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Turkmenistan: football returns in a country where it is forbidden to say “coronavirus”

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first_imgTurkmenistan, the country where the word coronavirus is strictly prohibited, resumes the soccer league over the weekend after a break of more than a month due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The soccer federation of the Central Asian Republic announced in a statement Tuesday that the championship, which was suspended on March 13, will restart on April 19. The match that will start the fourth day of the Turkmen league will be the one that will face Altyn Asyr and Kopetdag, both from the capital Asjabad. Kopetdag leads the standings with seven points in three games, followed by Ahal with six, and Altyn Asyr and Asgabat with four. The Turkmen league is played by eight teams, which meet in four laps, the first two of which conclude in mid-June. The Kopetdag won the first four leagues contested since the independence of the so-called Republic of Gas in 1991, but they took the last six titles to Altyn Asyr. Because local authorities have banned the use of the word coronavirus in the media and in medical reports, according to Reporters Without Borders, not a single case of COVID-19 has been reported in Turkmenistan. Turkmenistan, a desert country bathed by the Caspian Sea and home to one of the largest gas reserves on the planet, is one of the least democratic and hermetic states in the world, according to human rights organizations, which compare it for its secrecy with Korea. North. In this way, over the weekend there will be five soccer leagues in the world, three of them in the post-Soviet space, Belarus, Tajikistan and now Turkmenistan, to which we must also add Nicaragua and Burundi.last_img read more

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Snowfall warning issued for B.C. Peace Region

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first_imgSnowfall warning issued for:   B.C. South Peace River, B.C. (087310)    B.C. North Peace River, B.C. (087320)  Current details: The snow has eased in the North Columbia and as a result the snowfall warning is ended.- Advertisement -The Arctic front is once again moving southward over the Peace. This deepening cold air will combine with moist air from the Pacific and bring snow heavy at times to the region on Friday. Snowfall amounts of 10 to 15 cm can be expected on Fridaybefore the snow tapers to flurries Friday evening.For the latest Environment Canada forecasts and warnings please see weather.gc.ca for further details.Please refer to the latest public forecasts for further details.Advertisementlast_img

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’06 is whole year to drum up enthusiasm

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first_img “I’m just trying to balance the playing field,” said the governor, “between people who will vote on my record and people who will vote on what I tell them I will do that is the polar opposite of my record.” Bin Laden outraged: In a tape aired on Al-Jazeera, Osama bin Laden announced plans to sue the National Security Agency for listening in to al-Qaida phone calls. “The Constitution itself is at jeopardy here,” said the uncaptured terrorist leader. “What has happened to the infidels’ concern for the Bill of Rights? This is an outright affront to the right to privacy, and that’s not the America I planned to annihilate.” Chatsworth teens arrested in NSA car-bomb sting: Thirteen-year-old Lucia Amber and her best friend Kelly Casey were arrested for what the Justice Department officials said were apparent plans to assassinate the president. “We’ve been hearing an awful lot of chatter from Valley sleep-over cells,” said Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez. “`Ji-had anyone ever found out that I thought Georgie’s new car was the bomb, I would just die, totally,’ was the part of the conversation that jumped out at us.” Gonzalez defended what some call overzealous eavesdropping. “Teen-talk is teen-talk until the talk turns to terrorism. Shizzle.” ACLU to sue UCLA for misappropriating letters: “Plagiarism is plagiarism,” said the American Civil Liberties Union’s attorney in charge of gratuitous litigation. “Mixing up the letters in the alphabet doesn’t mean you can use the alphabet any way you want.” Trump pulls out of governor’s race: Entrepreneur Donald Trump has announced that he will not run for governor of New York after all. “I realized that buying the state was a much cheaper way to go,” said the comb-over zillionaire. Stewart to host Oscars: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has named “The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart to emcee the Oscar broadcast. “We finally realized that hiring a fake news reporter to emcee a fake news event where awards are presented for playing fake characters was the most appropriate way to go,” said Oscarcast producer Gil Cates. Guitarist advises kids against listening to rock music: Who band member Peter Townshend issued a warning to iPod users to be careful when using earphones. “OK, I made a mint creating the music that could cause deafness,” said the guitarist, whose own hearing has been irreversibly damaged from years in the studio, “but it might not be too late for the kids today.” Asked why he waited so long, Townshend said, “What?” Column apology: Please excuse that last item, as some stories involving disabilities are irresistible, especially when it’s about celebrities who have profited greatly from what may have harmed others. At least I didn’t have Townshend say, “Who?” Steve Young is author of “Great Failures of the Extremely Successful.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Rose Bowl delayed: While this year’s Rose Bowl game between former No. 1 University of Southern California and new No. 1 Texas for the 2005 National Championship was held on Jan. 3, 2006, officials at the NCAA said that this was only the first step in building enthusiasm and massive advertising dollars. “In a perfect scenario, the 2006 National Championship game will be held in 2008. That way we could use 2007 entirely for publicity to make beaucoup bucks,” said an embarrassed NCAA spokesperson, who refused to answer questions as to why college athletes don’t get paid. This just in: USC defenders still have not tackled Rose Bowl MVP Vince Young. Floating with the floats: Former “in the booth” Rose Parade commentator Stephanie Edwards, who was relegated to street reporting in this year’s parade downpour, said her assignment had nothing to do with any tiff between her and her former in-the-heated-booth co-host, the very dry Bob Eubanks. Nor did it have anything to do with KTLA wanting to replace her with the much younger Michaela Pereira. “I’m still the co-host,” said the deluded Edwards. “I just like being a drowned rat while I’m doing it.” Little-known parade fact: This year’s was the first Rose Parade to provide lifeguards. New Year aging fast: Despite all the warnings from a completely exhausted 2005, 2006, already looking at least three or four months old, has decided to go through with the entire year. “I just figure that with all the stuff 2005 went through, we were in for a break,” said ’06. “Then again, that’s what 2001 said.” Iraqi teenager sneaks into U.S.: Unbeknownst to his parents, a 16-year-old Baghdad high school student flew from Iraq to Washington, D.C. “In school, I read a lot about so many federal investigations of U.S. congressmen,” said student Bobby Musaf. “Our elections this past year taught me so much about the constitution. I just wanted to help American politicians learn what democracy really means.” Asked how he was able to get in congressional offices by himself, Musaf admitted doing it the American way: “I paid off a lobbyist.” Lobbyist to plead guilty: Jack Abramoff, who has admitted bribing politicians to get favors for his clients, has made a plea deal and will cooperate with federal prosecutors. In other legislative news, members of Congress took time out from scouring their pants to pass the new “Influence Peddling Is A God-given Right of the Privileged” Bill. Governor in full campaign mode: In an obvious attempt to sway voters for his re-election campaign, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced plans to pay back money to the teachers union, raise the minimum wage to $75 per hour and not only lower University of California fees for students, but give them test questions in advance. last_img
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DONEGAL SPORTS PARTNERSHIP TO HOST VITAL CHILDREN’S OFFICER WORKSHOP

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first_imgDonegal Sports Partnership will be holding a Children’s Officer Workshop in their Letterkenny Offices on Saturday 9th November commencing at 10:00am (6-hour workshop). The workshop is designed for Club or Sporting Organisations where members have completed the Code of Ethics & Good Practice for Children’s Sport Workshop (Basic awareness).Workshop cost is: €25.00 per person with further details and an application available by emailing: danny@activedonegal.com or phone: Donegal Sports Partnership on: 074 9116078 PLEASE NOTE: Workshop is dependent on numbers received. This is the last Children’s Officer Workshop that will be held this year. DONEGAL SPORTS PARTNERSHIP TO HOST VITAL CHILDREN’S OFFICER WORKSHOP was last modified: October 8th, 2013 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:Children’s Officer WorkshopDONEGAL SPORTS PARTNERSHIPlast_img read more

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Reconciliation for Disney, Pixar?

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first_imgBURBANK – Pixar Animation Studios, once bitterly estranged from business partner The Walt Disney Co., could become part of the Disney fold again. Serious discussions are under way for the media conglomerate to buy the creator of such blockbusters as “Finding Nemo,” “Toy Story” and “Monsters Inc.” according to published reports. Such a transaction could potentially be valued at $6.7 billion, according to a story Thursday in The Wall Street Journal. Analysts view it as a win-win for both companies, which have enjoyed a hugely profitable partnership set to expire later this year. “I think it would be good for both sides in that it would allow the existing relationships with Pixar content and Disney distribution to continue,” said Peter Jankovskis, director of research at Lisle, Illinois-based Oakbrook Investments LLC, which has more than 700,000 Disney shares. “Certainly Disney wants to lock up what has been a very profitable relationship and shore up their in-house capabilities.” Neither Disney nor Pixar have commented officially, but some details from what have been characterized as sensitive discussions have emerged. A deal would propel Pixar Chairman Steve Jobs, also head of Apple Computer Inc., into a powerful position within Disney as the company’s largest individual shareholder. But the deal’s value, to be based on Pixar’s stock price, is said to be among the sticking points. “We would be buyers of Disney’s stock on such weakness,” Styponias wrote. “Pixar’s track record suggests that it has arguably become the pre-eminent name in animation. We also believe that to the extent Steve Jobs would become one of the largest shareholders and likely a Disney board member, that this would benefit Disney, since we believe it is critical that media companies gain a greater understanding of technology and the impact it may have on their businesses. In our view, no company understands both technology and the consumer better than Apple.” But in the short-term, talk of a possible deal got a positive reaction from shareholders Thursday as the stock price for both companies enjoyed a boost. Pixar’s shares climbed $1.61 to close at $58.87 per share on the Nasdaq market, while Disney shares rose $1.02 on the New York Stock Exchange to close at $26.24 per share. Styponias believes that whatever challenges Disney faces in acquiring Pixar would be surmountable and that one of the keys would be to preserve Pixar’s creatively focused and independent culture within the larger company. Such a deal could not have even been imagined two years ago when Jobs very publicly broke off talks with then-Disney CEO Michael D. Eisner, with whom he had a stormy relationship. Pixar announced itself open to a distribution deal with other studios once its Disney deal expired. But a shareholder revolt against Eisner only weeks later changed the landscape dramatically, with Eisner being stripped of his chairman title in 2004 and retiring as CEO last September. Eisner’s successor, Robert Iger, made it an immediate priority to preserve the relationship with Pixar and informal talks began immediately after his appointment as CEO-elect last June. “We believe that Bob Iger is open to changing existing business models and has also demonstrated that he is able to work well with executives with strong personalities,” Styponias wrote. Greg Hernandez, (818) 713-3758 greg.hernandez@dailynews.com!dtpost 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 Disney’s motivation to buy Pixar is clear: The studio has never provided Disney with anything but an uninterrupted string of major box office hits dating back to 1995, with the most recent being 2004’s “The Incredibles,” a smash both in theaters and on home video. While Disney had some success with its CG-animated film “Chicken Little” last fall, its domestic box office returns ($132.9 million to date) did not come close to the success of a Pixar title. “Finding Nemo,” for example, was 2003’s biggest hit, with a domestic gross of $339.7 million. From Pixar’s vantage point, not only has the Disney movie marketing machine proved to be a boon for its CG-animated films, Disney also holds the rights to develop sequels to all the Pixar films it has released, including the upcoming summer release “Cars.” “It would resolve a sticking point of who owns the copyright of pictures going forward, and that might still be somewhat of a sticky issue,” Jankovskis said. Katherine Styponias, entertainment analyst for Prudential Equity Group, LLC, said in a note Thursday that the deal would make sense both strategically and eventually financially for Disney, which she wrote would likely suffer a negative impact on its stock in order to acquire Pixar. last_img read more

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Parks veteran back at Placerita Canyon Nature Center

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first_imgNEWHALL – The man who was wed under an oak tree at the Placerita Canyon Nature Center and reluctantly left his job there four years ago to take a promotion is back. Frank Hoffman, who multitasks even in his quietest moments, has been named the recreation supervisor at the park as of Jan. 2. “Frank is the absolute life behind Placerita,” said Ian Swift, the center’s supervisor, who is in line to become superintendent. “He is our one-man marketing machine. Frank is 150,000 percent enthusiastic about Placerita and our programs here.” Hoffman is in charge of the park’s programs, activities and events. He will also serve as education director and plans to collaborate with the Sierra Club and the California Wild Project to create a hiking club whose volunteers will lead guided interpretive nature hikes and walks in Placerita Canyon in the Angeles National Forest. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The return to Placerita was lateral, but Hoffman’s affection for the park makes the point moot. “This is his true home,” said Swift. “This is where he belongs.” In his four-plus years away, Hoffman, 46, worked at county parks in Quartz Hill and Val Verde. He also trains county staff, volunteers and docents in leadership and customer service skills and on how to avoid potentially dangerous plants and animals. “They’re only dangerous if you mess with them,” Hoffman quipped. His lifelong love of nature is a perfect fit for his midlife career change. The late-blooming naturalist had toiled for 16 years as a banker, real estate loan officer and appraiser before the housing market’s downturn in the late 1980s. Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, he credits his mom with opening his eyes to nature. The Valley’s orange groves, fields and farms teemed with possibilities. “Instead of Mom raising me with pinball and TV, she took me to Pierce College to show me farm animals, she would take me to the Los Angeles Zoo, and to parks to teach me about animals. As a young boy, I would bring (home) everything loose I could find.” Mary Hoffman, Frank’s wife of six years, is the recreation service leader at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area. The couple’s Canyon Country menagerie includes dogs, cats, snakes, tortoises, birds and two saltwater aquariums. Hoffman owns a hunting hawk and is a member of the largest state falconry club in the country, the California Hawking Club. The nature center will host its 27th annual reptile festival on March 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The center is at 19152 Placerita Canyon Road. For information call 259-7721. Judy O’Rourke, (661) 257-5255 judy.orourke@dailynews.com 160Want 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

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GAA NEWS: MOVILLE EARN EXCELLENT LEAGUE WIN OVER ROBERT EMMETS

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first_imgOn Saturday evening our Senior men made it three wins from three in the all county league. In a close opening 10 minutes with scores hard to come by it was Moville who game closest with Michael Barr striking the upright after a quick attacking move.The first score of the game for Moville came from from Danny Murphy before Robert Emmets registered two unanswered points. The first goal of game was scored by Robert Emmets Johnny McLaughlin but was quickly cancelled out by a goal from Moville’s Danny Murphy.The first half ended with Robert Emmets adding 3 further points to their tally but Moville kept in touch through 2 converted frees from Ciaran Diver. The half time score was 1-5 to 1-3 in favour of the home side.At the start of the second half Moville registered the first score through Malachy McDermott but as in the first half Robert Emmets hit back with scoring 1-1 in quick succession and the goal scored by Marcus Curran. Moville quickly got back up the field again and Danny Murphy the man of the moment scored his second goal of the gametophyte leave 2 points between the teams. Moville got level half way through the second half through points fromDiver and Barr. Another converted free from Diver pushed Moville ahead and Murphy added another point to put 2 between the sides. The final 4 scores where shared at 2 a piece with Diver hitting his forth free of the day and super sub Sean O Hare coming on to put the icing on the cake for the visitors by scoring the final score of the day. Final score was 2-08 to 2-10 in Moville’s favour.Our u8 and u10 girls and boys had a very enjoyable Saturday morning playing against Malin in the first of the Go games. Well done to all involved and as always thanks to all the coaches for their time and effort Sunday evening all roads lead to Malin where our minor lads took on Muff in the Inishowen minor league final but unfortunately the result didn’t fall our way. The lads put in a gallant effort but two first half goals proved too costly to claw back but credit to the lads in the second half they made a good game of it and kept going to the end. The lads have a few weeks off now before they turn their attention to the county championship.Our club has been well represented at various levels at county level over the weekend well done to all involved.Congratulations to our club members on the ladies county senior team who had a great win over Cavan on Saturday past in the division two league semi final. The ladies will now play Westmeath in the league final with a time and venue to be confirmed.Lotto Results for Monday 18th AprilNo jackpot winner. €50 winner Antionette Hegarty. No’s 8,13,18,20. Next weeks jackpot €6,300.Many thanks for your continued support and contributions!!!!Anyone wanting to have notes added to the papers whether it’s upcoming fixtures, match reports or any other club related events that you want people to know about can you inform the PRO by 5pm Sunday. Details can be sent via private mail on our club Facebook page, by text to 07769298868 or an email to pro.moville.donegal@gaa.ieGAA NEWS: MOVILLE EARN EXCELLENT LEAGUE WIN OVER ROBERT EMMETS was last modified: April 25th, 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:GAAmovillenewsSportlast_img read more

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Doing a number on the 49ers; intriguing prep matchup

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first_img Not only did his Niners get flattened like a tortilla, but it’s adios to the Giants’ baseball season season and the Stanford football team no es bueno. Only seems like yesterday the proprietor was watching Jim Plunkett out-duel Washington hotshot Sonny Sixkiller at Stanford Stadium. Murph the Bartender sat alone at the Shortstop Grill bar on Sunday night, in a black Irish mood. The lowly Arizona Cardinals had just made chorizo out of his beloved 49ers before more than 103,000 in Mexico City. It was enough to drive the proprietor to drink, except he’s always an outstanding role model for our youth. Unbeaten Mission Viejo plays visiting Concord De La Salle (3-1) Friday night in an intriguing SoCal vs. NorCal prep football showdown. De La Salle is still mighty good, we like the Diablos by seven. … At the opposite end of the prep food chain, it’s Rialto vs. Fontana on Friday night at Steeler Stadium. The winless teams lost by a combined 115-0 last week, but this is a golden opportunity for both to gain some respect. … Redlands and Redlands East Valley meet at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the University of Redlands’ Ted Runner Stadium in the Smudge Pot game. The stadium holds 7,074, and this game sometimes sells out. Pre-sale tickets are available at the finance offices of both schools. … The pressbox wags were at it Friday night in Lake Arrowhead during Rim of the World’s 47-7 loss to Palm Springs. Rim went three-and-out on its first two series, then Palm Springs was called for having too many men on the field as Rim punted. “Man, that’s the problem,” Rim P.A. announer Jerry Eynan said. “We’ve been playing against 12 guys.” … A patron in Crestline, Pappy Papworth, called to give us static about our “Ask the Experts” picks for last week. Seems our flip-a-coin method has faltered, because we picked the Chiefs to beat the Eagles. Meantime, Papworth went 16-4. Nice going, Pappy. John Murphy serves up frosty ones and tasty tidbits every Tuesday at the Shortstop Grill. Contact him at (909) 386-3853 or berdooman 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Since then they’ve not only taken away Stanford’s nickname, but also its ability. Two weeks ago the Cardinal lost to UC-Davis. Perhaps it can schdule College of San Mateo next year. Now, let’s get Grill-ing. That 49ers loss Sunday is the Niners’ first Super Bowl defeat. Well, Mexican Super Bowl, anyway. … Fans south of the border found the Cardinal-Niner ticket prices of $23 to $80 a bit pricey. Join the club. … Pat Knight will become Texas Tech’s basketball coach when his dad Bob Knight retires. Or gets fired for choking someone. … Carl Henderson, the former Victor Valley High School star football player, e-mails The Grill occasionally. He follows not only his alma mater, but also Rialto. Seems Henderson played his freshman year for the Knights and his sister was class salutatorian there. … last_img read more

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UCLA notes: Punting out of bounds one solution for Drew

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first_imgUCLA’s Maurice Drew leads the nation in punt returns, but his opportunities to add to his totals might dwindle quickly. California tried to kick away from Drew, but failed. This week’s opponent, Washington State, doesn’t seem too keen on kicking Drew’s way either. “He’s returned 10 punts for 338 yards,” Cougars coach Bill Doba said. “If you punt it 38 yards, he’s going to average 33. You’re only gaining five, so you’re probably better off punting the ball out of bounds. But that’s easier said than done.” In addition to Drew’s three punt returns for touchdowns, he brought one back 69 yards but didn’t score against Cal. And earlier this season he had a punt return for a score called back because of a penalty. “I hope they’re not scared to kick the ball to me anymore,” Drew said. “I know a lot of people don’t like to kick it, but it’s a challenge out there. Any time I get the ball everyone is going to make their blocks and leave me one-on-one with the punter, and you’ve got to win that one. That’s all we’ve been trying to do, try to get me one-on-one with the punter.” Drew usually beats the punter, and his speed makes him almost impossible to catch in the open field. But UCLA coach Karl Dorrell said even if teams avoid Drew, the Bruins will benefit. “That means they’re not kicking it as deep, and they’re kicking it out of bounds, so that usually means you have decent field position,” Dorrell said. “The thing they’re trying to do is neutralize touchdowns. We’re able to score on offense, so I don’t see that as being a big negative.” Walk-on sunshine: UCLA defensive tackle Brian Ruziecki didn’t hide his feelings about being thrust into a tight game last week against Cal, saying “honestly, I was surprised.” It’s quite the change for Ruziecki, a walk-on from Huntington Beach. The redshirt junior came to UCLA on a track scholarship, but after two years of shot put, discus and hammer throw, wanted to play football. He said the spark was provided by track coach Art Venegas, who gave a preseason pep talk. “He said, ‘If there’s anywhere else you’d rather be, come tell me,’ ” Ruziecki said. “So I told him the next day. He said, ‘Well, you’re honest with me,’ so he took me over to (the football offices) and introduced me.” Ruziecki has played in three games, but didn’t get meaningful time until Brigham Harwell was hurt against Cal. Ruziecki made a key tackle, but at a steep price. He had to give up his track scholarship to walk-on as a football player. His parents now foot the $9,000 bill for tuition and other expenses. Hook ’em horns: UCLA and Texas reached agreement to play a two-year series, beginning in 2010 at Royal-Texas Stadium. The Longhorns will play at the Rose Bowl in 2011. It will be the first meeting between the teams since the Bruins beat the Longhorns 49-31 in 1998. UCLA’s last trip to Austin, Texas, resulted in a 66-3 thrashing of the Longhorns in 1997. Overall, the series is tied 2-2. Odds and ends: Strong safety Chris Horton had the pins removed from his injured wrist and Dorrell said he expected the sophomore to play next week against Oregon State. … Dorrell said Wednesday’s practice, complete with piped in crowd noise, “might have been our best practice of the year right there.” Brian Dohn, (818) 713-3607 brian.dohn@dailynews.com AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week 160Want 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

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DRINK-DRIVER WHO KILLED DONEGAL TEACHER AND HER UNBORN BABY GIVEN ANOTHER YEAR BEHIND BARS

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first_imgRoisin pictured with her husband StephenA DRINK-driver who killed a pregnant Co Donegal woman in a car crash has been sent back to jail after a judge ruled an original sentence was unduly lenient.The DPP had taken the case to the Court of Criminal Appeal. Kevin McArdle (31), of Longfield, Carrickmacross, was given four years in prison, with the final year suspended, at Monaghan Circuit Court in October 2011 for dangerous driving causing death, was “unduly lenient”.The 31-year-old had drunk almost three-and-a-half times the legal alcohol limit and was on the wrong side of the road when he drove his BMW headlong into a car driven by Roisin’s husband Stephen on the Carrickmacross to Ardee road on December 27, 2010.Mr Connolly’s wife Roisin (39) and their unborn child Catherine were killed. Glen Curtis and Paul Carroll, two 27-year-old friends who were passengers in McArdle’s car, also died.McArdle, who was released last August, was sent back to prison for a year.Presiding judge Mr Justice Donal O’Donnell, along with Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan and Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy, said it was a “very serious case of dangerous driving” which had killed three people.The court substituted the original sentence with a sentence of six years, with the last two years suspended on the same terms as set down by the Circuit Court.McArdle had drunk nine pints, was driving without insurance at the time of the offence and had previous convictions for drink-driving.McArdle was led away to serve another year behind bars.Roisin was originally from Balloor in Fanad and was born Roisin Lanagan.She lived in Drumcondra in Dublin, had been had been returning from a visit to Fanad with her husband when the accident occurred. Her unborn child, named Catherine, died a short time later despite efforts by medical staff at the hospital to save her. She was laid to rest in Fanavolty, nine months after being married there.Mrs Connolly had been visiting her mother Catherine who lives in Balloor and had been planning to return to Donegal for the remainder of her Christmas holidays.The teacher was a frequent visitor to Fanad and had a large family circle in the peninsula and in Kilmacrenan. She was brought up in Fanad where she went to Doaghbeg National School before attending Loretto College in Milford. She moved to Britain in the 1980s where she attended teacher training college and she represented Manchester in the Mary from Dungloe festival in 1989.DRINK-DRIVER WHO KILLED DONEGAL TEACHER AND HER UNBORN BABY GIVEN ANOTHER YEAR BEHIND BARS was last modified: March 12th, 2014 by John2Share 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:car crashdrink driverFanadMcArdleMonaghanroisin connollylast_img read more

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