Mary Sweeney elected Cathaoirleach of Portlaoise Municipal District for next 12 months Facebook Home News Community Coronavirus: 11 further deaths and 420 new cases – as changes to… NewsCommunity Electric Picnic Twitter Pinterest Facebook There have been 11 further Coronavirus-related deaths and 420 new cases, according to figures released by the health authorities today.Of the deaths reported today, 3 occurred in April, 1 occurred in March, 2 in February and 5 occurred in January or earlier.The median age of those who died was 88 years and the age range was 77-94 years. Pinterest Electric Picnic WhatsApp Twitter Coronavirus: 11 further deaths and 420 new cases – as changes to hotel quarantine made Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Previous articleLaois beef farmer re-elected to national IFA role following postal ballotNext articleLaois player in line for Women’s Six Nations appearance this weekend Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. By Alan Hartnett – 16th April 2021 TAGSCoronavirusCovid-19 With 11 new cases announced today, Laois now has a 14-day incidence rate of 160.6 – the ninth successive day of decrease.Of the cases notified today:218 are men / 197 are women74% are under 45 years of ageThe median age is 32 years old147 in Dublin, 41 in Meath, 33 in Donegal, 26 in Galway, 18 in Limerick and the remaining 155 cases are spread across all other countiesAs of 8am today, 190 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 53 are in ICU. 12 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.As of April 14th, 2021, 1,121,003 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland:789,526 people have received their first dose331,477 people have received their second doseThe COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community including daily data on Ireland’s COVID-19 Vaccination Programme.New Cases in LaoisApril 15 – 11April 14 – 8April 13 – 9April 12 – 6April 11 – 12April 10 – 2April 9 – 15April 8 – 7April 7 – 13April 6 – 6April 5 – 12April 4 – 7April 3 – 12April 2 – 20April 1 – 2714-day case rate in Laois per 100,000 populationApril 15 – 160.6April 14 – 178.3April 13 – 188.9April 12 – 196April 11 – 201.9April 9/10 – Not ProvidedApril 8 – 231.4April 7 – 240.6April 6 – 232.6April 5 – 244.4April 2/3/4 – Not ProvidedApril 1 – 222New cases in Laois during past 14 daysApril 15 – 136April 14 – 151April 13 – 160April 12 – 166April 11 – 171April 10 – 195April 9 – 211April 8 – 196April 7 – 204April 6 – 197April 5 – 207April 2/3/4 – Not ProvidedApril 1 – 188Hotel quarantine changesMinister for Health Stephen Donnelly has confirmed that there will be an exemption to hotel quarantine for elite and professional athletes.When asked by RTÉ’s Prime Time if other exemptions would be introduced after confirmation of the status for fully vaccinated individuals arriving from designated states, Minister Donnelly said there would be.While parents travelling for surrogacy will also be exempt.He said: “Yeah we will. Another exemption that came in tonight for sports for elite and professional athletes.“Now there is a very important part of this which is their governing bodies can put in place equivalent situations.”SEE ALSO – Laois teacher wins prestigious scholarship to complete masters in United States Council WhatsApp
Mark Adonis, the new Athlone police station commander. “Gaining the trust of the community is one of the first things I would like to work on.” Those were the words of Colonel Mark Adonis, the newly appointed Athlone police station commander.Colonel Adonis previously worked as lieutenant colonel at Cloetesville police station in Stellenbosch for three years.He said becoming a station commander was a dream come true because he always wanted to work with the community and make a difference, especially in the environment in which he was raised. Colonel Adonis grew up in Paarl East, in an area known as Chicago, with his parents and three siblings. He said the area was known for gang shootings and this encouraged him to follow his dream of becoming a police officer.“We are here to learn from each other. While I have an open door policy, we want to teach the community about access control because they cannot just walk in, there are processes that must be followed. We must also work closely with the Community Police Forum (CPF) because they are the middleman between the community and the police. They are there to build relationships, identify problems, and find joint solutions,” said Colonel Adonis.He said while every station had its challenges, together with his team they would try to find solutions.“The environment I came from, Cloetesville, is a gang area so I am more than ready to take on this position. I always tell my station members that they are the best and this station is the best. They are open with me and they have welcomed me here,” he said.Colonel Adonis believes earning the trust of the community is challenging and important. He said that part of his plan is to attend community meetings and visit schools in the area. He wants to get involved in the community and encourages them to get to know him.“If we work together we can make a difference. We cannot work alone because we are from the community, for the community,” he said.He also said that Athlone police station is ready for the upcoming festive season. He said that the members have planned for this, and there will be an increase in police visibility such as foot patrols in the malls every Friday morning. He said while they will use their own resources, if there’s a need for more police officers, they will be supported by the cluster office.“We will paint the City blue over the festive season. Our message to the community is that we won’t put up with drug houses and shebeens. Those are the major contributors to crime. The community must also be patient and give us time. There are phases in which these processes will happen but if I can gain the trust of the community it will be so much easier,” Colonel Adonis said.
After a goalless stalemate at Ashton Gate, the two sides will have to do battle once more for a place in the fourth round.The above date would only be changed should the replay be chosen for live TV broadcast.City and Fleetwood will be ball number 24 in Monday evening’s fourth round draw, which will be broadcast live on BBC2 and BT Sport 2.Ticket information for the replay will be announced in due course.
In a pick ’em contest or survivor pool?Remember that in addition to our NFL betting picks, if you’re playing in a football pool this year, TeamRankings can help you get an edge.Since 2017, our subscribers have won nearly $1.5 million in prize money in NFL survivor pools, and 80 percent reported winning a prize in an NFL pick ’em contest last year. See our NFL Survivor Picks and Football Pick ’em Picks. TEAMRANKINGS WEEK 1 NFL POOL ADVICE:General strategy | Pick ’em picks | Survivor tips | FREE TrialFREE TRIAL OFFER: For a limited time, Sporting News readers can get a free TeamRankings All-Access subscription for NFL Week 1. It includes all TeamRankings premium football content, such as NFL game winner and spread picks, end of season predictions for every team, and customized picks for your NFL survivor pools and pick ’em contests.Claim Your TeamRankings Free TrialOur approach to NFL predictionsEvery expert has a specialty. We focus on large-scale data analysis and predictive modeling. We gather thousands of stats on NFL teams and players, and use that objective data to power algorithms that predict individual games (and, by extension, the entire NFL season).While every prediction method has its strengths and weaknesses, our objective approach has proven its value in several independently verifiable ways, such as beating Vegas win totals lines and scoring top-five finishes in the Prediction Tracker.How we make NFL Week 1 picksWe have created several computer models that each use a different mathematical approach to making NFL game predictions. We combine the outputs of these models in intelligent ways to generate picks for every game — a method that analytics geeks refer to as a “model of models” or “ensemble forecasting.” Considering multiple models helps overcome the particular blind spots that any one particular model is bound to have.A few of the predictive models that we’ve developed and currently use include:Predictive Power Ratings Model. Creates a quantitative rating for each team based on margins of victory, adjusted for opponent strength and game location.Similar Games Model. Identifies historical matchups that are statistically similar to the game you want to predict and uses the results of those games to make a prediction.Decision Tree Model. Uses a machine-learning algorithm to analyze team performance trends in sophisticated ways and identify trends that are statistically significant.Week 1 NFL Picks, Betting PredictionsNow that you’re familiar with our approach, let’s get to some picks and model predictions for NFL Week 1. We’ll dive into three specific matchups in this post, but remember you can get our predictions for all NFL and college football games by signing up for the season or trying out our free Week 1 trial.Important Note: All predictions and betting lines below are as of Thursday morning, and may change before kickoff time on account of betting line movement or other new data becoming available to our models.Kansas City Chiefs @ Jacksonville JaguarsKansas City’s high-powered offense rolls into Jacksonville to face a Jaguars squad with elevated expectations after signing former Philadelphia QB Nick Foles in the offseason. Foles is a disciple of Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, having played under Reid both in Philadelphia and Kansas City.Both the betting markets and our 2019 predictions expect Jacksonville to rebound from last year’s free fall. Thanks in part to Andrew’s Luck retirement, we give the Jags a 24.4-percent chance of winning the AFC South in 2019, making Jacksonville the most likely “worst-to-first” division winner candidate in the NFL this season.Meanwhile, new Chiefs defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo helmed the Giants defense during their 2007 Super Bowl run when he was working for now-Jags Executive VP Tom Coughlin. If the Chiefs’ defense levels up this year and QB Patrick Mahomes plays like he did in 2018, watch out. Of course, that’s certainly no guarantee. After such gaudy numbers Mahomes is probably at least as likely to regress as improve. Still, Kansas City has done enough to land our preseason No. 1 ranking, albeit by the slightest of margins, over New England.This matchup is a case of strength vs. strength: Kansas City’s passing offense against Jacksonville’s pass defense. KC averaged a league-best 8.3 yards per pass with the emergence of Mahomes last season, while the Jaguars held offenses to 6.2 yards per pass (fourth best). In what may be a more telling sign, in the one matchup between these teams in 2018, Jacksonville prevented Mahomes from throwing a TD pass (the only team in the NFL to do so) and held Mahomes to his lowest passer rating of the entire season.The hype is big on Kansas City thanks to Mahomes Mania, but especially playing at home, Jacksonville is a sneaky upset threat. The point spread says it all. Despite Kansas City being a Super Bowl contender and Jacksonville coming off a poor season, the line sits at Chiefs -3.5.Power Ratings Prediction: Kansas City by 2.3Similar Games Prediction: Kansas City, 63.2-percent win oddsDecision Tree Prediction: Kansas City, 60.3-percent win oddsSpread Pick: Jacksonville +3.5, 51.5-percent confidenceOver/Under Pick: UNDER 51.5, 51.6-percent confidenceWant these objective predictions for every NFL game? Sign up for the season or try our free Week 1 trial.Atlanta Falcons @ Minnesota VikingsOur 2019 NFL preseason predictions place both Atlanta and Minnesota in a large group of NFC teams competing for a playoff spot, and our projected win totals for both teams are remarkably close (8.4 for Atlanta, 8.5 for Minnesota). That backdrop makes this early contest a potentially high-leverage game for future tiebreaker purposes.Both Atlanta and Minnesota are coming off disappointing 2018 seasons in which they both missed the playoffs. Atlanta cleaned house and fired all three of its coordinators but brought back former offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, who held the same role from 2012-’14.The Falcons offense was certainly the strength of the team last year with 25.9 points per game (ninth best in the NFL). Running back Devonta Freeman returns after missing most of last season with injuries, and the team invested heavily in retooling the offensive line. The defense is pinning its hopes on the healthy returns of stars Deion Jones and Keanu Neal, along with a better pass-rush from its front seven.After firing offensive coordinator John DeFilippo during the 2018 season, the Vikings are expected to show more balance this year after passing the ball 64.4 percent of the time last year (fourth most in the NFL). Minnesota returns most of its 2018 roster after a cash-strapped offseason, and the team used most of its draft picks on offensive players, including three offensive linemen, in a bid to find some help for quarterback Kirk Cousins. The Vikings defense declined last season but still ranked 10th in the league with 21.3 points allowed per game.Leaning more heavily on the run in this game could benefit Minnesota against an Atlanta defense that allowed 4.9 yards per rush last season (second worst in the NFL). Minnesota’s pass rush also had an NFL-best 9.04-percent sack rate last season, so Atlanta QB Matt Ryan may face extra pressure to release the ball quickly.The point spread has moved slightly in Atlanta’s favor since last week, from Minnesota -4.5 to Minnesota -3.5, but then back up to Minnesota -4. This will be the first game for Atlanta at U.S. Bank Stadium, which opened in 2016; Minnesota is 2-4 against the spread there against other dome teams (Detroit and New Orleans).Power Ratings Prediction: Minnesota by 2.8Similar Games Prediction: Minnesota, 60.7-percent win oddsDecision Tree Prediction: Minnesota, 64.3-percent win oddsSpread Pick: None (Lay off)Over/Under Pick: UNDER 48, 55.3-percent confidenceWant these objective predictions for every NFL game? Sign up for the season or try our free Week 1 trial.Pittsburgh Steelers @ New England PatriotsThe first Sunday Night Football game of the year features what’s become an AFC rivalry between the Patriots and Steelers. The defending World Champs are hoping to compensate for tight end Rob Gronkowski’s retirement with the return of WR Josh Gordon. Still, TE depth could be an issue as veteran Ben Watson is suspended for four games and Matt LaCosse has been battling a high ankle sprain.Most of the New England defense returns, though, with the notable exception of Michael Bennett replacing Trey Flowers at defensive end.Pittsburgh’s personnel changes are arguably more drastic. The Steelers also lost a top passing target when they traded volatile wideout Antonio Brown to Oakland, replacing him with Donte Moncrief. On defense, they signed cornerback Steven Nelson and linebacker Mark Barron and traded up to draft linebacker Devin Bush in the first round.We project both these teams to win their divisions this year. New England is our No. 2 team (barely) behind the Chiefs, but the Patriots still have the top odds in the NFL to win the Super Bowl (12.1 percent) thanks to a fortuitous schedule that includes a home game against Kansas City. We give the No. 7 Steelers just under 40-percent odds to win the AFC North, along with a 9.5-win projection.Pittsburgh was the victor in the one meeting between these teams last year, snapping a five-game losing streak to New England. It’s also the sixth straight meeting between these teams with an over/under line of 49 or more; the UNDER has gone 1-4 in the previous five games, but our models have a very slight lean the other way.Power Ratings Prediction: New England by 5.7Similar Games Prediction: New England, 68.2-percent win oddsDecision Tree Prediction: New England, 65.5-percent win oddsSpread Pick: Pittsburgh +6, 54.8-percent confidenceOver/Under Pick: OVER 49, 52.1-percent confidenceWant these objective predictions for every NFL game? Sign up for the season or try our free Week 1 trial. In preparation for the opening weekend of the 2019 NFL season, we’ve been hard at work crunching the numbers on every Week 1 game. This post highlights our computer picks and predictions for three big matchups on the Week 1 slate. Before we get to the Week 1 picks and previews, though, we’ll give a quick explanation of how we use data and math to predict the NFL and help with your betting picks.This analysis is brought to you by TeamRankings.com, a site now in its 16th year of publishing data-driven NFL predictions. To help you get an edge this NFL season, they offer premium NFL Betting Picks, Survivor Pool Picks, and NFL Pick ’em Contest Picks.