Player divide threatens Premier League’s restart plan

first_imgThe Premier League’s bid to restart the season in JuneLondon, United Kingdom | AFP |  The Premier League’s bid to restart the season in June is in danger of being derailed by a heated debate between players about the risks of playing amid the coronavirus crisis.While Premier League chiefs believe completing the campaign is essential to safeguard the financial and sporting future of the game, some stars are not so convinced.AFP Sport looks at both sides of the row:“I’m not going to put my family at risk”Watford captain Troy Deeney has been one of the loudest voices against returning to the pitch so soon.Although the Premier League has agreed to fund regular testing for players and staff, there is no guarantee of keeping the virus at bay while vaccine trials remain in the early stages.Adding to Deeney’s concern, black and ethnic minorities are statistically more at risk of dying from the virus, leaving him adamant he will not gamble with his family’s life just to satisfy the desire for football to resume.“I’m not even talking about football at the moment. I’m talking about my family’s health,” Deeney said on Instagram.“I’m not going to put my family at risk. What are they going to do, take money off me? I’ve been broke before so it doesn’t bother me.“They’re talking about not playing in front of fans until 2021. So if it’s not safe enough for fans to be inside a stadium, why should it be safe for players to be in there?”Critics of Deeney’s view have noted that Watford were just outside the relegation zone on goal difference when the season was halted, so his club would clearly benefit from the season being abandoned.But Manchester City stars Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling have also raised concerns about restarting, while Newcastle’s Danny Rose, on loan from Tottenham, launched a furious rant about the situation.“Government is saying ‘bring football back’ because it is going to boost the nation’s morale. I don’t care about the nation’s morale, bro, people’s lives are at risk,” he said.“Football shouldn’t even be spoke about coming back until the numbers have dropped massively.”Like Deeney and other Premier League skippers, Norwich captain Grant Hanley took part in a conference call with the Premier League this week that reportedly saw numerous disagreements.“I think the overall feeling is that players have got concerns. There’s just so much uncertainty,” Hanley told Sky Sports. “Every team and player has got different views on it. Ultimately it’s putting your family at risk that is the main concern.”“Looking forward to playing again”In contrast to the anger expressed by some of his peers, England captain Harry Kane has preached a more moderate attitude.Tottenham striker Kane is ready to restart as long as player safety is the highest priority.“I think the majority of players are looking forward to playing again as soon as possible but we know we want it to be as safe as possible too,” Kane told British daytime TV show, Good Morning Britain.“Me personally, I am happy to start training in small groups if that is allowed and just trying to get back to some normality as soon as possible. I guess everyone is different and has their own personal view.”Even those willing to play, like Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham, have given their support with caveats.Abraham’s father has asthma and the England international does not want to put him in danger.“To go out on the pitch is a big thing for me. But my dad is asthmatic and the last thing I need is to catch the virus myself or be in contact with anyone with the virus,” Abraham said.“The Premier League and the Government have to come to a decision on whether or not it’s safe enough to play again and we take it on from there. I am ready to play tomorrow if it is safe.”Encapsulating the split in the ranks, former Manchester City midfielder Joey Barton claimed Deeney is acting out of self-interest.Barton, who is manager of League One side Fleetwood, tweeted: “If Troy doesn’t want to play or doesn’t feel safe enough to, then that’s his choice.“Let’s not kid ourselves about what is going on. Big money to be had in the Premier League, who wouldn’t want another year of that towards the end of your career? Got to admire the opportunism.“Squad on huge bonus for survival. No wonder they want it null and voided.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

England Golf Annual Report 2013

first_img3 Jul 2014 England Golf Annual Report 2013 The England Golf Annual Report (Nov 2012 – Dec 2013) which reviews England Golf’s activities during this period. A copy of the Annual Report can be downloaded below.last_img

LAPD braces for exodus

first_img“We’re already understaffed. You don’t have enough police officers currently to do the job that is required. It’s going to stretch our resources, and you’re going to lose a lot of very talented individuals with a lot of knowledge and expertise.” Measures have been taken recently by the City Council to boost recruitment and hire new officers to create a 10,000-officer department, a goal set by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. As of January, the LAPD had about 9,475 officers. “The mayor’s plan is to have 10,000 officers in a five-year plan,” said LAPD Cmdr. Kenny Garner, who took over recruiting duties in October 2005. “The 10,000 is doable and it will happen.” The LAPD’s Deferred Retirement Option Plan, implemented in May 2002, allows eligible officers to put their retirement payments in interest-earning accounts for a maximum of five years while they continue to work at their regular salary. At the end of the five years, or earlier, they collect the lump-sum retirement savings and begin receiving their pensions. Already stretched thin battling gang violence amid strained recruitment drives, the LAPD will see its chronic officer shortage grow even more acute later this year when a battalion-size group of senior officers leaves the force. Taking with them some 6,375 years of crime-fighting experience, 255 seasoned officers must go under a deferred-retirement program that was designed to keep veteran officers on the job longer. Their departure will hit the specialized ranks, such as homicide and robbery detectives, especially hard, and will come on top of the hundreds of other officers who leave the LAPD through attrition every year. “It’s going to have a dramatic impact on the department doing their job,” said Bob Baker, president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, the police officers union. Modeled after similar plans in other police agencies, the Los Angeles Police Department’s deferred retirement has allowed the 255 officers leaving by October of this year to stay on years after they might otherwise have retired. The LAPD says the plan is cost-neutral and has kept years of institutional knowledge and expertise on the force. Also, it has bought LAPD brass more time to train replacements. Once-off effect This year’s large number of retirees in the deferred plan is considered a once-off effect, attributed to heavy sign-ups in the initial months of the program. In subsequent years, the LAPD expects deferred-retiree departures to be spread out more than this year and not have such a strong impact on the force. Still, with the police force struggling to reach the mayor’s goal of 10,000 officers, some law enforcement officials are concerned about the experience deficit that will remain when the seasoned officers leave this year. Baker, of the police union, said city officials did not respond fast enough to find a consistent funding source to pay for new officers. “The city squandered the five years. They didn’t put in a good plan,” Baker said. “They didn’t take this seriously, and we find ourselves in the position we are in today.” Until the City Council passed Villaraigosa’s trash-fee hike proposal last year to help finance his and Police Chief William J. Bratton’s plan to add 1,000 new officers, the LAPD lacked a consistent funding source for additional officers, critics say. “What has been frustrating for those of us who have pushed to expand the department for several years was the lack of a dedicated funding source for new officers,” said Councilman Jack Weiss, who heads the City Council’s Public Safety Committee. “Recruiting has to be at the forefront of everybody’s agenda precisely because the drop-off (for the hundreds leaving DROP this year) is so precipitous,” he said. The goal of the deferred-retirement plan was to increase the number of years of service for retiring senior officers from around 27 years to 30 years. At a June 2005 meeting of the Public Safety Committee, the LAPD said a tougher recruitment drive was needed due to hundreds of sworn officers leaving the deferred-retirement program by 2007 and concern over the impact it would have on detective ranks. Meeting hiring goals The City Council approved hiring 720 officers for that fiscal year, but the LAPD hired just 603. For fiscal year 2002-03, the LAPD actually surpassed its new-hire goal when it added 672 new officers, well above the projected 360. But over the next three fiscal years, the department hired just 1,300 officers, about 22 percent fewer than its goal of 1,674. Responding to the impact of the deferred-retirement plan, the City Council is considering an LAPD request to extend to one year from three months the amount of time the police chief can bring retirees back on the force for a maximum of one year. “Generally, we see that a lot of people are leaving,” said Garner, the recruiting coordinator. “The good news is it’s not all at once … (We recognize we’re) losing experience and the chief is taking a look at keeping people in critical positions (through the extension.)” But some officers left to deal with the immediate aftermath of the departure of so many seasoned veterans are concerned. “If we had a thousand guys in the academy, they wouldn’t be worth (anything) for two years,” said Detective Richard Wheeler, who recently took over lead homicide detective duties at the North Hollywood Division from 35-year veteran Mike Coffey, who has left under the deferred-retirement program. “And all the people that are leaving, it ain’t the two-year cops, it’s the Mike Coffeys.” (818) 713-3329160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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Suspense ends on Match Day

first_imgBy choosing to stay local, Ham and Zimmer bucked a growing trend among medical students to leave the area. More than half of UCLA’s graduates will head to hospitals outside Los Angeles when they receive their diplomas in June. Senior Associate Dean Neil Parker attributed the exodus to the high cost of housing locally. With up to $100,000 in student loans and starting salaries of $42,000, young doctors were finding Los Angeles increasingly unaffordable, Parker said. But they weren’t thinking about debt, finances or the details of professional medicine as they flashed their letters and snapped pictures with their fellow students Thursday. They were thinking of happy hours to attend and celebratory dinners. David Samimi hugged his friends. Then, for good measure, he hugged their parents. He had started out studying economics at Pierce College, transferred to UCLA as an undergrad and switched to medicine. He put in time as an emergency medical technician, then as a volunteer at the hospital. “You’d work there all night in this blue coat,” he remembered. “It didn’t mean anything, but a lot of the patients, when they’re first transported in, they think you’re the doctor. They’d really open up to you. And that’s when I fell in love with the job.” On June 1, he’ll don a cap and gown and graduate with the rest of his class. Three weeks later, the grads will begin as professionals across the nation. Samimi will intern at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, then head off to Miami’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute for his residency. “They’re all very excited and very confident now, but soon they’ll be off as M.D.s,” Parker said. “Then they’ll be in with their first patient and the nurse will turn to them and say, `Well, doctor, what do you want to do?’ … And that’s going to be the big moment for them.” (818) 713-3738160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WESTWOOD – Maggie Ham pulled the envelope off the wall, wondering about the precious contents sealed within. Ever since she could remember, the 24-year-old has wanted to be a doctor. Watching her father, a general practitioner, the Glendale native learned to love medicine at a young age. Now, after four long years of study at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, she would slit open the envelope’s flap and learn where she’d begin her career. “As `fourth-years,’ this day is all you think about,” she said. For most people, it was just a regular Thursday. But for Ham and 164 other medical students at the University of California, Los Angeles, it was Match Day, a nationwide ritual during which 16,000 students learn simultaneously which hospitals had accepted them as interns and residents. Ham gingerly carried her envelope back to the table where her friends waited with theirs. She was hoping to stay at the school where she’d learned, close to family in the city where she’d grown up. The students tore into their envelopes, pulled forth their letters. Ham cheered aloud. UCLA it was. She congratulated her friends and carried the news across the room to Raymond Zimmer, who’s considering cardiology. Dressed in a Superman T-shirt and clutching his own letter, he called out to Ham: UCLA had accepted the 25-year-old North Hollywood High School graduate as well. “I just can’t believe it’s finally here,” he said. “I’ve been wanting this my whole life, so this has been a long time coming. … I’ve gotta tell my parents! They’re going to kill me if I don’t call them.” last_img

Classic comes to life

first_img• Photo Gallery: The Sound of MusicThe Center Theatre in Whittier will come alive with “The Sound of Music” tonight, as local actors open their season with the much-loved classic play-turned movie. The production is the largest of four scheduled for Whittier Community Theatre this season. One performance, a Sunday matinee on Sept. 16, is already sold out. “We’re so excited,” producer Roxie Lee said. “It’s a 399-seat theater, so it’s hard to sell it out.” “I think the essential feeling of her, you kind of have to maintain,” Pitt said. “But you don’t want to try to imitate anyone else who has done it before.” Hunter, who has worked for 22 years with Whittier Community Theatre and serves as vice president of the board of directors, said this play is unusual for the group in its scale. The production includes more than 35 actors and supporting staff. Many on stage for this year’s musical are children, further complicating rehearsal schedules and logistics. But Hunter said the cast has met the challenges of production beautifully. “It’s the best we can possibly put together on Center Theatre’s stage,” Hunter said. “I think everyone will walk out satisfied and feeling like their money was well spent.” The Whittier Community Theatre, the longest continuously running theater west of the Mississippi River, has been home to actors like Richard and Pat Nixon, who performed with the company before they were married. Actors and stage crew members of the group are unpaid, although members of the orchestra are compensated per performance and directors are also paid. Despite technically being amateurs, board member John Francis said productions are successful because of the passion of those involved. “I’ve found that even though it is a community theater and it’s nonprofessional, we do have people who are pretty darn good,” Francis said. William Crisp, who plays Capt. Von Trapp, said he enjoys the inviting atmosphere at the theater. “It’s a good place to come and develop your talents and to try something you’ve never tried before,” Crisp said. Crisp, 48, lives in Whittier and works for Russ Basset Corp., which designs sheet metal products. He has been acting since childhood. He said families who don’t usually go to plays should consider “The Sound of Music” as a way to spend time together. “There’s something totally different about live theater. There’s a spontaneity and intimacy that you can’t get from a movie.” (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3015 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Lee grew up in Whittier, attending Sierra High School and Whittier College. Although she now lives in Diamond Bar, she considers Whittier and the theater her home. “The exciting thing about this production for me is that most of the people in this show are very local,” she said. The musical will feature songs unique to the stage version of the story, which were not included in the popular 1965 film starring Julie Andrews. “We are doing the original Broadway production,” director Regan Hunter said. “There will be some conflict (with the film) and I think that some people will be scratching their heads, but in the end I think people will say it was really nice.” Tara Pitt will play Maria in the production. Pitt, 30, is a nanny from Huntington Beach who has been working with Whittier Community Theatre since 2002. Playing a nanny on stage is art imitating life, she said, but filling the role of an iconic character can be difficult. last_img read more


first_imgThe Mayor of Limavady Alan Robinson, presenting Niall O’ Donnell with the winning trophy. Also included in the photo back row, Mary McCloskey, principal of St Mary’s High School, Limavady. Front row, from left, teacher Ms McLaughlin and middle row right teacher Mr Sweeney, Errigal College.A group of junior certificate students from Errigal College in Letterkenny have won a prestigious technology competition in Limavady for secondary schools.The team of four were asked to design and make a vehicle, which was weight propelled. This vehicle had to move in a linear direction while hoisting up a weight using a pully mechanism.The team were required to produce a set of working drawing of their design and then manufacture the vehicle before it was tested by the judges. The winning team was Naomi O’ Leary, Illona Pasterick, Keeva Brogan and Niall O’Donnell who used their technical graphics skills to create a detailed drawing before applying their woodwork and metalwork skills to manufacture the winning vehicle. The team’s metalwork teacher Mr Sweeney who attended the event said he was delighted by their vision, imagination and creative skills which they displayed in planning and manufacturing their winning entry.The winning team members were presented with vouchers and a perpetual trophy for the school.The team preparing their working drawings.    LETTERKENNY SCHOOL TOP TECHNOLOGY TOURNAMENT was last modified: November 29th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:errigal collegetechnology tournamentlast_img read more

Man dies in motel fire

first_imgROSEMEAD – Firefighters found a man’s body in a burning motel room early Tuesday and investigators are trying to determine what caused the death, authorities said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsLos Angeles County Coroner’s Investigator Brian Elias said his staff had a good idea of the identification of the body, but, because the corpse was severely burned, probably would not be able to confirm the identity until today or Thursday. – Ben Baeder “We did have a fatality,” said Lt. Larry Lincoln, a homicide detective for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. “We’re trying to see if it’s criminal or accidental.” Lincoln said deputies at about 5 a.m. spotted a fire coming from room 263 at the Motel 6 at 1001 San Gabriel Blvd. in Rosemead. After firefighters put down the blaze, they discovered the body inside, Lincoln said. Lincoln said the age and identity of the man who died are still not known. He was awaiting the county Coroner’s Office to give him more information about the body, he said. For More Infocenter_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Photo Gallery: Motel fire last_img read more

Man broke into five premises to get money for drugs

first_imgA man broke into a number of premises in Lifford to steal money so he could jump across the border and feed his drug addiction.Michael Brennan appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged with a number of burglary charges. The accused man, of Coneyburrow in Lifford was caught on CCTV carrying out the attempted raids.Garda Sgt Jim Collins told the court that Brennan, aged 22, was observed breaking into a number of premises on March 29th last and also on April 2nd.The premises included Blush Beauty, McCauley’s Restaurant, Peeking House restaurant, the Diamond cafe and Daly’s shop on Upper Street.More than €600 was done to Blush Beauty, a further €1,000 was damage was done to Peeking House and €130 in damage was done to McCauley’s restaurant.Various cash sums were also taken from some of the other premises.Solicitor for the accused, Mr Frank Dorrian, told the court that his client suffered from an addiction to tablets including valium.He said he broke into the premises to get cash so he could go across the border and buy such tablets on the black market.He said “He was drug dependent and was taking valium and anything else he could get his hands on – depression and anxiety drove him to carry out these offences.”He said that Brennan had now been referred to a drug and drink counsellor.His client had €750 in compensation in court and these could be given to the injured parties.Judge Paul Kelly said he was adjourning the case until October 7th to allow for further compensation to be paid and for a community service and probation report to be prepared.Man broke into five premises to get money for drugs was last modified: July 3rd, 2019 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:burglariesdonegaldrugshabitLiffordMichael Brennanlast_img read more


first_imgThe inside of Patrick Gildea’s new salon.Patrick Gildea Hairdressing is delighted to have triumphed in the JCI Friendly BusinessAwards under the category for shop layout and design. The impressive new salon was announced as the winner at Monday night’s award ceremony in Letterkenny.Style Director and Team Leader Noreen Gallagher, who has been working with Patrick Gildea Hairdressing for twenty years, collected the award on behalf of the company. Commenting on their award success Noreen stated “I am delighted to accept this award on behalf of Patrick Gildea Hairdressing.“We are absolutely thrilled that our salon space designed from an empty shell has triumphed in this category. Patrick’s vision for the salon focused on creating a truly unique hairdressing experience unrivalled in the North West, a five star experience from beginning to end at surprisingly affordable prices.”The company are now in our new premises in the Riverside Retail Park, Letterkenny seven weeks and from the feedback they have received they are delighted that their clients are as happy with it as they are.“We as a team genuinely love coming to work every day and are delighted that our vision has been acknowledged by succeeding in this award and we look forward to enhancing our customer experience through our excellent customer service every day”. A simple glance in the shop front of this luxurious salon highlights exactly why Patrick Gildea Hairdressing was successful in this award category.There is no other hairdressing establishment that provides such a beautiful environment for their clients and staff. The fabulous interior exemplifies part of the experience which matches the high standard of hairdressing provided within. It’s hard to believe that this space was once an empty shell but now feels lived in with an amazing atmosphere.Check out and like them on Facebook at Friendly Business Awards is a flagship business program which recognizes the pivotal role small businesses play in the local community. The awards were held at The Radisson Hotel, Letterkenny on 18th August and were presented by JCI Donegal President Emma Boylan. PATRICK GILDEA’S STUNNING SALON SCOOPS DESIGN AWARD was last modified: August 21st, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgPaul Mallon of Gallagher’s Bakery, Linda McLean of Mallow Mia, Anna Good of the Whole Green Juice Co, John Molloy of Green Pastures Dairy and Michael O’Donnell of Island Seafoods Ltd, all local companies with products in this year’s finals of the prestigious Blas na hEireann – Irish Food Awards.Donegal’s blossoming reputation as an exciting and innovative food destination, received another timely boost this week with confirmation that 13 Donegal food products have made the finals of Blas na hEireann – the Irish Food Awards.Now in its 8th year, Blas na hEireann takes place in Dingle, Co Kerry on October 2nd and 3rd and is the
 biggest competition for quality Irish produce on the island of IrelandOver 2,500 products were entered into this year’s competition and organiser Artie Clifford, who visited Donegal earlier in the year to encourage food businesses to enter, says the Donegal products have reached the final stages in some very competitive categories. The Donegal finalists who between them provide all 13 of the Donegal products in the final stages, are Aran Ard Teo from Ardara, Green Pastures Dairy from Convoy, Island Seafoods from Killybegs, PureBred Gluten Free Bakery from Ardara, Mallow Mia from Newtowncunningham and Mulrines of Ballybofey.But the companies will have to go through a rigorous judging process first to see if they can capture one of the much sought-after prizes.The Blas awards are the biggest blind tasting of produce in the country, and the criteria on which the product is judged as well as the judging system itself, developed by Blas na hEireann with the Food Science Dept of UCC, is now recognised as an international industry standard.Eve-Anne McCarron, Executive with The Food Coast – Donegal’s Good Food Initiative said the awards offer a fantastic opportunity for Donegal Food Businesses. “Last year we had seven products in the finals so it is a sign of the progress we are making here in the county that we have almost double that number this year. The Donegal Food Strategy recognises the huge potential for food in Donegal and we want to work with people with a commitment to Donegal food to create opportunities for success.”Indeed Artie Clifford affirmed that he has been extremely impressed with the ongoing commitment to food industries in Donegal.‘The Local Enterprise Office & Donegal County Council are keen supporters of what we do and we are delighted to be working again with them. It is great to see what they are doing with the Donegal Food Coast Initiative and I think it is important that we have an offering all along our coastline for our guests and visitors to be able to sample the finest of local product.”The local businesses in this year’s final will hear results from the Regional Best in County and Best in Farmers Market for Donegal on 2nd October in Dingle, but it will be a day later before they discover if they have been awarded a coveted Gold, Silver or Bronze at the national awards. THIRTEEN DONEGAL FOOD PRODUCTS IN PRESTIGIOUS FOOD TASTE FINALS was last modified: September 23rd, 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:awardsdonegalFOOD TASTElast_img read more