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Depleted Argentina and Brazil look to recover in qualifiers

Posted in tivdvyll on May 26th, 2020

first_imgBy Andrew DownieBrazil and Argentina will try to kick-start their World Cup qualifying campaigns on Tuesday after opening losses but withdrawals have hit two teams already suffering without their stand-out strikers.Argentina face a tough task in Paraguay with Carlos Tevez likely to start up front in place of the injured Sergio Aguero.Aguero limped off midway through the first half of Argentina’s 2-0 loss at home to Ecuador last week, his injury a blow to a side already without Lionel Messi, who is out for two months with a knee injury.Adding to their woes, Lazio midfielder Lucas Biglia withdrew with a thigh strain and Ezequiel Garay has left the squad to be with his expectant wife.The rambunctious Tevez will be charged with getting the goals and upping the tempo and the Boca Juniors striker admitted Argentina lacked character against Ecuador.Tevez said they must react immediately if they do not want to be left behind in what is already being seen as the region’s toughest qualifying competition ever.Four of the 10 teams go through automatically and the fifth face a playoff but Argentina and Brazil have never both started their campaigns with defeats.“The team didn’t step up at any time (against Ecuador) and that is worrying,” Tevez said. “In these situations we need to show some attitude. We didn’t start well but we’ll have a chance to make up for it on Tuesday.”Paraguay beat Venezuela 1-0 away to get their campaign off to the perfect start and a full house is expected for a match given extra spice by the meeting of two Argentine coaches.Ramon Diaz leads Paraguay, while Gerardo Martino is going back to a nation he led at the 2010 World Cup.Brazil have a seemingly easier task at home to Venezuela, the only South American nation never to qualify for the World Cup finals.Brazil lost their opener 2-0 away to Chile and they will again be without their talismanic Barcelona forward Neymar.He will serve the last of a four-match suspension and Brazil will also be without David Luiz, who picked up a knee injury against the Copa America champions.Paris St Germain’s Marquinhos will replace Luiz in the centre of defence and his club team-mate Lucas could also play a role up front. Santos midfielder Lucas Lima looks set to play just his third game in a Brazil shirt.Elsewhere, Peru will look to get some points on the board against Chile after losing their opener 2-0 in Colombia, while Ecuador take on Bolivia at home.Uruguay host Colombia in the only match between two unbeaten sides after they won 2-0 in La Paz for their first victory against Bolivia at high altitude.last_img read more

Semenya case: A clash over ensuring an even playing field

Posted in tivdvyll on January 17th, 2020

first_imgLATEST STORIES McKinnon encountered widespread resentment after she won her championship event. A photo spread across the internet showing her on the podium with the two smaller, skinnier runners-up, triggering extensive social-media attacks.Joanna Harper, a medical physicist and transgender runner from Portland, Oregon, said the controversies raise complex questions, and she believes there needs to be a standard based on hormone levels.“The gender identity doesn’t matter; it’s the testosterone levels,” Harper said. “Trans girls should have the right to compete in sports. But cisgender girls should have the right to compete and succeed, too. How do you balance that? That’s the question.”The IAAF argued in Semenya’s case that high, naturally occurring levels of testosterone in athletes with intersex characteristics give them an unfair competitive advantage. It decreed a maximum level for females.Semenya — whose muscular build and super-fast times have led some to question her accomplishments — declared she will not be deterred by the court ruling.“For a decade the IAAF has tried to slow me down, but this has actually made me stronger,” she said in a statement. “I will once again rise above and continue to inspire young women and athletes in South Africa and around the world.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Athlete Ally, a U.S.-based group advocating for greater transgender inclusion in sports, assailed the ruling against Semenya.“Forcing athletes to undergo medically unnecessary interventions in order to participate in the sport they dedicate their lives to is cruel and a violation of their human rights,” said the group’s executive director, Hudson Taylor.Also angered was Kimberly Zieselman, executive director of InterACT, which advocates on behalf of intersex youth.The ruling against Semenya “is another example of the ignorance faced by women athletes who have differences in their sex traits,” Zieselman said in an email. “There is no one way to be a woman.”“It is an inherently flawed conclusion that Caster’s natural testosterone level is the only thing giving her physical strength,” Zieselman added. She noted — while citing swimmer Michael Phelps’ long arms — that many athletes have unique physical advantages.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Powerful female stars such as Serena Williams in tennis, Katie Ledecky in swimming and 6-foot-9 (2-meter) Brittney Griner in basketball also have been cited as possessing a distinctive physical edge.World-class triathlete Chris Moser, one of the few prominent transgender male athletes, suggested there was a racial element to the targeting of Semenya.“We do not police white bodies in the same way,” Mosier said in an email. “When Katie Ledecky beat women in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games by an entire pool length, no one questioned her gender or her testosterone levels.”Aside from Semenya, there have been relatively few high-profile controversies involving intersex athletes, while there’s been an abundance of news stories about transgender athletes.Overall, supporters of increased trans inclusion in sports are heartened by the pace of progress. In the United States, a growing number of state high school athletic associations enable them to play on teams based on their gender identity, and the NCAA has trans-inclusive guidelines for all member schools.But there have been numerous bitter controversies, even at the high school level. In Connecticut, for example, the dominance of transgender girl sprinters Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood has stirred resentment among some competitors and their families.At the adult level, USA Powerlifting incurred recent criticism for sticking by its policy of banning trans women from its competitions. The organization contends that regardless of testosterone levels, male-to-female competitors generally have significant advantages related to bone density and muscle mass.Earlier this year, tennis great Martina Navratilova became entangled in the debate over trans women’s place in sports.A lesbian and longtime gay-rights activist, Navratilova was accused of being “transphobic” after asserting that many transgender women — even if they have undergone hormone treatment — have an unfair advantage over other female competitors. Among her critics was Athlete Ally, which ousted her from its advisory board.Another critic was Rachel McKinnon, a transgender Canadian track cyclist who in October won a world championship sprint event for women ages 35 to 44. She suggested that Navratilova’s argument reflected “an irrational fear of trans women.” Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte says he will appoint Gamboa as next PNP chief James Harden still dealing with eye injury but will play in Game 3 FILE – In this Sept. 9, 2018 file photo, Caster Semenya of South Africa crosses the finish line to win the women’s 800 meters for Africa at the IAAF track and field Continental Cup in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Semenya’s rollercoaster running career, jarred by an adverse court ruling on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, is unique in virtually all its details. Yet the dilemmas she has posed to the track-and-field establishment reflect how vast segments of the sports world are now wrestling with how best to deal with intersex and transgender athletes. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)NEW YORK — A court ruling requiring Olympic running sensation Caster Semenya to lower her testosterone levels goes to the heart of a dilemma facing the sports world: How to avoid discrimination against intersex or transgender athletes while ensuring that competitions are fair.The challenges faced by Semenya — a South African woman who reportedly has some intersex traits — differ in key respects from those confronting transgender women. But there are parallels as well, as evidenced in Wednesday’s ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the sports world’s highest court.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card The court ruled that Semenya and other female runners with unusually high testosterone must take medication to reduce their levels of the male sex hormone if they want to compete in certain events, notably the 400 and 800 meters.Track and field’s governing body, the IAAF, will also apply its testosterone regulations to the 1,500 meters , president Sebastian Coe said on Thursday, despite the court’s suggestion that it be applied only to the shorter distance races.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsComparable requirements apply to transgender women seeking to compete in the Olympics and in NCAA-governed collegiate sports in the U.S. Both organizations say male-to-female athletes should demonstrate that their testosterone level has been below a certain point for at least a year before their first competition.In Semenya’s case, the court voted 2-1 to uphold proposed rules issued by the IAAF, saying that they are discriminatory but that “such discrimination is a necessary, reasonable and proportionate means” of “preserving the integrity of female athletics.” MOST READ The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s bookslast_img read more

Gerrard aches for crowning moment

Posted in tivdvyll on January 11th, 2020

first_imgThe 33-year-old will do everything in his power to seize this unexpected chance in the twilight of his career, as he showed in a stirring pep-talk to his team-mates following the final whistle at Anfield.“This does not f***ing slip now,” Gerrard implored the players huddled around him on the pitch.If Liverpool can fulfil Gerrard’s dream in the 25th anniversary season of the Hillsborough disaster, which claimed the lives of 96 Reds fans during the 1989 FA Cup semi-final, it would be the most uplifting story in the history of the Premier League.Gerrard’s cousin Jon-Paul Gilhooley was one of the victims and the pain of discovering he would never see his relative again remains a driving force for the star, who recently admitted: “Every time I see Jon-Paul’s name cut into the cold marble outside the Shankly Gates, I fill with sadness and anger. I have never let anyone know this before, but it’s true: I play for Jon-Paul.”That emotional reaction perfectly encapsulated why it isn’t just the dyed in the wool fans on Liverpool’s famous Kop, but many neutrals as well, who hope Brendan Rodgers’ exciting team can hold off City and Chelsea over the final weeks of the title race.Even when Liverpool won 4-1 at Old Trafford in March 2009, Gerrard wasn’t this close to getting his hands on the title as the victory still left them four points behind leaders Manchester United, who also held a game in hand, and ultimately fell short.Now four wins from their last four matches against Norwich, Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Newcastle will see the Reds crowned champions.Gerrard’s ability to recognise his limitations has been vital to Liverpool’s renaissance and when Rodgers approached the midfielder with a plan to switch him from his rampaging box-to-box role to a deeper position in front of the defence, he was quick to see the benefits of the move and his team have reaped the rewards of that selfless gesture.Football dressing rooms are arguably the most unsentimental places on the planet. But the depth of respect for Gerrard among his Anfield colleagues is hard to hide.They recognise Gerrard’s lifelong commitment to the club, which saw him spurn two opportunities to make what would have been a lucrative and more successful move to Chelsea, and would love to reward that dedication with the title.“It is phenomenal. He has carried this club for years and he deserves this,” young Reds defender Jon Flanagan said.“I think all the lads are doing it for themselves but also for Stevie as well.”Gerrard has already enjoyed plenty of memorable moments in a Liverpool shirt of course.He catapulted himself into Anfield folklore by sparking Liverpool’s epic comeback from 3-0 down to beat AC Milan on penalties in the 2005 Champions League and then almost surpassed those heroics a year later when he dragged his side to FA Cup final victory over West Ham.Yet Gerrard knows better than most that Liverpool regard the title, as their legendary former boss Bill Shankly once said, as “their bread and butter”.With those words etched in stone as the guiding philosophy of the Liverpool Way, leading his club back to the top after so long would surely count as the crowning moment of Gerrard’s illustrious career.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, April 15 – As Steven Gerrard soaked up the sunshine in the quiet Merseyside suburb of Formby on Monday, it was hard to imagine that just 24 hours earlier the unassuming man in the James Dean T-shirt had stoked up an emotional whirlwind which looks set to sweep Liverpool to their first league title in 24 years.Gerrard’s tearful response to Liverpool’s crucial 3-2 win over title rivals Manchester City on Sunday signified just how much the prospect of lifting the Premier League trophy means to the Reds captain after so many years labouring in vain to restore his club to the summit of the English game.last_img read more

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Posted in tivdvyll on January 11th, 2020

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Hammers star nears West Ham return against Man City

Posted in tivdvyll on January 3rd, 2020

first_imgWest Ham striker Enner Valencia is winning his battle to face Manchester City on Sunday and has already resumed training following a foot injury he sustained last weekend.Valencia was forced to leave the field during the 1-1 draw against Stoke and there were fears that the Ecuador international could face a spell on the sidelines.With reports suggesting that top goalscorer Diafra Sakho could be forced to miss the rest of the season with a thigh injury, West Ham were facing a potential striking crisis for the trip to Etihad Stadium.But Valencia, who has been linked with a move to Chelsea is now expected to be in the squad for the game against the Premier League champions.West Ham’s Head of Medical and Sports Science Stijn Vandenbroucke, speaking on the official website, said: “Enner Valencia completed an individual training session on Wednesday morning.“Enner has a good chance of being available for selection for the trip to Manchester City on Sunday.“Diafra Sakho, Andy Carroll, James Tomkins and Doneil Henry are all continuing with their rehabilitation as planned and are progressing as we would expect at this stage.” Enner Valencia in action for West Ham 1last_img read more


Posted in tivdvyll on December 30th, 2019

first_imgCROOK FRANCOIS de Dietrich told Donegal investors to ‘shoot’ him – in a desperate confrontation in Estonia, donegaldaily can reveal.We have learned that a number of men from the county who are owed millions of euro by the conman tracked him down to the Baltic nation.And when one of the investors lost his temper and threatened to have the French father-of-two shot, de Dietrich screamed: “Shoot me, shoot me, because I don’t have your money.” The brass-necked swindler has taken more than 200 Donegal investors to the cleaners.They didn’t know that he was a criminal fraudster with more than a dozen previous convictions in France for theft and dishonesty.The confidence trickster is wanted in the North for ignoring a High Court injunction. He faces an automatic 18 month prison sentence.The Donegal investors however managed to trace him to Estonia. One source said: “He (Francois) was terrified. He told the investors that the British authorities had all the money and that if they wanted it they should ring them.“It was the first time he had dropped his arrogance. One of the lads lost his temper and told de Dietrich he’d be shot if he didn’t return the cash and he shouted back that they should shoot him because he didn’t have the money.”Earlier this week we reported how investigators who brought the roly-poly crook to justice are appealing for conned victims to come forward.The Financial Services Authority in the UK has issued a public statement requesting investors to come forward.Donegaldaily understands that this is now the only way people who did give him cash will get their money back. In the statement, the FSA said: “We would like investors who had dealings with Francois de Dietrich or ETIC Solutions Ltd to contact us to provide details of their transactions.“This comes after we obtained a court order freezing their assets and requiring de Dietrich to provide certain information, which he has failed to comply with.“We obtained an order from the High Court in Northern Ireland against de Dietrich and ETIC Solutions Ltd (ETIC) on 27 October 2010, restraining any potential unauthorised activity and freezing ETIC’s and de Dietrich’s assets up to the value of £20.2m.“On 28 January 2011, de Dietrich was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment for contempt of court after he failed to disclose the whereabouts of his overseas assets as required by the terms of the High Court order, or respond to our requests for further information.” The statement went on: “Both de Dietrich and ETIC are believed to have been behind an unauthorised investment scheme.“The court order was taken out to preserve the funds and other assets held by de Dietrich and/or ETIC until the court decides whether he has broken the law. The court will also decide how much money, if any, should be returned to investors and other creditors.“Meanwhile, we are continuing our investigation into the activities of de Dietrich and ETIC.”The FSA also provided some answers to investors on whether or not they will get their money backOn this issue, the organisation said: “With the court orders in place, de Dietrich and ETIC may not accept money from, or pay money to, any person as part of the ETIC business. This includes a restriction on paying out funds to investors.“If you paid money to de Dietrich and/or ETIC and they did not have our authorisation to offer financial services, you will not be able to take a complaint to the Financial Ombudsman Service or have access to the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.”The statement went on: “We need to identify all investors, so if you have not had contact with us about this matter you should call our Contact Centre on 00 44 845 606 1234 or email It will help us with this case if you provide your full name, a phone number, postal and email addresses.“Be aware that we are subject to strict statutory obligations of confidentiality, which mean we can only provide certain information to third parties. However, we will provide further updates on this case as soon as possible.”De Dietrich ran a dodgy get-rich-quick scheme – taking millions of euro from 200 investors in Donegal.The scheme was a fraud, designed to con people out of their cash.The Ballybofey businessman has fled Ireland and is now on-the-run from cops throughout Europe.FRANCOIS SENSATION: ‘SHOOT ME BECAUSE I DON’T HAVE YOUR MONEY’ was last modified: March 7th, 2011 by gregShare 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

School lunch system found open to fraud

Posted in tivdvyll on December 29th, 2019

first_imgLast year, LAUSD sent verification letters to about 8,000 households. Of those, 1,700 didn’t respond, 176 went from the free to the reduced-price category, and only 36 were changed to full-pay status, said Dennis Barrett, director of food services at LAUSD. Those who didn’t respond – nearly 25percent of those sent verification letters – were removed from the program. But Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, said the program should have more safeguards to limit potential fraud. “We all know that there’s going to be some level of fraud,” Coupal said. “There should be more significant consequences for defrauding a program like that, and we rarely see that kind of consequences flow from fraud. “The ultimate goal is to make sure that taxpayers aren’t being ripped off while at the same time trying the achieve the objective of the program.” The last time Congress examined how the government verifies the income of families applying for free and reduced-price lunches was in 2004 as lawmakers prepared to reauthorize the program. A number of federal audits found vast discrepancies between the census counts of low-income households and the number of students receiving free and reduced-price lunches. A study five years ago in New York City’s school district, only one larger than the LAUSD, found about $100 million in potential losses. While the Bush administration proposed strict new verification measures, advocates for the poor questioned the veracity of the studies and accused the administration of swiping tater tots out of the fingers of poor children. “The kinds of steps that were being considered were the types of things that would drive a lot of eligible families away,” said Zoe Neuberger, a senior policy analyst at the liberal Center on Budget and Policy Priorities think tank in Washington, D.C. Those intent on eliminating government waste, however, argued – and still do – that maintaining a program’s fiscal integrity is critical. “Showing a pay stub shouldn’t be too much to ask,” said Brian Reidl, a fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation think tank who in 2003 estimated tighter income verification measures could save the program and the country $12 billion over 10 years. He and other conservatives argued that schools either boosted free-lunch participation or turned a blind eye to likely inaccuracies because the numbers act as a measure for poverty rates – which in many cases determines how much a school gets in funding for everything from books to teachers. Neuberger said she doesn’t expect Congress to take another big crack at income verification until the next reauthorization of the program in 2009. But she and others said they don’t expect a severe crackdown. “There are fairness concerns; there are budgetary concerns,” Neuberger said. But, she added, “There is almost agreement across the board that it is important to make the free and reduced-lunch program accessible to kids.” For the latest school news, go to 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 MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonLos Angeles Unified School District officials, who sought verification for 8,000 applications last year, said they are in full compliance with the law. “Is there a potential to falsify income in any system in which you gather individual data and don’t review 100 percent of the applications? Yes, that risk exists,” said Michael Eugene, LAUSD’s business manager. “(But) since we’re in full compliance, our major focal point is to get meals to those students who need it.” The federal government requires school districts to audit 3percent of applicants from families whose income falls within $100 of the cutoff – those believed to be the most prone to reporting errors. A child from a family of four making $26,845 or less qualifies for the free-lunch program, while $38,203 is the limit for reduced-price lunches. While the $8.2 billion national school lunch program is designed to provide meals to needy students, the system is fraught with loopholes that leave it open to rampant fraud. A recent government report said verification remains a problem in the program that provides about 6.6 billion meals to kids each year at a cost of about $10.2 billion. To participate in the program, parents complete applications listing their income. Random verification checks are performed, but from 2005 to 2006, the study found slightly more than one student in five students who applied and got served was actually ineligible – at a cost of $935 million. “Several data sources suggest that a significant number of ineligible children are receiving free or reduced-price meals,” the auditors wrote. last_img read more


Posted in tivdvyll on December 29th, 2019

first_imgYou can send your local news to All submissions welcomed.ST JOHNSTON & CARRIGANS LOCAL NOTESThe St.Johnston and Carrigans Social Services bus outing will be on Saturday June 23rd leaving Carrigans at 12pm and St.Johnston at 12.15pm. If you wish to go, please leave your name in the Resource Centre or ring Sarah on 087-7489181 before Friday 15th June. Karate Classes: Starting on Thursday 5th April from 6 to 7pm. To suit all ages.€5 per session. At the St.Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre, St.Johnston. Tel: 00447729732691 for more information.The History Links Project is currently looking for new participants for the St.Johnston, Newtown and Burt group. The group currently meets in Monreagh Heritage Centre on Wednesday at 7.30pm. The group is newly formed and welcomes anyone from the wider area with an interest in local history. Over the coming months there will be trips away and meetings with groups from other areas. Come along and give it a go and get to know more about your area. For more information call Stephen McNamee or Kathleen Bonner at the History Links Projects on 0749141958.Fundraising Table Quiz: The table, Saturday 14th April. Starting at 8.30 pm sharp.Teams of 4, €20 per team. Spot Prizes. Bring your own drinks and nibbles. Tea and coffee available.At the St.Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre.For Information call: 074 91 48551.Training for Taxi Drivers: Are you a taxi driver or thinking about setting up a hackney business. St Johnston & Carrigans are offering training and support for drivers to take the Small Public Service Vehicle test. This training will provide the learner with up to date information, legislation, basic rules and regulations required to operate in the Small Public Service Vehicle industry and the area knowledge, routes and fares test. For more information contact: 074 91 48551. Regional Employment Outreach: The Regional Employment Outreach Service can help long term unemployed to get back into fulltime employment, identify training opportunities, prepare CV and fill out application forms and much more. So if you wish to avail of the service: The Outreach Officer will be in attendance in the St.Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre, St.Johnston on Wednesday 4th April 2012 from 11am to 1pm. No appointment necessary. For further information contact Helen or Mary on: 074 9128010.This service is supported by DLDC and ICTU and is totally confidential.Upcoming Courses:Dress making for beginners.Occupational First Aid.For more information contact the St.Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre on 074 91 48551.Whist Drive: A Whist Drive will be held on Monday 30th April 2012, starting at 8pm sharp. €5 per person, a light supper will be served.Youth Club at the Drop in Centre, Main St., St.Johnston.Wednesday 5th & 6Th Class 6pm – 7.30pmThursday 1st & 2nd Year 6.30 – 8pmThursday 3rd Year & over 8pm – 9.30pmFriday 1st yr & over 6pm – 10pmGuitar Lessons: Every Tuesday in the drop-in centre, €30 per person for 8 lessons. Beginners from, 4pm to 5pm and improvers from 5pm to 7pm. For further information contact the Resource Centre on 9148551.Walk & Talk Group: We meet at the drop-in centre, main street, St Johnston at 7.15pm every Tuesday. Each week we go to different destination which is agreed a week in advance (transport provided or we car share). Why not come and join us and get yourself fit for summer 2012!Irish Dancing classes for fun or for competition age 3 yrs upwards. Fully qualified and experienced teacher with over 20 years experience having trained Ulster, All Ireland and World Champions. On every Tuesday from 3.30pm to 4.30pm, in the St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre. Ann’s Boxercise Class: Tuesday evening 5.45-6.45pm, Thursday evening 7.30-8.30pm and Friday mornings from 10.00am to 11.00pm. Boxercise is a fantastic all over body workout, which burns between 400-950 calories in 1hr sessions. Classes are always good fun and very addictive! Excellent for increasing fitness levels in weight loss, toning, building stamina and for stress release. Female and is fully qualified as an instructor. Just bring water and mat or big towel.Cost €5. For more information call 086 3238437.Forever Crafts: The Forever Crafts, at the St.Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre every Tuesday from 1pm to 3pm. New members are always welcome.Parent Toddler Group: This group runs every Wednesday from 10am – 12pm in the old playgroup building, at Church Lane, St. Johnston. This group provides a relaxed setting for young children to meet socialise and play with their own age group and for mums/dads/grandparents or carers to have a cuppa and a chat. We look forward to seeing you there.Lunch Club: Are you fifty or over? Are you at a loose end? Would you like to meet and socialise with people of your own age group for lunch, a chat, a bit of craic, enjoy occasional outings, theatre trips, social events, meeting new people and an annual holiday. If you are interested, join us at the Lunch Club in St.Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre every second Wednesday from 11am-1.30pm. The next Lunch Club will be held on 11th April 2012. New members always welcome! Transport can be provided. For more information contact Teresa McDermott or any of the centre staff at 074 9148551.Jiving Class: Jiving classes have started at the St. Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre, every Wednesday from 8.30pm to 10.00pm. Everybody from beginners to experienced is welcome. Cost €5 per Adult. Pilates: Every Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm.Line Dancing: Every Thursday from 9pm to 10pm.Counselling: Do you experience feelings of anxiety, depression or loneliness due to bereavement, relationships or isolation? Would you simply like someone to talk to about any problem in your life that distresses you? St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre offer a free and professional and confidential and safe counselling service for men and women. For more information call Niki Cross in complete confidence at 087 0569124.Laggan Historical Society: On Thursdays from 10 am—12.30pm, Ulster Scott’s Heritage Centre, Monreagh, Carrigans. Are you interested in Local Knowledge to share? A new informal History group, that’s open to all.Meet like minded folk, listen to guest speakers, and take a field trip somewhere interesting. For more information call: 074 91 40708.Clothes Bank: There is a Clothes Bank at the Family Resource Centre to help raise funds for the Centre. Please donate: Clothes, Sheets, Towels, Blankets, Shoes, and Curtains. Your donations will be much appreciated. The bank can be found at the back of the Centre and is a purple colour. Sorry we cannot accept items such as carpets, ornaments, mats, glass and paper.Swap and drop your old books and magazines: There is a table of free books near the reception area in St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre. Please feel free to take a book.Stamps: If you have any used stamps, please cut them out by cutting the envelope and leaving some of the envelope around them. Bring them down to Maureen McLaughlin at the St.Johnston Post Office. These stamps will be used to fund charitable projects. Thank you.Battery Recycling: St.Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre is now accepting your small waste dry batteries! Please dispose of batteries properly!LOCAL NEWS: ST JOHNSTON & CARRIGANS COMMUNITY NOTES was last modified: April 4th, 2012 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:LOCAL NEWS: ST JOHNSTON & CARRIGANS COMMUNITY NOTESlast_img read more

Region absorbs brunt of Pacific storm

Posted in tivdvyll on December 28th, 2019
first_imgA Pacific storm soaked with moisture from the tropics gave the area a good soaking through Monday evening, but the region appeared to absorb the rain well. The Whittier area had seen almost a half-inch of rain by 7:25p.m., according to the National Weather Service. The storm was expected to drop up to 3 inches of rain in some valley areas of Southern California between Monday evening and this morning before moving out and leaving partly cloudy skies by tonight, forecasters said. The rain-slickened roads caused many cars to stray from their intended paths, but no serious collisions were reported by Monday evening. “We have been going from crash to crash to crash,” said California Highway Patrol Sgt. Kevin Flom of the Altadena office. “People are just not slowing down enough.” Flom estimated the office handled between 20 and 40 traffic accidents between 2 and 9 p.m. He said most of the accidents resulted in minor injuries or property damage, and several of the accidents involved motorists facing the wrong way on the freeway after driving too fast and hydroplaning. Expect rain for this morning’s commute, with daytime temperatures later reaching into the lower 60s. Skies will stay partly cloudy through Thursday, when increasing cloudiness will usher in another chance for rain Thursday evening through Friday, officials said. Sucking lots of moisture up from the south, the storm prompted the National Weather Service on Monday to issue a special advisory warning of possible flooding in and near burn areas and also the chance of flash flooding in some mountain and foothill areas. Some mountain areas could get as much as 7 inches of rain by this afternoon. Angeles National Forest Supervisor Jody Noiron said people visiting the local mountains should take precautions. “Our advice to anyone planning to visit or travel through the forest over the next few days is to `Know Before You Go!”‘ she said. “Call a Forest Service office near your planned destination to check on conditions before you leave your home. Wire services contributed to this story. (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2306 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

‘He needs to improve!’ – Koeman critical of Ross Barkley’s performance levels

Posted in tivdvyll on December 28th, 2019

first_img Ross Barkley has been urged to improve by Everton boss Ronald Koeman Everton boss Ronald Koeman insists Ross Barkley needs to improve ‘in all the aspects’ of his game, and has held talks with the midfielder to ensure he is aware of the required raising of his performance levels.Koeman decided to take Barkley off at half-time during Monday’s Premier League contest at the Stadium of Light, which was goalless at the break before the Toffees ran out 3-0 winners.The Dutchman later said the 22-year-old England international “didn’t show the level” expected of him.And, speaking on Thursday ahead of Everton’s home clash with Middlesbrough on Saturday, Koeman stressed Barkley needs to up his game “in all the aspects”.He said: “If you play a match, you analyse it, and of course there was a reason to change Ross at half-time – because he did not play well.“He lost many balls and a player of that quality can’t lose those kind of balls.“We always analyse the game, and then you have individual talks, and of course I had an individual talk with Ross.“He needs to improve, but okay – we will see at the weekend.”Put to him that Barkley’s drop in performance level might be linked to him being left out of Sam Allardyce’s first England squad last month, Koeman said: “In my opinion, that is the past – what counts now is what happens now.“I mention always that you get game time in national teams because you play at a good level for your club, and it is deserved.“That was one game, what happened on Monday.“I spoke to him and he understands – because we showed the clips, and then there is no escape.”Koeman added: “I think it is the more the way how he used to play.“The player is strong enough to work harder to do better pressing. You look to his qualities and he needs to be the key player between defenders and strikers – he is that position in the midfield, to create, but also defensively to be part of the team.“In all the aspects he can improve – and he needs to improve. But he’s still a young player, no question.” 1last_img read more