Mario Balotelli’s, agent Mino Raiola, claims to have found the solution to the Italian striker’s problems. “We’ll cut off his tongue!” Raiola joked after the Nice striker was again found himself at the centre of controversy Balotelli was sent off last weekend for swearing at the referee in English during Nice’s 1-0 victory over Lorient. “I’ve found the solution, we’ll cut off his tongue,” said Raiola, who is the agent of some of the world’s biggest names, including Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and Gianluigi Donnaruma. “You don’t need a language to play football, so we’re going to cut it off,” he laughed. “In all seriousness, though, I know that he made a big mistake. He can have no excuses, it’s something that he knows he must improve on. It’s sad for himself and the team.”
It’s common knowledge that walking can be beneficial to a person’s health, but now, thanks to the B.C. Ministry of health, it can benefit your community as well.Currently taking place and ending on September 19 is the Healthy Families B.C. Walking Challenge, a challenge promoting a more active lifestyle within families, with the opportunity to win great individual, as well as community, prizes.- Advertisement -Participants are asked to map their walks, as well as share their personal walking experiences online. The more a person posts, the greater their chances at winning prizes such as; a pedometer, family prize packs or the grand prize, one of six family trips to a popular B.C. destination.As of Friday, Fort St. John is in second place in the 10,001-25,000 population category. The Energetic City is sandwiched between first place Oak Bay, B.C. and third place Williams Lake.The idea of this challenge is to motivate families across the province to not only increase their physical activity through walking, but to also maintain a healthy lifestyle as a lifelong commitment.Participants can also benefit their communities just by sharing their stories, videos or photos of a favourite walk. Weekly prizes such as sport equipment and pedometers are be awarded to communities all over the province as well.Advertisement The grand prizes of cash totalling $100,000 will also be awarded to various communities at the conclusion of the challenge. The top five communities in their population size range, with the most submissions, will each receive $10,000 in support of the development of walking trails.One of the five winning communities will also be randomly drawn to receive an additional $50,000.To share a healthy lifestyle story or to map out a walk, please visit the challenge’s official website.
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NEW YORK – Countrywide Financial Corp. said Thursday its mortgage fundings for September fell 44 percent from the same period a year ago, and the mortgage lender is now facing a potential federal investigation over the timing of stock sales by its chief executive. Countrywide, the nation’s largest mortgage lender, said total mortgage fundings last month fell to $21.2 billion from $38.1 billion a year ago. The steep decline in volume comes as the Calabasas-based company makes a shift to originate traditional, conforming loans instead of more risky, nontraditional loans like subprime mortgages. Countrywide previously packaged the majority of its loans as securities and sold them to investors in the secondary market. During the past few months, rising delinquency and default rates have caused demand for these securities to all but dry up, especially subprime loans. The collapse of the secondary market, coupled with the deteriorating housing market, has led to a steep drop in mortgage origination volume nationwide. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Housing foreclosures nearly doubled last month, according to real estate information firm RealtyTrac Inc. A total of 223,538 foreclosure filings were reported in September, up from 112,210 during September 2006. Conforming loans – which now account for about 90 percent of Countrywide’s volume – are considered safer because government-sponsored Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are willing to purchase them, and typically these loans are less likely to default. The reduction in nonconforming loans was not much of a surprise, but the speed at which Countrywide shifted its production to fit Fannie and Freddie guidelines was faster than anticipated, Friedman, Billings, Ramsey & Co. analyst Paul Miller said. To cope with the weakening market, Countrywide cut 4,935 jobs in September as part of plans to reduce its work force by 12,000 jobs, or about 20 percent. A larger reduction may be required, Miller said. Nonconforming loans previously represented about 40 percent of origination volume. With that production nearly gone, job cuts may need to be between 30 percent and 40 percent, Miller said. Countrywide’s shares have fallen nearly 56 percent since January, and the company may now be facing an investigation from the Securities and Exchange Commission into the timing of stock sales made by Chief Executive Angelo Mozilo. North Carolina State Treasurer Richard Moore, in a letter to SEC Chairman Christopher Cox, claims that Mozilo “apparently manipulated his trading plans to cash in” as the subprime crisis was heating up. Moore cited reports that Mozilo was unloading 4.9 million Countrywide shares worth more than $138 million between November 2006 and August 2007. Last week, Countrywide announced Mozilo plans to sell more shares under a prearranged trading plan that began Monday and ends today. SEC spokesman John Nester declined to comment and would not say whether the agency was examining or planned to examine Mozilo’s stock trades. Countrywide did not immediately return a call seeking comment on Thursday. In the meantime, Miller expects Countrywide’s production to remain well below last year’s figures, but stabilize in the coming months. As of Sept. 30, Countrywide had $42 billion in its mortgage pipeline – loans in progress that it has yet to fund. Last year, Countrywide had $65 billion in its pipeline. Shares of Countrywide fell to $18.28 in Thursday trading.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 MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ON the red carpet at the GLAAD Media Awards at Hollywood’s Kodak Theater last Saturday night, Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton drew little attention compared to the flashbulb frenzy that would greet honorees Charlize Theron, the cast of “Will & Grace” and presenter Jessica Alba. I assumed Bratton was there for the photo op, looking to appear gay-friendly at the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation’s high-profile event honoring mainstream media projects and individuals. But I couldn’t resist engaging the city’s top cop and asking, “What are you doing here?” “The GLAAD party, whether in L.A. or New York, is always a hoot,” Bratton said, holding the hand of his wife, Court TV correspondent Rikki Klieman. “But I have an ulterior motive. I’m hopefully going to be doing a little recruiting. We are in the midst of a hiring binge in the LAPD and this is one of the communities that we are actively recruiting.” As an entertainment reporter, I didn’t know all that much about Bratton’s policies, but I did know that he is a media-savvy man. So was he merely paying lip service to the notion of a force with more gays and lesbians on it? The longer we talked, the more Bratton sounded like a man who meant what he was saying about inclusion, not because it was politically correct, but because it is what he believes. “The LAPD, like my former departments Boston and New York, have for years actively sought to get gay and lesbian candidates, and we have quite a few in the department,” he said. “I have no doubt that our percentage of gays, while it might be in the single digits, is something we’ll see in the next couple of years go into the double digits.” Bratton went on to say that, ideally, he wants the gay and lesbian makeup of the LAPD to be in direct proportion to the city’s gay and lesbian population. Just as the 40 percent Latino and 15 percent black officers are reflective of the population. Kleiman offered her testimony to her husband’s commitment: “He’s actually always been progressive on this issue and has really been a champion of gay rights in Boston, New York and certainly now.” This is a far cry from that environment in 1993, when the Los Angeles City Council agreed to settle a 1988 discrimination lawsuit by former Officer Mitchell Grobeson and two other plaintiffs who claimed they suffered rampant harassment and discrimination including anti-gay slurs from other officers. As part of the settlement, the LAPD enacted new policies aimed at ending discrimination against gays and lesbians. Grobeson returned to the force but ended up filing a discrimination lawsuit two years later claiming he was disciplined for not asking to wear his uniform at a gay pride parade and for appearing in an magazine ad recruiting gays and lesbians to the LAPD. Grobeson has since retired and never served in the Bratton-led force that is sponsoring a job fair this summer at the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center. Bratton and his wife also plan to march in the gay pride parade in West Hollywood in May, and he said, “we will have quite a few gay officers with us.” Members of the LAPD’s recruitment unit will also travel to Chicago this summer where the department is an official sponsor of the Gay Games, an Olympic-style sporting event and cultural festival. Some LAPD officers will be marching in the opening ceremonies in uniform with assembled athletes. They’ll also be on hand to discuss career opportunities in the department. Bratton said it is difficult to state exactly how many homosexuals are on the force because “there are a significant number who choose not to be out at work, which is certainly their right.” Since my general impression of police departments is that most are probably at least somewhat homophobic, I admitted to Bratton that his attitude was a refreshing surprise to me, an openly gay man. “How did you become so progressive?” I asked the chief. First off, he told me his sister, Pat, is gay and “she and her partner have a child, a lovely child, my nephew, who is an Eagle Scout and doing OK for himself.” When Bratton was a beat cop on the Boston police force, he patrolled the Boston-Fenway area and in the mid-1970s, Bratton became the Boston force’s first liaison to the gay community. “My district had many gay-related issues, so I was fortunate early on in my police career that I was exposed to a lot of these issues so I’ve had a lot of opportunity for interaction,” the chief said. But Bratton laments that the first gay officer to come out in Boston didn’t feel comfortable doing so until the mid-1980s. “That was only 20 years ago, and he was a kid I rolled with when I was a young cop,” he said. “But since that time, it’s become very commonplace in Boston, which is a very liberal city, a very progressive city.” Lorri Jean, chief executive officer of the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center, said she is encouraged by what she sees as an improved and more open environment for out officers. “Some of that has got to be credit to Bratton and part of it has got to just be society changing,” Jean said. “But one of the things that remains concerning is that there are no high-ranking commanders, assistant chiefs or deputy chiefs and, of course, that is something we’d like to see because it send a very important message.” Greg Hernandez is a Daily News staff writer. Write to him by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“He saw the twitching and the pulse when he shot Michelle, not afterwards,” said Longshore, who also testified that a former girlfriend told detectives Jennings kept a gun in his car when he lived in North Carolina the year before the killing. Jennings, a 32-year-old Iraq war veteran who was arrested in December while home on leave, has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge in the Feb. 22, 2000, slaying of O’Keefe, an 18-year-old Antelope Valley College student. Harris and Longshore testified at a preliminary hearing Thursday in Antelope Valley Superior Court before Judge Christopher Estes, who will decide whether Jennings should be held for a trial. Estes is expected to decide after hearing arguments from the prosecutor and defense attorney on June 20. O’Keefe was found shot to death behind the wheel of her Mustang in the lot on Avenue S, where she had left her car while she rode with a friend to work as an extra in the taping of a music video for rapper Kid Rock. LANCASTER – A former security guard accused of the 2000 slaying of a Palmdale teenager in a parking lot became a suspect after he told investigators he couldn’t see her killer even though he watched her car roll backward when gunshots were fired from close range, a homicide detective testified Thursday. Raymond Lee Jennings, the security guard who patrolled the Park and Ride lot the night Michelle O’Keefe was killed, told detectives he couldn’t explain why he didn’t see the person who fired the fatal shots, although he acknowledged the shots seemed to be fired by someone close enough to stick his gun hand through the driver’s side window that was partially open, sheriff’s Detective Diane Harris testified. “He said he didn’t see anyone near the car. He said he should have seen the shooter, but didn’t. He said he didn’t understand why he didn’t see the shooter,” Harris said. Detectives said they doubted other parts of Jennings’ account, such as his statement that he saw O’Keefe’s fingers twitching and a faint pulse in her neck when he was called to the car by the supervisor he had alerted to the shooting. Detective Richard Longshore said an expert termed the possibility of seeing a pulse then highly unlikely. Harris said the shooting is believed to have occurred about 9:30 p.m. Investigators believe there was a struggle in which the vehicle’s transmission ended up in neutral, and it rolled back until it hit a planter. Harris said O’Keefe was first wounded while she was outside her car. Blood drops were left on the asphalt, on her leg and ankle, and on the upturned sole of a sandal, found upside down outside the car. She was in the driver’s seat and the door open when she was found, officials said. O’Keefe’s cell phone was missing, but Harris said investigators don’t believe the killing was the result of a robbery or carjacking attempt, although they earlier considered that a possibility. O’Keefe’s wallet, with $113 in cash and her credit cards undisturbed, was in the car. “The only thing missing was the cell phone. We didn’t believe there was evidence of a carjacking,” Harris said. In an interview with detectives after the slaying, Jennings said he had noticed O’Keefe’s parked Mustang while he was walking through the lot about 40 or 50 minutes after going on duty that night, Harris testified. After walking to another area of the lot, Jennings told detectives, he heard a car alarm and assumed it was the Mustang’s, Harris said. As he walked toward the sound, he heard a gunshot and took cover behind his own parked vehicle, he told detectives. After a few seconds, Jennings said he stood up again and more gunshots rang out, Harris testified. Jennings said he took cover behind his vehicle again, she said. She said he claimed to have seen a gray car leave the lot after the shooting. She also testified that Jennings told detectives he heard the alarm and car engine stop, then heard the car’s starter crank, after the first shot. He heard the additional shots as the car rolled backwards, Harris quoted him as saying. Jennings had first-aid training, but didn’t try to help the wounded teen, Longshore said. “He said he viewed it as a crime scene and didn’t want to get involved in it,” Longshore said. During the interview, Harris said, Jennings stood up and demonstrated for detectives where he thought the gunman stood in relationship to the open car door. He indicated that the gun might have gone through the window, which was open 4
In wet and wild conditions Fionn McGarvey started the match with a drop kick into the wind.Rainey managed to escape their half through a kick which the wind brought all the way into the Letterkenny half.Strong defence from the whole squad kept Raineys attack at bay for quite a while but eventually Rainey got over the line for their first and only try of the game. Scored by their second centre. Letterkenny restarted well but Rainey played the rest of the first half in the Letterkenny half coming close to going over the line on a few occasions. Brave defence all round held them out until half time.The second half began with Letterkenny on the receiving end of the kick off. In the ruck Letterkenny lost the ball and Rainey nearly got a second try but heroic tackling stopped the flow of play. Letterkenny then managed to escaped through a monstrous kick into touch. Letterkenny played out all the second half in the Rainey half apart from one held up chance for Rainey.The flow was in Letterkennys favour but a dodgy decision from the referee cancelled out Letterkennys last chance of scoring to even up the game. Great performance all round for Letterkenny, unlucky not to win.SCORE : Letterkenny 0-7 Rainey Letterkenny Starting XV : FORWARDS : 1. Brendan Duggan. 2. Ben Scott. 3. Edward Grant. 4. Cain McGinley. 5. Joshua Fulton. 6. Donnchadh Parkinson. 7. James Sweeney (C). 8. Conor McMenamin BACKS : 9. Mark Friel. 10. Fionn McGarvey. 11. Rory MacGinty. 12. Adam Quinn. 13. Fabio Cinquemani. 14. Brian McHugh. 15. Eoin Doherty.Subs : Oisin McGarvey (on for Brian McHugh). Matthew McGee (on for Donnchadh Parkinson). John Clay (on for Mark Friel). Christopher Gallagher (on for Cain McGinley). Daire McBride (on for Breandan Duggan)Next Game : Letterkenny will host Malone on 12/12/15 at Dave Gallaher Memorial Park!!RUGBY: LETTERKENNY U16S UNLUCKY AGAINST RAINEY was last modified: December 6th, 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)
CASH-strapped Donegal families are being fleeced by moneylenders charging outrageous interest on loans, a politician has warned.New Sinn Fein Councillor Gary Doherty has called on the Government to introduce legislation which would limit the interest rates charged by moneylenders in Ireland.Speaking today the new Councillor outlined his opposition to what he views as the extortionate rates being levied on the most vulnerable members of society. “As Christmas approaches many families are struggling to pay bills and buy presents for their children. If you are on the bread lines these companies which offer easy access to cash can seem like a lifeline, but the cost of the loans is extraordinary,” he said.“One well-known company is offering loans with an APR of 187.2%. That is a scandalous figure and it is an issue the Government would do well to address.”A report in 2012 found that anywhere between 200-300,000 Irish people had loans with high-interest moneylending companies of which there are currently 47 operating in the State.Charities such as the St Vincent de Paul are on record as voicing their concerns over the practice. “My colleague Pearse Doherty brought in a Bill to the Oireachtas last year which would have limited the interest rates charged by these companies to 40%, however the Fine Gael/Labour Government opposed it,” said Cllr Doherty.“I see that as yet another attack on the ordinary people, as it is only the most vulnerable who will take advantage of these loans. The situation is exacerbated by the Government’s refusal to re-introduce the Christmas Bonus paid to social welfare recipients.”Councillor Doherty went on to applaud the work done by local charities to combat the damage done by debt in the local community.“Charities such as St Vincent de Paul and even our local Credit Unions do fantastic work at this time of year, and I would encourage anyone thinking of taking out one of these loans to think of the other options before they take on a debt that they can’t afford.” ANGER AS MONEYLENDERS HIT DONEGAL FAMILIES WITH 187% INTEREST RATES was last modified: December 4th, 2013 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:ANGER AS MONEYLENDERS HIT DONEGAL FAMILIES WITH 187% INTEREST RATES
Desabre (left) hopes to use the game to assess players’s fitness (Photo by FUFA Media)Build Up GameEl Gaish SC vs UgandaGehaz El Reyada Stadium, CairoWednesday, 20-03-2019 @5:30pmCAIRO – The Uganda Cranes will continue their preparations for the upcoming AFCON Qualifier against Tanzania with a buildup game against Egyptian outfit El Gaish SC on Wednesday.Currently camping in Egypt, Uganda have held three training sessions already since arriving on Monday morning.By the close of the day on Tuesday, only Farooq Miya had not arrived in camp but it is highly anticipated that he should be with the team by the kick of the first ball against El Gaish.“On Wednesday, we will play a friendly in the afternoon, said Desabre after Tuesday’s evening session.“It is totally a free friendly because it is against El Gaish and will help us assess some players’ fitness and continue to work on some principles in line with Sunday’s game against Tanzania.Wednesday’s game will be the second build up game for the Cranes in four days.Desabre’s side which featured only local based players defeated Kampala Select 4-0 at Lugogo on Saturday in a regional tour game.With no injuries reported so far, Desabre and his technical team are expected to field a strong side against El Gaish and also make a host of changes in order to assess several players.Uganda face Tanzania at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Sunday in their last AFCON Qualifier.The Cranes have already qualified for the Finals proper having gathered 13 points from their first 5 games.For Tanzania, a win against Uganda will see them make the finals which will be held in Egypt in June, provided Lesotho does not beat Cape Verde in the other Group L game.Facts about El Gaish:Tala’ea El Gaish Sporting Club, is an Egyptian sports club based in Cairo, Egypt. The club is mainly known for its professional football team, which currently plays in the Egyptian Premier League, the highest league in the Egyptian football league system.The club also has a representative basketball team that competes in the Egyptian Basketball Super League.El Gaish was founded 22 years ago in 1997 and is still yet to win a top flight title. They are managed former Zamalek striker and coach Mohammed Helmy.They are currently 13th in the Egyptian Premier League standings:Match Facts:Uganda has not lost in any of their last six games (W4 D2).In that period, they are yet to concede a goal whilst scoring 10.Uganda Cranes players in Egypt as of Tuesday:Goalkeepers: Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Salim Magoola (Al Hilal, South), Robert Odongkara (Adama City, Ethiopia)Defenders: Murushid Jjuuko (Simba, Tanzania), Timothy Awany (KCCA, Uganda), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers, Uganda), Geofrey Walusimbi (Free Agent), Joseph Ochaya (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Kirizestom Ntambi (Ethiopian Coffee), Nico Wakiro Wadada (Azam, Tanzania)Midfielders: Khalid Aucho (Churchhill brothers, India), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (Free Agent), Tadeo Lwanga (Vipers, Uganda), Ibrahim Sadam Juma (KCCA, Uganda), Moses Waiswa (Vipers, Uganda), Moses Opondo (Vendsyssel FF, Denmark)Forwards: Emmanuel Arnold Okwi (Simba, Tanzania), Allan Kyambadde (KCCA, Uganda), Allan Okello (KCCA,Uganda), Edrisa Lubega (SV Ried, Austria), Muhammad Shaban (Raja Casablanca, Morocco), Henry Patrick Kaddu (KCCA, Uganda), Milton Karisa (MC Oujda, Morocco)Comments Tags: AFCON 2019 qualifiersEl GaishSebastien DesabretopUganda Cranes
Dream Pearl and Sand Victor, both trained by Terri Eaton, renew their summer rivalry in today’s $7,000-added Ferndale Arabian Stakes on a nine-race program that shares to spotlight with the Ladies Hat Day.” Post time for the first race will be 2:07 p.m. The seventh annual “Ladies Hat Day”, which has blossomed into a major Humboldt Fair event, will again have hundreds of ladies parading in their finest hat and dress attire in the winners’ circle midway through today’s race program. And there …