Top-four finish guaranteed for Leicester? – Coral Daily Download

first_imgDave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman brings us the latest odds from the top of the Premier League standings following Manchester City’s 0-0 draw with Leicester.In 24 hours the odds are all change again, with Arsenal now 5/4 favourites for the title, Man City second at 6/4 Tottenham third at 8/1 and Leicester cut from 16/1 to 14/1 to be champions.The Foxes are aso odds on at 10/11 to finish in the fop four after Tuesday night’s resolute result.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

Homeless count finds fewer in Los Angeles County

first_imgBoard of Supervisors Chairman Zev Yaroslavsky said the large drop reported in the San Fernando Valley is puzzling. “I don’t know whether the homeless population in the Valley is 6,000 today or 11,000 today. But if it’s 6,000 today, it wasn’t 11,000 two years ago,” Yaroslavsky said. “There is no community in the county, certainly not the size of the San Fernando Valley, where homelessness has dropped nearly 50 percent.” Of the 68,608 homeless people, the federally required, biennual count found 83 percent living on the street and 17 percent living in either emergency shelters or transitional housing facilities. An additional 5,094 – down from 6,054 two years ago – were reported homeless in Glendale, Long Beach and Pasadena, which are not within the counting boundaries. The city of Los Angeles had 40,144 homeless people, down from 48,103 two years ago. Over the course of a year, 152,261 people are homeless, count officials estimated. The study was conducted over three evenings, Jan. 23 through Jan. 25, and Applied Survey Research, an independent team of statisticians from the University of California, Los Angeles, used advanced sampling calculations to estimate the population. A random telephone survey of households revealed more than 20,700 homeless individuals and families were living on private property – the “hidden homeless.” troy.anderson@dailynews.com (213) 974-8985 — Homeless in L.A. Los Angeles area*: 2005 — 82,291; 2007 — 68,608 down 17% San Fernando Valley: 2005 — 11,275; 2007 — 6,411 down 43% *Not including Glendale, Long Beach or Pasadena SOURCE: Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! She said the methods used this year were more scientific, and the study was better-funded and involved 1,100 volunteers and homeless people, as well as an improved telephone survey. “While the numbers are lower, Los Angeles remains the `homeless capital’ of the nation,” Rebecca Isaacs, executive director of the Homeless Services Authority, said. “Clearly, a great deal of work remains to be done to reduce and end homelessness in our county.” The numbers dropped from 11,275 to 6,411 in the San Fernando Valley, from 6,860 to 6,703 in West Los Angeles and from 3,544 to 1,815 in the Antelope Valley. In the San Gabriel Valley, the number increased from 9,254 to 9,942. Downtown, the number of homeless rose from 20,023 to 22,030, while the number of homeless on Skid Row increased from 3,668 to 5,131. The number of homeless in Los Angeles County dropped 17 percent over the past two years – and was down more than 40 percent in the San Fernando Valley alone, according to a report released Thursday. But while Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority officials said their biennual count found the estimated number of people homeless on any given day dropped from 88,345 to 73,000, many questioned the findings. “Where did 15,000 homeless people in Los Angeles go? Clearly we did not build that number of affordable housing units and/or shelter beds,” said Joel John Roberts, chief executive officer of PATH Partners, an organization working to break the cycle of homelessness. “So 15,000 homeless people either left on their own, or the number is inaccurate.” Torie Osborn, senior adviser to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, said officials believe methods used in the first count in 2005 were flawed and could have resulted in an overcount. last_img

Centinela Valley incumbents face challenge

first_imgBy Shelly Leachman STAFF WRITER Four years after two union endorsements helped propel them onto the school board, the incumbents in the Centinela Valley Union High School District are battling to keep their seats against two challengers who have snatched away the support of district employees. Sitting President Jorge Luis Arroyo and fellow trustee Rafael Ramirez were backed by the district’s teachers and classified unions in 2003. But in the coming Nov. 6 election, the Centinela Valley Secondary Teachers Association and the local branch of the California School Employees Association have endorsed challengers Sandra Suarez and Gloria Ramos-Jaime. “I had every intention of retiring from this district, but I know there is a need for change,” said Ramos-Jaime, who until Friday was a 17-year district employee. (She left her librarian’s job at Lawndale High and took a position in Los Angeles Unified to ensure her eligibility for the Centinela Valley board.) Lifelong district residents Ramos-Jaime and Suarez have teamed up in an effort to unseat first-termers Ramirez and Arroyo. The race in Area 3, in the southwestern portion of the district, pits Arroyo against Suarez. Arroyo, a middle-school counselor, says that during his tenure as a trustee the district has become more fiscally responsible, tightened up its administration and improved its educational programs. “We’re offering more advanced-placement courses than ever before and we’re having more kids attend four-year universities than ever before,” Arroyo said. “We have a lot of work to do but I think we’ve started something and I think the ship is turning.” Suarez, a mother of 10 (all former, current or future district students) and past president of Leuzinger High’s PTSA, says she favors stronger partnerships between the district, its feeder schools and all its surrounding communities. “The community needs to be a lot more informed and involved in some of this decision-making,” she said. In the northwestern portion of the district known as Area 4, it’s Ramirez vs. Ramos-Jaime. Incumbent Ramirez – a full-time student at El Camino College who was just 18 when he first landed on the board four years ago – said his top priority is to close the book on the district’s long-controversial construction projects. A cafeteria erected at Hawthorne High has been called the “Taj Mahal” of school lunchrooms. A hulking performing arts center at Lawndale High remains unfinished, now nearly four years overdue. Both projects were widely decried as unnecessary – and both are now the subject of lawsuits between the district and its contractors. “I want to see these projects finished prior to leaving the board,” Ramirez said. “That’s what I campaigned on four years ago and I think it’s my responsibility that I see it completed.” Accountability is a campaign buzz word for both Ramirez and Arroyo, who say that all district stakeholders – from trustees and administrators to teachers and students – should share responsibility for its progress and problems alike. In separate interviews, both men suggested that school principals should play a bigger role in the classroom, “making sure standards curriculum is being taught on a daily basis and, if it’s not, to be held accountable,” Arroyo said. Low test scores have long plagued the three-high-school district that also has a continuation school and adult education site. In state and federal test results released last month, Leuzinger High had the lowest local Annual Performance Index score. Both that school and Hawthorne High were given the lowest designation on a federal watch list of persistently low-performing schools. (Lawndale High, the district’s school of choice, does consistently well.) Suarez and Ramos-Jaime also name test scores among their priorities, in addition to increasing student exposure to vocational-education programs at El Camino College and Southern California Regional Occupational Center. Their top concern though, the women agreed, is improving communication – both within the district and between the district and the community at large. “There should be open communication where the administration is not threatened by questions,” Ramos-Jaime said. “The concerns of the everyday person that works here are ignored. Even if the communication is just to say, `I’m going to look into it,’ even the slightest bit of interest would at least send a message of good faith.” Arroyo and Ramirez ran on similar issues in 2003, when they argued that teachers and parents should have a stronger voice in shaping the district’s future. Today the pair concur, as Ramirez put it, that “we could still do a lot better,” but argue that improvements have been made – and that more will be coming if they are re-elected. “We have put the train on the correct path and I feel that if given the opportunity to serve for another four years we’re going to see a lot more improvement and a lot more success for our district,” Ramirez said. “I feel that I can still bring a lot of new ideas and innovation to the district that will benefit the district in the near future.” All the candidates agreed on the most likely hot topic to-come: the potential unification of nearby feeder district Wiseburn, which aspires to build its own high school. Arguing that such a move could strip Centinela of half of its property-tax base and more than 3 percent of its students, the high school district has previously sued the state to prevent Wiseburn’s proposed secession from going to a vote. Such an election has never been held, but it still could be. The state is currently conducting an environmental impact report on the feasibility of planting a new high school in the Wiseburn area, which includes parts of Hawthorne and Lawndale and some unincorporated neighborhoods. Every current candidate was reluctant to take a definitive stance on the unification, but all asserted its impact would be enormous. “I think it would be devastating, but I think we haven’t given them much of a choice,” said Ramos-Jaime, whose great-grandfather, George Bradford, spent 29 years on the same school board she is hoping to soon serve. “We aren’t cranking out the numbers, we don’t do any outreach. If I were a parent in Wiseburn, what would I do? That will be a huge decision, and we will have to make the right decision for a huge amount of people.” shelly.leachman@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Writers negotiations to continue today

first_img“If the AMPTP is serious about this figure, the WGA is confident we are closer to a deal than anyone has suggested and we are hopeful that the companies will respond positively to our proposal, which is a serious, reasonable and affordable attempt to bridge the gap between us.” The strike began Nov. 5. Most scripted primetime series have suspended production while many late-night talk shows have been forced into reruns. 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 MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsAfter the first year, writers would receive a residual based on 2.5 percent of the revenue collected by the show distributor, according to The Times. On Thursday, the alliance offered a proposal for a “New Economic Partnership,” which it said had an “entire value” of “more than $130 million in additional compensation above and beyond the more than $1.3 billion writers already receive each year.” However, an analysis released by the guild yesterday “tells us their offer is worth only $32 million,” according to John F. Bowman, chair of the WGA Negotiating Committee. “If you factor in the companies’ regressive proposal on `promotional use’ (streaming TV shows and feature films in their entirety for free) writers could potentially lose $100 million in income over the course of this contract,” Bowman said. “While we don’t see how their proposal adds up to anywhere near $130 million, we greet their public willingness to make such an offer with real interest,” Bowman said. Negotiations will continue today in the dispute between negotiators for striking writers and representatives of movie studios and television networks. Representatives of the Writers Guild of America and Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers met yesterday for the first time since Thursday in an attempt to end the dispute over pay for work distributed via the Internet, video iPods, cellphones and other new media. Alliance officials planned to spend last night “studying what the WGA had to say (yesterday) and we look forward to returning to the bargaining table” today, an alliance statement said. Guild representatives said its proposal would cost the studios and networks an additional $151 million over three years. The guild proposed a sliding scale that would give writers $632 for the first 100,000 views of an hourlong program on the Internet, with rates increasing at each 100,000 views after that, the Los Angeles Times reported. last_img

MORE FINE WEATHER ON THE WAY – AND IT WILL GET WARMER!

first_imgFORECASTERS now believe Donegal will have dry sunny weather right through the weekend – and it could get warmer!Earlier this week they were predicting showers and rain by Friday.But it now seems Donegal will escape the rain and we could see temperatures reaching 19C on Saturday and Sunday. With another bank holiday weekend coming up, the unexpected warm weather is good news for the tourism industry – as well as children off school.Long term forecasts are showing a dip in temperatures towards the end of next week, but these forecasts are too far off to be totally accurate.MORE FINE WEATHER ON THE WAY – AND IT WILL GET WARMER! was last modified: April 26th, 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) Tags:bundorandonegal weathersunnylast_img read more

PUBLIC INVITED TO HAVE THEIR SAY ON PROPERTY TAX IN DONEGAL

first_imgDonegal County Council is inviting submissions from members of the public on proposals to vary the basic rate of Local Property Tax in Donegal in 2016.The Council is keen to hear the views and opinions on any proposal to vary the rate of Local Property Tax and in particular, on the potential effects on households, individuals, businesses and indeed on Council services.Local Property Tax is an annual tax charged on all residential properties in Ireland and came into effect in 2013. In accordance with the Finance (Local Property Tax) Act 2012 as amended, local authorities may vary the basic rate of Local Property Tax within its own area by a maximum of 15%.This means that Donegal County Council can either increase or decrease the rate of Local Property Tax in Donegal in 2016 by a maximum of 15% of the 2015 baseline rate. For example, if a house is valued under €100,000, the Local Property Tax in 2015 would have been €90. If the Local Property Tax rate is increased by 15%, this house owner will pay €103.50 in 2016 and if the Local Property Tax rate is reduced by 15%, then this house owner will pay €76.50 in 2016 and so on.The money collected under the Local Property Tax contributes towards the cost of providing a range of local Council services including libraries, public lighting, road maintenance, housing services, fire services, dealing with illegal dumping and littering, community initiatives, beach management and tourism development initiatives.An adjustment in the rate of Local Property Tax will have an impact on the Council’s capacity to deliver these services.For instance, if the rate is reduced and if funding is not available to replace this reduction, then the income available to the Council will be reduced which will in turn limit the range and extent of services and supports that can be provided in 2016. If the rate is increased then an increased level of income available to the Council will increase the capacity to deliver services and supports in 2016.Having considered a range of issues, the Council could also decide not to vary the rate and to the leave the rate the same as in 2015.Donegal County Council is keen to hear the views and opinions on any proposal to increase or decrease the rate of Local Property Tax in Donegal in 2016. In particular, the Council would like to find out more about the potential effects of varying the basic rate of Local Property Tax on households, on individuals, on businesses and indeed on Council services.Further information, including a list of frequently asked questions is available on http://www.donegalcoco.ie/services/financepublications/local%20property%20tax%20adjustment%20factor/The deadline date for all submissions is the 21 August 2015 and submissions should be made in writing and e-mailed to LPT@donegalcoco.ie or posted to Donegal County Council, LPT Submissions, County House, Lifford, Co. Donegal. Feedback from the public will be considered by the elected members of Donegal County Council as part of the decision making process at a meeting in late September 2015 when a final decision will be made on varying the rate of Local Property Tax in Donegal.PUBLIC INVITED TO HAVE THEIR SAY ON PROPERTY TAX IN DONEGAL was last modified: July 13th, 2015 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:county councildonegalproperty taxlast_img read more

Fenerbahce snubbed chance to sign Riyad Mahrez for £8m – to land Liverpool flop!

first_imgFenerbahce apparently turned down the chance to sign Riyad Mahrez from Leicester last summer – instead opting to take Liverpool flop Lazar Markovic on loan.The Serbian has failed to make an impression for the Istanbul side, having managed just a single goal in 16 appearances for the Turkish club this season, who are are unlikely to make his loan deal permanent.And Fenerbahce fans will be left wondering what might have been after it has now emerged the club ignored the chance to buy Mahrez for £8m.According to Fanatik, Claudio Ranieri was ready to sell the Algerian when he took charge at the King Power last summer but Fenerbahce opted for the cheaper option in Markovic.Mahrez has gone on to score 16 goals for the Premier League leaders this season and has been nominated for the PFA Player of the Year gong. The Algerian is expected to be the subject of a number of bids in the upcoming transfer market, but any club interested in landing the playmaker will have to stump up at least £25m rather than the £8m he was available for last summer. 1 Riyad Mahrez in action for Leicester City last_img read more

‘Thank you Arsenal!’ – Man United fans react to twist in Champions League race

first_img1 Manchester City’s draw at home to Arsenal dealt them a major blow in their pursuit of Champions League football for next season.City are now two points ahead of rivals Manchester United but the Red Devils have a game in hand – a clash away to West Ham on Tuesday night.Win that and United will go into the final day of the Premier League season a point ahead of City meaning they would only have to beat Bournemouth at home to deny Pep Guardiola Champions League football in his first season at the Etihad.The game was Manuel Pellegrini’s last at the Etihad Stadium but he will hope his side can do a job away to Swansea and that United slip up in the meantime.See below for the best reactions to Arsenal claiming a point at City from Manchester United fans! Louis van Gaal is hoping to finish in the top four for the second consecutive season center_img [View the story “‘Thank you Arsenal and Alexis Sanchez!’ – Manchester United fans react to twist in Champions League race” on Storify]last_img read more

Barcelona extends streak

first_imgRonaldinho and Lionel Messi each scored as FC Barcelona edged Athletic Bilbao 2-1 in the Spanish league to extend its record winning streak to 17 games. Barcelona has won 12 league games, three in the Champions League and two in the Copa del Rey since a 3-3 tie with Deportivo La Coruna on Oct. 15. The defending champions rallied after Fernando Llorente had given Bilbao an early lead at the Camp Nou stadium in Madrid. Ronaldinho equalized in the 38th minute with a penalty kick. It was the Brazilian’s 11th goal of the season, with five coming from penalties. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Messi then scored the winner when he followed up to steer the ball home after Bilbao goalkeeper Inaki Lafuente had parried a volley by midfielder Mark van Bommel. Chelsea wins: Chelsea rallied to beat last-place Sunderland 2-1 in the English Premier League despite being reduced to 10 men when Arjen Robben was sent off for celebrating with fans after he scored the winning goal. Robben’s 70th-minute chip was deflected in the net by Sunderland defender Dean Whitehead. Robben then received his second yellow card for jumping over the advertisements lining the field to celebrate with fans in the stands. center_img 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

Vacancy: Stone Splitter sought for leading Donegal stone manufacturer and supplier

first_imgVacancy: Stone Splitter sought for McMonagle Stone, Ireland’s leading Natural Stone Manufacturer & Supplier.A Stone Splitter position has recently become available at McMonagle Stone’s Head Office in Mountcharles, Co.Donegal.With an immediate start, the successful applicant will be responsible for splitting stone according to work order specifications. Essential Duties and Responsibilities:Receive direction and work orders from SupervisorVerify that tools and equipment are in proper working conditionPerform routine maintenancePosition stone on conveyer to obtain proper cutsPerform stone splitting process according to work order specificationsComplete necessary paperworkKeep work area clean and orderlyFollow all safety regulationsOther duties as assignedRequirements: DependableAbility to work independentlyAbility to lift up to 20kgs, frequently; 50kgsDetail orientedAbility to adapt to varying work environmentAble to stand for long periods of timeAbility to work in a team environmentSelf-motivatedAbility to read and use a tape measureIf interested please submit your CV to info@mcmonaglestone.ieVacancy: Stone Splitter sought for leading Donegal stone manufacturer and supplier was last modified: April 4th, 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)last_img read more