first_imgA local Donegal County Councillor has submitted a proposal to build better links between the Gaeltacht in Donegal and Scottish Gàidhealtachd to form stronger relationships between the two Gaelic languages. West Donegal Councillor and avid Gaeltacht campaigner, Cllr Michael Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig, said the proposal, which was submitted at a recent Donegal County Council’s Irish Language Committee meeting, is now under consideration with the committee.Speaking to Donegal Daily, he said: “It was agreed as a council that we would work on this and make a connection with one of the (Scottish) islands to start with because our languages are very similar. “There has been no particular island has been proposed at this stage, but Barra Island has been suggested in the past because there is some connection there already.“This is to build cultural and meaningful relationships with other communities and the language which is very similar but not the same as our own.“There has been a tradition of connections between Sean-nós singers and the islands and community in west Donegal.“And I want to see that connection reestablished to learn and share experiences and, more importantly, that Gaeltacht communities, whether that be in Scotland or Donegal, are supporting each other and keeping the beautiful and ancient languages intact for the next generation.” Proposals submitted to build stronger language links between Donegal and Scotland was last modified: October 31st, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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_imgAccording to the National Phenology Network, which monitors changes of the seasons, spring is one to two weeks early in parts of the Southeast and California and two to three weeks late in parts of Washington and Oregon and the southern Great Plains.Many bird and insect migrations are based on seasonal change. The millions of painted lady butterflies that recently flew across California are linked to rains and wildflower blooms that swelled their numbers. Earlier flowering means earlier …last_img


first_imgALAMEDA — There was a new twist Wednesday to the musical chairs nature of the Raiders’ offensive line.With both Rodney Hudson and Andre James out with ankle injuries and newly-signed Erik Magnuson just getting up to speed, left guard Richie Incognito worked at center during practice.“I last played center in 2010, a little emergency duty for Miami,” Incognito said following practice. “It’s been a while.”Hudson was at the facility and was spotted walking without a limp from the locker room …last_img


first_imgMOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte 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 Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Tim Cone impressed with Ginebra hopeful Teytey Teodoro: ‘He reminds me of Willie Miller’ The league suddenly tapped the crowd darlings to be on opening night since the season opener would be held at the 55,000-capacity Philippine Arena and Ginebra has the fan base to more than fill the seats.“I told the guys that’s the curse and blessing of being a member of Ginebra,” said Ginebra head coach Tim Cone after his team’s practice Friday at Upper Deck.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion“You’re going to do things because of your popularity, you have a huge fan base and you will be asked do things that teams aren’t being asked to.”Ginebra already showed its tremendous power in filling up Philippine Arena in Games 5 to 7 of the 2017 Governors’ Cup finals against Meralco, and that’ the drawing power PBA wanted from the Gin Kings for the season opener. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? FILE – A PBA game day at Philippine Arena on Christmas Day. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Barangay Ginebra is literally on a race against time.The Gin Kings are in a pinch less than two weeks before the start of the 2019 PBA season after they were told that they would play in the opening day on January 13 from the initial schedule of January 19.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñocenter_img “The idea of being a member of this group and that fan base overrules any inconveniences that we may have, we’ll come out.”Cone knows that he doesn’t have that much time in his hands to prepare the Gin Kings for the 13th so he had to resort to two-a-day practices.And these are the kinds of sessions that Cone used during the 1990s when he coached Alaska.“These guys are experiencing what it’s like to play when I was a young coach—when I wanted to kill people,” joked Cone.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening View commentslast_img read more


first_imgStory Highlights Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) in charge of Operations, Bishop Dr. Gary Welsh, is advising farmers, consumers and persons who buy goods for resale to be vigilant in order to protect themselves against praedial larceny during the festive season. Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) in charge of Operations, Bishop Dr. Gary Welsh, is advising farmers, consumers and persons who buy goods for resale to be vigilant in order to protect themselves against praedial larceny during the festive season.“Incidents of farm theft escalate during the festive season due to an increase in recreational activities,” he told JIS News in a recent interview.One role of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is to execute the mandate of the Praedial Larceny Prevention Unit (PLPU), which falls under the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, in prosecuting crimes that fall under the Agriculture Produce and all other relevant Acts.ACP Welsh said that farmers and owners of animals, particularly owners of small livestock, should take the necessary precautions to protect their property and livelihood. However, they are warned not to go outside the provisions of the law in an attempt to protect their possessions.“It is important that they also devise ways to improve and maintain security of their properties, because the police are not able to offer the level of security that would provide that protection on individual farms and homes,” he said.These may include proper fencing, adequate lighting and engaging the services of security guards.Farmers should also ensure that their animals have some unique identification marks, such as tattoos, tags or any other markings, so that they can be easily identified in case they are stolen or slaughtered.ACP Welsh is also cautioning persons who buy and sell farm produce that they must bear in mind that the Larceny Act covers receiving stolen property.He said the issue of receiving stolen property is a very deceptive offence, which morphs itself into the regular transaction.ACP Welsh added that persons who are seeking to buy and sell always want to pay a low price and then resell at a much higher price. However, if they buy produce at ridiculously low prices and are required to account, one of the points to prove is that they should know the going market price.He said they must have receipts in their possession when transporting the goods on the public thoroughfare, in order to give account if they are required to do so. “It is critical that you have a receipt or you may stand to lose your goods and spend Christmas behind bars,” ACP Welsh said.Meanwhile, he is advising consumers to do some due diligence before purchasing goods, whether at the market or otherwise. They are encouraged to buy from reputable persons or businesses. “If someone just shows up selling a few items, make sure you ask questions or you may be promoting the illicit trade or even endangering your health,” ACP Welsh warned.The JCF is also encouraging persons to give information to the police on those who are engaging in praedial larceny. However, they are warned not to confront anyone who they suspect may be involved; instead, they should contact the nearest police station, call 119 or make a report to any police officer deployed in the town centres or market districts. “Incidents of farm theft escalate during the festive season due to an increase in recreational activities,” he told JIS News in a recent interview. One role of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is to execute the mandate of the Praedial Larceny Prevention Unit (PLPU), which falls under the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, in prosecuting crimes that fall under the Agriculture Produce and all other relevant Acts.last_img read more


first_imgAirports Authority of India’s Women Welfare Association, Kalyanmayee, added another feather to its cap by hosting yet another astounding artist’s camp ‘Prerna-3’. The three-day camp was organised at Airports Authority of India Officers Institute premises in association with AAIAF (AAI Artist Forum) and FIPA (Forum of Indian Photographers and Artists). A total of 20 artists participated in this art camp. The theme for this year’s camp was ‘Freedom’ and it was an enchanting experience for the artists to paint in breath-taking lush green ambience of the AAI Officers Institute. This is the third art camp organised by Kalyanmayee and two Art Camps organized last year was very well appreciated by all. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe camp was inaugurated in the august presence of Anuj Aggarwal, Member (HR) AAI, I N Murthy, Member (Operations) AAI, Sanjay Jain, Executive Director (Human Resource), Vice Presidents and other Senior Members of Kalyanmayee. The Art Camp aims at providing a robust platform for both the eminent and the new upcoming artists for exhibiting their creativity and talent. The artistic works of these artists will be put up on display for art enthusiasts and general visitors in the near future.last_img read more


first_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment It looks like today was Legends of Tomorrow’s turn — again — to host the four-way crossover of The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl and Legends.Legends of Tomorrow’s Mick Rory (Dominic Purcell) shared a photo of himself with The Flash’s Barry allen (Grant Gustin) and another with a P.O.T.U.S. podium inside. Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Twitterlast_img


first_imgThe collection features 10 skus within six staple styles:–          Short-sleeve Loose Tee | white and washed black | $55 CAD–          Short-sleeve Pocket Tee with Neps | off-white and grey | $55 CAD–          3/4 Sleeve Tee | black and off-white | $60 CAD–          French Terry Full-Zip Hoodie | black | $85 CAD–          Long Sleeve Zip Woven Overshirt | black | $145 CAD–          Pull-on Drop Crotch Tapered Woven Pant | black and taupe | $130 CAD“When we entered our initial conversations about collaborating, our goal was to encapsulate the building blocks of our collection and unveil the progressive view that Frank And Oak puts forward,” noted Devin Carlson, Creative Director of Chapter. “We knew the product would be timeless, fluent and would speak to what every man’s wardrobe should exude. The process was effortless; exactly what it should feel like when two creative teams come together.” The collection will be available online and in-store at the Queen West location in Toronto and Stanley store in Montreal.High-res images from the collection can be viewed here.ABOUT FRANK AND OAKOffering style and advice for the moments that matter, Frank And Oak is a destination for customers who want to live and dress well. By coupling considered product design with advice through immersive digital, in-store and content experiences, Frank And Oak has transcended its role as a retailer and is redefining the shopping experience. Constantly evolving and looking towards to the future, Frank And Oak offers premium design and world-class customer service to its growing ranks of nearly 3 million members. You can experience the Frank And Oak brand through frankandoak.com, shipping to over 40 countries worldwide and 14 Frank And Oak stores across North America.Website: FrankandOak.comTwitter: @FrankandOakInstagram: @FrankandOakHashtag: #FrankandOakABOUT CHAPTERChapter is a contemporary menswear collection that is rooted in simplicity, modernism and function. Chapter is symbolic of the individual man’s personal progression, broken down into chapters that evolve in aesthetic, personality and voice.Website: joinchapter.comInstagram: @JoinChapterTumblr: joinchapter.tumblr.comHashtag: #joinchapter Toronto, ON – Frank And Oak today announced its latest collaboration with Californian brand, Chapter. The 10-piece collection follows Chapter’s minimalistic and monochromatic inspiration while capturing the simplicity and freshness at the core of Frank And Oak’s designs.Inspired by ’90s culture, the collection brings this concept to life through the use of unorthodox, structured silhouettes counterbalanced by soft, malleable details such as raw detailing and washing. The form and disarray meet in a place of balance and harmony in this exclusive capsule collection of elevated basics.“We are very excited to collaborate with a brand that evokes a sense of importance and emotion in their pieces,” says Ethan Song, co-founder and CEO of Frank And Oak. “We appreciate Chapter’s forward-thinking vision and strong voice in the fashion community. With ingenuity and variation in mind, this partnership takes Frank And Oak’s designs in a new direction and we’re eager to offer this experimental capsule collection to our customers.” Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more


Check out FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions. The shading shows you the general range of strengths for each seed.Although not a huge effect, the gap between the No. 5 and 6 seeds and their competition has been narrowing over time. The average difference between No. 5 and 12 seeds from 2000 to 2002 was about 7.6 points, but it has been about 5.8 from 2012 to 2014.More importantly, the 5 vs. 12 matchup looks a lot more like the 6 vs. 11 one than it does the 4 vs. 13. The No. 5 seeds have been considerably weaker than No. 4 seeds, and No. 12 seeds have been considerably stronger than No. 13 seeds. The average No. 5 seed had a 6.6 point expected advantage going into a game against its No. 12 seed opponent. That’s only 2.2 points higher than the average advantage that No. 6 seeds held against No. 11 seeds (4.4 points), but it’s 5.1 points lower than the average advantage that No. 4 seeds held against No. 13 seeds (11.7 points).It seems like the 5 vs. 12 seed matchup is the threshold where the games should start being much more competitive. Combine that with the psychological effect of thinking five is a number that has more in common with four than six (blame our five fingers), and you have a recipe for “shocking” upsets.That is, there are a number of upsets, but we shouldn’t really be shocked. Even just looking at recent history, No. 5 seeds have only been a greater than 10 point SRS favorite in eight round-of-64 games since 2005, and they won 7 of them.3The loser was Illinois against Western Kentucky in 2009. The No. 5 seed has been an SRS underdog three times (and lost twice). Still, the No. 5 seed has performed below what one would expect based on the difference between them and their opponents. But so have most seeds. Here’s a chart comparing the average expected outcomes based on SRS difference and average actual outcomes for each seed over the past 12 years:From this angle, the No. 5 seed “outlier” doesn’t look as impressive. Seeds No. 1 through 6 all underperformed expectations by a smallish — but somewhat consistent — amount. The main difference with the No. 5 seed is that it didn’t have a big enough advantage to underperform this much without losing a lot more games.In other words, if there’s something that has systematically led tournament favorites to underperform their expectations by a few points or so across the board,4As a strictly mathy thing, having a somewhat constant deviation isn’t as weird as it may seem because the standard deviation for a team’s actual SRS is similarly stable. So in this case, it’s a bit like the stronger teams are all running one standard deviation below the expected mean. No. 5 seeds would be disproportionately hard-hit. Thus the 5-seed jinx may be more like the proverbial “canary in a coal mine,” indicating that something bigger is going on.We know the Big Dance is exciting, but could there really be something about the tournament that makes favorites underperform and gives underdogs better-than-normal chances?It’s tricky. For example, the selection committee may systematically overvalue particular types/classes of teams, but that doesn’t necessarily explain why teams would underperform relative to SRS. Some of it could be that SRS is poorly calibrated for the types of matchups we see in the tournament (e.g., between larger and smaller conferences that rarely play each other). It could be that favorites are more likely to regress to the mean.5This is always a good candidate, but, interestingly, there is no such effect in the women’s tournament.Or it could just be that this is March Madness, and anything can happen. If there’s one piece of folk wisdom that has emerged over the past decade or so of March Madness, it’s that No. 5 seeds are jinxed. SportsCenter did a whole story on the subject featuring Virginia Commonwealth University. In 2012, VCU was a No. 12 seed that pulled off a “shocking” upset against Wichita State. In 2013, VCU was itself a No. 5 but defied the trend, crushing No. 12 Akron by 46 points to become the only No. 5 seed to win its opening-round (round of 64) game that year. In 2014, VCU’s story came full circle. It again entered the tournament as a No. 5 seed but was upset by unheralded No. 12 seed Stephen F. Austin University. The tournament quirk that was once VCU’s magic was now its curse.Including those VCU games, No. 12 seeds over the past three years have pulled off upsets in eight of 12 round-of-64 matchups, including six of their last eight. It would be extremely easy to dismiss this as a freak occurrence. (I certainly did at first.) But it’s a real phenomenon. And after looking into it, I think it may be indicative of something larger. The 5-seed jinx may be a sign that March Madness — at least on the men’s side — is even madder than we think.But I’ll get there. First, let’s look at the phenomenon. If it seems like No. 12 seeds beat No. 5 seeds more than they should, it’s because they have. Going back to 1995, No. 5 seeds have been upset 33 times in 80 games. Their 59 percent win rate compares unfavorably to the 66 percent win rate of No. 6 seeds. Based on the trend, it would appear that No. 5 seeds should be winning more like 72 percent. Take a look at how far No. 5 seeds deviate in the chart below. The gray region is the standard error on the fit between seed and win percentage when not including the No. 5 seed:So they’re an outlier, but is it significant? Particularly, how unlikely is this to have happened by chance? Let us consult the oracle of binom.dist() — Excel’s handy function that tells you the probability of things happening a certain number of times, given the probability of them happening once. In a fun bit of symmetry, given an expected win rate of 72 percent, the odds of No. 5 seeds losing six of eight, eight of 12, or 33 of 80 are all about the same: Each is a little under 1 percent.10.8 percent, 0.6 percent and 0.7 percent, respectively.Note that it would be unremarkable for this to have happened by chance: One in a hundred-type things happen every day. But, as a committed Bayesian, I have to consult my priors and determine whether the phenomenon of No. 5 seeds’ underperforming is more likely to be a result of chance or other plausible factors.First, let’s look at how strong each seed’s teams have been since 1995. As you go from the 1 vs. 16 matchups down to the 8 vs. 9 ones, the better-seeded teams get worse and the worse-seeded teams get better, making the contests much closer. To see how much so, we can plot each team’s SRS (Simple Rating System, a metric that measures margin of victory adjusted for strength of schedule) prior to the game.2I backed these out myself, so there may be very small differences from what was actually recorded at the time. They’re as prior to each team’s round-of-64 match for each year (since 1995). read more


first_imgJorginho’s shock move to Chelsea instead of Manchester City appears set to happen with Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis confirming the newsThe Italy international had been expected to join Pep Guardiola’s this summer after the Catalan had made Jorginho his top transfer target.But, while Jorginho and his agent were keen on the move, City were unable to agree on a suitable transfer fee with Napoli and Chelsea are understood to have now made a move of their own for the 26-year-old.The rumours began this week in a double scoop that will see both Jorginho and his former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri arrive at Stamford Bridge this summer.During Carlo Ancelotti’s official presentation as the new Napoli manager, De Laurentiis confirmed that Jorginho’s move to Chelsea is set to go ahead – although he was not quite as certain when it came to Sarri.“We said to ourselves if Jorginho has any requests, we’ll take them into account,” said De Laurentiis, according to SportsKeeda.“I accepted Manchester City’s offer 15 days ago but I have to apologise to them.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“I can understand if the player prefers to live in London than in Manchester, and if Chelsea pay him more I can understand that too.“Jorginho to Chelsea is not tied to Sarri.”Sarri is no longer the Napoli manager, but is still tied to the club with his contract.With Chelsea reluctant to pay for his release clause, on top of paying current head coach Antonio Conte a big severance package for releasing him, Sarri’s prospects do not look to good right now.But De Laurentiis did have some positive news on the matter: “His case is at the finish line, it depends on him. We’ll see what happens in the next hours.“My lawyers have submitted the text to his lawyers.”last_img read more