew it would be a sprint to the finish.”Heading towards the finish down Boylston Street, Van Dyk caught and passed Schabort with 400 metres to go, leaving his fellow South African as the runner-up in the race for a seventh time.‘I worked very hard’“I’m 10 years younger than Krige,” Van Dyk told the Boston Herald, “so I have a better sprint than he has. But you still need to time your move correctly. I worked very hard to catch Krige.”After taking victory in 2008, Van Dyk had said he wanted to contest the race at least one more time so that he could become the sole owner of the record for most wins. A year later, reflecting on his record-setting victory, he told “The fact that it’s number nine is a bonus, but I never thought of starting to count the wins in Boston, I just wanted to do my best every time in the race and be in the money and go for the trophy.“Whether it’s number nine, number 8 or number 17, it doesn’t matter to me, but now that it is number nine and I’m the only person in the history of this race to win number nine, I think it’s an honor and I need to appreciate what it is.”Tenth title?With nine victories to his name, surely the temptation for Van Dyk is to go for double figures. It appears he still has plenty left in the tank.In 2008, he won the race in his slowest winning time of one hour, 33 minutes and 29 seconds. His winning time on Monday was considerably better: one hour, 26 minutes, and 53 seconds.Schabort finished four seconds later, which made it by far Van Dyk’s closest win in Boston. Previously the tightest finish in any of his victories had been by a minute and 35 seconds.Van Dyk holds the world record for the marathon, set on the same course in 2004, of one hour 18 minutes and 27 seconds.He has won the Boston Marathon every year since 2001, excepting for 2007, when he finished in third place.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

AgTube: Beck’s Hybrids Starter Additive Study & Sugar In-Furrow

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Learn about Beck’s Practical Farm Research Starter Additive Study and how we are testing sugar in-furrow at multiple locations. If you have any questions feel free to comment below and use #AskPFR.last_img

How machine learning is revolutionizing digital enterprises

first_imgRelated Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Ronald van Loon Tags:#AI#artificial intelligence#digital#featured#Internet of Things#IoT#M2M#Machine Learning#smart home#top Follow the Puck If you want more information on SAP Machine Learning, then go here to subscribe to the webinar on Enabling the intelligent Enterprise with Machine Learning.The presenters include Dr. Markus Noga: VP Machine Learning SAP Innovation Center Network, SAP SE. You can follow him on Twitter.Ronald van Loon is the other presenter for the webinar. Mr. Loon is counted among the Top 10 Big Data expert and is an IoT Influencer. According to the prediction of IDC Futurescapes, two-thirds of Global 2000 Enterprises CEOs will center their corporate strategy on digital transformation. A major part of the strategy should include machine-learning (ML) solutions. The implementation of these solutions could change how these enterprises view customer value and internal operating model today.If you want to stay ahead of the game, then you cannot afford to wait for that to happen. Your digital business needs to move towards automation now while ML technology is developing rapidly. Machine learning algorithms learn from huge amounts of structured and unstructured data, e.g. text, images, video, voice, body language, and facial expressions. By that, it opens a new dimension for machines with limitless applications from healthcare systems to video games and self-driving cars.In short, ML will connect intelligently people, business, and things. It will enable completely new interaction scenarios between customers and companies and eventually allow a true intelligent enterprise. To realize the applications that are possible due to ML fully, we need to build a modern business environment. However, this will only be achieved, if businesses can understand the distinction between Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML).Understanding the Distinction Between ML and AIMachines that could fully replicate or even surpass all humans’ cognitive functions are still a dream of Science Fiction stories, Machine Learning is the reality behind AI and it is available today. ML mimics how the human cognitive system functions and solves problems based on that functioning. It can analyze data that is beyond human capabilities.The ML data analysis is based on the patterns it can identity in Big Data. It can make UX immersive and efficient while also being able to respond with human-like emotions. By learning from data instead of being programmed explicitly, computers can now deal with challenges previously reserved to the human. They now beat us at games like chess, go and poker; they can recognize images more accurately, transcribe spoken words more precisely, and are capable of translating over a hundred languages.ML applications for life and businessIn order for us to comprehend the range of applications that will be possible due to ML technology, let us look at some examples available currently:Home connections: Amazon Echo, Google HomeDigital assistants: Apple’s Siri, SAP’s upcoming CopilotBoth types of devices provide an interactive experience for the users due to Natural Language Processing technology. With ML in the picture, this experience might be taken to new heights, i.e., chatbots. Initially, they will be a part of the apps mentioned above but it is predicted that they could make text and GUI interfaces obsolete.ML technology does not force the user to learn how it can be operated but adapts itself to the user. It will become much more than give birth to a new interface; it will lead to the formation of enterprise AI.The limitless ways in which ML can be applied include provision of completely customized healthcare. It will be able to anticipate the customer’s needs due to their shopping history. It can make it possible for the HR to recruit the right candidate for each job without bias and automate payments in the finance sector.Unprecedented business benefits via MLBusiness processes will become automated and evolve with the increasing use of ML due to the benefits associated with it. Customers can use the technology to pick the best results and thus, reach decisions faster. As the business environment changes, so will the advanced machines as they constantly update and adapt themselves. ML will also help businesses arrive on innovations and keep growing by providing the right kind of business products/services and basing their decisions on a business model with the best outcome.ML technology is able to develop insights that are beyond human capabilities based on the patterns it derives from Big Data. As a result, businesses would be able to act at the right time and take advantage of sales opportunities, converting them into closed deals. With the whole operation optimized and automated, the rate at which a business grows will accelerate. Moreover, the business process will achieve more at a lesser cost. ML will lead businesses into environs with minimal human error and stronger cybersecurity.ML use  casesThe following three examples show how ML can be applied to an enterprise model that utilizes Natural Language Processing:Support Ticket ClassificationConsider the case where tickets from different media channels (email, social websites etc.) need to be forwarded to the right specialist for the topic. The immense volume of support tickets makes the task lengthy and time-consuming. If ML were to be applied to this situation, it could be useful in classifying them into different categories.API and micro-service integration could mean that the ticket could be automatically categorized. If the number of correctly categorized tickets is high enough, an ML algorithm can route the ticket directly to the next service agent without the need of a support agent.RecruitingThe job of prioritizing incoming applications for positions with hundreds of applicants can also be slow and time-consuming. If automated via ML, the HR can let the machine predict candidate suitability by providing it with a job description and the candidate’s CV. A definite pattern would be visible in the CVs of suitable candidates, such as the right length, experience, absence of typos, etc. Automation of the process will be more likely to provide the right candidate for the job.Marketing ML will help build logo and brand recognition for businesses in the following two ways:With the use of a brand intelligence app, the identification of logos in event sponsorship videos or TV can lead to marketing ROI calculations.Stay up to date on the customer’s transactions and use that behavior to predict how to maintain customer loyalty and find the best way to retain them.How enterprises can get startedBusinesses can step into the new age of ML and begin implementing the technique by letting the machines use Big Data derived from various sources, e.g. images, documents, IoT devices etc to learn. While these machines can automate lengthy and repetitive tasks, they can also be used to predict the outcome for new data. The first step in the implementation of ML for a business should be to educate themselves about its nature and the range of its applications. A free openSAP course can help make that possible.Another step that can bring a business closer to ML implementation is data preparation in complex landscapes. The era of information silos is over and there is an imperative need for businesses to gather data from various sources, such as customers, partners, and suppliers. The algorithms must then be provided open access to that data so they can learn and evolve. The Chief Data Officer of the company can oversee the ML integration process.To start with completely new use cases for Machine Learning is not easy and requires a good understanding of the subject and having the right level of expertise in the company. A better starting point for many companies would be to rely on ML solutions already integrated into standard software. By that, it will connect seamlessly with the existing business process and immediately start to create value.Lastly, businesses should start gathering the components necessary for building AI products. Among the requirements would be a cloud platform capable of handling high data volume that is derived from multiple sources. The relevant people are as important to this step as are the technology and processes. After all, they would be the ones who will be testing the latest digital and ML technologies. Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You…last_img read more