BRISBANE, Australia (AP):It’s been an injury and illness-filled start to 2016 for the top six women in tennis and just a week from the start of the Australian Open.Defending Sydney International champion Petra Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon winner, pulled out of the Sydney tournament yesterday, the second week in a row she’s had to quit due to a stomach virus. She was joined a few hours later by Agnieszka Radwanska, the No. 2-seeded player in Sydney, who has a left leg injury.Last week, the world’s four top-ranked women retired or withdrew from tournaments due to injuries on the left side of their bodies: No. 1 Serena Williams (Hopman Cup/knee), second-ranked Halep (Brisbane/ankle), No. 3 Garbine Muguruza (Brisbane/foot) and fourth-ranked Maria Sharapova (Brisbane/forearm).Now No. 5 Radwanska and No. 6 Kvitova are on the ever-growing injury list.Kvitova retired during the first round of the Shenzhen Open in China last week. She was scheduled to play her first match in Sydney against Germany’s Sabine Lisicki today.”I’m really disappointed to have to withdraw … but unfortunately I am still not feeling well,” the sixth-ranked Kvitova said in a statement.Former No. 1 and now 16th-ranked Ana Ivanovic is healthy, but her new season is nonetheless off to a poor start. After losing in the first round last week in Auckland, she was granted a Sydney wild card.Ivanovic, who won the French Open in 2008, months after losing the Australian Open final to Sharapova, was beaten 6-4, 6-2 by fifth-seeded Karolina Pliskova in a first-round match yesterday.”I was thinking, it’s not really (an) easy draw for first round,” Pliskova said. “I was really expecting a tough match. I’m just happy it went a little bit more my way.”In other first-round matches, another Serbian former No. 1, Jelena Jankovic, beat American CoCo Vandeweghe 6-3, 6-4; former French and U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova defeated Australian Tammi Patterson 6-2, 6-0; and Caroline Garcia, who represented France at the Hopman Cup last week, beat countrywoman Kristina Mladenovic 7-6 (4), 6-4.Bernard Tomic is the top-seeded man at Sydney, while Halep is the top-seeded woman.Halep, who has a first-round bye, said yesterday she’ll likely carry the injury into the Australian Open, which begins January 18.”It’s difficult to know that you will be injured when you come to Australia. To me it happened this year,” she said. “I was not happy but we have to accept it.”At the Hobart International, another of the Australian Open warm-up tournaments, second-seeded Camila Giorgi of Italy beat Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan 6-4, 1-6, 6-1 and seventh-seeded Alize Cornet of France defeated Denisa Allertova of Czech Republic 6-4, 7-5 yesterday.Sloane Stephens, who won the ASB Classic in Auckland on Saturday, was a late withdrawal from Hobart due to a virus.Former No. 5 Eugenie Bouchard, who is entered at Hobart, says she has “zero expectations” at the Australian Open as she makes her comeback from a concussion she sustained at the US Open when she slipped and fell in the dressing room.
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Much like Sax, Kendrick has the ability to hurt opponents with his bat and legs. And like Sax did for the Dodgers more than two decades ago, Kendrick is developing into an adept second baseman. Sax played 14 years in the big leagues, and finished with a career batting average of .281. Scioscia sees plenty of similarities between him and Kendrick. Staff reportsTEMPE, Az – Sometimes Angels manager Mike Scioscia watches Howie Kendrick swing a bat and run the bases and all of a sudden it’s 1983 again. That’s how much Kendrick, the Angels hot shot young second base prospect, reminds Scioscia of former Dodgers teammate Steve Sax. “There’s definitely some comparisons,” Scioscia said. “Both guys worked hard to become good second basemen, both have plus speed, although Saxy might have had more pure speed in terms of stealing a base. And both can hit.” That last part is the reason the Angels are so high on the 23-year old Kendrick, and why they let Adam Kennedy leave as a free agent after last season. Kendrick is expected to take over for Kennedy at second, but it’s his ability to produce with the bat that could make him a mainstay in the Angels lineup for years to come. He’ll start the year batting lower in the lineup, but Scioscia envisions him settling in anywhere from second to fifth in the order as his career progresses. “He’s going to be in the major grouping of your offense, or of any offense, in baseball,” Scioscia said. “He’s got that much upside.” Kendrick had four hits in his last six at bats before Friday’s game against San Diego – a single, double, triple and home run – was second in Cactus League play in average (.467) and tied for the league lead in slugging percentage (.933) and runs scored. “I know the opportunity is there and I want to make good on that,” Kendrick said. “But I just want to work hard and not make them regret any decisions they made. I know I want to play at this level and I know I can play at this level.” Weaver sightingJered Weaver passed his first test of the spring Friday before the Angels played the Padres, completing a pain-free, 30-pitch bullpen session and reporting no problems afterward. Weaver, recovering from biceps tendinitis, will throw two more bullpen sessions and two live batting practices before taking the mound in an actual game. – Vincent BonsignoreRe-inventing EthierApparently, Andre Ethier wants to be the Dodgers’ version of Madonna. “It’s just about reinventing yourself,” the second-year outfielder said. “I hit .300 last year, and people said it wasn’t good enough. So I’m just trying to go back to where I was in 2005, the year before I came over here, when I hit balls the other way with authority and at the same time took the inside pitch and tried to drive it out. I think I can be a more valuable player if I get back to what I did that season.” Getting betterMarlon Anderson, who has yet to appear in a Grapefruit League game because of a minor setback in his recovery from offseason surgery on his right elbow, might be ready to play as soon as next week. Don’t be surprised if top pitching prospect Scott Elbert is among this weekend’s first round of cuts. The obviously nervous left-hander, who was never going to make this year’s team anyway, faced five Twins batters, retired one and gave up three home runs. – Tony Jackson 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Paul Robinson admits his Blackburn career is over and claims he is eyeing a January transfer window move away from the club.The Rovers goalkeeper started the season as Gary Bowyer’s No.1 but has been replaced by Jason Steele, who joined the club on a season-long from Middlesbrough last summer.And former England shot-stopper Robinson believes the time is right to leave Ewood Park.“I’m pretty much surplus to requirements at Blackburn,” he told the Weekend Sports Breakfast show. “I’m not even on the bench. I’m training hard at the moment though.“My contract is up at the end of the season so I’m not sure if that’s got anything to do with it. I want to keep playing and, I believe, I’ve got another two or three years left in me.“If something comes up now and it works for everybody then I have to look at what’s best for me going forward.“I’m getting a little bit frustrated now. It’s the first time in my career that anything like this [has happened].“I want to keep on playing. It’s difficult training all week with no end product. Hopefully I’ll have a few options to look around [in January].”
0Shares0000Brazil goalkeeper Alisson has joined Liverpool © AFP/File / JOE KLAMARLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 2 – Liverpool have spent big in the transfer window in an attempt to close the gap on Premier League champions Manchester City but it has been a summer of intense frustration for Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho.Elsewhere, Pep Guardiola finally landed Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez for a club-record fee in an otherwise quiet window so far for City while Arsenal have signed a clutch of players but no marquee names to whet the appetite. Premier League clubs spent a record £1.4 billion ($1.8 billion, 1.57 million euros)) on players in a summer splurge last year, according to football analysts Deloitte.But there is nothing so far to match the arrival of Paul Pogba at Manchester United two years ago in a then world-record deal or Alexis Sanchez’s move from the Emirates to Old Trafford in January.The transfer window closes at 1600 GMT on August 9, a day before the first game of the season, which sees Manchester United take on Leicester City.Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp did his business early, bringing in Brazil’s World Cup goalkeeper Alisson just weeks after two shocking errors by Loris Karius in the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid.Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez in action for his new club in a pre-season friendly in Miami © AFP/File / RHONA WISEHe also picked up midfielders Fabinho from Monaco and Naby Keita from RB Leipzig and added Stoke City’s Xherdan Shaqiri to an already formidable array of attacking talent that includes Mohamed Salah.But the German manager is warning Liverpool not to get carried away with celebrating their success in the transfer market after splurging more than £170 million.“We need to be ready for the big challenges, the big goals,” he said. “We have to be this angry, aggressive, greedy team full of desire that wants to win each game.“All the other teams have quality as well so we need to be ready for fights, not celebrating signings and stuff.”Mourinho, unable to resist an early dig at his rival, said Liverpool’s transfer activity ought to increase expectations of a first top-flight title since 1990.“With the investments you are making last season and you make now, that will probably be the record of the Premier League this season, a team that was a finalist in the Champions League — you have to say you are a big candidate, you have to win,” Mourinho said during United’s pre-season tour of the United States, during which they were thumped 4-1 by Liverpool.Is Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois on his way to Real Madrid? © AFP / Geoff CADDICKThe United boss himself has cut an increasingly frustrated figure in the build-up to the season, lamenting his failure to land his top targets.The Portuguese is desperate to close the gap to Guardiola’s side but so far has just picked up Brazil midfielder Fred, who did not play a single minute at the World Cup in Russia, young defender Diogo Dalot from Porto, and veteran goalkeeper Lee Grant.City, who finished 19 points clear of United last season, have been relatively quiet this time around but they finally snared Mahrez for £60 million, further enhancing their dazzling forward options.The City boss said he was unfazed by Liverpool’s lavish spending, remaining happy with the nucleus of the squad that romped to the Premier League title.“Every club does what they believe, I understand completely,” he said. “They are contenders to win the title, Liverpool are always a contender because of the history they have.”– Hazard to stay? –Chelsea’s Eden Hazard looked like he could be at the centre of one of the biggest transfer stories of the summer when he hinted at the World Cup he might want a fresh challenge.His comments sparked speculation he could be off to Real Madrid to replace the departed Cristiano Ronaldo.The European champions have also been linked with Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and Brazil forward Willian.Britain’s Sun newspaper reported on Wednesday that Courtois has told Chelsea he will quit the club next year on a free transfer unless they sell him this summer.The only major signing for the 2016-17 Premier League champions is Brazil midfielder Jorginho from Napoli, with new boss Maurizio Sarri professing himself bored with the transfer market.Arsenal, preparing for a season under a new manager for the first time for more than two decades, have signed a clutch of players including Switzerland defender Stephan Lichtsteiner but Unai Emery has not yet landed a marquee name.Tottenham, about to move into a new stadium, are the only one of the top sides not to have signed a single player.There is still time but the clock is ticking.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
POLITICS: Fine Gael Councillor Jimmy Kavanagh, says that more small businesses in Donegal should avail of the Government’s scheme to help them trade online. A new survey has found that those who avail of the scheme experience a 21% increase in sales. “The Trading Online Voucher Scheme allows small businesses to apply for a voucher to invest in developing their ecommerce capability.“The aim of the scheme is to get more small businesses trading online, the benefit of which is undeniable.“88% of Irish consumers research products online before buying compared to 79% across the EU, with Irish consumers spending €850,000 per hour online.“There has been huge growth in Ireland’s Digital Economy, which is now worth €12.3bn. The digital economy is expected to expand to about €21.4 billion or 7.9% of GDP by 2020. “The Trading Online Enterprise Impacts Report, which was published recently, shows that small businesses which trade online see immediate positive results. The report is based on survey responses from 600 small businesses that have availed of the Government’s Trading Online Voucher Scheme and shows that the scheme is highly successful in helping small businesses to grow and expand.“The survey results show that:21% was the average increase in sales84% experienced an increase in customer enquiries73% said that the new online business was additional and did not displace existing salesGrowing businesses expect to recruit on average 1.4 more employees3 out of 5 businesses begin to export, and89% said that the trading online component of their business will become more important in the next six months.“This Government is committed to supporting a thriving digital economy and I’m calling on all small business in Donegal to avail of the digital opportunities, I would encourage any small business owner who wants to begin their trading online journey to contact their Local Enterprise Office today and apply for a Trading Online Voucher.” COUNCILLOR CALLS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES IN DONEGAL TO TRADE ONLINE was last modified: June 7th, 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:BusinessJimmy KavanaghnewsonlinePoliticsTrade
Donegal will be well represented at the Rose of Tralee festival this year, after three escorts from the county made it through an intensive boot camp in order to be chosen for the glitzy pageant. Struan Charters, Tom Cranley and Mark Harley will represent Donegal at The Rose of Tralee festival which gets underway on August 17th. The three lads were put through a gruelling boot camp over the Bank Holiday Weekend where they had to showcase their skills in an array of different ways such as footing turf, sowing, ironing and surfing!Sixty-five escorts were selected following the weekend, and three Donegal showed they had what it takes to make a great escort.In fact, most counties are well represented at this year’s festival – with 26 of the 32 counties having escorts selected.John Drummey, Rose of Tralee Communications Manager, told The Irish Daily Mirror, “The Rose Escorts spent three days in Kerry where they undertook a number of endurance tasks to prepare them for the festival. “Over 200 men between 21 and 30 years applied to become Rose Escorts this year.“Following a detailed interview process, the final 65, the biggest number ever, were selected to take part in a Boot Camp weekend in Kerry, to help them cope with the demands of a busy week in Tralee.” DONEGAL WELL REPRESENTED AT ROSE OF TRALEE – AS THREE ESCORTS MAKE THE CUT was last modified: June 8th, 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:2016EntertainmentFeaturesnewsRose of Tralee
Donegal County Council is inviting submissions from members of the public on proposals to vary the basic rate of Local Property Tax in Donegal in 2017.The Council is keen to hear the views and opinions on any proposal to vary the rate of Local Property Tax and in particular, on the potential effects on households, individuals, businesses and indeed on Council services.Local Property Tax is an annual tax charged on all residential properties in Ireland and came into effect in 2013. In accordance with the Finance (Local Property Tax) Act 2012 as amended, local authorities may vary the basic rate of Local Property Tax within it’s own area by a maximum of 15%. This means that Donegal County Council can either increase or decrease the rate of Local Property Tax in Donegal in 2017 by a maximum of 15% of the 2016 rate.For example, if a house is valued under €100,000, the Local Property Tax in 2016 would have been €90. If the Local Property Tax rate is increased by 15%, this house owner will pay €103.50 in 2017 and if the Local Property Tax rate is reduced by 15%, then this house owner will pay €76.50 in 2017 and so on.The money collected under the Local Property Tax contributes towards the cost of providing a range of local Council services including libraries, public lighting, road maintenance, housing services, fire services, dealing with illegal dumping and littering, community initiatives, beach management and tourism development initiatives.An adjustment in the rate of Local Property Tax will have an impact on the Councils capacity to deliver these services. For instance, if the rate is reduced and if funding is not available to replace this reduction, then the income available to the Council will be reduced which will in turn limit the range and extent of services and supports that can be provided in 2017. If the rate is increased then an increased level of income available to the Council will increase the capacity to deliver services and supports in 2017.Having considered a range of issues, the Council could also decide not to vary the rate and to the leave the rate the same as in 2016.Donegal County Council is keen to hear the views and opinions on any proposal to increase or decrease the rate of Local Property Tax in Donegal in 2017. In particular, the Council would like to find out more about the potential effects of varying the basic rate of Local Property Tax on households, on individuals, on businesses and indeed on Council services.Further information, including a list of frequently asked questions is available on www.donegalcoco.ie .The deadline date for all submissions is the 19th August 2016 and submissions should be made in writing and emailed to LPT@donegalcoco.ie or posted to Donegal County Council, LPT Submissions, County House, Lifford, Co. Donegal. Feedback from the public will be considered by the elected members of Donegal County Council as part of the decision making process at a meeting in late September 2016 when a final decision will be made on varying the rate of Local Property Tax in Donegal.WANT TO HAVE YOUR SAY ON RATE OF LOCAL PROPERTY TAX IN DONEGAL? was last modified: July 12th, 2016 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:county councildonegalproperty tax
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Measure Y must be the most aptly named proposition to ever appear on a ballot. The measure that will come before voters Nov. 8 does cause a person to wonder, “Why?” As in, why does the Los Angeles Unified School District need $4 billion more to expand its already humongous school-building extravaganza, even when there are fewer and fewer students enrolled each year? Or as in, why should I encourage this kind of behavior when one in every 20 students is turning away from traditional schools and choosing a charter school instead? Hmmmm. Measure Y, indeed. For those keeping track, this $3.985 billion bond measure is No. 4 since voters passed Proposition BB in 1997 for much-needed school repairs, thus initiating a $14-billion new-school spree. It would add 25 additional elementary schools to the list of 160 schools set to be constructed by 2012, plus give money to other things like new school buses and repairs and even a scrap or two to charter schools. Don’t fooled by the “bond” label. You will pay for it, one way or another. Property owners get hit through their tax bills; renters when their landlords pass on the bite. Not that this has stopped voters from generously approving the earlier three bonds. And those were none too soon. LAUSD had deferred construction and repairs so long that classrooms were literally falling down on top of students and classes were so crowded that many schools were forced to go on year-round schedules. But the fortunes of the nation’s second-largest school district could well be shifting, and school officials appear to be in denial. According to LAUSD’s own figures, the district has been slowly but steadily losing students over the past three years. Since the 2002-03 school year, 4,471 students have dropped from the rolls and not been replaced in traditional grade schools. When the district takes its first count for the school year next month, that figure is expected to drop an additional 4,304, according to officials. Even more dramatic is what’s going on at elementary schools. During the past three years, the ranks of elementary kids have shrunk by more than 14,000. That’s like the entire population of the city of Malibu, plus a few hundred of their domestic workers. Where are these kids going? They are growing up, and there are fewer babies to replace them. LAUSD plots its future attendance on live births in the county, along with other factors. Los Angeles County has been experiencing a bit of a baby bust, with hundreds fewer babies being born each year, a trend that is expected to continue through the end of the decade. It’s not a surprise if you observe what’s happening in the city’s urban core. Neighborhoods once densely inhabited by immigrant families are being transformed by an influx of upper-income hipsters with few if any babies. Meanwhile, Los Angeles housing prices are driving out those most likely to have school-age kids – young families. And even immigrant families are having fewer babies. Researchers at the Public Policy Institute of California reported in 2002 that after the first generation, immigrant families have successively smaller families. All of this seems to mean there will be a lot fewer students to enjoy all these new schools. LAUSD has noted this change in demographics, said Glenn Gritzner, special assistant to LAUSD Superintendent Roy Romer. But it’s not alarming enough to alter the school building boom, he said. If enrollment continues to drop at the same level and the new schools are built through 2012, there will still be 200,000 students in portable bungalow classrooms and still plenty of overcrowded schools, Gritzner said. Fair enough. But one thing that the district has not been taking into account, he conceded, is the growth of charter schools. In California, charter schools now enroll about 3 percent of the state’s public school students – or about 200,000 students this school year. About 35,000 of those are within LAUSD territory. This fall, 20 new charter schools opened in California for a total of 88. By 2014, the California Charter Schools Association predicts that 10 percent of public school students will have defected to charter schools, perhaps even at a higher rate in Los Angeles. Already, demand far exceeds supply. “There are many charter schools in the state – particularly in urban areas, particularly L.A. Unified – that have waiting lists triple the seats that they have available,” said Gary Larson, spokesman for the California Charter Schools Association. In addition, the flexibility and small size of charter schools give them an advantage over the super-size traditional schools that take LAUSD years to build. There’s no guarantee that charters will ever draw significant numbers away from LAUSD, and Angelenos could start cranking up baby production any day. But those possibilities aren’t quite enough to take the “Why?” out of Measure Y. Mariel Garza email@example.com
The World Meeting of Families 2018 has announced that a number of its events are fully booked due to an unprecedented demand.45,000 free tickets were snapped up within hours for Pope Francis’ visit to Knock Shrine as part of the WMOF2018. At the same time yesterday morning, 500,000 tickets for the WMOF Closing Mass in the Phoenix Park also went live for booking. 285,000 tickets have been booked as of Monday evening. The WMOF2018 said it is confident that it has robust systems in place to check and validate all bookings received.The WMOF2018 has also announced that its Pastoral Congress, which is taking place in the RDS in Dublin from 22 – 24 August, is sold out. A total of 37,000 people, attending from 114 countries have registered.Speaking about the scale of Monday’s bookings, Father Timothy Bartlett, Secretary General of the WMOF2018 said that he is hugely encouraged by the response to all of the WMOF2018 events – those with Pope Francis and those that will take place before the Pope arrives to Ireland.He said, “It is clear that what Pope Francis is saying about family, faith and society, is connecting with a wide range of people. We are working hard to make the WMOF2018 a joyful, welcoming and comfortable event for all those who wish to attend. “While I know that many people will be disappointed that they have not managed to get tickets for Knock Shrine or for the RDS Pastoral Congress, I would encourage them to come to the Mass in Phoenix Park for a joyful celebration of faith and the good news of family in our lives. It will also be a memorable and historic occasion.”Tickets for the WMOF2018 Closing Mass and are still available to book on www.worldmeeting2018.ie.People encouraged to get Papal Mass tickets soon after Knock event books out was last modified: June 26th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)