Final Prem table decided by MATHS could be fairest way to decide

first_img4A FINAL Premier League table determined by MATHS could be the fairest way to decide how the season ends.The Times have published completed standings for the English top-flight that predicts how many points each club are likely to end up with after every game is played.⚠️ Read our Coronavirus in Sport live blog for the latest news, updates and cancellations4 Leicester qualify for Europe once again but Aston Villa are sent back to the ChampionshipCredit: Reuters4The sophisticated maths model takes into account the difficulty of matches left.The model, which was inspired by the Elo calculation method, is now used by Fifa to rank men’s and women’s national teams.The prediction is based on the average number of points that the teams would have earned in the remaining nine or ten fixtures, factoring in home advantage as well as the strength of remaining opponents.The completed model actually shows no changes in the position of the Premier League table now, despite some teams having games in hand.AND THE WINNER IS…As expected, Liverpool are crowned champions and as well as taking the title from Manchester City, they will also smash their record for most points amassed in a Premier League season.Pep Guardiola’s side finish runners-up, with Leicester City and Chelsea completing the top-four spots for Champions League qualification.Yet should City’s Euro ban hold-up then it’s good news for rivals Manchester United, who ultimately place fifth with a projected 60 points.At the bottom of the table, Norwich pick up just seven more points from their remaining nine fixtures and finish rock-bottom of the league.But West Ham’s easier run-in helps them beat the drop and send Watford and Bournemouth down to the Championship with a better goal difference.4Most Read in FootballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticYet SunSport previously revealed that worried Premier League club chiefs radical plan to save the season is to play all of the remaining 92 games BEHIND CLOSED DOORS with every game in neutral venues at a separate time,  live on TV.Euro 2020 was postponed for 12 months on Tuesday due to the coronavirus in a desperate bid to allow nations to complete their domestic leagues.But Prem clubs fear England could be the one country unable to fulfil their fixtures.CORONAVIRUS CRISIS – BE IN THE KNOWGet the latest coronavirus news, facts and figures from around the world – plus essential advice for you and your family.To receive our Covid-19 newsletter in your inbox every tea time, sign up here.To follow us on Facebook, simply ‘Like’ our Coronavirus page.Chelsea show class as Roman Abramovich vows to give NHS staff FREE accommodation at Millennium Hotel in coronavirus battlelast_img

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May 31, 2020 | by

Strike halts racing

first_imgThe 10-race programme scheduled for Caymanas Park yesterday had to be abandoned following strike action by unionised workers of Caymanas Track Limited (CTL). The workers claimed that the action was taken because of the failure of the promoting company to sign off on phase two of a reclassification exercise. More than 150 workers represented by the Union of Technical, Administrative and Supervisory Personnel (UTASP) took industrial action minutes after 5 p.m. on Thursday. Normality returned on Friday, but following a lengthy meeting between UTASP general secretary St Patrice Ennis and the management of CTL, the workers resumed their protest. A second meeting with the CTL management late into Friday night failed to resolve the issue. This not only resulted in yesterday’s shutdown, but the February 10 holiday meet, featuring the Ash Wednesday Trophy, also hangs in the balance unless there is a breakthrough by Monday, noted CTL’s racing secretary Denzil Miller Jr. According to Ennis, the workers representing all categories were asked to hold strain last November to ensure that the two major races on the calendar, the November 14 Superstakes and the inaugural staging of the rich Diamond Mile on December 5, were run. “But we waited more than six weeks after for a response from CTL and had to force their hand by taking industrial action on Thursday. “Following the back-to-back meetings on the nights of Thursday and Friday, it came down to CTL signing off on the agreement on benefits to the workers, but were told that neither Cedric Stewart, chief executive officer (CEO) of CTL, nor the company’s human resource manager, Tanya Wilson, both of whom were present (along with CTL’s deputy chairman Andrew Azar) had the authority to sign the document on behalf of the board,” explained Ennis. FIND A SOLUTION With the CTL chairman Chris Brown off the island, it is understood that Azar has been asked by the finance minister to intervene with a view of finding a solution in short order. A CTL source said it will cost the company $28 million to sign off on the deal. Efforts to contact CEO Stewart proved futile as calls to his mobile phone went to voicemail. Meanwhile, the workers were adamant that they would stay off the job until the issue is resolved. This was the position coming out of a meeting yesterday afternoon between Ennis and more than 50 members of staff in the grandstand at Caymanas Park. They shouted ‘No racing! No racing!’ in the presence of Azar on the conclusion of the meeting at 4 p.m.last_img

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January 20, 2020 | by

With first time jitters out of the way, Durham believes Bolts better prepared this time

first_imgPBA IMAGESWith Meralco’s last runner-up finish on his mind, Allen Durham is looking for a better finals showing from the Bolts this time out.After all, this not anybody’s first time any more—including him.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene “Last year was a first for everybody, aside from Jimmy (Alapag) and a couple of others. It was my first Finals in my pro career,” he said.Alapag, who is now an assistant coach, Reynel Hugnatan, and Jonathan Uyloan were the lone players from that crew which had prior Finals experience, while Jared Dillinger was limited due to his hamstring injury.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThat left much of the responsibility of leading the Bolts in the champions round to the 29-year-old behemoth Durham.Unfortunately, Meralco fell short in six games against Ginebra capped by the biggest heartbreaker of all—Justin Brownlee’s title-clinching three to beat the buzzer in Game 6. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It was painful of a moment to swallow, but Durham said that the Bolts, more matured this time, look back at the loss as a rallying point in another duel against the Kings for the title.And not only did the players gain experience from their first final stint, the Bolts also added veterans Ranidel de Ocampo and Joseph Yeo to virtually intact roster .“I’ve forgotten about it, but it’s still kinda fueling me to get the win and hold the trophy. Now that we got the experience, we know what to expect,” he said.That includes the Kings’ “home court” advantage with Durham saying they have figured out how to tune the raucous crowd out.“We played Ginebra in that series (last year) and we played Ginebra this conference. The crowd is not going to be a factor. I think that experience alone is gonna help us a lot,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Arellano stays alive, knocks off San Sebastian Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award But he knows that amid their budding rivalry, it’s inevitable for emotions to spill onto the court.“I do think it’s going to be tense, especially with the history that we’re building and it’s a rematch. We just have to understand that it is going to be a long series, we can never be too high or too low. We just gotta stay focused and wait for the outcome in the end,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsonlast_img

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January 19, 2020 | by

New Orleans dries out from flooding

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“This was a little rain flood,” Stevens said. “What happens if we get a big storm?” On Monday, bands of heavy rain dumped about 7 inches of rain on New Orleans and its suburbs, leaving many streets impassable and flooding some businesses and homes. The city’s system of pumps and drainage canals, while nearly back to its capacity before Hurricane Katrina hit on Aug. 29, 2005, couldn’t keep up. Mayor Ray Nagin shut City Hall early and schools were closed across the city. Waist-high water in parts of eastern New Orleans soaked businesses, some of which had only recently reopened after being damaged by Katrina. The Army Corps of Engineers had to close a floodgate on the Harvey Canal because of flooding fears. By Tuesday, most of the city was dry, but a few spots were still flooded. Officials declared the city’s efforts to fight the flood a success. “The system is solid,” said Robert Jackson, a spokesman for the Sewerage and Water Board. RAINFALL: Officials deem the response to their first test since Katrina a success. By Cain Burdeau THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW ORLEANS – With a shake of the head, Richie Stevens looked at the brownish, oil-streaked water surrounding his property Tuesday and wondered how so much of the city could be swamped by a rainfall not even associated with a hurricane. There were no reports of pump failures and flooding was minor in most places. It was the biggest test the city has had since Katrina in 2005, which dumped 13 inches of rain on New Orleans. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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December 30, 2019 | by

Attack rumor frightens kids

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita The rumors spread over the Internet Web site popular with teenagers and through students text-messaging each other on their cell phones. Sheriff’s deputies and school officials said the rumors may have started as a hoax to start the three-day Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend a day early. O’Hara’s son said he had heard there would be explosions and gunshots and that the two former students had accomplices who were going to do something Friday. “You never know how crazy these kids are nowadays,” the boy said. Parent Teresa Liparote came to pick up her 14-year-old son and another boy after hearing on television news that there was a bomb threat. She also heard from another parent, who telephoned her and said something was going on at Quartz Hill High and that she might want to get the boys. “I was worried about my kids. I tried to call the school but nobody called me back,” Liparote said. Extra school security officers and deputies were posted at the campus because of the rumors, but the only incident was an M-80 firecracker that someone tossed into a trash can during lunch, causing a loud explosion. School Deputy Paul Pfrehm said some parents came to the school and, after talking with school officials, decided to leave their children in school. The rumors revolved around two boys, ages 15 and 17, who were arrested and charged before the Christmas break with planning a Columbine-style attack on Valentine’s Day in retaliation for being teased. The boys, who dressed in Goth-style makeup and clothing, said they had felt ostracized at the school, deputies said. Deputies first became aware of the rumors Thursday afternoon when parents called and said they had heard that the two boys had been released from custody and were planning a pipe-bomb attack, Sgt. Darrel Brown said. Deputies called Sylmar Juvenile Hall and were told the two boys remained locked up there. “This appears to be a hoax that started out with a rumor and traveled among the school and parents,” Brown said. “They had a text-messaging ring going where students were text-messaging each other on their cell phones.” “The hysteria caused some students to be rightfully afraid, so the ones who didn’t do anything on purpose, they are hearing rumors from fellow students,” Brown said. Different rumors circulated among parents and students, including that bombs had been found on the Quartz Hill campus and that the purported attack for which the boys were arrested was supposed to happen on Friday the 13th, not Valentine’s Day, officials said. This was students’ first week back at school since the arrests were announced. That meant this week was the first time the teens had to talk about the story at school, Principal Mark Bryant said. “People are more sensitive than they would have been otherwise. We’ve been very careful and diligent in trying to follow things up,” Bryant said. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! QUARTZ HILL – A post-Columbine parental nightmare – rumors of a planned attack on a school – scared hundreds of Quartz Hill High School students away from school Friday. More teens called their parents to come get them once they got to school and heard the rumors, and dozens of parents lined up at the school office at midmorning to retrieve their children. “He called me in a panic, and I wasn’t going to doubt what he said,” parent Stacey O’Hara said as she picked up her 15-year-old son at the 3,400-pupil campus. “If this was a ploy by kids to get an additional half-day off, that would be sad, but I’m not going to take that chance. I couldn’t live with myself if something had happened and he got hurt and I ignored his cry for help.” Officials estimated that 500 Quartz Hill High students stayed home or went home because of the rumors, which said that two former students arrested last month in an alleged plot against the school – or their friends – planned an attack on Friday the read more

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December 29, 2019 | by

Cross advocate gives up drive

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventHernandez, a retired insurance adjuster who lives in Valley Glen, said he intends to turn his attention to his campaign for county supervisor, challenging incumbent Zev Yaroslavsky. If he’s elected, he would be the third swing vote on the board and he and Supervisors Michael D. Antonovich and Don Knabe could vote to return the cross to the seal. “As a new member of the board, I would be in a position to introduce a motion to put this on the ballot in June 2007,” Hernandez said. The latest effort is part of a nationwide controversy over the constitutionality of religious symbols on government and public display. The issue ignited in early 2004 after the American Civil Liberties Union threatened to sue the county, claiming the cross on the original 1957 seal was unconstitutional. In several 3-2 votes, the supervisors ordered the cross removed, and hundreds of thousands of dollars was spent replacing the original seal on thousands of vehicles, buildings, signs and uniforms. Yaroslavsky, Gloria Molina and Yvonne Brathwaite Burke also voted against a motion to give voters a chance to decide the fate of the cross. Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute in Sacramento, a legal defense organization specializing in the defense of religious freedom, parental rights and other civil liberties, said the supervisors unfortunately buckled under intimidation from the ACLU. “The hostility is from an intolerant minority who wish to sterilize the public square of any acknowledgment of the truth of our nation’s history and heritage,” said Dacus, whose organization offered to defend the county if it chose to fight the ACLU. “People may not like the foundation of our nation’s history, but it is what it is. And the minority should not be allowed to snuff out the truth of our nation’s heritage for future generations.” The ACLU did not return a call for comment. (213) 974-8985160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A fourth attempt at a ballot measure designed to return a tiny cross to the Los Angeles County seal failed Monday, and organizers said they are giving up the cause. Cross proponent David Hernandez said volunteers collected about 100,000 signatures supporting the measure, far short of the 170,606 needed to get it on the ballot. He said supporters donated about $90,000 – which paid for a mass distribution of petitions, radio advertisements and other expenses – but he estimated that it would take $300,000 to $500,000 to hire paid signature-gatherers for a successful campaign. As a result, he said he doesn’t plan to make a fifth attempt. last_img

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December 28, 2019 | by


first_imgDO you have a story to tell? Email us your stories to info@donegaldaily.comThe Ghost in the Gap By Kate Slevin PhotographyIn December 1983 a local man from Donegal Town was travelling back home from a dance in Jackson’s Hotel, Ballybofey. It was around 2.30 am.The weather wasn’t kind. It was freezing outside, with winds gusting and heavy sleety showers. Gusts of wind swayed his car as he made his way towards Barnesmore Gap and he found himself having to use the windscreen wipers at full speed several times in order to see the road ahead. He turned up the heat in his Ford Escort and turned on the radio to take his mind off the hazardous drive ahead. As he approached the top of McGroary’s Brae he remembers thinking how few cars there were on the road that night.In fact he had not met a single vehicle coming towards him since he left Ballybofey. Normally he would meet a few late night trucks or some late night drivers coming from Donegal Town but tonight nothing, not one single set of headlights had he seen since his journey began.Just then he saw a light flash far in the distance. At first he thought it was a fleeting glimpse of an oncoming car as it rounded the bends or was it a car taking the road to Castlederg over the old bridge. It only lasted a second but it was definitely a flash of some kind.He remembers thinking it was kind of a strange colour, more a blue white than normal headlight colour but thought no more about it.Just then a heavy static buzz came from the radio drowning out the music and then it just went silent. The radio was still on but no sound… nothing. Must be the weather and the mountains affecting the signal, he thought.Funny it had never happened before on his many trips on that road. Turning the dial ever so slightly he found another radio station. He didn’t know what station it was and the music was from the 1940’s big band era but at least it was music to take his mind off the ever worsening weather outside. The sleet was now turning more to snow as the road approached the highest point of Barnesmore Gap at Lough Mourne.Expecting to meet the oncoming car any time, he was puzzled when he didn’t meet it. As he approached the Castlederg turn off with its old bridge sulking in the darkness he saw something at the junction but it wasn’t a car… it was a young woman.She was standing by the roadside, arm outstretched as if thumbing but it was more of a wave than a thumbing motion. After a moment’s hesitation he braked and stopped in order to reverse back and give the woman a lift. He was startled when, before he had a chance to reverse, the rear door opened and the woman got in. How had she moved so fast? He had pulled up nearly one hundred yards from where she had been standing. Maybe the heavy sleet and wind had confused him and he had stopped faster than he thought.He thought she whispered “Thank you” as she closed the door but maybe it was the howling wind, he wasn’t sure. Starting the car again he asked her to say when she wanted dropped off and she answered with “Yes”. He swears that the word ‘yes’ sounded more like the hiss of a snake and he started to feel an unexplained feeling of a mixture of fear and sorrow. A feeling he has never felt from that day in 1983 to today.Unlike today, the road narrowed as they drew closer to Biddy’s pub and having to concentrate on keeping the car on the road he could only grab quick glimpses in the rear view mirror and his silent passenger in the back seat. She sat in silence staring out the window into the darkness. Her face was extremely pale, white, almost blue from the cold. A blueness that reminded him of the flash he had seen earlier.With her face so close to the window he remembers thinking it was strange that her breathe wasn’t steaming up the window from which she stared. Was she breathing?It had suddenly gotten very cold in the car and he reached down to turn up the heat. The heat was up full. First the radio and now the heater. He must take the car to a mechanic in the morning to have the electrics checked.Passing Biddy’s she never glanced at it, her eyes instead transfixed on the mountain side to her left. Not a word did she say. About a mile after Biddy’s she spoke her first words in a whisper “Stop here” and the next words she spoke chilled the man to the bone and he gulped and paused as he told me his story. “Stop here… this is where I died.”Ignoring the icy conditions the man slammed on his brakes but she was gone. The rear seat was empty. The door unopened.Far off in the distance he saw the blue white flash once more just as his radio announced the 3.00am news on RTE Radio 2….. DO you have a story to tell? Email us your stories to info@donegaldaily.comDD FOLKLORE: THE GHOST ON THE GAP was last modified: July 8th, 2016 by John2Share 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 read more

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December 28, 2019 | by

Motorists warned to take extra care after flooding on roads

first_imgGardai have warned motorists to take extra care after several incidents of flash-flooding across the county.The Dry Arch roundabout in Letterkenny has heavy water on it while there are also reports of flooding in Ballybofey, Lifford and Buncrana.Head of the Garda Traffic Corps, Inspector Michael Harrison, asked drivers to slow down during heavy rain. “It is so important that drivers do not take any chances and that they slow down during heavy rain.“Also they should not drive through any flooding at any speed.“I would plead with drivers to take care during this inclement weather and not to take any chances,” he said.Motorists warned to take extra care after flooding on roads was last modified: August 23rd, 2017 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:donegalFLOODINGrainlast_img

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December 22, 2019 | by

Who’s sitting for the Warriors-Pistons game?

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!OAKLAND – The Warriors’ coaching and training staff have continuously worked on a puzzle toward the end of the regular season. What it entails: determining when to rest players for certain games.The latest? The Warriors (49-23) will sit center DeMarcus Cousins (load management) and Andre Iguodala (rest) for Sunday’s game against the Detroit Pistons (37-35) on …last_img

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December 20, 2019 | by

Drug stocks dip, State stares at acute shortage

first_imgThe Maharashtra Public Health Department is now left with just three months’ stock of medicines as the Haffkine Institute, tasked with purchase of medicines for the government, lacks expertise, sources said.Every year, the state government purchases medicines worth ₹1000 crore for which it has appointed the state-owned Haffkine to facilitate the centralised purchase of medicines to be used by the Public Health Department and Medical Education Department. Last week, the state government hospitals and medical colleges at many places faced shortage of drugs as the new supply is running short.On Wednesday, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis chaired a review meeting of the Health Department over the issue and sources said that the lack of expertise of the Haffkine in the purchase of drugs and medical equipment process was discussed. “The Chief Minister has directed the Haffkine Institute to hire workers on contractual basis, if needed, to speed up the tendering process of drug purchase. The Public Health Department was also directed to streamline the demand of medicines by clubbing all its requirements. The time for the tender process has also been cut short,” said an officer who attended the meeting. Haffkine had already placed tenders worth ₹128 crore but managed to deliver medicines worth ₹60-70 crore only, the officer said. “The Medical Education Department is running out of medicines and needs urgent intervention. Hence they have been permitted to purchase medicines locally,” said the officer, adding that the health department is likely to get around 7,000-8,000 extra staff in the upcoming mega recruitment of 72,000 government officers.The issue of lack of medical equipment was also discussed in the meeting, but put on hold since it did not require urgent intervention. Further, a decision of allowing one time purchase of medicines worth ₹1 lakh, from the earlier ₹5,000 limit, to heads of medical colleges was also cleared. The government will also be mapping availability of medical facilities in various parts of the State.last_img

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December 3, 2019 | by