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“We can only take reports at face value,” committee member Phil Ellis said. “We are not questioning the appropriateness of the expenditures. We are not saying this money is lost or we can’t find it. We are just saying that it needs to be accounted for.” The committee strongly suggested the district revisit its master plan and seek input from all stakeholders. It also recommended it increase staff, adopt better accounting systems, and look into alternative delivery methods of construction. The committee also asked the Hart board to take better precautions in implementing recommendations with clear timelines for goals. email@example.com (661) 257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Hart Union High School District has failed to disclose all of its spending of a 2001 voter-approved bond fund, a board-appointed panel charged late Wednesday. Speaking out at the district’s board meeting, members of the Measure V Citizen’s Oversight Committee charged with overseeing the spending said the district has failed to comply with bond fund requirements. “We cannot stress the immediacy for these recommendations,” said Renee Sabol, chairwoman of the 15-member group, which was mandated by state legislation. The committee’s most pressing concern is a $14million deficit in the amount of Measure V funds audited by long-used firm Moss Adams LLT in fiscal year 2005. According to committee members, by June30, 2005, the district had used $26.4million of bond funds for school construction. The Moss Adams performance audit said the total bond expenditures were $12.4million – a shortfall of about $14million. The committee is asking the district for an annual audit that includes all bond spending. But Rob Gapper, Hart’s chief operations officer, said the district promptly contracted Moss Adams to conduct a follow-up review of the unaudited $14million after it read the committee’s executive summary. “The audit firm found no misspending and full accounting of the $14million,” Gapper said. Moss Adams partner Curtis Matthews said the committee is confusing a performance audit with a fiscal audit. But the committee stood behind its recommendation for annual performance audits.
WASHINGTON – The heads of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac said Tuesday the mortgage finance giants are developing new types of loans to help distressed borrowers with high-risk mortgages keep their homes at a time of rising foreclosures. A key federal regulator also urged lenders to step in now and extend flexible terms to struggling homeowners. The moves by the two government-sponsored companies, the biggest buyers and guarantors of home mortgages in the country, came in response to the turmoil in the market for so-called subprime mortgages, higher-priced loans for people with tarnished credit or low incomes who are considered greater risks. In recent weeks, the distress has roiled financial markets and stoked anxiety that it could spill over into the broader economy. The companies’ initiatives were disclosed by their chief executives at a hearing by the House Financial Services Committee. A homeowner who takes out a $200,000 ARM with a teaser rate of 4 percent, for example, initially pays $954.83 monthly in principal and interest. But when the interest rate jumps to 7 percent, say, in the second year of the mortgage, his payments rise to $1,320.59 a month – a move that regulators call “payment shock.” The home-mortgage business has exploded in the last two decades with big Wall Street investment firms buying loans in bulk from banks and other lenders, and bundling them into securities to be sold to investors, spreading the risk. That has complicated the mortgage industry picture and the search for solutions to the immediate crisis. Amid rising pressure to act, Democrats in power positions in Congress have started drafting legislation to curb abusive mortgage lending practices that especially target minorities and the elderly, putting people into home loans that they cannot afford to repay. The greater distance now usually separating the home borrower and the ultimate holder of the mortgage, Bair acknowledged, “has complicated the ability of interested parties to apply flexibility and creativity to assist borrowers facing difficulty.” Richard Syron, Freddie Mac’s chairman and chief executive, said the company is “working on a major effort to develop more consumer-friendly subprime products that will provide stable financing alternatives going forward,” which are expected to be available by midsummer. He said the new products will include 30-year and possibly 40-year fixed-rate mortgages as well as adjustable-rate mortgages with longer fixed-rate periods. Fannie Mae, in a new program called HomeStay, is offering new options so that lenders can help subprime borrowers refinance out of high-interest adjustable-rate mortgages or other difficult loans, said President and CEO Daniel Mudd. He said the company plans to stretch the term on subprime loans to 40 years from the current maximum 30 years – which will reduce monthly payments for borrowers by around 5 percent. About 1.8 million adjustable-rate mortgages are resetting to higher rates this year and next, making foreclosures sure to continue rising, according to a new report by Congress’ Joint Economic Committee. Areas said to be hardest hit by foreclosures include Atlanta, Indianapolis, Denver, Dallas and Detroit. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Sheila Bair, chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., exhorted mortgage lenders to show flexibility toward borrowers to help staunch a flood of defaults among homeowners with subprime loans. Many of those borrowers “could avoid foreclosure if they were offered (loans) that allow for affordable mortgage payments,” Bair testified. Restructuring their expensive adjustable-rate mortgages “into more affordable products, especially 30-year fixed-rate mortgages, would bring them back to good standing, allow them to repair their credit histories and dampen the impact that foreclosures may have on the broader housing market.” Most importantly, Bair added, “people would be able to stay in their homes.” Adjustable-rate mortgages, known as ARMs, are especially prevalent in the subprime market. They are considered higher-risk loans because they typically draw borrowers in with an initial low “teaser” interest rate, which can spike upward after the first few years.
0Shares0000Miguel Almiron (R), the 24-year-old Paraguayan international striker, is preparing for a second season with the Atlanta United after a successful debut campaign for the club in 2017 © GETTY/AFP/File / Kevin C. CoxLOS ANGELES, United States, Feb 28 – A new generation of South American players will be on display as Major League Soccer kicks off its 2018 season this weekend, highlighting the growing attractiveness of the competition as a destination for emerging talent.More than a decade after David Beckham’s move to Los Angeles was followed by the arrival of several fading European stars, MLS teams are increasingly looking to South America to strengthen their rosters. More than 60 South American players will be sprinkled across MLS this year, many of whom are still in the early stages of their career, hoping to use the league as a stepping stone to bigger things.Miguel Almiron, the 24-year-old Paraguayan international striker, is preparing for a second season with expansion side Atlanta United after a successful debut campaign for the club in 2017.Almiron, who scored nine goals in 30 games, has attracted interest from several European clubs, with Inter Milan, Arsenal and Newcastle all reportedly monitoring his form in recent months.The Paraguayan has made no secret of his desire to use MLS as a springboard for an eventual move across the Atlantic.“It’s a bridge to Europe,” he told reporters at a recent media day in Los Angeles.Venezuelan forward Josef Martinez of Atlanta United heads the ball during a game against the New York Red Bulls, at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, in March 2017 © GETTY/AFP/File / Mike Zarrilli“The league is being watched so much around the world. My objective ever since I was at Lanus is to go to Europe.”Almiron’s strike partner at Atlanta, the 24-year-old Venezuelan international Josef Martinez, is similarly unambiguous about the long-term objective.“If you perform well here, you have a chance to go to Europe, so you welcome that opportunity,” Martinez said.Both Almiron and Martinez are developing under the tutelage of former Argentina and Barcelona manager Gerardo “Tata” Martino, who steered Atlanta to the playoffs last year in their maiden MLS campaign.– ‘Excellent opportunity’ –Martino was instrumental in securing the services of another rising South American talent, the 18-year-old Ezequiel Barco.Barco, who has made eight appearances for Argentina’s under-20s, joined Atlanta from Independiente in an MLS-record $15 million transfer last month.Barco’s capture represents something of a coup both for Atlanta and MLS. In previous eras, the young Argentine would almost certainly have headed directly to Europe rather than take a career detour in North America.Bob Bradley, the former United States and Swansea coach who will take the helm of expansion side Los Angeles FC in their debut season, said the South American influx indicates MLS is on the right trajectory.LAFC themselves are hoping to have recruited their own South American gem in the shape of 19-year-old Diego Rossi, who has joined from newly crowned Uruguay champions Penarol.“As MLS has grown, I think a lot of these young players realise that it’s an excellent opportunity to come and build a name, in some cases to use it as an opportunity to maybe move onto another league,” Bradley told AFP.“Or it can be simply because this is where they want to be. Anybody who has spent any time in South America knows there is amazing talent there. It’s no secret. For MLS to get these young players to come here, it shows that the league has moved in the right direction.”Federico Higuain, the elder brother of Juventus and Argentina star Gonzalo Higuain, says the arrival of young talents like Barco reflects the maturity of MLS, where Atlanta attracted an average crowd of 48,200 fans per game last season.“Around the world, people are looking at this league growing up very fast,” said Higuain, who has played for Columbus Crew since 2012.“Players want to come here. If anyone asks me about the league, I say ‘Yes, come. You will enjoy it and you will love it,” the 33-year-old added.Higuain also believes MLS provides a relative refuge from the pressure-cooker atmosphere of many domestic leagues in South America.“A good thing about the league is nobody bothers you,” Higuain said. “The pressure is a little bit lower. I’m not saying there is no pressure. But in other countries, the pressure is very crazy.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Trinidad and Tobago are ranked 93rd in the world — 74 places lower than Wales — yet it seemed they might be rewarded with a highly creditable draw at a Racecourse Ground where their manager, Dennis Lawrence, played for Wrexham.The last match between the two countries had seen Bale become Wales’ youngest player at 16 years and 315 days in a victory over Trinidad in Austria in a 2006 friendly.Bale was not even on the bench on Wednesday, with Giggs protecting his star player ahead of Sunday’s match.Trinidad nearly took the lead when Aubrey David’s shot was cleared off the line by Chris Gunter.But the second minute of stoppage time produced the lone goal when Woodburn chested in a Will Vaulks cross.Bale, Wales’ record goalscorer, completed 90 minutes for the first time in 2019 on Saturday and scored as Spanish giants Real Madrid beat Celta Vigo 2-0 in La Liga.“We all know what a talent he is, and if he plays games he’ll score goals,” said Manchester United great Giggs of Bale ahead of Wednesday’s match.“But also I want to take the pressure off him at the same time, so if he’s not available we’re not just reliant on one player,” he added.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Missing – Wales forward Gareth Bale was left out against Trinidad and Tobago © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSWREXHAM, United Kingdom, Mar 20 – Wales needed a stoppage-time goal from Liverpool teenager Ben Woodburn to beat Trinidad and Tobago 1-0 in friendly on Wednesday after Ryan Giggs left Gareth Bale out of the home side in Wrexham.Bale was one of several players, including Aaron Ramsey and David Brooks, omitted by Wales manager Giggs just days before the team begin their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign against Slovakia in Cardiff on Sunday.
Ozan Tufan 1 Manchester United are facing competition from Galatasaray to sign Ozan Tufan from Bursaspor.United are among a number of clubs to have sent scouts to watch the 20-year-old midfielder, who is now a regular in the Turkish national team.Louis van Gaal wants to add at least one attacking midfielder to his squad this summer but Tufan is apparently keen on staying in Turkey for at least another year.According to Fanatik, Bursaspor are demanding a fee of around £5m for the talented playmaker and Galatasaray manager Hamza Hamzaoglu has put him at the top of his wishlist.Tufan, who is a Bursaspor academy graduate, made 33 appearances and netted three times for his club last term.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “I’m very gratified that the court ruled the way it did,” said Levine, who proposed the bill after watching his own terminally ill grandmother die. “It shows that they understand – this is something that’s personal. It’s an individual decision. “It’s not something the federal government should prevent people from doing.” He promised to continue a grass-roots effort to educate Californians about the bill, which would allow adults with less than six months to live to self-administer life-ending medication prescribed by a doctor. “It’s not about requiring,” he said. “It’s about providing a comfort option for people.” But Californians Against Assisted Suicide, which blasted the bill when it was introduced, renewed its criticism Tuesday, saying Levine’s measure lacked oversight and failed to protect a vulnerable segment of society. WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down the Bush administration’s attempt to block Oregon’s assisted-suicide law, paving the way for California and other states to pass laws permitting doctors to help terminally ill patients die. The 6-3 high court ruling, with Chief Justice John Roberts dissenting, gave renewed momentum in California to advocates of assisted suicide and prompted Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to say he would be open to considering the measure if it is passed by the Legislature. “I’d really have to see the see the way it is written so that I can comment on it,” said Schwarzenegger, a Republican who has sought more moderate positions politically in Democrat-leaning California as he seeks re-election this year. The co-sponsor of an assisted-suicide measure that won approval in the state Assembly last year, Assemblyman Lloyd Levine, D-Van Nuys, praised the Supreme Court ruling, which he and other supporters believe will propel the state Senate to pass the proposal during this year’s session. “You’re fundamentally changing the role of the doctor-patient relationship,” spokesman Tim Rosales said. “You’re changing the role of the doctor from the healer to the killer.” Currently, Vermont is the only other state with an active effort in the legislature to pass an assisted-suicide law. “The Supreme Court’s decision will provide great momentum for us to move our bill forward. We’re ecstatic,” said Assemblywoman Patty Berg, D-Santa Rosa, co-sponsor with Levine of the California Compassionate Choices Act. But Rosales said the Supreme Court’s ruling will provide little momentum and that lawmakers will ultimately reject assisted suicide. “There is a vast and diverse opposition to the legislation,” Rosales said. “There is opposition on both sides of the aisle, Democrats and Republicans.” The Supreme Court on Tuesday held that the federal government could not prevent Oregon doctors from prescribing a lethal dose of medicine to terminally ill patients. The Bush administration had argued that doctors who did – in compliance with Oregon law – were in violation of the federal Controlled Substances Act. The court found that states generally regulate the practice of medicine and that the act was aimed at drug trafficking, not the practice of medicine. The issue of physician-assisted suicide – called physician aid-in-dying by supporters – has been controversial in America for decades. Supporters believe people should have a right to decide how and when to end their own lives; they believe autonomy is paramount. Opponents believe doctors should not be permitted to prescribe fatal doses of medicine, that life is sacred. They see such laws as the beginning of a slippery slope, where the poor, frail and disabled are encouraged to die. Oregon voters passed their law in 1994, only to have it delayed by injunction. Voters supported the law again in 1997 in another statewide referendum, this one by a margin of 60 percent. The law took effect in 1998. Under Oregon law only a mentally competent person with six months or less to live can obtain a prescription for a lethal dose of barbiturates. Two doctors must approve the request. There are waiting periods. The dying person must ingest the lethal dose on his own, without help from anyone else. Oregon’s experience showed that few people actually take advantage of such a law. Between 1998 and 2004, 325 prescriptions were written for a lethal dose of drugs, and 208 people actually ended their lives by ingesting them. Oregonians found that dying people like knowing they have the option. Also, in part because of the attention on the law and the assisted-suicide debate, the quality of end-of-life care rose in Oregon, making it a national leader. Hospice and hospital officials there decided if they didn’t want people killing themselves, they had better give Oregon residents a good alternative – quality care. Staff Writers Josh Kleinbaum and Steve Geissinger contributed to this report. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
NEWSLETTERSt. Patrick’s Church, Donegal Town Fr. Willie Peoples 074-9721026Saturday 14th 10.00am Bill Ambrose – Recently Deceased6.00pm Annie Hughes – AnniversarySunday 15th 9.00am Leo Paul Mulhern – Anniversary11.30am Moya Sinclair – AnniversaryMonday 16th 9.30amTuesday 17th 9.30am Tessie Mc Hugh – Recently DeceasedThursday 19th 9.30am Special IntentionFriday 20th 9.30am Mass of ThanksgivingSaturday 21st 10.00am6.00pm Andy Quinn – AnniversarySunday 22nd 9.00am Mary Mc Garrigle – Anniversary11.30am Hugh Mc Grory – AnniversaryRECENT DEATH Cecilia Mc Allister, sister of Philomena Mc Allister, Clar Rd. Donegal TownEUCHARISTIC ADORATION – St. Patrick’s Church on Thursdays, from 10.00am -9.00pm. All Welcome! FUNDRAISING TRIPWe are holding a fund raising trip For St. Patrick’s Church on Donegal Bay Waterbus on Saturday 5th May, 2012. Boarding at 6.30pm, Sailing at 7.00pm. Music & Refreshments on Board. Tickets €20.00PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDESThis tour departs on July 16th ex Belfast, 5 nights Hotel Panorama – €709.00 per person sharing. For further details contact – Bob/Annie Faulkner – 0749721071or 087 4036252, Maura Caldwell – 0749723103 or 086 8875787, Patricia Ward -0749721737or 086 8855165, Joe Quinn – 0749722119 or 087 8362727, Fr. Peoples – 0749721026FIRST HOLY COMMUNION – 2012 – St. Patrick’s Church.GaelScoil Na gCeithre Maistri – 28th April, 11.00am Mass – Scoil Aodh Rua Agus Nuala – 5th May, 11.00am MassSt. Agatha’s Church, Clar Fr. Danny Mc Brearty 074-9721093Saturday 14th 6.30pm Georgina Martin – AnniversarySunday 15th 10.30am Joseph Thomas – AnniversarySaturday 21st 6.30pm Seamus Harvey – AnniversarySunday 22nd 10.30am Mary Thomas – Anniversary MASSES DURING THE WEEK Wednesday – 7.00pm, Thursday and Friday – 10.00am.EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT -Tuesday from 3pm -7pm in St Agatha’s Church, Clar.CEMETERY SUNDAY MASS Sunday 8th July at 10.30am, in St Agatha’s, Church, Clar. Please tell your family and friendsFIRST HOLY COMMUNION will be in St Agatha’s Church, Clar on Saturday, 19th May 2012 at 11.00am Mass.COFFEE/TEA MORNING – Tawnawilly Community Centre on Tuesday 17th April 11.00am -1.00pm. Be part of your Community. All Welcome and child friendly.LEGHOWNEY NOTESThe Next Dance will take place on Wednesday 18th April, dancing from 8.30pm – 10.30pm music by Eamon Brogan, great food and great fun and all for €5.00.THE DONEGAL BRANCH OF MULTIPLE SCLEROSISWe will hold our annual Church Gate collection next weekend at all masses, we would be grateful for your support.DRUMBAR FOOTBALL CLUBUnder 8’s and under 10’s soccer, Training at football pitch on Wednesday’s 7.00pm – 8.00pm New players needed for Under 10 league, starting 28.04.12 Boys and Girls Welcome. LEGHOWNEY FOROIGE CLUBWe are asking people if they could donate any used smart phone or any phone, as part of a nationwide campaign, to raise funds, which will be divided equally between Foroige and the Jack & Jill Foundation. A box has been placed in Leghowney Community Hall, Please leave your name and contact details along with any phone donated to be in with a chance to win a Canon Digital Camera. Phones can also be given to any Foroige member or club leader: Contact Nuaula 0863149676 James 086 3592668 or Carmel 087 9777975.LOCAL NEWS: PARISH BULLETIN OF TAWNAWILLY, DONEGAL TOWN was last modified: April 14th, 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)Tags:Donegal TownLOCAL NEWS: PARISH BULLETIN OF TAWNAWILLY
DEPARTMENT of Agriculture staff have threatened to go on strike if they are forced to switch offices.Staff who work at its Raphoe office, are being told they are being transferred to positions in Donegal town, Buncrana and Letterkenny.But the staff, who provide veterinary and other services to the farming community, have voted 100pc in favour of industrial action if they are forced to move, claiming they do not have transport to get to the offices, says the Irish Independent. Today one insider said the move would effect eight staff but all 20 employees are prepared to strike.There is a particular objection to transfers to Buncrana which is a 90kms round-trip – 45km more than agreed for civil service transfers in the Croke Park agreement.An arbitration process is now underway with the union claiming that without proper public transport, the transfers are unfair.The Irish Independent reports on the story today here: http://www.independent.ie/national-news/state-staff-to-strike-if-forced-into-90km-work-round-trip-3083663.html DONEGAL CIVIL SERVANTS IN STRIKE THREAT OVER OFFICE RE-LOCATION was last modified: April 18th, 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) Tags:DONEGAL CIVIL SERVANTS IN STRIKE THREAT OVER OFFICE RE-LOCATION
Sophomore Lisa Weintraub led Montclair Prep with nine kills and four blocks Tuesday as Montclair Prep bolstered its playoff hopes with a 3-0 Delpic League girls’ volleyball sweep of visiting Dominguez Hills California Academy of Math and Science of Carson. Senior Katie Lyzenga contributed 20 assists and seven aces for the Mounties (8-6 overall, 4-2 Delphic), who claimed a 25-11, 26-24, 25-15 victory. Montclair Prep, which finished third in the Delphic League last year, is seeking their second Southern Section playoff appearance in nine years. Chaminade 3, Alemany 0: Kim Capicotto had nine kills and Emma Watson added 19 assists as Chaminade of West Hills defeated visiting Alemany of Mission Hills 25-20, 25-18, 25-19 in a Mission League match. Campbell Hall 12, Buckey 6: Campbell Hall of North Hollywood, playing without No. 1 singles player Katarina Reveche, overcame Buckley of Sherman Oaks in a Liberty League match. The Vikings were led by sophomore Michelle Sulahian and junior Alison Wagner, who swept their opponents. Reveche was competing in a national tournament in Palm Springs. BOYS’ WATER POLO Westlake 9, Moorpark 7: Cole Olmon scored four goals and Austin Mcelvaney added three as host Westlake (10-6, 3-2) avoided a late Moorpark surge to claim a Marmonte League victory. Moorpark (12-4, 2-3) overcame a 6-1 deficit, scoring four straight goals to pull within one, but the Musketeers could get no closer. Trevor Johnson scored three goals for Moorpark. Harvard-Westlake 19, Alemany 7: Justin Reppel scored six goals and Corey Schwartz added four as Harvard-Westlake of Studio City routed Alemany of Mission Hills in a Mission League game. Matt Zamora scored three goals for Alemany. GIRLS’ FIELD HOCKEY Louisville 2, Santa Ana 0: Emily Hendrickson scored two goals on assists from freshman Lindsey Hearn to lead Louisville (3-6, 1-3) past visiting Santa Ana (2-7, 0-4) in a Golden West League game at Moorpark College. Hendrickson has scored a team-best four goals this season. Harvard Westlake 3, Bonita 1: Emily Davis, Jamie Glushon and Brenna Moleljadi scored goals as visiting Harvard-Westlake (11-3, 3-2) topped Bonita in a Golden West League game. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GIRLS’ GOLF Thousand Oaks 263, Moorpark 273: Junior Hillary Packard shot 2-over-par 37 and senior Amber Foschaar shot 43 to lead Thousand Oaks (12-1, 8-0) to a Marmonte League victory at Sunset Hills Country Club. The Lancers are looking for its first league championship since the girls’ golf program began in 1998. Chaminade 256, Harvard-Westlake 272: Sophomore Hannah Wolf’s season-best 7-over 43 led Chaminade of West Hills (4-5, 3-2) to a Mission League victory at Knollwood Country Club. Harvard-Westlake of Studio City’s Ally Young was the medalist, shooting 38. GIRLS’ TENNIS AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week