December 30

Manchester United and England midfielder holds Euro 2016 ambitions

first_img Michael Carrick Michael Carrick has set his sights on earning a place in Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2016 squad.Carrick is likely to be included in Hodgson’s squad for the upcoming qualifiers against San Marino and Switzerland, which will be named on Tuesday afternoon.After a season interrupted by injury, the Manchester United midfielder found his way back into the England squad in the Spring and impressed during the 4-0 win over Lithuania and the creditable 1-1 draw against Italy in Turin.With Jack Wilshere out through yet another ankle injury, Carrick has a chance to stake his claim for a place in England’s midfield over the next few weeks.And after missing out on Euro 2012 and last year’s World Cup, the 34-year-old is determined to make the cut for next summer’s tournament in France.“Of course I would like to go,” Carrick said.“I have been involved in the squad since the World Cup. I am looking to stay involved as much as I can.“It is down to me to play enough here and play well enough to warrant a place.”Even though he is approaching the twilight of his career, Carrick is still regarded as a key player at United.United only lost once when Carrick started for the club last year and boss Louis van Gaal had no hesitation in handing the long-serving midfielder a one-year contract extension in March. 1last_img read more

December 30

Misdemeanor hit-and-run charge against Britney Spears is dropped

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The charges stemmed from an Aug. 6 fender-bender that was caught on video by paparazzi. Video posted by the celebrity Web site TMZ.com showed Spears driving a black convertible into a silver Mercedes-Benz in a parking lot in the 12800 block of Ventura Boulevard. The video shows Spears getting out of her car, asking if she “hurt” it, surveying it for damage and then walking into an adjacent building as a crowd of paparazzi photographed and videotaped her. She was charged Sept. 21 by the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office. Spears’ attorney reached a financial settlement with the owner of the Mercedes-Benz, prompting the dismissal of the misdemeanor charge. Spears is spending a lot of money on attorneys of late. She lost primary custody of her two sons to ex-husband Kevin Federline Oct. 4 after a Superior Court commissioner ruled she violated his order to be drug tested and get a California driver’s license. She has since regained some monitored visitation with the two boys. Spears and Federline are expected to appear in Los Angeles Superior Court tomorrow for another custody hearing. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VAN NUYS – A misdemeanor hit-and-run charge stemming from a parking lot fender-bender was dropped today against Britney Spears, but the pop star is still facing a misdemeanor count of driving without a license. Through her attorney, the 25-year-old singer pleaded not guilty to the remaining charge. Another court hearing is scheduled for Nov. 26. Because the charges were misdemeanors, Spears was not required to appear in Van Nuys Superior Court for today’s hearing. last_img read more

December 30

FRANCOIS INVESTIGATION: WHAT HIS LAWYER SAID LAST MONTH

first_imgTHE following is an edited version of a letter sent by a solicitor on behalf of Mr de Dietrich six weeks ago.Dear SirsIt has been brought to our attention that you propose….. to publish an item in the course of which our above client will be named as being involved in a suspected “Ponzi scheme”, that is, a sophisticated fraud. According to our information and instructions, it will be claimed, among other things, that our client has been involved in defrauding, to a substantial extent, a number of “investors”, by falsely and untruthfully promising an unusually high rate of return on “investments” made.We are instructed to place on the record that any such allegations are wholly without foundation, are totally inaccurate, and are grossly defamatory.Our client has not been asked for any comment in relation to the matters, and had he been, he would have been in a position to advise you of the baseless nature of your information.We are instructed that, had the most rudimentary enquiries been made by yourselves, it would have been clear that no complaint of fraud has been made against our client. We are instructed to demand that any material relating to our client be shown to him, in advance of publication, for comment, and for an opportunity to correct potential inaccuracies.We are further instructed that if defamatory material is published notwithstanding this correspondence, we are to seek immediate relief from the High Court, to include injunctive relief and damages.The writer can be contacted on 086 XXX XXXX should you wish to discuss this matter further.Yours sincerelyXXXXXXXX Donegaldaily.com has contacted the lawyer to ask him if his client plans to hand himself over to the authorities in Northern Ireland on the foot of the warrant for his arrest.FRANCOIS INVESTIGATION: WHAT HIS LAWYER SAID LAST MONTH was last modified: January 21st, 2011 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)last_img read more

December 30

CREDITORS MEETING DATE SET FOR GLENEANY HOUSE LIMITED

first_imgA CREDITORS’ meeting has been called following the closure last December of a well-known Letterkenny Hotel.The Gleneany House Hotel in the town shut its doors with the loss of 15 jobs.A creditors’ meeting will take place at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Letterkenny next Friday, April 8th, at 9.30am. When the hotel closed, owner Paul Kelly, said he had no choice but to close the 25 bedroom family-run business.He said at the time: “Today is a very sad day for the entire Kelly family and for me personally, as Gleneany House has been a major part of my life for almost 20 years, but due to very tough trading times, it is no longer economically possible to remain open.“I would like to thank everyone for supporting us down through the years, our customers, suppliers and most importantly, our loyal committed and hard working staff past and present,” he said.Gleneany House Hotel in Letterkenny had been open for the past 20 years and had enjoyed a solid reputation in hotel circles and particularly with tourists from Belfast. CREDITORS MEETING DATE SET FOR GLENEANY HOUSE LIMITED was last modified: March 29th, 2011 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) Tags:April 8thcreditors meetingGleneany House Hotelletterkennylast_img read more

December 30

MAJOR LETTERKENNY HOTEL GOES INTO RECEIVERSHIP

first_imgLetterkenny’s Main Street has been dealt another worrying blow after one of the town’s best-known hotels went into receivership.Dillons Quality Court Hotel was placed into the receivership of Deloitte yesterday.The major financial house will now handle the day-to-day running of the hotel for the foreseeable future. The hotel will continue to operate as normal and there have been no announcement of job losses.The news comes hot on the heels on the recent closures of a number of shops and restaurants on the town’s Main Street in recent weeks.The most recent to close was well-known clothing store Classic Casuals.  MAJOR LETTERKENNY HOTEL GOES INTO RECEIVERSHIP was last modified: May 4th, 2012 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:Dillon’s Quality Court Hoteldonegalhotel receivershiplast_img read more

December 29

Roy Hodgson admits Manchester United starlet could go to the Euros

first_img Marcus Rashford playing for Manchester United Roy Hodgson has refused to rule out the possibility of taking Marcus Rashford to the Euros this summer, admitting he has been very impressed by the Manchester United striker.The 18-year-old is now one of England’s most in-form players, having only made his debut in February, and many fans have called for his inclusion in Hodgson’s squad.While the youngster would be a guarnateed call-up most years, the Three Lions have an unusual amount of depth in the attacking department ahead of the competition in France.Jamie Vardy, Harry Kane, Daniel Sturridge, Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Andy Carroll are all vying for inclusion, although Hodgson has admitted Rashford is still in his thinking.The 68-year-old said: “I think it would be a very bold decision to put him in and I think it would mean possibly leaving someone behind who at the moment, in my opinion, has more reason to be called up.“But you never know. The fact is it would be foolish as well to say ‘no, no, he’s not ready – he can’t do it’. I am sure he could do it.“But when it’s 23 and we’ve already got a bit of a headache with the front players – who can we take? who might we have to leave out? – to put another one in there who is 18 years of age, has four or five games, is asking a lot.“But I have been impressed with him.”Rooney is one of the players who has also seen his place in the squad under threat, despite being captain of the Three Lions.However, he has returned from injury in a impressive midfield role, and Hodgson has all-but confirmed the 30-year-old will be taken to France, as he has the same passion as he has always shown.“I think players obviously do have to change,” the manager said when asked whether Rooney has to alter the way he approaches or plays games now he is in his thirties.“Whether or not you can actually get back to that sort of rampaging style he had as a teenager when you’re 30, I don’t know.“But there is no doubt his passion and his energy is undimmed.“I don’t doubt that for one minute and, who knows, maybe we wouldn’t be surprised if this speculation about him – should he playing or not be playing? – might be the type of thing that kicks into gear again, that little bit of fervour you’re referring to.“I can’t compare him with 2004 but by comparing him in the four years we have been together, I haven’t noticed any enormous difference. But 2004 is a long time ago.” 1last_img read more

December 29

Portugal star Andre Gomes plays down link to Jose Mourinho’s Man United

first_img1 Andre Gomes in action for Valencia Manchester United target Andre Gomes has distanced himself from a move to the club – insisting his focus is solely on the Euros with Portugal.With United expected to announce Jose Mourinho as their new manager this week, rumours of a potential switch to Old Trafford for his fellow countryman Gomes have intensified.But the £49m-rated playmaker insists there has been no contact from United and refused to discuss his future while on international duty.“It’s not important at this point of time”, he told Portuguese outlet DN Sport.“We are all Portuguese at the moment, and that’s the only interest I will talk about.”last_img read more

December 29

Niners’ win – and so do Texans

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – When Joe Nedney booted an overtime field goal through a drizzle as miserable as these teams’ records, everybody won something in the San Francisco 49ers’ season finale against the Houston Texans. The 49ers salvaged some pride with consecutive victories – and the Texans definitely won by losing soon-to-be-fired coach Dom Capers’ final game, wrapping up the No. 1 draft pick and the chance to dream about Reggie Bush. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson If Houston had won, the New Orleans Saints would have received the top pick and first dibs on Bush, the Heisman Trophy-winning tailback from USC who’s widely expected to enter the draft. Adams returned a third-quarter interception 40 yards for a tying touchdown for the 49ers (4-12), whose own No. 1 pick, Alex Smith, finally threw his first touchdown pass late in the first half. “It is nice to win two weeks in a row,” said Smith, who went 16 of 29 for 159 yards and hit Brandon Lloyd for a 14-yard score. “It shows a lot about this team, going down both weeks, and we came back.” Bush has been on fans’ minds in Houston and San Francisco since November – but the 49ers, Bush’s favorite team growing up, dropped out of the top five in the draft by doubling their win total from last season. “It’s a little premature right now to say who we’re taking,” said general manager Charley Casserly, who’s expected to keep his job. “But I think everybody knows we aren’t taking Matt Leinart.” Mike Adams lateraled his second interception to Ben Emanuel for a 35-yard return in OT, and Nedney set off an unlikely celebration with a 33-yard field goal with 3:52 left to end the 49ers’ 20-17 victory Sunday. The kick also provoked a giant sigh of relief in Houston, as the Texans (2-14) narrowly avoided ruining the only solace left in their awful season. After the game, a person close to the organization told the Associated Press that Capers will be fired today to start an offseason of big changes – probably peaking with a red-white-and-blue jersey for Bush. center_img Bush, who watched from Los Angeles while preparing for Wednesday’s Rose Bowl against Texas, claims he still doesn’t know whether he’ll enter the draft. “Whatever happens in this game, it won’t have any effect on me,” Bush said. “Obviously it will just (affect) who gets the first pick in the NFL Draft.” 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

December 29

LBSU ends slide against UCSB

first_img As it became clear that the game would be decided by the next mistake, the two teams traded baskets until LBSU senior guard Crystal McCutcheon sank a drive for a 53-52 lead with 1:53 to go. Then, the Gauchos (6-7 2-1) blinked first, but not last. UCSB’s Jessica Wilson missed a jumper, and the Gauchos blew another scoring opportunity when LaShay Fears missed the front end of a one-and-one with 1:05 remaining. LBSU rebounded but turned it over to UCSB senior point guard Karena Bonds, who made a similar play to turn the game late in UCSB’s 85-80 overtime win last season at the Pyramid, but Jenna Green was called for a charge to return the ball to the 49ers. “It certainly had that feeling, didn’t it?” UCSB coach Mark French said of the late Bonds steal and the possibility of it igniting another late Gaucho charge. “Nobody likes to lose a game, but I felt like Long Beach beat us (today), it wasn’t like we gave it to them. So if you’re going to lose, you might as well lose to a good team.” Jeannie Saunders drew a foul on a drive to the basket and hit both free throws with 33 seconds to go, and McCutcheon (a game-high 21 points) rebounded Bonds’ miss of a wide-open 3-pointer. With no choice, the Gauchos fouled McCutcheon, who hit the first free throw and rebounded her miss on the second, then was fouled and nailed two more for the final margin. And of course, the end of more than a decade of frustration. “I’ve heard lots of stories, and last year I was here when they played Santa Barbara,” said Figueroa, who finished with 13 points. “I think it was a good win, but it gets us a step closer to being conference champs. That’s what our goal is, that’s what we want.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Mary Hegarty didn’t want to talk about the streak, didn’t want to hear about the streak, and had likely grown quite weary of hearing about the streak. And this came moments after said streak was finally broken a few days shy of its 12th birthday as Long Beach State women’s basketball team edged UC Santa Barbara, 58-52, at the Walter Pyramid on Saturday. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson After falling twice while placing a lot of focus on the Gauchos as the team to beat last season, Hegarty and her players found a way to end that streak. By not focusing on it. LBSU (8-5, 1-0) trailed 48-47 with 3:56 remaining when senior Jayme Connors committed her fourth foul. On a day when she set a 49er career mark for defensive rebounds with 490, Connors stayed in the game after committing fouls on three of four UCSB possessions over a two-minute span. “I wasn’t sure what (Hegarty) was going to do,” said Connors, who glanced nervously at the 49er bench after her third foul of the game. “When I heard new people were coming in, I was kind of looking to see if it was for me or not.” Those substitutions were not for Connors, and her presence paid off as she rebounded Shantel Thomas’ missed foul shot and called timeout while falling down to retain possession for LBSU. She then scored at the other end off an assist from freshman point guard Karina Figueroa to make it 49-48, 49ers. center_img “At practice, our cheer is ‘Big West champs,” so no one game is more important than any other,” said Hegarty. “We’ve talked at length with our players about, don’t let someone else’s message become our message … I think it’s helped our emotions stay where they need to be, at the right level to succeed, but never too high where we’re not effective, or too low. One loss isn’t the end of the world.” But the third-year coach had the weight of 28 consecutive losses, the vast majority of which came under her predecessor. Dallas Bolla’s contract wasn’t renewed in 2003 after she went winless vs. UCSB over eighth seasons. last_img read more

December 29

Burbank gets $1.4 million grant for seismic retrofits

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Jason Kandel, (818) 546-3306 jason.kandel@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BURBANK – The city has received a $1.4 million federal grant for seismic retrofits of aging municipal buildings and infrastructure. The Federal Emergency Management Agency grant will go toward strengthening five Burbank government buildings – the Field Services Administration building, the Police Pistol Range, the Water Reclamation Plant, the Starlight Amphitheater and the Public Works Refuse Locker Room. As part of the grant, the city will contribute about $480,000 to the projects. “I am very pleased by this news,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif, said in a statement. “The federal government has an important responsibility to help local municipalities safeguard their critical infrastructure before disaster strikes. These funds will ensure that vital federal resources are available to protect our communities.” Burbank is one of three California cities and one county getting a total of $8.7 million. The others are Santa Clara County, San Francisco and San Diego. last_img read more