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In Budget Hearings:

first_imgThe Joint Committee of the Liberian Legislature has expressed grave concern over the ill-preparedness of a number of government ministries, agencies and state-owned enterprises attending the opened hearings on the expenditure component of the 2015/2016 Draft National Budget.A statement from the House Press Bureau issued late Monday evening quotes the Chairman of the Joint Committee, Moses Kollie, expressing frustration over either the deliberate or lackluster attitude on the part of some Government functionaries appearing before the Committee, unprepared to submit required budget performance report.“Such actions on the part of government institutions impede the function of the Committee and amount to Undermining the scrupulous review of the Draft Budget,” the statement said. The Ministries of Lands, Mines and Energy, Agriculture, Education, Booker Washington Institute, National Oil Company, Maritime and the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation have either had their hearings called off due to their failure to present a budget performance report for the out-going fiscal year or have not shown up for hearing. Meanwhile, the Committee is warning that the passage of the Draft National Budget could be stalled if such non compliance posture goes uncorrected.The Public Financial Management and Budget Laws provide that each spending entity of Government shall present a quarterly performance report to the Liberian Legislature for effective check and balance. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Messi and Ronaldo depart World Cup as new star Mbappe shines

first_imgIn the first match, in Kazan, France roared back to beat Argentina 4-3, with 19-year-old Mbappe scoring twice in an electrifying display.Later in Sochi, Ronaldo — who started the World Cup with a hat-trick against Spain — was powerless to prevent Portugal slipping out of the tournament as Edinson Cavani scored twice in a 2-1 win to send the European champions home.Has Lionel Messi played his final World Cup game? © AFP / Jewel SAMADThe Paris Saint-Germain striker opened the scoring with an early header and curled a superb first-time shot past Rui Patricio to win the match after a Pepe equaliser.Cavani, who forms a dangerous front-line pairing alongside Luis Suarez, later limped off, helped by Ronaldo, sparking fears for his World Cup future.Ronaldo, who will be 37 by the time of the next World Cup, was unable to keep Portugal alive despite incessant pressure from his side in the dying stages of the match.But Portugal coach Fernando Santos said the Real Madrid forward still had plenty to offer.“Cristiano still has a lot to give to football and I hope he will stay to help the young players grow and develop,” he said. “We have a team with many young players and of course we all want him there with us.”Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez said Cavani had sustained an injury and it was unclear how serious it was.“As always we will bank on the strength of our team as a collective,” he said. “That is our best chance against any adversary, and we know that France will be very tough indeed.“But we will try our best and look to impose our way of playing on them, using our strengths,” he added. “We’re here to play all seven matches, right up until the final, and we will see what happens.”– France pace –France, the 1998 champions, looked a totally different side from the one that struggled to find their cutting edge in the group stage, pouring forward with pace and purpose to stretch the ageing Argentine defence.Antoine Griezmann gave France the lead from the penalty spot but the South Americans levelled with a sweet hit from Angel Di Maria and edged ahead shortly after half-time through Gabriel Mercado.But defender Benjamin Pavard equalised with a thunderous strike to pull France level and once more change the complexion of the game.That set the scene for Mbappe, who netted two goals in four second-half minutes to become the first teenager to score at least twice in a World Cup match since a 17-year-old Pele in 1958.Sergio Aguero gave Argentina late hope but they ran out of time and head home after a rollercoaster ride in Russia that ultimately ends in bitter disappointment for the two-time champions.Man-of-the-match Mbappe, who is Cavani’s teammate at PSG, brushed off comparisons with Brazil great Pele.Uruguay’s Edinson Cavani celebrates his winning goal in the World Cup last 16 against Portugal © AFP / Odd ANDERSEN“I’m very happy, and it’s flattering to be compared to a great player like Pele,” he said.“But he’s in another category. Still, it’s great to join the list of players that have achieved such feats.”Mbappe was born in 1998, the year Les Bleus secured their first World Cup title under captain Didier Deschamps.Deschamps, now national manager, praised his team’s character to fight back from 2-1 down.“We answered the call, we have a lot of character and it was not easy as we were leading, then there was an equaliser, then we were 2-1 behind, but we kept fighting.“There is an excellent mentality in this group and we did everything to go further. Since I am responsible for everything, particularly when it doesn’t go well, I’m very proud.”– Ragged Argentina –Beaten finalists four years ago, Argentina only reached the last 16 by the skin of their teeth after a shambolic group phase and despite a brave effort against France, the age of their players and an unbalanced squad ultimately caught up with them.France forward Kylian Mbappe celebrates his second goal against Argentina © AFP / Luis AcostaBarcelona’s Messi, 31, has spent the tournament trying to hold the squad together, even apparently bypassing coach Jorge Sampaoli to give coaching instructions in the 2-1 win against Nigeria that saved the South Americans from a humiliating group-stage exit.He has scored only once and Argentina’s campaign was defined as much by Diego Maradona’s erratic and emotional outbursts.Astonishingly, neither Messi nor Ronaldo have ever scored a goal in a World Cup knockout match, in a combined 14 games.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Agony: Cristiano Ronaldo sees his World Cup dream ended in Russia © AFP / Adrian DENNISKazan, Russian Federation, Jun 30 – Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi saw their World Cup dreams snuffed out on Saturday as French teenager Kylian Mbappe flew the flag for a new generation in Russia.Ten goals were scored on a gripping first day of the knockout phase as France progressed to a quarter-final tie against Uruguay but Messi and Ronaldo may have played their last games on football’s biggest stage.last_img read more

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Miami voters will have say on Beckham MLS stadium plan

first_imgThe proposal by retired England star Beckham and his business partners includes a 25,000-seat stadium for an expansion MLS club, along with 23 acres of youth football pitches with artificial turf, a 750-room hotel, restaurant, retail and office space plus a 58-acre public park.The commission delayed a vote last week after a presentation by the investment group was followed by hours of public comment both for and against the plan.Those opposed included a group from the First Tee Miami youth golf program based at the Melreese Country Club site.Wednesday’s move by the commission will let voters decide whether to allow the city to change its laws and waive competitive bidding and authorize the commission to negotiate a 99-year lease of the site.If voters approve, a lease agreement must gain approval of four of the five commissioners.On Wednesday, Beckham business partner Jorge Mas went through a list of new provisions added since last week’s presentation. That includes an agreement that no city funding would be used for toxic soil cleanup, a cost that is estimated at $35 million.The group also offered assurances that First Tee Miami could stay put, with a driving range on the site and access to a nearby 18-hole golf course.The Melreese site is just the latest that Beckham has seriously pursued. More than a year ago the England icon had proposed a stadium in a downtown Miami neighborhood in a project that drew criticism over lack of parking and potential increased traffic chaos and sparked fears that low-income residents would be discplaced.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The Miami City Commission voted 3-2 to place a referendum on the November 6, 2018 ballot that would open the door for the Major League Soccer stadium complex on city-owned land that is now occupied by a municipal golf course © Getty/Getty Images/AFP/File / JOE RAEDLEMIAMI, United States, Jul 19 – Miami voters will have their say in November on David Beckham’s latest plan for a Major League Soccer stadium development in the city, after a vote by city commissioners on Wednesday.The Miami City Commission voted 3-2 to place a referendum on the November 6 ballot that would open the door for the complex on city-owned land that is now occupied by a municipal golf course.last_img read more

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Mesut Ozil – from integration poster boy to racism storm

first_img0Shares0000Mesut Ozil (L) was held up as a poster-boy for integration in Germany after meeting German Chancellor Angela Merkel after scoring in a 3-0 win over Turkey, where his family is from, in Berlin in 2010 © Bundesregierung/AFP/File / GUIDO BERGMANNBERLIN, Germany, Jul 23 – Once hailed as a prize-winning example of integration in Germany, Mesut Ozil has quit international duty amid bitter accusations of racism, levelled at German Football Association (DFB) chief Reinhard Grindel.“In the eyes of Grindel and his supporters, I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose,” Ozil wrote in a lengthy farewell statement on Sunday. At just 29, Ozil walks away from Germany duty in the wake of the fiasco caused by his meeting, on the eve of the World Cup, with Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.“It wasn’t about politics or elections, it was about me respecting the highest office of my family’s country,” Ozil wrote to finally break his silence over the event in London in May.He quits Germany after scoring 23 goals in 92 international appearances, having been a key component of the 2014 World Cup-winning side.His ability to split defences with a single pass singled him out as one of the most technically gifted players of his generation.Born in Gelsenkirchen to Turkish parents, Ozil’s talents were discovered by local club Schalke, whom he left for Bundesliga rivals Werder Bremen in 2008.His international breakthrough was at the 2010 World Cup as part of a bold, young German team which played eye-catching football in heavy knock-out-stage wins over England and Argentina.– Booed in Berlin –Ozil’s superb cross for Thomas Mueller to score Germany’s fourth goal in the 4-1 thrashing of England was the highlight of an outstanding display in Bloemfontein in the last 16.After the finals in South Africa, Ozil moved to Real Madrid for 18 million euros ($21m).However, the shy midfielder first found himself in the grey area between sport and politics soon after.He was booed while playing for Germany at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium in October 2010 in a European Championship qualifier against Turkey.Berlin has a large Turkish community and many in the 74,244-strong crowd were supporting the away team.There were loud whistles whenever Ozil got the ball — just because he had opted to play for Germany.Like him, three members of the Turkish team that night — Nuri Sahin, plus brothers Hamit and Halil Altintop, were born in Germany’s industrial Ruhr region.Unlike him, however, they chose to represent Turkey.Ozil, just 21 at the time, scored the second goal in an outstanding display in a 3-0 win and subdued his celebrations out of respect.Nevertheless, Angela Merkel’s press department put out a picture of the German Chancellor congratulating Ozil in the German changing room.The softly-spoken midfielder was now Germany’s integration mascot.The following month, Ozil won a Bambi award, a prestigious German media prize, as a prime example of successful integration in German society, but he has often had to cope with criticism.– Social media following –Ozil celebrates holding the World Cup trophy in 2014. The Arsenal man was a key part of the World Cup triumph in Brazil © AFP/File / Patrik STOLLARZThe subtle differences Ozil makes on the pitch often means he sometimes fails to shine in matches.Ozil quit the Bernabeu for Arsenal in 2013 and has built a large social media following with 31 million Facebook followers, 23 million on Twitter and 17 million on Instagram.He is known for his charity work, financing medical surgery for 23 Russian children after the World Cup.He did the same for sick minors in both Brazil and South Africa following the 2010 and 2014 finals.Yet on the pitch, he has frustrated both Germany and Arsenal fans in recent seasons with a series of below-par displays for club and country.In interviews, he has always avoided questions about his heritage and only once, in 2015, did he vent his anger at being referred to as a ‘German-Turk’.“Many forget that I was born in Gelsenkirchen, grew up in Germany,” he fumed.His parting shot to Grindel “I will no longer be playing for Germany … while I have this feeling of racism and disrespect” is a direct challenge to shake up the DFB.However, the rise of populism in Germany has often been echoed in some of the criticism he has been forced to endure.Ozil trudges off after the 2-0 defeat by South Korea at the World Cup which saw the holders crash out on what proved to be his last international appearance © AFP/File / Luis AcostaOzil’s statement on Sunday, over three posts on both Instagram and Twitter, was seized upon by Germany’s right-wing party Alternative for Germany (AfD) which has also criticised centre-back Jerome Boateng in the past.“With his farewell tirade #Ozil proves to be a typical example of the failed #Integration of far too many immigrants from the Turkish-Muslim culture,” tweeted AfD deputy leader Alice Weidel.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Brigham Young seeking respect at UCLA expense

first_imgBruins receiver Dominique Johnson received a nice surprise when the NCAA granted him a redshirt season, despite his playing three plays in UCLA’s first game of 2006. As part of the ruling, Johnson, now a redshirt freshman, will have to sit out the first two games in one of the next three seasons. It is a penalty for playing against Utah last season. The basis for UCLA’s argument was Johnson was mistakenly put into the game late in the fourth quarter of a 31-10 win. USC’s Turner improves Patrick Turner didn’t wear shoulder pads Friday morning, or even a helmet. But he caught footballs. For Turner, the USC receiver who suffered a shoulder stinger on Aug. 28 and hadn’t practiced since, that’s a positive. Turner should to return to practice Monday in preparation for next week’s game at Nebraska. Barring any setbacks next week, Turner should be on track to reclaim his starting position. Rutgers, Rice sink Navy Ray Rice became the career rushing leader at No. 15 Rutgers, and still had to share the spotlight with his defense. Ray Rice rushed for 175 yards and scored three touchdowns, and the No.15 Scarlet Knights defense intercepted three passes and made a big fourth-quarter stand to hold off stubborn Navy, 41-24, in Piscataway, N.J. Rice scored on runs of 4 and 2 yards and caught his first TD pass, a 22-yarder from Mike Teel. He has gained 3,273 yards rushing in his career, breaking the old school mark of 3,114 set by Terrell Willis (1993-95). QB charged with murder New Hampshire backup quarterback Henri Hendricks has been charged with murder in San Diego. He is the fifth man charged in the beating death of professional surfer Emery Kauanui Jr. in May. The 21-year-old Hendricks has been charged with murder, assault and battery. He is scheduled to be arraigned in San Diego on Monday and has been suspended from the UNH team. Around the nation Boston College: Defensive tackle B.J. Raji will redshirt this season after the NCAA denied an appeal to restore his eligibility based on academic status. South Carolina: Defensive end Jordin Lindsay had an NCAA eligibility appeal turned down, meaning he won’t be academically eligible to play this season. He will redshirt. The Associated Press and news services contributed to this notebook. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “This is huge,” BYU linebacker David Nixon said. “We have some goals and we want to be the next Boise State, to make it to a BCS (game), possibly a national championship game, and to get there we have to go through UCLA.” The Cougars, whose 11-game winning streak is the second longest in the nation, lack national respect, mostly because they play in the Mountain West Conference. For winning its league last season, BYU played Oregon, which finished fifth in the Pacific-10, in the Las Vegas Bowl. BYU pounded Oregon, 38-8, and beat up another Pac-10 school, Arizona, 20-7, last week. “This game is huge because this is really the same UCLA that beat USC last year and the same team that is ranked 13th,” BYU linebacker Bryan Kehl said. “For us to get out of that mid-major category, we have to win a game like this and then keep going.” Johnson gets year back By Brian Dohn and Rich Hammond Staff writers Ian Johnson took the Statue of Liberty handoff from quarterback Jared Zabransky, raced into the end zone for the winning two-point conversion, and every non-BCS conference celebrated. Boise State concluded its 2006 season with the magical victory over Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl, and imitating such a performance is on the minds of BYU as it faces No. 13 UCLA today at the Rose Bowl. last_img read more

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Antelope Valley Calendar

first_imgCompulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW Concept will meet, 9 a.m. at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 1737 E. Ave. R, Palmdale. Call Jane at (661) 945-4798. Women Midlife Transition Support Group for women over age 40 is facilitated by a professional psychotherapist. Call (661) 947-0839. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. in Room 13 at Lancaster United Methodist Church, 918 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 724-1820. Hotline: (661) 789-5806. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.todayna.org or www.sava-na.org. SUNDAY Nicotine Anonymous will meet, 8-9 p.m. at Seventh-day Adventist Church, 43824 30th St. W., Lancaster. Call (661) 946-7606. Buklod ng Pagkakaisa (Bond of Unity) Seniors’ Social Hour, 4-7 p.m. the first Sunday of each month at the Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster. Meetings feature films, talks, singalongs, talent shows and dancing. Call (661) 723-7876 or (661) 726-5309. Costume Figure Sessions, 2:30-5:30 p.m. the fourth Sunday of each month at Cedar Centre Hall, 44857 Cedar Ave. Cost: $5; students with identification are admitted free. 40 and Up Singles dance, 6:30-10:30 p.m. Sunday at Lancaster Elks Lodge, 240 E. Ave. K, Lancaster. Admission: $5 members, $7 nonmembers. Call (661) 949-9467. Life Figure Sessions, 2:30-5:30 p.m. the second Sunday of each month at Cedar Centre Hall, 44857 Cedar Ave. Cost: $5; students with ID admitted free. Teen Care and Support Group, for teens who have lost a family member or friend, will meet, 6:30 p.m. at Desert Vineyard Christian School, 1011 E. Ave. I, Room 302, Lancaster. Call (661) 945-2777. Revealing Truth, a meditation and spiritual discussion, 4:45-6:15 p.m. Call (661) 723-9967. Antelope Valley Chess Club will meet, 1-5 p.m. at American Legion Post 771, 39463 10th St. E., Palmdale. Call (661) 726-1323. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.sava-na.org. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 5-6 p.m. at 44960 Cedar Ave., Lancaster. Call (661) 789-5806. MONDAY Beyond the Light, a socialization and support group for young adults ages 17 1/2 to 25 with mental health issues, will meet, noon-1 p.m. at Transitional Youth Services, 104 E. Ave. K-4, Lancaster. Call Bill Slocum at (661) 947-1595. Jazzercise classes, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at George Lane Park, 5520 W. Ave. L-8, Quartz Hill. Call (661) 722-7780. Dance Groove will offer ballroom and Latin dance lessons, 6-8:30 p.m. at Dance Groove Studio, 43631 10th St. W., Lancaster. Cost: $5 per person. Call (661) 948-9101. Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672. Co-Dependents Anonymous Step Study will meet, 6-7 p.m. at Antelope Valley Hospital, multipurpose meeting room, second floor, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 944-4927. 12 Step Recovery Groups for alcohol and drug addiction, co-dependency, relationship addiction, overeating, fear and anxiety issues, will meet, 7 p.m. at Desert Vineyard Christian Fellowship, 1011 E. Ave. I, Lancaster. Call (661) 945-2777. The Palmdale Elks Lodge, 2705 E. Ave. Q, Palmdale, will host bingo, 5:30 p.m. The grill will be open. Call (661) 947-2027. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 6-7 p.m. at Lancaster United Methodist Church, 918 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 722-0393. Co-Dependents Anonymous will host a 12-step recovery program, 7:30-9 p.m., at Antelope Valley Hospital, multipurpose meeting room, second floor, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 944-4927 or (661) 946-5846. Grief Recovery Outreach Group will meet, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700 or visit www.frf.av.org. Adult Anger Management Group will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700. The Highs and Lows, a support group for those diagnosed with manic depression or related disorders, will meet, 7-9 p.m. at Lutheran Church of the Master, 725 E. Ave. J, Lancaster. Al-Anon will have a discussion, 7 p.m. at 51st Street West and Avenue K, Lancaster. Child care provided. Call (661) 274-9353 or (800) 344-2666. Take Off Pounds Sensibly Chapter 572 will meet, 9-11 a.m. at the Mayflower Gardens chapel, 6570 W. Ave. L-12, Quartz Hill. Call (661) 943-3089. Early bird bingo games will begin at 6 p.m. with regular games beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Elks Lodge, 2705 E. Ave. Q, Palmdale. Call (661) 947-2027. Early bird bingo games will begin at 6:30 p.m. with regular games beginning at 7 p.m. at Paraclete High School, 42145 30th St. W., Lancaster. Call (661) 943-3255, Monday evenings: (661) 943-1017. Billiard Gang for seniors will meet, 9:15 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Flex and stretch, a workout for seniors, 8-9 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Bring a floor mat and hand weights. Call (661) 267-5551. Parent support group will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 1529 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite 203, Palmdale. The facilitated group is for parents who need help coping with family issues. Call (661) 266-8700. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW Concept will meet, 6 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38530 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 273-1016.Expectant parents can tour the Antelope Valley Hospital obstetrics department, 1600 W. Ave. J in Lancaster, and get information on what to expect during hospitalization, at sessions starting at 6 p.m. Visitors meet in the main lobby. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or log on to the Web site at check www.sava-na.org. TUESDAY J&J Social and Travel Club weekly league bowling, 6-8 p.m. at Sands Bowl, 43323 Sierra Highway, Lancaster. Call (661) 267-2586. Lupus International Support Group meets, 6:30-8 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in Palmdale. Information and location: Danielle Duffey at (888) 532-2322, Ext. 4. Business Network International B2 Bombers chapter will meet, 12:15 p.m. at Eduardo’s restaurant, 819 W. Palmdale Blvd., Palmdale. Call (661) 609-1288 or e-mail audmill@qnet.com. The organization’s Web site is at www.bni-scav.com. Prostate Cancer Support Group meets, 12:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Lutheran Church of the Master, 725 E. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call Susan Baker at (661) 273-2200. Toddler story time for children ages 2-6, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 39228 10th St. W., Palmdale. Call (661) 272-9134. Celebrate Discovery, a Christian-based 12-step program, will meet, 6:30 p.m. at Palmdale United Methodist Church, 39055 10th St. W., Palmdale. Call (661) 947-3103. Jazzercise classes, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at George Lane Park, 5520 W. Ave. L-8 in Quartz Hill. Call (661) 722-7780. Lupus International Support Group meets, 6:30-8 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in Palmdale. Call Danielle Duffey at (888) 532-2322, Ext. 4. Successful Anger Management course, 7-9 p.m. in Lancaster. Call (661) 538-1846. Sand Creek Orators, Toastmaster International meets, 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at Hummel Hall, 2200 20th St. W., Rosamond. Call Miik Miller at (661) 256-0328. Caregiver Support Group will meet, 5:30-7 p.m. in Conference Room 1 at Lancaster Community Hospital in Lancaster. Sponsored by ProCare Hospice. Call (661) 951-1146. Tears in My Heart Support Group will meet, 10:30 a.m.-noon and 5:30-7:30 p.m. at ProCare Hospice, 42442 10th St. W., Suite D, Lancaster. Call (661) 951-1146. Rocketeers Toastmasters meets, 1:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at the Air Force Research Laboratory. Call Pam Raneri at (661) 275-5287. Pancho Barnes Composite Squadron 49, Civil Air Patrol, will meet, 6-8:30 p.m. at Rosamond Sky Park, 4171 Knox Ave., Rosamond. Call (760) 373-5771. Antelope Valley Archaeology Club will meet, 9:30-11 a.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5656. Grief Support Group will meet, 5:30-7 p.m. at the Hoffmann Hospice, 1832 W. Ave. K, Suite D-1. Call (661) 948-8801. Toastmasters Sand Creek Orators Club meets, 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 2500 Orange St., Rosamond. Call Miik Miller at (661) 256-0328. Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672. Snyders Dance Groove meets, 6-8:30 p.m. the first and second Tuesdays of each month at the Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster. Cost: $2. Call (661) 609-6510. Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) meets, 9-11:30 a.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month for brunch, speakers and crafts at Central Christian Church, 3131 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Cost: $6 per meeting, plus $2 per child for child care. Scholarships are available. Call (661) 945-7902. 12 Step Recovery Group for alcohol and drug addiction will meet, 7 p.m. at Desert Vineyard Christian Fellowship, 1011 E. Ave. I, Lancaster. Call (661) 945-2777. American Indian Little League will meet, 7 p.m. at HomeTown Buffet, 422 W. Ave. P. Call Harry Richard at (661) 267-2259. High Desert Woodworkers Club meets, 6:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at Denny’s restaurant, 2005 W. Ave. K, Lancaster. Call (760) 240-4705. Youth Anger Management Group for ages 8-11 will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700 or (800) 479-CARE, or visit the Web site: www.frf.av.org. Plane Talk Toastmasters will meet, noon-1 p.m. at the Lockheed Federal Credit Union, 1011 Lockheed Way, Palmdale. Call (661) 572-4123. Harmony Showcase Chorus of Sweet Adelines International will rehearse, 7:30 p.m. at 44857 Cedar Ave., Lancaster. The group is part of an international organization of women who sing four-part harmony. Call (661) 273-0995, (661) 285-1797 or (661) 940-3109. Al-Anon will hold a discussion, noon at 1737 E. Ave. R, Room 104, Palmdale, and at 7 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, Room 704, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-9353 or (800) 344-2666. Cardio Knockout Blast, a workout for seniors, 8-9 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Bring a floor mat. Call (661) 267-5551. Billiards Gang for seniors, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program representative will be available, 1-3 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551 for an appointment. Tumbleweed Card Club for seniors will play canasta, pinochle and other games, 1-4:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Line dancing, 6-7 p.m. for beginners and 7-8:30 p.m. for intermediate dancers at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Palmdale Youth Council will meet, 5:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Parks and Recreation office, 38260 10th St. E., Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5611. Sierra Club will offer one- to two-hour conditioning hikes leaving at 6 p.m. from the Palmdale Park and Ride lot, Avenue S at the Antelope Valley Freeway. Moderately conditioned beginning hikers are welcome. Call (661) 273-2761. Expectant parent tours of the Antelope Valley Hospital obstetrics department will start at 6 p.m. from the hospital lobby, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 7-9 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1821 W. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster. Beginners will meet at 7 p.m. Call (661) 948-2571. Hotline: (661) 789-5806. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW Concept will meet, 10:30 a.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38530 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-4178. Also in Lancaster, 6:30 p.m. at Sunnydale School, 1233 W. Ave. J-8. Call Karen at (661) 723-9331. Overeaters Anonymous – HOW Conceptwill meet, 7:15 p.m. at Robin’s Law Office, 203 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 949-9192. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.sava-na.org. WEDNESDAY J&J Social and Travel Club hosts games and snack night, 7 in Lancaster. Bring food to share and a beverage. Call (661) 267-2586 or 946-5222. Emotional Freedom Technique for pain relief weekly demonstrations, 6:30-7:30 p.m. (except before three-day weekends), Stress Management Institute for Living Empowered, 44130 Division St., Lancaster. Call (661) 942-4220. Sweet Talkers Toastmasters will meet, 7-8:30 p.m. in the Wilsona School District boardroom, 18050 E. Ave. 0, Lake Los Angeles. Call (661) 944-1216 or 944-1130. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3000 will serve specialty meals, or hamburger baskets, 5:30-8 p.m. at the post, 4342 W. Ave. L, Quartz Hill. Proceeds will benefit community affairs. Members, guests and public welcome. Call (661) 943-2225. Kids Managing Anger Together for ages 13-17 will meet, 4:30-6 p.m. at 38345 30th St. E., Suite. B-1, Palmdale. Court approved. Call (661) 266-8700. Low-cost Facilitated Women’s Group will deal with the death of a loved one, divorce, loss of relationship, infertility and other issues, noon-1:30 p.m. Call (661) 266-8700. Fobi-Lyte Support Group meets, 7-8:30 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month to address the medical, nutritional and social ramifications of weight-loss surgery in fourth-floor Conference Room 16 at Antelope Valley Outpatient Imaging Center, 44105 15th St. W., Lancaster. Call (661) 723-5123. Caregivers Support Group meets, 7-8:30 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of each month at Los Angeles Caregiver Resource Center, 44421 10th St. W., Suite I, Lancaster. Call (661) 945-4852. Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672. Eye Opener Toastmasters Club will meet, 7-8:30 a.m. at Denny’s Restaurant, 2005 W. Ave. K, Lancaster. Call Al Moore at (661) 726-3627. Talents Unlimited Toastmasters will meet, 7-8:30 p.m. at Kaiser Permanente. Call (661) 948-5279. Scrapbookers Club will meet, 5-7 p.m. at Peldyns, 27021 Twenty Mule Team Road, Boron. Free tools for use. Bring book and photos. Call (760) 608-1422. Antelope Valley Intertribal Council meeting, 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 435-0423. Dual Recovery Anonymous, an informal 12-step group for mental health consumers with a history of substance abuse, will meet, 3 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Discovery Center, 1609 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite G. Call (661) 947-1595. Antelope Valley Interfaith Choir will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. For adults and mature teenagers. Call Kathe Walters at (661) 285-8306. Hi-Desert Woodworkers Club meets, 6:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at Don’s Restaurant, Victorville. Call (760) 240-4705. Schizophrenics Anonymous will meet, 2 p.m. at the Discovery Center, 1609 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite G, Palmdale. Call Bill Slocum at (661) 947-1595 or (661) 319-5101. Desert Noon Lions Club meets, noon-1 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of each month at the California Pantry, 120 E. Palmdale Blvd., Palmdale. Call Barbara at (661) 947-4079. Successful Marriage and Parenting course, 7-9 p.m. in Lancaster. Free. For information and location, call (661) 538-1846. Emotions Anonymous will meet, 7-8:30 p.m. in the multipurpose meeting room on the second floor at Antelope Valley Hospital, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. The organization is a 12-step, self-help group. Call (661) 943-5466. Little Angels, a support group for families with young children with Down syndrome, meets, 6:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month at the North Los Angeles County Regional Center, 43210 Gingham Ave., Lancaster. Call Cyndee Moore at (661) 945-6761 or e-mail cyndeem@nlacrc.com. Al-Anon discussion group will meet, 7 p.m. at 39055 10th St. W., Palmdale; Alateen at 7 p.m. at 39055 10th St. W., Palmdale, and a women’s discussion group at 7:30 p.m. at 32142 Crown Valley Road, Acton. Call (661) 274-9353 or (800) 344-2666. A Course in Miracles discussion, 7-9 p.m. Call (661) 723-9967. Bridge Club for seniors will meet, noon-3 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Beginner and intermediate players welcome. Call (661) 267-5551. Blood pressure testing for seniors, 10-11:15 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Billiard Gang for seniors, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Flex and stretch, a workout for seniors, 8-9 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Bring a floor mat and hand weights. Call (661) 267-5551. Knitting and crocheting for seniors, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 704 E. Palmdale Blvd., Palmdale. Bring your own supplies. Call (661) 267-5551. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW Concept will meet, 6:30 p.m. at Palmdale Children’s Youth Library, 38510 Sierra Highway. Call Kathy at (661) 265-1839. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 6:30-7:30 p.m. in Multipurpose Room 2 at Antelope Valley Hospital, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 256-7064. Hotline: (661) 789-5806. Women’s Eating Disorder Group will meet, 6-7:30 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 1529 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite 203, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700.Bingo for seniors, 12:15-2:15 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Cost: 25 cents per card. Call (661) 267-5551. Talents Unlimited Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. at Kaiser Permanente Mental Health Center, 44444 20th St. W., Lancaster. Call (661) 949-7423. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200. THURSDAY Ask and It is Given classes, 6:30-8 p.m., Stress Management Institute for Living Empowered, 44130 Division St., Lancaster. Call (661) 942-4220. High Desert Toastmasters will meet, 7-8:30 p.m. at 1008 W. Ave. M-4, Palmdale. Call (661) 992-3229 or 944-1130. High Desert Modular Model Railroad Club meets, 7 p.m. the second Thursday of each month in the Experimental Test Pilots Association boardroom, 44814 Elm Ave., Lancaster. Call Bob Drury at (661) 400-4479. Tears in My Heart Support Group will meet, 5:30-7 p.m. at ProCare Hospice, 42442 10th St. W., Suite D, Lancaster. Call (661) 951-1146. Cedar Open Reading meets weekly, 7-9 p.m. in Cedar Hall, 44851 Cedar Ave., Lancaster, except on the second Thursday of the month when the meeting is in the gallery, 44857 Cedar Ave., Lancaster. Call (661) 943-4314. The Overcomers, an emotional and educational support group for mental health consumers, will meet, 6:30 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Discovery Center, 1609 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite G. Call Bill Slocum or Mary Rogers at (661) 947-1595 or (661) 319-5101. Aces & Deuces Square Dance Club will meet, 7-8:15 p.m. for beginners and 8:15-9:30 p.m. for plus at Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale, for ages 10 and up. Cost: $3. Call (661) 256-7650. The Ups and Downs, a support group for people with bipolar disorder or depression, will meet, 2 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Discovery Center, 1609 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite G, Palmdale. Call Bill Slocum at (661) 947-1595 or (661) 319-5101. Facilitated Anger Management Group for teens will meet, 4:30-6 p.m., and adults will meet, 6:30-8 p.m., at Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700 or (800) 479-CARE. Al-Anon will host a discussion, 1 p.m. at 1737 E. Ave. R, Palmdale; a step study at 7 p.m. at 1827 E. Ave. Q-10, Palmdale; and a meeting on Steps, Traditions, Concepts at 7:30 p.m. at 44815 Fig Ave., Suite 101, Lancaster. Call (661) 274-9353 or (800) 344-2666.160Want 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 MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Al-Anon will have a Spanish-speaking discussion meeting, 9 a.m. at 38345 30th St. E., Suite C-3, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-9353. Facilitated Anger Management Group for ages 8-11 will meet, 2:30-4 p.m.; teens, 4:30-6 p.m., and adults, 10:30-noon or 12:30-2 p.m. at the Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700 or (800) 479-CARE or visit the Web site: www.frf.av.org. Beginning yoga, 9-10 a.m. at Unity Church of Antelope Valley, 39149 8th St. E., Palmdale. Call (661) 273-3341. Women and Self-esteem support group meets in the Acton area. Call (661) 947-0839. Healing Heart support group will meet, 4-5:30 p.m. at the Salvation Army store, 45001 Beech Ave. in Lancaster. Call (661) 943-5830. SATURDAY Leona Valley Sertoma Club meets, 8 a.m. the first and third Saturdays of each month at Jackie’s Restaurant, 40352 90th St. W., Leona Valley. Call (661) 270-0339. Low-cost Facilitated Parenting Group will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. Court approved. Call (661) 266-8700. Seniors Lunch-Bingo Hour, noon-5 p.m. the fourth Saturday of each month at the Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster. Sponsored by Buklod ng Pagkakaisa (Bond of Unity). Call Emerita Ross at (661) 723-7876 or Marie Cabrera at (661) 726-5309. last_img read more

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ATHLETICS: AIDAN CALLAGHAN PERFORMS SUPERBLY AT MIDDLE DISTANCE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

first_imgLetterkenny 24/7 News:The town of Athlone was the centre of triathlon this weekend as it hosted the Middle Distance National Championships. Aidan Callaghan performed at an outstanding level taking 3rd place behind two professional international athletes. A phenomenal swim followed by a strong 94km bike and an excellent run all contributed to a 4hr 11minutes 16seconds time for the first timer at this distance. A number of club members had a sub 5 hour race which is brilliant to see given all the hours of training that has been done.The club will host its own sprint and Olympic distance triathlon this weekend on Saturday 11th July.The beautiful surroundings of Gartan Lake will be alive with triathletes putting their training to the test.The race kicks off at 11am and it is always a popular race amongst race goers and spectators alike. This weekend also sees a group of our club members traveling to Geneva to compete in the ETU European Championships. We would like to wish Clara Quigley, Hugh Gallagher and Donagh O’Sullivan the very best in their races.National Middle Distance ResultsAidan Callaghan 4.11.16Gavin Crawford 4.34.55Nick Fowell        4.41.15Paul Dillon          4.54.51John Conaghan 4.55.40Margaret Kelly   4.59.50Pauric Kelly.       5.05.36John McCarron 5.09.27John Cannon    5.13.51Fin Begley        5.29.04Cathal Wilson  5.45.21Sent from my iPhoneATHLETICS: AIDAN CALLAGHAN PERFORMS SUPERBLY AT MIDDLE DISTANCE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS was last modified: July 6th, 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:NoticesSportlast_img read more

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Southampton confirm signing of £7m Celtic midfielder

first_img 1 Southampton have confirmed the signing of Stuart Armstrong from Celtic on a four-year deal.The Scotland international has joined the Premier League side for a fee believed to be in the region of £7million. Armstrong’s future at Celtic Park had been in doubt after negotiations over a new contract had stalled, leaving Brendan Rodgers to cash in with just a year to run on his current deal.The former Dundee United midfielder was part of the Celtic side that won the ‘double treble’ under Rodgers and won a total of eight major trophies during his time at the club.He scored 17 times in 2016-17 and forced his way into the Scotland setup, but struggled to replicate that form last season after an injury-disrupted campaign.Armstrong told the club website: “Southampton seems a really good fit for me. Watching from afar, I really enjoy the attractive football that they play and I’m very happy to be here.“Every season, I put demands on myself to create and score goals. I hope going forward from here that it will be the same this term at St Mary’s.”center_img Armstrong struggled with injuries in 2017/18 last_img read more

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FORMER HIGHLAND RADIO BOSS DENIES HARASSING PRESENTER

first_imgThe former advertising and marketing manager at Highland Radio has denied that he pressurised or harassed a DJ at the station.Highland RadioJohn Clancy was giving evidence on the second day of a case of constructive dismissal taken by former afternoon show presenter Stephen Lynch.Mr Lynch, had earlier claimed at the Employment Appeals Tribunal in the Silver Tassie Hotel in Letterkenny, that he was put under significant pressure in his job weeks before his father’s death in October, 2012. As well as having the use of a company car taken from him, Mr Lynch, a father-of-three from Carndonagh, said his list of advertising clients was reduced from 29 to 15.He said he had been left with no option but to resign after his wage had been cut from €611 to €390.However, Mr Clancy, the son-in-law of Highland radio owner Gerry Rabbitte who joined the station in 2012, completely denied all claims made against him by Mr Lynch.He said he repeatedly tried to encourage Mr Lynch to improve his sales performance and offered him several ideas and ways of looking after his clients on the Inishowen Peninsula. He said the station’s Inishowen sales, of which Mr Lynch was in charge of, were in “cardiac arrest” and needed to be addressed.One included the idea of Mr Lynch taking off two weeks from his afternoon radio show to concentrate on improving his relationships with his existing clients and building new clients but he refused claiming his show would suffer.He also said an idea of having an outside broadcast featuring the station’s most popular presenter Shaun Doherty for two weeks in Inishowen was also rejected by Mr Lynch.On another occasion he picked up the local newspaper in Inishowen and went through all the adverts in the paper from businesses which did not advertise with Highland.He then suggested to Mr Lynch that they were potential sales which could be followed up on. Mr Clancy said that despite trying repeatedly to address the issue of falling sales, Mr Lynch would not return his emails for a number of days.He said his job was to drive the sales team and that in 2012, when other radio stations were dropping revenue by 9%, Highland had actually increased their sales by 8.5%.“That was unheard of,” said Mr Clancy.When he heard that Mr Lynch’s father was seriously ill, he completely backed off Mr Lynch. He added that if he realised how ill Mr Lynch’s father was then he would have suggested he take a six month sabbatical.And he denied earlier claims that he had a path worn to Mr Lynch’s door.“I was trying to help him out. I was trying to create a bit of a buzz. All radio stations were finding it difficult but I was offering to help Stephen,” he said.Mr Clancy also claimed that Mr Lynch would telephone other staff members to see if he was about and would leave directly for home instead of having to met with him.The tribunal heard the only employment contract between Highland and Mr Lynch was a handwritten piece of paper.Mr Clancy said he was not aware of the terms of Mr Lynch’s work contract.The tribunal also heard how the board finally decided to take the use of the company car from Mr Lynch.It also heard how there was a confrontation between station manager Mr Charlie Collins and Mr Clancy when the sales manager reduced the car pool from three cars down to two.Mr Collins then warned Mr Clancy not to go over his head again, the tribunal heard.Solicitor for Mr Lynch, Mr Ciaran Mac Lochlainn asked Mr Clancy if he used the pool car after it was taken from his client.He said he might use it once a week at most saying he had his own car.He added that he felt the cars were not being used properly and then introduced a log-book system so it could be recorded who was using the cars and at what times.Programme manager at the station Ms Linda McGroarty also gave evidence and refuted earlier claims by Mr Lynch that it was she who asked him to return his company car when he could not come into work during an outside broadcast in Buncrana.Ms McGroarty said she was very friendly with Mr Lynch and all the presenters but that he must have been mistaken.She said she had no recollection of any such conversation and that her first concern was for Stephen and the second was that she had to organise a presenter to fill in for him that afternoon.She told the tribunal “With respect I would not have done that (asked for him to leave the car back) as cars mean nothing to me. It would not have been something I would have said. I never mentioned car to Stephen.”The case was adjourned until October 6th next when it is expected to hear from Highland owner Gerry Rabbitte and his son Tim.FORMER HIGHLAND RADIO BOSS DENIES HARASSING PRESENTER was last modified: July 9th, 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)Tags:Highland RadiojobJohn ClancyStephen Lynchtribunallast_img read more

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Flooding fears ease as four of six fire tenders return to base

first_imgFour of the six fire tenders that were deployed to flooding incidents have been returned to base.Storm Eleanor swept in this evening and, while there was at least one house in Burnfoot flooded and several roads across the county left in an impassable state, Donegal, for now, appears to have escaped the worst of the storm.Inishowen was again badly hit. The Donegal Fire Service sent out six crews to incidents tonight. Two are still attending to incidents in Carndonagh and Burnfoot, but the other four are back at base again, Government Chief Whip TD Joe McHugh has said.There are still 40 homes in the Buncrana area without power and another 40 in the Kilcar area, with restoration to the latter due by 2am. “I want to pay tribute to all the Fire crews and ESB crews for their work this evening here in the County,” Minister McHugh said. “However there remain seriously difficult driving conditions across Donegal with localised flooding on many roads – so if you have to be out, please drive carefully and please slow down. There will be high tides again in the morning so stay away from piers etc.” Flooding fears ease as four of six fire tenders return to base was last modified: January 3rd, 2018 by Chris McNultyShare 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:buncranaBurnfootCarndonaghDONEGAL FIRE SERVICEFLOODINGInishowen FloodingJoe McHughkilcarstorm eleanorlast_img read more

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