Championship round-up: QPR fight back to earn Brighton draw while Middlesbrough go top

first_imgNew QPR boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink saw his side recover from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw against Brighton at Loftus Road.The league leaders scored twice in two second-half minutes as Dale Stephens scored smartly before Rajiv van La Parra doubled the lead with a right-footed shot from outside the area.However, Charlie Austin was the hero for the hosts as he scored twice following Lewis Dunk’s dismissal to complete the comeback only minutes before the full time whistle.Meanwhile, Emilio Nsue ensured Middlesbrough leapfrogged Brighton to claim top spot in the Championship as he scored the only goal in the 1-0 win over fifth-placed Burnley.Tom Ince put in the type of performance that was expected of him on a weekly basis as he scored a hat-trick to keep Derby in contention for an automatic promotion place as they won 4-0 at home to Bristol City.The former Blackpool man scored either side of half time to down the Robins, the first a right-footed shot across goal before doubling his tally with a left-footed effort from outside the area.Ince grabbed his third in the 71st minute with a close range effort to keep the Rams third before he turned provider as Johnny Russell made it four.Cardiff City overcame a late scare as they survived a Brentford fightback to win 3-2 at the Cardiff City Stadium.Tony Watt opened the scoring after only 20 minutes with a left-footed shot before Kenwyne Jones doubled the Bluebirds’ lead nearly ten minutes later from close range to seal the victory.Brentford managed to pull a goal back 20 minutes from time through a Jake Bidwell header before John Swift levelled with only five minutes remaining.However, Jones reclaimed the lead in injury time as Cardiff were on the brink of surrendering a 2-0 lead for the third successive game.Cash-strapped Bolton fought from 2-0 down to salvage a 2-2 draw with Charlton at the Valley.Ademola Lookman scored twice for the hosts within the first 26 minutes, with the first coming after only a minute of the game.However, Wanderers, who started the evening at the foot of the Championship table and unable to pay their players for the month of November, fought back with Emile Heskey and Josh Vela both scoring to level the scores before the break.Ipswich maintained their play-off push as they marched out 2-1 winners away to managerless Fulham.Freddie Sears opened the scoring for the visitors after only 17 seconds, before Ross McCormack hit back for the Cottagers.However, Brett Pitman, for the second game in a row, sealed the win for the Tractor Boys as they ended the evening in sixth.Huddersfield moved away from the relegation places with a 2-0 victory over struggling Rotherham thanks to goals from Mustapha Carayol and Ishmael Miller.MK Dons ran out 2-1 winners at home to Sheffield Wednesday, while Birmingham rescued a 1-1 draw away to Preston in the evening’s remaining two games. Full Championship results:Cardiff 3-2 BrentfordCharlton 2-2 BoltonDerby 4-0 Bristol CityFulham 1-2 IpswichHuddersfield 2-0 RotherhamMiddlesbrough 1-0 BurnleyQPR 2-2 BrightonMK Dons 2-1 Sheffield WednesdayPreston 1-1 Birmingham Charlie Austin scored twice to earn a draw against Brighton 1last_img read more

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Food, energy costs up as new-home construction plunges

first_imgAfter a five-year boom in which housing sales climbed to record highs, demand for both new and existing homes fell last year and prices, which had been soaring at double-digit rates, have been stagnant. The slump has intensified in recent months as mortgage lenders have tightened standards for giving loans in response to soaring defaults. The higher defaults and the inability of prospective buyers to qualify for mortgages have contributed to record high levels of unsold new and existing homes. Many economists expect housing will trim growth by more than a full percentage point in the current quarter, but they believe the country will avoid an outright downturn because the Fed, which cut rates for the first time in four years in September, will cut rates again should further weakness develop. The National Association of Homebuilders reported this week that its index of builder confidence fell to an all-time low in October. “Builders are in a panic mode and are trying to catch up with a rapidly falling market,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Economy.com. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Analysts said the bigger-than-expected drop in housing construction could be signaling that the housing downturn, already the worst in 16 years, may be headed for bigger troubles. Housing activity is now 30.8 percent below the level of a year ago. Asked whether the housing slump could push the country into a recession, President George W. Bush told a news conference that “I feel good about many of the economic indicators” and said his administration is working to help homeowners deal with rising mortgage delinquencies. “When you got more houses than you got buyers, the price tends to go down. And we’re going to have to work through the issue,” Bush said. But private economists were not as certain that the steep housing slump will not cause a recession. “The contraction in housing is transitioning from an average downturn to among the worst in the post-World War II history,” said Michael Gregory, an economist with BMO Capital Markets. On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average fell 20.40 points to close at 13,892.54 as investors worried that rising oil prices – a barrel of crude momentarily touched a fresh high of $89 – might spark more inflation problems. WASHINGTON – Construction of new homes plunged to the lowest level in 14 years in September as turmoil in credit markets intensified the problems in the housing industry. Consumer prices, meanwhile, rose at the fastest pace in four months, reflecting higher energy and food costs. The Commerce Department reported Wednesday that construction of new homes fell 10.2 percent in September to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.191 million units. The decline was more than double the 4.2 percent drop that analysts had been expecting and it pushed activity down to the lowest level since March 1993. Meanwhile, the Labor Department reported that consumer prices rose by 0.3 percent in September, slightly more than the 0.2 percent that analysts had been expecting as energy prices rose after three straight declines and food costs shot up at the fastest pace since June. Core inflation, excluding energy and food, remained tame, however, rising by 0.2 percent, in line with expectations. last_img read more

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Note to print subscribers

first_imgTo our readers: Due to production problems at our printing plant in Valencia and the extensive wildfires that have engulfed the Santa Clarita Valley, most readers did not get their copy of the Daily News today. We will make every effort to deliver Monday’s newspaper with Tuesday’s. We apologize for the inconvenience and are making every effort to fix the situation. Ron Kaye, Editor AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.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

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UK dentistry decays with national system

first_imgREPORT: Some people are treating themselves amid a dentist shortage caused by reforms. By Thomas Wagner THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LONDON – A shortage of National Health Service dentists in England has led some people to pull out their own teeth or use superglue to stick crowns back on, a study says. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Many dentists abandoned Britain’s publicly funded health-care system after reforms backfired, leaving a growing number of Britons without access to affordable care. “I was not surprised to hear those horror stories,” said Celestine Bridgeman, 41, of London. “Trying to find good NHS dentists is like trying to hit the lottery because the service is underfunded.” The National Health Service provides care to most Britons, often for free. Unlike doctors who work for the health service, dentists work on a contract basis and can leave whenever they wish. Though private treatment by dentists is available, the tradition of publicly funded care means most people rely on it. But now there are fewer dentists to see patients. In April 2006, the government reformed National Health Service dentistry in an effort to increase patients’ access to treatment and to simplify payments. Dentists objected, complaining it reduced income. Some dentists cut the number of health-service patients – or stopped taking them altogether. Forty-five percent of dentists surveyed said they no longer accept National Health Service patients. “This survey underlines the significant problems caused by both dentists and patients by the new dental contract,” said Susie Sanderson, executive board chairwoman of the British Dental Association, a trade union of thousands of dentists. “The picture it paints, of patients unable to access care and anxieties about the new charging system, is an all too familiar one,” she said. The study released Monday by the commission contained no figures detailing the National Health Service dental shortage. But earlier this year, then-Health Minister Rosie Winterton told Parliament more than 2 million people were unable to find an NHS dentist. The survey of 5,212 patients and 750 dentists in England found 6 percent of patients resorted to self-treatment, including one person who extracted 14 of his teeth with pliers. Other patients reported using super glue on crowns after they popped off, the study said. “These findings indicate that the NHS dental system is letting many patients down very badly,” said Sharon Grant, chairwoman of the Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health, the independent body that commissioned the study. The survey found nearly 20 percent of patients have gone without dental treatment because of the cost. Thirty-five percent of those not now using dental services said they cannot find an NHS dentist near where they live.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

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EIRCOM HANG UP ON CULDAFF’S CALL FOR BROADBAND

first_imgTHERE has been huge disappointment after it was revealed that Eircom will not be upgrading Culdaff for broadband.Broadbandforculdaff.com, a group of more than 125 people in the town trying to get the updated internet connection, are miffed by the decision.Culdaff was never included in the National Broadband Scheme announced by the Government as it was deemed to have suitable coverage from North West Electronics, based in Derry.  They received funding to provide a Group Broadband Scheme in areas throughout Donegal several years ago but Culdaff was never included.Whilst Culdaff does benefit from the 3G coverage under the NBS it does not benefit from the minimum speed of 1.2MB agreed between the Department of Communications and Hutchison 3.Network provider 3 did erect a mast at Claggan in Culdaff in order to meet the terms of the NBS, to provide coverage to Glengad and Portaleen.The so called NBS scheme provided by 3, is not technically a broadband service, but is actually midband. According to locals in Culdaff it suffers from severe fluctuations in speed as the more users that latch on to a mast the slower it gets, and in December broadbandforculdaff.com calculated outages of seventy hours for the mast at Claggan, Culdaff where in fact no-one could access the internet.The government injected €79.8m into 3 to roll out the NBS and they installed 388 masts, an average of €205,670 for the Government.broadbandforculdaff.com contacted Eircom demanding a review of their policy and an upgrae of the local exchange.However they were told the upgrade would simply not make economic sense for the company. “When analysing it, the main costs incurred would be the upgrade of the transmission network serving the exchange. “There is approximately five and half kilometres of cable that would need to be completely replaced at a cost of approximately €250k.“The existing cable supports all existing voice services, but does not support the necessary bandwidth for broadband even if the broadband equipment was installed in the exchange. There are additional costs to provide the hardware for the exchange and these are currently estimated at approximately €15k.“There are just over 400 customers currently connected to the exchange, but unfortunately, even if every customer in Culdaff agreed to take eircom broadband for the next five years, eircom would not receive a return on the investment. “Making consideration for Culdaff’s local geography, there would almost certainly be a small but significant percentage of up to 20% of customers who would not be able to get DSL broadband if the exchange was enabled. “This is a result of the physical limitation of the technology and the distance the broadband signal has to travel over the copper lines to customers who live outside of the village in the surrounding community. The maximum distance is approximately 4-5 kilometres. This additional consideration also further weakens the business case.“It is disappointing that Culdaff has not been included in the National Broadband Scheme. Eircom made its position clear to the Department of Communications as far back as 2007 when we were asked to submit a full list of nationwide locations that would be enabled as well as those locations that would not be broadband enabled.“The Department of Communications can provide further clarification as to why Culdaff was not included in the NBS following the submissions made by the various operators,” said Eircom.Broadbandforculdaff.com is now calling on the Government to give Eircom the €265,000 required to upgrade the cables and exchange.“Each 3 NBS mast cost €205,670 for an unreliable ‘midband’ connection so we call on the government to give a similar amount to Eircom to make sure Culdaff is not excluded any longer,” said a spokesman.ENDSEIRCOM HANG UP ON CULDAFF’S CALL FOR BROADBAND was last modified: January 12th, 2011 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:broadbandculdafflast_img read more

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CROOK FRANCOIS: ‘I DON’T WANT TO GO TO JAIL’

first_imgA Donegal-based crook exposed by donegaldaily.com as the mastermind of a multi-million euro scam will try to overturn a jail sentence by claiming an order to fully disclose all his assets was draconian!Fugitive Francois de Dietrich has been given a date in January for his appeal against an 18-month term imposed on him for contempt of court.With a warrant out for his arrest, he was last seen in France. People on both sides of the border fear they may have lost millions in investments in liquidated stock.Members of the business community, sporting figures and even travellers handed over money to de Dietrich, but the scam began to unravel when donegaldaily.com began investigating him last year.Court proceedings launched by the Financial Services Authority led to an injunction banning de Dietrich and his company ETIC Solutions from taking any more deposits.The regulatory body also obtained an initial order freezing more than Stg£20m in assets linked to the businessman. De Dietrich, a Frenchman formerly based in Ballybofey, was then held to be in contempt of an order to disclose his global financial affairs in full to the FSA.He is now preparing to contest that finding on the basis that there is no allegation of wrong-doing outside of the North and the Republic of Ireland!!!!It will be contended that he has complied with requirements to reveal all his business interests on both sides of the order. (Though the order related to outside the jurisdictions!)On that basis his legal team are expected to argue that imprisoning him was an excessively draconian outcome.De Dietrich has denied any fraudulent behaviour and, in a statement through his lawyers, claimed to operate legitimate businesses which have been unable to trade due to the legal action. The Court of Appeal was told on Thursday that his challenge has been listed for a one-day hearing on 9 January.CROOK FRANCOIS: ‘I DON’T WANT TO GO TO JAIL’ was last modified: October 7th, 2011 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)Tags:crookFrancois de Dietrichfraudsterthieflast_img read more

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INITIAL TESTS SUGGEST THERE REALLY COULD BE GOLD IN DONEGAL HILLS

first_imgThere really could be gold in the hills of Donegal after all!There could be plenty of gold in the hills of Inishowen.Irish exploration company Connemara Mining has identified a target area for more detailed investigations after finding material with gold values in Inishowen.The firm said that it has finished the first phase of prospecting on its newly acquired Inishowen block. The company said that quartz vein material with gold values in excess of 15 grams per tonne have been traced to a possible nearby source area.Follow up work will now include a soil sampling programme to further refine the target and will be followed by an initial trenching programme and a later drilling programme, if justified.Chairman John Teeling said: “This is an exciting time for Connemara, and Irish minerals exploration. The Ulster gold play was unlocked with previous discoveries in Tyrone and Monaghan.“We believe that this geology extends from Donegal into central Scotland. It is early days but initial results seem to confirm our working model.” INITIAL TESTS SUGGEST THERE REALLY COULD BE GOLD IN DONEGAL HILLS was last modified: June 26th, 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) Tags:Coneemara MiningdonegalGoldInishowenlast_img read more

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LIVE MUSIC EVERY NIGHT AS MILFORD VENUE CELEBRATE TEN YEARS IN BUSINESS!

first_imgOwner of The Traveller’s Inn, Milford, Michael McBride pictured along with some members of The Traveller’s Inn team. The 10th birthday celebrations will take place from Monday 17th – Sunday 23rd August with live music every night and a Family Fun Birthday Party on Saturday 22nd August. Pic: Francis Diver.FEATURES: The Traveller’s Inn, Milford is celebrating their 10th birthday this week.To mark the key milestone, the family run bar and restaurant is hosting a week-long celebration, running from Monday 17th – Sunday 23rd August.The Traveller’s Inn birthday celebrations will have something for everyone, including live music every night, as well as a ‘Family Fun Birthday Party’ on Saturday 22nd August from 2-4pm.  The ‘Family Fun Birthday Party’ is an event that all the family can attend and promises to be a jam-packed day of fun for kids of all ages.There’ll be bouncy castles, face-painting, a birthday cake, balloon modelling, disco games and a DJ, as well as a special visit from Mickey and Minnie Mouse.Throughout the week-long celebrations, there’ll be live music every night from 10pm. The entertainment line up includes a Big Country Night with Martin Orr, Best of Karaoke with Samioke, Highland Radio’s Gary Gamble, The Brambles, Mystery Shoppers and Half A Stray.The Traveller’s Inn was established in 1867 and has a heritage going back almost 150 years. Local man, Michael McBride took over the venue in 2005 and, shortly afterwards opened The Traveller’s Inn restaurant. In that time, the venue has become a well-established and popular spot among locals and visitors to the town.Commenting on the 10th birthday, Michael McBride, said, “We’re delighted to be celebrating our 10th birthday at The Traveller’s Inn.“It’s been a tough road over the years, with the recession hitting just a few years into the business, but with the support of the local community, family and a great team of staff, we’ve built something quite unique in the northwest.Since 2005 we’ve been working really hard to continuously improve our customer offering and earlier this year, the hard work paid off when we were awarded TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence, 2015.We were acknowledged for our excellent quality and service and for having consistently great reviews on the Trip Advisor website”. Michael added: “Over the years, we’ve undertaken significant renovations and improvements to the building including extending the restaurant, opening a newly refurbished beer garden and restoring the stone walls on the outside building.“It’s been a real family and team effort and the 10th birthday celebrations is our way of thanking our customers for their support.“We’re really looking forward to welcoming everyone over the course of the week-long celebrations and we really hope to see you there.”The Traveller’s Inn restaurant is open daily from 12-9.00pm and serves delicious snacks, lunches and evening meals. Since opening, the team has been committed to serving the very best of good food and prides itself on offering guests a delicious meal at exceptional value, making it the perfect choice for those looking to enjoy a quality dining experience in a relaxed atmosphere.With ample car-parking, free wifi and an enclosed beer garden, the Milford venue is the ideal place for meetings, birthdays, christenings and anniversaries.Enjoy live music every weekend and a warm welcome by booking your table today – call The Traveller’s Inn on 074 9163 499 or visit The Traveller’s Inn Facebook page for all the latest offers.LIVE MUSIC EVERY NIGHT AS MILFORD VENUE CELEBRATE TEN YEARS IN BUSINESS! was last modified: August 17th, 2015 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:BusinessFeaturesnewslast_img read more

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SENSATIONAL OFFERS AVAILABLE ON MICHAEL KORS WATCHES AT STEVENS JEWELLERS

first_imgBUSINESS: Are you still looking for that perfect Christmas gift – then why not drop into Stevens Jewellers and check out their fabulous and vast range of offers on top designer brands.Stevens Jewellers has a huge selection of gifts to pick from this Christmas – and the hugely successful business also celebrates its FIFTH year on Letterkenny Main Street. They are stocking top watch brands such as Michael Kors, Daniel Wellington, Storm, Lipsy London, Citizen, Superdry, Police and Ben Sherman and more in Store!Rose Gold is the top trend this Christmas and Stevens Jewellers is stocking Rose Gold Jewellery in Michael Kors, Dyberg/Kern and this years top Irish Brand Knight and Day Jewellery as well as the top selling Chrysalis stacking bangle range available in Rose Gold, Yellow Gold and Silver in many different symbols and designs.SENSATIONAL OFFERS AVAILABLE ON MICHAEL KORS WATCHES AT STEVENS JEWELLERS was last modified: December 12th, 2015 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:BusinessnewsStevens Jewellerslast_img read more

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Spain’s Euro 2016 missing XI puts England’s Drinkwater debate into perspective

first_img Centre midfield: Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) – Spain caps: 77 12 12 Centre back: Nacho (Real Madrid) – Spain caps: 4 12 12 Goalkeeper: Adrian (West Ham) – Click the arrow, right, to see the full Spain missing XI – Spain caps: 0 12 Centre forward: Diego Costa (Chelsea) – Spain caps: 10 12 12 Centre midfield: Javi Martinez (Bayern Munich) – Spain caps: 18 12 Left back: Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) – Spain caps: 16 12 12 12 Substitutes: – Antonio Adan (Real Betis), Raul Albiol (Napoli), Gabi (Atletico Madrid), Jesus Navas (Manchester City), Vitolo (Sevilla), Fernando Torres (Atletico Madrid), Paco Alcacer (Valencia). Left forward: Isco (Real Madrid) – Spain caps: 13 Centre back: Inigo Martinez (Real Sociedad) – Spain caps: 1 Right forward: Juan Mata (Manchester United) – Spain caps: 41 Right back: Mario Gaspar (Villarreal) – Spain caps: 3 Centre midfield: Saul Niguez (Atletico Madrid) – Spain caps: 0 The England squad was finally announced on Tuesday with the 23 players tasked with winning the European Championships revealed.While Fabian Delph’s omission was expected, there were plenty of talking points with many fans angry that Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater was left at home at the expense of players such as Jack Wilshere, Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson – all of whom are fitness concerns.However, to put these tribulations into perspective, while England chose to leave out a Premier League winner from this season, Spain omitted two Champions League winners, three Champions League runners up, an FA Cup winner, a Bundesliga and German Cup winner, and a Europa League winner.Click the arrow above, right, to see the full Spain missing XI and substitutes – excluding those who were ruled out because of injury. 12last_img read more

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