Kaepernick opts out of contract, becomes free agent

first_imgSANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP): Colin Kaepernick is a free agent after opting out of his San Francisco 49ers contract yesterday. The six-year veteran quarterback who drew particular attention and headlines last season by not standing for the national anthem, met with new general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan before making the move. Kaepernick made a meteoric rise with the 49ers under coach Jim Harbaugh, leading them to the 2012 NFC title and a close loss to Baltimore in the Super Bowl. But his career spiralled in recent seasons, and he was benched for journeyman Blaine Gabbert. Kaepernick threw for 2,241 yards, 16 touchdowns and four interceptions in 11 starts in 2016. He’s thrown for 72 touchdowns since joining San Francisco as a 2011 second-round draft pick. His decision leaves the team with no quarterbacks on the roster. Gabbert and Christian Ponder also are free agents. “You’ve got to do your homework and look into everything,” Shanahan told the team’s website. Kaepernick originally signed a $114 million, six-year contract with the 49ers in 2014, but restructured it down to a two-year deal last October one day after replacing Gabbert as San Francisco’s starting quarterback. The new contract, much more franchise-friendly than the original deal, converting Kaepernick’s game bonuses into guaranteed money, included the clause allowing him to become an unrestricted free agent in 2017. Kaepernick, 29, has indicated he plans to stand for the anthem next season. He knelt through the “Star Spangled Banner” all of last season to protest police brutality and the treatment of minorities, drawing criticism and acclaim alike.last_img read more

Roma skipper De Rossi gets two-match ban

first_img0Shares0000Referee Giacomelli gives red card to AS Roma’s midfielder Daniele De Rossi during their match against Genoa on November 26, 2017 in Genoa © AFP/File / MARCO BERTORELLOROME, Italy, Nov 28 – Roma captain Daniele De Rossi was given a two-match ban on Tuesday for slapping Genoa’s Gianluca Lapadula in last weekend’s Serie A draw.De Rossi was sent off with his side leading 1-0 after 69 minutes for hitting Lapadula in the face and the Genoa striker scored the resulting penalty for a 1-1 draw. The Lega Serie A found the 34-year-old former Italy midfielder guilty of “seriously unsportsmanlike conduct”, meaning he will miss their next two league games against SPAL and Chievo.Juventus were fined 10,000 euros ($11,846) for “derogatory chants of a territorial origin” against Calabria side Crotone, and Inter Milan 3,500 euros for delaying the second half of the Cagliari game by three minutes.Verona defender Thomas Heurtaux and Bologna’s Vasilis Torosidis were both given one-match bans for their respective red cards at the weekend.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Flu during pregnancy endangers fetus

first_imgPASADENA – Pregnant women who contract the flu are more likely to bear a child with a serious mental illness or autism, according to a study released Tuesday by a team of Caltech biologists. Working with mice that carry the genes for a schizophrenia-like condition, researchers found that animals that became ill during their pregnancy were more likely to pass along the disorder to their babies. Moreover, the abnormality was not present in mice born to mothers whose immune response to the flu had been blocked. “The work is extremely solid and very interesting,” Dan Geschwind, a UCLA neurogeneticist, said of the work by the Caltech team. “There are some things that are very unexpected.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Caltech researchers determined that the abnormality was caused by the presence of interleukin-6, a protein triggered during an immune response. “If you block the protein IL-6, you completely normalize the behaviors of the offspring,” Caltech biologist Paul Patterson said. “On the converse experiment, if you just inject IL-6 into the mother, that will give rise to offspring with abnormal behaviors.” Finding the link between the pregnant mouse’s immune response and her offspring’s mental health is the first step in understanding whether there could be a similar connection in humans, Geschwind said. elise.kleeman@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4451last_img read more

What If…’ Investors Play the Long Odds

first_imgThe stock market is off to a flying start in 2006, and the experts are busy crossing their fingers, hoping their predictions come true. Some of those predictions, such as weakness in the dollar and a slowdown in the housing market, already seem to be taking place. But investors also need to focus on some of the potential surprises for this year call them the what if’ investing scenarios even if there’s a smaller possibility that these will actually happen. The reason: Big profits come from arriving early to the next trend, before others get on the bandwagon. Buying before the good news, and selling investments before the bad news already is reflected in the price of a stock or bond, is the goal of every investor. That’s why many savvy investors see value in sifting through the potential surprises for 2006, to see which have a decent chance of taking place. For example, many stock strategists predict a slowdown in the growth rate of the U.S. economy, as the effects of a string of interestrate increases by the Federal Reserve are felt. This could spur the Federal Reserve to stop raising interest rates. 1 Muscular Economy But James Paulsen, chief investment strategist at Wells Capital Management, argues that the economy’s revival, though long in the tooth, could continue this year, with the U.S. gross domestic product rising an impressive 4%. Good news for the entire stock market, right? Not really. If the U.S. economy continues to expand at a rapid pace, the threat of inflation will hang over the stock market throughout the year and this could hold back the overall market, much as it did in 2005. Mr. Paulsen notes that the Fed hasn’t been able to push yields on bonds which affect rates on many mortgages and other loans much higher in the past year, and may continue to raise short-term rates, perhaps after a pause in the spring, until market rates are considerably higher and the economy finally slows. All this could spell malaise for safe, “defensive” stocks, such as big banks including Citigroup (C) and J.P. Morgan Chase (JPM), which appear quite cheap but often are overlooked when the economy is an upswing. And it could mean more good times for small-cap and cyclical stocks, which led the market in 2005 and usually do best when the economy is an upswing. So far, his prediction has been borne out the Russell 2000, an index of smaller stocks, is up 5.2% so far in 2006, compared with a 2.3% gain for the Dow Jones Industrial Average. “Due to Fed tightening, most investors forecast a 2006 slowdown, which implies the Fed is close to stopping tightening, which should allow the stock market to rise further led by large-cap, defensive” stocks, he says. “The surprise might be that Fed tightening thus far is really not that restrictive, and thus the economy keeps rocking and rolling.” Byron R. Wien, chief investment strategist at hedge fund Pequot Capital Management who publishes an annual list of surprises, also guesses that new Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke could keep raising interest rates, hurting banks’ shares. Others say continued rate boosts by the Fed will send bond prices much lower. Bond prices have held up well in the past few years, with prices of riskier bonds such as junk bonds doing especially well. But so many companies with lower ratings have sold bonds in recent years that some say investors aren’t sufficiently worried about repayment problems from more companies in 2006. Even if the economy continues to grow, lower-quality companies may begin to have trouble paying back debts. 2 Exuberant Consumers Another surprise could be if the U.S. consumer, laden with debt, holds up well, helping retail and other consumer-oriented stocks in the process. Many expect it to be a harder year for consumers, in part because a weaker housing market and higher interest rates will make it more difficult for homeowners to refinance their mortgages and extract equity from their homes. But if workers finally begin to extract bigger paychecks from employers and unemployment stays low, the balance sheets of consumers could be strengthened, helping big retailing and consumer stocks like InterContinental Hotels Group of London (trading in the U.S. under the symbol IHG), Federated Depar tment Stores (FD) and Car nival Corp. (CCL). With the state of the consumer up in the air, some analysts recommend shares of Darden Restaurants (DRI), the parent of casual dining restaurants such as Olive Garden and Red Lobster, that has seen growing business lately and is expected to expand earnings by 17% in the next year. But the stock trades at a reasonable 17 times next year’s expected earnings, and analysts have been raising their estimates lately. 3 Gold Gives It Up Mr. Wien says that despite the recent ardor among investors for gold and gold-related shares, this excitement could subside in 2006, surprising investors who have shifted into the commodity. The drop could come as investors stop worrying about inflation and they switch to other investments as gold stops rising. 4 Iranian Nukes; Protectionism Some analysts, including Tobias Levkovich, chief U.S. equity strategist at Citigroup, worry about a move by Iran to accelerate its nuclear program. So far, the government of Iran has showed no evidence that it will back down from its nuclear program. Most investors have ignored the conflict. But if a military showdown takes place with the U.S., Europe or Israel it could rock the U.S. market, and remind investors of the risks in global investing. Mr. Levkovich also says a surprise could come from a surge of protectionist sentiment in Washington, which could hurt the markets. Some think this could be spurred by continued cheap imports, and the difficulties that U.S. manufacturers are having. 5 Oil Slides to $45 a Barrel A possible piece of good news, at least for most consumers: Mr. Paulsen suggests that oil prices could fall, and oil stocks do poorly, as it becomes clear that there is no looming shortage of oil. Consumers also could shift their habits to use less energy, by driving smaller automobiles and turning down the thermostat, perturbed over sky-high energy bills. “Crude prices may decline to the mid-$40s rather than rising above $70,” says Mr. Paulsen. “The secular oil-shortage story has elements of truth, but crude prices are ahead of themselves based on this story…everyone is caught up with the idea [that] oil stocks are the place to be.” 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. 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first_imgA crowd of almost 300 runners lined up for the Donegal Athletics Board annual 5K in Letterkenny today.The eventual winner was Conor Bradley from City of Derry Spartans in a fine time of 15.42.Finn Valley’s Mark Toy and Gerard Gallagher came in second and third respectively. Well done to all who took part in what were challenging conditions.The following is a list of results and times for participants.1 98 Conor Bradley City of Derry Spartans AC SM 15:42.52 161 Mark Hoy Finn Valley AC SM 15:45.4 3 206 Gerard Gallagher Finn Valley AC SM 15:48.54 101 Pauric McKinney Inishowen AC M40 15:52.25 96 James Speight Finn Valley AC SM 16:01.06 172 Colin Watson Finn Valley AC SM 16:18.97 81 Peter Gibbons Letterkenny AC JM 16:32.8 8 112 Paul McCafferty City of Derry Spartans AC M40 16:40.59 43 Ivan Toner Letterkenny AC SM 16:50.710 169 Shane McNulty Finn Valley AC SM 16:52.111 19 Martin Irwin Finn Valley AC M40 16:55.2 12 214 Theresa Mc Gloin Finn Valley AC SW 16:56.213 252 Oisin Gallen Finn Valley AC JM 17:00.814 316 Kieran Crawford Letterkenny AC SM 17:10.815 111 Martin Mooney Inishowen AC SM 17:17.816 241 Mark Mullan City of Derry Spartans AC SM 17:18.117 358 Conal Mc Cambridge North Belfast JM 17:20.618 183 Kevin Ferry Letterkenny AC M40 17:23.119 20 Liam Doherty Cranford AC SM 17:27.920 221 Brian Mc Crossan Ind SM 17:32.921 216 Joe Mc Kinney Inishowen AC M40 17:37.422 244 Noel Diver Rosses AC SM 17:38.323 215 Pius Mc Intyre Foyle Valley AC SM 17:41.924 110 Marcus McClintock Letterkenny AC M40 17:46.725 240 Paddy Penrose Finn Valley AC JM 17:50.426 129 Gareth Kerrigan Milford AC SM 17:55.727 32 Kieran Callaghan Ind SM 17:59.428 65 Seamus O’Donnell Ind SM 18:00.529 48 Paul Murray Finn Valley AC SM 18:02.830 227 Darren Mc Glinchey Finn Valley AC SM 18:04.331 186 Niall Barry Letterkenny AC SM 18:06.932 306 P J Boyce Cranford AC M40 18:10.233 133 Brian Ferry Letterkenny AC SM 18:12.834 54 Brendan Irwin Finn Valley AC SM 18:15.535 24 Fionnuala Diver Letterkenny AC SW 18:16.136 178 Dominic Bonner Finn Valley AC M50 18:17.737 237 Aidan Mc Kenna Letterkenny AC M40 18:18.538 212 Kenny O Donnell Finn Valley AC M40 18:22.039 184 Dwain Robb Inishowen AC SM 18:24.340 222 Raymond Birch Finn Valley AC SM 18:26.741 314 Jack Mc Bride Finn Valley AC JM 18:27.242 100 Barry Meehan Letterkenny AC SM 18:27.643 12 Joseph English Letterkenny AC M50 18:39.244 175 Ciaran O’Donnell Letterkenny AC M40 18:41.945 47 Peter Lilburn City of Derry Spartans AC M60 18:44.346 160 Ollie Thomas Tir Chonaill AC M40 18:48.447 226 Gerard Devine Ind SM 18:48.548 38 Richard McCarthy Tir Chonaill AC M50 18:48.949 302 Shaun Mc Daid Inishowen AC M40 18:57.750 312 Paul Mc Monagle Letterkenny AC SM 19:01.051 137 Catriona Carlin Finn Valley AC SW 19:03.352 219 Michael Penrose Finn Valley AC M40 19:04.653 71 Michael Devenney United Health Group M40 19:16.954 36 Niall Bonner Ind JM 19:19.655 232 Philip Callaghan Inishowen AC M40 19:20.756 82 Darren Price Letterkenny AC SM 19:23.457 85 Donna Evans Ind W45 19:24.058 145 Noeleen Porter Finn Valley AC W45 19:30.059 243 Dinny Doherty Cranford AC SM 19:37.260 208 Teresa Doherty Inishowen AC SW 19:40.261 307 Kieran Mc Monagle Ind SM 19:41.062 131 Paul Dillon Ind SM 19:42.363 220 Ciaran Mc Intyre Ind SM 19:43.464 105 Catherine Dooher Finn Valley AC SW 19:43.765 146 Michael Madden Letterkenny AC SM 19:45.766 94 Michael Collins Inishowen AC M40 19:46.067 253 James Crossan Lifford AC SM 19:46.568 173 Thomas Mullen Lifford AC JM 19:46.569 365 Paul Cosgrove Letterkenny AC M40 19:47.370 138 Martin Devaney Lifford AC SM 19:48.871 150 Drew Doherty Finn Valley AC M50 19:49.972 213 Seamus Morrison Letterkenny AC M40 19:51.673 141 Garvin Mulligan Letterkenny AC SM 19:53.974 204 Kathleen Mc Nulty Finn Valley AC W45 19:54.275 229 Des Goyvaerts Ind SM 20:06.376 223 John Cannon Tir Chonaill AC M50 20:07.977 362 Peter Mc Ginley Ind SM 20:12.278 86 Gabriel O Leary Finn Valley AC SM 20:13.879 182 Brian Patton Finn Valley AC SM 20:16.480 187 Alan Catterson Finn Valley AC M40 20:19.081 25 Irene McFadden Letterkenny AC SW 20:20.082 322 John A Mc Mullan Ind SM 20:20.783 189 Sean McFadden Letterkenny AC SM 20:21.984 75 Adrian Gill United Health Group SM 20:22.485 353 Gavin Harris 24/7 Triathlon SM 20:23.286 108 Adrian McHugh Ind SM 20:26.287 58 Ally Doherty Ind SM 20:26.388 162 Kay Byrne Finn Valley AC W50 20:33.989 200 Rory Grant Ind SM 20:37.490 233 Niall Gildea Ind SM 20:39.191 170 Tony Gallagher Finn Valley AC M40 20:40.692 120 Terry McFadden Milford AC SM 20:42.893 174 John McCarron 24/7 Triathlon M40 20:46.894 363 Karl Crossan Ind SM 20:51.295 149 Naoise Enright Letterkenny AC SM 20:51.396 121 Martin Anderson Finn Valley AC M40 20:51.897 147 Gaulter Graca Ind SM 20:51.998 218 Nikita Burke Letterkenny AC SW 20:53.099 228 Cathal Morrison Ind M40 20:53.8100 26 Sinead Peoples Letterkenny AC SW 20:54.0101 209 Philomena Gallagher Tir Chonaill AC W40 20:55.2102 303 Anthony Murray Ind M60 20:56.3103 304 Decaln Carlin Finn Valley AC M40 20:57.3104 313 Paul Gildea Ind SM 20:57.9105 207 Paul Doherty Ind SM 20:59.4106 11 Christopher O’Loughlin Tir Chonaill AC JM 21:01.2107 245 Liam Marley Cranford AC M50 21:01.9108 35 Dean Bonner Ind JM 21:03.4109 57 Andrew Doherty Ind SM 21:04.1110 317 John Hegarty Ind SM 21:05.3111 239 Marie Harpur Finn Valley AC SW 21:11.7112 359 Sean Toner Convoy Running Club SM 21:16.3113 107 Orla Fogarty Letterkenny AC JW 21:18.2114 106 Stephen Davenport Ind SM 21:19.0115 234 Peter Mc Menamin Ind SM 21:20.9116 181 Brendan Patton Finn Valley AC M50 21:24.9117 28 Emma McGee Letterkenny AC SW 21:25.1118 143 Barry Irwin Finn Valley AC SM 21:26.4119 84 Pat Mc Crudden Finn Valley AC M60 21:28.3120 157 Sheila Doherty Inishowen AC SW 21:30.0121 45 Noreen Bonner Finn Valley AC W50 21:32.1122 123 Linda Ward Tir Chonaill AC W45 21:34.6123 99 Daniel Cullen Letterkenny AC SM 21:38.2124 103 Mark Harkin Ind SM 21:41.1125 27 Jane McGinley Letterkenny AC SW 21:43.6126 177 Kevin Doherty Ind M40 21:45.3127 136 Eugene Mc Ginley Ind M40 21:48.2128 254 Patrick Mc Nulty Ind SM 21:52.1129 158 Sammy Johnston Ind M40 21:54.9130 164 Joseph Casey Ind M40 21:56.1131 325 Michael Ayton Ind JM 21:56.2132 135 Sharon Hamilton Finn Valley AC SW 22:00.3133 369 Ciarran Devenney Ind SM 22:00.4134 119 John Reid Finn Valley AC JM 22:02.3135 17 James McBride Ind M60 22:03.0136 236 Seamus Mc Daid Inishowen AC M40 22:03.1137 115 Ann Marie Dalton Finn Valley AC SW 22:03.8138 139 Garvin Boyce Ind SM 22:10.7139 73 Brendan Goyvaerts United Health Group SM 22:11.6140 97 Marie Therese Speight Finn Valley AC W50 22:13.5141 87 Ciaran Callaghan Ind SM 22:15.2142 235 Laura Lee Penrose Finn Valley AC JW 22:22.3143 320 Hugh Ferry Ind SM 22:38.1144 153 Mark Glenn Convoy Running Club SM 22:40.2145 163 Liam McMullan Ind M40 22:43.0146 301 Ciaran Liddy Ind SM 22:43.1147 305 Eloise Carlin Finn Valley AC JW 22:49.1148 29 Serena McDaid Letterkenny AC SW 22:50.5149 72 Ciaran Doherty United Health Group SM 22:54.6150 356 David Wilson Ind SM 22:59.7151 128 Sabrina Mackey Ind SW 23:04.1152 210 Sharon Mc Gowan Tir Chonaill AC W45 23:04.9153 4 Alastair Hetherington Ind M40 23:06.4154 134 Samantha Wilkinson Finn Valley AC W40 23:08.3155 185 Sean O’Donnell Ind M50 23:08.7156 156 Don Smith Convoy Running Club M50 23:11.6157 354 James Brown Ind M40 23:13.7158 242 Aine McGrath Ind JW 23:14.1159 3 Eugene McGinley Raphoe Running Club M40 23:15.1160 199 Zak Brolly Raphoe Running Club SM 23:16.5161 198.000 Dylan Brolly Raphoe Running Club SM 23:16.5162 93 Breege Collins Inishowen AC W45 23:17.0163 355 Jonathon Wilson Ind SM 23:17.4164 104 Paul Whelan Finn Valley AC SM 23:17.5165 95 Patricia Orsi Milford AC W45 23:20.5166 10 Gregory O’Loughlin Tir Chonaill AC M50 23:28.5167 118 Jackie Harvey Tir Chonaill AC W50 23:33.9168 51 Aidan Dorrian Ind JM 23:35.1169 117 Vera Haughey Tir Chonaill AC W50 23:36.6170 42 Gloria Donaghey Finn Valley AC W50 23:38.8171 151 Maria Boyle Finn Valley AC W40 23:49.3172 67 Emma McNamee Ind SW 23:52.8173 148 Sinead Trearty 24/7 Triathlon SW 23:57.8174 205 Amy Mc Nulty Finn Valley AC JW 23:58.2175 360 Clara Quigley Ind SW 24:14.0176 225 Alison Stoddart Ind SW 24:16.8177 91 Adrian O Donnell Ind SM 24:17.4178 352 Francesa Patton Ind SW 24:39.2179 7 Emma Bates Finn Valley AC SW 24:41.1180 315 Donnach Devenney Letterkenny AC SM 24:48.6181 249 Dean Spencer Ind SM 24:50.9182 13 Grace O’Donnell Convoy Running Club SW 24:52.8183 154 Sean Bonner Convoy Running Club M50 24:55.2184 109 James McGinley Ind SM 25:04.3185 171 Sinead Gallagher Finn Valley AC JW 25:39.5186 144 Robert Daly Ind SM 25:43.5187 102 Monica Donaghy Ind SW 25:44.8188 224 Danny Mc Bride Ind SM 25:45.5189 140 Chris Mc Bride Ind SM 25:45.8190 59 Kira Louise Ind SW 26:12.4191 122 Eileen Morning Ind W40 26:13.2192 180 Lisa Gallagher Ind W40 26:18.5193 230 Jimmy Gildea Letterkenny AC M60 26:25.6194 327 Denis Mc Namee Ind SM 26:25.7195 217 Wendy Mc Donald Ind SW 26:30.6196 21 Charlotte Irwin Convoy Running Club SW 26:34.7197 159 Lee Ponsonby Ind SM 26:38.9198 15 Joey O’Leary Ind M40 26:39.6199 127 Mary Sweeney Ind SW 26:42.7200 319 Maureen Doherty Rosses AC W40 26:43.3201 351 Olivia Dillion Convoy Running Club SW 26:47.3202 152 Jemma McGlinchey Convoy Running Club SW 26:47.4203 83 Philip Connolly Letterkenny AC M60 26:50.0204 165 Chris McDaid Ind SM 26:55.3205 211 Deirdre Friel Raphoe Running Club W45 27:40.7206 196 Paul Brolly Raphoe Running Club M40 27:49.3207 116 Seamus Green Ind SM 27:56.0208 251 Mary Martin Finn Valley AC W50 27:56.8209 132 Margaret Mc Connell Finn Valley AC SW 28:00.3210 357 Pat Hughes Ind SM 28:16.7211 74 Martin Crawford United Health Group SM 28:17.1212 311 Brid Nash Ind SW 28:18.1213 176 Aoife McGinley Raphoe Running Club JW 28:19.1214 66 Tiernan Boyle Ind JM 28:26.4215 130 Alan Mailey Convoy Running Club SM 28:27.2216 255 Nicola Kee Finn Valley AC SW 28:31.3217 2 Melissa Gibson Raphoe Running Club SW 28:32.9218 64 Davina O’Donnell Convoy Running Club SW 28:33.4219 166 Dee Griffin Convoy Running Club SW 28:34.2220 167 Mary Harper Convoy Running Club SW 28:34.4221 78 Veronica Patton United Health Group SW 28:35.7222 89 Michael Parkinson Ind M50 28:44.8223 1 Shauna Coyle Raphoe Running Club SW 28:56.2224 9 Louise Goudie Raphoe Running Club SW 29:00.9225 77 Sinead Kinnear United Health Group SW 29:03.2226 76 Linda Harkin United Health Group SW 29:03.5227 250 Marie Bonner Convoy Running Club SW 29:10.6228 46 Kay Bonner Convoy Running Club W50 29:17.2229 124 William Bonnar Ind SM 29:42.8230 323 Lorraine Kelly Ind SW 29:52.5231 23 Kevin McHugh Ind SM 30:25.4232 168 Hazel Long Raphoe Running Club SW 30:26.7233 90 Annette Darcy Ind W45 30:28.0234 203 Jackie Tolan Convoy Running Club W45 30:31.7235 202 Adeline Temple Convoy Running Club W40 30:36.1236 201 Sue Quinn Convoy Running Club W40 30:36.6237 16 Orla Redmond Ind SW 30:55.0238 92 Julie Cole Convoy Running Club SW 31:09.7239 22 Sarah Gillen Convoy Running Club SW 31:10.8240 80 Clodagh Harris Convoy Running Club SW 31:40.6241 188 Caroline Catterson Finn Valley AC W40 31:43.1242 321 Edel Flynn Convoy Running Club W45 32:15.9243 361 Claire Mc Clean Convoy Running Club SW 32:16.0244 231 Martina Callaghan Inishowen AC W40 32:36.6245 197 Christine Brolly Raphoe Running Club W40 32:50.0246 68 Andrew McNamee Ind SM 33:52.6247 324 Chantelle Kelly Ind JW 34:12.5248 310 Catherine Kearney Ind SM 34:19.0249 193 Nicola Hegarty Ind SW 34:47.4250 248 Josephine Wilson Ind SW 35:19.6251 238 Deboran Colhoun Lifford AC JW 35:21.3252 37 Nicola Bonner Ind JW 36:02.5253 88 Louise Cullen Convoy Running Club SW 36:18.6254 179 Anne Doherty Ind SW 38:50.3255 368 Sharon Mc Nulty Ind SW 40:33.1256 142 Linda Hegarty Ind SW 40:53.1257 194 Catherine Hegarty Ind SW 40:53.3258 190 Deirdre Duffy Ind SW 41:21.1259 191 Deirdre Hegarty Ind SW 41:21.5260 195 Laura Hegarty Ind SW 42:39.8261 192 Rachel Hegarty Ind SW 42:40.3262 125 Michelle Bonner Ind SW 43:06.7263 318 Eileen O Donnell Ind SW 45:04.5264 33 Lila Hardy Ind W50 46:22.5265 308 Collette Ward Letterkenny AC SW 46:22.8266 246 Lauren O Connell Ind SW 46:24.0267 247 Linda O Connell Ind SW 46:24.3268 309 Brianna Ward Letterkenny AC SW 46:24.7269 114 Fiona Bonnar Ind SW 46:25.4270 155 Carmel Bonner Convoy Running Club SW 46:50.9271 55 Pearl Doherty Ind W50 48:29.7272 69 Frances McNamee Ind W50 50:26.5273 34 Kathleen Hardy Ind W45 50:27.1274 364 Carol Elliott Letterkenny AC SW 51:48.5275 113 Eunice Bonnar Ind W40 51:48.6276 126 Joe Bonner Ind SM 51:50.6277 366 Caitlyn Mc Gonagle Ind JW 52:33.8278 367 Lauren Mc Daid Ind JW 52:33.9BRADLEY WINS DONEGAL ATHLETICS BOARD 5K was last modified: September 15th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal Athletics Board 5k resultslast_img read more

Qatar accused of sabotaging World Cup 2022 rivals with secret campaign

first_img Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? Lord Triesman, former chairman of the Football Association and England bid chairman, urged FIFA to “look at the evidence thoroughly”, and said Qatar should not be allowed to “hold on to the World Cup” if they were shown to have broken FIFA rules.He told the paper: “I think it would not be wrong for FIFA to reconsider England in those circumstances … We have the capabilities.”The Qatar bid team has previously been accused of corruption, but was cleared following a two-year inquiry by the FIFA ethics committee.In a statement, Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy said: “The Supreme Committee rejects each and every allegation put forward by the Sunday Times.“We have been thoroughly investigated and have been forthcoming with all information related to our bid, including the official investigation led by US attorney Michael Garcia.“We have strictly adhered to all FIFA’s rules and regulations for the 2018/2022 World Cup bidding process.”FIFA said an investigation into the circumstances of the bid had already been carried out and no wrongdoing was found.A FIFA spokesperson said: “Concerning the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup bidding process, a thorough investigation was conducted by Michael Garcia and his conclusions are available in the report, which has been published on FIFA.com.”“Generally speaking, complaints regarding potential breaches of the FIFA Code of Ethics may be filed via FIFA’s confidential reporting mechanism.” 2 Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? The Qatar 2022 World Cup bid team broke FIFA rules by running a secret campaign to sabotage their rivals for the tournament, The Sunday Times has claimed.The newspaper says it has been passed documents by a whistleblower who worked with the Qatar bid. NEW ERA How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Qatar will host the World Cup in 2022 smart causal center_img ALTERED who plays? 2 gameday LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS possible xi How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures It says the bid team used a PR agency and former CIA operatives to disseminate fake propaganda about its main competitors, the United States and Australia.This allegedly involved recruiting prominent figures to criticise the bids in their own countries, thus giving the impression they lacked support at home.FIFA rules say that bidders must “refrain from making any written or oral statements of any kind, whether adverse or otherwise, about the bids or candidatures of any other member association which has expressed an interest in hosting and staging the competitions”.Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy said it “rejected” all the claims made by the paper.According to The Sunday Times, the alleged smear campaign included paying a professor 9,000 dollars (£6,900) to write a damning report on the economic cost of a US World Cup, recruiting journalists and bloggers to promote negative stories in the US, Australian and international media, and organising grassroots protests at rugby matches in Australia.The leaked documents also revealed that a group of American PE teachers had been recruited to ask congressmen to oppose a US World Cup on the grounds the money would be better spent on high school sports, the paper claimed. There is much controversy surrounding the Qatar World Cup possible standings highlights last_img read more


first_imgFancy some craic this weekend?SeaFest is underway in Rathmullan – and there’s lots to do.The weekend continues today after the Rathmullan 10k last night – although they should have handed out life jackets to the brave runners as the rain came thundering down! The SeaFest offers sea kayaking, sailing, paddle boarding and snorkeling. These experiences cost nothing and all, bar snorkeling, can be booked on the day.There will also be sack races and all sorts of other fun for landlubbers!Today’s full agenda is above – and there will be some of the festival’s superb food stalls.So grab a pac-a-mac and go! “SeaFest Lough Swilly is an event for everyone,”said Rathmullan House’s Mark Wheeler.“For sailors and watersports enthusiasts, be they experienced or novice; for families in search of something active to do with the kids; for people who simply take pleasure in being at the seaside; and of course for everyone who enjoys good local food.” SPECTACULAR SEAFEST UNDERWAY IN RATHMULLAN was last modified: June 23rd, 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:SPECTACULAR SEAFEST UNDERWAY IN RATHMULLANlast_img read more


first_imgMajella O’Donnell has revealed she has the ideal life because her husband is away half of the year!Majella – has the perfect life!The wife of singer Daniel O’Donnell says she feels like she is single half of the year because the singer disappears to go on tour!“I kind of have a bit of a double-life….because I am single a lot of the time and then I have a husband a lot of the time – ideal really,” she said. However Majella revealed she feels sorry for single people and how expensive it is to live alone.“I find just shopping when I’m on my own when Daniel is away and I have to get stuff for the dinner – I have to buy four onions in a pack or I have to buy a bag of carrots.“Everything is in bulk so you do end up spending more.”She added “Like electricity bills or you put the fire on and it costs the same putting it on for one and putting it on for two. It’s definitely more expensive,” she said.    MAJELLA HAS THE PERFECT LIFE – WITH DANIEL AWAY! was last modified: July 30th, 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:daniel o’donnelldonegalMajella O’Donnelllast_img read more

Local airports have worst safety record

first_img Southern California has long been the nation’s runway incursion epicenter. Among the country’s 25 busiest commercial airports, John Wayne Airport in Orange County, Long Beach Airport and LAX ranked one, two and three in runway incursion rates – measured by incidents per 100,000 flights – since 1999. The three airports also topped the list for the total number of incidents, regardless of size. Aviation officials call the geographic clustering a coincidence. “There’s no common theme or thread, nothing unique to Southern California,” said FAA spokesman Donn Walker. Spokeswomen at Long Beach and John Wayne airports said most runway incursions at their facilities involved small, private planes. The problem at LAX has commanded the most attention: It mostly serves commercial aircraft, giving it the greatest potential for a catastrophic accident. LAX has seen between six and 10 incursions annually since 1999, though FAA officials caution those numbers can be misleading. None of LAX’s eight incursions in 2005 posed an imminent collision risk, Walker said. Airports in Chicago, Newark, New York and Kentucky had fewer incursions, he said, but experienced more serious individual events. Not that LAX has been problem-free. In November 1999, the pilot of a departing United Airlines Boeing 757 pulled up early to avoid barreling into an Aeromexico MD80 that had mistakenly taxied into its path. The United plane – which counted among its passengers then-U.S. Sen. Bob Dole and his wife, Elizabeth Dole – skimmed an estimated 200 feet over the smaller jet, according to a LAX report. In an August 2004 incident that chillingly echoed the 1991 crash, the pilot of an arriving Asiana Boeing 747 swooped about 200 feet over a Southwest jetliner that an air traffic controller had positioned on the runway where the jumbo jet had been cleared to land. Authorities blame the airfield’s layout for most of LAX’s runway incursions – including six in just two months last year. LAX has two sets of parallel runways. Planes land on the outer runways and, while taxiing to their gates, cross the inner runways, which are used for takeoffs. While other airports have similar configurations, LAX is the nation’s fourth-busiest airport in terms of flights and has a relatively small, congested airfield. Looking down from the cab of the LAX control tower, the potential for problems is obvious as a succession of arriving jets nose up to a stop line before reaching the inner runway as other planes roar down it. “I always equate it to the same act of faith as pulling up to a traffic signal and you’ve got a green light and you see somebody pulling up in the other direction,” said Mike Foote, the air traffic controllers union representative at LAX. In other words, you assume – and hope – they’ll stop. The FAA attributes most of LAX’s incursions to pilot error, but pilots and air traffic controllers say the causes are more complex. “It’s just like an accident – it’s never one item, it’s a series of things,” said Jon Russell, a United Airlines captain based at LAX. For example, pilots may miss instructions because they’re preoccupied with landing or digesting last-minute runway assignments, he said. Authorities have tried to address LAX’s problem by installing new technology in the control tower, stressing vigilance to airline pilots and placing “hot spot” warning signs on the LAX charts pilots use. Additionally, LAX has spent $8 million on better airfield signs, lighting and markings, said airport spokesman Paul Haney. And, next year, the airport is scheduled to get a new ground radar system that will give air traffic controllers precise information about the locations of planes on the airfield. It all comes against a backdrop of a major airfield rejiggering that should give air traffic controllers greater control over the planes they guide. The project faces environmental lawsuits, but the airport hopes to settle those and begin construction early next year. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Los Angeles International Airport and two others nearby have the worst runway safety records among the nation’s busiest airports in recent years, a review of federal aviation data shows. Federal officials are most concerned by the situation at bustling LAX, where commercial jets have come perilously close to crashing at least twice since 1999, the first year of data reviewed by The Associated Press. The problem persists because, despite millions spent to reduce violations known as runway incursions, LAX’s airfield has built-in flaws: It’s too tightly packed and arriving aircraft must cross runways used for takeoffs. Nationwide, the number of incursions has dropped about 20 percent from its 2001 peak. Airports in Boston, Philadelphia and Newark had unusually high numbers of incursions in fiscal year 2005; those in Denver, San Francisco and New York’s La Guardia had none, according to federal records. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals While other airports periodically make headlines, federal attention has focused on LAX because the incursion rate has remained consistently high. Now, after years of planning, the airport plans a permanent fix: a $250 million airfield renovation that officials say should eliminate most of the violations. Federal authorities and LAX officials say that, using interim fixes, they have reduced the severity of the incidents, if not the number. “I don’t feel there’s an enormous safety problem there right now (but) the numbers do concern us,” said Dave Kurner, the Federal Aviation Administration’s regional runway safety program manager. Runway incursions occur when a plane or vehicle on the ground gets too close to a plane that is landing or taking off. The worst aviation accident in history occurred on a runway in 1977 when two jumbo jets collided in the Atlantic Ocean’s Canary Islands, killing 582 people. At LAX, 35 people died in 1991 when an air traffic controller cleared a jet to land on the same runway where she had positioned a commuter plane for takeoff. Nationally, incursions spiked at 407 in fiscal 2001, FAA reports show, before dropping to 326 in fiscal 2004 – about the same level as in 1999. Boston’s Logan International bucked the trend in spectacular fashion by recording 15 incursions last year after experiencing just four from 2002 through 2004. The number of incursions that resulted in near crashes also dropped. last_img read more

DD Motoring: The days of newspaper boys and transport in Letterkenny

first_imgWith reunions in full swing this time of year, our motoring columnist Brian McDaid takes a journey back in time to when he didn’t take photos or write for the news publications. Instead, he focused on how news travelled on the road when it was delivered by hand by newspaper boys in Letterkenny.Up at the junction of Crossview House outside Gallagher’s Hotel you could be forgiven for thinking you were on O’Connell Street in Dublin as one of John Crerand newspaper boys belted out the titles of two products he was selling ‘ PRESS OR HERALD’Press or Herald Advertisement When you stood at the junction long before the one-way system, and link roads all the traffic had to pass through that junction if they had any business to do in Letterkenny. Motorist and locals heading from work would buy an evening paper to catch up with the news on their way home.In them days from my memory there was only a few shops that you could buy daily newspapers in Letterkenny that was Clarke’s and Barr’s.John Crerand looked after the evening news for Letterkenny from his home on the Church Lane. His old Ford Corsair would land laden with newspapers six days a week without fail.An old Ford Corsair which was the mode of transport for Late John Crerand to carry the Evening Press into Letterkenny every evening.The stories that the great Con Houlihan penned on to sheets of paper in Dublin and the images of deer in the Phoenix Park captured by staff photographer Austin Finn were all a part of the Evening Press which was by far the better seller compared to the Evening Herald. Advertisement The Old Evening Press which was great seller in Letterkenny in the 1970’sAt the height of its sales the Evening Press had a nationwide daily circulation of 175,000 papers of which I sold 48 every evening.There was no calling ‘Press or Herald’ on my paper run, it was door to door in the area of Letterkenny where I lived. We headed out of the Church Lane and up Glencar on my paper run. If you were lucky and the papers arrived in Letterkenny in time. You would get a few sales at St. Eunan’s Cathedral from people who would call in to say a prayer on their way home from work.We always prayed for light Evening Press edition, with few pages in them they were lighter but still heavy. The hairy cord used to secure the papers on their journey from the print press at Burgh Quay in Dublin to Letterkenny was once again modified into a sling to carry the papers on the last mile of their journey by foot.A coat doubled up as a bit of cover for your neck against the grinding a cord could inflict and also keep your clothes from getting covered in newsprint.The cost of transport for the last mile and the sale at the front door of a family home gave the newspaper boy a less than a half of one new penny per paper, in theory anyway! Return had to be taken back the next evening and the taking had to tally up at the end of the week before the newspaper boys’ wages were sorted.The Old one shilling piece which was still used when the new decimal currency came in in 1970 which had a street value of five new penceThe Evening Press cost 4 new pence in the 1970’s which was a great price for a newspaper boy because most of your regular customers would give you a five pence piece or a shilling in old money and would let you keep the change. It was a nightmare if someone gave you a fifty pence piece in them days as it would leave you without change for the rest of the paper run.A five pence paper which bought an Evening Press and a penny to spare for a tip for the paper boy.Papers had to be delivered in rain, hail and snow and there were very few days that they didn’t make the journey all the way from Dublin and through Northern Ireland at the height of the troubles.The very last customer at the top of Glencar was our local Vet Brendan Mc Feeley who always gave a good tip but there were days that you could make the journey to the very top to his house on the Hill to find that he was out on a call and you would miss the sale. Wet days were the worst days for selling newspapers. Even though you always carried a Dillion’s shopping bag to cover the papers they always ended up soaking wet and some of your customer might not even answer the door to buy a paper that was laden with water.Full CircleAs the paper boys moved on through school and followed their career my journey brought me back to newspapers working with the local papers in Letterkenny.Some of the work that I covered made national news and I had the pleasure of seeing my own photos used in the same Evening Press that I delivered door to door as a child. I had the pleasure of meeting the great Con Houlihan when I was sent to cover a Finn Harps game in Dublin.Con Houligan who was one of the great writers for the Evening Press which was sold all over Ireland.The person I always hoped to meet was Austin Finn but that was never to happen. Austin Finn was knocked down by a car near Ballsbridge in the turn of this century and died. That day he was on assignment capturing what he always captured – local people going about their everyday life. He was 56.Austin Finn at work for the Evening press in Dublin.With the technology that we have today where news can be sent anywhere at the press of a button on a mobile phone, it’s hard to believe in days gone by the rushing about taking a photo, heading back to the darkroom and developing a black and white film, making a print, drying it out before shipping it off on a bus to the printers in Ballyshannon for the Donegal Democrat – were I worked for 25 years – or occasionally sending photos off on the Express Bus to Dublin to meet a deadline, and on some occasions the newspaper coming the whole way back from Dublin to make the final part of their journey sitting across from the driver on the front seat of a Lough Swilly Bus. Those were the daysPress or Herald …. Press or HeraldDD Motoring: The days of newspaper boys and transport in Letterkenny was last modified: August 9th, 2018 by Brian McDaidShare 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