Dave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman looks ahead to Thursday night’s Euro 2016 qualifiers, with Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and Scotland all in action.Northern Ireland can book their spot at next summer’s finals by beating Greece at home and they are 6/4 for the victory.The Scots are 19/10 to beat Poland as they bid to keep alive their slim hopes of qualification but come up against a formidable striker in Robert Lewandowski, who is 25/1 to hit a hat-trick.The Republic of Ireland, meanwhile, take on Germany and they are 6/1 for a win which would clinch a play-off spot.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast
Slaven Bilic’s West Brom are set to face Nottingham Forest getty West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has described his side’s performance in the 4-1 defeat at Spurs as a ‘shock’.Bilic’s Hammers have beaten Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City already away from home this season but they were a pale shadow of the team that managed those dangerous and disciplined displays.It was against a Spurs side who are now unbeaten in their last 12 Premier League fixtures.Belgian centre-back Toby Alderweireld’s first-half header was sandwiched between Harry Kane’s double, with a late Kyle Walker beauty capping off the rout before the visitors’ Manuel Lanzini netted an even later consolation.Defensive errors continually put Slaven Bilic’s side in trouble at White Hart Lane and, now sitting sixth, they will need to rediscover their resilience if they are to remain in the European places.“A surprise is a word for something good – it was a shock. We deserved to lose 4-1,” Bilic said.“I thought we could come back in the second half because we created some good stuff but after the third goal, it just killed the game and to be fair after that it was all them.“We played really bad but we have to admit they played a really good game of football.“They were quicker than us, physically stronger than us, they grew in confidence and they were skilful also. No excuses, they were much better.” 1
1 Rafa Benitez will remain as manager of Real Madrid and is the ‘chosen one’, club president Florentino Perez has announced.Madrid had called a press conference on Monday following a board meeting to dissect the humbling 4-0 defeat to Barcelona at the Bernabeu on Saturday evening.There had been speculation that after falling-outs with players such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Perez would remove Benitez from his role, despite only appointing the former Liverpool boss in the summer.Following the weekend’s defeat, Madrid sit in third place, six points adrift of Barcelona at the top of the league.Perez said: “We have had a board meeting and analysed the sporting situation at Real Madrid. Rafa has all our support and all our confidence.“Rafa Benítez has all the ability and has only just started his job here. Let him keep working and he will achieve his objectives.“We had a very bad match, these things happen, but it wasn’t for a lack of attitude.“We are convinced that we have a great squad that will give much happiness to a fanbase that deserves everything. Rafa Benítez is the chosen one to bring success to this squad that since January has struggled. Now more than ever he needs the support of all of our followers.”When asked whether sacking Benitez was ever discussed, Perez responded: “I just said that. No one in the board has ever suggested that. We have unanimity. We have to let him work. Some players have been two months without playing; they need time. We need time for the team to work the way we would like.” Rafa Benitez
Jonathan Greening, the former Mancheser United midfielder, was sent off for York against Portsmouth on Tuesday night for catching Michael Doyle in the face with his elbow.Greening insisted after the game, which his side went on to lose 6-0, that he did not deserve to be sent off but Adrian Durham insists he got exactly what he deserved, describing it on Twitter as a ‘horrible challenge’.Have a look at the video above and let us know what you think…
This time, Cleveland. A 14-year-old suspended high school student entered Cleveland’s Success Tech Academy, a gun in each hand, and opened fire, wounding four. Later, we learn that the shooter’s past included violent confrontations, mental problems and at least one previous suspension. A month earlier he told a friend that he intended to shoot up the school. But no one, apparently, took his behavior seriously enough to notify authorities. Meanwhile, a high school teacher in Oregon, with a permit to carry a concealed weapon plus training, sought permission to carry her firearm to school. In fear of her ex-husband, against whom she filed and received two restraining orders, she wanted the ability to protect herself in the event he showed up. Furthermore, she argued that even without the fear of her ex-husband, the Second Amendment and Oregon state law allow her to carry her firearm to work. Her school district, however, prevents her from carrying a firearm to school. This raises a question. Do shooters consider schools “gun-free zones”? Do they consider it unlikely that any authority figure – whether teachers or, in some cases, security guards – poses an armed threat? But in some school shooting cases, guns helped to end shooting sprees and minimize loss of life and injury. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Edinboro, Pennsylvania. A 14-year-old middle school student opened fire at a school graduation dance being held at a local restaurant. The shooter killed one teacher and wounded two students and another teacher. The armed teenager was apprehended by the restaurant owner, who grabbed his own shotgun from his office and went after the shooter. Staring into the owner’s shotgun, the teen dropped his gun and surrendered. Grundy, Virginia. At Appalachian Law School, a disgruntled student on the verge of his second suspension entered a school building and shot and killed the dean and a professor. He then shot four students, killing one. Hearing the shots fired, two students, Michael Gross and Tracy Bridges, ran to their cars to retrieve their guns. With guns aimed at the shooter, Bridges ordered him to drop his weapon. When the shooter turned and saw Bridges’ gun, he laid down his weapon and put his hands in the air. (My pro-Second Amendment documentary, “Michael and Me,” goes into detail about this incident, as well as others.) Professor and economist John Lott checked 280 separate news stories in the week after the Appalachian Law School shooting, and found only four that mentioned the students who stopped the shooter had guns. The Washington Post, for example, said the students “helped subdue” the killer. Newsday wrote the shooter was “restrained by students.” The Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch, however, wrote that the shooter “was wrestled to the ground by fellow students, one of whom aimed his own revolver at (the killer).” Four months later, the Times-Dispatch detailed the students’ actions, including the second student’s use of a gun. What do felons think about an armed citizenry? A survey of convicted felons by the National Institute of Justice found 74 percent of the felons agreed that, “One reason burglars avoid houses when people are home is that they fear being shot during the crime.” The survey also asked these felons whether they had abandoned at least one crime because they feared the intended victim might be armed. Thirty-nine percent said they abandoned at least one crime; 8 percent had abandoned such a crime “many” times; 34 percent admitted being “scared off, shot at, wounded, or captured by an armed victim”; and nearly 70percent knew a “colleague” who had abandoned a crime, been scared off, been shot at, wounded or captured by a victim packing heat. A survey of 23,113 police chiefs and sheriffs across the country found that 62 percent of these top cops agreed that “a national concealed handgun permit would reduce rates of violent crime.” About 80 percent of rank-and-file police officers, according to polls, support the right of trained citizens to carry concealed weapons. Israel gets it. Since the 1970s, on school campuses in Israel, policy requires teachers and parent aides to arm themselves with semi-automatic weapons. The result? School shootings have plummeted to zero. As for Cleveland, would allowing authority figures to arm themselves have resulted in reduced casualties, or perhaps even deterred the shooter in the first place? No one can say for sure. But no doubt at least some Cleveland parents now believe the benefits of armed campus adults outweigh the costs. Larry Elder is an attorney, syndicated columnist and national radio talk-show host. He can be heard from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday on KABC-AM 790. His e-mail address is [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ 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! RIDGECREST (AP) – A minor earthquake swayed Kern County in Southern California early Wednesday. No injuries were reported. The magnitude-4.3 quake struck at 5:22 a.m. and was centered 15 miles north of Ridgecrest, the U.S. Geological Survey said on its Web site. Ridgecrest is about 110 miles northeast of Bakersfield. “It was a jolt and then a smooth roll,” said Kammy Rana, a dispatcher for the Ridgecrest Police Department. “It made the office sway slightly.”
WASHINGTON – Michael Mukasey drew closer to becoming attorney general Friday after two key Senate Democrats said they would vote for him despite his refusal to say whether waterboarding is torture. The decision by Sens. Charles Schumer and Dianne Feinstein to back President Bush’s nominee came shortly after the chairman of the committee, Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., announced that he would vote against Mukasey, a former federal judge. “This is an extremely difficult decision,” Schumer, D-N.Y., said in a statement, adding that Mukasey “is not my ideal choice.” In announcing her support for Mukasey, Feinstein, D-Calif., said “first and foremost, Michael Mukasey is not Alberto Gonzales,” referring to the former attorney general who resigned in September after months of questions about his honesty. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Including Leahy, five of the Judiciary Committee’s 10 Democrats had said they would vote against Mukasey’s confirmation after the nominee earlier this week refused to say that waterboarding, an interrogation technique that simulates drowning, is torture and therefore illegal. But with nine Republicans on the panel, Schumer and Feinstein’s support for Mukasey virtually guarantees that a majority of the committee will recommend his confirmation when it votes on it Tuesday. Leaders in both parties have said they expect Mukasey to get at least 70 votes when the full 100-member Senate votes on his confirmation. But Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., had said he would not bring it up for a vote without Judiciary Committee action first. Schumer’s announcement followed a private meeting Friday with Mukasey to discuss waterboarding. “I deeply oppose it,” Schumer said of waterboarding. “Unfortunately, this nominee, indeed any proposed by President Bush, will not agree with this. I am, however, confident that this nominee would enforce a law that bans waterboarding.” Schumer, who was Mukasey’s chief Democratic sponsor, said the retired judge told him that if Congress passes a law banning waterboarding “the president would have absolutely no legal authority to ignore such a law.” Schumer said Mukasey said he would enforce any congressional ban on the controversial interrogation method. Human Rights Watch called Schumer’s and Feinstein’s support for Mukasey “extremely disappointing.” Jennifer Daskal, the group’s senior counterterrorism counsel, criticized the two senators for “supporting a nominee for the position of America’s chief law enforcement officer who refuses to call waterboarding, which has been prosecuted as torture for over a hundred years, illegal.” “Mukasey appears more interested in protecting administration officials from possible prosecution than in providing a straight answer on the law – hardly the kind of independent legal adviser that America needs,” Daskal said. Additionally, the American Civil Liberties Union urged its supporters to call their senators and demand a vote against Mukasey. Torture is considered a war crime by the international community and waterboarding has been banned by the U.S. military, but CIA interrogators are believed to have used the technique on terror detainees as recently as a few years ago. Mukasey has called waterboarding personally “repugnant,” and in a letter to senators this week said he did not know enough about how it has been used to define it as torture. He also said he thought it would be irresponsible to discuss it since doing so could make interrogators and other government officials vulnerable to lawsuits.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
BREAKING NEWS: Largo Foods, which employs 140 people in Co Donegal, is to close its local operation.Local TD Dinny McGinley after government funding was announce for the Largo plant some years back.Shell-shocked workers at the Gaoth Dobhair plant, have just been told of the announcement.The company plans to move all its operations to its main plant in Ashbourne, Co Meath. It is understood that 70 employees will be given the chance to move to work in the Co Meath plant.Údarás na Gaeltachta said it is very disappointed at the announcement.Largo Foods currently employs 110 people on a full-time basis and 30 people on the part-time basis at the company’s manufacturing facility in the Gaoth Dobhair Business Park, Co. Donegal.Largo say they have made this decision based on a strategic review by the company of its manufacturing sites in Ireland and in the UK which focused on the need to consolidate its operations, reduces its overall costs, and to allow it to operate sustainably in a very competitive snack-food market. Currently, 85% of the products produced in Gaoth Dobhair is exported to the UK and further afield.Competition in the snack-based market has intensified in the last decade, and in past five years the company has been continuously attempting to develop and introduce new high value-added products to Gaoth Dobhair to sustain its operations there, but to limited success.Údarás na Gaeltachta has supported and worked closely with Largo Foods group companies in the last 18 years since they were established in Gaoth Dobhair.“We very much regret the implications that this proposal will have for Largo Foods’ employees in Gaoth Dobhair. An tÚdarás will prioritise its efforts and put in place a strategic marketing drive in a bid to attract new investment and employment opportunities to the Gaoth Dobhair Business Park,” said a spokesman. DEVASTATION AS LARGO FOODS TO CLOSE ITS DONEGAL PLANT was last modified: March 15th, 2014 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:Dinny McGinleyGaoth Dobhairjobslargo foods
The Sheridan Security Systems third Security Exhibition, which took place in the Mount Errigal Hotel over the last number of days has been described as another incredible success. The Security Exhibition which finishes later today, is designed to promote all areas of domestic and commercial security, providing advice and demonstrations on all the latest surveillance and alarm technologies. All aspects of security for both domestic and commercial markets were exhibited and demonstrated – from Wired to Wireless Alarms, High Definition IP Surveillance up to 29MP, Digital Video Recorders, Safes, Fire Fighting Equipment, Automatic Gates and much more.The Exhibition was attended by Ireland’s leading security experts and they were impressed with the quality of products on show at the exhibition.The exhibition allowed visitors to benefit from free advice based on a confidential conversation which will highlight how to tailor the technology to meet individual requirements.Admission to the exhibition was FREE of charge, so as expected large numbers descended on the exhibition to take the opportunity to come and discuss the individual requirements needed. Event organiser, Brendan Sheridan insisted vigilance in security measures has reached a level of paramount importance in recent years due to the increase in both commercial and domestic criminal activity.He told Donegal Daily, “With new technologies constantly coming onto the market the exhibition was the perfect opportunity to view some of the most powerful security solutions available, and speak to leading professionals about your requirements.“Thankfully the exhibition has been another brilliant success, it’s our third exhibition now and all three have been incredible successes.Sheridan Security Systems was founded in 2002 by Brendan Sheridan and has grown to become a leading provider of security systems in the North West with a reputation for excellence.The exhibition doesn’t finish until 6pm, so you’ve still got time to get the exhibition at The Mount Errigal Hotel. LEADING SECURITY EXPERTS HUGELY IMPRESSED WITH SHERIDAN SECURITY EXHIBITION was last modified: October 16th, 2014 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:BusinessFeaturesnewsSheridan Security