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Young aces to be handed a start? Manchester City predicted XI v Chelsea

first_img 11 11 42. Yaya Toure (attacking midfield) 11. Aleksandar Kolarov (left back) 72. Kelechi Iheanacho (striker) 11 Chelsea v Man City is live on talkSPORT at 4pm (GMT) on 21 February.A defeat to Tottenham Hotspur has thrown Manchester City’s Premier League title bid off track but this weekend they will turn their attention to the FA Cup.Winners of the competition back in 2011, City will be keen to triumph again in Manuel Pellegrini’s final season in charge at the Etihad Stadium.Standing in his way though, is a resurgent Blues side under Guus Hiddink who will be fighting to lift some silverware as they attempt to put their terrible title defence behind them.Injuries have restricted Pellegrini’s options over the last few weeks with Kevin De Bruyne, Jesus Navas, Bacary Sagna, Eliaquim Mangala, Wilfried Bony and Samir Nasri absent, meaning Pellegrini might turn to youth.So who will start the clash at Stamford Bridge? Click the right arrow above to see how we think the Citizens will be lining up… 11 6. Fernando (centre midfield) 11 59 Bersant Celina (right wing) 11 11 11 30. Nicolas Otamendi (centre back) 4. Vincent Kompany (centre back) 25. Fernandinho (centre midfield) 1. Joe Hart (goalkeeper) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 5. Pablo Zabaleta (right back) 11 7. Raheem Sterling (left wing) 11 11last_img read more

TRANSFER ALERT! Man City and Man United make approach for Barcelona star

first_imgManchester City, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain have all enquired over the availability of Barcelona star Sergio Busquets.The midfielder is expected to hold contract talks with the Spanish side in the summer as he looks for a deal which will see wages equal that of the club’s highest earners.The 27-year-old’s current contract expires in the June 2019 and he has yet to be told that an extension with improved terms will be offered.That, according to Sport, has sparked interest from both Manchester clubs and PSG.The trio have now contacted Barcelona to see if there is any chance of a transfer taking place this summer.City, who will be coached by Pep Guardiola next season, are said to be particularly keen and willing to spend over £60m for Busquets’ signature. Sergio Busquets in action for Barcelona 1last_img read more

Zell says newspapers share blame for woes

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“I think the newspaper industry has stood there and watched while other media enterprises have taken our bacon and run with it,” he told the annual meeting of the Inland Press Association, a newspaper trade group representing about 1,200 papers in all 50 states. “It’s too much complacency.” He cited the rise of the Internet, the cross-selling of different forms of media and the advent of 24-hour news channels as serious challenges that newspapers have not met well. The industry as a whole, Zell said, has been “standing there and letting this happen while Rome is burning.” The real estate magnate declined to comment on his specific plans for Tribune, which owns 11 daily newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times, 23 TV stations and the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs are to be sold as a condition of the deal. Zell has agreed to invest $315million in the media conglomerate. Once the deal is completed, he will own warrants entitling him to buy 40 percent of the company for between $500 million and $600 million, with an employee stock ownership plan and Tribune management controlling the remainder. Deutsche Bank analyst Paul Ginocchio told the trade association earlier that the short-term outlook for newspapers is “scary.” He doesn’t foresee industrywide revenue growth in newspapers until 2011 and earnings growth until 2012. “Most investors think the newspaper industry is going to be run over by the Internet,” he said. Despite the industry’s worsening revenue and circulation trends, Zell said he still sees Tribune as a good investment.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Dave Carpenter THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CHICAGO – Billionaire investor Sam Zell told a group of newspaper executives Monday that the industry’s woes result partly from complacency in responding too slowly to rapid change in the business, comparing it to Nero fiddling while Rome burned. Zell, who will become a major player in the industry when an $8.2 billion buyout of Tribune Co. that he led closes, said newspapers must become more disciplined and focused and do a better job selling their product. last_img read more

BOOST FOR DONEGAL SHOPS AS POUND HEADS FOR CRITICAL €1.20 MARK

first_imgTHE Euro crisis may have massive implications for us all, but shopkeepers in Co Donegal could be about to turn the tide in the store wars with the North…thanks to the strong pound.Last night as money markets closed in Europe, the pound was worth €1.17, its highest in months (making the euro worth 85.4p).With six weeks to Christmas that could stop the flow of shoppers going across the Border – and actually bring shoppers back into Donegal from Derry, Tyrone and Fermanagh. Letterkenny in particular – with its extensive retail parks – could benefit most as the euro continues to slide against sterling.The €1.20 rate – though it hasn’t reached that point yet – is psychologically important for shoppers from the North.At one stage yesterday it was headed for €1.18, before falling back again in a volatile market.Many shops are enticing northern shoppers south by offering the €1.20 exchange rate, including Hegartys in Buncrana. © 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content and Ideas including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.com BOOST FOR DONEGAL SHOPS AS POUND HEADS FOR CRITICAL €1.20 MARK was last modified: November 10th, 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)last_img read more

BRADY OPTICIANS LAUNCH REVOLUTIONARY 3D OCT SCAN

first_imgBrady Opticians, Donegal Town are renowned for being the leader in safeguarding your eye health over the years, and their revolutionary new 3D OCT scans are a prime example of their innovation.U2 frontman Bono recently revealed that he has had the eye condition glaucoma for the past twenty years.He is not alone, as it affects approximately two in every 100 people over the age of 40. The danger with chronic glaucoma is that it’s a painless condition and people do not realise they have it.Glaucoma damages the optic nerve at the back of the eye resulting in a restricted ‘field of vision’.This impairs the persons’ ability to drive and navigate stairs for example.Unfortunately, the damage caused by glaucoma cannot be reversed, so it is important to have regular, thorough eye examinations. This is particularly relevant for those who are at risk of developing the disease, especially those who have a family member with the condition.Without treatment, glaucoma may eventually lead to blindness.Fortunately, there have been major advancements in the technology used to aid the early detection of glaucoma such as Ocular Coherence Tomography (OCT).Similar to ultrasound, OCT uses light rather than sound waves to provide a 3D view of all the major structures in the eye enabling many eye abnormalities such as age-related macular degeneration, diabetes, and glaucoma to be detected at a very early stage.The scan is non-invasive, painless, and takes only a few minutes to complete. Brady Opticians are the first practice in Donegal Town to offer their patients this pioneering, cutting-edge technology which is usually only found in eye hospitals.Brady Opticians highly recommend that their patients consider utilising this advanced technology to safeguard their eye health.The charge for this service is €35 and is not covered by the medical card scheme, but the health benefits are obvious.Please contact Brady Opticians today on 074 9721727 or go online at http://www.bradyopticians.com/services_item/opticalcoherencetomographys_scans_oct/ to book your OCT scan appointment. BRADY OPTICIANS LAUNCH REVOLUTIONARY 3D OCT SCAN was last modified: November 24th, 2014 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:Bradys OpticiansBusinessFeaturesnewslast_img read more

Man United midfielder set to return for Palace clash? Team news here

first_img1 Midfielder Ander Herrera is back in contention for Manchester United’s Premier League clash with Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Wednesday.The Spaniard missed Saturday’s victory over Aston Villa after suffering a knock in the FA Cup quarter-final replay win over West Ham last week.Captain Wayne Rooney could continue after playing 67 minutes against Villa in his first start since recovering from a knee injury. The 30-year-old will be hoping to continue his comeback ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final clash with former club Everton.But midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger (knee), forward Adnan Januzaj (hamstring) and defender Luke Shaw (leg) are still out.LIVE ON talkSPORT on Wednesday: Liverpool vs Everton in the Merseyside derby from 7pm, click here to listen Ander Herrera has made 35 appearances in all competitions for Manchester United this season last_img read more

Pochettino understood to be behind Ferguson meeting; Spurs optimistic over deal

first_imgTottenham remain confident Mauricio Pochettino will formally sign a new contract, despite the Argentine manager instigating the meeting with Sir Alex Ferguson earlier this week.Pochettino has verbally agreed a new five-year deal with Spurs but he and assistant Jesus Perez were pictured leaving a London restaurant with Ferguson, as rumours continue to link the Tottenham boss with the Manchester United job.Ferguson expressed his admiration for Pochettino earlier this year, and the Scot retains a strong influence at Old Trafford in his role as a director for the club he managed for 26 years.Press Association Sport understands, however, that it was Pochettino who set up the get-together with the former United boss and that he was open about it from the start, informing Tottenham last week that the meeting was going to take place.The pair have spoken before, and had seen a number of earlier arrangements cancelled due to various factors.Sources say Pochettino was determined to keep to the arrangement on this occasion, insisting he had nothing to hide – as a meeting in London in the middle of the day suggests.When Pochettino originally announced the agreement of a new deal, there was an expectation that the contract would be signed in the following days.Despite the delay, and the Argentine’s meeting with Ferguson, Tottenham remain confident the deal is all-but confirmed, and it is likely it will be formally announced following the end of the Premier League campaign. Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino 1last_img read more

Alan Pardew reveals Crystal Palace legend’s role in FA Cup preparations

first_img1 Steve Coppell led Palace to the 1990 FA Cup final Alan Pardew has revealed the “weight of history” he feels to end Crystal Palace’s 111-year wait for a major trophy.The Eagles take on Manchester United in Saturday’s FA Cup final at Wembley.Pardew was a player when Palace last made it this far in the competition, losing to United in 1990 in a replay after the first match finished 3-3 after extra-time.Steve Coppell, Palace’s manager at the time and a former United player, has been recruited to help Pardew scout the Red Devils before Saturday’s fixture. He has also turned to Alan Smith, Coppell’s assistant and successor, for advice.“I feel the weight of the history of not winning something,” said Pardew.“We take one final which we lost into the game, so this group of players have an opportunity to put something permanent there – a first major trophy for Crystal Palace.“One or two of these players will never play in a final again and this is an opportunity to get a winner’s medal, which is so hard. Like the Leicester players, winning the FA Cup would mean the same for us.“Steve Coppell was here; I’ve leant on him in a couple of bits. I’ve spoken to Alan Smith, looked at the history of 1990 and of the history since. It’s a club with a certain DNA. It would be good for the club and for our history for us to win something.“(There was a) great camaraderie in that (1990) group. I hope this group has that same ongoing history as we had. We’re all very close friends, it bonded us. It made this club to a degree, that cup final.“Friendships – I’d prefer those friendships to have carried through as winners. That’s the message I’ll give to my players.”Pardew has a fully-fit squad to face United except for Joe Ledley, whose fractured fibula also makes him a doubt for Wales’ Euro 2016 campaign.In a season when United have often appeared lethargic and confused, Palace’s matchwinners – Yohan Cabaye, Wilfried Zaha and Yannick Bolasie – give them a fine chance.“Man United are an athletic team who keep the ball very well,” said Pardew.“We will have to be patient. We’ll be the side who have to fight that bit harder to win, but we have got areas of the pitch where we’re slighly superior, and we have to make those areas count.“The pressure is on them all the time. They’re Man United: an historic club, the colour, the history, with names we haven’t got. (Sir Alex) Ferguson, (George) Best, (Bobby) Charlton, (Eric) Cantona… They take a different history into the game.“(We are) street football – players from different roots, from non-league and Paris St Germain. Put those ingredients together and it’s quite an exciting blend and an exciting team.“It’s a special feeling for me and my family, but I’ve tried to distance ourselves from 1990 a bit. We do carry some staff who talk about it all the time.“It’s nothing to do with this era. There’s no revenge of ‘putting it right’. It’s about this team getting to the cup final, and trying to win.”last_img read more

Keven Chavez: League in good hands with this pair

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa AnitaYes, Mr. Naismith. Basketball is a team game. Everyone gets that. But when two stars collide, it’s just natural to expect out-of-this-world results. It arrived in earnest on the game’s final possessions as Kobe Bryant took the ball with a 97-97 tie. He spun away from some tough defense from LeBron James and a late attempt at a double-team to knock in a fall-away jumper for the go-ahead basket with 8.6 seconds left. James answered with a post move on Bryant, spinning to the rack and drawing a foul with 5.2 seconds remaining. James made the first free throw and missed the second, but he got a second chance after an offensive rebound by Cleveland. With 4.2 seconds left, James got a step on Bryant, pulled up for the potential game-winner but clanked it off the rim in the Lakers’ 99-98 victory. Kobe vs. LeBron, as good of an individual matchup as it gets. And they’re demonstrating this season that putting their names in the mix with NBA greats like Oscar Robertson and Wilt Chamberlain is no longer hyperbole. LOS ANGELES – The ticket stubs all said Lakers vs. Cavaliers. But there was a two-man show everyone in Staples Center expected to break out on Thursday night. center_img It was the appropriate end for the Kobe vs. LeBron show. Even Lakers coach Phil Jackson, the foremost authority on team-oriented hoops, knew it was just a matter of time before two of the game’s most dynamic players would step into the forefront and make this a personal challenge. “I’m sure it will,” Jackson said before the game. “I’m not concerned about it, but I’m sure it will happen.” It happens because both Bryant and James have the ability to rise above the game itself. With James, that’s a literal translation as the 21-year-old is legitimately a man-child. His driver’s license might indicate he can barely buy a beer, but his chiseled physique and freakish leaping ability suggest someone far more polished. James smothers the rims like a young kid that’s outgrown his Fisher-Price backboard set. As the Cavaliers opened up a lead with an 8-0 run before halftime, LeBron got a nice view of the orange paint job on the top of the rim before nearly ripping it off the backboard on an arena-rattling dunk. Bryant did his best work slithering through double teams and contorting around would-be shot-blockers like an overgrown Slinky. “They’ll be some opportunities some people would like to see,” Jackson said, “but the outcome of the game is not going to depend on it.” Bryant entered the game as the hottest scorer in the league. He has scored 40 or more points in five consecutive games. That’s nothing new to Kobe, who actually had a nine-game run of 40-plus points in the 2002-03 season. keven.chavez@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2239 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

FAMILY TO TURN PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH INTO HOME

first_imgA family which paid €170,000 for a Presbyterian Church in Ballyshannon is to convert it into a home, they said today.The church had been on the market since 2009.New owner Louise McMahon said she will use it as her family home and will be moving in with her husband and five children. Before the church was placed on the market, the bodies of two ministers had to be exhumed from the churchyard and moved to new graves.Speaking to the BBC in the North, the minister, Reverend Stephen Richmond, said it was a very sensitive time.“The families of the two ministers were contacted and gave their consent,” he said.“It was the only option as the church was moving out of church ownership. Ballyshannon Presbyterian Church held its last service in 2007 because of falling numbers.At the time there were just 10 families in the congregation.New owner Louise McMahon said she bought the church on an impulse but plans to turn it into a family home eventually.“It was pure impulse. There was no rational reason behind it. I just saw it on the website and it just drew me in.“It’s like finding a shell on a beach. There was a creature living inside it once. We only bought a shell but we plan on putting something very nice inside of it,” she said. The church, which was reroofed and contains an orchard, was sold after considerable interest from all over the world.There was huge interest from around the world in the property including a woman in Holland who came and sat in the church for hours before deciding against purchasing it.EndsFAMILY TO TURN PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH INTO HOME was last modified: October 9th, 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:Ballyshannon Presbyterian Churchlast_img read more

THE STORM – AS CAUGHT BY DONEGAL SNAPPERS!

first_imgWe are still getting reports of storm damage across the county.Some of you have even sent in your storm pictures.We’ll publish all the pictures you send in. But remember – be careful out there!    A sign of the times! A signpost for Kincasslagh is damaged in the storm.     A stray trampoline comes to a rest after a short journey near Annagry. A tree partially blocks a road outside Ramelton. THE STORM – AS CAUGHT BY DONEGAL SNAPPERS! was last modified: January 3rd, 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:donegalphotosstormlast_img read more

DDTV VIDEO: IS THIS THE LOUGH FOYLE MONSTER OR AN ELABORATE HOAX?

first_imgIT’S already had 80,000 views on YouTube – and not  everyone believes it.Make your own minds up.But it purports to show the Lough Foyle Monster! Of course we think it’s a complete hoax. SIMPLY CLICK TO PLAY!!DDTV VIDEO: IS THIS THE LOUGH FOYLE MONSTER OR AN ELABORATE HOAX? was last modified: May 2nd, 2013 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:DDTV VIDEO: IS THIS THE LOUGH FOYLE MONSTER OR AN ELABORATE HOAX?last_img read more

Memo raises questions on LAPD ruling

first_img While the LAPD will continue to release the names of officers involved in shootings – as most agencies do – the commission decided to take officers’ names out of the detailed reports prepared by the chief of police after every use of force. The reports had long been available through California Public Records Act requests, and the media and watchdog groups used their context and detail to track misconduct and hold the department accountable. The police officers union threatened to sue, however, saying the reports should be kept confidential. The panel decided to keep releasing them while redacting the names. Commissioners have said they wanted to protect officers’ privacy while serving the public with anonymous summaries of their use-of-force reviews posted to the Internet. The Police Protective League says it will keep fighting any release of the chief’s reports. Union General Counsel Hank Hernandez said the documents are based on officers’ compelled statements and include analysis of their performance that should be kept private. The city attorney memo draws a fine distinction on that point. Courts might find that specific analysis of the propriety of an individual officer’s actions could be privileged personnel information, Llewellyn wrote. However, the memo noted that the force reviews function as wider appraisals of the LAPD as an organization and often result in changes to department policy and procedures. Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 dan.laidman@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Before the Police Commission decided behind closed doors to withhold from the public the names of officers who are accused of using serious force, city lawyers advised the panelists that the law is unsettled and they could lean toward officer privacy or public transparency, according to a confidential legal memo obtained Friday. In deciding to withhold the names, the commission has said it acted on advice from the City Attorney’s Office, and reinforced its decision with a public vote earlier this week. “It raises lots of questions and it does not appear to be an area of law where there is one clear-cut obvious answer,” Jack Weiss, a former federal prosecutor and chairman of the council’s Public Safety Committee, said of the City Attorney’s memo on the issue. While Weiss would not release the memo, after reviewing it he introduced a motion that would allow for it to be made public by waiving attorney-client privilege. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The council could take up the motion next week, but in the meantime the Police Commission scheduled a special hearing for Monday to discuss the matter. The panel may or may not vote on releasing the city attorney’s report, said Police Commission Executive Director Richard Tefank. “I’m not prepared to talk about the city attorney’s opinion because the document is still confidential as far as we’re concerned,” he said. A copy obtained by the Daily News shows that city lawyers stressed that the panel had to decide on its own whether to side with officer privacy or openness in government. “The current state of the law is unsettled with respect to exactly where to draw the line between these competing interests,” read the report by Chief Deputy City Attorney Richard Llewellyn. “And in fact several recent appellate cases are currently under review by the California Supreme Court.” last_img read more

7 arrested in race-tied school fight

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – A fight between two boys Friday at Golden Valley High School escalated into a brawl among 20 more, and later ended with the arrests of seven students. Ranging in age from 15 to 18, the students were booked on suspicion of battery on school grounds, said Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Larry Gump. Gump said students fought along racial lines. There were no weapons or injuries reported. “It was black and white versus Mexican,” said sophomore Martin Romo, 15, who witnessed the fight. “I’ve never seen that before at school. I was scared.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Sixteen squad cars lined the school’s perimeter and two sheriff’s helicopters hovered overhead at times as the school went into lockdown and students were ordered to their sixth-period classes, where they sat for the rest of the day. The sight alarmed some parents, who were already angry that the school didn’t notify them about the fight; instead, they got the news from their children, who called from cell phones or sent them text messages. Parents said that when they called the school to verify the story, they were advised not to come to the campus and told that the situation was under control. “Are you kidding me?” yelled Norma Johnson, who rushed to the school to pick up her son. “Who will protect him when he leaves school?” The Canyon Country mother stood with about 50 other parents outside a gate and gave their children’s names to school officials, who located the students and reunited them one by one. Robin Adams was the first parent to arrive at the school. She rushed over after learning from her daughter on campus that her 15-year-old son had been jumped by another student during lunch. School officials told her to wait outside for more information, and she paced around the entrance, holding the hands of two small children. The Canyon Country mother said some boys had cornered her son, a football player, in the bathroom days earlier and threatened to fight him, but then stopped when an adult walked in. “He’s been scared,” she said. Pat Willett, spokeswoman for the William S. Hart Union High School District, said the fight had its roots in an off-campus altercation at a party days before. As school let out Friday, students were ordered via loudspeakers to keep moving and get off the campus. They huddled on an island of grass in the parking lot as their rides arrived. The district also employed more buses to take students home immediately. Meanwhile, Principal Jacque Snyder and other school officials asked deputies to keep the news media off campus even though state law allows reporters and photographers open access to public schools. As they waited for their ride home, sophomores Christine Lopez and Fabiola Guillen said they were eating lunch when suddenly they saw everybody running across campus. Then a bell rang and everyone was ordered to sixth-period classes. They were surprised when they learned that the fight was among races. “Everyone gets along here,” said Lopez, 15. “It’s rare that race got involved.” After the campus cleared, the seven students in custody were escorted in handcuffs from the school’s main office by deputies to waiting squad cars and vans parked on school grounds behind a gate guarded by more deputies. Snyder did not comment on the fight and referred phone calls to the district office. Golden Valley High School opened in August 2004 to students in grades nine and 10. Juniors were added this year. Sue Doyle, (661) 257-5254 sue.doyle@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

New Orleans shows its spirit

first_img A threat of thunderstorms Saturday prompted a one-day delay of the Krewe of Endymion’s parade, which was set to follow the Krewe of Bacchus through the Uptown neighborhood on Sunday night. Three smaller parades were held in the afternoon. The sunny weather and party atmosphere provided a sense of optimism for New Orleans six months after Katrina flooded 80 percent of the city and dispersed more than two-thirds of the population. “I just hope the rest of the world doesn’t think New Orleans is OK because we’re having Mardi Gras,” said Cynthia Perkins, who lost her home in the flood. While some decried the city’s plan to hold Mardi Gras celebrations while tens of thousands of residents were displaced, Ebony Jenkins, who lost home, car and possessions in the flood, was in a festive mood nonetheless. “My take on it is: Let it roll,” she said as she waited for floats and masked riders to fill the street and shed a rain of doubloons and beads on the throngs. – Associated Press 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 MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant While some revelers noted crowds so deep that people could barely move, they were thinner than in years past. Velasquez said her business was down by at least half. “What can you expect, it’s Katrina!” she said. Pat Kaschalk, a teacher in New Orleans, estimated the crowds at three-quarters of the usual numbers. “It was actually possible to catch something this year,” she said. “We were able to get close to the floats and make eye contact with the riders. Normally we wouldn’t be able to do that.” New Orleans children sat atop ladders yelling for beads and other trinkets Sunday as two of the Carnival season’s biggest and glitziest parades rolled through this fun-starved city. By nightfall, the warm, sunny weather had chilled a bit, but that didn’t stop the crowds – old, young and of all races – from partying. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, which flooded most of the city last summer, people seemed a bit nicer – and less apt to lace their words with profanities – than in previous years, an annual vendor said. “Before, the people were more aggressive; now I see there is more passion, more calm,” said Miryan Velasquez, 60, who sells alligator on hot dog buns, lemonade and shrimp po-boys, a quintessential New Orleans sandwich on French bread. last_img read more

Bush to visit Afghanistan

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Security was tight in the Afghan capital, with helicopters flying overhead and U.S. military Humvee jeeps patrolling the streets. Bush departed Washington Tuesday for a trip to Pakistan and India, where he was to arrive late Wednesday. KABUL, Afghanistan – President Bush will make his first visit to Afghanistan on Wednesday and meet with President Hamid Karzai, a top Afghan official said. The two leaders will have lunch and hold a joint press conference, said the official, who is familiar with Karzai’s schedule but did not want to be named because of the sensitivity of the issue. U.S. Embassy officials in Kabul declined to comment on whether Bush would visit Afghanistan. Wednesday’s trip would be the first visit to a country where some 18,000 U.S. troops are stationed. Bush made a surprise visit to Iraq on Thanksgiving in 2003, showing up unannounced in a mess hall for a holiday meal with troops. 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