Murray encouraged by performance in win over Kyle Edmund

first_imgBut Murray said the victory over Edmund felt much better as he managed to implement the style he wanted.He told the ATP Tour website: “It was much better, just in terms of the way I actually played the match.“In the first match I basically spent the whole match defending, I was playing quite far behind the baseline and that’s not really how I want to be playing moving forward.“I spoke at good length with my coach about that. Andy Murray believes his performance against Kyle Edmund at the Washington Open was just as important as the result.The Scot took another huge step in his comeback from hip surgery to clinch the biggest win of his comeback from hip surgery by defeating British number one Edmund.Murray prevailed 7-6 (7/4) 1-6 6-4 to win the second-round encounter and will now play Romania’s Marius Copil in the third round.It was the second time this week the 31-year-old had been taken to a decider after he edged out Mackenzie McDonald in the first round. “Today, regardless of the result, we wanted to at least be dictating more points, trying to use my forehand, be closer to the baseline.“I think I did that, especially in some of the important moments in the third set… I was being more offensive.“I was a lot happier with the way I approached the match.Edmund said of the defeat: “I gave my best of what I had on the day today. Just didn’t work out.“It would have been nice to hold serve and maybe even control what I can and take (the third set) to a tie-break but it didn’t happen.”last_img read more

Major emergency exercise tests Donegal’s reaction

first_imgEmergency services from across Donegal put their teamwork and training to the test today as part of a major emergency exercise which took place in the Clanree Hotel in Letterkenny. It was organised by the Northwest Regional Working Group for Major Emergency Management which includes the Principal Response Agencies (PRAs) of Donegal County Council, An Garda Síochána and the HSE (West).The event, which was code-named Exercise Neptune, involved around 100 participants and was based on a rapidly escalating flooding incident in the Finn Valley area with reported casualties and widespread property damage. It was a ‘table-top’ style exercise, i.e. one where team members meet in a workshop-style setting to discuss their roles and their responses to a particular emergency situation. A moderator then guided team members through the discussion using prompts or ‘injects’ as the scenario evolves.The overall objective of the exercise was to strengthen and develop the co-operation and co-ordination arrangements that exist between the PRAs and their partner agencies, namely the Defence Forces, the Irish Coast Guard, the Civil Defence and the Irish Red Cross, when responding to a major emergency brought about as a result of a severe weather event.Exercise Director, Kevin McGarvey, an emergency planning officer with Donegal County Council, said: “We have spent a number of months preparing for this exercise and it provided a valuable opportunity for the Principal Response Agencies and our partner agencies to test our plans, our inter-agency co-ordination and our preparations for a large-scale flood emergency response.“These types of flooding incident are becoming more and more commonplace and carrying out exercises of this nature will make a big difference to the potential outcomes should a real incident occur in County Donegal anytime into the future.” Pictured at the major emergency exercise in the Clanree earlier today are , Back Row L-R, Edel Flynn, Civil Defence Officer, Derek Flanagan, Irish Coast Guard, Michael Harrison, An Garda Síochána, Commandant John Anderson, Defence Forces, Martin McKinney, Irish Red Cross, Edel Quinn, HSE. Front Row, L-R: Kevin McGarvey, Donegal Fire Service, Garry Martin, Donegal County Council, Patrick Keaveny, Emergency Response Officer, HSE.Major emergency exercise tests Donegal’s reaction was last modified: September 27th, 2018 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)last_img read more

Disneyland Preview– Week of January 27, 2018

first_imgShowSatSunMonTueWedThuFri Fantasmic!2211112 As always, it’s wise to double check the weather as the day of your visit approaches. Check out the most up-to-date forecast here.ShowsVery light show schedule this week, with only Fantasmic! and World of Color running — no nightly fireworks at Disneyland Park at all. Detailed show schedules, including smaller diversions like the Disneyland Band, can be found here. Share This!Disneyland’s Lunar New Year celebration is upon us!  Between that, (mostly) low crowds and (mostly) pleasant weather, it’s a great week to visit.  Read on to find out more in this week’s Disneyland preview.Special Events and NotesThe Year of the Dog is upon us, and Disneyland Resort’s Lunar New Year celebration is now officially underway at Disney’s California Adventure. You can of course expect special food and drinks, and there will be traditional ornamental lanterns and banners decorating the park. Additionally there are several special events and opportunities to experience, including:Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession, a parade that will run several times a day in the Paradise Pier area;Hurry Home nighttime water show at Paradise Bay featuring Mulan and Mushu (basically a pre-show* to World of Color);Disney characters in special Lunar New Year attire;Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese foods at Paradise Garden Grill; and,The Lucky Wishing Well.For more information about the Lunar New Year celebration, check out Rikki’s preview, or Disney’s event page for daily event schedules. California Adventure8-118-1110-910-910-99-99-11 CrowdsAs is common this time of year, we’ll see low to modest crowds most of the week, with slightly higher crowds on the weekend.  Saturday is the only day with above average crowds, and Tuesday and Wednesday are predicted to be very pleasant 2-level crowds.Full details, including park-by-park crowd levels, are available on our Crowd Calendar.WeatherSunday and Monday bring a bit of a hot streak for this time of year, even cresting 90 degrees on Monday, but the rest of the week looks to be very pleasant, with high temperatures hovering in the upper 70s and low 80s. With that said, even on the days that get pretty hot, lows in the evenings will dip into the 50s, so make sure you plan accordingly. As per usual, no rain in the forecast. Admission and HoursThe only Passholder blockouts to worry about are on the weekend this week:  Southern California Select Passholders are blocked out Saturday and Sunday, while Southern California Passholders are blocked out Saturday only. All other passes are honored every day this week. For those of you buying tickets as day guests, single-day tickets are at Regular cost ($110/$104) on Saturday, Sunday, and Friday, and Value ($97/$91) the remainder of the week.Regular park hours (excluding Extra Magic Hours/Magic Mornings) are as follows this week: Disneyland8-128-1210-910-910-99-99-12 As per usual, the parks will open one hour early for eligible guests at Disneyland Park Saturday, Tuesday, and Thursday, and at Disney’s California Adventure Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Resort guests can take advantage of these hours every day of their stay for Extra Magic Hours, while guests eligible for Magic Mornings can use that benefit one day at Disneyland Park only. Full park hours can be found by clicking on each date in the Crowd Calendar.RefurbishmentsThere are a significant number of attraction closures in effect at the moment.  At Disneyland Park, Splash Mountain, Dumbo, and it’s a small world are being refurbished.  There is also a project underway to replace the tracks for the Main Street Vehicles that significantly impacts Main Street U.S.A. Those vehicles are not operating, but the whole area is a bit of a disaster. Check out Guy’s recent post on the topic for more.  Looking ahead, both the Storybook Land Canal Boats and the Casey Jr. Circus Train will be undergoing refurbishments starting on February 5.Over at California Adventure, much of Paradise Pier is closed for the conversion to Pixar Pier, with additional closures to Grizzly River Run and the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail.  Check out our refurbishments page for details on exactly what will be down and for how long.That should do it for this week’s preview. Check back next week and every week to find out what’s coming down the pike. Got questions? Aware of anything else that prospective guests should know about? Let us know in the comments.*Note: an earlier version of this post incorrectly referred to Hurry Home as a temporary replacement for World of Color. World of Color2211112 SatSunMonTuesWedThurFrilast_img read more

New App Makes iTunes Social, Publishes Music Library to Facebook

first_imgTags:#Apple#Facebook#music#Product Reviews#web Mobile media company ParkVu is today introducing a new Facebook application called Music WithMe which publishes your iTunes music library to Facebook where the tracks it contains can be shared, liked, commented on and discussed among your friends. The app, which also requires a desktop software download (currently Windows-only, Mac coming soon), connects your iTunes music library to Facebook and then continually syncs changes as you purchase and add new music. Specifically, the app publishes your top 25 most played tracks, your top rated tracks, those recently added and those recently played. After installing the desktop component, launching it and also authorizing the Facebook application (whew!), the app will display those tracks via its Facebook application at http://apps.facebook.com/musicwithme. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… But in order for your friends to like and comment on these items, they too have to install the app. This requires the usual friend-spamming tactics most of us have put behind us as of late. (Invite your friends to try Music WithMe! Ugh.)center_img sarah perez Related Posts 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Issues, Errors and ComplaintsThe application installation, in our tests, didn’t go as smoothly as it should have. After installing the app, it doesn’t immediately run and/or hide itself to the system tray. You actually have to go seek it out from the Start Menu and manually launch it, entering in the same username and password combination you provided the Facebook application. Even after it had started, visiting the app’s page only showed a “Runtime Error” message at first (Server Error in ‘/’ Application, it says). We’re not sure if it just needed a few minutest to get going or if it required iTunes to be launched before it could sync, but the app eventually worked. Without friend participation, however, Music WithMe is somewhat useless to the person installing it. There’s no way to, say, take a track from your own list and post it to your Facebook Wall or a friend’s Wall, alongside a message like “this song rocks rocks!”, for instance. That would be a handy feature for an app billed as a way to socialize around your iTunes music.It would also be nice if the application’s page showed which tracks were being shared the most among its users, perhaps even going so far as to allow you to like and comment on those items as well. Music WithMe is in beta at present so there’s still time for it to improve, but for now, it leaves a lot to be desired. On the other hand, music streaming site Pandora’s implementation of Facebook’s “Instantly Personalized” feature is a better alternative for socializing around music, we think. Although some – including U.S. senators and EU regulators – feel that such a feature violates Facebook users’ privacy, the end result is a better overall experience. Without having to do a thing, Facebook users who haven’t opted out of this data-sharing behavior can immediately see, upon login to Pandora.com, what music their Facebook friends like. They can also like and comment on a particular band via Facebook’s “like” button, or just comment directly on the site. Music WithMe needs to offer more features if it wants to compete with this type of seamless social interaction, especially given its somewhat cumbersome installation process. The result needs to be worth your while. Right now, we can’t say that it is. last_img read more