first_img1 Leicester City are considering a January move for Nigel De Jong, according to reports in Italy.The midfielder has been struggling for action at AC Milan ever since new boss Sinisa Mihajlovic took over in the summer.As a result, De Jong is reportedly keen for a move away from the San Siro during the January transfer window.Manchester United have previously been linked with the Dutchman, while clubs in Germany are also monitoring the situation.However now, according to Calciomercato, Leicester have joined the race to snap up the 31-year-old.The Foxes are flying high at the top of the Premier League and while clubs are eying up their star players, the Midlands side are expected to add to their own squad in January. AC Milan star Nigel De Jong last_img read more

first_img Brian McDermott 1 Brian McDermott is back as Reading manager.The 54-year-old was confirmed as Steve Clarke’s successor on Thursday afternoon on a two-and-a-half year deal.McDermott took the Royals into the Premier League during his first stint in charge but was sacked in March 2013 with the team stuck in the relegation zone.The former Leeds boss had been working as a scout at Arsenal, a role he first took on at Reading in 2000 when Alan Pardew was the manager.He now returns to the dugout for a second spell with the Berkshire club.“I’m absolutely delighted to welcome Brian back,” Reading co-chairman Sir John Madejski said.“He was able to win us promotion to the Premier League before and now it is mission to do it again. I’ve always enjoyed working with Brian, he is a great manager and I wish him every success for the future.” Chief Executive Nigel Howe added: “With a connection to the club that extends back more than 15 years, Brian has an affinity with Reading, the town, its people, the fans and their football team.“His reputation within football is of the highest order and we are delighted to have him on board again. We wish him the very best of luck.”last_img read more

first_img Shrewsbury Town manager Micky Mellon greets former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho as their sides meet in the FA Cup 1 Shrewsbury Town manager Micky Mellon has warned the Football Association that scrapping FA Cup replays could kill off smaller clubs.Reports on Tuesday claimed replays could be shelved to help ease fixture congestion, while ties could also be moved to midweek.READ: ‘We’re not afraid of change’, Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn tells talkSPORTLeague One Shrewsbury are still in the cup and are hoping to pull off a huge fifth-round shock when they host Manchester United at Greenhous Meadow on Monday.Last season, League Two side Cambridge expected to net around £1.5million from their televised fourth-round replay at Old Trafford, which they lost 3-0.Mellon is not thinking about any return tie against United yet as he eyes an upset in Shropshire but insisted lower league sides need the cash boost a replay brings.“We could lose clubs. Replays keep clubs afloat. I don’t know many clubs at this level making money,” he said.“We wash our own face and teeter on and make sure we’re not in any debt. To get that extra money in will only help us improve our football club.“That [taking away replays] would kill us. That’s the dream for anybody at this level. To go and play and prove you can function at those levels.“If you give us less of a chance of doing that it takes a massive part of the romance out of the cup. I want this to be what it is, it’s a massive day for us.“We’re not over-awed by it. We’re really determined we’ll go and enjoy it and get heavily involved in it.“If you take away that chance of playing at those big stadiums English football loses a massive thing.”last_img read more

first_imgConnecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Washington also plan to join California’s lawsuit against the EPA, officials in those states said. While the federal government sets national air pollution rules, California has unique status under the Clean Air Act to enact its own regulations – with permission from the EPA. Other states can then follow either the federal rules or California standards, if they are tougher. Eleven other states – Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington – are ready to implement California’s emissions standards. The governors of Arizona, Florida and New Mexico also have said their states will adopt the standard. The Association of International Automobile Manufacturers, which represents Honda, Nissan, Toyota and 11 other foreign car companies, has sued to block the standards from taking effect. It argues the standards would raise the cost of cars and could force manufacturers to pull some sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks from showrooms. Their case is pending in federal court in Fresno. The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers has argued there should be one federal standard.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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The state has waited 22 months for a response from the agency to its petition to be allowed to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from cars, pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles. California regulators need an answer because they want to implement a 2002 state law requiring vehicles sold in California to emit fewer greenhouse gases starting with model year 2009. The proposed standard would cut emissions in California by about a quarter by the year 2030, according to the California Air Resources Board. But the law can take effect only if the EPA grants California a waiver under the federal Clean Air Act. The EPA held hearings in May on the state’s request, and administrator Steven Johnson has said he would make a decision by the end of the year. Meanwhile, the agency is also crafting national standards that it plans to propose by the end of the year. California’s lawsuit will allege there has been an “unreasonable delay” by the EPA in deciding on the waiver request, which the state first applied for in December 2005. SACRAMENTO – California’s attorney general said Tuesday he will postpone a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency because of the massive wildfires in Southern California. Attorney General Jerry Brown told The Associated Press that California would not sue the agency today as he had planned. Instead, he will likely sue next week. “The governor would rather do this next week,” Brown said. “He’s totally focused on the fires.” California intends to sue the EPA in federal court to force a decision on whether California and 11 other states can impose stricter vehicle standards. last_img read more

first_imgThe Government has approved an investment by Údarás na Gaeltachta of €5m in R&D grant assistance to be paid over a period of 5 years to Randox Teo in Dungloe.The investment will enable Randox Teo to develop its facility as a world class R&D centre of excellence and will lead to 450 jobs at the plant by 2020.The investment will forward the company’s strategy for biochip technology and diagnostic equipment as envisaged under the company’s plan entitled Dungloe 2020.The investment will lead to the creation of 450 jobs by the end of 2020 with 125 people being employed at the plant by the end of this year.The move has been welcomed by Junior Minister Joe McHugh.“This decision shows the Government’s commitment to consolidating employment in areas such as An Clochán Liath in order to sustain viable, rural communities and, in particular, to support the Irish language as the community language in a strong Gaeltacht area. Having regard to the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs 2015, which has a particular focus on regional development, I am particularly pleased to note that Randox Teo plans to have 125 employees in An Clochán Liath by the end of 2015 and that an employment target of 450 jobs will be reached by the end of 2020.“I would like to acknowledge and commend Randox and their management team on the company’s commitment to Dungloe and the surrounding area, as well as to the Irish language. Randox is a strong successful Ulster company, based in Antrim, and the work they are doing in Donegal is a great example of positive cross border work.“Last December, I was very pleased to announce that following discussions I had with the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin TD, Údarás na Gaeltachta received an additional €1 million in their capital budget for 2015. I believe this is a clear indication of this Government’s continued commitment to job creation and enterprise development in the Gaeltacht.”Randox Teo was established in 2008 in An Clochán Liath. The company currently employs 85 people in An Clochán Liath and will recruit an additional 40 people by the end of 2015. Randox Teo is part of the global group, Randox Holdings Ltd, which is among the top 20 biochemical diagnostic companies in the world and is a global brand with its products being sold in over 145 countries.450 JOBS PROMISED BY 2020 AS GOVT ANNOUNCES €5M GRANT FOR RANDOX, DUNGLOE was last modified: July 7th, 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:donegaldungloejobsRANDOX TEOlast_img read more

first_imgAston Villa caretaker manager Eric Black has conceded things must change at the club if they are to win back the fans following the dismal 4-0 defeat to Chelsea at Villa Park.Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Alexandre Pato and a Pedro double sealed the win for the Blues before Alan Hutton saw red late on for Villa.Hutton received a sarcastic standing ovation for his early exit while there was a protest against owner Randy Lerner and Brad Guzan and Leandro Bacuna were both on the end of some heavy criticism from the stands, but Black said he understands why the fans feel disconnected to the club.“It’s a difficult time for the club,” said Black, after his first game since Remi Garde was sacked last week.“The club is in massive changeover and has to start with little steps to going in the right direction. There is a lot that needs to be resolved at the club.“People speak about the disconnection with the fans and I can understand that. The players have to find something within them to win the fans around.“It’s not the fans’ responsibility; something has to happen within the club to win them back. There are reasons that we are bottom of the league and until they are resolved it will be hard to turn this around.”last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champVendro’s group, Quartz Hill Cares, says the stores will bring more crime, traffic and pollution, pose a hazard to students at adjacent Quartz Hill High School and ruin the small-town rural atmosphere of the area, to which people moved to get away from suburban sprawl. “At the time when I bought my home here, people used to move here to get away from that kind of development,” said Richard Hecker, a 10-year Quartz Hill resident. “The thought of putting in these monstrous superstores and widening streets to four lanes and the traffic that’s going to come with it, it’s just a nightmare in my view. “And having it right across the street from one of the best high schools in the valley is just asinine.” Another Wal-Mart Supercenter, of which there are 31 in California and four in the Antelope Valley, is needed to serve a growing area, company spokesman Aaron Rios said. “We see a need to better serve our west Lancaster and Quartz Hill customers, who are having to go to Lancaster and Palmdale for services,” Rios said. LANCASTER – When Lancaster was recently named Los Angeles County’s most business-friendly city, Leanna Vendro didn’t celebrate. She’s part of a group of residents battling Lancaster’s plans for a Wal-Mart Supercenter and a SuperTarget that would anchor two shopping centers across the street from a high school. “I took it with a grain of salt. It didn’t mean anything to me,” Vendro said. “The only people they are friendly with has been Wal-Mart, all the super big-box stores.” The projects at 60th Street West and Avenue L – one on 40 acres at the northwest corner and the other on 35 acres at the southeast corner – are on parcels annexed into Lancaster years ago but have some neighboring residents in the unincorporated community of Quartz Hill up in arms. Rios added that Wal-Mart has not yet begun outreach in the community, during which company representatives will answer questions and concerns. Wal-Mart officials say their store, which is several years away from being built, will bring more jobs, tax revenue, business for suppliers and support for community nonprofits. Opponents note the Antelope Valley doesn’t need more giant retailers, especially ones that would sell alcohol next to a school and become potential hangouts for truant teens. “Everybody in town is just furious about the Wal-Mart and the Target. Nobody wants Wal-Mart,” said Fred Frakes, owner of a gas station and drive-through dairy in the middle of Quartz Hill. The station’s sign a couple months ago said, “City of Lancaster and Wal-Mart Go Away.” “The traffic is just horrendous around the high school anyway, and now they want to put a Target and Wal-Mart?” Frakes said. The projects are being reviewed by the city staff, and draft environmental studies are being prepared. Antelope Valley Union High School District trustee Donita Winn said she is concerned about more traffic and the safety of students at the 3,000-plus-student campus. “Our kids are basically on foot. Quartz Hill is a walk-in school. I have concerns about students walking to school and the increased traffic,” Winn said. “I want to make sure the traffic flow is taken into consideration.” Other residents feel that a Wal-Mart will kill Quartz Hill’s downtown, mainly small shops and businesses clustered around 50th Street West and Avenue M. The town has about 10,000 residents. There are florists, beauty salons, auto shops, a hardware shop and a Grange hall along 50th Street West, the route of the annual Almond Blossom Festival Parade, which harkens back to a time decades ago when Quartz Hill had more than 2,000 acres of almond trees. “It will die within five years of Wal-Mart opening up,” said Loretta Berry, former president of the Quartz Hill Town Council. “There goes our downtown Quartz Hill.” [email protected] 661-476-4586 Staff Writer160Want 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

first_img5. Illegal immigration and faithAs Congress debated how to reform immigration law, a similar discussion was raging within the religious community. The Catholic Church fought efforts by Congress to make it a crime to help or hide illegal immigrants, while Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony declared from the pulpit that priests in his diocese had permission to break the law if Congress made it illegal to offer sanctuary.6. Pro-democracy protests by Buddhist monks in Myanmar after the country’s military dictatorship cracked down on dissidentsThe Dalai Lama received an award from President Bush.7. Conservative Episcopalians aligning with bishops in the South AmericaAngry and upset over the election of an openly and actively gay priest as bishop, an Episcopal diocese based in Fresno voted earlier this month to split with the national denomination. The San Joaquin Diocese, in a later vote, accepted an invitation to join a conservative South American congregation of the Worldwide Anglican Communion. The Episcopal Church is the U.S. member of the global Anglican Communion.8. Supreme Court rulings involving religion, including the upholding of a ban on certain late-term abortionsThe 5-4 ruling in April raised questions about the court’s willingness to someday reconsider the basic right to abortion guaranteed in the 1973 Roe v. Wade case.9. The deaths ofreligious leadersIncluding: the Revs. Jerry Falwell and D. James Kennedy, co-founders of the Moral Majority; author Madeleine L’Engle; Ruth Bell Graham, an author and the wife of evangelist Billy Graham; televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker Messner; Jewish leader Teddy Kolleck; Islamic leader Ilyas ba-Yunus; and Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger, a Catholic convert from Judaism who became a voice for interfaith dialogue.10. The cost of the Roman Catholic Church U.S. sex abuse crisis surpassing $2.1 billionThat total includes $660 million paid by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to settle lawsuits filed by more than 500 people who said they were abused by priests and other clergy.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 MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonCheck out the rest of the top 10 on Page B43.3. Ongoing divides over gays and lesbians in clergyAs the Vatican formally banned most gays from Catholic seminaries and from ordination as priests, other faith groups – Episcopalians, Methodists, Baptists, Lutherans and Jews – continued to debate the ordination of gays and lesbians as leaders of their congregations.4. Global warming’s emergence as areligious issueClergy and congregations nationwide have identified a connection between ecology and faith and are mobilizing behind efforts to reduce the effects of global warming. From staff and news servicesEvangelical struggles to settle on a Republican presidential candidate and Democrats’ efforts to reach religious voters led the Religion Newswriters Association’s list of top religion stories of 2007.The results were based on votes from 80 active members of the association – reporters from around the country who cover religion in the general- circulation media.The No. 1 issue encompassed the heated debate over the role of faith and politics and the public scrutiny of Republican presidential hopefuls about their religious beliefs. Baptist minister Mike Huckabee’s surge in the polls, Mitt Romney’s need to speak about his Mormon faith and John McCain’s claim that the U.S. is a “Christian nation” underscored the evangelical community’s potency in the political arena.Close behind as the No. 2 story were efforts by Democrats to win over voters by showcasing their faith. Barack Obama, a member of the United Church of Christ, and John Edwards, a Methodist, have unveiled Web sites devoted to faith and moral values. Hillary Clinton, also a Methodist, plans to do the same.last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Nine dog owners got their dogs back after they were given citations for violating the leash law and for other offenses such as not having vaccinations or license for their pets. The other nine were taken to an animal shelter, and their owners will be given citations if they come to retrieve them. Animal control officials began conducting large-scale hunts for roaming dogs after 23 dog attacks were reported in the first seven months of 2005, up from only six in all of 2004. Of the 23 attacks, all but one involved pit bulls or pit-bull mixes. In June, at Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich’s urging, four new animal-control field officers were hired to join the six on duty in the Antelope Valley. A fifth was assigned to the Lancaster shelter to answer calls from citizens. Sanchez said the sweeps will continue in the future. Charles F. Bostwick, (661) 267-5742 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – Eighteen dogs were captured Thursday in a crackdown on dog owners in Lancaster and Lake Los Angeles who let their dogs roam uncontrolled. Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control officers were brought in from outside the Antelope Valley to reinforce local officers in a sweep targeting neighborhoods where people have complained about roaming or vicious dogs, officials said. “We want to target the areas where we received an increased number of telephone calls on animals roaming at large,” department spokeswoman Brenda Sanchez said. “This also will send out a message to pet owners that they need to follow the law and contain their animals, and that the officers will be out in the field to enforce the law.” Of the 18 dogs captured, only one was labeled vicious – a large standard poodle, Sanchez said. The other dogs included terriers, a Maltese, spaniels, a Labrador retriever and just one pit bull, which is the variety of dog that draws the most complaints. last_img read more