1 critical, several injured in EBD collision

first_imgA two-vehicle collision on the East Bank Demerara (EBD) Highway on Friday evening has left over 12 persons injured, with at least one person in a critical state. The accident occurred sometime around 22:30h at Brickery, EBD.According to reports, a motorcar bearing registration number PJJ 8932 was travelling North along the East Bank highway while a Route 42 minibus with registration number BSS 6024 was heading in the southern direction when they collided.Based on information received, as the vehicles were negotiating the turn, the car collided head-on with the minibus. The impact of the collision caused the car’s entire front to become smashed.The scene of the accident on Friday night at the Brickery Public RoadIt is unclear whether any passenger was in the car with the driver; however the minibus had a full load of passengers as it was coming from Georgetown. Persons from the area and passersby wasted no time in rendering assistance, helping the occupants out of the vehicles.Some of the passengers in the minibus sustained cuts and bruises while others complained about being in pain as a result of the impact. The injured persons were rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where they were treated and sent away.However, the driver of the motorcar was admitted after he was taken to the medial facility in critical condition, hospital sources confirmed. He sustained severe head injuries and as a result, had to undergo a CT scan. A nurse who was in the minibus at the time of the accident also sustained serious injuries but was discharged on Saturday after being kept overnight for observation.Meanwhile, at the scene, the driver of the minibus recalled seeing the car approaching at a fast rate. “I was coming around the turn and I see the car sliding coming… I pull to the corner and still he come and hit my bus,” the traumatised man recounted.The car driver remains hospitalised at the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he is said to be stable but still in a critical state.This is the second accident to occur on the East Bank road with the space of a week, with the first happening a short distance away from Friday’s accident. Last Sunday, 23-year-old Rudolph Bess, of Kaneville, EBD and 16-year-old Hansranie Persaud, of Grove, EBD, lost their lives in a horrific three vehicle smash-up at Coverden, EBD.Two persons, Yolanda Fraser Patterson and Jason Baskarran, were also injured in the accident. Reports revealed that Bess and Persaud were travelling on a motorcycle when the accident occurred between a 4×4 driven by Baskarran and a motorcar driven by Fraser Patterson on the Coverden Public Road.That accident has brought the country’s road fatalities up to 39 for the year. Acting Traffic Chief Budnarine Persaud recently disclosed that these 39 deaths were from 38 accidents during the period January to April. This is in comparison to 31 deaths from 22 accidents during the same period last year.last_img read more

Ellen Launches CAP Today

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will today, May 26, launch the Common Africa Position (CAP) on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.  CAP is an ambitious agenda for sustaining development in Africa, and promises that no one will live in extreme poverty by 2030.CAP, which was adopted by a High Level Committee (HLC),  addresses critical issues of inequality, accountability, quality of services and promoting a sustainable environment, thus balancing the three pillars of sustainable development (social, economic, environmental), which may not be achieved in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which comes to an end in 2015.According to an Executive Mansion release, the exercise is a two-day event that starts with the launch today at the C. Cecil Dennis Auditorium at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to be followed by presentations and panel discussions on May 27.Those clothed with the responsibility to draft CAP was set up during the African Union’s 2013 Summit and is chaired by President Sirleaf.CAP builds a consensus on Africa’s post-2015 development agenda and identifies areas of priority to Africa.  It was adopted on January 32, 2014 and launched in N’djamena, Chad in March.Members of the Cabinet, Legislature, Judiciary, the Diplomatic Corps, Heads of National Institutions and Autonomous Agencies are expected to be at the launch. The exercise is aimed at acquainting Liberians with CAP and enlightening policymakers and stakeholders on Africa’s development priorities.The launch is expected to take place at the Bella Casa Hotel, follow by presentation and discussion with members of the private sector, civil society, academia, the media, and other stakeholders to encourage their involvement and support to events concerning the CAP.“This position is what African nations will take to the negotiations at the UN, in the hope of securing a deal that delivers for people across our continent,” the Liberian leader said.She said the main objective of the continental and regional consultations was to produce a demand-driven agenda from multiple stakeholders in Africa.“In this regard, the process entails working with various partnering institutions in inclusive events through which the viewpoints of a wide range of African stakeholders including government, regional economic entities, civil society, non-governmental organizations, academia, youth, women, think-tanks, and the private sector are captured.”Meanwhile, the HLC comprises 10 Heads of State and Government from the five regions of Africa, and it had held several consultative and technical meetings to look at the list of priorities developed by institutions around the continent to reach a consensus on the development framework that should succeed the Millennium Development Goals in September 2015.CAP is built on six pillars including Structural Economic Transformation and Inclusive Growth, Science Technology and Innovation (STI), People-centered Development; Environmental Sustainability, Natural Resources and Natural Disaster Management and Peace and Security, and Financing Partnership for Implementation of Post-2015 Development Agenda.In the next phase of its work, the HLC will begin negotiations with other regions of the world as well as development partners to ensure that Africa’s vision is included in the United Nations Post-2015 Global Development Agenda.However, the biggest unanswered question now is how will the ambition of CAP communicate effectively to other UN member states? Emphasizing ambition would most likely inject interest in the CAP; energize post-2015 debates thus making it an obvious contribution to the forthcoming negotiations with other UN Member States.It will also be great to see African governments in their preparations towards negotiations acknowledge the gaps that exist between ethnic groups, religious groups, language groups and rural-urban groups which are a significant barrier to further development, progress and the realization of human rights across Africa.A priority of African governments through the UN negotiation should be ensuring universal and equitable access to quality healthcare without financial hardship to individuals and families.It is known that the financial costs of healthcare can be a deterrent to families, keeping them in or pushing them back into poverty and now is the time to address this issue and secure free healthcare at the point of need. Hope African leaders become very proactive in alleviating abject poverty, illiteracy, all of which are as a result of bad governance, on the continent.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

“Where is the good life?”

first_imgVAT on services– concerned citizens stage protests at Finance Ministry, GRAActivists, politicians, parents and students on Tuesday simultaneously picketed the Finance Ministry and the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA).Their grievances included the imposition of 14 per cent Value Added Tax (VAT) on utility services such as water, electricity and private health care, as well as private education.A protester outside GRA holds a placard highlighting several grammatical errors which have appeared on Finance and Education Ministries’ properties, as well as on a banner during the recent Children’s MashramaniOn Main Street, at a protest organised by Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) Red Thread, protesters made it clear that the placement of VAT on these services was inconsistent with the Government’s promise of a good life for all.According to Joy Marcus, a representative of the NGO, reducing VAT by two per cent and then placing previously exempt items on the tax list is simply an increased burden the average citizen cannot afford.The protestors outside of the Finance Ministry“Every cent that is added is a lot. (It) is adding more burden to us. And we’re saying that we can’t afford it. Government has promised us a good life.”We’re calling on the Government to reverse the VAT on electricity and water. As it is, poor people already have a burdensome life and we’re struggling to survive as poor people. That good life that was promised, we’re not seeing it, we’re not feeling it and we would really like to enjoy that good life.”Referencing the circumstances pensioners have found themselves in, Marcus juxtaposed the removal of subsidies pensioners had on water and other utilities, with the increase in pensions to $19,000 monthly.“You take away the subsidies from pensioners and you increase (it), but how far can that go? When you strip that $19,000 to a day, you get an average of $625. What can that buy?”“And then look at people on public assistance, who are getting $7500. Think about the low-wage workers. We already have the burden of housing our children, sending them to school; we have to choose between which one we are going to do or which one is more important.”Separate but unitedMeanwhile, students and parents gathered outside GRA at midday. Though separate from the Finance Ministry protesters, they were united in their concerns about VAT. The group called for the removal of the 14 per cent tax on private education and consumer goods and services, previously exempt, which now attract VAT.Though the turnout was not as big as expected, their united voices were loud. Organiser of the protest, businessman Roshan Khan stated that while expecting a larger crowd, he was not fazed by the comparatively low turnout.Khan demanded that the Government immediately reverse the VAT charge on education and issue an apology to the country. Other persons on the picket line also had similar cries and called on the Administration to act swiftly to reverse the measures.“The protest is to save the youths, who may be thinking of migrating. If they want to go to private school – nursery, kindergarten, anything that has to do with private education, (the imposition of VAT) is ludicrous.“What do they want? Why did they not consult with their people who elected them? Why did they not consult with their own supporters who want to send their children to private school? People send their children to private school not (necessarily) because they are rich. It is unfortunate that the leadership thinks that those people who go to private schools, their families are rich.”He noted that they chose to assemble despite reports appearing in the public domain and online news outlets on Monday that President David Granger would announce the removal of VAT on education.According to Khan, the confusion it created may have actually played a role in the reduced turnout of protesters. Nonetheless, the businessman stated that it would be better if the President as someone elected by the people to lead the nation or a government official made this announcement.John Edghill, a young student, was also present on the protest line. He noted that for him, as a private school student who was working in order to offset the expenses of his studies, the VAT on education was a worrying burden.“It is an additional burden on me. I don’t make a lot of money. I’m at an entry-level job. I’m helping to pay for my education. Adding 14 per cent will just increase the burden on me. I still have other things to do with money, every day. There is VAT on a whole lot of other (items) now.“They increased the threshold, and now they’re taking back more of our money. So don’t fool us with this giving and taking back. It is also a bad precedent they are setting. We have so many academics that are not being offered by the University of Guyana that are being offered at these private institutions and you are going to put VAT on these things? This is ludicrous.”Edghill recalled that the Government had campaigned on a promise of providing a good life, and there were many young people in the private education system who see the measure as a burden.“You can’t make Guyana great if you are taking away the dreams of young people. I attend Nations and I see a lot of people working and funding their own education. And it is just going to be a burden on them. And a lot of persons are going to drop out. There are people trying to do MBA courses which cost millions of dollars. That’s 14 per cent on that too. It’s just crazy.”The demonstrators also stated their intention to continue to protest regularly until Government acceded to the widespread opposition to the VAT.In the 2017 budget, Government had reduced VAT from 16 per cent to 14 per cent. It had also increased the VAT threshold from $10 million to $15 million.In an unprecedented move, however, the 14 per cent VAT was applied to electricity consumption exceeding $10,000 per month and water consumption exceeding $1500 per month. It also applied to private education fees.Except for the ones relating to exports and manufacturing, all items which were previously zero-rated were removed from the list.When he made his presentation last year, Finance Minister Winston Jordan had projected a rise in VAT collection of 1.7 per cent, amounting to $36 billion.The Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has, however, long denounced the Government’s method of taxing its way to wealth generation. Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee in Parliament, PPP/Civic Member Irfaan Ali has maintained that the expanded areas of taxation would increase the burden on Guyanese and local businesses.Ali had observed that in relation to pharmaceutical and medical supplies, the cost of accessing private medical service would increase dramatically. But that’s not all.He had expressed that private medical staff such as nurses, medics, laboratory technicians and others may face the risk of losing their jobs, since patients would now be forced to seek medical service from public hospitals owing to prohibitive costs.last_img read more

Three school libraries get needed makeovers

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Valencia Valley’s library will expand by 950 square feet after a wall separating it from a classroom next door is knocked down. The extra room will be used for library services and as a teacher workroom, a place to work on projects and prepare lessons. Since the Carrizo Drive school first opened in 1988, the library’s book collection has grown to more than 10,000, pushing some novels to sit high atop shelves to make room for others. But as the floor plan is reconfigured, those books will be reshelved to heights that young hands can reach. About 727 pupils attend the school. In addition, drawers of card catalogs, once considered state-of-the-art for library research, will be replaced with a computer system to help find materials. There will also be an area for multimedia presentations, as well as new lighting and carpeting. But the biggest improvement is for pupils who will be able to do more research for book reports and other assignments in the library, Principal Tammi Rainville said. Today the library has two computers available to pupils, and only one of them has Internet access. “We’ve outgrown the library in volume of books and in terms of being able to integrate technology into it,” she said. While Valencia Valley’s library is modernized, Newhall and Peachland also are getting technology makeovers, from new phone systems to fire alarms and cable TV. In addition, both schools will get improvements to fiber-optic lines that will bring more support to computer systems. Administrative offices at both schools are also being renovated and expanded. Money to cover these modernization costs at the two schools are the last of funds from Measure K, a bond measure passed by voters in 1999 that brought about $35.5 million to Newhall School District for improvements. The two schools are among the oldest in the district, with today’s Newhall School facility dating back to 1941; the original school opened in 1879. Peachland opened in 1958. Funds to expand the library at Valencia Valley do not come from Measure K, but from a restructuring of debt that allowed the district to borrow money with the extra savings, Clear said. Sue Doyle, (661) 257-5254 sue.doyle@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VALENCIA – Libraries at three older schools in the Newhall School District are being upgraded to keep up with their newer counterparts. Plans are under way to expand Valencia Valley School’s library this summer, while construction for new libraries at Newhall and Peachland Avenue elementary schools began in October as part of modernization projects. Library designs at all the schools include room for six computer work stations, where pupils can work on projects and research subjects online. Newer schools in the district already have this type of setup in their libraries. “We obviously want to make sure the facilities we have are similar in size and with what they offer,” said Michael Clear, assistant superintendent of business services. last_img read more

Burke plans retirement in two years

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant After a 12-year absence from office, she returned in 1992 to win the 2nd District seat on the Board of Supervisors, which runs from Culver City to South Los Angeles to Carson. She defended her seat three times even as the once predominantly black district became largely Latino. “She’s one of the few people who straddles the earliest days of black political success to today, a more confusing and complicated period,” said Raphael Sonenshein, a professor of political science at California State University, Fullerton, who has written extensively on Los Angeles political history. “She really does bridge the whole history.” Trailblazing county Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, who won 10 elections during a 30-year political career and is known for her gracious, moderate demeanor, says she plans to retire when her current term ends in 2008. “I’m inclined to say that it’s time for me to move on,” said Burke, 73. “I think I’m ready.” Burke’s political career began after the 1965 Watts riots, when she was appointed to a staff position with the commission assigned to investigate the causes of the unrest. The next year, she defeated a member of the ultraconservative John Birch Society to become the first black woman to win a seat in the state Assembly. In the early 1970s, she became the first black woman from a Western state to win a seat in the House of Representatives. In 1979, Gov. Jerry Brown appointed her to fill out an unexpired term as a county supervisor, a seat she lost the next year in a racially charged election. 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

DONEGAL ROAD SAFETY GROUP ISSUE STRONG CHRISTMAS MESSAGE TO DRIVERS

first_imgDon’t drink and drive this Christmas or you will be caught.The Donegal Road Safety Working Group have launched a hard-hitting campaign against those even considering drinking and driving this Christmas.The message this Christmas from the group is – Never, Ever Drink and Drive.Their message reads “This Christmas and New Year – If you drink, don’t drive and if you drive, don’t drink.” Motorists are also being warned that if they have had a lot to drink the night before, their blood alcohol level may still be in excess of the legal limit the next morning.If you are detected driving without a seatbelt or using a mobile phone you can be tested for the presence of alcohol.According to a survey of driver attitudes conducted on behalf of the Road Safety Authority, figures show that 1 in 10 motorists or 284,000 have admitted to consuming alcohol before driving in the past 12 months.The figures were revealed at the launch of the annual Christmas and New Year Road Safety Campaign by the RSA and the Gardai. 284,000 Drivers Admitted to Drink Driving in Last 12 Months– 150 Drivers Arrested Each Week for Driving Under the InfluencePreliminary enforcement figures released by An Garda Síochána also highlight the extent of the drink driving problem in Ireland as almost 6,000 people have been arrested on suspicion of driving whilst intoxicated from January – October 2015.The majority of the arrests were male and nearly half of those arrests occurred on a Saturday or Sunday.Of those over the limit, more than half were between 20-39 years of age.While the number of people admitting to drink driving is very high it is important to acknowledge that a large majority of motorists in Ireland choose not to drink and drive. However there is still a lot to do to completely eliminate drink driving from our society. Any amount of alcohol impairs driving. This is not an opinion, it’s a fact. So if you are heading to an office party or socialising over the Christmas and New Year period, make sure you plan ahead. Leave the keys at home, book a taxi or designate a driver. Do not leave it to chance because once you take your first drink, you will not be able to make the right decision. This advice also applies if you are intending to walk home after being out for a night as well. Drink driving at any time of the day is drink driving, that’s why you must take extra care the following morning if you have been drinking the night before, as the alcohol will still be in your system.For anyone thinking about getting into a car after drinking alcohol, they need to be reminded of the recent case relating to the tragic death of Ciaran Tracey who died after a drunk driver collided with the car he was travelling in with his mum.This case highlights the actions of a drunk driver who shattered and devastated a family.Gillian Treacy’s heart-breaking victim impact statement and the description of the crash which resulted in the death of her four year old son Ciaran, must serve as a constant reminder of the very serious and devastating consequences of drink driving. It is a behaviour that must no longer be tolerated in our community. Drink driving is not safe and responsible and this totally unacceptable behaviour causes destruction and devastation – in many cases to innocent lives. There are currently 150 motorists detected every week drink driving. Up to 600 motorists will be arrested between now and Christmas on suspicion of drink driving.Over the past number of years there has been a sea change in the attitude of the public towards drunken drivers, and for most people it is no longer socially acceptable to drink and drive.The campaign must continue and be intensified to send a message to those people who still persist in drinking and driving or think that drinking and driving is not a serious offence, that this is clearly not a sustainable or justifiable position.Our message to motorists is – never, ever drink and drive, because the consequences for you and others could be life changing. At best you risk losing your licence – at worst you could have to live with the guilt of being responsible for someone’s death or serious injury.One second, One stupid decision and it can change yours and everyone’s lives around you forever. Christmas and the New Year is a time for enjoying family and social events. It is vitally important to reiterate our key message; if you drink, don’t drive and if you drive, don’t drink – it’s that simple!This year the Gardaí and the RSA are approaching their anti drink driving campaign from a slightly different angle; they’ve produced a video of just what happens when someone is stopped by Gardaí in his or her car the morning after a heavy night. It’s uncomfortable viewing.As anyone who has been through the experience can admit to, being stopped by the guards when behind the wheel, for whatever reason, is a nerve-wracking experience.This video serves to show just what being processed by the system when you’ve committed a drink-driving offence is like.The video can be found at the following link –https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=7dFj70PuCaMThe DRSWG would like to take this opportunity to wish all road users a Happy and Safe Christmas and New Year.DONEGAL ROAD SAFETY GROUP ISSUE STRONG CHRISTMAS MESSAGE TO DRIVERS was last modified: December 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)last_img read more

DD Travel: Heading to Madrid or Barcelona? Check out these gorgeous hotels

first_imgThe NH Collection brand represents a new class of amazing hotels, with an elegant and subtle style. This is a category of hotels within the upper-upscale segment, located in unique and emblematic buildings, both historic and contemporary, in the best locations in the main capitals of the world.All NH Collection properties have been designed to give even the most demanding customers an extraordinary experience, based on the senses, which will go far beyond what they expect from their stay.These hotels have been carefully designed for guests who wish to get the most out of their stay, with excellent levels of comfort and the best facilities, as well as a wide and bespoke range of products and services. About NH Hotel GroupNH Hotel Group is a consolidated multinational operator and one of the world’s leading urban hotel groups. The Company operates close to 400 hotels with almost 60,000 rooms in 30 countries across Europe, America, Africa and Asia, including top city destinations such as Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Bogota, Brussels, Buenos Aires, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Mexico City, Milan, Munich, New York, Rome and Vienna.NH Hotel Group’s most exclusive brand, NH Collection, continues to expand its presence in major cities around the world with the opening of two unique five-star hotels in the two most important cities in Spain: NH Collection Gran Hotel Calderón, in Barcelona, and NH Collection Suecia, in Madrid.With the addition of these new properties, NH Hotel Group consolidates the presence of its upper-upscale brand in Spain, where it has 22 of the 67 NH Collection hotels that the company operates throughout the world. Another 8 properties will be added globally between 2016 and 2018, across Mexico, Chile, France, Italy, Holland, Belgium and Spain.As is usual for the brand, both hotels are located in landmark buildings in the city centre, and combine careful attention to detail, exceptional services, unique spaces, the latest technologies and an excellent gastronomic offering. These two launches are another demonstration of the Group continuing to invest in and develop distinctive, high quality accommodation in major cities around the world.The opening ceremonies were led by public representatives of both cities: the mayor of Madrid, Manuela Carmena, opened NH Collection Suecia, and the Counselor of Business and Knowledge of the Generalitat of Catalonia, Jordi Baiget, did so for NH Collection Gran Hotel Calderón.Located on the Rambla de Catalunya, the central and vibrant promenade that crosses the heart of Barcelona, NH Collection Gran Hotel Calderón has been transformed into one of the city’s most iconic five star hotels, becoming the flagship for the brand and the company in Catalonia.After thorough refurbishment, the hotel’s interior design pays tribute to avant-garde Barcelona without forfeiting innovation and new technologies, epitomised by a 56 m2 LED video wall in the lobby, which is unique in the city. To its 255 rooms (163 Superior, 63 Premium, and 14 Junior Suites) the hotel has added 10 rooms for events and meetings, with a total of 700 m2 and capacity for 350 people, together with a spectacular terrace with pool and solarium, and magnificent views over the city, which make it perfect for outdoor events.The gastronomic offering brings together chef Andrea Tumbarello (4 Repsol Suns) and the Don Giovanni Restaurant, which offers the best of Italian cuisine along with creations based on seasonal produce that combine exotic ingredients and classic dishes. The historic Hotel Suecia, that played host to figures like Ernesto Che Guevara and Ernest Hemingway, who lived there for long periods, has been reborn, after complete renovation, as a five star NH Collection hotel, the third for the brand in Madrid. With 123 rooms (76 Superior, 33 Premium and 11 Junior Suites), the company has chosen Scandinavian inspired stylish and cosy décor for this hotel, from interior designers Lázaro Rosa-Violán and Mercedes Isasa.Together they have achieved a pleasant feeling of warmth in all its spaces by using fine woods for walls, floors and furnishings, and by playing with natural and artificial light.The location of NH Collection Suecia is one step away from the main tourist attractions of Spain’s capital, and particularly what is known as the “Art Walk”, a route along which there are more than a dozen world-class museums and art galleries, including the Prado Museum, the Thyssen Bornemisza Museum and the Reina Sofia Museum of Contemporary Art.NH’s commitment to high quality cuisine and culinary trends is expressed in the Casa Suecia restaurant, the new gastronomic offering that the Catalan Lluis Canadell has brought to Madrid. Traditional Mediterranean dishes with an international nod are perfect for matching with signature cocktails in the speakeasy accessed through the restaurant toilets, harking back to the days of Prohibition. Madrid and Barcelona from aboveNH Collection Gran Hotel Calderón and NH Collection Suecia have magnificent terraces from which guests can enjoy the best views of Madrid and Barcelona. The five-star Madrid hotel boasts one of the most striking terraces in the capital with 150 square metres of floor space and an elevated private area of 40 metres. NH Collection Gran Hotel Calderón’s terrace is also unique in Barcelona, offering a spectacular 360° view of the city, with a pool and solarium.All rooms in both hotels are at the Company’s usual standard, featuring NH’s well-known Brilliant Basics, including mattresses designed exclusively for the chain, showers with rain effect, Nespresso coffee machines and tea machines, 46’’ LED TVs, high-speed Wi-Fi and easy accessibility, among other exclusive features that seek to ensure an memorable experience.DD Travel: Heading to Madrid or Barcelona? Check out these gorgeous hotels was last modified: November 19th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:BarcelonamadridspainTravellast_img read more

JAMES MCCLEAN JOKINGLY TAUNTS KEVIN MCHUGH OVER PROMOTION SUCCESS ON TWITTER

first_imgMcHugh pictured with James McClean at a fundraiser for former teammate Mark Farren.Republic of Ireland star and former Derry City player James McClean has jokingly ‘trolled’ Kevin McHugh on Twitter.McClean tweeted his delight for his former Derry City teammate McHugh on gaining promotion back to the Premier Division with Finn Harps.However, he had a tongue in cheek dig that he’s delighted Harps are back for the North-West derbies – s0 Derry City can gain maximum points. McClean tweeted, “Delighted for @KevinMcHugh10 & @FinnHarpsFC on promotion northwest derbies & max points as normal for us @derrycityfc next season. 😉 😉McClean became a star at The Brandywell and his performances earned himself a lucrative move to Sunderland FC.McClean remains a passionate Derry City fan – and tries to get to as many games as he possibly can when he is home.Here’s hoping Harps dismal record against Derry City improves next season under the tenure of Ollie Horgan. That might keep McClean quiet on Twitter, well for a while anyway. 🙂 JAMES MCCLEAN JOKINGLY TAUNTS KEVIN MCHUGH OVER PROMOTION SUCCESS ON TWITTER was last modified: November 10th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:newsSportlast_img read more

The huge figures Man City, Man United, Spurs and Liverpool could win

first_imgUEFA has revealed there will be a 50 per cent increase in the prize fund for their club competitions next season.Thanks to booming broadcast and commercial revenues, total income from the Champions League, Europa League and Super Cup is estimated to hit £2.85billion for the 2018/19 campaign, which is up nearly £800m on this season’s figure.It means a prize pot of £2.23billion will be available, with UEFA’s costs and solidarity payments accounting for the rest.The Champions League will be where the big money is, with qualification for the group stage worth a guaranteed £13.35m, plus £2.36m for a win and nearly £800,000 for a draw.Accoring to UEFA, clubs that qualify for the knockout stage can expect to receive the following amounts:qualification for the round of 16: €9.5m per clubqualification for the quarter-finals: €10.5m per clubqualification for the semi-finals: €12m per clubqualification for the final: €15m per clubThe Champions League winners can expect to pick up an additional €4m.And then there are further payments that depend on each club’s record in UEFA competitions over the last 10 years – the performance-based coefficient rankings currently led by Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Atletico and Manchester United will see the lowest group-stage team receive a £970,000 share and the same amount added on to each position.There is also a ‘market pool’ distributed in accordance with the value of each national television market.Taken altogether, a Champions League victory would be worth more than £100million to a British club next season.The money available to Europa League contestants is not quite as impressive – and the total prize fund has only grown by 25 per cent to £446.5million – but a British win could be worth more than £25million.In fact, UEFA is making so much money from its club competitions that a domestic champion, such as Gibraltar’s Lincoln Red Imps, that loses in the preliminary round of Champions League qualifying this summer will still get £430,000 for their trouble.Real Madrid won the 2018 Champions League and they will play rivals Atletico – the Europa League winners – in the Super Cup. Both clubs will receive £3.06m for competing in the match, while the winner will collect an additional £870,000. Real Madrid could win even more money if they win the Champions League again next season 2center_img 2last_img read more

Holiday help calendar

first_img SCV Senior Center: The Senior Center has begun its annual “10 Bucks to a Better Future” campaign, which asks all Santa Clarita residents to contribute a minimum of $10 yearly to assure the center will be available to meet every resident’s needs. Checks made payable to “SCVSC Annual Campaign” can be dropped off at or mailed to the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall, 91321 through February. For information, call (661) 259-9444. If your organization has a project designed to help the needy during the holiday season, contact Sharon Cotal at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at sharon.cotal@dailynews.com or write to her at 24800 Ave. Rockefeller, Valencia, CA, 91355. 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 MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Southern California firefighters: The Holiday Toy Express will pull into the Newhall Metrolink Station at 8:25 p.m. today, 9:10 p.m today at the Santa Clarita station, and 8:15 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Via Princessa station to collect unwrapped toys on behalf of the Spark of Love Toy Drive. Toys collected will be distributed to local children. The train, decorated with 50,000 sparkling lights and carrying Santa and his helpers, will host entertainment for families who turn out to participate in the drive. For information, call (800) 371-5465. Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry: The Food Pantry is collecting grocery store gift cards so that needy families can purchase the food necessary for a traditional holiday meal. The goal is to collect enough gift cards to provide $10 per family member. Mail gift cards to, or drop them off at, 24133 Railroad Ave., Newhall, CA, 91321. For information, call Executive Director Belinda Crawford at (661) 255-9078. Domino’s Pizza: Domino’s is participating in the Thanks and Giving Campaign to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Customers are asked to add a dollar to their order payment throughout the holidays to benefit the kids at St. Jude. For information, visit www.stjude.org. Automobile Club of Southern California: The Santa Clarita Auto Club office, 23770 Valencia Blvd., Valencia, is accepting donations through the end of the year to benefit the Orthopaedic Hospital in Los Angeles and its affiliated Southern California clinics. Those who donate $5 or more will receive a stuffed bird, and those who donate $1 or more will receive a red wristband printed with the words “Helping Others” while supplies last. For information, call Kelly Clark at (661) 288-5500. Prayer Angels for the Military: The Prayer Angels are collecting items to include in holiday packages to be sent for Christmas and care packages that are sent throughout the year to troops overseas. For information about items that are needed or a list of drop-off sites, call Sharon Ventrice at (661) 755-8629. The deadline for Christmas items is Nov. 27. Here are some opportunities to help those who are less fortunate during the holidays in the Santa Clarita Valley. Northeast Valley Health Corporation: Nonprofit health centers in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys are collecting toys to distribute to young patients. Toys for children ages 0-3 years and 8-10 years are especially needed. Toys will be accepted locally until 5 p.m. Dec. 7 at LAC-Valencia Health Center, 23763 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. For information, call Abel Sedillo at (818) 898-1388, Ext. 41602. City of Santa Clarita Community Center: The Community Center is accepting new toys to be distributed at its annual Holiday Party on Dec. 20. Unwrapped toys for children ages 0-17 can be dropped off at the Community Center, 24406 San Fernando Road, Newhall, or State Farm Insurance, 28048 Bouquet Canyon Road, Suite 1, Saugus, through Dec. 9. For information, call Yolanda Calderon at (661) 284-1476. Santa Clarita Valley Jaycees: Members of the local Jaycees have placed boxes in businesses encouraging people to donate new, unwrapped toys for children of all ages. The gifts will be presented to selected children from Single Mothers Outreach and the Santa Clarita Valley Boys & Girls Club as part of the club’s annual Santa’s Helpers project. For a complete list of drop-off sites, or to make a cash donation, visit www.scvjaycees.com. last_img read more