Facebook Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Byrne, Burke and Blaney lead Portlaoise Panthers to U-18 Women’s National Cup final TAGSBasketballNational U-18 Women’s CupPortlaoise Panthers Twitter Twitter By Alan Hartnett – 12th January 2020 Ciara Byrne Portlaoise Panthers 58 Singleton Supervalu Brunell 50Hula Hoops U-18 Women‘s National Cup Semi FinalCiara Byrne, Jasmine Burke and Lisa Blaney were to the fore as Portlaoise Panthers upset hosts Brunell to reach the U-18 Women’s National Cup final this afternoon.Ciara Byrne top scored with 22 points and ran the show throughout for Jack Dooley’s side.Jasmine Burke, who like Byrne, had already played in the Senior Women’s semi final win and the U-20 semi final loss, was immense in defence as, after two early fouls, she kept her composure to make a number of crucial interceptions under both baskets at different stages.While Lisa Blaney’s direct running style was a breath of fresh air as the teenager contributed 13 points as was at her very best in the crucial midpoint of the second quarter where the Panthers turned the screw to their advantage.Home side Brunell began the game well with Kelly Sexton, Mollie Blunt and Lauren Holman pushing them into an early lead.Portlaoise were really struggling on their own rebound and it was their star player Ciara Byrne who got them into the game with a couple of free throws.Lauren Holman and Kelly Sexton pushed Brunell further ahead but as we entered the closing stages of the opening quarter, the Panthers began the exert their game plan.The excellent Ciara Burke saw her influence grow on proceeding and she scored six points in a row to level the game.Lauren Holman and Michelle Ugwah regained the lead for Brunnell but two late Gillian Wheeler baskets left us level 14-14 at the end of the quarter.Just like the first quarter, Brunnell came flying out of the traps in the second as Anna Morrissey and Holman moved them five points ahead.However, by the midpoint of the quarter, the Cork side’s lead had evaporated and the Panthers found themselves in front for the first time.Sarah Fleming, Ciara Byrne and Ella Byrne narrowed the gap to one before Fleming gave the Panthers the lead.Ciara Byrne scored again while Jasmine Burke added a brace after Lisa Blaney converted the first three-pointer of the game to give the Panthers a 31-21 advantage.Brunell needed to respond or the game could’ve been over by half time and in fairness they did with Lauren Holman, Kelly Sexton and Michelle Ugwah finding the basket.But Panthers continued scoring too as Ciara Burke, Lisa Blaney and Gillian Whelan grabbed two-pointers to leave them 38-29 ahead at the interval.And with that lead, Portlaoise Panthers set about extending it in the third quarter – which they did.Brunell initially started well once again though and narrowed the deficit to just four points in the opening couple of minutes before Portlaoise stepped on the gas again.With their defence firmly on top, Ciara Byrne, Sarah Fleming and Jasmine Burke all scored to leave them 53-39 ahead as we headed for the final quarter.With a 14-point lead, Portlaoise Panthers went defensive in the final quarter and slowed the game down when they had possession.That did invite Brunell on to them and Blunt, Holman and Ciara Finnegan narrowed the deficit to eight with seven minutes to go.Ciara Byrne replied for the Panthers but Mollie Blunt grabbed the next six points to leave the score at 55-50 with just over two minutes to play.However, coach Jack Dooley called a time-out and that seemed to refocus the Panthers as they instantly went down the other end where Lisa Blaney grabbed a crucial basket.The same player would later add a free throw as Panthers emerged eight point winners in the end.They will now advance to the National Final against Waterford Wildcats in two weeks time.SCORERS – Portlaoise Panthers: Ciara Byrne 22, Gillian Wheeler 6, Sarah Fleming 8, Ella Byrne 2, Lisa Blaney 13, Jasmine Burke 8PORTLAOISE PANTHERS: Ciara Byrne, Shauna Dooley, Sarah Fleming, Lisa Blaney, Grainne O’Reilly, Jasmine Burke, Jade Burke, Gillian Wheeler, Sarah Tuohy, Ella Burke, Zara Mulvihill, Faith Umeh, Hannah Collins, Shannon Scully, Emma FitzpatrickManagement: Jack Dooley, Claire Melia and Peter O’SullivanSEE ALSO – Melia returns as Panthers book spot in Women’s Senior National Cup final Previous articleLaois church vandalised in sickening overnight attackNext articleThe Week That Was: The Top 10 stories of the past seven days Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. 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‘The story behind the story’ Kyle Tea l Special to the NewsThe St. Thomas University School of Law invited the legal community to revisit one of the United States Supreme Court’s most controversial decisions in a hotly debated November symposium: “ Bush v. Gore: A Decade Later.”The symposium, held November 12-13, was well-attended by an audience of lawyers, students, and law faculty. Proceedings will be published by the St. Thomas Law Review, which hosted the symposium and featured election law experts and attorneys from all sides of the controversy involving the contested 2000 presidential election and the court’s decision that sent George W. Bush to the White House.Panelists included Florida Supreme Court Justice Fred Lewis; James Bopp, general counsel of the James Madison Center; and Ohio State University Law Professor Edward Foley. The discussion included former Florida Assistant Attorney General Kim Tucker and Florida former Deputy Attorney General Paul Hancock. Columbia Professor Nathaniel Persily, a leading election law scholar who served as moderator, brought the idea for the symposium to St. Thomas in conjunction with Adjunct Professor Murray Greenberg, the former Miami-Dade county attorney.Persily clarified that the goal of the event was to understand the conundrum that put the country on pause.“Florida has become the model by which all other controversies are judged,” he said.Some speakers fought for the recount and some against it, but nearly all the experts played integral roles in attempting to resolve the dispute that forever etched the phrase “hanging chad” into Floridians’ memories.Dean Douglas E. Ray provided a precise summary of the panelists’ recollections given throughout the event. “We’ve learned the story behind the story,” Ray said.Former Dean Bob Butterworth — Florida’s attorney general at the time of the election — said that he and then-Gov. Jeb Bush “knew that no matter what the outcome, our state’s image was on the line.”Former counsel for Vice President Gore, Kendall Coffey, spoke of the historically unorthodox nature of the legal battle.“The idea of litigating the presidency was mind-boggling,” he said during the discussion. “And that’s what we were doing.”Joseph Klock, who represented former Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris, exchanged friendly political jabs with Ben Kuehne, who also represented Gore.First District Court of Appeal Judge Nikki Ann Clark, who sat on the Second Circuit bench at the time of the dispute, said the symposium “would not have happened this well 10 years ago. There were just too many feelings.”Despite their divergent views, all the participants seemed to agree on at least one fact: There was not enough time. The lack of time caused both parties to race against the clock — that is, the constitutionally mandated deadline for federal election results (safe harbor).Kuehne vividly told the story of learning of the election confusion while celebrating what he thought was Gore’s success at a victory party at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach. He described the haste with which both sides had to work.“The two sides built virtual law firms overnight,” said Kuehne.During the judges’ panel, Justice Lewis told the audience that he stands by his decision ordering a recount of certain ballots. “Each morning, I get up, I look in the mirror, and I would’ve done the same thing,” he said.Judge Clark said she received stacks of hate mail after making tough judicial decisions regarding the election, and spoke of her travels to Liberia to use her post-election judicial experience to assist that country in preparing for its inevitable election disputes. The Liberian government peacefully resolved its subsequent election dispute.“The session with Judge Clark and Justice Lewis was exceptional, and I enjoyed listening to them speak, because they offered a view of the Bush versus Gore controversy that sensationalist news did not give,” said Ayesa Phillips, a second-year law student at St. Thomas.“People said that they thought they knew what had happened in 2000, but this symposium brought to light a new story line they didn’t know existed,” said Michael Vera, St. Thomas Law Review editor-in-chief, who, with Law Review Editor Nick Reed, coordinated the event.Greenberg said America’s civility and ability to work through the legal problems without violence or rioting in the streets was an accomplishment worthy of praise, regardless of the outcome, and something that sets America apart in the world.But experts agreed that complications in elections will surely continue, as evidenced by the recent midterm election controversy in Alaska over U.S. Senate write-in candidate Lisa Murkowski, and the 2008 contested U.S. Senate race in Minnesota.“There has never been a perfect election, and there never will be,” Greenberg said. Kyle Teal is a law student at St. Thomas University. December 15, 2010 Regular News Bush v. Gore: ‘The story behind the story’ KENDALL COFFEY, from the left, Ben Kuehne, and James Bopp discuss the complexities of Bush v. Gore on November 12, during a St. Thomas Law Review symposium. Bush v. Gore:
Email Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Pinterest Carnegie Mellon University researchers have developed a new approach to broadly survey learning-related changes in synapse properties. In a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience and featured on the journal’s cover, the researchers used machine-learning algorithms to analyze thousands of images from the cerebral cortex. This allowed them to identify synapses from an entire cortical region, revealing unanticipated information about how synaptic properties change during development and learning. The study is one of the largest electron microscopy studies ever carried out, evaluating more subjects and more images than prior researchers have attempted.As the brain learns and responds to sensory stimuli, its neurons make connections with one another. These connections, called synapses, facilitate neuronal communication, and their anatomic and electrophysiological properties contain information vital to understanding how the brain behaves in health and disease. Researchers use different techniques, including electron microscopy, to identify and analyze synapse properties. While electron microscopy can be a useful tool for reconstructing neural circuits, it is also data and labor intensive. As a result, researchers have only been able to use it to study small, targeted areas of the brain until now.Studying a large section of the brain using traditional electron microscopy techniques would result in terabytes of unwieldy data, given that the brain has billions of neurons, each with hundreds to thousands of synaptic connections. The new technique developed at Carnegie Mellon simplifies this problem by combining a specialized staining process with machine learning. LinkedIn “Instead of getting perfect information from a tiny part of the brain, we can now get lower-resolution information from a huge region of the brain,” said Alison Barth, professor of biological sciences and interim director of Carnegie Mellon’s BrainHub neuroscience initiative. “This could be a great tool to see how disease progresses, or how drug treatments alter or restore synaptic connections.”This research is the latest example of how researchers with Carnegie Mellon’s BrainHub research initiative are combining their expertise in biology and computer science to create new tools to advance neuroscience. The technique uses a special chemical preparation that deeply stains the synapses in a sample of brain tissue. When the tissue is imaged using an electron microscope, only the synapses can be seen, creating an image that can be easily classified by a computer program. Researchers then use machine learning algorithms to identify and compare synapse properties across a column of the cerebral cortex.To test the effectiveness of their technique, the researchers, led by Santosh Chandrasekaran, examined how synapses across a complex circuit, composed of hundreds of interconnected neurons, would change with altered somatosensory input. In the past, Barth has used this model to study how neurons behave and synapses form in both learning and development. But traditional techniques only allowed her to look at neurons in a very small area of the neocortex.“It was like looking for the perfect gift, but only going to one store. We might have been able to find something at that first location, but it was always possible that we might find something else – maybe even something better – at another place,” said Barth, who is a member of the joint Carnegie Mellon/University of Pittsburgh Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC). “This new technique allows us to look across all six layers of the neocortex, and to see how synapses across different parts of the circuit change together.”The researchers analyzed close to 25,000 images and 40,000 synapses, exponentially more than they were ever able to look at before using traditional methods. They found that the technique could be used to determine increases in synapse density and size during development and learning. Most notably, they found that synapse properties changed in a coordinated way across the entire region of the neocortex examined.“Some of the cortical layers we saw were most affected have never been examined systematically before,” explains Barth. “We’ve got a lot of great leads to follow up on.”The researchers are now beginning to use this data to develop new hypotheses about how synapses are organized in the neocortex in response to sensory input.
Aberdeen-based engineering firm OceanTools has released C-Scan, its new laser based optical 3D scanning system.Encased within subsea housings providing an operational depth rated at 3000m, the C-Scan system comprises a 360O rotary encoder plus a laser triangulation system capable of taking measurements fifteen times per second and generating 700 discrete data points per scan.Already field tested, the company said that C-Scan aims to become the market leading offshore and subsea laser inspection tool providing precise and rapid three dimensional identification of integrity issues such as critical structural defects, anode depletion, corrosion defects and surface weld defects on any number of offshore assets, plus internal inspections of vital components such as caissons, pipes and piles.
Associated Press Television News Written By First Published: 23rd March, 2020 14:22 IST The Australian Olympic Committee is advising its athletes to prepare for an Olympics in 2021.Ian Chesterman, Australia’s team leader for Tokyo, on Monday said “It’s clear the games can’t be held in July” because of the coronavirus pandemic.“Our athletes have been magnificent in their positive attitude to training and preparing, but the stress and uncertainty has been extremely challenging for them,” Chesterman said in a statement. “They have also shouldered the burden of concern for their peers around the world. That has been a consistent message to me.”AOC chief executive Matt Carroll said Australia had athletes based overseas and training in central locations around the country and “with travel and other restrictions this becomes an untenable situation,.”The Australian committee’s executive board agreed unanimously in an emergency teleconference Monday that “an Australian team could not be assembled in the changing circumstances at home and abroad” and decided to notify athletes as soon as possible.The Canadian Olympic Committee had earlier said it won’t send athletes to the Tokyo Games unless they’re postponed for a year.The International Olympic Committee on Sunday confirmed for the first time it was considering a postponement, a decision which could take weeks to reach. The Tokyo Games are scheduled to start July 24.Until late last week the Australian committee was supporting the IOC’s plans to go ahead as scheduled with the games, but there’s been considerable backlash since then from athletes and some sports and more severe travel restrictions imposed by Australian federal and state governments.“Moving the world’s biggest sporting event, which involves so many sports, athletes, the world’s media, sponsors and the rest … is not easy to do,” Carroll said. “Last Thursday was a different set of circumstances to standing here today. There has been dramatic change in our own country and across the world. Last Updated: 23rd March, 2020 14:22 IST Aussie Olympic Chiefs Advise Athletes To Prepare For 2021 The Australian Olympic Committee is advising its athletes to prepare for an Olympics in 2021. COMMENT FOLLOW US WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV SUBSCRIBE TO US