MAYOR DENIES ALLEGATIONS AS ROW CAUSES SINN FEIN/DUP RIFT IN THE NORTH

first_imgUPDATE: SINN FEIN in the North has complained to its partners in government in the DUP after a unionist MP used British parliamentary privilege to claim a Co Donegal politician was involved in a murder.Jim Shannon, the MP for Strangford, told the Commons that Hugh ‘Lexie’ Cummings from Artigarvan outside Strabane was shot in the back and chest at close range by the IRA.Jim Shannon asked why William Gerard McMonagle, who is now the Mayor of Letterkenny, did not stand trial. Mr McMonagle said today he was taking legal advice on the ‘outrageous’ claims. He did stand trial and was cleared of the murder.Mr Shannon asked: “Why did William Gerard McMonagle not stand trial for the murder of Lexie Cummings?“How was Willam Gerard McMonagle allowed to travel across the border to safety and freedom and begin a new life which would lead him to today being the Mayor of Letterkenny?”He also said: “There are too many questions that HET due to scope and resources could not answer but which the family deserved an answer to. “They turn on the news and they see the Mayor of Letterkenny, Gerry McMonagle, having ran from justice in Northern Ireland after being proven to have been at the scene with gun powder residue on him, embracing his freedom and his position in life.“The family visit the grave of a true gentleman Lexie Cummings with questions in their minds and grief in their hearts.“Who can answer these questions and give the family closure?”Today a senior Sinn Fein official in Belfast told donegaldaily.com: “This was an outrageous claim from Shannon who has used parliamentary privilege to make wild and unfounded allegations. We would challenge him to repeat that outside.“This is the DUP of old popping its head up and there are serious questions for them to answer over this.” MAYOR DENIES ALLEGATIONS AS ROW CAUSES SINN FEIN/DUP RIFT IN THE NORTH was last modified: March 8th, 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:MAYOR DENIES ALLEGATIONS AS ROW CAUSES SINN FEIN/DUP RIFT IN THE NORTHlast_img read more

DONEGAL WOMAN CHRISTENS TWINS AND THEN SAYS ‘I DO’!

first_imgKaren with new husband Geroid after their whirlwind day!It wasn’t quite ‘Four weddings and a funeral’ but Donegal woman Karen Simmons and new husband Geroid Dunne certainly know how to pack a lot into one day.With three children under the age of two years, the devoted young couple didn’t know when they would find the time to walk down the aisle.So when they were having their two month old twins Leah and Conor christened, they decided now was as good a time as any. But even more surprising was the fact that none of their family or friends knew about their big announcement.Karen, an office administrator from Listillion outside Letterkenny, said the only other person in on their secret was the priest Fr Martin Jennings.“We decided that the vast majority of people we would want at our wedding including our families and close friends were there anyway.“We didn’t want to put them to any additional expense or fuss so we decided we would have our wedding ceremony after the christening,” revealed Karen. The mum of three, who now lives in Tubbercurry, Co Sligo with Geroid, two year old daughter Grace and new twins, said the reaction of the 50 or so friends and family was priceless.“Fr Jennings was in on the secret and he knew we were getting married for the right reasons.“When he announced after the christenings that there was another small ceremony – our wedding – people went very quiet. I think they were in shock. But then everyone cheered and it was just perfect,” said Karen, 34.The couple had booked a photographer for the christening and so were able to get some wedding photos also.The christening and wedding guests then had a meal to round off what was a wonderful if not somewhat surprising day. The couple first met four years ago in Calgary, Canada where both were working and playing for the Calgary Chieftains GAA Club.They moved back to Ireland but never found the time to tie the knot.“We were both lucky in that we found work and although we had travelled a lot, we are delighted to have moved back to Ireland,” said Karen.She said the only disappointment was that some family members could not make their wedding ceremony but the couple plan to have a big party and make sure everyone is invited. “My brother was one person who couldn’t make the christening because he was sick but we couldn’t stop the wedding ceremony.“We’re going to have a big party and everyone will be invited,” added Karen.Karen is the daughter of Joe and Anne Simmons from Stranorlar.DONEGAL WOMAN CHRISTENS TWINS AND THEN SAYS ‘I DO’! was last modified: January 7th, 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:christeningdonegalGeroid DunneKaren Simmonssligotwinslast_img read more

England Can Get Even Better And It Will Need To

When Eric Dier drove his penalty kick just past the outstretched fingers of Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina and into the back of the net, he broke a 22-year English streak of losing on penalty kicks. The obvious question now is whether England can break a far more important streak that’s lasted even longer: 52 years without winning a World Cup.While every team in the quarterfinals has a nonzero chance of lifting the cup, this question presses on England particularly for two reasons. First, England got a massively fortunate draw. The two powerhouse teams remaining in the tournament, Brazil and France, are both on the opposite side of the bracket. Spain was supposed to block England’s path to the final, but it lost on penalties to Russia. This leaves just Sweden and either Croatia or Russia standing in the way of The Three Lions.And second, it’s not like England had to knock off the world’s best to get here. Drawn into a group with Tunisia and Panama as well as Belgium, England was hugely favored to reach the knockouts. Colombia as a round of 16 draw was difficult on paper, but the absence of superstar James Rodriguez meant that even this match was not against a true equal.According to FiveThirtyEight’s Soccer Power Index as a measure of the quality of competition,1We used the pre-tournament SPI ratings. Uruguay and Belgium have had the lightest schedule, but each would likely have to get through both Brazil and France to make the final. England has faced the third weakest set of opponents to date, and its run to the final is projected as the second easiest of all the remaining contenders, ever so slightly behind Croatia.2Future opponents’ SPI represents a weighted average of each possible opponent’s SPI in the semifinals and finals and the likelihood of that team advancing that far. These probabilities were taken before the start of play Friday. England’s easy road will remain easyThe eight World Cup quarterfinalists by average SPI of tournament opponents so far and a weighted average of potential future opponents TeamAvg. Opponents’ SPI so farFuture Opponents’ SPI* Wilfried Zaha0.280.56+0.28 Kylian Mbappe0.770.97+0.20 Expected Goals & Assists Per 90 min. Harry Kane0.640.86+0.23 Future opponents’ SPI represents a weighted average of each possible opponent’s SPI in the semifinals and finals and the likelihood of that team advancing that far. France74.082.8 England’s two breakout starsPlayers under age 27 in the big five European leagues who showed the most improvement from the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons to 2017-18 in expected goals plus assists Belgium67.885.3 2015-172017-18Difference Russia71.282.6 England70.579.2 The big five are the Premier League (England), Ligue 1 (France), La Liga (Spain), Serie A (Italy) and the Bundesliga (Germany).Source: Opta Sports Mohamed Salah0.721.10+0.38 Raheem Sterling0.600.90+0.31 Willian Jose0.360.58+0.22 Lucas Ocampos0.370.56+0.19 Croatia74.879.2 As manager Gareth Southgate has said, this success in set plays does reflect effective attacking play, forcing opposition teams to give up fouls in dangerous areas. In other words, England is doing a good job of progressing the ball into the final third, and the team is being rewarded with set piece opportunities.However, these tactics do not suit one of England’s best players. England isn’t a legitimate World Cup contender simply because Harry Kane happened. At the same time that Kane was developing into one of soccer’s best pure strikers for Tottenham, Raheem Sterling was making the leap at Manchester City and becoming an elite inside forward. But it’s not just luck for England. As Bobby Gardiner highlighted for FiveThirtyEight, England has developed a legitimately good team with a coherent tactical identity based on pressing immediately after a turnover to win back the ball in dangerous areas.As Gardiner outlined, this tactic was developed in part because most of England’s players ply their trade at some of the highest-pressing sides in the world. But that’s not the only reason: England also lacks a proper creative midfielder. None of the top 30 ball progressors in the big five leagues is English, and the 31st, Jack Wilshere, did not make the squad.The hope is that by forcing turnovers, England can get the ball in advanced positions without asking less expansive passers like Dier or Jordan Henderson to provide progression from deep areas.So far the results have been mixed. England was dominant against Tunisia and created a number of clear chances from open play. But against Panama, Belgium and Colombia, England relied primarily on set plays to get chances. So far in the World Cup, according to data analytics firm Opta Sports, England has 30 shots from set plays, the most in the tournament — Spain is second with 28. Where England has particularly excelled is in winning fouls in dangerous areas to get shots from free kicks, either with direct attempts on goal or designed set plays. The Three Lions’ 17 shots from free kicks are by far the most at the World Cup, with Spain and Argentina trailing at 12. Neymar0.991.19+0.20 Sweden76.282.9 Son Heung-min0.490.71+0.22 Uruguay66.985.4 Florian Thauvin0.460.76+0.29 Brazil73.282.8 The incredible season that Mo Salah had for Liverpool somewhat obscured Sterling’s massive improvement in production — 22 goals and 12 assists in a little over 3,000 minutes in the Premier League and the Champions League. But set pieces aren’t Sterling’s game. While Kane attempted 26 headed shots last season in the Premier League, Sterling attempted just one. Sterling excels at receiving balls at his feet — he was second in the league in progressive passes received with 6.5.Though England’s set plays have been good for Kane — as his two goals against Tunisia demonstrated — they’ve done nothing for Sterling, who has no goals and just one assist in his three games played. The best way to get Sterling involved would be to develop an open-play strategy for getting the ball into the penalty area and allowing him to create. So long as England depends on set plays, the team sidelines one of its most dangerous attackers.The Three Lions have made it this far through an easy draw with the press and set play plan. But if England intends on defeating a superpower like Brazil or France and lifting the cup, it will need both of its forwards in the game.Check out our latest World Cup predictions. read more

Virtus Entella confirms it will play on Sunday

first_imgThe Serie C team is fighting in the courts to be re-admitted to the Italian Lega Serie B after three teams failed to registerThe Italian Lega Serie B and Serie C are in the middle of a big controversy after three teams failed to register.Avellino, Bari, and Cesena couldn’t register to the Serie B and the tournament will play with only 19 teams.But those clubs relegated to the Serie C are fighting to be re-admitted to the league.SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 27: Claudio Ranieri, Manager of Fulham during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Fulham FC at St Mary's Stadium on February 27, 2019 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)Ranieri speaks for the first time at Roma Manuel R. Medina – March 10, 2019 The Italian manager has returned to his country to coach Lega Serie A club Roma after the team was kicked out of the UEFA Champions League.“On Sunday we’ll take the pitch against Pisa because Serie C requires us to play while emphasizing that playing the game does not compromise any possible readmission to the tournament in which we deserve to play,” a statement on the Virtus Entella’s website reads according to Football Italia.“Entella will certainly continue our battle. We’re victims of a great injustice, we are entitled to stay in Serie B, after the sentence from CONI’s Collegio di Garanzia, that is the sporting Supreme Court, which said that Entella must be readmitted.”“That was an executive ruling dated September 19 that was never complied with, a very serious fact which does great damage to our club,” the team added.“From today, however, all Entella, from the team to the technical staff, from the directors to the fans must enter ‘match mode’.”last_img read more

Rice dedicates the victory to Billy Bonds

first_imgThe West Ham United youngster feels happy after beating Newcastle United 2-0 in the English Premier League Saturday fixture.Declan Rice scored once, and Mark Noble helped his team with another goal, to leat West Ham United to a 2-0 win over Newcastle United tonight in the English Premier League.And the Hammers youngster dedicated the three points to Billy Bonds, who was honored before the match.The East Stand was named the Billy Bonds Stand in his honor after the whole stadium clapped for the four-time Hammer of the Year.“I hadn’t met Billy before,” Rice said to the team’s official website.“I just shook his hand before the match and said ‘it’s a great occasion, and lovely to meet you’. It was great to hear the fans singing Billy Bonds’ name today.”“I know everything that he did for the club. It was a special day, and to get the three points for him was even more special,” he added.“It’s nice to get on the scoresheet again, and from a header. It was a massive goal. It’s good to make up for the one I missed against Liverpool the other week. I think it gave the lads a boost.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Mark Noble’s penalty was spot on. I don’t know why I get so nervous when Noble steps up to take penalties! He’s been taking them his whole life. He stuck it in the top corner. It was special,” he continued.“I think we deserved the win. Newcastle has been in some great form recently so we knew we had to be on our game, and we said that. We had to treat this game like as a final. I think you saw that in the first half.”“We were out of the box quick. We got an early goal and we kept pushing. We played some lovely football at times. Manu and Felipe played some beautiful football,” he concluded.With this result, West Ham United is now in the ninth position of the table with 39 points, three points ahead of Everton.Well done, lads! You did Bonzo proud ❤️#WHUNEW #COYI pic.twitter.com/Ck9z799NEQ— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) March 2, 2019last_img read more

Dave Scotts weather forecast live from the Oscars at the Ranch

first_img Dave Scott Categories: Local San Diego News, Weather FacebookTwitter Dave Scott, March 4, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsKUSI’s Dave Scott was live at the “Oscars at the Ranch” Academy Awards viewing party to benefit the San Diego Film Festival.Patrons enjoyed signature dishes from San Diego’s premier chefs as they sipped crafted cocktails and cast their votes for the Oscar winners.The San Diego Film Festival’s mission is to use film to explore issues of global impact, to create dialog, to encourage self-reflection, and ultimately to develop empathy and understanding in an increasingly diverse and complex world. center_img Dave Scott’s weather forecast live from the Oscars at the Ranch Posted: March 4, 2018 Updated: 9:32 PMlast_img read more

EmmyNominated Editor Rejoins TIMEs Newsroom People on the Move

first_imgHearst Magazines Digital Media has made a couple major changes to its leadership. Brooke Siegel was appointed to VP of content and Kristine Brabson was promoted to executive director, content strategy.Most recently, Siegel served as executive director, editorial strategy for Hearst Magazines Digital Media, but in her new role, she will be responsible for content strategy across the company’s digital portfolio as well as directly overseeing the brand’s luxury sites, including HarpersBazaar.com, ELLE.com, MarieClaire.com, and Sweet, a straight-to-Snapchat Discover publication. She will also add oversight of HMDM’s centralized features department and the newsroom to her responsibilities.Brabson most recently held the title of site director of Good Housekeeping with editorial oversight of House Beautiful, Redbook and Prevention. In her new management role, Brabson will have the added oversight of Country Living and Woman’s Day in addition to Good Housekeeping, Redbook and Prevention.InStyle has appointed Julia von Boehm as their new fashion director, effective April 23. She will report to editor-in-chief, Laura Brown, and will oversee fashion and styling across the brand.von Boehm has contributed to a variety of different fashion brands like Harper’s Bazaar and Porter Magazine, and has served as the creative director for Germany’s Interview Magazine. She also has recognition among the Hollywood elite, known for styling actors like Nicole Kidman.“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Julia on and off for years. She has incredible taste, brilliant relationships–in both fashion and Hollywood–and she gets it done,” says Brown.Town & Country’s former beauty director, Jamie Rosen, was tapped as ZIIP Beauty’s new director of strategy and partnerships, effective April 9. With over 15 years of experience in a beauty editor/director role, Rosen will be responsible for overseeing strategic collaborations and devising overall storytelling and messaging in her new position. She will also work to grow the company through collaborative efforts in determining brand direction and product pipeline.“I will be focused on amplifying its powerful story, partnering with like-minded brands, and helping to build what is next,” says Rosen. “ZIIP is not just the real deal, it is the future of beauty, and a manifestation of what happens when women take matters into their own hands.”The Atlantic has added The Ringer’s Hannah Giorgis to their culture team as a staff writer.Business Insider has tapped Olivia Oran as a senior editor. She most recently worked at Reuters and in her new role, she will lead a team of reporters in covering the financial industry.Mashable’s former managing editor, Foster Kamer, has joined Futurism Media as content director. Mia TramzMia Tramz will be rejoining the TIME newsroom as editorial director, enterprise and immersive experiences from her current position as managing editor of TIME’s LIFE VR. While making the transition into her new role, Tramz will continue to oversee LIFE VR and work with other brands to produce 360 video, VR and AR. In her new position, however, she will take on the responsibilities of overseeing enterprise projects across all platforms, and looking for opportunities to augment the impact of brand content.Earning two Emmy nominations in Tramz last role, including one for the first VR docu-series covering the world’s tallest peak, “Capturing Everest” for Sports Illustrated, TIME’s editor-in-chief, Edward Felsenthal said in an announcement to his staff that “Mia has repeatedly proven herself to be an outstanding digital innovator.”We agree, having just named Mia one of our 2018 Top Women in Media, Industry Trailblazer honorees.Creating TIME’s first AR-activated issue as well as its first VR hologram, Felsenthal says of her promotion, “you can expect more of that to come.”Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move…last_img read more

JBLM to Trim Civilian Workforce to Reflect Army Restructuring

first_imgJoint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) plans to eliminate about 900 civilian and contractor positions, or 5.5 percent of its existing civilian workforce, over the next two years, according to Army data released to the Tacoma News Tribune.The news comes on the heels of the Army’s announcement in July about its plans to shrink its active-duty end strength from 490,000 to 450,000 soldiers by the end of fiscal 2018. Officials at the time said the restructuring would be accompanied by civilian cutbacks, but as recently as last November the Army said it had not yet determined how many civilian employees would be affected.The Army’s latest restructuring is slated to eliminate 1,251 soldiers at the installation in the South Sound region of Washington state.Leaders at JBLM have been meeting to figure out how they’ll cope with hundreds fewer workers to support the installation’s day-to-day operations. Those reductions, along with additional staffing cuts expected through 2022, “will fundamentally change how we operate on base,” said Greta Powell, chief of the base’s resource management office.“It’s bleak,” Powell said.The Army plans to achieve the cutbacks primarily through attrition and retirements, said Army spokesman Lt. Col. Joe Buccino.As the Army draws down from two wars, it will need fewer civilians to run its installations, according to the story. One reason is that some functions filled by civilians now can be handled by soldiers, such as gate security. In other cases, the shrinking number of military personnel will require a smaller installation support staff.“This isn’t a crisis or a catastrophe,” said Tom Knight, the base’s chief of staff. “This is an opportunity to reassess ourselves to change the way we’re doing business here for a lot of the right reasons. We have much more of a home-station military right now,” Knight said.In advance of the cuts, Gov. Jay Inslee (D) in July directed state agencies to develop a plan for helping service members and civilian workers find new careers. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

99 Restaurant To Host Fundraiser For Wilmington Farmers Market On June 18

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA – Looking for an excuse to eat out?The Wilmington Farmers Market Association is holding a “Dining For A Cause” Fundraiser at the 99 Restaurant (144 Lowell Street) on Monday, June 18, 2018, from 4pm to 11pm.Bring the flyer below and 15% of your bill will be donated to the Farmers Market.  Applies to both dine-on AND take-out orders.  (No coupons, discounts or promotions are accepted during the fundraiser.)At the restaurant, Farmers Market organizers will also be raffling off a gift basket that includes some goodies, products from its vendors, and gift certificates to local restaurants and farmers market vendors. Tickets will be $2 each or 3 for $5.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWHS Local Heroes Club To Hold Fundraiser To Benefit Veterans At 99 Restaurant On Sept. 11In “Community”99 Restaurant To Host Fundraiser For Cops With Kids For Cancer On June 5In “Community”99 Restaurant To Host Fundraiser For Northside PAC On May 29In “Community”last_img read more

SENIOR CENTER SPOTLIGHT Register Of Deeds Richard Howe To Hold Homestead Seminar

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Register of Deeds Richard P. Howe Jr. will present a free Homestead Seminar on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 1:00pm at the Wilmington Senior Center (15 School Street).Recording a Declaration of Homestead at the Registry of Deeds protects your home from creditors. Register Howe will explain how this valuable law works and will have blank Homestead forms for anyone who wishes to file one (the recording fee is $35, cash or check). He will also discuss and answer questions about common real estate issues such as trusts, joint ownership of property, and mortgages.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Middlesex North Register of Deeds Richard Howe.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedRichard Howe Seeks Re-Election To Keep Improving Middlesex North Registry Of DeedsIn “Government”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Vote Karen Cassella For Middlesex North Register Of DeedsIn “Letter To The Editor”40 Properties Sold In Wilmington In AugustIn “Business”last_img read more