first_imgThe organiser of a massive truck protest which converged on Dail Eireann today has revealed he has secured a meeting with the new Minister for Transport.But Donegal businessman John McLaughlin warned that if polticians don’t keep their promise, he will bring the country to a standstill with another huge truck protest.The Covoy-based haulier, of JML Transport, today handed in a letter of protest at Leinster House complaining about the recent hike in fuel costs. Gardai appealed to protestors not to bring Dublin to a standstill and an agreement was reached to allow just 15 vehicles into the city centre.Mr McLaughlin earlier led a fleet of trucks into the city centre after travelling from Donegal on Monday and picking up almost 100 vehicles along the way.They were also joined by two coach-loads of people from across Donegal who travelled up earlier this morning.Now the Donegal businessman has revealed he has been promised a meeting by Fine Gael if, as expected, they win the upcoming general election. However Mr McLaughlin, whose workforce has been depleted from a workforce of 78 to just 8 within two years, has promised strong action if he does not secure that meeting with the Government.“We have behaved ourselves all along and done everything by the book and co-operate with the Gardai.“We are hopeful that we can get that meeting with the new Government and we have to take people on their word on that.“But I can tell you that if we do not get that meeting within three weeks then we will bring this country to a standstill with a massive truck protest.“That is not a threat but we have to follow through with this and show the new Government that we mean business. “This does not just involve the transport companies because the ordinary person on the street is having to pay up to €20 a week just to run their car and they simply can’t afford that,” he said.EndsDONEGAL TRUCK BOSS PROMISES MORE PROTESTS IF NEW GOVERNMENT DOESN’T ACT was last modified: February 23rd, 2011 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)last_img read more

Raiders’ great Charles Woodson is in the house, and he’s got opinions

first_imgNAPA — Charles Woodson, in town for an event at his winery in the area, took in the Raiders joint practice session with the Los Angeles Rams Thursday.The former Raiders and Green Bay Packers great has got some time on his hands this football season.“I wasn’t brought back to ESPN,” Woodson said. “I’m a free agent.”Woodson talked with servicemen who were invited guests to practice, mixed with players afterward and had a conversation with quarterback Derek Carr before stopping to talk with …last_img

Experimental Facebook Feature Shows Better Friend Suggestions

first_imgTags:#Facebook#web I realized that I did, in fact, want to be connected to quite a few of these people because our social graphs do have quite a bit of overlap and we’ve met in person or online. Some of these recommendations, such as Tara Hunt and Sarah Austin, popped up several times as they were mutual friends of more than one new friend I’d just confirmed. Smart tech! “We are still testing it,” wroteFacebook rep Kathleen Loughlin in an email, “but we’ve found that Facebook is a more valuable experience for people when they are able to find and connect with their friends. While we already have a variety of tools to help people connect, we’ve started experimenting with ways to make these tools even more accessible and easy to use.”We particularly enjoy this feature because it gives a more tangible reason to reach out to a new friend than the easily ignored “mystery people” column on the right side of the screen. Sure, they might have friends in common with me, but which friends? What social groups are they part of that relate to what I’m doing? Making and finding friends this way can require a bit of digging around, for example, realizing that you’ve actually met the person before because you go to the same conferences. So it’s not ideal for at-a-glace suggestions sometimes.What do you think of the new feature? Is it helpful or not for how you use Facebook and how you define or filter your Facebook friends? Let us know what you think about it in the comments.Also, if you’ve got a moment, check out RWW’s Facebook page! We’d love to have you as a fan. Related Posts We’ve just discovered an awesome new feature that Facebook is using to experiment with friend request confirmation pages.When you confirm a new friend, you’ll be presented with four people that friend is connected to – four suggestions for people who might be mutual acquaintances based on your social graph. It’s more useful and more accurate than the current friend/fan suggestion feature, and we actually like it a lot. Check out the screenshots, or try it for yourself the next time someone friend requests you.Here’s a screenshot of what happened for me when I approved a recent string of requests: The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification jolie odell A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…last_img read more

Manchester United’s season hits new low with 3-1 loss to Liverpool in English Premier League

first_imgLOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Liverpool’s 3-1 win over its great rival on Sunday was confirmation of that — although it still needed two strokes of luck to underline the gulf that has quickly grown between English soccer’s two grandest clubs.Xherdan Shaqiri came off the bench and scored goals from deflected shots in the 73rd and 80th minutes to finally give Liverpool daylight in a match it dominated from the start at Anfield. In total, Liverpool had 36 shots to United’s six.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefThe gap between Liverpool in first place and United in sixth place extended to 19 points after just 17 games.“We cannot compare with their intensity,” Mourinho said, “we cannot compare with their physicality.” Liverpool’s Xherdan Shaqiri celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield in Liverpool, England, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)Jose Mourinho chose his words carefully, and they proved to be as candid as they were concerning for Manchester United as its worst start to a Premier League season hit a new low.“Liverpool,” Mourinho said, “is a better team than us.”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion The drinks were on Ralph Hasenhuettl at St. Mary’s Stadium.In a bid to raise spirits at the struggling south-coast club, its new Austrian coach sent drinks vouchers to all season-ticket holders ahead of the game against Arsenal. It wasn’t the only thing the Southampton fans were celebrating on Sunday.Charlie Austin’s 85th-minute goal sealed a 3-2 win that lifted Southampton out of the relegation zone with 17 of 38 matches gone. It was the first victory for Hasenhuettl since taking over from the fired Mark Hughes two weeks ago, and he greeted the final whistle by running onto the field and leaping into the air in delight.Arsenal twice came from behind through goals from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and looked like preserving a 22-game undefeated streak in all competitions and an unbeaten run in the league stretching back to Aug. 18 — a stretch of 14 games. Danny Ings put Southampton ahead both times.Arsenal stayed in fifth place, but is now three points behind Chelsea.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIES Late PBA Draft pick John Ragasa to work on his defense, hopes to get roster spot with NorthPort TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img “The mix-up of big fight and really playing football against an unbelievably strong team,” Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said of his team’s performance, which he described as “one of the best we’ve had” in his three-year tenure.Liverpool reclaimed its one-point lead over Manchester City with nearly half the season gone. United, meanwhile, is on 26 points — its lowest haul after 17 games since the 1990-91 season — and has a goal difference of zero.HAZARD’S NEW ROLEEden Hazard is settling just fine into his new attacking role at Chelsea.Playing as a “false nine” for the second straight game, Hazard set up Pedro Rodriguez’s early goal and then scored himself for the first time since October to lead Chelsea to a 2-1 win at Brighton.The Belgium forward usually plays on the left wing but is being deployed by Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri in the center of a mobile front three, between Pedro and Willian. It was an approach Sarri used to great effect when in charge of Italian team Napoli in his previous job.Hazard set up two goals in Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Manchester City last weekend, leading Sarri to keeping him as the team’s deep-lying central striker at Brighton.Outplayed in the first half, Brighton improved after the break and reduced the deficit when Solly March turned in a shot from close range in the 66th.Chelsea stayed eight points behind Liverpool.HASENHUETTL’S FIRST WIN Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue MOST READ Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? The sight of former United manager Alex Ferguson looking glum in the stands and United’s record signing, Paul Pogba, burying his head in his thick training top to shield himself from the driving rain summed up the state of United at the moment.“We can still finish fourth,” Mourinho added. “For sure, we are going to finish top six.”United is one point above seventh-placed Wolverhampton Wanderers and 11 behind fourth-placed Chelsea.Shaqiri’s intervention spared Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker from some of his embarrassment after the Brazil international gifted United its equalizer by fumbling a fairly tame cross from Romelu Lukaku into the path of Jesse Lingard in the 33rd minute.That goal canceled out the 24th-minute opener from Sadio Mane, which came amid a breathless start from Liverpool as United’s defense was opened up constantly.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

X-Blades Promotion

first_imgThis fortnight Touch Football Australia’s (TFA) official footwear sponsor, X-Blades, will be promoting another great boot deal through the TFA website and newsletter. X-Blades has a great deal this fortnight on its Legend Elite RFX boots which were $180, but for TFA members they are now $80. As well as this great deal, anyone who purchases these boots will receive a free X-Blades gym sack. The Legend Elite RFX boots have the following specifications – Kangaroo leather upper, injected EVA wedge for comfort, bionic dual density outsole with graduated blade lengths and external heel counter for Achilles support.To take advantage of this great deal, please visit the X-Blades online shop and enter the code ‘TFARX’ at the checkout. To visit the X-Blades online shop, please click on the following link: Stay tuned to the TFA website for more great promotions from X-Blades. Related Fileslegend_elite_rfx-jpggym_sak-jpgRelated LinksX-Blades Promotionlast_img read more

21 days agoBarcelona in contact with River Plate coach Marcelo Gallardo

first_imgBarcelona in contact with River Plate coach Marcelo Gallardoby Carlos Volcano21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRiver Plate coach Marcelo Gallardo is a shock target for Barcelona.Barca coach Ernesto Valverde is under pressure at the Nou Camp after a stuttering start to the season.TNT says Barca are searching out alternatives, with Gallardo high on the agenda.Indeed, the Argentine has already spoken with Barca management, but he replied that he could not make a decision yet as he’s focused on River’s Copa Libertadores campaign.Gallardo made his name in France with successful spells at PSG and Monaco. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Video: Georgia Releases “A Call To Action” Video Ahead Of Spring Game

first_imgUniversity of Georgia stands during a football game.Georgia’s first-year head coach Kirby Smart is set to show off his team for the the first time in front of the home crowd Saturday afternoon at the spring game. With so much excitement surrounding the program, it’s worth taking a moment to appreciate how UGA got here. So, to make sure fans are all caught up, Georgia posted this awesome “A Call To Action” video to its official Vimeo page to highlight the Bulldogs’ short journey under Smart.Georgia’s spring game is scheduled to kick off Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m.last_img

The NFLs New Defensive Rules Probably Arent Going To Make A Difference

Every offseason, NFL officials make an instructional video that highlights new rules and gives players a warning about which existing ones will be called more tightly in the upcoming season. This year, officials say they’re going to key in on defensive holding and illegal contact, ensuring they’re called correctly.According to reporting by ESPN’s Jeffri Chadiha, officials became concerned that those particular penalties were not being called as often as they were a decade ago. (Conspiracy theorists, on the other hand, blamed the Seattle Seahawks’ dominant defensive performance against Peyton Manning’s record-setting Denver Broncos offense in the Super Bowl.) With an assist from the data of, we wondered if the official rationale holds up: Have illegal contact and defensive holding really been called less (on a per-pass basis) in recent seasons?In the case of illegal contact, yes. In 2004, Indianapolis Colts general manager Bill Polian spent the offseason lobbying the NFL Competition Committee to more strictly enforce the illegal contact rule in the wake of his team’s 24-14 playoff defeat against the New England Patriots (a game in which Manning — then playing for Indianapolis — tossed four interceptions).As the chart below shows, referees began calling the penalty much more often the very next season, a 15-year high point. Since then, the penalty’s frequency has steadily receded.However, the pattern is less obvious with defensive holding, which also peaked around the middle of the decade but reversed its decline by 2010, and was near its 15-year high just last season. It doesn’t seem to be a penalty in need of greater emphasis.Then again, concerns about the wisdom of placing more restrictions on defenders in an already pass-happy league may be largely academic. At least in terms of illegal contact and defensive holding, there doesn’t seem to be any relationship between the frequency of either penalty being called and the NFL’s overall level of passing efficiency (as measured by Adjusted Net Yards Per Attempt).The last time the NFL cracked down on holding and contact by defenders, it didn’t make any noticeable dent in the rising trend of passing efficiency. Pass offenses have steadily become more and more efficient over the last decade and a half — but that’s part of a longterm trend of increased passing efficacy, not because of the rule changes inspired by Polian a decade ago. The same will likely be true for the changes made this offseason as well. read more

The Freshman Connection

Ohio State football’s current freshman class might hold a go-to offensive duo that Buckeye Nation could enjoy for years to come in quarterback Braxton Miller and wide receiver Devin Smith.Miller and Smith have combined for three touchdowns through the Buckeyes’ first four games, and at least one OSU coach expects the first-year duo’s productivity to continue.In both players’ first game in Scarlet and Gray on Sept. 3 against Akron, Miller found Smith in the end zone late in the contest for his first career touchdown pass. Smith’s catch, which went for 14 yards, was his first career touchdown as well.The two freshmen didn’t stop there.On Saturday against Colorado, Miller linked with Smith on a 32-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter.Smith described that play as “too easy” for he and Miller.“(Colorado) played a little outside on me,” Smith said. “And I ran a post on that play and I was wide open.”The next time the players connected for a touchdown — a fade by Miller in the third quarter, which required Smith to catch the ball and drag his feet in the end zone — was evidence enough to suggest that the two players might be developing an on-field relationship, which players and fans alike can rely on.“(Smith and I are) comfortable in practice in the things we do,” Miller said. “We take time out to throw the ball.”Offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Jim Bollman said he hadn’t initially considered the burgeoning relationship between Smith and Miller.Bollman said it makes sense that the two players would be helping each other succeed.“Well, it’s interesting because I hadn’t thought about that at all,” Bollman said. “Naturally, both players coming in together at the same time, you can see that situation evolving between receivers and quarterbacks who are getting some opportunities to play early.”Of the five passes Miller completed against the Buffaloes, Smith caught three for a total of 64 yards.Smith said the relationship fans see between he and Miller on the field extends far beyond Ohio Stadium and the practice fields.“(Miller) is sort of quiet, funny a little bit,” Smith said. “We walk to class. Everybody’s asking him questions and stuff like that, he’s real cool about it. I think that’s what makes him a great kid.”After Smith’s three catches for 64 yards on Saturday, he is now tied for the team lead in receptions with eight and leads in team in receiving yards with 183.And how’s this for a relationship — the night before the Colorado game, Smith even said he dreamt about catching touchdown passes from Miller.“That’s what I was thinking about the whole time,” Smith said.Other freshmen, including receiver Evan Spencer and linebacker Ryan Shazier, have seen playing time for the Buckeyes, but Miller and Smith have set themselves apart from their classmates.Bollman is optimistic the Miller-Smith partnership will evolve as the team moves into conference play.“It’s good to see, no question about it,” Bollman said. “We hope (they) continue to improve.”Miller agreed.“We (Smith and Miller) are getting a connection on the field,” he said. “(We’ll) just keep working for the next game.”Miller and Smith will attempt to continue their shared success on Saturday when OSU hosts Michigan State in its Big Ten opener. Kickoff at the ‘Shoe is set for 3:30 p.m. read more