Martin O’Neill names initial 39-man squad for Republic of Ireland’s Euro 2016 play-off

first_img Martin O’Neill 1 Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill has named a provisional 39-man squad for the Euro 2016 qualifying play-off against Bosnia & Herzegovina.The squad will be trimmed ahead of the November 9 meeting date, although Reading midfielder Stephen Quinn still remains unavailable through injury.The Republic will travel to Zenica for the first leg on Friday, November 13, with the second leg at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium three days later.Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, O’Neill said: “After finishing third in a difficult qualifying group, we enter into the play-offs against a very good team in Bosnia & Herzegovina.“Our fate is in our own hands and we will be doing all that we can to qualify for next summer’s finals.“We will play the second leg at the Aviva Stadium and that is a big plus for us because the Irish supporters were fantastic in our last game there against Germany and we know that there will be a similar atmosphere for this play-off.”The Republic finished third in their qualifying group, four points behind world champions Germany and three points adrift of second-placed Poland, who beat them 2-1 in the final Group D fixture this month.Republic of Ireland squad to face Bosnia and Herzegovina: David Forde (Millwall), Shay Given (Stoke City), Keiren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday), Darren Randolph (West Ham United), Rob Elliot (Newcastle United), Richard Keogh (Derby County), Marc Wilson (Stoke City), Seamus Coleman (Everton), Cyrus Christie (Derby County), John O’Shea (Sunderland), Alex Pearce (Derby County), Shane Duffy (Blackburn Rovers), Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa), Paul McShane (Reading), Stephen Ward (Burnley), Greg Cunningham (Preston North End), Robbie Brady (Norwich City), James McCarthy (Everton), Jeff Hendrick (Derby County), Darron Gibson (Everton), Harry Arter (Bournemouth), Eunan O’Kane (Bournemouth), Glenn Whelan (Stoke City), Paul Green (Rotherham United), Aiden McGeady (Everton), James McClean (West Bromwich Albion), Alan Judge (Brentford), Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City), David Meyler (Hull City), Jonathan Walters (Stoke City), Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City), Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy), Shane Long (Southampton), Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town), Kevin Doyle (Colorado Rapids), Anthony Stokes (Celtic), David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town), Adam Rooney (Aberdeen), Simon Cox (Bristol City).last_img read more

‘Zero passion, zero tactics!’ – Man Utd fans FUME after losing to bitter rivals

first_img Louis van Gaal’s men were well beaten at Anfield 1 Liverpool beat Manchester United 2-0 in the first leg of the Europa League last 16 on Thursday. The result represents ANOTHER defeat for Louis van Gaal’s men this season and ANOTHER poor showing, which suggests their recent winning run just papered over the cracks. Daniel Sturridge scored from the spot before Roberto Firmino made it two, giving Jurgen Klopp’s side a two-goal lead heading to Old Trafford next week. From Marouane Fellaini to Louis van Gaal, see some of the best fan reaction below!last_img

GOP rivals woo social conservatives by noting differences with Giuliani

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Without mentioning Giuliani by name, the trio each made pitches to be the main alternative to the former New York mayor’s candidacy. Giuliani’s success so far in the GOP nomination race has prompted talk among leading conservatives of possibly backing a third-party candidate. The thrice-married Republican leads in national popularity polls and has sought common ground with social conservatives despite his support for abortion rights and gay rights. He argues that whether or not people agree with him on the issues, he has the best chance to beat Clinton, the Democratic front-runner. Campaigning in Florida on Friday, Giuliani said, “What I’ve found among what you call social conservatives is a great respect for the fact that I’m honest with them and I’m not trying to change all my positions just to fit what somebody wants. What I am able to do is to say to them, `On the very big issues, on the important issues, we’re together. On nine out of 10 issues we agree with each other.”‘ Giuliani speaks to the group today, as does former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a Southern Baptist minister who is favored by Christian evangelicals but whose campaign has made little headway. As the conference convened, Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas, another favorite of the religious right, bowed out of the race. Of social conservatives, Brownback said: “I came to them with the cause, but I don’t have the resources and the name.” WASHINGTON – Republican rivals Fred Thompson, Mitt Romney and John McCain sought on Friday to become the favorite of anxious social conservatives, each suggesting he offered the best chance of thwarting abortion-rights supporter Rudy Giuliani. “This is not the time to turn our back on the progress we’ve made on the issues that matter most,” McCain, the Arizona senator, told a receptive gathering of “values voters.” “I have a record that can be trusted.” Drawing whistles and applause, Mitt Romney said: “We’re not going to beat Hillary Clinton by acting like Hillary Clinton.” The former Massachusetts governor added: “I’m pro-family on every level from personal to political.” Thompson, who acknowledged last month that he wasn’t a regular churchgoer, earned a standing ovation and cheers when he said what he would do immediately after being inaugurated: “I would go into the Oval Office and close the door and pray for the wisdom to know what was right, and I would pray for the strength to do what is right.” Religious and cultural conservatives make up a significant part of the GOP base but have not yet coalesced around any one candidate. Recent Associated Press-Ipsos polls found roughly one in five conservatives, churchgoers and Christian evangelicals still undecided. Their leaders have largely rejected Giuliani because of his moderate-to-liberal positions on social issues and view the other three leading candidates as flawed for various reasons. Romney, a Mormon from Massachusetts, once backed abortion rights but has reversed himself on that issue and shifted to the right on others during his presidential run. McCain angered social conservatives when he called their leaders “agents of intolerance” in 2000. He hasn’t been a vocal champion of their core issues even though he has a solidly right-flank voting record. Thompson has drawn criticism for conflicting statements on abortion in his Senate races, his lobbying work on behalf of an abortion-rights organization and his opposition to a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. Thompson, McCain and Romney are urging social conservatives to put those concerns aside and rally around one of them – or risk a Giuliani nomination. Thus, all three filled their speeches with frequent references to God as they emphasized their opposition to abortion, their support for marriage between men and women only and their commitment to appoint judges who would not legislate from the bench. Romney, whose Mormon faith has made some evangelical Christians wary, tried to dismiss the notion that his religion was repelling voters. “I imagine that one or two of you may have heard that I’m Mormon,” he said, drawing chuckles from the friendly crowd. “I understand that some people think that they couldn’t support someone of my faith. But I think that’s just because they’ve listened to Harry Reid,” he said, referring to the Senate Democratic leader from Nevada, who also is of the same faith.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img


first_imgThe Radisson Blu Hotel in Letterkenny is in line to be named one of the top Radisson Hotels in the world.The hugely popular hotel is now in third place in a competition to be named the most popular Radisson – just behind Dubai and Berlin.But of course the advantage the Radisson Blu, Letterkenny has is that it is in Co Donegal! For everyone who votes they are entered into a draw to win a short break away for 2 people each weekThen for the grand prize you win a short break for you and 3 friends! So it’s a fantastic prize – and all you got to do is to vote for Radisson Blu, Letterkenny.Follow the link below and vote for Radisson Blu, Letterkenny.  WIN A FREE WEEKEND BY VOTING FOR RADISSON BLU, LETTERKENNY! was last modified: July 6th, 2012 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:letterkennyRadisson Blulast_img read more

Man City star issues quit threat, Chelsea make £20m offer to striker and MORE!

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Thursday’s newspapers and online…Yaya Toure has issued Manchester City with an ultimatum: Give me a new contract next week or I walk this summer. (The Sun)Chelsea have offered Zlatan Ibrahimovic a staggering £20million contract over two years to join the Blues on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain this summer. (Foot Mercato)Chelsea have been put on alert after Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos revealed he could leave this summer. (Daily Mirror)Manchester City are set to splash £80m to re-build their defence ready for Pep Guardiola to take over as their manager. City want to buy Athletic Bilbao’s Aymeric Laporte and Everton’s John Stones to give Guardiola the long-term centre back partnership he wants. (Daily Express)Liverpool and Manchester United are both watching Germany international Marc-Andre ter Stegen and have been encouraged by the suggestion that Barcelona will sell this summer if the price is right. (Daily Mail)Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is set to open formal talks with chairman Daniel Levy at the end of the season about a new contract with the club. (London Evening Standard)Swansea boss Francesco Guidolin is the shock name being considered to lead Italy after Euro 2016. (Daily Express)The nephew of the Sultan of Brunei, one of the richest men in the world, has moved to Leicester City from Chelsea. Faiq Jefri Bolkiah, a 17-year-old winger who has been at Chelsea since 2014, took to Instagram to announce his move to the Premier League table toppers. (Daily Mail)And here are the latest headlines…?Manchester City transfer rumour: Why Pep Guardiola should sign Wolfsburg star Ricardo RodriguezLiverpool transfer report: Reds warned only ‘big offer’ will tempt Genoa to sell goalkeeper Mattia PerinTottenham send scouts to watch highly-rated Mainz playmaker Yunus MalliManchester United ready £24million bid for Roma wideman Alessandro FlorenziChelsea want Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini to work alongside incoming boss Antonio ConteFiorentina forward Khouma Babacar’s future uncertain as Crystal Palace and Southampton plot movesNapoli star Allan could move to England, admits agent, as Chelsea linked with summer swoopArsenal transfer news: Jorginho’s agent confirms Gunners interest in Napoli starlast_img read more

Families decorate cemeteries in growing U.S. custom

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonWith tiny white picket fences and garlands that glinted in the sun, the family members fashioned an extension of their Christmas. “The shopping, the dinners, the parties – you escape all that,” said Trina Bailey, 37, Clarence Bailey’s sister. “It’s comforting. There is a sense of calm. You forget the living world.” At three cemeteries run by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco, Christmas decorating is now officially limited to flowers placed in a maximum of two urns and potted evergreens no more than 12 inches high, with weekly sweeps on offending Santa Claus blankets, plastic-foam candy canes and the like. “Decorations can be an impediment to backhoes, and there are liability issues in tripping over candy canes,” said Kathy Atkinson, a spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of San Francisco. “People understand this with their head,” she added, “but with their heart they need to do something.” Though the tradition of decorating ancestors’ graves is an ancient one – most commonly associated in the United States with el Dia de los Muertos, the Mexican and Latin American Catholic folk tradition of the Day of the Dead – the ritual is gaining broader favor. CULVER CITY – Around the country, this is the season when cemeteries become homes for many families’ second Christmas tree as devotion meets tinsel, “Let It Snow” garden ornaments and the occasional Santa swizzle stick. A kind of populist ritual is flourishing far from front yards and transforming the graves of loved ones. Like memorial walls and the spontaneous shrines that appeared after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, displays in scores of cemeteries are at once intimate and public. Their sheer exuberance often poses challenges for cemetery officials who find themselves issuing decorating regulations and occasionally enacting crackdowns on “nonconforming” grave decor. Recently members of the Bailey family gathered, as they do every year, at the Holy Cross Cemetery and Mortuary in Culver City, better known as the final resting place of Bing Crosby, Bela Lugosi, Rita Hayworth and other Hollywood luminaries. Bearing a flotilla of evergreens, ornaments, guavas and oranges and carrying paper-cup offerings of tequila, coffee and cigarettes, family members decorated the unadorned markers of their departed, including Clarence Joseph Bailey, a tequila aficionado who died two years ago, at age 34, of diabetes. “The grave has become the extension of the living room,” said Helen Sclair, a cemetery historian in Chicago. “If people decorate, they decorate. There seems to be no stop to it.” In Culver City, the normally staid landscape of Holy Cross, one of 11 Catholic cemeteries run by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles – which covers Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, becomes a glittering tribute to family creativity and loss. Seasonal displays are permitted from Dec. 14 through Jan. 9, and many offer a collective act of devotion born from the unpredictability of life itself: car crashes, freak accidents, illnesses, murders, the incomprehensible sudden death of a child. Milly Rodriguez spent four days decorating the grave of her daughter Vanessa, who died of cystic fibrosis last October at age 10, after a year in and out of Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. Rodriguez festooned her holiday tribute with Disney princess lights and a Cinderella doll as the star. During visits, she uses the cigarette lighter in her car as a power source to light up the tree. She wants to show Vanessa “that life is still out there,” she said. Lights are officially prohibited by the archdiocese, as are trees taller than 2 feet, battery-operated and electricity-operated equipment, anchoring spikes, easily breakable ornaments and standing Santa Clauses, snowmen and theatrical figures. But the urge to create has snowballed, making enforcement difficult. As when suburbanites bicker over property lines, tension among families occasionally occurs when displays spill over to neighboring headstones. “We want everyone to be able to honor their loved ones in a way that is respectful to the person but also to the people around them,” said Tod Tamberg, a spokesman for the archdiocese. In Los Angeles, climate, immigration and cultural experimentation have made the city’s cemeteries resemble outdoor galleries at Christmastime. This is especially so in memorial parks, where acres of uniform flat stones “beg for personalization,” said Sandra Mizumoto Posey, a folklorist and assistant professor at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona. The seasonal practice also reflects a broader emotional proliferation of memorials in the culture, as symbolized by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, said David Sloane, a professor of planning at the University of Southern California and the author of “The Last Great Necessity: Cemeteries in American History” (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991). In Los Angeles, cultures sit side by side, gravesite to gravesite. For instance, at the Asian Garden of Peaceful Eternity, a section of Westminster Memorial Park in Orange County, Tran Hop, who was born in Vietnam, combines the Vietnamese graveside tradition of lighting incense with a Christmas tree powered by a solar battery. “We decorate like Caucasians,” he explained rather proudly. “We have been here for a long time. We are very easy to adopt.” Nevertheless, cemeteries are not immune to the more secular competitive zeal seen in neighborhoods where huge inflatable Santas and computerized light displays dominate front yards. “Someone pushes the boundary a little bit, and then someone else tries to top it,” said Stephen M. Goldstein, who gives monthly tours of Los Angeles cemeteries for the Studio for Southern California History and founded the Web site “Then it becomes a thing.” When 20-year-old Herberth Hernandez was killed recently, his brother Martin noticed the decorations in the cemetery. He was inspired to go all out, with a rich garden brimming with garlands, flowers and Superman balloons. “I think about him while I’m doing the work,” Hernandez said. Despite snowless ground, to enter the nondenominational Forest Lawn Memorial-Park, Hollywood Hills, where Liberace, Stan Laurel and Buster Keaton lie, is to have no doubt that Christmas is near. Alicia Montes and her daughter Lyz, 15, prayed beside a fragile tableau of beaded garlands and homemade eggshell ornaments they created in honor of baby Ivan, Montes’ firstborn, who died in childbirth 20 years ago. Nearby, Bernadette Filosa, a 56-year-old retired court administrator, hauled a Christmas tree from her Toyota Prius to her parents’ graves, though it appeared to exceed the regulation height of 4 feet. Her mother, Bernadetta, who lived to 91, never lost sight of her own parents’ Italian traditions. They ran an Italian restaurant across from Desilu Studios. Filosa said she had been baking chocolate cookies, with raisins, sprinkles, cloves and chocolate icing, from her mother’s recipe. They were cooling back home. “I’m making your cookies, Ma,” she said out loud as she wrapped garlands around the tree. “We’re still celebrating.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! 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Rain rules out Rose Bowl parking at golf course

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Alternate auto and limousine parking at Pasadena City College – Alternate auto and limousine parking is available at Pasadena City College, at Del Mar and Hill streets. Day-of-game limousine parking at the Rose Bowl is sold out. The cost for parking at PCC is $15 for autos and $50 for limousines. Fans can then take the free shuttle to the stadium and return to PCC on the shuttle after the game. The Pasadena City College parking lot will open at noon on Wednesday. Fans who need more information or information about alternative transportation to the Rose Bowl can call (626) 577-3101, or visit the Rose Bowl stadium Web site at PASADENA – Heavy rains from the latest winter storm have forced the closure of public parking at Brookside Golf Course, which will limit already scarce parking for the Rose Bowl game Wednesday. Fans who decide to drive to the Rose Bowl should plan for significant delays and long walks to the stadium. The Pasadena Police Department and California Highway Patrol are urging fans to use the following transportation options: Gold Line Train Service – From the 210 Freeway west, exit Madre Avenue. Gold Line parking is just north of the 210. Fans can take the Gold Line train to the Memorial Park exit, with a short walk to Parsons Engineering at the corner of West Walnut Street and Fair Oaks Avenue (100 W. Walnut), where a shuttle service will take them to the stadium. Shuttle service from the Parsons lot begins at noon Wednesday. Fans can also park at Union Station (800 N. Alameda St. in Los Angeles), take the Gold Line train to the Memorial Park exit, and follow the same route as above. Fans who need Gold Line information can call (800) 266-6883. 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

Memories of coach are strong

first_imgRandom thoughts for a Tuesday morning, wondering whatever happened to Pete Barela, the state wrestling champion from Barstow High School in 1983. … Jeff Clark , who graduated from Eisenhower High School in 1963, never forgot the lessons … in basketball and in life … that he learned from coach John Dowd . “John Dowd was a super leader who made playing basketball about as fun as it can be and gave us all a tremendous role model to inspire us throughout our lives,” Clark wrote. “He’s a throwback to a simpler time in America where a man’s word was his bond.” Clark also recalled the Eagles practiced and played games at either San Bernardino or Pacific from 1959 through 1962 before former President Dwight D. Eisenhower traveled to Rialto to dedicate the new gym in 1963. The Rialto school was the first in the country to be named after Eisenhower. On a recent trip to San Diego, and quite by chance, Clark ran into Dowd. “Most everyone thought he had passed on,” Clark said, “but at 80 years, he’s going strong.” As a result, Clark is planning a reunion for Dowd on Feb. 18. Former Ike greats such as Jackie Lucas , Duane White and Jerry Kock have made plans to attend and fete the man they so well remember. “He did all the stuff that needed to be done because he had a passion for the game,” Clark said, “and knew how important athletic competition could be in the life of a teenager. I can’t tell you how excited we are to have this opportunity to thank Coach Dowd.” … It’s been six days since Texas beat USC in the Rose Bowl for the national championship, and time for Trojan fans to get over it and get on with life. Yes, Pete Carroll made the correct call in running LenDale White on fourth down. If he would have made it, fans would say it was his greatest call. No, it wasn’t all Vince Young , he had a massive front line that just wore out the Trojans. … Six fall athletes from San Bernardino County have earned Big West Conference all-academic honors. To be eligible, student-athletes must maintain a 3.2 GPA, complete one full academic year at the member institution and compete in at least 50 percent of their team’s contests. In volleyball, those honored include: Long Beach State sophomore Alexis Crimes (Rancho Cucamonga), pre-med; junior Robin Miramonte (Upland), psychology; and senior Susan Drollinger (Lake Arrowhead), sports sciences. Also honored were Cal State Northridge sophomore Tryna Tafoya (Rialto), sociology, in women’s soccer; Cal State Fullerton sophomore Leslie Kirby (Upland), biological sciences in women’s cross country and Long Beach State senior James Grabow (Running Springs), history, in men’s cross country. … High school all-star games are fun for players and fans. However, the U.S. Army All-Star Game over the weekend took it to a different level with players announcing their college plans. Back in the day, players would schedule news conferences at their respective high schools to announce their decisions. At the game in San Antonio, the prospective recruits played a hat dance in making the decision. Cute, but old hat (forgive the bad pun) after the first two times. Hopefully, game organizers and the television production team can find a better, and more dignified, way to do so next year. … According to highly-reliable sources, a prominent Inland Valley sports figure was seen celebrating in Las Vegas over the weekend. After a bit of investigation, it was determined the high-profile figure had reason for smiles. Turns out the mystery person reached the final table of a poker tournament at a casino located just off the Strip and made more than 10 times the buy-in amount. … It wasn’t a good week at all for Anthony Munoz , perhaps the greatest football player ever to come out of Ontario. In football, USC lost to Texas in the Rose Bowl with Munoz on the sidelines along with ex-teammate Ronnie Lott . Later in the week, the Cincinnati Bengals lost in the NFL playoffs, their first such venture since Munoz played. But the biggest loss was the passing of former USC baseball coach Rod Dedeaux . Not many remember that Munoz pitched for the Trojans … what an imposing sight coming off the mound … and was part of the 1978 national championship team, the last of Dedeaux’s 11 championships. In that season, Munoz met up with Chaffey teammate Joey Bruno , who was roaming center field for Texas at the time. Although Munoz did pitch on the Trojans’ trip to Austin, he never got to face Bruno. … Chino Hills senior Chris Parmelee was selected as the MVP at the World Wood Bat Fall Championship last month in Jupiter, Fla. All he did was go 7-for-10 with three homers and 11 walks. The event is a good indicator of the spring draft. Parmelee is a first baseman/right fielder, but projected as a high draft pick if he can play outfield due to his consistent hitting as a lefty. … Rose Bowl, part 2: When the spotlights, located just outside the stadium, crossed a certain way, it looked very close to the new California Speedway logo. Exactly what the designer wanted to achieve. To some, the logo is all about Hollywood and the spotlights for an important event. For others, it’s about the San Gabriel Mountains that serve as a backdrop for the Fontana track. Either way, NASCAR returns to the track Feb. 24. … Hesperia’s John Bike is ranked fourth on the U.S. Handball Association tour and will be in the field this weekend at the Washington Athletic Club Classic in Seattle. In the past 14 years, Bike has played in more than 280 tournaments and conducted more than 400 clinics and exhibitions. Noted as one of the sport’s best retrievers, he also has the reputation as one of the sport’s most powerful players. Louis Brewster is Sports Editor for the Sun. His column appears on Tuesday. He can be reached at (909) 386-3935 or [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarksonlast_img read more

Some GOP reps seek to elect new leaders

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Doolittle denies wrongdoing and his spokeswoman said he has not been contacted by the Justice Department or the FBI. But at least one of his GOP colleagues said this week that Doolittle has some explaining to do. “I think he needs to define clearly what his issues are, if they exist, and otherwise I think it will become difficult for him to continue” in his leadership post, said Rep. Charlie Bass, R-N.H. A number of rank-and-file House Republicans, including at least two Californians, are calling for new elections for the House GOP leadership in February – with the exception of the speaker. That would force Doolittle to campaign for his leadership job amid concern over the Abramoff scandal. Doolittle serves as Republican Conference secretary, not a top post but one that gives him a seat at the table when the speaker, majority leader and others meet. “It’s important that with this election we move forward in the most positive way we can, and that would include looking at any baggage that any member may have,” said Rep. Mary Bono, R-Calif. WASHINGTON – California Republican Rep. John Doolittle secured a coveted spot in the House GOP leadership partly on the strength of his ties to Tom DeLay. And he called lobbyist Jack Abramoff a good friend. Now that Abramoff has pleaded guilty in a congressional lobbying scandal and DeLay has resigned his majority leader post, those connections are coming back to haunt Doolittle. The eight-term conservative congressman is among a handful of lawmakers, including DeLay, whose dealings with Abramoff have caught the attention of federal investigators. Doolittle, R-Granite Bay Vista, accepted campaign money from Abramoff and used his luxury sports box for a fundraiser without initially reporting it. The congressman’s wife and one of his former aides did work for the ex-lobbyist. Doolittle’s spokeswoman has dismissed concerns about the congressman’s ability to hang on to the job. “Mr. Doolittle is not concerned about the media’s irresponsible speculation affecting his leadership position,” said spokeswoman Laura Blackann. “Any suggestion that Congressman Doolittle may have had some improper involvement in matters recently disclosed about Mr. Abramoff is based on irresponsible speculation by the media and is completely without merit,” she said. Doolittle is unlikely to lose re-election in his rural and heavily Republican Northern California district in the Sierra foothills northeast of Sacramento, where registered Republicans outnumber Democrats 48 percent to 30 percent. 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


first_imgDavid Craig visits First Steps Preschool, Inch Island, to sing his Donegal song – Come on Sam Maguire“If people in Donegal and Donegal people abroad can walk that wee bit taller and feel that wee bit prouder of their home and their home county, then it makes all of the hard work we put in all the more worthwhile.”That’s what Jim McGuinness has said about the long journey to Croke Park.One more day to go, and we can all be proud of the entire squad and backroom staff. Win or lose – we’ll be proud.Thanks for all your pictures. You can send them to [email protected] JIMMY’S DONEGAL ARMY IN KILCARBEAT THAT! WINNER OF THE BEST POSTER AWARD IN KILCAR?  JASON WAS THE STAR OF THE SHOW ON JERSEY DAY AT ILLISTRIN NATIONAL SCHOOL THE McGRORY BOYS IN PHILADELPHIA WIN A FAMOUS FLAG WHICH WAS AT CROKER IN 1992A lovely set of wheels. Kevin O’Donnell from Stranorlar wins the award for BEST DRESSED CAR IN DONEGAL.BY A MILE! MARTIN BYRNE IN MALIN TOOK THIS PIC – COULD APPLY TO EVERY PARISH! The winner of the 2 All Ireland Supevalu tickets is Rachel McGee Bundoran. Her entry was fantastic and is on show at checkouts for everyone to check it out! Congratulations Rachel, Enjoy your day!! From all the team at Supervalu Bundoran! —   ONE MORE DAY TO CROKER – YOUR PICTURES OF THE DAY was last modified: September 21st, 2012 by BrendaShare 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