Benteke lifts Liverpool

first_imgSUNDERLAND, England (AP):Christian Benteke scored a winning goal for the second straight game as Liverpool beat Sunderland 1-0 in the English Premier League to stay in the hunt for Champions League qualification yesterday.The striker pounced on a flicked pass from Adam Lallana to place a low finish into the bottom corner, just 22 seconds into the second half. Benteke earned Liverpool a 1-0 victory over Leicester on Saturday, too.Liverpool climbed to seventh in the standings, tied for points (30) with Manchester United but behind their great rivals on goal difference, and five points off the top four with exactly half the season gone.Sunderland stayed next to last with their fifth straight loss in December, and fell seven points from safety as recently hired manager Sam Allardyce struggles to turn around the fortunes of the perennial relegation contenders. Sunderland’s home game against last-place Aston Villa on Saturday assumes even greater significance.It was Benteke’s sixth goal in seven career games against Sunderland – more than he has scored against any other club.”I came to Liverpool to try to score a lot of goals; I’m in good shape,” said Benteke, who has six league goals this season. “I hope I can keep it up.”last_img read more

Strikers to hold rally outside Fox studios

first_imgMovie and television writers will hold a rally outside Fox studios today to mark the fifth day of their strike. Among the scheduled speakers are Writers Guild of America, West, President Patric M. Verrone and Screen Actors Guild President Alan Rosenberg. Singer Tom Morello from Rage Against the Machine and AudioSlave will perform an acoustic mini-set at the rally, which is being held on the fifth day of the writers strike. Leaders from the industry’s top five talent agencies met in secret with guild leaders at the Writers Guild of America’s office in the Fairfax District yesterday to offer help and share a litany of concerns about how the strike was affecting their clients, five people with knowledge of the meeting said. 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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Talks between writers and major studios broke off Sunday, mainly over payments for shows that are rerun on the Internet and other new media. Negotiations have not resumed. Eager to jump-start that process, top agents from William Morris, International Creative Management, Creative Artists Agency, United Talent Agency and Endeavor met yesterday with top guild leaders, including chief negotiator David Young and union President Patric M. Verrone. Among other things, agents offered to be a “collective resource to the union,” lending their expertise to help frame the issues that are at the center of the dispute with studios. last_img read more


first_imgTWO County Donegal schools which were due to get vital building work carried out have been told it won’t happen.Scoil Naisiunta Gort a Choirce and Stranorlar National School had initially been included in the five-year school building capital programme.But Education Minister Ruairi Quinn has dropped both schools from the scheme, meaning their next chance of even making the list is 2017. And if they do, it could be up to five years after that before any works take place.Senator Brian O Domhnaill raised the issue during an adjournment debate in the Seanad last night.“These schools were given approval by the previous Government but dropped by Minister Quinn,” he said.“This means that the projects will not proceed to 2017 at least which is a dreadful state of affairs.”  DONEGAL SCHOOLS TOLD TO WAIT UNTIL 2017 FOR VITAL BUILDINGS (IF THEY’RE LUCKY) was last modified: April 26th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Scoil Naisiunta Gort a Choirce and Stranorlar National SchoolSenator Brian O’Domhnailllast_img read more

Bank’s earnings rise 51 percent

first_img 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 Revenue during the first nine months totaled more than $1.23 million. “Bank of Santa Clarita’s success is measured not only by our positive financial results, but by our ability to bring value to an increasing number of small to midsize businesses in the Santa Clarita Valley,” Hicken said. “I expect that during the months ahead, we should continue to see positive interest in the bank and the services we provide.” The bank recently concluded a successful secondary offering that raised more than $8.2 million. The California Department of Financial Institutions has approved the bank’s request for an amendment of the offering to $7.7 million. VALENCIA – The Bank of Santa Clarita posted third-quarter earnings of $600,000, a 51 percent increase from the previous quarter, officials said Wednesday. The locally held bank, which opened nearly a year ago, said higher revenues over the three-month period ending Sept. 30 trimmed net operating loss for the quarter to $331,000, down from the $458,000 from the second quarter. The losses are consistent with other start-up banks, officials said. “The bank continued to make impressive gains during the third quarter and this sharp increase in earnings positions the bank to reach profitability at an aggressive pace,” James D. Hicken, the bank’s president and chief executive officer, said in a statement. Bank assets totaled $54.7 million, up from $22.3 million at the beginning of the year. The bank has more than $34.1 million in deposits, up from $9.3 million over the same period. Loans also grew from $6.4 million $33.9 million. last_img read more

Housing: partnerships to boost delivery

first_imgSince its inception, the agency has facilitated the acquisition of land for housing developments across the country, allowing for more than 240 000 new houses to be handed over to new owners between 2008 and 2009. Sexwale says the growing demand for shelter and the mushrooming of informal settlements in most urban areas has necessitated a new approach to the housing challenge, one which will minimise corruption in the delivery of adequate houses. Focus on partnerships The basic entry requirement for the programme is that individuals need to be part of an already organised community group, or must have indicated they want to participate in a community-driven housing project. Dyantyi says that, if implemented correctly, the policy could benefit millions of people in need of houses, and could be the answer to the country’s housing delivery challenges. The development also forms part of the southern extension of the township. According to data from the Department of Human Settlements, some 2.7-million houses have been built in South Africa over the last 14 years. Building voucher system Authorities, however, admit that there have been challenges: “It’s a challenge and it’s going to take us time, but we will get there, it’s going to take one step at a time,” says Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale. With a backlog of over two-million houses, the government is embarking on radical changes that could turn the tide of housing delivery in South Africa through partnerships with NGOs and local community groups. Source: BuaNews One of the strategies listed in the policy, the People’s Housing Process (PHP), will see the establishment of a new funding mechanism that will allow for more community-driven projects in the delivery of what is now being termed “human settlements”. The government has realised that just building houses, without proper monitoring and maintenance, has resulted in unscrupulous contractors costing the state more than R1-billion to rebuild badly constructed houses. People’s Housing Process Housing Development Agency The department has, however since agreed to review the guidelines. Provinces are required to manage their demand databases more effectively to prevent confusion on waiting lists that has led to conflicts in many parts of the country. The PHP’s policy framework and guidelines were at one stage also met with much resistance from some quarters, as they were said to be too narrow in their focus and apparently did not redefine the policy in a way that community-driven initiatives could be included. He is adamant the new national housing policy could turn the tide in the delivery of houses, an issue that has become central to service delivery protests throughout the country. But the PHP has not been without challenges. One of the concerns, raised during a conference to debate the policy, is the amount of time it takes for municipalities to release land for PHP projects, something believed to be causing delays for some community projects. “PHP encourages government supporting those communities who want to work with government to build human settlements in terms of a demand-led approach … This must be viewed and managed constructively so that is not seen as a means of queue-jumping,” reads the policy document. Spending on housing delivery had also increased from R4.8-billion in 2004/05 to R10.9-billion in the last financial year, increasing at an average rate of 23%. The PHP policy further proposes an alignment of the existing housing delivery programmes, but with a focus on partnerships among non-governmental organisations and community groups. The process involves beneficiaries actively participating in decision-making over the housing process and housing product. Richard Dyantyi, special adviser to Sexwale, says plans are under way to introduce a voucher system, in which organised communities will be given vouchers to access building material and short courses to enable them to start their own housing projects. “These are the proposals that we need to debate and take to the people, because a lot is involved with human settlement – you need parks, you need clinics … So it’s very important that we empower these communities so they can deliver human settlements that will be sustainable,” Dyantyi said. The demand became so high that the then Department of Housing was forced to look outside itself for solutions to meet its deadline for delivery when it announced the establishment of a Housing Development Agency in 2009. Government officials acknowledge that post-1994, South Africa marked the beginning of an unprecedented demand for houses as more people moved to urban areas in search of economic opportunities created by the new democratic order. 31 August 2010 “We don’t just build houses anymore, that thing is not working, we are building human settlements … People must have clinics, police stations and places where children can play, and we are involving communities in that,” he said during the launch of the first PHP-model housing development in Plettenberg Bay recently. “Beneficiaries are empowered individually and collectively so that the community ultimately takes control of the housing process themselves,” the policy document reads. “This includes identifying the land, planning the settlement, getting approvals and resources to begin the development.” The model has also been introduced in Gauteng province, where 907 units were handed over to residents of DoornKop, Soweto two weeks ago. Once completed, it is expected to create more than 24 000 housing opportunities for people who qualify for subsidised housing and those who earn between R3 500 and R7 500 monthly. Challenges, concernslast_img read more

Flare-up over land in Noida leaves 3 men dead

first_imgThe Noida district administration’s effort to rescue three officials held hostage by agitating farmers turned violent on Saturday, with the district magistrate being wounded and three people losing their lives in the crossfire.At least one farmer and two Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) men were killed in the firing that lasted nearly six hours at Bhatta Parsaul village in Greater Noida.About two-dozen farmers and an equal number of PAC men were wounded. Unofficial sources, however, put the death toll of farmers at four.Top district administration officials, along with a convoy of PAC personnel, reached the site of the farmers’ protest around 2 pm and sought the release of three UP State Road Transport Corporation staff held hostage by the villagers since Friday evening.The three – supervisor Niranjan Das, station in-charge Durgesh Jha and driver Jitendra were taken hostage when they went there to survey the route for a proposed bus service.When the farmers refused to release the hostages, the PAC resorted to lathicharge. The farmers retaliated by pelting stones on the PAC and officials.Consequently, the PAC personnel started firing indiscriminately.On seeing the protesters getting wounded, more villagers joined in and fired at the PAC with country- made pistols.Earlier, the farmers had planned dig up the Formula 1 racing site of Jaypee Sports Company.District magistrate Deepak Aggarwal was struck by a bullet his leg, while SSP Surya Pratap Singh encountered a volley of stones and sustained injuries.Both were admitted to hospital. We were willing to talk to them but they gave us no other option. The DM used foul language and said the authorities will destroy the village within 24 hours,” said Harish Singh, a Bhatta Parsaul resident.advertisementThe police said they were trying to contact the village leaders hold talks but most of them had switched off their phones.Senior police officers said the villagers were demanding that chief minister Mayawati come to the spot and hear their grievances.The PAC set ablaze the tents and vehicles parked at the protest site. Later, they also set some houses on fire.Villagers alleged that the PAC men later entered their houses and assaulted women and children.”They entered our house and started beating us up. They also pushed us out of our houses,” Nirmala Devi, a villager, said.Half of the village, especially young men, remained outside the village till late evening. The PAC men also assaulted journalists who tried to enter the village.DGP Karamvir Singh blamed the violence on a small group of miscreants. “A very small group led by Manvir Tewatiya is behind the incident. Earlier also, they had taken government employees hostage to fulfill political ambitions of certain people,” Singh said at a press conference in Lucknow.Singh also claimed that the unrest was not because of land acquisition. “The Tewatiya’s gang took the officials hostage and instigated the villagers to attack the PAC,” Singh said.(With Rajat Rai in Lucknow)last_img read more

AIBA President welcomes step forward in Indian boxing

first_imgLausanne, Sep 27 (PTI) International Boxing Association (AIBA) President Dr Ching Kuo-Wu today welcomed the formation of a national federation in India to end four years of administrative turmoil, saying the sport can now be put back on track in the country through “positive initiatives”. In elections held on Sunday, businessman Ajay Singh was elected President of the Boxing Federation of India. Jay Kowli was voted in as the Secretary General of the new body in polls held under the supervision of AIBA observer Edgar Tanner. “These elections represent an important step forward for boxing in India and I would like to thank Kishen Narsi for leading the intermediate ad-hoc committee which has allowed us to get to where we are today,” Dr Wu said in a statement referring to the ad-hoc panel that administered the sport in the absence of a full-fledged body until Sunday. “It was vital for the good of the sport that a transparent process was undertaken to elect a new president of the Indian Boxing Federation and I am confident that Mr Singh is the right man to lead,” he added. “It is now time to look to the future and work closely with the newly elected National Federation and implement positive initiatives to entice further around the sport of boxing in India.” Sundays election ended a prolonged period of administrative logjam in Indian boxing due to which boxers were denied crucial foreign exposure and were forced to compete under the AIBA flag. PTI PM BS BSadvertisementlast_img read more

Car2Go to shut down operations in Calgary

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) – Car2Go has announced it is ending operations in Calgary effective Oct. 31.On it’s website, the company says despite its best efforts it underestimated the resources and investment necessary to make the business successful.It’s with a heavy heart that we must share that our last day of car2go service in Calgary will be October 31, 2019. Thank you to every Calgarian who supported us over the years and we regret any inconvenience caused when service ends October 31.— car2go Calgary joins SHARE NOW (@car2goCalgary) September 27, 2019FULL STATEMENTThe company said it’s leaving the cities of Austin, Denver and Portland the same day and Chicago on December 31.“The transportation market is highly volatile, especially in North America,” the statement reads. “We are certainly not the only transportation player – from traditional automakers to ride-hail giants to micro-mobility disruptors – who have had to face this reality and adjust course. Ultimately, we know that in order to ensure the future of our business in North America, we have to think differently about where and how we operate.”Councillor Evan Woolley said he uses Car2Go on a daily basis and was shocked by the news.“This is a significant mobility option for many, many thousands of my constituents. We’re interested to know more.”Woolley said he has already contacted the city’s transportation department and will look to see if there are other companies who can fill the void.I’ve spoken with senior transportation staff and car2go. We’re working on a solution to keep this important mobility option in Calgary.— Evan Woolley (@EWoolleyWard8) September 27, 2019last_img read more

Peter Andre To Wash Cars For Charity

first_imgEver wanted a celebrity to wash your car? Well now’s your chance… Peter Andre has kindly offered his services to launch the UK’s Largest Car Wash with proceeds going to Children in Need.Peugeot is Children in Need’s automotive corporate partner and the Company is delighted to host the car wash and aims to raise over £250,000 for the incredibly deserving charity. For more information on Peugeot and Children in Need, click here.The UK’s Largest Car Wash will kick off with a star studded event featuring Peter Andre on Wednesday, 6th November 2013 at Robins and Day, Chiswick. Pop along from 8am to 8pm to have your car washed and help raise funds for Children in Need.Peter Andre said, “I’m delighted to be able to offer my services to the UK’s Largest Car Wash in support of such a worthwhile cause. Pop down to Chiswick on 6th November and have your car cleaned whilst raising money for charity – what’s not to love. Make sure you come and say hi on the day!”Further car wash events will take place at Peugeot Dealerships across the country from 6th – 10th November. As part of the car wash initiative, Peugeot has also created a fun and useful car washing kit for everyone to join in at home. The ‘Get Sudsy with Pudsey’ pack gives you all the ‘bear essentials’ to keep your car squeaky clean this Autumn – the set includes a unique Pudsey sponge and a 300ml bottle of Pudsey’s wash & wax. Any visitor to a Peugeot Dealership who donates £5 (or more) will receive a Pudsey Car Wash kit which is available from all Peugeot Dealerships throughout the UK or online.For more information on the UK’s Largest Car Wash or to buy the ‘Get Sudsy with Pudsey’ kit, click here.Source:PRWeb.comlast_img read more

UN official warns of complexity of Haitian relief operations

25 January 2010The head of the United Nations agency tasked with providing life-saving food supplies to victims of the catastrophic earthquake which struck Haiti underscored today the size and complexity of the challenge posed by the disaster to UN relief operations. “The World Food Programme (WFP) has been on the front lines of probably every major disaster… for the past more than 40 years,” WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran told reporters in New York.“It is the assessment of our logistic and operational experts that this is one of the most complex – if not the most complex – that we’ve ever faced,” said Ms. Sheeran after returning from a two-day visit to Haiti.Officials believe that more than 100,000 people have been killed and an estimated 3 million people severely affected by the 7.0-magnitude earthquake, which devastated the Caribbean country on 12 January.Characterizing the situation as “quite grim,” Ms. Sheeran said that WFP is hoping to soon feed some 2 million people each day, but “people will need more food for a longer period of time than we originally expected.“The supply chain of food getting in is a nightmare,” stressed Ms. Sheeran. “Haiti’s infrastructure was not that strong to start with, but what they had, in many cases, is completely obliterated and broken down.”Ms. Sheeran noted that WFP warehouses in Haiti were almost all destroyed, but the agency has opened five “humanitarian corridors” to ease the access of urgently needed food supplies from outside the country by land, sea and air. In addition to the difficulties in rebuilding storage and staging facilities, she said that 90 per cent of WFP are homeless, with many of them living on the streets with their families and delivering food during the day.“It is the only situation we’ve seen where the humanitarian community there, our own staff, are as affected as the population,” said Ms. Sheeran, adding that out of the many stories of heroism the son of one her key staff members was killed in the tremor, “he lost everything. He dealt with that and within 24 hours was delivering food.”Despite the grave difficulties facing WFP, including the collapse of communication and road systems, the agency has delivered 8 million meals – both in Port-au-Prince and outside the capital.“We have helicopters now in place that can do sling drops, mainly outside of the city. We had 70 trucks, we have added 75 trucks for operations over land bringing food in, and we have contracted for 36,000 metric tons of warehouse space.”She said that in addition WFP is establishing regular secure corridors for delivering food into Port-au-Prince – where there are an estimated 1 million homeless people – to fixed points of distribution that will benefit the overall relief operation.Ms. Sheeran also appealed for ready-to-use foods as cooking facilities in the affected areas have been completely destroyed, preventing access to fuel, apparatus and water for cooking. She noted that WFP is producing high-energy biscuits in El Salvador to bring into Haiti, as well as 400 tons of fortified peanut paste for Haitian children.“And we are calling upon all of the world’s militaries to give us any spare meals ready to eat that they have for their own troops.”Meanwhile, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes told delegates attending the Ministerial Conference on Haiti in Montreal that health care, food, water and shelter continue to be the top priorities for survivors of the earthquake.“The relief effort is beginning to get there, but we still have a huge distance to go, and this operation will need to continue long after the television crews have gone home and the troops have returned to their normal duties,” said Mr. Holmes, who is also the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs.Noting that the $575 million UN flash appeal for Haiti launched on 15 January – three days after the quake – is only 48 per cent funded, Mr. Holmes underlined the need to ensure that the relief effort lays the right basis for the wider reconstruction and redevelopment effort. read more