first_imgLast year’s marathon.After much discussion, debate and deliberation, the NEW route of this year’s Donegal marathon has been revealed.This event aims to build on last year’s success, and continue to harness the energy, enthusiasm, and groundswell of support for running and outdoor exercise in general among the people of Donegal.Despite last year’s event, there was much discussion about the route of the course. Over the last few months, the Steering Committee has been very busy seeking feedback from those who participated in the first competitive marathon to grace this county in almost forty years.The result of this extensive process is now a route that addresses the issue of that tricky second phase of last year’s full marathon and also brings the competitors back in and onto the streets of Letterkenny for the final stages of the full marathon.These decisions will ultimately add to the excitement of the event and serve to make for an unprecedented public spectacle of personal endeavour and community spirit on the streets of Letterkenny, the likes of which is seldom seen on such a grand scale. This is the People’s Marathon; a marathon organised by the people, for the people, and supported by the people. Donegal can stand proud to recognise the achievements of so many of its residents in organising, supporting, and completing such a celebration of stamina, determination, and the strength of the human spirit.We also look forward to welcoming like-minded people from further afield who wish to tackle the challenges posed by Ireland’s newest competitive marathon.Last year, many of the participants were taking part in this type of event for the very first time; either walking the Half, running the Half, or running the Full.We hope that we can all come together this year to make the marathon Faster- Bigger- Better! Whatever your goals are, we applaud your participation and congratulate you on your personal journey towards the Starting Line on the 23rd August 2015.Below is the route of both marathons, half and full, so read through it, picture it in your mind’s eye, and hopefully you will see yourself crossing the Finish Line on the running track at Aura Leisure Centre, achieving a Personal Best to rapturous encouragement and congratulations of supporters and fellow competitors alike.Donegal Marathon 2015 Route Half Marathon:The marathon will start near Aura Leisure Centre on the main R250 road and will proceed in the direction of the town passing old Dunne’s Stores and turning left onto Pearse Road. It will then turn right at the intersection with Rosemount towards the new Dunne’s Stores Roundabout and out the Neil T. Blaney Road towards the Polestar Roundabout. Here it will turn left and proceed up the Port Road and continue straight past the Station Roundabout towards Main Street. It will follow Main Street onto Lower Main Street, proceeding straight ahead towards Aura on the R250 past St. Eunan’s GAA grounds, O’Donnell Park, and out by Conwal Cemetery where it will continue until the left turn towards Glenties. It will then take the immediate left at Rashedoge back towards the town via Newmills, Rockhill and Oldtown. It will cross the Oldtown Bridge and proceed straight ahead and back towards Aura Leisure Centre finishing on the running track.Full Marathon:The first half of the full marathon will be the same as the half marathon route ,the competitors for the full marathon will however complete another loop of the Newmills/Rashedoge section and after crossing the Oldtown Bridge for a second time will then turn right and take in a circuit of the town that includes the Pearse Road to Station Roundabout, a right along the Port Road towards the Polestar Roundabout, turning left along Ballyraine and left at the small roundabout up towards Gortlee and past the Church of the Irish Martyrs. The runners then turn right at the bottom of Gortlee and run towards the Station Roundabout, turning right towards the Port Road, onto Main Street, proceeding to Lower Main Street and out the R250 towards Aura Leisure Centre finishing on the running track.NEW ROUTE OF DONEGAL MARATHON REVEALED was last modified: May 15th, 2015 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:DONEGAL MARATHONNew routeRevealedlast_img read more

Donegal woman to present thesis at Olympic World Conference

first_imgA CHARTERED physiotherapist from Inishowen will present her thesis at next year’s International Olympic Committee World Conference.Ellevyn Irwin will travel to Monaco in March 2020 to attend the IOC World Conference on the prevention of injury and illness in sport. Her abstract, entitled ‘Clinically-orientated assessments of hamstring muscle strength are reliable’ caught the eye of the organisers and the study will also be published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.When the envelope arrived, emblazoned with that distinctive logo – the five interlocking rings – Ellevyn was stunned. “I was surprised when they came back to say it was accepted,” the 30-year old tells Donegal Daily/Donegal Sport Hub.“When I submitted it at first, it was a shot in the pond. I was surprised when they accepted it. This is a really well renowned conference. It’s great for my profile to be able to say that the IOC World Conference wants to use my thesis.”After graduating from Trinity College with an Honours degree in physiotherapy, she turned turn a chance to complete a PhD. Instead, she completed a Masters in Sports Physiotherapy from UCD, which she completed in 2018. Professors Eamonn Delahunt and Ulrik McCarthy-Persson urged her to submit her thesis for consideration for the Conference. Alongside fellow students Grainne O’Callaghan and Aine Tunny, Ellevyn carried out a group project.The thesis was based on testing hamstring strength, using a handheld dynamometer.“We carried out the study in three different phases,” Ellevyn explains.“The first was to test the reliability of the devise. For example, I’m six feet tall and Grainne is 5’5” – so, was there a difference in each test? Will I resist the strength better? “It was really accurate and reliable even though there was a height and strength difference.  “That facilitated the project for phase 2, when we gathered a normative pool of data on 150 athletes, GAA players, soccer players and rugby players.“We had the idea for phase three, but time constrains meant we didn’t get around to that yet.”Ellevyn is an accomplished sportswoman herself. With 48 caps playing basketball for Ireland, she has been on the European stage with the country.Locally, she has turned out for the LYIT basketball team and has won All-Ireland and Ulster medals with Donegal ladies Gaelic football teams. Ellevyn Irwin is an accomplished basketball player – who has played 48 times for IrelandEllevyn’s sporting interests were diverse having also been a six-time Irish Inter-Varisty Ladies Freestyle Skiing champion.She worked with the Donegal senior football team under Rory Gallagher’s management and was part of Gary McDaid’s backroom with the Donegal U20s over the last two years. She also works with the Irish basketball team and was with Gaoth Dobhair in 2019.After leaving Trinity, Ellevyn – who has also worked with Derry City’s academy – spent some time at Leinster Rugby, working alongside senior physio Brendan O’Connell.“I learned so much there at Leinster, it was a brilliant experience,” Ellevyn says. “I was with Donegal when I decided that I wanted to do the Masters and I started in 2016. “My background has helped me so much. I played a lot of sport and that helped get in to work with the Irish basketball team. “I love being in the team environment, even if I’m not actually playing. I’ve sort of given up my own sport, but I still play as much as I can.“It doesn’t seem like work to me – I’m just part of a team and going to training like everyone else.”Ellevyn has chartered physiotherapy clinics in Buncrana and Letterkenny. For more information, check out: woman to present thesis at Olympic World Conference was last modified: November 15th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:buncranaEllevyn IrwinInternational Olympic Committee World ConferenceIOCMonacoOlympictrinity collegelast_img read more

Penza: My personal connection to the NFL leader in sacks this season

first_imgEven though it pretty comes with the territory, I don’t really like to make columns about myself. I much prefer to stay under the radar and make it about what I’m covering rather than the person covering it.Today will be a little bit different.As the rain pelted Eureka for pretty much the entire day this past Sunday, it was a day made for watching football. I wasn’t watching the San Francisco 49ers’ visit to Buffalo to simply see what Colin Kaepernick was going to do in his first start at …last_img read more

Kurtenbach: What we learned in the Raiders’ gut-punch loss to the Broncos

first_imgNo loss is good, but some particularly sting.The Raiders’ Week Two loss to the Broncos in Denver is certainly one of those losses.The Raiders failed to score in the fourth quarter and allowed the Broncos to rattle off 13 straight points en route to a 20-19 Denver win, capped by Brandon McManus’ 36-yard field goal with six seconds remaining.The loss drops the Raiders to 0-2 on the season, putting into serious jeopardy their playoff aspirations. Over the last nine seasons, only six of 108 …last_img read more

New Teacher Tools: Geocaching and Education

first_imgLouie Bliss and Foxfire working the Geocaching BoothTeachers say geocaching can be a powerful learning tool that involves critical thinking, hands-on learning and active engagement.Over the past few years, geocaching has become more commonly used in the world of education. Now offers more help to teachers who incorporate geocaching in the classroom. just released a  Geocaching and Education page to provide educators with a range of useful resources. employees, known as Lackeys, are also attending education conventions to spread the word about geocaching in the classroom.Teachers have traditionally created their own material to incorporate geocaching into geography, math, science, history, English, and physical education curricula. The passion to use the activity in school has become so great that we over at Groundspeak are now actively partnering with teachers to better support geocaching and education.Just this past week, Lackeys smelly_kelly, Foxfire, Louie Bliss, Katie-b, and bethany_b attended the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Convention in Seattle, Washington. The conference featured more than 50 booths and hosted more than 3,000 attendees. The booth proved to be a great success as geocachers and non-cachers alike stopped by to learn about the activity and how it can be used as a teaching tool.Geocaching and EducationThose working the booth were pleased with the number of teachers already using geocaching in their classrooms. It was equally encouraging to see how many teachers plan on incorporating geocaching into future lessons.According to Lackey Louie Bliss, “people were really impressed that we have a brand new section dedicated to Geocaching and Education. Most people had heard of geocaching and done it themselves, but many had never thought to teach it to students. They walked away really excited to try it.”Lackey’s found that both students and teachers are using geocaching to teach a variety of subjects. “We had a number of science teachers discuss how they plan to co-teach with social studies or geography teachers,” said Louie Bliss.smelly_kelly and Louie Bliss with a 10-foot astronautCheck out the education forums if you are interested in posting questions, ideas, sharing curriculum, and more. The forums are a fabulous way for teachers to learn from one another and for Groundspeak to learn from teachers.Resources available on the Geocaching and Education page include educational screencasts, geocaching videos, a link to the Intro to Geocaching PowerPoint Presentation, and a link to the education forums. SharePrint RelatedGeocaching Finds Its Way To the ClassroomAugust 4, 2011In “Community”Teaching Geocaching and a Lackey to Complete a 5/5November 22, 2011In “Community”How Dr. Polley, edu-cacher extraordinaire, incorporates geocaching in his classroomOctober 28, 2015In “Community” Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Centre expects cooperation from Mamata government: Rajnath

first_imgWhile maintaining that that there is no scope for “confrontation in a healthy democracy”, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said that the Centre is expecting cooperation from the West Bengal government.During his visit to Kolkata, Mr. Singh, who interacted with party workers and journalists, was careful to avoid any direct criticism of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her government.Asked to comment on the law and order situation in the State as highlighted by several Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders, Mr. Singh said that law and order is a State subject.“The Centre will extend all help to control any kind of violence but it is for the State government to ensure that law and order is maintained,” Mr. Singh said.last_img read more

18 days agoHarry Winks: Spurs players behind the manager

first_imgHarry Winks: Spurs players behind the managerby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveHarry Winks says Tottenham Hotspur’s squad are sticking by Mauricio Pochettino.The Argentine is under pressure to keep his job after Saturday’s loss to Brighton, leaving the club with a record of three wins from 11 games this season.But Winks believes Pochettino has the complete support of his playing squad.”He’s our manager. He’s been fantastic ever since he’s been at the club and taken the club to new heights,” Winks said.”At the moment we are going through a bit of a rough patch. That happens in football, every club goes through it.”It’s important we stand up as men and get through these dark times, and hopefully we can get back to playing well and winning as much as we can.”In the last six years we have come such a long way, we have become a title-challenging side. But we haven’t shown it this season, we have only shown it in parts.”In certain games we have played really well but for the majority of this season we haven’t shown what we are about.”It’s important we look back on it and reflect so realise it’s not been good enough, no excuses. The only way we can put it right is back in training and the next match.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Report: BYU Will Discipline “10-Ish” Players For Season Opener vs. Nebraska For Their Role In Brawl vs. Memphis

first_imgBYU and Memphis players brawl during game.BYU’s football team will be lacking some depth when it takes on Nebraska in its season opener on Sept. 5. The school announced Tuesday morning that it will be disciplining “10-ish” players for the game against the Huskers due to their role in the brawl against Memphis. Following the Miami Beach Bowl on Dec. 22, many of the Cougars and Tigers’ players got into a severe scuffle on the field. Multiple punches were thrown, faces were battered – it was an incredibly ugly scene.BYU will discipline “10-ish” players for their role in brawl with Memphis in their opener vs. Nebraska. Still not saying who, however.— Tim Griffin (@TimGriffinBig12) March 3, 2015Here’s video of the brawl.With star quarterback Taysom Hill returning, BYU was expected to be a tough test for Nebraska in Week 1. The Cougars’ chances of pulling off an upset in Lincoln took a decent hit today, though.last_img read more

COSCO Coastal Oil Singapores Debt Claims Not Genuine

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC 2.0 license Crude oil products supplier Coastal Oil Singapore Pte Ltd, which has filed for liquidation in December 2018, has been linked to debt fraud.COSCO Shipping International (Hong Kong) said that it has received claims from commercial banks seeking payments of alleged debt from one of its indirect wholly-owned subsidiaries, Sinfeng Marine Services Pte.As informed, the troubled marine fuel player reportedly assigned to the banks receivables due from Sinfeng to Coastal Oil Singapore.Namely, Coastal Oil Singapore was a major supplier of Sinfeng, which is engaged in the supply and trading of marine fuel and related products to major oil ports.Specifically, Coastal Oil Singapore accounted for 94% and 93% of Singfeng’s total purchase costs for the year ended December 31, 2017 and the six months ended June 30, 2018.“Based on a preliminary assessment, the management of Sinfeng is of the view that the documents inrelation to almost all of the alleged debts are not genuine,” COSCO Shipping International said in a regulatory filing. “Sinfeng is still in the process of conducting an investigation  and seeking professional advice in respect of the aforesaid matters.”Sinfeng is working on finding alternative suppliers to Coastal Oil Singapore and will conduct a review of its business operations.“The board expects that the revenue of the group will decrease significantly unless and until alternative suppliers to Coastal Oil Singapore are identified. However, in light of the insignificant profit contribution of Sinfeng, the board currently does not foresee any material adverse impact on the group as a result of the liquidation of Coastal Oil Singapore,” COSCO added.last_img read more

Toronto stock market spikes loonie falls following Bank of Canada speech

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index soared as the loonie fell after the governor of the Bank of Canada signalled in a speech it would be taking a more cautious approach on any future rate hikes.The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index climbed 135.54 points to 15,609.66 on the strength of broad-based gain that saw all major sectors, excluding gold, push ahead.The Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 80.57 cents US, down 0.27 of a cent.Central bank governor Stephen Poloz stressed Wednesday there’s no prearranged route for further interest rate hikes after the sizzling national economy motivated him to raise the rate once in July and again earlier this month.The speech marked the first public comments by Poloz since the bank drew criticism for its communications approach ahead of the September hike, which caught many forecasters off guard.“So the major changes in his tone were that he’s going to monitor very closely movements in the long-term rates,” said Macan Nia, a senior investment strategist at Manulife Investments.“And I think the one line that really stuck out for market participants was that he said there’s no predetermined path for interest rates. As a result you saw the Canadian dollar sell off and you saw the TSX rally.”Nia said Poloz’s announcement was a primary driver for financials in particular. Also helping the TSX, he added, was the continuation of positive news about oil markets and a “bullish oil sentiment” over the past couple of weeks.The November crude contract was up 26 cents to US$52.14 per barrel.On the corporate front, Bombardier Inc.’s (TSX:BBD.B) shares lost more than seven per cent to close at $2.10 as investors weighed the prospect of a 220 per cent duty on U.S. sales of its flagship CSeries passenger jets and the European merger of two railway rivals.South of the border, New York stock indices jumped after a U.S. Labor Department report showed business investment rose in August for the second month in a row. Investors hope that means U.S. manufacturing is getting stronger as the global economy continues to improve.The Dow Jones industrial average was up 56.39 points to 22,340.71. The S&P 500 index added 10.20 points to 2,507.04 and the Nasdaq composite index advanced 73.10 points to 6,453.26.Investors also eyed a proposed tax plan by President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans that cuts tax rates for individuals and corporations, reduces the number of personal tax brackets, and nearly doubles the standard deduction used by most Americans. They propose to cut the top corporate tax rate to 25 per cent from its current 35 per cent.However, with months of negotiations likely ahead and many key details missing, it’s not clear what kind of plan might ultimately pass.“With the long-anticipated Trump tax reform package, you saw markets didn’t react either way immediately,” said Nia. “It’s short on details.”Elsewhere in commodities, the December gold contract was down $13.90 to US$1,287.80 an ounce.The November natural gas contract gained six cents to US$3.06 per mmBTU and the December copper contract edged up a penny at US$2.93 a pound.– With files from The Associated Press.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.last_img read more