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first_imgCoach cleared of administering EPO to banned runner Jeptoo NAIROBI, Kenya (AP): The former coach of banned marathon runner Rita Jeptoo was acquitted yesterday in a Kenyan court for charges that he helped administer the blood-booster EPO to her. Italian national Claudio Berardelli was cleared of charges of conspiring to harm Jeptoo’s career by administering a banned substance. Daniel Cheribo Kiplangat, an assistant coach who worked with Berardelli, and pharmacist Stephen Kiplagat Tanui were also cleared of the charges in the Kenyan capital Nairobi. Kiplagat, however, was found guilty on other charges of operating a pharmacy without proper certification. The three men were arrested and released on bail more than a year ago. Jeptoo, a three-time Boston Marathon and two-time Chicago Marathon winner, tested positive for EPO in an out-of-competition test in September 2014, just before she was due to claim a $500,000 prize as the top marathon runner in the world. Nadal, Federer cruise in Shanghai SHANGHAI, China (AP): Rafael Nadal won his 14th consecutive match to reach the Shanghai Masters quarter-finals, beating Fabio Fognini of Italy 6-3, 6-1 yesterday. Roger Federer, seeded second to Nadal, defeated Ukrainian qualifier Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-4, 6-2. Nadal hadn’t won an ATP hard-court title in more than three years until the U.S. Open last month, and now he’s gunning for his third in five weeks. In the quarter-finals, Nadal will play sixth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria, who got past Sam Querrey of the U.S. 6-3, 7-6 (3). Federer will play Richard Gasquet. Meanwhile Juan Martin del Potro advanced by overcoming third-seeded Alexander Zverev 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4.last_img read more

Shelvey called up, Prandelli upset with Balotelli op

first_img0Shares0000LONDON, England, October 9- England manager Roy Hodgson has called up Chelsea left-back Ryan Bertrand and Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey after Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs was forced to withdraw from his squad for the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers.Gibbs has been ruled out with a thigh injury suffered in Arsenal’s 3-1 win at West Ham on Saturday and Bertrand will act as his replacement, while Shelvey is promoted from the England Under-21 squad as cover for Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard. Lampard is a doubt for San Marino’s visit to Wembley on Friday and the following Tuesday’s trip to Poland after suffering a knee problem in his club’s 4-1 victory against Norwich on Saturday.“Ryan Bertrand and Jonjo Shelvey have been added to the England squad for the upcoming FIFA World Cup Qualifiers with San Marino and Poland,” a statement on the FA’s website announced on Monday.“Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs is out of the squad having suffered an injury at the weekend. Chelsea defender Bertrand joins the squad in addition to Liverpool’s Shelvey, who is promoted from the Under-21 squad.”Meanwhile, Italy coach Cesare Prandelli says it’s time for Mario Balotelli to show whether he is title-winning material a day after unveiling his squad for two Word Cup qualifiers against Armenia and Denmark.Balotelli missed Italy’s first two Group B matches, a lucky draw in Bulgaria and a shaky victory over Malta, because he had to undergo an eye operation.Prandelli named the Manchester City striker in a reinvigorated 27-man squad for Friday’s away match in Armenia and the hosting of Denmark at Milan’s San Siro stadium four days later.But he admitted to being “upset” by the timing of Balotelli’s eye operation. He now expects the striker to return and give Italy the boost that their shaky performances last month suggests they require.“I admit I was upset by Balotelli’s decision to have an eye operation the same week that two Italy games were on the horizon,” Prandelli told reporters on Monday.“I’ve called him up to try and asses whether he wants to become a champion.”Prandelli was appointed after Italy, the 2006 World Cup winners, failed to get past the group stage of the 2010 edition.And the former Fiorentina coach upset predictions by steering the Azzurri to the Euro 2012 final against Spain, who won 4-0.After two underwhelming displays against Bulgaria and Malta, his search for the team that can first qualify for Brazil, and carry high hopes into the 2014 tournament, is far from over.Prandelli on Sunday called up several players who have been absent from the national team in recent years.Alberto Gilardino, 30, has scored five goals in seven games for Bologna this season and Zenit Saint Petersburg defender Domenico Criscito, 25, returns after missing Euro 2012 after his name cropped up in a match-fixing scandal, in which he was later cleared.Inter Milan defender Andrea Ranocchia, 24, returns after a 10-month absence while Lazio midfielder Antonio Candreva, 25, gets the chance to make only his third Italy appearance.The future of Italy, however, has not been neglected.“Young people are the future, and we have to focus on them,” said Prandelli, who admitted he was inspired by Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque.“Del Bosque told me that after the World Cup in South Africa he changed 50 percent of his squad. Renovation is the key word.”Striker Stephan El Shaarawy, who has scored five goals in seven league games for AC Milan, and fellow 19-year-old Marco Verratti, a Paris St Germain midfielder, were also called up.Napoli striker Lorenzo Insigne, who reinvigorated Italy when he came on as a substitute against Malta to make his senior debut last month, was left at home as was mis-firing AC Milan striker Giampaolo Pazzini.Roma’s Mattia Destro, 21, survived the cull to join Balotelli, El Shaarawy, Gilardino, Sebastian Giovinco and Pablo Osvaldo in the forwards line.SquadGoalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Morgan De Sanctis (Napoli), Salvatore Sirigu (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA), Emiliano Viviano (Fiorentina)Defenders: Ignazio Abate (AC Milan), Federico Balzaretti (Roma), Andrea Barzagli (Juventus), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Domenico Criscito (Zenit Saint Peterburg/RUS), Christian Maggio (Napoli), Angelo Ogbonna (Torino), Andrea Ranocchia (Inter)Midfielders: Antonio Candreva (Lazio), Daniele De Rossi (Roma), Alessandro Diamanti (Bologna), Emanuele Giaccherini (Juventus), Claudio Marchisio (Juventus), Riccardo Montolivo (AC Milan), Andrea Pirlo (Juventus), Marco Verratti (Paris Saint-Germain)Forwards: Mario Balotelli (Manchester City), Mattia Destro (Roma), Stephan El Shaarawy (AC Milan), Alberto Gilardino (Bologna), Sebastian Giovinco (Juventus), Pablo Osvaldo (Roma)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Suicide bomber kills 16 at Sunni reconciliation feast

first_img“There are an unknown number of casualties, and the incident remains under investigation,” a statement from the military said. The bombing was the second aimed at leaders of the so-called Sunni awakening this month. On Sept. 13, a suicide bomber killed Abdul-Sattar Abu Risha, the Sunni tribal leader who unified several tribes to fight Sunni extremists in Anbar province, in western Iraq. Abu Risha died 10 days after meeting with President George W. Bush at a military base in Anbar. The reconciliation banquet Monday was held to break the daily fast during the holy month of Ramadan. The suicide bomber detonated himself at the entrance to the mosque, where he was stopped by guards as the group was having tea in the yard. “I saw a young man in his 30s running toward the front gate of the mosque,” a police officer said in a telephone interview. “He wanted to reach the governor, but the guards stopped him. He immediately exploded himself.” Another police officer at the site said: “The explosion was huge. It says that al-Qaida is still alive in Baqouba.” He was referring to al-Qaida in Iraq, a homegrown jihadist group that American intelligence agencies believe is foreign-led. BAGHDAD – A suicide bomber blew himself up Monday at a banquet intended to be a reconciliation feast between provincial officials and former Sunni insurgents in Diyala province, killing 16 people and wounding at least 28. Among the wounded were the provincial governor, the regional police chief and the local military commander, local police officials said. At least one former insurgent leader was killed, they said. The gathering was of the type that is a cornerstone of American plans to reconcile former insurgents with the Iraqi government and enlist their help in fighting Sunni extremist groups. The strategy has produced security gains in Sunni areas in western Iraq, and the military is trying to repeat that success in places such as Diyala, a mixed area of Sunnis and Shiites north of Baghdad. The American military confirmed that American officers had attended the meeting, held at a Shiite mosque in an outlying district of Baqouba, the provincial capital. A military statement confirmed that soldiers had been attacked by a suicide bomber, but gave no details about any wounded or dead among the Americans. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgCafé Blend Letterkenny Thursday 27th JuneArts NightSusan Millar DuMars AnneMarie Gallagher+ Open MicStarts at 8:00pmAlso Prize Giving Ceremony2013 NWW Schools Poetry CompetitionStarts at 7:00pm SharpAdmission Free * Admission Free * Admission FreeCafé Blend – Café Venue Gallery – tel 074 91 77787 Sponsored by EASON Letterkenny & CLICK Laptop,PC Sales & RepairsSusan Millar DuMars has published three poetry collections with Salmon Poetry, the most recent of which, The God Thing, appeared in March, 2013. She also published a book of short stories, Lights in the Distance, with Doire Press in 2010. Her work has appeared in publications in the US and Europe and in several anthologies, including The Best of Irish Poetry 2010. She has read from her work in the US, Europe and Australia. Born in Philadelphia, Susan lives in Galway, Ireland, where she and her husband (Kevin Higgins) have coordinated the Over the Edge readings series since 2003.ARTS NIGHT AT CAFE BLEND was last modified: June 21st, 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:ARTS NIGHT AT CAFE BLENDlast_img read more

Things to Do

first_imgFamily Nature Walk, 11 a.m.-noon, and an animal presentation, 1-2 p.m. every Saturday at Placerita Canyon Park and Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Corvette & Harley Show will benefit Carousel Ranch and The Painted Turtle, 5-9 p.m. Saturday at Route 66, 18730 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Call Howard Butler at (661) 298-4209. Golftoberfest will benefit the Samuel Dixon Family Health Center with dinner at 6 p.m. and tee time at 7 p.m. Saturday at Vista Valencia Golf Course, 24700 W. Trevino Drive, Valencia. Call (661) 257-2387. Grateful Dudes perform bluegrass music, 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Saturday at Vincenzo’s, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. Tango Fire will perform, 8 p.m. Saturday at the Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 362-5303 for tickets. Sierra Club hike to the top of Sandstone Peak, 8 a.m. Sunday at the entrance to Ed Davis/Towsley Canyon Park, 24255 The Old Road, Newhall. Call Mary Ellen Dittemore at (661) 254-8543. America’s Walk for Diabetes will benefit the American Diabetes Association, 9 a.m. Sunday at the Valencia Auto Mall on the corner of Creekside Road and Auto Center Drive, Valencia. Call (661) 295-0081. Ranger-led nature hike, 11 a.m. the second, third and fourth Sundays of each month at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Call (661) 268-0840. Healthy hike, 8 a.m. every Tuesday at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Call (661) 268-0840. To submit an event for the Things To Do calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA, 91355.160Want 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 MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsFull Moon Hike, 7 p.m. Friday at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Call (661) 268-0840. “Proof” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 28 at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Call (661) 288-0000. Back Pages will perform classic rock, 9 p.m. Friday at Club Ted, 18240 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-2471. Street Art Festival will feature live music, fine arts and crafts, international dancing and street art exhibits, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday along San Fernando Road in Old Town Newhall. Call (661) 286-4018 Tesoro Adobe Historic Park is open to the public, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Saturday with guided tours of the Harry Carey/Farmer John Ranch House, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Call (661) 702-8953. Lombardi Ranch is open to the public, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays at 29527 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 296-8697. Sierra Club hike to Mission Peak by moonlight, 7 p.m. today at the trailhead. Call Gaylon Rodin at (661) 263-0568 or Henry Schultz at (661) 284-5613 for directions. Loose Goose Wine Festival Golf Classic, 11 a.m. Thursday at the Tournament Players Club in Valencia; VIP Golden Goose Gala, 7 p.m. Friday at a location to be announced; and the main festival, 5-10 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday at Bridgeport Park in Valencia. Call (661) 799-9463 for tickets. Fall Home and Garden Show, 2-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday at Saugus Speedway, 22500 Soledad Canyon Road, Saugus. Admission: $1.50. Call (661) 259-3886. last_img read more

Simulator trains officers

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.The LAPD spent about $1.2 million on the system, which will be installed at all 19 of the stations and the Police Academy. Designed by Integrated Electronics System, it replaces the Firearms Training Simulator machine that has been in use by the department since the 1980s. “The new system employs advanced technology to expose officers to more realistic, true-to-life field scenarios,” said Cmdr. Terry Hara of the LAPD Training Group. “It evaluates their decision-making judgment and assesses their choices regarding use of force.” The system uses disabled M16 automatic rifles and Beretta pistols that fire laser beams instead of live rounds. Officer Stacy Lim, tactics instructor, said the system prepares officers to make better judgment calls, possibly reducing liability. Seeking to train police for the life-and-death choices they have a split-second to make, the LAPD on Friday unveiled a simulator that features more than 200 scenarios in which officers must decide whether to draw their weapons. The Integrated Electronic System uses advanced computer technology that allows officers to respond to various prerecorded scenarios – from car break-ins to domestic-violence incidents. “It brings us into the 21st century,” said Sgt. Tim Surette of the Los Angeles Police Department. “Officers will be able to better recognize a lethal or nonlethal situation. The better trained they are, the better prepared they will be. You can overtrain your body, but you can’t overtrain your mind.” “The more you train the brain to do the appropriate action, the more likely in real life you will,” she said. The equipment, which allows the department to create and customize its own scenarios, was unveiled Friday. “It allows officers to train on L.A.-based scenarios as often and frequent as they like,” LAPD Chief William Bratton said. “This is part of an ongoing effort to improve the reduction of officer-involved shootings.” (818) 713-3699160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Offel is temple’s interim rabbi

first_imgWOODLAND HILLS – Smooth sailing is what Rabbi Jan Offel is offering to the Reform congregation at Temple Kol Tikvah as she takes the helm for one year as interim rabbi. Following in the wake of Rabbi Steven Jacobs, who retired in June after 22 years, is a transitional challenge but one that Offel and the congregation are undertaking with a positive attitude. “We had such a long and bonding time with Rabbi Jacobs. For many of us, he’s the only guy we’ve known,” said Herman Fischer, a longtime member and volunteer at Temple Kol Tikvah. “People thought, `Oh, my God, we have to meet a new person.’ We’re treading a difficult line from where we have come from. But it’s been interesting. It has kind of surprised me. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.“The main thing for us is to be positive. She’s really done a great job being friendly and reaching out to everyone.” Offel’s friendliness is one of her strengths, said Fischer, along with her scholarly acumen that shows itself in her Shabbat sermons. “She has an interesting way of getting the Torah portion of the week to relate to events of the past week,” Fischer said. “She doesn’t have an overbearing style. I think she has found her own way and it seems to be working.” Offel grew up in the Bay Area and attended a Reform congregation. But it wasn’t until she neared her 30th birthday, when she became an adult bat mitzvah, that Offel immersed herself in that region’s Jewish community. Offel, who graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, with a degree in communications, had a successful career as a marketing and promotions director when, at age 35, she decided to attend rabbinical school. She was ordained nine years ago. “I wanted to be involved with people in a more meaningful way,” Offel said. “I had been involved in chaplaincy work and the Jewish healing movement. I worked with Kaiser Hospice in the Valley region for four years. I really see healing on a broader scale and what is nice for me now is to be able to work with families for the entire life cycle.” Offel wasn’t a total unknown to the Temple Kol Tikvah congregation. For the past three summers, she was a substitute rabbi when Jacobs was on vacation. And she worked as interim associate rabbi at Temple Aliyah, a Conservative temple in Woodland Hills, from last September to June. Jacobs has high praise for his successor. “The unique strength is what she brings from the business world, but she’s got a well-rounded experience,” he said. “She’s bringing Kol Tikvah years of experience in the community.” Offel isn’t making waves of changes in Temple Kol Tikvah’s Friday night Shabbat services, although a prayer that she wrote on the subject of peace is now read during the service. “We live in a time when people are `on’ 24/7, with e-mail and cell phones. Going to Shabbat services is a focused time to take themselves out of daily life and focus on being in community,” Offel said. “It’s also a way to focus on what it means to be a human being.” Whether she is answering questions from the congregation about why bad things happen, teaching the importance of observing Shabbat or breaking the traditional viewpoint that a rabbi has to be a man, Offel is impressing her congregation. “Her sermons are easy to grasp. There’s always something to take home and think about,” said temple President Sandy Calin. “Rabbi Jan is low-key and a very calming presence.” The first day of Elul, a monthlong period of self-reflection before Rosh Hashanah-Jewish New Year, begins at sundown Friday. Shabbat service led by Rabbi Jan Offel and Cantor Caren Glasser, 7 p.m. Friday, Temple Kol Tikvah, 20400 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills. Call (818) 348-0670. (818) 713-3708160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Eddie Howe adamant no contact has been made for Chelsea target

first_img 2 targets moving on However, ahead of their match with Chelsea at the Vitality Stadium on Wednesday, Cherries manager Howe says he has no concerns regarding the Dutch international’s future.“We love working with him (Ake), we think he’s got outstanding attributes, he’s getting better and better in his position,” said Howe.“The speculation, as it has been all January, has been purely that – as with all our players. LATEST TRANSFER NEWS LIVING THE DREAM Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father 2 IN DEMAND Nathan Ake is a key player for Bournemouth Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti targets The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star REVEALED Eddie Howe has dismissed reports suggesting Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake could leave in the transfer window insisting they have “had no contact from any other club.”Ake, who left Chelsea for £20million in 2017, has been linked with a return to Stamford Bridge this month. Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January RANKED Tyrone Mings could leave the Cherries on loan Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer LATEST “We’ve had no contact from any other club so it’s business as usual.”The arrival of Chris Mepham for £12m from Brentford last week was the second defender signed by Bournemouth this window, following the loan addition of Nathaniel Clyne from Liverpool.Ahead of Thursday’s deadline day, the club have also been linked with Chelsea’s out-of-favour midfielder Danny Drinkwater, while Tyrone Mings could depart on a temporary basis.Howe added: “We hope the majority of our business is done, if not all of it. “We are very pleased with the business we have done this window, but there’s one game to go so you can never say with any certainty what’s going to happen.“I have learnt a long time ago never to give clear-cut answers in this situation because you can then have to act in the last few hours.”On Mings, Howe said: “That’s a possible. Tyrone has been dreadfully unlucky since he signed for the football club.“He’s such a talented lad, he’s desperate to play so we’ll wait and see.”last_img read more

Headteacher issues thank you to Raheem Sterling for buying FA Cup tickets

first_img Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card no dice talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS REVEALED City have sold 25,000 tickets to date, having been handed an allocation of roughly 30,000.And 550 of those will go to the lucky pupils of the school with ten students and a teacher even travelling up to Manchester to thank the England winger himself.However, headteacher of the school Rebecca Curtis also spoke to talkSPORT 2 to heap more praise on ‘hero’ Sterling.She said: “I was originally contacted by his agent on Tuesday this week saying that he specifically said that he would love to give those tickets to children from our school. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won LIVE ON talkSPORT The headteacher of a school that Raheem Sterling bought FA Cup tickets for has said everyone has been ‘blown away’ by the Manchester City man’s generosity.Sterling, who attended Ark Elvin Academy in London as a child, bought 550 tickets for pupils to go to City’s FA Cup semi-final tie against Brighton on Saturday – a match you can listen to live on talkSPORT. REPLY shining Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ “We’ve just been blown away by this act of generosity – it’s such a special gift for our pupils who live in the shadow of Wembley Stadium but rarely get an opportunity to get inside to see such an important match and one where an old boy from Ark Elvin Academy will be playing.“We think he’s great. He’s our hero and we’re hugely appreciative of what he’s doing and I think he’ll get some particularly loud cheers on Saturday from one corner of the stadium.” Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Southampton vs Liverpool (Friday, 8pm) – talkSPORTNorwich vs QPR (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Huddersfield vs Leicester (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Manchester City vs Brighton (Saturday, 5:30pm)Coventry vs Bristol Rovers (Sunday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Watford vs Wolves (Sunday, 4pm) – talkSPORT huge blow REVEALED 1 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? BEST OF Sterling has bought tickets for the cup tie for pupils from his old school Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move “We had to allocate those for 900 children and we sent letters home and the response has been unsurprisingly overwhelming.“Our very excited head of PE and ten of our students have actually travelled all expenses to Manchester City today to meet Raheem himself so he is getting a special thank you from us.“But those ten children will never forget today and they’ll never forget Saturday and they’re so grateful. ADVICE “Our kids live in the shadow of Wembley but rarely get to go inside. It’s special.”“They’ll never forget Saturday, we’re blown away by this generosity.” 🙏Raheem Sterling has given 550 Man City tickets to pupils at his old school 👏The headteacher tells us about it 🙌— talkSPORT 2 (@talkSPORT2) April 4, 2019last_img read more

Motorists paying higher taxes for poorer roads – McConalogue

first_imgDeputy Charlie McConalogue says drivers are becoming increasingly frustrated by rising motor taxes at a time when the necessary investment is not being made in local roads and key regional road projects.New figures supplied to Fianna Fáil reveal a 10% tax hike for motorists between 2015 and 2016 at a time when insurance costs are through the roof.Deputy McConalogue commented, “Motorists here in Donegal are being hit on all sides by this government. Over the past number of years we’ve seen increases in the excise duty on petrol and diesel, a rise in vehicle registration tax and a hike in motor tax. Add to that the fact that this Government has failed to deal effectively with soaring motor insurance costs. The total tax bill now stands at just under €4.5bn – an increase of 10% on 2015. “Motorists are paying through the nose but getting very little in return. These taxes are designed to fund public services, most notably, transport infrastructure but people living in Donegal see very little evidence of that. Road maintenance across the county is underfunded while the government has also failed to reinstate the Local Improvement Scheme (LIS) which is essential for the upkeep of many small roads that have traditionally depended on the scheme.”He added that a number of key infrastructural projects for the county also await investment with the Letterkenny to Lifford road, Bonagee link project in Letterkenny and the Ballybofey/Stranorlar by-pass all key projects for the development of our county which await investment.And he added “Ultimately this failure to invest is resulting in increased congestion, longer journey times, reduced road safety and a loss of economic activity.“Our tax system needs to be fairer, so that people can see the infrastructure that their money is being spent on. Unfortunately, that is not the case in Donegal. We need assurances from the Government that the taxes which are being collected are being reinvested back into infrastructure and services to ensure and improved road network and additional safety measures. This is particularly important in the North West region, which has been neglected by this and the last Government for years”. Motorists paying higher taxes for poorer roads – McConalogue was last modified: March 8th, 2017 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