VCB: Thompson has bright future

first_imgBEIJING, China: Jamaican sprinting star Veronica Campbell-Brown took time out to encourage 2015 IAAF World Championships 200m silver medallist Elaine Thompson after yesterday’s final inside the Bird’s Nest. Campbell-Brown, who finished third in 21.97 behind Thompson, 21.66 and Dafne Schippers, 12.63, believes Thompson, a debutante at this level of competition, has a bright future in the sport. “The key for her is to be mentally tough, take care of her body, eat right, train tight, stay positive. Don’t worry don’t stress and continue to work hard because the sky is the limit,” said Campbell-Brown, who made her first senior team as an 18 year-old at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. “It’s all in the head because no matter how hard you train, if you’re not focused right you cannot execute what you put in training. Campbell-Brown added the importance of Thompson’s development noting that the country must continue to develop and expose its athletes so that the country’s tradition of success can continue. “I am so proud of her,” said. Campbell-Brown. “It’s good for Jamaica that you have youngsters coming up because we have to keep it going. We have a history of great sprinters so its important that we keep it going and I’m just happy for her.” – A.L.last_img read more

Arsenal’s strongest XI? Predicted Gunners line up v Watford

first_img 11 6. Laurent Koscielny (centre back) 11 11 11 23. Danny Welbeck (striker) 11. Mesut Ozil (attacking midfield) 17. Alexis Sanchez (left wing) 24. Hector Bellerin (right back) 11 11 33. Petr Cech (goalkeeper) 11 11 11 5. Gabriel Paulista (centre back) – check out the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 34. Francis Coquelin (centre midfield) 18. Nacho Monreal (Ieft back) 11 11 Arsenal host Watford in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon, kick off 3pm. The Gunners will hope to kick on from their previous victory over Everton and take advantage of the Hornets’ recent domestic slump.Arsene Wenger’s injury list remains lengthy for the Emirates clash, but Petr Cech could make his return having been absent since picking up a calf injury in the defeat to Swansea City at the beginning of March.But who else might start? Olivier Giroud or Danny Welbeck? Per Mertesacker or Gabriel Paulista?Take a look at talkSPORT’s predicted Arsenal line up by viewing the slideshow above. 35. Mohamed Elneny (centre midfield) 45. Alex Iwobi (right wing)last_img read more

Miller deal rouses ire

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! DIAMOND BAR – Rep. Gary Miller helped secure $1.28 million in federal funds for street improvements in front of a planned housing/retail center he co-owned, according to federal documents and statements from Miller.Miller, R-Brea, partnered with his top campaign contributor, Lewis Operating Corp. of Upland, to finance development of the 70-acre Diamond Bar Village, according to documents obtained from Diamond Bar city officials. Campaign watchdog groups said the federal spending – and Miller’s investment in the development with a campaign contributor – are a conflict of interest.Kathay Feng, executive director of the campaign-finance reform advocacy group Common Cause of California, called the situation “very suspicious.”“With the cloud of ethics violations hanging very low over Congress right now, this is a very bad time for Gary Miller to be treading so close to the gray area of more violations,” Feng said. “This is a surprisingly close nexus between a congressional member, investments he holds, and him playing an integral role in getting funds that seem to benefit him and a major political contributor.”Miller defended his role, saying he helped get the $1.28 million for street improvements because Diamond Bar requested it. Any assertion or assumption that he is doing anything improper is “totally wrong,” he said.Miller received from the Center for Responsive Politics an almost perfect score on the clarity of his financial disclosures. He said he has nothing to hide.“I have always prided myself on being honest,” he said. “There is nothing inappropriate being done with anybody. Period.”Diamond Bar Village is planned for the southeast corner of Grand Avenue and Golden Springs Drive. It will feature a Target store, 70 single-family homes, 110 condominiums and two restaurants, according to city documents. Construction is expected to be completed late this year or in 2007. Lewis-Diamond Bar LLC, a company formed to buy the land, is the developer.Miller owns between $1 million and $5 million in Lewis-Diamond Bar LLC. The other partner is Lewis Operating Corp., according to 2004 federal financial disclosure and city documents.Lewis Operating Corp. and members of the Lewis family have donated $18,100 to Miller’s campaigns since 2004, which is more than any other contributor, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The maximum donation is $2,000 per individual or business per election cycle. The Lewis family spread out their donations among family members, which is legal.Randall Lewis of the Lewis Operating Corp. said Miller would not be involved in a project if it there were a conflict of interest. He declined to comment further, saying he was unfamiliar with the Diamond Bar Village project.Miller, 57, is a member of the House of Representatives’ Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. He also is vice chairman of House Highways, Transit and Pipelines Subcommittee, which gives him a prime position to acquire federal money for area transportation projects.The $1.28 million for repairs on Grand Avenue was part of a six-year, $286.6 billion transportation bill passed in August. Miller served on a select committee to help get the bill through Congress, according to a press release on his Web site.He also helped secure $9.6 million for adding onramps and offramps to the Pomona (60) Freeway at Lemon Avenue in Diamond Bar, which is about 1.5 miles from Diamond Bar Village. In all, the bill allocated to cities in Miller’s district about $28 million for local transportation projects. Miller’s 42nd District includes Whittier, Diamond Bar, Rowland Heights, La Habra, Chino Hills, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita and Yorba Linda. All received money in the bill.Miller said the work on Grand Avenue was to improve traffic flow, but Diamond Bar City Engineer Fred Alamohoda disagreed.The money will be used to repave and restripe the road and to update irrigation systems on Grand Avenue’s medians, he said.“It doesn’t really improve traffic flow, except for the restriping, which could help a little,” Alamohoda said.City Manager Linda Lowry said the city requested the money from Miller, but she could not remember if the city did so before or after Lewis-Diamond Bar, LLC, proposed building Diamond Bar Village.Miller said his dealings with the city were on the up and up.According to city documents, Lewis-Diamond Bar, LLC, paid the city $1.2 million in traffic-mitigation fees.The company also paid the city $2 million to allow housing at the site, which was previously zoned for office uses.“We paid more in city fees than is normal,” Miller said.Lowry said the federal money will not be used for improvements directly in front of Diamond Bar Village.Instead, it will be used on Grand Avenue as it leads to the center from the east, she said.Lowry declined to comment on whether she saw a conflict in dealing with Miller.“I’m a city manager,” she said. “I don’t have opinions.”Councilman Bob Zirbes said the city requested money to fix up Grand Avenue before Miller’s project.“Our road was trashed,” he said.”We really did treat them the same as everybody else,” he said. “We didn’t offer them anything, no sales tax revenue, no discount on the property. I really never tied the project to Grand Avenue funding, because there wasn’t a tie there.”Feng, of Common Cause, said almost as problematic as the allocation of federal money were Miller’s ties with Lewis Operating Corp.Along with his investment in Lewis-Diamond Bar LLC, Miller also owes between $1 million and $5 million to Lewis Investment Co., which is also in the Lewis family of companies, according to campaign-finance disclosures.“How does the public know how much money is changing hands between \ and his partners?” Feng asked.Miller, a Diamond Bar resident, grew up in Whittier and served on the Diamond Bar City Council and in the California Assembly before being elected to Congress in 1998. He has been friends with the Lewis family for “about 30 years,” he said. He also said he is wealthy and the idea that he could be swayed by a few thousand dollars in a development deal was “outrageous.”Miller is the owner of G. Miller Development Co. in Diamond Bar, Rancho Cucamonga, Rialto and Fontana, according to his personal finance statements.Miller, or his company, in 2004 bought properties valued between $1 million and $5 million, according to financial statements.He said he would not see any long-term benefit from street improvements because the retail center is being sold to other companies.Larry Noble, executive director of the Center for Responsive Politics, said it is not illegal for members of Congress to invest in property. However, helping allocate federal funds near investments is a conflict of interest and unethical, he said.Judy Nadler, senior fellow in government ethics at Santa Clara University, said Miller should be more careful with his investment choices.“His job is to be a congressman,” Nadler said. “That’s his first priority, ethically, to those who elected him. This raises questions about whether he is being impartial.” 962-8811, Ext. 2703last_img read more


first_imgAnother mass demonstration against water charges is to be held in Dublin on September 17th. Right2Water Donegal has welcomed this decision and is urging as many as possible to attend. Chairperson Charlie Mc Dyer believes that it is time to get feet on the street again.She said “The people of Ireland have marched again and again and yet the Government refuses to listen. Their hand-picked Commission is nothing more than an exercise in sugar coating the charges to make the medicine go down easy”.Ms. Mc Dyer goes on to say “to add insult to injury we have had to endure the EU telling us Fianna Fail gave away our exemption from water charges and that we have to pay. This is scandalous behaviour and further serves to reinforce the notion that Irish Water will be privatised. The Irish people need to show strength in numbers on September 17th and hammer home the message that we reject Irish Water in its entirety.”Spokesperson Sinéad Stewart also urged as many people as possible to prepare for a massive march on September 17th. “This Government is determined to press on with their plans for Irish Water and water charges. They clearly have no respect for the democratic wishes of the people of Ireland and are displaying nothing but contempt for us by attempting to take the heat out of this issue, in other words, they believe they can fool us into thinking this is for our own good or that the EU Directive insists upon water charges.”RIHT2WATER Donegal is urging Ray Earle from the European Water Association to go on the record on national radio and tell Fine Gael and Labour that they are misleading the public by informing them that under the EU Water Framework Directive they have to impose water charges.Ms. Mc Dyer says that from speaking to people in his locality, he has noted a huge loss of respect for Fianna Fáil, as they allowed “Fine Gael’s decision to try and whitewash the issue with this not-so-independent commission. Quite a few people have told me they only decided to vote for Fianna Fáil because they changed their stance on water charges and promised to abolish them in the months before the election……they’re feeling very let down by that party at the moment because they only agreed to a suspension. Well enough is enough.”RIGHT2WATER Donegal is urging members of the public to come along on the day of the protest.Spokesperson Phillip Mc Fadden stated that “almost 100 TDs were elected in the recent General Election stating that they would end water charges and abolish Irish Water. We are calling on all these TDs to put their political shoulder behind the wheel and bring their constituents what they promised….the end of water charges, the abolition of Irish Water and a referendum ensuring water in Ireland will never be privatised” For more information on the information contactCharlie Mc Dyer (086) 2269291Owen Curran 086) 3122784Phillip Mc Fadden (086) 8452458Sinead Stewart (086) 2233146RIGHT2WATER TO HOLD ANOTHER MASS PROTEST was last modified: July 5th, 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:Irish WaterRight2Waterwater charge protestlast_img read more

Inishowen community gets its own life-saving defibrillator

first_imgGreencastle and the surrounding areas is a safer place to be after the launch of the local community centre’s 24/7 accessible defibrillator.Indeed, the whole Community now has the security of knowing that the equipment is on hand in the case of sudden cardiac arrest.Greencastle Community Centre proudly launched their 24/7 accessible defibrillator this week after a hugely successful fundraising campaign. “The local Community really got behind this campaign and we are very proud to be able to offer this life saving piece of equipment, with 24/7 accessibility here at the Centre” said Centre Chairperson Pat Gill.The HeartStart Automated External Defibrillator is located in a heated outdoor case in a prominent location at the front of the Community Centre and is accessed by entering a code on the digital keypad which is obtained by dialing 999 or 112.The Defibrillator is designed to be safe, reliable and extremely easy to use, featuring automatic features like voice prompts and CPR coaching to help guide anyone step-by-step through the treatment of sudden cardiac arrest.“It’s fantastic to have this lifesaving equipment here in the Community and we owe a huge thanks to our staff, volunteers, local businesses and of course the local community for their continued support. “A special word of thanks is owed to Lesley Drennan who got the ball rolling with this fundraising effort, also Cardiac Services for providing the AED and case at a reduced price and especially to electricians Stephen and Hugh Harkin for installing the heated outdoor defibrillator case completely free of charge! It really was a fantastic Community effort” said Centre Manager Susan McAleer.Inishowen community gets its own life-saving defibrillator was last modified: November 29th, 2016 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:defibrillatordonegalGreen castle Community CentreInishowenlast_img read more

Liverpool transfer news: £53million target could now be signed on the cheap

first_img three-way race 1 Barcelona goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen in action for Netherlands. Zlatan Ibrahimovic in ‘advanced talks’ to complete Premier League comeback Latest transfer news Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland RANKED A €60million (£53.1m) release cause had seemed prohibitive with Jurgen Klopp already spending big on Fabinho and Naby Keita this summer.But now it is reported Barcelona are willing to let the Dutchman go for just €30million (£26m).Cillessen, 29, has been backup to Marc-Andre ter Stegen since moving to the Nou Camp in 2016 from Ajax.Earlier this summer, the goalkeeper had said: “Arsenal and Liverpool aren’t bad clubs but if Barcelona say, ‘We love you,’ then I’ll accept their decision and continue there.“I’ll wait until we return on July 16 to see what they’ve decided. I don’t know anything. If the club wants to keep me, I’ll accept that. I signed a five-year deal with them.” Chelsea have watched Leeds ace ‘perfect for Premier League football’ regularly IN DEMAND heading off LIVING THE DREAM Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star GOSSIP center_img Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Arsenal ace heading for January exit as German club ready bid for midfielder REAL DEAL ‘perfect fit” Liverpool transfer target Jasper Cillessen will be allowed to leave Barcelona this summer, according to Diario Sport.The Reds are looking for a new goalkeeper this summer with current star Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius error prone. Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Man United ‘miss out’ on Minamino, West Ham scout Flamengo strikers, Auba wants out take zlat Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Euro expert explains why Liverpool should be so excited about Minamino WHITE KNIGHT talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.last_img read more


first_imgTHE CLOSURE of the Oatfield sweet factory by Donegal Creameries and Zed Candy has unearthed raw emotions around the county and among Donegal people has had numerous emails and messages.This one came from Ethel McGarvey, late of these parts, and now living in America. We thought you should see it in full:By Ethel McGarvey:I worked in Oatfield for only six years, I started there at 15 years old. Oh God we had some fun in that place and I was so disappointed when I heard so many people were laid off a few years ago and now that it’s closing I am in disbelief.I now live in The Philadelphia area and I remember meeting Bert Davidson (pictured) in his office when I handed in my notice. I told him my husband wanted to emigrate to America, and I did not want to go. Mr Davidson told me to go and enjoy it. He said it would be an experience of a lifetime, and if I came back to Letterkenny to come and see him and he would get me my job back. I will never forget that.I often think of Oatfields. There is an Irish coffee shop in this area and they sell Oatfield sweets and we had Emeralds in this house over Christmas.I was back in Letterkenny three years ago and I called to the office to see if I could take my kids in for a tour, as I remember the bus loads walking through the factory when I worked there. I was told they don’t do tours any more, I was so disappointed.My sister who worked in the factory for years before me then came back there when I was there and told me about people’s hours being cut and layoffs, I was shocked, I never would of thought this was the road Oatfield would go down.I remember people being hired there every week. I met my one of my best friends there, she started the day before me. I have many memories in that place from the 5lber to the rolls machine, the muliti-pack and the dreaded lift. But I would not change any of it. I feel so bad for the workers, I know a few of them very well. I wish them good luck with everything.Ethel McGarvey, Philadelphia.Reaction from Bert Davidson’s daughter Joan is below: OATFIELD’S LOSS: ‘MY MEMORIES OF BERT AND THE FACTORY’ was last modified: April 29th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:OATFIELD’S LOSS: ‘MY MEMORIES OF BERT AND THE FACTORY’last_img read more


first_imgThe scene of the turbine crash. Local residents are angryDD Exclusive: FAMILIES living beside a wind farm were in shock last night after turbines on a crash site were turned back on – without any consultation.North West Wind Ltd, whose shareholders include Crolly man John Gillespie, turned on the eight remaining turbines at the Loughderryduff site near Maas last night.A ninth turbine crashed in 80km/hr winds last Friday – a wind level below the ‘shut down’ limit set by manufacturers Vestas. The companies have admitted that they still don’t know what caused the accident which sent debris flying over a wide area close to a local road.Despite this, the remaining eight turbines were back operating last night.One local resident contacted Donegal Daily and fumed: “We thought the wind turbines would be off until some sort of announcement on the cause of the incident at the weekend was made.“They don’t know what happened, yet eight other turbines are back on. “Vestas and North West Wind need to make a public statement.“It’s not good enough for it to start generating power again and for local people to be left in the dark. In fact it’s outrageous.”Another woman who lives off the Tullies Road where the incident happened told us: “I drive past that site ten times every day and I am terrified that the one closest to the road will collapse some day and send a rotary blade crashing through my car.“We want assurances from Vestas that this won’t happen again.“I lost my breath when I saw the turbines back on again; we are living in fear.” Meanwhile county councillors who have backed a county development plan with no setback restrictions on future wind farms could not be contacted last night for comment.Real News – FIRSTFOLLOW THE LEADER FAMILIES IN SHOCK AS WIND TURBINES AT CRASH SITE TURNED ON AGAIN was last modified: March 28th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgDanny Ryan has a word in the ear of his boxer. ALL PICS BY KIND PERMISSION OF GERALDINE DIVER.Madeline Crampsie Sharon Browne and Maria Ryan enjoying the Battle of the Swilly 2 in the Siver TassieMarty Friel interviews Michael Murphy and Neil GallagherJohn McCarron looks at ways of ‘engineering’ a victory!Paul Crampsie gives some advice to his man.We’ll make a real Mrs Brown out of you yet young Glackin!Paddy Mc Ginty Fights Martin Glackin Danny Ryan and Michael Mc DaidBATTLE OF THE SWILLY II – KNOCKOUT PICTURE SPECIAL! was last modified: October 28th, 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:Battle of the SwillydonegalglenswillyLetterkenny Gaelslast_img read more

Picture Special: Letterkenny parkrun participants put their best foot forward with first 5k of 2018

first_imgLetterkenny Parkrun participants shook off the New Years cobwebs with the first 5k of 2018 this morning. The first to finish the 5k was Bliadhan Glass from Slaughneil, near Maghera, Co Derry.Bliadhan was joined across the finish line by Aaron Nepgen in second place and Martin Gormley in third. Every Saturday morning at 9:30am, walkers, joggers, fun runners, and elite runners alike come together to take part in this free 5k at St. Conal’s Hospital Grounds, which includes Letterkenny Town Park.The emphasis is on having fun and enjoying yourself – why not join in next week?Picture Special: Letterkenny parkrun participants put their best foot forward with first 5k of 2018 was last modified: January 6th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:5kletterkenny parkrunlast_img read more