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This is my worst season as a coach- Nsimbe

first_imgThe Brewers are a massive 20 points behind leaders Gor Mahia with seven rounds of league matches left while the wheels came off their defense of the GOtv Shield title at the Quarter Final stage when they lost 2-0 to National Super League side Vihiga United.As he looks back to what he terms as a ‘dead season’ Nsimbe, speaking to Capital Sport has admitted this is his worst year as a coach.“This is the worst season I have seen in my coaching career. I have been in Uganda and Tanzania where I did well and won titles but for me, this is the worst. But I will not give up; I know I can do so much more for this club,” the Ugandan said, in huge faith that the top management at Tusker will retain faith in him.“Honestly this was a dead year for us and we have to go back and plan for next season. Our problem was that we conceded so many goals and we didn’t score. That’s why we are where we are now,” he added.Tusker FC head coach George ‘Best’ Nsimbe gestures to players after conceeding their second goal against Thika United at the Thika Municiple Stadium over the weekend.PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluEven as he maintains a brave face that his squad will walk off the tumultuous hot-coal path unscathed for 2017, the players have thrown their weight behind the soft spoken man whose debut season in Kenya has not been as ‘best’ as his name.Skipper James Situma has admitted that the season has been tough for them, but maintains confidence things will be better in 2018, urging the club’s management to keep faith in the coaching team.“We have to support the coach as players because its football. Sometimes you are up and sometimes you are down. Whether there are changes depends with the management but for us we are behind the coach and we will play to our best to ensure we finish the season on a high,” the experienced defender noted.“Always as a club, our target is to go for the title but this season we started on a low and it really turned out to cost us. We have to learn from our mistakes and now we need to keep fighting till the end because getting to number two is possible,” Nsimbe stated.Tusker have struggled to be consistent this season after Nsimbe started his tenure with snail pace. They ultimately picked up and had a decent run of seven wins on the trot between April and May.Tusker players after Sofapaka match.PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaHowever, just after travelling to Tanzania for the SportPesa Super Cup, they returned to their domestic campaign for a struggle as they won only two of their next 10 domestic matches. One of those two wins was a GOtv Shield clash against lowly Butterfly FC.Their surge to keep their title was further dented when Zoo Kericho plucked three points right under their feathers after winning a case at the Disciplinary Committee after the brewers beat them in Kericho without presenting player cards.If given another opportunity to lead the Kenyan giants for one more season, Nsimbe has promised he will flight them back to the top, but he has hinted he will have to rake into the transfer market for ‘younger players’.“We have to at least reinforce the squad. We have had a problem with scoring and majority of the players, almost 50 percent are a little bit aged. We need at least some young boys who can reinforce the team. We will not make a lot of changes but at least we have to bring in strong players,” Nsimbe hinted.He says their target for the remaining seven games of the season will be to push for a top three finish. They are placed sixth in the standings with 40 points, five off second placed Sofapaka and Nsimbe is strong convinced with a last ditch effort they can rake into second spot.After their stalemate with Kariobangi Sharks on Wednesday in Nairobi, the alemen turn their daggers on relegation fighting Muhoroni Youth who they face on Sunday at the Ruaraka Complex.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tusker FC head coach George ‘Best’ Nsimbe. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 12- The pressure cooker is expected to start hissing on the ears of Tusker FC head coach George ‘Best’ Nsimbe as the postmortem for the 2017 season begins at the Ruaraka based club, following a season where the 11-time Kenyan Premier League champions will finish off without a medal on their necks.Ugandan Nsimbe came into the side with the huge task of filling the boots of fellow countryman Paul Nkata who guided the side to a double last season, but the efforts have driven on flat tyres.last_img read more

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Fans boycott Monday match as Dortmund held by Augsburg

first_imgThere was near silence from the half-full south stand, which normally holds 24,500, as the club backed the supporters’ silent protest.“We accept and respect that many spectators have stayed at home, we are against a further extension of the matchday and will bring the issue to the German Football League (DFL),” said stadium announcer Norbert Dickel before kick-off.“We are only for Monday games if there is a sporting reason.”The scenes in Dortmund came after Eintracht Frankfurt fans pelted the pitch with tennis balls against RB Leipzig last week in the first Monday game.Nevertheless, Germany star Reus had plenty to celebrate after claiming his second goal in only his third Bundesliga appearance since tearing a cruciate knee ligament in last May’s German Cup final.But the draw sees Dortmund stay a massive 19 points adrift of runaway leaders Bayern Munich in second place, after the defending champions had also dropped two points against Hertha Berlin on Saturday.“It’s annoying to end up with a draw after starting so well at home,” bemoaned Dortmund midfielder Mario Goetze.“We didn’t do enough with the ball we had and the performance wasn’t what we had imagined.“We’re normally spoiled with the support we get from the south stand and we are looking forward to having that support once more when the stadium is full again.”Dortmund’s opening goal on 16 minutes had ‘Made in Germany’ stamped all over it as three international team-mates combined.A lightening counter-attack from their own goal covered the length of the pitch in a matter of seconds.Goetze, who scored the winner in the 2014 World Cup final, slipped the ball to Andre Schuerrle, who had supplied the key cross in Rio de Janeiro four years ago.Schuerrle’s delivery to the far post in Dortmund was cut out by Augsburg’s Martin Hinteregger, but Reus, who started the breakaway, continued his run and tapped home the loose ball.Having dominated the first half, Dortmund rode their luck in the second and Augsburg grew in confidence.Michy Batshuayi, on loan from Chelsea, had an off night having scored five goals in his five previous Dortmund games since replacing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.After Brazilian midfielder Caiuby went close on multiple occasions, mid-table Augsburg deservedly drew level on 73 minutes.Kevin Danso escaped his marker at a corner and powered a header at Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Buerki, who could only parry back to the Austria international.Danso needed no second invitation and tucked home his second goal of the season on the rebound from close range.The draw means Dortmund remain unbeaten in the Bundesliga since Stoeger replaced Peter Bosz as head coach in December.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Marco Reus continued his excellent form with a goal but Dortmund were held by Augsburg © AFP / Patrik STOLLARZBerlin, Germany, Feb 27 – Marco Reus continued his fairytale comeback with a goal, but Borussia Dortmund were held to a 1-1 draw by Augsburg while fans protested against Monday football in the Bundesliga.Sub-zero temperatures at Dortmund’s Signal Iduna Park did little to lift the match played in an eerie atmosphere, although Peter Stoeger’s hosts did extend their unbeaten run to nine league matches.last_img read more

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Maradona makes Mexico debut with 4-1 win

first_imgBut he was all smiles as Ecuadoran forward Vinicio Angulo — wearing Maradona’s old number 10 — scored a hat trick to give the new coach the win.“We played a great match,” he told a packed press conference afterward.“Some people said Maradona’s useless. There were a lot of stupid people going on television to fill up the time. I hope they’ll come to the pitch now and look at my record and see what we’re actually doing, see that I know how to do this,” he added.Still, it was hardly a monumental win: Dorados were 13th in their league heading into the match, and Cafetaleros 15th.With their newly earned three points, Maradona’s team doubled their previous total and leapt to 10th place.Maradona vowed it was just the beginning.“This was nothing, this was just one match,” he said, sporting a gold-and-white Dorados cap.“We’re still going to be playing in a lot of finals. Let’s not think we’ve achieved anything with this match. This is just the start of a beautiful dream.”Maradona, 57, lived the finest hours of his playing career in Mexico, leading Argentina to the 1986 World Cup title.His coaching career has been less stellar, and he has publicly struggled with drug addiction, alcoholism and obesity along the way.He got a hero’s welcome when he arrived in Culiacan last week.But he failed to fill Dorados’s 20,000-seat stadium for his debut.Attendance did more than double from the club’s recent matches, however: there were 10,133 fans in attendance, up from just over 4,000 on average at the previous two home appearances.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Maradona vowed it was just the beginning.CULIACÁN, Mexico, Sep 17 – Diego Maradona won big in his Mexican coaching debut Monday, as the Argentine legend’s new club, Dorados, routed fellow second-division side Cafetaleros 4-1.Maradona has raised eyebrows with his decision to coach the struggling team from Culiacan, Sinaloa, in the heart of Mexican drug cartel country.last_img read more

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McDAID CALLS FOR RURAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE FOR DONEGAL

first_imgCllr James Pat Mc Daid is to ask his colleagues on the County Council to back his motion to establish a Rural Affairs Committee for Donegal.Cllr James Pat McDaidHe has highlighted a number of increasing deficits including lack of jobs, depopulation, no social housing construction that are not being addressed with any degree of urgency because there is no local forum to do so politically.The Fianna Fail councillor says that in previous times when Committees of Agriculture were part of the Local Government structure, rural communities had a real voice through their Cllrs. “With rural Ireland, its people, services and communities losing out on vital services, housing, investment and neglect of the infrastructure there is a very urgent for collective political action.We can do that best through a dedicated committee that gives us a real voice to address this crisis,” Cllr. McDaid told the Tribune last night.A recent Teagasc Report carried out by their Head of Rural Economy and Development, Prof Cathal O’Donoghue has indicated that rural Ireland and its small and medium sized towns have been affected to a greater extent by the economic downturn.The Report shows that unemployment increased by 193% in towns under 10,000 inhabitants compared with 115% in cities and 150% nationally. Cllr. McDaid who is aged 26 helps to run the family farm in Glenswilly says there was never more urgency for rural areas across Ireland to have their own voice at Local Government level. A ‘Rural affairs Committee’ is the best way forward, he believes. And it is vital to that a younger generation like himself is given a chance to make their homes in their local parishes.Cllr. McDaid said: “Rural Ireland is dying a death since the collapse of the Celtic Tiger. More and more young people are either emigrating or moving into the larger towns or cities, where they might be lucky enough to a job, a house and a future.Vital services such as schools , Garda stations, post offices, national schools, shops , restaurants, the country pub, B&Bs, community services must be protected. These services are the heart and soul of our small villages. And when added up can count for a considerable amount of jobs that will give hope for the future. We have seen too many of our small villages and rural areas lose these essential services and we cannot afford to lose more.In rural communities the family farm is the most important thing that binds our rural way of life, its people and their interests. The retention of these smallholdings is one of my main priorities. There are over 9,000 farm units in this county, which suggests at least 60,000 people in Donegal are directly associated with farm incomes. At least 10,000 more are indirectly involved in food processing, management, and distribution.Communications and especially Broadband is another vital service which needs to be secured in rural areas. With the poor quality of broadband it is a fact that bad people cannot study online, work from home or indeed think about the setting up a new business. Rural areas need more houses. Government policy has seen SI schemes and rural farm cottages no longer being funded and this is a huge loss. In my own area there are young couples and single parents who want to live and work and be part of their own community. These are the people who we depend on to keep the countryside alive for the next generation and are being failed badly.That is why, I believe that to rebuild our rural communities we need a rural affairs voice on our local authorities,” he added.McDAID CALLS FOR RURAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE FOR DONEGAL was last modified: January 15th, 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:Cllr James Pat McDaiddonegallast_img read more

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Voodoo Venue announce details of their ‘Spooktacular Halloween Ball’

first_imgVoodoo Venue is Donegal’s hottest night venue – and has established itself over the years as a leader in the industry. Management at Voodoo Venue are not one to rest on their laurels and are constantly evolving and changing to keep in toe with market trends.They provide amazing entertainment which caters for all ages, and that dedication to ensure customer satisfaction amongst revellers across the board is the reason it’s the No.1 venue in the North-West.Their innovative and dynamic marketing team have devised a sensational Halloween Line-Up, with giveaways and promotions that will ‘spook’ you out!Sue Glackin, Marketing Manager told Donegal Daily, “It all kicks-off on Saturday, October 29th with a special Halloween giveaway, in Voodoo Club.“Voodoo club will open Saturday only, at 11pm and there will be a masquerade ball theme through house and vintage, on the Sunday.“Vintage will be open from 10pm both nights, with tables bookable until 11pm.“So make sure and visit Voodoo Venue this Halloween for a ‘spooktacular time’!”Entertainment Line Up is as follows: Friday– Red Alert play the Lounge at 10.30pmSaturday– Humble earth worms play the Lounge at 10.30pmSunday– Eldorado play the Lounge at 10.30Ruairi and Sarah play house Friday at 10.30pmAdam Dolan play house Saturday at 10.30pmHeadroom playing live from 10-12 Sunday.Teen Voodoo open October 31st 9pm-12am. Lot’s of prizes for best fancy dress, including a brand new iPhone 7! Click the link below to be in with a chance of winning an exclusive Voodoo hoodie, winner announced Saturday evening.https://m.facebook.com/teenVOOD00/Voodoo Venue announce details of their ‘Spooktacular Halloween Ball’ was last modified: October 20th, 2016 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:EntertainmentFeaturesHalloweennewsVoodoo Venuelast_img read more

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Olympian challenge: L.A. seeks ’16 Games

first_imgIn the hyper-competitive contest to host the 2016 Olympics, Los Angeles’ bid to hold a third Summer Games could come down to its international image, U.S. Olympic Committee officials said Thursday. Los Angeles is one of five semifinal U.S. cities under consideration for the Games, but U.S. Olympic Committee Chairman Peter Ueberroth said the panel wants to choose a city that will sway a majority of the 120-member International Olympic Committee. “Los Angeles is an exciting city, this whole region is an exciting place to be. But it all gets down to 60 votes, just 60 votes,” he said, citing the number of IOC votes needed for a city to win its bid. The U.S. panel this week has been touring cities vying to host the Games – Houston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and San Francisco – and Ueberroth said it ultimately will poll foreign countries where IOC voters live to gauge which city gets the strongest positive response. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsSeveral international cities also are seeking to host the 2016 Games, and Ueberroth said the U.S. committee won’t make a bid if it doesn’t think a U.S. city has a shot at winning. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and a team of business and political leaders met with the panel for two hours Thursday and Villaraigosa said he touted the city’s infrastructure, diversity and past Olympic experience. “We extolled the virtues of this great city,” Villaraigosa said. “We have most of the venues already built out for the Olympics. We have a huge fan base here. There’s a great tradition of sports here in Southern California that is different from any other city.” The mayor said L.A.’s presentation focused on the city’s international flavor, with large immigrant communities and 130 different languages spoken. That might help the city – and the USOC – in a competition to woo the International Olympics Committee. The United States has struggled to win IOC votes in recent years. New York City garnered just 13 votes for the 2012 competition, which ultimately went to London. “I think Los Angeles will play well in international polling,” said Mike Shires, an assistant professor at the Pepperdine School of Public Policy. Los Angeles has a strong public-relations outreach through Hollywood, and memories largely have faded of the riots following the videotaped police beating of Rodney King. Plus, Shires said, L.A. gained enormous good will with the Olympic community after it hosted the 1984 Summer Games. “It was one of those games that everybody wished they could have had,” he said. Officials also already know that international travelers like L.A. because it’s the country’s second-most-popular tourist destination – after New York City – and a major immigration center. “I think it’s without question they would see this as an advantage to attendance-building and community acceptance, and to the willingness of the community to open itself up to accepting the Games,” said Michael Collins, executive vice president of LA Inc., the city’s convention and visitors bureau. Still, the global community and the Olympic member countries might not look favorably on U.S. politics and business culture right now, said David Carter, executive director of the Sports Business Institute at the University of Southern California. “The question is how will the International Olympic Committee view any of the five potential cities? Is there so much disdain for us now that it doesn’t matter which city is put forth?” In its meeting Thursday with L.A. officials, the U.S. Olympic Committee outlined city requirements, challenges of the bidding process and the importance of a strong partnership between the city and the USOC. The mayor’s delegation included billionaire investor Ronald W. Burkle, Panda Express founder Andrew Cherng, Councilman Bernard Parks, California Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu ez and Tim Leiweke, who heads Anschutz Entertainment Group, which owns Staples Center. The committee will decide in the summer of 2007 which city to recommend for consideration by the International Olympic Committee – if the USOC decides to bid at all. Each country can nominate only one city, and the IOC’s choice is expected in the summer of 2009. Ueberroth noted L.A. has some deficiencies, but he wouldn’t elaborate on them or reveal bid requirements other than to say city efforts must be privately funded. “We don’t want to impact the taxpayer,” he said. L.A. leaders wouldn’t offer an estimated price tag for the Games, saying it was too early to speculate. Barry Sanders, chairman of the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games, said the cost of the bid alone could run between $10 million and $20 million – all raised by private donations. Sanders said the Games themselves likely would cost less for L.A. than other cities because of its existing sports facilities. “We don’t need to build buildings. We have some, a very few, that we would have to build, but it would be a fraction of that cost.” kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want 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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THE DRAMATIC MOMENT STUDENT WAS LIFTED FROM ERRIGAL AFTER 50 METRE FALL

first_imgThe rescue helicopter takes the injured man fro Errigal. Pic by Patrick McClafferty for Donegal Daily.This is the dramatic moment a rescue helicopter lifted a young trainee teacher off Errigal after he tumbled 50 metres down the side of the mountain.The student from St Patrick’s Teacher Training College in Dublin fell and tumbled down a steep shale slope last evening.The 19 year old from Co Monaghan was with another trainee teacher on a week-long break to improve their language skills at a local Irish College. The young men began climbing the 2,464 ft mountain at 5pm but disaster struck at 7pm when one of the men took a serious fall.Patrick McClafferty caught this stunning picture of the rescue.The injured man tumbled and as well as receiving severe cuts and bruises to his legs and body, he also suffered a dislocated shoulder.The teenager’s companion called the emergency services who responded immediately. The emergency rescue helicopter was dispatched from its base in Sligo.However upon arrival the casualty could not be airlifted from the dangerous area where the young man had fallen.Members of the Donegal Mountain Rescue team were then called into action and had to move the man to a safer area where he could be extracted from the mountain.Joseph Brennan of the Donegal Mountain Rescue said it was a very tricky rescue.“Because of the area where the young man had fallen is covered in scree, he could not be winched out of there. “There was a fear that the blades of the helicopter may have struck the rocks and we just couldn’t take that chance.“It was just one of those very awkward operations. While it was a lovely evening, it was blowing a gale at the summit of the mountain.“We eventually got to him and brought him to another location where he was then airlifted to safety,” he revealed.The man is currently recovering at Sligo General Hospital where he was transferred from Letterkenny General Hospital while his companion was checked but did not receive any injuries. Mr Brennan said the lads did nothing wrong but the incident showed how quickly a situation can change in the “blink of an eye.”“The lads left to climb the mountain at 5pm which isn’t too late and it was a lovely evening.“But unfortunately one of them took a tumble and it just shows how everything can change in the blink of an eye.“He tumbled up to 50 metres but thankfully he managed to protect his head before he came to a stop.“His friend then managed to scramble to him and comforted him until the emergency services arrived.“What should have been a nice climb up and down in a few hours ended up with one of them being taken from the mountain at 11pm and then being hospitalised.“However the good news is that the lads will recover and all the rescue services came together for what was a prolonged but successful rescue,” he said.He also advised people to prepare when climbing a mountain by wearing the proper clothing, footwear and to bring a bar of chocolate and always a mobile phone.THE DRAMATIC MOMENT STUDENT WAS LIFTED FROM ERRIGAL AFTER 50 METRE FALL was last modified: April 22nd, 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:Donegal Mountain RescueErrigalfallhelicopterlast_img read more

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Sorenstam surges into lead

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “I finished a lot better than yesterday,” said Sorenstam, whose back-to-back bogeys at the end of the second round knocked her out of the lead. “The previous two days, I haven’t made anything, and I missed little putts. It really leaves a sour taste in your mouth, especially when I feel like I’m playing so well.” Wie missed some little putts, too, but they weren’t for birdie. She missed a 4-foot comebacker for par on the second, then took three putts from 5 feet for a double bogey on the next hole that sent her to the middle of the pack in the 20-player field. For the 16-year-old Wie, it began to look similar to the final round at the U.S. Women’s Open, in which she missed several short putts on her way to an 82. Unlike Cherry Hills, she showed some fight. Wie didn’t drop a shot the rest of the way, escaping from the bushes – no bees, this time – with a par and finishing with a birdie for a 1-under 71. At 10-under 206, she is five shots behind. “I didn’t play as well as I wanted, but I played really strong over the last couple of holes, and hopefully I can carry that on (today),” Wie said. “It felt good that I brought it back.” Purdy looks good: Ted Purdy birdied his first four holes of the day before swirling wind kicked up and went on to shoot a 7-under 65 to take a two-stroke lead at the Michelin Championship in Las Vegas. Purdy’s second consecutive 65 moved him to 18-under 197 through three rounds. Steve Lowery shot a 64 to move into a second-place tie with Charles Howell III (67) and Harrison Frazar (68). The gusting wind took its toll on some of the other players, with the relatively easy TPC at Summerlin course suddenly turning into a challenge. Briny Baird, ahead by one shot after the first round and up by two heading into the third day, struggled mightily. His round included a quadruple-bogey 8 on No. 12 as he ballooned to a 78 that left him tied for 43rd at 9-under. Bryant takes lead: Brad Bryant shot his second straight 6-under 66 to take a two-stroke lead over six players in the Administaff Small Business Classic in Spring, Texas. Jay Haas, coming off his first victory on the 50-and-over tour last week in North Carolina, shot a 69 to join Hale Irwin (68), Gil Morgan (67), Dave Barr (67), Mark McNulty (68) and Morris Hatalsky (69) at 10 under. Jacquelin pulls away:France’s Raphael Jacquelin shot his third straight 7-under 64 to take a seven-stroke lead entering the final round of the European PGA’s Madrid Open in Spain. Jacquelin was at 21-under 192 while Jose-Filipe Lima (67) of Portugal and Darren Clarke (68) of Northern Ireland were at 199. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Sorenstam, as she has done so often in her Hall of Fame career, blew away the field in the final hour at Bighorn with birdies on four of the last five holes for a 6-under 66 to build a four-shot lead. The only birdie putt Sorenstam missed down the stretch was a 12-footer at the 17th, which hung on the edge. She finished at 15-under 201 to lead Gloria Park, who shot a 68. center_img Annika Sorenstam and Michelle Wie finished strong Saturday, leaving bright smiles on their faces for entirely different reasons at the Samsung World Championship in Palm Desert. Wie recovered from a miniature meltdown and battled back to break par. last_img read more

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Arnold to push China trade

first_img The China trip “does have the effect of changing the subject,” said Jim Brulte, the state Senate’s former Republican leader. “No election loss is terminal. It’s how you react to it that matters,” Brulte said. Schwarzenegger will leave California Sunday and arrive Monday in Beijing, heading directly to a Special Olympics ceremony and an evening reception with the members of his business entourage. Along with business meetings and forums to pitch California products, Schwarzenegger will attend a film premiere in Shanghai, give a speech at Qinghua University and tour a steel factory. The governor is expected to raise several sticky issues with Chinese officials, including the spread of pirated U.S. software, music and movies. Aides said part of the mission is to try to get Chinese government officials to take voluntary steps to stop the flow of billions of dollars in U.S. property to counterfeiters. Nearly 80 companies and trade groups are sending executives to accompany the governor, including the Walt Disney Co., Miller Brewing, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. and Pfizer Inc., according to the governor’s office. The mission will be Schwarzenegger’s third overseas trip, after visiting Israel and Germany in spring 2004 and Japan in the fall of that year. It comes at a time when the Bush administration is eager to open Chinese markets to more U.S. goods. The president leaves Monday on an Asian trip that will take him to Japan, South Korea, China and Mongolia. He plans to pressure China to revalue its currency, reduce its trade surplus with the United States and curb the piracy of American movies, computer programs and other copyrighted material. California is the major gateway for U.S. trade to China, with cotton and computer-related products leading the way. The state exported $6.8 billion in goods to China in 2004, double what it exported in 2000, according to the California Chamber of Commerce. 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Schwarzenegger needs to show he’s “not just a politician, not just an actor, but a world leader,” Democratic consultant Joe Cerrell said. The message he should convey? “He’s not the guy who just got his clock cleaned … he’s for real, he’s not a joke,” Cerrell said. Schwarzenegger is in the midst of a rapid, post-election makeover. He acknowledged Thursday that voters are looking for results, not political sniping. He retired his campaign brawler persona and has talked of a new era of cooperation with his Democratic rivals in Sacramento. He also dropped a legal fight over hospital staffing ratios with the California Nurses Association, a 60,000-member union that has attacked him relentlessly since the start of the year. After a major election loss, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger this weekend jets to China and Hong Kong where he’ll try to exchange his blistered campaign image for the role of celebrity statesman and retailer. Officially, the Republican governor’s long-scheduled, six-day tour will take him to Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong to promote trade along the Pacific Rim. He’ll arrive Monday with a retinue of nearly 80 corporate and business executives eager to sell products from pharmaceuticals to chardonnay to Mickey Mouse in the world’s largest emerging market. A business-connected foundation is picking up part of the trip’s costs, including for the Republican governor, an arrangement that alarmed good-government advocates. For Schwarzenegger, the trip provides a convenient opportunity for favorable publicity just days after his collapse at the polls voters rejected all four of his “year of reform” ballot proposals Tuesday, severely downsizing his Terminator political reputation. last_img read more

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Housing redevelopment plans in west Donegal welcomed

first_imgProposed redevelopment and construction work on a number of housing units on the former Ard Scoil Mhuire school site in Gaoth Dobhair was welcomed on Friday. Pearse Doherty praised news that a planning application to build houses on the former west Donegal school site has now been lodged.It’s understood that the application for the site by Charles Roarty proposes to construct up to thirty number housing units and includes plans to build an assisted living residential facility for adults with intellectual disabilities. Commenting on the project, Deputy Doherty said that the proposed redevelopment of the former school would provide much needed additional housing to the area.He said: “I very much welcome these plans to redevelop the former Ard Scoil Mhuire college site which will see the construction of up thirty housing units as well as a purpose-built assisted living unit.“The assisted living element of the development will provide accommodation for adults with intellectual disabilities and the purpose of the facility is to enable them to continue living independently within their own community by providing personal and emotional assistance and supports in order to meet their individual care needs.” “The planning application has now been submitted to Donegal County Council and will now go through the formal planning process,” Doherty continued.“As many people will be aware, this derelict site has a very troubled past and has been somewhat of a blight on the landscape and a scare on Gaoth Dobhair and the surrounding area.“It’s hoped that this project will assist families in Gaoth Dobhair by providing much needed additional housing in the locality, including badly needed homes for persons with intellectual disabilities,” he added.“I now look forward to seeing how these plans progress over the coming weeks and months, and I intend to continue to engage and work closely alongside all the various stakeholders in an effort to ensure that this project, if approved, can be delivered in a thoughtful, sensitive and respectful manner.”Housing redevelopment plans in west Donegal welcomed was last modified: May 10th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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