Donegal County Council has dismissed a claim that a high number of votes in the recent local elections in south Donegal were invalid.The claim was made by election candidate Diarmaid Doherty.Mr Doherty, who failed to win a seat, claimed that up to 80 papers in a bundle had been deemed invalid. He called on Donegal County Council to publicly clarify the matter.He said “I noticed that a significant number of papers set aside as inadmissible because they had not been properly stamped at the polling station. The bundle, in my estimation, may have contained 50-80 papers. These were ballots completed in good faith by voters, but because of failures by the polling centre staff, could not be counted.“Polling station staff should stamp each ballot paper before handing it to voters for completion, but in the case of these inadmissible votes, this did not happen for reasons unknown.“Was it as a result of inexperienced staff, poor training, human error or distraction, or was there a more sinister reason? “In an attempt to get answers to these concerns on behalf of the voting public who have cast their votes in good faith and not had their voices heard, I call on Donegal County Council to make clear statements to the public on the following points:1 Can you advise as to the total number of papers deemed inadmissible in the Donegal Electoral area due to being improperly stamped?2 Can you advise if these have been investigated to identify if there was a pattern – perhaps all from one voting box, perhaps from a number of boxes all manned by inexperienced officials?3 Can you advise what steps have been taken to ensure that this error will not reoccur?”He added that he has personally contacted the Returning Officer’s department on multiple occasions over the past 3 weeks, and has yet to receive any response or even acknowledgement of my communications. However, in a public response to Mr Doherty’s query, Donegal County Council outlined the situation including the number of invalid votes.A spoke,sperson explained “Donegal County Council can confirm that the total number of ballot papers recorded as placed in Polling Station Ballot Boxes in the Donegal Local Electoral Area was 14,318 and the number of papers deemed invalid for want of official mark was 18.”Council dismisses candidates’ claim over number of ‘invalid’ votes was last modified: July 30th, 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:councilDiarmaid Dohertydonegalinvalidvotes
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle knows how to make a night of it. Come for the WWE, stay for the beer.Kittle, a WWE aficionado, took teammates Jimmy Garoppolo, Garrett Celek, Trent Taylor and Dante Pettis to the WWE Smackdown Live event Tuesday night according to sees-all, knows-all BANG 49ers beat writer Cam Inman.. CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the video on a mobile device Because we know you want to know: It was at the Chase Center in San Francisco …
Australia’s best youth Touch Football talent will be on display at Sunshine Coast Stadium from Wednesday, 17 September until Saturday, 20 September 2014 when they compete in the 2014 National Youth Championships. 34 teams from across Australia, including four from New Zealand, will take part in the event, competing in the 18’s Boys and Girls divisions. Queensland Secondary Schools Touch (QSST) will be hopeful of claiming their third consecutive 18’s Girls title in 2014, following their wins over New South Wales Combined High Schools (NSWCHS) in the 2012 and 2013 events. NSWCHS will be looking to claim back-to-back 18’s Boys titles after their thrilling win over QSST in last year’s final. It is the third time that the NYC event has been held at the Sunshine Coast, following the 2010, 2011 and 2013 events being held at the Stockland Park venue. Round games will be played from Wednesday through to Friday, with semi finals and finals to be played on Saturday. The event will run in conjunction with the 2014 State of Origin Series, which will be played on Friday, 19 September and Saturday, 20 September. For more information on the State of Origin Series, please visit the State of Origin website: www.soo.mytouchfooty.comTo keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2014 National Youth Championships, please visit the event website – www.nyc.mytouchfooty.com. There are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest results, news and information from the 2014 National Youth Championships (NYC). The Touch Football Australia and NYC websites will be updated regularly throughout the event with all of the latest information and can be found by clicking on the links below:www.nyc.mytouchfooty.com www.touchfootball.com.auAll of Touch Football Australia’s social media pages will be regularly updated throughout the NYC event, so be sure to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ us by clicking on the links below. Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #nationalyouthchamps)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia (be sure to use the hashtag #nationalyouthchamps)The TFA YouTube channel will also have highlights and game live streamed throughout the event. Please click on the link below to be taken to the channel, and be sure to become a subscriber to the channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksNational Youth Champs
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Juventus chief Paratici insists Ronaldo deserved The Best awardby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFabio Paratici says Juventus insist Cristiano Ronaldo deserved FIFA’s The Best award.Ronaldo did not attend the gala as Barcelona star Lionel Messi was named the winner on Monday night.“We respect Messi, but Cristiano Ronaldo deserved to win the award as The Best,” Paratici told DAZN.“We thought that after last season, when he won the Nations League with Portugal, Serie A and the Italian Super Cup with Juve, he deserved to win it.“It’s a pity he is not available this evening, but he had a slight adductor issue and we’ll see how he feels for the weekend.”
AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 10: Running back Fozzy Whittaker #2 and safety Nate Boyer #37 of the Texas Longhorns carry the American flags as the team takes the field before the NCAA football game against the BYU Cougars on September 10, 2011 at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. Texas defeated BYU 17-16. (Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)This week, a University of Texas football fan named Trevor Thomas put together a hype video illustrating why top high school prospects should choose to play for Texas. Included in the background narration for the video was an excerpt of Longhorn defensive coordinator Vance Bedford speaking about the program.It looks like Thomas’ effort did not go unnoticed by Vance Bedford, who shouted him out earlier today.To the fan who put together the recruiting video, the longhorn nation thanks you. Write me back— Vance Bedford (@CoachBedfordUT) January 31, 2015Not sure if Thomas ever did get back to Bedford, but it’s cool that the coach gave him some recognition. Texas has been on a recruiting roll lately and will look to ride that momentum into National Signing Day on Wednesday.
OTTAWA — The federal government is warning the new government in Alberta not to scrap the province’s legal limit on total emissions from oilsands of 100 million tonnes a year.Ottawa has issued a proposed list of projects that will be subjected to a controversial new environmental-impact assessment process, including major interprovincial pipelines, large hydro dams and offshore wind farms.The list indicates new in situ oilsands projects won’t have to go through the new review as long the hard cap imposed by former Premier Rachel Notley stays in place.Premier Jason Kenney, sworn into office just yesterday, has criticized the cap but says today that there’s enough room for the oilsands to operate that it’s not an immediate concern.The project list was a big piece missing from Ottawa’s long-promised overhaul of how major new energy projects are assessed for their environmental, health, social and economic impacts.Several provinces and oil-industry lobbyists have many criticisms of the proposed process, but not knowing what types of projects were going to be included in it prevented them from getting a full understanding of what the new law will do.The Canadian Press
1Patriots2017Titans77.2%Jaguars71.0%54.8%? 21Bills1990Dolphins64.4Raiders61.639.7✓ Generic Team’s Chances Note that the Pats’ situation this year — with several upsets leading to easier-than-expected playoff matchups — is a pretty common thread across all of these smooth-sailing runs from the past. Being lucky enough to face a low-seeded opponent in one or both conference playoff games is a major advantage, and it’s no coincidence that eight of the nine teams below New England on the list above went on to represent their conference in the Super Bowl.In these topsy-turvy AFC playoffs, that’s not exactly guaranteed for the Pats, despite their seemingly straightforward path to Minneapolis. Jacksonville was one of the most inconsistent teams in football this season, so it’s difficult to predict which version of the Jags will show up Sunday. If it’s the one that torched the Steelers for 45 points last weekend, New England’s relatively unimpressive defense could be in real trouble.But the odds are that Brady, Belichick and company will punch that return ticket to the Super Bowl. And if they do, they can be thankful that one of the softest playoff red carpets ever was rolled out in front of them. The generic team has an Elo rating of 1646, which is used to generate probabilities against each opponent.Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com 2Eagles2004Vikings75.6Falcons72.254.6✓ 15Saints2009Cardinals69.4Vikings60.942.3✓ 7Patriots2011Broncos81.4Ravens57.046.4✓ 9Giants2000Eagles67.2Vikings66.044.3✓ 20Patriots2012Texans64.7Ravens61.439.7 23Bills1991Chiefs62.4Broncos63.339.5✓ 3Bears2006Seahawks74.6Saints72.754.2✓ 12Jaguars1999Dolphins74.1Titans58.343.2 The Patriots’ Super Bowl cakewalkThe teams with the easiest roads to the Super Bowl, based on how their opponents would have fared against a generic conference finalist 1990-2017 Game No. 1Game No. 2 25Dolphins1992Chargers62.6Bills61.338.4 17Eagles2002Falcons70.9Buccaneers57.941.0 22Steelers2001Ravens61.9Patriots63.839.5 16Eagles2003Packers59.9Panthers69.841.8 11Steelers1994Browns65.0Chargers66.643.3 5Steelers1995Bills74.2Colts69.951.9✓ 14Bears2010Seahawks84.3Packers50.842.8 18Seahawks2014Panthers70.5Packers57.540.5✓ 19Redskins1991Falcons67.7Lions59.640.4✓ 10Patriots2016Texans76.2Steelers56.943.4✓ 13Vikings1998Cardinals80.2Falcons53.743.1 On Sunday, the New England Patriots will make their 12th AFC Championship Game appearance under Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, and the legendary coach/QB combo will be gunning for a record eighth Super Bowl appearance together against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Cut through all the drama, the speculation about Brady getting old and questions about the Pats’ defense, and it has been a pretty vintage championship-caliber season in Foxborough: another year, another seemingly effortless trip to the Super Bowl.They’ve had a little help, though. According to our Elo ratings, which estimate a team’s strength at any given moment, the Pats will have faced the easiest pair of opponents of any conference title-game participant with a first-round bye since 1990 (when the NFL established its current playoff structure). Given who they’ve played, it would have been much more surprising for New England to not make the Super Bowl than to return to it for a third time in four seasons.For one thing, the AFC was exceptionally weak this year. In inter-conference play during the regular season, NFC teams went 41-23 against their AFC counterparts, which was the second-best record for one conference against the other in a season since 1990. (Only the 2004 season, in which the AFC went 44-20 against the NFC, saw a wider split.) As a result, the AFC playoff field contained only two teams with more than 10 regular-season wins, as opposed to five in the NFC. That meant a path was already forming for the top-seeded Pats to sail through to another Super Bowl.Then a few key upsets boosted New England’s advantage. First, the Tennessee Titans toppled the Kansas City Chiefs in the wild-card game, setting up a huge divisional-round mismatch at Gillette Stadium. According to Elo, the Pats were favored by 12, since Tennessee rated at 1499 — below the league average rating of 1505 — even after knocking off K.C. That made it the third-most lopsided divisional matchup since 1990, trailing only the Pats vs. the Tim Tebow Broncos in the 2011 season and Minnesota vs. Arizona in 1998. The Titans hung with the Pats for about a quarter, but New England eventually dropped 35 unanswered points on Tennessee and rolled to victory.The next day, another upset further cleared the way for New England. The Jaguars went into Heinz Field and took a quick 28-7 lead over the stunned Pittsburgh Steelers, then hung on for a 45-42 win. Elo had only given the Jags a 24 percent chance of winning — even lower than Tennessee’s chances at Kansas City — and it still only ranks Jacksonville as the 12th-best team in football, below five teams that were knocked out of the playoffs and three that didn’t even make it to the playoffs.Just like that, the two AFC teams Elo thought had the best chance of beating the Pats going into the playoffs — the Chiefs and the Steelers — were gone, and in their place were a below-average team and another that doesn’t rate much higher. According to Elo, New England is a 10-point favorite to beat Jacksonville, with an 81 percent chance of winning the Lamar Hunt Trophy yet again.If we multiply together the Patriots’ pregame odds of beating the Titans (85 percent) with that of the Jaguars (81 percent), we could say they had a staggering 69 percent chance of making the Super Bowl before they ever played a game. (This is assuming we’d somehow know that both of their opponents would pull off the upsets they did.) That’s easily the best number for any conference title-game participant since 1990.Of course, some of that is also because the Patriots are a very good team; they went into the playoffs with the sixth-best Elo of any Pats season since the Brady Era began in 2001. We shouldn’t penalize them for being so darned good that they created some of their own easy path. There’s an easy fix for this, though. We can swap out the Patriots’ Elo ratings for a generic rating of 1646, which represents the average for all conference title-game teams since 1990, and then recalculate the odds of reaching the Super Bowl against the opponents a team faced.For our generic NFL “final four” team, that requires multiplying together a 77 percent chance against the Titans and a 71 percent chance against the Jaguars, which gives a 55 percent Super Bowl probability. In other words, that number represents the relative ease of any good team making it through the Pats’ specific path to the Super Bowl — and it’s the easiest of any championship-game entrant since 1990. 4Patriots1996Steelers68.7Jaguars77.853.4✓ 24Cowboys1995Eagles70.6Packers54.638.5✓ 8Bills1993Raiders73.8Chiefs61.145.1✓ TeamSeasonOpponentWin %OpponentWin %Super Bowl %Made SB? 6Packers2007Seahawks68.6Giants67.746.5
The Liverpool and Rome mayors have called for a “violence-free evening” for Wednesday’s second leg in the semi-finals of the Champions LeagueIn last week’s first leg, a 53-year-old Irishman called Sean Cox was left critically injured by two men from Rome at Anfield as Liverpool cruised to a commanding 5-2 win over their opponents.Both Joe Anderson and Virginia Raggi have now released a joint message urging the supporters to show “compassion and kindness”, with the latter calling for the people of Rome to warmly welcome the Liverpool fans.“When AS Roma fans arrived in Liverpool, they were greeted with open arms, a warm welcome and an invitation to enjoy the city and the people who live here,” read the letter, as reported on BBC.“Liverpool fans will receive the same warm welcome when they arrive at the footsteps of Rome, a city renowned for its beauty, passion and energy.Report: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“Police forces from both cities are already working together, with the clubs, to provide a robust approach to football violence.“They will provide the safest possible environment and we hope that fans from both sides will respect the people of Rome, assist the authorities and agree that the best result on Wednesday is a vibrant, passionate, celebration of our teams and a safe, violence-free evening.“We both believe passionately in our cities. We believe we represent two peoples of incredible energy and joy and loyalty. But our cities also have compassion and kindness in common.“Wednesday is an opportunity to show the world how two cities with strong football legacies can show pride and leadership in the modern game.”
French Watford Midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure, believes that Paul Pogba and Benjamin Mendy’s showoff personalities are a good thing for football.There has been a lot of criticism in recent days against French midfielder Paul Pogba for being too flamboyant, but Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure likes this swagger as well as Benjamin Mendy’s. Watford is a Premier League club that has surprised everyone with how well they started the season, this weekend they face Manchester United at their stadium and will put Jose Mourinho’s squad to the test. The French midfielder from the Hornets gave a press conference ahead of the match and called Paul Pogba a ‘showoff’, but later explained why he believes this is a good thing for football. Doucoure also referred to Benjamin Mendy’s charisma, one that we’ve had the chance to watch many times in the Manchester City Amazon documentary series. Both French internationals are always the life of the party during the World Cup celebrations of the National Team, Mendy has even taken charge of the microphone when everybody wants to sing to the other players like N’Golo Kante last week at Stade de France. Talking about Pogba and Mendy during the press conference, Doucoure said this in front of the local press: “He was the same [growing up]. He likes to show off a little bit, but he’s a very nice guy, very natural. Today there’s a different dimension, because he is a superstar, but he was always the same. He likes to laugh, to speak about everything. Both [on and off the pitch], he has this personality… he gets this because he is good on the pitch as well. It’s good for him. Benjamin Mendy as well brings a lot of personality, show-off sometimes. It’s good in the football. Since Under-16, I played with him [Pogba]. And he was, physically, the same like today. He was in advance of everyone. He had his technique. He grew up in Italy, I think he did very good things in England. Of course, he is a very important player for Manchester United. We have to be aware of him, he will be very dangerous for us. We speak together sometimes… I sent him a message in the World Cup, congratulated him on the title,” said the midfielder about both players.Paul Pogba is a SHOW OFF! But football needs him…https://t.co/D53qdZRLT8 #MUFC pic.twitter.com/uycermaLtrVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.— Express Sport (@DExpress_Sport) September 13, 2018But Pogba really needs to get a little more serious during these next few weeks, as he has been seriously under fire from the Manchester United fans due to his latest cryptic comments about his future. It has been widely reported by several media outlets that Paul Pogba is being manipulated by his agent Mino Raiola, with the end goal of leaving Manchester United for a new club. The most mentioned team that has been endlessly linked to Paul is FC Barcelona, and the player’s latest comments where he leaves the door open for a possible exit has really angered the fans who demand more respect for the Red Devils as an institution, and for the fans who have been supporting him during the tough moments when his relationship with Jose Mourinho has reached new lows. Pogba’s moments of swagger should decrease a little bit when the times aren’t as good, this could come off as a serious distraction that is keeping him away from the best form possible we all fell in love with during his time at Juventus. Watching that player in Serie A and the Pogba we get today at Manchester United, has made many fans really angry because they keep wondering where that version of Paul went.What do you think about Paul Pogba and Benjamin Mendy’s swagger? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.