Dundalk make history with win over Bate Borisov

first_imgDundalk captain Stephen O’Donnell says that they proved that they belong at this level…The Lilywhites will now go into Friday’s play-off draw where they could face the likes of Man City, FC Porto, Villarreal and AS Roma.Later this evening, Celtic will also be aiming to book their place in this Friday’s draw.The SPL side have home advantage as they prepare to resume their third round qualifier against FC Astana.The pair played-out a 1-all draw in Kazakhstan last week after Leigh Griffiths bagged a precious away goal for the Hoops.Kick-off at Celtic Park is at 7:45. Dundalk will be playing European football right up until December after last night’s stunning win over BATE Borisov.The Lilywhites 3-0 win at the Tallaght Stadium sealed a 3-1 aggregate victory over the Belarussian champions and guaranteed that they will be playing in the Europa League group stages at the very least this year.Two headed goals from Dave McMillan and an injury-time strike from Robbie Benson means that the League of Ireland champions are now just one step away from a place in the Champions League group stages and the club now stands to earn a massive seven million euro windfall.last_img read more

15 Miami-Dade high school seniors to receive scholarships

first_imgFifteen graduating Miami-Dade high school seniors will receive four-year Florida Prepaid University Tuition Scholarships and be recognized by Credit Union Board of Directors and staff.on Thursday.The Hubert O. Sibley Four-Year Florida Prepaid Tuition Scholarship began in 1995. Since then, South Florida Educational Federal Credit Union has helped hundreds of students attend college. The presentation will be made at the South Florida Educational Federal Credit Union in Miami.South Florida Educational FCU is the largest Credit Union headquartered in Miami-Dade County and serves educators, students and the families of Miami-Dade County Public Schools and Miami Dade College.  South Florida Educational FCU is committed to increasing educational opportunities for students in Miami Dade County.last_img read more

Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium Dec. 13-14

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium takes place at the Shisler Conference Center in Wooster, including the youth program, on Dec. 13 and 14. A celebration of the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association’s 70th Anniversary also will take place.Friday speakers at the event will include Sandi Brock, Commercial sheep producer and face of “Sheepishly Me- Adventures in Sheep Farming” on social media and YouTube, of Shepherd Creek Farms in Ontario, Canada; Cameron Lauwers — a first generation sheep producer and fourth generation farmer from Capac, Michigan who runs 600 ewes in a mostly housed accelerated lambing system; and Dr. Luciana da Costa, DVM of the OSU Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicines, who will be sharing her expertise on mammary health and mastitis.On Saturday additional speakers including John Foltz, Ohio State Animal Sciences chair and Lee Fitzsimmons, from Wayne Savings Community Bank. Discussion topics will include progressive accelerated housed management, getting started in a housed system, using social media in agriculture, an overview of OSU sheep research, nutrient and manure management, working with ag lenders, and more. To register, visit http://www.ohiosheep.org/osia-programsbss2019registration.html#symposium.last_img read more

Yelp for Religion: ChurchRater Lets Users Review Worship

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… jolie odell Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting What do you get when a Christian pastor, an atheist, a grad student and a lawyer set up a website to criticize churches?I swear, this isn’t a bad joke. It’s a very real site, ChurchRater, and it allows anyone with an Internet connection to identify and review church services around the world. Is the site inspiring frank conversations about worship and religion, as its creators intended? Is it allowing sometimes closed or cliqueish communities to see how they appear to outsiders? Or does it, as some users wrote, “trivialize the deep dimensions of spiritual experiences” and “bolster the notion that church is a consumer-oriented proposition”? One thing’s for sure: It’s definitely a controversial idea for many who’ve stumbled upon the site. What do you think: Should religion be up for public review?The site began as a rather natural extension of two of the co-founders’ book, Jim and Casper Go to Church. The premise for the book “could be the pilot script for a sitcom: a pastor hires an atheist to help him critique several Christian churches throughout the United States.” Jim Henderson, the pastor, and Matt Casper, the atheist, traveled to several churches around the U.S. to get a fresh perspective on how people worship.The website now allows any user to essentially replicate that feedback process.Here’s how it works: Users create a profile (what, no Facebook Connect option?) and then have the options of searching for churches, reading reviews and posting reviews and ratings of their own. Churches can also request to be rated, in which case a reviewer is hired and sent to review that church.Right now, only Christian denominations are included on the site (Catholic and Protestant); the co-founders have stated they do not intend to add mosques, synagogues or other places of worship to their system. And most of the reviews are for churches inside the U.S. Still, if you’ve ever had the unique experience of living in or around any of the American Protestant subcultures, you know there’s some darn good fodder for reviews there.Many of the churches in the site’s database remain unreviewed. The review threads that exist, however, range from informative to entertaining. One well-known megachurch was criticized for its emphasis on showmanship. Another large church was given a terrible review for its unwelcoming congregation and self-important preacher. One pastor got smacked down for giving his own church a five-star rating.As interesting and even useful as such reviews can be, however, some of the site’s users take umbrage at its purpose and execution. “We live in a world where 1.1 billion people lack access to clean water, over three billion people live in poverty, and children of God are sold into slavery; we have no time to waste rating ‘Sunday shows,’” one wrote.“By providing such an open forum,” wrote another, “dirty laundry can be aired (in fact, IS aired) with no means of proving its truthfulness; as such, you become accessories, in all likelihood, to the bearing of false witness, even slander.”Still, as a young person who was subjected to an unrelenting Baptist upbringing as well as constant coast-to-coast travel, I can see the value in having such a site. For discriminating church-goers who are looking for a new church home, it’s good to have firsthand and honest feedback on exactly what a given worship service will entail.Besides, churchgoers are already “reviewing” churches informally and offline, anyhow. Why not bring these conversations into the light?Let us know what you think in the comments. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Tags:#user-generated content#web Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Vidarbha, western Maharashtra dent BJP’s tally

first_imgVidarbha and western Maharashtra proved to be the spoilsports for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), stopping it short of clinching the scale of victory predicted by exit polls. Sidelining senior leaders like Union minister Nitin Gadkari, denying a ticket to former power minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule — a prominent face of the Teli community — and the alleged neglect of the farm crisis, are said to be the reasons for the ruling party losing at least 10 seats in Vidarbha. In addition, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis relied more on imported leaders like Parinay Fuke and Amil Bonde, who both lost. In western Maharashtra, meanwhile, a largely well-coordinated campaign by the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Congress that hammered home local problems as opposed to the BJP’s national focus put a check on the saffron party.This, coupled with intra-party rebellion and resentment against the BJP’s alleged apathy in times of crises, notably the Kolhapur-Sangli floods, helped the NCP-Congress win a combined 39 of the 70-odd segments in the sugar heartland comprising Pune, Satara, Sangli, Kolhapur, Solapur and Ahmednagar districts.In contrast, the BJP-Sena alliance managed only 21 seats, with the BJP individually winning only 17 as opposed to the 24 it won in 2014.In Vidarbha, as of late on Thursday, the BJP had won 27 compared to 44 seats it won in 2014. While the Sena maintained its 2014 tally of four, the Congress and NCP surged ahead by winning 17 and six respectively. Others secured eight seats. The Congress snatched two seats from the BJP in Nagpur city, with Vikas Thakre winning Nagpur West and Nitin Raut securing Nagpur North. Mr. Fadnavis retained the Nagpur South West constituency, defeating Ashish Deshmukh of the Congress. Farmer leader Nana Patole who resigned as BJP MP prior to the Lok Sabha polls, defeated State minister Parinay Fuke from Sakoli in Bhandara district. In Katol, the NCP’s Anil Deshmukh defeated BJP’s Charansingh Thakur, while in Savner the Congress’s Sunil Kedar retained his seat in a hard-fought victory. The Congress made gains in Chandrapur, Yavatmal as well as Amravati, where the BJP won only the Dhamangaon Railway seat. In western Maharashtra the electorate largely rejected turncoats who joined the BJP-Sena ahead of the polls, such as Dilip Sopal in Barshi, Vaibhav Pichad in Akole and Harshavardhan Patil in Indapur.The NCP effected a stunning reversal of fortunes by bagging two of the eight Assembly segments in Pune, after Chetan Tupe trounced BJP MLA Yogesh Tilekar in Hadapsar while Sunil Tingre bested the BJP’s Jagdish Mulik in Vadgaonsheri. The BJP had swept all eight segments in 2014.The NCP-Congress effected a renaissance of sorts in Pune district, winning 12 of the 21 seats and reducing the BJP only to the urban pockets of Pune city. The Congress did well in Ahmednagar and Kolhapur districts as well.The party’s most stunning victory came in the form of Rohit Pawar’s win over BJP minister Ram Shinde in Karjat-Jamkhed.Apart from the loss of NCP MLA Shashikant Shinde in Koregaon, all top leaders from the Congress-NCP alliance retained their seats. Senior NCP leader Ajit Pawar defeated the BJP’s Gopichand Padalkar by a staggering margin of 1.65 lakh votes, while State Congress chief Balasaheb Thorat won handsomely from his stronghold of Sangamner in Ahmednagar district.Senior Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan won a hard-fought battle in Karad South, despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister holding rallies in the area, while Congress ‘young turk’ Ruturaj Patil made a stunning debut in Kolhapur South, beating the BJP’s Amal Mahadik by 42,709 votes.In a thrilling battle in Solapur City Central, the Congress’s Praniti Shinde, the daughter of former chief minister Sushilkumar Shinde trailed in the early rounds but rallied to beat Haji Farooq Shabdi of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen by 12,719 votes. Ms. Shinde, seeking re-election for a third time, was also facing the Shiv Sena’s Dilip Mane and CPI (Marxist)’s Narasayya Adam. Young turk: Congress supporters celebrate with Ruturaj Patil in Kolhapur.center_img | Photo Credit: PTIlast_img read more