1 Just in case there were any Leeds fans still enjoying the season, the club have imposed a £5 ‘pie tax’ at Elland Road.The additional charge from this month in the South Stand means adult ticket prices will rise to £42 including a “meal deal” voucher – irrespective of whether fans require refreshments.“The club is looking at ways to encourage supporters to use the facilities and catering offerings on matchdays,” a Leeds spokesperson said.Leeds Supporters’ Trust chairman Michael Green said: “The whole thing has been introduced without any consultation at all,” adding there is a real issue of keeping fans of one of the best supported teams in the country loyal.“Certainly you do not do it by trying to force through so-called ‘pie tax’ schemes, especially at a time when disillusionment has already set in and the sense of another wasted season looms large,” he said.Here, some fans vented their frustration on Twitter. Fans at Elland Road are not happy with the club
Wolves winger James Henry earned his side their first Molineux win in seven games with a 1-0 win against Reading.Their previous success at home had been back on 3 October when they beat Huddersfield 3-0.And while Wolves celebrated a long overdue win in front of their own fans, defeat for Reading extended their poor form on the road.They have now lost their last six away games and are on a run of five defeats in six games.Reading, who had early claims for a penalty waved away when Hal Robson-Kanu’s cross looked to hit the arm of Dominic Iorfa, should have made some consistent pressure pay off only to be denied by frantic defending and poor finishing.In the space of a few seconds in the 12th minute, Matej Vydra saw his shot blocked by Ethan Ebanks-Landell before Garath McCleary’s follow-up was cleared off the line by Conor Coady.McCleary then shot wide when well placed and Wolves took full advantage of their good fortune to break the deadlock through Henry.After McCleary was booked for bringing down Iorfa on the right hand side of the Reading area, Jordan Graham floated over a cross that Henry rose to head home from close range.Wolves sought to build on their advantage and only a last-ditch challenge from Stephen Quinn denying Benik Afobe as he zeroed in on goal in the 28th minute.A minute later Afobe deflected Henry’s cross onto the post with goalkeeper Jonathan Bond beaten.Having survived that storm, Reading made a late push at the end of the first half to find an equaliser, but Iorfa and skipper Danny Batth denied Robson-Kanu.Reading’s frustration continued at the start of the second half when the impressive Oliver Norwood let fly from 30 yards with his drive hitting the post.Ikeme then saved from Vydra before Robson-Kanu headed Nick Blackman’s corner over the bar as Reading enjoyed another spell of pressure.Wolves’ goal continued to live a charmed life.In the 71st minute Jordan Graham misplaced his clearance and Ikeme should have comfortably saved Blackman’s 20-yard drive, but the ball spun out of his hands and the Nigeria international was relieved to see it drop just beyond his near post.Wolves were penned in their own half for long spells, but had a chance to ease their nerves two minutes from time only for Afobe to blaze wildly over the bar from the edge of the area. 1 Wolves won their first game at Molineux since October
Graeme Souness says Christian Benteke can prove his critics wrong and become a prolific goalscorer for Liverpool.The Belgian striker has yet to make a major impact at Anfield since his £32.5million move from Aston Villa last summer and has been benched for the past two Premier League games, despite being the only recognised striker available to Jurgen Klopp.The Reds faithful appear to already be growing restless with the 25-year-old, but Souness believes Benteke is being let down by a lack of service and claims he can be a success on Merseyside if Klopp perseveres with him.“If you get the right balls into him, he is a threat,” said the Reds legend, speaking on the Hawksbee and Jacobs show.“No centre-halves will particularly enjoy playing against him, especially when you get in the last third and people put crosses in, because he has got a leap and he does attack it.“I think it is a classic case of a young man who is playing with a shortage of confidence.“It has been proven at his previous club that he can get goals in the Premier League. He is now playing in a team that has got better players than he had before so it is getting the right balls into him.“I would persevere with him. Right now, you have got no alternative with [Daniel] Sturridge not fit.“It is not rocket science. He wants the ball in early from the wider areas, whipped in, where he can get across centre-halves or outjump them from behind.”
1 John Terry Chelsea captain John Terry has announced he will leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season after the club decided not to renew his contract.The 35-year-old central defender has spent his entire career at Chelsea and last May won the Premier League title for the fourth time.Terry was informed prior to last week’s win over Arsenal.He said: “I was in last week before the Arsenal game and it [my contract] is not going to be extended.“My agent made the call like we do every January. He got told over the phone and I called to set up a meeting the following day.“I wanted to hear it face to face. They told me. Unfortunately it’s not going to be.“I feel as though I’m in great nick, I’m playing great and I’ve got a couple of years to go. It’ll just be elsewhere.”Chelsea have endured a season of struggle, with Jose Mourinho leaving for the second time in December, and now their talismanic skipper will be moving on.He is yet to decide where, except outside of England, and big-money offers are likely to come in from Major League Soccer and the Chinese Super League.There is one small glimmer of a playing future for Terry at Chelsea, if Mourinho’s permanent successor deems his services are required.Terry added: “Ideally I would have loved to stay, but the club’s moving in a different direction.“I needed to know now like I have done every January and sometimes it takes a couple of months to get done. Unfortunately, it was a no.“They said that when the new manager comes in, things might change. It’s a no at the minute. It took me a couple of days to get over.”
‘Tottenham could win a league title before Gareth Bale!’ Supporters react to their win over Man City
Tottenham Hotspur players celebrate 1 It’s a great time to be a Tottenham Hotspur fan.A 2-1 victory over Manchester City sees Spurs leapfrog rivals Arsenal back into second place, although only on goal difference, just two points behind Premier League leaders Leicester City.And Lilywhites fans are getting pretty excited about the possibility of a title tilt going into the final 12 games of the season.Some got very carried away but some tried to remain calm, despite the thrilling win at the Etihad Stadium.You can see how Tottenham fans reacted to the triumph here…
Fortunately, the Foreign Affairs Committee had the will to reject Turkey’s lobbying efforts to kill the resolution. The panel stood its ground even though the 27-21 vote approving the resolution caused Turkish lawmakers to threaten to cut off U.S. access to a Turkish air base that supports U.S. operations in Iraq. One has to wonder why a nonbinding resolution would spark such threats. America’s values drive our policy of encouraging democracy and human rights in the Middle East. We water down those values when we allow the deniers of past genocides to prevail. If now is not the right time to acknowledge the Armenian Genocide, it’s only because that time came long, long ago. REP. Jane Harman, D-El Segundo, contends that now is not the right time for Congress to pass a resolution affirming that the deaths of hundreds of thousands of ethnic Armenians in the Ottoman Empire constituted genocide. But when, exactly, would be a good time, after the next genocide? Harman, one of the co-sponsors of the resolution, now says: “We should avoid taking steps that would embarrass or isolate the Turkish leadership.” Like President George W. Bush, she says Turkey is playing a constructive role in the Middle East. That is true enough for the most part. But failing to recognize the horrors of history tarnishes America’s image as a moral force in the world. How can we have the resolve to label the situation in Darfur for what it is – genocide – and then soft-pedal the first genocide of the 20th century? 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
NEW YORK – Stocks fell sharply and bonds jumped Wednesday after the dollar sank further amid speculation that China will seek to diversify some of its foreign currency stockpiles beyond the greenback. The Dow Jones industrial average fell more than 140 points. Unease about the dollar dogged stock markets worldwide and in the U.S. comes a day after stocks continued their recent zigzagging to finish with sizable gains. The 13-nation euro hit a fresh record against the dollar – rising to $1.4729 – before falling back. The dollar fell not only against the euro but in Asia following a report that a senior Chinese political figure said China should diversify its $1.43-trillion foreign exchange reserves into the euro and other strong currencies. The euro’s rally put it well above the $1.4554 the currency bought late Tuesday in New York. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The previous record high, also set Tuesday, was $1.4571. The swooning dollar for a time sent oil above $98 per barrel and also pushed gold higher. “We’ve been seeing a bit of a tug of war,” said Tim Swanson, chief investment officer at National City’s Private Client Group, noting that investors have been grappling with concerns about spiking commodities and credit concerns but seeing reasonable growth in other parts of the economy. In late morning trading, the Dow fell 143.96, or 1.05 percent, to 13,516.98. On Tuesday, the Dow gained about 117 points as some investors looked to snap up bargains despite overhanging concerns about the banking industry’s exposure to bad debt. Broader stock indicators also pulled back Wednesday. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 17.61, or 1.16 percent, to 1,502.66, and the Nasdaq composite index fell 31.42, or 1.11 percent, to 2,793.76. Government bonds jumped as the dollar sank. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note, which moves opposite the price, fell to 4.35 percent from 4.37 percent late Tuesday. Light, sweet crude rose 83 cents to $97.53 on the New York Mercantile Exchange but came off its high after the goverment reported inventories fell less than expected last week while refinery utilization remained flat. December gold surged $16.60 to $840 an ounce on the Nymex. Economic data arriving Wednesday appeared to offer some upbeat news, although investors remained concerned about the faltering dollar and rising prices for oil and gold. The Labor Department reported that worker productivity surged at an annual rate of 4.9 percent in the summer, the fastest pace in four years, while wage pressures eased. Figures on U.S. wholesale inventories showed a greater-than-expected increase in September but that demand also held up. “On one side we’ve got the forces of globalization and on the other side we’ve got woes from housing and largely related credit concerns,” Swanson said. “As we see volatility on a day-by-day basis it’s these two forces duking it out trying to see which ultimately will prevail. “On days like today it feels awful just like on days like yesterday it felt great,” he said, referring to the market’s gains Tuesday. “Once you step back from day to day gyrations and look at valuations you come away with a view that things are OK.” Still, he said a slumping dollar and rising oil are concerns. The economy could likely eventually absorb an “orderly decline” in the dollar and more modest moves in oil prices, he said. At present, though, there is concern that oil is acting as a “tax on U.S. consumers,” by making them spend more on fuel than in other areas. Beyond broader economic concerns, some corporate news didn’t offer Wall Street much reason for cheering. General Motors Corp. reported a $39 billion loss for the third quarter due to an accounting shift. The company warned late Tuesday it would book a $38.6 billion noncash charge largely related to establishing a valuation allowance. A valuation allowance is taken when the future benefit of the deferred tax assets is less likely to be realized. GM’s loss came to $68.85 per share, compared with a loss of $147 million, or 26 cents per share, in the third quarter a year earlier. The stock fell $1.64, or 4.5 percent, to $34.52. In other corporate news, media conglomerate Time Warner Inc. posted a 53 percent decline in its third-quarter earnings from a year earlier when results benefited from tax and investment gains. Results from the parent of HBO, Warner Bros., Time Warner Cable and Time magazine were in line with estimates of analysts polled by Thomson Financial. The stock fell 2 cents to $18.31. Foster Wheeler Ltd. rose $11.70, or 8.7 percent, to $147.01 after the provider of engineering and construction services said growth abroad helped boost quarterly profits 70 percent. Declining issues outnumbered advancers by about 5 to 1 on the New York Stock Exchange, where volume came to 485.9 million shares. The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies fell 12.92, or 1.61 percent, to 788.85. Overseas, Japan’s Nikkei stock average closed down 0.94 percent. In afternoon trading, Britain’s FTSE 100 fell 1.05 percent, Germany’s DAX index fell 0.49 percent, and France’s CAC-40 fell 0.51 percent. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FRANCISCO – Investigators want to know if a harbor pilot under investigation in San Francisco Bay’s biggest oil spill in nearly two decades initially played down the damage to the ship, Coast Guard officials said Monday. Immediately after the Cosco Busan struck the Bay Bridge last week, Capt. John Cota quickly radioed authorities to report the vessel had “touched” the bridge, according to an official with knowledge of the investigation. “Traffic, we just touched the delta span,” Cota said, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing criminal probe. Cota was referring to one of four supports beneath the bridge’s western section. The impact caused no structural damage to the bridge, but it opened a 90-foot gash in the hull of the ship and ruptured its fuel tank, dumping 58,000 gallons into the bay and fouling miles of coastline and killing dozens of shorebirds. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “The comments made or the actions taken by individuals are all things that they could be held accountable for,” said Rear Adm. Craig Bone, the top Coast Guard officer in California. Sr. Chief Petty Officer Keith Alholm, a Coast Guard spokesman, said “one of the aspects of the investigation is, were the reports made accurate” following the collision. But Cota’s lawyer said his client did not immediately realize the severity of the crash. “He has told me you could hardly feel anything on the ship and he must have assumed from that that there wasn’t much damage,” attorney John Meadows said. “The ship didn’t roll. There wasn’t a loud sound.” Bone said the owners and operators of the ship would unquestionably face civil penalities.
HOUSEHOLDS and businesses are facing another night of disruption to water supplies with more areas hit by cuts. As Donegal County Council works through the night to conserve stocks and repair burst water mains, the council has announced that the following areas will face restrictions. This is causing dreadful hardship for many people but the council says it has no choice if it is to return water supplies to normal. Tonight the council has issued the statement below: THE FOLLOWING AREAS HAVE BEEN HIT AND INCLUDES A NOTICE FROM THE COUNCIL: Water Conservation AppealSEVERE WEATHER PERIOD – WATER SUPPLY UPDATE Planned Restrictions to public water supplies (Tuesday 28th December 2010)Demand for water has increased throughout the County seriously affecting reserves. As a result water supply will be restricted in the following areas tonight, note some from as early as tea-time: GLENTIES ELECTORAL AREAWater supplies will be restricted in the following areas from 6:00pm until 8:00am The Rosses Gweedore Leittermacaward Area Ardara Area Gortahork Falcarragh Creeslough Dunfanaghey DONEGAL ELECTORAL AREA Water supplies will be restricted in the following areas from 6:00pm until 8:00amBallyshannon Bundoran Ballintra Rossnowlagh Donegal Town Frosses Mountcharles STRANORLAR ELECTORAL AREA Water supplies will be restricted in the following areas from 6:00pm until 8:00amConvoy Castlefin Raphoe Lifford Ballinacor Tievebrack GleneelyBallybofey and Stranorlar – supply will also be turned off to the Twin Towns from midnight until 8.00am each night INISHOWEN ELECTORAL AREAWater supplies will be restricted in the following areas from 8:00pm until 8:00amQuigley’s Point to north of Muff village Greencastle Carndonagh Malin Head Three Glens Momeen Group Scheme Manorcunningham LismoghryLETTERKENNY ELECTORAL AREA Water supplies will be restricted in the following areasSouth Letterkenny Area from 10:00pm until 8:00am including Rahan, Ballyboe, Scibley, Lismonaghan, Correnagh,Rockhill, Newmills and ConwallBallyraine Area from midnight until 8:00am including Sylvan Park, Ashlawn, Ballyraine Park, Orchard Grove, Thorndale, Magherannan Heights and Elmwood Downs Altangaddy Group Scheme Ramelton from 10:00pm until 8:00am including Moorfield, Breaghy and Carnisk Areas* Milford Water supply was interrupted (today, 28th December) arising from a local production problem which is nowcleared and supply should recover there shortlyWater Conservation Appealtaps left runningburst mains which have not yet been locatedleakage in private propertiesThe Water Service in Donegal wish to appeal to the public to help us eliminate such wastage. This will help save water stored in reservoirs and avoid further shortages throughout the county . With the experience from the widespread disruption last winter we are highlighting the following areas in particular where the public can help eliminate wastage of the public water supply: Running taps – please avoid leaving taps running. This is counter productive and will run down available water in storage Burst mains / leakage – any suspected leaks on watermains or wastage should be reported to the County Council at your local public services centre. Vacant properties – please continue to check vacant properties where internal plumbing may be damaged by freezing conditions. Ideally the water supply to vacant buildings should be turned off and systems drained of all water, e.g. where members of the public who are going on holiday during the coming months, we would recommend that they turn off the water supply to their premises and drain all water out of the system before leaving the property. Farming Community – we ask that you check all field connections and turn off leaking drinking troughs. This has proven to be a serious problem in rural areas in recent years. We also ask for your assistance in checking for burst pipes in farm buildings and burst hoses laying over ground. Essentially anywhere on the farm that water may be lost Caravan Parks – another area that is often remote where plumbing may be exposed and water losses can be slow to appear, we appeal to all caravan park owners to turn off the water supply to eliminate wastage. Once again the co-operation of every community is required if we are to avert widespread shortages in water supplies Donegal County Council continue to record an increase in demand on a number of water supplies in the county during the current cold weather conditions. We suspect the increased demand for water arises from TUESDAY UPDATE: LATEST LIST OF WATER SUPPLY CUTS FOR DONEGAL was last modified: December 28th, 2010 by gregShare 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)
Letterkenny Chamber are delighted to launch the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.Letterkenny’s St.Patrick’s day parade is one of the biggest in the County and this year it is hoping to get entries from a wide range of businesses, community organisations, sports clubs and bands.With just a month to go to this national holiday that is celebrated all over the world Letterkenny Chamber President and Chamber members were joined by the Mayor of the Letterkenny Municipal District, Councillor Michael McBride, Danny McDaid Letterkenny Athletic’s Club and Caitlín Uí Chochláin, Donegal County Council to formally launch this year’s parade. Speaking at the launch Chamber President Brian McCormick said, “St. Patrick’s Day is an important event in the calendar for Letterkenny and this year we once again expect large crowds in town to celebrate.“The Letterkenny Parade is a great family event in Letterkenny.“Last year the parade was one of the best in recent years and once again we are appealing to sporting clubs, dance groups, youth groups, clubs and societies to get involved, the more people we get involved the more colourful and lively the parade becomes.“Letterkenny Chamber is the sole organiser of the Parade and at this stage we want to acknowledge the financial contributions already pledged for this year from large and small businesses and ask other businesses out there to offer their support. “It is a real voluntary effort by members of the Chamber and we are proud to play our part in this important day.“This year we are also delighted to announce that Letterkenny AC will be holding the inaugural St.Patrick’s Day 5k family fun run/jog/walk around the streets of Letterkenny, along the parade route.“Starting at 1.15pm it will attract people of all ages and especially families. Registration will be at An Grianán Theatre from 11.30am and the prize giving for the run will be at the viewing platform at Market Square just before the parade.Brian added, “We are also delighted to announce that Glór na nGael has offered a prize for “Fuinneog Ghaeilge” (best Irish Window) so we are asking everyone to get behind our St.Patrick’s festival in Letterkenny this year.“This year we are partnering with others to bring a fantastic day of celebration to Letterkenny. So if you have a group that would like to get involved just get in touch”. The Parade starts as usual at 3pm on Tuesday 17th March making its way from Pearse Road via Port Road, through Main Street past the viewing platform at Market Square to finish in Old Town.On the day the independent judges view the parade with various categories in mind including community, sports, youth, band and dance.Each category winner receives a plaque and the overall winning entry receives the Danny Doherty Perpetual Plaque plus a cheque for €500.To enter a float or for more information contact Letterkenny Chamber on 074 9124866 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. LETTERKENNY CHAMBER LAUNCH ST PATRICK’S DAY PARADE PLANS was last modified: February 18th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BusinessFeaturesnewsSt Patrick’s Day Parade