first_imgThe Million Trees L.A. program is shaping up to be another feel-good scheme that was good public relations, but the execution by City Hall fell short. Who could argue with having a greener city? Residents in particularly tree-barren places like South L.A. were happy to hear of this environmentalist-approved program that partnered with other organizations and corporations to both plant trees and give them away to people to plant in their own yards. Planting a million trees during Villaraigosa’s tenure – that’s 125,000 a year for eight years – was always going to be a challenging goal, especially considering the possibility of drought and water rationing. The image of a shady, tree-lined city keeping Angelenos cool is an attractive one. But as nice as it sounds, it might not be reasonable for a desert city that has a hard enough time keeping its current trees trimmed to become an oasis. Perhaps the mayor might consider scaling back the program to a realistic level, which includes strategically planting native and drought-tolerant seedlings and saplings throughout the city – and making sure they live to grow into actual trees. In a sun-scorched city of endless concrete, what could sound better than a plan to populate the streets, boulevards and parks with the shade and beauty of a million trees? That’s more than the Los Angeles even has now, and equals one tree for every four city residents – more than 2,000 for every square mile of city. Put in those terms, it starts to become clear why one year after its introduction, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s Million Trees L.A. plan is having a hard time living up to the hype. Despite giving away thousands of tree seedlings in the past year at many events, the city has no idea where the seedlings have gone, whether they were planted in Los Angeles or even if they are still alive. City officials say that over the program’s first year, 110,000 trees were planted. Yet there are no records to prove that. Only the promise that they will start keeping records soon. 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

first_imgHUNDREDS of children will descend on the superb facilities at Finn Valley AC in Stranorlar today for the annual Primary School sports finals.It’s an 11 am sharp start and with a varied programme and it will no doubt attract a massive crowd to what has become an annual festival of athletics with running, jumping and throwing and with age range 7 to 12 a lot of action is assured.The event kicked off some 42 years ago at Mac Cumhaill Park Ballybofey and has become an intregal aspect of the Summer term in our schools from Malin to Bundoran. The majority of athletes that have achieved not only in athletics but in other sporting disciplines can trace their steps back to this event.“It’s about getting primary school children involved, giving them the opportunity to sample an aspect of the sport – an educational opportunity in reality every bit as important as many of the mainstream subjects at school from a learning, social and health perspective,” said Irish Olympic team manager Patsy McGonagle who in fact initiated this project all those years ago.All schools in Donegal have been communicated with and its anticipated that some 80/90 of them will respond.Good luck to everyone taking part. Order of Events 2012HeatsLong Jump60 metresBorn 20051Born 2000Pits (A&B)60 metresBorn 20042Born 2002Pits (A&B)80 metresBorn 20033Born 2001Pits (A&B)80 metresBorn 20024Born 2003Pits (A&B)100 metresBorn 2001100 metresBorn 2000High Jump100 metresBorn 19991Born 2003Girls100 metresBorn 20042Born 2003Boys3Born 2000BoysFinals of Above4Born 2000Girls5Born 2001Girls6Born 2001Boys300 metresBorn 20037Born 2002Girls600 metresBorn 20028Born 2002Boys600 metresBorn 2001800 metresBorn 2000Shot800 metresBorn 1999RelayBorn 2002/031Born 1999/2000BoysRelayBorn 2000/012Born 1999/2000Girls3Born 2001Boys4Born 2001GirlsThrowing Sliothar1Born 2000Boys2Born 2000Girls3Born 2001Boys4Born 2001Girls  HUNDREDS TAKING PART IN THE PRIMARY SCHOOLS SPORTS FINALS AT FINN VALLEY was last modified: May 30th, 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:HUNDREDS TAKING PART IN THE PRIMARY SCHOOLS SPORTS FINALS AT FINN VALLEYlast_img read more

first_imgTHREE juvenile crimes are detected every day in Co Donegal, a shock report out today says.And the number of young offenders who are girls has increased by an astonishing 20%, says the Garda Diversion Programme annual report.The total number of of children put on the scheme did actually fall by 16% last year. But there were still 928 referrals to the programme involving 614 individual children.Part of the scheme allows for young offenders to meet with victims of their representatives.“It is hoped that the offender will realise that the offence was not merely an offence agains the law but also against a person or community,” said the report of its restorative justice role.“In addition to humanising the harm, the behaviour is challenged and an opportunity is afford to the offender not only to apologise but to also take some action to repair harm,” it added. However the restorative justice aspect was used in just EIGHT cases.A total of 43% of referrals in Donegal resulted in an informal caution being issued to young offenders by gardai.THREE CRIMES BY JUVENILES EVERY DAY IN DONEGAL was last modified: September 30th, 2011 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:donegal crime statsjuvenile crimelast_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – Defending his special election, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Monday told an audience of voters that his “year of reform” ballot initiatives are crucial to continue the changes he started after taking office two years ago. He cast the Nov. 8 election as the next step of the 2003 recall election, saying he was sent to Sacramento to rebuild the state’s economy and fix a moribund political system. After 400,000 new jobs and billions in new revenue, it is time for Act II, he said. “We need reform. We have a broken system. That’s why you sent me to Sacramento – to fix the broken system,” he said in an appeal for support of his four initiatives. “Please give me the tools.” The 90-minute forum in the east San Francisco Bay Area city of Walnut Creek was Schwarzenegger’s most important opportunity to date to take his case directly to the voters. It was the first time Schwarzenegger sat for an extended period of time to field unscripted questions from an audience not chosen by his campaign staff. His comments came after a leading Democrat and a nurses union official criticized his attempts to control state spending, change the rules for raising union money, reform teacher tenure rules and redraw legislative districts. Democrats and unions object to all four of the initiatives that make up Schwarzenegger’s reform agenda. Schwarzenegger is pushing: Proposition 74, which would extend the probationary period for teachers from two years to five and make it easier for school administrators to fire veteran teachers; Proposition 76, which would cap state spending and give the governor authority to make midyear budget cuts; and Proposition 77, which would transfer authority for drawing legislative boundaries from the state Legislature to a panel of three retired judges. His opponents are most incensed about the fourth, Proposition 75. It would require public employee unions to get their members’ written permission before dues could be used for political purposes. State Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata and Rose Ann DeMoro, executive director of the California Nurses Association, said the so-called “paycheck protection” measure would tilt the political playing field in favor of corporations. DeMoro said corporations already outspend unions 13 to one. “What this governor wants to do is make that 13 to zero,” she said. “He wants a football field with only one team.” Perata said the governor’s attempt to reform the way union dues are raised hurts middle class Californians such as teachers, nurses and firefighters. “What gets lost in this whole discussion is that somehow these people are bad, they are evil. It is not true,” Perata said. “They are representing their memberships.” The Republican governor said he was not trying to battle union members but rather union leaders who influence legislation with millions of dollars in campaign contributions. Most of those go to Democrats. Schwarzenegger said he constantly asks himself, What is best for the people, rather than what is best for the union bosses? He also reminded the audience that he is a longtime union member. “I belong to the Screen Actors Guild, and so I’m very proud to be a union member,” he said. “I believe very strongly in unions.” Perata said Schwarzenegger placed the teacher tenure initiative on the ballot to punish teachers for speaking out against his proposals. Perata, a former teacher, said the measure would not add textbooks, boost test scores or in any other way improve the state’s public schools. He called the measure “a way to blame teachers for what’s wrong with education. … This simply is divisive.” Schwarzenegger, speaking later, said the current system makes it difficult for school districts to remove poor teachers. The questioners were selected from nine Bay Area counties by a survey research company and were chosen to represent a diversity of political, ethnic and economic backgrounds. The forum, sponsored by the Contra Costa Times of Walnut Creek and Oakland television station KTVU, was designed to allow the governor to make his case to a skeptical public. It was broadcast live in the Bay Area and also available to be watched on the Internet. Public opinion polls show Schwarzenegger’s popularity has plunged and his ballot initiatives largely running behind. His campaign has said that its internal polling shows the initiatives and the governor with greater support than other polls indicate. He also defended his redistricting initiative, saying judges would be more fair in drawing legislative districts than state lawmakers, and his measure to institute a state spending cap. He said if the budget provisions of Proposition 76 had been in place a decade ago, California never would have run up a multibillion-dollar budget deficit. “We have taken the (world’s) fifth largest economy down almost into bankruptcy with a $22 billion deficit,” he told the audience. “It is unheard of.” On Monday, the governor won endorsements for propositions 76 and 77 from the California District Attorneys Association, the California State Sheriffs Association, the Chief Probation Officers of California and Memory of Victims Everywhere, a crime victims group.last_img read more

first_imgThe Carndonagh Flood Relief Victims Centre are seeking people to assist them with the delivery of household items to the depot.The urgent appeal was made last night as the community seeks to pull together after the devastating floods of Tuesday 22nd August.At least 10 pick-ups need to be made to bring furniture and goods to the centre in Carndonagh at Unit 15 Gaelic Park (opposite Kelly’s service station). Anyone with a van or truck is asked to help in any way they can. An hour or two or deliveries in the evenings will all be welcomed by the volunteers and the victims.Volunteers said that items collected this week will need to be delivered to people at a later date. A spokesperson has called on the community spirit to ensure people get the help they need at this difficult time.“Please help, we are trying to help people who have not just lost their home but everything that they ever had a lot of personal items, memories, things that can never be replaced. At least if we could help these people even a little bit to make life easier. “At the end of the day, this could be any of us our families our friends would you not want people to help you. “Our community needs to pull together in times of need and show people we are strong and willing to help each other, let’s show everyone how community spirit in Inishowen really works.”To volunteer, contact the Carndonagh Flood Relief Victims Centre on Facebook HERE and leave a message with your name and number.Urgent appeal for delivery volunteers to help flood victims was last modified: September 5th, 2017 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) Tags:candonaghflood reliefInishowen floodslast_img read more

first_imgThe President of South Africa, His Excellency Cyril Ramaphosa, hereby invites nominations for candidates to serve as trustees on the Brand South Africa Trust. Brand South Africa is a Schedule 3A public entity and a Trust established in terms of the Trust Property Control Act, No. 57 of 1988 to develop and implement proactive and co-ordinated marketing, communication and reputation management strategies for South Africa.  The ultimate aim is to make a contribution towards economic growth, job creation, poverty alleviation and social cohesion by encouraging local and foreign direct investment, tourism and trade through the promotion of the Nation Brand. Requirements: The trustees of Brand South Africa should have leadership qualities and be committed to the primary object and mandate of Brand South Africa.  They must possess knowledge and expertise in: board responsibilities (including fiduciary duties), marketing, communications, tourism, investment promotion, research and development, law, risk management, finance, corporate governance, business management, reputation management and any other marketing–related area.  Nominated persons must be citizens and ordinarily residents in the Republic of South Africa and be representative of the race, gender and geographic composition of the Republic. Disqualification: The following persons are not eligible to be appointed to the Board of Brand South Africa: unrehabilitated insolvent person; person removed from an office of trust on account of misconduct; and person convicted of an offence within South Africa and abroad, other than an offence committed prior to 27 April 1994 associated with political objectives.   Terms and Conditions: The term of office for Board members is three (3) years effective from date of appointment by the President and may be appointed for a further term(s). Nominations Particulars: Nominations should be in writing and must contain the following information: Full name, address and telephone number(s) of the nominating person or organisation. A motivation for the appointment of the nominee to the Board of the Brand SA (maximum:1 page). A short Curriculum Vitae of the nominee (maximum: 2 pages) covering the following areas: the nominee’s full name, ID number, race, gender, contact address, telephone numbers, qualification(s), experience, knowledge and skills, names and contact details of at least two referees. Certified copy of the South African ID. Certified copies of the qualifications. Prior to their appointment, qualifying candidates will be subjected to a process of verifying their qualifications and vetting in respect of criminal records. The closing date for the submission of nominations is Sunday, 18 August 2019. Nominations must be sent to: Physical Address: 103 Central Street, Houghton, Johannesburg. Postal address: Director: Governance, Legal & Board Secretariat. ATTENTION: Adv. Sifiso S. Nyoni, Brand South Africa, P.O. Box 87168, Houghton 2041. For Enquiries: Ms Twitwi Rasebopye: 011 483 0122/ 011 712 5000last_img read more

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi will address two back-to-back election rallies in West Bengal on April 3, BJP leader Mukul Roy said on Sunday.Mr. Modi will speak at a public meeting at Siliguri in north Bengal at 1 p.m., followed by another rally at Kolkata’s Brigade Parade ground at 3 p.m. on the same day, Mr. Roy said. “The party is fully prepared to hold the two election rallies of Mr. Modi on the same day. It is a historical day for the BJP to organise such big meetings of the Prime Minister back-to-back,” he said. Mr. Roy added that no other party has shown the “courage” to hold two meetings on the same day. Senior BJP leaders including Amit Shah, Nitin Gadkari and Rajnath Singh would also visit West Bengal for campaigning before the general election next month.last_img read more

first_imgVirat Kohli is the toast of the cricketing world. He has been busy smashing records across the formats of the game. With 1302 T20 runs from 24 matches at a staggering average of 93.00, Kohli’s consistency in the shortest format of the game has been unreal. (Full Coverage |Points Table)’I can never do that’However, the Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper feels uncomfortable when he sees the South African star AB de Villiers in rampant form. Kohli reveals he becomes conscious of his limitations when de Villiers toys around with bowlers at the other end. (Also read: This is like Ronaldo and Messi on the same team)”The kind of shots he plays, you feel embarrassed. You feel like you can never do that. He sweeps the fast bowlers over the roof! I mean, I had never heard of something like that,” Kohli said.’Grateful for these beautiful days’While Kohli went on to score his third century of this Indian Premier League season, de Villiers haunted the helpless Gujarat Lions pacers to score the fastest ton of this edition at the Chinnaswamy Stadium yesterday. The RCB duo treated its home fans to some brutal display of batting and thereby stitched the highest-ever partnership in T20 cricket.Kohli said he was thankful to have the chance of batting with the South African legend. “This was our second 200-plus run partnership – we had one last year as well – and I am really grateful for these beautiful days.” (Also read: AB de Villiers reveals success mantra after smashing records) advertisementThe skipper said de Villiers and himself kept their conversations simple and just tried to motivate each other while sharing the crease. “There is no conversation. There doesn’t have to be any conversation when batting with AB. More so, because we think very alike about how we want to bat and approach an innings. All we do is keep giving each other confidence and assuring each other,” he said.How can Kohli do that? Kohli also deciphered the mantra behind his phenomenal success during run chases. “My whole approach when it comes to run-chases is again that I only have the team’s score in mind. All I think about is how many runs and balls are left, which bowlers to target, where the gaps are, where and when do I get the boundaries, etc.”Kohli revealed how he fends away pressure during those high-octane chases. “I have to build partnership with the man at the other end and together we think of how great a feeling it would be if we could get to the target. All this takes me away from the pressure of my own batting,” he said.’Not taking the sport for granted’The Orange Cap holder seems to be wary of complacency. He said he felt confident about hitting every ball he faced over the rope and that he had to remind himself not to get ahead of himself.”Once you start taking the sport and your form for granted, a bad patch comes in and it makes you chase after every single run. And trust me, it is the worst feeling. Yes, you have to have confidence and faith in your ability, but at the same time, balance it out with respect for the sport,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgKarolina Pliskova’s quest for a maiden Grand Slam title at the French Open came to an end on Friday as the second seed lost 6-3 6-3 to Croatia’s Petra Martic.The powerful Czech struggled throughout to find the range on her feared serve and forehand as 31st seed Martic matched her best performance by reaching the last 16.Martic broke in the seventh game and then again two games later as Pliskova hit a backhand long to drop the opener.A lacklustre Pliskova then dropped serve again at the start of the second set before hitting back with a flurry of winners to break her 28-year-old opponent twice in a row.The fightback did not last though and Matic regained control with two more breaks before serving it out at 5-3.Martic will play an unseeded player next, either Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi or Russian Veronika Kudermetova.There was better news for Pliskova’s fellow Czech Marketa Vondrousova as the 19-year-old reached the last 16 with a 6-4 6-4 defeat of Spanish 28th seed Carla Suarez Navarro.Also Read | French Open: Serena Williams to face 20-year-old Sofia KeninAlso Watch:last_img read more

first_imgEverton Moyes would accept Everton return but hints at different job offer Peter Hanson Last updated 2 years ago 02:33 11/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) davidmoyes - cropped Getty Images Everton Everton v Watford Watford Premier League A return to Goodison Park is of interest for the former Manchester United boss, who hinted he has other offers for a return to management David Moyes would accept an offer to return as Everton manager, but hinted he has interest from other clubs.Everton sacked Ronald Koeman last month after a 5-2 defeat to Arsenal left them in the Premier League’s bottom three.Watford 12/5 to beat Everton Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Moyes spent 11 years at Goodison Park before leaving for an ill-fated 10-month spell in charge of Manchester United ahead of the 2013-14 season.The Scot has since endured disappointing spells in charge of Real Sociedad and Sunderland, the latter being relegated from the Premier League under his stewardship last season.However, Moyes admitted that a return to Everton is appealing should the opportunity arise.Speaking to beIN SPORTS, he said: “Of course it would have to be yes, but I’ve got other things ongoing and it might not be too long before I’m back in work. “If the job came up I would be interested, but I’ve got other interests as well.”Bill [Kenwright] is one of the best chairmen so anyone who does get the job will be working with a really good chairman who’s incredibly supportive.”I had 11 great years there – I loved it.”Sometimes going back isn’t always the answer but Jose Mourinho went back to Chelsea and won the league, and now Jupp Heynckes is back at Bayern Munich.Leighton Baines, David Moyes, Leon Osman, Everton“I’m a better coach and better all-round manager. I think in football you have to go through difficulties.”Asked why he thinks Everton have struggled this season despite bringing in the likes of Wayne Rooney, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Davy Klaassen during the last transfer window, Moyes said: “I’m amazed because I had them down to be top six.”I think they’ve bought good players, but I’m not sure if they’ve bought all the right pieces and I don’t expect them to be where they are right now.”Another man who has been linked with the vacancy is Marco Silva, whose Watford side have impressed with their style of play in the Premier League this season.However, the Portuguese says there has been no contact from the Toffees.”Nobody has approached me and I am staying focused on the next match,” the Hornets boss said ahead of Watford’s trip to Everton on Sunday.”We need to respect our club, our opponent and our sole focus is to prepare our players for the match on Sunday, and do the best we can to win.”last_img read more