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December 27, 2019
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MAY REPRESENTS NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS FOR DONEGAL SPORT STARS

first_imgThere was plenty of success on the international front for the county to celebrate during the month of May and which we will no doubt be hearing more about when the Donegal Sports Star Committee sits down at the end of the year to sift through the nominees for the 2014 awards winners. Philip Deignan, Seamus Coleman, Chloe and Sam Magee and the Hickey twins Cian and Tadhg all enjoyed success last month while back at home the Inishowen Youth and Schoolboys Academy and Carndonagh Community School both won national soccer titles.In athletics new records were set by Finn Valley AC members John Kelly and Dempsey McGuigan and Kelly McGrory (Tirconaill AC). As he headed into the final weekend of the Giro d’Italia the highlight of the tough tour for Deignan, a previous Donegal Sports Star Award winner had a magnificent third place finish in a very difficult 170km, 18th stage.Seamus Coleman scooped two separate awards – Players’ Player of the Season and Everton Fans’ Player of the Season at Everton’s end-of-season awards ceremony in St. George’s Hall, Liverpool.This double-award success came just after he was named best right-back in the Premier League on the Professional Footballer’s Association Team of the Season.Chloe and Sam Magee won the 2014 Hellas Open in Greece defeating their Bulgarian opponents 21-14, 21-10 in the final. Earlier Chloe, the reigning Donegal Sports Star ‘Basketball’ award holder, who was second seed had been beaten in the Greek Women’s Singles Final by the number one seed also from Bulgaria on a score of 21-13, 21-13 in the deciderTwins Cian and Tadhg Hickey from the Letterkenny Blaze Club helped the Ireland U-18 team to win an Invitational Tournament in France.It was the first time an Irish team had won an international tournament since 2001.And at the end of May there was further good new for Letterkenny Blaze who were crowned ‘Club of the Year’ at the annual Basketball Ireland awards ceremony at the National Arena.It was a good month for Inishowen underage soccer with Liam Monagle’s Candonagh CS winning the school’s first ever national soccer title by overcoming Calasantius College from Oranmore, Galway 1-0 in the First Year Boys Final at the Sligo Rovers Showgrounds thanks to a stunning free-kick from Conor O’Donnell. That success was followed up by the Inishowen Youth and Schoolboys Academy who won the National Inter-League title for the first time with a 2-0 victory over North Eastern Counties with Lee McColgan and Aidan Friel getting the goals for Diarmaid O’Brien’s side.During May three athletes from Donegal clubs set new county and provincial records. Finn Valley AC’s Dempsey McGuigan set a new record for Donegal and Ulster with a 66-62 hammer throw at Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University.Another Finn Valley AC member John Kelly broke both the Donegal and Ulster shot putt records with a throw of 15.46m at the official opening of the new Lifford AC track.And Tirconaill AC’s Kelly McGrory set a new 400m county record time of 62.93 at an international meeting in Greystones. In the middle of the month her club colleague Karl Griffin achieved another ‘B’ standard time for the World Junior U-20 Championships by finishing second in an 800m in a British Milers event in Watford in a time of 1.49.80.At the end of May in his first outdoor race of the season Mark English won an 800m even at the IFAM International Meeting in Flanders, Belguim in a time of 1:46:39.Milford man Brendan Boyce competed at the World Walking Race Cup in China and an international event in Germany while at home Letterkenny AC’s Ciaran Doherty won the North West 10k in a time of 32.12 and the first woman home was Lifford AC’s Natasha Adams (35.32).The Donegal U-15 team won an Ulster Youth Badminton title in Lurgan and the Glenties second year pupils made it a double in the schools basketball finals for ‘second years’.The girls overcame PCC Falcarragh by just a single point (30-29) while the Glenties boys had a more convincing win over PCC in their final (31-11).Michael ‘Owen’ McLaughlin made it eight wins in his professional career defeating Pedro Gonzalez in Dorchester, Boston.Four Donegal female boxers took home titles from the National Finals. Raphoe ABC’s Cody Lafferty won the Girl 1 31kgs category;In the Youths 46kg category Ciara Anderson (Twin Towns ABC) won her final bout after a first round TKO and two Carndonagh ABC fighters Laobhrise Clarke and Rachel Dixon became champions after taking titles in their respective Girl 4 54kg and Girl 2 57kg categories.At the end of the month Illies Golden Gloves fighter Darryl Moran won his fifth national title by defeating Stephen McKenna from Monaghan in the U-18 49kgs Final at the National Stadium.And Austeja Auciute landed her ninth national title by defeating Ciara Sheedy in the U-18 64ks Final at the National Boxing Stadium.In cycling Errigal CC’s Ciara Doogan won the Road Race in the U-14 Category and was second overall in Kanturk, Co. Cork.On the May Bank Holiday Monday and for the fifth successive year the Termon Ladies side lifted the the County Senior Gaelacht title thanks to a 4-11 to 2-9 victory over Glenfin.On the same day Kilcar won the County Senior Gaelacht title with a 1-9 to 0-8 win over Glenswilly at the Naomh Mhuire grounds while Naomh Columba had an easy 2-15 to 0-5 win over Na Rossa in the County Junior Gaelacht Final.In underage club GAA there were county titles for Gweedore (Minor League Division 1); Glenswilly (U-14 Division 3); St. Michael’s (Minor Division 2); McCumhaills (U-14 Division 1); Kilcar (U-14 Division 2) and Downings were crowned U-14 Division 3.Donegal got their Ulster Senior Football Championship campaign off to the perfect start with a 1-11 to 0-11 win over pre-match favourites Derry at Celtic Park.The County Minors also advanced to the provincial semi-final with a 1-10 to 0-8 win over Derry in the curtainraiser at same venue.Four Master and county senior player Luke Keaney a student at Ulster University Jordanstown was named on a Colleges All-Star team at a function in Belfast.Karen Feeney (Cloughaneely) and Kate Keaney (Four Masters) were members of the Ulster Senior Ladies Football team that won the Inter-provincial title with a 2-8 to 0-7 victory over Connacht in Kinnegad.Defending champions Donegal bowed out of the Nicky Rackard Cup at the semi-final stage losing by two points (2-11 to 1-12) against Fingal at the O’Donnell Park after leading 1-8 to 0-1 at a stage in the first half. St. Eunan’s won the County Minor B Hurling League Final with a 1-16 to 0-13 victory over Carndonagh in Burt.And the Donegal Minor hurlers came close to causing an upset only losing by two points to Derry in an Ulster Championship quarter-final at the O’Donnell Park on a final score of 3-8 to 1-12In motorsport Wesley Patterson and Johnny Baird won the Mark II Escort Challenge Rally in Carlow while there was a first place finish for Willie McFadden and Brendan McElhinney in an Escort G3 at the Lark in the Park.Dungloe’s Shaun Sharkey won the county pool championship title with a 7-2 final win over Shane Faulkner from Donegal Town at Jameson’s Bar, Drumkeen.After suffering two 1-0 defeats at the beginning of May in the league to Shamrock Rovers B and the EA Sports Cup to Galway Utd, Finn Harps drew their next three First Division games against Galway, league leaders Shelbourne and Ollie Horgan’s side came from 2-0 down to earn a share of the spoils with Wexford Youths at Ferrycarrig thanks to goals from Kevin McHugh on his 400th appearance for the club and a late equalizer from Packie Mailey.But Harps had a sixth player sent off this season when Tommy Bonnar was dismissed for a second yellow card offence.For the first time since joining Derry City the McNamee brothers Barry and Tony from Ramelton started in a competitive game together and it was a winning experience 1-0 against Sligo Rovers at the Showgrounds in the EA Sports Cup.Letterkenny man Cillian Morrison came of the bench to score the winner for UCD who bounced back to take the three points on a 2-1 final score against Drogheda Utd at the Belfield Bow.Letterkenny Rovers player Gareth Doherty featured in all three games for the Republic of Ireland in a UEFA Development Tournament in Switzerland.The Swilly Rovers U-15s bid for national glory ended at the semi-final stage as the Ramelton side were hammered 9-1 by one of the top schoolboys teams in the country St. Kevin’s Boys from Dublin.Cranford FC retained their place in the Premier Division but only just after overcoming Castlefin Celtic 4-2 on penalties in a Promotion/Relegation Play-off at Ballyare.For the first time Illistrin FC won a Champions League title as their U-16s defeated Keadue 4-2 in a penalty shootout.Glenea Utd Reserves were crowned Downtown Cup champions with a 1-0 victory Castlefin Celtic Reserves.Castlefin Celtic won the Brian McCormick Cup title for the first time thanks to a dramatic last minute extra-time goal from J.P. Malley goal that finally saw off nine men Milford by 2-1 in the end.There was bitter disappointment for the Donegal U-15 Schoolboys side who lost 3-2 after extra-time to Cork in an SFAI U-15 Inter-League semi-final played in Donegal Town.In the middle of the month Ramelton’s Kyle Callan McFadden played for the Republic of Ireland U-19s in a 2-0 international friendly defeat by Mexico at Dalymount Park.Letterkenny Rovers defeated Swilly Rovers 4-1 to win the Letterkenny and District U-16 Schoolboys League Cup Final at Bonagee thanks to a hat-trick from B.J. Banda.Raphoe Town won the Ulster Junior Shield for the first time with a 2-1 victory over Aileach FC in the final at Maginn Park with the two goals coming from Jamie Gallagher.Eamonn Sheridan from Premider Division champions Rathmullan Celtic won the ‘Player of the Year’ award at the Donegal Junior League’s annual presentation function.There was heartbreak for the Donegal U-12 side who lost 5-4 on penalties in the SFAI Final to Waterford in Tipperary.Swilly Rovers U-12s won the Donegal Champions League Final with a 3-0 victory over Gweedore Celtic in the final with the goals coming from Aaron Curran and a double from Dylan Dorrian.The Letterkenny Rovers youths completed a treble of domestic trophies by winning the Ulster Cup by defeating Cockhill Celtic 3-0 at the Aileach FC grounds.There was disappointment for young Letterkenny 24/7 Triathlon Club member Christine Russell whose hopes of qualifying for the Junior Olympics in China were dashed despite finishing well after a bike crash at the European Championships in Holland.Lifford AC members had success at the Ulster Secondary Schools Championships at the Antrim Forum with golds for Brendan O’Donnell (St. Eunan’s College) in the Junior Boys hammer and Brandon Connolly, Royal & Prior in the Junior Boys 80m Hurdles.Scoil Colmcille Greencastle won the FAI Primary Schools’ 5-a-side girls title at the Aviva Stadium defeating the champions from the other three provinces on the final. And one of their players Kate McClenaghan was awarded ‘Player of the Tournament’.MAY REPRESENTS NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS FOR DONEGAL SPORT STARS was last modified: June 9th, 2014 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:athleticsawardsboxingGAARUGBYsoccerSportlast_img read more

October 28, 2019
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10 months agoTottenham chief Levy to learn move-in date today

first_imgTottenham chief Levy to learn move-in date todayby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham Hotspur are hopeful they will know the move-in date for their new stadium by the end of Monday.Spurs chief Daniel Levy was set to meet with the stadium’s contractors on Monday.Issues with the fire and safety alarms have delayed the opening of the 62,062-capacity, £1billion stadium, which was due to open at the start of the season.The north London club will host Tuesday’s EFL Cup semi-final first leg against Chelsea and the Premier League match against Manchester United on Sunday. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img

October 27, 2019
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Video: Derrick Henry Strikes Heisman Pose While Wearing New Tennessee Titans Uniform

first_imgDerrick Henry takes a hand-off from Marcus Mariota.NASHVILLE, TN – DECEMBER 2: Marcus Mariota #8 of the Tennessee Titans hands off the ball to Derrick Henry at Nissan Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)The NFL’s rookie class got together today for the NFLPA Rookie Premiere, where many of them showed off their full new uniforms for the first time. A bunch of the big name rookies struck poses for sports card company Panini America. Derrick Henry’s was a pretty obvious choice. The 2015 Heisman winner joins a young Tennessee offense helmed by his Heisman-winning predecessor Marcus Mariota. That could be a fun group going forward.last_img

October 13, 2019
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Airline group says Christmas travel will rise 52 per cent

first_imgU.S. airlines expect a 5.2 per cent increase in air travel during the Christmas and New Year’s break, to more than 2.5 million people a day.The busiest day is expected to be the Friday before Christmas.The trade group Airlines for America said Tuesday it forecasts that 45.7 million passengers will fly on a U.S. airline during the 18-day stretch that starts Thursday, Dec. 20, and runs through Jan. 6, the Sunday after New Year’s Day.The group says that since last Christmas, airlines have added 143,000 seats per day on domestic and international flights. They are hoping that’s enough to handle the expected increase of 126,000 passengers a day.Travellers looking for relative calm, take note: The least-busy days are expected to be Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.The Associated Presslast_img read more

October 12, 2019
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Google Assistant can now read your work calendar

first_imgSan Francisco: Google Assistant is finally coming to G Suite, starting with the Calendar app in beta within Googles enterprise platform. In a blog post, which coincided with the announcement at the company’s Cloud Next conference in San Francisco, the tech giant outlined how the integration will work. “Users with G Suite accounts can start testing with Assistant starting today,” said the company. “G Suite is integrating with Google Assistant, specifically with Calendar,” said David Thacker, Vice President of Product Management, G Suite. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year “Now when you sign in and switch to your G Suite account, you can use your Assistant to help you prepare for the work day,” he said. Assistant integration for the G Suite Calendar app applies for both mobile as well as desktop users. Since the integration is just an enterprise feature, it would not work on Assistant-compatible device synced to an individual’s personal account. In addition, the company is also bringing other improvements including third-party connectivity in Cloud Search, updates to Hangouts Meet to help businesses stay connected and “connected sheets” feature to let workers collaborate on up to 10 billion rows of data right from within Sheets, the post noted.last_img read more

September 30, 2019
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March Madness Crib Notes Duke And Wisconsin Flip A Coin For The

So it looks like Kentucky is the odds-on favorite … oh, wait. Time to rework that lead!Instead of being 71 percent likely to beat Duke and win the NCAA tournament (as our model would have predicted had Wisconsin not short-circuited Kentucky’s offense down the stretch Saturday night), the formerly undefeated Wildcats are nowhere to be found. And after a season largely spent pondering just how heavily Kentucky should be favored, it will instead be either Wisconsin or Duke hoisting the John Wooden trophy on Monday night. It shouldn’t come as a complete shock, but it’s still strange to be talking about the championship of the 2014-15 college basketball season without Kentucky being involved.Then again, in terms of generating an evenly matched championship game, Wisconsin’s upset of Kentucky might have been for the best. Out of all the potential title-game combinations to which our pre-tournament model run assigned a 0.5 percent or greater probability of occurring, Wisconsin versus Duke ranked fourth-closest to a true toss-up:Meanwhile, each of the 10 least competitive title-game combinations involved Kentucky. So if you were looking for a high-quality championship matchup with no clear favorite, it’s hard to do better than Monday’s Duke-Wisconsin showdown.West No. 1 Wisconsin (53 percent win probability) vs. South No. 1 DukeWhen to watch: At 9:18 p.m. EDT on CBSPower ratings: Wisconsin 95.3, Duke 95.0FiveThirtyEight model point spread: Wisconsin by 1.0Upset probability: 47 percentPlayers to watch: Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin; Jahlil Okafor, DukeBoth title-game combatants have elite tempo-free offenses, to say the least.Wisconsin led all Division I teams in Ken Pomeroy’s adjusted offensive efficiency metric (paywall), while Duke ranked third. Although both attacks are outstanding, there are a few stylistic differences between the two: Wisconsin operates at a much slower pace and is slightly more reliant on post-ups and 3-point shooting, while Duke looks to push the ball more in transition. But both teams saw about 28 percent of their offensive possessions end in the hands of their respective centers, Kaminsky and Okafor, a pair of low-post scoring machines that may well have been the two best players (paywall) in all of college basketball this season.When it comes to offensive execution, though, the Badgers are simply on a different plane than the rest of the NCAA. The difference between Wisconsin’s top-ranked offensive rating and that of No. 3 Duke was the same as the difference between Duke and 13th-ranked Murray State. And the particulars of this matchup may tilt things even further in Wisconsin’s favor. Between Kaminsky, Nigel Hayes and Sam Dekker, the Badgers had the nation’s third-most-efficient post-up offense and its top isolation attack (by far), according to Synergy Sports. Meanwhile, Okafor’s defensive stats in the post were below average, and Duke’s biggest defensive weakness is against — you guessed it — isolation plays.All is not lost for the Blue Devils, however. The Badgers are more experienced and possess the bigger front line, but Duke was better defensively during the season. While both teams excel at keeping opponents off of the free-throw line, the Blue Devils are much better at forcing turnovers and defending against 3-pointers. In the battle of stars, Kaminsky has better individual defensive numbers1According to Synergy (paywall) and defensive box plus-minus. than Okafor, but Duke owns the edge in perimeter defense, particularly against pick-and-rolls.Statistically, Duke’s defensive advantage isn’t quite enough to cancel out the Badgers’ superior offense, but this is still an extremely close matchup.We have Wisconsin favored by about 1.0 point. Similarly, Pomeroy’s system predicts a narrow 70-69 Wisconsin win, and the consensus betting line also has the Badgers as 1-point favorites. Such a tight predicted margin doesn’t always lead to a close, exciting game — but a barnburner is probably more likely in this matchup than it would have been had either Kentucky or Michigan State prevailed Saturday instead.Check out FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions. read more

September 28, 2019
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Football Dremont Jones readily awaits NFL Draft at Pro Day

Ohio State redshirt junior defensive lineman Dre’Mont Jones (86) answers questions from the media on Dec. 27. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorFor many aspiring NFL draftees, Pro Day is a grappling ground for positioning in an NFL Draft where each higher slot yields increased financial standing.Former Ohio State defensive tackle Dre’mont Jones, however, said hearing his named called in Nashville will already be a dream come true.“It matters to me getting drafted,” Jones said. “It doesn’t matter if it’s first round, second round, third round.”That mindset befits a man who said there wasn’t much more he had to prove at Ohio State’s Pro Day Wednesday.“I think me coming out here and competing and showing my ability, especially when I feel like I didn’t have to, is a step in the right direction,” Jones said.Jones, who decided to forgo his final year of college eligibility, is projected to go anywhere from the late-first to late-second round in the NFL Draft on April 25.That leaves a lot of wiggle room for Jones, who came in at No. 20 among defensive lineman in the 40-yard-dash at the NFL Combine with a time of 5.12.Still, Jones opted not to take a stab at improving his time at Ohio State’s Pro Day.Ohio State head coach Ryan Day said his players take Pro Day seriously, but he underplayed its role as a make-or-break factor for their professional careers.“It’s not everything,” Day said. “We have the film and the combine and different things that tell the story for these guys, but this is obviously part of it.”Jones said his film speaks for itself.While there was speculation that he might declare for the draft after his redshirt sophomore season, Jones’s decision to stay in school proved fruitful. His junior campaign earned him a First-Team All-America selection by College Football News, recording 8.5 sacks, fifth-best in the Big Ten, and finishing with a career-high 13 tackles for loss.  Jones said his accomplishments this past season left no doubt in his mind that he is ready to move onto the next level.“I feel like it’s my time to leave,” Jones said. “I definitely left the platform enough for me to solidify myself as one of the greater defensive linemen that’s ever came through Ohio State.”There remain questions among scouts about Jones’s ability to play interior defensive lineman at the NFL level due to his 285-pound frame. Despite being labelled undersized, Jones said he is not often overmatched by bigger guards and doesn’t want to be marginalized in must-pass scenarios at the next level.“I’m not a third down specialist,” he said. “I want to be on those first and second down moments. That’s what I do.”Since his final collegiate game at the Rose Bowl, Jones said he had to flip a switch to adjust to the media circus surrounding the NFL Draft process that includes a slew of interviews and being evaluated on drills he’s never done.Day said appreciation and stress relief will come following the draft.“They have to enjoy it because they’ve worked their whole lives for this and they have to take it in,” Day said. “I think they can do that more when it’s over. They can take a deep breath.”Playing his high school ball at Saint Ignatius, the Cleveland native said he grew up rooting for the Browns. Even though he said he is no longer a fan, the Browns hold the No. 49 pick in the draft, where Jones may still be available.Jones said come April, a high selection is less of a concern than landing with the right team.“It’s all about fit,” Jones said. “You don’t want to go No. 1 to a team that doesn’t have a defense that fits you’re playing ability. So that second round, third round – I’m cool with it.” read more

September 18, 2019
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Salah reacts to Sergio Ramos over his injury

first_imgLiverpool star, Mohamed Salah was injured by Madrid Sergio Ramos in the Champions League final played two weeks ago. Ever since then, talks about Salah’s state of health and whether or not he can feature in World Cup has been in the air.However, the Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has insisted that too much noise has been made around his ruthlessness on Salah. Today, the Liverpool star has reacted to Sergio Ramos’ claims in an interview released with Marca.“Now I’m better. I hope to play the first game against Uruguay, but that will depend on how I feel when it approaches. It was the worst moment of my career”, Salah said.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“When I fell to the ground, I had a mixture of physical pain and a lot of worry. Also anger and sadness for not being able to continue playing the Champions League final. Moments later, I also thought about the possibility of not playing in the World Cup and that was a devastating thought.”“Did Sergio Ramos called me? Yes, he sent me a message, but I never told him it was ‘okay. My comment is that it’s always okay when the one who made you cry first, then makes you laugh. Maybe he could also tell me if I’m going to be ready for the World Cup?”last_img read more

September 17, 2019
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Claudio Ranieri desperate for points

first_imgFulham manager Claudio Ranieri says his immediate priority at the club is to win points as they battle to stay in the Premier League after an abysmal start to the season.Fulham are stuck to the bottom of the Premier League table, despite spending over £100m on players last summer.The Cottagers have amassed just 10 points from 18 matches and have conceded the most goals so far this season.Their poor start to the season led to the sacking of former manager Slaviša Jokanović and Claudio Ranieri was handed the reins to help the club survive.After picking up just four points from his three home games in charge, Ranieri wants to make Craven Cottage a fortress for the club as they prepare to host Wolves on Boxing Day.Official: Tottenham sign Fulham youngster Ryan Sessegnon Andrew Smyth – August 8, 2019 Tottenham have sealed another transfer deadline day deal to sign the highly-rated Ryan Sessegnon from Fulham.“I would like to get more points at home because in front of our fans they deserve it,” Ranieri told Sky Sports.“But in this moment wherever I can get points is not important. Getting points is more important than where.“Our fans are very close to us and they believe.“If I believe, they believe. If they believe they strengthen everything. We try to transmit to them our strength.“We feel our fans are behind us. It is important. They fight a lot to get back into the Premier League. That is important for us, for them, for everybody.”last_img read more

September 17, 2019
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City of San Diego considers plan to scrap library fines

first_img February 26, 2018 Sasha Foo, Sasha Foo 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The City of San Diego is considering a plan to eliminate overdue fees at its public libraries.Those in favor of the plan say it would be more cost-effective, and encourage patrons to renew the book, return it or else pay the cost of replacement to regain their library privileges.Mayor Kevin Faulconer said this new model would allow users to maintain access to library services, especially in areas where the need for library services is greatest.Under the current system, borrowers are fined 30 cents a day for overdue books.When fines are unpaid, patrons are not allowed to borrow any more materials. In the plan proposed by the City, borrowers would have more time to return the books. Instead of accruing more daily fees, the patron would have two months from the last due date to return the book.At 60 days, the account would go to the City Treasurer’s Office and the borrower would be required to pay the cost of replacing the book, before their library card becomes valid again.The director of the San Diego Public Library, Misty Jones said, “Overdue fines are creating unnecessary barriers to many of the people we’re trying to serve.”An analysis conducted by the Library found that the highest concentration of the public with overdue fines live in the lowest ranking socio-economic communities.Jones said putting the focus on book recovery instead of fines will be more cost-effective.Currently, the City of San Diego receives about $700,000 in overdue fines every year, but spends about a $1 million in staff time and materials to collect them.The plan must be approved by the San Diego City Council, and could be put into effect by July. City of San Diego considers plan to scrap library fines Posted: February 26, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more