It May Be a Good Time to Start a Business

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore Believe it or not, an economic downturn is a good time to start a business. There are openings in competitive markets and breaks on start-up costs and overhead. Rents, supplies and other costs can be lower, and it’s easier to find qualified and affordable help. This makes it easier to offer a lower price for goods and services than larger, more established companies at precisely the time customers are looking for any way to spend less. (Read the full article on Not only is it a good time to start a business, but the Obama Administer has plans to beef up the Small Business Administration to rebuild the programs — particularly the loan program — which suffered under Bush Administration budget cuts. (Read that report also at AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Seahawks take two from Alvin

LSCPA sports informationALVIN – Lamar State College Port Arthur converted a day of big hits into a couple of big conference wins as the Seahawks swept Alvin Community College on Tuesday afternoon with wins of 8-1 and 11-2.The Seahawks improved their season record to 16-18 overall and 3-3 in NJCAA Region XIV play. LSCPA heads off on a big swing through the Valley with a pair of doubleheaders this weekend against Laredo CC on Friday and Coastal Bend College on Saturday. First pitch for both sets of games is at 1 p.m. A live video broadcast starts 30 minutes before each game at 8, Alvin CC 1 Ashley May offered a dominating performance on the mound in the second game of the day, allowing just one earned run on two hits with eight strikeouts as the Seahawks took the sweep.With the win, May improved her record to 12-8 overall and 3-2 in league play. She eclipsed the 100-strikeout mark with the day’s work, sitting at 102.At the plate, Perez and Broussard each collected a double with Perez going 3 for 5 with five RBIs, while Guidry and Broussard each had two hits in the game. Sheridan and Chavarria each had a stolen base while Guidry added two more base thefts. The Seahawks picked up 11 hits and took advantage of two Alvin errors to claim a Game 1 win. Sophomore Savana Guidry hit 3 of 5 at the plate with a double, collecting three runs batted in and three runs scored. Sophomore Alexis Perez went 2 for 3 with a walk, slapping a home run, while second-year starter Kayla Sheridan was 2 of 5 with a double. Freshman Ashley May also had a double in the game.Each time the Hawks made it on base, they were a threat to take extra bases when Alvin was not looking. LSCPA picked up six stolen bases as Guidry led the way with two, while Sheridan, Shelby Broussard, Marisol Ynfante and Morgan Chavarria each grabbed their own base theft.Freshman pitcher Briana White picked up the win after throwing 6 1/3 innings, allowing one earned run on six hits. Kelsey Stewart finished up after throwing the final two outs, allowing one hit and one walk in her appearance in relief.LSCPA 11, Alvin CC 2 read more

Not so Pleasant Valley

first_imgThe day was expertly marshalled by John Mason for whom Rudyard Kipling undoubtedly penned “If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you…etc.” But, again, Kipling never played Pleasant Valley as it was this day.John PreddyMemorial TournamentOn Wednesday, 23rd November the Pattaya Golf Society hosted the annual John Preddy Memorial Tournament.  John was a lifelong PGS member (the group formerly known fifteen years ago as the “Bunker Boys”).  This day would have been John’s 78th birthday and his memory was certainly honoured with a fine golf tournament at Khao Kheow, on the A and B nines off the yellow tees.The format was the usual “best three from four” stableford team event and there was also an individual trophy for the holder of the best stableford score of the day.  The course was in splendid condition and a quality field went off on time.During the day many references were also made to other good friends of the PGS and other Pattaya golf groups who sadly are now no longer with us – friends like Jack Robertson, Jean Morel, Don Nellis and George Robinson – and most golfers had a special moment for the memory of one or more of the absent friends.The team event was won by the Danish-Thai fourball of Christian Boysen, New Satita, Torben Lingaard and Mogens Melander with 121 points, with the runners-up being the team of Steve Truelove, Gerd Riedler, John Fenwick and Roger Rees with 116 points.The individual event was won with an excellent score of 41 points by John Coetzee, Roger Rees coming second with 38.  In all, five of the golfers broke par and most also won one or more of the eighteen technical prizes sponsored by Mr Len and the PGS.Mike Firkin sponsored the consolation prize and this was presented to the team of Gary Bolger, Wayne Peppernell, Ken Page and the unfortunate Stu Thompson who had to withdraw after the first hole with a hip/side injury.The presentation was a special affair with a superb buffet provided by the team at the Links Bar, the PGS “clubhouse”, and the guests of honour were Jim and Donald Preddy, brothers of John and they presented the prizes for the event as well as sponsoring the winners’ trophies.Every Pattaya golfer has a particular memory of a dear Pattaya friend who no longer walks the fairways of the province and in future the event will be an opportunity for golfers to come together to share fond memories and thoughts of their friends.  In golf you can lose form, touch and even shots but in life special friends are there forever.Cooper’s coup at EmeraldFriday at Emerald is always a popular Pattaya Golf Society fixture and on the 25th November a large group of PGS regulars visited to play a stableford round on the course which was in presentable condition with fairways soft in places.It was good to have a number of old friends back, especially Austrian golfer Peter Ditz who has not played for many, many months since enduring a painful back condition.  Peter was joined by John Holmes and Terry Pipe also back for their annual golf “fix”.As always Emerald tested patience and skill and when Lady Luck is with you scores can be good.  In fourth place on 30 points was Wichai Tananusorn, deserting his Chiang Mai fruit farm for more pleasurable pursuits and two points better was Tony O’Neill in third with 32 points.  John Holmes returned in style with a second place 35 points, leaving Mark Cooper the top spot with 37.  The ‘2’s pot was shared by Mark and Ken Page. IPGC Pattaya Golf SocietyA cloudless sky dawned over Pattaya on Monday, 21st November as the Pattaya Golf Society took to the road to play a stableford competition from the blue tees at Pleasant Valley.  How disappointing it was to find a course undergoing green maintenance!  Full marks to the management team however as they charged the full amount, so as not to drain the company’s coffers.  “Customer service” is obviously way down their list of concerns.The John Preddy Memorial trophy.The PGS group viewed the situation stoically and proceeded to bite the bullet and as a result some more than reasonable scores emerged.  In third place was the consistent Peter Wilson with 33 points, again recording the best gross of the day, 80 shots.  He found himself three points behind the joint winners Stuart Thompson and Richard Dobson on 36 points.Liverpool golfer Dave Heyes, playing his first return round found his rhythm on the fifth hole to record a birdie ‘2’, as did Peter Wilson and the lucky man to emerge from the non-winners’ draw was Huw Phillips, currently grossly out of touch with his game.last_img read more

Bomber Great Sean Denison back as guest coach at Kootenays Finest Hoop Camp

first_imgHe powered the Trafalgar Totems to the B.C. Juvenile Basketball Championship and the L.V. Rogers Junior Bombers to B.C. Junior Boy’s Crown the very next year.Did we say the LVR Juniors won the title with an amazing 38-0 record?He led the varsity squad to a fourth-place finish at the B.C. High School AAA Boy’s Tourney during his senior year.He then played four years of NCAA Division One Men’s Basketball at Santa Clara in California while representing Canada on the international scene during the summer.For the past three years he’s been playing professional basketball in Europe — two seasons in Turkey and last year in Germany.Now the 6’11”, 245-pound Sean Denison is back in old high school gymnasium stomping grounds as part of the coaching staff at the Kootenays Finest Basketball Camp.The camp began Monday and runs through Friday at the LVR Hangar.Two former high school teammates, Jeremy Phelan and co-camp coordinator Matthew Fuhr join Denison on the coaching staff — all three played key parts of Nelson’s two provincial champion hoop teams at Trafalgar and LVR.Another LVR grad and college player, David Joseph, is the other co-camp coordinator. Joseph, who toiled at Okanagan College, is also on the coaching staff.The camp, focusing on improving individual skills and team play, is open to players in Grades 7 to 12.Sessions run daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a 45-minute lunch break.Late registrants are being accepted.For more information contact [email protected]@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

Galway Senior Hurling Team Named

first_img Galway Bay FM Sport The Galway Senior Hurling Team to face Westmeath in the Leinster Quarter Final has been named. Forward 60 seconds Galway Bay FM Sport Galway Senior Hurling Team Named Galway Bay FM Sport The Galway team is as follows…Colm CallinanJohnny CoenJohn HanburyFergal MoorePadraig MannionDathai BurkeAidan HarteDavid Burke (Captain)Davy GlennonShane MaloneyJoseph CooneyJoe CanningConor WhelanCathal MannionJason Flynnprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Galway Senior Hurling Team Named Forward 60 seconds 更多 Back 15 seconds Currently Playing Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Galway Senior Hurling Team Named Sean Walsh with the details Back 15 secondslast_img read more

Ocean Hygiene Supplies Under 16 Hurling Semi-Finals and Finals

first_imgThursday July 21 – Duggan Park.C- Cup Final. Portumna v Sarsfields OR Kinvara. 6.30pm.A1- Cup Final. Meelick/Eyrecourt v Killimordaly OR St. Thomas. 7.45pm. A1- Cup Semi Final – Killimordaly v St. Thomas. 7.30pm2X10 MIN EXTRA TIME IN THE EVENT OF A DRAW IN BOTH SEMI FINALS. Friday July 15 – Duggan Park.B – Cup Final.Ardrahan v Padraig Pearses. 7.15 pm Thursday July 14 – Duggan Park. Monday July 18 – Kenny Park.B- Shield Final. Ballinasloe v Oranmore-Maree. 6.30pm.A-Shield Final. Turloughmore v Salthill-Knocknacarra. 7.45pm. C – Cup Semi Final – Kinvara  v Sarsfields 6.15pm Wednesday July 20 – Duggan Park.A – Cup Final. Ballygar v Clarinbridge. 7.15 pm. Sunday July 17 – Kenny Park.C- Shield Final. Ballinderreen v Mountbellew. 11.amA1 – Shield Final. Liam Mellows v Kilnadeema-Leitrim. 12.30pm Friday July 22. Duggan Park.B1-Shield Final. Sylane v Killimor. 6.30pm.B1- Cup Final. Mullagh/Kiltormer v Carnmore. 7.45pmprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Galway Senior Hurling Team Named To Face Antrim

first_imgThe Galway Hurling team has been named to face Antrim in the Allianz National Hurling league on Sunday in Pearse Stadium. Manager Micheal Donoghue has included six of the team that started the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final win over Waterford. Daithi Burke, Adrian Tuohy, Aidan Harte, Johnny Coen, Joseph Cooney and Conor Cooney all started while Niall Burke and Jason Flynn were introduced off the bench as Galway ended a 29-year famine to claim the Liam MacCarthy Cup. The Galway Team is1 James Skehill2 Ronan Burke3 Daithi Burke4 Jack Grealish5 Adrian Tuohy6 Martin Dolphin7 Aidan Harte8 Johnny Coen Capt9 Eanna Burke10 Niall Burke11 Joseph Cooney12 Paul Flaherty13 Brian Concannon14 Conor Cooney15 Jason Flynnprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img

Killester join Templeogue at the top of the table while Killorglin cause the upset…

first_imgKeane’s SuperValu Killorglin got back to winning ways in style in Kerry on Saturday evening as they ran out 81-79 point winners over UCC Demons in a thriller. Having led proceedings for most of the game, Killorglin were up 43-34 at half time, and pushed this lead out to 15 points going into the last, 65-50.  However, the experience of Demons showed down the stretch with Colin O’Reilly and Brandon Watts hitting some big scores to ensure the game was in the melting pot and, with 42 seconds on the clock they brought it back to a two-point game, before tying proceedings with less than three seconds to go. Killorglin got the all important final two points before the end of regulation to see home a memorable win.Speaking afterwards, Killorglin boss Ignas Sijanas stated: “Tonight’s game was a fantastic advertisement for basketball. We played really well tonight, but Demons just kept coming back on us. We’re delighted with the win and are really looking forward to Tralee now next week.”Elsewhere, DCU Saints eased home to a 91-71 point win over Maree at the university on Saturday evening. Mike Bonaparte, Tariq Guebaili and Martins Provizors put in solid displays for the Dubliners as they drove into an early 23-6 point lead at the end of the first and saw off some late Maree pressure to bring home the win. Reflecting on the clash, Saints’ head coach Joey Boylan said: “I’m very happy with the win, it’s a nice way to go into the New Year and it was a big win for us as it sees us take another step up the table. I thought our defence especially in the first quarter was really really good which helped our offense. Hopefully that keeps going for next week now.”C and S Neptune and Garvey’s Tralee Warriors dished up an absolute thriller in Cork in the final Super League game of the weekend, with nothing separating the sides from very early on. Neptune trailed by six points going in at half time but, by the end of the third, Tralee’s lead was cut back to just one point (68-69) heading into the last. A nail-biting fourth quarter ensued before Warriors finally edged a bit of breathing space on the scoring at the death to win out by three, 92-95. Tralee’s Pat Price stated afterwards: “Tonight was a hard-earned win. Neptune are the league’s most-improved team and a win on the road is a great way to start the second half of the season.”A big Limerick derby was one of the highlights of the weekend in the Men’s Division One as Limerick Celtics hosted LIT on Saturday night in a hugely-anticipated game.The game lived up to all expectations and produced huge excitement as it was won by LIT on a buzzer-beating three pointer, with Conal Broderick the hero of the hour for the visitors with his long-range effort seeing them home to a 92-94 point victory.Indeed, it was LIT who had the better of the opening exchanges, driving into a 36-51 point lead at half time, thanks to good scoring from EgidijusBaksys, Matt Scamuffo and Broderick, but Celtics were not going down without a fight and by the end of the third, the gap was back to just four points teeing up a thrilling final quarter. A 31-point display from Celtics’ John Galvin coupled with 25 points from Shane O’Connell looked like they were going to help see the hosts home to glory and, with four seconds to play, Galvin kept his cool from the free throw line to put Celtics ahead by a point. Broderick was not letting the game go that easily though and his three-point shot just before the buzzer saw LIT win the game by two.“I’m so delighted with the win,” said a thrilled LIT coach, Mike Hickey afterwards.“It was a highly competitive game and it was a great way for us to finish 2018 with a win on the buzzer!“We have been working really hard at developing this newly-formed LIT team, and are now reaping the rewards of our efforts. We have a great group of players and management. We’ve performed really well in our last two games and we fully intend to learn and build on these two positive performances. We’re really looking forward to our games in 2019.”Staying in Limerick and UL Sports Eagles also secured the win on Saturday night, running out 74-57 point winners over WIT Vikings. Tarchee Brown was the stand out on the night for Eagles once more, finishing the game on 27 points, and a big 12-point game from underage international star, Nate Moore and a solid display from Diarmuid O’Shea saw Eagles home to victory in the end.Speaking afterwards, head coach, Matt Hall was happy to get the win: “I’m really happy to get the win, and while our performance wasn’t great, it’s good to end the year on a high. It’s great for this young team to get another win on the board and make all their hard work worthwhile.”Elsewhere, DBS Éanna remain unbeaten at the top of the northern conferenceafter running out comprehensive 123-50 point winners over Titans on Saturday evening thanks to a 39-point display from Stefan Zecevic and 21 points from Joshua Wilson.Tradehouse Central Ballincollig also head into 2019 unbeaten this season, as they ran out dominant 70-104 point winners over Portlaoise Panthers late on Sunday afternoon.Ej Sligo All Stars secured a massive home win against Abbey Seals Dublin Lions on Saturday evening meanwhile, edging the visitors 80-77 at the final buzzer.  A superb game between the two sides saw nothing between them right down to the final seconds, but 26 points from Zack Yonda, coupled with a combined 29-point game from Tobi Brockmann and Connor McClenaghan saw Sligo win out by three in the end.KUBS secured a big home win on Saturday evening, winning out 101-70 over visitors LYIT Donegal thanks to a 34-point game from Elijah Tillman and a huge 20-point game from Irish Under 18 star, Cillian O’Driscoll. Sunday afternoon saw Bad Bobs Tolka Rovers take home a big road win over Ulster University Elks, running out 53-83 point winners in the end. A big 25-point game from Oisin O’Reilly coupled with solid performances from Justin Goldsborough and Paul Caffrey saw Tolka into a comfortable 27-45 lead at half time and they drove on from there. Basketball Ireland Fixtures: January 4-6th, 2019Friday 4th January 2019      Basketball Ireland Men’s Super League:   UCC Demons v CandS Neptune, Mardyke Arena, 20:00; Basketball Ireland Women’s Super League:   IT Carlow Basketball v DCU Mercy, Barrow Centre-IT Carlow, 12:30;NUIG Mystics v Fr Mathews, NUIG, 15:30;Marble City Hawks v Ambassador UCC Glanmire, O Loughlin Gaels Gym, 19:00;Maxol WIT Wildcats v Courtyard Liffey Celtics, Mercy College, 19:00; Basketball Ireland Men’s Division One:   IT Carlow Basketball v EJ Sligo All-Stars, Barrow Centre-IT Carlow, 15:30;Tradehouse Central Ballincollig v KUBS BC, Ballincollig CS, 16:00;LIT v Abbey Seals Dublin Lions, Limerick IT Sportshall, 18:00;Limerick Celtics v DBS Eanna, St Munchins, 18:00;UL Sports Eagles v Bad Bobs Tolka Rovers, UL Arena-Limerick, 19:00;Waterford Vikings v Ulster University Elks, Waterford IT, 19:00;Scotts Lakers St Paul’s Killarney v Titans, Killarney, 19:30; Basketball Ireland Men’s Division One:UL Sports Eagles 74-57 WIT VikingsLimerick Celtics 92-94 LITDBS Eanna 123-50 TitansKUBS BC 101-70 LYIT DonegalEJ Sligo All-Stars 80-77 Abbey Seals Dublin LionsUlster University Elks 53-83 Bad Bobs Tolka RoversPortlaoise Panthers 70-104 Tradehouse Central Ballincollig Solid displays from Royce Williams, Paddy Sullivan and Alex Herreros saw the hosts into a 51-33 point lead at half-time and they didn’t look back from there.  Speaking afterwards, head coach Brian O’Malley stated: “We are delighted to get the win. The first game after the Christmas break can always be a tough one, but our guys did well particularly in the first half. The table is not something we pay attention to at this stage, we just concentrate on the next game and Belfast Star away is our focus now.” Basketball Ireland Results: December 29-30thBasketball Ireland Men’s Super League: CandS Neptune 92-95 Garvey’s Tralee WarriorsDCU Saints 91-71 MareePyrobel Killester 79-63 Griffith College Swords ThunderKeane’s Supervalu Killorglin 81-79 UCC Demons Pyrobel Killester are now joint first alongside Templeogue at the top of the Men’s Super League table this week thanks to a 79-63 point win over Griffith College Swords Thunder in their last game of 2018 on Saturday evening. BASKETBALL IRELAND DETAILED RESULTS: December 29-30th Basketball Ireland Women’s Super League:   Singleton SuperValu Brunell v Pyrobel Killester, Parochial Hall, 14:45; Sunday 6th January 2019    Basketball Ireland Men’s Super League:   Belfast Star v Templeogue, De La Salle, 15:00; Basketball Ireland Women’s Division One:   Limerick Celtics v Phoenix Rockets, St Munchins, 16:00;Maree v UL Huskies, Calsanctius College, 17:00;Swords Thunder v Trinity Meteors, ALSAA-Dublin, 17:30;Team Tom McCarthys St Mary’s v Portlaoise Panthers, St Marys Castleisland, 18:30;Fabplus North West v Ulster University Elks, Ballyshannon, 19:30; Saturday 5th January 2019 Basketball Ireland Men’s Super League:   Belfast Star v Pyrobel Killester, De La Salle, 18:30;DCU Saints v UCD Marian, DCU Sports Complex, 19:00;Keane’s Supervalu Killorglin v Garvey’s Tralee Warriors, Killorglin Sports Centre, 19:15;Maree v Moycullen, Calasanctius College-Galway, 20:00; Basketball Ireland Men’s Super League:DCU Saints 91-71 MareeTop scorers DCU Saints: Mike Bonaparte 22, Tariq Guebaili 16, Martins Provizors 14Top scorers Maree: Sean Sellers 26, Niels Bunschoten 22, Eoin Rockall 11Half time score: DCU Saints 46-33 MareeBasketball Ireland Men’s Division One:DBS Éanna 123-50 TitansTop scorers DBS Éanna: Stefan Zecevic 39, Joshua Wilson 21, Conor Gallagher 16Top scorers Titans: Tom Rivard 23, Eoin Coughlan 6, Harrison Deneka 5Half time score: DBS Éanna 63-31 Titans Basketball Ireland Men’s Division One:   Portlaoise Panthers v LYIT Donegal, St Marys Sports Hall, 17:00;print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Queen City kicks off 120 years of curling

first_imgNelson Curling Club is set to begin its 120th year of ‘Curling in the Queen City’.“The ice is going in”, which means open ice begins October 9th and 12th at the Curling Club, located next to the NDCC Arena. Registration night has a 6 p.m. start, so curlers will not want to do miss out, come down for some practice and a slice of pizza and wash it down with some amber fluid.Lots of new things happening down at the curling center, try our Monday drop in, and curl with your friends in a casual format.Or try doubles in our new Monday night league, a new game that is taking off in the curling world, short game less people required if your time is limited. We also have push sticks available for safe no sliding curling, if you can’t get down in the traditional slid position.And of course we have our usual leagues and bonspiels getting set to go.So now is the time check out or web site Canada’s other great game.last_img read more

Mobile Banking on the Rise

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Tags:#mobile#Trends#web The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologycenter_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Earlier this month we reported on a survey that revealed that 48% of online banking customers between the ages of 18 and 34 would be interested in using “secure gadgets for personal banking” if their bank offered them. More than a quarter of bank customers would consider switching to another bank if it took better advantage of web 2.0 technologies. While that survey was flawed in some ways, there is another access point to banking information that customer may want more than secure widgets: mobile.One third of the world’s largest banks are planning to launch mobile services in the next 1-2 years, according to a February 2008 survey. In the US, 53% of banks plan mobile services roll outs over the next two years. And it’s easy to see why. The Pew Internet & American Life Project Online Shopping report (PDF) from February found that 39% of Americans are doing their banking on the Internet, and analysts predict that mobile banking will grow to 884 million users worldwide by 2012.With mobile usage on the rise one major US bank launched a suite of mobile banking services last year. A year later, Bank of America’s mobile site has a million unique active user accounts. On peak days, Bank of America sees 100,000 users sign into its mobile services, with more use coming from mobile-savvy city dwellers (where cellular data and wifi coverage are generally better). 80% of the bank’s mobile users are under the age of 45, and Bank of America reports that 2/3rds of users are under the age of 35.Not surprisingly, the most popular devices are smart phones like the iPhone, Blackberry, and Windows Mobile-based phones. With some analysts expecting iPhone sales to triple this holiday season, we’re likely to see the up trend in online banking continue. Where do you do your banking? Let us know in the comments. josh catone 1last_img read more