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first_img WhatsApp Pinterest Pinterest Twitter There were 400 Junior Certificate 2018 students invited to participate in the event.At the Irish Junior Science Olympiad competition, Transition Year student Asma Zulfiqar was awarded one of three silver medals and secured her place at the international final.Meanwhile, Angela Hee just missed out on the trip to Botswana as she received a bronze medal.This morning in Scoil Chriost Ri, principal Helen O’Donnell led the tributes to Asma as the school presented her with a contribution towards her trip to Botswanna.She paid tribute to maths teacher Mr Philip Falvey and science teacher Ms Dympna Nolan who taught Asma for her Junior Cert years.And Asma herself is really looking forward to her trip which will see her travel to Africa for ten days.Asma said: “When I go over there, I will have to sit three more tests.“One is one my own, one is as part of a group and the other one is an experiment.“They take place over three days and then the other days I will have free to go on trips and take in what Botswana has to offer.“I am really excited to go and hope to go for gold.” By Alan Hartnett – 28th November 2018 Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic year Facebook Twitter Previous articleMeeting to discuss growing violence in sport CANCELLEDNext articleBREAKING: Two Laois senior hurling teams in advanced talks to join and form new club Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Asma ZulfiqarMr Philip Falvey, Ms June O’Brien, Principal Helen O’Donnell, Deputy Anne Dollard, Ms Dympna Nolan, Deputy Bill Coolahan, Angela Hee and Asma ZulfiqarMr Philip Falvey,, Principal Helen O’Donnell, Ms Dympna Nolan, Angela Hee and Asma ZulfiqarAngela Hee and Asma ZulfiqarSEE ALSO – BREAKING: Two Laois senior hurling teams in advanced talks to join and form new club Community Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ center_img Council Home News In Pictures: Portlaoise student gearing up for international science competition in Botswana News TAGSAsma ZulfiqarInternational Science OlympiadScoil Chriost Ri RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Community New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Anyone who excels on the international stage is worthy of mention – and Asma Zulfiqar certainly falls into that category.The Transition Year student, from Scoil Chriost Ri, will jet off to Botswana on Saturday to take part in the international Science Olympiad finals.The competition is designed for the four to six best secondary school students from each participating country selected through internal National Science Olympiads. WhatsApp In Pictures: Portlaoise student gearing up for international science competition in Botswana Facebook Students are chosen based on their Junior Certificate results.Scoil Chriost Rí had two participants in the Science Olympiad medals at the finals in DCU on Saturday, October 20 – Asma Zulfiqar and Angela Hee.last_img read more

first_img Email Address* Built in 2009 off Abbot Kinney Boulevard, the 2,817-square-foot residence features a 30-foot pool and is guarded by 80-year-old olive trees, privacy hedges and ivy-strewn gates, but no dragons. Its three bathrooms do not feature skin-scalding water that only Clarke can tolerate.The Times called it a modern retreat with indoor-outdoor spaces and dramatic accent pieces in almost every room, but no Iron Throne, which might explain the less than robust bidding.The sale was not quite the ending that Clarke was hoping for, something fans of her signature series can appreciate. [LAT] — Erik EngquistContact Erik Engquist Message* Full Name* Emilia Clarke and the Venice home at 645 Millwood Avenue (Getty, Elliman)There was no raging inferno or even any Dothraki khals, but Emilia Clarke did not walk away from her Venice home sale unscathed.The actress, immortalized by her role as Daenerys Targaryen in the seven-season epic “Game of Thrones,” took a loss on her Los Angeles–area two-bedroom, unloading it for $4.4 million, the Los Angeles Times reported.She had paid $4.64 million in 2016, when her dragon-queen character was still plotting to seize power in the Seven Kingdoms of George R. R. Martin’s fantasy world. The show ended in 2019.Clarke initially listed the two-story home at 645 Millwood Avenue for $5 million, then cut that figure twice before settling for $100,000 less than her last asking price. The buyer has not been identified. Douglas Elliman’s Juliette Hohnen and Pinnacle Estate Properties’ Ruby Fay had the listing. Katie Pardee of Halton Pardee and Partners brought the buyer.ADVERTISEMENTRead moreVenice Beach prices per square foot top those in Beverly Hills, Bel AirTA Realty buys Venice apartment compex from Avalon BayThe secrets of selling celebrity homeslast_img read more

first_imgA Russian man died and another was injured on January 3, when an extreme attraction went wrong in the republic of Karachayevo-Cherkessiya. Denis Burakov, 27, and his friend Vladimir Shcherbov, 33, were set to roll from the top of Mussa-Achitaro Mountain in a zorb* made of transparent plastic. The men were set to roll down a special route and someone was supposed to catch it at the bottom, RIA Novosti reported. For reasons unknown the zorb went off the trail and fell into the Gonachkhir Gorge down a 70-80-degree slope. The ball flew for about a kilometer and stopped on the ice-covered Peacock’s Eye Lake in the gorge. The rescuers had to use skis to get to the lake. Burakov was still alive, but died in an ambulance after being carried out of the gorge which took six hours. Shcherbov has been taken to a hospital with concussion and multiple minor injuries. One the pair’s friends filmed the ride and uploaded it onto YouTube. Police opened a criminal case on providing services that do not comply with health and safety and resulted in death. The perpetrators could spend six years in prison. However, they fled the scene, and the police are looking for the businessmen, who had just set up the attraction and were operating it without any licenses. The police issued a search warrant for three people. *A zorb is a giant inflatable ball.last_img read more

first_imgMinnesota ready to run at Roy Griak Invitational Betsy HelfandSeptember 26, 2013Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintGophers cross country head coach Sarah Hopkins likened planning the 28th Annual Roy Griak Invitational to planning her wedding.She had a major hand in the Griak — one of the major meets of the regular season — which will take place Saturday at Les Bolstad Golf Course.“You have to remind yourself that [the planning] is over and you just have to let it go and have fun and appreciate what is going on when it’s going on,” Hopkins said.From a runner’s standpoint at the Griak, it’s a little easier to soak in the atmosphere.“There [are] people we don’t even know cheering for us, like, ‘Yay, Minnesota,’” senior Laura Docherty said. “That drives me and that pushes me that a lot.”Aside from the Big Ten championships and the NCAA meets at the end of the season, the Griak is the No. 19 Gophers’ biggest meet.It’s also one of the major cross country meets in the country and comes with a lot of excitement and pandemonium on the day of the race.“The whole day just goes by so fast,” junior Molly Kayfes said. “I feel like we have the whole week we’re looking forward to it, pumping it up, and then [in] a blink of the eye, the race is over.”Hopkins said the atmosphere was kind of like a “carnival,” with a Jumbotron displaying races and music blaring throughout the day.This meet will provide the Gophers with their toughest test of the season so far.The women’s race will have around 25 teams, many of which are ranked — a stark contrast to the Oz Memorial about three weeks ago, where Minnesota was far and away the best team.“I think the biggest thing for us is to just really see where we’re at right now,” Hopkins said. “We haven’t really had a meet yet that has really pushed us to our limit.”Docherty said the team is hoping for a “top two or three” finish with “three or four” finishers in the top 20.Minnesota finished third in a field of 17 teams last year.Docherty led the way for the Gophers in the six-kilometer race with a time of 21:17. Kayfes was right behind her at 21:39.This year will be Docherty’s eighth and final Griak after also competing in the race in high school.“Running in general differed in high school,” she said. “I did not know what I was doing. The gun went off and you just go.” She’s come a long way since then.“I’m going to hopefully go out with a bang,” she said. Men’sThe men’s team won the Griak last season, but this year senior John Simons said they’re not feeling any pressure to repeat.Simons said this year’s team is finding a different identity than last year’s.“A top-five finish would actually be a pretty big accomplishment even though it doesn’t look like it because we won last year,” Simons said. Minnesota rested its top runners at the Oz Memorial in early September, so this will be the first competition of the season in which they run.“It’s going to be a good opportunity for us to see that our guys that we’re counting on to be in shape are in shape,” head coach Steve Plasencia said.Senior Andrew Larsen said the team has gotten a solid month of training in, but he said he’s ready to finally race.“I think we’re antsy,” he said. “We’re ready. We’re raring to go.”Similar to the women’s team, the men’s team will also use the Griak as an opportunity to gauge where the team stands.“We’ll know pretty well where we stand after this,” Plasencia said. “You don’t need every competitive question answered at this time of the year. Things are still in an evolving mode.”The Gophers are headed into the race hoping to prove people wrong. Both Simons and Larsen said they think the team is being underrated.“We just want to show the maroon and gold are legit again this year,” Simons said. “We haven’t really gotten the respect around the country that our team feels that we deserve.”As for Simons, he said he hopes to be the team’s top finisher and wants to compete for a top-five spot in the race.Simons led the Gophers in the eight-kilometer Griak last season with a time of 25:01.NamesakeThe namesake of the meet, Roy Griak, ran for the Gophers and then coached the men’s cross country and track and field teams for 33 years.He currently serves as an administrative assistant for the Gophers.“I don’t know how many different ways there are to say it, but Roy is a special, special individual,” Plasencia said. “Roy is a legend in our program.”last_img read more

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first_img Print Friendly Version Thorpe was 9-of-13 and made both of his 3-point attempts in a game-high 39 minutes. He had 12 in the second half and ended the night making his last five shots and 6-of-7. STARKVILLE, Miss. – Senior DJ Thorpe led all players with 21 points and classmate Moter Deng added 11 as the West Florida men’s basketball team dropped an exhibition contest to Mississippi State, 87-62, at Humphrey Coliseum Thursday night. UWF shot just 38 percent from the floor and saw an 8-point lead turn into an 8-point deficit in the span of six minutes late in the first half. The Argos were unable to recover as the Bulldogs shot 7-for-12 and had four second-chance points during the run. With UWF holding a 27-22 lead and 7:53 on the clock, MSU started to get some production from its defense. The Bulldogs scored 13-consecutive as part of a 22-2 run for a 44-29 lead. The Argos got a follow slam from junior Jarrett Henderson with 2.7 seconds remaining to go into the locker room trailing 44-31. UWF will open the season in at home next weekend when it hosts to GSC-SIAC Crossover at the UWF Field House, Saturday, Nov. 11 and Sunday, Nov. 12. The Argos will face Albany State on Saturday and Fort Valley State on Sunday. Both games will tip-off at 4 p.m. MSU had four players in double figures and shot 52 percent, including 56 percent in the second half. The Bulldogs held a 48-38 edge in the paint and outrebounded the Argos 47-35. “I thought Thorpe played well and Deng gave us some good minutes. And I’m really proud of Cameron Cox playing well against an SEC team as a freshman in his first college competition.”center_img After MSU scored the first two points, UWF took over and went on a 7-0 run for a 7-2 lead. The Bulldogs closed to within a point twice before a pair of 3-pointers from Thorpe and junior Shondell Jackson extended the Argos’ lead to 26-18 at the midway point of the half. UWF had made 10 of its first 16 attempts at that point. In the second half, MSU stretched the lead to as many as 33 before the Argos took advantage of three Bulldog miscues in the final two minutes and ended the game on an 8-0 run. Deng’s 11 points were the only other Argonaut player in double figures. Junior transfer Latrell Tidwell contributed seven and freshman Cameron Cox had six. UWF Drops Exhibition To Mississippi State, 87-62 DJ Thorpe and Moter Deng led the Argos with 32 combined points “When we stayed in character and executed we did some good things and played well,” UWF head coach Jeff Burkhamer said. “Coming in, we knew that live-ball turnovers would be a problem because they are so successful in transition. We shot some shots too quickly and it turned into easy baskets for them.” Sharelast_img read more

first_img5 tips to protect your devices from cybercrimeYour smartphone, your tablet, your computer – they are some of your most important and most used possessions. They are the daily tools you use for research, to connect with others and make purchases. You take them everywhere and fill them with your important, personal information.And all of that makes them the perfect targets for a cyberattack.The number of cybercrime incidents in the United States grows each year, and as Americans move into an increasingly digital society – thanks to smart phones, smart cars and smart in-home technologies – cybercrime is expected to grow in frequency again in 2017. Protecting yourself, your family and the vital information on your devices means increasing your focus on your own cybersecurity. That starts with these five tips.* Recognize you’re not immune. Cyberattacks increase in frequency and severity every year, so don’t make the mistake of believing it can’t happen to you. “It’s important to protect yourself by taking personal responsibility for your data; we can’t expect banks or other institutions to do it for us,” said Jim Karagiannes, Ph.D., professor in DeVry University’s College of Engineering & Information Services. “We lock our doors and take other security measures to protect our home and car. We need to also take precautions with our personal security and information.”* Don’t store your username, password or credit card information with a website. The convenience makes it tempting, but websites are a popular target for cybercriminals because a successful hack gives them access to hundreds or thousands of files, including yours. Even storing this information on your own computer can expose it in a cyberattack, and if your credit card information is captured, criminals can use it to gather your social security number. That exposes you to identify theft. Keep this information off your devices and, instead, create complex passwords and write down all of your usernames and passwords on a piece of paper that you keep in a safe place, such as a deposit box.* Use only a credit card, not a debit card, when making online purchases. Using your credit card instead of your debit card allows you to keep better track of the purchases you have made. It also limits the effects of any possible theft to just the one card instead of several. If you have no choice but to use a debit card for an online purchase, do not use your pin number online.* If it feels like a trick, it probably is. Cybercriminals often engage in “social engineering” or other non-electronic methods to try and trick you into surrendering your data. If you get a phone call about a banking or credit card issue or if your computer tells you to call a number because it just caught a virus, be cautious. Do not divulge any personal history or credit card details. Hang up or ignore the computer-generated notices and call the customer service number of the institution’s website with any questions.* Replace your existing credit cards with chip cards as soon as possible. Chip cards are becoming the new normal these days, and if your current credit card does not have a silver square chip on its front, consider replacing it quickly. Popularized in Europe, chip cards possess the necessary encrypted information to eliminate delays in the transaction process. Doing so closes the window criminals need to steal your personal information, thus protecting you from identity theft.You have no intention of abandoning your devices, of course, so protect them. Following the tips above will help better secure your technology and personal information from the threats of cybercrime so you can enjoy your devices with greater peace of mind.last_img read more