Road users urged to take extra care after overnight icy conditions

first_img Road users urged to take extra care after overnight icy conditions Community Enhancement Programme open for applications WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR All road users are being urged to take extra care this morning after icy conditions overnight.Temperatures plunged to as low as minus 4 degrees in parts of the country with Met Eireann’s yellow snow and ice warning still in place.main routes have been gritted, but local authorities are advising that not all secondary and minor roads have been treated.More wintry showers are expected today, especially on higher ground. Google+ Pinterest Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+center_img Homepage BannerNews Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Pinterest Previous articleHarps McGlynn, Campbell & Gallagher on International dutyNext articleFunerals of road crash victims take place today News Highland By News Highland – January 31, 2019 last_img read more

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Ireland’s T20 World Cup campaign under threat

first_imgIf there is no play today then Ireland will go out of the competition. It’s a must-win match, however it remains uncertain if any play will be possible.Ireland were suprisingly beaten by Oman in their opening match of the tournament in India. It had been due to start at 2 o’clock Irish time.last_img

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Big Match Preview: Kotoko v MC Eulma – stats, team news, permutations

first_imgCompetition: Caf Champions League – Round of 32Match: Asante Kotoko v MC El EulmaVenue: Baba Yara Stadium, KumasiKickoff: 5pm CAT on April 5Ghanaian champions Asante Kotoko have their destiny in their hands as they welcome Algeria’s MC El Eulma in Kumasi on Sunday.The big encounter, being the second leg tie of the 2015 Caf Champions League round of 32, is the 12th time the porcupine warriors will be facing an Algerian side in Africa inter-club competitions over the last 25 years. To further break it down, MC El Eulma are the fourth Algerian side to play against Kotoko in Africa in six separate occasions – JS Kabilye (JSK) have faced the Ghanaian champions the most during these times – thrice over two legs.Interestingly, Kotoko are yet to eliminate an Algerian side over two legs in the African competitions since facing JSK in 1990. The most recent is the 2013 debacle when the coach Mas-Ud Dramani-led Kotoko side impressively drew goalless in the first leg away fixture but bottled the chance to win at home and got eliminated from the Champions League after a 1-1 score in Kumasi.Kotoko form against Algerian sides1990Kotoko 1-0 JSK – First Leg JSK 2-0 Kotoko – 2nd Leg2004USMA 2-0 Kotoko – First LegKotoko 2-0 USMA (Kotoko were eliminated after PKs) – 2nd Leg2006 JSK 1-0 Kotoko – First LegKotoko 2-1 JSK – 2nd Leg2008Kotoko 3-1 JSK – First LegJSK 2-0 Kotoko – 2nd Leg NB: This was at the group stage of the 2008 Caf Confederation Cup2013JSM Bejaia 0-0 KotokoKotoko 1-1 JSM BejaiaAsante Kotoko, this season, began their Caf Champions League campaign with a walkover after Sierra Leonean champions, East End Lions, withdrew from the competition. Their opponents, El Eulma, managed to dump St. Georges of Ethiopia over two legs to set up this round of 32 clash.A tale of two new coachesDavid DuncanKotoko, who had a poor beginning in the Ghana domestic league travelled to draw 0-0 at the Stade Messaoud Zougar in the first leg on March 14 – a game which marked the beginning of an era with new coach David Duncan.He has since the first leg encounter guided the porcupine warriors to a turnaround in fortunes in their domestic campaign – won all three competitive games. His arrival in Kumasi has brought about a revived verve within the rank and file of the club and the porcupine lads, looking to have found their confidence back again are expected to go all gun blazing in the Sunday afternoon encounter. Head coach David Duncan says his technical team is working to ensure two-time African win to progress.“We’re doing everything possible to ensure that we progress,” the 51-year-old said.“We will be balanced in our approach. Our primary objective is to keep a clean sheet and attack as much as we can to score and also not concede.”“We have a high pedigree in African football and hope to use this as a psychological advantage to overcome our opponents. The technical team is working on the psyche of the players to get them in the right shape of mind to give us the desired results,” Duncan furthered.Jules AccorsiThe 77-year-old French tactician is back to continue from where he left after guiding El Eulma to their Champions League feat at the end of last season.Accorsi despite helping the club place 4th in the Algerian League last season was replaced with Denis Goavec at the beginning of this season’s campaign. But his successor did not last long due to a poor start to the season and was also booted out for the recently sacked Azzedine Ait Djoudi.Ait Djoudi was shown the exit days after Asante Kotoko secured a 0-0 result in the first leg of this tie in Algeria.Sunday’s game against Kotoko will be Accorsi’s first game since making a return to El Eulma but the ex-French Professional footballer has some rich experience on the continent.He has worked with 18 different clubs since beginning his coaching career as an assistant at SEC Bastia in 1970. Accorsi worked with Ajaccio and other French clubs before switching continents in 1989 to clubs in Morocco, Tunisia, Vietnam, Oman, Madagascar, Saudi Arabia, Benin and recently, Algeria.Accorsi’s first stint with MC El Eulma lasted five months – from February to June 2014.Domestic Form guideKotoko: D D D W WThe porcupine warriors have been on some resurgence from a side that was lying 13th on the Ghana league table to 5th position with 19 points after 12 games.MC El Eulma ( Seen training in Kumasi below) W L W L LEl Eulma are languishing 15th on the 16-team Algerian Ligue 1 table with 27 points from 23 games.Possible Line-upsKotoko: Ofori Antwi – Atta Kusi, Amos Frimpong, Abeiku Ainooson, Eric Donkor – Owusu Jackson, Michael Akuffo – Richard Mpong, Emmanuel Asante, Obed Owusu, Ahmed ToureEl Eulma: Mohamed Ousserir – Nassim Oussalah, Adel Maiza, Tarek Zeghidi – Nacer Hammami, Ibrahim Chenihi, Mokhtar Belkhiter, Azougha Tembeng – Walid Derrardja, Fares Hemitti, Abelmalek AbbesPermutationsWith a 0-0 first leg result, a win for either side simple qualifies them to the 1/8th stage of the Champions League but a score draw will see MC El Eulma advance at the expense of Asante Kotoko.A goalless draw after 90 minutes will have the tie determined by penalty shootout.–Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmithlast_img read more

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Seahawks squawk proudly about stealing 49ers’ keys, signals in overtime win; but this isn’t over

first_imgMore fallout from Monday night’s delightfully intense 49ers-Seahawks spectacular: Seattle defenders have told Crackerjack NFL reporter Jim Trotter that they were deciphering Jimmy Garoppolo’s signals late in the game.Interesting insight from the Seattle locker room after OT defeat of the 49ers: If it looked like the D had a good read on Jimmy G late, LB Bobby Wagner told me it was in part because he and KJ Wright … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile devicelast_img read more

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Land Rover Discovery Sport, compact SUV, launched in Europe; India launch soon

first_imgLand Rover Discovery SportLegendary Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) manufacturer Land Rover unveiled the new Discovery Sport late on Tuesday evening, ahead of its early 2015 European market launch. This new Discovery Sport is a successor to the Freelander series of models by the company.Land Rover Discovery Sport, a compact SUV, is inspired by the Discovery Vision concept.  It  will be a highly capable off-roader, thanks to its approach, departure and breakover angles of 25, 31 and 21 degrees respectively. In addition, the SUV also will be equipped with Land Rover’s Terrain Response System and will have the ability to wade a depth of 600 mm.ExteriorsOn the outside, it is clear that the Discovery Sport has shed the boxy design which was the trademark for most of the last generation Land Rover vehicles,  and has many visual similarities with the Evoque. The twin-slat grille, chunky front bumper, LED fog lamps and a stylish pair of headlights and taillights are all inspired by the Evoque.Commenting on the design, Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Design Director and Chief Creative Officer said, “Our challenge has been to combine premium design with exceptional versatility; the two attributes must work in harmony.”According to Land Rover, the new Discovery Sport will have an all-new multi-link rear axle that not only provides engaging driving dynamics, but also provides ample cabin space behind the second row of seats. The vehicle will have a body shell made by using both high-strength steel and light-weight aluminum.InteriorsDiscovery Sport InteriorsIn terms of safety equipment, the baby SUV features a segment -first pedestrian airbag, autonomous emergency braking, Antilock Braking System (ABS),  Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and the highly advanced Terrain Response System.  Get inside the Land Rover Discovery Sport and you are greeted by high-quality material all around. Interiors are of a dual tone nature, with black and beige colours on the seats and dashboard.   Up to four 12V power outlets and six USB charging sockets are present across three rows of seating, to allow charging of multiple electronic devices. In addition, a  host of innovations have allowed Discovery Sport to have 5+2 seating in a compact SUV.advertisementEngines and transmissionsThe Discovery Sport comes with many four-cylinder turbocharged petrol and diesel engines options. While the Si4 2-litre petrol engine is capable of developing 237 bhp power and 340 Nm of torque, the 2.2-litre diesel, available as TD4 and SD4, develops 147 bhp and 189 bhp, respectively. Engines will be mated to either a  9-speed automatic or a  6-speed manual gearbox, along with a choice of two or four-wheel-drive.This new compact SUV will be made at Land Rover’s Liverpool plant in U.K. It will go on sale in 170 markets worldwide and India is expected to receive the same in the first half of 2015. In the U.S., the Discovery Sport will be priced from 37,995 USD (INR 23.02 lakh) onwards. CompetitionAudi Q5, Mercedes M Class, BMW X3, Volvo XC60Date of launchEurope- Early 2015 India- July 2015 (expected)last_img read more

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Gary Sinise Foundation Announces New Chief Executive Officer

first_imgGary Sinise Foundation announced today that USAF General Robin Rand (RET) has been named as the organization’s Chief Executive Officer.Established in 2011 by actor/humanitarian Gary Sinise, the Foundation is devoted to serving our nations defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need by creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen, and build communities.Sinise has been leading the Foundation since its inception, growing it exponentially and consistently exceeding its annual goals. As the Foundation’s Chairman, Sinise enlisted General Rand given his deep understanding of the needs of the military and veterans community and his passionate desire to give back, which Sinise felt was crucial to elevate the Foundation further in its mission. Rand, a four-star General, retired from the United States Air Force this past September, will report directly to Sinise and the Board of Directors.Executive Director Judith Otter, who has been instrumental in forming and growing the Foundation since 2011, will remain in a leadership position, stepping into the role of Chief Operating Officer.“I am thrilled to welcome my good friend General Robin Rand to our foundation,” said Sinise. “With Judith Otter as our great Executive Director, a wonderfully supportive board of directors, and our hardworking team, the Gary Sinise Foundation has grown quickly these past seven and a half years, expanding our programs, staff, and outreach. Robin is a tremendous leader and, after 40 years of service to our country, we are honored by his passionate commitment to continue to serve by bringing his leadership skills to support the next stages of our growth, and helping us to carry on the Gary Sinise Foundation’s mission to honor the needs of our defenders and their families well into the future.”Rand will oversee the day-to-day operations with Otter as he supports the growth of the Foundation, bringing an intimate understanding of both the military and veteran community, and Gary Sinise’s long history of serving this community.“It has been my honor and privilege to work alongside Gary since 2009 to help him achieve his mission to build the Gary Sinise Foundation into a resource for our nation’s defenders and their families,” said Otter. “I’m now honored to work alongside two great Americans, Gary Sinise and General Robin Rand, to ensure that in the years ahead we continue to build the foundation into a long-term sustainable veteran service organization, available to support even more of our nation’s heroes.”Sinise has spent the last four decades supporting those who serve and sacrifice for our country – a commitment he’s carried with him throughout his career since his early days as an actor in Chicago. Following the events on September 11, 2001, he created the Lt Dan Band, named after his iconic character in Forrest Gump, to tour military bases, performing concerts and lifting spirits. It was during his first USO band tour in 2004 to Kunsan Air Force Base in South Korea that he met Rand who was a Colonel at the time. Their friendship grew over the years, and whenever Rand was assigned to a new base, he made sure to ask Sinise and his band to perform for the troops stationed there. Over the years, Rand continued to rise through the ranks moving from a one star General to four, a distinction held by less than a few dozen in the armed forces at any given time. He was deployed for a year to Iraq where he flew over 100 combat missions in the F-16, and throughout Sinise and Rand’s friendship continued. With General Rand’s recent retirement, he wanted to continue helping the men and women who serve our country. Joining the Gary Sinise Foundation will allow him to do that in a multitude of ways.“It is a distinct honor, and with a tremendous sense of humility, that I join the Gary Sinise Foundation team,” said Rand. “My wife, Kim, and I look forward serving in this new capacity and I am deeply committed to doing all I can to help carry out the Foundation mission of honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need.”In addition to Rand, the Foundation has also named Linda Bammann and John Heubusch as its newest members of the Board of Directors. Bammann is currently on the Board of Directors for JPMorgan Chase and is the Chair of the Directors Risk Policy Committee; Heubusch is currently the Executive Director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation. Both have been long time supporters of the Foundation’s mission.last_img read more

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Cougar DJ Hayden Nearly Dies From Injury In Practice

Houston Cougar cornerback D.J. Hayden was close to death when he suffered massive internal bleeding after a routine collision with a teammate in practice.The Houston team doctor said 95 percent of those who suffered the kind of injury Hayden did dies. He tore the inferior vena cava, the large vein that carries blood from the lower half of the body back to the heart. That injury is unprecedented on a football field.“This injury has never been seen or reported in association with a football injury and is more associated with high-speed motor vehicle injuries,” head team physician Dr. Walter Lowe said in a release. “The type of injury D.J. had is 95 percent fatal in the field and we are all very thankful for the coordinate response from the University of Houston trainers, EMS paramedics, the trauma team at Memorial Hermann and operating surgeon Dr. John Holcomb.”Given his low odds of survival at the time of the injury, and that it happened on a football field during practice, the efforts to save Hayden’s life had to be incredible. The school said Hayden is in stable yet critical condition, according to CougarsDen.com.Hayden, a senior, was Conference USA’s Newcomer of the Year last season and was earned second team All Conference.“D.J. is a tremendous young man and has been a great asset to our program, both on and off the field,” coach Tony Levine said. “I ask that everyone continue to keep D.J. and his family in their thoughts and prayers. We are very fortunate to have some of the nation’s top physicians and medical facilities just minutes away from our campus and I would like to extend our appreciation for their efforts on Tuesday evening. We thank you for respecting the privacy of D.J. and his family at this time. We look forward to supporting D.J. on his road to recovery.” read more

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Ikea US enhances paid parental leave to up to four months

first_imgIkea US has enhanced its paid parental leave policy to offer both salaried and hourly staff up to four months of paid leave.Effective from 1 January 2017, employees who have been with the retail organisation for over a year will be able to take up to three months of paid parental leave, receiving 100% of their base pay for the first six weeks and 50% of their base pay for an additional six weeks.Staff who have worked at Ikea US for three or more years can take up to four months of paid parental leave, receiving 100% of base pay for the first eight weeks and 50% of base pay for a further eight weeks.The enhanced paid parental leave policy is applicable for mothers, fathers, adoptive and foster parents. It will be offered in addition to the six to eight weeks of short-term disability leave, which is available to all employees.Ikea US is implementing the new parental leave policy to ensure that employees have the opportunity to bond with their new child and spend time together as a family.The organisation is also introducing a sabbatical programme for US staff, which aims to enable employees to take time out to refresh and engage in personal and professional growth and development.Lars Petersson, president at Ikea US, said: “We believe time with family and friends is so important for a healthy work-life balance and a happy and productive workforce. This benefit, which applies to all parents, will give our [employees] the opportunity to spend more time with their families when welcoming a child. Our [employees] are our most important resource, which is why we continue to invest in helping them reach their dream.”last_img read more

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