Gonzales’ hold on job appears tenuous

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) – Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’ hold on his job grew more uncertain Monday as the Justice Department released e-mails with new details about the firings of federal prosecutors. The White House said it hoped Gonzales would survive the tumult. Asked if the attorney general had contained the political damage from the dismissals of eight federal prosecutors, White House spokesman Tony Snow said, “I don’t know.” Documents released Monday night by the Justice Department show that Gonzales was unhappy with how Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty explained the firings to the Senate Judiciary Committee in early February. “The Attorney General is extremely upset with the stories on the US Attys this morning,” Justice spokesman Brian Roehrkasse, who was traveling with Gonzales in South America at the time, wrote in a Feb. 7 e-mail. “He also thought some of the DAG’s statements were inaccurate.” In a statement Monday night, Roehrkasse said he was referring to Gonzales’ concerns over the firing of Bud Cummins in Little Rock, whom he believed was dismissed because of performance issues. At the hearing, McNulty indicated Cummins was being replaced by a political ally. President Bush also was unhappy with the Justice Department’s explanation of events. “The fact that both Republicans and Democrats feel like there was not straightforward communications troubles me,” he said last Wednesday. Snow declined Monday to predict how long Gonzales would stay in his job but reiterated President Bush’s support of him. “No one’s prophetic enough to know what the next 21 months hold,” Snow said. “We hope he stays.” The new e-mails show that Justice Department officials wanted to quickly get the firings behind them after Republican losses in the midterm elections and sought a “green light” from the White House to go ahead with them. “Not sure whether this will be determined to require the boss’s attention,” then-White House counsel Harriet Miers wrote in an e-mail response to Gonzales’ chief of staff, Kyle Sampson. Not publicly released in the e-mails sent to Congress was a March 2005 document listing Chicago prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald’s performance in the “not distinguished” category, according to a government official who described its contents to The Associated Press. The document, written by Sampson, specifically took issue with Fitzgerald’s leadership of a terrorism panel he chaired as part of an advisory committee to the attorney general. In it, Fitzgerald was included among prosecutors “doing an inadequate job with their committees” and whose performance was “questionable,” said the government official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the full contents of the document were not publicly released. The Justice Department released a redacted version of the chart last week. Fitzgerald this month won convictions against former White House aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby in the CIA leak case. Sampson resigned from his post last week. Justice officials described the chart as only Sampson’s assessment – which was not reflected by others in the department. Roehrkasse described Fitzgerald “as one of the most experienced and well-respected prosecutors at the Justice Department. His track record speaks for itself.” The e-mails delivered Monday to Congress spell out some of the reasons behind the ousters of the eight fired prosecutors and reveal in some cases the heavy-handed manner in which they were carried out. At one point, McNulty questioned the dismissal of U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden in Nevada. “I’m a little skittish about Bogden,” McNulty wrote in a Dec. 7 e-mail to Gonzales’ chief of staff, Kyle Sampson, two days before the firings. “He has been with DOJ since 1990 and, at age 50, has never had a job outside government.” Still, McNulty concluded: “I’ll admit have not looked at his district’s performance. Sorry to be raising this again/now; it was just on my mind last night and this morning.” One document shows that U.S. Attorney Margaret Chiara in Grand Rapids, Mich., the last of eight prosecutors to announce their resignations, learned from McNulty’s top aide four days before the Nov. 7 election that the White House would be asking her to leave after the election. “I ask that you tell me why my resignation may be requested,” Chiara wrote McNulty in an Election Day e-mail. “I need to know the truth to live in peace with the aftermath.” Some 3,000 pages of e-mails and other documents were delivered late Wednesday night to the House and Senate judiciary committees. The House panel posted many of them on its Web site, in addition to those released publicly by Justice Department. Earlier Monday, White House counselor Dan Bartlett said Bush had full confidence in Gonzales and the attorney general had not offered to resign. The good news for Gonzales was that the two most senior Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania and Orrin Hatch of Utah, both former chairmen, had not called for a new attorney general. But neither were they endorsing the embattled Justice chief. Specter said he will reserve judgment until he gets all the facts; Hatch has not given interviews on the subject, his spokesman said. Either way, Gonzales faces a tough week. The Senate was devoting Monday and Tuesday to debating and voting on rescinding his authority to appoint replacement U.S. attorneys without Senate confirmation. “We need to close the loophole exploited by the White House and the Department of Justice that facilitated this abuse,” Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said opening the debate. With Gonzales under fire, speculation turned to who might succeed him. Possible candidates include White House homeland security adviser Frances Fragos Townsend, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, former Solicitor General Ted Olson, Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Wainstein, federal appeals judge Laurence Silberman and PepsiCo attorney Larry Thompson, who was the government’s highest ranking black law enforcement official when he was deputy attorney general during Bush’s first term. In other trouble for the administration, the Justice Department’s inspector general is to testify Tuesday and Wednesday before House and Senate committees on what he says was Justice’s misuse of its power to secretly go through people’s financial, Internet and other records in terrorism cases. Associated Press writer Lara Jakes Jordan contributed to this report. 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

Football Manager 2015: The all-time best and worst wonderkids

first_img 10 Alexis Sanchez: Football Manager 2008 – HIT – Sanchez was at Udinese in 2008, but is now scoring for fun at Arsenal having recently signed in a £30m deal after a spell at Barcelona, which began in 2011. He scored 39 goals in 88 La Liga games and had a very impressive 2014 World Cup for Chile. Romelu Lukaku: Football Manager 2010 – HIT – Lukaku is seen as one of the Premier League’s top strikers and from a 17-year-old Anderlecht striker, he has morphed into a strong and quick striker, who went from Chelsea’s fourth choice striker to Everton’s leading goalscorer. That was in between a prolific loan at West Brom that saw him score a hat-trick against Man United. Fabio: Football Manager 2012 – MISS – Fabio, along with his twin brother Rafael were quality in the game, but the 24-year-old has now dropped down to the Championship with Cardiff City after a loan at QPR. Alexandre Pato: Football Manager 2008 – MISS – When he was just 17 he was supposed to be the next big thing in football and after an initially promising start to his career at Milan in 2007, injuries curtailed his career in Europe. He was transferred to Corinthians in January 2013 and is currently at loan at Sao Paulo where he is on the fringes of the first team. 10 10 Gareth Bale: Football Manager 2008 – HIT – Bale was bought as a left-back, who was deadly from set-pieces. However, in the real world Bale was almost sold on the cheap to Alex McLeish’s Birmingham in 2008. Just as well he stayed put having earned Spurs £85m when Real Madrid bought him in 2013. Kerlon: Football Manager 2006 – MISS – He’s the Brazilian famous for his ‘seal dribble’ where he would run while bouncing the ball on his forehead and end face down on the turf once the defender had been appropriately humiliated. He moved from Cruzeiro to Inter via Chievo in a complicated deal in 2008 but failed to make a single appearance in his four years at the San Siro. His time there included loan spells at Chievo and Ajax as well as Brazilian clubs Nacional Esporte Clube and Parana Clube. Had a moderately successful spell at Fujieda MYFC between 2012 and January 2014 in Japan’s third division before a persistent knee injury forced him to leave the club. 10 10 Vincent Kompany: Football Manager 2006 – HIT – You may have heard of him. Man City’s two-time Premier League-winning captain is now one of the best defenders in the world. On Twitter @Ostlund_wept revealed he bought the big Belgian from Anderlecht when managing Southampton where ‘the rock’ retired. Yann M’Vila: Football Manager 2010 – MISS – French international M’Vila’s talent on the pitch is rivalled by a series of controversial incidents off it. The Rennes midfielder was a decent signing if you could get him and has been scouted by a series of top European clubs due to his ability to retain possession and superb passing vision. However, after so much promise he is currently playing for Inter on loan from Russian outfit Rubin Kazan. 10 10 10 Marco Verratti: Football Manager 2010 – HIT – Verratti, the Italy and PSG playmaker’s reputation is growing bigger by the day in European football. He is seen as the natural successor to Pirlo in the Italian national side and back in 2010 was playing for lowly Pescara as a gifted 17-year-old. 10 10 Lock the door, remember to feed the cat and get the tracksuit/suit ready depending on what sort of manager you are because Football Manager 2015 is here.This means we are preparing to spend the rest of the year hidden away trying to devise a plan to carry Basingstoke Town into the Champions League.But first we’ll need a couple of whizz-kids to help us. The game has a history of brilliant kids available to buy, but not all of them have turned out to be the hits we thought they would.Above are eight players who were aged between 16 and 20 in the version they are listed under.Click the arrow for more and here for 14 signs you’re a Football Manager addict. Freddy Adu: Football Manager 2006 – MISS – Click the arrow to see other previous Football Manager whizz-kids. Hands up if you bought one of these players! – Football Manager 2015 is out and we are reminiscing about whizz-kids of games gone by, beginning with former child prodigy Adu who was once compared to Pelé. Adu struggled to live up to the hype surrounding him, but did enough to earn a move to Europe when he joined Benfica. He’s still only 25 and is now playing for FK Jagodina in the Serbian SuperLiga. last_img read more

Calm Little holds Dodgers together

first_imgClick back to Tuesday. The world was not over. Just the season. At least that’s how it appeared for the Dodgers. They were the dead-in-the-water Dodgers, losing to San Diego, the team they had to catch to secure the National League’s wild-card slot. Adding insult to injury, they were hammered by the Padres, 9-4, prompting calls for the head of, or at least the firing of, Grady Little, at that point their beleaguered manager. Suddenly, following their 6-2 win Saturday afternoon over Arizona’s not-exactly-glimmering Diamondbacks, the we-don’t-want- Little chant is a tree in the forest you did not see fall. A win today to sweep the series with Arizona will put the Dodgers in the NL West pennant race with the Diamondbacks. “The route has not always been enjoyable,” Little said. “The route has not always been easy.” What the route, as crooked as it has been, has done is put the Dodgers on the brink of a successful season. Not bad for a team that, it says here, figured to be a year away. Those who lost faith in the manager conveniently ignored harsh reality. Such as? Such as General Manager Ned Colletti inexplicably let Greg Maddux shuffle off to San Diego and replaced him with Jason Schmidt, a starter with the damaged shoulder. Such as Colletti tried a Shaquille O’Neal-Kobe Bryant formula when he mixed a group of veterans who continue to see themselves as everyday players with a group of write-my-name-on-the-lineup-card-and-play-me kids. Such as fate picked this season to test Lowe with a plague of locusts, a result of which he needed the win Saturday to reach the .500 level at 12-12. At least Colletti cannot be faulted for Lowe’s low season. And, as we add things up today with the Dodgers making a strong run, the point must be made that they are doing so with the team Colletti assembled. Plus, he did pluck Little from the out-of-work line to make him manager. Esteban Loaiza was the losing pitcher Tuesday. The veteran discussed working with a week between starts. He discussed having to throw the ball down the middle to get a strike called. In the end, he shrugged, “It’s baseball.” True. It’s an important point to remember. It’s not football where a statement game or two determine a season. It’s baseball, where the ebb and flow are continual for six or, if things work out, more months. “This is interesting,” starter Brad Penny said. His smile mirrored the smile of all the Dodgers. “This could be very interesting after we play Sunday,” he said. Interesting indeed. The Dodgers are an interesting, if somewhat fractured, mixture of veterans and youngsters. This is not a shocking revelation. To the contrary, it is standard stuff in clubhouses down through the ages. It was that way in ancient times when Walt Alston managed the Dodgers. It was that way back when Tommy Lasorda managed the Dodgers. How did those teams win their championships? They won, first of all, because they had talent. They won because they were professionals who set aside their differences on the field. That’s happening at Dodger Stadium. There’s a reason it’s happening. This has not been a summer of discontent in large part because of Little. His quiet, patient, mature approach has served the Dodgers well. Yes, there are times when his game management (mismanagement?) drives you up the wall. Why in the world would he pull Brad Penny, his ace, a week ago in San Francisco when the situation screamed for Penny to make a statement (yes, a statement)? The thing is, that was just one game. It was just one decision within one game. That’s another reality. The thing is the blend of veterans and youngsters is working. It worked Saturday with home runs from 40-year-old Luis Gonzalez and 25-year-old Andre Ethier. The most important thing is Little has the Dodgers playing in meaningful games with two weeks remaining in the season. The thing is that’s baseball. mwsptcol@aol.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Could it be worse? How about losing starter Derek Lowe because he bruised his pitching hand playing catch? The Dodgers clearly were down and out in Chavez Ravine. Or were they? They have spent the rest of the week kicking in the door to the top floor of the National League West by winning four games in a row. last_img read more

Neymar’s father confirms Man United DID try to sign Brazil star in the summer

first_img Barcelona star Neymar 1 The father of Brazilian star Neymar has confirmed Manchester United DID try to sign his son in the summer transfer window.It United were reported to have tabled a record-breaking offer for the Barcelona forward, as the club chased a marquee signing towards the end of the market.The deal on the table was rumoured to be around £240million, including transfer fee and wages, but Neymar Santos Sr has revealed Barca rejected the offer out of hand.Barcelona have since confirmed they are working on tying Neymar down to a long-term contract at the Nou Camp, and see the 23-year-old staying at the Catalan club ‘for life’.“The offer reached Barcelona and the club contacted us saying they were not going to sell,” Neymar Sr told Boa Tarde Fox.“They asked if we were interested, but that wasn’t the case. Barcelona are not selling, he has three years still to go on his contract.“It was Manchester’s deal, but that offer is not on the table now, it has fallen through.”last_img read more

Canyon’s Hay in double figures, near league mark

first_imgJohnny Hay is three home runs shy of the Foothill League single-season record after hitting his 10th in Canyon High’s 1-0 victory Wednesday over visiting Burroughs of Burbank. Valencia’s Richie Martin set the record in 1999, when Hart’s Jamie Shields and Matt Friedrichsen hit 11. Hart’s Chris Valaika, who hit 10 in 2003, is the only other Foothill Leaguer to hit 10 or more in a season. Hay, a 5-foot-11, 190-pound right fielder who hit just five home runs the previous two seasons, has blossomed as a senior. With five games – plus playoffs – remaining, he is batting .383 with 24 RBIs, a .950 slugging percentage and seven stolen bases in 60 at-bats. He also has struck out 19 times, so he’s either homered or struck out in nearly 50 percent of his at-bats. Centurions dominate: Hart, which lost to Saugus 8-2 Wednesday, is 0-7-1 in the series since 2003. The Indians have a chance to break the streak today at 3:15 p.m. at Saugus. In Hart’s game next week against visiting Burroughs, history favors Hart. Burroughs hasn’t won on Hart’s field since 1985. To the end: It appears the league championship will come down to season’s final week. Valencia (19-3 overall, 9-1 Foothill) and Hart (14-7, 8-2) finish with a two-game series May 10 and May 12. Five games remain for most teams, and no one else is within four games of second place. The top three teams qualify for the playoffs, and at-large entries are required to finish with an .500 or better overall record. “I think it will be a good way to end the season, with two games against Hart, because it will prepare both of us for the playoffs,” Valencia coach Jared Snyder said. In the pen: Valencia closer Casey Mulligan has seven saves, tying Matt Aidem’s 2002 school record. The hard-throwing right-hander hasn’t allowed a run in eight relief innings, striking out 16. Valencia, with a 2.38 team ERA, has a group of effective pitchers. Nick Pappas is 6-0 with a 0.92 ERA, Scott Fowler is 3-2 with a 2.51 ERA, and Caleb Deville is 5-0 with a 2.80 ERA. “There’s really not one dominant guy. They’re all pretty good,” Snyder said. “It’s basically the same staff we had last year, but we’re a year older. The big thing is we’re not making errors. The kids are doing a good job of playing catch.” gerry.gittelson@dailynews.com (661) 257-5218160Want 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 MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventHay has been walked 12 times – often intentionally – but with Burroughs ace Ian Desiere pitching, Indians coach Tom Crowther said there never was a plan to walk Hay prior to his sixth-inning homer Tuesday. “Johnny had struck out five times in a row against us before that,” Crowther said. “Then when I saw the ball coming off his bat, I wasn’t thinking so much about that one mistake, but more about the missed opportunities we had earlier in the game. “We had two runners on in the first inning and two runners on in the fourth, and those missed opportunities came back to bite us.” Luckless: The loss was Desiere’s latest hard-luck decision. The senior right-hander is 1-5 but has a 3.06 ERA and 52 strikeouts in 55 innings. “Ian has got to be the best 1-5 pitcher in the CIF,” Crowther said. “The problem is we’ve got a lot of young kids, and it’s been tough to win close games because the guys press and get tight. It’s very important for us to get some runs early.” last_img read more

Four Masters GAA club host family fun day this Saturday

first_imgCoaching Academy resumed last Saturday. The coaching academy for 4-7 year olds takes place in Tír Conaill Park from 11am to 12:15 pm .children learn the basics of camogie , hurling and football in a fun and safe environment. New players and parents always welcome. Big date for your diary to all members, families and friends; Saturday 17th September 3pm-5pm Fun Family day at Tír conaill park fun activities/races for underage, young ,and not so young barbecue, music, craic, toddler area with games also. Be sure to be there a great afternoon for all will keep everyone updated through text facebook.  Camoige:  Congratulations to Four Masters girls Ciara Gillespie, Roisin Feeney and Lily Doherty who competed in the U14 All Ireland Camogie Finals on Saturday in Dublin playing Antrim, Kilkenny and Kildare and on Sunday took part in the U14s County Parade during the All Ireland Camogie Finals where they were joined by honorary flag bearer Niall Feeney!!   They were also part of the Donegal team who won the U14 Ulster Shield last weekend. Another wonderful performance from Four Masters U13 girls on Saturday. Although we lost to a very strong Naomh Chonaill team our young ladies can be very proud of their efforts on the day.  We had to travel to Glenties with only 15 available players, and we only lost the game in the last 10 minutes due to tired legs & no substitutes. We started the match very well with some great scores from young Emma Sweeney, Ciara Cox, Shauna Doherty and a lovely goal from Aoife Cox. We went into the half time break with a one point lead but could have been further ahead.  Playing against a strong breeze in the second half, our defenders had to withstand a lot of pressure and held out well until the last few minutes of the game. Again Sofia Miziri pulled off some great saves in goal.  Aine Ward, Ellen Canavan and Onagh Mchugh burst out of defence regularly to relieve pressure on our backs.  A very spirited performance  & unlucky not to get a win.  Next up we are away to Convoy on Saturday week.   The under 16 Hurling squad continued their winning ways on Thursday evening with a well deserved win over are our near neighbours,Ballyshannon. A strong defensive performance coupled with impressive forward play saw our lads chalking up an impressive victory of 4 – 14 to 1 – 2. Well done lads. The u12 hurlers concluded their season with valour against Setanta in Tir Chonaill park. A total of 22 hurlers, boys and girls, togged out for their final fixture. Both teams exchanged goals and points in the early minutes as Setanta looked threatening. Four Masters eventually got to grips with the visitors and soon controlled the game with some well taken goals and points and went in with a well deserved lead at half time. The resumption saw some great hurling from both sides with both teams giving it their all. Overall an enjoyable league concluded with a great ending for all involved. Well done to all the boys and girls and management.Club Lotto: There was no winner of the lotto jackpot €2,500 in week 09 of the 2016/17 season draw held in the Abbey Hotel on the 12th September 2016. The €50 winners in the lucky dip were Martin Kenny , Doonan and Gerry Molloy, Birchill. The numbers drawn were 3, 4, 10 and 11. Congratulation to all winners. The next draw takes place on the the 19th of September. Club Lotto: Renew Subscriptions, the club would ask all persons that are members of our lotto to pay annual subscription to sellers of to treasurer Paul Timoney 0872791305. New members are welcome with quarterly and half yearly subscriptions available. Club Notes: Any club managers, mentors or members who wish to have information included in the club notes should email fourmasterspro@gmail.com before Monday at lunchtime to ensure it is included. Follow us via facebook, twitter, club app and www.fourmastersgaa.com   Four Masters GAA club host family fun day this Saturday was last modified: September 13th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:familyfour mastersfun dayGAASportlast_img read more


first_imgINISHOWEN LEAGUEFr O’ Gara Cup Reports Hannon Greene Insurances Fr O Gara CupGreencastle FC 3-1 QPS ResGreencastle advanced to the next round after a hard fought victory over a game Point side.The visitors were first to threaten when Dean Hegarty saw his free punched clear by Seamus Bovaird.But Grencastle hit back and broke the deadlock on 8 minutes when Sean Cavanagh fed Brian Kone who laid the ball off for James Henry to fire an unstoppable half volley to the bottom corner.Jack Keys then fired narrowly over before Aiden Lynch fed John McCloskey at the other end but he was denied by a superb tackle from Sean McQuillan.Greencastle raised their game then with Gavin Harkin seeing his dangerous cross tipped away by Brian Lynch before they made it two nil on the half hour after Ciaran Moor played a neat one two with Cavanagh on the edge of the area before advancing to round Lynch and slot home.McQuillam then beat two men but fired wide before at the other end Stephen Kings run on the right saw his cross sail over.The point had a good chance on 55 minutes after Lynch broke into the area and laid the ball off for King but he shot straight at Bovaird.The home side responded with Harkin seeing his free punched clear before Cavanagh’s header was cleared off the line by Paul Harkin.The point got a lifeline on 66 minutes after the ball fell for McCloskey to fire a stunning thirty yards effort to the top corner. Hegarty & McCloskey then both had long range efforts off target before Greencastle settled any nerves on 77 minutes when substitutes Ryan McDermott and Andrew McLaughlin combined for the latter to fire to the top corner from eight yards.The point squandered a gilt edged chance to exert late pressure when they were awarded a penalty after Lynch was fouled in the area but Lynch’s penalty came back off the post. Inishowen Engineering Reserve First Division ReportsRea’s men clinch league title in styleRedcastle Res 3-1 Cockhill ColtsRedcastle Res made sure there would be no last minute nerves as they clinched the league title at the first time of asking with a three one win over a game Cockhill side.Redcastle came flying out at the start and Aiden Cunningham’s free found Stephen McGowan whose header was well saved by Gary Robinson. Cunningham then flashed a twenty five yards effort just past the post before the pressure told on 33 minutes when Edward Havlin fed Stephen McCauley to head home from ten yards.Six minutes later they doubled their lead after Liam McLaughlin advanced from midfield to unleash a twenty yards effort to the bottom corner.Cockhill got off to a great start to the second period when they reduced the deficit when in a goalmouth scramble the ball cannoned off a defender past Ryan McCole. But Redcastle upped the tempo and any nerves were dispelled on 76 minutes when McGowans cross from the left found Mclaughlin who laid the ball off to James Curran to slot home from close range.In the final minutes Gary Breslin for the colts saw his effort from twenty yards sail just over the bar.Moville Youth 0-3 Rasheney ResThe visitors got a dream start in the second minute when a deep free kick was bundled home from close range by Kieran Friel past lee McElroy.Moville had plenty of possession but failed to trouble Sean Friel in the Rasheney goal at any stage.Indeed it was Rasheney who almost added another when Friel advanced into the area but McElroy saved well with his feet.Moville upped the tempo on the restart with Colin Doherty releasing Kevin McDermott but he fired just over.On the hour they were awarded a penalty but Oran McDermott’s spot kick was well saved by Friel.Rasheney hit back and John Doherty’s snapshot flew just past the post. Moville pushed forward again and McDermott flicked on for Paddy Craig who crossed to McDermott but he was denied by a superb last ditch tackle.Rasheney sealed the points on 76 minutes after John Doherty poked home in a crowded area before the same player completed the scoring on 85 minutes after racing through to shoot low past McElroy. Inishowen Engineering Reserve Premier Division Reports 17/03/2013Written by AdministratorAileach Res 3-1 Culdaff ResThis was a tight affair between the top two in the division and after the initial hectic start Culdaff were first to show with Niall Gordon firing over the bar from the edge of the area.Aileach replied midway through the half with Liam Burke seeing a twenty five yards effort well gathered by George Houten.Culdaff responded and Dermot Diver fired straight at David McGeady when well placed.Before the break the home side went close when Houten tipped Burke’s effort around the post and when the ball fell to Stephen Doherty from the corner Houten again reacted superbly to tip the ball over. Culdaff started the second half on top and broke the deadlock when William Hutrchinsons brilliant twenty five yards effort dipped over McGeady and into the top corner.But Aileach rallied and got back on terms when Burke poked the ball home after a scramble in the area.Aileach then took the lead when with the visitors looking for offside Stephen Doherty advanced and saw his effort parried by Houten but Craig followed up to slot home.Houten then saved well from both Burke and Doherty before Culdaff responded well after this and were unlucky when David O’Connor saw his shot from the edge of the area rebound off the post. Minutes later Seamus McLaughlin released Conor O’Brien but his powerful effort was superbly tipped round the post by McGeady.Aileach sealed the points when Paul McHugh advanced from midfield to slot the ball low under Houten.Culdaff tried to the end but O’Brien had a half chance which he fired just over the top.Sea Rovers 2-5 Cockhill ResSwitched to Cockhill Christy McDaids side had to wait until the last five minutes to record a victory as they hit three without reply.Cockhill got a dream start when they opened the scoring on 3 minutes after Marty Bradley fed Michael Coyle and when his shot was parried by Fergal Bradley the rebound was slotted home by Ricky Fullerton.Fullerton then had a shot gathered at the second attempt before Rovers Gerard Crossan advanced on goal but Lee McCarron advanced to smother his effort. On 27 minutes Crossan again beat the offside trap and shot early but McCarron tipped his effort onto the post.Cockhill then made it two nil on 31 minutes when Bradley fed Fullerton on the left and he pulled the ball back for Ryan Duffy to slot home at the near post.Rovers got a goal back before the interval when again Crossan beat the offside trap to race clear and slide the ball low past the advancing McCarron.There was a quiet opening to the second halfbut on 67 minutes Cockhills Alan Fletcher was unlucky to see his effort following a corner crash off the bar.Rovers hit back minutes later and equalised after Crossan saw his effort parried by McCarron for Dean McLaughlin to emphatically blast the ball to the roof of the net.Cockhill got back into the lead on 85 minutes when Aiden Donaghey fed Duffy and his effort took a deflection on its way past Bradley.Minutes later great work by Alan Fletcher on the right saw his cross headed home by Duffy from eight yards.Then on the stroke of full tiem Duffy converted a penalty awarded after he had been upended.Glengad Res 2-1 Carn ResIt was Glengad who started the game the better but it was Carn who almost took the lead on 15 minutes when James McCloskey released Rory Brady who beat Michael McLaughlin with his shot but it rebounded off the post.The home side replied and took the lead on 22 minutes when Christopher McLaughlin fed Seamus Doherty whose deep cross was slotted home by Daniel Mullarkey.Glengad dominated the remainder of the half but failed to create clear chances.Carn got a dream start to the second period when good work by Niall Mclaughlin saw him cross to Brady to sidefoot home from close range.Glengad replied and Mullarkey’s cross shot glanced off the face of the crossbar before they regained the lead on 67 minutes when Mark Smith’s powerful twenty yards free deflected off a defender past JJ Doherty.Carn almost levelled when a deep cross from Brady was clawed away at full stretch by McLaughlin.Glengad spurned a gilt edged chance to win it when Gary Kelly was upended in the area but his spot kick was well saved to his left by DohertyStrand Hotel First Division ReportsRasheney FC 1-1 Dunree UnitedThis was a poor encounter throughout with few chances and defences on top.In the first half Dunree had whatever chances there were with Daniel McLaughlin seeing an early shot gathered at the second attempt by Johnathan Noone.Then midway through the half they were unlucky to see James Doherty’s header from a free crash back off the bar before being cleared.Either side of half time was a dogged midfield encounter and it was not until the final twenty minutes that the game came to life.On 70 minutes James Doherty for the visitors saw his effort kicked off the line by keeper Noone before they took the lead minutes later when a corner fell to David Laird and he drilled home from eight yards.But Rasheney rallied and got back on terms five minutes later when Noone’s long free dropped over the Dunree defence for Anthony Doherty to score with a diving header to the bottom corner.In the closing stages Dunree came closest after Philip McGuinness crossed for James Doherty but he headed just over the top.Moville Celtic Res 4-4 Buncrana Hearts ResIn an entertaining encounter play swung from end to end before both sides claimed a share of the points.Buncrana started the better and took the lead on 22 minutes when Kieran McDaid found Declan Fullerton and he drilled low past Maurice McGeady from eight yards.They doubled their lead minutes later when Alan Friel unleased a looping effort to the roof of the net from twenty yards.Moville upped the tempo and reduced the deficit when Joshua Lafferty fired a stunning free over the wall to the top corner past Eoin O Doherty.Moville started the second period well and when John McGeady’s header was cleared off the line Lafferty retrieved and crossed for Conor Lafferty to slot home from six yards.Moville then took the lead on the hour mark when McGeady flicked the ball on for Tony Boyce to drill home from close range.But the visitors rallied and equalised when a great run by Alan Friel saw him round the keeper and cross for Gerard Boyle to head home.The visitors then regained the lead after Boye cut in from the left and fired superb shot to the top corner from the edge of the area. But Moville hit back and and gained a point when Joshua Lafferty’s free was cleared as far as Jason McLaughlin who lobbed the ball into the area for Christy McGeoghaghan to fire home.Jackie Crossan Premier Division ReportsPremier league title still in the balanceMoville Celtic 1-1 Glengad UnitedPlayed in cold but dry conditions at Glencrow on Saturday before a big crowd Glengad United came from behind to claim a draw but need two wins in their last two games to be sure of the title.Moville started the better and in the second minute a Joe Doherty corner found Ryan McClenaghan unmarked but he flicked the ball wide of the far post from point blank range.A swift counter attack from Glengad saw Terence Doherty cross from the left brilliantly controlled by Patrick McDermott but he fired inches over the bar.John McDaid and Terence Doherty then played a neat one two to again send McDermott into the area but he sliced his effort wide on his weaker left foot.Glengad continued to press and when Jason Doherty ‘s cross found McDermott again in the area he was denied by a brilliant tackle from Shane Canning. Moville broke immediately with Nigel McMonagle breaking on the left and crossing again to the unmarked McClenaghan who lifted h his effort over the bar from six yards. Glengad responded and when Terence Doherty fed McDaid he sidestepped a defender but fired straight at Sean McGuinness from fifteen yards.Before the interval Doherty laid the ball into the path of Stephen McLaughlin whose outside of the right foot effort was palmed away at full stretch by McGuinness as the half ended scoreless. Moville got a dream start to the second period after the visitors defence failed to deal with Graeme Doherty’s high ball and McMonagle controlled before superbly laying the ball across for Sean Doherty to tuck the ball into the bottom corner from eight yards.Moville were on top and when Joe Doherty’s cross appeared to strike an arm in the area Moville’s penalty claims were waved away but it would have been a harsh award.Midway through the half Glengad got back on terms after John G McLaughlin picked up a loose clearance and played a first time pass into Patrick McDermott who advanced into the area before slotting low past McGuinness from fourteen yards. On 84 minutes Moville created a clear opening when substitute Tony Boyce released McMonagle who sprinted away from defenders but dragged his effort across the face of goal and wide.Minutes later following a spell of pressure from the home side Conor McLaughlin fired over from the edge of the area before on the stroke of full time substitute Raymond Campbell’s header from a corner drifted just past the post. Realistically this was a game Moville needed to win to give them a real shout for title glory but there could be a few twists and turns yet.Aileach FC 1-1 Carn FCThe home side were caught cold in the opening minutes when Conor Doherty broke clear on the right and crossed for Caomhan Canny to chest the ball home from point blank range past Conor Carlin.Aileach replied and Gavin Doherty’s effort from eight yards was well blocked by the legs of Gavin McLaughlin in the Carn goal.Midway through the half Darren McMonagle fed Anthony Doherty who turned and fired a cross shot just past the far post.The home side’s pressure told in the 31st minute when they got back on terms after Dermot Doherty flicked the ball on for Anthony Doherty to race clear, round McLaughlin and finish well from a tight angle.Aileach started the better in the second period and when McMonagle’s free was headed out James Gillespie volleyed just wide from the edge of the area.Ciaran Craig then rattled the bar with a thirty yards free kick before McLaughlin made a superb save from Gillespie. In the finasl quarter Carn threw men forward in an attempt to get a winner and while Aileach were dangerous on the break the final ball let them down too often.The closest the visitors came to scoring was in the final minutes after Gerard McEleney’s powerful header from a corner sailed just over the bar.Cockhill Celtic Yths 1-2 Clonmany ShamrocksReversed to Clonmany due to a water logged pitch Clonmany took full advantage and need to win their remaining five games to win the league.They got a perfect start on 2 minutes when a deep free by Marty Doherty was headed back across by Streve Harkin for Mark McLaughlin to score with a diving header.Cockhill almost got back into it when Garbhan Friel looked destined to pounce on a defensive error but Harkin got back to deny him.Midway through the half Paul McLaughlin fed Mark McLaughlin who cut into the area but under pressure from Aiden Porter he fired wide.Jason Devlin and Paul Mclaughlin then combined well for Mark McLaughlin to volley over the top.Before the break Michael Devlin beat the offside trap but saw his low effort well saved by Martin Donaghey.Clonmany began the second period well with Doherty advancing from half way but seeing his effort saved by Dongahey as well.They increased their lead on 56 minutes when Michael Devlin pounced on a poor back pass and drilled low past Donaghey. Cockhill upped the tempo then with Daniel Doherty’s corner finding Friel but his header deflected off a defender and behind.They got a goal back when Friel burst past two defenders and squared for Darragh McDermott to slot home from twelve yards. The Shamrocks replied with a good run and shot from Jason Devlin well saved by Donaghey.In the final fifteen minutes Clonamny were reasonably comfortable but always wary of the threat that Friel and Mark Moran carried.INISHOWEN LEAGUE – ALL THE REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES was last modified: March 17th, 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:Inishowen Leaguelast_img read more


first_imgThree people were forced to swim to safety after their boat overturned near Loughross Point in Ardara.The Aranmore LIfeboatThe Arranmore Lifeboat rushed to the scene when the catamaran got into difficulty.The drama was spotted by a man walking on the shoreline around midday. Nobody was injured and the boat is now being towed to Rosbeg.  PEOPLE FORCED TO SWIM TO SHORE AFTER BOAT OVERTURNS was last modified: July 18th, 2014 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:boatbundoranCATAMARANdonegallast_img read more

Diversity training for teens

first_imgVALENCIA – Rio Norte Junior High students are in training to teach diversity to elementary school youngsters. Come January, 68 students will take the stage at neighboring elementary schools in the Saugus Union School District to deliver short performances to third-graders about respecting race, ethnicity and sexual orientation. “I think that because we’re older the kids will look up to us,” said eighth-grader Madysson Decugniere, 13. Through these performances, district officials hope to give a solid understanding about people and the differences between them to youngsters before they reach junior high. “By the time they get to junior high, we assume they have that down, but we shouldn’t assume that because they could have picked up some negative things along the way,” he said. Ade Terry, 12, said that friends make jokes about him being African-American. The seventh-grade student said that makes him feel bad but he doesn’t show it. Seventh-grader Jake Kelfer said some tease him about his Jewish heritage and make digs about the Holocaust and swastikas. Fourteen-year-old Gabrielle Gan has taken shots from others about being Chinese, something she said she’s used to. But name-calling doesn’t always come from their peers. In fact, Gan said a little boy who was barely of school age made derogatory comments to her when she asked to borrow his skateboard. “I wish we could start teaching kids about this at an even earlier age,” she said. The program these students have trained with since November hones in on differences and also shows what people have in common. A mixed bouquet of flowers used in the performance will represent diversity, and students will cultivate a garden of hope with them. History teacher Sharon Ballard said the program should resonate well with elementary-school students, because it’s coming from a school that most will one day go to. “It teaches students not to be afraid to recognize that we are diverse,” she said. Sue Doyle,(661) 257-5254sue.doyle@dailynews.com 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 MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Rio Norte’s program aligns with a diversity plan adopted last month by the William S. Hart Union High School District to teach students, administrators and teachers about diversity and to create a culture of understanding in classrooms and the community. If the Rio Norte program goes well, Hart officials hope that other junior highs will do the same with elementary schools that feed into them, said Greg Lee, Hart diversity coordinator. Alexis Rubell, 13, said Rio Norte’s program will teach some youngsters how to stand up for themselves against bullies and will remind others that some jokes and comments are insensitive. Lee said those are lessons that need reinforcement among some junior high students, as well. While elementary schools already teach students how to treat others, Lee said the message hasn’t gotten through to some junior high teens. last_img read more


first_imgWhether you are planning, designing, building or renovating your home, don’t miss the Build and Renovate Show being hosted by the EU INTERREG IVA funded Ren Net Project, the Renewable Energy Business Network.This great trade show is a chance to get the confidence to create your dream home from start to finish – whatever your budget! Entry to the public is free so mark the date in your diary.The Build and Renovate Show will take place from 1pm to 9pm on Friday 27th and 10am to 6pm on Saturday 28th February 2015 in the Clanree Hotel, Letterkenny. Over the previous months, Ren Net members have looked at how their combined knowledge can be utilised to best serve the public, while exploring solutions to the challenges of today through renewable energy and sustainable technologies.A continuing feature of these meetings were to help ordinary people to find ways to embrace modern renewable and energy efficiency practices that can help them save money while reducing their carbon footprint. Yes folks, it’s a win-win situation!Displays, demonstrations, talks and workshops will all take place during this must see event for everybody involved in improving or constructing the dream home, or even learning some insightful tips for managing that property that is trying your patience at the moment.Throughout the day various talks will be held focusing on particular aspects and challenges that may be encountered on your journey towards domestic bliss! This trade show is not only aimed at the home owner but also aims to spread the Ren Net message to all professionals that may be connected in any way to the construction industry.A full running order of talks is currently available at www.ren-net.org where a full list of the displays on offer can also be viewed.The Renewable Energy Business Network (Ren Net) is a network of local businesses involved in renewable energy and energy efficiency in the Northwest.The Ren Net project is being delivered through Cross Border partnership, led by the North West Region Cross Border Group (NWRCBG).The partnership works together to develop the North West Region and is comprised of Donegal County Council , Derry City Council, Limavady Borough Council, Magherafelt District Council, and Strabane District Council. Donegal County Council is the Lead implementing Council for this particular project.The Ren Net project is part funded by the European Union European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the INTERREG IVA Programme managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).No other event will give you so much inspiration, information and support. For more details contact Ren Net Project Officer Donegal County Council 074 9153900 email: info@ren-net.orgThis is an ideal opportunity to expand your knowledge base around renewable energy or even to generate ideas that may allow you expand your existing business. So whether you’re a home owner, a landlord, an architect, or an engineer, all wise roads should lead to the Clanree Hotel!The Special EU Programmes Body is a North South Implementation Body sponsored by the Department of Finance and Personnel in Northern Ireland and the Department of Finance in Ireland.It is responsible for managing two EU structural funds Programmes PEACE III and INTERREG IV designed to enhance cross-border co-operation, promote reconciliation and create a more peaceful and prosperous society.The Programmes operate within a clearly defined area including Northern Ireland, the Border Region of Ireland and Western Scotland.The INTERREG IVA Programme, funded under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), is worth €256 million and aims to address the economic and social problems which result from the existence of borders.It has two distinct priority measures to create co-operation for a more prosperous and sustainable cross-border region.For more information on the SEUPB please visit www.seupb.euREN-NET PROJECT WILL HOST TWO-DAY BUILD AND RENOVATE SHOW THIS MONTH was last modified: February 3rd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Build and RenovateBusinessEventnewsRen Netlast_img read more