Load remaining images Stratford, Connecticut’s Two Roads Brewing Company wrapped up their fourth annual Road Jam Music Fest over the weekend, with Twiddle, Mates of State, Pimps of Joytime, The Fogcutters, The Alpaca Gnomes, West End Blend, and Arc & Stones. Along with the tasty jams were Two Roads Brewing Company selections, along with the Cluster Truck™ food truck hub and perfect weather — rounding out a complete experience for the 2017 Road Jam Music Fest.Photographer Adam McCullough was on site for the fun, and provided the following gallery.Road Jam | Stratford, CT | 2017 | Photos by Adam McCullough
European Union observers missionNigeria’s electoral commission says it will announce the results of the just concluded elections in the coming days.CCTV’s Claire Munyana who is in Abuja says Commission officers are currently facing criticism from Nigerians due to delays in announcing the results.Initially INEC had hoped to release the official results within 48hrs after completion of the voting process. This did not work out due to failure of the registration process which saw voting spill over into the next day in some states.The body says it expects to announce the first results of the tightly contested presidential poll on Tuesday.Incumbent Goodluck Jonathan is facing a stiff challenge from former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari.Voting over the weekend was marred by technical hitches, protests and violence linked to Boko Haram.President Jonathan was among those whose registration to vote was delayed by the technology, which was introduced to prevent fraud.His Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which had opposed the card readers, called it a “huge national embarrassment”.Election commission chief Attahiru Jega said only a fraction of the 150,000 card readers being used nationwide had failed.The presidential and parliamentary elections had been delayed by six weeks because of the insurgency by Boko Haram militants.The INEC has called upon citizens to be careful on the kind of information they receive from social media and has warned that they are the only network to release the official results.The EU chief observer, Santiago Fisas, has called on candidates, parties and citizens to respond peacefully to the announcement of the results.The European Union Election Observation Mission has commended Nigerians for their commitment to the largely peaceful and orderly elections.This is despite the frustrations and challenges that occasioned the late opening of the poll stations, failure of the PVC,s card readers and violent incidents in some states the process was transparent.
Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings (-4)Monday, 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPNThe Vikings are capable of beating the Packers at home without Dalvin Cook, but if the running back plays through his shoulder injury against Green Bay’s shaky run defense, Minnesota will be in good shape. The Packers will find some spots for chunk yardage as they always do with Aaron Rodgers, but the Vikings, motivated to challenge for the NFC North title and make a deep playoff run, are clicking at the right time.Pick: Vikings 26, Packers 24 We only have a couple weeks left of NFL regular-season game picks. Yet the end-of-year schedule allows no mercy when it comes to the tricky nature of these predictions.Only two Week 16 games opened with double digit point spreads. The Ravens are 10-point favorites over the Browns, and the Seahawks are 10-point favorites over the Cardinals. The rest of the schedule features a blend of toss-up games and matchups that exist not to impact the playoff picture, but to ruin our chances at a perfect week of picks. For example, the Texans, Steelers, Redskins, Dolphins and Cowboys were favored by a field goal or less against the Buccaneers, Jets, Giants, Bengals and Eagles, respectively. Of course, we’re used to the toss-ups by now. Bring them on for a couple more weeks.Here are our Week 16 NFL picks straight up, all the way through the Monday night game in Minnesota. All odds are courtesy of SportsInsider.com.MORE: Get the latest NFL odds & betting advice from Sports InsiderNFL picks, predictions for Week 16Houston Texans (-2) at Tampa Bay BuccaneersSaturday, 1 p.m. ET, NFL NetworkWith a red-hot Jameis Winston, the Buccaneers have scored 35 or more points three times during their four-game winning streak. Which good considering their defense allows 28.4 points per game. The latter stat is good news for the Texans as they try to maintain their AFC South lead and playoff positioning. Also working against Tampa Bay is the fact that injuries are piling up around Winston, meaning he might be more inclined to force more throws. Even against Houston’s shaky pass defense, bad things happen for the Bucs when Winston tries to force too many throws.Pick: Texans 27, Buccaneers 21Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots (-6)Saturday, 4:30 p.m. ET, NFL NetworkThis isn’t exactly the defense Tom Brady and the Patriots’ struggling offense wants to see as they fight for playoff positioning in the AFC. Likewise, Buffalo’s offense is in for a struggle against the NFL’s top scoring defense as it attempts to steal the division title from New England. In what’s expected to be a close, low-scoring game, special teams and penalties will be factors. The Patriots have the edge in both areas.Pick: Patriots 20, Bills 14Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers (-6 1/2)Saturday, 8:15 p.m. ET, NFL NetworkFew expected this to be a game between teams that lost last week, but the Falcons upset the 49ers and the Cowboys beat up on the Rams to set both San Francisco and LA back in the playoff picture. Now the Rams are a long shot to make the playoffs, and the 49ers are stuck in a wild-card spot with their second-place division standing. San Francisco’s injuries are a concern, but Kyle Shanahan’s offensive creativity will be greater than that of Sean McVay, and the 49ers will eliminate the defending NFC West champs.Pick: 49ers 26, Rams 23New Orleans Saints (-3) at Tennessee TitansSunday, 1 p.m. ET, FoxMuch will be made about the red-hot quarterbacks in this game, but it might be decided by the rushing attacks in New Orleans and Tennessee. While Derrick Henry has been a force for the Titans, the Saints have the NFL’s fourth-ranked rush defense. As long as they can contain Henry and minimize big plays from Ryan Tannehill in the deep passing game, the Saints will get more than enough production from the likes of Drew Brees, Michael Thomas and Taysom Hill. Pick: Saints 24, Titans 17Baltimore Ravens (-10) at Cleveland BrownsSunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBSCleveland’s blowout win in Baltimore earlier this season is arguably the most confusing game result of the year given what we now know about both teams. The Ravens, of course, are on track for the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs, and the Browns are on the brink of elimination. There’s no reason to believe Cleveland’s defense can do enough to slow down Lamar Jackson in the rematch now that Baltimore has found its groove on offense. And on the other side of the ball, the struggles with and around Baker Mayfield will continue.Pick: Ravens 31, Browns 20Pittsburgh Steelers (-3) at New York JetsSunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBSThe Steelers are not yet in must-win mode when it comes to their standing in the AFC playoff picture, but they’re close. If Pittsburgh wins out, it will make the postseason as the No. 6 seed. There also are scenarios in which the Steelers would make the playoffs after splitting their last two games, but considering they play the Ravens in Week 17, they can’t afford to lose to the Jets. Despite New York being 5-9 and out of the playoff picture, it can give Pittsburgh trouble with its stingy rush defense, putting pressure on whoever plays QB for the Steelers. As usual, though, Pittsburgh has just enough of an edge in coaching to make the difference.Pick: Steelers 20, Jets 13New York Giants at Washington Redskins (-2)Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FoxThis is one of two games Sunday that will impact the top of the 2020 NFL Draft order, with Bengals at Dolphins being the other. Thanks to strength of schedule, Washington entering Week 16 is stuck in the No. 4 selection spot behind Miami and New York, all at 3-13. So the loser of the Giants-Redskins game will be in great shape for the No. 2 overall pick (and, potentially, Chase Young), especially if the Dolphins beat the Bengals. As for the actual football game, it’s a toss-up, so we’ll take the team that has Saquon Barkley over the team with the NFL’s 28th-ranked rush defense.Pick: Giants 27, Redskins 21Carolina Panthers at Indianapolis Colts (-6 1/2)Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FoxWith the Colts now eliminated from playoff contention, this game is all about scouting and the 2020 NFL Draft order. Specifically, the Panthers will finally get a look at third-round rookie QB Will Grier against a decent — and more importantly, real — NFL defense. Unless Grier lights up the scoreboard on the road in his first start, though, Carolina’s losing streak will continue and Indianapolis’ will end. The Colts should be able to run all over the Panthers.Pick: Colts 26, Panthers 20Jacksonville Jaguars at Atlanta Falcons (-7)Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FoxThis game means nothing for the NFL playoff picture, something for the 2020 NFL Draft order and everything for the two head coaches. Most assume the Doug Marrone era in Jacksonville will end after Week 17 if not earlier, but Dan Quinn’s future in Atlanta isn’t as clear. The Falcons started a new winning streak with their upset win over the 49ers last week, and back at home against the Jags, they have matchup advantages across the board. They’ll make it three straight wins in the players’ apparent effort to save Quinn’s job.Pick: Falcons 28, Jaguars 25Cincinnati Bengals at Miami Dolphins (-1)Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBSHere’s the other NFL Draft order game of the week. The Bengals simply need to lose either of their last two games to seal the No. 1 overall selection in 2020. Even though a loss would be beneficial for the Dolphins, as well, their effort in the second half of the season has made clear they could not care less about the draft order. Cincinnati dropping this game would make sense for a lot of reasons, but why would the NFL make sense?Pick: Bengals 30, Dolphins 27Detroit Lions at Denver Broncos (-6 1/2)Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET, CBSOutside of the Detroit and Denver TV markets, would anybody notice if the Lions and Broncos just didn’t play this game? Draft positioning is the only thing on the line. We’ll take the home team.Pick: Broncos 23, Lions 20Oakland Raiders at Los Angeles Chargers (-5 1/2)Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET, CBSOutside of the Oakland of Los Angeles TV markets, would anybody notice if the Raiders and Chargers just didn’t play this game? Draft positioning is the only thing on the line. We’ll take the home team.Pick: Chargers 23, Raiders 20Dallas Cowboys (-2 1/2) at Philadelphia EaglesSunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, FoxAlright, Eagles: Here is your chance to begin to right all the wrongs of your 2019 season. While the scenario for the Cowboys is simple — beat Philadelphia, eliminate the rival from the playoffs and win the NFC East title — the Eagles have a more complicated path to the playoffs. But, first things first, they have to beat Dallas at home. Considering the injuries still impacting the Eagles, we don’t like their chances against a Cowboys team finally feeling good about itself.Pick: Cowboys 28, Eagles 24Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks (-10)Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, FoxThe Seahawks shouldn’t lose to the Cardinals. Then again, the 49ers weren’t supposed to lose to the Falcons last week, either. For that reason, Seattle can’t afford to let this become a trap game ahead of its Week 17 rematch (and likely NFC West title game) against San Francisco. Thanks to great matchups across the board against the Cardinals’ struggling defense, the Seahawks should be just fine and will stick as the No. 1 seed for at least one more week.Pick: Seahawks 28, Cardinals 20Kansas City Chiefs (-5) at Chicago BearsSunday, 8:20 p.m. ET, NBCThis game stuck as the “Sunday Night Football” feature for Week 16 despite the Bears being eliminated from the playoffs, and we can thank the Patrick Mahomes ratings factor. Now coupled with a legit defense, Kansas City’s offense is rolling again just in time for a playoff push. To be in a better seeding position for that run, the Chiefs will be motivated to take care of the Bears. Chicago’s still-solid defense doesn’t have enough answers for Mahomes and Co. Pick: Chiefs 27, Bears 17
1 Roberto Soldado celbrates his goal against Everton There was no sign of a Europa League hangover at White Hart Lane as Roberto Soldado scored his first Premier League goal since March to earn Tottenham a 2-1 win against Everton.Both clubs had been involved in respective European games on Thursday night but neither side displayed any signs of fatigue in this fast paced encounter.A stunning Kevin Mirallas goal put the visitors in front, but Christian Eriksen and Soldado gave Spurs the lead at half-time.The game was only 14 minutes old when Mirallas found room to curl his shot into Hugo Lloris’ top corner from 20 yards out.Minutes later, though, Eriksen had pulled Spurs back into it, pouncing on Tim Howard’s fumble following a Harry Kane shot. It was a neat chip from the Dane, with manager Pochettino on his feet celebrating and urging the crowd to get behind the team.It was a blow to Everton, who could have been two goals ahead before Eriksen’s leveller with Romelu Lukaku through on goal shortly before Mirallas’ effort.Spurs grew in confidence as the half progressed, with Kane making a number of runs forward and Eriksen seeing his shot from 20 yards deflected narrowly wide.And to everyone’s relief it was Soldado who put Tottenham in the lead to end 593 minutes without a goal.A nicely threaded ball from Aaron Lennon saw the Spaniard drill the ball into the corner and raise the roof inside White Hart Lane.In the second half, Spurs appeared to be at ease and enjoying themselves, with Ryan Mason going close to a spectacular third goal just after the hour mark.In the final 20 minutes it was Everton’s turn to attack as Tottenham defended deep and good goalkeeping from Lloris stopped Seamus Coleman equalising.Soldado earned a standing ovation when he was replaced by Paulinho with ten minutes to go and in the final few minutes Kane saw his appeal for a penalty turned down.In the end it was a three vital points secured, level with sixth-placed Arsenal and two behind that elusive fourth spot – the best possible scenario heading to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.
Over ninety cyclists participating in the Malin to Mizen Garda charity cycle in memory of two Gardaí killed in the line of duty are beginning to arrive in Donegal. Former colleagues and friends of the late Gardai Robbie McCallion of Letterkenny Garda Station and Garda Gary McLoughlin of Buncrana Garda Station have taken part in the cycle which ends tomorrow.The cyclists left Claremorris early this morning, and began arriving in Donegal Town shortly after 12.30. Cyclists have travelled through Sligo, Bundoran, and Ballyshannon en-route to Donegal Town to finish today’s section at the Millpark hotel on the Killybegs Road.Cyclists will leave the Millpark Hotel tomorrow morning for the final leg of the cycles which concludes in Malin tomorrow.There will also be a celebratory function at the Clanree Hotel in Letterkenny tomorrow night, which starts at 8.30 pm.Tickets for the event are available at Letterkenny Garda Station. Benefiting Charities for the charity cycle in memory of the two Gardaí are outlined below.Donegal HospiceJack and kill foundationICU at Beaumont HospitalRoscommon Mayo Hospice Irish wheelchair centre RoscommonCYCLISTS ARRIVE IN DONEGAL IN HONOUR OF TRAGIC ROBBIE AND GARY was last modified: September 11th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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)