GAA NEWS: DONEGAL NEW YORK JUNIORS IN CONVINCING WIN OVER ROCKLAND

first_imgBy Ira Goldman in New York: A 4-13 to 2-8 win over Rockland Wednesday evening has extra satisfaction for Donegal NY’s Junior team as it was Rockland who beat them last month in the League Final.The Donegal lads were up 1-1 before Rockland got over the black spot and never were headed from then. Up 2-5 to 1-4 at the interval, Donegal opened the second half with the second of Greg King’s two goals of the day.A first half shot to the net by Brian Giveney and another by Paul Murrin in the second half left Rockland too much of a hill to climb. The dependable Daniel Shovlin scored 3 points and veterans Anton Diver and Kevin Lilly contributed 2 each.In all, a solid, well-played game with no controversy and good football by both teams added to the reputation of Junior B as perhaps the most entertaining division of the NY GAA.The table-topping Juniors take on Offaly on 18 June while Donegal’s Senior squad face Cavan on Sunday and Leitrim on 29 June to finish the month.  GAA NEWS: DONEGAL NEW YORK JUNIORS IN CONVINCING WIN OVER ROCKLAND was last modified: June 5th, 2014 by John2Share 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:championshipDonegal New YorkJuniorsRocklandlast_img read more

Half-time: Chelsea 0 Southampton 1

first_imgChelsea trail at Stamford Bridge, where a bizarre error by Michael Essien led to Jay Rodriguez scoring after only 13 seconds. Essien, making his first Premier League start of the season, inexplicably lobbed the ball towards his own goal and over team-mate Gary Cahill, enabling Rodriguez to nip in and shoot past the exposed Petr Cech.Chelsea pressed for an equaliser but struggled to create clear-cut chances before Oscar’s shot forced a save from Artur Boruc.And Boruc denied Oscar again four minutes later, diving to his right to keep out the Brazilian’s header from Fernando Torres’ cross.It was Oscar’s final contribution as he was then replaced by Frank Lampard in what appeared to be a tactical switch by boss Jose Mourinho.Boruc then produced a fine stop to claw away Torres’ header as Chelsea began to pile on the pressure.Juan Mata was recalled to the Blues’ starting line-up along with the fit-again Torres, while Essien’s surprise inclusion meant Lampard dropped to the bench.The high-flying Saints, enjoying the club’s best start to a Premier League season, have won all six league games in which they have opened the scoring this term.Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Essien, Ramires; Mata, Oscar (Lampard 42), Hazard; Torres.Subs: Cole, Mikel, Schurrle, Willian, Ba.Southampton: Boruc, Clyne, Fonte, Lovren, Shaw, Wanyama, Schneiderlin, Ward-Prowse, Lallana, Rodriguez, Osvaldo.Subs: Gazzaniga, Yoshida, Lambert, S Davis, Cork, Chambers, Hooiveld.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Wikileaks Competitor OpenLeaks Opens Doors

first_imgRelated Posts OpenLeaks 101 from openleaks on Vimeo.Our presumption of how OpenLeaks would likely work seems to be in fact how it’s designed. Whistle-blowers will upload leaked documents and send them to particular recipients, such as newspapers, news channels, radio stations, non profit organizations, labor unions, governmental oversight groups and others. OpenLeaks itself, unlike Wikileaks, will not publish the leaked documents on its site. By-passing the editorial function is intended to keep the organization unencumbered political considerations.On its FAQ, the involved persons make certain to distance themselves from their former home at Wikileaks, while staying polite: “A number of us were previously involved with WikiLeaks. None of us has any remaining association with WikiLeaks, and all of us had left by the end of September 2010 (despite other claims). While we fully support the stated goals of WikiLeaks, and wish them success, OpenLeaks is an independent project.”OpenLeaks says that its current incarnation is merely an alpha, with beta beginning “early in 2011.’ Those interested in being part of the “OpenLeaks community” will be allowed to apply for inclusion in the coming months. Other sources: Ars Technica A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#privacy#web curt hopkins In September, a number of Wikileaks‘ partners quit that organization, complaining that its leader, Julian Assange, was too tyrannical and careless. In November, they announced they were creating a competing leaks service, called OpenLeaks. In December, it was supposed to go live. Now, in January, it has. Yesterday, Cryptome released a leaked PDF of the OpenLeaks content. OpenLeaks announced that not all the areas of content and functionality in that document are good to go yet. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Is Workplace Privacy Dead?

first_imgHow OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Bojana DjordjevicContent Writer Bojana is a Content Writer at Workpuls, with a background in marketing and journalism. She enjoys writing about productivity, remote work, and marketing. Related Posts AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Tags:#employee monitoring#Performance Monitoring#privacy How Data Analytics Can Save Lives Some years ago, employee monitoring wasn’t as popular as it is today. Surely, there were specific means of monitoring like punch cards. Today it seems we have punch cards, times a billion — on steroids. As technology is developing, so are the ways to monitor employees. Companies can now monitor emails, calls, website and app usage, as well as mouse and keyboard strokes. Individual monitoring companies offer remote access to employees’ computers or even video recordings of employees’ displays.On the other hand, privacy concerns have grown in the past couple of years. After General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) were introduced, many countries followed the lead and started updating their laws in order to provide the people with more control over their data. These laws also started creating a world in which we, as data subjects, became more aware of the ways our data is being (mis)used. What does privacy have to do with employee monitoring? Everything. There are specific ways monitoring affects privacy, employee engagement, satisfaction, etc. There are also certain legal implications involved – privacy laws, work directives, and wiretap laws to abide, and we will explain everything in this post.How Employee Monitoring Affects Workplace Privacy?There’s no definite answer to this question as it depends on many factors. It depends on how companies introduce employee monitoring systems, as well as which data and how they’re collecting.A recent survey found that 64% of employees are concerned their employee data will be misused. Additionally, 52% think employee monitoring can damage trust. However, 92% of employees are willing to share their data if it will help them improve productivity, wellbeing, or to get some other benefits. Employees willing to be monitored (especially for a benefit to them) is good news for those employers who are confident they’re using workforce data in a very responsible way (which is only 30%).To gain employee trust and lawfully use monitoring systems, employers must give control of that data to employees. Additionally, employees should have more autonomy in making decisions. It’s actually very simple — in order to get the data — companies must give the employee something in return.Do’s and Don’ts of Employee MonitoringIf you’re thinking about introducing an employee monitoring software into your organization, you must consider certain factors. Additionally, there are best practices you should follow to ensure your management and employees are on board.Don’t install employee monitoring software without your employees’ knowledge. In most countries, it is illegal to monitor someone without their knowledge, and in some countries, you must even obtain written consent beforehand. Do consult a legal team about the local laws on monitoring, privacy, taping, etc.Do meet with your entire team before implementing the software, and take as much time you need to explain in detail why you’re installing the employee monitoring software, which data it will be collecting and what will you use it for. Open communication is the key to avoid losing your employees’ trust.Don’t collect any data you don’t need. If you’re only looking to track website and app usage, there’s no need for you to log keyboard and mouse activity as well. Having excessive amounts of data can only put you at risk, and you won’t have any use of it.Do organize an implementation team that will take care of researching employee monitoring software, negotiate the prices, and handle the installation process.Do limit access to the data you’re collecting. A good rule of thumb is that HR Managers and team leaders have access to the stats. Also, each employee should be able to see their own statistics.Don’t track employees’ personal messages, personal phones, and social media networks.Employee Monitoring and Privacy Around the WorldGlobalization and technology advancements have made it easier for companies to hire employees all over the world. The predictions are that 42.5% of the global workforce will be mobile by 2020, which is just 1 year away! What is more, 43% of the US employees are already working remotely to some extent.With this in mind, it is probably likely that your company already has remote employees in distant places. If you’re considering employee monitoring software, you need to be mindful of the local laws.Last year’s research has shown that the United States and Australia require the lowest compliance resources in order to implement comprehensive employee monitoring software. On the other hand, if you’re looking to monitor someone working in Finland or Italy, you would need to implement stricter rules, policies, and security measures. Breaking privacy laws brings in hefty fines — so it’s definitely better that you take the time to consult a team of legal experts before you start monitoring.The laws also differ depending on what you’re looking to monitor. Some countries allow for the monitoring of phone calls, while others strictly forbid it. The same goes for personal communication, keyloggers, GPS, etc.Ethical Considerations of Computer MonitoringEthics are defined as moral principles that govern a person’s behavior or the conducting of an activity. The practice of employee monitoring could be in conflict with your own personal views and beliefs. However, in this case, you should take your moral views aside and focus on the culture and values which drive your organization.The best way to implement and use employee tracking software in an ethical way is to ask yourself the key question – why do you want to track employees?Is it to optimize processes? Boost productivity? Protect yourself against insider threats? Are you maybe looking to calculate billable hours more efficiently? Or are you simply looking for another way to micromanage your employees?If you answered yes to the last question, it would be best that you don’t use any kind of employee tracking tool. Employee monitoring under such circumstances isn’t ethical, and in this case, the ends don’t justify the means.Stop and ask yourself at which point does monitoring interfere with personal privacy? You need to be aware that every employee spends a portion of their time conducting private business while at work. If that’s not affecting the workload or results, it shouldn’t be an issue. But let’s say your monitoring tool is set to take screenshots at random times, and it takes a screenshot while Janet from the accounting is buying new shoes. Suddenly, you have information about her billing details. Think about situations like this one. Because no matter what you think, your employees do spend some time at work on Facebook, Instagram and shopping websites.Is it Worth it?Of course, it is! If you follow best practices, common sense, and legal requirements, you could be looking at software that will be your team’s biggest asset.It’s incredible how many benefits employee monitoring carries, from helping you calculate billable hours and payrolls more precisely. Tracking tools can also help you identify and remove the biggest productivity killers in the office. What’s more, you’ll have a better overview of which software your employees are using, and you can cut costs on those that are not frequently operated.After a few weeks, you’ll be able to forecast project budgets, time, as well as the number of staff members you’ll need for this particular job.Employee monitoring doesn’t have to endanger your company culture. Some companies were able to improve their culture since the software allowed them to spot all kinds of harassment in the workplace. Additionally, thanks to tracking tools, companies were able to detect internal threats and potential data breaches. By embracing the growth attitude in this situation, your employees will see that monitoring can improve productivity, policies, procedures, customer satisfaction, and your overall service or product.It might not work this way in all companies. But as we already said, it depends on how you decide to implement and use computer monitoring software.The point is that it doesn’t have to be an uncomfortable experience for anyone. Look at it as an add-on which will improve your culture, company relationships, and efficiency, without disturbing privacy in the workplace. Leveraging Big Data that Data Websites Should T…last_img read more

Wizards turn back Antetokounmpo-less Bucks

first_imgLATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue PH volleyball coaching great Nes Pamilar passes away at 52 MOST READ Trevor Ariza scored 20 points, including 18 in the second half, and made six 3-pointers. Jeff Green went 4 for 7 from beyond the arc on his way to 20 points, helping Washington shoot 54.5 percent (18 of 33) from 3-point range. It was the Wizards’ first game this season making more than 50 percent of their 3s.“We’ve been passing the ball well. We’ve been spacing it well,” coach Scott Brooks said. “With Trevor, he was bound to make some of his 3s.”Washington improved to 7-4 without Wall this season and 5-3 since the injury that forced the Wizards’ highest-paid player to undergo season-ending surgery on his left knee. The Wizards also traded away Kelly Oubre Jr. and Austin Rivers while adding Ariza.“Our team is totally different from the beginning of the year,” said Beal, who scored 30 or more for the 10th time this season. “It’s just a matter of us getting it together, and I think we’re finally at that point to where we can turn the corner.“We’re just dedicated to playing hard and playing the right way. I don’t know what it is. Maybe a switch clicked on or whatever it is, but we’re clicking at the right time and we have a good group of guys in here who just want to continue to get better and want to win.”ADVERTISEMENT UP NEXTBucks: Finish a three-game trip at Atlanta on Sunday.Wizards: Host Toronto on Sunday before traveling to London, where they will face the New York Knicks at The O2.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Khris Middleton scored 25 points for the Bucks, who had won 11 of 13. Eric Bledsoe had 18 points and nine assists.“To play the way we want to play, you’ve got to move, move people, move the ball,” coach Mike Budenholzer said. “We were just a little stagnant.”Washington used a 13-2 run to open an early 34-22 lead. Beal converted a three-point play and made a 3-pointer during the stretch, and Satoransky also made a 3.Malcolm Brogdon helped steady the Bucks in the second quarter with 11 points on 4-of-4 shooting. Washington led 57-47 at halftime and pushed back ahead after Milwaukee tied it twice in the third quarter. The Bucks fell to 2-1 this season without Antetokounmpo.“It’s an adjustment. If any of the starters were out, it would be an adjustment, but when Giannis is out, it’s even a bigger adjustment,” Brogdon said. “That was a winnable game for us even though Giannis was out. That’s on us to take a bigger role.”PLACE YOUR (FREE) BETSFriday night marked the debut of a gambling-focused telecast on the Wizards’ regional TV partner, NBC Sports Washington. The telecast included a series of questions that fans could answer on the network’s website for a chance to win a $500 prize. Fans were asked to guess which team would be the first to 75 points (Washington); whether the halftime score would be odd or even (even); and whether Satoransky would score 20 points (no). A bill legalizing sports betting has been approved in Washington but has yet to take effect.TIP-INSBucks: G Donte DiVincenzo was inactive with bursitis in his left heel. … In anticipation of Antetokounmpo’s visit, the Wizards designated Friday as Greek Heritage Night, and Greek Ambassador Haris Lalacos attended.Wizards: Improved to 13-7 at home. They are 5-18 on the road. … The Wizards’ 40 points in the first quarter tied the most points allowed by Milwaukee in a period this season. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) shoots against Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon (13), forward Khris Middleton (22) and guard Eric Bledsoe (6) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)WASHINGTON — Tomas Satoransky got a bottled-water shower from his teammates and a postgame handshake from team president Ernie Grunfeld.The big game for the lanky Czech point guard was cause for celebration for the Washington Wizards, who are playing cohesively with Satoransky starting in place of the injured John Wall.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Satoransky had 18 points, a career-high 12 rebounds and 10 assists in his first career triple-double, helping Washington beat the Milwaukee Bucks 113-106 on Friday night.Bradley Beal scored 32 points for the Wizards, who won for the third time in four games. Beal threw down an alley-oop for Satoransky’s last assist, making it 111-101 with 1:43 remaining.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“Shout out to Brad, because he called that play,” Satoransky said. “It was all love from him.”With Milwaukee star Giannis Antetokounmpo sidelined by hip and quad injuries, Washington came out aggressively and never trailed after the opening two minutes. The Wizards finished with 18 3-pointers, matching the franchise record. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View commentslast_img read more

Targeted Growth Program Case Study – Cairns Touch Association

first_imgIf your affiliate is looking to grow its junior numbers, why not take inspiration from the Cairns Pirates Touch Football Association (CPTFA), who were a successful applicant in the 2012/13 Targeted Growth Program.The Targeted Growth Program has helped the CPTFA grow junior Touch Football in Cairns and in turn strengthen senior participation into the future. As well as junior growth, CPTFA are hoping to further develop relationships with schools, further educate and assist parents and help young talented players to contribute to the development of the junior program, as Kev Dwan explains. “The funding from TFA has been gratefully received by CPTFA in their endeavour to grow junior Touch in Cairns and thereby also strengthen the future senior program,” Dwan said. “Funding has already assisted with the purchase of equipment for the conduct of the program and particularly with equipment that will be used by coaches involved in the delivery of Touch in select school (after schools).” “Funding has also been used to enable coaches to deliver these Touch programs after school in nominated primary schools with a high proportion of indigenous students. These children love having the opportunity to learn the sport.”Dwan said that the funding will also help CPTFA to promote the junior competition within the Cairns community and the school sector.Applications for the 2013/14 Targeted Growth Program (TGP) are now open and all affiliates are encouraged to apply. For more information, please click on the link below:http://austouch.com.au/index.php?id=13&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=3893&cHash=ddf3ad2ae2Related LinksTargeted Growth Programlast_img read more

17 days agoPenarol youth coach Goncalves delighted for Valverde over Real Madrid breakthrough

first_imgPenarol youth coach Goncalves delighted for Valverde over Real Madrid breakthroughby Carlos Volcano17 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePenarol youth coach Nestor Goncalves is delighted seeing Fede Valverde make an impact at Real Madrid.Goncalves is the son of Uruguayan great Tito Goncalves and coached Valverde at Penarol.He told AS: “A while ago I sent his mother a message from three years ago, where on that day I predicted her son’s present. He has no roof. “For some it will be a surprise, but for me it is not. What I expect from him I know is going to happen because that’s how it was.”His mother Doris always tells me that I was important to him and that fills me with enthusiasm. There is nothing more rewarding than continuing to maintain a friendship of so many years. They have sent me (Real coach Zinedine) Zidane’s statements about Fede and they are very happy.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Trudeau talks trade with Mexican president ahead of meeting with Pence in

first_imgLIMA, Peru – Two of the three political leaders with the most at stake at the NAFTA table huddled Friday behind closed doors, their most senior trade lieutenants alongside, in hopes of unlocking a mutually beneficial solution to the cross-border conundrum posed by U.S. President Donald Trump.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto gathered on the sidelines of a major international summit in Peru’s capital, along with Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and Mexican Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo.U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer pulled out of the summit at the last minute, sending his deputy, C. J. Mahoney, in his place.The sit-down, the first face-to-face between the two leaders since November, comes at a critical time, with Canada, Mexico and the U.S. all looking for a breakthrough in the ongoing effort to update the North American Free Trade Agreement — and Trump’s wild-card trade strategies doing little to clear the air.It was also a chance for Trudeau to take stock of Mexico’s position — and perhaps share strategies — before the prime minister heads into a meeting Saturday with U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence.Pence is in Peru instead of Trump, who was originally scheduled to attend but decided against it at the last minute, ostensibly to deal with the American response to a chemical attack in Syria.Freeland described the conversation between Trudeau and Pena Nieto as “a good one,” even as she expressed optimism about the state of NAFTA negotiations, which are continuing in Washington this weekend.“Canada and Mexico found that we’re very much on the same page in believing that now is the moment to very, very intensely engage and to really enter a new stage, a new rhythm, a new level of negotiations,” she told reporters after the sitdown.The meeting between the Canadian and Mexican leaders came one day after U.S. officials indicated they were willing to soften their demands on autos, which Trump followed by warning that he was willing to renegotiate “forever.”Freeland refused to speculate on these apparently competing messages, even as she said all trade negotiations are subject to “moments of drama.”“There certainly have been moments of drama in the past,” she said of the NAFTA talks. “And I will make a prediction … there are more dramatic moments (coming) in the days to come. And we should not be distracted by those.”Trudeau’s meetings with Pena Nieto and Pence come as the three are attending the Summit of the Americas, which is held every four years and brings together leaders from across the Western Hemisphere.The prime minister started his day Friday by meeting Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra, who served as Peru’s ambassador to Canada before the previous president was forced to resign over a scandal last month.Trudeau delivered a 10-minute address to business leaders from across the Americas encouraging them to invest in Canada, noting that the country has free trade agreements with dozens of countries around the world.Even as his government struggles to deal with a pipeline crisis at home, one that has forced him to return to Canada on Sunday before resuming his travels to Europe, Trudeau pitched his country as a great place to invest, telling hundreds of business leaders “that big things can get done in Canada.”More than half the countries with which Canada has free trade agreements are in the Americas, Trudeau said, and the hope is to add a deal with Latin America’s largest trading bloc, Mercosur, to that tally.“Even in this age where the value of trade is being questioned by some, we have successfully negotiated landmark agreements with Europe and with Asia,” Trudeau added – a not-so subtle dig at protectionists like Trump.The prime minister went on to emphasize Canada’s skilled labour force, low unemployment and debt-to-GDP ratio, recent federal investments in infrastructure and a new investment agency as proof that Canada is open for business.The message appeared well received, and Kenneth Frankel, president of the Canadian Council for the Americas, said the region offers a natural opportunity for Canada – particularly as it looks for a northern partner who isn’t Trump.Yet Siegfried Kiefer, president of Calgary-based engineering firm Atco Ltd., said Latin American leaders have told him they need massive new investments in infrastructure to grow their economies first.On that front, Canada’s own record on infrastructure and “national-interest projects” has room for improvement, Kiefer said, including Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline, which is at the centre of a fierce battle between the Alberta and B.C. governments.“The business community is generally looking for proof in the pudding,” he said.“The public unrest relative to some of these projects is really what you’re trying to deal with. And that in my mind deals with how do you gain the trust of the people of the country that you have looked at the merits of the project objectively.”Trudeau’s day also included hosting a lunch with representatives from the 15-country Caribbean Community, where he announced $25 million in new funding to help the region deal with natural disasters such as hurricanes.The prime minister also met with Chilean President Sebastien Pinera, who took office in March and whose country is an important political and trade partner with Canada.– Follow @leeberthiaume on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version had a typo in Siegfried Kiefer’s first name.last_img read more

Turkish inflation eases from 15year high as lira recovers

first_imgISTANBUL — Official figures show that Turkey’s inflation rate eased in November in the wake of a firmer currency, which kept a lid on import prices.The Turkish Statistical Institute said Monday that consumer prices in the year to November were up 21.6 per cent, down from October’s 15-year high rate of 25.2 per cent.Turkey’s national currency hit an all time low this summer over concerns about President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s economic policies and a diplomatic and trade spat with the United States.Improved relations with the U.S. and a big 6.25 per cent interest rate hike have helped shore up the Turkish lira in recent months. Tax cuts and discounted prices have also helped rein in inflation.The Associated Presslast_img

Arnie Isberg One Pitch Tournament hopes to raise 20000 this weekend

first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. – The Seventh Annual Arnie Isberg One-Pitch Tournament will round the bases this weekend in Taylor.The tournament has been raising money for the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation over the past six years, with funds going towards cancer treatment and diagnostics. Since the Arnie Isberg planning committee took over the tournament, they’ve raised $80,000 for the cause. The committee hopes to raise $20,000 this year to break that $100,000 threshold.24 teams have registered to compete at the tournament, while another 14 are on a waiting list to get in. One of the tournament’s organizers, Becky Pruden, explained that it’s a fairly exclusive tournament because everyone wants to get in to help the cause. “We have a waiting list of 14, we were able to put two of them on from last year, which was really exciting as these teams have been waiting a while to get on.” said Pruden, “It’s kind of an exclusive tournament, if you can’t make it then your down to the bottom of the lineup.”Participants are only given one pitch, so they will either walk, strikeout, foul out, or get a hit. Teams will play a round robin on Friday and Saturday until 2:00 p.m. Followed by a double-elimination playoff, with the finals taking place Sunday afternoon.Featured at the tournament will be the annual Illumination Ceremony, where residents can purchase bags and write a message to friends or loved ones who are fighting, or lost their battle to cancer. The Bags are lit up and lined around the field so residents can walk the diamond and pay their respects. Bags are $5 each, with the Illumination Ceremony starting at 9:00 p.m. on Saturday.“Everyone walks around, takes a moment and it is really incredible, It’s really fantastic.” said Pruden, “We really encourage our players to have that moment of silence and the community to come down and really embrace what this tournament is actually about.”The first game of the tournament starts Friday at 7:00 p.m.last_img read more