0Shares0000Egypt’s forward Mohamed Salah (L) takes a free kick to score a goal during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations group D football match against Ghana in Port-Gentil on January 25, 2017LONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 16- Fuelled by the adrenaline rush of clinching Egypt’s first World Cup berth in 28 years, Mohamed Salah has set his sights on rescuing Liverpool’s spluttering Champions League campaign.After drawing their opening two Champions League matches, Liverpool have no margin for error when they face Maribor in Slovenia on Tuesday. Fortunately for under pressure Reds boss Jurgen Klopp, in Salah they have the man for the big occasion.Salah was the key figure as Egypt enjoyed a dramatic 2-1 win against Congo last week that booked their return to the World Cup for the first time since 1990.The 25-year-old sparked wild scenes of celebration across Egypt when he converted the decisive penalty five minutes into stoppage-time.The Liverpool winger had given Egypt the lead on the hour with a cool finish, but Congo almost spoiled the party when Arnold Bouka equalised two minutes from full time.Mahmoud Hassan was brought down in the area with just seconds left and Salah stepped up to score the penalty that clinched their place in Russia next year.Salah became an instant national hero and has already had a school from his hometown of Basyoun renamed in his honour.“That was to me a dream come true, whether as a footballer or an Egyptian citizen and fan. I’m proud I made the Egyptians happy,” Salah said of the epic victory.“When I stepped up to take the penalty, I didn’t think of anything but scoring and winning the game.“The most difficult moment in my life was when the fans fell silent following Congo’s equaliser but thank God we finally realised a childhood dream of my own.”Salah’s heroics for Egypt maintained his impressive revival since being sold by Chelsea in 2016 and now he is focused on sparking more jubilant scenes — this time on Merseyside.Since joining Liverpool for a then club record £39 million ($51 million, 43 million euros) from Roma in June, Salah has quickly won over the doubters with six goals in 12 appearances.– Maturity –Liverpool’s midfielder Mohamed Salah controls the ball during the English Premier League football match against Burnley September 16, 2017That fine form is a far cry from his time at Chelsea, where he scored just twice in 19 appearances before being sold by then boss Jose Mourinho.Mourinho felt Salah’s slender frame was ill suited to the frenetic Premier League and twice loaned him out to Fiorentina and Roma.But Salah was reborn after making a permanent move to Rome.Thriving in a league where obdurate defending has been turned into an art form was a huge boost to Salah’s confidence and that, combined with his growing maturity off the pitch, convinced Klopp to bring him to Anfield.Klopp isn’t the only one dazzled by Salah’s potent combination of poise and pace, with Arsenal and France legend Thierry Henry claiming he has the potential to be one of the world’s best.“I don’t think it’s about proving anything to Mourinho, but proving to the Liverpool fans that you are this guy, that you can be a player like (Philippe) Coutinho,’ Henry said recently.“For me, he is special, he has something special. He will be a special player for Liverpool.“I like the fact that he is direct. We don’t have a lot of players like that in the game anymore.“And yes, people will say sometimes that he needs four opportunities to score a goal.“When he is able to finish all the opportunities he has then he will be more than lethal for this club.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
A young builder who took up dealing drugs after he lost his job was caught with more than €1,500 of cannabis when stopped by Gardai.Cain Crossan, 23, was caught by Gardai in a car in Porthall, Lifford on March 26th last. Garda Inspector Barry Doyle told Letterkenny District Court that Crossan was caught with a total of 12 clear bags of cannabis herb.Gardai believes they were ‘deal bags’ and were for sale or supply and were valued at €1,540.Inspector Doyle said Mr Crossan, of Glenfad, Porthall, Lifford, who has no previous convictions, was very co-operative when arrested and admitted the drugs were for sale or supply.Solicitor Patsy Gallagher said he was labouring on a site four weeks previously but the site had closed down.He said he had learned a solitary lesson after being introduced to the drugs business by “so-called friends.”He asked JUdge Paul Kelly if he would consider adjourning the case for a Probation Report which Judge Kelly agreed to.The case was adjourned until June 26th.Man began dealing drugs after he lost his building job was last modified: April 25th, 2017 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:courtdealingdonegaldrugsGardaiLifford
UPDATED: Gardaí in Ballyshannon have confirmed that a man has died and one person been injured in a road traffic accident.They say they are investigating a two vehicle fatal road traffic collision which occurred at Brenter (N56), Dunkineely at approximately 10.45pm last night.“A van and a car were in collision at the above location resulting in the death of the 30 year old male driver of the van,” said a garda spokesman. “The 21 year old male driver of the car was injured.“The deceased was removed to Letterkenny General Hospital where a post mortem examination will take place today.“The road is currently closed to facilitate an examination by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators and diversions are in place.”Investigating Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to contact Ballyshannon Garda Station on 071-9858530, the Garda Confidential Line 1-800-666-111 or any Garda Station. Gardai are also investigating a car crash outside Stranorlar yesterday afternoon; the road was closed for a time whilst gardai helped clear the road. VAN DRIVER DIES IN CO DONEGAL CRASH was last modified: May 26th, 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:VAN DRIVER DIES IN CO DONEGAL CRASH
SANTA CLARITA – With the legal impasse that has blocked development of the Whittaker-Bermite property near resolution, local leaders are looking forward to the filling 996 acres of prime real estate in the Santa Clarita’s center with homes, roads and business, and perhaps bridge the city’s east and west halves. An Arizona bankruptcy court is overseeing the last phases of settlement from Remedial Financial Inc., the Phoenix-based owner of the contaminated property off Soledad Canyon Road that went belly-up in 2004, before it could fulfill promises of clean-up and development. A legal resolution means the property could be up for bid in early 2006, a toxic piece of real estate that could prove a gold mine for builders with the right mix of pollution remediation and urban planning know-how. Irvine-based SunCal Cos. and North Carolina-based Cherokee Investment Partners are among the suitors. Officials at both companies could not be reached for comment, but for the city of Santa Clarita – eager to bring private investment into this troubled property – a settlement couldn’t come soon enough. “Any development team coming in will want a very expedited process,” Hardy said. “We certainly want to see the remediation of the soil and the ground water to be expedited. That needs to happen prior to any productive re-use of the property. That’s been the biggest driver of this site.” The state Department of Toxic Substances Control has been monitoring the decontamination effort – led by Whittaker since RFI’s bankruptcy – for several years. Meantime, the Castaic Lake Water Agency is leading groundwater clean-up. Filters were installed last month at shallow alluvial well, with Whittaker contributing $500,000 to the effort. But complete restoration of local groundwater supply could cost more than $15.3 million. The property was a money sink for RFI, which bought the property in 1999 for $15 million. Officials said they spent more than $25 million to clean before putting it back on the market in 2002. The company had said they were stymied by a City Council that refused to amend the old Porta Bella plan to suit their needs. It filed for bankruptcy in 2004. Former City Councilwoman Jo Anne Darcy, who served from incorporation in 1987 until 2002, recalled differently. “I was skeptical from the beginning, only because I didn’t know about the company,” she said in a recent interview. “It always makes the flares go up if it’s too good to be true. I’m not disparaging developers either. “Our main concerns then are still the same. We don’t want to have heavy development. We don’t want it to impact the traffic directly, and we want to make sure the water is clean and safe.” To be successful, Darcy said developers who dare to take on the site must consider what the city needs now in housing, industrial space and roads. “When they make a cross-valley road, you’re going to cut your property in half,” she said. “You don’t want to do it too badly. You’re going to have all that traffic noise. It’s got to be sized in comparison to the surrounding area and the number of people who are going to be there. “If they do it right, considering that this is a family community, I’m sure it’s going to be a big success. You don’t want to overdo it.” Barbara Wampole, vice chairwoman of the environmental group Friends of the Santa Clara River, said city leaders should emphasize open space. She cited the failure last month of the proposed $25-a-year park and open space assessment, which 60 percent of local property owners voted down. “If they are going to have family housing, they better have greenbelts for people to recreate,” she said. The measure was intended to collect about $1.46 million a year to buy, maintain and develop parkland and open space. The city has a stated goal of providing 5 acres of parkland per 1,000 residents – or a total 800 acres – though currently boasts only 220 acres of recreation parks. “They just lost their open space measure,” Wampole said. “The city is now more challenged to find ways to design open space in its future. It’s important to remember that the city is still far behind what it ought to be in open space dedication for parks. We would like to see open space available in the middle of the community.” Wampole envisions a central park on the property that’s more New York City than Saugus. “I think about a square mile in Manhattan,” she said. “I don’t think about playing fields. I think about a park with wooded areas that really function to bring people close to natural habitats.” The city’s population is expected to grow from the current 167,000 to more than 187,000 by 2010, according to Southern California Association of Governments projections. “Everybody talks about anticipating increased growth,” Wampole said. “If the community has to grow in some direction, they’re going to have to build more intensely in the middle of the city. “If that happens here and we find ourselves without community parks, it will be obvious someone in the city is not thinking about the future.” — Eugene Tong, (661) 257-5253 firstname.lastname@example.orgWant 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 MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “I think our city has been very clear that the remediation and the development of this property is a high priority,” said Lisa Hardy, the city’s planning manager. “There is a major roadway infrastructure that extends through the property, and it’s the geographic center of our city.” An existing development plan the city approved in 1995 – Porta Bella – was a non-starter under RFI and previous owner Whittaker Corp., though the entitlements are still in effect, Hardy said. But any attempts to revive the decade-old project would face city scrutiny. “We’ve made it very clear that we want a very collaborative land-use planning process to occur, that would involve the community and the city as well,” she said. “The intent is to explore an alternative land-use plan for the property with the developer, that’s better reflective with the city’s needs today.” Porta Bella featured a business park, a major east-west road and nearly 3,000 homes slated for the former rocket testing and explosives manufacturing site, which operated for more than 50 years until Whittaker closed it in 1987. But potential builders – as part of the city’s existing development agreement – must deal with a legacy of contamination by heavy metals and solvents such as perchlorate before construction takes place. The chemical, which has been linked to thyroid problems, has seeped into area groundwater and forced the capping of at least six drinking wells.
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It’s no secret that Oracle and SAP have been at each others’ throats for years. For a long period SAP was considered the undisputed king of the world’s largest corporate ERP accounts. But while SAP’s innovation stagnated, Oracle’s inorganic-growth strategy of never-ending acquisitions turned it a very serious challenger to SAP. The competition between the two companies has intensified and grown white hot over recent months.The customer perspective of Oracle has also been changing over the past several years. A June 5th Wall Street Journal article cites a survey taken by Wellesley, Mass research firm Nucleus Research which found that when 56 executives (29 of which were SAP customers and 27 of which were Oracle) were asked whether the customer got a “positive return on investment”, 93% of the Oracle customers said ‘yes’ compared to only 41% of the SAP customers.Oracle trumped SAP in all categories:Project completed on timeProject completed on budgetCustomer would recommend the software to peersSAP disputed the results saying that interviewing only 29 of their 26,000 customers wasn’t sufficiently large to draw any conclusions from. The SAP spokesperson called the study “junk science”.But one thing is clear, Oracle is aggressively attacking SAP on all fronts, and since March, the attack now also includes the courts. On March 22 Oracle sued SAP saying that SAP had broken into Oracle’s website and illegally downloaded Oracle software. Oracle is suing for copyright infringement and breach of contract.Oracle’s suit also alleges that the SAP division called TomorrowNow took Oracle-copyrighted material and supplied it to SAP customers. Oracle is charging that TomorrowNow engaged in a “deliberate, systematic and illegal scheme to acess, copy, use and distribute Oracle’s copyrighted software products and related materials” in violation of federal and state law.Meanwhile rumors are flying that Oracle is acquiring SAP stock with the intent of acquiring it. That’s unlikely though since today Oracle’s capitalization is around $100 billion while SAP’s market capitalization is about $59 billion. Anyone attempting to buy SAP would need to pay a premium that might bring the pricetag up to nearly $70 billion, more than two-thirds Oracle’s capitalization. Oracle would find it difficult to control the merged entity.Where this will all lead is anyone’s guess. But it is very likely that the headlines surrounding the Oracle-SAP rivalry aren’t going to go away any time soon.
A new report says the worldwide market for green construction materials will more than double over the next seven years to reach $254 billion by 2020.Navigant Research, a market research and consulting company, said a number of factors would contribute to growth, including consumer demand, lower costs for green materials, an expansion of certification programs and “growing evidence that green buildings confer quantifiable market advantages.”A free summary of the full report, “Materials in Green Buildings,” can be downloaded at the company’s web site.
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MILWAUKEE (AP) — While catching his breath during a break along the sideline, the Milwaukee Bucks’ star pupil put his arms on his hips and leaned his 6-foot-11 frame over to listen to coach Jason Kidd.Giannis Antetokounmpo is learning the nuances of running a team from one of the best point guards and triple-double threats in NBA history.Give it a little more time, Kidd says. The fun is only just beginning with the 22-year-old Antetokounmpo.“The big thing is we gave him the ball and his appetite is big,” Kidd said.It was only in February 2016 that Kidd assigned Antetokounmpo to be a primary ball-handler. His career has taken off, much like one of his soaring dunks.In his fourth year in the league, Antetokounmpo turned into an All-Star this season after averaging career highs of 22.9 rebounds, 8.7 rebounds and 5.4 assists. He ranked in the top 20 in the league in total points, rebounds, blocks, assists and steals, an NBA first.“He wants to learn. He wants to be a point guard,” Kidd said. “He wants to have the ball and help make decisions, be involved in the play.”It’s hard to miss the towering player who can breeze by defenders to the hoop, pass out of double-teams and make stops at the other end . He has been the best player so far for the Bucks, who take a 2-1 lead in their first-round playoff series against Toronto into Game 4 on Saturday.The 6-foot-4 Kidd had an all-around skill set of his own back when he was playing, though he didn’t have Antetokounmpo’s imposing length and height.“I wish I was 7 feet tall,” Kidd said. “He’s better than I am.”Not quite yet.Kidd averaged 12.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and 8.7 assists in a nearly two-decade NBA career that ended in 2013. His 107 career triple-doubles are third in league history behind All-Stars Oscar Robertson (181) and Magic Johnson (138).Kidd could step back and hit 3s. He created in transition. His court awareness gave him a distinct advantage over opponents.Now he’s passing that knowledge on to Antetokounmpo, and Kidd isn’t that far removed from his playing days so he can relate to a team with a young core.“He puts himself in our shoes because he was in our shoes,” Antetokounmpo said. “It helps a lot because taking tips from J-Kidd — he was a player that was one of the best that’s ever done.”Antetokounmpo has professed to having a lighthearted moment of doubt about Kidd at one point during the coach’s first season in 2014-5 after being pulled from a game. A native of Greece, Antetokounmpo had to look up his coach’s credentials online. They checked out.“It’s really easy to accept (Kidd’s mentoring) because he’s been in my shoes. He knows how I feel right now,” he said.Team President Peter Feigin described a close relationship between player and coach bonded in part by what he called a shared “maniacal focus” to be the best. Antetokounmpo has spent long days and nights at the team’s practice facility in a quiet Milwaukee suburb.“There’s a tremendous amount of mutual respect,” team co-owner Wes Edens said. “You can’t really put a label on Giannis as a basketball player … but you can really see culturally he fits the model of a Jason Kidd player. He plays at both ends.”He’s already a matchup nightmare for opposing coaches, including Toronto’s Dwane Casey.“As far as keeping him off the free throw line we have to make sure we give him space. Challenge late. We have to mix that up and start trapping him also because he is getting where he wants to go,” Casey said. “We have to give him different looks.”Perhaps one of the next steps for the Bucks is regularly taking advantage of the extra attention that Antetokounmpo draws on the court. It happened in the Bucks’ 104-77 rout of Toronto in Game 3, when defenders were drawn by Antetokounmpo’s every move to open up room for teammates.Antetokounmpo finished with 19 points, eight rebounds and four rebounds, fairly pedestrian numbers for him. But six Bucks scored in double figures.“He’s still just understanding the point guard position and understanding how to run the team, how to carry a team, and what that means with not scoring … or what the team needs at what time during the game,” Kidd said.“He’s picked up a lot of those things quickly,” he added, “but he still has a long ways to go.”GENARO C. ARMAS, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare33 Shares
LEWIS CENTER, OH – AUGUST 04: President Donald Trump speaks at a rally to show support for Ohio Republican congressional candidate Troy Balderson on August 4, 2018 in Lewis Center, Ohio. Balderson faces Democratic challenger Danny O’Connor for Ohio’s 12th Congressional District on Tuesday. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)Urban Meyer’s character has been called into question the past few months following his suspension for the way he handled allegations of domestic violence against former wide receivers coach Zach Smith. Friday night, president Donald Trump weighed in on his opinion of Meyer.Trump, speaking at a rally in Lebanon, Ohio, gave his opinion of Meyer – both on the field and off the field. He called him a “great coach” and a “great guy.”Trump also joked with the crowd that it seemed like he was in the middle of an Ohio State football game.The Washington Examiner captured the quote. It’s brief but sums up how the president feels about Meyer.“It sounds like we’re in the middle of an Ohio State football game. And speaking of Ohio State, they’re not doing too badly are they?” said Trump, to audience cheers. “They have a great coach, a great coach — a great guy. A great guy.”It isn’t the first time Trump has mentioned Meyer in a speech in Ohio. Back in 2016, he had a similar quote about the Ohio State coach – adding that while he isn’t sure if Meyer endorses him or not, he thinks Meyer had “awful nice things” to say about him.Meyer, following Ohio State’s investigation, was suspended for three games to start the 2018 season. The Buckeyes went 3-0 during that span – defeating Oregon State, Rutgers and TCU.Ohio State will look to keep things going against Minnesota on Saturday afternoon.