Northern Ireland makes the firing of its coach official

first_imgThe Northern Ireland football federation announced on Wednesday the dismissal of its coach, Martin O’Neill, due to the postponement of the ‘playoff’ of access to the European Championship due to the coronavirus.As explained by the federation in a statement, after the meeting held on Tuesday between the 55 UEFA associations, “it seems possible” that football organizations reprogram the ‘playoffs’ that will decide the last four places of the Euro Cup after the first day of the League of Nations in September. O’Neill was chosen for the coaching role in December 2011 and was to lead the team in the playoffs., that in principle they were going to play this spring and in which Northern Ireland faces Bosnia Herzegovina.“Because the matches have been postponed, the decision has been reached by both parties to conclude O’Neill’s time as coach permanently”said the federation.“I would have loved to have had the opportunity to coach the national team in these playoffs against Bosnia and have had the opportunity to qualify for another great tournament, but with the current situation that is not possible,” O’Neill said.last_img read more

Sta. Lucia hires Pascua as head coach

first_imgScottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Arum wants Pacquiao to fight top welterweight, Crawford-Horn winner OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsoncenter_img Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals FILE Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSta. Lucia just boosted its young history with some championship pedigree.The Lady Realtors announced Friday that they hired two-time champion George Pascua as their head coach for the upcoming Philippine Super Liga season.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense MOST READ Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Pascua replaced Jerry Yee who jump shipped to Total in the Premier Volleyball League.“As we transition into our team’s sophomore year, we would like to officially welcome to the Sta. Lucia family our new head coach George Pascua!” the team posted on its Facebook page.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkPascua, who is also the head coach of Far Eastern University, steered Petron to a 2014 PSL Grand Prix title and doubled it up with a perfect 13-0 sweep of the 2015 All-Filipino Conference. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Govt asks PAC to suspend oversight of 2016 AG report

first_img– Edghill takes officials to task for “seeking shelter” from committeeAfter back-to-back revelations of mismanagement and officials being thrown out of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), the Communities Ministry has requested that the Committee suspend its activities. The request has not gone down well with PAC member Juan Edghill.On Monday, Edghill expressed his disapproval with regards to the recent letter addressed to the Chairman of the PAC, Irfaan Ali. The letter, written by the Permanent Secretary of the Communities Ministry Emile McGarrel, requested that the Committee “suspend examination of the 2016 Auditor General Report for the remaining Regional Democratic Councils to allow for better preparations by regional officials.”“The nation should be appalled that duly appointed accounting officers of the 10 administrative regions of Guyana are seeking shelter through the Permanent Secretary of the Communities Ministry from appearing before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the National Assembly,” he said in a statement.In the letter seen by this publication, dated June 26, 2018, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry wrote that “while the Ministry is desirous of seeing this process through expeditiously, we are constrained to take this course of action due to the recent unsatisfactory level of performance by the PAC. This time will be used to have regional officials better prepared to assist the PAC in carrying out its mandate.”However, according to Edghill, this request is unacceptable since the PAC is where the accounting officers are ultimately held accountable for their actions.“It is no secret to the public that some of these officers have been found to have violated the Procurement Act, the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act (FMAA), stores regulations and even policies set by the Granger Administration,” he said, recalling that of recent months, the Regional Executive Officers (REO) and huge delegations have attended PAC meetings to give an account of their stewardship and to answer queries, raised by the Auditor General, in his report for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2016.Moreover, the Opposition Member stated that “the ineptitude, incompetence accompanied by the twin sins of ignorance and arrogance have been on open display in some of these sessions.”He further noted that most recently, the REO of Region Five wrote the Auditor General insinuating that documents would only be made available to the Audit Office when he approves it.Nevertheless, Edghill asserted that while it is ultimately up to the majority of the members of the PAC – which the Government enjoys – to grant this request by the Ministry, he wants to “put on public record my strong disagreement to this request and I further object to public officers stymieing the work of the PAC.”“This shameful and dismal performance of public officers must be dealt with by President Granger and the Ministry of the Presidency because the buck stops at him, they are his representatives,” he maintained.It was only a few weeks ago that lack of accountability for drugs warranted to Region Five caused PAC Chairman, Irfaan Ali, to have Regional Executive Officer (REO), Ovid Morrison and team expelled from the Committee.In addition, Ali had instructed the Finance Secretary to look into taking appropriate action against the accounting officer, who faced the heat from the PAC after Auditor General Deodat Sharma complained of being hindered in the execution of his duty by Morrison.last_img read more

Hospital Location Picked

first_imgchosen a location for the new Fort St. John Hospital. During last night’s regular meeting, city council decided to support the proposal, which will see the hospital built on the South side of the property, between the East Bypass Road and 86th Street. This is essentially the third proposal for the site – after the original two put the hospital on the southeast and southwest corners of the lot. This location aims to take advantage of the flatter land further west, it sits adjacent to the wetlands in the far southwest corner of the lot, and it keeps the hospital from sitting directly on 86th Street. The main entrance of the facility will be via the roundabout on 86th street. Mayor Jim Eglinski says the majority of the public who attended the public meeting last week didn’t seem to care where on the property the hospital went. [asset|aid=58|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=Jim – Hospital Location Picked_1_Pub.mp3] The new location will now go back to Northern Health for further architectural planning. And, if you want to see the current plan, just visit Advertisement –last_img read more

Saunders knows role with Halos

first_img“I think they look at me as a starter, in my mind,” Saunders said. “They’re like `We don’t want to mess you up.’ ” Never one to give away too much of the organization’s thought process, manager Mike Scioscia essentially confirmed the plan with Saunders. There seems to be no value to having the 25-year-old pitch in relief. Line up unclear For consecutive days Scioscia has been asked for a glimpse of what the ideal lineup will look like and he has talked around the subject, other than to say Orlando Cabrera will bat second. Gary Matthews Jr. looks to be the obvious leadoff hitter but Scioscia refuses to confirm that saying there still are plans to use him as protection for the middle of the lineup. As for Chone Figgins being the No. 9 guy, he won’t conform that either because if Matthews vacates the top spot, Figgins is likely to bat first. The Angels already have made sure Saunders knows the team’s plan, which is not always a given in baseball circles, like it would seem. There will be no stints in the bullpen for Saunders, who is essentially serving the role of sixth starter. The predicted Opening Day lineup: Matthews CF, Cabrera SS, Garret Anderson LF, Vladimir Guerrero RF, Shea Hillenbrand DH, Howie Kendrick 2B, Casey Kotchman 1B, Mike Napoli C and Figgins 3B. Halo bits Like shortstop Brandon Wood, who has started taking grounders at third base, the other talented shortstop in the organization is learning to become more versatile. Erick Aybar took ground balls at second base Friday and will get some time in center field. The pressure is on Cabrera at shortstop more than it has in recent seasons since the Angels will have such a young and inexperienced infield with Chone Figgins, Howie Kendrick and Casey Kotchman or Kendry Morales. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img TEMPE, Ariz. – Joe Saunders is resigned to having his fate being tied to Bartolo Colon’s recovery from rotator cuff trouble. Barring any additional injuries, of course, Saunders will be a starter for the Angels as long as Colon is out of action. When Colon returns, Saunders will pack his bags for Triple-A Salt Lake. last_img

Survey: 77,000 local families hungry

first_imgAbout 77,000 South Bay households went without adequate supplies of food in 2005 – 10,000 more than in 2003, according to the latest Los Angeles County Health Survey. Nearly 500,000 households throughout the county didn’t have enough to eat during that time. Figures for 2007 won’t be released until next year, but local social workers and food bank officials expect the numbers to be just as dismal. “It’s getting more and more challenging to meet the needs out there,” said Shari Weaver, who oversees the pantry at Harbor Interfaith Services in San Pedro, which serves about 14,000 families each year. “Food costs have gone up, and grant money has gone down.” About 90 million pounds of food are distributed each year to social service agencies in the county, but it still isn’t enough, said John Knapp, director of the Long Beach-based Southern California Regional Food Bank. “There is a tremendous need,” he said. SOUTH BAY: 2005 tally shows a rising number of households lack food. By Melissa Evans STAFF WRITER Cost-of-living increases, a sluggish economy and higher fuel costs led to a sharp spike in the number of South Bay families who don’t have enough food, a survey released Friday shows. Officials with the Los Angeles County Public Health Department, who commissioned the survey, said public and private donations have decreased while the number of people out of work and unable to provide for themselves has increased. The USDA Emergency Food Assistance program, for example, decreased its supply of food to the county from 24 million pounds in 2002 to 12 million pounds in 2006, according to Friday’s report. The rise in fuel costs has compounded the problem – it’s more expensive to haul food long distances, store it and deliver it to needy families, according to the county. Rising transportation costs have a “snowball effect” on the whole system, Knapp said. “We have to keep trucks on the road. We need propane for the fork lifts. ? Even the pest control gets more expensive,” he said. Many low-income families who qualify for food stamps also aren’t using the federal assistance, the survey showed. “A lot of people don’t realize they are eligible,” said Dr. Susie Baldwin, chief of health assessment for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Harbor Interfaith began an education program two years ago to help families file paperwork and teach them how to use food stamps, but the need is still great, Weaver said. Los Angeles County has also expanded its outreach efforts through advertising campaigns and getting information to food pantries, soup kitchens, farmer’s markets, churches and schools throughout the region, officials say. Most of the hungry households in the county are Latino. According to the survey, about 32 percent of Latino families experience “food insecurity,” which means they don’t keep enough supplies or don’t spend an adequate percentage of their income on food. All of the areas surveyed in Los Angeles saw a spike in the number of hungry households, but the east and south regions – two of the poorest – saw the biggest jumps. In the South Bay, about 26 percent of households were considered “food insufficient,” compared with 22 percent in 2002. The survey, based on random phone interviews throughout eight regions in the county, is conducted every two years. 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

Chelsea to land Brazilian full-back as Filipe Luis’ replacement

first_imgChelsea are set to beat Inter Milan and Juventus in the race to land Alex Telles from Galatasaray.Jose Mourinho is on the hunt for a replacement left-back for Filipe Luis, who looks set to return to Atletico Madrid this summer, and the Chelsea boss has made Telles his primary target.According to reports in Italy, the Premier League champions have fended off competition from Serie A giants Inter and Juve and are in advanced talks with the 22-year-old.The Brazilian signed for Galatasaray in January 2014 and established himself as the club’s first-choice left-back in the second half of last season, making 36 appearances in all competitions.While he still has a contract that runs until 2018 with the Turkish giants, Tello is keen to capitalise on an opportunity to move to the Premier League and a deal with the west London side appears to be close. 1 Alex Telles last_img read more


first_imgPat the Cope Gallagher MEP today said that introducing common corporate tax rates in Europe is ‘simply not a runner ‘ and will not wash politically.Mr Gallagher commented: “The reason the Eurozone is facing real difficulties is not down to the different level of corporation tax charged in various member states, but because of the level of indebtedness of EU Governments. The majority of Eurozone countries are in breach of budget deficit rules laid down for the operation of the Eurozone.“Tax rates, including the level of corporation tax that a country charges cannot be changed unless there is the unanimous agreement of all 27 EU member states. This is the undisputed legal position under the EU treaties. “The bottom line is that Ireland is still a very positive location for direct foreign investment and this is helping to increase the level of our exports. Changing our corporation tax rate would negatively impact on what is a successful and functioning element of our economy and a key driver for recovery and future growth.“EU leaders should not seek to mess with this. It should also be pointed out that Ireland does not even have the lowest rate of corporation tax in Europe. While European Governments are forced to face up to dealing with high levels of debt, growth strategies must always be put in place. This was a point recently re-enforced by the new head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Le Garde.“Growth strategies must be in place in Ireland for a variety of different sectors, including in the areas of agriculture and food, the digital agenda, energy efficiencies and renewables, climate change, marine policy and research, innovation and science. These are the areas where we can create the new jobs of the future and become more competitive in the years ahead.”* YOU CAN LEAVE A COMMENT IN THE BOX BELOW MEP SLAMS PROPOSALS FOR EU-WIDE CORPORATE TAX RATE was last modified: August 22nd, 2011 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:EU rates corporation taxgallagherpat the cope gallagerlast_img read more

England boost! Henderson will be ‘in a good way’ for Euro 2016, says Reds boss

first_img Jordan Henderson, pictured here in action for England against Germany 1 Jurgen Klopp expects Jordan Henderson to be ‘in a good way’ for England for Euro 2016.The Liverpool midfielder is currently out with a knee injury, sustained in the Europa League draw in Dortmund last month.The initial reaction from the Merseysiders’ medical team suggested the 25-year-old faced eight weeks on the sidelines. While Klopp does not know whether Henderson will play for Liverpool again this season, he has some good news for Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson.He said: “Hendo is in a good way for England [for Euro 2016]. I’m not sure how good a way it is for Liverpool.“He’s not been on the pitch until now. We will have to see day by day how that improvement.”The German had more good news for Reds fans, as he revealed Emre Can will return from injury earlier than expected and he should be in the squad for the semi-final second leg clash with Villarreal on Thursday.last_img read more

Activists rally against legislation, threaten boycott

first_imgFor More Info • AP VIDEO: Thousands protest Immigration Bill. Thousands of people across the country protested Friday against legislation cracking down on illegal immigrants, with demonstrators in Los Angeles, Phoenix, Atlanta and other cities staging school walkouts, marches and work stoppages. The U.S. House has passed legislation that would make it a felony to be in the United States illegally, impose new penalties on employers who hire illegal immigrants and erect fences along one-third of the U.S.-Mexican border. The Senate will begin debating its own immigration legislation Tuesday. The proposals have angered many Latinos. Pro-immigrant groups plan to hold a massive rally in downtown Los Angeles today to express their opposition to the bill. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88Organizer Javier Rodriguez said he expects several hundred thousand people to attend the event, which will begin at 10 a.m. at Olympic Boulevard and Broadway. Rodriguez said undocumented immigrants are essential to America’s labor force. “We will not accept less on the immigration reform than the pass to legalization for the 12 million undocumented immigrants that are in this country,” Rodriguez said. “If the politicians do not keep the public opinion of the American public – a majority of Americans want legalization for the undocumented population – then we will then move on a national level toward a national economic boycott,” Rodriguez said. A delegation of 35 Southern California religious leaders will fly to Washington, D.C., Sunday to urge Senate opposition to HR 4437. The group will advocate for “the need for immigration reform that respects the dignity of every human being in the United States and therefore \ calling for the legalization of the undocumented who are here,” said Alvaro Huerta, with the Coalition for Humane Immigration Rights of Los Angeles. Friday’s protests were largely peaceful, authorities said. But a demonstration in Los Angeles led to fights between African-American and Latino students at one high school. Chantal Mason, a sophomore at George Washington Preparatory High, said black students jumped Latino students as they left classes to protest the House bill. “It was horrible, horrible,” Mason said. “It’s ridiculous that a bunch of black students would jump on Latinos like that, knowing they’re trying to get their freedom.” One black and one Latino student interceded to calm their classmates and help restore order, Los Angeles Unified School District spokeswoman Monica Carazo said. A call to the school principal was not immediately returned. An estimated 2,700 students from at least eight Los Angeles junior high schools and high schools, including Montebello High School, walked out of classes. Some visited other schools, where they implored students to join them, district officials said. At least 500 students at Huntington Park High School left classes. Hundreds of the students, some carrying Mexican flags, walked down the middle of streets, police cruisers behind them. In Phoenix, police said 20,000 demonstrators marched to the office of Republican Sen. Jon Kyl, co-sponsor of a bill that would give illegal immigrants up to five years to leave the country. The turnout clogged major thoroughfares in what officials said was one of the largest protests in Phoenix history. People also protested outside Kyl’s Tucson office. Kyl pointed out that most were speaking out against the House bill making it a felony to be an illegal immigrant, not his bill, which would also step up border enforcement and create a temporary guest-worker program. “They \ should be pleased that the Senate is probably going to address this in a much more comprehensive way,” Kyl told the Tucson Citizen newspaper during a meeting with its editorial board. In Georgia, activists said tens of thousands of workers did not show up at their jobs after calls for a work stoppage to protest a bill passed by the Georgia House on Thursday. That bill, which has yet to gain state Senate approval, would deny state services to adults living in the United States illegally and impose a 5percent surcharge on wire transfers from illegal immigrants. Supporters say the Georgia measure is vital to homeland security and frees up limited state services for people legally entitled to them. Opponents say it unfairly targets workers meeting the demands of some of the state’s largest industries. Teodoro Maus, an organizer of the Georgia protest, estimated as many as 80,000 Latinos did not show up for work. About 200 converged on the steps of the Georgia Capitol, some wrapped in Mexican flags and holding signs reading: “Don’t panic, we’re Hispanic” and “We have a dream, too.” On Thursday, thousands of people filled the streets of Milwaukee for what was billed as “A Day Without Latinos” to protest efforts in Congress to target undocumented workers. Police estimated more than 10,000 people joined the demonstrations and march to downtown Milwaukee. Organizers put the number at 30,000.160Want 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