June Weather Update

first_img– Advertisement -The average daytime high for June is 19 point two degrees and, so far this year, we’re averaging 19 point four.The warmest day so far this month was the 2nd, when we reached a high of 25 point two degrees.However, that’s still well off the record high for the month, set onthe 17th, in 1969, when the temperature rose to 31 point sevendegrees. We’re already through more than a third of June but, theprecipitation total for the month is less, than 20 percent of the localarea norm.The official Environment Canada total through yesterday was 14 millimeters, in a month when the average is 71 point four.However, temperatures are running right in line, with the monthly norms.Advertisementlast_img read more

Moscow students make rare protest against World Cup

first_imgThe area will have concerts and entertainment for up to 25,000 fans as well a giant interactive screen for those without tickets to watch matches.It is being built in the park below the main building of Moscow State University — one of the city’s seven Stalinist skyscrapers — which overlooks the Luzhniki stadium where the opening match will be played on June 14 as well as the final on July 15.Many of the university’s over 6,000 students and employees are not thrilled about their campus hosting the fan zone because of the disruption and damage it will cause.“We started the protest when they told us last year our semester would be cut short because of the fan zone,” said Maria Shekoshkhina, a 26 year-old PhD student.Security services, she said, maintain that the university labs have to close for the World Cup period because of their work with radioactive materials.“There was also a risk that students will be moved out of their dorms to make way for the National Guard, like in other World Cup cities,” she added.– Cleaning up dissent –The protesting students won what appeared to be a partial victory earlier this year when Moscow authorities assured them this will not happen and moved the fan zone 300 metres (1,000 feet) further from the university.But Shekoshkhina said the university and city authorities have not fulfilled their promises and gone to “absurd” lengths to stop the student protests.When over 200 students protested on May 22, the university “spontaneously deployed” dozens of cleaners to disrupt the event.“There were also lots of FSB (the successor agency of the KGB) there,” Shekoshkhina added. “We’ve started to recognise them,” she laughed.Two students were arrested that day, though they were released shortly afterwards.When a sign directing visitors was recently defaced with a graffiti tag reading “No Fan Zone”, the police opened a criminal investigation instead of a usual administrative case.They said the damage came to over 65,000 rubles ($1,050, 900 euros).Three students were arrested, with social media saying one was taken by officers during an exam, but they were subsequently released.The university has taken to social media urging students not to take part in protests.– A protected area –Students are also worried that the fan zone will damage the university’s protected historic park in an area known as Vorobyovy Gory, or Sparrow Hills.“We’re not saying all football fans are wild animals, we just think putting 25,000 people in an area with protected nature is not a good idea,” said Ekaterina Palmina, a 19 year-old student wearing a “Stop the Fan Zone” badge.She pointed to areas where trees have been cut down and historic granite-lined walkways destroyed.Local green activists and ordinary Muscovites have supported the protest, with a petition addressed to Putin requesting the fan zone be moved reaching 14,000 signatures.The university’s biology department has been organising walks for Muscovites to see the damage already inflicted on the park.“Vorobyovy Gory to Muscovites is like the Bois de Boulogne for Parisians,” said Moscow urban activist Pavel Gnilorybov.“The work on the fan zone was rushed, even though Moscow has several other places that are better suited for this,” he added.– ‘Illegal’ construction –A month ahead of the opening of the games, two of Moscow’s local municipal councils called for the urgent relocation of the fan zone.Yelena Rusakova, an opposition deputy, said the fan zone is “completely illegal” as it lies within two protected areas: the university park and a city forest.“Authorities are ignoring its protected status,” Rusakova said.“FIFA says the World Cup should not damage the nature of the country that is hosting it,” she said.“That is exactly what is happening here.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The fan zone is being built in the park below the main building of Moscow State University — one of the city’s seven Stalinist skyscrapers — which overlooks the Luzhniki stadium where the opening match will be played on June 14 © AFP / Andrei BORODULINMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 8 – Construction of the World Cup fan zone outside Moscow’s top university is fuelling a rare protest in Russia as students worry thousands of partying football fans will destroy one of the capital’s few green spaces.The row pits students at Moscow State University against a recently re-elected President Vladimir Putin whose administration does not easily brook dissent and has gone all out to ensure the month-long football extravaganza goes off without a hitch.last_img read more

Cardiff’s Caulker set for medical at QPR

first_img Steven Caulker [right] 1 Steven Caulker will undergo a medical at Queens Park Rangers on Tuesday, talkSPORT understands.The Cardiff defender had been stalling on a switch to Loftus Road after QPR agreed a fee with the Championship side last week amid interest from a host of other Premier League teams.Crystal Palace, Southampton had Liverpool have all been linked with the 22-year-old.However, he has now made up his mind to join Harry Redknapp’s newly-promoted side.The former Tottenham centre-back, who worked under Redknapp at White Hart Lane, will put the finishing touches to the move today.He will become QPR’s second summer signing, following the free transfer arrival of Rio Ferdinand.last_img read more

Burbank sad to see `Tonight Show’ leave

first_img“Certainly they’ve been an important employer in our community,” City Councilman Dave Golonski said. “And I think it’s fortunate that they’re not going very far, so the Burbank residents who are employed by them are not going to be displaced.” The “Tonight Show” moved from New York to Burbank in 1972. Carson soon started calling the show’s new home “Beautiful Downtown Burbank,” borrowing a phrase from “Laugh-In” star Gary Owens. After NBC’s announcement that it will move the show, Owens, 70, was already musing about what the new line could be in Universal City. “They will have to say something like: the new NBC building, right across the street from Universal,” Owens said. Famous for cupping his ear during announcements, his ear was imprinted in concrete at NBC Studios, and Carson sidekick Ed McMahon would always park over that earprint. And Owens recalls reminiscing with Carson about their years in Omaha, Neb. Over the show’s Jay Leno years, Burbank residents have gotten used to seeing the car buff tooling around town or stopping for a bite to eat at a local restaurant. A park across the street from NBC is named after Carson, and Burbank has come to rely on the tourism dollars spent by those who come to watch the tapings. While standing in line for the show Wednesday, Richard Lyons of Westlake Village said while there might be more to see in Universal City, “What we’ll miss is using the old Johnny Carson stage and all the history behind that.” And Vicky Starkweather of Rancho Cucamonga said the show should stay in Burbank. “Carson was here,” she said. “It’s, like, tradition.” alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (818) 546-3304160Want 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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre That troubles him, he said, because in 1997, the city gave NBC the right to expand its Burbank facility by nearly 2 million square feet over 25 years. NBC never followed through, but if the company moves out of its 35-acre Burbank site, the new property owner could build it up using NBC’s master plan development rights. “None of this was anticipated when NBC was granted these entitlements for development,” he said. Its total number of workers varies with the seasons, but NBC has between 1,700 and 2,000 employees in Burbank, said Scott McGookin, the city’s economic development manager. It’s unclear how many of those jobs could leave town. BURBANK – The city known far and wide as the place former “Tonight Show” host Johnny Carson called “Beautiful Downtown Burbank” could be losing some of its name recognition. After NBC’s announcement Wednesday that it will move the show down the road to Universal City, locals in town reacted with disappointment. “The `Tonight Show’ … is a big deal to us and it’s a big part of our identity,” said City Manager Mary Alvord. With other parts of NBC also moving, City Councilman David Gordon said he anticipates that the entire operation will eventually leave Burbank. last_img

Realtors turn optimistic on prospects for 2008

first_imgWASHINGTON – Bucking conventional wisdom, a trade group for real-estate agents on Monday said the battered housing market is about to stabilize and inched up its outlook for 2007 and 2008 home sales. The revised monthly forecast from the National Association of Realtors, which followed nine straight months of downward revisions, calls for U.S. existing home sales to fall 12.5 percent this year to 5.67 million – the lowest level since 2002. Last month, the association predicted 5.66 million existing homes would be sold this year, down from 6.48 million last year. The group also forecast sales will rise in 2008 to 5.7 million, up from last month’s prediction of 5.69 million. Nevertheless, the Realtors group’s chief economist, Lawrence Yun, gave a positive outlook for job growth and the replacement of subprime lenders to borrowers with weak credit with government-backed loans as reasons for the improved outlook. While Yun acknowledged that housing prices soared relative to buyers’ availability to afford homes in places such as Miami and San Diego, he said housing “remains affordable in vast parts of the country” – particularly in the Midwest. The trade group also said its index that forecasts near-term home sales inched upward in October. The trade group’s seasonally adjusted index of pending sales for existing homes rose 0.6 percent to 87.2 from an upwardly revised September index of 86.7, but was down 18.4 percent from a year ago – the third-largest year-over year decline on record. The Realtors group also forecast the median price for U.S. existing homes – the point at which half sold for more and half for less – will sink by 1.9 percent to $217,600 this year and rise 0.3 percent next year to $218,300. If median prices fall this year, it will be the first price decline in the nearly 40 years. Other ways to measure national housing prices, such as the S&P/Case-Shiller index, already have shown price declines. A government index of national home prices marked a quarterly decline for the first time in 13 years in the third quarter. Home prices dipped 0.4 percent nationwide in the July-September period, compared with the previous quarter, the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight said.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 MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champNumerous other economists, however, are far less optimistic than the trade group. They predict weak sales and falling prices through 2008 and beyond and emphasize that those problems could worsen if the economy sinks into a recession. Patrick Newport, an economist at Global Insight, forecasts that home sales will drop from 5.66 million this year to 4.7 million in 2008 – 1 million fewer home sales than the real estate group’s forecast. “With the economy and job growth slowing … it is hard to believe that we have hit bottom,” Newport said in a note to clients Monday. “Our view is that prices need to drop further, and that housing activity will hit bottom about the middle of 2008.” Joel Naroff, chief economist for Commerce Bank, said the U.S. is 12-18 months away from a “normal housing market” in which sales are growing and prices are rising or stable. He said the trade group’s 0.2 percent revision to its sales forecast should be taken with a grain of salt, given the difficulty of projecting with any certainty. last_img read more

56% surveyed say warrants a must

first_img “We’re a nation of laws. … That means that everybody has to live by the law, including the administration,” said Ahr, 64, a Democrat who argues for checks and balances. “For the administration to simply go after wiretaps on their own without anyone else’s say-so is a violation of that principle.” The eavesdropping is run by the secretive National Security Agency, the government’s code-makers and code-breakers. Charles Franklin, a political science professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, said most people think that the eavesdropping is aimed at foreign terrorists, even when the surveillance is conducted inside the country. “They are willing to give the president quite a lot of leeway on this when it comes to the War on Terror,” said Franklin, who closely follows public opinion. Some members of Congress have raised concerns about the president’s actions, but none of those lawmakers who have been briefed on the program has called for its immediate halt. The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, GOP Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, has promised hearings this year. Five members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, including GOP Sens. Olympia Snowe of Maine and Chuck Hagel of Nebraska, have called for immediate inquiries. On top of that, a memorandum circulated Friday from two legal analysts at the Congressional Research Service concluded that the justification for the monitoring may not be as strong as the administration has argued. The NSA’s activity “may present an exercise of presidential power at its lowest ebb,” the 44-page memo said. Bush based his eavesdropping orders on his presidential powers under the Constitution and a September 2001 congressional resolution authorizing him to use military force in the fight against terrorism. The administration says the program is reviewed every 45 days and that Bush personally reauthorizes it. His top legal advisers argue its justification is sound. The issue is full of grays for some people interviewed for the poll, including home-builder Harlon Bennett, 21, a political independent from Wellston, Okla. He does not think the government should need warrants for suspected terrorists. “Of course,” he added, “we all could be suspected terrorists.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We’re at war,” Bush said during a New Year’s Day visit to San Antonio. “And as commander in chief, I’ve got to use the resources at my disposal, within the law, to protect the American people. … It’s a vital, necessary program.” According to the poll, age matters in how people view the monitoring. Nearly two-thirds of those between age 18 to 29 believe warrants should be required, while people 65 and older are evenly divided. Party affiliation is a factor, too. Nearly three-fourths of Democrats and one-third of Republicans want to require court warrants. Cynthia Ice-Bones, 32, a Republican from Sacramento, Calif., said knowing about the program made her feel a bit safer. “I think our security is so important that we don’t need warrants. If you’re doing something we shouldn’t be doing, then you ought to be caught,” she said. But Peter Ahr of Caldwell, N.J., a religious studies professor at Seton Hall University, said he could not find a justification for skipping judicial approvals. Nor did he believe the administration’s argument that such a step would impair terrorism investigations. WASHINGTON – A majority of Americans want the Bush administration to get court approval before eavesdropping on people inside the United States, even if those calls might involve suspected terrorists, an AP-Ipsos poll shows. Over the past three weeks, President Bush and top aides have defended the electronic monitoring program they secretly launched shortly after Sept. 11, 2001, as a vital tool to protect the nation from al-Qaida and its affiliates. Yet 56 percent of respondents in an AP-Ipsos poll said the government should be required to first get a court warrant to eavesdrop on the overseas calls and e-mails of U.S. citizens when those communications are believed to be tied to terrorism. Agreeing with the White House, some 42 percent of those surveyed do not believe the court approval is necessary. last_img read more

DONEGAL FAMILY’S BITTER DISPUTE OVER GRANDMOTHER’S WILL

first_imgA Donegal family are at the centre of a bitter dispute after three sons sued their father over their late grandmother’s will.The High CourtMr Justice Paul Gilligan described as an unfortunate family dispute a case brought by David, Paul and Denis Ginnane against their father John Ginnane. It arises out John’s intention to sell his late mother Agnes Ginnane’s home in Buncrana, to pay back monies owed to KBC Bank.Mrs Ginnane died in November 1996, and in a will made earlier that year, left the bulk of the estate to John, her only child. She also bequeathed IR£10,000 to each of her five grandchildren.The three brothers claimed they never got that money and only became aware of the contents of the will a few years ago.They claimed that prior to her death their father had took over their grandmother’s assets to the extent that by the time she passed away there was effectively nothing left to be administered in her estate.They claimed their parents went on a spending spree and acquired assets including new cars, a boat and made improvements to their home.However they got into financial difficulties following the economic crash, and the three brothers said they were galled that their grandmothers house, which had been mortgaged by their father, was effectively owned by a bank.As a result the three are seeking damages for alleged breach of duty and for alleged negligence.Their action is against their father John Ginnane, a bank official of Lohunda Park, Clonsilla, Dublin, who opposed the application. Urging the court to strike out the case Mr Ginnane denied any wrongdoing and said he had more than provided for his sons.He had to sell the house for €150,000 to restructure his mortgage to KBC and had found a buyer, he said.Proceedings were also brought against other parties including a solicitors firm that advised the late Agnes Ginnane, KBC Bank and the Property Registration Authority. The claims are denied.As part of their claim, Denis Ginnane, of Tir Danu, Cooragloon, Kells, Co Meath, Paul, with an address in Prague, and David, of Cockhill Road, Buncrana, initially wanted an injunction to be put in place preventing their father from selling the grandmothers home at Grianan Park, Buncrana, until the action has been determined by the court.On Wednesday, they told Mr Justice Gilligan they were happy for the property to be sold, and that the proceeds of the sale be lodged in court until the case has been finally determined.Mr Justice Gilligan refused to grant the brothers an injunction, and cleared the way for the house to be sold.He said the brothers’ application for an injunction was based on a number of misunderstandings.Before the late Mrs Ginnane died she entered into a joint tenancy in respect of the house in Buncrana with her son. The court could not see anything wrong with that transfer.In addition the bank accounts she used were in joint name of the late Mrs Ginnane and John Ginnane. On her death these assets all legally transferred to John Ginnane, the judge said.No evidence was put before the court to show there was anything untoward with this, the Judge said.While their grandmother had made provision for them in the will, it appeared at this stage there were no assets left in her estate at the time of her death.The Judge said it was an unfortunate dispute involving members of the same family. It was regrettable that attempts to resolve the matter resolved through mediation had not worked out, he said.Reminding the parties of the potential costs involved, the Judge added that careful consideration should be given about bringing the matter any further.DONEGAL FAMILY’S BITTER DISPUTE OVER GRANDMOTHER’S WILL was last modified: October 15th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:buncranaHIGH COURTwilllast_img read more

Arsenal ‘moving fast’ to sign Argentina ace for £26m

first_img Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Pavon was part of Argentina’s World Cup squad RANKED IN DEMAND targets Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Arsenal are moving to sign Cristian Pavon this summer, according to reports.Pavon, the Argentina winger, currently represents Boca Juniors in his homeland, and talkSPORT.com told you the other day how Arsenal had made a bid for him in January. Latest transfer news REVEALED According to AS, Arsenal manager Unai Emery is ‘moving fast’ to wrap up a deal for Pavon, with another bid of around €30m expected, as that is the value of the release clause in Pavon’s contact with Boca. LATEST Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January LIVING THE DREAM three-way race 2 Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father moving on Pavon is regarded as one of the finest young footballers in the world TOP WORK The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star 2 Emery has already completed three signings since his appointment as Arsenal’s new manager, with Stephan Lichtsteiner, the full-back, goalkeeper Bernd Leno, and centre-half Sokratis Papastathopoulos brought in from Juventus, Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund respectively. targets Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland The Gunners reportedly offered Boca £27million (€30m) for the 22-year-old, who was part of La Albiceleste’s squad at this summer’s World Cup.Despite no deal being completed for Pavon at that moment in time, Arsenal were known to keep their interest in the winger, and new reports suggest a new bid is imminent. Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer last_img read more

BREAKING NEWS: CHILD ABUSE SCANDAL – DONEGAL COLLEGE ASKED TO LEAVE UMBRELLA GROUP

first_imgColaiste Cholmchille in Donegal, the school where child sex abuser Michael Ferry had worked as a caretaker, has been asked to withdraw from membership of Irish college umbrella group CONCOS.The move comes as gardai began an investigation into an organised child sex ring amid claims dozens of young boys were abused for more than a decade by school caretaker Mr Ferry and other paedophiles.BREAKING NEWS: CHILD ABUSE SCANDAL – DONEGAL COLLEGE ASKED TO LEAVE UMBRELLA GROUP was last modified: July 20th, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more

DISSIDENT TERRORISTS THREATEN TO SHOOT DONEGAL BROTHERS, SAYS TD

first_imgTwo brothers from Co Donegal have been told they have 48 hours to leave the county by a group claiming to be dissident republicans, a TD said today.Gardaí made the two men aware of the threats to shoot them last night, said Padraig Mac Lochlainn.An organisation calling themselves the IRA are behind the threat, accusing the two brothers of being drug dealers. Sinn Féin TD for Donegal North-East, Padraig MacLochlainn met with the family last night.“They’ve been given 48 hours to leave Donegal or they will be shot,” Deputy MacLochlainn said today.“They are being accused of being drug dealers – I want to state clearly to those responsible that I believe these allegations to be entirely untrue.“I spoke to a number of members of the community where this family lives and they also believe these allegations to be untrue.”  DISSIDENT TERRORISTS THREATEN TO SHOOT DONEGAL BROTHERS, SAYS TD was last modified: November 5th, 2014 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:donegaldrugsIRAterroristslast_img read more