The RSC Group are currently seeking an experienced lorry driver for laying road markings in the Donegal area.The driver will be based out of Castlederg.Job Description * Experience driving HGV lorries* Includes some manual labour* Must be flexible as jobs vary from day to day* Overtime hours may be required * Work mostly based in DonegalThe ideal candidate would enjoy working with machinery and have pride in their work. Salary discussed at application stage.If interested, please send your cv to [email protected] or call 02879645900.Job Vacancy: Lorry driver sought for road markings in Donegal area was last modified: November 21st, 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)
Mr. Clean may have a bad immune system. A story in EurekAlert says kids without enough exposure to infectious agents are at greater risk of autoimmune diseases. “The cleaner everyone is, the less stimulation their immune system gets,” says [Nora] Sarvetnick [of Scripps Research Institute]. “Their immune system tends to be incomplete.” Stimulation increases the number of T cells in the body, which “act as a buffer against the emergence of self-reactive T cells by shutting down homeostatic expansion,” a reaction to low T-cell count. Sarvetnick’s hypothesis contrasts with prevailing opinion that views autoimmune diseases as functions of too much stimulation. Apparently, segments of our immune systems, like soldiers, need things to practice on. If there is no target, they practice on you. “This hypothesis could explain a discrepancy in the number of cases of autoimmune disease in developed and developing countries,” the report says. “Disease rates have been on the rise in developed countries in the last 50 years compared to their developing neighbors, presumably because people in less developed countries are exposed to more pathogens.”This could lead to a new paradigm about infectious agents. Since many are not pathogenic, maybe there are interactions between our cells and the environment that are not all bad. Maybe instead of looking at every germ as an enemy, we should envision some of the microbes as engaging in “free trade” across our borders. The problem then becomes regulating the commerce and preventing intrusion by terrorists. Microbes in the environment may be signalling our own bodies with information needed to adapt to changing conditions. They might be providing a service, therefore, unless overwhelming us in swarms; the job of T-cells may be to regulate their numbers. Pathogens may be formerly harmless agents gone bad or out of control. At this point, such thoughts are mostly hypothetical. Certainly, harmful pathogens are to be avoided like the plague. But we were created to be able to live outdoors in contact with our environment much of the time. Cleanliness is still next to godliness, but disinfecting everything and using antibacterial soaps may be going too far. Unless your kid has known allergies or genetic risk factors, let him or her enjoy pets and explore the wilderness – under your watchful eye. Protect, but do not overprotect.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal has been included in the 16-man squad for the second Test of the three-match series against India which begins on Thursday after recovering from illness.Chandimal, 27, missed the first Test due to pneumonia, as India won by 304 runs at Galle, but will return as Sri Lanka look to level the series at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground in Colombo.He will be joined by batsman Lahiru Thirimanne, who last played an international Test in June 2016.Thirimanne will replace the injured Asela Gunaratne, who has been ruled out of the series with a fractured thumb, while seamer Suranga Lakmal has been excluded due to back problems, according to media reports.Left-arm spinner Lakshan Sandakan, who was dropped for the first match, is set to return. Veteran Rangana Herath, who suffered a finger injury and failed to bat in the final innings of the first Test, has been retained in the squad.India can seal the series with a win in Colombo, before the final Test commences on August 12 at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.Squad: Dinesh Chandimal (captain), Angelo Mathews, Upul Tharanga, Dimuth Karunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Danushka Gunathilaka, Lahiru Kumara, Vishwa Fernando, Nuwan Pradeep, Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera, Malinda Pushpakumara, Lakshan Sandakan, Lahiru Thirimanne.
DONE DEAL? Claims Ramsey has SIGNED Juventus pre-contractby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has AGREED to a pre-contract with Juventus, it has been claimed.Sportmediaset says he is preparing to head to Italy after penning a four-year deal with the Serie A giants.And Ramsey, 28, will pocket £145,000-a-week at Juventus.A host of Europe’s biggest clubs have been linked with a move for the popular ace.However, it now looks certain that Ramsey will be lining-up alongside Cristiano Ronaldo for the Old Lady next season.He has made over 300 appearances for the North London side. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
The lone loss in Ohio State’s 2014 national championship season came in Week 2 against Virginia Tech. The Buckeyes fell to the Hokies, 35-21. Redemption is expected on Sept. 7. Ohio State will open its national championship-defending season in Blacksburg, Va., against Virginia Tech on Labor Day. A blowout victory is predicted for Urban Meyer’s squad. The sportsbook 5Dimes released its initial odds for Week 1 and Ohio State is a huge favorite. Ohio State #Buckeyes will open the season favored by 19-points over the Virginia Tech Hokies. #OSU #OhioSt #OhioState (via 5Dimes)— Johnny Detroit (@Johnny_Detroit) February 12, 2015Ohio State and Virginia Tech’s kickoff time has yet to be released, but with the game occurring on Labor Day, a night game at Lane Stadium is probable.
A long drive, deep over the outfield wall … without a boost from performance-enhancing drugs.It’s an old-time ideal that Adrian Beltre of the Texas Rangers has played out over and over again. Earlier this week, he smashed two home runs, closing in on a relatively exclusive honor: membership in the 400 home run club. (Beltre needs one more dinger to become a card-carrying member.)In our view, and according to advanced stats, Beltre should be a Hall of Famer someday. But we worry that he won’t be because his conventional stats lack that Cooperstown shine.Why do we think Beltre should be enshrined alongside the likes of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Bill Mazeroski (more on him in a minute)? Beltre is a rarity — a player who excels at both offense and defense. And in both cases, that excellence is best illustrated using sabermetric measurements.1His offensive bona fides are also clear from such traditional statistics as home runs, of course. Among third basemen, Beltre, with his nearly 400 long balls, ranks fifth all-time; three of the four ahead of him are either already in Cooperstown or are locks to make it someday (Chipper Jones).For instance, in terms of per-plate appearance rates, Beltre ranks in the 80th percentile of his peers2Qualified hitters (according to Fangraphs’ leaderboard) who played between 1998 and 2015. in isolated power, the 70th percentile in contact rate, the 50th percentile in speed and the 82nd percentile as an overall hitter. (His only real offensive weakness is a 27th-percentile walk rate.) And those are just the rate statistics; Beltre’s durability has also seen him notch the second-most at-bats of any active player and the 53rd-most of any player ever.That longevity is a big reason why Beltre ranks ninth all-time in offensive wins above replacement (oWAR) among third basemen. Only one non-Hall of Famer, the easily forgettable Toby Harrah, ranks higher, and Beltre should pass him (plus Home Run Baker) this season, assuming that Beltre’s 2015 oWAR resembles his yearly output over the past five seasons. In fact, based on projections from Baseball Prospectus, there’s a good chance that the only players ahead of Beltre in oWAR by the end of his career will be offensive juggernauts Wade Boggs, George Brett, Chipper Jones, Eddie Mathews and Mike Schmidt.And defensively, Beltre’s advanced numbers are among the best ever. Per defensive WAR (dWAR) and defensive runs saved above average (DRAA),3Defense is harder to measure than offense, and traditional measurements have a way of propping up horrible defenders (see Jeter, Derek). But advanced statistics such as dWAR and DRAA (which is based on video-tracking data for recent seasons and estimated “zone ratings” for years before that) seem to capture defensive skill well. All modern players in the top 10 for DRAA have won at least one Gold Glove, and all but two have won at least four. Beltre is the second-best defensive third baseman in baseball history. Only Brooks Robinson, whom Reds manager Sparky Anderson had nightmares about after Robinson’s unforgettable defensive performance in the 1970 World Series, ranks better. According to dWAR, only 19 other players (across all positions) in baseball history were more valuable defensively than Beltre has been.The defender most like Beltre at this point is Mazeroski, who made it to the Hall almost entirely on his defense. Beltre, by contrast, combines Mazeroski-like defense with vastly superior offensive stats and greater durability.Yet, we worry about Beltre’s fate because his traditional measurements lag behind his advanced ones. The case against Beltre starts by saying that his nearly 400 home runs may be somewhat devalued by the steroid era — more than half of the club’s 51 members hit the majority of their home runs in the 1990s or 2000s — even if Beltre has never been implicated for steroid use. And Beltre’s other impressive credentials (four Gold Gloves, four Silver Sluggers and four All-Star Game nods) are good, but not great. Eric Chavez, for example, will only see Cooperstown as a visitor, but he won six Gold Gloves at third base. In addition, Beltre is unlikely to hit above .290 for his career or win a most valuable player award, and he has never won a World Series (only playing in a single Fall Classic).Simply put, Beltre’s conventional résumé falls short of Cooperstown’s traditional benchmarks. While there is no generally accepted baseball equivalent of Basketball-Reference.com’s Hall of Fame probability metric, Bill James developed a few good ways to gauge a player’s traditional statistical portfolio: the Hall of Fame Standards and Monitor tests, as well as the Black Ink and Gray Ink tests. Together, those metrics measure how well a player met certain (admittedly arbitrary) benchmarks that, historically speaking, are strongly correlated with Hall of Fame induction.In the “Ink” tests — which measure how often a player led the league and finished among the top 10 in important statistical categories — Beltre sits well behind the typical Hall member. He does fare somewhat better in the other, benchmark-based calculations (though he still ranks below average in both the Standards and Monitor tests), and at just 36 years old, Beltre still has time to add to his totals. But overall, he may not even have a coin flip’s chance at the Hall of Fame, according to traditional gauges. A logistic regression between the James metrics and Hall of Fame enshrinement for the eligible players on Baseball-Reference.com’s leaderboards4With additional variables for a player’s era and whether a player was publicly linked to steroids. would assign Beltre a mere 18 percent chance of induction if he retired today.But our hope is that Hall of Fame voters are slowly moving past the older considerations. If they look instead at Beltre’s advanced numbers, they’ll see a Hall of Fame worthy outlier. Look at the Jaffe WAR Score system, or JAWS.5For those curious, the eponym behind the number is Sports Illustrated’s Jay Jaffe. Built on the foundation of WAR, JAWS attempts to strike a balance between players who compiled value over a long period of time (think Paul Molitor, whose JAWS was 57.5) and those who burned brightly for a shorter span of seasons (think Jackie Robinson, whose JAWS was 56.8). And the difference between Beltre’s actual JAWS and what we’d predict from his conventional credentials6As measured by a regression using the James metrics. is stark.Beltre is one of only 10 non-Hall of Famers7Among either eligible players who were not elected or those ineligible for induction. in major league history to produce a JAWS rating above that of the average Hall of Famer, despite a predicted JAWS below the average Hall of Famer.8Predicted JAWS is designed so that its average equals the average JAWS.How can there be such a big difference? It’s partly because predicted JAWS doesn’t take into account defense (because it’s using conventional stats) and actual JAWS does. As we noted previously, defense is very hard to measure in a conventional sense. That’s especially the case at third base, where people can’t even agree on the best skill set for the position. It used to be impossible to say what exactly a player’s defensive range was, for instance. That’s why James’s metrics don’t make much of an attempt at incorporating defense, with the exception of taking into account a player’s position and where it sits on the defensive spectrum.But now we can understand how valuable Beltre is defensively. And we know that his mixture of offensive and defensive production for a third baseman is very rare.The question left is whether Hall of Fame voters will see things that way, conventions be damned.
Paul Scholes hopes to see Manchester United inflict further misery on Chelsea in Monday’s FA Cup clash.The Red Devils suffered their first defeat under interim coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Tuesday at Old Trafford to Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe’s second-half goals have left United at a big disadvantage for the return leg at Paris on March 6.For now, however, the Red Devils’ focus will be on this Monday at Stamford Bridge in a fifth-round tie with Chelsea in the FA Cup.After suffering his first setback as United coach, Solskjaer will be looking for a response from his players as he chases a third FA Cup title and his first as a manager.But Chelsea are also looking to bounce back from their own struggles following heavy defeats to Manchester City and Bournemouth across their last four matches.Therefore, Scholes is wary of the Blues threat heading into Monday night’s encounter.“Ole will want to win something as manager of United,” Scholes told the Daily Mail.“The FA Cup, after the result against PSG, could be the only thing they could win.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Chelsea look in trouble at the minute. Will they bounce back themselves? Ole will have to deal with that.“They’ll be disappointed. Chelsea will be looking for a big recovery. From what you read it doesn’t look like a happy camp at the minute so hopefully United can take advantage of that.”The former midfielder also added that he has no “issues” over United making Solskjaer the permanent manager at the end of the season.Scholes added: “I’d have no issues whatsoever [with Solskjaer getting the job].“I know people will start to question because now because he’s lost a game but that was PSG.“That could happen to the most experienced manager in the world because PSG are a top team.“I think for what he’s done so far he definitely deserves a chance.“I always knew there was talent in that squad. I think everyone did. Ole has come in with a smile on his face, put his arm around the players – there so much talent in that team. He’s given them freedom and you’ve seen the results.”The Chelsea and United FA Cup match will begin at 8:30 PM (CET).
The cuts were triggered by lower than expected revenue from the Motor Fuel Tax, which is used to support the department’s maintenance workers and stations. Five operator positions were cut from DOT&PF’s Central Region in addition to the camp closure. Motorists may notice reduced service in these evening and early morning hours, however, the department will approve extended working hours to respond to winter storms, according to the release. The closure of the camp and reduced number of heavy equipment operators will have an impact on the hours of snow and ice removal through Turnagain Pass, as well. Instead of two 10-hour shifts, Crown Point and Girdwood will cover the Silver Tip region from 4 a.m. to 8 p.m. Facebook2,018TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF) is announcing the closure of the Silver Tip Maintenance Station, located at the junction of the Seward and Hope highways, according to a release from DOT issued on Wednesday. Operators from Silver Tip maintenance camp covered the Seward Highway through Turnagain Pass. The duties will now be split between Girdwood Maintenance station and Crown Point (just south of Moose Pass).
The Senate Armed Services Committee announced Friday it will hold its confirmation hearing for Army Gen. Mark Milley to become the next Joint Chiefs chairman on July 11, after the panel’s return from the July 4 congressional recess.Gen. Milley, who has served as the Army’s chief of staff since 2015, would replace Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford who finishes his term at the end of September.The rotation in the Pentagon’s military leadership comes as DOD has been navigating recent transition in the agency’s senior civilian leadership.Acting Defense Secretary Mark Esper, who previously served as Secretary of the Army, became DOD’s chief when the White House appointed him to the post after former Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan unexpectedly resigned in June.Esper’s selection to lead DOD has been received with positive reviews from both sides of the aisle, according to The Hill.The Senate’s Armed Services Chair James Inhofe (R-Okla.) has lauded Esper as having a very good relationship with the troops and House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-Wash.) has been pleased with Esper’s selection to lead DOD.Though the White House has announced it intends to nominate Esper to become the Pentagon’s permanent chief, it has yet to send the formal paperwork to the Senate.Army photo by Spc. Dana Clarke ADC AUTHOR