An enhanced grip pattern on the match ball will facilitate handling at next year’s World Cup in Japan. Ian Savage, the brains behind Gilbert’s shiny new Sirius, explains more Four years ago, the Match-XV had a softer feel and repelled water more efficiently, aiding grip, but the number of changes to a rugby ball are shrinking as we get closer to perfection.“It’s a fine-tuning process really,” concedes Savage. “I think there will always be scope to improve (a ball) just with the way technology has moved forward. But there are certain things defined by World Rugby that we can’t change, and therefore the areas in which we can, we’re always trying to push those boundaries.“Ultimately the improvements are going to be smaller as we continue to move forward, because we’ve made some pretty incredible jumps in the last 12 years.”All in order: Gilbert Match XV balls lined up at an Argentina training session in 2015 (Sportsfile/Getty)The Sirius will be used in anger for the first time in this weekend’s Japan-New Zealand match in Tokyo, and thereafter will be on view across the autumn Test programme.Gilbert officially supply 16 of the 19 teams that have qualified for Japan 2019 – one of the exceptions being New Zealand – and that will become 17 out of 20 should Canada or Germany clinch the remaining spot via the repêchage.Handling is one thing, kicking is another. Goalkicking success rates typically hover around the early to mid 70% bracket, and while past masters like Wilkinson and Carter are no longer around, Owen Farrell, Leigh Halfpenny and Greig Laidlaw are at the forefront of an equally impressive current generation.KICK SUCCESS AT THE PREVIOUS FOUR WORLD CUPS2003 – 72.5%2007 – 73.4%2011 – 63.6%2015 – 74.9%“There are some fantastic kickers around but there are some elements they’ll have to adjust to playing in Japan,” says Savage. “Most players have played in England and New Zealand and France, they’re established international venues. But Japan will be new for a lot of players. The longer the players have got exposure to the (Sirius) ball, the better the scenario.” New star: the Sirius has the largest total surface area of any international match ball produced to date Gilbert launch the 2019 Rugby World Cup ball – the SiriusAnother piece of the 2019 World Cup jigsaw has slotted in with the launch of the official match ball for the tournament – the Sirius. Named after the brightest star in the night sky, it has been two years in the making and is the seventh World Cup ball to be created by Gilbert.Almost all of the features present in the Match-XV ball used at RWC 2015 remain, with the one notable difference being the use of a sharper pimple to provide better grip, especially in wet conditions.“Due to different manufacturing techniques that we’ve developed over the last two to three years, we’ve been able to get much more definition on the pimple. That’s the technical difference,” explains Ian Savage, Gilbert’s ball engineer.“You have to balance how the aerodynamics work with the pimples. You could make a ball really grippy by making the pimples a lot higher, but you wouldn’t be able to kick the ball in the same manner; it would be too aerodynamically unstable.“It’s a balancing act, so what we’ve done with the Sirius is to change the definition of the pimples without changing the height; that’s why the aerodynamics are maintained whilst improving the grip.”THE WORLD CUP BALLS1987 Mitre Multiplex 1991 Adidas Webb Ellis 1995 Gilbert Barbarian 1999 Gilbert Revolution 2003 Gilbert Xact 2007 Gilbert Synergie 2011 Gilbert Virtuo 2015 Gilbert Match-XV 2019 Gilbert SiriusAt the 2003 World Cup in Australia, Fiji blamed the “slippery” silicon ball covering for their error-strewn display against USA, while four years later New Zealand expressed criticism after Dan Carter missed five out of nine kicks against Scotland.Jonny Wilkinson also struggled off the tee in 2007 and it emerged that match officials had over-inflated the balls, despite being given clear instructions.Fast but loose: Fiji criticised the ball after their 2003 win over USA in Brisbane (AFP/Getty)For France 2007, Gilbert addressed the issue of slipperiness by creating a dual-height pimple and switching from a round pimple to a star-shaped one. Then, in 2011, they changed the shape of the valve to enhance the rotational consistency as the ball travelled through the air. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Official Gilbert Rugby World Cup 2019 Sirius match balls will be available online from 1 December; official RWC 2019 replica match balls are available now.Sharpshooter: England’s Owen Farrell converts a try at the 2015 World Cup (World Rugby/Getty Images)
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 20-year-old woman was hospitalized Saturday after her vehicle was struck by a Long Island Rail Road train in Huntington Station, the MTA said. The woman, who was not identified, was taken to Huntington Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, said MTA spokesman Aaron Donovan. The incident occurred around 8:30 a.m. on Oakwood Road, he said. The woman’s car “somehow became stuck” on the track, Donovan said, and sustained a “glancing” blow from the oncoming train. MTA police investigators have yet to determine why the car was stuck on the tracks. Police are continuing their investigation. The railroad halted service on the Port Jefferson branch shortly after. Service on that branch remained suspended in both directions between Hicksville and Huntington until just before 10 a.m.
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The Federal Credit Union (FCU) Act expressly provides credit unions with the power to make loans to its members, to other credit unions, and to other credit union organizations. NCUA does not prohibit credit unions from considering simultaneous membership and loan applications from non-members as long as the borrower is actually a member when any loans are made. See, NCUA Legal Opinion Letter 94-0424. Nonmembers are allowed to be cosigners or guarantors on loans but cannot be joints or co-applicants, however, if a nonmember is involved in a loan, benefits to a nonmember must be incidental in nature. See, NCUA Legal 0pinion Letter 1995-0616. And they “may participate in loans as long as their involvement does not distort the direct lending relationship between the FCU and the member.” See, NCUA Legal Opinion Letter 2000-0605 . Most of us are familiar with these provisions, but what about loan applications from members who live out of the state where the credit union is located? There are not any NCUA regulations preventing credit unions from lending to members in another state, however, there may be issues with safety or soundness if a credit union is not equipped to underwrite or perform appropriate due diligence on collateral for a borrower out of state. This would be a risk-based business decision for a credit union to make, based on its own risk appetite and the complexity of its operations. You may be wondering whether there would be any state law preemption issues. NCUA has issued several legal opinion letters discussing preemption and various state lending laws for federally chartered credit unions. Below is a quote from a footnote to NCUA Legal Opinion Letter 2009-1018: continue reading »
Press Association Wilshere was subsequently reminded about his responsibilities by the club and also then issued an apology via Twitter for any offence caused. The FA, though, had issued a written warning to the player for past behaviour and so moved to open a formal disciplinary case against the England midfielder, the rap sheet being his “conduct in making and/or inciting certain comments during the club’s open bus trophy tour was improper and/or brought the game into disrepute”. Having accepted the charge, Wilshere, currently away on international duty, requested a non-personal hearing, which will see written submissions taken by an independent disciplinary commission, which once it sits in due course will decide whether to impose the expected financial penalty or instead issue a suspension. Following England’s goalless draw with the Republic of Ireland on Sunday, Wilshere had looked to put the incident behind him. ”I was a little (disappointed with the charge), but you know that is something the FA are dealing with and my club are dealing with so what will be, will be,” Wilshere said. ”I have always had that bond with the Arsenal fans since I was young because I came through the club. I grew up at Arsenal and I love the fans but, believe it or not, I have actually got family who are Tottenham fans so it’s nothing personal against them, it was just a bit of fun.” Press Association Sport understands because the incident did not happen on the pitch and therefore does not fall under the usual ‘Fast Track’ process, while also taking into account being out of regular season, no specific time frame is in place. However, the matter is expected to be resolved sooner rather than later, perhaps early next week, and certainly all disciplinary procedures will be completed well ahead of the new domestic campaign, which sees Arsenal take on Premier League champions Chelsea in the FA Community Shield at Wembley on August 2. Wilshere, who came through the Gunners’ youth ranks, took to the microphone to mock the club’s fierce rivals with a foul-mouthed taunt as the players celebrated on a stage outside the Emirates Stadium on May 31. In similar scenes to 12 months ago, Wilshere then proceeded to lead the massed ranks of Arsenal supporters in a chant which included expletives against Spurs, who again finished below their north London neighbours in the Barclays Premier League table. Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has accepted a charge of misconduct from the Football Association following anti-Tottenham chants during the FA Cup victory parade and requested a non-personal hearing, Press Association Sport understands.
— A leading British government adviser says the pandemic will make it “very difficult” for Premier League matches to be staged with full crowds for at least another year and capacities face being capped at 25% when stadiums eventually re-open. The Premier League season ends on Sunday and Calder urged players to avoid going on holiday to COVID-19 hotspots, singling out the United States. RYUN-MEDAL OF FREEDOMTrump honors former track phenom and Kansas congressman RyunWASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has presented one of the nation’s highest civilian honors to Jim Ryun (RY’-uhn), a former Republican congressman and the first U.S. high schooler to run a mile in under 4 minutes. Ryun was the 1968 Olympic silver medalist in the 1,500-meter run and a three-time Olympian. Trump presented Ryun with the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a ceremony Friday at the White House. In announcing the award, the White House described Ryun as one of the most accomplished American runners in history. —Missouri basketball players Xavier Pinson, Mitchell Smith and Jeremiah Tilmon Jr. have withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return to the Tigers for the upcoming season. Tigers coach Cuonzo Martin’s roster will have 11 players that are juniors or seniors. That is the most in the Southeastern Conference and third-most among all Power Five programs. ACC-NOTRE DAMEAP sources: ACC, Notre Dame eye 2020 football membership UNDATED (AP) — The Atlantic Coast Conference and Notre Dame are considering whether the Fighting Irish will give up their treasured football independence for the 2020 season play as a member of the league. Two people involved in the ACC’s discussions say the league is looking at an 11-game schedule that would include 10 conference games. It would start Sept. 12. Notre Dame would play a full 10-game ACC schedule. Update on the latest sports The abbreviated season got started Thursday night in Washington, where the Yankees beat the defending World Series champs 4-1 in a game cut short by rain. The Dodgers began their campaign by scoring seven times over their final two at-bats to thump the San Francisco Giants 8-1 in Los Angeles. The Texas Rangers will officially open Globe Life Field, their new $1.2 billion stadium with a retractable roof. The Houston Astros begin their season at home against the Seattle Mariners. The franchise spent the offseason dealing with the sign-stealing scandal that cost manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow their jobs. Dusty Baker was hired to replace Hinch.Longtime San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner is scheduled to make his first start with Arizona when the Diamondbacks visit the San Diego Padres. The big left-hander signed an $85 million, five-year deal with the D-backs during the offseason.In other MLB news: Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-SCHEDULESeason begins for 26 more teamsUNDATED (AP) — Major League Baseball’s season begins for 26 more teams Friday. And more of them will be a part of baseball’s postseason after MLB and the players’ union agreed Thursday to an expanded playoff structure that includes 16 teams instead of the usual 10. Jipcho played the role of the “rabbit’ by setting a relentless pace for the first half of the race in the high altitude. The tactic worked perfectly. Keino went on to win gold and became a pioneer for Kenyan track and field. Jipcho won a silver medal in the 3,000-meter steeplechase four years later at the 1972 Munich Olympics. Ryun went on to serve as a member of the House representing a Kansas congressional district from 1996 to 2006. OLYMPICS-OBIT-JIPCHOBen Jipcho, the ‘rabbit’ who helped Keino beat Ryun, diesUNDATED (AP) — Kenyan runner Ben Jipcho has died at the age off 77. Jipcho was famous for sacrificing his own hopes of winning an Olympic medal to help teammate Kip Keino beat American rival Jim Ryun to the gold in the 1,500 meters at the 1968 Mexico City Games. Associated Press Whether those games would count in the standings and the Irish would be eligible to participate in the ACC championship game for a slot in the Orange Bowl is still to be determined.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSAP sources: NFL owners offer opt-out guidelines for playersUNDATED (AP) — The NFL has offered opt-out guidelines to players who don’t want to participate in the upcoming season due to the coronavirus, according to people with knowledge of the offer. The people tell The Associated Press that players who decide they want to opt out would have until Aug. 3 to do so, and they would receive a stipend from the owners. The amount of the stipend wasn’t specified. One person said the players’ union negotiators have agreed to the plan, but the 32 team player representatives must vote on it. Should the plan be approved, it would eliminate one major obstacle to a full opening of training camps next week.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— The Chicago Bears canceled season ticket packages on Friday because they’re not sure how many fans — if any — will be allowed at Soldier Field due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Team President Ted Phillips cited “a need to reduce the seating capacity to build a plan that allows for social distancing” in a letter to season ticket holders. — Atlanta Dream center Kalani Brown tested positive for the coronavirus on July 9 and remains under quarantine as the team prepares to play in the WNBA bubble. In a statement released by the team, Brown says she has battled “challenging” symptoms including headache, sore throat, chills, body aches, fatigue, loss of the sense of taste, and shortness of breath. Brown says she is feeling better but won’t be able to play when the Dream open the season on Sunday against Dallas. — More than two dozen Division I conferences want the NCAA Board of Governors to avoid making any decisions about fall championships until a majority of the leagues determine whether to hold regular-season competition. A letter from College Commissioners Association President Beth DeBauche was sent to the board. — The displaced Toronto Blue Jays will play in Buffalo, New York, this year amid the pandemic. The Blue Jays said in a statement Friday that the greater part of their home schedule will be played at Sahlen (SAY’-len) Field in Buffalo, home of the club’s Triple-A affiliate Buffalo Bisons. The team looked for a major league stadium after the Canadian government declined to allow them to play in Toronto but was unsuccessful in securing a site. Toronto opens the season at Tampa Bay on Friday. — Four baseball players and two staff tested positive for COVID-19 in the past week. There have been 99 new positive tests since intake screening began June 27. That represents 0.3% of 32,640 samples and includes 84 players and 15 staff. — The Atlanta Braves are without their top two catchers, Tyler Flowers and Travis d’Arnaud (dahr-NOH’), for Friday’s opening game at the New York Mets after both players showed symptoms of the coronavirus. Manager Brian Snitker says Flowers and d’Arnaud have tested negative for the coronavirus but did not travel with the team because they had symptoms. — The Chicago Cubs have finalized minor-league deals with infielder Derek Dietrich and outfielder Ryan LaMarre. Dietrich and LaMarre will report to the team’s camp in South Bend, Indiana. The Cubs also announced left-hander Burl Carraway, the team’s second-round pick in this year’s amateur draft, will join their group of players at their auxiliary site.— A record 109 players from the Dominican Republic were on opening-day major league rosters, boosted by an expanded pool following the layoff caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Major League Baseball said Friday that 288 of 1,026 players on opening-day rosters were born outside the 50 states, which comes to 28.1%. July 24, 2020 NBA-TIMBERWOLVES SALEAP Sources: Afflalo headlines group bidding to buy WolvesMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two people with knowledge of the situation tell The Associated Press that an ownership group led by longtime NBA player Arron Afflalo (uh-FLAH’-loh) is putting together a bid to buy the Minnesota Timberwolves. The people spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal is still in the process of being submitted. They say the ownership group will consist of two to five individuals with a net worth of more than $10 billion. Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor, who bought the club in 1994 to keep it from moving to New Orleans, has put the franchise up for sale on the condition it remain in Minnesota.In other NBA news:
Pitt’s Lamar Patterson (21), Talib Zanna (42) and James Robinson (0) react towards the end of an NCAA college basketball game against North Carolina State in Raleigh, N.C., Jan. 4. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Lamar Patterson scored 22 points to help Pittsburgh beat North Carolina State 74-62 on Saturday in the Panthers’ first Atlantic Coast Conference game.Talib Zanna added 15 points for the Panthers (13-1, 1-0 ACC), who won their third straight overall in their first road game of the season. Pitt fell behind 17-2 and trailed by eight at halftime, but dominated the second half by shooting 63 percent to build a double-digit lead that silenced the hostile crowd.Most of that production came in the paint, where Pitt kept getting good looks around the rim to wrestle back control from the Wolfpack (10-4, 0-1). The Panthers finished with 26 of their 34 points in the paint after halftime.Patterson shot 8-for-16 from the field and hit two 3-pointers, including one to beat the shot clock over Desmond Lee for a 66-53 lead with 4:32 left.The 6-foot-5 senior also had a strong overall floor game, finishing with eight rebounds, six assists and two steals in 35 minutes.Michael Young added a career-high 13 points for Pittsburgh, which shot just 9-for-27 (33 percent) in that miserable first half on the way to a 34-26 halftime deficit. But Pitt opened the second half with a 24-8 burst, ending when Patterson scored on a hanging basket while drawing the foul for a three-point play that made it 50-42 with 13:19 left.N.C. State never could get back control of the game in what turned into a reversal from the first 20 minutes. The Wolfpack shot 8-for-27 (30 percent) after halftime as Pitt pushed ahead by as many as 16 late.T.J. Warren scored 23 points to lead N.C. State, while Ralston Turner had 11.It marked the first time the Wolfpack lost an ACC opener under third-year coach Mark Gottfried.
Facebook192Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington State Department of CommerceThe Washington State Department of Commerce wants businesses in our state to know that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has amended its original disaster declaration to apply to all Washington small businesses, regardless of county.These low-interest loans for working capital are now available to any small businesses suffering economic fallout from the COVID-19 outbreak.SBA disaster assistance is now available in all counties within the state of Washington.SBA Customer Service Representatives will be available to answer questions about SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program and explain the application process.Small businesses, private non-profit organizations of any size, small agricultural cooperatives and small aquaculture enterprises that have been financially impacted as a direct result of the COVID-19 since Jan. 31 may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses, which could have been met had the disaster not occurred.Loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. Disaster loans can provide vital economic assistance to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.Eligibility for Economic Injury Disaster Loans is based on the financial impact of the COVID-19. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses. The interest rate for private non-profit organizations is 2.75%.SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years and are available to entities without the financial ability to offset the adverse impact without hardship.Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email [email protected] for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.The deadline to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan is Dec. 16, 2020.For federal information about Coronavirus, please visit: Coronavirus.gov.For more information about available SBA resources and services, please visit: SBA.gov/coronavirus.For information for Washiongton state business about our response to COVID-19, visit our web portal at coronavirus.wa.gov.
“In the exhibition season we never really played with a full lineup on purpose, so (Friday) our fans will see our full roster,” McLellan explained.“We’ve got a good group of players here,” he added. “Our defence is full of rookies and are still learning how to play but we’re very happy with what we’ve got.”New players to the roster include forward Andy Fitzpatrick from Calgary, 17-year-old Max Daerendinger of Vancouver and netminder Joseph Barton of Victoria.McLellan is please to see Jordan Davie in the lineup. Davie, a 6’1″, 195-pound bruiser, was acquired during the offseason from Victoria.Local minor hockey players expected to fill out the roster include forwards Sam Webber, Nolan Percival, defencemen Aigne McGeady-Bruce as well as returnees Austin Lindsay, Brendan Smith, Tyler Fyfe and Blair Andrews.McLellan was also able to convince trio of rising stars from Castlegar, Tanner Costa, Ren Mason and Ellis Junker, to join the Green and White.However, training camp officially ends this weekend when the Leafs host a pair of KIJHL heavyweights.“I go into every game thinking we’re playing the best team in the league,” McLellan said, who hasn’t had a chance to scout the two upcoming opponents.“That’s the way I approach every game and I tell the players the same thing.”Fans will see if the busy offseason can transfer into the Leafs being one of those league’s best teams.LEAF NOTES: Season tickets are now on sale at Mallard’s Source for sports, the NDCC Arena and during Leafs home games. For more information contact [email protected] . . . . Nelson continues its home stand Friday, September 18 against Spokane Braves before heading for the road to meet Grand Forks, Sunday, September 20. Nelson concludes the first month of the season with a two-game road swing to Princeton and Osoyoos, September 25 & 26, respectively. It’s a busy time of a season for any hockey coach in amateur or professional.And it’s no different for Leaf boss Dave McLellan.The second year skipper of the Leafs, who is back having a full offseason to recruit, has been working the phones continually trying to solidify the roster on the eve of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League opening weekend.“We’ve got 23 players carded right now,” McLellan said as Leafs open the 2015-16 season at home with a pair of games Friday against Kelowna Chiefs and Saturday versus the Fernie Ghostriders.“Basically the roster has been finalized . . . plus or minus one of two guys we’ve recruited still as Junior A camps.”Nelson enters the season after going 3-1 in the brief, but very successful, exhibition season.After splitting with Beaver Valley, Nelson reeled off two straight wins over Castlegar — the second a 6-5 victory Wednesday in the Sunflower City.
DERRY All-Ireland winner and TV pundit Joe Brolly has said he hopes something can be ‘sorted’ after the GAA For All Project came to an end with the loss of four coaching jobs.Brolly was reacting after learning on Donegal Daily that Peace III funding for the programme came to an end on Friday – and no new funding had been found.“We’ll get this sorted one way or another,” said the Dungiven man, who had written just last week on how the project had assisted in coaching young players from special needs schools who had played at half-time in the Ulster semi-final between Donegal and Derry in Cavan last week. The project saw the coaches going into more than 40 schools to coach children in gaelic games. The programme reached out to members of the Protestant and new national communities and to children with special needs.Paddy Mullen, one of those behind the project, didn’t contact Donegal Daily but did post comments on Facebook in which he admitted that Peace III funding had run out last Friday and that no new funding had, as yet, been found.He said that he was “very disappointed” with the story on Donegal Daily on Sunday in relation to the job losses as funding had not been ‘axed’.“The tender, which I assisted in submitting, was for a 12 month project which ended last Friday,” said Mullen. “We are making efforts to try to find corporate sponsors and secure other funding which might allow us to run the project again from September but we cannot express enough our sincere thanks to the Peace III programme for awarding us the contract and allowing us to run such a successful project for the last 12 months.“It is, of course, unfortunate that we cannot afford to continue the employment of the excellent coaches we had recruited for the project, but we do hope that we will be in a position to rehire them again in the months ahead.”Brolly wrote about how the half-time display by teams from the Donegal Dynamos and St Bernadette’s would live long in his memory.“On Wednesday, their last day at school before the summer holidays, all the boys and girls were presented with the photographs of the day,” said Joe.“When the senior game is long forgotten, those extraordinary, joyous half time games will remain vivid in the memory.” FOOTBALL STAR BROLLY HOPES ‘GAA FOR ALL’ PROJECT CAN BE SAVED was last modified: July 1st, 2013 by BrendaShare 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)
GARDAI have been hailed again today after police work uncovered a stash of stolen items.Two men were arrested during the Garda operation at Portnason.Garda bosses in Ballyshannon had ordered a series of stop-and-search checkpoints in the District over the past week. As a result of this a large quantity of copper and along with a range of other items including batteries were discovered in the boot of a car.Gardai arrested a 16-year-old boy and an 18-year-old man.They were quizzed last night at Ballyshannon Garda Station.A file on the thefts is being prepared by the DPP. A senior Garda source told Donegal Daily: “This is a targeted and specific response to ongoing incidents of crime.“The number of checkpoints has increased in recent days and a number of items have been seized.”Gardai in the north and east of the county have now also carried out hundreds of stop and search operations in the past 10 days after a series of high-profile thefts.The Donegal crimewave will be featured on Pat Kenny on RTE Radio1 at 10am. GARDAI PRAISED AS TWO MORE HELD IN CRIME CRACKDOWN was last modified: January 24th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:GARDAI PRAISED AS TWO MORE HELD IN CRIME CRACKDOWN