Pattinson strides to the crease

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Over The Line – February 4th

first_imgGerry Murphy, George McDonagh and Kevin Dwyer were joined by Brendan Hennessy, Gordon Duane, Eric Elwood, William Davies, Alan Giblin, Siobhan Lally, Ross Forde, Craig Breen and Garry Jennings as they look back at the weekend’s sport and look ahead to the Corrib Oil Galway International Rally that takes place next weekend. print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img

Monmouth receives notice in preseason soccer polls

first_imgWith three Regional All-Americans returning, the Monmouth University men’s soccer team is getting notice in the College Soccer News Preseason Poll.This is nothing new for the Hawks, who have been a presence in the national polls the last seven years under head coach Robert Mc- Court. Monmouth reached a high of No. 4 in the NSCAA/Continental Tire National Rankings back in 2010.The returning All-Americans are senior captain Joseph Schmid (Kingston, Pa./Wyoming Valley West), who tied for the team lead with five goals and was second with 13 points, and defenders Matt Jeffery (Freehold Township) and Emmanuel Senyah Agyemang (Kumasi, Ghana/KNUST University), who helped Monmouth post nine shutouts and hold the opposition to a 0.70 goals-against average last season. Monmouth ranked No. 7 nationally in goals against. Both Agyemang and Jeffery scored one goal for the Hawks.The Hawks’ leading scorer from 2012, Francois “Paco” Navarro (Paris, France) returns for his senior season after scoring five goals and dishing out four assists. Edney Derrick (Kumasi, Ghana/KNUST University), Jacob Rubinstein (Ocean Township), Andres Penfold (Scarsdale, N.Y./Scarsdale) and Tomas Penfold (Scarsdale, N.Y./Scarsdale) also return after scoring two goals each last season.Rubinstein was one of the top freshmen in the Northeast Conference (NEC) last year.Among the Hawks’ 2013 recruits are Long Branch High School graduate Wilson Bonilla, a defender, and Christian Brothers Academy graduate Tim West, a midfielder who lives in Colts Neck and is a transfer from Fairfield (Conn.)The Hawks move into the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) this fall, leaving the NEC that Monmouth dominated in recent years (the Hawks won seven straight regular season titles).Following home scrimmages against Rutgers University (Aug. 20, 2 p.m.) and the University of Delaware (Aug. 24, 7 p.m.) Monmouth opens the 2013 regular season on Aug. 30 at perennial national power University of North Carolina.The Hawks’ home opener in West Long Branch against in-state rival Seton Hall University is on Sept. 6. The match will be played underthelightswitha7p.m.start.OnSept. 11, the Hawks will welcome Villanova University to their home pitch in another contest that is under the lights at 7 p.m.Monmouth’s first MAAC game is against Fairfield University on Oct. 5. Its MAAC home opener is on Oct. 9 against Iona College at 7 p.m.last_img read more

Medical experts want Rio Olympics delayed or moved due to Zika

first_imgMore than 100 medical experts, academia and scientists on Friday have called for the Rio Olympic Games to be postponed or moved because of fears that the event could speed up the spread of the Zika virus around the world.Their assessment counters the view of some leading experts of infectious disease who say that as long as the necessary precautions are taken there is no reason to cancel the Games. On Thursday, Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, declared there was no public health reason to cancel or delay this summer’s Games.In a public letter posted online, the group of 150 leading public health experts, many of them bioethicists, said the risk of infection from the Zika virus is too high. The letter was sent to Dr. Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization, and urged that the Games, due to be held in Rio de Janeiro in August, be moved to another location or delayed.“An unnecessary risk is posed when 500,000 foreign tourists from all countries attend the Games, potentially acquire that strain, and return home to places where it can become endemic,” the letter said. It can be found at study ethical problems arising from biological or medical research. Professor Arthur Caplan, director of the division of medical ethics at New York University School of Medicine and one of four who authored the letter, said he is skeptical Brazil has the resources to protect the public and is equally skeptical of “general assurances” from public health officials.The letter called on the WHO to convene an independent group to advise it and the International Olympic Committee.“I believe in informed consent,” Caplan said in an interview. “Let’s have an independent set of scientists look at this and let everyone hear the arguments.”Citing the “greater concern for global health”, the letter also said, “The Brazilian strain of Zika virus harms health in ways that science has not observed before.”Speaking at a lunch at the National Press Club in Washington on Thursday, Frieden said there was no reason to delay the Olympics.He was responding to a paper by a Canadian professor published earlier this month in the Harvard Public Health Review which called for the Games to be canceled or moved because it could speed the spread of Zika.“The risk is not particularly high other than for pregnant women,” Frieden said.Zika infection in pregnant women has been shown to be a cause of the birth defect microcephaly and other serious brain abnormalities in babies.The connection between Zika and microcephaly first came to light last fall in Brazil, which has confirmed more than 1,400 cases of microcephaly.Frieden’s view is shared by many infectious disease experts. A recent editorial in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal noted that the Zika outbreak has been concentrated in northeastern Brazil, away from Rio. Moreover, it added, the infection-carrying mosquito is not particularly active in August and athletes and spectators are likely to spend their time in places purged of mosquito breeding sites.“Available evidence indicates that for games participants, risk of exposure to Zika virus and subsequent adverse health outcomes will be low,” it said.last_img read more

Whittier to enforce ban on all fireworks

first_imgWHITTIER – Don’t even think about sneaking a box of sparklers into this town. Starting Thursday and until July 4, Whittier police officers will be enforcing the city’s ban on fireworks. Anyone caught possessing, selling or setting off fireworks faces a $1,000 fine. To remind residents about the municipal law, signs were posted at entrances to the city. Whittier police will have eight officers each day handling calls about fireworks, according to department spokeswoman Officer Diana Salazar. County Fire Inspector Richard Dominguez said this is one of the driest seasons on record. “Due to lack of rain and the heat, the hills are so bone dry,” he said, adding it won’t take much of anything to set them off. Whittier residents can still celebrate Independence Day by heading over to the city’s Fourth of July Family Picnic at the Joe Miller Field at 7630 Washington Ave. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 3p.m. and will feature games, crafts, music and food. In other parts of Los Angeles County, officers, deputies and firefighters are also keeping extra watch. Deputies have stepped up their enforcement in La Mirada a week before July 4. “We will go out to areas we’d have problems before,” said sheriff’s Lt. Bob Esson. He said La Mirada allows safe and sane fireworks only on July 4 and during certain hours. He said extra deputies will be on patrol July 3 and 4. Deputies also will be monitoring La Mirada’s Independence Celebration, which will be held July 3 at La Mirada Regional Park. “And of course, we’ll be enforcing again on the 4th. We want to make it safe for everyone,” Esson said. Montebello police Capt. Ralph Newcomb said his department tries to have as many officers as possible on duty during the holiday. He said five officers and a sergeant come in at 6 p.m. and work until 2 a.m. handling fireworks-related calls. Code enforcement monitors sales of fireworks in the city. Newcomb said the city allows safe and sane fireworks to be sold after 10 a.m. July 1 and until July 4. “Unfortunately, if you have safe and sane \ it invites people to shoot off the other kind,” Newcomb said. Like Whittier, no fireworks of any kind are allowed in Pico Rivera. Sheriff’s Lt. Dave Bobier said a couple of days before July 4, they deploy two-man cars that handle fireworks calls. And at the city bash, he said they will have a team of deputies patrolling Smith Park – on foot, in cars and on bicycles. Bobier said they make sure to have full deployment during the 4th. Fire Inspector Dominguez pointed out that all fireworks are prohibited in the unincorporated county areas. County firefighters inspect all firework stands to make sure they are up to code and follow the rules, Dominguez said. They seize fireworks and also remind folks about the county’s ban on fireworks. “We recommend that people don’t use fireworks at all. That’s what we would love to see,” he said. Dominguez said they try to convince residents to attend local fireworks shows put on by cities or groups. People can call a hotline, (888) 654-3473, to find out what shows are in their community. “We don’t want to be the Scrooge,” Dominguez said. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! She said it is the first time the department has done this. “We want to make sure everyone is following the ordinance. Because it’s very dry,” Salazar said. Whittier doesn’t allow any types of fireworks, but it almost did. A majority of the City Council voted in February to legalize the sale of “safe and sane” fireworks before the holiday and allow them to be used July 4. A slew of residents voiced their opposition to that decision. Council members later reversed themselves and reinstated the fireworks ban. City officials cited the lack of rain and the danger to the hillsides as a concern. last_img read more

WC and UCL winner ‘open’ to transfer? Latest Man United rumours here

first_imgIt seems nothing is straight forward in the transfer window.While Manchester United stunned fans with a trio of new star signings last week (all hail Lord Woodward!), their pursuit of top defensive target Sergio Ramos is proving more complicated.There’s nothing more boring than a dragged out transfer saga, but there’s something strangely intriguing about two of the world’s biggest football clubs playing hardball.With Real Madrid still keen on David De Gea, and United adamant the deal will only go ahead if Ramos is included, it seems only time will tell if the Spanish star takes to the field in a red shirt next season.But Ramos isn’t the only high profile name ambitious Red Devils manager Louis van Gaal is after.Click the arrow above, right, for the latest on United’s summer targets… 6 Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) – Click the arrow for more latest Man United transfer news – Despite Rafa Benitez insisting the defender – and new club captain – is 100 per cent staying at Real Madrid this summer, the rumour mill is still in full force over Ramos’ future. The latest gossip from Spain is that United are prepared to play dirty, with Marca reporting they want Ramos to publicly state his wish to leave Los Blancos. That, they say, will force president Florentino Perez to enter negotiations. The sides remain locked in their stances, with Real still desperate to sign David De Gea, but United are playing hardball. It is also claimed that, despite United’s plea, he is unlikely to speak out about his – reportedly true – intension to leave, out of respect for the club and fans. Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich) – Click the arrow for more latest Man United transfer news – Another high profile target, World Cup winner Muller is thought to be ‘open’ to a move to Old Trafford, but differing reports from Germany and Manchester range from a rejected €100m bid, to no bid from United at all. Check out all the latest Muller news HERE Pedro (Barcelona) – Click the arrow for more latest Man United transfer news – Another pursuit that is fast turning into a saga, United reportedly remain keen on the Barcelona man, despite Sergio Busquets revealing Pedro has reservations about a move to Old Trafford. Pedro has been urged to stay by a number of his team-mates, while manager Luis Enrique has insisted that, if any Barca player is to leave, they will only do so if a club coughs up the buy out fee in full. Latest reports from Spain suggest United intend to do just that, with the Premier League side thought to be preparing to trigger the £21m clause – a deal that would be funded by the exit of a certain out-of-sorts winger… 6 Angel di Maria (Man United) – Click the arrow for more latest Man United transfer news – Just one year after becoming the most expensive signing in English football history, it seems the Argentine is creeping towards the exit door having struggled to adapt in his first Premier League season. Di Maria travelled with the United squad to the US on their pre-season tour, but that hasn’t stopped reports surfacing of Paris Saint-Germain having their bid for the player accepted. According to France Football, the Ligue 1 champions are thought to have offered £45m, plus bonuses, which would see the Red Devils recoup the majority of the £59.7m it took to sign him from Real Madrid last summer. The already mentioned move for Pedro would depend of Di Maria’s exit, with the Spaniard seen as a direct replacement. 6 Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) – Click the arrow for more latest Man United transfer news – It was always going to be a long shot, wasn’t it? Even before Carlo Ancelotti’s axe as manager, it was rumoured the Portugal superstar was unhappy at Real Madrid and those rumours have intensified in the Spanish press since the appointment of divisive boss Rafa Benitez. With the pair apparently not seeing eye to eye, Man United were thought to be plotting a sensational swoop to bring the forward back to Old Trafford. But Spanish football expert Graham Hunter told talkSPORT on Friday morning a deal is extremely unlikely, with president Perez is unlikely to sanction the move. Keep dreaming Red Devils fans… 6 6 6 Fernando Llorente (Juventus) – Red Devils to lose out in race for Spanish striker? – With Robin van Persie’s exit confirmed, United captain Wayne Rooney is likely to be given a starring role up front again this season, but there’s little doubt the Red Devils need more striker options, with Javier Hernandez – who is strongly linked with a move away this summer – the only other senior front man at their disposal. Van Gaal reportedly identified Juventus’ Llorente as a possible Van Persie replacement, with the Spaniard, who moved to Turin for free in 2013, thought to be available for around £8.5m this summer. However, United are set to be pipped in the race for the 30-year-old, according to the Italian press, with Tuttosport reporting Premier League rivals Arsenal have moved into pole position to sign the former Athletic Bilbao star – though his preferred destination is a return to Spain with Real Madrid.last_img read more

Bullpen help costs Dodgers

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita To acquire relievers Danys Baez and Lance Carter from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, the Dodgers gave up two of their top pitching prospects in starcrossed right-hander Edwin Jackson and still-developing lefty Chuck Tiffany. It marks the first time in Colletti’s flurry of offseason moves that he has dipped into the club’s stockpile of minor-league talent. “Nobody in (the organization) believes Chuck Tiffany and Edwin Jackson won’t be big-league pitchers,” Colletti said. “But at the same time, our big-league club has certain needs.” The speedy, versatile Figgins got a $10.5 million, three-year deal, while Rivera agreed to a two-year contract for about $1.3 million in 2006. Associated Press 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Eric Gagne’s season-ending elbow injury last June exposed the Dodgers’ once-celebrated bullpen as a hollowed-out shell of what it had been the previous year. On Saturday, new GM Ned Colletti made a bold move to add depth to the club’s relief corps in hopes of being better prepared if a similar catastrophe strikes sometime this summer. It came, however, at a considerable price. Assuming Gagne is, as expected, healthy and ready to go when the season starts, the Dodgers will open with three relievers in Gagne, Baez and Carter who at one time or another have been All-Star closers. Baez was an AL All-Star while saving 41 games in 2005, and Carter, 31, who avoided arbitration by signing a one-year, $550,000 contract Dec. 5, was an All-Star in 2003 when he had 26 saves for the Devil Rays. In other Dodgers news: Nomar Garciaparra, who is of Mexican descent, will play for Mexico in the upcoming World Baseball Classic; and the team has signed veteran right-hander and two-time All-Star Aaron Sele to a minor-league contract and invited him to spring training. : Tony Jackson The Angels agreed to multiyear contracts with key utility player Chone Figgins and outfielder Juan Rivera. last_img read more

Father and Son Among Eight Killed as Family Drives to Funeral in Mexico

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA — A trip to Mexico to pay final respects to a beloved grandfather turned into tragedy for a Pico Rivera family over the weekend when a van carrying them and several other relatives flipped on a highway outside of Ciudad Juarez Mexico. Eight of the 11 passengers traveling in the van, including Isaac Resendiz, 3, Erick Anthony Resendiz, 10 and a fourth-grader at Rio Vista Elementary School, and their father David Resendiz, all of Pico Rivera, were killed in the accident. The incident left behind one surviving family member in Pico Rivera, Gloria Herrera, wife to David and mother to the two boys. For the complete story, pick up a copy of tomorrow’s Whittier Daily Newslast_img read more


first_imgThe trial of a man accused of allegedly assaulting Senator Brian O’Domhnaill has been adjourned again until April.Dungloe District Court was told this morning that instructions are still awaited from the Director of Public Prosecutions in the case.The charge against Jim Sharkey of assaulting Senator O Domhnaill and causing him harm at Meenacuing, Gweedore, last August 22nd has now been put back to be heard on April 12th. Sharkey, who has an address at Bayside, New York, is also accused of breaching the peace with threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour at the same place on the same date, and with damaging a plastic seat belt cover from a Ford Transit minibus belonging to Neil Gallagher.Garda Inspector Sylvie applied for the adjournment for the decision of the DPP.He told an earlier hearing that a fairly elaborate investigation was carried out by Gardai into the case.Judge Denis McLoughlin agreed to an application by defence solicitor Jacqui Sharkey that her client, who lives in New York, could be excused from the next hearing when a decision on the prosecution process will be made by the DPP.EndsCASE OF MAN ACCUSED OF ASSAULTING SENATOR BRIAN O’DOMHNAILL ADJOURNED AGAIN was last modified: March 8th, 2011 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)last_img read more

Salesforce Builds a Cloud-based Apps Market Just for Governments

first_imgPublic sector technology workers can only look with envy on what Salesforce and its apps have been able to achieve in commercial enterprises.Even as more and more enterprises eagerly move to the new social apps model, public sector IT functions remain solidly stuck in the 20th century, if not the 19th.Salesforce is hoping that the excitement of the rollout of its dedicated Government Cloud in for Q3 2012 will sweep federal and state governments into adoption of newer, more collaborative, less expensive software. But when it comes to public sector IT, the image that springs to mind is “unstoppable force meets immovable object.”The Government Cloud“It’s a computing platform that government can embrace to transform for the social era,” says Dan Burton, Salesforce’s senior vice president for the global public sector, in an interview with ReadWriteWeb.“There’s no IT infrastructure to buy, no data centers to build, no upgrade and maintenance fees to pay – just citizen access to government services anytime, anywhere, at Internet scale.”Well, at least that’s the goal.Certainly Salesforce has demonstrated the ability to develop and produce this kind of product, and there may be state and local governments ready to make the leap.For the federal government, though, the leap may be a chasm – one with a few big legislative hurdles in the way.It’s not that the feds don’t realize that fundamental shifts are necessary in the nation’s IT infrastructure. But the necessary mindset shift from the skillsets that federal IT relies upon today and, say, truly does require a revolution. Plus, with government job security as high as it’s ever been, any change in the way the U.S. Goverment does business will require the retraining of thousands of workers.Exclusive DatabasesBurton (no relation to the Indiana congressman) tells RWW that Government Cloud will be comprised of exclusive databases separate from its enterprise products. Its foundation will be housed in’s U.S. production data centers, and will utilize software access controls whose security that have already been declared compliant with FISMA and ISO/IEC 27001. “The dedicated government instance will offer the same high level of security and trust that Salesforce is known for,” Burton claims. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Tags:#Announcements#cloud A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Just the prospects of open collaboration alone, Salesforce’s Burton believes, could transform government into something more like CEO Marc Benioff’s “social enterprise.”“If you think of government today, there are over 3,000 counties, thousands of cities, 50 states, hundreds of federal agencies, and each one is buying and building custom applications with little knowledge of what other government agencies are doing,” Burton says.“And AppExchange for government will eliminate this duplication by creating an online marketplace that lets government find and deploy applications with a click of a mouse.It’s built on, it has gone through security reviews, it’s 100% cloud, and it’s available today.We already have 60 applications from more than 30 partners, and more on the way.”Will the Revolution Be Televised or Postponed?Done right, this approach could revolutionize citizens’ everyday interaction with their local, state, and federal government offices. Revolutions are not things that governments tend to embrace with open arms (especially when there’s money behind them), but Salesforce is openly positioning itself as a force for disrupting government bureaucracy and protocol.“Salesforce is all about disruption and transformation,” proclaims Burton.“We are very conscious about that.We think that legacy IT systems are broken, and to have government spend money on IT infrastructure, databases, maintenance and upgrade fees, is holding government captive and not allowing it to deliver the social, mobile, and open technologies that citizens already have and are demanding from government.I think that this revolution will take place faster than people think.”Salesforce’s announcement today kicks off the company’s Cloudforce D.C. conference. As an example, Burton used Salesforce Chatter to enable an ordinary citizen to look up information about a building permit, and let a government worker get back to him with downloadable documents, picture, and details.The worker is assigned the citizen just like the salesperson is assigned the customer.It’s a case the worker can follow up on using social media. You can only imagine how enticing this example must look to workers chained to a pre-Y2K environment. Along with the dedicated Government Cloud instance will be a dedicated App Exchange, which Salesforce expects to be populated with apps that can be readily downloaded and installed out of petty cash – hopefully avoiding the months-long procurement process and competitive bidding arrangements to which governments are presently accustomed. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… scott fultonlast_img read more