The Aucklander captured attention on Saturday night wearing her special homemade All Blacks hijab at the test match against South Africa.The idea of a “rugby hijab” was suggested to her by her sons during the 2011 Rugby World Cup and Ali said she always wears it on game day.”My boys decided I am a big fan but there was one thing missing to my All Blacks outfit and thought it was a great idea to have my All Blacks hijab made up for me to wear on game days,” said Ali, who was spotted on camera celebrating a New Zealand try in the 57-0 rout of the Springboks last Saturday night.Originally, Ali took her hijab to a printing outlet who turned her away because of copyright. Not being one to let obstacles get in the way, the finance worker turned her art to sewing, which she had never attempted before. She cut the logo out of a beanie she owned and sewed it to the original hijab.Ali said it was important for the Muslim community to come forward and share their identity as it should be commonplace in such a multi-cultural country as New Zealand.”I have a social life as well and being a Muslim shouldn’t make any difference. I am an individual just like you.”Her message to other Muslims, whether they are rugby fans or not, was “don’t be shy to show your identity and wear your religion proudly”.”We should all respect one another’s religion.”Ali was originally from Fiji, but moved to Auckland in 1988 and has since called Manukau home. She has alway supported the All Blacks even against Fiji, which she is not sorry about.The massive All Blacks supporter attends every match she can in Auckland.While she loves the entire team, her favourite player is fellow Muslim Sonny Bill Williams.”I admire them all, but I admire the way he plays and he is a great role model for all Muslims.”While she would rather be an “original”, she is happy for her All Blacks scarf to go viral and be sold on the shelves.But she will always continue wearing her own “Ali Special”. Photo caption: Rehana Ali and her husban Azam Ali supporting the All Blacks in her uniquely designed All Blacks hijab.
The President of the Ebola Survivors Association of Liberia, Korlia Bonarwolo, has said the proposed plan to merge with the Ebola Survivors Network will bring unity among survivors across the country, instead of causing a division.At long last, the dream of Ebola survivors to unite under a single umbrella organization is now in the pipeline, which means that they will be speaking with one voice causing their plights to be addressed in a timely manner, Mr. Bonarwolo said during a mass meeting of Ebola Survivors at the University of Liberia auditorium.He added that the reason enough attention on the wellbeing of survivors has not been properly tackled is because of too many organizations seeking the welfare of survivors.“I strongly believe that if this planned merger actually works out, things would get better for us. As for the organization I’m representing, we give our unflinching support to ensure that this plan becomes a success.“It is about time that we uphold the dream and vision of survivors calling for a single organization that will advocate for their welfare, which at the end of the day will yield results. If we are serious about seeking the welfare of every survivor in Liberia, then we should do everything possible to make this merger happen.“Politicians have used their strategies to divide us; therefore, it is now time that we come together under one umbrella in order to remain united,” he said.In her remarks, the National Secretary General of the Ebola Survivors Network, Tee Love Lorpseh, said, “For too long disunity has been in our midst making us lack a strong voice, but coming together will strengthen us as a group. Coming together will avoid the preaching of dissimilar agenda by different Ebola survivor associations concerning the wellbeing of survivors.“Let us take the lead for other survivors in the country; let us work together to make sure that whatever has been discussed is fully achieved,” she said.At the end of the meeting, it was agreed upon to disband the other Ebola survivor associations and form a workout plan for the merger and joining of the Ebola survivors’ network. It was also agreed that the new committee will take on the responsibility to draft the Constitution and thereafter present the draft to the survivor community for consultation.However, it was not made clear when the merger will official happen, which will fully disband all existing Ebola survivor associations.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Jackson Martinez 1 Arsenal and Liverpool target Jackson Martinez says he will wait until the end of the season before deciding his future.Martinez has been continually linked with a move away from Porto in the past six months, despite signing a contract extension until 2017 last summer.Arsene Wenger is reportedly a long-term admirer of the striker, who has 76 goals in 102 appearances for Porto.And with speculation surrounding his future growing, the 28-year-old says he will let his agent sort out matters at the end of the season.“My agent is in charge of the negotiations. I prefer to stay out of it,” said Martinez.“At the end of the season I hope to receive some interesting proposals.”
MALIBU – Headed into Day Four, the 4,500-acre Malibu fire was about 80 percent contained today, with no active flames reported. Six homes, including a landmark castle and at least three oceanfront homes, the Malibu Presbyterian Church and five businesses in the Malibu Colony shopping center were destroyed in the early hours of the blaze, which roared out of Malibu Canyon before dawn on Sunday. All together, 22 structures were damaged or destroyed. The fire, which was burning east from Malibu Canyon, was halted before reaching Las Flores Canyon. How the fire started has not been determined, but it is believed to have been sparked near Malibu Canyon and Piuma roads by power lines blown down by Santa Ana winds that were clocked at hurricane force in the area. 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Some canyon roads were reopened today, and some of the roughly 1,500 evacuees were being allowed to go home. No serious injuries were reported in connection with the fire.
Toys and baby products that contain more than a trace amount of a chemical that scientists have linked to developmental problems will be banned in California under legislation Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed Sunday before a midnight deadline. His endorsement of the phthalate ban – beginning in 2009 – makes California the first state to impose severe limits on a chemical that is widely used in plastics products such as baby bottles, soft baby books, teething rings, plastic bath ducks and other toys, said Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, D-San Francisco, the bill’s author. 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!
A public meeting will take place in Glenties on Wednesday next, 13th May in the community centre at 8.30pm regarding the proposed closure of Lough Anna. Lough Anna is the main source of water for Glenties and Ardara areas and has been for almost 90 years and is regarded as one of the best sources of raw water in Donegal.But recently it has come to light that Irish Water wants to close lough Anna and divide the water source between Killybegs and lough Derkmore in Letirmacaward. A spokesman said for the local community said “When we first heard about this proposed closure we made contact with Irish Water by email and asked could we meet with the relevant people to explain the reasoning behind this proposed closure and ask questions that have been raised by the public. The first reply we received from Irish Water was an outline of what changes were proposed to be put in place. (As follows)Irish water Asset Strategy have reviewed all the water supplies in West Donegal, particularly in the context of water quality issues and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Remedial Action List (RAL). IW have now developed a strategy and implementation plan to resolve these water quality issues.With specific regard to the question raised, it is proposed to discontinue use of the Lough Anna raw water source at Glenties, and to decommission the Glenties Water Treatment Plant (WTP). Instead, the Glenties – Ardara scheme will be served by a combination of both the Lettermacaward and Killybegs Regional Water Supply Schemes (RWSS). The proposed scope of work and outline programme to completion is as follows:- Lettermacaward Regional Water Supply SchemeProject undergoing major investment to address water quality standards at Fintown, Glenties – Ardara, and Nairn – PortnooScope of work includes:Doubling the Lettermacaward WTP throughput from 1.4MLD to 2.87MLDImpoundment of Derkmore Lough to increase the safe yieldApprox. 4km of new pipework to supply Portnoo from Lettermacaward RWSS allowing the existing Portnoo WTP to be decommissionedApprox. 8.5km of new pipework to supply water from Lettermacaward RWSS to Fintown including a new 1,500m3 reservoir, allowing the existing Fintown WTP to be decommissionedApprox. 3km of new pipework from Lettermacaward RWSS to Glenties to allow the existing Glenties WTP to be decommissionedProcurement of Consultants commenced January 2015, tender return February 2015. Appoint Consultants April 2015Planning Applications expected to be made Q3 2015Three works contracts proposed, tendering of which is programmed to start Q4 2015Construction works to be undertaken from 2016 to 2018Killybegs Regional Water Supply SchemeProject undergoing major investment to meet peak water demands in Killybegs and surrounding areas and to help address water quality issues at Glenties – ArdaraScope of work includes:Increasing the Killybegs WTP throughput from 6MLD to 11.85MLDDecommission ‘old’ Killybegs WTP which is brought into use at times of peak demandApprox. 11km of new pipework to supply portion of Glenties – Ardara from Killybegs RWSS, allowing the existing Glenties WTP to be decommissionedNew 1,200m3 reservoir at MeenakillewProcurement of Consultants is in conjunction with Lettermacaward RWSS as a single consultancy appointmentPlanning Application expected to be made Q2/Q3 2015Construction works to be undertaken in conjunction with the Lettermacaward RWSS. Construction at Killybegs expected to be completed by end of 2018The next step was to get Irish waster representatives to come to Glenties to answer questions, this happened on Monday the 30th March when we met with two Irish water representatives and discussed the proposed closure.This meeting was called at short notice and people from Glenties and Ardara were present.As a follow on to this meeting Irish water have invited a contingent (12 people) from the area plus all the elected representatives to a meeting on Friday 15th May in stranorlar.They will give a presentation on why lough Anna should be closed and then a questions and answers session. They will complete the afternoon by taking us to a working treatment plant an explain further why they propose the closure of lough Anna.As this effects a large area including Glenties,Ardara,NArin,Portnoo and Fintown we are holding this open meeting on Wednesday to organise the12 representatives that should attend and put forward the correct questions that the whole area would like answered. As this effects everybody in the area we ask you to please attend this meeting to show that we don’t want to lose our water source lough Anna. Any questions call Brian (087)-9354012 PUBLIC MEETING TO BE HELD IN GLENTIES OVER PROPOSED CLOSURE OF LOUGH ANNA WATER SUPPLY was last modified: May 7th, 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)
The Aura Leisure Centre in Letterkenny will host the Sub 4 minute mile event.International athletics will be returning to Letterkenny again this year, with the Letterkenny AC Sub 4 Minute Mile Challenge Event set for Saturday 2nd July AT 7PM.This event follows on from last year’s success where we witnessed exceptional performances from a host of world class athletes at the Danny McDaid Athletics Track.This will be the fourth staging of the event, which is going from strength to strength each year, and is sure to be one of the highlights on the Irish and international athletics calendar for 2016. The organisers will be hoping for meeting records, sub 4 minute miles, and qualification standards for the Olympic Games in Rio later in the Summer.The men’s feature event on the programme will be the iconic distance of 1609m, the Mile.The 2014 race produced the first ever sub 4 minute mile on Donegal soil with double Olympian, Mexico’s Juan Luis Barrios marking his place in history by stopping the clock at 3:59.43. American Jon Peterson won last year’s race, narrowly missing out on breaking the 4 minute barrier with 4:00.41.To put the tough task of running a sub 4 minute mile into context, more individuals have climbed Mount Everest than have run under the magical 4 minutes for the mile. With Ireland’s rich tradition of great milers over the years such as Ronnie Delaney and Eamonn Coghlan, it makes the mile all the more appealing for Irish sports fans. The womens feature event this year will no doubt again be the 3000m steeplechase. Who could forget the historic night we witnessed last July in Letterkenny when three Irish women etched their way into the history books. It was a night to remember for the trio of Kerry O’Flaherty, Michelle Finn and Sara Treacy with all three securing qualification standards for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.Never before had three Irish women qualified for an Olympic Games at the same race meeting. The race, which was won by Jamie Cheever from the USA, also produced the 5 fastest times ever run on Irish soil in the steeplechase, creating an amazing atmosphere helped on by the roaring Letterkenny crowd.The track and field programme will also feature a mens 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 3000m, javelin and high jump, and a womens 200m, 400m, 800m, and long jump event. European champions & medallists, World champions & medallists, and numerous Olympians have all graced the tartan track in Letterkenny in the past three years.The event would not be possible without the continued support of our sponsors, and it is exciting to look forward to Saturday 2nd July, where athletes from all over the World are set to compete. The action gets underway at the Danny McDaid track at 7pm, and it will be an evening of world class athletics not to be missed.For more event information and updates, visit: www.lac.ie www.facebook.com/LetterkennySub4Mile www.twitter.com/lacsub4mileSTAGE SET FOR WORLD CLASS ATHLETICS AT SUB 4 MINUTE MILE EVENT IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: April 28th, 2016 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:auraDanny McDaid TrackletterkennySUb 4 Minute Mile
England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? SORRY Ospina is now considered third choice behind Bernd Leno and Petr Cech in north London and he is expected to be on the move this summer in search of regular first-team football.Besiktas are the frontrunners to snap him up, but talks have continued to stall over the past few days.And Napoli have swooped in to try and lure Ospina to Serie A from under the noses of Besiktas. predicted Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 1 silverware Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? possible standings Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade smart causal gameday cracker How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Most Popular Premier League News Napoli have already signed two goalkeepers so far this summer, but with Alex Meret out with a fractured arm Carlo Ancelotti’s side are on the lookout for cover.And their search has led them to Ospina, who is reportedly mulling over the possibility of a move to Serie A before August’s deadline. Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT latest revealed changes Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina in action for Colombia at World Cup 2018. Napoli are making a late attempt to sign Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina ahead of Turkish side Besiktas, according to Marca.The Colombia international was expected to complete a loan move to Turkey in the coming days, with his future at Emirates Stadium up in the air. whoops How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Not my retirement Re: “Probing CalPERS pensions” (Nov. 15): I am so tired of reading how the taxpayers are going to be in real trouble paying for all of the high pensions and benefits ‘a la’ CalPERS. All of the money does not come from taxpayers; there are also investments. And I want to know who gets annual pensions exceeding $100,000? When any of our politicians retire after working for a few years, they can get $100,000 annually. Please talk to the majority of civil service workers who retire, before printing out an article of how much money the taxpayers have to pay out. When I retired in ’94 at 52, my annual income from the state was about $5,000 annually. Say it like it is. Civil servants also pay taxes, so we are paying for a part of our retirements that way, as well as having money taken out of our checks for our retirement. – Joan Olear Burbank For students too Re: “Teachers say ‘Y’ not us?” (Nov. 15): When UTLA President A.J. Duffy makes a demand “for teachers,” he is making a demand for students as well. UTLA is demanding that class size be decreased in “Program Improvement” 4 and 5 schools. Reseda High School is a Program Improvement 3 school. This morning, I enrolled student No. 41 into my 8 a.m. government class. I was asked to take the new student because my enrollment number was low, compared with other classes. When Duffy speaks for me, he also speaks for the 41 students in my period-one class. – Ed Kaz Reseda High School Honeymoon is over The new mayor owes many thanks to the governor and the special election. If not for the governor and the election, his polling numbers would be dropping faster than his campaign promises. First the homeless get the current executive director of the ACLU. Then the 50,000 dogs and cats killed in city shelters get to keep Guerdon Stuckey. Now the children failing in LAUSD get kicked to the curb. I forgot the mayor did not say “when” he was going to break up the failed school district. The Opinion pages of the Daily News are having so many critical editorials on the mayor, one would think they are speaking about someone named Hahn. Keep it up; the honeymoon is over. – Dave Hernandez Valley Village Trash to cash Re: “Careful sorting can turn trash into green cash” (Nov. 11): I think the Recycle for Dollars program is a great way to educate the public on recycling, but what about apartment buildings and businesses. Are they forced to recycle? When last I heard, they were exempt from this program. How much would less trash to landfills affect our dependency on those landfills? I hope Councilman Greig Smith and his committee has that idea on their agenda. – Shirley Berg Arleta Democratic epiphany Re: “Public dollars should be used to serve all the people” (Nov. 16): Hurray for Mariel Garza! She came up with this novel idea that “Government workers and all other taxpayers should have equal access to public services that are built and funded with public money.” Originally, the Founding Fathers had an idea to call this “democracy.” Nonetheless, makes you wonder why she didn’t have this democratic epiphany when she applied for the DMV hybrid stickers that grant her special privileges to drive alone on the public-funded car-pool lanes while other solo motorists must suffer in separate, oppressive gridlock. Maybe the same American democracy that Governor Schwarzenegger is now trying to spread in China will eventually be instituted here in California. – Robert L. Rosebrock Brentwood Social equality So the voters like the unions. OK then, perhaps a bill forcing all workers and businesses tied to the construction industry and retail stores over a given size, like Wal-Mart, to be unionized. Now wouldn’t that be social equality. Come on, let’s try to level the playing field. – James Hartert Granada Hills The lesson here Re: “No pleasing teachers” (Your Opinions, Nov. 16): Contrary to this letter, there is no connection between Measure Y and teachers’ desire for a pay raise. The $4 billion bond to build new schools is necessitated by intense overcrowding. As for a pay increase, teachers speak to this issue as the professionals they are. A decent wage is fundamental. Not fighting for it would be tantamount to teaching, by example, fear and passivity. This is not a message teachers want to give themselves, or pass on. As for small class sizes, the writer is misinformed. Most teachers have 40-plus students per class. The small classes are primarily at the first- and second-grade levels, and as anyone who has taught knows, the dangers of classroom control increase with both size and age. – Jeanine D’Elia Granada Hills Downward wage spiral I wonder why local governments and unions are starting a campaign to demonize Wal-Mart. If they were truly concerned about making a living at a decent wage, their efforts would be better served if they pushed for enforcement of our labor laws and punish those that hire illegal immigrants. Most of my competitors in the manufacturing industry hire illegal immigrants in order to remain competitive. This practice forces me to lower my base rate and hire employees willing to work for lower wages and fewer benefits. Is it fair that those that play by the rules and hire American citizens or legal residents be put at a disadvantage by lawbreakers? Is it fair that my employees must work for less and receive fewer benefits because our government refuses to address the problem and enforce the law. – Eric Dresser Burbank Teacher’s workday In the recent election the voters swallowed the UTLA bait and bought into a $4 billion bond for “new and upgraded” schools. Is it a surprise to anybody that UTLA is now threatening the taxpayers with “whatever it takes” to get an across-the-board 3 percent raise? From a teacher interview in the Daily News and personal observation, the average teacher works a six-hour day. They also work a nine-month year. Six hours a day is three-fourths of a private sector workday. Nine months is three-fourths of a private sector work year. In other words, teachers work 9/16th of a private sector work year. Let’s assume teachers receive between $35,000 and $70,000 annually. If they were to work a full year, their salary range would be $62,222.00 to $124,444.00. Does UTLA really deserve a 3 percent raise? – Steve Krogh North Hills Gas price gouging As a struggling student commuting to college, I am just one of many that is being affected by the price gouging by the Exxon Mobil Corporation. With $25 billion in profits for the July-September quarter, I feel a windfall profit tax on all oil companies should be implemented immediately to compensate for the bad impact price gouging has had on small businesses, families, and college students like myself. – Kelly Palmer Westlake Village 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Re: “Baby steps toward reform” (Nov. 16): No one wants to take on LAUSD. Every time someone gets close, they back away. LAUSD needs to be reformed. I do not think it is the mayor’s job to do this. The job for reform needs to be given to people who have been inside a classroom teaching. I do not, however, support UTLA to do the job. This needs to come from the outside. True reform cannot be done unless you start all over again, with a clean house. The mayor says he wants to work with LAUSD officials, representatives from the 26 cities that are part of the district and others to develop change. I do not believe this will work. No one has been able to do anything about LAUSD and I really do not think anyone is brave enough to really do what has to be done to fix this district. Why not break up the district and create charter schools? – Stephanie Schwartz Canyon Country
Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher has been informed by the HSE that work is still ongoing and progressing in relation to Community X-ray facilities in Donegal Town Community Hospital and Dungloe Hospital.The HSE said work is progressing on Donegal Town and Dungloe with installation still ongoing for another 6 weeks and a further 2/3 weeks trialling required after that.Deputy Gallagher said “Whilst I welcome the confirmation that works are ongoing on the two units. I feel that the repairs are taking longer than earlier indicated by the HSE when in reply to my query in September 2017 the HSE indicated the units would be operational by December 2017 or early 2018 at the latest. “These further delays are leading to excessive periods whereby the services are no longer fully available in the community.“I have been informed by the HSE that the following applies to the two units in question.Donegal TownDonegal Town X-ray equipment has now been removed since late autumn 2017, with patient appointments transferred to Killybegs X-ray. The refurbishment of the X-ray department was to be complete and operational by December 2017 but it is now delayed until possibly early -March 2018 as per my recent reply from the HSE. DungloeX-ray facilities in Dungloe Hospital are subject to a similar delay – the HSE had informed me in late 2017 that the unit was to be operational by January 2018, it is now apparent that the unit will not be open until mid-March 2018 at the earliest. It is regrettable that these delays occur, as these X-ray units provide a vital service within our communities and the non-availability of these services to their full potential, does seriously impact on our communities and the patients who need to access such services.Pat the Cope said he understands that part of the delay was due to the failure by EPA to issue a response for the Licensing of the X-ray units, which accounted for some of the potential delay but the HSE nationally must put in place a protocol for repairing and replacing of X-ray units without having such excessive delays as what we have witnessed here in Donegal town and Dungloe.“It simply is not acceptable that units such as these X-ray units can be out of commission for periods of time such as we have witnessed in 2017, with at one stage 4 different community X-ray units out of commission.“Such breakdowns in service provision is not acceptable and I am asking the Department and the HSE to put in place a better more sensible and practical way of dealing with service outages. It is important that these facilities are maintained and upgraded to the highest possible standard at all times. “Community X-ray facilities are crucial to health service provisions in Donegal, as they provide services to patients in their own community and alleviate pressure from Letterkenny University Hospital,” he concluded.Delays in X-ray units in Donegal Town and Dungloe slammed was last modified: January 28th, 2018 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:Donegal TowndungloePat the Copex-ray