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MAN WHO USED GOLF CLUB TO ATTACK CAR GIVEN A CHANCE BY JUDGE

first_imgAshley Nicholl at a previous court hearing.A Co Donegal man who used a golf club to attack the car of a man who had been celebrating his daughter’s christening has been given a chance by a Judge.Ashley Nicholl appeared before Letterkenny Circuit Court. The court heard how two men had been celebrating one of their daughter’s christening on Septmber 22nd, 2012.The men had left the function in the Carrrick Bar to leave a car home.However, on the way to Carndonagh the men saw two other men – Ashley Nicholl and Barry Doherty.When the men drove out the road, Nicholl and Doherty tried to ram the men off the road.Both parties got out of their cars and an altercation took place.The two men from the christening had to get back into their car after one had suffered various injuries.Both Doherty and Ashley Nicholl then attacked the car using golf clubs.Garda Seamus Lyons told the court that Nicholl, of Bocan, Culdaff struck the car window with such force that he broke the head from the clubThe court heard that Nicholl, 23, had a total of 30 previous convictions including burglary, driving without insurance and driving while disqualified.Nicholl’s barrister said the incident was a show rather than an act of sunstance.He said he had been in prison before for burglary and that it was not a pleasant experience for him.H said it had ben a short, sharp blast of reality and realised that prison is not a place for young men.He said he did not want to return to it and was now seeking to go straight and had even secured working on a crabbing boat.Judge John O’Hagan said he knew Nicholl and that he was tempted to send him to jail again.However, he said he had ben told he had turned a corner and said he would reserve sentence until next April.‘I’ll see if he has engaged. And for God’s sake, please wear a lifejacket on that boat,” added Judg O’Hagan.MAN WHO USED GOLF CLUB TO ATTACK CAR GIVEN A CHANCE BY JUDGE was last modified: December 19th, 2014 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:Ashley Nichollattackculdaffdonegalgolf clubInishowenlast_img read more

Ear development impacted by drought

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Drought and heat adversely affected ear and kernel formation in many Ohio corn fields this year. Poor ear and kernel development is associated with variability in plant growth within fields that is related to differences in soil moisture.   In some areas within fields subject to protracted dry conditions, ears are absent (“barren”) or severely reduced in size with a few scattered kernels (nubbin ears). Where the impact of drought was less pronounced and plant height and color lookUnion County, Ohionormal or near normal, ear cob size may be normal but kernel number is markedly reduced. No kernels may be evident on the last two or more inches of the ear tip. Several factors may cause this problem. The ovules at the tip of the ear are the last to be pollinated, and under the stress conditions only a limited amount of pollen was available to germinate late emerging silks. Pollen shed was complete or nearly complete before the silks associated with the tip ovules emerge. As a result, no kernels formed at the ear tip. Uneven soil conditions and plant development within fields may have magnified this problem. Pollen feeding and silk clipping by corn rootworm beetles and Japanese beetles can also contribute to pollination problems resulting in poorly filled tips and ears.Incomplete ear fill problems resulting from drought stress may also be related to kernel abortion. If plant nutrients (sugars and proteins) are limited during the early stages of kernel development, then kernels at the tip of the ear may abort. Kernels at the tip of the ear are the last to be pollinated and cannot compete as effectively for nutrients as kernels formed earlier. Some agronomists and farmers characterize the kernel abortion that occurs at the end of the ear as “tip dieback”, “tip-back”, or “nosing back”, although poor pollination is also usually a factor affecting poor kernel set at the tip. Kernel abortion may be distinguished from poor pollination of tip kernels by color. Aborted kernels and ovules not fertilized will both appear dried up and shrunken; however aborted kernels often have a slight yellowish color.Zipper ears are another ear development problem evident in drought affected fields. Zipper ears exhibit missing kernel rows (often on the side of the cob away from the stalk that give sort of a zippering look on the ears”).  The zippering is due to kernels that are poorly developed and/or ovules that have aborted and/or not pollinated. Zippering often extends most of the cob’s length and is often associated with a curvature of the cob, to such an extent that zipper ears are also referred to as “banana ears”. For more information and pictures of these ear development problems and others ear abnormalities, check the following: “Troubleshooting Abnormal Corn Ears” available online at http://u.osu.edu/mastercorn/last_img read more

Increasing the Time You Spend with Your Dream Clients

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now In last week’s newsletter, I made note of the idea that humans live around 4,000 weeks, an idea that caused one of my relations to confront her aversion to Mondays, the very reason I initially did the math. This newsletter is also about time, and even though the idea here is equally important, it won’t be so heavy.We don’t spend enough time with our dream clients to effectively serve them. We spend too few hours face to face, and we spend too much time communicating to each other in mediums incapable of producing the outcomes we want, helping them solve their problems, and in doing so, winning their business.As markets are pulled in two directions, super-transactional or super-relational, the transactional approach of reducing friction, compressing the sales cycle, and eliminating as much real communication as possible is seductive. The super-transactional approach looks like more money faster, and without the messy and challenging work of engaging with human beings. In the business-to-consumer market, this is the Holy Grail. The super-transactional approach isn’t the best decision in many business-to-business markets, especially companies with a customer intimacy model, one in which they create value by solving problems.The metric I am more interested in capturing is hours spent in discussions with the prospective client, a number that may indicate whether the approach is not super-relational. Many believe that a complex B2B sales should take as few as two hours and a series of emails, and why wouldn’t they when their prospective clients give them so little of their time? (If you want to learn to control the process, gaining the meetings you need to do good work, check out The Lost Art of Closing: Winning the 10 Commitments That Drive Sales, and email me your receipt so I can send you the workbook).No more pushy sales tactics. The Lost Art of Closing shows you how to proactively lead your customer and close your sales. My best guess is that a competitive displacement takes more hours, as does any complex sales (one in which the client is something they don’t often decide, and one of real importance). Instead of trying to reduce the hours you spend with your dream, you should be increasing that time, something that would do more to reduce the time it takes you to win their business—and a better choice than trying to avoid spending time with them, or allowing them to avoid spending time with you.I write this knowing that it’s fashionable now to believe that relationships aren’t meaningful or that one shouldn’t worry about anything but competency, but this is to misunderstand human behavior, including the fact that we don’t even know our subconscious minds, let alone another person’s. I am pushing back against the idea of prioritizing efficiency in sales over effectiveness.All things being equal, relationships win. All things being unequal, relationships still win. Your job is to make all things unequal by creating value.last_img read more

‘Boxing will fade away when Pacquiao retires’

first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera MOST READ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ For his part, Senator JV Ejercito said the unfair decision on the Pacquiao-Horn fight was a “huge blow” to the boxing world.He believes boxing’s popularity will decline once Pacquiao retires from the sports.“Sa tingin ko pagka-retire ni Senator Pacquiao, boxing will slowly fade ,” Ejercito said in the same forum.“Matatalo na sila ng MMA (mixed martial arts) because MMA and UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) is becoming more exciting than boxing tapos magkakaroon pa ng mga ganitong decisions that are very questionable so malaking dagok sa boxing ito,” he said.The senator also lamented how some Filipinos rejoiced Pacquiao’s loss.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Boxing will fade away when Pacquiao retires’1.7K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 “He’s a Filipino. Ihiwalay natin ang politics sa boxing. I really feel bad that there are some people who find joy or who are even celebrating in his loss,” he said.Pacquiao backed the request of the Games and Amusement Board (GAB) to the World Boxing Organization (WBO) to thoroughly look into the possible miscalls of the referee and the errors made by the judges in the fight.Pacquiao said he has accepted the decision but as a leader and a fighter, he has “the moral obligation to uphold sportsmanship, truth and fairness in the eyes of the public.”“I love boxing and I don’t wanna see it dying because of unfair decision and officiating,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Filipino Kingad puts win streak on the line against Hexigetu in ONE “If you’re going to ask Pacquiao to retire after his match with Horn, you definitely did not watch the fight,” Sotto said in Filipino during the Kapihan sa Senado on Wednesday.“Paano pagre-retire-in ’yung di naman natalo as far as the real fight is concerned,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsSotto, who personally watched the controversial fight in Brisbane, said Pacquiao was a victim of “dagdag-bawas” from the judges who scored the boxing match.“Parang eleksyon kung minsan ’yan eh, ’yung natalo nadadagdag bawas eh,” he said. China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection Some colleagues of Senator Manny Pacquiao in the Senate do not want him to hang up his gloves yet.Protesting the results of Pacquiao’s welterweight bout with Australian Jeff Horn, Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto III said Pacquiao should call for a rematch with his 29-year-old opponent.ADVERTISEMENT Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

9 months agoKilbane still unimpressed by Man Utd midfielder Pogba

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Kilbane still unimpressed by Man Utd midfielder Pogbaby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Everton defender Kevin Kilbane remains unimpressed by Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.United travel to Wembley to face Spurs in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first big test at 4.30pm.”It’s all very well strutting his stuff now Jose Mourinho is gone – Paul Pogba needs to show he’s not a one trick pony today,” Kilbane told the Daily Mail.”He could be one of the Premier League’s best midfielders but he is quite obviously a weak player who needs someone to tell him how good he is all the time, before he can perform.”Clearly Mourinho was not the ideal manager to get the best out of the Frenchman. “But then the former United and Chelsea boss has shown little sympathy for dozens of mavericks or pretty average players throughout his career.”The relationship between the two was poison but while Pogba is undoubtedly very talented, and now a World Cup winner, he has been really poor and remarkably inconsistent in this second spell at Old Trafford.” last_img read more

a month agoWest Ham midfielder Rice studying Man Utd, Man City stars

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say West Ham midfielder Rice studying Man Utd, Man City starsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham United defensive midfielder Declan Rice admits he studies his rivals at Manchester United and Manchester City.Rice says he still has much to improve and is watching some of the world’s best holding-midfielders to do so.”As a holding midfielder I’ve got so much to learn,” Rice told Monday Night Football following a 0-0 draw with Aston Villa when his side were down to 10 men.”I try to watch the top players.”The likes of Fernandinho, Rodri, Carrick back in his day, Busquets and try to pick little bits out of their game, see how they play.” last_img read more

The Most Disciplined MLB Batters

In the course of researching an article about Albert Pujols, I looked at measuring a hitter’s “decision-making” skills at the plate. Some great work on the topic was done years ago by the great Russell “Pizza Cutter” Carleton (who now writes at Baseball Prospectus), and I’m not adding to the research except by updating it. (The Hardball Times’ Derek Carty also wrote on this topic many years ago.)Basically, Russell’s idea was to apply signal-detection theory to baseball by measuring a hitter’s ability to discern balls and strikes compared to pitch-tracking systems such as  PITCHf/x. If the PITCHf/x strike zone says a pitch was a ball, but the player swung at it, that’s akin to a “false positive” — the player thought the pitch was in the strike zone when it wasn’t. If PITCHf/x says a ball was in the zone, but the batter didn’t swing, that’s a “false negative” — a hittable ball disregarded by the player. (Of course, swinging at a ball in the zone, or taking a pitch outside the zone, would be coded as correct decisions by the batter.)This is all theoretical and a gross oversimplification of baseball in general. For instance, sometimes players have a good reason to lay off a pitch in the zone, and, conversely, sometimes they have to expand their strike zone because of the situation. Even so, it’s a fun application of the “Plate Discipline” section of stats at FanGraphs, which lists the percentages of pitches that were in the strike zone for each player, as well as the proportion of pitches swung at inside and outside the strike zone (as determined by Baseball Info Solutions‘ pitch-charting data, which goes back to 2002).The best decision-making season in the data set belongs to Moises Alou in 2002. Alou faced 1,785 pitches, 54.5 percent of which were in the strike zone. Of those pitches in the zone, he swung at 80.1 percent, while he let all but 14.8 percent of balls outside the zone go by without a swing. As a percentage of his total pitches faced, then, Alou made the “correct” decision 82.4 percent of the time — the tops of any season in the FanGraphs data.(I, too, was surprised that Vladimir Guerrero would should up as a positive example of plate discipline.)Meanwhile, the worst decision-making season happened last year; A.J. Pierzynski spent the season swinging. Pierzynski correctly swung at 76.7 percent of pitches inside the zone (the Major League Baseball average was 65.5 percent), but he was undone by his hacking of 49.6 percent of balls outside the strike zone — about 1.6 times the rate of the average hitter. That gave him a “good decision” rate of just 61.1 percent. (For what it’s worth, no qualified season in the FanGraphs data saw a hitter swing more at pitches outside the zone than inside.)Among active players, the best decision-maker by this metric (since 2012) is Dexter Fowler of the Houston Astros. Over the past three seasons, Fowler has made the correct decision 74.2 percent of the time, swinging at 71.9 percent of balls in the strike zone and laying off 75.9 percent of pitches outside the zone.And the worst? Martin Prado of the Arizona Diamondbacks made the correct call on only 62 percent of the pitches he faced. But unlike Pierzynski, who had the worst decision-making season of anyone since 2002 because he hacked too much at pitches outside the zone, Prado comes in last among active players because he wasn’t aggressive enough on pitches inside the zone. The average MLB player offers at about 66 percent of pitches inside the strike zone, but Prado has only swung at 50.8 percent of balls in the zone over the past three seasons. Prado does a good job at avoiding swings on balls outside the zone, but he can’t seem to tell when a hittable ball is coming in over the plate, often committing what statisticians would call false negatives, or Type II errors.Again, this metric is by no means a perfect gauge of plate discipline. There are many situations in which it would be a suboptimal strategy to strictly follow the “good” or “bad” decision algorithm measured by the charts above. But it’s illuminating to begin to measure which players appear to have the best and worst conceptions of the strike zone as determined by an objective standard. read more

Lighty leads Buckeyes in 8970 rout of Fighting Illini

On the shoulders of fifth-year senior forward David Lighty’s 17 second-half points, No. 2 Ohio State (26-2, 13-2 Big Ten) beat Illinois (17-11, 7-8 Big Ten), 89-70, Tuesday night at the Schottenstein Center. The Illini hung with the Buckeyes early on and cut the OSU lead to 33-30 after a 3-pointer from senior point guard Demetri McCamey with six minutes to go in the first half. But the Illini scored just two points in the final six minutes as the Buckeyes closed the first 20 minutes on a 14-2 run. The run was capped by a 3-pointer from senior guard Jon Diebler as the half expired and, despite Illinois shooting a blistering 8 of 9 from beyond the 3-point line in the first half, the Buckeyes went to the break with a 47-32 lead. But Illinois, in desperate need of a resume-building win, wasn’t going to go away easy. The Illini started the second half on an 11-2 run and quickly cut the Buckeye lead to 49-43. Then Lighty took over. Although he had struggled in OSU’s last three games, Lighty scored the next 13 OSU points, culminating in a 3-pointer that put the Buckeyes up, 62-45, with less than 12 minutes remaining. Illinois wouldn’t get any closer than nine the rest of the way as OSU pulled away for a 19-point win. Lighty finished with 21 points, four rebounds and six steals. Junior guard William Buford added 17 points and freshman forward Jared Sullinger scored 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for his 13th double-double of the season. Senior forward Mike Davis led Illinois with 18 points on 8 of 14 shooting. read more

Police search for carjacking suspect in Mission Valley

first_img KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A man robbed two women, then took off in their friend’s car in Mission Valley, police said Sunday, and officers were still searching for both the suspect and the car.A 22-year-old woman, a 31-year-old woman and a 28-year-old man were talking in the parking lot of a Wendy’s restaurant on Rio San Diego Drive near Camino Del Este at around 11:30 p.m. Saturday when a man approached the trio with a small black pistol, according to San Diego Police Sgt. Michael Tansey.The suspect took the two women’s purses, then got in the male victim’s car and drove away, Tansey said.The stolen car was a 2010 Chrysler 300 sedan with a California license plate number of 6KVX405.Police described the suspect as a black man in his early 20s, about 5- feet-9-inches tall with a thin build. He had short dreadlocks and was wearing a light-colored hoodie and blue jeans, Tansey said. May 27, 2018 Posted: May 27, 2018 Police search for carjacking suspect in Mission Valley KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more