first_imgFrontline Gardai across Donegal are to lose 13 of its 50-strong vehicle fleet.And Garda management have told senior Gardai in the county that there is no money in the budget to replace them.The news comes just weeks after it was revealed that Balybofey Garda station, one of the busiest in the county, does not have its own patrol car. Instead, Gardai must use their own vehicles to use as part of their work.And with Brexit just around the corner, there are now fears that the lack of Garda cover along the border will leave Donegal exposed to all sorts of criminality.Donegal Garda Representative Association member Brendan O’Connor said the local force is being prevented from doing its job properly because of lack of resources including vehicles.“There are 13 vehicles, there are around six gone and seven more approaching end of life. And we are being told there is no money to replace them,” he told the Sunday Independent. And O’Connor warned about the lack of equipment “This is happening in an environment where we have attempts made to kill police officers basically within five minutes of Lifford and ten minutes of Buncrana and Burnfoot.” Donegal Gardai to lose 13 of their 50 vehicles was last modified: September 18th, 2019 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:Brendan O’ConnorcarsdonegalGardailossVehicleslast_img read more

first_imgYoung campaigners of Donegal have been commended for their efforts in striking for climate change earlier this month.Thousands of Donegal students left their classrooms on Friday 20th September to highlight the climate emergency. Through strikes and social media, they called on the government to take urgent action to prevent climate breakdown and ensure a just and sustainable future.Donegal County Councillor Jack Murray has said that the students in the county should be commended by elected representatives for their strike. Speaking at the council’s monthly meeting on Monday, he said that the council can do a lot of proactive work to answer the students’ calls for action. Climate change, Cllr Murray said, is the biggest challenge of our generation.He expressed his views that carbon tax is a retrograde step and said that the council should be encouraging more offshore wind energy rather than controversial wind farms.The motion comes as the council considers a draft Climate Change Adaptation Strategy for the next five years. The 100-page draft strategy sets out a framework of actions and measures that Donegal County Council proposes to undertake to further embed climate adaptation into all local authority areas of responsibility and to assist communities in adapting to climate change.School climate strikes are praised by council was last modified: September 30th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

first_imgSubscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table bookOAKLAND – As DeMarcus Cousins rehabs his left Achilles tendon, the Warriors’ All-Star center has a trusty teammate who has offered plenty of perspective on how to navigate his recovery.His name is Jonas Jerebko, who has not just bolstered the Warriors with his toughness and outside shooting. He also has offered insight on when he recovered from a torn right Achilles tendon …last_img read more

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.Antonio Brown never took a snap or received a single dollar from the Raiders, but I doubt his tenure in Oakland will be forgotten anytime soon.The Raiders’ biggest problem quickly became yet another New England Patriots asset Saturday. The Raiders released Brown, their walking soap opera, in the morning and he was signed by the Patriots in the afternoon.The release and new beginning came only days after Brown threatened to …last_img read more

first_imgPANAJI: The Goa Congress on Sunday attacked State Minister for Agriculture and Goa Forward Party (GFP) chief Vijai Sardesai, asking him to clarify his stand on the cattle slaughter ban.The GFP is part of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government in the State. All India Congress Committee (AICC) secretary Girish Chodankar said that Mr. Sardesai’s assurance that the State government would write to the Centre about its concerns over the notification was a mockery, as the beef ban was the creation of the NDA government. “What people are expecting is action and not hollow demands or lip service through media,” Mr. Chodankar said.He added that Mr. Sardesai was not in the Opposition, but was a part of the government in Goa and at the Centre.He asked Mr. Sardesai to clarify where he stood in the debate instead of making futile attempts to regain the sympathy of the minority community.“Mr Sardesai should either support the BJP’s agenda or openly or withdraw his support to the Government, instead of playing with sentiments of the peace-loving people of Goa. Citizens of Goa have sent home such people in the past, and will repeat the same when required,” he said.The AICC secretary said that following the inflammatory remarks made by Sadhvi Saraswati, the State government should have filed an FIR against her and arrested her before she left the State, instead of issuing statements as a smokescreen for her to escape the law.last_img read more

12/17/1986ClemsonArmstrongREG112-39+65 DATEWINNEROPPONENTGAME TYPESCOREELO-ADJUSTED POINT MARGIN 12/23/1998MarylandNorth TexasREG132-57+63 Best men’s basketball wins relative to average expectation 12/11/1954DaytonBowling GreenREG109-39+69 Because Elo measures the difference in relative quality between teams going into a game, it can be used (in conjunction with information about the location of the game) to create a predictive point spread. It can also be used to generate a hypothetical point spread that would have been expected from an average Division I team1With an Elo rating of exactly 1500. against the same opponent in a given game. So against Oklahoma on a neutral court Saturday, for instance, Villanova was expected to win by about 2.5 points; an average team would have been expected to lose by 21. That Villanova won by 44 implies that the Wildcats outperformed their own expectations by 41.5 points and those of an “average” team by about 65 points.Suffice it to say that 65 points is an extraordinarily wide margin for a team to beat the D-I average by in a single game. The record since 1949-50 in any game between two D-I schools is 73, set by North Carolina when it trounced Manhattan College by 84 points in 1985. (Elo estimates that an average team, playing at home, would have beaten the 1200-rated Jaspers by about 11 points.) But that also took place in a forgettable non-conference game two days after Christmas.To find an NCAA Tournament win more impressive than Villanova’s romp, you’d have to go back to 1963, when Loyola of Chicago exceeded average by 70 points with a 111-42 opening-round triumph over Tennessee Tech. And before the Wildcats’ win Saturday, no team had beaten average by 60 or more points in an NCAA Tournament game since 1971, when a previous incarnation of Villanova beat Penn 90-47. 2/27/1994MinnesotaIndianaREG106-56+65 12/17/1995TulsaPrairie ViewREG141-50+72 12/9/1955UtahArizonaREG119-45+64 Source: Sports Reference 12/29/1972New MexicoDartmouthREG107-36+65 4/2/2016VillanovaOklahomaNCAA95-51+65 3/3/2008KansasTexas TechREG109-51+67 3/11/1963Loyola (IL)Tennessee TechNCAA111-42+70 1/12/1952Holy CrossBrownREG100-31+64 3/12/1993KentuckyTennesseeCTOURN101-40+66 12/18/1971IndianaNotre DameREG94-29+64 1/27/1993OklahomaFlorida A&MREG146-65+63 2/27/1956KentuckyGeorgiaREG143-66+65 11/25/1989DukeHarvardREG130-54+63 12/27/1985North CarolinaManhattanREG129-45+73 1/5/1974UCLAWashingtonREG100-48+64 12/10/1994Southern UtahSouth AlabamaREG140-72+71 Ahead of Saturday’s Final Four matchup between Villanova and Oklahoma, our prediction model had the Wildcats only slightly favored, with a 54 percent chance of winning, and nearly a quarter of the game was as tight as that probability suggests. When Oklahoma led 17-16 after eight minutes, our in-game win probabilities listed the odds as essentially the same as they’d been before tipoff. Fans across the country settled in for an exciting game, perhaps like the one Villanova had played against Kansas in the South Regional final.But from that point on, things were anything but close. ’Nova rattled off a 12-0 run, touching off an eight-minute sequence in which it outscored Oklahoma 21 to 4. By halftime, the Wildcats led by 14 — but they weren’t done yet. After the Sooners briefly cut Villanova’s lead to single-digits with 16 minutes left in the game, the Wildcats scored 49 of the game’s next 63 points, including a 25-0 run that lasted approximately five and a half minutes on the scoreboard (but must have felt like an eternity to Sooner fans).The result was a 44-point landslide win for Villanova, the most lopsided victory in Final Four history. That is a matter of historical fact. But using our Elo ratings (which estimate a team’s strength at a given moment), we can also say that it was probably the most impressive NCAA Tournament win in more than 53 years — and the 10th-most-impressive D-I basketball victory, period, since the 1949-50 season: 11/17/2009TennesseeUNC-AshevilleREG124-49+64 read more

Sophomore outside hitter Reese Devilbiss hits the ball over the net during the finalset of No. 3 Ohio State’s match against No. 8 Penn State on Jan. 28, 2018 in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes defeated the Nittany Lions in straight sets (25-19, 25-15, 25-17) to pick up their fifth win of the season. Credit: Aliyyah Jackson | Senior ReporterThe No. 5 Ohio State men’s volleyball team (11-2, 4-0 MIVA) added a fourth conference win  after defeating Quincy (8-6, 0-4 MIVA) in three sets (25-22, 25-15, 25-15).The first set began as a blowout for the Buckeyes, who started the set with a 10 point lead, 12-2. In the next 20 plays, however, the Hawks made a comeback through a series of kills by Quincy senior outside hitter Anthony Winter and sophomore outside hitter Omari Wheeler. The Hawks also capitalized on Ohio State’s errors and pulled within one point, trailing 18-17.“It was a little disappointing the way we came out and got a big lead in set one and then just kind of gave them some runs of points on our errors,” Ohio State head coach Pete Hanson said.The Buckeyes scored seven more points and kept the Hawks at bay to win the set 25-22. Ohio State senior outside hitter Maxime Hervoir hit a .556 and contributed six of the team’s 14 kills in the opening set. Redshirt junior middle blocker Blake Leeson came alive in the second set, helping out the team both in defense and offense with three blocks and two kills. Ohio State hit a .526 and won the second set 25-15.The third set of the match was another struggle for the Hawks, who hit .000 for the second-straight set. Quincy had a total of four kills compared to the Buckeyes’ 15 kills. Dominating the set, Ohio State spread out its offense with consistent attacks across the board, leading to another 25-15 win to seal the match.Hanson said he felt his team did well responding to the rough first set, bouncing back to dominate the final two sets of the match.“It was nice to see that the guys understood that’s not acceptable, and they played a much cleaner game in sets two and three and did what we’re capable of doing,” he said.Throughout the match, Hervoir and ’ sophomore outside hitter Reese Devilbiss stood out offensively. Hervoir led the team with 11 kills and Devilbiss had a team-high 13.5 points. Leeson topped the blocking leaderboard with four total blocks.The Buckeyes have not lost a conference game and Quincy has not won a conference game, so the Buckeyes had to deal with the threat of remaining focused despite the difference in the level of competition. “I knew it would be a team that if we fell asleep, it would be hard,” Hervoir said. “Like you have seen, in the first set, they came back. We were way ahead and they came back slowly just because we fell asleep. Because of that, I was ready to put energy on the court and help everybody to talk, talk, talk, talk.”Despite winning, Hervoir said Ohio State did not play as aggressively as he felt it should. read more

first_imgFormer Boca and River player, Oscar Ruggeri, revealed the tie when the Boca Juniors ultras burned his house with both his parents inside.In order to understand just how deranged the Argentine ultras are ahead of the Copa Libertadores final between Boca and River, the story about the day they burned Oscar Ruggeri’s house with his two parents inside seems fitting for the occasion.The Argentine defender is arguably one of the best players in his country’s history, he won the 1986 World Cup alongside Diego Maradona in Mexico.This is a player who defended the jerseys for both Boca Juniors and River Plate, he is also one of the most hated players by the ‘bosteros’ because of the way he left the club back in 1985.Ruggeri was one of the most beloved players in the club, but the economic situation that it was going through at that time was what forced him to leave, the problem is that his decision was to play for River Plate and he moved directly from Boca without batting an eye.The fans were already furious, but what made them vandalize his home was right after he scored a goal against Boca when he was wearing the River jersey right after his transfer.🎥 Oscar Ruggeri habla en @ElTransistorOC sobre el fútbol en Argentina pic.twitter.com/zwquQTMRHC— El Transistor (@ElTransistorOC) December 4, 2018Ruggeri explained how the Boca fans were extremely angry with him, so much so that they went to his house and lit it on fire with both of his parents inside.Fortunately for everyone, only Ruggeri’s mother suffered a few injuries and he lost a car in the incident.This action was more than enough for the player to go directly to the ultras’ boss and threaten him, they never bothered him again after that.Ruggeri went on to fulfill his dream and play in the Spanish La Liga for Real Madrid between 1989 and 1990, this is the reason he has the right to speak about the upcoming Copa Libertadores final at the Santiago Bernabeu.The man represented all three clubs involved in this historical event next Sunday.River Plate v Boca Juniors - Copa CONMEBOL Libertadores 2018Match Preview: River Plate vs Boca Juniors Boro Tanchev – September 1, 2019 It is time for one of the most intense derby games in the world, as River Plate and Boca Juniors go head-to-head tonight at 22:00 (CET).Hablamos de esa final de la Copa Libertadores entre River y Boca en el Bernabéu con Ruggeri https://t.co/o1BALPnhAP pic.twitter.com/BQlND7yH3o— El Transistor (@ElTransistorOC) December 4, 2018“The Boca Juniors fans gave me shit all the time. There was a fat guy who threw himself from a balcony in the stadium when I scored that goal,” said Ruggeri for Onda Cero.“I remember that I yelled at him: ‘Goal! You fat mother fucker!’. The fat guy did it, he threw himself but his friends managed to grab him as he kept weeping. I kept asking them to let him kill himself.”“I played for both River and Boca, I had a great time playing in both clubs; when I got transferred from Boca to River they burned my house with my parents inside.”“My mother got burned, they also burned my car. After that happened, I went to see Boca Juniors ultras’ boss to confront him and tell him that this was the last incident I was going to let them get away with.”“The ultras ask you for things when you are a player and you get scared because they threaten to hurt your family. The called their boss ‘Grandpa’, he lived in San Justo. I was 24. I went to his house and I spoke to him.”“I was fuming and he told me that his people didn’t burn my house, it was a group of kids they couldn’t stop. All I did was to tell him: ‘If anything else happens to me, I will come and make a mess here at your own place. I don’t care about anything anymore man, I don’t give a fuck’,” he concluded.Así forma #River 87/88Gordillo,Gallego,Borelli,Goycochea,Ruggeri y Erbín. Hincados:Troglio,Da Silva,Alzamendi,Corti y Caniggia pic.twitter.com/l0TIEYWq0S— Ale Lateano (@AlejandroLatea1) November 30, 2018Do you think the Boca and River ultras will behave at the Bernabeu? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

first_img Volkswagen (VW) first sold a diesel vehicle in Britain equipped with software which rigged the result of emissions tests in 2008, UK managing director Paul Willis told the Commons Transport select committee on 12 October. It seems around 2008 from the information I have at the moment. I knew nothing about this subject until 19 September this year, when I first heard it on the news from the United States.During the hearing Willis answered questions from British lawmakers and vowed that Volkswagen would work to win back trust. He also said there were questions around the emissions testing process, and that the firm should discuss with British regulators the possibility of paying towards the re-testing of vehicles. Willis told Louise Ellman, the chair of the parliamentary committee, that the first recalls of the faulty models will take place in the first quarter of 2016.Were determined to get to the bottom of this, because we have to get to the bottom of this issue to regain the trust of our customers. We will call the cars back step by step and I intend in the United Kingdom to contact every single customer to try to call those cars back, said Willis. The Volkswagen managing director also defended allegations that it was a corporate decision to circumvent the emissions tests. I find it absolutely implausible that senior people of the company would have known of these issues with regard to the testing regime, he said.The biggest business crisis in VWs 78-year history has wiped about a third off its share price, forced out its long-time CEO, prompted investigations across the world and shaken both the car industry and German establishment. Closelast_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Politics dominated the year 2018 in West Bengal which saw an increasing tussle between the ruling Trinamool Congress and the BJP, main opposition parties the Congress and the CPI(M) taking a back seat, violence during panchayat polls and communal clashes. Panic over a carcass meat racket in April-May prompted the Mamata Banerjee government to form a high-powered committee for keeping a check on such malpractice. The BJP pipped the Congress and the CPI(M) to emerge as main challenger to the ruling TMC. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life The state not only witnessed bipolar politics between the TMC and the BJP but also sharp communal polarisation. Both the TMC and the BJP feel that results in parliamentary polls in Bengal, which has a total of 42 seats, will play a major role in the post poll scenario. “We will win maximum number of seats from Bengal. We will not win less than 26 seats from Bengal. This will help us in increasing our tally nationally,” claimed BJP state president Dilip Ghosh. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed TMC national spokesperson and Rajya Sabha member Derek O’ Brien countered saying his party will play a major role in the 2019 polls. “We will win maximum number of seats from Bengal. The people of Bengal are with the TMC and that has been proved in all the by-elections and rural polls where the party had won hands down,” TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee said. Apart from the fast changing political narrative, the state also witnessed one of the worst communal violence in Asansol area of West Burdwan district over Ram Navami rallies in March-April. As the year drew to a close, the issue of giving permission to BJP’s rath yatra, covering all the 42 Lok Sabha constituencies, remained in focus with the saffron party accusing the TMC of being “undemocratic and autocratic” by denying the nod. The TMC maintained that the Rath yatra was aimed at creating communal polarisation in the state. The BJP, which has been making steady inroads in the state since the 2016 assembly polls, surprised everyone and cemented its position as main challenger of the TMC by increasing its vote share by leaps and bounds in all the by-elections that have been held across the state in last one year and also the three-tier panchayat polls. The panchayat polls of May will go done in the history of Bengal politics as one of the most violent elections that the state witnessed since the inception of Panchayat Raj in 1978. Even though the TMC won the polls by bagging nearly 85 per cent of the rural seats, it couldn’t breathe easy over the BJP making inroads in the Junglemahal districts of Purulia, Jhargram, Bankura and West Midnapore. The unease could be easily sensed in the ruling camp as it shunted out two ministers who hailed from those areas for alleged under performance. Buoyed by the BJP’s performance in the rural polls where it won more than 7,000 seats in the panchayats, party chief Amit Shah has set a target of winning at least 22 of 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state. Killing of BJP workers in post-panchayat poll violence in areas where the party had performed well drew the ire of its central leadership, which not only launched a countrywide stir against the TMC government but also organised several rallies and programmes by top leaders, who vowed to oust Banerjee in the next elections. The TMC countered, accusing the BJP of spreading the poison of communalism across the state as party supremo Banerjee toured the country and met leaders of various opposition parties in a bid to put up a united fight against the BJP in the next Lok Sabha polls. She floated the idea of a federal front of regional parties and proposed one-to-one fight against the BJP across the country to ensure maximum polling of anti-BJP votes. The TMC in a bid to showcase the unity of the opposition front called for a rally of opposition parties on January 19. It, however, has ruled out any possibility of alliance with the Congress in Bengal by repeatedly stating its desire to contest in all the 42 Lok Sabha seats of the state. On the opposition front, the West Bengal Congress unit witnessed a change of guard with old horse Somen Mitra being brought back as state party chief, replacing Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, a bitter critic of TMC. The CPI(M)-led Left Front on the other hand continued to erode both politically and electorally as its vote share continued to slide in all the elections that took place during the year. Both the Left Front and the CPI(M) seem to be in a dilemma over the issue of alliance with the Congress in the state. The Left Front allies such as Forward Bloc and RSP had threatened to quit the front if it decides to go ahead with the alliance or understanding with the Congress. With the BJP projecting the TMC as a party “working for only Muslims”, the latter tried to woo the majority community by organising various programs such as Hanuman Jayanti, Purohit Sammelan and doled out funds to clubs organising Durga Pujas in the state.last_img read more