Minister teams up with Anna Geary to launch Ireland’s First National Fitness Day

first_imgMinister for Tourism and Sport Patrick O’Donovan TD was on hand to launch to Ireland’s First National Fitness Day which will be held on Friday 16th September. Anna Geary, Cork Camogie legend and host of Ireland’s Fittest Family, joined the Minister. Fitness Day is a celebration of the role physical activity plays in Ireland and the positive impact fitness has on people’s live. The initiative is being led by Ireland Active, the representative body for Ireland’s leisure and fitness industry and is supported by both Healthy Ireland and Sport Ireland. Pictured at the announcement of Ireland’s first National Fitness Day which will take place on the 16th September and being led by Ireland Active and supported by Healthy Ireland and Sport Ireland are Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan TD and Anna Geary All Star Camogie player. National Fitness Day is a celebration of the role physical activity plays in Ireland, the positive impact fitness has on people’s lives and will showcase the many different ways available nationwide to partake in physical activity. Ireland Active is the national association for active leisure and fitness and represent over 200 leisure centres, gyms, swimming pools, education providers and outdoor recreation facilities on the island of Ireland. Pictured today Anna Geary (All Star Camogie Player), Nadine Lattimore (former Paralympic athlete) and Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan TD at the launchMandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombieprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email REPRO FREE***PRESS RELEASE NO REPRODUCTION FEE***Launch Of Ireland’s First National Fitness Day, Trinity College, Dublin 20/7/2016Pictured at the announcement of Ireland’s first National Fitness Day which will take place on the 16th September and being led by Ireland Active and supported by Healthy Ireland and Sport Ireland are Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan TD and Anna Geary All Star Camogie player. National Fitness Day is a celebration of the role physical activity plays in Ireland, the positive impact fitness has on people’s lives and will showcase the many different ways available nationwide to partake in physical activity. Ireland Active is the national association for active leisure and fitness and represent over 200 leisure centres, gyms, swimming pools, education providers and outdoor recreation facilities on the island of Ireland.Pictured today Sibha Bhoja (7yrs old) and Anna Geary (All Star Camogie Player)Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie Pictured at the announcement of Ireland’s first National Fitness Day which will take place on the 16th September and being led by Ireland Active and supported by Healthy Ireland and Sport Ireland are Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan TD and Anna Geary All Star Camogie player. National Fitness Day is a celebration of the role physical activity plays in Ireland, the positive impact fitness has on people’s lives and will showcase the many different ways available nationwide to partake in physical activity. Ireland Active is the national association for active leisure and fitness and represent over 200 leisure centres, gyms, swimming pools, education providers and outdoor recreation facilities on the island of Ireland. Pictured today (L-R) Cormac MacDonnell (Sport Ireland), Ronan Toomey (Healthy Ireland), Anna Geary (All Star Camogie Player), Nadine Lattimore (former Paralympic athlete), Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan TD, Conn McCluskey (CEO Ireland Active) and Cloadagh Kilmurray (Ireland Active)Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombiecenter_img Ireland Active’s members comprised of leisure facilities, gyms as well as other fitness professionals and providers shall on the day hold taster and “come and try” sessions free of charge across their facilities but also in public spaces nationwide promoting the wide range of physical fitness opportunities available in Ireland as well as offering encouragement for people to get involved. Get Ireland Walking, the CARA Centre for Inclusive Physical Activity and Swim Ireland have also committed to providing opportunities for the public to get active on the day. Speaking at the launch Minister for Tourism & Sport, Patrick O’Donovan TD said:“Increasing physical activity levels was the driver behind the development of the National Physical Activity Plan by the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport in partnership with the Department of Health last year. Achievement of the physical activity targets set out in that plan will require co-operation from all involved in the provision of physical activity in our community from National Governing Bodies of Sport, Local Sports Partnerships, Leisure Facilities, Sports Clubs as well as general recreational facility owners and providers nationwide. National Fitness Day provides an ideal platform for all the stakeholders to come together and make a concerted effort to convince people that there really is something for everyone to get involved with.”Minister for Health Promotion, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy said:“Since the adoption of the cross-governmental Healthy Ireland Framework, the promotion of health and wellbeing is and will continue to be a key Government priority. Being physically active has many benefits for physical and mental health. I hope that National Fitness Day will provide an opportunity and incentive for people currently not engaging in physical activity to become aware of the opportunities for being active in their local community and try something new which, hopefully might provide the platform for continued participation. I encourage everybody to get involved and to enjoy this exciting event.” Anna Geary said:“Fitness and physical activity has played a key role in my life playing sport growing up, my involvement with Cork Camogie in particular and has remained a huge passion following my retirement from inter-county sport. I have seen first-hand the positive impact of regular physical activity on the health & wellbeing of people no matter their age. We see this in Ireland’s fittest family where every member of the family contributes. I am delighted to support the National Fitness Day which, will hopefully highlight the many different ways in which people can get physically active. There really is something for everyone.”John Treacy, CEO, Sport Ireland said:“Sport Ireland has made increasing participation in sport and physical activity a key strategic priority. We are delighted to support National Fitness Day and I would encourage everyone to get involved. The value of participating in sport and physical activity cannot be underestimated; even small improvements in participation levels will confer health, social and economic benefits both for the individual and for society as a whole.”Information on the opportunities to be provided and made available to the public can be found on www.nationalfitnessday.ie which, will be continuously updated in the lead up to September 16th. Information will also be made available across Ireland’ Active’s social media channels (@fitnessdayIRL, https://www.facebook.com/NationalFitnessDayIreland, @irelandactive, www.facebook.com/IrelandActive). Fitness providers, facility and gym owners interested in getting involved in National Fitness Day are being asked to get in touch with Ireland Active directly at (info@irelandactive.ie) or (01-6251192)Pictured at the announcement of Ireland’s first National Fitness Day which will take place on the 16th September and being led by Ireland Active and supported by Healthy Ireland and Sport Ireland are Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan TD and Anna Geary All Star Camogie player. National Fitness Day is a celebration of the role physical activity plays in Ireland, the positive impact fitness has on people’s lives and will showcase the many different ways available nationwide to partake in physical activity. Ireland Active is the national association for active leisure and fitness and represent over 200 leisure centres, gyms, swimming pools, education providers and outdoor recreation facilities on the island of Ireland. Pictured today Conn McCluskey (7yrs old) and Sibha Bhoja (7yrs old)Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James CrombiePictured at the announcement of Ireland’s first National Fitness Day which will take place on the 16th September and being led by Ireland Active and supported by Healthy Ireland and Sport Ireland are Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan TD and Anna Geary All Star Camogie player. National Fitness Day is a celebration of the role physical activity plays in Ireland, the positive impact fitness has on people’s lives and will showcase the many different ways available nationwide to partake in physical activity. Ireland Active is the national association for active leisure and fitness and represent over 200 leisure centres, gyms, swimming pools, education providers and outdoor recreation facilities on the island of Ireland. Pictured today (L-R) Conn McCluskey (7yrs old), Anna Geary (All Star Camogie Player), Nadine Lattimore (former Paralympic athlete) and Sibha Bhoja (7yrs old)Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombielast_img read more

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What does “Independence” mean?

first_imgOn Saturday, Guyana celebrated the 52nd anniversary of its “Independence” from Britain. But some analysts, including our own Walter Rodney,  have pointed out that in the post WWII era, “independence” for the colonies was little more than a “briefcase revolution”, wherein leaders acceptable to the British were taken up to Lancaster House in England and granted a constitution pulled from a drawer, and allowed to adopt “national” insignias: flag, motto, anthem, etc.For most of the leaders in the Caribbean, except Dr Cheddi Jagan, it was best to “go along to get along”. In Guyana, however, the national leaders after 1950 were united in rejecting this path, and proposed that “independence” had to mean something more fundamental – something that demanded “root and branch” change in the trajectory and direction of national life. “Independence” should mean the freedom to determine both the form and content of political, social, economic and cultural life.It was on this question that the national movement – represented by the Peoples Progressive Party – split in 1955, with Forbes Burnham, chairman of the party, deciding to go along with the “briefcase revolution”. Taking his African Guyanese supporters with him in the Peoples National Congress (PNC) he formed, he bequeathed to Guyana the ethnic/racial political mobilisation that has since characterised – and paralysed – our politics.Burnham’s choice was explained by Dr Tyrone Ferguson as one summarised in the title of his book: “To Survive Sensibly or to Court Heroic Death”. With the constellation of global forces existent at the time, this might be seen as a “pragmatic” choice, but what it led to in practice was “independence” becoming a nightmare for Guyana. Given a free hand – internally, because of the militarised state he immediately created, allowing him to rig elections; and externally, because of the PPP communist bogeyman — Burnham’s PNC moved Guyana from a position of parity with most of her fellow ex-British Caribbean neighbours to one where she hovered just above Haiti as the “poorest” country in the Western Hemisphere.His economic policies are illustrative of the logic of the choice he had made to communalise Guyanese politics. Sugar was Guyana’s largest industry, and its largest generator of foreign currency; and employed mostly Indian Guyanese who were supporters of the PPP. After prices spiked to historic highs in 1974, Burnham’s PNC imposed on the commodity a levy that absorbed all the windfall profits, and even ordinary profits in the succeeding years. He proceeded to nationalise the industry, but by starving it of recapitalisation in modern factories or mechanisation, he increased the cost of production, for instance, and made the industry non-viable. It was not surprising that, by 1990, sugar production had collapsed and sugar workers were barely eking out a living. For sugar, “independence” meant destruction and increased ethnic/racial polarisation.The rice industry is Guyana’s largest industry. It was developed entirely through native efforts, and not to fulfil the imperial mandate as a producer of primary products. It provided the staple to satisfy the domestic market, and raked in substantial amounts of foreign exchange – not to mention providing employment for a huge number of Indian Guyanese, who had pioneered the industry. Burnham’s PNC immediately mandated that all paddy be sold to the Government, which would then mill same into rice to be sold on both the domestic and foreign markets by the Government. The paddy was purchased cheaply from the farmers, but rice prices on the world market provided the Government an annual windfall that amounted to a 118% implicit tax on rice farmers. Not surprisingly, by 1990, the rice industry had also collapsed. For rice, independence meant destruction and greater ethnic/racial polarisation.The PNC had also nationalised the bauxite industry, and primarily because of its politically-appointed managers, ran that into the ground by 1990. Because of the strength of the ethnic divide, however, the solidly African-Guyanese workforce remained behind the PNC, and the racial/ethnic divide did not diminish. For bauxite, independence meant just destruction.What has changed in the PNC’s second iteration?last_img read more

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AfricaRice Donates Compact Weather Station to CARI

first_imgAfricaRice has donated a compact weather station to the Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI) for the recording and research in meteorology (weather forecasting).CARI is the research arm of the Ministry of Agriculture in Suakoko, Bong County.The equipment was installed in May and is intended to provide daily weather recordings of temperature, relative humidity, wind direction and speed and rainfall.The Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice), formerly known as the West Africa Rice Development Association (WARDA), is an African organization currently headquartered in Cotonou, Benin. It is an agricultural research center that was constituted in 1971 by 11 West African countries. Presently the center counts 24 African member states and since 1986, AfricaRice has been one of the 15 specialized research centers of the CGIAR.AfricaRice aims to contribute to poverty alleviation and food security in Africa through research for development. The organization is currently working with the Ministry of Agriculture through the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Project (WAAPP).CARI benefits from these interventions through the production and multiplication of improved rice varieties for Liberia. One of the major tasks of AfricaRice is the development and introduction of new rice seed varieties that are suitable for African conditions.In an interviewed with CARI team leader Mr. Aaron Marshall, he disclosed that Liberia is a member and works in collaboration with AfricaRice and as such the donation is part of the country’s benefit from AfricaRice.“Liberia is a member of AfricaRice so it’s Liberia’s benefit from the center and we also have three scientists that are helping CARI,” Mr. Marshall said.Meanwhile, in an interviewed with Mr. Marshall at CARI a few weeks ago he disclosed that 504 metric tons of seed rice was produced within two years.“At CARI, there are several streams of research going on. We are researching different varieties of rice that would take only 70 to 90 days to germinate to yield more varieties of rice,” he disclosed.He told the Daily Observer that following the deadly Ebola outbreak, a lot of work was done at CARI in that farmers in Lofa, Nimba and in other counties had produced more rice and other foodstuff.It is not strange that the huge donation from AfricaRice will boost the production and the activities of CARI in terms of research and at the same time ensure that farmers and consumers benefit from their own grown food.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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School board extends search

first_imgPALMDALE – Extending their search for a new superintendent, Palmdale School District trustees have set a new deadline of March 9 for candidates to apply. Trustees said they hope to have a new top administrator hired by the end of the school year. “We will get a greater field of candidates because they are finishing their own contracts rather than leaving in the middle of the year,” board member Sheldon Epstein said. About 15 people had applied by the previous deadline, Oct. 20, but board members were told that there were several people who missed the deadline and wanted to apply. With the superintendent search taking longer than expected, the board last month gave interim Superintendent Roger Gallizzi a 10 percent raise, to an annual $160,000. Gallizzi, assistant superintendent of personnel, was named to the interim post in July with a new superintendent expected by December. The district is seeking to replace former Superintendent Jack Gyves, who retired at the end of June. The board met Tuesday with the consultant search firm it has hired and discussed attributes desired in the new superintendent. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want 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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Costa brace rescues ragged Chelsea at Swansea

first_imgThe goal, Costa’s fourth in as many games, spared Conte from his first loss in English football after two controversial Swansea goals in three second-half minutes had cancelled out Costa’s opener.“It’s a bit difficult to talk about the game because we lost two points,” Conte told Sky Sports.“It’s a pity because when you have the possibility to kill the game, you must kill the game.”Swansea manager Francesco Guidolin said: “It is a good result against a very strong Chelsea team.”Chelsea’s Diego Costa (R) shoots to score their second goal against Swansea City on September 11, 2016 © AFP / Adrian DennisSwansea’s comeback marked an incredible turnaround for the Welsh side, who had been second-best against a Chelsea team seeking a win to join Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table.The visitors were made to pay for their string of misses in the 59th minute when a rare Swansea attack saw Modou Barrow cross for Gylfi Sigurdsson, who was tripped by Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.Courtois was booked and Sigurdsson converted the ensuing penalty himself.Just three minutes later, Gary Cahill was caught in possession by Leroy Fer 25 yards from the Chelsea goal.Television replays suggested the defender had been fouled, but Fer was allowed to advance before rolling the ball beneath Courtois.The Belgian goalkeeper scrambled back, but could not prevent the ball crossing the line.Costa first struck 18 minutes into a half of almost relentless Chelsea pressure after Swansea’s defensive frailties were exposed.Goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski elected not to collect a cross and Federico Fernandez’s two poor headers failed to clear the danger.Swansea City’s midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson is fouled by Chelsea’s goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois (L) in the area, giving away a penalty © AFP / Adrian DennisOscar pounced on the loose ball and neatly teed up Costa to unleash an impressive curling finish from just inside the Swansea area.– Flying Fabianski –By that stage, Chelsea had already wasted at least two very good chances, Willian’s terrific shot stinging Fabianski’s hands and the goalkeeper saving well from the Brazilian’s cross-shot.After taking the lead, the visitors remained equally impressive, with Fabianski saving well from Eden Hazard, who surged into a shooting position from just inside the Swansea half.Not until the 40th minute did Swansea have a real sight of goal when Fer’s drive through the middle saw the ball break to Sigurdsson, whose curling shot flew just beyond the left-hand post.Chelsea responded instantly and should have doubled their lead, with Costa missing a far easier opening than the one he had converted earlier, shooting wide of an open goal from a Willian corner.Chelsea’s midfielder Eden Hazard (L) clashes with Swansea City’s goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski on September 11, 2016 © AFP / Adrian DennisBy that stage, Swansea manager Francesco Guidolin had already abandoned his game-plan of playing with three defenders, changing to a back four and hooking the unfortunate Neil Taylor.“I chose to change something and I am sorry with Neil Taylor,” said Guidolin.“He is a good guy. He understood. At that moment my team needed a reaction and I had to change something.”The new formation brought no immediate change in fortune, with Jordi Amat joining fellow centre-back Fernandez in earning a yellow card for a foul on Costa.Amat’s feud with the Spain international striker might have seen him dismissed in the minutes that followed.The two Swansea goals followed in quick succession.As Chelsea pushed for a response, Hazard inexplicably pulled out of a challenge with Fabianski on the edge of the Swansea area, when he looked capable of equalising.Moments later, Oscar’s 20-yard shot was superbly saved by the flying Fabianski.Kyle Naughton denied Costa a far-post header from Hazard’s chipped cross, while Oscar’s low drive narrowly missed the target.After Chelsea’s second goal, only a brilliant Fabianski save denied Costa a hat-trick and the visitors all three points.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chelsea’s Diego Costa scored twice Swansea City on September 11, 2016 © AFP / Adrian DennisSWANSEA, United Kingdom, Sep 11 – Diego Costa scored twice, including an 81st-minute equaliser, as Antonio Conte maintained his unbeaten start to life as Chelsea manager in a 2-2 draw at Swansea City on Sunday.The irrepressible Costa levelled with a deflected but spectacular overhead bicycle kick after Branislav Ivanovic’s shot had been sent spinning in his direction.last_img read more

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Ad wars to heat up before Feb. 5 balloting

first_img“Yes, there are a lot less … and the voter won’t have to take a cheat sheet to the polls,” said Barbara O’Connor, director of the Institute for the Study of Politics and the Media at California State University, Sacramento. “But they’re still tapping into large resources on both sides of these three sets of issues. “And then, depending upon how Iowa and New Hampshire go, we could have huge presidential spending. So the ad wars will be significant. It won’t be a quiet year.” The state also is facing three statewide elections this year, rather than the usual two, because of lawmakers’ decision to create an early presidential primary in an effort to give the state more influence in national politics. There will be a separate primary for state offices on June 3 and the general election Nov. 4. The February ballot measures include Proposition 92, which would dedicate an additional $300million to the community college system and reduce student fees to $15 per credit, down from the current $20 per credit. The measure also restructures the governing board of the community college system, giving it more authority and adding appointees chosen by groups such as the Community College League and the faculty association. “It would provide an opportunity for more Californians to go to college by making California community colleges a priority and giving them a stable funding stream,” said Andrew Acosta, political consultant for the Proposition 92 campaign. But critics say it is not the right approach. Many opponents are supporters of the community college system and education in California, but worry that Proposition 92 will take money from the University of California and California State University systems. Mary Gill, a longtime administrator in the community college system and now a consultant on the No on 92 campaign, said the measure does not solve the affordability crisis. Lowering the fees by $5 might save students $60 to $75 a semester, she said, but doesn’t even cover the cost of a single textbook. And low-income students – about a quarter of the student population – already get full fee waivers from the state. “It doesn’t help low-income students at all,” said Gill, who oversaw various financial-aid programs when she worked in the community college system. “It marginally, maybe to the cost of half a textbook, helps students who are not needy. “And it sends the message that you don’t need to fight for students who are more needy, because now it’s more affordable.” Also on the ballot is Proposition 93, which would alter California’s term-limits law so that state lawmakers could serve a combined total of 12 years in one or both houses of the Legislature. Under current law, they can serve up to six years in the Assembly and eight years in the Senate. The measure also extends the term of current members so that they could serve 12 years in one house regardless of time already spent in the other house. Supporters say that ultimately it represents a tightening of the term-limits law because it lowers the combined term from 14 years down to 12 years. But it also allows lawmakers to gain experience in a single house, increasing the degree by which they will use long-term approaches to state problems. “California’s 17-year-old term-limits law is an experiment that hasn’t worked,” said Richard Stapler, spokesman for the Proposition 93 campaign. “We need to find a way to make the Legislature more efficient and more effective, by reforming our state’s term-limits laws. This is a modest reform to allow members to spend all of their years of service in one house or the other.” But critics say it is a self-serving attempt by politicians to extend their own power. “It’s deceitful and it’s misleading,” said Kevin Spillane, the political consultant running the anti-Proposition 93 campaign. “It’s an effort to trick the voters. “The effort claims to reduce terms of politicians, but it’s sponsored by politicians, benefits politicians and is funded by special interests with business before the Legislature.” The four Indian gaming measures are based on agreements approved by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Legislature to allow four existing casinos in Riverside and San Diego counties to expand. The amended gaming compacts would add an additional 17,000 slot machines to the state and provide roughly $200million to $400million in new state revenue per year. Under the agreement, casinos run by the Pechanga and Morongo tribes could expand to 7,500 slot machines each, up from the current 2,000 each. Casinos run by the Sycuan and Agua Caliente tribes would expand to 5,000, up from 2,000. By comparison, the world’s largest casino, The Venetian in Macau, which opened this year, has about 7,000 slot machines. Foxwoods in Connecticut, which previously held the title of world’s largest, has about 7,400 slot machines. The measure was placed on the ballot by opponents of the new compacts. Under state law, a referendum to overturn existing law is expressed as asking voters to ratify the law. So the authors of the four measures are actually asking voters to reject them. Opponents of the compacts include other Indian gaming tribes and racetrack owners concerned about the new competition, and labor unions that are pushing for the tribes to create more labor-friendly rules. “This is a dramatic shift in our Indian gaming policy,” said Scott Macdonald, spokesman for the anti-compacts campaign. “When Californians voted to allow Indian gaming, they were thinking of a moderate-sized economic engine to give the tribes. “But this is not that. It would allow casinos that are 2 and 1/2 times the size of the largest casino in Las Vegas.” But supporters say the amended compacts will bring much-needed new revenue to the state when it is facing a growing budget deficit. “We’re facing some of the most serious budget deficits that we’ve seen and every bit helps,” said Roger Salazar, spokesman for the pro-compacts campaign. “The state gets hundreds of millions of dollars year after year after year in exchange for a limited expansion of slot machines. We think it’s a good deal for everybody.” harrison.sheppard@dailynews.com 916-446-6723160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – California voters will face one of the simplest ballots in years in February, but experts say they can still expect a barrage of advertising over the next two months. That’s because the issues on the Feb. 5 ballot could influence hundreds of millions of dollars in annual state spending, term limits for state lawmakers and potentially the next presidential election. Voters will weigh in on seven measures, one candidate race and the presidential primary. But the election generally boils down to four decisions because four of the ballot measures are nearly identical and one has been abandoned by its authors. By comparison, voters in November 2006 had to make at least 25 decisions on ballot measures and candidate races. last_img read more

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Department store joy this season?

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsHugo Rodriguez, 24, of Pacoima said he likes department stores because of the wide selection. “They have it, from shoes to jewelry,” Rodriguez said while shopping at the Northridge Fashion Center. Rodriguez also likes department stores’ prices. “They have good stuff for cheaper,” he said. Only 25 percent of shoppers said they would buy items from catalogs, which are fighting to gain back the 37 percent of shoppers who used them in 2002. Discounters will attract 70 percent of shoppers this holiday season – a shade more than department stores – but that is down from 77 percent four years ago. More Christmas shoppers will toss aside their catalogs this year and head to department stores for a hands-on, holiday retail experience, according to a survey released Monday. “There seems to be a renewed interest in shopping at department stores,” said Scott Krugman, spokesman at the National Retail Federation. All-in-one retailers like Macy’s, Sears, and Bloomingdale’s are expected to gain shoppers this season while discounters and catalogs lose them. Some 62 percent of shoppers will head to the department store to fulfill their holiday shopping list, up from 53 percent in 2002, according to a survey by the federation. And the trend could last: Department stores are especially appealing to consumers between the ages of 18 and 25. Four out of five shoppers in this age group said they would shop at department stores during the holidays, according to the federation survey. If department stores can mold these buyers into loyal customers, their numbers will blossom, according to retail expert Kurt Barnard. “Department stores were dowdy and boring, to put it politely,” Barnard said. “That is in the process of changing and the change is not complete. It has a long way to go.” Elizabeth Freire doesn’t plan to step inside a department store for any of her holiday gifts. She will get everything on her list from outlets. “They are cheaper than regular stores,” said Freire, 25, of Granada Hills, as her three children played in the mall. Department stores offer a smattering of the gifts people want to receive: clothes, accessories, and gift cards. Books, tech toys, DVDs, and video games also top the list of what people want to find under the tree. Buying everything on the average consumer’s list will cost $791, according to the federation. Plus, more than half of shoppers plan to buy nongift items as they go on sale during the holidays, adding an additional $99 to their tab. Holiday sales are expected to increase a modest 5 percent this year, according to the federation. It’s still too early to tell if dropping gas prices will boost holiday spending, Krugman said. “It depends on where they are in November,” he said. “But if it’s any indication this could provide a nice little boost for the holidays.” julia.scott@dailynews.com (818) 713-3735 POPULAR PLACES TO SHOP Where do you plan to purchase holiday items this year? Discount store: 70% Department store: 62% Grocery store/supermarket: 49% Specialty store: 48% Online: 47% Catalog: 25% The percentages add up to more than 100% because those polled could select multiple answers. Source: BIGresearch160Want 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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Jesse Lingard: I learned something from Wayne Rooney every day

first_imgJesse Lingard learned something from Wayne Rooney every day and believes Manchester United’s all-time top scorer will be welcomed back heartily when he returns with Everton this weekend.This summer Rooney, 31, decided to end his decorated spell at Old Trafford in search of game time that was becoming less frequent under United boss Jose Mourinho.Rooney secured a move back to Everton and has impressed on his return to Goodison Park, even retiring from international football with England to focus on life with his boyhood club.The forward returns to Old Trafford for the first time this Sunday – a day before facing a charge of drink driving at Stockport Magistrates’ Court – and Lingard is thankful he could call him a team-mate.“His experience in games, especially when you’re young,” Lingard said. “If it’s only 1-0 it’s always hard to manage a game, and he knew what to do at times, especially towards the end of games.“You learn every day from him.“Of course (it is hard to follow him), he’s always going to be recognised as a legend at the club and he’ll get a great reception when he comes back.“Obviously he was there as a young boy and he thought it was the right decision at the time.“Yeah, you could say that (he has unfinished business). But now Romelu (Lukaku) has come in and obviously we’re focused on playing with him now.”While it was not part of the deal that Rooney took home, Lukaku headed the other way down the M62.Three exceptional seasons in blue led United to fork out an initial £75million to bring the Belgium international to Old Trafford from under the noses of former club Chelsea.Lukaku has seamlessly slotted into the United team, taking his tally to six goals in as many games by netting in Tuesday’s 3-0 Champions League win against Basle.When asked if he was surprised by Lukaku’s impact, Lingard said: “No. I think you’ve seen last year what he’s capable of and what he did for Everton – he scored a lot of goals – and now he’s carrying that form on which is great for us.“He holds the ball up well, he runs in behind which gives the guy on the ball another option. He’s very strong in the box, he’s very good with his head, so he gives a lot of options for the man on the ball.”Asked if Lukaku has the potential to be the kind of figure Rooney was for United, Lingard said: “I think Rom’s a really nice guy, he’s got his feet on the ground and he doesn’t let anything faze him. As long as he keeps scoring the goals he’s going to make the headlines.”Lingard has had precious few opportunities to make a name for himself this term.The 24-year-old started in the UEFA Super Cup defeat to Real Madrid but the four appearances that followed came off the bench at the start of a season that is expected to end with England heading to the World Cup in Russia.“There’s a lot of games, especially this month, so you’re always going to get your chance,” Lingard said. “I’ve just got to be patient and when you come on the field you want to make a difference.“You learn a lot and you want to keep training hard and like I said you will get your chance, it’s all about taking it.” 1 Wayne Rooney and Jesse Lingard last_img read more

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Israeli commandos clash with Hezbollah in northeastern Lebanon, seize five prisoners

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.Wednesday evening, Israeli warplanes slammed mountain villages in south Lebanon with at least five new airstrikes in areas 13 miles from the northernmost tip of Israel, witnesses said. Hezbollah was putting up resistance, but the officials said they were confident that would not change their objective of reaching four miles into Lebanon by Thursday. They said they could easily dash inland to the Litani River – their final objective about 18 miles from the border – but that they were moving methodically so as not to leave behind pockets of resistance. Israeli commandos flew in by helicopter before dawn into the northern town of Baalbek, on the border with Syria, capturing five Hezbollah guerrillas and killing at least 10, said Israel’s army chief, Lt. Gen. Dan Halutz. Witnesses said Israeli forces partially destroyed the Dar al-Hikma hospital in Baalbek, where chief Hezbollah spokesman Hussein Rahal said fierce fighting raged for more than one hour. Israel has not yet released the identity of those captured. When asked by The Associated Press whether any were “big fish,” Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said: “They are tasty fishes.” A Hezbollah official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to give official statements to the media, said that Israeli troops captured “four or five” people, but not at the hospital. He denied they were Hezbollah fighters, saying one was a 60-year-old grocery store owner and two relatives who work in construction. The hospital, which residents said is financed by an Iranian charity that is close to Hezbollah, was empty of patients at the time of the raid, the guerrilla group said. Olmert said that, although the scene of the fighting is called a hospital, “there are no patients there and there is no hospital, this is a base of the Hezbollah in disguise.” Hezbollah fought the commandos with automatic rifles and rocket-propelled grenades, while Israeli jets fired missiles at the surrounding guerrilla force, Rahal said. One of a series of air raids struck the village of Al Jamaliyeh near the hospital. A missile hit the house of the village’s mayor, Hussein Jamaleddin, instantly killing his son, brother, and five other relatives. “Where is the press? Where is the media to see this massacre? Count our dead. Count our body parts,” Jamaleddin told The Associated Press on the telephone, minutes after the missile strike. A family of seven – a mother, father and their five children – were killed in another air raid on an area near Al Jamaliyeh, witnesses said. A van driver was killed when another missile struck nearby. Fighting ended at about 4 a.m., residents said. Hezbollah guerrillas hit back, firing at least 210 rockets at towns across northern Israel, wounding at least 58 people and killing a 52-year-old Israeli-American at the entrance to his home in Kibbutz Sa’ar near the town of Naharia, Israeli police said. The man, who was not immediately identified, had been riding his bike home after a warning siren went off, said Yehuda Shavit, a local government official. Neighbors said he was originally from the Boston area and had been living in Israel for the last 20 years. The man’s wife and two daughters had fled to southern Israel when the rocket attacks started, Shavit said, adding that more than half of the kibbutz residents also had left. At the scene, police removed the remains of the rocket from the crater it blasted, as an orange bulldozer was clearing away the rubble. An Associated Press reporter standing on a hilltop overlooking the Lebanese border town of Kfar Kila, about a mile from Israel, saw dozens of outgoing rockets fly overhead and across the Israeli border. Israeli artillery was returning fire, with a shell falling about every two minutes. Israel medics said one of the rockets hit near the town of Beit Shean, about 42 miles inside Israel, the deepest rocket strike into Israel so far. Witnesses reported that a stray Hezbollah rocket hit the West Bank for the first time, striking between the villages of Fakua and Jalboun, near Beit Shean. Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank have staged daily support marches for Hezbollah, cheering the group’s fight against the Israelis. “We know that they did not intend to strike Palestinian territory. They intended to strike Israel,” said Fahmi Zarer, a spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah Party. Israeli jets fired at least one missile at a Lebanese army base in the village of Sarba, in the Iqlim al Tuffah province, a highland region where Hezbollah is believed to have offices and bases. One soldier was killed, bringing to 26 the number of Lebanese soldiers killed since the start of the Israeli offensive against Lebanon on July 12, when Hezbollah guerrillas seized two soldiers and killed three. The Lebanese military has largely stayed out of the three-week-old conflict, though has said it will fight if Israel launches a wide-scale invasion, and Israeli warplanes have repeatedly attacked soldiers. It was not clear what prompted the airstrike on the army base. In an incident denied by the Israeli military, Hezbollah said in a statement that it had attacked an Israeli army armored unit that crossed into Lebanon on Wednesday morning, destroying two tanks and killing or wounding their crews. Israel wants to push Hezbollah away from the border, so Israeli patrols and civilians there are not in danger of attack. The army hopes to drive Hezbollah far enough north so that most of the guerrillas’ rockets cannot reach the Jewish state. Israeli officials have said their soldiers were to go as far as the Litani, about 18 miles from the border, and hold the ground until an international peacekeeping force comes ashore. In Geneva, the U.N.’s World Food Program said Israel had agreed to permit two oil tankers to sail into Lebanon to ease a growing fuel crisis in the country. At least 540 Lebanese have been killed, including 468 civilians and 26 Lebanese soldiers and at least 46 Hezbollah guerrillas. The health minister says the toll could be as high as 750, including those still buried in rubble or missing. Fifty-five Israelis have died – 36 soldiers and 19 civilians killed in Hezbollah rocket attacks. The United Nations warned that the longer a spill of 110,000 barrels of oil is not cleaned up from Lebanon’s coast, the more severe the environmental impact will be. The oil spilled two weeks ago after Israeli warplanes hit a coastal power plant. ——– Associated Press writers Hussein Dakroub in Beirut and Steven Gutkin in Jerusalem contributed to this report.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BOURJ AL-MULOUK, Lebanon – Israel pressed the first full day of a massive new ground attack, sending 8,000 troops into southern Lebanon on Wednesday and seizing five people it said were Hezbollah fighters in a dramatic airborne raid on a northeastern town. Hezbollah retaliated with its deepest strikes yet into Israel, firing a record number of more than 210 rockets. Diplomatic efforts faltered, with France saying it will not participate in a Thursday U.N. meeting that could send troops to help monitor a cease-fire between Israel and Hezbollah. France, which may join or even lead such a force, said it does not want to talk about sending peacekeepers until fighting halts and the U.N. Security Council agrees to a wider framework for lasting peace. Pope Benedict XVI issued a new appeal for peace in the Middle East. He urged “the international community and those who are more directly involved in this tragedy to lay down conditions as soon as possible for a definitive political solution to the crisis.” Israeli military officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media, said their troops were going from village to village in south Lebanon to clear them of Hezbollah guerrillas. last_img read more

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Andy Murray overcomes early issues to reach Wimbledon third round

first_imgIn a role reversal of the first set, the British number one took advantage of his opponent’s deteriorating serve stats to establish a 2-0 lead in the second.Murray turned to the drop shot to steer him through crucial periods during the second set and another break saw him secure a two-set lead.The world number 76 had few answers to Murray’s dominance as the Scot broke early in the third and he never looked back as he powered his way into the next round.And after one hour and 40 minutes, the Dunblane ace secured a meeting with Australia’s John Millman on Saturday. Andy Murray recovered from a slow start against Yen-Hsun Lu to reach the third round of Wimbledon.The second seed had to hold off a spirited challenge from the Chinese player to gain a 6-3, 6-2, 6-1 win on Centre Court.Lu flew out of the traps to break Murray in the opening game of the match before comfortably holding his serve to take a 2-0 lead.An energetic opening from the 32-year-old forced Murray onto the back foot with some crisp ground strokes finding the lines to leave the home favourite scrambling. But it wasn’t to last as Murray hit back for 3-3 before taking control to claim the first set 6-3.last_img read more

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