Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat insists he will not be walking away from the club.The Dutchman replaced Gus Poyet as Black Cats boss in March on a short-term deal and steered them to safety last season.He duly signed a one-year contract to lead the north-east club during the 2015-16 campaign, but has been linked with a swift departure having recentlry criticised the club’s spending activity.But Advocaat, who is the bookmakers’ favourite to be the next Premier League manager to leave his post, insists he remains fully committed to their cause and plans to see out the season.“I never said that I will quit this club. I hope I can stay until the end of the season,” Advocaat told a press conference ahead of the Black Cats’ league encounter at Aston Villa on Saturday, as quoted by several national newspapers.“Honestly. This is a great club, I really mean that. I have been at many great clubs but this is a really special one.”Sunderland have claimed just a point from their opening three games of the season, but Advocaat is adamant they will bounce back.“I have had a good talk with the president and also the players this week. The team will be there for me,” he added.“We did it last year [avoid relegation] and we will do the same again. That is the feeling I have now – and we know how to do it with the players.” Dick Advocaat 1
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AC Milan are set to rival Liverpool for the signing of out of favour Inter Milan defender Andrea Ranocchia.The centre-back has been heavily linked with a switch to Anfield this month but the Reds now face competition from a number of clubs in Italy and a deal is looking increasingly unlikely. Sampdoria are also interested in landing the out-of-favour Inter centre-back and now, according to Sky Italia, their city rivals have registered an interest in the 27-year-old.Ranocchia is understood to be favouring a move to another Italian club and is prepared to listen to offers from AC.Inter are reluctant to negotiate with their rivals but remain keen on offloading the defender this month, who has featured just ten times for Roberto Mancini’s side this term. 1 Inter Milan defender Andrea Ranocchia
Manchester United defender Chris Smalling Manchester United defender Chris Smalling is hoping to overcome injury in time for Sunday’s clash with boyhood club Arsenal.The 26-year-old has been one of the few bright spots in a bleak season at Old Trafford and has been a mainstay in Louis van Gaal’s side, although he missed Thursday’s Europa League win over FC Midtjylland with a shoulder problem.That match was just the second he has missed all campaign, and the centre-back is looking to avoid a third absence when the Gunners visit Old Trafford.“Touch wood, that carries on,” Smalling said when asked about his impressive United displays.“I was disappointed to miss the other night, but I’m hoping to be okay to play this game.“I’ve not really done anything differently to the other lads but, probably from about halfway through last season, I got on a good run in the team and I’ve just tried to carry that on from there. Long may it continue.”Smalling will be well aware how vital victory is against title-chasing Arsenal if United want to keep their faint top-four hopes alive, with rivals Manchester City currently six points above them.However, the teams’ last meeting brought with it United’s most comprehensive loss of the season, with Alexis Sanchez’s brace and a Mesut Ozil strike sealing a comfortable 3-0 at the Emirates Stadium.Despite the previous result, though, Smalling is confident ahead of a fixture he cares about more than most, having grown up supporting the Gunners.“I always look forward to these games,” Smalling told Sunday’s matchday programme.“It’s no secret that I was an Arsenal supporter growing up, so this fixture is even bigger for me and especially given it involves two of the biggest teams in the country.“I hope I can step out onto the field.” 1
Explaining a simple proposal to help people squirrel away gold for their golden years, Hillary Clinton said that a person “should not require a Ph.D. to save for retirement.” But can even Ph.D.s understand liberalism’s arithmetic and logic? Consider the controversy over the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, which is up for renewal. Most Republicans favor extending it. Almost all Democrats, and some Republicans, favor expanding it in a way that transforms it. SCHIP is described as serving “poor children” or children of “the working poor.” Everyone agrees that it is for “low income” people. Under the bill that Democrats hope to pass today over the president’s veto, states could extend eligibility to households earning $61,950. But America’s median household income is $48,201. How can people above the median income be eligible for a program serving lower income people? Politics often operates on the Humpty Dumpty Rule (in “Through the Looking Glass,” he says, “When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less”). But the people currently preening about their compassion should have some for the English language. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Clinton’s idea for helping Americans save for retirement is this: Any family that earns less than $60,000 and that puts $1,000 into a new 401(k)-type plan would receive a matching $1,000 tax cut. For those earning between $60,000 and $100,000 the government would match half of the first $1,000. She proposes to pay for this by taxing people who will be stoical about this – dead people – by freezing the estate tax exemption at its 2009 level. A conservative case can be made for something like Clinton’s proposal. It is a case for reducing the supply of government by reducing demand for it, and doing so by giving people ownership of enlarged private assets as a basis for their security. President Bush made this case in his advocacy of personal accounts financed by a portion of individuals’ Social Security taxes and invested in funds based on equities and bonds. When he proposed this, Clinton stridently opposed him, and not just because she thought it would undermine Social Security’s solvency and political support. She also said it was a dangerous gamble that would make retirement insecure by linking retirement savings to the stock market. Today her Web site calls her proposal a way to save for “a secure retirement.” After an undisclosed epiphany, she belatedly recognizes that 401(k) funds invested in equities are a foundation for security. John Edwards, too, has puzzling ideas. For the entertainment of Iowans, he has reinvented himself as a 19th-century Kansan – Mary Elizabeth Lease, the prairie populist who urged farmers to “raise less corn and more Hell.” In August, Edwards urged an Iowa audience to throw off Washington’s yoke: “We need to take the power out of the hands of these insiders that are rigging the system against you.” To measure how much Iowans are suffering from the rigging, Stephen Slivinski of the libertarian Cato Institute was asked to mine the most recent Census Bureau data. He concluded that Iowans paid $15.6 billion in revenues to the federal government and got $19.4 billion back, a gain of $1,286.53 per Iowan. But that is not all. Washington has rigged the system to inundate corn-growing Iowa with subsidies for corn-based ethanol. Slivinski says it is difficult to pin down the Iowa corn farmers’ harvest of dollars because the subsidies come from exemptions from excise taxes and tariffs (54 cents per imported gallon) that stifle competition from cheap ethanol imports. It is, however, reasonable to add $2 billion to Iowa’s gain from Washington’s rigging of the system, so the average Iowan’s gain is at least $1,963.65. Suppose Iowa did not have crucial presidential nominating caucuses. Or suppose it had them but that its crucial crop were, say, broccoli rather than corn. Would the federal government still be, well, rigging the system to create a phony “market” to satisfy a specious “demand” for mandatory and subsidized ethanol? No, but it probably would be mandating broccoli at every meal. George Will’s e-mail address is email@example.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Under the initial stages of the Clean Trucks Program, some 16,000 drayage trucks built before 1989 will be banned from the Port of Los Angeles beginning Oct. 1, 2008. From there, trucks operating at the port will face increasingly stricter emissions regulations, with a goal to meet 2007 federal emissions standards by Jan. 1, 2012. The plan is expected to reduce harmful diesel emissions by 80 percent within five years. “The people of San Pedro and Wilmington have been subsidizing the port industry for years with their lungs,” said S. David Freeman, president of the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners. “We absolutely have to get this done to justify the expansion of the port.” The plan now goes to the Los Angeles City Council and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for final consideration. EMISSIONS: Long Beach is now expected to approve the same rules for older big rigs. By Art Marroquin Staff Writer A progressive ban on older big rigs entering the Port of Los Angeles was approved Thursday by the harbor commission, a move expected to be duplicated next week in Long Beach. Officials with the Port of Long Beach spent much of the week crafting a last-minute proposal that aligns with the Los Angeles plan. The Long Beach harbor commission is expected to consider the revised measure Monday afternoon. “The port is proposing this tariff to meet the aggressive air quality goals of our Clean Air Action Plan,” said Robert Kanter, managing director of environmental affairs for the Port of Long Beach. Last week, officials at both ports announced a plan that would have required diesel trucks to ultimately follow 2007 emissions standards by Jan. 1, 2014. That deadline would have mirrored a proposal set for consideration next month by the California Air Resources Board, but Port of Los Angeles officials did not believe the plan went far enough. Geraldine Knatz, executive director of the Port of Los Angeles, said the Jan. 1, 2012, deadline matches the goals outlined in the larger Clean Air Action Plan approved by both ports last year. Although Knatz’s last-minute change had initially upset Long Beach port officials, both sides are now working to mend fences, according to executives at both ports. “Given the urgency in reducing air pollution and health risk in communities adjacent to the port, we have put forward more aggressive time frames and requirements for cleaning up the truck fleet,” Knatz said Thursday. “Our plan was always more aggressive than CARB. We need to do this to meet our health standard.” To ensure compliance, all trucks must be registered with the ports by June 30, 2008, and equipped with an electronic identification tag containing vehicle information, including when it was built or retrofitted. Additionally, terminal operators will be required to install equipment capable of reading the electronic tags by Aug. 1, 2008. Trucks not meeting the guidelines will be denied entry into the port. Additional provisions requiring trucking companies to purchase and maintain the cleaner-burning trucks while also hiring drivers as full-time employees are expected to be considered by the Los Angeles and Long Beach harbor commissions by Dec. 14. Other future provisions include a possible cargo fee to pay for the program and a funding plan to defray truck replacement costs. “While I commend the harbor commission for tackling the issue of dirty trucks, I am disappointed that they did not go further and also provide a solution to the unstable trucking workforce,” Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn said. “I want to remind the commission that there is a human element to the goods-movement industry and that element is the truck drivers that keep the goods at this port moving,” Hahn said. “Every one of us relies on these drivers to get us the goods that we need every day.” Max Parra, a trucker at the ports for 15 years, said he supported the idea of requiring trucking companies to hire drivers as full-time employees. Otherwise, he said, independent contractors like himself would have to work longer hours to purchase and maintain the cleaner-burning big rigs. “Please make the companies responsible,” Parra said. “They are the ones making money. If you leave it the way it is, you will be creating total chaos.” Last month, federal authorities warned port executives to scrap the driver employee provision, or face legal challenges. U.S. Maritime administrator Sean Connaughton sent a letter to the ports, warning that such a move would disrupt cargo flow through the nation’s busiest seaport. The anticipated employee provisions are also opposed by the trucking and retail industries because it shifts the burden of purchasing and replacing big rigs to motor carriers. “We can’t say if this package is good or bad because it’s an incomplete package,” Julie Sauls, vice president of external affairs for the California Trucking Association, said of the measures approved Thursday. “We would like to sit down and be at the table with you ? before you bring out everything else and discuss the other components,” Sauls said. “I think that we share your concerns that this goes forward in a way that does not halt goods movement, but also works toward cleaning the air.” firstname.lastname@example.orgWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
A BUSINESSMAN who lost the radio franchise for parts of Co Donegal says he is planning a bid to win it back.Paul Claffey was the man behind North West Radio who held the licence for south Donegal until 2004 when it was awarded to Ocean FM.At the time there were protests about the decision with people taking to the streets. There was a bitter war of words after an Ocean FM commissioned report described North West Radio listeners as “old, conservative and from a lower social class.” It was also controversial with the decision-makers split three votes each with the chair of the BAI casting in favour of the new station.At the time North West Radio was the most popular in Ireland.Mr Claffey continues to run the highly successful Mid-West Radio – but would dearly love to get broadcasting licence back for south Donegal, Sligo and north Leitrim.The process for getting the next licence in 2014 starts later this year. “It is my opinion that we would be very well placed to serve the people of the region for the next licence period,” Mr Claffey told the Sligo Weekender newspaper.He said his MWR station would share content on a new North West Radio station, insisting: “The shared arrangement worked very well before and would be reignited again. It is the ideal option in the current climate when a lot of stations are now losing money.”Sources told donegaldaily.com that Mr Claffey had already put together a consortium to get ready for the bidding process with several “very experienced and respected” individuals from Co Donegal who were prepared to invest in the new station.It’s thought the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland is keen to see some stations merge to save them from going bust in the current economic climate as advertising revenue goes down and continues to migrate to the internet.In that situation, MWR could have the edge on winning the new licence. Some radio stations – including Ocean FM – have been lobbying the Government for a state hand-out, but propping up commercial organisations with taxpayers money would prove unpopular.The possible closure of Ocean FM – if it lost the licence – would see 20 people lose their jobs.Tim Collins, chief executive of Ocean FM (and a director of the troubled newspaper group River Media which publishes three Donegal newspapers) told the Sligo Weekender that the company would bid to keep the licence.“This is our livelihood. There is no way we are going to walk away,” he told the newspaper. Further reading here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_West_Radio© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comRADIO WARS: BUSINESSMAN’S BID TO TAKE OVER DONEGAL RADIO LICENCE was last modified: January 11th, 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:Donegal radio stationMid West RadioNorth West Radiooceangatetaxpayers money
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TUJUNGA – A 21-year-old man was found shot to death on a Tujunga sidewalk last night and police are searching for his killer. The man, whose name was not released, because his family had not been notified, was found dead from at least two gunshot wounds to the upper body at 7:40 last night in the 10100 block of Samoa Avenue, police said. Police said the victim was a gang member and a parolee at large. Witnesses told police the man had been shot by someone from a moving car, the description of which was not immediately available. Anyone with information about the case was asked to call Foothill Division homicide detectives at (818) 834-3115.
A FORMER soldier with the 28th Infantry Battalion which worked throughout Donegal during the Troubles and served overseas with the UN has called for a proper memorial to the force in Donegal Town.Proud Kieron Ryan says he was delighted with an exhibition in Letterkenny which showed off the work of the soldiers.But now he says the Diamond in Donegal Town should have a memorial to all those who served in the battalion. He told donegaldaily.com: “I served for 21 years with the 28th Inf Bn and enjoyed every single moment of my service and I can honestly say that it is by far the best unit within the Defence Forces.“Although the exhibition goes some of the way to educating the public about the Battalion and it’s history, I think there should be a memorial statue erected in honour of the 28Th Inf Bn in the Diamond in Donegal Town.Mr Ryan said such a move would allow people to pay their proper respects.He told us: “It should be placed in such a position that wreath laying ceremonies should be able to take place and that it is accessable to the public. “It is time that the sacrifices that we have made both in protecting the people of Donegal and the State, plus also honouring those from the Battalion who served as peacekeepers, and those who made the ultimate sacrifice by laying down their lives in the service of peace.”The members of the 28th Infantry Battalion, past and present, were conferred with the Freedom of Donegal by Donegal County Council at a civic reception in their honour in Lifford in 2009.And two weeks ago the How We Remember exhibition at Donegal County Museum in Letterkenny was formally opened with a parade of 60 troops from the 28th Infantry Battalion from the town centre to the museum.The march was led by the battalion’s pipe band and reviewed by General Officer Commanding 4th Western Brigade General Gerry Hegarty.EX-SOLDIER WANTS MEMORIAL TO UNSUNG HEROES IN THE DIAMOND IN DONEGAL TOWN was last modified: March 16th, 2011 by gregShare 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)
Fianna Fáil has reiterated its call for an increase in Garda numbers in the County following a meeting this week with Garda representatives to discuss crime in border areas.Deputy Charlie McConalogue and Fianna Fáil Councillors Paul Canning, Gerry Crawford and Patrick McGowan have met with Superintendent Michael Finnan and Inspector David Kelly in Letterkenny to highlight community concern about crime and policing in border areas.In a joint statement, the Fianna Fáil representatives commended the Gardaí for their recent work in making arrests following a number of burglaries in the Lifford, Raphoe, Manorcunningham and St Johnston areas. However, they re-iterated their belief that additional resources must be allocated to border areas in order to deter crime in the county.“The local Garda force must be commended for their work in the investigations following recent burglaries in East Donegal. However, as a party we feel that the drop in Garda numbers in the County is making it more difficult to have the level of Garda presence needed in border areas to prevent and deter criminal activity. As Garda numbers have fallen, instances of serious burglaries have increased. This is not a co-incidence.”Backing up the party’s calls for additional resources, Deputy McConalogue has outlined figures released to him in Parliamentary Replies from the Minister for Justice showing the sharp decline in the force over the last number of years“In 2008, the Donegal force was at an all-time high of 488 personnel. As of June 2014, there were 404 personnel. Through the same period, eight stations have been closed across the County and many Garda stations are left struggling for essential resources such as enough Garda cars to enable them to effectively police local areas. “Many Garda Stations are also struggling to reliably open for advertised public office hours as the staff numbers are not always available. The loss of 84 guards over six years means a real drop of visible presence and policing on the ground and the Minister must work with the Garda Commissioner to ensure that additional resources are allocated to our County.“While the Gardaí in the County are doing their best with the resources they have it is absolutely clear that the Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald must urgently take action to bring forward Garda recruitment and bring about an increase in Garda numbers in the County and in border areas,” concluded the Fianna Fáil representatives. FIANNA FAIL DEMANDS MORE GARDAI AFTER MEETING WITH DONEGAL TOP BRASS was last modified: July 25th, 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:donegalfianna failGardai
Nat Coombs and Andy Brassell are joined by experts from around Europe to discuss the latest transfer news and look ahead to the new season