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January 12, 2020
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Trackers look to build on preseason experience ahead of season opener

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – After four preseason games against the Prince George Tier 1 Midget Cougars, the Northeast BC/Yukon Trackers will be analysing the experience ahead of their season opener this coming weekend.Head coach David Johnston says that though the team lost all four games, coaching staff isn’t worried that the team won’t be able to bounce back from those losses. Johnston says that with the steep learning curve associated with a new coach behind the bench and having a comparatively younger roster than in years past means that the players might not be connecting all the dots initially. He added that he feels confident that the players learned several valuable lessons playing BC’s reigning champion top tier Midget team over the past two weekends.“Through four games, I would say that almost every goal [that the Cougars scored] was a fixable mistake,” said Johnston. “They were a group of mistakes, they weren’t a hundred different things, they were five or six different things that ended up in the back of our net. From a coaching staff perspective, I’m very encouraged that we know what we need to fix and we have no question that we know what our players need to fix.”- Advertisement -Connor Bowie, who scored three goals in four games says that with the team having a number of first-year players and a new coach behind the bench, a number of kinks were worked out during the preseason games, but that the players are all set and ready to go for their first game against Grande Prairie. “We’re working a lot on our defensive zone, we cause that’s where we broke down a little bit. We just gotta (sic) work out some things down low and we’ll let everything take care of itself,” said Bowie. He added that the team has a large number of goal-scorers, and that offense shouldn’t be a problem once bounces start going the team’s way.The Trackers play their first game of the NAMHL season this coming Saturday, October 1st against the Grande Prairie Athletic Club. The puck drops at 6:45 p.m. Fort St. John time.last_img read more

January 11, 2020
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Calabasas official given EPA award

first_imgCALABASAS – For city founder and first mayor, Dennis Washburn, conservation is a lifelong enterprise. He’s credited with helping to acquire the 5,500-acre Ahmanson Ranch as open space and to restore Malibu and Las Virgenes creeks in the Santa Monica Mountains. He chairs the Energy and Environment Committee of the Southern California Regional Council of Governments, as well as the Water Policy Task Force. And on Monday, Washburn and 11 others received an award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. “Thanks to their efforts, our air, water and land will be cleaner and safer for generations to come,” EPA Regional Administrator Wayne Nastri . Washburn said the challenge for government officials is finding ways to motivate and inspire residents to conserve. “The challenge is to get people to be patient, to have the will to do it because doing the right thing is hard,” Washburn said. “There’s a lot of political conflict. It’s much more important to be inspired to do it, because inspiration promotes creativity.” said susan.abram@dailynews.com (818) 713-3664 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

January 10, 2020
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Southgate vows to stick to principles despite Spain defeat

first_img0Shares0000Gareth Southgate says England still have work to do if they are to be challengers at Euro 2020 © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 9 – Gareth Southgate pledged to stick to his principles after Spain delivered an uncomfortable reality check at Wembley but admitted he was unsure whether England had time to become genuine Euro 2020 challengers.England were surprise World Cup semi-finalists in July, riding a wave of euphoria back home, but their 2-1 Nations League defeat on Saturday was their third consecutive loss. Even during their morale-boosting run in Russia, manager Southgate warned there was still work to do and the performance at Wembley underlined that message.Marcus Rashford struck early for England but Saul Niguez levelled for Spain moments later and Rodrigo scored the winning goal later in the first half.Substitute Danny Welbeck saw a stoppage-time leveller controversially ruled out, meaning England head into Tuesday’s friendly against Switzerland reeling from three successive defeats in all competitions for the first time since 1988.Spain, who bowed out in the World Cup last-16 after a torrid campaign, nevertheless showed the benefits of a long-established identity and a level of creativity sorely lacking in England’s midfield.England took the lead against Spain through Marcus Rashford (left) in their UEFA Nations League clash but conceded twice to lose 2-1 © AFP / Glyn KIRKSouthgate said he was unsure whether his side could close the gap to the top teams before the next European Championship, in which the semi-finals and final will be played at Wembley.“I think we’ve got some players who can and have shown tonight they can perform at that level, and there’s some that are still a work in progress,” he said.“We have got 19 matches, it’s not very long, but, in my opinion, we have got the best group of players in the country here.“I think we have got to keep faith in the way we’re trying to play, otherwise we go back to what we did historically and there’s no way I believe we’ll ever be a top team if we do that,” Southgate added.Southgate plans to rotate his side at the King Power Stadium in Leicester and intends to bring in reinforcements from the Under-21s squad.Manchester United defender Luke Shaw left the field on a stretcher against Spain after a heavy fall but said he was “doing fine”.Tottenham full-back Kieran Trippier said there was no reason for alarm despite the defeat, which follows losses to Croatia in the last four in Russia and to Belgium in the third-place play-off.“It is not a concern,” he said. “We are building and that is all we can do, play against these teams. We want to test ourselves against the best and certainly tonight we put up a fight.“We knew it was going to be a difficult game. These are the teams we want to play against.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

January 3, 2020
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Coyote sightings increase in area

first_imgThe coyote eventually fled and Doxxy survived, but Melcher said that night has left her with emotional scars. “I can’t go out (at night) without being scared,” she said. “I used to walk at night because I felt relatively safe in our neighborhood.” Melcher is one of several residents who have reported seeing coyotes and wondering if more of them are coming down from the nearby hills because of the drought or something else. State and local officials say there may be more coyotes coming into the urban area, but have no actual numbers. “There have been increasing calls throughout the whole Los Angeles County because of the drought,” said Brenda Sanchez, spokeswoman for the county Department Animal Care and Control. Holly Melcher of unincorporated West Whittier isn’t likely to forget the early morning hours of Sept. 14. A coyote came into her backyard and attacked her dog. She had taken her Chihuahuas, Doxxy and Precious, out into her yard when a coyote nudged the gate open and grabbed one dog by the neck. “I stood up and said, `You drop my dog or I will eat you,”‘ she said. “`I will have you on my barbecue.’ The coyote dropped the dog.” “They’re coming down to look for water because the creeks are dry,” Sanchez said. “People have bird baths and water in their grass.” One reason for the lack of specific numbers is that there are a number of agencies that deal with coyotes. All of them only respond in cases where there is a danger. “If someone just sees a coyote walking through an area, that’s not a problem,” said Ken Pellman, spokesman for the county Agriculture Commissioner’s Office, another agency that deals with coyotes. “If they’re not harming anyone they shouldn’t be bothered.” Only if a coyote is approaching people or running off with pets would his office respond, Pellman said. The state Department of Fish and Game responds to what are called “public safety issues.” “Let’s say a person is walking their dog and a coyote comes after them, then it’s not a pet issue but a personal safety issue,” said Harry Morse, spokesman for the Department of Fish and Game. “Then we respond.” But in the Southern California region with about 20 million people, his department responds only about once a week, Morse said. Residents in the Whittier area are more likely to see coyotes because of increasing development, he said. “The orange groves are gone,” he said. “Over the 20 years, we’ve reduced the habitat for any type of wildlife. There’s a remnant of population that has to adapt to living in urban areas.” The coyote has proven that it can adapt, Morse said. So much so that coyotes recently were seen in downtown Chicago, he said. “When the last nuclear cloud is done, two things will come out: cockroaches and coyotes,” he said. Dan Cooper, ecologist for the Puente Hills Landfill Native Habitat Preservation Authority, said coyotes don’t pose a problem for humans. “They really don’t (attack people),” Cooper said. “Dogs attack people 1,000 times more often. I’d be much more concerned seeing a dog walk down the street.” Coyotes are scavengers, he said. They’re just looking for trash. “People need to realize that coyotes are not an enemy to humans,” he said. “They just co-exist in this area with people. It’s like being against the rain,” he said. “It gets you wet. It’s not a good or bad thing. It just is.” But there are things people can do to keep coyotes from coming into their backyard and posing a problem to their pet dog or cat, according to recommendations from the Agriculture Commissioner’s Office. Never feed or attempt to tame coyotes. Don’t leave pet food out in the back yards. Do not leave small children or pets outside unattended. Install motion-sensitive lighting around the house. Trim ground-level shrubbery to reduce hiding places. If followed by a coyote, make loud noises. If this fails, throw rocks in the animal’s direction. These are all good ideas, said Dolores Hays, a neighbor of Melcher’s, who has heard of and seen coyotes in her area. Hays said she saw a coyote in her backyard and her neighbor saw one while driving. “I walk the area every night and I’ve told as many people as I can (about coyotes),” Hays said. “People should be aware that we do have coyotes in our neighborhood.” mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

December 29, 2019
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Can Benitez mastermind an elusive away win? Predicted Newcastle XI

first_img 11 11 26. Karl Darlow (goalkeeper) 11 8. Vurnon Anita (left back) 11 11 11 11 It’s been a baptism of fire for Rafael Benitez. After facing title chasing Leicester in his first game, his side battled for a point at home against bitter rivals Sunderland the following weekend.What comes next is a no-less daunting trip to fellow strugglers Norwich, in what is already being touted as a relegation six-pointer.The Magpies will be buoyed by the returns of Daryl Janmaat and Cheick Tiote, but there’s no return for Fabricio Coloccini, and goalkeeper Rob Elliot will be out for the rest of the season.With injuries and suspensions in mind, it will be interesting to see how Benitez shuffles his pack against a Canaries side on the hunt for back-to-back wins, for the first time since January 2.Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the predicted Newcastle line up. 5. Georginio Wijnaldum (attacking midfield) – click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the predicted Newcastle line up in squad number order 12. Jonjo Shelvey (centre midfield) 25. Andros Townsend (left wing) 18. Chancel Mbemba (centre back) 22. Daryl Janmaat (right back) 15. Jamaal Lascelles (centre back) 7. Moussa Sissoko (right wing) 11 11 11 11 24. Cheick Tiote (centre midfield) 45. Aleksandar Mitrovic (striker)last_img read more

December 28, 2019
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TWITTER USERS TO TURN ERRIGAL GOLD FOR A DAY

first_imgLeonard, Eoin and John Watson pictured with Jason Black and Sean Feeney near the summit of Errigal during last year’s Errigal Tweet-Up climb.Awareness of childhood cancer will be taken to new heights next weekend when a group of Twitter users from Donegal – and some from further afield – join with any other eager climbers from the general public, to turn Errigal gold at the fourth annual Errigal Tweet-up on Sunday September 27.The charity tweet-up is also aiming to assist the Little Angels School by collecting old mobile phones for the school at their base camp on on the dayThe initial idea for a climb came from a chance comment a few years ago, but after a hugely successful first and second climb, the third was never really in doubt and this year the tradition will continue next weekend. “The climb has been called the ‘Tweet-Up’ because it initially came about through a group of twitter users, but everyone is welcome to come along and take part on the day. If climbing Errigal is something that you’ve always wanted to do, well this is the day to do it,” one of the local organisers, Liam Porter, said.In previous years the climb would have already been held at this stage, but for a variety of reasons it didn’t get to happen and the local twitter users were anxious not to leave it too late in the year.They also say that has allowed them now to tie in with the Childhood Cancer Foundation’s ‘Light it Up Gold’ campaign, albeit with a slightly different twist.“Last year we teamed up with the Autism Awareness campaign who were turning Donegal Blue so we thought that this year we would help raise awareness of childhood cancer by turning Errigal gold,” another one of the tweet-up coordinators, Clare McCahill, said. Liam Porter said the organisers of ‘Light it Up Gold’ were only too glad to have the Tweet-Up as part of their campaign.“The climb has always been tied in with charity so this was a perfect opportunity to tie in with a worth charity group who have their campaign running in September.”Many of Donegal’s notable landmark buildings have already been lit up gold as part of the campaign, so the tweet-up will bring some gold to the county’s most famous mountain.“We couldn’t exactly light up the mountain, but we could at least try bring some gold to it during September and we’d love climbers to wear gold colours or bring gold flags etc on the day if they can.”“We will, as we have in previous years, also be collecting old phones for the Little Angels school in Letterkenny, said Clare, who added that they’d ideally love climbers to make their donations directly to the Childhood Cancer Foundation through the charity’s website – HYPERLINK “http://childhoodcancer.ie/donate-to-the-foundation/” http://childhoodcancer.ie/donate-to-the-foundation/ Climbers are asked to meet at the carpark at the foot of Errigal at 10am on Sunday morning September 27.You can follow the climb on Twitter @errigaltweetup and with the hashtag #errigaltweetup and you can also find out more about the climb by joining the Errigal Tweet-up open group on Facebook or by using the e.mail address HYPERLINK “mailto:lporter@eircom.net” lporter@eircom.net to contact Liam.Photo CaptionLeonard, Eoin and John Watson pictured with Jason Black and Sean Feeney near the summit of Errigal during last year’s Errigal Tweet-Up climb. TWITTER USERS TO TURN ERRIGAL GOLD FOR A DAY was last modified: September 16th, 2015 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

December 27, 2019
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Tir Chonaill Gaels defeat St Kiernan’s in championship opener

first_imgTIR CHONAILL GAELS GAA NEWS: The Seniors got off the mark in the Championship on Saturday afternoon beating St. Kiernan’s 1-07 to 0-08 whilst the Juniors drew against St. Clarets in the Semi Final of the Junior Championship 2-09 to the Clarets 0-15. Details of fixtures to follow.TCG Golf DayThe annual Tir Chonaill Gaels Golf Day will take place on Friday, 7th October at South Herts Golf Club. To sponsor a hole or for further details, contact Club Chairman Tom Mohan. Lottery Results 8 SeptemberNumbers drawn – 6, 11, 19 & 26Jackpot £3,000 – No Winner£25 Lucky Dip Winners: Mary Toland, OnlineMick Lyons, c/o Hennessey’sConor Cunningham, TCG JuniorsPatrick Flynn, TCG JuniorsNext draw 15th September – Jackpot £3,000 Play online at www.tirchonaillgaels.comThank you for your support!Tir Chonaill Gaels defeat St Kiernan’s in championship opener was last modified: September 12th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:championshipGAASportSt Kiernan’sTir Chonaill Gaelslast_img read more

December 26, 2019
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Zidane ‘desperate’ for Man United job and has already started learning English

first_imgZinedine Zidane wants to be named Manchester United’s new manager to replace Jose Mourinho, according to reports.Mourinho, United’s current boss, is under intense pressure which grows with every passing week. latest Another defeat this weekend could see United fall into the bottom half of the Premier League table Negative results against Wolves and Derby – a draw and a loss respectively – have put Mourinho on the brink, and there have been suggestions a defeat to West Ham on Saturday could see the former Chelsea boss dismissed from his position.There is also discontent at Old Trafford concerning Mourinho’s treatment of Paul Pogba, the midfielder, as well as a number of United’s other first-team players, including defenders Phil Jones and Eric Bailly, and forward Marcus Rashford. whoops Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City REVEALED And, according to The Sun, Zidane is waiting in the wings to swoop in should Mourinho face the axe. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 3 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? changes Most read in Premier League 3 Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Zidane, a free agent, is one of the most in demand managers in world football at this moment SORRY gameday cracker silverware Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion predicted Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? tense Zidane’s Man United side could line-up something like this Earlier this month it was reported Zidane has already drawn up a shortlist of transfer targets he wanted to buy if named Red Devils manager. This list included high-profile names such as Edinson Cavani, the Paris Saint-Germain forward, as well as midfielders Toni Kroos of Real Madrid, Bayern Munich’s Thiago Alcantara, and James Rodriguez – who is currently on loan at Bayern from Zidane’s former side Real. revealed 3 The former Real Madrid boss, who left the Bernabeu at the end of last season on the back of winning three successive European Cups, is ‘desperate’ to land the job and has reportedly turned down numerous other offers to make himself available for the position at United.He is also said to have started taking English lessons in preparation of heading to these shores, while the France legend was also pictured in London earlier this week. Roma have also been linked with making a swoop for Zidane if they fire under pressure manager Eusebio Di Francesco, while David Beckham is said to want Zidane, a former Real team-mate of his, as manager of his MLS franchise Inter Miami, which should start playing competitively in 2020.last_img read more

December 26, 2019
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DDTV VIDEO: BALLYSHANNON GETS READY TO ROCK FOR RORY

first_imgTHE RORY Gallagher International Tribute Festival kicks off in Ballyshannon today – in glorious sunshine.Thousands of tourists have already descended on the area. A full programme of events is listed below.And click on our video to see the late great Gallagher at his best….singing ‘Shadow Play’. Enjoy.RORY GALLAGHER INTERNATIONAL TRIBUTE FESTIVAL 2011 _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ THURSDAY 2nd June 2011 2pm – Opening of Festival at Abbey Arts Centre by Eoghan Gallagher (Rory Gallagher’s Nephew). Also the unveiling of the Colm Henry Irish Rock Music Legends Photograph Exhibition viewing time 2pm to 6pm – open daily during the Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival ~ Acoustic Blues Performance at the opening by Mark Black 3pm – Blues Guitar Session at Market House Bar with Seamie O’Dowd 5pm – Rory Acoustic Session with Peter Price ~ Bluesman at Owen Roe’s Bar 7pm – Open Air Concert at the Gables with   “DAVE McHUGH BAND”  &  “THE SKINS” Support from “The Bangin’ Yokes” 10pm ~ PETER PRICE ~ The Bluesman at the Market House Pub 10pm ~ BRIAN MEAKIN BAND at Owen Roe’s Bar 10pm ~ BANGIN’ YOKES at Sean Og’s Pub 10pm ~ ACOUSTIC BREAKS at Dicey’s Reilly’s Bar 10pm ~ HATZ FITZ & CARA ROBINSON at Bridgend Bar 10pm ~ MARK LANGAN – Acoustic Blues & Folk at Melly’s Bar *** ALL ABOVE THURSDAY GIGS ARE – FREE OF CHARGE FRIDAY 3rd June 2011 Irish Rock Legends Photograph Exhibition viewing time 2pm to 6pm at the Abbey Arts Centre 1pm – Acoustic Gig at the Rock Hospital with Barry Barnes (Sinnerboy) & Dave McHugh FRIDAY 3rd June 2011 – AFTERNOON 2pm – Rock at the Gables ~ Live in the Town Centre featuring “PREACHERS SON”   &   “TONY DOWLER BAND” 4pm – Guitar Session at Market House Bar with Mark Langan (Moonchild) 4.30pm – Acoustic Blues Session with Monica Heldal (Norway) at Owen Roe’s Bar 7pm – Film: Rory Gallagher ~ “Irish Tour ‘74” at Melly’s Pub 6pm – Open Air Concert at Rory Gallagher Place with “The Bollock Brothers”   &   “Zero Resistance” (Derry)   &   “SEAMIE O’DOWD BAND” FRIDAY NIGHT LATE 10pm ~ ROY FULTON BAND at Max Bar 10pm ~ PETER PRICE ~ The Bluesman at Melly’s Pub 10pm ~ MOONCHILD at Sean Og’s Pub 10pm ~ DAVE McHUGH BAND at Owen Roe’s Bar 10pm ~ MONICA HELDAL (Norway) at the Lantern Bar 10pm ~ JED THOMAS BAND (England) at Dicey Reilly’s Bar 10pm ~ MESSIN’ WITH D’GALLAGHER at Bridgend Bar 10pm ~ BRIAN MEAKIN BAND at Market House Pub 11pm til 3am – “SINNERBOY” (England)  & “SHINKICKER” (England) Late Gig at Dorrian’s Hotel ~ Tickets at the Door Only – Adm €10 SATURDAY 4th June 2011 Irish Rock Legends Photograph Exhibition viewing ~ 2pm to 11pm at the Abbey Arts Centre 1pm – Open Air Gig “McManus at the Gables” with “PAT McMANUS BAND” (ex. Mama’s Boys)   &   MONICA HELDAL (Norway) 1pm – Guitar Workshop with “Barry Barnes” (Sinnerboy – UK) at The Lantern Bar 2.30pm – Guitar Session with Peter Price (England) at Market House Bar 3pm – GALA OPEN AIR CONCERT at Rory Gallagher Place – with “DAVE McHUGH BAND” & “MESSIN’ WITH D’GALLAGHER” & “BOLLOCK  BROTHERS” 3pm ~ ACOUSTIC BREAKS at Dicey’s Reilly’s Bar – (Beer Garden) 5pm – Guitar Session at Sean Og’s Pub with Mark Langan (Moonchild) 6pm ~ SILVER CIRCUS (Outdoor Gig) at Lantern Bar 7pm – Open Air Gig at Rory Gallagher Place with “JOHNNY GALLAGHER & BOXTIE”   &   “MOONCHILD” *** ALL ABOVE SATURDAY GIGS ARE – FREE OF CHARGE 8pm – RORY GALLAGHER CONCERT NIGHT At the Rory Gallagher Theatre with “ERIC BELL BAND” ex. ‘Thin Lizzy’  &  “SINNERBOY”  &  “MARTIN CARTHY” Tickets available at the Theatre from 7pm on Saturday evening Adm €25 euro Please Note: – THIS IS THE ONLY TICKET CONCERT SATURDAY NIGHT LATE 10pm ~ MESSIN’ WITH D’GALLAGHER at Market House Pub 10pm ~ JED THOMAS BAND at Sean Og’s Pub 10pm ~ ZERO RESISTANCE at Max Bar 10pm ~ ROY FULTON BAND at Owen Roe’s Bar 10pm ~ BRIAN MEAKIN BAND at Dicey Reilly’s Bar 10pm ~ PETER PRICE ~ The Bluesman at Bridgend Bar 10pm ~ MONICA HELDAL (Norway) at Melly’s Pub 10pm ~ RED BRICK HOUSE at the Lantern Bar 11pm til 3am – “ROCK HOSPITAL” (Norway)   & “SHINKICKER” (England) Late Gig at Dorrian’s Hotel ~ Tickets at the Door Only – Adm €10 SUNDAY 5th June 2011 Irish Rock Legends Photograph Exhibition viewing time 2pm to 6pm at the Abbey Arts Centre 12 noon – Guitar Session at the Bridgend Pub with Barry Barnes (Sinnerboy) Anybody with an instrument of any description come along and join in ~ play & sing !!! 12.30pm – Chill-out Classic Rock & Blues – at the Gables “Tony Dowler Band” (England)   &   “The Skins” (Ireland) 1pm – Acoustic Blues Session with Monica Heldal (Norway) at Owen Roe’s Bar SUNDAY AFTERNOON 3pm – GALA OPEN AIR CONCERT ~ Rory Gallagher Place “JED THOMAS BAND” (England)   &   “ROCK HOSPITAL” (Norway) 4pm ~ ACOUSTIC BREAKS at Dicey’s Reilly’s Bar – (Beer Garden) 5pm ~ Blues ‘n Rock Guitar Session with Willie (Bollock Brothers) at Sean Og’s Bar 6pm – Film: Rory Gallagher ~ “Live at Montreux” at Melly’s Pub 7pm – The Finale Outdoor Gig at Rory Gallagher Place with “MOONCHILD” (Ireland) & “SINNERBOY” (England) ~ The final farewell gig …… Not to be missed !!! SUNDAY NIGHT LATE 10pm ~ THE BOLLOCK BROTHERS at Dicey Reilly’s Bar 10pm ~ MOONCHILD at Owen Roe’s Bar 10pm ~ ODD SOCKS REVIVAL at Max Bar 10pm ~ ZERO RESISTANCE at Bridgend Bar 10pm ~ DAVE McHUGH BAND at Sean Og’s Pub 10pm ~ PETER PRICE ~ The Bluesman at Melly’s Pub 10pm ~ MESSIN’ WITH D’GALLAGHER at the Lantern Bar 10pm ~ MONICA HELDAL (Norway) at Market House Pub *** ALL ABOVE SUNDAY EVENING OPEN AIR & PUB GIGS ARE – FREE OF CHARGE FINAL GIG OF THE FESTIVAL 11.30pm til 3am – The Final Gig of the Festival at Dorrian’s Hotel “JAN AKKERMAN BAND” (ex. Focus) & “JOHNNY GALLAGHER & BOXTIE” ~ Tickets at the Door Only – Adm. €10         NOT TO BE MISSED …..,…………………. !!! DDTV VIDEO: BALLYSHANNON GETS READY TO ROCK FOR RORY was last modified: June 18th, 2011 by gregShare 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:Ballyshannonrory gallagher festivallast_img read more

December 25, 2019
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Accountability in education

first_imgTeachers are not assembly-line workers. Theirs is a skilled trade, for which they are highly trained. And they do some of the most important work in our society. So why doesn’t California treat them like the professionals they are? While every other skilled professional in this state – be it a surgeon, a lawyer or an engineer – must consistently perform well to stay on the job, in California, any public K-12 educator who’s been around for more than two years is all but guaranteed employment for life. Fortunately, Proposition 74 would change that. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Under the measure, which will appear on the Nov. 8 ballot, the probationary period for new teachers would be expanded from two years to five. That way, schools wouldn’t be forced to make permanent decisions about new, inexperienced teachers so early in their careers. Young educators would have a chance to grow and develop their craft before schools are forced to decide their fate. Good, passionate and committed teachers would no doubt have little problem waiting out the longer probationary period before getting tenured. Likewise, apathetic or unskilled teachers – and, let’s be honest, we all know of a few in most any school – would be less likely to slide into a level of lifetime job security they don’t deserve. Proposition 74 would also relax state laws so that even tenured teachers could be fired if they consistently failed their routine performance evaluations. That is, they would have to do their jobs well to keep them – just like the rest of us. For that matter, teachers would still retain far better protections than most California workers, including the right to appeals hearings with union representation. But for the teachers unions, which seem more interested in protecting the hacks among them than in ensuring quality education for our kids, all this seems like too much to bear. They have saturated the airwaves with ads warning that treating educators like professionals would somehow devastate schools and scare potential new teachers away from the education. Hardly. Teachers are people who forgo more lucrative careers in other fields because they have a passion for helping children. It’s insulting to teachers to suggest that all that draws them to teaching is the promise that, after two years, they’re free to screw up with impunity. And it’s a disservice to our kids to treat their schools as little more than a job-protection racket for union members. Our teachers’ ranks should be a place for only the best and the brightest, not the best, the brightest – and the occasional insulated mediocrity. Our schools and our children deserve better. So do our teachers. Vote yes on Proposition 74.160Want 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