Protests to be held in response to BOI’s decision to remove the Irish language…

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Harps come back to win in Waterford Facebook Google+ By News Highland – August 31, 2017 Protests to be held in response to BOI’s decision to remove the Irish language option from their ATM’s Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 Bank of Ireland needs to re-think their plans to get rid of the Irish language option at ATMs, according to Sinn Féin.Yesterday the bank announced it was to remove the Irish language option from its newer ATMs.Donegal Deputy Pearse Doherty heavily criticised the move which was blamed on failing demand with a recent analysis showing that less than 1% of ATM transactions nationwide are conducted through Irish.A protest against the change will take place tomorrow lunchtime at Bank of Ireland branches across the country. Pinterest Previous articleFinn Harp’s Return to League Action in LimerickNext articleHighland’s Farming News – Thursday 31st August News Highland Google+ WhatsApp Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Sinn Féin TD Peadar Toibin is reiterating calls for the decision to be reversed:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growslast_img read more

ICPO wages war vs illegal gambling

first_imgILOILO City – The Iloilo City PoliceOffice (ICPO) has declared an all-out war against all forms of illegalgambling in the metro. ICPO director, Police Colonel EricDampal, vowed to hit hard on illegal gambling, particularly illegal numbersgame “bookies” that continuously compete with the government-sanctioned Small TownLottery (STL). Last week, Police Regional Office 6director Police Brigadier General Rene Pamuspusan also directed his local unitsand police chiefs to focus on illegal gambling aside from illegaldrugs. Dampal, who recently took ever the ICPOhelm, called on all his police chiefs, including intelligence officers, to spearheada full-scale crackdown against illegal gamblers in their area of assignment. Healso ordered his cops to strictly follow the “no take policy.” He also warned his men for the no takepolicy. Dampal noted that based on their latestmonitoring, there are no organized financiers in this city, saying theoperations are individual and that the bet collectors are basing their resultto STL in the province of Guimaras. The STL in Guimaras is legal after thefinanciers got their franchise.center_img According to the city top cop, this directiveis in line with the main thrusts of no less than, Philippine National Police chiefGeneral Archie Francisco Gamboa, who earlier vowed to make the country free fromillegal gambling. “Those who will be caught violatingmy directive for the no take policy will be slapped with an administrativecase,” said Pamuspusan./PN “There will be no let up againstillegal gambling and I made this clear to my men – the no take policy,” saidDampal.   On March 7, last_img read more

Thornton practice facilities likely headed to Gateway

first_imgAfter a year of searching, the Thornton School of Music has finally found a suitable space for its practice rooms — the new University Gateway apartment complex.Playing along · Jung Won Kong, a doctoral student studying piano performance, practices in a music practice room in the PIC building, which is set to be demolished at the end of the school year. – Roland Wiryawan | Daily Trojan Thornton’s practice rooms are currently housed in the Music Practice and Instructional Center, which the university plans to demolish. Administrators started looking for an alternative location at the beginning of the school year and announced in November that the practice rooms would move to the Von KleinSmid Center Library. But after students and faculty petitioned to save the library, administrators revoked the decision, leaving Thornton without practice space.Almost six months later, Thornton finally has a plan, though it is still awaiting final approval, Thornton Dean Robert Cutietta said.The former cinematic arts building will be gutted and renovated to become the jazz department, instructional rooms, student service offices and group rehearsal spaces, totaling 40 percent of Thornton’s space needs. The rest of Thornton — outreach offices, the early music program and all of the practices rooms — will move to Gateway.“This took longer than any of us could have ever dreamt,” Cutietta said. “It’ll be a different school for everyone in the fall.”Gateway, located at the corner of Jefferson Boulevard and Figueroa Street, will provide more practice rooms than students currently have, but the location is not ideal, Cutietta said.Still, Cutietta said Gateway will be a significant upgrade.“I’m excited to be out of PIC,” he said. “It’s a lousy building.”Although some students like the central location of PIC, many agree the music school needed an upgrade.“I hope it’s an improvement,” said Jonathan Richards, a senior majoring in double bass performance. “We definitely need new facilities.”Gateway will provide 24-hour access to practice rooms for music students with secured, key card access, a crucial part of the plan, Cutietta said. Practice rooms are for music students only, but currently doors in PIC are always open, which grants anyone — non-music majors and non-USC students — access to the facility.But there is certainly a downside to the proposed plan.“I do feel bad that students have to walk all the way over to Gateway,” Cutietta said.Some students said they feel the new practice rooms in Gateway will not be worth the hassle it will take to transport their instruments and themselves off campus.“How are we really going to get the most out of it, if it’s where it is?” said Colleen Gilligan, a freshman majoring in jazz studies who worries about carrying her large bass to and from Gateway.Marcus Paul, a freshman majoring in jazz studies, said he much prefers PIC’s location — right next to the intramural field.“If anything, I think [PIC] should be renovated and given back to us,” Paul said.Cutietta noted that all instructional facilities will be close together under the new plan, like a small campus solely for the music school.“We’re creating a whole performing arts neighborhood,” Cutietta said.Some music school spaces — such as offices and recording studios — have already moved into former buildings of the USC School of Cinematic Arts.“As they’re moving out, we’ve been taking over things,” Cutietta said.Although the whole move will be a quick turnaround, Cutietta said, the ideal finish date in August has already been pushed back. The move will take place over the span of three days during a weekend in September, but students will never be without practice facilities.“Anything we can find available for that weekend, we will open up,” said Cutietta, who said he would offer his personal office space for students to practice, if need be.last_img read more

Žana Novaković in the Giant Slalom Today

first_imgOn the 11th day of the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, the best B&H skier Žana Novaković will compete in the giant Slalom competition.This will be her first competition at Sochi, and in three days she will compete in the Slalom.(Source: Fena)last_img

Groves and Froch meet face-to-face ahead of title showdown

first_imgGeorge Groves squares up to Carl Froch as the tension builds ahead of their title clash.Tickets for their fight in Manchester on 23 November sold out in only 11 minutes.The unbeaten Groves, from Hammersmith, will be aiming to become a world champion by taking the experienced Froch’s IBF and WBA belts.Video courtesy of iFilm London.See also:Confident Groves squares up to FrochFroch predicts one-sided title defence against ‘young pretender’ GrovesGroves: Champion Froch is not as good as he thinks he 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Ind vs Eng, Bristol ODI: Toss delayed due to rain

first_imgDhoni-CookTheir morale battered by the Test series debacle, India would look to make a fresh beginning and salvage lost pride when they take on England in a fivematch ODI cricket series starting in Bristol on Monday.However, they’ll need to keep their eyes on the sky and pray hard for the match to go ahead as there is a 100 per cent chance of rain in Bristol.On one hand, the Indians will be distracted by the 1-3 series loss in the Test series and will want to do well in the ODIs, while on the other, they will also need to balance their approach keeping next year’s World Cup in mind.That tournament, to be hosted by Australia and New Zealand, is just six months away. From here on, every ODI played by the Indian team will be a preparatory step towards defending their 2011 crown Down Under.And to do so, they will be evaluating players in the three ODI series between now and the World Cup – in England, at home against the West Indies and then in the tri-series on the Australian tour.Already, the Indian selectors have taken stock of the situation at hand and the 17-man squad is a reflection of their thoughts. Sanju Samson and Karn Sharma represent their line of thinking in that the squad will need an additional wicket-keeper as well as a third spin-bowling all-round option.But there is a question-mark over how many opportunities these two youngsters will get in the current five-match series. This is because the middle-order and all-round spin slots have enough contenders at the moment.advertisementRavindra Jadeja and R. Ashwin will fill up the two spin options in the playing XI. Earlier this year, in the fourth ODI at Hamilton, Stuart Binny was introduced as an alternate and his exploits in Bangladesh he will be a factor in conditions that assist swing.However India skipper M.S. Dhoni is a little circumspect about using four medium pace options as it slows down the over-rate. It will be interesting to see if he will opt for two spinners straight-away, irrespective of the conditions in Bristol, given that Binny didn’t bowl in the warm-up game against Middlesex on Friday.On that day, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammad Shami bowled short spells and it was a clear sign that the management was looking to preserve them. ‘TEST OF CHARACTER’ Meanwhile, senior batsman Suresh Raina feels these ODIs will be a test of the Indians’ character.Claiming to have done his bit to infuse some positivity into the beleaguered team, Raina said: “The team is going through a difficult phase and it is time for us to show character. It can be difficult sometimes to move on from such a defeat but you have to fight your way out of it when you’re playing at the international level.”I always try to maintain the cheerfulness in the team, on and off the field. I am the first person to run to the bowler or fielder when a wicket falls,” he told the official BCCI website.last_img read more

Blatter and Platini bans upheld, reduced to six years

first_imgSepp Blatter and Michel Platini, once the two most powerful men in world football, had their bans for ethics violations upheld on Wednesday, although they were reduced from eight years to six.The 79-year-old Blatter, who served for 17 years as FIFA president, and Platini, 60, one of the greatest players of all time and UEFA president since 2007, had appealed against the bans imposed last October.The ruling came two days before FIFA holds a special elective Congress to appoint a successor to Blatter, who was President of the ruling body from 1998 before standing down four days after winning his final term of office last May.Neither man will be at Friday’s Congress following the decision and Platini could hardly contain his wrath.”The decision is insulting, shameful and is a violation of rights,” he said in a statement.”The charges against me are baseless, built from the ground up and surreal in view of the facts and the explanations I gave during the hearing.”I will go to the end of my fight to show that I’m innocent, to restore my rights and identify who is responsible for this plot.”There was no immediate response from Blatter. The pair will now turn to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) for the last chance to restore their reputations and roles in the game. The final verdict from FIFA’s headquarters, though, came on a rainy evening in Zurich.The statement issued by the Appeal Panel, while upholding the ban, did determine that “some strong mitigating factors for Mr Platini and Mr Blatter were not taken into account when establishing the sanction.”advertisementOne of the factors for reducing the ban was the pair’s lifetime service to football. Blatter and Platini were banned over a payment of 2 million Swiss francs ($2.03 million) made to the Frenchman in 2011 by FIFA with Blatter’s approval for work done a decade earlier.They said the payment honoured a verbal or gentleman’s agreement made in 1998 for work carried out by the Frenchman when he was a technical adviser to Blatter.The decision not to overturn the bans followed the 12-year suspension imposed on Jerome Valcke, who was sacked as FIFA’s secretary general last month. Valcke, the man responsible for running FIFA’s day-to-day administration, was found guilty of misconduct over the sale of World Cup tickets, abuse of travel expenses, attempting to sell TV rights below their market value and destruction of evidence.Platini was European Footballer of the Year three times while Blatter worked at FIFA for 41 years after originally joining as Technical Director in 1975. He served as Secretary General from 1981 until he succeeded Joao Havelange as president in 1998. Blatter’s reign was mired in controversy and the announcement that he was resigning came in June, less than a week after American and Swiss authorities arrested FIFA and other officials at a Zurich hotel on corruption charges, two days before the Congress and election took place.Platini was, for many years, regarded as Blatter’s natural successor and they worked harmoniously before rifts occurred in their relationship. Platini was openly critical of Blatter in the run-up to last year’s election, but both have been united again in being brought down by the scandal that has rocked their sport.last_img read more

Bayern Turns Heat on Dortmund at Top of Bundesliga

first_imgBy: Ciaran Fahey, Associated PressBERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich increased the pressure on Borussia Dortmund with a 1-0 win over Hertha Berlin to move level on points with the Bundesliga leader on Saturday.Midfielder Javi Martinez, who excelled in the 0-0 draw at Liverpool in the Champions League on Tuesday, completed a fine week by scoring Bayern’s winner midway through the second half.Bayern, which trailed by nine points at one stage, stayed second due to Dortmund’s better goal difference.Dortmund can restore its three-point lead with a win at home over Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday, but captain Marco Reus is out injured, Dortmund has failed to win in the last three league games, and Leverkusen is on a four-game winning run.Munich’s Serge Gnabry, left and Hertha’s Karim Rekik challenge for the ball during a German Bundesliga soccer match between Bayern Munich and Hertha BSC Berlinin Munich, Germany,Saturday, Feb.23, 2019. (Lino Mirgeler/dpa via AP)Bayern had a score to settle with Hertha after losing 2-0 in Berlin earlier in the season and being pushed to extra time before progressing from their German Cup tie earlier this month.Bayern coach Niko Kovac rewarded Martinez for his good performance in Liverpool with another start, while Leon Goretzka was back after an ankle injury and Franck Ribery also started.But it was Hertha that had the best early chances. Davie Selke had an early goal ruled out for offside, before Jerome Boateng was forced to clear another good chance. Another Selke effort was only cleared off the line by Joshua Kimmich early in the second half.Munich’s Jerome Boateng and Hertha’s Davie Selke challenge for the ball during a German Bundesliga soccer match between Bayern Munich and Hertha BSC Berlin in Munich, Germany, Saturday, Feb.23,2019. (Matthias Balk/dpa via AP)Hertha coach Pal Dardai’s plan for keeping the home side at bay functioned perfectly until Martinez broke the deadlock with a header from James Rodriguez’ corner in the 62nd minute.Kingsley Coman, who came on in the 58th for Ribery, had to go off with an apparent left thigh injury nine minutes later.Hertha’s Karim Rekik was sent off late after a tussle with Robert Lewandowski. Both players clashed but Rekik had his arm raised and Lewandowski dropped to the ground.SCHALKE WOES CONTINUESchalke, which lost 3-2 to 10-man Manchester City in the Champions League on Wednesday, slumped to another chastening defeat, 3-0 against a Mainz side that had lost its previous three games.The club announced immediately afterward that sporting director Christian Heidel had tendered his resignation and would quit at the end of the season at the latest.Heidel achieved great success in the same role at Mainz, but was coming under increased pressure due to Schalke’s troubles this season. Domenico Tedesco’s side is languishing 14th in the 18-team league, seven points clear of Stuttgart in the relegation zone.Schalke’s 23 points from 23 games is its worst league-tally for 36 years. The Gelsenkirchen-based club was relegated in 1983.FORTRESS NO MOREThird-place Borussia Moenchengladbach had won all its home games this season until Hertha grabbed a 3-0 win on Feb. 9.Wolfsburg ensured the side suffered its second successive 3-0 loss at home thanks to greater efficiency and two goals from Admir Mehmedi.Also, Freiburg enjoyed a 5-1 rout of relegation-threatened Augsburg to give coach Christian Streich his biggest win since taking over in December 2011.Fortuna Duesseldorf was hosting last-place Nuremberg later.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

9 months agoFiorentina signing Luis Muriel: Why I rejected AC Milan

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Fiorentina signing Luis Muriel: Why I rejected AC Milanby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFiorentina signing Luis Muriel has explained turning down AC Milan.Muriel has joined the Viola on-loan from Sevilla.“Yes, Milan had also been after me but I’d already given my word and I didn’t retrace my steps,” said the striker at his official unveiling on Friday.“I kept thinking Fiorentina were the right place for me. I worked hard to come here and I’m happy I did.“The best Muriel? I think you saw it in Udine and Samp, when I played with guys like Di Natale and Quagliarella. They helped me to make a lot.” last_img read more

5 days agoPartizan Belgrade manager Milosevic urges fans to behave against Man Utd

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Partizan Belgrade manager Milosevic urges fans to behave against Man Utdby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePartizan Belgrade manager Savo Milosevic has urged fans to be on their best behaviour against Europa League rivals Manchester United.The Aston Villa legend, who now manages the Serbian team, said he understands why there might be some concerns ahead of the game.He told The Sun: “Sure, and I, as a former player with friends throughout the world, will do everything to make sure our guests will feel comfortable and to think only of a game of football.”I will say to our fans: ‘A big club, a giant club, is coming to visit us – and we should be honoured to play against Manchester United for the first time since 1966’.”We have to be proud to host the players, coaches, leaders and fans of such a great club.” last_img read more