Iran bans public World Cup screenings

first_imgThere had been excitement after officials at Tehran’s Azadi Stadium announced that families would be allowed in to watch Friday’s match together for the first time.But Khabar Varzeshi, a sports news website, said the plan had been called off at the last minute without any explanation.However, it added that stadium officials were working to get permits for Iran’s remaining group stage matches against Spain and Portugal.Local journalists said they had also received a text message from the sports ministry, telling them that plans to erect screen in public parks had also been cancelled.It was not clear whether cafes would be allowed to show the matches.Iranian authorities were ridiculed on social media this week after a huge World Cup billboard was put up in central Tehran featuring supporters from different parts of the country — but notably failing to include any women.“A new billboard just went up in Tehran’s busy Valiasr Square to welcome the World Cup and most importantly, let #TeamMelli know that they have the full support of the Iranian nation. For those wondering, there are no women in Iran,” joked one local journalist on Twitter.The billboard was quickly replaced with a new design that included women lined up alongside the Iranian team, which is nicknamed Team Melli.Iran had an unbeaten run through the qualifiers, but faces one of the toughest groups in the competition, against Morocco, Spain and Portugal.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Iran fans follow the game between Russia and Saudi Arabia on a giant screen at the FIFA Fans Fest in Saint Petersburg on June 14, 2018© AFP OLGA MALTSEVATEHRAN, Iran, June 15 – Authorities in Tehran cancelled plans to allow families to watch Iran’s World Cup football opener against Morocco on Friday in the stadium and public parks of the Islamic republic’s capital.The Islamic republic is thought to be the only country in the world that refuses to allow fans to gather in open public spaces for the World Cup, possibly due to opposition to the idea of men and women watching together.last_img read more

Foundation grants $10 million to South Bay hospitals, organizations

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Thanks to the grant, patients who would normally have to wait up to a year for an appointment with a specialist at County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center can get in to see one at Little Company of Mary in about two weeks, said Jim Tehan, director of community programs for the hospital. Little Company also received $130,000 to support community health workers who will be stationed at the new Vasek Polak Health Clinic set to open Dec. 3 in Hawthorne. Another grant recipient was County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, which received $560,000 to provide home health visits, assistance with transportation and coordination of health care for up to 68 Latino and African-American high-risk infants. Other programs that received funding included mental health and counseling services for high-risk youths at the Airport Marina Counseling Services Center in Westchester, health promotion at the Alzheimer’s Association, and stroke prevention at Centinela Freeman Medical Center. The grant money, announced late last week, is administered through the foundation as part of a settlement agreement reached between the state and Centinela Hospital Medical Center in Inglewood when it was sold to a for-profit corporation. By Melissa Evans STAFF WRITER The California Community Foundation has awarded more than $10 million in grants to hospitals and health organizations in the South Bay. The largest grant went to Little Company of Mary-Torrance, which received $2.1 million to extend a three-year program that provides specialty care for 5,000 uninsured clients of South Bay Family Health Care Center. The Centinela Medical Funds must be used to promote health and wellness in areas that the hospital served, including Hawthorne, El Segundo, Lawndale and Inglewood. 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

Lough Eske Castle fashion show raises €6,000 for Donegal charities

first_imgA Cup Cake Fantasy Charity Fashion Show in Solis Lough Eske Castle Hotel this month has raised a total of €6,000 for two Donegal charities.The event on Sunday March 5th was a colourful mixture of style and sweetness as guests enjoyed baked delights and admired the latest SS17 collections.This year, all proceeds were in aid of two charities which support the local community – Pieta House and Donegal Community Hospital Patient Comfort Fund. It was a proud day for the staff of Solis Lough Eske Castle Hotel this week as they presented two cheques to their chosen charities, with each receiving €3,000.The Lough Eske Castle Social Committee, along with General Manager Sean Carney welcomed representatives from the Donegal Community Hospital Patient Fund and Pieta House North West to the hotel for the presentation.Have a look back on the event galleries here on Donegal Woman.Sweetness and style at the Cup Cake Fantasy charity fashion show> Lough Eske Castle fashion show raises €6,000 for Donegal charities was last modified: March 31st, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:charityDonegal Community Hospital Patient FundPIeta Housesolis lough eske castle hotellast_img read more

High-speed delay

first_imgA side benefit of Sacramento’s approving a $37.3 billion infrastructure bond package for the November ballot is that it may kill plans for a high-speed rail that would run the length of California. A $10 billion bond measure to start the line, which would whiz passengers from Los Angeles to San Francisco, has been postponed for years. It was slated to go on November’s ballot, but will now likely be postponed again until at least 2008, so it won’t compete with the infrastructure bond for the public’s support. Thus a good idea seems to have displaced a bad one. Good. A high-speed rail running the length of the state is a nice idea, in theory, but in reality it’s not at all worth the $37 billion price tag it carries. The greatest transportation problem in California isn’t long-distance statewide travel, it’s the local commute. 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 MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsLet’s worry about fixing our roads, freeways and transit systems first.last_img read more


first_imgAll County LeagueBoth teams are away to Kilcar on this Sunday the 24th July with the Throw ins at 1.30pm and 3pm.SympathyThe club extends deepest sympathy to the Harkin family and family circle Ballymore on the death of their mother Peggy last week.Sympathy is also extended to the Gallagher family and family circle Main Street Creeslough on the death of their mother Josephine last week also. Runegal The Hornhead ChallengeAnother successful Runegal which was run by St. Michael’s GAA on Friday 15th July as a fundraiser for the club. 78 runners turned up on a miserable evening to compete in the 10k and the 5k – well done to all as it is a challenging (but rewarding) route. Congratulations to the winners – 1st home in the 10k was Sean Murphy (SM) and Claire Richardson (SW) 1st home in the 5k was Christopher McElhinney (SM) and Michelle Given (SW) and Barry McGurk (JM) and Blaithnaid Gallagher (JW).Thanks to all the runners for turning out on a miserable evening and competing. Thanks to the sponsors – the Shandon Hotel and Molly’s sweet shop for the fabulous prizes and Centra for the refreshments.Thanks to all the club members who helped out with registration, stewarding, course layout, teas, tidying up – a great team effort. Tickets Donegal vs. Cork MatchTicket details for the Donegal v Cork Minor Quarter Final and Qualifier in Croke Park on Saturday 30th July. Minor Match 2pm Senior Match 4pm.. Ticket Prices are as follows: Adult Ticket Only €25. OAP and Students Cusack and Davan Stands Only €25 claim rebate on the day of the game.All St. Michael’s Club orders must be texted to Moses on 0868832129 or Patricia on 0861239435 by this Friday 22nd July at 3.30pm.Tickets are also for sale in the usual outlets. St. Michael’s Mini LottoThere was no jackpot winner in the St. Michael’s Mini Lotto on Sunday night last. The numbers drawn were 3,5,11, 15, 19, and 20. There were no 5 winners. 10 people matched 4 and their names were drawn. The winner of the €100 was Eileen Ward Murroe. This weeks Jackpot be €2150.The Club would like to thank Brian and Margaret Anne Dolan, Molly’s Bar Dunfanaghy, Seamus Sweeney Kildarragh Construction Philadelphia, Shaun Langan Creeslough Pallets and Michael McColgan Dunfanaghy for their continuing sponsorship of the lotto jackpot, it is very much appreciated.Tickets are on sale in local businesses in Dunfanaghy and Creeslough and at the Bingo Session in Massinass Community Centre Creeslough on Sunday evenings, tickets for the St. Michaels Mini Lotto can now also be purchased on line anywhere at at onlinelotto on facebook . St. Michael’s Bingo SessionThe €100 on the 5th Game at the Bingo Session in Dunfanaghy on Sunday night last was won by Bernie Boyle Falcarragh, the €100 on the 10th Game was won by Maureen Moore Carrigart.Every house New Car if you check on 45 Numbers or less with the Lucky number in the Panel and also called in the first five numbers of that game.The Magic Number from 1 to 90 is drawn out every Sunday night before the bingo begins. In addition every House winner will receive a free entry to the weekly lotto, this weeks Jackpot is €2150. The single book is €8, Double, Double Book €12, Sheet €2. Bingo continues every Sunday evening at 8pm in the Massinass Community Centre. Well DoneWell done to the minors players Ciaran McGinley and Odhrán McFadden and their team and Management who won the Ulster Minor Final in Clones on Sunday last. SOS for Photographs!Nicola is currently gathering photographs for the clubhouse. If anyone has ANY team photographs from winning senior, reserve, u21 or any underage teams in league/championship/Gaeltacht she would really appreciate if you let her know. All hard copies of the photos will be returned to you safely once we make a copy of them or likewise photos can be emailed to secretary.stmichaels.donegal@gaa.iePlease spread the word as the team photos required date back to 1967!!All help with this little project would be much appreciated. Thanks everyone.Club GearMichael Murphy Sports & Leisure is now stocking St Michael’s club gear in children and adult sizes.Initials can be embroidered on tops if requested in the shop.St. Michael’s minor boardU8sTraining continues on Thursday evening at the Bridge from 6pm to 7pm. Bus leaves Creeslough at 5.45pm, €3 for bus Any queries : please contact Bernard on 087 248 1402.Under 10sTraining as normal this Thursday at the Bridge 6 -7pm. Bus leaves Creeslough at 5.45pm .e 3 for the bus . Any queries please contact Aidan on 083 801 7333. Under 12sThe Under 12’s played Glenswilly last week in their final game.Under 14’sThe Under 14’s are waiting on the fixture for their Semi Final match. Under 16’sThe Under 16’s played Milford away on Friday evening last and drew.RegistrationAnyone still wishing to register/pay outstanding monies please contact either Suzi on 0872849214 or Anne Marie on 0879454107 ASAP.Parish League BookletAnyone who wishes to receive a Parish League Booklet can contact Margaret Ann on 0876207919.Also some league champions 2015 booklets still available.Cúl CampCul Camps are now available for booking online. St. Michael’s is on from the 25th to the 29th July at the Bridge, the fees are as follows: €55 for one child, €45 for second child and €40 for third child.ST. MICHAEL’S GAA MEMBERS TAKE ON RUNEGAL HORNHEAD CHALLENGE was last modified: July 19th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:St Michaels GAA noteslast_img read more

Milford boy to have first haircut in five years – in memory of late father

first_imgAn 11-year-old Milford schoolboy is to have his haircut for the first time in five years – to raise money in memory of his late father.Ultan Blaney, a sixth class pupil at Scoil Mhuire in Milford will have his locks chopped on Friday, in memory of his dad, Anthony, who passed away in May.Anthony Blaney spent some time in St Luke’s Hospital in Dublin earlier this year before sadly losing his battle with cancer. Ultan, a talented footballer with Milford United, who is also with the Finn Harps Academy, has decided to raise funds for the Friends of St Luke’s Cancer Care.On Friday at 12 noon at Wendy’s Hair Salon, he will get his hair cut. The day is in association with the Little Princess Trust, who provide real hair wigs for children who have suffered hair loss.“St Luke’s were so good to Anthony,” said Ultan’s mum, Fiona.“He wanted to do something for them himself but, unfortunately, he never got the chance to do it. “This is a big thing for Ultan. It’s been something to keep him focussed.“One of the things Anthony got in St Luke’s was a haircut. It’s something we all would take for granted maybe, but he wanted it before he came home. When he got it, he sent me a picture and it meant so, so much.”Anthony volunteered with the Milford Credit Union. Recently, Fiona and a friend, Bridgeen McMahon, set up an account to hold the funds raised.“We wanted to keep it low key at first through the school and got cards printed with lines at €2,” Fiona said.“People just started coming to us and the thing took wings. It really just snowballed. People were coming and taking the cards into work. Everyone has just been so supportive, it’s been amazing and so heart-warming.” Milford boy to have first haircut in five years – in memory of late father was last modified: November 10th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Finn Harps AcademyLittle Princess TrustMilfordmilford unitedSt Luke’s HospitalUltan Blaneylast_img read more

‘One of the most serious data breaches ever’ – Data Protection Commission

first_imgThe Data Protection Commission has described the sale of information by a Donegal-based civil servant as “one of the most serious data breaches everuncovered in this State.”It follows the jailing of Letterkenny-based civil servant Rory Lenihan today.Mr Lenihan was jailed for 12 months after pleading guilty to 12 sample charges of selling information relating to the personal details held at the Department of Social Protection. Welcoming today’s court outcome, Assistant Commissioner Tony Delaneysaid today’s sentencing hearing brings to an end lengthy courtproceedings which followed separate investigations by An GardaSíochána and the Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) which began inDecember 2010.He revealed “The DPC conducted a detailed investigation in 2010 – 2011 of threecompanies in the insurance sector. That investigation culminated inthe successful prosecution under the Data Protection Acts of thosecompanies, Zurich Insurance Plc, FBD Insurance Plc and TravelersInsurance Company Limited at the Dublin Metropolitan District Court inFebruary 2012.“The investigation followed the receipt of a formal breach report fromthe Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection ofsuspected leaking to third parties by one of its officials of personaldata held on the Department’s computer systems. Our investigationfound evidence on claims files in the insurance companies concerned ofsocial welfare information concerning a number of insurance claimants.“We established that the social welfare information had been suppliedto the insurance companies by a firm of private investigators, havingbeen disclosed to them by the defendant in today’s proceedings, Mr.Rory Lenihan.” He added that the “form and scale of the offending behaviour whichcame to light in the investigation of this case was shocking.”“This case stands out as one of the most serious data breaches everuncovered in this State. That a civil servant, who had ready accessfor the performance of his official duties to the social welfarerecords of every customer of the Department, abused his position andtrawled through those records and passed on personal information fromthem to private investigators in exchange for corrupt payments isscandalous and appalling.“In the intervening years since this case first came to light in late2010, the DPC has devoted significant resources to the detection ofleakage of personal data from State databases to privateinvestigators. Our work in that area, which is ongoing, has yieldedpositive results with the detection and subsequent prosecution of fiveprivate investigation entities since 2014 on charges of havingobtained personal data from State databases without authority andpassing it on to third parties in the insurance or financial sectors.”He said today’s Court outcome should serve as a very clear warning toemployees in all sectors against snooping through, or disclosing to,unauthorised third parties personal data that may be at their disposalin their workplace for the performance of their duties.“Employees are given access to records of personal data forwork-related purposes. Any deviation by employees from those officialpurposes, such as accessing records to obtain information on behalf offamily, friends or others, constitutes a breach of data protectionlegislation which could result in serious consequences for theemployees concerned.” ‘One of the most serious data breaches ever’ – Data Protection Commission was last modified: January 27th, 2018 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:courtData ProtectionRory LenihanTony Delaneylast_img read more

Shahid Afridi an absolutely clueless captain: Intikhab Alam

first_imgThere seems to be end to Shahid Afridi’s ordeal after Pakistan’s early exit from the ICC World Twenty20 following defeats in the hands of hosts India, New Zealand and Australia.Afridi’s leadership had been questioned by coach Waqar Younis in a scathing report submitted to the Pakistan Cricket Board. Now, team manager Intikhab Alam has come up with an equally damning document, which has branded Afridi an “absolutely clueless captain,” in the wake of poor performances in the ICC World Twenty20 and the Asia Cup T20.In eight matches across these two tournaments, Pakistan managed to win only three – against UAE, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. They lost to arch-rivals India twice in the span of one month and that obviously has not gone down well with fans back home.According to ESPNcricinfo , the five-page report condemns Afridi for his poor on-field tactics and off-field leadership. However, Alam gave a glowing review of the coaching staff and added that they did their job diligently. Alam also pointed out the lack of skills in all departments of the game besides criticising the “needless controversies.”Afridi had stirred up a storm when he said that the Pakistan team was more loved in India than people back home. He was also in the firing line after mentioning Kashmir during an interview moments before Pakistan’s match against New Zealand. The BCCI reacted sharply but Afridi was at it again, using the ‘K’ word after the team’s final match against Australia. (Afridi begs for forgiveness)advertisementWaqar, in his report, had said Afridi had failed to perform as batsman, bowler and captain.”Shahid Afridi didn’t attend few meetings, practice – and this is not how a captain leads from the front. It was unfair how he played Mohammad Nawaz during the game which destroyed the youngster’s confidence. He was so fixated on his own performance that he did not execute any game plan or use the right player at the right time. His sudden decision on changing the batting order or field placement did not help the team. He appeared to be under so much pressure and playing poorly as well, it really reflected poorly on the team.”The whole team morale was down because they all felt the pressure from the captain. No matter how many times I talk to the players, it is the captain who has to lead the boys on the field and execute the plan,” Waqar had said in his report, which was accessed by ESPNcricinfo.Alam said Pakistan, with the exception of Mohammad Amir, did not have any other bowler, who could win matches for the team before slamming the batsmen for their lack of power-hitting capabilities.”To cap it all, the tournament (World T20) was being held in India, where the team was under multiple scanners at the same time, pushing the stress and anxiety levels very high,” Intikhab said. “Much to our chagrin added to the above reasons, was a captain in his farewell event after a career spanning nearly 20 years, yet absolutely clueless in terms of on-field tactics and off-field leadership.”Alam’s report is certain further weaken Afridi’s position in the Pakistan cricket set-up.last_img read more


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first_imgThe Iowa DNR is investigating a fish kill that began on the North Fork of the Floyd River about seven miles northeast of Sheldon in O’Brien County.On Sunday, DNR staff found dead fish starting close to the intersection of the North Fork and the Floyd River, and continuing for about four miles downstream in the Floyd.DNR specialists have not yet identified the pollutant source.Areas further downstream were low in oxygen and high in ammonia.Laboratory results will be available next week.The DNR will continue to investigate to locate the source of the pollutant.last_img read more