Liverpool and Man City on alert as Barcelona set to make star available for LOAN

first_imgBarcelona may allow Marc-Andre ter Stegen to join Liverpool or Manchester City in the summer – but only on loan.The goalkeeper is growing frustrated at the Nou Camp due to the fact he only plays in cup matches, while Claudio Bravo is used for La Liga games.The German’s annoyance has sparked interest from Liverpool and Manchester City, who are both keen to sign him up this summer.Barcelona are reluctant to sell Ter Stegen but, according to Mundo Deportivo, they may consider letting him leave on loan.The Spanish champions view the 23-year-old as a key part of their future and a long-term successor to Bravo, who turns 33 in April.As a result, Barcelona would prefer Ter Stegen to fulfil his desire for first-team football by leaving on loan for a season before returning to become the club’s first-choice goalkeeper. Marc-Andre Ter Stegen in action for Barcelona 1last_img read more

State launches test of air quality in San Joaquin

first_imgPARLIER, Calif. – With crop dusters buzzing in the skies above, spray rigs stalking the fields and the occasional pesticide drift that hospitalizes scores of people, airborne chemicals are a fact of life in the little farm towns of the San Joaquin Valley. But no one knows what chemicals linger in the notoriously polluted air and whether long-term exposure could lead to increased rates of asthma, cancer or neurological problems. To find out, the state Department of Pesticide Regulation started a novel yearlong air monitoring program this month that will gauge levels of 40 airborne chemicals for the first time. While farmers are wary the results could spell stiffer regulations, doctors and school officials who deal with chronic respiratory diseases such as asthma said it’s about time someone found out what rural residents are breathing. The agency, with help from the state’s Air Resources Board, installed pumps that draw in air around three schools in town, gauging levels of chemicals such as methyl bromide that are either harmful to human health or contribute to air pollution. Parlier, a largely Hispanic town of about 12,000 about 20 miles southeast of Fresno, is the kind of place often overlooked by policymakers in the state capital – and that’s precisely why it was chosen, state officials said. “We want to ensure that our environmental laws provide a fair measure of protection for everyone who lives and works in our state,” said Mary-Ann Warmerdam, the department’s director. “We are particularly concerned about the health and welfare of children.” The economy here relies on farming, and in winter, when there’s nothing to plant or harvest, a third of adults don’t work, making it one of the state’s poorest towns. At Cesar Chavez Elementary School, one of the monitoring sites, even the second-graders are aware that the air they breathe can be harmful. Like other schools in the region, Cesar Chavez flies color-coded flags describing air quality. Kids are eager to avoid the red flag that means the air is so unhealthy they can’t play outside, he said. “They know the stuff that’s hurting them isn’t always natural, that sometimes it’s introduced by us,” said second-grade teacher Paul Martinez. With three or four children out of 20 with asthma in his class every year, Martinez has gotten used to going on field trips carting inhalers in case a child has an asthma attack. His class activities can include asking healthy students to breathe through straws to understand the difficulty classmates face that keep them from playing sports. Lesson plans can focus on Chavez, the labor leader after whom the school was named, who once staged a hunger strike to protest the harm pesticides caused farmworkers. Even farmers, still chafing from recent air quality rules meant to curb their contribution to the region’s dirty air, saw the need for more testing. “If we can find out if there are things we can do different, or better, it’s very important,” said Harold McClarty, whose family has grown peaches, plums, nectarines and citrus around Parlier for four generations. He has two children in local schools – one of them with asthma. “It’s our livelihood, but it’s also our land, and our families,” he 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 MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “It would be nice to have the data, and be able to correlate – is it the use of a pesticide? Is it dust, smog?” asked Dr. Rogelio Fernandez, who has seen the incidence of respiratory disease go up in his 15 years of working with farmworkers and their families. “If there’s something we can do to decrease these numbers, we need to move in that direction,” he said. “And the first step is to find out if there is something in the air.” The department has measured pesticides for shorter periods, but this $1 million project is part of a comprehensive push to make sure that chemicals needed to kill weeds, insects and fungi that threaten crops don’t harm the families that tend them, state officials said. Pesticides are only one of the components of the noxious soup of chemicals that makes this valley one the nation’s most polluted air basins. Car exhaust, soot from fireplaces, even gases rising from cow manure contribute a bigger share in the nation’s most productive farm region. No state or federal agency has spelled out how much of the chemicals are safe to breathe every day, but determining what is in the air is the first step in that direction. last_img read more

GAA: URRIS GAA CLUB NEWS

first_imgGAA Bingo- Every Thursday Night At 9pm  In St Marys Hall Clonmany Everyone Welcome.Club Iorras Winners For October: €50- Donal Kelly Tullagh, €30- Brendan Donaghey Maghaeramore, €20- Eddie McLaughlin Tullagh.Match & Win for 25/10/2012 No jackpot winner last week this weeks jackpot will rise to €4,460.00 Numbers drawn were 5,17,19,20 €15 consolation prizes went to Anne Bonner Illies, Sara Harkin Tullagh, Rose Canny Dunaff, George Harkin Annagh, Rose Doherty (Gill) Annagh. Club Merchandise – Contact Alan Friel 0879029672.New Club Website www.urris.gaa.ie.Any items for the notes please send to lckn3@eircom.net or text to Liz O’Neill on 0863858629 before 9pm on Sunday evening.GAA: URRIS GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: October 29th, 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:GAA: URRIS GAA CLUB NEWSlast_img read more

DONEGAL MAN FINISHES 6TH IN ENERGIA 24-HOUR RACE

first_imgDonegal runner Ed McGroartyDonegal ultra-runner Ed McGroarty ran 213kms in the Energia 24hr Race, finishing 6th in this year’s event. The event took place in the Victoria Park Track in East Belfast on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th June.The Energia 24-hour race is the endurance race where competitors run as many laps of the 400m race track as they can in 24 hours. Ed, from the Lifford/Strabane Athletics Club, completed 129 laps of the track over the 24 hour period. Race Director Ed Smith says “this year’s Energia 24hr Race was sensational. After 6 years at the Mary Peters’ track we moved to a 1.7km circuit in Victoria Park in east Belfast. This will be the location for the 24-Hr World Championships that will take place here next summer. Entry levels doubled and some fantastic races were run.”“Runners from all over Ireland – 25 counties to be exact – competed alongside runners from 12 other countries in a truly international field.”“Eoin Keith from Cork retained his title, running 242 kms in 24 hours. Another Corkman, Alex O’Shea, finished 100 miles first but then fell back through the field. Aidan Hogan, also from Cork, took second place with 238 kms.”Smith says: “It was great to have the use of the upgraded Victoria Park facility and with it the support of Belfast City Council alongside our title sponsor Energia, who have been with us from the start when we had 18 entries, Pure Running, Water Within, the international Association of Ultra Runners and the athletics federations north and south.” Title sponsors Energia, the leading gas and electricity suppliers, have backed the 24-hour event from day one.Energia Marketing Manager, Michael Ringland said: “This year’s race has been another fantastic event and everyone in Energia wants to congratulate all of the competitors. We’re looking forward to 2017 already.”The event carries a Silver Label from the World Governing Body and is grant-aided by Belfast City Council and supported by Pure Running. DONEGAL MAN FINISHES 6TH IN ENERGIA 24-HOUR RACE was last modified: July 4th, 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:east belfasted mcgroartyenergiaLiffordracestrabanevictoria park tracklast_img read more

BISHOP BOYCE UNDER PRESSURE TO QUIT AS RAPHOE DIOCESE FAILS AGAIN

first_imgTHE BISHOP of Raphoe Philip Boyce is under renewed pressure to quit after another damning report into his diocese.Despite repeated warnings over the local handling of suspected sex abuse cases within the church, Raphoe has once again been criticised for its reaction to such claims.A HSE audit of child protection in dioceses around the country has found ‘significant weaknesses’ in the handling of abuse allegations. Singled out for criticism were the dioceses of Meath, Raphoe and Ossory, however,the report says some – including Waterford, Clonfert and Dublin – have made considerable progress implementing child protection policies and procedures.This audit was commissioned by the late Brian Lenihan in 2005 when he was Children’s Minister.The current Children’s Minister Frances Fitzgerald admits while there has been progress she’s still concerned by parts of the report, particularly relating to delays in reporting abuse allegations in Raphoe.The audit assessed the policies and procedures in operation in each diocese as of 30 November 2011. This was AT THE SAME TIME as Bishop Boyce’s press conference last year on allegations involving 14 priests. It found “inadequate collection and retention of data” in Raphoe whilst it was “improving.”The audit did find some “notable Safeguarding deficiencies”, however these were attributed to “poor data collection, poor standards of record keeping and inconsistent application of reporting procedures.”Last night a number of priests serving in the Raphoe Diocese were happy to confirm to Donegal Daily that they believed Dr Boyce should go.“This whole scandal has left a cloud over the Diocese and he (Dr Boyce) should exit the stage so that we can attempt to build the church again,” said one priest.Another priest – again speaking on condition of anonymity – told us: “There’s no doubt he inherited a lot of this; but we need change at the top so that people can see change here at the bottom. “I like him as a person and as a bishop; but we do need him to go now. We all heard what he had to say last November, yet this report says at the same time there were still deficiencies. It’s not good enough and no radio or TV interview will suffice now.”BISHOP BOYCE UNDER PRESSURE TO QUIT AS RAPHOE DIOCESE FAILS AGAIN was last modified: October 12th, 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:BISHOP BOYCE UNDER PRESSURE TO QUIT AS RAPHOE DIOCESE FAILS AGAINlast_img read more

Groves and DeGale in new war of words

first_imgRivals George Groves and James DeGale have renewed their war of words ahead of Groves’ clash with former world champion Glen Johnson this weekend.The unbeaten Groves defends his Commonwealth super-middleweight title at the ExCel London – seven days after European champion DeGale had to grind out a points win against Fulgencio Zuniga in Hull.Courtesy of iFilm LondonBoth fighters are on course for world title shots next year and DeGale has made it clear he is keen to take on the likes of IBF champion Carl Froch.But Groves insists he is making better progress than his fellow West Londoner.“He’s putting in poor performances so he’s going to have to try to chase names, whereas I plan to put in a good performance on Saturday and then people will really know what I’m all about,” said Groves.Francis Warren, part of Groves’ promotional team – which previously promoted DeGale – added: “Look at the difference between George’s fight on Saturday – where he’s fighting and the crowd that’s going to be there – and [DeGale] on Saturday. There’s no comparison.”Since losing a close points decision against Groves when they met in May last year, DeGale has fought in Denmark and twice in the north of England.Groves, on the other hand, is preparing for another appearance at a major venue in the capital, having beaten Paul Smith at Wembley Arena 13 months ago.But DeGale told West London Sport: “Sure I’d like to fight in London and I will do in the future, but I also want to fight all over England and let people see me in action.“At the end of the day I’m fighting in front of millions of people on terrestrial television. Groves isn’t. Simple as that.”West London Sport will have live updates from Groves v Johnson on Saturday, as well as Steve O’Meara’s Commonwealth light-middleweight title fight against Liam Smith.See also:Let history decideDeGale tipped to silence ‘mental’ criticsWarren vows to get Groves a world title fightConfident Johnson fires warning to GrovesDeGale boxes his way to points victoryGroves believes he can stop JohnsonJames DeGale talks about his recent win and future plansWatch the Groves v Johnson pre-fight press conferenceGroves discusses Johnson and a potential clash with FrochWatch Groves and Johnson square-up at their weigh-inGroves warned ahead of title showdownDeGale opts to give up European titleJohnson speaks ahead of his fight with George GrovesO’Meara ready to seize title chanceDeGale backs O’Meara to win 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Dominant Quins progress to 7s finals after winning group

first_imgHarlequins emerged victorious in Group C of the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Premiership Rugby 7s Series.And 7s skipper David Ward insists securing the title next week at the Rec is well within their grasp if they can carry their momentum through.For tickets to the J.P. Morgan Premiership Rugby Series Final at 7pm on Friday, 9 August at The Rec, Bath visit: bathrugby.com/ticketsSee also:Sloan is confident as Harlequins gear up for 7s 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Bryce Harper explains why he chose Phillies over Giants

first_imgEven though the Giants’ final offer of 12 years, $310 million was less than … Bryce Harper said he wanted to sign with the Giants last month, but unlike Tony Bennett his heart just wasn’t in San Francisco.It belonged to Philadelphia.Harper told The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal he loved pretty much everything about the Giants and he would have been happy to play here. But he needed to follow his heart.(Here’s where the cynical Giants supporters point out he also followed the money).last_img read more

Photos: NFL great, ex-49er reduces price of Danville mansion by $2 million

first_imgFormer All-Pro lineman Larry Allen has slashed the price further on his Danville, Calif. mansion to $5.4 million from $5.8 million. The house was originally listed at $7.5 million.Click here if viewing from a mobile device.The estate in the Blackhawk Country Club gated community has seven bedrooms and eight baths over 10,116 square feet. It features a theater, indoor spa and sports court among many other amenities.The home was purchased in 2004 for $4.495 million, according to public …last_img read more

Are Brains Evolving Bigger, or Fatter?

first_imgTwo papers in Science Sept. 9 claimed that human brains may still be evolving.  According to the authors, two genes related to brain size appear to be under “positive selection” in certain people groups.  One team said their variant occurred the same time as the emergence of art, music, religious practices and sophisticated tool use, though such inferences are subjective (see 11/12/2004 entry).  Michael Balter, commenting on these findings in Science,1 said that although the claims are “potentially dramatic,” caution should be exercised in interpreting the results.  Francis Collins of the Human Genome Project, warned in an AP story printed on LiveScience that “is totally unproven and potentially dangerous territory to get into with such sketchy data” because scientists don’t know when the variants arose or even what the genes do.  The BBC News, however, though admitting that the findings were merely a “tantalising prospect,” titled their version of the story, “‘Proof’ Our Brains Are Evolving.”  New Scientist announced cheerfully, “Human brains enjoy ongoing evolution.”1Michael Balter, “Evolution: Are Human Brains Still Evolving?  Brain Genes Show Signs of Selection,” <Science, Vol 309, Issue 5741, 1662-1663 , 9 September 2005, [DOI: 10.1126/science.309.5741.1662].Evolutionists are hastening to mention that the variants have nothing to do with “intelligence.”  This is apparently to avoid repeating the sins of the early Darwinists, who sought ways to rank humans on an IQ scale that ensured the Brits would remain on top.  But if the “haves” are better musicians than the “have-nots,” this might lead to ranking by MQ, the music quotient.  The world isn’t ready for a new form of Social Darwinism characterized by a battle of the bands and survival of the hittest.  Some of today’s musicians could use a little genetic engineering to reverse the descent of man, but that’s intelligent design, not evolution. (Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more