ONE OF DONEGAL’S BEST-KNOWN ACTORS DIES

first_imgOne of Donegal’s best known actors and directors has died.The late Tomas Mac Giolla Bhride died today. Pic by Eoin McGarvey.Tomas Mac Giolla Bhride passed away this morning.The 90 year old was renowned in West Donegal and was a director of Aisteoiri Ghaoth Dobhair. He worked on numerous dramas, pantomimes and plays as well as having many roles in Tg4 comedies such as Gleann Ceo.In 2005 he was awarded an honorary degree from NUI Galway for his work with the arts and language.He was also one of the founders of the Ghaoth Dobhair Industrial estate.He is survived by his wife and eight children.   ONE OF DONEGAL’S BEST-KNOWN ACTORS DIES was last modified: December 9th, 2013 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:ACTORGOATH DOBHAIRTOMAS MAC GIOLLA BHRIDElast_img read more

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‘A day to celebrate’ – DACC welcomes second breast surgeon post for LUH

first_imgDonegal Action for Cancer Care has warmly welcomed news that the second breast surgeon post has been made permanent for Letterkenny University Hospital. The reaction comes following yesterday’s confirmation from Minister Joe McHugh that recruitment is underway to deliver the much-needed post.Local cancer care campaign group members have greeted the announcement as a ‘A day to celebrate’, while promising to continue their efforts for the improvement of all care services. “This is great news and for us in DACC we have worked so very hard to secure this permanent post,” said campaigner Betty Holmes. “When the Locum post was announced in 2017 we were very upset as at that time we felt it should have been permanent.  The needs of patients in Donegal must always be to the fore and we are glad that the recruitment process is underway.”The primary aim of DACC is to ensure the people of Donegal have access to world-class cancer services whilst ensuring the retention and development of all cancer services at Letterkenny University Hospital.Ms Holmes explained: “We initially started to campaign for a 2nd Breast Surgeon back in Sept. 2009 when we met with Prof. Tom Keane. Prof. Keane at that time said that it needed to meet the National Guidelines. “Indeed DACC had this permanent post as one of our 5 list of priorities in 2009 and have kept this actively on our agenda right through till March this year 2019 when we met with the Minister for Health and key health officials at Leinster House on the 6th March. “10 years we have kept the pressure on, that’s how long it has taken and we are proud of our ongoing work.” Ms Holmes said that the campaign group will now focus their attention on another top priority – men’s healthcare.She said: “Our work will continue as there is still much to do with particular attention to the importance of having a prostate rapid access clinic at Letterkenny University Hospital so Donegal men don’t have to travel to Galway.”“DACC are in existence 14 years now, are all voluntary and unpaid for all the work we do. And we are proud of that work.” Ms Holmes said that the group will hold onto this valuable quote from Margaret Mead:“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”‘A day to celebrate’ – DACC welcomes second breast surgeon post for LUH was last modified: April 2nd, 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)Tags:DACClast_img read more

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Former Super Bowl guard on 49ers defense: ‘This is dangerous’

first_imgAnother (Sun)day, another raft of superlatives and rose petals tossed at the feet of the 49ers defense.You could dig into the numbers if you wish — the 49ers are holding opponents to 224 yards per game, and 4.12 yards per play, both league leading figures (by the width of a Wheaties flake over New England in both categories).Interesting, but you don’t need a spreadsheet to confirm what your eyes tell you. … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile devicelast_img

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Jammu and Kashmir shifts 20 more ‘potential troublemakers’ from Kashmir to Agra

first_imgThe Jammu and Kashmir authorities airlifted a fresh batch of 20 “potential troublemakers” from Srinagar to Agra, officials said here on Friday.The people, who have a history of being involved in separatist activities, were taken out of the Kashmir Valley in a special Indian Air Force plane, they said.They are alleged to be active members of separatist groups in Kashmir Valley.They were taken in a special IAF plane to Uttar Pradesh and lodged in Agra Central Jail.The authorities had airlifted 25 people, including president of Kashmir High Court Bar Association Mian Qayoom, on Thursday, as a precautionary measure in the wake of constitutional changes made by the government.Besides Mr. Qayoom, Mubin Shah, an office-bearer of Kashmir Chamber of Commerce, was also part of the group.Mr. Qayoom is a noted lawyer and has been representing many cases in which separatist leaders have been booked by the police. The government has imposed strict restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir after the constitutional provisions that accorded the State special status were abrogated and it was divided into two Union Territories.last_img read more

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Report: Phil Jackson Will Be At Tonight’s Ohio State Game, Presumably To Scout D’Angelo Russell

first_imgThe Lakers logo on the Staples Center jumbotron.LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 28: A moment of silence is observed in honor of Philip “Flip” Saunders’ passing before the game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center on October 28, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and condition of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Update: Phil Jackson is in the building. In attendance tonight – One of the greatest coaches of all time…alongside Phil Jackson  #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/QfvIDzSYea— OSU BASKETBALL (@OhioStateHoops) February 26, 2015New York Knicks President Phil Jackson is at the Schottenstein Center to watch the Buckeyes and D’Angelo Russell. pic.twitter.com/CnhSXGTvhr— Lantern TV (@LanternTV) February 26, 2015Earlier: The New York Knicks have the worst record (10-46) in the NBA and are one of several franchises in tank mode as they attempt to secure the best possible odds for the 2015 NBA Draft lottery. If the Knicks do end up with the No. 1 pick in the upcoming draft, the common opinion is that they will select Duke freshman center Jahlil Okafor, but there are other possible candidates. One prospect who might be worthy of the top pick is Ohio State playmaking freshman guard D’Angelo Russell. The 6-foot-5 Russell is having a monster season in Columbus, and Knicks team president Phil Jackson is reportedly going to watch him play tonight against Nebraska. Word from the Schott that some dude named Phil Jackson will be in the house…Gee…wonder who he’s scouting?— Matt McCoy (@MattMcCoyWTVN) February 26, 2015 Jackson has to cover all of his bases. The Knicks need a lot of help, and can’t afford to bungle their lottery selection, no matter where they will pick. Either Russell or Okafor would be a win for a franchise in dire need of them.last_img read more

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These Kings Are Better Than Gretzkys Kings

For NHL fans of a certain age,1Full disclosure: I am of this demographic, albeit one of the younger members. the definitive Los Angeles Kings team is Wayne Gretzky’s Los Angeles Kings team. The franchise existed for 21 seasons before Gretzky arrived in Los Angeles in 1988, but the banality that he single-handedly made hockey relevant in LA is largely true. Kings attendance soared with No. 99 in the fold,2Increasing 27 percent in Gretzky’s first season with LA and another 11 percent in his second, per Rodney Fort’s data. the team’s value increased sharply during his tenure there,3The Kings ranked as the NHL’s third-most valuable team in 1994, according to contemporary estimates by Financial World magazine. In 1995, the team sold for a price ($113 million) nearly three times its value in 1988, when Bruce McNall bought 51 percent of the team for $20 million. and Gretzky instantly transformed the on-ice product into a legitimate contender by powering one of the best offenses in the game. Behind a 40-point postseason by Gretzky, the Kings reached their apex in 1993 — losing in five games but earning what was, at the time, the franchise’s lone Stanley Cup Final berth. For years, the Gretzky era easily represented the high-water mark of hockey’s four-decade experiment in Southern California.Not anymore. The Kings now are back in the finals for the second time in three years, and are looking for another Stanley Cup victory to follow the one they won in 2012. But this team isn’t Gretzky’s. It’s constructed differently and it plays a different game. And it might be better for it.If you’re looking for an NHL “Moneyball,” the modern Kings may be as close as any team to embodying the ethos of hockey’s sabermetric revolution. As FiveThirtyEight contributor Eric Tulsky has noted before, the current Kings pursue a strategy of constant control of the puck. With a host of possession superstars, the Kings have led the NHL in close-score4To filter out the influence of score effects. Fenwick percentage — a proxy for time of possession that measures a team’s share of all unblocked shots directed at either net during its games — for two years running, and the year before that they dominated the metric down the stretch after swapping defenseman Jack Johnson5A particularly poor Fenwick player, it should be noted. for center Jeff Carter at the trade deadline.No opposing team can score (or even shoot) when it doesn’t have the puck. During the regular season, LA allowed the league’s third-lowest rate of unblocked shots per minute of 5-on-5 play, and its second-lowest rate of total shots allowed per game. Along with decent goaltending from Jonathan Quick, that’s how the Kings helped clinch the William Jennings Trophy, given to the goaltenders on the team that allows the fewest goals all season. Maximizing possession is a hockey hack that helps at both ends of the rink.But all that possession hasn’t guaranteed the modern-day Kings a bushel of goals. The Kings spent most of the 2013-14 regular season struggling to light the lamp, despite firing the league’s second-highest rate of unblocked shots at the opposing net.6Per 60 minutes of 5-on-5 play. Their 5-on-5 shooting percentage with the score close, which had been average in 2012-13, slumped to third worst in the NHL this season. Still, LA kept emphasizing possession and putting the puck on net, seeming to trust that shooting percentages tend to regress heavily to the mean.And the Kings rediscovered their scoring touch at just the right time. During the playoffs, they’ve scored on a substantially higher proportion of shots than they did during the regular season. It doesn’t hurt that they also acquired right wing Marian Gaborik — whose career shooting percentage ranks among the best of any active player’s — at the trade deadline. But the biggest reason for the Kings’ offensive resurgence is that they rode out their poor shooting luck and continued to focus on dominating the puck, the way statheads have been calling for teams to do for years.The Kings squad that Gretzky tearfully joined on Aug. 9, 1988, played a very different kind of hockey.We don’t know for sure because play-by-play records from that era are not available, but it’s unlikely that Gretzky’s Kings dominated possession of the puck. According to estimates of close-score Fenwick percentage for older seasons, Los Angeles ranked among the top half of teams in possession rate just once (1990-91) in the eight seasons the Great One wore silver and black. Most of the time, they were actually somewhat bad at keeping control of the puck, ranking 18th out of 26 teams in estimated close-score Fenwick percentage during Gretzky’s tenure.Instead, they lived off a suspiciously high shooting percentage that modern analysts might decry as luck. During Gretzky’s first three seasons as a King, LA finished no worse than second in goals per shot. But Gretzky’s playmaking wizardry was probably a very real effect. Over that span, he paced the league in assists by a wide margin,7He notched 107 more helpers than No. 2 Adam Oates. You could have finished 70th in assists over the same period with the leftovers Gretzky didn’t need to pass Oates. and his teammates shot 9.1 percent better in those seasons than they would over the rest of their careers.The defense couldn’t measure up to the offense, though. Those Kings allowed the league’s second-highest number of shots8Only the miserable San Jose Sharks, in their second year of existence, played softer D. and its fourth-highest number of goals.Gretzky’s squad didn’t have a deep roster, either. According to Tom Awad’s catch-all summary stat Goals Versus Threshold (like Value Over Replacement Player for hockey), the 1992-93 Kings were a notably top-heavy team. They were led by stars such as Luc Robitaille and Jari Kurri. (Not to mention Gretzky, who recovered from an injury in time to post 65 points in 45 games.) But they also lost 17.8 goals because sub-replacement-level talent was on the ice, one of the largest totals in recent memory by a team that won more than half its games.The current iteration of the Kings has superior depth, and nary a Gretzky type to be found. Since LA’s top scorer Anže Kopitar debuted with the club in 2006-07, his best offensive season was 86 adjusted points. Gretzky’s worst full-season mark as a King by far was 83 adjusted points9Adjusted points are, well, adjusted — meaning they remove the influence of scoring environment — so Gretzky doesn’t get an unfair advantage for playing in a more high-flying era. in 1994-95 — and he cracked the century mark in five of his six full seasons in Los Angeles. Today’s Kings rely less on a single superstar to carry the bulk of the offensive workload.Superior depth and puck possession don’t automatically equal a better hockey team, though they often do. The proof is in the results for the current Kings, who over the last three seasons are already twice as close to a quantifiable dynasty as the franchise was during Gretzky’s entire stay in Southern California.10200.0 dynasty points compared to 97.6. If advancing deep into the postseason is the standard for success, today’s Kings beat No. 99’s in a landslide.Gretzky himself has said that the present-day Kings are impressive. Of the Cup-winning 2012 team, the Great One said, “They’re a much better team than we were in ’93.”He’s right. Gretzky’s team was an exciting offensive squad, and one of the last successful relics of the high-octane playing style that had ruled the game in the 1980s. But today’s Los Angeles Kings are exemplars of the modern game. 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Ohio States Big Ten Champion rowers speed past competition

The Ohio State rowing team secured the its third Big Ten Championship on Sunday in Indianapolis, earning the seniors their first championship rings. “It was our goal from the first practice this year,” senior MacKenzie Pecor said. The team previously won Big Ten Championships in 2002 and 2006, and Pecor said she’s excited about the opportunity to graduate with a championship. “It is honestly so awesome. Last year was the first class from OSU that graduated without ever winning a championship ring, and we did not want to be the second class to do the same thing,” Pecor said. “You row for four years; you want to win at least once.” Senior Jill Mohr agreed. “It was really a dream come true,” Mohr said. “It’s something that we’ve been looking forward to and something we’ve been working toward since I was a freshman.” Coach Andy Teitelbaum said he was proud to watch his players earn a championship for the school. “It’s just gratifying to see the kids hard work pay off with a championship,” Teitelbaum said. “It was really nice to see a group that lived their talk so well to be rewarded.” The team competed against all six other Big Ten schools that field a rowing team: Michigan, Michigan State, Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin and Minnesota. The Big Ten title assures it a spot in the national championships scheduled for May 27–29 in Gold River, Calif. Pecor said she expects a change in training to prepare for the national championship but that she does not know how it will differ. “It’s probably going to be a little bit of different training, but we haven’t really discussed it,” she said. “We’re kind of still on a high from the Big Ten.” Teitelbaum, who has coached the Buckeyes since the program’s inception in 1995, said it’s important to continue to progress and stay in shape leading up to the national championships. This year will be the team’s 12th consecutive national championship appearance. Mohr said the team will have to put in a lot of work to succeed. “Our chances as a team are looking really strong going into the national championships,” Mohr said. “We have a lot to prove on the national level and that’s what we’ve been working toward.” read more

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Mourinho reveals Bailly Smalling played with injuries

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that the team’s defensive duo of Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling both played with injuries against Arsenal.Mourinho lamented the pair were tired towards the end of the encounter. The former Chelsea boss was asked whether he felt under attack as Arsenal mounted pressure but rejected that theory.“No. Not under siege, not at all,” Mourinho said, according to Manchester Evening News.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“I feel that is a moment where, for example, we played against the team that is at the top of their season, in the top of their moment where everything goes well for them, I think that’s clearly a team in a high against a team that has so many problems, and the top of these problems, during football matches we shoot outselves.”“Today we had a very, very good start, I think everybody was expecting a good start, 1-0 for us. We score [David de Gea’s error for Shkodran Mustafi’s opener], 1-0 for them. In the second-half, in the best moment of our team, where Arsenal was clearly trying to stop the game, get one injury here, get one injury there, they were trying to control the game and to reduce the intensity of the game, we score the second goal for them and then is again 2-1. So difficult.”“But the reality is in the last four matches we didn’t lose, bad results, yes, apart from Young Boys, the three draws were three bad results. But we did not lose. And before that we lost against Manchester City, everybody loses, not just us. And then before that we had a period where we were playing in our limits which is sometimes people don’t understand, where we play in our limits.”last_img read more

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Pivotshare Raises 1 Million Series A Round

first_imgCustomers can set up a channel, complete with social tools, and also get other publishers to contribute content to the channel. Channels can also be networked to provide greater scale within a particular vertical. The company is targeting entertainers as a customer category, but it’s also going after conference speakers and event producers themselves to upload and sell video or audio-based content back to attendees. The platform also has b-to-b applications in that industry experts can also set up a channel to hawk their expertise or consultancy content. The company does not charge a set-up fee or ongoing licensing fees, but rather takes a cut of revenues. Pivotshare, an Irvine, California-based startup that provides a turnkey platform for selling digital content direct to consumers, has raised $1 million in a series A round, led by Townsgate Media.If the Web has been the great democratizer in allowing anyone to be a publisher and disrupting, to a degree, traditional media’s dominance in audience and content, it’s services like Pivotshare that are now chipping away at the revenue side of the equation—at least for publishers of multimedia content. The service allows independent content producers to upload and stream or otherwise make their content available directly to consumers on a platform that also handles subscription or pay-per-view sales, user accounts, payment processing and analytics. last_img read more

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Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2s Mr Bajaj aka Karan Grover missing wife Bipasha

first_imgKaran Singh GroverTwitterKaran Singh Grover made a dashing entry as Mr Bajaj in hit show Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 and has already impressed fans with his acting chops and of course his suave, salt and pepper looks. Recently, Karan along with the show’s lead pair Parth Samthaan, Erica Fernandes and the other cast and crew flew off to Switzerland to shoot an important sequence of the show.Although it has been just two days since the team left, Karan has already started missing his better half, Bipasha Basu. He took to his Instagram handle to share a collage of the two along with a caption that read, “Miss you lots already Ami Aschi!” To which Bipasha replied, “I know my love ❤️”Later, Bipasha too shared the same picture on social media and said, “Miss you already … come back soonly ❤️ #smissyou #monkeylove #cuddlepumpkin #cutiepatootie #papabumba” Aren’t just too cute?”Meanwhile, in the upcoming episodes of Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2, Mr Bajaj’s entry will create havoc in Anurag and Prerna’s lives. Although it is known that Prerna, who is excited to marry Anurag, will end up tying the knot with Mr Bajaj, it will be interesting to see how things turn up. Fans are also eagerly waiting to find out what’s in store for them in the Switzerland sequence.Coming to Karan, in a recent interview with Indian Express, he was asked if he had any second thoughts on playing an older character with salt and pepper look, the actor said that he would’ve played Mr Bajaj even if he was 300-year-old.When asked if he followed Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 and what he his views were of Erica Fernandes and Parth Samthaan as Prerna and Anurag, Karan said, “I did follow it in the beginning, it’s Kasautii after all. And now I have watched a lot of recent episodes. I think both Parth and Erica are absolutely brilliant. They look great as Anurag and Prerna. They have added a lot to the character and are doing an amazing job. No one can touch Shweta Tiwari’s work but from what I have seen, the actors are lovable and doing awesome.”last_img read more

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