first_imgThe road to the pier at Kincasslagh has been closed in the last few minutes (5.45pm) by fire crews battling a serious gorse fire in the Kincasslagh area.The gorse fire has been raging since earlier today in the general Kincasslagh area.Fire crews from Dungloe and Gaoth Dobhair together with locals are trying to extinguish the blaze but a persistent light wind is hampering their efforts. Fire crews are currently dampening areas around houses on the pier road to prevent the flames from getting near the buildings.Motorists and people in general are asked to avoid the area to prevent congestion until the fire is brought under control.Breaking: Roads closed as serious gorse fire breaks out in Kincasslagh was last modified: April 15th, 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:donegalgorse fireKINCASSLAGHlast_img read more

first_imgAn online threat to release nude photos of British actress Emma Watson after she launched a gender equality campaign at the United Nations was revealed on Wednesday to be a hoax – and probably by a hoax group.Until late Tuesday night, the website, which appeared earlier on online message board 4chan, showed a countdown clock and a threat to release illegally obtained photos of the Harry Potter actress.Earlier this month personal photos of actress Jennifer Lawrence and Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Kate Upton were posted on the image-sharing forum 4Chan.But the threat emerged to be a hoax, with the EmmaYouAreNext website redirecting to the web page of Rantic (, an online domain that claims to be a social media marketing enterprise, that featured the message #shutdown4chan.”Join us as we shutdown 4chan and prevent more private pictures from being leaked,” said a statement on the sparce Rantic website, adding the company had been hired by celebrity publicists to bring this issue to attention.However, Rantic itself could be a hoax, according to various media reports. No media outlets were able to track down the company directly and emails sent by the Thomson Reuters Foundation bounced back.The incident happened after Watson, a United Nations Women’s Goodwill Ambassador, gave a speech in New York on Saturday amid a blaze of publicity, urging men to join the fight for gender equality and end violence and discrimination against women.Her speech marked the launch of “HeForShe” campaign that aims to mobilise 1 billion men and boys over the course of 12 months to support gender equality. By late Wednesday the number signed up to pledge to fight for equality had reached 100,000.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgKey ATK and India midfielder Eugeneson Lyngdoh is out for sometime, head coach Teddy Sheringham confirmed ahead of their away fixture against Chennaiyin FC at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai alias Marina Arena on Thursday.”He has got a bad knee. I am sure if we have got it scanned. I am not sure about the diagnosis at the moment. But he will be out for a little while. It’s quite a bad one but we are hoping for good news once specialists have read it and had a special opinion so that we know exactly what the matter is with his knee,” Sheringham told reporters on the eve of the fourth round of the Indian Super League (ISL) game.Lyngdoh picked up a knee injury during the club’s round three match against Jamshedpur FC last Friday and was seen limping out of the ground at the stroke of half time.There are chances that the former Bengaluru FC and India player would be ruled out of the season as the injury is serious.Sheringham also dashed hopes of star forward Robbie Keane getting his first start on the morrow. Despite travelling with the ATK squad for their away fixture against Chennaiyin FC here on Thursday, the Tottenham Hotspur legend will play no part in the tie, Sheringham said.”He is not involved tomorrow. It’s far too early for Robbie,” Sheringham told reporters ahead of the fourth round game.Sheringham came down heavily on the referees not taking stern action against “horrendous” tackles flying around in the ISL games.advertisement”There have been some horrendous challenges. In all the games, not just the games against us. It’s not an excuse for not having good results. I think there have been horrendous challenges that have gone unpunished. I think I am very very surprised there has not been more injuries because of some of the challenges that have gone on,” Sheringham said.”If they (the tackles) keep going unpunished, you’re going to get more injuries. It’s as simple as that. The referees have to be more on the ball about what’s happening,” Sheringham complained.Initially, Keane, who captained the Republic of Ireland and has 146 caps under his belt, was expected to be involved after the first three games as he was nursing an Achilles injury.”I expect him to start tomorrow and we will show huge respect which he deserves,” Chennaiyin coach John Gregory had said just before Sheringham’s media interaction.ATK, languishing at the foot of the table with just two points from three games, are dogged by a raft of injuries to key players like Jayesh Rane and Carl Becker.last_img read more

first_imgStory Highlights Mr. Holness expressed hope that the Jamaica International Chess Festival will spark a general interest among the population to raise up the next generation of great players. Addressing the official launch of the three-day Jamaica International Chess Festival, at a cocktail reception held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, in New Kingston on October 13, Mr. Holness noted that chess “ (can be) an alternative pathway to success that Jamaicans can venture into”. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness has declared his full support for chess in Jamaica because of its role in the development of the mind and the encouragement of strategic thinking. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness has declared his full support for chess in Jamaica because of its role in the development of the mind and the encouragement of strategic thinking.Addressing the official launch of the three-day Jamaica International Chess Festival, at a cocktail reception held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, in New Kingston on October 13, Mr. Holness noted that chess “ (can be) an alternative pathway to success that Jamaicans can venture into”.“It is a great game to teach patience and respect. Chess is a catalyst for social development in communities that are underserved. We need to give these alternative pathways to the youngsters in our communities so that they know there are other ways to success,” he said.Mr. Holness expressed hope that the Jamaica International Chess Festival will spark a general interest among the population to raise up the next generation of great players.The Prime Minister, who once coached and played chess while at his alma mater, St. Catherine High School, also expressed gratitude to and pleasure at the young and international chess grandmasters for travelling to Jamaica to teach the sport to other children.He hailed, Ambassador Dr. Nigel Clarke and Grandmaster Maurice Ashley, Co-chairs and Executive Producers of the Inaugural Jamaica International Chess Festival for their role in staging the event.In his remarks, Ambassador, Dr. Nigel Clarke said chess “is a tool of solid upliftment that can be used to make good decisions”.He said the three-day event, which culminates today (October 15) is aimed at catalysing interest in the game among young Jamaicans, as well as broadening the reach of chess in the country.Additionally, he said it will “motivate and stimulate” existing local players to higher levels of achievement.Grandmaster, Maurice Ashley, who is Jamaican born, expressed gratitude to the Prime Minister for his support of the game, declaring that “Jamaica can be great at chess”.Woman Grandmaster and Canadian Women’s Champion, 17-year-old Qiyu Zhou said she wants to inspire the children of Jamaica to play chess and “start or continue to pursue whatever they want to achieve”.For his part, Attorney-at-Law and President of the Jamaica Chess Federation, Ian Wilkinson said the staging of the international festival is a culmination of a dream. He On the final day (October 15), at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston, teams battled for supremacy in a four round rapid game.The teams consisted of the Woman Grandmaster and Woman International Master as well as the country’s National Age Group and CARIFTA Champions.last_img read more

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Service withdrawals and new tariffs sent Asia to West Coast North America container spot freight rates into hyper-drive from the end of July, but there could be a sting in the tail, according to the latest report by shipping consultancy Drewry.The Transpacific trade, the world’s largest deep-sea market, is currently the most unpredictable container trade which is once again a money printing factory for carriers. By the end of July, following earlier service suspensions ships were full, cargo was being rolled and carriers’ coffers were quickly filling up again.Drewry explained that the sudden cargo rush was attributed to US President Donald Trump’s imposition of new tariffs on a whole range of Chinese goods, which came into effect on September 24 and spurred American importers to bring forward supplies.“Unlike earlier rounds of trade tariffs from Washington, the list this time has a more visible impact on the US-China container trade as it includes more containerised consumer goods. Nonetheless, the rush to beat the September 24 deadline appears to have been slower than earlier anecdotal reports initially suggested.”Container shipments from Asia to the US increased in 3Q18 by 5% year-on-year to all coasts, but nothing like at the rate seen in 1Q18 ahead of the first tariff lists when annual growth was about 13%. For Asia to US West Coast specifically, volumes increased at a much slower rate than seen on both the East and Gulf coasts, rising by 2.5% year-on-year in 3Q18.“Reasons for the smaller than expected peak season spike could be that importers were already in possession of more stock following the earlier cargo stampede, and/or were less fearful of the impact the new tariffs would have due to a devaluation of the Chinese currency that almost matched the 10% hike in duties.”With US tariffs slated to be increased to 25% on January 1, 2019 “there is clearly scope for yet another artificially stimulated shipping season in November and early December.” However, Drewry said that there won’t be much left in the system for the early months of next year when carriers will depend on having a strong market to support negotiations for annual contracts, generally to be signed for May 1.“The extraordinary situation that the tariffs have created means that it is very difficult to pin down the underlying demand that exists in the Transpacific. Our rolling 12-month average suggests that it is fairly weak even with the stimulus provided by President Trump’s foreign policy.”“It would seem that carriers are banking on a prolonged cargo boom in the Transpacific,” Drewry said, adding that Maersk Line is reportedly about to phase two ships of 17,800 TEU into the 2M TP6/Pearl service serving Los Angeles exclusively that presently deploys 6 x 13,000 TEU units.“How long those ships, and indeed other smaller units, remain in the trade is an open question and will largely be decided by geo-politics over the coming months.”last_img read more

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A renowned Canadian pianist will be coming to play in the Peace Region this May.Piano Six – New Generation artist, Angela Park, will be making a stop in Fort St. John as part of a spring tour.Park will be making a stop in Fort St. John on May 13 and 14 playing four school concerts at Margaret Ma Murray, Robert Ogilvie, Duncan Cran, and at the North Peace Cultural Centre. Prior to the Fort St. John Concert, Daniel Wnukowski, will be playing in Fort Nelson on May 9 & 10 at the Phoenix Theatre.Originally founded in 1994, Piano Six creates live classical music events featuring six of Canada’s finest musical talent, bringing concerts to remote and rural parts of the country.For more information on the concerts, you can visit

SEA40.311.8CHI14.67.219.1 8New England3825,4785 PHI65PHI57PHI 18, ATL 12-9.6– LAC56LAC55KC 38, LAC 28-0.6– Team ACurrentAvg. Chg*Team BCurrentAvg. Chg*Total Change ATL51.114.1CAR52.413.928.1 BAL59.0%+/-15.1CIN39.6%+/-14.829.9 NYJ39.013.3MIA30.312.926.2 LAC33.312.4BUF21.89.822.2 Source: 3Pittsburgh4118,7546 JAX64.310.8NE81.88.819.6 GB29.013.5MIN73.712.926.3 DEN30.010.5OAK14.37.918.4 The Ravens come into the matchup off of a 44-point demolition of the Buffalo Bills, which propelled Baltimore from 12th to eighth in our Elo rankings. With the Bills starting the comically ineffective Nathan Peterman at QB, it’s difficult to judge how much we really learned about the Ravens in the blowout. But it had to be encouraging for Baltimore fans to see Joe Flacco play well, regardless of the opponent. At home against Buffalo, Flacco generated 119 more adjusted net yards than a generic backup-level quarterback would have (aka yards above backup QB, or YABQ), which ranked sixth among all signal-callers in Week 1 — behind Ryan Fitzpatrick, Drew Brees, Patrick Mahomes, Philip Rivers and Aaron Rodgers.In terms of YABQ, this game also represented the third-best that Flacco has enjoyed since Week 3 of the 2015 season, which helps underscore how bad Flacco has been in recent years. For instance, last season the Ravens had the third-worst quarterbacking production of any team in the league, with Flacco’s individual metrics in a three-year tailspin. For a team that featured one of the NFL’s best defenses last season, any spark that Flacco and the offense can provide could go a long way toward sending Baltimore back to the playoffs for the first time since 2014. And in their first test against the overmatched Bills, Flacco and the revamped Ravens receiving corps passed with flying colors.A somewhat similar narrative is unfolding in Cincinnati. With much-maligned QB Andy Dalton embarking on his eighth season as the Bengals’ starter (and coach Marvin Lewis back for an astonishing 16th year on the team’s sidelines), Cincy went into Indianapolis and beat Andrew Luck and the Colts thanks to solid passing and rushing, plus timely defensive plays late in the game. Aside from maybe Flacco, few quarterbacks in the league needed to start the season on the right foot more than Dalton, who infamously has never won a playoff game during his time in the Queen City.A win over Baltimore on Thursday won’t change that — perhaps surprisingly, Dalton has beaten the Ravens more often than not anyway — but it would help quiet the doubts that Dalton’s best days are behind him. Since he finished third in the league in YABQ in 2015 (despite suffering a season-ending injury that December), he slipped to 11th in 2016 and 21st in 2017, and the Bengals didn’t make the playoffs either year. With a defense that projects to be mediocre at best, Cincinnati needs Dalton to reverse that slide in order to have any shot at the postseason — and probably to have any chance at salvaging the Dalton/Lewis era.The great irony of the Bengals is that their quarterbacking has always been just good enough to come up short. While the Ravens have won two Super Bowls behind a couple of QBs (Flacco and Trent Dilfer) who were below-average passers for their careers, Cincinnati has consistently had average-to-good passing over the years, aside from a few notable exceptions. Just look back at the Bengals’ history of primary quarterbacks: 40 of their 47 seasons since 1972 have been led by five quarterbacks — Ken Anderson, Boomer Esiason, Jeff Blake, Carson Palmer and Dalton. Although none is in the Hall of Fame (Anderson’s case is a point of contentious debate), each rates as average or better in his career according to’s advanced passing index.That’s why, from the 1970 AFL-NFL merger until the present day, no team has gotten more seasons of “competent” (above-backup level) quarterbacking than the Bengals have: PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.ResultREADERS’ NET points OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION DAL33.58.1NYG6.44.112.2 3Miami4125,4802 8Philadelphia3816,0041 PIT53.812.1KC74.89.922.0 JAX58JAX62JAX 20, NYG 15+0.7– SEA54SEA52DEN 27, SEA 24+0.0 ARI61ARI55WSH 24, ARI 6+4.8– MIN76MIN71MIN 24, SF 16-5.3– *Average change is weighted by the likelihood of a win or loss. (Ties are excluded.)Source: PIT79PIT76PIT 21, CLE 21+0.0 OAK50%LAR68%LAR 33, OAK 13+11.7– WSH39.17.9IND9.94.112.0 6Minnesota4023,1180 Bengals-Ravens could help make or break their seasonsWeek 2 games with the most total potential swing for the two teams’ playoff chances, according to FiveThirtyEight’s NFL Elo predictions MIA53TEN55MIA 27, TEN 20-10.3– 7Denver3922,6483 TEN30.49.7HOU15.28.117.9 NE86NE77NE 27, HOU 20-6.3– And yet, even though the teams around them on that list have won multiple Super Bowls, Cincinnati has yet to break through with even one win of its own.History says that’s unlikely to change this season. But it is fair to say that Dalton’s duel with Flacco this week has taken on unexpected importance for an early season game. The winner will ensure itself a quick boost in playoff chances — and an extra helping of redemption after the way both teams have played the past few seasons.FiveThirtyEight vs. the readersLast week, we relaunched our NFL Elo prediction interactive, which you can use to track every team in the league in the race for the Super Bowl. Along with it, we also brought back a popular feature from last season — a prediction game that lets you test your football smarts against our model (and thousands of fellow readers). Here were Elo’s best and worst picks against the field in Week 1: IND50IND50CIN 34, IND 23-1.9– FranchiseSeasons above backup level since 1970Total YABQSuper Bowls LAR58.110.9ARI14.17.918.8 8San Francisco3831,0285 DET19.18.7SF22.28.417.1 3Dallas4128,3835 BAL64BAL72BAL 47, BUF 3+2.9– Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 1Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 1 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game Just one week into the NFL season, it’s hard to know exactly which teams will be contenders and which will be focused on their spot in the draft next spring. So it probably seems too early to be discussing playoff implications — a conversation that’s usually on hold until Thanksgiving. But in a 16-game schedule, the margins are small, and each game has a big effect on the postseason picture. Week 2 is no different — after all, the season will be 12.5 percent over after Monday night.Thursday’s AFC North tilt between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Baltimore Ravens is one of those early season contests that could end up having real postseason consequences. In fact, our NFL Elo prediction model considers it the most important game of Week 2. (Remember when Thursday Night Football was a place to stash the NFL’s unwanted matchups?) With a win, each team’s chances of making the playoffs would jump by about 15 percentage points, while the loser would see a commensurate decline. Especially after the division-rival Pittsburgh Steelers stumbled out of the gate without star RB Le’Veon Bell, the chance to jump out to a 2-0 start is a big opportunity for both Baltimore and Cincy. The Bengals always get competent QB play — but no ringsMost seasons with positive yards above backup quarterback (YABQ) for NFL franchises, 1970-2017 The scoring system is nonlinear, so readers’ average points don’t necessarily match the number of points that would be given to the average reader prediction. GB63GB71GB 24, CHI 23+3.3– NO74NO82TB 48, NO 40-13.5– DET71DET71NYJ 48, DET 17-2.4– NO27.84.2CLE2.41.25.4 1Cincinnati4223,1280 TB35.611.6PHI82.98.420.0 Playoff %Playoff % 1Washington4223,6423 CAR60CAR60CAR 16, DAL 8-1.8– Overall, it was a pretty impressive opening week for Elo — in fact, our model cleaned up nicely, beating readers by 28.3 total points on average. This is especially surprising because Week 1 would seem to be the moment of the season when human pickers have the greatest edge on the algorithm. In our NFL preview, I noted that Elo can get caught a little flat-footed early in the season because it doesn’t know about all the roster and coaching moves that transpired over the summer. Theoretically, that should have made it as unprepared for Week 1 as Matt Patricia’s Detroit Lions … but unlike the Lions, Elo proved the naysayers (i.e., me) wrong.Elo’s biggest win was in not dismissing the Buccaneers completely. While our readers gave the home Saints a better than 80 percent chance of winning, the model was more cautious, and it ended up paying off when Tampa (and backup QB Ryan Fitzpatrick) dropped 48 points on New Orleans. Elo also picked up credit for calling the Dolphins’ protracted win over the Titans and for once again showing faith in the Eagles (just like in last year’s playoffs).If the readers did have a crowning moment in Week 1, though, it was for calling the Rams’ big win over the Raiders in Oakland on Monday night. Elo thought the game was a pick ’em, but the readers knew better, giving L.A. a 68 percent chance of spoiling Jon Gruden’s return to the sidelines.Thanks to everyone who played on opening week, and remember that it’s not too late to start, even if you missed Week 1. So be sure to get your picks in now!Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

The Cleveland Cavaliers acquired forward Antawn Jamsion from the Washington Wizards as part of a three-team deal that sends center Zydrunas Ilgauskas and a first-round draft pick to Washington. The Los Angeles Clippers, the third team in the trade, send point guard Sebastian Telfair to Cleveland and forward Al Thornton to Washington. Forward Drew Gooden, traded to the Wizards last weekend, moves on to the Clippers. The Cavs were in discussions about a deal involving Phoenix’s Amar’e Stoudemire earlier in the day, but those talks fell through and the team quickly turned its attention to Washington’s 33-year-old forward. Under NBA rule, there can be no discussion of buying out a player involved in a trade before the deal is complete. However, it has widely been speculated that Ilgauskas would be bought out by his new team and would return to the Cavs after the league’s mandatory 30-day grace period. Jamison is averaging 20.8 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.After three months of hibernation, Tiger Woods will speak to the public Friday. His agent said that Woods will not take questions from the media when he speaks at 11 a.m. from the TPC Sawgrass clubhouse in Ponte Vedra, Fla. Woods put his golf career on hold after a series of events and revelations surrounding the 14-time Major winner and his wife, Elin that started on Thanksgiving.Oregon running back LaMichael James, who torched Ohio State for 70 yards in the Rose Bowl before bowing out with a shoulder injury, was arrested on an alleged domestic violence charge. According to a report, James’ girlfriend said he grabbed her neck during an argument and shoved her to the ground. James, coming off a stellar freshman season in which he filled in for suspended running back LeGarrette Blount, is facing misdemeanor charges of menacing, strangulation and assault.The Cleveland Browns released running back Jamal Lewis on Wednesday, the team announced. Lewis played in nine games last season before being placed on injured reserve after sustaining a concussion. Lewis had stated his intentions to retire throughout the season. There is no clear indication on whether or not he will follow through with that claim. read more

first_imgLiverpool’s Mohamed Salah has shared that good nutrition and an “easy life” are the key elements behind his breakthrough seasonThe Egypt international was at his best, once more, for Liverpool as they defeated his former club AS Roma 5-2 at Anfield on Tuesday night for the first leg of their semi-final tie in the Champions League, with Salah bagging a brace of goals and assists.But the 25-year-old has now revealed how that good nutrition and his prior footballing experiences have played a key role in his life.“Nutrition is so important, it’s part of the game,” Salah told CNN (via Daily Mail).“It has helped with my recovery, allowed me to sleep better and helped my body adapt quickly.“My nutritionist says that because I don’t have any fat on my body, I can eat what I want. I also don’t drink so it’s fine.“When I go back to Egypt, I call my friend from the airport to buy kushari for us to eat in the car. I pull my hoodie over my head, jump into the car and then I’m eating it straight away.”divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…The kushari dish is made of rice, macaroni, and lentils, but it doesn’t appear to have had any negative effect on Salah with the Egyptian having now scored a total of 43 goals this season.But Salah, who has now scored more goals than any other player in Europe this season, insists that he has an “easy life”.“If you talk only about Egypt, we are 100 million,’ he continued. ‘I have to be natural and not doing anything fake, not lying on social media, in interviews and life.“This is my life, it’s an easy life. It’s not complicated. I have nothing much to do during the day but it’s a responsibility in the end.“You have to take it easy and carry on. I’m not nervous about that,’ he adds. ‘It’s also a little bit difficult because you don’t have the freedom to make mistakes or something wrong.“That’s pressure but when you’ve been under pressure for many years you can deal with it. It’s fine.’last_img read more

first_imgAndres Iniesta insists that he was enticed into coming to Japan by the prospect of a new challenge and revealed that he had turned down several offers because of the “interesting” project that Vissel Kobe haveThe Spanish playmaker recently ended his 22-year association with Barcelona and completed his move to the Japanese top-flight side this week.Iniesta, who will reportedly earn about €25m a year in Japan, confirmed that he had received a lot of interest but chose to join Kobe because of the project and the confidence they had shown in him.“It’s a very important day for me, a challenge in my career,” said the 34-year-old, according to Marca.“I trust in this project, Japan is a wonderful country, and I come to play and work with my teammates.“I received several offers from other clubs, but I decided on Vissel Kobe because the project they presented to me was very interesting.Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta credits father for his career Andrew Smyth – August 30, 2019 Andres Iniesta revealed the influence his father has been on his incredible career, which has seen him everything in football for Barcelona and Spain.“They showed confidence in me and I have a lot of respect for Japanese football.”Kobe owner Hiroshi Mikitani,  who is also the founder and CEO of Barcelona’s principal shirt sponsor Rakuten, believes that Iniesta will have a positive impact on the next generation of young players at the club.“His values and ability to influence globally will be an inspiration for the club, for the whole league and Japanese society,” he noted.“The methodology of La Masia and Iniesta himself will be applied to the academy of young footballers here, and we will collaborate in this regard with FC Barcelona.”The former Barcelona captain will be presented at the stadium of his new club in western Japan on Saturday, before returning to the Spanish national squad ahead of this summer’s World Cup.last_img read more