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Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Wednesday March 20th

first_img FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – March 20, 2019 Facebook Previous articleCarn are National Cup Champions again: Martin Cavanagh ReactionNext articleCookstown Hotel owner ‘de-arrested’ over drugs News Highland Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Pinterest WhatsApp Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Wednesday March 20th:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/20news.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. AudioHomepage BannerNewsPlayback WhatsApp Harps come back to win in Waterford center_img Twitter Twitter Google+ Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Wednesday March 20th Facebook Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thlast_img read more

PC courseware endorsement for duo

first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Two leading Dublin-based e-learning companies have just announcedendorsement for their IT courseware by Oxford, Cambridge and RSA Examinations’(OCR’s) Computer Literacy and Information (CLAIT) qualification – the UK’sfastest-growing package of IT qualifications. Educational Multimedia Corporation earned its endorsement for its MicrosoftOffice e-learning package, which includes Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint andAccess Core courses. Its Word and Excel Expert courses have also been endorsedby the CLAIT Plus qualification. The courses are self-paced and include apre-assessment module and multimedia animations, simulations and interaction. Electric Paper’s courseware, meanwhile, includes a mandatory core unit,called ‘Create, Manage and Integrate Files’ and has additional units availablefor Microsoft Office applications. It is available on CD-Rom and in network andintranet versions. “Our product allows users to structure their learning programmes onprior knowledge, available time and the amount of information they canassimilate in a session,” says Jonny Parkes, managing director of ElectricPaper. “Job applicants are now expected to be IT literate before enteringthe workforce. For employees who would like to improve theirs, it’s never toolate to learn.” Electric Paper is also launching AutoTest NXG, a web-based version of itsEuropean/ International Computer Driving Licence (ECDL/ICDL) testing solution. Educational Multimedia Corporation scooped the e-Learning Company of theYear award at the inaugural 02 Digital Media Awards which showcases Irishcompanies operating in the field of digital media. www.educationalmultimedia.comwww.electricpaper.ie PC courseware endorsement for duoOn 1 Mar 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

G League to offer $125,000 contracts to elite prospects

first_imgIn this April 6, 2018, file photo, Erie BayHawks’ Josh Magette drives past Raptors 905’s Alfonzo McKinnie in an in NBA G League tournament basketball game, in Erie, Pa. Jack Hanrahan, Erie Times-News via AP MIAMI (AP) — The G League will begin offering “select contracts” worth $125,000 next year to elite prospects who are not yet eligible for the NBA, a move that could slightly lessen the handful of one-and-done players at the college level.There is no determination yet on how players will be identified as potential targets for such a contract. The G League said Thursday that it is establishing a working group to develop that process and other criteria, and that there will be no cap on how many players could be signed to a select deal.“We recognize that talent assessment is inherently subjective,” G League President Malcolm Turner said. “But as the name would suggest, this working group will be charged with identifying the relevant pool of players who may be offered a select contract. It’s not as if any player can unilaterally raise their hand and dictate that they will join the league playing under a select contract.”Players will be eligible to sign the select deal if they turn 18 by Sept. 15 prior to the season that they would spend in the G League. The move follows recommendations released earlier this year by the Commission on College Basketball, a group that was chaired by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and was tasked with reforming the college game.The commission report said “elite high school players with NBA prospects … should not be ‘forced’ to attend college.”Turner said the move addresses that concern.“We’ve tried to answer the basketball community’s call for an alternative in a timely and thoughtful way,” Turner said.Players who receive the select contracts all will become eligible for the NBA draft the following year. Their rights would not be retained by an NBA club beforehand, no matter which G League affiliate they wind up with.Under current rules, players are not eligible to enter the NBA draft until they are a year removed from high school — though that is expected to change through an amendment to the collective bargaining agreement between the NBA and its players in time for the 2022 draft.The G League has allowed 18-year-old players in the past, but never before under any elite designation.While it is apparent there are still details to be ironed out — such as how these select players will be allocated to G League teams — NCAA President Mark Emmert said he appreciates the G League’s plan.“Obtaining a college education continues to provide unmatched preparation for success in life for the majority of student-athletes and remains an excellent path to professional sports for many,” Emmert said. “However, this change provides another option for those who would prefer not to attend college but want to directly pursue professional basketball.”And this could put the G League and some big-name NCAA programs on a collision course.Players can sign letters of intent to play for a Division I school in the 2019-20 season starting next month, and there’s nothing to suggest that some of the top recruits — whether they’ve signed or not — won’t consider going to the G League for $125,000 instead of college next season. That means the potential is there for some awkward situations if a player signs with a school, and later backs out of that commitment to turn pro.The G League’s working group is expected to be formed and functioning within the next couple of weeks, but it’s unclear when the process of players contacting the league and vice versa will begin. It is expected that there will be an advisory council to tell athletes who contact the G League about their potential eligibility for a select deal, much like how college football players can ask about their potential NFL draft status.“There might be some collision points, but our role and what we intend to do is educate and inform the marketplace,” Turner said. “We’re also not going to be targeting those who have already made their decisions.”Earlier this year, Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James called the NCAA model “corrupt” and said he would suggest to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver a plan to expand the G League and turn it into more of a farm system with an eye on truly preparing young talent for the NBA.“As the NBA, we have to figure out a way that we can shore up our farm league,” James said in February, when he was still with the Cleveland Cavaliers. “And if kids feel like they don’t want to be a part of that NCAA program, then we have something here for them to be able to jump back on and not have to worry about going overseas all the time.”Through the first two nights of this NBA season, 35 rookies — most of them having left college early — made their debuts. Of the 35, only five scored more than 10 points in their first game.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

AP source: Browns fire Hue Jackson and Todd Haley

first_imgCleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson, left, talks with line judge Mike Spanier (90) along the sideline as his team plays against the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Pittsburgh. The Steelers won 33-18. (AP Photo/Don Wright)BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Hue Jackson’s failed, flawed tenure with the Cleveland Browns is finally over.The team fired its embattled coach on Monday, ending a run of futility nearly unmatched in NFL history. Jackson, who went 3-36-1 in two-plus seasons, was dismissed on Monday by general manager John Dorsey, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not yet announced the expected move.The Browns also dismissed offensive coordinator Todd Haley, the person said. Haley was in his first season on Jackson’s staff after spending the previous six in Pittsburgh.Jackson’s firing came a day after the Browns (2-5-1) lost their 25th straight road game — 20 of them coming with Jackson in charge.The Browns, who have not made the playoffs since 2002, have lost three straight games after a promising start to this season. They tied Pittsburgh in Week 1, but were beaten 33-18 on Sunday by the Steelers.Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, right, greets Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson after an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Pittsburgh. The Steelers won 33-18. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)Jackson is the sixth straight Cleveland coach to be fired following the team’s second game against Pittsburgh. Romeo Crennel, Eric Mangini, Pat Shurmur, Rob Chudzinski and Mike Pettine all met the same demise.It’s not immediately clear who will fill in for Jackson for the rest of this season. The Browns host the Kansas City Chiefs (7-1) on Sunday.Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and wide receivers coach Al Saunders are interim candidates capable of finishing the season. Williams and Saunders both have previous head coaching experience.Jackson was hired in 2016 by owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam, who stuck by him despite a 1-15 record in his first season and the Browns losing all 16 games last season, joining the 2008 Detroit Lions as only the second team in league history to go 0-16.But beyond the lopsided losses, quarterback changes and bad luck, the Browns have been constantly saddled with drama and dysfunction under Jackson, who came to Cleveland after serving as Cincinnati’s offensive coordinator and went 8-8 as Oakland’s head coach in 2011.Last week, Jackson’s offer to help Haley following a loss in Tampa Bay underscored another power struggle as Jackson fought to stay in control.Following Sunday’s game, Jackson downplayed any dispute with his offensive coordinator.“There’s nothing wrong with my relationship with Haley,” Jackson said. “I never said I wanted to take over play-calling. I said wanted to help, that’s it. But today it’s this big thing because sure, everyone is going to look and say what’s going on. The only thing that is going on is that we need to get better. We need to coach better, we need to play better.”Jackson’s firing comes one day after the Cleveland Cavaliers fired coach Tyronn Lue, who led the team to an NBA title in 2016 but was struggling in his first season without star LeBron James. The Cavs are 0-6.___More AP NFL coverage: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

Tomlin trying to keep reeling Steelers focused despite odds

first_imgPittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) fumbles the ball as New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins tackles him, causing a turnover in the final minute of the second half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018.  (AP Photo/Butch Dill) New Orleans Saints linebacker Demario Davis (56) sacks Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) during an NFL football game in New Orleans on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018. New Orleans won, 31-28. (Scott Clause/The Daily Advertiser via AP)PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mike Tomlin isn’t going to complain about the officiating. Or lament the turnovers and missed opportunities over the last month that have the Pittsburgh Steelers on the outside of the playoffs looking in heading into Week 17. The longtime head coach doesn’t see the point in it. Spending too much time looking back and not enough time looking forward can be just as dangerous as any of the missteps or handful of questionable calls that have hit the Steelers (8-6-1) during a slide that’s seen them drop four of five to fall behind Baltimore for the top spot in the AFC North.“The bottom line is when they’re done, they’re done, you move on,” Tomlin said Tuesday. “What truly defines you (are) the plays that lie ahead.”Maybe, but the sting of a 31-28 loss on the road in New Orleans on Sunday could linger well into the offseason if Pittsburgh can’t slip past the Ravens to reach the playoffs for the fifth straight year. The Steelers need to beat Cincinnati and hope Cleveland beats Baltimore on the road after letting another fourth-quarter lead slip away against the Saints.Pittsburgh had its chances. But its final three possessions in New Orleans ended with two fumbles sandwiched around a fake punt in which up back Roosevelt Nix was stopped a foot short of a first down that would have allowed the Steelers to bleed the clock. The Saints responded by driving for the go-ahead score, one abetted by a fourth-down pass interference call against cornerback Joe Haden that gave New Orleans a first down.Several Steelers contended Drew Brees’ pass intended for Michael Thomas was tipped at the line, which would have negated the penalty. The league reviewed it and agreed with the call on the field. So did Tomlin, at least to a point: Tomlin doesn’t believe defensive end Stephon Tuitt got a hand on the ball either, but did offer an addendum.“I also don’t believe it was (pass interference),” he said.It was the second pass interference call against Haden on the day. He drew a 33-yard penalty in the first quarter when officials ruled he illegally prevented New Orleans running back Alvin Kamara from trying to haul in a Brees pass that sailed well over the head of both players. New Orleans running back Mark Ingram bulled over from 1 yard on the next play.center_img Tomlin, a member of the NFL’s competition committee known to critique the officiating at times, refused to blame his team’s current position on one iffy call. Asked to describe how a team responds to a tough break, the father of three shrugged.“How do you deal with it when your kids don’t listen?” Tomlin said. “You move on. You focus on the things within your control.”That’s an approach — for this week anyway — that might not have any impact on whether the Steelers play into January. The beat-up Bengals (6-9) have won a single game since Halloween and oddsmakers have already made Pittsburgh a heavy favorite. Yet, even a convincing win won’t matter if the Ravens turn back the Browns and the season-ending matchup between Indianapolis and Tennessee on Sunday night ends in a tie.Tomlin pointed out Sunday won’t be any different than any other weekend, when the results from other games have a ripple effect on the course of Pittsburgh’s season. It’s just that it will be monitored more closely. He’s got enough to worry about without spending the day glancing up at the scoreboard.The loss in New Orleans wasn’t much different than most of the five defeats that came before it. The Steelers turned over the ball more than they took it away and couldn’t get a defensive stop when they absolutely needed one.Five of Pittsburgh’s six losses have come by a touchdown or less. The margin for error is small. Too often the Steelers have been on the wrong side it.“We’re not going to make it to be something mystical, or pretend it’s something out of our control,” Tomlin said. “It is preparation, detail, schematics, coaching. All of those things are very tangible. We’ve fallen short for a variety or myriad of reasons.”NOTES: S Sean Davis (quadriceps) and LB Vince Williams (toe) could be limited early in the week after getting hurt in New Orleans. … Tomlin is optimistic RB James Conner could be available. Conner has missed each of the last three games. … Tomlin defended his decision to call for a fake punt on fourth-and-5 at the Pittsburgh 42 with just over four minutes to play. “We’re not going to play not to lose,” Tomlin said. “We’re going to play to win. The guys understand it. That’s just how we live.”___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more