first_imgDonegal County Council has been forced to deploy a snow plough and gritter to make several trips on the back of Errigal road due to heavy snowfall there.Traffic has been reduced to one lane with the roadside coming from Letterkenny to Dunlewey particularly bad.Caution has been urged as more snow could fall on this high ground later. Snow has also reported in Gortahork and Derryconner areas. The Muckish Road to Falcarragh is impassable in places with cars being forced to turn back after attempting to travel earlier.A thaw is starting but the back of Errigal could freeze again tonight. COUNCIL FORCED TO DEPLOY SNOW PLOUGH TO BACK OF ERRIGAL ROAD was last modified: February 12th, 2014 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:Donegal County CouncilERRIGAL ROADsnow ploughlast_img read more

Bolton v QPR: match preview, team news, facts and figures

first_imgHammersmith-born Liam Feeney is set to line up against QPR todayKick-off: 3pm, Saturday 20 February 2016Referee: Jeremy Simpson (Lancaster, Lancashire)Match in a nutshell: Having been beaten by Fulham, QPR look to bounce back against a club in turmoil on and off the pitch.Five key battles: Including Paul Konchesky against Liam preview: QPR marginal favourites to win at BoltonInjuries and suspensionsBOLTON WANDERERSRuled out: David Wheater (hamstring), Liam Trotter (hamstring).Fitness test: Gary Madine (back), Jay Spearing (groin).QPRRuled out: Ale Faurlin (thigh), Jack Robinson (match fitness). Possible line-upsBolton: Amos; Vela, Dervite, Holding, Moxey; Feeney, Pratley, Spearing, Wellington Silva; Madine, Clough. Subs from: Rachubka, Osede, Finney, Twardzik, Danns, Davies, Walker, Woolery, Dobbie, Heksey.QPR: Smithies; Perch, Onuoha, Hall, Konchesky; Phillips, Luongo, Henry, Hoilett; Washington, Polter. Subs from: Ingram, Lumley, Hill, Angella, Kpekawa, Tozser, Doughty, Chery, Petrasso, El Khayati, Grego-Cox, Mackie. Vital statisticsForm guide – last five league matchesBolton total: L W D W L (7 points)Home: W W L W D (10 points)QPR total: L W D D W (8 points)Away: D W D L L (5 points)Top scorers – all competitionsBolton: Madine 6; Feeney 4, Pratley 4; Clough 3; Danns 2, Dobbie 2, Heskey 2, Spearing 2, Wellington Silva 2; Dervite 1, Holding 1, Moxey 1, Vela 1, Wheater 1, Woolery 1.QPR: Austin 10; Phillips 6; Chery 5, Emmanuel-Thomas 5, Polter 5; Hoilett 4; Onuoha 3; Fer 1, Hill 1.Last five meetings3 October 2015: QPR 4 Bolton 328 January 2014: QPR 2 Bolton 124 August 2013: Bolton 0 QPR 110 March 2012: Bolton 2 QPR 113 August 2011: QPR 0 Bolton 4Bolton 2 wins, QPR 3 wins, 0 drawsSee also:Bolton v QPR: five key battlesHasselbaink says he ‘can’t wait’ to pick Robinson for QPRFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Editorial: Felony charge against Coliseum CEO should send warning

first_imgA felony conflict-of-interest charge filed against the former CEO of the Oakland Coliseum should serve as a warning to public officials: Using your government post for personal gain cannot be tolerated.That also goes for Contra Costa County’s elections chief, Joe Canciamilla, who abruptly resigned Oct. 31 after state investigators found he illegally spent $130,529 of campaign funds on a vacation in Asia, remodeling his Hawaii home and other personal expenses.And for that county’s former …last_img

Avoid Being a Pollyanna CEO

first_imgTags:#start#tips Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Children’s literary character Pollyanna is supposed to teach the value in maintaining a super sunshine-filled attitude. The lesson echoes, perhaps, the notion that “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” Social pleasantries aside, this is probably no way to run your business. And in a recent blog post, VC Ben Horowitz agrees, cautioning CEOs against falling into the trap of being too nice and too positive. “Tell it like it is,” he advises.Horowitz describes his own decision to stop being too positive as his “single biggest personal improvement as CEO.” He shares some of his early experiences leading a company, recognizing the pressures that he felt and the way in which he tried to shoulder the burdens of business setbacks himself, rather than transferring some of that burden to his employees. Thinking that that would make the problems worse, “I thought I should project a positive, sunny demeanor and rally the unburdened troops to victory. I was completely wrong.”Employees, contends Horowitz, have a pretty nuanced understanding of the reality of situations. By “blowing sunshine,” he was actually doing more damage than good. By keeping negative information to himself, he was failing “to give the problem to the people who could not only fix it, but would be personally excited and motivated to do so.”Horowitz lists three reasons why it’s imperative that CEOs be honest and transparent.1. Building TrustIf you trust someone, then you don’t really need additional explanation or justification for a particular course of action. But if there’s no trust, then no amount of communication or reasoning can really make an impact. And “without trust,” writes Horowitz, “communication breaks.” As communication gets to be increasingly challenging a company grows, Horowitz argues that it’s vital a CEO develop the employees’ trust. “A CEO’s ability to build this trust over time is often the difference between companies that execute well and companies that are chaotic.”2. Deploying Your Company BrainpowerIn order to build a tech company, you have to hire a lot of smart folks. And it’s a waste to not take advantage of that brainpower to solve companies problems. “A brain, no matter how big, cannot solve a problem that it doesn’t know about.”3. Building a Problem-Solving Company CultureBad news travels fast, as the old adage goes. Good news tends to travel a lot more slowly. As a result, employees at failed companies often have known about the fatal problems long before companies have floundered. But, as Horowitz observes, the company culture in these situations frequently discourages people to spread bad news – and by extension, to address the problems. A healthy company, on the other hand, encourages people to discuss problems openly and freely. “Build a culture which rewards – not punishes – people for getting problems into the open where they can solved.” This may involve countering some old management maxims such as “don’t bring me a problem without bringing me a solution.” Horowitz admits that there are “overwhelming psychological pressures to be overly positive.” But he encourages CEOs to stand up to these pressures and to be honest – even if it means sharing unpleasant news. Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img audrey watters A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

10 months agoLuiz reveals Cesc gave farewell speech to Chelsea players

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Luiz reveals Cesc gave farewell speech to Chelsea playersby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveDavid Luiz has revealed Cesc Fabregas gave a formal farewell speech to Chelsea’s players over the weekend.While no deal with Monaco is as yet confirmed, Fabregas is expected to soon sign for them.“He did a speech and then after that we all say thank you for him, and hug him,” David Luiz revealed.“I think it’s an emotional day not just for him, for everybody. One of the best players playing in England was him, everyone knows that. Sad for everybody when you lose this kind of player, this kind of person, but I think everybody has to stand up and clap the hands for him because he deserves it.“It’s always difficult to lose players, especially like him, because like I say he’s a world-class player but also I understand it’s part of the process, and if it’s better for him and better for the club, we have to understand that.”Fabregas won two Premier League titles, a League Cup and an FA Cup with Chelsea, and Luiz said it was that champion’s assertiveness that would remain in the memory.“I think he won everything with this club. My memories are always going to be with the world-class player, with the great technique, he’s a great guy.“He has experience. He knows football, I think he had the opportunity to learn in many different changing rooms when he was so young, before, so he brings always a confidence, energy for the team, and then in the pitch he showed that it doesn’t matter the game, he’s always going to show his qualities. Sad. It’s really sad for us. We are wishing him all the best, because he deserves it.” last_img read more

13 days agoHyypia says Liverpool can be proud outshining Man City

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Hyypia says Liverpool can be proud outshining Man Cityby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool Champions League title winner Sami Hyypia says the club can be proud outshining Manchester City.With Pep Guardiola’s City stars certain to fight until the end this season, Hyypia believes, if ­Liverpool do win the Premier League title, it will make victory even more remarkable.“If someone creates a great team like City, you can’t stop that,” he said. “We lost one game and City won the title, so you have to hold up your hands as we did all we could to win it.“They even gave us credit for pushing them to the very end. That’s why, if we win, it’ll be even better as City are just so good .“To win in an era where your rival is so good merely heightens the achievement.” last_img read more

Lomars New Boxship Grounds off New Caledonia

first_imgzoom The newly-built Maltese-flagged containership Kea Trader ran aground today off New Caledonia, the ship’s AIS data shows.The boxship hit the Durand Reef, some 100 kilometres southeast of the island of Mare.The 18 crew members on board have not been injured in the incident, and there have been no visible traces or reports of any immediate pollution from the vessel, according to the ship’s owner Lomar Shipping.Based on the ship’s vessel tracking data, Kea Trader was en route from Papeete port in French Polynesia to the Port of Noumea, New Caledonia.“The situation is currently stable and the weather forecast is good for the coming days,” the company said.Lomar added that it has activated its emergency response centre and was coordinating with all relevant authorities and organisations.A salvage team has been sent to the site and is providing support.“We are grateful for the rapid help and support that has been given since the vessel ran aground. We are currently working with the authorities and other industry experts to determine when and how the vessel is to be re-floated,” a spokesman from Lomar told World Maritime News.The cause of the grounding is yet to be disclosed.“An internal company investigation will work alongside the official inquiry to thoroughly examine this incident,” the company added.The 2, 194 TEU Subpanamax boxship, constructed by China’s Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard in 2017, is chartered by Seatrade Groningen as of June 7, 2017, VesselsValue data shows.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Ottawa continues legal fight against St Annes Indian residential school survivor over

first_img( St. Anne’s Indian residential school. Photo/National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.)Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsOttawa is continuing its court battle against a residential school survivor who attended the notorious St. Anne’s Indian residential school.The survivor, known only as H-15019, wants a new compensation hearing without federal lawyers present because they previously suppressed evidence to discredit the  claim.A hearing on the case is scheduled for Wednesday in Toronto before Justice Paul Perell.St. Anne’s, which was located near Fort Albany First Nation in Ontario’s James Bay region, was one of the most notorious residential schools throughout the dark history of the institutions. An OPP investigation launched in the 1990s led to several convictions. The school, which closed in 1976, was home to an electric chair that was used on children who attended there. Children from Attawapiskat attended the school.Ottawa’s lawyers are asking the court to dismiss H-15019’s application, known technically as a request for direction (RFD), according to recent submissions filed with the Ontario Superior Court. Ottawa says the application for a new hearing should be rejected because it is “premature.”  The submission argues the survivor has not exhausted all possible appeal avenues under the Independent Assessment Process (IAP) created by the multi-billion dollar Indian residential school settlement agreement between Ottawa, the churches and survivors.“Claimant H-15019 has not exhausted the re-review process of the IAP, such that this request for direction is premature,” said Ottawa’s response submission. “In support of the processes of the IAP as well as the rights of Claimant H-15019 thereunder, Canada has signaled its consent for claimant H-15019 to seek a re-review decision…Canada asks this honourable court to dismiss the remaining preliminary relief sought by the claimant.”Ottawa argues that if the court orders a re-hearing on the grounds requested by H-15019 it would result in a “material amendment” to the Indian residential school settlement agreement.The federal government is also opposing H-15019’s request federal lawyers involved on the file submit affidavits explaining why they suppressed evidence, including the contents of an OPP criminal investigation, during the IAP hearings that resulted in the St. Anne’s survivor losing out on compensation.“Canada specifically contests any suggestion that particular federal officials are required to provide affidavit evidence in respect of this matter, and submits that the claimant has not established grounds to compel such evidence,” according to Ottawa’s submission.H-15019’s lawyer, Fay Brunning, said she would be fighting Ottawa’s move to dismiss the RFD. She said her client does not want to go through another IAP hearing with federal lawyers and adjudicators who violated his rights.“My client wants court supervision and public accountability by those persons who violated his rights,” said Brunning, in an emailed statement. “These hearings are about very serious child abuse in religious institutions. My client has suffered enough and he wants the justice system to uphold his rights, even against (Justice Canada).”Since the beginning of the IAP process, federal government lawyers used false narratives of the school, which omitted references the OPP’s criminal investigation and convictions, to defeat abuse claims filed by residential school survivors.The records shows Justice Canada had evidence of the OPP investigation before the IAP hearings began, but yet never disclosed them during IAP hearings.Even after the Ontario Superior Court ordered Ottawa in January 2014 to turn over the OPP evidence it held, federal lawyers continued to use the false narratives in H-15019’s case and used it to discredit the survivor’s story.“During final submissions for the IAP claim…on July 25, 2014, (Justice Canada) relied upon the pre-2014…report and source documentation…and argued that the claimant’s story was improbably and not reliable,” according to one of Brunning’s filings on behalf of H-15019.During this time, federal lawyers had in their possession proof a priest, who was one of the subjects named in H-15019’s claim, was a “serial sexual abuser.”Weeks before this happened, the Ontario Superior Court was again compelled to issue a follow-up order in June 2015 and told Ottawa to summarize and reverse redactions on the 12,000 documents it previously released following the 2014 ruling.NDP MP Charlie Angus, in who’s riding includes Ontario’s James Bay region, said Ottawa’s decision to continue the legal battle against the St. Anne’s survivor made a “mockery” of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s words to survivors at the closing ceremony of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.“It’s a travesty of justice,” said Angus. “I am really disturbed by what we seen since the beginning (with) the collusion of the Justice department in protecting perpetrators and suppression of evidence, undermining a legal process that is supposed to bring justice for the survivors.”[email protected]@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Head trauma Bad to worse in one hit

This is the last part of the three-part series on concussions. Today’s story is about Second Impact Syndrome. Football is a sport of brain-rattling collisions, and concussions have become common at every level of competition. But an uncommon condition associated with the aftermath of such injuries is often fatal for the youngest players. Second Impact Syndrome occurs while the brain is recovering from an injury and suffers another blow. Because the brain is vulnerable after an initial injury, a relatively weak force can cause irreparable damage. If the brain’s ability to regulate blood flow is obstructed, a patient can die in as little as three minutes, according to In 2008, Jaquan Waller, 16, was killed after playing in a high school football game in Greenville, N.C. A medical examiner attributed his death to Second Impact Syndrome. The condition is more common among teenagers and children because their brains have not fully developed. “It doesn’t happen to everyone that’s still symptomatic, but it does happen,” said Richard Rodenberg, a physician at Ohio State and Nationwide Children’s Sports Medicine. “And when it does happen, 50 percent of those kids statistically are at risk for death, and 100 percent of them will have a disability or suffer from permanent brain damage.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1.6 million to 3.2 million concussions occur every year in sports and other recreational activities. Second Impact Syndrome results when athletes sustain head injuries and one of three things happen: They don’t know they’ve been injured, they refuse to leave the game or they return to competition too soon. The syndrome occurs when “a second head injury is sustained, either that day or in the few days shortly thereafter,” said Kelsey Logan, medical director of the OSU Sports Concussion Program. “Some athletes have died.” Concussions can have serious consequences, especially for football players. The New York Times reported that since 1997, at least 50 youth football players, high-school aged or younger, from 20 states have died or sustained serious head injuries on the field. Although it’s hard to determine which athletes are in greatest danger of Second Impact Syndrome, dodging the disorder is not difficult. “It’s really unknown who’s at risk for this and what the factors are that lead to death in those cases,” Logan said. “Fortunately, it’s also something that’s totally preventable if we can recognize the symptoms of concussions.” Logan said concussion symptoms include chronic headaches, attention problems, short-term memory difficulties, sleeping problems and fatigue. Although Second Impact Syndrome can be avoided, there are instances when the concussed athletes’ symptoms go unnoticed, or athletes aren’t correctly treated. OSU athletics director Gene Smith said players are not always honest about their injuries. The tough part is “getting the players to admit it,” Smith said. They say, “‘I’m a player. No disrespect, I didn’t come here to get a philosophy degree. I came here to go pro.’ That’s the mentality we get when they get to us.” OSU club football team quarterback Bryan Thompson, who estimates he has suffered seven or eight concussions since he started playing football in the fourth grade, said he has played through a concussion. “Once in high school during a game, I had an obvious concussion. I even walked toward the wrong sideline. As the trainer evaluated me, I sort of snapped out of my dementia. It was a close game, so I said, ‘I’m fine,’ and went back in,” Thompson said. “After the game, I went to the doctor and it ended up being one of the two major concussions I’ve had.” Thompson, who had never heard of Second Impact Syndrome, said peer pressure can factor into playing though head injuries. Playing with a concussion “was a heat-of-the-moment thing, and of course I wanted to stay in the game,” Thompson said. “But at the same time, a lot of people don’t look at concussions as serious injuries. They give it a negative spin and say, ‘Well, I know a ton of people that have played with concussions before, so why aren’t you playing?’ Then you feel more obligated to play.” Doctors say that mentality is dangerous. “That’s the scary aspect,” Rodenberg said, “when (athletes) hide their symptoms.” read more