What a guy! Stoke star makes £5k donation to help GB women’s deaf football team

first_imgJack Butland has donated £5,000 to Great Britain’s women’s deaf football team to help them achieve their World Cup dream.The GB team expressed their shock on Twitter after the Stoke goalkeeper made the payment on their Just Giving page.They had set a target of raising half of the £20,000 needed to cover their whole World Cup campaign with their online appeal.Butland’s gift, however, has allowed them to surpass their initial £10,000 target and, with donations still being accepted, the team are hopeful the Just Giving appeal will cover the entire cost of the trip. Jack Butland 2center_img 2last_img read more

WATCH! £25m Liverpool target Alex Teixeira’s best bits this season

first_imgLiverpool have reportedly launched a move for Shakhtar Donetsk’s Alex Teixeira.The Reds are said to be willing to pay around £25million for the Brazilian attacker, who has hit an incredible 26 goals in 25 games this season.Check out some of Teixeira’s best bits in 2015/16 and let us know whether you would welcome him at Anfield… 1 Alex Teixeira last_img

Visa policy shortchanges skilled U.S. workers

first_imgIt’s not that the foreign workers they bring in lack merit. Most are dedicated employees and become taxpaying contributors to American society. But the many Americans either bumped out of their jobs by this Bush-sanctioned corporate welfare are also dedicated workers and taxpayers. Interestingly, no one has heard Colorado’s Republican Rep. Tom Tancredo, now running for president on a jingoistic anti-immigrant platform, complain about the government-backed misuse of H-1Bs. Nor any of the other groups now trying loudly to tighten up both the Mexican and Canadian borders. Rather, it is two liberal Democratic politicians, Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin and New Jersey Rep. Bill Pascrell, who are carrying similar bills to wipe out the Labor Department language that now subverts the intent of the H-1B visas. For now, companies that discriminate against American citizens when hiring are legally protected by the Bush administration, which kept its disgraceful and possibly illegal rules quiet until Conroy discovered them. Only if the Durbin-Pascrell legislation passes will citizens and legal immigrants have an opportunity to compete for the top dollar, white collar jobs at stake here. And even if their bills should succeed in Congress, they would still need the signature of President Bush to end illegal discrimination against Americans and green card holders. Of course, if Bush wants to fix the problem, he need not wait for Congress to act. All he’d have to do is pick up his telephone and order his labor secretary to change the rules back to what they are supposed to be. He’s had years to do this but has shown no inclination because he knows who his campaign donors have been. Which means there will probably be no change in the current anti-American discrimination by U.S. companies until there is a new president. Tom Elias is author of The Burzynski Breakthrough: The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It, now available in an updated third edition. His e-mail address is [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It’s an open question now whether the egregious abuse of H-1B immigration visas by large corporations will ever be fixed. That’s because a small organization dedicated to helping American workers get jobs for which American companies are now importing foreign immigrants has uncovered a 2006 document demonstrating that letting foreigners take jobs Americans could fill is in fact the policy of the Bush administration. States the U.S. Department of Labor’s Strategic Plan for the fiscal years 2006 to 2011, “H-1B workers may be hired even when a qualified U.S. worker wants the job, and a U.S. worker can be displaced from the job in favor of the foreign worker.” The Federal Register adds that, “The statute does not require employers to demonstrate that there are no available U.S. workers or to test the labor market for U.S. workers as required under the permanent labor certification program.” That damning language was uncovered by Donna Conroy of the organization Brightfuturejobs.org. It seems to confirm what thousands of displaced American engineers and technical workers have believed for years: Large U.S. companies, including Cisco Systems, Sun Microsystems, Intel, Hewlett-Packard and other Silicon Valley stalwarts, bring in thousands of skilled foreign workers each year not because they can’t find American workers to fill their jobs, but because they can pay the immigrants less. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The actual intent of H-1B visas is to allow American companies to recruit immigrant labor when they can’t find sufficient qualified U.S. citizens or legal residents to fill open positions. Each year, the electronic giants of the Silicon Valley lead a lobbying effort to get Congress to expand the limit on H-1Bs from 65,000 to some far higher figure. These companies aim not merely to fill jobs for which they can’t find U.S. citizens and green card holders, but to feather their financial nests. What happened early this year provides good evidence of who is really coming in on H-1Bs: It is not principally Ph.D.s and other highly educated people. Rather, it is primarily factory workers, low-level draftsmen and the like. The evidence is clear: Out of 132,000 applications received on the first day they were accepted for the 2007 quota of 65,000 visas, just 12,989 were from applicants with master’s degrees or higher. That meant the vast bulk of applications came from workers with bachelor’s degrees or less. These are not high-level researchers and software engineers, as they are often billed. They may be laboratory technicians or other skilled laborers, but there is no demonstrated shortage of American workers for those jobs. Of course, the Labor Department has made it clear to the companies they don’t have to demonstrate any shortage of U.S. workers; they can hire all the cheap labor they can somehow bring into this country. last_img read more

Buyers, sellers need a dose of realism

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre And for the people in the real estate business that packed the hotel ballroom, Sands’ advice back then is appropriate today. They flocked to the California Association of Realtors first symposium headlined “The State of the Housing Market 2007 – A Market in Transition” looking for a lifeline in a sinking business environment. They got a healthy dose of reality and a pep talk from some of the participants. Sands, who sold his company in 2000 and started private equity firm Vintage Capital Group in 2003, thinks that in this transition things will get worse before they get better. And anybody who has been in it for seven years or less might want to pursue another career. “We always sold two-story houses,” Sands said of his days as a Realtor. “One story for the buyer and one for the seller.” The plots in both are simple now. Sellers need to be convinced to set realistic prices. And buyers need to be convinced it’s still possible to find a bargain. Alan Long says you might just have to get by “riding a smile and a shoeshine” as Arthur Miller wrote in his classic play “Death of a Salesman.” But Long, president of the Southern California Region of Sotheby’s International Realty Inc., remains optimistic. “You can say the market is bad, but people still want to buy. They still have confidence in our product,” he said. That might be true. The numbers suggest a big dose of caution should accompany that confidence. Leslie Appleton-Young, vice president and chief economist at the Los Angeles-based association, expects things to be tough this year and next. Sales fell an annual 23.6 percent last year and should fall by 23 percent this year. In 2008, sales declines could slow to just 9 percent. And this year the median price statewide is expected to increase 3.5 percent. But, in 2008, it should fall by 4 percent. That would be the first annual decline since 1997. Inventory is building, but Appleton-Young said this can be easily fixed. “Our industry can control this by not taking listings from unrealistic sellers.” Of course, next year could be worse than this year even if rising inventory can be managed. Credit standards have tightened, and that’s affecting sales. The old standard 30-year fixed-rate loan with a 20 percent down payment could become the new standard loan. Lots of other products have been pulled from the market. Foreclosures will continue to rise, too, as borrowers with adjustable-rate loans face payments they can’t meet. That will bring emotional as well as financial pain to many families. This is a market with lots of things happening. So what’s coming? “It’s a pretty difficult environment now to come up with a forecast that’s right on,” Appleton-Young said. Maybe. But here’s mine. Our future, residential real estate wise, is cloudy with a chance for tears. [email protected] 818-713-3743 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The letter from Fred Sands, considered by many to be the Godfather of Los Angeles area residential real estate, got right to the point. “This is a very difficult market for sellers. You basically have two choices: Forget about selling your property for the next three years, or reduce the price and get it sold,” he wrote. The letter was placed at every chair in the hotel ballroom, one of the fist things attendees would see. Sands first distributed it to his employees at Fred Sands Realtors, a powerhouse company for more than a quarter century, in the early 1990s as the market was starting an epic downturn. last_img read more

VIDEO: The greatest own goal of all time was scored 10 years ago today

first_imgChris Brass is not a name that comes to mind when thinking of the greatest moments in football history.However, he has a famous place in the annals of English history, having scored one of the greatest own goals ever.10 years ago today, Brass was playing for Bury against Darlington, and he went to clear the ball over his head when a ball was lobbed into the box.However, he failed completely, smashing the ball into his own face, and then seeing it fire past his own goalkeeper into the back of the net.To make matters worse, Brass broke his nose while scoring the own goal.Watch the greatest own goal of all time above…last_img read more

DUI checkpoint nets four arrests

first_img 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 MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita CANYON COUNTRY – A sobriety checkpoint conducted Friday and early Saturday resulted in two arrests of drivers suspected of being under the influence and two arrests for infractions committed by drivers attempting to avoid the checkpoint. The checkpoint, conducted on eastbound Soledad Canyon Road, east of Golden Triangle Road from 7 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday, screened 1,241 vehicles. Ten vehicles were pulled off the line for further investigation, from which the two arrests for driving under the influence were made, according to a sheriff’s report. The periodic checkpoints are funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety. – Daily News last_img read more

Vacancy: Leading manufacturing company seeks office administrator

first_imgOur client, a leading manufacturing company, is seeking to recruit a Full-Time Office Administrator for their busy premises in Buncrana, Co. Donegal.Job DetailsJob Title: Office AdministratorContract Type: Full-time/PermanentLocation: Buncrana, Co. Donegal Main Duties include: Inputting and processing data accurately Ensuring data is filed and recordedAnswering the telephone & message takingDealing with customer queries in a timely mannerGeneral administrative dutiesEssential CriteriaAt least 1 years’ experience in a similar roleComputer literacy with good knowledge of Microsoft packages (Word, Excel, Outlook)Ability to work effectively in a teamAbility to multi-taskAbility to work under pressureExcellent communication skillsAbility to work under pressureHighly organised, with a high attention to detail and ability work on own initiativeTo apply for this position, please email your CV and a cover letter to [email protected] or via post to Recruitment Department, HR Team Limited, The Innovation Centre, Bay Road, Derry~Londonderry, BT48 7TG; clearly outlining how you meet the criteria before Friday 25th May 2018 5.00pm.Vacancy: Leading manufacturing company seeks office administrator was last modified: May 11th, 2018 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:AdministratorbuncranaHR TeamofficeVacancylast_img read more


first_imgGLENTIES COMMUNITY NEWSTwins:Congratulations to Yvonne and Jim Mc Guinness, Kilkenny, Glenties, on the birth recently of their twins, two baby sisters for Toni Marie, Jimmy and Mark Anthony. The Late John Gallagher:The death took place in Letterkenny Hospital on Tuesday 10th September 2013, of John Gallagher (Snr) Meenahalla, Glenties. His Remains were brought to his home later that day and to St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Friday morning. Fr. Gerard Cunningham, C.C. Fintown celebrated Requiem Mass. Family members did the Readings, Prayers of the Faithful and brought the Gifts to the Altar. .Music and singing were by John F. O’ Donnell. Burial took place afterwards in the New Graveyard. He is survived by sons John and Neilie, daughters Mary and Bernadette, sister, Mary, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends to whom sincere sympathy is extended. His wife Bridget predeceases him.The Late John Boyle:The death took place in Harbour Lights Nursing Home on Friday 13th September 2013 of John Boyle, Meenalargan, Glenties. His Remains were brought to Meenalargan on Saturday and to St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Sunday morning. Requiem Mass was celebrated by Fr. Gerard Cunningham. Music was by John F. O’ Donnell. Burial took place in the New Graveyard. John is survived by three brothers, Phil, Eamonn and Gerry and one sister, Mary, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends to whom sincere sympathy is extended. His brother Paddy predeceased him some years ago. Employment Project:Glenties Care of the Aged Community Employment Project requires participants for its new scheme commencing in October. Application can be made in writing to Day Centre Glenties or by telephone to 087 1539018.Bingo:The winners at the Big Bingo in The Community Centre, Glenties, on Tuesday 10th September 2013 were – € 50 winner – Mary Boyle; €100 winners – Bernadette Mc Devitt, Mrs. Mc Fadden, Mary Gallagher, Nora Gallagher, Sandra Moore, Faye Moore, Catriona Gallagher, Breege Boyle, Breidíin Keeney, Annie Boyle and Kitty McGlynn; .€150 Winners – Fiona Gallagher, Lisa Boyle; € 300 Winners – Mary Gallagher, Mary Gazley, May Kennedy, Dillon Murray, Jenny Sweeney, Vera Breslin, Mary Mc Daid, Anthony Burke and Amanda McConnell; The € 2,000 Jackpot winner was – Rosaleen Boyle.Tai Chi Qigong Health Exercises with Charles Shovlin: Classes starting in Glenties Community Centre from Wednesday 18th September; Time – 8.00 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.; Adults only. For further information contact Charles at 074 9551596 or [email protected] Towns:A general worker is wanted for a Community Employment Scheme; Fás criteria apply, Please contact 086 120 9524 for further information.DD LOCAL: GLENTIES COMMUNITY NEWS was last modified: September 20th, 2013 by John2Share 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:DD LOCAL: GLENTIES COMMUNITY NEWSlast_img read more

Robitaille is King on L.A. goal list

first_img With a hat trick in the Kings’ 8-6 victory over Atlanta at Staples Center, Robitaille caught and passed Dionne, his former mentor, to become the most prolific scorer in Kings history, with 552 career goals. Robitaille equaled Dionne’s mark with a goal 4 minutes, 20 seconds into the game and exceeded it 4:56 into the third period on a breakaway, sending the announced sellout crowd of 18,118 into a frenzy. In November, Robitaille missed nine games with a leg injury and last month was benched for three other games because coach Andy Murray was unhappy with his play. But those were distant memories Thursday. Robitaille tied the record in the first period, when he put a nifty move on Atlanta goalie Mike Dunham in front of the net and gave the Kings a 1-0 lead. By the time Robitaille scored again, the game had taken several wild turns and was tied 6-6. Mike Weaver fed a perfect pass to the neutral zone to Robitaille, who often is self effacing about his lack of speed. But Robitaille skated in alone and beat Dunham with a wrist shot for goal number 551. Robitaille’s parents had planned to visit Los Angeles after the All-Star break and watch his pursuit of the record, but Robitaille got the job done early. “My kids have been rooting for me the last few weeks, so this is really special,” Robitaille said. KINGS NOTES: Goaltender Mathieu Garon, who bruised his left shoulder in Tuesday’s game, sat out Thursday. Garon practiced Thursday morning but experienced continued pain in the shoulder. In Garon’s place, Jason LaBarbera made his first start since Dec. 29. The Kings also were without Alexander Frolov, who missed a second consecutive game with the flu. Hurricanes 4, Islanders 3: Eric Staal scored his 30th goal of the season to help Carolina beat visiting New York for its ninth consecutive victory. The winning streak ties the franchise record set earlier this season the previous best of seven came about 21 years ago when the team was the Hartford Whalers. And Carolina improved the NHL’s best home record to 21-4-1. Bruins 5, Flyers 2: Travis Green scored twice to lead visiting Boston past Philadelphia. Sami Kapanen and Simon Gagne scored for Philadelphia, which has lost three games in a row at home since returning from an 8-2-1 road trip. Capitals 5, Blues 4, SO: Matt Pettinger scored in the fourth round of a shootout, giving host Washington a victory. Rangers 4, Penguins 2: Michal Rozsival scored the winning goal late in the third period as visiting New York prevailed. Devils 4, Predators 3, SO: Viktor Kozlov and Brian Gionta scored in a shootout and visiting New Jersey won its eighth consecutive game. Blackhawks 4, Avalanche 2: Kyle Calder scored two goals and Nikolai Khabibulin made 37 saves in his first game back following a groin pull as Chicago beat visiting Colorado. Flames 3, Canadiens 2: Jarome Iginla scored twice and added an assist as Calgary beat visiting Montreal. Coyotes 6, Panthers 3: Shane Doan scored two of Phoenix’s five power-play goals as the Coyotes beat visiting Florida. Canucks 4, Sabres 1: Nolan Baumgartner’s power-play goal broke a tie 4 minutes into the third period and helped Vancouver win at home. Oilers 3, Sharks 2 (SO): Michael Peca and Ryan Smyth each scored shootout goals to help Edmonton snap a three-game losing streak. Rookie goalie Mike Morrison turned back Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau to give the Oilers the win. :Roundup of other games from AP. 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 MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “What a moment,” said Robitaille, who was mobbed on ice by his teammates and received a lengthy standing ovation as the celebration delayed the game five minutes. “I didn’t expect that from the crowd. It was overwhelming for a few moments. It’s something that I will cherish forever.” Robitaille capped the hat trick with 3.9 seconds left, when he fired a shot from the opposite faceoff circle, approximately 175 feet away, and into an empty Atlanta net. That goal came after Jeff Giuliano scored the game-winner, with 4:58 left, for his second goal of the game. Kings defenseman Mattias Norstrom also had a career game, with one goal and four assists. But the night belonged to Robitaille. Robitaille, the top-scoring left winger in NHL history with 663 goals including stints with Pittsburgh, the Rangers and Detroit turns 40 next month and is in his 19th and perhaps most challenging season. center_img Marcel Dionne took in the kid, his 19-year-old rookie teammate. Gave him a place to live in Los Angeles, a spare room in his house, and imparted some hockey wisdom along the way. It worked out pretty well. Twenty years have passed since then, but Luc Robitaille felt like a kid again Thursday night. last_img read more

Default notices hitting home

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “Because of the rise in home values, much of that financial distress has been covered by the increasing amount of equity that people have had in their homes. That equity is now being created at a slower pace, and default activity is inevitably on the rise,” DataQuick president Marshall Prentice said in a statement. Still, California foreclosures are nowhere near their peak of 59,897, reached in the first quarter of 1996. The state’s foreclosure activity bottomed during the third quarter of 2004 when just 12,145 default notices were issued. DataQuick’s default statistics go back to 1992. Los Angeles activity also peaked in the first three months of 1996 when 21,444 notices were issued. The bottom also came in the third quarter of 2004 when 2,696 default notices were issued. And it looks as if the long anticipated softening of home price appreciation is settling in. The annual home appreciation rate in the state hit 22.8 percent during the second quarter of 2004 but by the end of last year it softened to 14.5 percent. Appreciation is expected to sink below 10 percent this summer, said DataQuick analyst John Karevoll. The uptick in foreclosure activity does not signal a market in distress, though. Nine years ago, when the residential real estate market tanked, foreclosures tugged property values down by almost 10 percent in some areas. But their impact on today’s market is negligible. “Basically it’s just part of the market normalizing. The numbers we had before were too low,” Karevoll said. And to get back to what’s considered a normal market Karevoll said that foreclosures would have to soar 50 to 70 percent above their current level. He also notes that only about 5 percent of owners who get default notices actually lose their homes. For example, in the 2005 fourth quarter 874 owners lost their homes across the state and 164 in Los Angeles County. Jack Kyser, chief economist at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., said it’s not a surprise to see foreclosure activity on the rise. “We have said that the market peaked late last year. Unit sales in the state and county are down year over year and the median (home) price has been running in a fairly narrow range.” Gregory J. Wilcox, (818) 713-3743 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Foreclosure activity in California increased an annual 15.6 percent in last year’s fourth quarter, partly in response to lower appreciation rates and is further proof that the hot housing market is cooling, an industry tracker said Thursday. During 2005’s final three months mortgage lenders papered 14,999 California home owners behind in their payments with default notices, the first step in the foreclosure process, said La Jolla-based DataQuick Information Systems. In Southern California 8,912 homeowners received default notices, up 19.6 percent from the same period last year, while 3,480 Los Angeles County residents received them, up 10.7 percent from the last quarter of 2004. The residential real estate market had been so hot that DataQuick stopped issuing foreclosure activity reports for a while. last_img read more