Coral Daily Download – Gareth Bale to fire Wales to Euro 2016?

first_imgCoral’s Simon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.With the first international break upon us, today’s chat is all about the upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers.Wales – recently named ninth in the world – are 25/1-on to qualify for France, with the Dragons odds on at 5/6 to beat Cyprus, and a likely away draw priced at 5/2.But all eyes are really on Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale, with the Welsh wizard 7/2 to score first, 10/11 score anytime and 9/4 for him to score in a Welsh win.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img

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‘The best right-back in the world!’ – Twitter lauds Arsenal defender’s performance

first_img Hector Bellerin played a key part in Arsenal’s second goal Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil may have scored the goals in Arsenal’s 2-0 Champions League win over Bayern Munich, but Hector Bellerin stole the show on Twitter. The young Spanish defender is said to be quicker than team-mate Theo Walcott and he showed what he is all about when he made a rapid sprint down the right-hand side to assist Ozil for the Gunners’ second goal. He also showed his defensive capabilities against Bayern’s constantly-rotating attack, including Douglas Costa and Thomas Muller. As usual, Twitter reacted and Crystal Palace attacker Yannick Bolasie lead the way in showing admiration for 20-year-old Bellerin… 1last_img

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Richest football clubs in the world – top 20 in the Money League revealed

first_img 20 20 Football’s Money League has been revealed and it makes good reading for the Premier League’s bean counters.Five of England’s elite feature in the top 10, with nine in the top 20, as compiled by audit firm Deloitte.But which club is number one? Find out, as we count down the top 20, above. 20 20 9. Liverpool – €391.8m in revenue for 2014/15 14. AC Milan – €199.1m in revenue for 2014/15 20 17. Newcastle United – €169.3m in revenue for 2014/15 11. Borussia Dortmund – €280.6m in revenue for 2014/15 20 20 4. Paris Saint-Germain – €480.8m in revenue for 2014/15 12. Tottenham – €257.5m in revenue for 2014/15 18. Everton – €165.1m in revenue for 2014/15 20 20 20. West Ham United – €160.9m in revenue for 2014/15. Find out which clubs make up the top 20, just click the arrow above 6. Manchester City – €463.5m in revenue for 2014/15 20 3. Manchester United – €519.5m in revenue for 2014/15 20 10. Juventus – €323.9m in revenue for 2014/15 20 20 20 20 15. Atletico Madrid – €187.1m in revenue for 2014/15 13. Schalke – €219.7m in revenue for 2014/15 20 16. Roma – €180.4m in revenue for 2014/15 8. Chelsea – €420m in revenue for 2014/15 2. Barcelona – €560.8m in revenue for 2014/15 5. Bayern Munich – €474m in revenue for 2014/15 19. Inter Milan – €164.8m in revenue for 2014/15 20 20 20 7. Arsenal – €435.5m in revenue for 2014/15 20 1. Real Madrid – €577m in revenue for 2014/15last_img read more

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Galatasaray BANNED from Europe for two seasons

first_img1 Galatasaray BANNED from Europe Galatasaray have been handed a ban from European club competitions by UEFA following their breach of financial fair play regulations.The Turksih champions, who are currently fifth in their domestic league and have Wesley Sneijder and Lukas Podolski in their squad, will be excluded from featuring in the next continental competition they qualify for over the next two seasons.Their case was referred to UEFA’s adjudicatory chamber in January after they were found to have failed to have met the governing body’s break-even requirements for the 2015-16 season.And UEFA have now meted out their punishment to Istanbul-based Gala, who were eliminated from this season’s Champions League at the group stage and then bowed out of the Europa League last month.A statement on Wednesday read: “The Adjudicatory Chamber of the UEFA Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) today announced that Galatasaray AS will be excluded from participating in the next UEFA club competition for which they would otherwise qualify in the next two seasons (i.e. the 2016/17 and 2017/18 seasons).“This decision was taken after Galatasaray failed to comply with the terms of the settlement agreement that it entered with the CFCB chief investigator in May 2014 under Article 15 of the procedural rules governing the UEFA CFCB.“The Turkish club has also been ordered to limit the overall aggregate cost of the employee benefits expenses of all its players in each of the next two reporting periods (i.e. the reporting period ending in 2016 and the reporting period ending in 2017).”last_img read more

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Fires close schools, roads

first_imgWith thousands of acres scorched across the Southland as of late Sunday, motorists can expect new challenges today with the closure of dozens of roads, routes and schools. More than 1,200 acres burned in the Malibu area as of late Sunday as winds blew hot embers and knocked down power lines. Meanwhile, more than 20,000 acres had burned across Canyon Country. The flames forced officials late Sunday to close dozens of routes in both regions as they battled to bring the blazes under control. In Malibu, road closures included Malibu Canyon Road between Pacific Coast Highway and Piuma Road and most of Pacific Coast Highway between Kanan Dume Road and Topanga Canyon Boulevard. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.In the Santa Clarita region, road closures included Agua Dulce Canyon Road at Sierra Highway, Copper Hill Drive at San Francisquito Canyon Road, Sierra Highway and Bouquet Canyon Road at David Way, and Sierra Highway and Bouquet Canyon Road at Vasquez. Meanwhile, Pepperdine University’s campus in Malibu – virtually surrounded Sunday by the conflagration – was set to be closed today. Viewpoint School in Calabasas is closed, but is expected to reopen Tuesday. Closures also were announced for all campuses in the Castaic, Newhall and Saugus Union School districts; The Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District; and the William S. Hart Union High School District. Tutor Time preschools in Santa Clarita and Canyon Country also are closed. Schools are open in the Las Virgenes, Gorman and Hughes-Elizabeth Lakes districts.Buckweed Fire In Agua Dulce, firefighters this morning had about a 10 percent containment on a brush fire that forced hundreds of people to flee their homes as it scorched about 15,000 acres in the Canyon Country. The so-called Buckweed Fire began in Mint Canyon west of Agua Dulce about 1 p.m. yesterday and spread quickly amid offshore winds blowing about 40 mph, a Los Angeles County Fire Department dispatcher said. Sheriff Lee Baca said the blaze would take three or four days to extinguish. Offshore winds rotating clockwise around a high-pressure system parked over the Four Corners are forecast to persist through Tuesday, though the peak of the windstorm is believed to have passed. Four people, including a firefighter, were injured in the fire yesterday. In Agua Dulce, about 25 structures have been leveled. Evacuations were ordered in Vasquez, Bouquet and San Francisquito canyons. Shelters were set up at Quartz Hill High School, 6040 W. Avenue L, and at Saugus High School, 21900 Centurion Way. Classes were canceled at most schools in Santa Clarita. Baca asked residents in fire areas to limit their travel and to keep the roads clear for fire equipment. About 400 firefighters were assigned to the Buckweed Fire, and another 200-300 were expected to join the battle later this morning, fire officials said. “We want to reassure the public that significant fire resources and law enforcement resources” are on the scene, Baca said. A section of Sierra Highway was closed because of burnt power lines, and the bridge at Vasquez and Bouquet Canyon roads was “virtually destroyed” in the blaze, he said. Ranch Fire In Castaic, firefighters had contained by 10 percent a wind-driven fire that broke out in the Angeles National Forest near Castaic that blackened more than 12,000 acres. The so-called Ranch fire, which broke out about 9:45 Saturday night, 8 miles northwest of Castaic near Townsend Peak, blackened about 12,000 acres in northern Los Angeles County and was burning south southwest, away from the Golden State (5) Freeway, said Barbara Croonquist of the U.S. Forest Service. No injuries have been reported, she said. The fire was 10 percent contained early today. One mobile home and one outbuilding have been destroyed. About 300 homes are threatened, Croonquist said. More than 1,000 residents were evacuated, Fox11 reported. Residents in Hasley Canyon and Oak Canyon were evacuated, Croonquist said. A shelter was set up at the Fillmore Veterans Memorial Building in Fillmore and livestock was being housed at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, she said. “In the path of the fire are a couple of hundred homes scattered on private land north of Piru,” said Kathy Peterson of the U. S. Forest Service. “They are private residences, ranch homes and that kind of thing.” Peterson added that “if the wind were blowing due west, it would burn into where the Day Fire burned last year. But as it is, it’s burning in chaparral south of where the Day Fire was.” Peterson, based at the Angeles National Forest headquarters in Arcadia, said the chaparral in the area is about 40 years old. The cause of the blaze was under investigation. Firefighters were contending with winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour, with gusts up to 60 miles per hour, coupled with low relative humidity and temperatures ranging from the 80s to the 90s. About 650 personnel from several agencies were assigned to the fire, along with 32 fire engines, 13 hand crews, one helitanker, six helicopters, two fixed-wing aircraft, five bulldozers and nine water tenders, Croonquist said. Old Highway 99 was closed at Templin Highway. The fire destroyed a church, a glass shop and five homes in an exclusive Malibu neighborhood as Santa Ana winds fed flames that raged down Malibu Canyon to the sea and fire officials said they expect the blazes to continue for at least several days. Malibu fire At least 1,200 acres have burned and the city of Malibu issued mandatory evacuation notices for more than 200 residents in Puerco and Sweetwater canyons and Malibu Colony. Fire crews first got word around 4:50 a.m. that flames had broken out, possibly from sparking powerlines and began attacking a “rapid, aggressive fire” that spread to an area north of Pacific Coast Highway and about one mile west of Pepperdine University. “We still do not have any containment,” said Los Angeles County Fire Chief Michael Freeman, at a 4:30 p.m. press conference. “Progress has been made, but this is a very dynamic and potentially dangerous situation.” Officials were warning residents along the beach on Malibu Road that they may soon be evacuated, as they braced for the potential that the fire could jump Pacific Coast Highway. By 4:30 p.m., officials had evacuated 1,500 people throughout the region. Residents in those areas are advised to head to the west, and evacuation centers were set up at Zuma Beach and Agoura Hills High School. An additional information center will open at 5:30 p.m. at Malibu High School and sheriff’s deputies will be available along PCH for residents with questions. Details of the houses that burned were not available, but flames engulfed Malibu Presbyterian Church on Malibu Canyon Road and licked all the way up its steeple. By afternoon, only a few columns remained. Officials also said Castle Kashan, a faux castle built in the 1970s also burned. The castle is the home of Lilly Lawrence, a Malibu philanthropist. LA County Fire Chief Michael Freeman said about 700 personnel in the air and on the ground were battling the blazes, with more than 300 en route to help battle the fires. Crews from as far away as Orange County arrived to fill local stations until the emergency passes. Embers from the fires were igniting trees and lit a silver Jaguar ablaze as they were pushed by the wind throughout the area. Fire officials said at a 4:30 p.m. press conference that the fire was uncontained and they project it will continue to several days – “threatening thousands of homes” – because of the sustained winds. The blaze damaged at least nine other homes and nine businesses. “In Los Angeles County, the Canyon Fire has burned several hundred acres so far and poses a serious threat to nearby communities,” Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said in a statement. “My administration is working closely with federal and local officials; we will continue to mobilize the necessary resources to fight all of these fires.” His office said at least 400 fire engines were on scene, with 10 air tankers from the Cal Fire strike team engaged or on standby. Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca said more than 100 law enforcement personnel responded to support operations. The fire had burned three miles from its point of ignition to Pacific Coast Highway. Trees at the Malibu Colony Shopping Center were reportedly on fire, and the fire has burned down to Bluffs Park. The fire is burning in two prongs on both sides of Malibu Canyon. The eastern prong was within several hundred feet of numerous multi-million dollar houses in Serra Estates. The western prong began in rough mountains north of Hughes Research Laboratory and headed toward Pepperdine University. Students at Pepperdine returned to their dorm rooms by mid-afternoon, but the school cancelled classes on Monday. With the driest winter on record this year, which followed the wettest in history in 2006, Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky said the fire came as no surprise. “We were crusing for a bruising,” Yaroslavsky said at the afternoon press conference. “We are very lucky that the damage has been limited, but it’s not over yet.” Power in much of Malibu was reportedly out, and Pacific Coast Highway is closed between Kanan-Dume Road and Topanga Canyon Road. Meanwhile, Los Angeles city firefighters said they expected full containment of a three- to five-acre brush fire today in the Porter Ranch area. That fire broke out in the area of Tampa Avenue and Sesnon Boulevard at 5:50 a.m., said Los Angeles city fire spokesperson Ron Myers. At least 100 fire personnel were sent to the scene. No structures were threatened and no evacuations were ordered as firefighters contend with 20 to 30 miles winds blowing in a northeasterly direction. The fires are being fanned by high winds and the National Weather Service has issued red-flag warnings for Los Angeles and Ventura counties from 3 a.m. today through 4 p.m. Tuesday. Many Topanga Canyon residents, looking to get back to their homes or loved ones, waited in frustration for authorities to let them through on Topanga Canyon Boulevard. Bruce Kaplan gritted his teeth and braced himself for a drive back to the San Diego freeway (405-N), then over to the Ventura Freeway (101 N) to try to get to the canyon’s north end. “It’s going to take an extra hour to get there,” he said. “We’ve lived here just over a year. We’re new to this.” A steady northward current between 35 and 50 mph, with gusts up to 100 mph, fueled the flames and made aerial firefighting even more challenging. Temperatures as high as 90 degrees choked most of Southern California and the National Weather Service sees no relief until Tuesday afternoon. On Saturday, blowing sand and dust forced the California Highway Patrol to close two freeways in the Antelope Valley, where drivers had zero visibility. The Santa Anas came as no surprise, said Bill Hoffer, an NWS spokesman, but they turned what would otherwise be merely sneeze-inducing into a nightmarish-looking haze that smudged out the whole sky. “I feel like the outside air’s taken over my smoking habit,” Hoffer coughed. “This happens every year at this time, but it looks bloody horrible because trees are blowing up…. It can blow mother-in-laws right out of their lawn chairs.” Fierce west winds forced officers to close the Antelope Valley Freeway near Lancaster at 3:15 p.m., leaving four miles of asphalt closed. To the north, Route 58 was closed to all traffic between Mojave and Tehachapi Pass because of more blowing dust. About 30 miles to the west, winds of 55 mph were blamed for a four-car crash that blocked the southbound lanes of the Golden State Freeway south of the Grapevine. No serious injuries were reported. Surf up to 15 feet was expected to pummel beaches in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. The Los Angeles County Fire Department on Saturday added firefighters, dispatched strike teams and put its dozen helicopters on high alert. Two Erikson Aircrane helicopters, two fixed-wing Super Scoopers and a firefighting DC-10 were also at the ready. Residents in brush areas were warned to report any sign of smoke, use caution with equipment in grassy areas and have an evacuation plan – with at least two exit routes – in place. At 8 a.m. today, parking restrictions will go into effect in fire-prone areas of Los Angeles because of the conditions. As the sun began to dip below the horizon, helicopter crews prepared to follow it. While LA County and LA City fire crews can fly past sundown by using night vision equipment, Freeman said the air units had been fighting all day and needed to stand down. “The darkness just increases the danger,” he said. “We are a long way from being out of the woods on this.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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FOR THE RECORD McLaren plans an appeal

first_imgFrom news services Dario Franchitti will make his Busch Series debut Saturday at Memphis Motorsports Park. It will be the third NASCAR race for Franchitti, the reigning IndyCar Series champion who is moving to NASCAR full-time next season. He’s already raced in an ARCA event at Talladega and made his NASCAR debut Saturday in the Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway. … Jeremy Mayfield will take over a new NASCAR Nextel Cup ride four races early, replacing Jeff Green in the No. 66 Haas CNC Racing entry for the rest of the season. Mayfield is leaving Bill Davis Racing, and the No. 36 BDR ride he is giving up will be shared for now by Craftsman Truck series regulars Mike Skinner and Johnny Benson. Kimi Raikkonen will keep the Formula One drivers’ title – for now. McLaren confirmed it will appeal FIA’s decision not to penalize four drivers investigated for fuel irregularities following the Brazilian Grand Prix won by Raikkonen. The ruling by the sport’s governing body meant that Lewis Hamilton remained the seventh-place finisher Sunday, two spots lower than he needed to win the title in the season-ending race. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.After the race, FIA opened an investigation of BMW-Sauber and Williams, whose drivers finished fourth, fifth, sixth and 10th. If at least two of the three ahead of Hamilton were punished, he would take the title from Raikkonen. FIA concluded that there was not enough evidence to penalize the drivers or the teams. “We were surprised at, and don’t really understand the stewards’ decision,” McLaren’s Martin Whitmarsh told the British Press Association. ETC.: Indianapolis 500 winner Miscellany The Cuban government said it will deny entry visas to Brazilian legislators wanting to meet with the two Cuban boxers who were recently deported from Brazil. The congressmen wanted to meet with Guillermo Rigondeaux and Erislandy Lara, who abandoned the Cuban delegation at the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro on July 22 and failed to appear for their weigh-ins. They were arrested 11 days later for overstaying their visas and sent back to Cuba a few days later. The International Boxing Association hopes to launch its own world league of boxing as early as next year and bring amateurs and professional fighters under one organization. On the eve of the World Boxing Championships, delegates to the AIBA congress endorsed a long list of recommended reforms, including one to create the boxing league. “They said, `AIBA, go make this happen if you can,”‘ USA Boxing chairman Tom Virgets said at the meeting in Chicago. Pat McQuaid, head of cycling’s governing body, warned that the sport risks becoming a “travesty” and “fraud” unless it unites to fight doping. In a Paris conference attended by the sport’s divided leadership, McQuaid urged colleagues to move past their differences and recognize the survival of cycling is at stake. “We are here because we share a common determination to stamp out doping in our sport,” said McQuaid, who has been criticized by Tour de France and anti-doping officials. Jim Mitchell, a Pro Bowl tight end for the Atlanta Falcons in the ’60s and ’70s, died after suffering an apparent heart attack at his home in Shelbyville, Tenn. A friend found Mitchell unconscious on the front steps of his home Saturday morning, the Shelbyville Times-Gazette reported. He later died at a hospital. Mitchell, who had turned 60 on Friday, suffered from diabetes in recent years, eventually losing his eyesight. Mitchell played for the Falcons from 1969-79 and was named to the Pro Bowl following the 1969 and 1972 seasons. He ranks fourth in Falcons history with 305 career receptions and 4,358 yards receiving. Kara Lawson scored 20 points of the bench to lead the U.S. Select Team to a 93-49 win over the Canberra Capitals in their opening game at the FIBA World League Tournament in Ekaterinburg, Russia. Janel McCarville added 15 points, Diana Taurasi had 12, Cappie Pondexter 11 and Taj McWilliams-Franklin 10. The select team consists of eight players from the national team who are candidates for the 2008 U.S. Olympic women’s basketball team. Arron Oberholser pulled out of the World Cup with a recurring hand injury that will require surgery, and PGA Tour officials were searching for a replacement for the U.S. team. France’s Marc Gicquel upset second-seeded Tommy Robredo of Spain, 6-4, 7-6 (4), in the opening round of the Lyon Grand Prix in France. It was Gicquel’s first win against an opponent ranked in the ATP top 10 in six tries. American Mardy Fish also scored a first-round upset, beating seventh-seeded Spaniard Nicolas Almagro, 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4). ETC.: Former Australian Open champion Thomas Johansson was upset by Ernests Gulbis, 6-2, 6-1, in the first round of the St. Petersburg Open in Russia. Former Australian Open champion Thomas Johansson also was upset, losing to Ernests Gulbis, 6-2, 6-1, in the first round. … Boxing Cycling Deaths Basketball Golf Tennis Alona Bondarenko beat Martina Muller of Germany, 6-3, 6-0, in the first round of the Generali Ladies in . Linz, Austria Jurisprudence The Golden Gate Yacht Club argued in a New York courtroom that the Swiss winners of the 2007 America’s Cup have been trying to rig the rules of next year’s race to help their chances of winning again.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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Compromise to avoid holiday fights with teens

first_img The nonprofit group The World Against Toys Causing Harm issued its annual list of the 10 Worst Toys. It’s topped by Aqua Dots, which contains beads that can be toxic if swallowed. Good nanny/bad nanny One San Fernando Valley mom has compiled a list of do’s and don’ts for screening potential nannies. Her suggestions include printing out an application for each job seeker. Here are three Web sites with options: acaringnanny.com/Nanny Application/index.shtml Home for the holidays: So, your teenager wants to spend Thanksgiving or Christmas Day at a friend’s house instead of at home. Or to borrow the family car to go to the mall to buy holiday gifts. Instead of a knee-jerk refusal that may spark a family crisis, parents can offer compromises. Shaunti Feldman and Lisa A. Rice, authors of “For Parents Only: Getting Inside the Head of Your Kid,” suggest allowing her to spend a few hours at a friend’s house and then come home for Grandma’s visit. Let him take the car to shop, but set a specific time to be back in the driveway. Worst gift idea www.nanniesplus.com/ apps/EasyNannyApp.shtml familyextensions.com/ application/submit.asp Good little consumers A new study reports that 96percent of students ages 9 to 17 say they use social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace and Webkinz (a site about taking care of a virtual pet). Half of the respondents said they log onto the sites to talk to other students about schoolwork. The research was commissioned by the National School Boards Association and includes interviews with 250 school-district leaders. But it was funded by News Corp., which owns MySpace, Microsoft, which has a stake in Facebook, and Verizon. The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, an advocacy group in Boston, criticizes the report and the NSBA because of all the advertising embedded in the Web sites. Internet kids Part 2 The University of Southern California recently hosted a forum on the educational role of virtual worlds such as Teen Second Life and Whyville.net. The message from local professors: Online worlds and games provide learning opportunities, but they’re also encouraging kids to become consumers. “Our kids are being taught that to be a good citizen of this world, you got to buy the right stuff,” said Doug Thomas, associate professor at USC’s Annenberg School of Communication. For more on work, family, parenting and the item’s in this week’s column, see www.insidesocal.com/momspace.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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BOI LAUNCH UNIQUE FUNDRAISING EVENT TO SUPPORT ST VINCENT DE PAUL

first_imgBank of Ireland have launched a unique fundraising initiative which incorporates THIRTY FIVE communities along the Wild Atlantic Way with all funds raised going to support the local St Vincent De Paul.The initiative is called the ‘Big Blue Box’ volunteer challenge and the fundraising drive will run from the 5th-19th of June. BOI management have promised to match EVERY euro raised in the local communities during the ‘Big Blue Box’ challenge.TWELVE communities in Donegal will be participating in the event which will start in Moville on the 5th of June, stopping in Carndonagh, Buncrana, Letterkenny, Falcarragh, Bunbeg, Dungloe, Glenties, Killybegs, Donegal Town, Ballyshanon and Bundoran.The ‘Big Blue Box’ will travel from town to town by bike with the aim of raising money for the local St Vincent de Paul (SVP.Bank of Ireland staff and members of the local community will travel over 1,237 kilometres and local fundraising events will be held in each town along the route. Inside the Big Blue Box will be a symbolic item representing each town, area or community; something that each community would like to share with their neighbouring town.It could be a jersey, a seed or a tree, a piece of art or a plaque or simply a message of goodwill that the local community would like to pass on.Members of the local community will be encouraged to nominate an item for inclusion in the Big Blue Box in their local Bank of Ireland branch as part of the initiative.Speaking at the launch Susan O’Reilly, Branch Manager of Bank of Ireland Donegal Town said; “The aim of the Big Blue Box Volunteer Challenge is to support local communities and raise funds for the St Vincent De Paul who do fantastic work across the West of Ireland.“We are proud here in Donegal to be part of this fantastic initiative and it’s fantastic to see so many in our local communities involved.“Bank of Ireland staff as well as members of the local community will be participating in the event and we are expecting strong involvement across the 12 communities in Donegal. “All donations raised locally will go directly to support the work of the local SVP”.President of SVP Geoff Meagher said, “This is a great initiative and very much aligned with the SVP ethos of providing support on a local basis by local volunteers.“We would like to thank Bank of Ireland and its staff for choosing SVP as the recipients of funds raised during this initiative.“SVP continues to receive many request for help from families and individuals throughout the country and relies on campaigns such as the Big Blue Box Volunteer Challenge and public donations to enable us provide as much help as possible. “We encourage all the communities on the route to get involved.“It is a way of showing practical support for those in each community who continue to struggle financially and emotionally on a daily basis.For information on how to get involved with this fundraising event please visit: www.bankofireland.com/ BigBlueBoxYou can also donate through Pay to Mobile sending a donation directly to 087 373 7282#BigBlueBoxBOI LAUNCH UNIQUE FUNDRAISING EVENT TO SUPPORT ST VINCENT DE PAUL was last modified: May 28th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Bank of IrelandBOIBusinessFeaturesNoticeslast_img read more

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FORMER DONEGAL POLITICIAN WANTS HOTLINE FOR SPORTS CHEATS

first_imgFormer Donegal politician Cecilia Keaveney has called for a special hotline to be set up to blow the whistle on match fixing.Cecilia KeaveneyThe Inishowen woman and former Fianna Fail Senator was previously the chairperson of the Council of Europe Sports Committee.She was responding to the latest claims of match fixing in soccer. Ms Keaveney says the GAA and the FAI should now lead the way in the fight against such alleged rigging of games.She said a specialist line should be set up so athletes can give information without being targeted by criminals making cash from such rigging of games.“The sport (soccer) is waiting for a blazing fire of evidence but we know that if it is possible then it will take place,” she saidForeign betting gangs have constantly tried to infiltrate some Irish sports including League of Ireland soccer.  FORMER DONEGAL POLITICIAN WANTS HOTLINE FOR SPORTS CHEATS was last modified: December 1st, 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:Ceclia Keaveneycheatinghotlinematch-fixinglast_img read more

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Burbank makes list of sootiest cities

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “Geographically, it’s a much more contained municipality,” said Perry, chairwoman of L.A.’s Environmental Quality Wastewater Management Committee. “It’s inland and it’s backed up against a mountain.” The AQMD gathers data on particulate matter annually from its 32 air monitoring stations across Southern California. The top 10 ranking was reported at an asthma conference sponsored by the AQMD last week. Officials held the meeting to try to understand why an increasing number of children are suffering from asthma and how to cut Southern California’s air pollution. “New studies empower us to proceed with more stringent air quality standards,” said Elaine Chang, deputy executive officer of the AQMD. “There’s a lot of data being collected. It’s not always easy to do human studies following folks around for several years to identify the causes of the health effects, to link certain health symptoms directly back to fine particles.” The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency tests for fine particulates in the air that are most readily inhaled. Usually, smog-choked Southern California exceeds federal EPA particulate standards, and ranks first – or second behind Houston – for the most unhealthy air. Burbank is sixth on a list of the nation’s top 10 cities with the worst soot, according to a three-year study released by the South Coast Air Quality Management District. Diesel exhaust is the main culprit for the high rates of PM 2.5 – the fine particulates that lodge in the lungs when inhaled, officials said. The city also sits hard against the Verdugo Mountains, where pollution from neighboring cities collects. “It’s not surprising,” said Burbank City Councilman Todd Campbell, director of public policy for Seal Beach-based Clean Energy, which provides natural gas for transportation. “We have a tendency to be like a dust bowl.” Los Angeles City Councilwoman Jan Perry, a governing board member of the western region of the AQMD, attributes Burbank’s bad air to the proximity to two freeways heavily traveled by diesel-belching big rigs. “It’s part of a problem that a lot of areas face,” said Catherine Brown, the air monitoring program manager for the EPA. “We’re all working toward bringing those levels down.” Officials in Burbank and across the region have been working on ways to reduce pollution – cleaner fuels in trucks and cars and improvements at the Port of Los Angeles, which generates 25 percent of the region’s pollution, officials said. Burbank also has the Bob Hope Airport, and some studies have found that airports can have harmful health effects on nearby communities. Residents living near the airport have complained for years about soot on their properties that they believe comes from planes. Victor Gill, Bob Hope Airport spokesman, said the airport has been converting ground equipment and buses from diesel to electric. The airport recently got a $500,000 federal grant to use hybrid-electric buses, he said. “The airport is always involved in looking for ways to improve the air pollution situation,” he said. “We’re certainly trying to be proactive and pursuing those clean air initiatives from those sources associated specifically with the airport.” Jason Kandel, (818) 546-3306 jason.kandel@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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