first_imgOver the last few days rumours have emerged that Liverpool have wrapped up the signing of James Milner for free.The player’s Man City contract expires in the summer and he has been linked with a move away from the Etihad where he has won the FA Cup, League Cup and two Premier League titles.Milner was reportedly considering a move abroad as he looks for regular first team starts in his favoured central midfield role, with Milan, Roma and Inter, managed by his former boss Roberto Mancini, interested.However, the Reds appear to have got to the 29-year-old first, a move that has pleased some Liverpool fans on Twitter and upset one Man United supporter, who feels Milner would be an ideal signing for Louis van Gaal’s side. 1 It is rumoured Liverpool have snapped up Man City midfielder James Milner for free last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champFortunately that is changing … slowly. On Wednesday the Los Angeles City Council approved a plan to expand agreements with the LAUSD to keep schools open for the public on nights and weekends. Under the proposal, a master joint-use agreement will be developed, and the school board is set to take up a similar proposal soon. But the progress is only incremental. Currently the city and school district operate just 30 joint-use sites, and the new plan would create only 17 more. Given the size of the LAUSD and the enormity of its real-estate portfolio, that’s barely a drop in the bucket. Still, a small start is a start. City and school officials must keep working to make L.A.’s resources available to all Angelenos. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Slowly – way too slowly – but surely, Los Angeles city and school leaders are inching toward a common-sense plan that would benefit communities immeasurably: After hours, when schools aren’t being used for instruction, they would be open for countless other uses. Imagine: Playgrounds could be parks. Classrooms could be community meeting rooms. Arts and athletic facilities could enrich cultural and fitness opportunities for everyone. This is, by the way, not just fantasy, but what the Los Angeles Unified School District promised voters when we approved billions of dollars in school bonds over recent years. The new campuses, we were told, would be hubs for community life. But bureaucracy has a way of interfering with common sense. District and city officials have squabbled over liability, operation and maintenance costs. Never mind that the people paying the costs – L.A. taxpayers – are the same, regardless of whether the bill goes through the LAUSD or City Hall. last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Locomotives won’t be allowed to idle longer than 30 minutes under rules adopted Friday by the region’s smog-fighting agency, a move that could trigger a showdown between local regulators and the railroads. “San Bernardino County is the worst polluted area in our purview. I’m sure by the close of business Monday we’ll have a lawsuit on these two rules,” said Chino Mayor Dennis Yates, who sits on the South Coast Air Quality Management District board in Diamond Bar. Yates joined a unanimous vote to require locomotives to shut down if they idle longer than 30 minutes and force railroads to keep records of all periods of idling that exceed that length. The rules are meant to cut down on pollution from the massive diesel engines at rail yards throughout Southern California, including Union Pacific’s Colton yard, and BNSF Railway’s yard in San Bernardino. Officials estimate that eliminating unnecessary idling by the hundreds of locomotives in the region each year will cut 23 tons of fine particles from the air, particles that have proven to be the most deadly form of air pollution. It would also reduce the annual pollution of oxides of nitrogen by 493 tons. Railroads oppose the rules because they’re stricter than requirements in a widely criticized agreement that Union Pacific and BNSF struck with the state Air Resources Board in June 2005. Environmentalists and AQMD officials have staunchly opposed that agreement, arguing it was negotiated in secret without public input, and that it’s not enforceable. The deal also contains a “poison pill” provision, meaning if any local air district enacts rules tougher than those in the agreement, the railroads can step away from it. The railroads and state officials have argued the agreement is the best way to slash deadly pollution quickly because both sides are cooperating. The deal with the state requires locomotives to restrict idling that runs longer than 60 minutes, and has much broader exceptions than the AQMD rules. “The requirements duplicate and contradict those in the June (agreement),” said LaDonna DiCamillo, representing BNSF and the Association of American Railroads. She couldn’t say after the meeting if the railroads will go to court to challenge the new rules. The railroads are committed to a strict program of cutting down on unnecessary idling, Railroads association spokesman Kirk Marckwald, said by telephone from San Francisco. All new locomotives are equipped with anti-idling, or automatic shutdown, features, and there should be more than 200 of those new locomotives in the state by the end of the year, he said. The railroads will continue to comply with the state agreement and would not use the AQMD decision as an excuse to bail out of the deal, Marckwald said. State officials said the AQMD rules don’t necessarily conflict with the agreement. “The railroads can comply or they can contest the rules,” said Karen Caesar, a spokeswoman for the Air Resources Board. The state board last week rejected a proposal to cancel the agreement, despite pressure from AQMD officials, environmentalists and community groups. Rachel Lopez of Mira Loma in Riverside County, told the board Friday, “Our community is inundated by air pollution.” Friday’s hearing included emotional testimony from residents of the city of Commerce, who said they have seen numerous friends die of lung and throat cancer. “A lot of seniors already have breathing problems. We don’t need more pollution,” said 68-year-old Commerce resident Anna Arriola. (909) 386-3856last_img read more

first_img A spokesman for Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., said people tried to leave the area but police directed them into the underground parking garage across the street. There, police distributed water and gave regular updates. “Everybody was in a fine mood; everybody was calm,” said an official, Kyle Downey. “Everybody’s been up here for a few years now. What does panic get you, anyway?” In addition to Sessions, Gregg and Thune, senators in the garage included Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., Gordon Smith, R-Ore., Richard Burr, R-N.C., Larry Craig, R-Idaho, Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., and Christopher Dodd, D-Conn. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said that the alert was prompted by a single sensor and that no suspicious chemicals were found. “Everybody is safe. This was a false alarm,” Frist, a surgeon, said shortly after the all-clear. “I’m sure tomorrow there will be a lot of questions about whether we had to be quarantined, and the answer to that is yes.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “People in the building followed the directions promptly,” said Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., one of those in the garage. “There was no panic, no running, no upset or anything like that.” Police said nobody evacuated to the garage showed any signs, such as a runny nose, of exposure to a nerve agent. Schneider did not immediately know what triggered the alarm, but said it could have been something as innocuous as a cleaning substance. “One of the alarm systems that tests air quality went off with a positive reading, and then it went off again with a positive reading, so I guess they thought it was serious enough that they had to take very aggressive action,” said Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., another of the senators evacuated from the building. Gregg said everyone was eager to go home but understood the need for the delay. “I started out flying in Air Force One and ended up in the garage with 200 of my closest friends,” he said. Earlier in the day, Gregg had accompanied President George W. Bush on a brief visit to New Hampshire. WASHINGTON – At least nine senators were among 200 people herded into a Capitol parking garage Wednesday night after a security sensor indicated the presence of a nerve agent in their office building. Later tests proved negative. “Test results have been cleared, and all test results are negative, so that’s very good news,” said Capitol Police Sgt. Kimberly Schneider. The all-clear came three hours after an air-monitoring sensor indicated a suspicious substance in the attic of the Russell Senate Office Building. It initially tested positive as a nerve agent. Lawmakers, aides and other personnel were evacuated to the West Legislative Garage shortly after 6:45 p.m. EST as police conducted several other tests before concluding that it was a false alarm. last_img read more

first_imgSocial media giant Facebook has refused to name a person making claims about a Donegal waste company allegedly involved in illegal dumping.A barrister told Falcarragh District Court yesterday he was seeking to find out the identity of a person claiming it could help his case.Barrister Oisin Clarke is defending Ferry’s Refuse which is facing 12 charges of breaching waste management laws between May, 2010 and June 2011 in Falcarragh. Mr Clarke said he believes the identity of the Facebook operator could help the case against his client Jim Ferry – one of Donegal’s biggest waste operators.He told Judge Paul Kelly he had written to Facebook seeking the IP address of the unknown person behind the page but had been told Facebook would only do this if they received a court order.However criminal courts could not issue such orders, said Mr Clarke.Judge Kelly asked what the relevance of the Facebook page was to the cases before the court.“We are concerned that there may be an ulterior motive or a more sinister reason behind this. This page appeared at the same time as the alleged offences making comments about Mr Ferry and Mr Ferry’s business,” the barrister responded.Mr Clarke insisted that his client believed the Facebook page was relevant to the case and failure to identify the person responsible could deny the right of his client to a fair trial.“It appears the court does not have jurisdiction (to order Facebook to release the information). We have tried two separate avenues and both have been closed down,” said Mr Clarke.“In a previous case in 2009 where a third party order was made in the courts, the Supreme Court ruled this was not allowed, so we are left with no means of ordering Facebook to deal with this.”Patrick McMullin, a solicitor representing Donegal County Council which is bringing the case against Mr Ferry, argued the Facebook claim had no relevance to the case.Mr McMullin told the judge: “It’s going away into the Neverland. It seems to be another matter being used to delay matters here. It is not a tenable proposition.”Judge Kelly said he would consider the arguments but warned: “I haven’t heard anything that would suggest that proceeding with the trial would be unfair.“I’m still struggling to work out how it’s going to affect the trial of this case. It sounds a bit tenuous from where I’m sitting but I will certainly consider it.Ferry is also facing a number of other charges relating to alleged illegal dumping in Raphoe.Judge Kelly adjourned the case until next month and said he would set a date for the trial.FACEBOOK REFUSES TO NAME PERSON AT CENTRE OF FERRY’S DUMPING CASE was last modified: March 21st, 2013 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:FacebookFalcarragh District Courtferry’s refuselast_img read more

first_imgSenior League Division 2Naomh Muire 1-11 v Malin 2-08 Malin got off to the best possible start in the Banks with a goal and a point in the opening four minutes. Naomh Muire, keen to get off their foot of the table position, clawed back the deficit with 3 points from Shaun ‘the yank’ Boyle , 2 points from Harry Harden and a point each from Jack O’Brien and Daniel Devlin to leave the half time score Naomh Muire 0-07 v Malin 1-04.Naomh Muire had the better of the play in the second half but were more wasteful when opportunities to put the game beyond Malin’s reach , were presented. The home side played some impressive direct football but in a tight tie, missed chances eventually cost them both points.Naomh Muire led by three points with 12 minutes remaining but a Malin goal brought the Inishowen men back into a game they looked like losing. Malin then went an point ahead before a Darragh White free equalised and gave Naomh Muire a share of the points in a game they let slip.Brendan Mc Laughlin with a score of 0-5 was an constant threat in the Malin attack and for the home side Jack Boyle at 18 years of age was a impressive half back sweeping up possession and driving forward at every chance. Naomh Muire team and scorers – Lee Boyle, Robbie O’Donnell, Adi O Gara , Sean P Gallagher, Cian Boyle, Brian Gillespie, Jack Boyle (0-01), Adam O Brien, Jack O Brien (0-01), Daniel Devlin, Padraig Mc Cafferty, Harry Harden (0-03), Owenie Mc Garvey, Patrick Gillespie (1-0), Shaun ‘Yank’ Boyle (0-04)Subs – Dara White (0-02)GAA NEWS: NAOMH MUIRE HELD AT HOME BY SPIRITED MALIN SIDE was last modified: May 30th, 2016 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) Tags:GAANAOMH MUIRESportlast_img read more

first_imgA large team of local volunteers turned out to clear rubbish from the old railway line between the former Dunfanaghy and Falcarragh station sites, in advance of the Coastal Cancer Challenge.This race which will take place on Saturday next the 21st of July will see competitors complete a 12km cross country run, 2 km sea kayak, a mountain hike of 3km, two cycling stints of 17 and 24km.Proceeds raised from this event will be going towards Relay for Life Donegal – Irish Cancer Society, Action Breast Cancer – Irish Cancer Society, Donegal Hospice and Letterkenny Rugby Club. The Coastal Cancer Challenge will take in some of the most amazing scenery in Ireland on its circuit around Northwest Donegal. One of the cycle sections will run along the old Lough Swilly Railway that was part of the clean up on Saturday.The railway line was a vital mode of transportation for a half a century with regular services between Letterkenny and Burtonport running from 1903 to 1953. It connected the coastal areas of Northwest Donegal with the extensive rail network throughout Ireland at the time, before the advent of better roads.Although the steel of the rails and bridges have long since been scrapped the lines remain largely intact and passable on foot. Community groups have begun to reclaim parts of the line. Hopefully the future will see these areas extended and linked to create an amazing local amenity and superb tourist attraction.Unfortunately some parts of the line, such as the stretch between Falcarragh and Dunfanaghy, have been used for the fly tipping of domestic waste creating an ugly eyesore for passers-by. The gathering and disposal of this rubbish is to be greatly welcomed with much thanks to all those involved. In addition to the army of volunteers gathered the garbage on the day, the clean up was supported by Donegal County Council who provided refuse sacks, litter pickers, and a lorry to haul rubbish away.Michael McGarvey, who if from Falcarragh and is a Senior Engineer with the Council was on hand to coordinate the work. Some local businesses also generously supported the enterprise with Muckish Sand & Gravel providing a JCB to lift and tip the waste, and Ferry’s Refuse supplying a skip for disposal.For More Information on the Coastal Cancer Challenge go to  VOLUNTEERS FILL FOUR TRUCKS IN COASTAL CANCER CHALLENGE CLEAN-UP was last modified: July 15th, 2012 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:clean-upCOASTAL CANCER CHALLENGElast_img read more

first_imgJob Vacancy: D4 Products in Carndonagh, Co. Donegal, are seeking a Financial Controller to join their innovative and progressive company on a full-time basis.D4 Products was founded in 2004 and is a leader in the manufacture and distribution of industrial and domestic roller and sectional doors. The company have enjoyed sustained growth over the years and in order to bring the business to the next level, the support of a dynamic Financial Controller is required.Reporting to the directors, your role will incorporate the day to day management of the finance function, you will be responsible for financial reporting, financial planning analysis, cost analysis, cash flow management, project work relating to systems and processes, improving efficiencies and adding value to the business. Working as a strategic business partner in this 4.5M revenue B2B organisation your role will be broad and varied. The Candidate:Preferably qualified or part-qualified Accountant with at least 3 years industry/commercial experience including experience and/or responsibility for financial reporting, financial planning analysis, cost analysis and cash flow management.Strong solution focused individual with strong project management, IT/Excel skills to support project delivery and development of systems, processes and controls.Ability to determine key relevant information and ensure systems and processes support production and presentation of appropriate financial metrics in a meaningful way for all stakeholders.A background in manufacturing would be an advantage but not essential.Must be willing to develop and lead the administration team and to plan and prioritize work activities and to use time efficiently.Capable of working as part of a small dynamic team in an innovative and progressive company.If you believe you have the skills, experience and desire to be successful in this role, please email a tailored CV with a covering letter to  Job Vacancy: Established company seeks financial controller was last modified: April 30th, 2018 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)last_img read more

first_imgVirat Kohli initially tried tinkering with his approach to shot-making for Twenty20, thinking he needed to be more innovative to score runs in the shortest format in cricket.It turns out, what worked so well for him in the test and one-day formats could be applied just as ruthlessly in T20, and that makes him one of the key potential match-winners at the ICC World Twenty20. (World T20: David Warner wary of aggressive Virat Kohli) “I used to think too much about T20, saying maybe I don’t have the kind of shots that other people have, so I used to try a lot more,” he said. “I have come to terms with that and now I just go and play on instinct.”The 27-year-old Indian batsman has been prolific in recent games, dispensing with the reverse sweeps and scoops that have become common in T20 and concentrating on the more traditional drives, cuts and pull shots. (World T20: India favourites to repeat 2011 success at home, says Tendulkar) “I try to hit the ball in the gaps and get fours rather than sixes, which are probably high-risk shots,” Kohli said. “If you are scoring at a strike-rate of 160, it doesn’t matter whether you hit a four or a six or make it all in ones and twos.”India is hosting the tournament for the first time, and opens its campaign against New Zealand on Tuesday in the Super 10 stage. Kolhi is expected to feature prominently. (ICC World T20: Pakistan star Shoaib Malik has no security fears in India)advertisementHe has scored 352 runs at a strike-rate of 134 in eight T20 matches in 2016, hitting four half-centuries and averaging 117.33. This has been during a phase in which India has won 10 of 11 games, including the Asia Cup title – when he scored an unbeaten 41 from 28 balls to guide his team to victory – and a 3-0 series win in Australia.Kohli was voted player of the tournament in the previous World Twenty20 in Bangladesh two years ago, when he scored 319 runs in six games at an average of 106.33 to propel India to the final.He has the best average of any batsman to have recorded eight or more innings in the world tournament, averaging 72 from 11 games. In 38 T20 internationals dating back to 2010, Kohli has scored 1,368 runs at an average of 52.61 and a strike rate of over 133.Kohli has received high praise from around the cricket world, including from Pakistan great Wasim Akram.The former Pakistan captain and left-arm paceman described Kohli as “the best batsman in the world” and said that he would have found it very difficult to bowl to him.India faces New Zealand, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Australia in a difficult Group 2 at the tournament.last_img read more

first_imgRoger Federer has history in his sights on men’s semi-finals day at Wimbledon on Friday as he aims to reach a record 11th showpiece match and, ulitmately, an unprecedented eighth title.The resurgent Swiss master will be the main attraction on Centre Court as he faces Czech Tomas Berdych, but first up will be the battle of the big-hitters when Croatia’s Marin Cilic slugs it out with American Sam Querry.Federer aside, it is a surprise group. It is the first time since 2003 that the semis have featured four men outside the top four in the world rankings.While Federer is seeded three, he is ranked fifth in the world, and has seen all his biggest rivals fall by the wayside this week. In his semi-final, the crowd, the bookmakers’ odds and the form guide will all be in his favour.The evergreen 35-year-old is on a seven-match winning streak against Berdych, who has not beaten him since 2013, and the Swiss has yet to drop a set at this year’s championships.Eleventh seed Berdych, 31, is no stranger to the Wimbledon final however, having reached it in 2010 when he lost to Rafa Nadal.Cilic, 28, will be the favourite in his clash with Querry, who is the first American to reach a grand slam semi-final in eight years. The Croatian seventh seed enjoys a 4-0 head-to-head record against his 29-year-old opponent.It is likely to be a powerful showdown. Querry, seeded 24, and Cilic are among the biggest servers in the tournament and have fired down 126 and 105 aces respectively.advertisementlast_img read more