Deputy MacLochlainn calls on Government to listen to concerns of rural Ireland

first_img 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Pinterest Deputy MacLochlainn calls on Government to listen to concerns of rural Ireland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Previous articleCllr McBride calls for reduction of speed limit on Letterkenny roadNext articleNo legal standing in the threats to withdraw third-level grant applicantions News Highland WhatsApp Sinn Fein’s spokesperson on Justice has called for the government to listen to the concerns of rural Ireland and commit to not closing any more rural garda stations.Speaking in the Dail, Donegal Deputy Padraig MacLochlainn quoted a recent IFA crime survey and the comments of a former assistant Garda commissioner to make his argument against the closures.A further 95 rural garda stations across the country may be shut.Deputy MacLochlainn says the government needs to listen to the people:[podcast][/podcast]Responding on behalf of the Justice Minister for junior Minister Kathleen Lynch.She says the Garda Commissioner must get the best value for the resources he has available to him:[podcast][/podcast] By News Highland – September 20, 2012 Twitter Pinterestcenter_img WhatsApp Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Google+ Facebook News Facebook Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Google+ 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic last_img read more

East Harlem Gas Explosion Collapses Two Buildings, Leaves 3 Dead, 24 Injured

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York At least three people were killed, 24 injured and nine people missing when a gas explosion leveled two buildings in East Harlem Wednesday morning.The blast and subsequent building collapses on Park Avenue at East 116th Street sent billows of smoke pouring through surrounding blocks and emergency crews and first responders rushing to the scene. The New York Times reports the first call to the New York City Fire Department came at 9:31 a.m. A fire was still burning at the site as of 12:30 p.m.The two leveled buildings were five stories with at least a dozen apartments between the two of them, reports the newspaper, and witnesses reported hearing the explosion from more than a mile away.“We saw people flying out of windows,” a witness told the Daily News. “For weeks we’ve been smelling gas.”“It was loud, like boom, boom!” said another. “It rocked the whole block. A window blew out of the other shop down the street. It looked like the towers all over again. People covered in dust and covering their mouths.”The New York Post identified the buildings to include a piano store and Spanish Christian Church. More than 250 firefighters were on the scene battling a five-alarm blaze.Mayor Bill de Blasio confirmed during a press conference near the site that the explosion was due to a gas leak.last_img read more

CUNA estimates show 2016 off to good start for credit unions

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The steady, upward trajectory for credit union growth continues in membership numbers and lending–although opportunities exist, particularly in the housing market.The monthly credit union estimates from the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) show memberships are up 105.6 million in January from 105.3 million in December last year. Loan growth increased 0.64% for an annualized basis of 7.62%, cresting loan balances at $102 billion in January.“Our estimates are consistent with a macroeconomic theme we see this year, that is continued U.S. expansion–although under 3%,” said CUNA Senior Economist Perc Pineda. “We are confident that loan growth will reach our annual forecast of 9% this year. Recovery in housing however has been the slowest in history.”Adjustable mortgages led loan growth in January with an increase of 2.6%. Home equity loans ticked upward by 1.6%; however fixed-rate first mortgages slumped 1.3%. continue reading »last_img read more

In defense of friction

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr I’m about to commit heresy in the eyes of most financial services professionals—so I might as well do so in the company of my credit union friends, where I’ll have at least a fighting chance for a few nods of agreement.For some time now, mobile payments and digital wallets have been the bright, shiny objects of the payments scene. Whether Apple Pay, MasterPass, Venmo, M-Pesa, or countless other solutions, their ultimate goal is to simplify the process of paying anyone, anywhere, at any time.And while the myriad players—banks, merchants, fintechs, handset providers—may also have their own agendas, the underlying objective of streamlining a low value-added consumer process is a valid one.The next step of this journey is quickly coming into focus in the form of beacon technology. Imagine being able to bypass the checkout line altogether at your brick-and-mortar grocer, convenience store, etc., with beacons tallying up the contents of your cart and seamlessly charging the card on file in your app. continue reading »last_img read more

Masks prevented major coronavirus outbreak at hair salon: Study

first_imgStylist A ignored medical advice to self isolate after her test on May 18.A second hair stylist (stylist B), who had been exposed to the first, developed symptoms on May 15 and also continued working until May 20, when stylist A got her result. Stylist B tested positive two days later.At this point, the salon closed for three days for disinfection while Greene County health officials performed contact tracing, identifying a total of 139 clients seen by the two infected stylists. The rest of the staff were also quarantined for two weeks.During their interactions with clients, both stylists had worn masks: stylist A had worn a double-layered cotton face covering, while stylist B had worn either a double-layered cotton face covering or a surgical mask.But even when stylist A had symptoms, the two stylists interacted with each other while neither was masked in intervals between clients.All 139 clients were monitored for symptoms for the next two weeks, and testing was offered to all of them, to be performed five days after their exposure.None of the 67 who were tested were found to be positive, and none of those who refused testing reported symptoms over the next 14 days when they were sent daily text messages inquiring after their health.The customers were roughly gender balanced, and their ages ranged from 21 to 93, with the mean average 52. The overwhelming majority wore masks for the entire duration of their appointments, which ranged in duration between 15 minutes and 45 minutes. The clients mostly wore cloth masks or surgical masks, while about five percent wearing N95 respirators.Scientists believe that although large droplets emitted by people when they cough or sneeze are primarily responsible for spreading COVID-19, smaller droplets released during ordinary speech are also potentially dangerous.This is particularly important because people might spread the virus unknowingly in the two to three days before they develop symptoms, or a carrier in rare cases may never develop symptoms.The authors of the CDC report concluded: “Widespread adoption of policies requiring face coverings in public settings should be considered to reduce the impact and magnitude of additional waves of COVID-19.” Two US hair stylists who wore masks while infected with the coronavirus did not pass on COVID-19 to nearly 140 clients they saw over the course of several days, a study said Tuesday.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which released the report, said the findings added weight to universal face covering policies as a means of slowing the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.On May 12, a hair stylist (stylist A) developed respiratory symptoms at a salon in Springfield, Missouri and continued working with clients until May 20, when she received a positive test for the new coronavirus.center_img Topics :last_img read more

A piece of Port Douglas land with a pool but no house is for sale

first_imgThe very nice pool which comes with a swathe of vacant land.“Unless someone comes and buys it soon, I’ll still build a house there and rent out my house around the corner.“We finished the pool in November, it’s a good pool, we come over and swim in it. You catch a lot of mangrove jack and barramundi in the lake too.” More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days agoLakefront land with new pool but no house in Craiglie for sale on Facebook.However, sometime between buying the land and starting on the build, Douglas Shire Council’s planning regulations changed outlawing short-term accommodation on the block which is for sale on Facebook for $425,000.“The bank hasn’t been great. When I was doing pool they messed me around a bit and the house loan was tied up with that,” the Ulyssess Getaways owner said. Lakefront land with new pool but no house in Craiglie for sale on Facebook.Water views, stunning pool, the only thing missing from this Far North property is a house.Port Douglas businessman Johnny Riley bought an 1100sq m piece of land at Craiglie with plans to build a holiday home on it.last_img read more

Complaint lodged over Boobs on Bikes

first_imgNewsTalk ZB 5 October 2015A complaint has been lodged with the police over the planned Boobs on Bikes parade in Auckland.The parade, which features bare-chested women on motorcycles parading down Queen Street, is scheduled for Wednesday as part of the Erotica Expo.Conservative lobby group Family First have lodged the complaint.Spokesman Bob McCoskrie says he’s written a letter to the Auckland Police Area Commander and the Minister of Police asking them to prevent the stunt going ahead.“We believe it’s shocking that an offensive parade, which is basically promoting the pornography industry is allowed to go down a main street in Auckland during school holidays.”“There’ll be lots of families, lots of kids, and it will be highly offensive.”“We’re calling on police and the council to stop this parade going ahead. This is not a Santa parade or a sports event or a celebration. This is a marketing ploy for the porn industry.” on Bikes complaint sent to police3News 5 October 2015Lobby group Family First has complained to police about the upcoming ‘Boobs on Bikes’ parade in central Auckland, saying it could cause “widespread offence”.The parade is scheduled to take place on Wednesday and involves both topless men and women riding on motorcycles along Queen St.In a letter to police and Minister of Police Michael Woodhouse, the conservative group argues the parade shouldn’t take place at a time children are on their school holidays.“We would strongly argue that the ‘Boobs on Bikes’ event will cause widespread offense to many families and the police should not allow it to happen,” writes national director Bob McCoskrie.“Most New Zealanders know it is indecent and inappropriate for a woman to be topless in a public place – which is why there is no acceptance of the behaviour in schools, workplaces or public gatherings.”He says it is not up to families to avoid the parade, but rather up to the parade to “meet community standards”.“Unless you can absolutely guarantee that no children will be exposed to this parade, we would plead with you that you ban the parade from happening.” read more

Dodgers beat Colorado Rockies 2-1 in rain-shortened game

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error DENVER >> Dodgers shortstop Jimmy Rollins has appeared in 2,164 major league games between the regular season and postseason. He’d only been on the field during a heavier downpour once before Friday.“The (2008) World Series rain had bigger drops,” Rollins said. “But when the ball went up (Friday) you couldn’t really see it.”The umpires agreed with Rollins at 9:23 p.m. Mountain Time with the Dodgers leading the Colorado Rockies 2-1 in the sixth inning. After a delay of one hour and 40 minutes, the Dodgers were declared the victors of the rain-shortened, five-inning game.Dodgers starter Brett Anderson pitched all five innings and allowed only one unearned run. “I’ve given my opinion on replay,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “You like it when it goes your way but I think (MLB) should take the human element out as much as possible.”Mattingly advocated against the notion of a call being upheld by virtue of lack of evidence to overturn it Tuesday, when the Dodgers lost on such a play in Milwaukee.By the time the review was complete, the infield was soaked. The grounds crews dumped dirt on the field and the mound, and play resumed for the sixth inning.The Dodgers were threatening to score with Alex Guerrero at bat. But the rain hadn’t let up, and umpires postponed the game for an hour and 40 minutes before calling it off. The start of the game had already been postponed by 64 minutes due to the weather.The actual game lasted just an hour and 41 minutes.Prior to the series, Mattingly said that Friday’s game had the best chance of the three to be played. Forecasts called for more rain over the weekend with the possibility of snow over Denver on Sunday.This one nearly didn’t become official.“I can’t believe we played through the fifth,” Anderson said. “That was probably the hardest rain I’ve ever been a part of.”Anderson said that gripping the baseball was becoming an issue for him, to say nothing of Rockies pitcher Eddie Butler’s struggles in the sixth. Anderson appeared to slip on the mound at least once.Had the game been allowed to resume, Anderson said he would not have gone back out to pitch. So he went back into the clubhouse for a meal while his teammates played cards.By the time the game was declared official, few of the announced crowd of 32,974 remained.The Dodgers scored both their runs off Butler in the first inning, on an RBI double by Gonzalez and a sacrifice fly by Grandal.center_img “You’d probably win a lot of money if you had this as the first complete-game win for the Dodgers,” he quipped.The rain was so hard, Anderson wasn’t sure the fifth inning would be completed. The umpires extended the game even farther than that.The fifth inning ended on a disputed call at home plate, when Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal tagged out Charlie Blackmon for the third out.With Blackmon on second base, Corey Dickerson beat out an infield single to Dodgers second baseman Justin Turner. Blackmon rounded third base and headed for home.Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez wheeled the ball to the plate, and home plate umpire Tim Timmons called Blackmon out on the tag. Rockies manager Walt Weiss challenged the call and after a 3-minute, 11-second review the call stood.last_img read more

College football rankings: SN’s updated preseason top 25 for 2019

first_imgThe 2019 college football season is less than a month away. Media days are over, and training camp is here, leading up to the 150th year of college football. With that in mind, it’s time for Sporting News’ preseason top 25. No. 1 is no surprise. Most publications will have either Clemson or Alabama atop their poll knowing they’ve split the last four national championships. Those two teams have played each other in the College Football Playoff each of the last four seasons too, including three in championship games. For those who don’t like preseason polls, keep in mind that all the teams in this year’s Playoff opened in our top 10 — with Notre Dame the lowest team at No. 10.We have made all the adjustments, from National Signing Day to spring ball and media days. Here is a look at Sporting News’ final preseason top 25 ahead of the 2019 season. MORE: Sporting News 2019 preseason All-AmericansSporting News 2019 preseason top 2525. NebraskaThe Huskers were picked by the media to win the Big Ten West, and there’s a lot of hype around Scott Frost entering his second season. Adrian Martinez will improve as a sophomore after totaling 25 touchdowns last year, but a defense that gave up 31.2 points per game in 2018 still must improve. The Sept. 28 home matchup against Ohio State is a candidate for ESPN “College GameDay.” We’ll find out then if the hype is warranted.24. UCFMcKenzie Milton remains on the comeback trail, and quarterback remains the biggest question after Darriel Mack Jr. was also injured in the offseason. That puts the pressure on Notre Dame transfer Brandon Wimbush to keep the Knights on track in the American Athletic Conference for a third straight championship run. UCF faces FAU, Stanford and Pitt Weeks 2-4 in nonconference play. It will know where it stands by the time the Knights head into the conference slate.23. Washington StateMike Leach won’t have Gardner Minshew in 2019, but he continues to make it work with a pass-happy system where it’s next man up. Anthony Gordon took the lead in the spring, but Eastern Washington transfer Gage Gubrud will be in the mix in fall camp. The Cougars have been close to a Pac-12 championship, but that next step won’t happen until they unseat rival Washington in the Apple Cup. The Cougars travel to Utah, Oregon and Washington this season, too.22. StanfordK.J. Costello returns at quarterback, and he will have to be a difference-maker if Stanford wants to be more than just a contender under David Shaw. Cameron Scarlett is slated to take over at tailback for Bryce Love, but did miss most of the spring. The offensive line will be a strength behind preseason All-American tackle Walker Little. The Cardinal will get all the attention they need in season-opening stretch against Northwestern, USC, UCF and Oregon.21. WisconsinWisconsin slipped to 8-5 in Paul Chryst’s fourth season, and Alex Hornibrook transferred to Florida State. Who starts at quarterback now? Jack Coan could take the first snap, but freshman Graham Mertz will push for playing time early. That’s the missing piece for a roster that’s good enough to win the Big Ten. Doak Walker Award winner Jonathan Taylor returns. The crossover games against Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State are tough, but Chryst never shies away from that challenge.MORE: Top 40 players of 201920. Iowa StateMatt Campbell is 19-19 after three seasons in Ames, and the Cyclones were close to a Big 12 championship game berth last season. Sophomore quarterback Brock Purdy will be the main leader of the offense now that receiver Hakeem Butler and running back David Montgomery are gone, but there was plenty of spring-practice buzz around four-star running back Breece Hall. Iowa State plays four of its first five games at home. The Cyclones will get off to a fast start, but will have to beat Oklahoma and Texas in November to keep their Big 12 hopes alive.19. Mississippi StateThe Bulldogs won four of their last five regular-season games and offered a glimpse of what could be with second-year coach Joe Moorhead. There are huge losses on defense with Montez Sweat and Jeffery Simmons and Johnathan Abram, not to mention quarterback Nick Fitzgerald on offense. Now it is either Keytaon Thompson or Penn State transfer Tommy Stevens’ turn. Stevens played well given the chance last season and ran with the first team in the spring. If the Bulldogs can get through midseason road trips to Auburn and Tennessee, then November presents an opportunity in Starkville.18. SyracuseSyracuse is the best bet to challenge Clemson in the ACC Atlantic. Dino Babers and the Orange have proven that the last two seasons. Tommy DeVito takes over at quarterback, and he was 13 of 15 for 160 yards and two touchdowns in the spring game. The offensive line’s development is worth monitoring, but most of the skill players return from an offense that averaged 40.2 points per game last season. Preseason All-American safety Andre Cisco leads the defense, and the special teams are in good hands with Andre Szmyt. Clemson visits the Carrier Dome on Sept. 14. 17. UtahThe Utes have a talented team that can build on last year’s Pac-12 championship game appearance, and that starts in the backfield with quarterback Tyler Huntley and running back Zack Moss. Leki Fotu and Jaylon Johnson are impact players on defense. Kyle Whittingham’s no-frills approach works. This year will be no exception.16. ArmyArmy is 21-5 record the last two seasons under Jeff Monken, and won a school-record 11 games last season. Star quarterback Kelvin Hopkins Jr. returns on a team that has experience on both sides. Defensive coordinator Jay Bateman’s departure to North Carolina is the only downer. The Black Knights gave Oklahoma a scare in 2018; if they can do the same at Michigan on Sept. 7, this independent team could work its way into the New Year’s Day Six conversation.MORE: Bowl, Playoff projections for 201915. AuburnAuburn has a two-way quarterback competition between Bo Nix and Joey Gatewood, and that is the big question for the Tigers. Gus Malzahn needs to find the answer in a pivotal season on The Plains. The Tigers have had four or more losses in each of the last five seasons. The good news? Alabama and Georgia visit Jordan-Hare Stadium. The defense should be tough up front with future first-round picks Derrick Brown and Nick Coe. Per usual, consider the Tigers this year’s potential chaos team.14. WashingtonJake Browning and Myles Gaskin are gone, and the defense must replace five seniors off the front seven. It’s time for transfer quarterback Jacob Eason to seize the opportunity, and the schedule is set up for a quick start after the opener against FCS powerhouse Eastern Washington. Chris Petersen still has one of the most talented teams in the Pac-12, but the competition in the division will be fierce with Wazzu, Stanford and Oregon. The Huskies’ defense dominated the spring game, and that is not such a bad thing.13. OregonJustin Herbert’s decision to stay in school has the Ducks thinking about Pac-12 championships again. CJ Verdell returns as one of the conference’s best backs. Penn State transfer Juwan Johnson could develop into a go-to receiver in this offense, and he played well in the spring game. Mario Cristobal has elevated that belief with a top-10 recruiting class. Now it’s time for the Ducks to win big conference games again. Road trips to Stanford, Washington and USC make that possible, but not until after the season opener against Auburn at Jerry World. 12. Penn StateTommy Stevens’ decision to enter the transfer portal shook up the quarterback race, but Sean Clifford impressed enough in the spring to take the lead for the job. The Nittany Lions likely will have a running back committee, and receiver KJ Hamler will build on a breakout season. Yetur Gross-Matos returns after leading the defense with eight sacks, and Micah Parsons could enjoy a breakout season. Close losses to Ohio State have kept the Nittany Lions out of the Playoff race the last two seasons. James Franklin upgraded the talent, but it’s time to close the gap with the Buckeyes.11. Texas A&MJimbo Fisher returns a talented team that includes quarterback Kellen Mond, and the Aggies have enough four- and five-star talent to be an SEC West contender. The Sept. 7 trip to Clemson won’t be easy, and the Oct. 12 matchup with Alabama will again be a measuring stick. Texas A&M will have a challenge with consecutive road trips at Georgia and LSU to end the season. If Texas A&M can win 10 games against this schedule, then they might deserve Playoff consideration.MORE: Ranking coaches 1-130 for 2019 season10. MichiganThe Wolverines have the ninth-best record among Power 5 teams since Jim Harbaugh arrived at Ann Arbor in 2015, but the only record that gets air time is 0-4. Harbaugh still hasn’t beat Ohio State, and the schedule features the same potholes with an early matchup against Army and road trips to Wisconsin and Penn State. The hire of offensive coordinator Josh Gattis builds some enthusiasm around quarterback Shea Patterson and a talented group of receivers that includes Donovan Peoples-Jones, Nico Collins and Tarik Black. Dylan McCaffrey might play a role in that success, too. The Wolverines still need to find a running back, and defensive coordinator Don Brown has several pieces to replace on defense.9. Notre DameThe Irish took a big step by reaching the College Football Playoff in 2018, but Ian Book must break in some new skill position talent this season. Tommy Kraemer and Liam Eichenberg lead another talented offensive line. The defense returns Khalid Kareem, Jalen Elliott and Alohi Gilman. Notre Dame’s depth through recruiting will be tested under Brian Kelly, but there should be no complaints about a schedule that features road trips to Georgia, Michigan and Stanford. The early test against the Bulldogs will be a season-shifting game, too. 8. FloridaThis is the first of four SEC teams in the top 10 capable of competing for a national championship. That is not a perception. It is a product of conference depth, and Dan Mullen proved what a difference one year makes in Gainesville. Feleipe Franks has taken control of the starting quarterback job. The defense, despite a mass exodus of talent in the secondary, is led NFL-caliber cornerback CJ Henderson. The September schedule includes Miami, Kentucky and Tennessee. The Gators will get more big-stage opportunities in October against LSU and Auburn before that all-important matchup against Georgia on Nov. 2. High expectations are a good thing.7. LSUThe Tigers steadied the program with a Fiesta Bowl victory under coach Ed Orgeron, and despite a few early departures should feel good heading into 2019. Joe Burrow, who took command of the offense last season, returns for his second year as the starting quarterback. LSU also hired Saints passing game coordinator Joe Brady to supplement second-year offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger’s system. The defense features All-American candidates Grant Delpit and Kristian Fulton in the secondary, and incoming freshman Derek Stingley arrives with huge expectations. The road trip to Texas and the usual date with Alabama on Nov. 9 will determine the viability of the Tigers’ Playoff hopes.6. TexasTom Herman has another cycle of four- and five-star talent to work with, and the Longhorns will get another chance to show they’re ready for the big stage. Herman also has an experienced quarterback in Sam Ehlinger, and Collin Johnson’s decision to return to school is huge. Keaontay Ingram and Daniel Young add to the backfield. The defense will be led by safety Caden Sterns. That huge September game against LSU will determine how right (or wrong) this preseason billing is, and whether we can belt out that three-word phrase.POSITION RANKINGS: Quarterback | Wide receiver | Running back5. OklahomaBaker Mayfield and Kyler Murray led the Sooners to the College Football Playoff with Heisman Trophy-winning seasons the last two years, and now it’s Alabama transfer Jalen Hurts’ turn. Trust third-year coach Lincoln Riley and a high-flying offense that will be good enough to win the Big 12 with playmakers Kennedy Brooks and CeeDee Lamb, even with an offensive line that will need a rebuild after a massive NFL exodus. The defense must improve under new coordinator Alex Grinch if the Sooners want to go from Playoff contender to national champion after losses to Georgia and Alabama the last two seasons. The Big 12 is counting on it.4. Ohio StateRyan Day takes over the Buckeyes, and he already brought in a new-look staff with offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich from Oklahoma State and defensive coordinator Greg Mattison from Michigan. The latter move will be in the spotlight given the rivalry ties, but the defensive line features Chase Young and freshman instant-impact player Zach Harrison. Georgia transfer Justin Fields took over at quarterback in the spring, and he will have competition from Kentucky transfer Gunnar Hoak, a Columbus native. Expect J.K. Dobbins to be more involved in the offense, and freshman Garrett Wilson will make some head-turning catches. The schedule is set up for a continued honeymoon in Day’s first season, but the Buckeyes’ season will be defined in the last two weeks against Penn State and Michigan. 3. GeorgiaGeorgia has put the season-ending losses to Alabama and Texas in the past, and now it’s on Kirby Smart to deliver the school’s first national championship since 1980. They have the talent to do it. Jake Fromm is a three-year starter at quarterback with several new targets in the passing game, but the running back will be strong around D’Andre Swift, Brian Herrien, James Cook and Zamir White. Offensive tackle Andrew Thomas is a first-round talent that leads the offensive front. Smart has recruited at a ridiculous clip on the defensive side the last two years, and now that talent must stand up. A September matchup with Notre Dame should set the tone for another run toward the SEC championship game, where Alabama should be waiting again.2. ClemsonThe Tigers handled the media day circus a little better than the Crimson Tide, but last year is over. Clemson has the unique opportunity to win three national championships in four seasons under Dabo Swinney, and there is no way to contain the hype around megastar quarterback Trevor Lawrence after his performance against Alabama in last year’s championship game. Travis Etienne, Justyn Ross and Tee Higgins all return to an offense that could score 50 points per game. The defense will have to rebuild after sending three defensive linemen to the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, but Xavier Thomas is ready to fill that void along with linebacker Isaiah Simmons and cornerback A.J. Terrell. As good as this team could be — and we will find out early against Georgia Tech, Texas A&M and Syracuse — they will be even better in 2020.1. AlabamaSurprise! The beat goes on for the Crimson Tide, and Tua Tagovailoa will be a Heisman front-runner with Biletnikoff Award winner Jerry Jeudy back in the fold. Najee Harris, DeVonta Smith, Jaylen Waddle and Henry Ruggs IV all are back on offense, too. Alabama has 10 of the top 50 players on our 2020 NFL Draft big board. The coaching staff was remodeled and brought back offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian while promoting Pete Golding to defensive coordinator. Expect a few freshmen to jump right in, including defensive end Antonio Alfano and running back Trey Sanders. Alabama will have to weather the usual set of NFL defections, new coordinators and an SEC schedule that features road trips to South Carolina, Texas A&M, Mississippi State and Auburn. Since when has any of that stopped Nick Saban? Prepare for Clemson-Alabama V, and we’re going to give Alabama the slight edge in the rematch.last_img read more

Gina triumphs in England’s Grand Medal Final

first_img30 Jun 2013 Gina triumphs in England’s Grand Medal Final Lancashire’s Gina Parish secured the biggest prize of a short golfing career when she won England Golf’s Grand Medal Final by a stroke at Northamptonshire County Golf Club.She claimed the title of England’s best woman club medal player with a net score of two-under par 73. “It’s brilliant,” said Gina (image © Martin Izzard), who has been playing seriously for just two years and has a handicap of 26.“When I set out today I wanted to win, because you have to have a goal and a target, but I had no expectations. I am just so totally made up!”The competition, played in warm sunshine, was contested by the cream of England’s club medal players. Each finalist had returned the four best medal scores at her club during 2012 and had won through a regional final to take her place at Northamptonshire County.The other prizewinners were Rachel Turner of Cheshire, Abigail Turner of Devon, Tracy Crew of Berkshire and Julie Wilding of Surrey.In the final Gina, 41, (Lancaster) was accompanied by her partner Andy, who admirably fulfilled caddy duties, and she summed up: “I had some great holes, some good recovery shots – and some shocking shots!”She works full-time as a project manager in IT and has limited opportunity to play golf but, despite that, she’s determined to work on her game. “I’ve just got the bug, I thought golf was going to be a really boring game – but it gets in your head and gets a grip,” she said.Last year Gina came down from 35 to 28; this season she’s cut two shots off that and she’s aiming for 22. “I’m trying to put in a lot of effort and crash it.”She finished one shot ahead of runner-up Rachel Turner, who had a net score of 74, playing off nine handicap. She switched from hockey to golf five years ago and this was the biggest event she’s ever played in.Rachel confessed to first tee nerves but remarked:  “This has got to be right up there with the best! It’s the first time I’ve qualified for anything like this and I’ve played one-under par on handicap on a fantastic course with greens like lightning.”The competition for third place was intense with four players tied on 75. Their  final positions were calculated on countback  with Abigail Turner claiming third spot, while Tracy Crew was fourth and Julie Wilding was fifth. Yorkshire’s Mandy Coates finished sixth, just missing out on the prizes.Tracy Crew, the Berkshire county captain, was in the first group out and set the early target, which stood for hours before a series of leaderboard changes towards the end of the day. Although Tracy moved down the order she had the compensation of winning the scratch prize with her gross 79.The four-handicapper said: “I’m so pleased with my score. When I looked at the range of handicaps I thought I was really aiming for the gross. I didn’t think that I might be leading the handicap prizes with half the field in!”The Crew family has a good record in this event. Two years ago Tracy’s daughter Laura, reached the final at Droitwich when she was only 15. “I went with her and thought it was a fantastic idea to have an event for everyone, from low to high handicappers.”PrizewinnersNet scoresPar 75 CSS 7673 Gina Parish (Lancaster)75 Rachel Turner (Vicars Cross)75 Abigail Turner (Okehampton), Tracy Crew (Reading), Julie Wilding (West Hill)last_img read more