One of Donegal’s rural roads has been identified on a list of Ireland’s worst accident blackspots.A new analysis of the most treacherous road segments in Ireland has shown that the N56 in Gaoth Dobhair, where the road meets the junction of the R258 and crosses the Clady Bridge, is one of the 20 most dangerous areas.The research carried out by Gamma Location Intelligence found that the Donegal segment had a collision rate of 125, based on the number of road accidents per 100 million vehicle kilometres. The most dangerous stretch of road was found to be in Galway, located just east of Kylemore Lough, from Cliften to near Leenaune along the N59. This road had a collision rate of 1131.Richard Garry, Director of Location Intelligence for Gamma said: “Overall, according to the data provided by Transport Infrastructure Ireland, collision rates are decreasing across the country.“However, there are specific stretches of roads where the frequency of collisions is still high.“Not only does this analysis show drivers where they need to take extra care; it is also useful for insurance companies as it identifies the areas which are worst for road accidents and enables them to better assess risk.” West Donegal road named as one of Ireland’s most dangerous areas was last modified: September 26th, 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)
Donegal Minister Joe McHugh has said the 12 rural spots to host special new hubs for broadband across the county will be a game changer.The Minister for Education and Skills revealed the locations after a Cabinet meeting where his Government colleague and Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Energy Richard Bruton got sign-off on the National Broadband Plan.Minister McHugh said: “High speed Internet in rural areas is investing in people and communities for the future. “It will help people work from home, access services and generally make lives easier.”The National Broadband Plan kicks off in the new year with work to connect fibre optic cables to broadband connection points in community settings such as GAA clubs, community centres and public libraries. The community hubs will all be connected by the end of next year.In Donegal about €128m is being invested to connect 32,130 homes, farms and businesses thanks to the National Broadband Plan.Minister McHugh said: “Twelve of the special hubs are in Donegal. They will give people in rural areas access to free broadband while they await a high-speed connection to their own home or business. “They will make a tremendous difference to life in rural Donegal – in homes, schools, businesses and farms and in healthcare and other day to day services. They are a real signal of intent by this Government to support and sustain rural life and to help communities thrive.”The 12 locations in Donegal for the special rural broadband hubs are:* Carnowen Presbyterian Hall, Raphoe* Cranford Coole Community Centre, Cranford* Dunree Military Museum, Fort Dunree, Buncrana* Glenveagh National Park* Leghowney Community Centre* Malin Head* Meenreagh Hostel, Killygordon* Rathlin Knitwear, Glenn Cholm Cille* Ray Athletics Club, Ray, Milford* Amharchlann Ghaoth Dobhair* Comharchumann Oileán Thorai* Westbic, Ballymoon, KilcarMinister McHugh said: “The National Broadband Plan is an investment for the future. In the coming years small and rural schools up and down the county will see a massive difference. It will allow teachers access to materials and information in a way that was not possible before.“And I am using this hugely important decision by Government to call on multinationals, tech companies and other employers in big cities and urban areas to start planning now for bases in the regions. “This is a once in a generation opportunity to bring new industry and enterprise to Donegal over the next five years, to complement the hugely successful homegrown industries and fin-tech services that are employing thousands. And they can do this with the knowledge of first class, fibre optic, futureproofed broadband.Minister McHugh added: “When you break it down into the 300 areas where the Government is stepping in to invest in high speed internet, the reality is that it’s hugely beneficial and a solid investment in communities of the future.“It is a good deal for rural Ireland. It’s a powerful investment for the next generation and generations to come. It’s going to be life changing, just like rural electrification. And it’s going to provide new opportunities for people living and working outside our main towns and villages.“It’s quite simply a game changer for rural Ireland and I am proud to be part of the Government that’s delivering it. “People will see the difference that it’s making when they begin to see the hubs opening and they begin to use the high speed broadband. And that will happen in the coming months.”€128M broadband investment to connect 32,000 Donegal homes and businesses was last modified: November 22nd, 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:donegalinvestmentroadband
21 June 2010 Mexico and France met at the Peter Mokaba stadium in Polokwane on Friday in a night that rocked the World Cup host city. For the local spectators, it was a match that made them realise that the World Cup party had well and truly arrived in Polokwane. “It was a brilliant spectacle, and the match took Polokwane to another level,” said Thabo Molokwane, who has been looking forward to seeing a World Cup match in his home town ever since he heard the new stadium was being built. “This was a memorable day for everyone … This is history,” Molokwane said. “It was fantastic for a villager like myself to see world-class players in action at the Peter Mokaba stadium.” Jamie Robb, who had travelled from Johannesburg for the match, said: “It was a great game … The vibe in the stadium was awesome, the Mexicans were great.” The Mexican fans took up an entire stand of the Polokwane stadium, spurring their side on to a 2-0 victory over the French. “They went crazy when a goal was scored, they must have outnumbered the French fans a thousand to one,” said Robb. The city of Polokwane was one of the host cities that received a new stadium, which is wowing fans. The 45 000 seater stadium is the largest in the province of Limpopo, and has changed the sporting atmosphere of the city. “The new stadium is impressive, the massive columns and the way it sticks out above the bushveld,” said Robb. “I would like to watch another game here, it is radical.” Shaina Facey is a 16-year-old local who is thrilled to have the World Cup in her city. “There is an electric feeling here, people are happy and getting behind the teams,” Facey said. “There is something amazing happening here, the World Cup feels like it brought this city together.” Many of the Polokwane residents are excited by the influx of foreign visitors into their city. “We met some of the Mexicans and it was really great to see them around,” said Facey. “It’s very interesting to have foreigners here, I think people are enjoying it.” Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committee
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Man Utd ace Mata relaunches blog: Let’s be positiveby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAfter victory at Cardiff City, Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata is again writing for his personal blog.He opined: “Without doubt, it is one of the busiest times of the year in terms of the amount of games there are in English football.”We have two games at Old Trafford and we want to close out December in the best possible way: with two wins.”Obviously, it has been a different week with the change of manager and I’d like to thank Jose for the trophies we won together and wish him luck for the future.”As you will all be aware, the legendary Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is our new boss and we couldn’t have started off upon his return to the club in a better way. “It was a convincing win against Cardiff and it will raise morale going into the end of 2018 and the rapidly approaching New Year. “It is time for be optimistic, to look ahead and keep working hard to climb up the table. We are really motivated to do so while entertaining our fans, who deserve so much.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Martinez offers transfer advice to Chelsea ace Hazardby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBelgium coach Roberto Martinez says Chelsea ace Eden Hazard needs to trust his “intuition” over the prospect of leaving for Real Madrid. With Real circling, Hazard has postponed new contract talks until the end of the season.Martinez has weighed into the debate, stating: “Hazard? He is a person who is always guided by his intuition. He is a realistic player. “He left Belgium very young because he wanted to be a footballer, and from there, he managed things with his clubs that are not normal. He is a person who is prepared to arrive in any project at the global level. “My advice is that he be happy and follow his intuition.”
jarmal reid trips refereeWe’ve all been there. In the heat of the moment, after you think you’ve been fouled on the basketball court, you look to the referee to plead your case. Oregon State’s Jarmal Reid went one step further – however. He’s in trouble for it today.Reid, during Oregon State’s contest against Utah Sunday night, was unhappy after being bumped following a steal. After falling down and seeing that no foul had been called, he intentionally stuck his foot out to trip the referee. He was promptly ejected.Jarmal Reid of Oregon State was ejected for tripping an official. Never seen this before. https://t.co/y24JrRH7Ex— Rob Dauster (@RobDauster) January 18, 2016Utah went on to win the game. Reid’s decision is now being reviewed by the Pac-12. Don’t be surprised if he doesn’t see the court for quite some time.
The Philadelphia Eagles are 2-0, but they’re living dangerously. The Eagles fell behind 17-0 against Jacksonville on opening day before hanging 34 unanswered points on the Jaguars defense. And Philadelphia was at it again in Monday night’s victory over the Indianapolis Colts. Trailing 20-6 at one point in the third quarter, the Eagles came back to win on a Cody Parkey field goal as time expired.Philadelphia has an average points-per-game margin of +10 so far this season, which ties it for fifth-best in the NFL. If you look at how the Eagles’ games have developed, though, you’d never guess they’d have such a positive scoring margin. To measure this phenomenon, FiveThirtyEight contributor Chase Stuart has created a metric called Game Scripts, which attempts to more accurately measure how the totality of a game played out beyond the final score line. A team’s Game Script in a given game (or season) is its average point margin at any given moment.Against Indianapolis, the Eagles had a Game Script of -4.8, meaning they trailed by nearly five points at any given moment in the game. Needless to say, teams that post a Game Script of -4.8 tend to lose. Historically, only about 17 percent of teams with that particular Game Script win the game in question. But that’s nothing compared with Philadelphia’s game vs. Jacksonville — the Eagles won despite a -7.1 Game Script. Teams with such a negative Game Script tend to win only 9 percent of the time.Adding those two winning percentages up, we’d expect the Eagles to have won just 0.26 games so far this year, based on the degree to which they’ve trailed and the amount of time they’ve spent trailing. That represents a huge difference from their actual win total (two). Through two games, it’s the biggest difference between actual wins and Game Script-predicted wins of any team since 1978 (when the league expanded to a 16-game schedule in 1978).But that gap is probably unsustainable. After all, impressive late-game comebacks aren’t necessarily very predictive of how a team will play in the future. However, I decided to test which statistic was a better descriptor of a team like the Eagles: two actual wins in two games, or 0.26 Game Script-predicted wins?For both metrics, I looked at teams’ two-game starts to the season (excluding strike-shortened campaigns) and their records over the remainder of the season. For example, the average 2-0 team ended up winning eight games out of its next 14. So just from Philadelphia’s record alone, we’d expect them to finish the season 10-6. But the average team with 0.26 Game Script-predicted wins through two games won only 5.9 of their next 14 games, which would yield a predicted record of about 8-8 for the Eagles despite the 2-0 start.I then tested which mixture of actual and Game Script-predicted wins yielded the best prediction about how a team would finish the year. The result? Both variables carry almost exactly the same weight. Accuracy is maximized when predicting a team’s rest-of-season record by giving 50.7 percent weight to that which would be predicted from its actual record, and 49.3 percent to that which would be predicted from its Game Script. (And both variables are statistically significant.)For the Eagles, this means they aren’t quite the team we’d expect from their 2-0 record. But they also shouldn’t have their big average deficits completely held against them. Combining the two metrics, we’d expect them to finish with almost exactly seven wins in their final 14 games, which would yield a record of 9-7.
OSU redshirt junior right fielder Jacob Bosiokovic (17) gets ready to swing during a game against Bethune-Cookman on April 2 at Bill Davis Stadium.Credit: Edward Sutelan | For The LanternHumble pie does not taste good, but sometimes it’s necessary in order to get a dose of reality.Ohio State baseball coach Greg Beals knows this all too well after his alma mater Kent State provided that slice of truthful decadence with an 8-3 thumping Tuesday evening. OSU (19-8-1, 2-1) had been riding a seven-game winning streak, and dating back to the March 15 win over UNLV, had won 12 of its last 13 games. But the throttling at the hands of the Golden Flashes provided a blinding reality check that Beals is using as a learning experience. “It wasn’t just (Tuesday’s starter) Ryan Feltner, we all got punched in the mouth yesterday,” Beals said. “So it’s good. The competitors that we are, it’s not all bad.”OSU hasn’t faced a Big Ten opponent on the road so far this season, and the nonconference loss to Kent State was its first matchup versus a road opponent with a winning record.Now, OSU, which is 4-4 on the road, is getting set to head to College Park, Maryland, for its first-ever road series with the recently added Big Ten rival Maryland Terrapins (14-15, 1-2). Last season, the Terps took two of three games at Bill Davis Stadium in May, sending OSU into a tailspin that it couldn’t steer out of. OSU co-captain and third baseman Nick Sergakis said the Buckeyes are looking for revenge against the Terrapins after they stole a series from the Buckeyes in Columbus. “They came into our place and kind of handed it to us a little bit,” Sergakis said. “We wanna go out to their park and do the same thing to them. They’re a good team, we have not taken them lightly. It’s a big Big Ten series.” Beals noted that OSU is more experienced and more potent on offense, leading him to believe his guys will be ready for the battle when junior ace Tanner Tully takes the mound on Friday. Scouting MarylandMaryland enters the series as losers of three of its last four games, including a frustrating series loss to High Point at home. Maryland currently sits at 1-2 in the Big Ten after dropping two of three at Iowa, and the series this weekend against the Buckeyes will open a swing of conference games that make up nine of its next 10. The Terrapins lean heavily on underclassmen for production at the plate, as their top three hitters — sophomore infielder Kevin Biondic, freshman infielder Nick Dunn and freshman outfielder Marty Costes — have accounted for a combined 11 home runs, 56 RBIs and a .325 average. The Terrapin pitching staff sits in eighth place in the Big Ten with a 4.30 team ERA, but it’s loaded with top-notch talent. The pitching staff has been led by sophomore right-hander Taylor Bloom, who leads the team with a 4-2 record and a 2.36 ERA. Perhaps most impressively, Bloom leads the Terps with 8.5 strikeouts for each walk, which is tied for 16th in Division I. “Their starting pitchers are good,” Beals said. “We’ve gotta be able to be fastball ready and make sure we’re able to capitalize on the good pitches that we do get to hit, and then most importantly, we’ve gotta stay off their breaking balls. If we can stay away from the chases and hit the pitches we’re supposed to hit, I think we’ll be good.”Back on the right trackIn the latest release of the RPI standings by the NCAA, OSU came in at 149th place out of 300 teams, meaning OSU will have to turn up the heat for the rest of the conference season in order to boost its tournament résumé. Beals stressed the importance of getting back on the winning track against Maryland as a direct way to do that, as this series is the first of four consecutive Big Ten series for the Buckeyes. A big factor for OSU to get back to their winning ways is whether redshirt sophomore pitcher Adam Niemeyer will be able to shake off the hamstring pull that caused him to exit his last start against Bethune-Cookman after just 4.1 innings of work. “We’re going to bump him back to Sunday,” Beals said. “Right now we’re going to go Tully, (senior John) Havird and Niemeyer — just buying Adam another day. There’s still some soreness and tightness in that hamstring, we’re going to learn more about it today and tomorrow.”Junior catcher and co-captain Jalen Washington said the team will be ready to open its first series in Maryland and stressed the importance of getting on a roll in the conference. “Each Big Ten series is a big opportunity for us, so we just need to get out there and get ahead of it,” Washington said. “We don’t want to look back at the end of the season and worry about losing one to Maryland when we could have taken the series from them. Each opportunity is big for us.” The first pitch in College Park is set to be thrown out at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, while Saturday and Sunday’s games are scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectively.