160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Most Florida felons will regain voting and other civil rights more quickly after completing their sentences under changes approved Thursday by the governor and the state clemency board. Republican Gov. Charlie Crist pushed the change, saying the rights to vote, hold office and serve on a jury were fundamental to being part of a democratic society. With 3-1 vote by Crist and the other members of the state’s clemency board, state officials will begin the restoration process for felons once they complete their sentences. Previously, many felons needed to go before the board, which can take years to hear a case because of backlogs. The change doesn’t include the right to have a gun, which still isn’t restored automatically for people with felony convictions. But it does make it easier for ex-felons to get occupational licenses, denied to people who haven’t had their rights restored. Florida was one of three U.S. states, along with Kentucky and Virginia, that required ex-felons to take action to restore their civil rights no matter how long they had been out of prison. Other states have waiting periods before restoration, though most restore rights automatically when felons complete their sentence. The lone opponent on the Florida board was Attorney General Bill McCollum, who said that many felons aren’t reformed and should have to earn their rights by staying crime-free. Few have accused Crist of being too lenient on criminals. When he served in the state Senate he was known as “Chain Gang Charlie,” and one of his priorities is to return violent probation violators to prison. The Crist plan was a compromise with other board members who were concerned about going too easy on dangerous criminals. The 20 percent of felons finishing their sentence who have committed any one of a number of serious crimes will still need the clemency board to sign off on their case to get their rights back.
Man United are set for a busy summer of spending, with defence one position set to be strengthened. Here, WhoScored.com run the rule over transfer target, Nicolas Otamendi.With the domestic seasons drawing to a close in Europe’s top five leagues, speculation over the big transfer this summer is set to go into overdrive.And the Premier League had barely reached its conclusion before Manchester United were linked with a big-money move for Valencia’s star centre-back Otamendi.After Mats Hummels insisted he wouldn’t be signing for United, interest has reportedly moved to Otamendi, who established himself as one the best centre-backs in La Liga this season.The Argentine’s 7.59 WhoScored.com rating was the best of all central defenders and put him seventh overall in Spain’s top tier. His performances have attracted widespread interest from the biggest clubs on the continent, though it appears United are leading the race for his signature.Louis van Gaal’s side have already secured the acquisition of Memphis Depay from PSV and look to be hell bent on landing their biggest targets early this transfer window. Next on the United radar appears to be defensive reinforcements and Otamendi has been targeted for good reason.Only Lionel Messi (25) and Cristiano Ronaldo (17) earned more WhoScored.com man of the match awards than the Valencia defender (7) in La Liga this term, reinforcing what was a superb debut campaign in Spain.Understandably, Los Che would be loathe to losing their prized defender, who has formed a solid centre-back partnership with Shkodran Mustafi. Otamendi’s ability to be in the right place at the right time to clear impending danger is perhaps his strongest asset.The Argentina international made more clearances (258) than any other player in La Liga this campaign, while the number of headed clearances he made (182) was also the most in Spain’s top tier.Such a no-nonsense approach to defending has understandably attracted the interest of the biggest teams in Europe. However, his ability to clear the ball from danger – though a strong point to his game – is not all the Argentine is famed for. The 27-year-old is a composed centre-back when needed, capable of playing the ball out from the back, which would appeal to Van Gaal and his patient approach implemented at Old Trafford.Otamendi averaged 44.6 passes per game in Spain this season and maintained a respectable pass success rate of 80.3 per cent. There is room for improvement in this department, but Van Gaal has proven that, given time, he can improve a player’s ability with the ball at his feet. Chris Smalling, for example, has looked a far more capable centre-back with the Dutchman at the United helm and it’s reasonable to suggest he can do similar with Otamendi.An average of 2.9 tackles and 3.1 interceptions per game further accentuate his defensive ability, while an average of 3.5 aerial duels won per game, which ranks among the top 10 in Spain, reinforces why one of his strengths on WhoScored.com is in aerial duels. This facet of his game would come in handy for United at the other end of the pitch, much like it did for Valencia.Five of Otamendi’s six league goals this campaign were headers; only Ronaldo, on 12, has netted more in La Liga.“If he [Otamendi] wants to go he will have to come to the club, not an agent, and pay what the club decide he is worth, which is €50m at least,” Valencia president Amadeo Salvo said via Twitter. Los Che are adamant they will not sell their star centre-back on the cheap and for good reason given his influential displays at the heart of their defence this season.Nevertheless, United are clearly keen to bolster at the back and have money to spend this summer in a bid to return to the summit of England’s top tier. With Depay confirmed, they would be wise to do all they can to secure the services of Otamendi if they wish to strengthen accordingly once the transfer window reopens.For more stats on reported Manchester United target Nicolas Otamendi, click here to view his WhoScored.com player page 1 Manchester United transfer target Nicolas Otamendi
Damian Tansey: Took the case for Ruby against the HSEA LITTLE County Donegal girl made legal history today when she was awarded €1.4M interim damages in a legal action against Letterkenny General Hospital. The settlement will be reviewed again in four years in the first case of its kind before the High Court.Ruby McCandless (now 7) was left brain damaged after a failure to diagnose a serious medical condition in her mother in the days before her birth. Callan Tansey Solicitors, lawyers for Ruby and her mother Christina heavily criticised the Health Service Executive for the delay in admitting liability in the case.The court was told that at her final antenatal check-up at an outreach clinic in Carndonagh Community Hospital in March 2006, Mrs McCandless – from Gleneely – had her blood pressure taken four times because nurses were so concerned about it.However, the consultant who reviewed her said her high blood pressure was a borderline case and told her to attend her GP three days later.Her blood pressure was 140 over 100 and she should have been immediately referred to hospital.She was not warned about the possibility or symptoms of a serious complication of maternal high blood pressure – pre-eclampsia.Two days later, she suffered an eclamptic seizure at home which deprived her baby of oxygen.She had to be taken by ambulance to Letterkenny General Hospital 72km (45 miles) away where Ruby was delivered by emergency C-section on 30 March.In the days following her birth, it became clear she had suffered permanent brain damage.She has cerebral palsy, is severely physically disabled and will need constant care for the rest of her life.In her statement of claim on behalf of her daughter, Mrs McCandless alleged there was only one consultant on duty at her final antenatal check-up two days before the birth where there would normally be two.She said he appeared “harassed and under pressure” and her visit was very short.It was alleged there was negligence and breach of duty in failing to admit her to hospital and diagnose her condition at the earliest opportunity or to warn her about the symptoms of pre-eclampsia.Today the High Court approved an interim settlement of €1.4m and the case will return to court in four years’ time to reassess her needs.Ms Justice Mary Irvine said the settlement was in the best interests of the young girl.She said it was the first time an interim settlement had been reached for four years and saved the family the trouble of returning to court every two years.Afterwards, Mrs McCandless said: “I am delighted and relieved it is all over, we’re happy with the settlement.”Her solicitor Damien Tansey, from Callan Tansey Solicitors in Sligo which specialises in complex legal work involving the health services, said the settlement would transform Ruby’s life as she would be provided with equipment and facilities.“It took five years for the case to settle and it was unfortunate that it took the HSE so long to admit liability,” he said.“It is also good for the family that they can forget about legal concerns now until a review of Ruby’s needs in four years,” added Mr Tansey.SOLICITOR WELCOMES €1.4M INTERIM SETTLEMENT FOR GIRL WHO SUED LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL was last modified: March 5th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Callan Tansey Solicitorscerebal palsyHIGH COURTRuby McCandless
Ipswich have completed the loan signing of Manchester City winger Bersant Celina until the end of the season.The 20-year-old, who made one Premier League appearance under Manuel Pellegrini at City, is the fifth signing by Mick McCarthy this season after the club fought off competition to sign him.The Kosovo international spent last season on loan at FC Twente, scoring five times in 27 Eredivisie appearances and follows Jordan Spence, Joe Garner, Emyr Huws and Tom Adeyemi through the door at Portman Road.He told the club’s official website: “Ipswich is a big club, has a big history and it’s a good place for me to be at this moment.“I’ve had a break but now I can’t wait to get going – to train with the players and to put on the shirt and play for the team.“I had a good loan spell in Holland last season. That helped me become a better player and hopefully it can be the same here. I’m looking forward to doing what I can to help the team.” Bersant Celina 1
County Intermediate Champions Four Masters will replay the Ulster finalFour Masters Ladies are to get another chance in Ulster.The club won their appeal against the Ulster Ladies Council decision to award the final – and Ulster Intermediate title – to Monaghan Harps.The final is to be replayed on Friday night with the time and venue to be confirmed. The All-Ireland semi-finals are due to take place on Sunday.The Croke Park decision has been welcomed by Four Masters tonight.And it is fantastic news for the ladies who were left heartbroken at Brewster Park ten days ago.They had been told by the referee they were two points ahead with five minutes to go, and played as if they were ahead. They were the told by the referee at the final whistle that they had won – only to be told later it was a draw.Monaghan Harps had claimed they had won by a point, and the Ulster Ladies board agreed.However Four Masters appealed to Croke Park and Ladies Football HQ ordered that the Ulster Intermediate Final is to be replayed. BREAKING NEWS: FOUR MASTERS LADIES TO GET FINAL REPLAY was last modified: November 13th, 2014 by John2Share 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:four mastersMonaghan HarpsReplay
NEWHALL – The story of plush toy maker Dakin & Co. took another unusual twist Monday when closeout retailer Big Lots bought the rights to the imperiled brand and pledged to revive it. The retailer’s investment arm, Big Lots Capital, paid more than $835,000 for the brand, which dates back more than a half-century. Known as a high-end train and stuffed toy maker, the brand merged with Woodland Hills-based Applause LLC in the early 1990s, then fell on hard times when Applause encountered difficult financial straits in recent years. In the midst of a corporate turnaround last summer, Dakin’s fortunes foundered further when Applause’s charismatic owner and top executive Bob Solomon committed suicide. After emerging from more than a year of bankruptcy reorganization in October, its creditors’ committee elected to sell the brand to a better-capitalized operator and move on. “It’s a relief that it’s over,” said David Socha, Solomon’s nephew who served as interim general manager of the company during the bankruptcy. “It seems like a long time ago the tragedy happened, even though it was only over a year ago. It’s good for the family to put it behind them and not have any loose ends.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake After entering bankruptcy, the company sold the Applause brand name to toy maker Russ Berrie & Co. last October for $7.5 million. It renamed itself Dreamworld LLC, intending to use the Dakin name to market its Dream Pets stuffed characters. Facing a tough toy market and a debt load of more than $13 million, special counsel Gerard Casale Jr. said, the company had slimmed its work force to fewer than 10 employees and put itself up for sale. “Many of our creditors got fatigued,” Casale said. “The end of the year was coming, so they just wanted to see an end to it. It just seemed like the right time.” Whether the employees would stay on with Big Lots or lose their jobs had not been decided by Monday afternoon. Big Lots, which began its capital investment arm a year ago to revive distressed brands, intends to use the Dakin name to manufacture toys to sell in its own stores and to independent toy shops. In addition to Dream Pets, it now owns the rights to the Sad Sam and Honey and Lovies brands, though it’s entertaining offers by other manufacturers to take on the lines. “Dakin is synonymous with quality plush,” said Seth Marks, vice president of Big Lots Capital. “We think as we put a greater emphasis on quality in our stores, it’ll be a great fit.” Brent Hopkins, (818) 713-3738 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
One of the biggest charity events in Donegal takes place this year when the mock wedding is held in aid of the Smile for Jasmine Fund.More than 200 guests are expected to arrive at the ‘wedding’ of Brendan McGlinchey and Ann Marie McNulty at The Banjo Bar in Castlefinn.All proceeds from the event will go towards the family of the late tragic Jasmine McMonagle who was killed in Killygordon in January last. Now the people of the area have together in a bid to help Jasmine’s young family.Today’s events begin at 5pm with a full sit-down meal schedule for 6pm – if the bride arrives on time!With The Logues taking to the stage at 7pm along with Chrissie Mac and Richie Remo, there will be a full two-hour music session followed by dancing into the night. And unlike most weddings, you don’t need an invite!There are still some tickets available for the evening Reception from reception in The Banjo.The late Jasmine McMonagle Huge crowd expected at ‘wedding’ to remember tragic Jasmine was last modified: September 21st, 2019 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)
QPR fans on Twitter want Tjaronn Chery to be dropped for next week’s game at Brighton.The Dutch midfielder has four goals and three assists in the Championship this season, but has struggled in recent weeks, with boss Ian Holloway suggesting Chery is feeling the pressure of being Rangers’ “star player”.But after his indifferent display against Aston Villa, some supporters think Chery needs to be left out for the trip to the Amex on 27 January.Chery has to be dropped.— J. (@HoiIett) December 18, 2016Now leave Chery out and work out how to play not based around him. It might work, can’t be any worse.— Linda Fitzgerald (@Hoops9Linda) December 18, 2016Have to stop this over reliance on Chery too. He’s a very good player but he’s not the talisman in a way Taarabt or Austin was. #QPR— Ash Rose (@AshroseUK) December 18, 2016MISSING: Tjarron Chery. Not seen since last season. Any information welcome.— Steve Croudace (@57EV3) December 18, 2016The one #QPR player getting away with murder is Chery. Instrumental at the start of the season, but has gone missing over the past months…— Paul Nasr (@SkyPaulNasr) December 18, 2016Taarabt could only play under Warnock. It seems like Chery can only play under JFH #QPR #QPRFC— Ash (@_Ash_94_) December 19, 2016When will people realise that chery is so over rated— James ⚽️ (@qprjamesqpr) December 18, 2016But were the occasional tweets of support for Chery, such as this one…Don’t get the Chery abuse. The guy works his backside off, he tries things. Give the man a break. He’s having a stinker but not shying away.— Nick Friend (@NickFriend1) December 18, 2016 Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
A double storey classroom for delightedpreschool children. The proud and happy graduates of the firstCans4Skills development course. A container classroom renovated byBreadline for foreign nationals at theSoetwater refugee camp, set up after theoutbreak of xenophobic-related violencein May 2008.(Images: Breadline Africa)Janine ErasmusThe ingenuity of an African NGO is raising international awareness for the plight of Africa’s millions of starving people, and harnessing the power of the internet to drive its newest project.Cape Town-based Breadline Africa is an NGO that aims to give Southern African communities the means to break out of the trap of poverty. The organisation is involved in many community-based projects in three main categories – skills development, assisting youth and children, and health and nutrition.Breadline Africa launched its latest initiative in October 2008. Using the power of consumer generated media – posts made in all kinds of online media such as blogs, wikis, discussion lists and forums – the World Blogger Bake-Off is a global call to bloggers to join the fight against hunger in Africa by collectively raising R11-million ($1-million).Bake bread or give doughBreadline Africa’s partner in the World Blogger Bake-Off is Quirk eMarketing, responsible for the NGO’s e-marketing strategy. Quirk is known for its involvement in projects such as the recent Google Earth layer for South African Tourism.The World Blogger Bake-Off encourages bloggers from all over the world to get involved in Breadline Africa’s fight against poverty in various ways. These range from promoting the initiative by blogging about it, pledging and challenging fellow bloggers to do the same, hosting bread and cake sales in their areas to raise funds, uploading a bread recipe, and generally spreading the word amongst the online community.Non-bloggers may also become part of the campaign by uploading their favourite bread recipe into one of three categories – most nutritious, most unusual and best traditional recipe.The blogger responsible for the most money donated will receive an Amazon voucher worth R5 600 ($500) and will have a container kitchen named after them or their blog, while the most popular recipes in each of the categories will receive Amazon vouchers to the value of R2 800 ($250).Bread was chosen as the project’s theme because it is the staple food of millions of people in Africa and around the world. Many of these people live below the poverty line and have to endure the associated problems of unemployment, hunger, disease, violence and despair. By supporting charity projects run in the heart of communities, and helping them to reach a level of sustainability, Breadline also helps to reduce the need for welfare.Sustainable community projectsBreadline Africa works by gathering and disbursing funds to convert old shipping containers into functional, sustainable, community-uplifting projects such as soup kitchens, classrooms, and nursery schools. Not only do the containers provide an essential service in disadvantaged areas, but they also offer a platform for skills development in communities.With offices in both South Africa and the United Kingdom, the organisation acts a bridge between the needy in Africa and donors in Europe and the UK. Since its inception in 1993 it has supported over 130 projects in Southern Africa through annual grants. Breadline also participates in the Multi-Agency Grants Initiative, which aims to bring donor partners together to share resources and thus more effectively support community based organisations.Project manager Edna Titus says that the organisation sometimes struggles to find containers, as they are not that easy to come by and shipping companies are strangely unwilling to freely donate old containers, however battered, rusty and unusable they may be. This forces the NGO to use some of its funds for purchasing.“Shipping companies only seem to donate directly to communities,” says Titus. “This ties our hands somewhat because they often retain ownership of the container and that hampers us even from renovating it on the community’s behalf.”Old shipping containers are often found in communities masquerading as anything from telephone booths and hair salons to spaza shops. The Breadline difference is that they are completely renovated and are no longer merely cold, drab, windowless boxes. “We beautify the containers and make them user friendly,” says Titus, “and even their bright colours give the area a boost.”While community projects may use the containers for as long as they remain successful and sustainable, if they should fold the container reverts back to Breadline who will then pass it on to another worthy project. “But this happens very rarely,” says Titus. “We scrutinise our potential projects very carefully and choose the ones which we believe will succeed.”Skills developmentBreadline Africa also runs a very successful poverty alleviation and skills development programme called Cans4Skills, centred on the container renovation and working on the principle that people become independent by learning to help themselves.Skills development in South Africa is a cause espoused by many organisations as well as government, as it is one of the main factors in the country’s unemployment rate.Cans4Skills takes its name from the communities’ name for containers, and Breadline Africa uses containers, or cans, to provide opportunities for people in informal settlements to hone trade skills such as plumbing, bricklaying, woodwork and painting – practical skills which can be passed on for the benefit of the community. The company also teaches basic domestic tasks including cooking, ironing and using a washing machine.The containers are cleaned and spruced up with a floor, windows and doors and a coat of paint, transforming them into classrooms for those who cannot afford to attend a college or don’t have transport to get to one. Bringing the classroom to the people and teaching them in their own environment, says Titus, is an effective way of giving them a kick-start in earning an income.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at firstname.lastname@example.org.Useful linksBreadline AfricaWorldwide blogger bake-offBlogger bake-off Facebook groupMulti-Agency Grants InitiativeQuirk eMarketing
Mario Mandzukic’s 59th-minute winner earned Juventus a 1-0 victory over Valencia that ensured they booked their place in the knockout rounds.The Bianconeri were stunned by Manchester United in Turin during their last group game but sealed their place in the last 16 with one game to spare on Tuesday, with Group H top spot now up for grabs on matchday six.In a game of few chances, Mandzukic scored a tap-in in the second half after Cristiano Ronaldo had worked space to steer a cross to the Croatian striker. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! United’s last-gasp win over Young Boys means Valencia are out, with no way of reaching the last 16 even if they beat Mourinho’s side at home in their final group game.@MarioMandzukic9 has now scored in all out of seasons played in the @ChampionsLeague #JuveVCF #FinoAllaFine #ForzaJuve pic.twitter.com/O8pKwA1QSZ— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) November 27, 2018Juventus had been awarded two penalties in the reverse fixture with Valencia but Miralem Pjanic, the scorer of both of those spot-kicks, was denied another in the first half when he claimed he was pulled back by Geoffrey Kondogbia.The Bianconeri dominated possession but struggled to conjure up chances and Joao Cancelo’s outside-of-the-foot effort that went wide was as close as they came to a first-half goal.It was Valencia who almost took the lead on the stroke of half-time, but Wojciech Sczcesny’s brilliant one-hand save repelled Mouctar Diakhaby’s header from a corner.Juventus continued to look short of ideas until Ronaldo’s moment of magic just before the hour mark.The Portugal forward’s stepover fooled Gabriel and gave him enough space to steer across a ball that Mandzukic turned home from close range.Valencia thought they had hit straight back when Diakhaby got a touch to Dani Parejo’s near-post free-kick.However, the ball had clearly struck the defender’s outstretched arm and rather than being credited with an equaliser, Diakhaby was punished with a yellow card from referee Willie Collum.Neto denied Paulo Dybala, Ronaldo and Mandzukic a second Juve goal, but Valencia never looked like getting an equaliser at the other end as they exited the competition.FT: INTO THE #UCL LAST 16!!! #JuveVCF #FinoAllaFine #ForzaJuve pic.twitter.com/NVP2VGS6s6— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) November 27, 2018 What does it mean? Juve through, but top spot not guaranteedWith Ronaldo now in their ranks, Juventus are considered one of the favourites for this competition and can now look forward to being in the last 16. However, United’s late winner means they are not yet through as group winners, with Juve holding a two-point advantage with one game to go. The Italians must win their last game to be certain of sealing top spot.Ronaldo exacts a measure of revengeRonaldo was controversially sent off against Valencia in the first meeting between the two, but he made a more positive contribution here with some fine skill to tee up Mandzukic for the winner. He also had eight shots on goal in a lively performance.Valencia’s tactics come back to haunt themValencia lacked attacking intent even after falling behind, registering only one attempt on target in the whole match. That may not have looked as costly when it was 0-0 at Old Trafford, but Marcelino’s side went out with a whimper as soon as Marouane Fellaini struck in Manchester.Key Opta Facts:- Juventus have made it past the first group stage in 12 of their last 14 Champions League campaigns.- They have kept a clean sheet in six of their last seven Champions League group games.- Valencia have now failed to get past the group stages in three of their last four Champions League appearances.- Ronaldo was on the winning side for the 100th time in the Champions League (157th game) – the first player to reach this milestone in the competition.- Mandzukic has scored at least once in all seven of his previous Champions League campaigns, netting 21 times in total.What’s next?Valencia, who host United next month, do at least have the consolation prize of Europa League football in the new year, and Juventus round off their campaign at Young Boys eyeing first place. Domestically, Juve have a trip to Fiorentina on Saturday, while Valencia will hope to move into LaLiga’s top half when they visit Real Madrid. read more