Queens Park Rangers star Leroy Fer wanted by Feyenoord

first_img1 Feyenoord are preparing a January swoop for Queens Park Rangers midfielder Leroy Fer.The 25-year began his career with the Dutch club before being sold to FC Twente for £3million in 2011.The former Norwich City man has now been at QPR for 18 months but he is said to be considering a move away from Loftus Road.Feyenoord, according to Dutch newspaper AD, are keen to bring Fer back to where his career started and are ready to open talks.The Eredivisie side would prefer to complete a loan deal until the end of the season, with the view to a permanent switch in the summer. Dutch international Leroy Fer last_img read more

Killings of journalists on rise in Americas

first_imgJournalists in Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Haiti, Paraguay, Peru and the United States also were killed. Originally, the IAPA put the number at eight. In the U.S., police said Oakland Post Editor Chauncey Bailey was killed walking to work in August by a man who reportedly told authorities he was concerned about Bailey’s investigation into the finances of his employer. Though the press association focuses on the Western Hemisphere, Iraq has been the world’s most dangerous country for journalists in recent years. About 160 journalists and media support workers have been killed there since the war began in March 2003, according to the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists. 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Mexico, meanwhile, has become one of the most dangerous countries in the hemisphere for journalists, said Gonzalo Marroquin, head of the IAPA’s committee on press freedom, during the group’s 63rd General Assembly in Miami. “The situation is not improving in general. We are seeing that in some countries it is becoming considerably worse,” Marroquin said. Final reports will be issued Tuesday. Some advances have been made, the group said. The U.S. House and Senate Judiciary committees have approved bills that would shield reporters from being forced to reveal their sources in federal court. Argentina’s Supreme Court ruled a local government could not withdraw advertising from a newspaper simply because of its critical coverage. The Mexican senate decriminalized libel and defamation on a federal level. But in Mexico, three journalists and three delivery workers were killed, the IAPA reported. Two other reporters disappeared. By Laura Wides-Munoz THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MIAMI – At least 13 employees of media organizations were killed and two disappeared in the past six months in the Western Hemisphere, according to preliminary reports presented Sunday by members of a press association that promotes free expression in the Americas. The Inter American Press Association said media freedom is increasingly under attack in the Western Hemisphere, especially in countries such as Venezuela and Colombia. last_img read more

Jewish students must choose between Seder, state debate

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“I would compare it to scheduling the tournament on Easter.” He said an alternative proposal broached by Assemblyman Lloyd Levine, D-Van Nuys, to host a Seder at the site of the tournament would also conflict with the debate competition. Debate organizers discovered in May that the second night of the tournament inadvertently fell on the night of the Passover Seder, a family feast commemorating the Jews’ escape from slavery in Egypt. The nonprofit CHSSA, which has some Jewish board members, said changing the date of its 50th annual tournament would void university and hotel contracts worth $17,000. More than 1,000 students, parents and coaches are expected to attend the April 18-20 competition at Santa Clara University in San Jose. About 800 students will compete, many of whom are believed to be Jewish. Winners would qualify for a national debate tournament. When it comes to Jews arguing during Passover, there’s no debate. Jewish students enrolled in high school debate teams say they won’t be able to compete in a statewide tournament scheduled during the first day of Passover, one of the holiest of Jewish holidays. For six months, Jewish leaders have lobbied the California High School Speech Association to alter its April 19 tournament date, to no avail. Los Angeles school and city officials also have appealed for the change. “I’m very much outraged,” said Doug Lasken, a Jewish coach of the Taft High School debate team in Woodland Hills. “I can’t go to the tournament. At least half my class can’t go. Debate officials declined to speak with the Daily News but did issue a lengthy written statement. Some events are simply too large and complicated to move even when it appears “it is not too late,” Sharon Prefontaine, president of the CHSSA, wrote in an e-mail to the Daily News. Scheduling any three-day event during the last two weeks of April, as required by the association’s bylaws, would have conflicted with some group’s religious calender, she said. Students, she said, must learn to choose between personal beliefs and other activities. “Renowned pitcher Sandy Koufax never played on Rosh Hashanah and chose not to pitch during the World Series because it conflicted with Yom Kippur – the World Series was not moved,” Prefontaine said. “Hank Greenberg, on the other hand, played on Rosh Hashanah but not on Yom Kippur. “As much as we might want to protect them from it, we understand that our students will have to make some difficult choices, at times, relative to their personal beliefs.” She said that the association – including its Jewish members – had not been aware of the conflict between its tournament and Passover. “Non-Jews may not know the dates of Passover – apparently, some practicing Jews do not either, as those on the council did not mention the dates as a problem,” Prefontaine said. Others, however, say the CHSSA has been especially reluctant to accommodate its Jewish debaters, or even discuss the issue, 10 months before the tournament. For months leading up to its September council board meeting, letters from many Jewish groups, including the Anti-Defamation League and the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, garnered no response from the association, officials said. A motion at the meeting by Lasken and others to conduct a feasibility study to change the tournament date – at no cost to debate organizers – was turned down. And the council voted not to apologize to the Jewish community lest it “open us up for litigation,” said CHSSA council member Sal Tinajero, according to meeting minutes. “As far as we know, they weren’t even willing to explore alternative possibilities,” said Alison Mayersohn, associate director of the Anti-Defamation League, Pacific Southwest Region. “The Jewish community essentially gave them a lifeline to explore other alternatives and they turned it down.” Last month, the Los Angeles Unified School District wrote a letter of concern to the association, stating the district may host an alternative state speech tournament this spring. District officials said they received no response. The city also passed a resolution presented by Jewish City Council members Jan Perry, Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel, calling for a tournament date change. “The dates of Passover are known years in advance. Event officials should have at least checked a calendar before organizing the tournament,” Greuel said in a prepared statement. “The CHSSA cannot, in good conscience, deprive these students (of) the opportunity to attend a tournament that they have worked hard all year to reach.” “It’s a shame,” added Caron Spector, government relations director for the local Jewish Federation. “The kids worked really hard for this all year long (and) they’re forced to choose between a religious observance and an academic activity. “It’s ironic that an organization that fosters debate and discussion is not open to debate and discussion.” Meanwhile, some debaters at Taft who verbally joust at 7 a.m. each day are disappointed. “I’m losing my motivation,” said Avi Siani, 16, who is Jewish and will spend the Passover Seder with his family. “Because you work all year long and there’s no prize at the end. “We’re working for nothing.” dana.bartholomew@dailynews.com 818-713-3730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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DONEGAL DELIGHT AS GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES RURAL BROADBAND SCHEME

first_imgAFTER being stuck in the internet dark ages for more than a decade, rural parts of Donegal are set to benefit from a Rural Broadband Scheme.Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte will formally launch the scheme in the next few weeks, a move welcomed by Labour colleague Jimmy Harte – and opposition politicians.County councillor Harte, a candidate in the forthcomning Seanad elections, said Donegal communities would benefit. “It is outrageous that so many rural communities still have to use dial-up services to get onto the internet,” said Cllr Harte.“The last government scheme failed to deal with that and I’m delighted that this will now be addressed.”Companies like 3 have revolutionised areas like Gaoth Dobhair by providing fast broadband access to the internet.But other communities like those in Culdaff on the Inishowen peninsula have been shafted by government policy. Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty said the announcment will be welcomed by many communities across Donegal who were not included in the previous National Broadband Scheme and are without a basic broadband service.He told donegaldaily: “I welcome the response by the Minister that he is to formally launch a new rural broadband scheme in the next couple of weeks.“This will be welcomed by many communities across Donegal who were not included in the previous National Broadband Scheme and are without a basic broadband service.“Many areas in the state, particularly in Donegal are still to this day without any broadband connectivity. Such facilities are vital to the creation and retention of jobs and to enhancing the quality of life in rural areas.“The previous National Broadband Scheme was flawed in that it didn’t include large areas due to the terms of reference of that scheme. “This new rural broadband scheme will complete the job of providing a basic broadband service to all houses in the state.“The roll out of the scheme is to be completed by the end of 2012 and while this is to be welcomed it is unacceptable in the 21st Century that communities have had to wait for so long for such a basic service.  I would urge the Government to fast-track this scheme as much as possible.”endsDONEGAL DELIGHT AS GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES RURAL BROADBAND SCHEME was last modified: April 21st, 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)Tags:culdaffdonegalGaoth Dobhairjimmy hartePearse Dohertyrural broadband schemelast_img read more

McHUGH WELCOMES RETENTION OF 9% VAT RATE FOR TOURISM INDUSTRY

first_imgDONEGAL North East TD Joe McHugh has welcomed the retention of the 9% VAT rate for Ireland’s tourism sector – as the weakening euro could help increase visitors to the county from the North and Britain.There’s a hope the double boost could help the industry in the coming months.Minister for Tourism Leo Varadkar confirmed the move in the Dáil today claiming that the reduction has been successful in increasing employment and it has mostly been passed on to consumers. Fine Gael TD Joe McHugh welcomed the decision and said it was “positive news for the tourism industry”.He added: “This extension of the lower rate will enable the industry to plan and to market for next year in the knowledge that Ireland will be able to offer lower-cost tourism options to tourists.”Retail Ireland has welcomed the retention of the 9% VAT rate, but called for similar relief to be shown to the retail sector.Speaking on RTÉ’s Drivetime, its director Stephen Lynam said Ireland had the joint fifth highest VAT rate in Europe. He said the increase to 23% in the last budget has had a negative impact on retail sales.“Retail sales have fallen in the first quarter of this year. The fall in February was the sharpest since 2009 at the pit of the recession.”So we would like to see the Minister reverse his decision – decrease the VAT rate and hopefully see an increase in the VAT take,” said Mr Lynam.Irish Hotels Federation President Michael Vaughan welcomed the retention rate for the tourism industry.“We’re seeing real jobs created. I think 11,000 jobs have been created since the VAT was reduced. So it is giving great certainty for 2013, and The Gathering is underpinned by this as well,” he told RTE. McHUGH WELCOMES RETENTION OF 9% VAT RATE FOR TOURISM INDUSTRY was last modified: May 9th, 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:McHUGH WELCOMES RETENTION OF 9% VAT RATE FOR TOURISM INDUSTRYlast_img read more

DONEGAL WOMEN GET DOWN TO BUSINESS BEFORE BREAKFAST!

first_imgBusinesswomen from Donegal and Derry gathered in Derry for the breakfast meeting.It was evident from the huge turnover last Wednesday morning at a Breakfast Conference in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel, Buncrana, that businesswomen from all over the Donegal and Northern Ireland are eager and enterprise is coming to the fore in Donegal and Derry and it’s being led by women. The Donegal Women in Business Network and Derry Women in Enterprise hosted the event and succeeded in inspiring many business women throughout the area.The line up of guest speakers were non other than Wexford’s Samantha Kelly, “Ireland’s Tweeting Goddess”, and boy did she inspire every lady in the room with her own true life story and the need to ‘tweet’. Samantha’s success is down to her passion about assisting others to get on and how to use Twitter as a fantastic marketing tool for business.Samantha won the Tweet Inspire award on 2 October at the Inaugural Rabo Tweetie awards and was winner of the Bank of Ireland Start Up Hero Award in 2014, as well as appearing on Dragon’s Den and other TV programmes. Samantha has a knack for getting brands trending on Twitter.Award winning leader in her field, Samantha’s customer service skills and sprinkling of Twitter magic will enhance any brand image and brand awareness and even get you direct sales from Twitter. Her story was not only interesting but once again, hugely inspirational.Other guest speakers were Leona Kane, owner of Broighter Gold from Limavady in Co. Derry. Leona told her story about how she founded Broighter Gold Rapeseed Oil after deciding to try the oil from the seed grown on her husband’s farm when she ran out of olive oil for cooking one evening. She spoke about how much easier it is to sell a product that you are passionate about, and it means so much to be able to sell a product that is grown, processed and marketed direct from your own farm. Leonas company was recently awarded the Économusée (Artisans at Work) for NI through the Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust. Leona was hugely inspirational and she is very much more than just a ‘farmer’s wife’. She is a mother, wife, business woman and a hugely inspirational role model.Kathy Donaghy a local award winning journalist, from Inishowen, Co. Donegal who has worked for several national newspapers including the Irish Independent where she was public affairs correspondent before leaving to work in the RTE newsroom, told us about her career and how she relocated to Inishowen with her husband Richard and their two young sons.She now works as a freelance journalist and is also a qualified pilates and children’s yoga teacher. She also runs creative writing courses for children. Kathy told her amazing true life story about how and why she moved from a busy high profile media life in Dublin back to her native Donegal.Her belief in signs confirmed that the family move was right when she came upon the quote, “jump and the net will appear”. Finishing her talk today with these words was very inspiring for the many ladies who are considering the move to self-employment and new lives for themselves.Denise Devlin from Positive Parties finished the event with her party pieces, getting all the ladies in the room dancing and laughing & networking through good vibes. This was a little unconventional for many but it got strangers talking and was a hugely successful exercise to end the event with.A number of representatives from the local Donegal and Derry Enterprise organisations also spoke and encouraged more women to take the leap into self-employment. A number of schemes are available to assist and information was provided. The ladies all succeeded in connecting, sharing and inspiring each other throughout the morning.And what better to leave an inspiring event knowing that after listening to Ireland’s Tweeting goddess Samantha Kelly she had #womenbeyondborders trending in Ireland & the event & tweeters were live on Tweet Beam throughout the event and and all the ladies left feeling that they too can take their business or their business idea and know that networks like Donegal Women in Business and Women in Enterprise Derry can help them succeed through networking.DONEGAL WOMEN GET DOWN TO BUSINESS BEFORE BREAKFAST! was last modified: November 23rd, 2015 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

Liverpool face losing out to Napoli in battle for Poland Euro 2016 star

first_img1 Piotr Zielinski [right] in action for Poland at Euro 2016 Napoli are ready to step up their pursuit of Liverpool target Piotr Zielinski after giving up on a move for Axel Witsel.The Italian club had wanted to sign Belgium midfielder Witsel but reports in Italy have suggested that his wage demands are too high.And that means they have now turned their full attention to completing a deal for Zielinksi ahead of both Liverpool and AC Milan.It has been suggested that Napoli have already had a bid accepted by Udinese for the 22-year-old midfielder and they must now agree personal terms.Zielinski impressed on loan at Empoli last term, scoring five goals in 35 Serie A outings, and Udinese now seem resigned to losing him this summer.And Liverpool will have to act fast if they are to prevent the Poland international from completing a move to Napoli.last_img read more

49ers on the road after success

first_img Matt Zimmerman can be reached at (562) 499-1338. 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 MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Doing well both tonight and Sunday at Cal State Northridge will be key to staying ahead of the Gauchos, who won their first road game of the season Sunday, a 71-60 triumph at UC Irvine. Keeping wary of a possible upset against the Tigers (4-10, 1-2) is paramount. As Hegarty has noted, if the 49ers had taken care of all the teams that finished below them during last season’s second-place campaign, they would have been Big West champions. Pacific was picked to finish last in the conference by both the media and coaches. “Our team should know better than anybody, on any night, anybody is dangerous,” Hegarty said. “And we found that up at UC Davis. Last year, it happened to us several times, so I hope that lesson’s been learned. But we’re definitely going to remind them about that.” The Monday before conference play began, LBSU suffered a 67-64 setback at future conference member UC Davis, a school in the process of making the transition to Division I athletics. It dropped the 49ers’ road record to 1-4 on the season, compared to 8-1 at home. “We’re going to try to change up our routine,” Hegarty said Monday. “I don’t know what it will be yet, but we’ve got to do something different on the road and shake things up, because we need to win on the road, that’s for sure. This year, we’ve really struggled.” At 2-0 and with home wins against two of the most dangerous conference opponents behind them, the Long Beach State women’s basketball team hits the road this weekend. The 49ers (9-5, 2-0) could not have imagined a better Big West Conference start. They broke a decade-long losing streak to 10-time defending conference champion UCSB last Saturday, and followed that up with a 20-point blowout of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, the only other team in conference with an overall record above .500. In addition, the 49ers received national respect, mentioned in ESPN.com’s latest bracketology, listed as a possible No. 14 seed in the NCAA Tournament. center_img “We had talked about whoever imposed their will would win,” LBSU coach Mary Hegarty said after Sunday’s 78-58 win against Cal Poly, which had been leading the conference in most offensive categories. ‘That was just our defense playing pretty well for about 32 minutes of solid defense. Not 40 minutes yet, but 32.” LBSU will look for those 40 minutes this weekend, beginning tonight at 7 p.m. at Pacific. The 49ers swept the Tigers last season in dominating fashion, winning 68-60 at Pacific and cruising at home, 74-48. last_img read more

Job Vacancy: Office administrator required

first_imgA leading Donegal company requires a full-time office administrator. Duties include taking telephone orders, answering sales queries, bank reconciliations, haulier accounts and general office tasks.Requirements for the role include good communication skills, excellent word and excel skills, attention to detail and the ability to work on own initiative in a busy office environment. The hours of work are 8.30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 9 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. Friday.If you are interested please send your up-to-date CV to emarley@donegaligroup.com by end of business on Monday 11th February, 2019.,Alternatively, you can post your CV to The Human Resources Manager, Donegal Investment Group, Ballyraine, Letterkenny.Job Vacancy: Office administrator required was last modified: February 5th, 2019 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:office admininstratorSmyth’slast_img read more

HEY PADDY – CAN YOU LEND A HAND IN LETTERKENNY ON MARCH 17TH?

first_imgLetterkenny Chamber are delighted to launch the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade for the town.The parade is one of the biggest in the county and this year it is getting entries already from a wide range of businesses, community organisations and bands. This year Letterkenny Chamber are making two appeals to the general public, firstly for fund raising and secondly for volunteers to steward the parade on the day.Speaking as the Chamber starts to distribute collection boxes, Chamber President John Watson said Letterkenny’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a great family event in Letterkenny and it grows year on year.“This year the parade falls on a Sunday and we can guarantee large crowds lining the streets and lots of visitors here for the weekend. The Chamber is the sole organiser of the Parade and we raise money through contributions from large and small businesses as well as bag packing and a bucket collection on the day.“This year we have added collection boxes in shops and other business in town and we hope all this goes together to cover the cost of the parade. If you see a collection tin why not help us out with a small contribution, it all adds up.” The well-known businessman also appealed for help for stewarding the event.“This year we are also appealing for volunteer stewards. The St.Patrick’s day parade takes approximately one and a half hours to complete its route and in order to keep spectators and entrants safe we need a large number of stewards to cover the whole parade. We need people who could spare a few hours to act as stewards to ensure the parade moves steadily and that all spectators are safe. It can be good fun so if you feel you could help and can spare a few hours we would be delighted to hear from you.“The Letterkenny St.Patrick’s Day Parade has been growing year on year and we want to keep it as safe as possible for all involved so extra volunteer stewards would be a great help to us all in the organising committee. This is very much a community event with community groups, individuals and businesses taking part so if you can play your part we would welcome you with open arms”.The Parade, that starts at 3pm on Sunday 17th March, will include the usual mix of dancers, cars, music and colour and will be preceded by entertainment on the viewing platform at Market Square.On the day the independent judges view the parade with various categories in mind including community, sports, youth, band and dance.Each category winner receives a plaque and the overall winning entry receives the Danny Doherty Perpetual Plaque plus a cheque for €500. The parade starts at 3pm making its way from Pearse Road via Port Road, through Main Street past the viewing platform at Market Square to finish in Old Town.All types of businesses and groups can enter the parade, entries must be of entertainment value and participants must hold their own public liability and/or employers liability insurance.To volunteer as a steward, to enter a float or just for more information contact Letterkenny Chamber on 074 9124866 or email anne@letterkennychamber.com.HEY PADDY – CAN YOU LEND A HAND IN LETTERKENNY ON MARCH 17TH? was last modified: February 26th, 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:JOhn WatsonLetterkenny ChamberSt Patrick’s Daylast_img read more