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Breaking: Frank McBrearty on verge of quitting Fine Gael

first_imgNewly elected Fine Gael county councillor Frank McBrearty is on the verge of quitting the party, according to sources close to the Raphoe man.McBrearty was elected to the Stranorlar Municipal District Authority just three days ago.The 50-year old is blaming internal pressure and claims he is being ‘bullied’ by other members of the party. He has told sources that he is seriously considering quitting the party.The source told Donegal Daily that McBrearty is also considering co-opting his wife onto the council.McBrearty was an Independent councillor but stood for Fine Gael in the latest election.The source said “Frank wanted to come in and work hard for his community and for Fine Gael. But he claims that certain sections of the party are doing their damndest to work against him. “He claims there is a personal campaign to force him out of the party and he said he simply cannot work with Fine Gael under these conditions.“He wants to quit and will make his decision shortly. He just doesn’t want to work with people who are working against him.”Breaking: Frank McBrearty on verge of quitting Fine Gael was last modified: June 1st, 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:Fine GaelFrank McBreartyquitlast_img read more

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Pro wrestling returning to the Eureka

first_imgProfessional wrestling is returning to Humboldt County, and this time there will be an added bonus for local fans.The fifth annual Rumble in the Redwoods will take place at Redwood Acres on March 24, with five bouts scheduled between some familiar names.This year, however, the main event will feature a local wrestler competing for the first annual Pacific Northcoast Championship belt.“I wanted to give this territory it’s own identity,” event promoter and ring announcer Joe Sousa said. “This …last_img read more

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a month agoJones heaps praise on new Man Utd teammates Wan-Bissaka and Maguire

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Jones heaps praise on new Man Utd teammates Wan-Bissaka and Maguireby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the lovePhil Jones has heaped praise on new Manchester United teammates Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire.The pair have slotted straight into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first-choice defensive line-up and Jones thinks both players have enjoyed a great start to life at Old Trafford.“Aaron’s come in and settled in well and, likewise, Harry. He carries a bit more experience than Aaron but they’ve helped a lot,” Jones told Inside United.“Aaron’s up and down [the pitch], his tackling’s probably some of the best I’ve seen, and no one wants to go past him. You see players now stopping, turning around and going the other way, so that’s a credit to him.“Harry’s got the international experience. He’s a big, strong defender who has helped us and I’m sure he’ll be a great addition going forward.” last_img read more

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17 days agoEverton hero Howard part-owner in Dagenham & Redbridge FC

first_imgEverton hero Howard part-owner in Dagenham & Redbridge FCby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Everton and Manchester United goalkeeper Tim Howard is part-owner of Dagenham & Redbridge FC.Howard, 40, who made 414 appearances for the Blues across a decade-long stint between 2006-16 – more than any other player from outside the British Isles – played the final game of his professional career on Sunday in Colorado Rapids’ 3-1 defeat to Los Angeles.With his playing days now over, Howard looks poised to be casting his eyes back across the Atlantic on a more regular basis to National League club Dagenham & Redbridge where he has been part of their US-based Trinity Sports Holdings ownership team for the past year, says the Liverpool Echo.The club, who were only formed in 1992 after a merger between Dagenham FC and Redbridge Forest, spent nine years in the Football League between 2007-16 but are currently in the National League and finished 18 out of the 24 clubs in the division last season. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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2 days agoSNAPPED! Man City boss Guardiola loses rag with Stones

first_imgSNAPPED! Man City boss Guardiola loses rag with Stonesby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola slammed a seat and shouted at John Stones during their Champions League thrashing of Atalanta.BT Sport cameras captured the Citizens boss heading to the substitutes bench in the Etihad dugout after summer signing Rodri went down with an injury on Tuesday.It appears that Guardiola was unhappy that Stones hadn’t read the situation that he made be called upon if Rodri had to make way with an injury.And made his frustration known by slapping a chair in rage while shouting at Stones.Lol Pep really did lose it with Stones taking his time today pic.twitter.com/e0NarbJN5e— Kaila Kika (@KailaKika) October 22, 2019 About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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2 days agoAxel Tuanzebe back to boost Man Utd

first_imgAxel Tuanzebe back to boost Man Utdby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United defender Axel Tuanzebe is set to return at the weekend after a hip injury forced him out of the draw with Liverpool.The centre-back, 21, picked up the problem in the warm-up on Sunday and was replaced by Marcos Rojo.The Sun says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to rest the youngster for Thursday’s Europa League clash against Partizan Belgrade but he is expected for the trip to Norwich.Tuanzebe will be in contention for a place in the squad for the Carrow Road clash when Solskjaer looks to build on the draw against the Champions League holders.He had started the previous two Premier League matches against Arsenal and Newcastle, after getting told he is part of the first-team plans at United when loan offers came in this summer. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Inmate who spent four years in solitary subject to abhorrent treatment judge

first_imgA mentally ill Indigenous man kept in isolation in an Ontario jail for more than four years endured treatment so “abhorrent and “inhumane” it affected his ability to stand trial for murder, a judge ruled while staying the charge.Superior Court Justice John Fregeau ruled that Adam Capay, whose case sparked a public debate on solitary confinement in correctional facilities, endured permanent memory loss and had his pre-existing psychiatric disorders greatly exacerbated after spending four and a half years in segregation, often without proper sleep or access to mental health services.Fregeau’s late January decision, which resulted in Capay’s release, was subject to a publication ban that only lifted once prosecutors indicated this week they did not plan to appeal the stay of the first-degree murder charge in the case.Capay, 26, was accused of stabbing Sherman Quisses twice in the neck while both were at a correctional facility in Thunder Bay, Ont. While the judge acknowledged that Capay was responsible for Quisses’ death, he said the man’s subsequent years of isolation amounted to cruel and unusual punishment that violated his charter rights and left him unable to proceed to trial.“The treatment of the accused was, in my opinion, outrageous, abhorrent, and inhumane,” Fregeau wrote in his Jan. 28 decision. “There would be ongoing prejudice to the accused if forced to proceed to trial.”Fregeau’s ruling outlined a litany of difficult circumstances Capay faced beginning during his turbulent childhood on the Lac Seul First Nation in northwestern Ontario.Capay grew up in a family dominated by substance abuse and violence, the judge said. Capay was repeatedly sexually abused as a child, exposed to alcohol at age seven and had inhaled solvents by age eight, Fregeau wrote. Capay’s father once tried to force his son to kill him when he was 10, the judge added.Fregeau’s ruling said Capay was placed in segregation at the Thunder Bay Correctional Centre immediately after his 2012 attack on Quisses.Between June 4, 2012 and Dec. 6, 2016, Capay was largely kept in isolation for 23 hours a day.For much of that time, Capay languished in cells where the lights were kept on 24 hours a day. For long stretches, the detention blocks he was held in did not allow him to flush the toilet from inside the cell.Over his four and a half years in segregation, Fregeau found Capay received less than 11 hours of mental health support from jail staff.Capay’s long-standing isolation was known to correctional officials, who repeatedly signed off on extending his time in segregation even as the total number of days climbed up over the 1,600 mark.Fregeau noted Capay’s plight only came to light in 2016 after a guard tipped off Ontario’s human rights commissioner while she was visiting the facility.Calling the segregation review process “meaningless” in Capay’s case, Fregeau cited the testimony of an expert witness who described the system in dehumanizing terms.“People are filling out forms. They’re checking boxes, but it’s as if Adam Capay’s disappeared,” Michael Jackson, a British Columbia-based professor with expertise on the Indigenous people within the justice system, told court.Fregeau accepted testimony from other experts who said Capay suffered permanent memory loss and considerable deterioration in his mental state as a result of his long time in isolation.Crown lawyers had conceded his treatment while incarcerated amounted to cruel and unusual punishment, but said there were steps the court could take to ensure Capay still stood a fair trial. Defence lawyers contended the impacts of his segregation compromised his ability to stand trial or mount a credible defence.Capay’s lawyers said the decision to stay the first-degree murder charge is an indictment of the treatment their client endured.“A stay of proceedings was the only appropriate remedy,” Karen Symes and Adriel Weaver said. “The Crown’s decision not to appeal affirms that conclusion.”The lawyers acknowledged, however, that the decision is “a painful one” for Quisses’ family and community, saying they too suffered “profound harm” due to the actions of corrections officials.Capay’s case prompted the provincial Liberal government of the day to order a review of the use of segregation in jails. It also announced a 15-consecutive-day limit on inmates being held in disciplinary segregation, down from 30.The review, released in 2017, called for an end to indefinite segregation of inmates in the province’s jails, but stopped short of urging an outright ban on the practice.The province’s ombudsman has also urged the government to end indefinite segregation and said no inmate should be kept in isolation for more than 60 days in a year.Correctional Services Minister Sylvia Jones said the Progressive Conservative government respected Fregeau’s decision. Her thoughts were with the Quisses family, she said, noting the government has taken steps to manage inmates more effectively.“We must prevent a similar case from happening again,” she said.Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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How The LastPlace Bulls Became The Hottest Team In The East

CHICAGO — After the Bulls sparked controversy in June by trading their franchise star to launch a rebuild, the team’s floor — already below sea level — just kept dropping.In October, only days before the team’s season-opener, forwards Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic clashed during practice, with Mirotic suffering a concussion and fractured bones in his face. In November, the Warriors thrashed Chicago by 49 points — without All-Stars Kevin Durant and Draymond Green. Then earlier this month, things seemed to hit a new low. The Bulls, owners of a league-worst 3-20 mark, dropped a 10th-straight game, blowing a 16-point fourth-period lead to the Pacers.Fast forward two weeks, and that same ragtag collection of players who couldn’t buy a win in November is suddenly and mysteriously unbeatable. The Bulls, after blowing out Orlando on Wednesday, are winners of seven straight and own the East’s longest win streak. Only Golden State — 10 in a row — has more. If that seems bizarre … you’re right: Before this, no team in NBA history had ever lost 10 consecutive games (or more) and then rebounded with an immediate win streak of five games or more. Before this Bulls streak, FiveThirtyEight’s NBA projection system1Which, to be fair, doesn’t account for injuries like Mirotic’s. would have given Chicago just a 0.03 percent chance — 3 in 10,000 — of sweeping the seven games it’s won.The turnaround raises two questions for this young club: What, exactly, has changed in such a short amount of time? And are the Bulls at risk of jeopardizing their rebuild and a chance at a good lottery pick by winning too much? The Sixers Still Have Growing Pains To Work Out Related: The Lab Mirotic’s return is the easiest thing to connect to the Bulls’ streak, considering that it began with his first game back. He’s playing unsustainably well — it’s almost impossible to imagine his continuing to be the NBA’s most efficient high-volume post player while shooting 49 percent from the 3-point line. And he’s averaging 35.8 points and 14.1 rebounds per 100 possessions, which puts him among a handful of superstars in the league posting at least 35 and 10.Part of this is opportunity. Mirotic comes off the bench2When Lauri Markkanen is healthy enough to play. but is clearly the No. 1 option when he’s on the floor. That’s a change from the past, when he had to defer to Jimmy Butler, Dwyane Wade or Derrick Rose. But to his credit, Mirotic has made one key change in his game: The 6-foot-10 forward has been more decisive with the ball than in years past. In particular, he has largely shelved a pump fake that often seemed to do the opposite of its intended purpose.According to an analysis published in 2015 by Vantage Sports, Mirotic fired off a shot attempt after using a pump fake more than anyone in the league during the 2014-15 season, yet logged the worst field-goal percentage on those shots among the league’s most frequent pump fakers.3If you broaden the sample by one more year, Mirotic was even worse. He shot just 22 percent from the field after pump fakes over the two-season stretch covering 2014-15 and 2015-16, the worst in the league among players who attempted at least 100 shots after pump fakes in that window. (Unlike Stephen Curry or JJ Redick, who pump-fake their way into cleaner looks by using a side dribble, Mirotic often stood fully stationary and faked his way into a worse shot, which gave defenders extra time to close out on him even further. You can see the difference in the clips below — the first shows a failed pump fake from 2014 and the second, from Wednesday’s game, shows Mirotic shoot in rhythm without any hesitation.)Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/miroticpumpfake.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/miroticquick.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Pointing solely at Mirotic’s impact would be oversimplifying the genesis of the streak, though. Kris Dunn — acquired in the Butler trade after posting the league’s worst true-shooting percentage among regulars4Who played 15 minutes per night and in at least 65 games. last season — has settled in nicely as the starting point guard after an initial rough patch. He has been getting to the basket regularly — ranking fourth in the NBA during the Bulls’ win streak, with almost 18 drives per game — and finishing more consistently once he gets there.Quietly, backup shooting guard David Nwaba — who also recently returned after being injured — might be having the strongest influence on the team’s winning. He aggressively pushes the ball in transition, arguably one of the bigger shifts in Chicago’s identity. The Bulls have ranked second in pace during this streak, up from 23rd before it. The 24-year-old generates nearly 32 percent of his offense from transition opportunities, the highest rate in the NBA5Among players who’ve checked into at least 15 games and gotten at least two transition possessions per game. and has scored on an impressive 65 percent of those chances. That and his energy on defense explain Nwaba’s presence in eight of the Bulls’ nine most efficient two-man lineups6With at least 100 minutes played. up to this point.“It’s a lot easier for our team to score in transition instead of having to break down a set defense that’s already set up, so I like to run when I can,” said Nwaba, who is on pace to become the first 6-foot-4 or shorter player7Who has played at least 15 games and 20 minutes per contest. in 30 years to shoot 55 percent or better from the field. That mindset is particularly valuable to a points-starved Bulls team that, even after reeling off seven victories in a row, is essentially tied for last in the league in offensive efficiency.These two plays — in which Nwaba catches opposing players off guard by taking an extra dribble or two into the teeth of the transition defense — are typical of how he generates scores for Chicago.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nwaba.mp400:0000:0000:19Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/extradribble.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The defensive improvement has been noteworthy as of late, too, especially since the Bulls have begun playing lineups with four defenders who can all switch their assignments and having their rim protector play pick-and-rolls less aggressively.But no one — well, except maybe Bulls forward Denzel Valentine — expects Chicago to continue playing at this level. (Tonight, the 10-20 Bulls take on LeBron James and the Cavs, who dominated them in a game just before this streak began.) It’s highly unlikely that the Bulls will maintain their Warriors- or Rockets-like shooting from midrange or that opposing teams will continue bricking wide-open threes against them in late-game scenarios.A quick look at the replies under this tweet (highlighting the Bulls’ streak) shows that Chicago fans are worrying about how this stretch of good basketball could hurt the team’s odds of landing a top lottery pick, a concern that still seems a bit premature considering everything that could take place between now and the end of the season.As good as Mirotic has looked, he has had to split playing time with Lauri Markkanen, the team’s promising first-round draft pick.8Also acquired in the Butler deal, although the Bulls traded their own pick to Minnesota as part of the deal. If Mirotic keeps playing anywhere near this level, the Chicago front office would have a nice asset once his contract becomes tradable9On Jan. 15. — a move that would free up more opportunity for Markkanen, who’s far younger and more athletic than Mirotic and has a similar skill set.Beyond that, Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg told me and other reporters Wednesday that Zach LaVine is only two or three weeks away from seeing game action after tearing his ACL last season. His presence in the lineup will alter things considerably, for better or worse, as he knocks off the rust.All of this is simply another way of saying: Yes, the Bulls have been on a historic run the past couple of weeks, but they still have a fair number of flaws to work through. And for those worried about what the win streak means for tanking purposes, the educated guess here is that they’ll still lose plenty of games along the way to stay firmly in the lottery conversation.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

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Mancini the right man for Italy – Criscito

first_imgDomenico Criscito is certain that the Italian FA have made the right decision to appoint Roberto Mancini as the new head coach of the national team and is hopeful of being recalled into the squadThe Italian defender has worked with Mancini at Zenit St Petersburg in the Russian Premier League this season and Criscito was full praise upon learning of his former boss’ appointment.“He’s spectacular, both on a human level and a professional one,” the 31-year-old told Tuttosport, via Football-Italia.“I already knew him before he came to coach here because when he was at Inter he came to find out if I was willing to move to the Nerazzurri.“He knows so much about football but I don’t need to say that, his CV speaks for itself. He’s won wherever he’s gone, from Inter to Manchester City.”He added: “On a human level Mancini is outstanding, our relationship is excellent. I’ll never be able to thank him enough, he taught me football.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“I’m happy they’ve decided to entrust the resurrection of the national team to him, he’s the right man to bring us back to the footballing elite.”Criscito represented Italy in their disastrous World Cup appearance in 2010 and hasn’t played at international level since 2014.But with Mancini now the new manager, the left-back is hopeful of another call-up.“I’ll be honest, I did make some jokes with the boss!,” said Criscito.“All joking aside though, Mancini knows what I can offer, unlike [Giampiero] Ventura who considered Russia to be too far away to come and watch me…“I really hope with all my heart that I’ll have the chance to wear Azzurro again.”last_img read more

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Star GK rejects Napoli to sign with Arsenal

first_imgIt is possible that Bernd Leno could be nearing a move to Arsenal. Petr Cech is now 36 and he couldn’t impress largely enough during the last season.In the same vein, David Ospina is a goalkeeper that provides little faith for Arsenal fans as well as other media speculations trailing the new goalkeeper signing for Arsenal.There are also rumours that the 26-year-old has turned down Napoli, and is at the moment being chased by Atletico Madrid too which could be the reason behind the decision.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.The Azzurri were more interested in Rui Patricio while Leno reportedly has a €25 million release clause separating him from an exit, too. His agent also claimed, however, that the Bayer Leverkusen star can only have one priority which is the Mannschaft, according to calciomercato.“Bernd is concentrating entirely on the national team, nothing else matters,” he said.“There are several options for his future, which are tested without any hassle, this has not changed today.” “At the moment, Bernd is a player from Bayer Leverkusen, and this has been constant for more than seven years. As soon as there is something else to announce, we will do that.”last_img read more

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