Keep the blinders on. It’s so easy to get distracted by flashy signs proclaiming big discounts. For $19.99 maybe you do need a new breadmaker. No! Stay focused by continually reviewing what is on your shopping list. Wear comfortable shoes. That’s a no-brainer. If you can’t walk, you can’t shop. There will be plenty of time to look cute in heels at upcoming holiday parties. Julia Scott is the savvy spender behind the Bargain Hunter blog at insidesocal.com/bargain or e-mail her at email@example.comWant 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 MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsDo your homework. Web sites like BFads.net list the Black Friday sale prices of many major retailers, including dozens of sale prices at Sears, Target, Wal-Mart, Costco, Home Depot, Kmart, Kohl’s and Toys “R” Us. Compare prices ahead of time to get the best deal and avoid scrambling between stores. You can also find coupons for sales on The Bargain Hunter, a Daily News blog written by yours truly, at insidesocal.com/bargain. Choose wisely. Plan which stores you are going to hit ahead of time because doorbuster specials sell out fast. Keep in mind which retailers you have a coupon for and remember most major department stores offer 10percent to 20percent off for opening a line of credit. Sleep later. Many retailers open at 12:01 a.m. Friday with specials that expire before daybreak. Scores of others open at dawn and offer their best deals from 6 to 8 a.m. Drink strong coffee and don’t dillydally. Stretch your greenbacks. Which gifts can you get the best price on because of a Friday-only sale? If an iPod is on your list, it can wait; iPods almost never go on sale. Focus on big-ticket items because 20percent off $300 is a lot more than 20percent off $30. Shop with a friend you trust. If a line gets too long, one of you can move on to another store while the other settles the bill for both of you. Save your receipts and cash out later. The countdown has begun. Not until Christmas, silly. Until stores across the region open before the crack of dawn so shoppers who have scarcely digested their turkey dinners can ring up Black Friday sales. Deals will abound but so will crowds and cranky cashiers. It may not be possible to eliminate all the hassles of Black Friday – one of the biggest shopping days of the year – but a little forethought can maximize your shopping time and your savings. First, make a plan. Write down gift ideas for everyone on your list. You will need backups in case an item is sold out, too pricey, or just doesn’t look right (like the sweater you got last year from Grandma).
BAGHDAD, Iraq – A U.S. Muslim group appealed Saturday for the release of American journalist Jill Carroll as a deadline set by kidnappers passed with no word on her fate. At least 12 Iraqis died in bombings and shootings nationwide. The U.S. military said Saturday that a suicide car bomber killed two American Marines a day earlier in the volatile Anbar provincial town of Haqlaniyah, northwest of Baghdad. Sunni Arab politicians, meanwhile, said they were ready for talks to join a new government of national unity, which the United States considers a necessary step to curb the Sunni-led insurgency and pave the way for American forces to go home. A top Shiite said the Sunni Arabs could join the government only if they agreed to help combat the insurgency. Sunni politicians also said they would appeal results of the Dec. 15 election to a judicial commission, which has two weeks to rule on the challenges. The appeals are unlikely to affect the results but could delay the convening of parliament. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Two members of the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations flew to Baghdad on Saturday to seek the release of Carroll, a 28-year-old freelancer for the Christian Science Monitor abducted Jan. 7 in Baghdad. “We are the only people who have come from outside of Iraq to call for Jill’s release and we are very hopeful they will hear our message on behalf of American Muslims,” the group’s executive director, Nihad Awad, said at Baghdad International Airport. “Harming her will do them no good at all. The only way is to release her.” The delegation had hoped to meet with Iraqi Muslims to explore ways to win the journalist’s freedom. But the representatives were unable to obtain safe transport into the city and instead spoke by telephone with Iraqi figures. They planned to return to neighboring Jordan today, but a sandstorm threatened to stop all flights and leave them stranded. Carroll was leaving the office of prominent Sunni Arab politician Adnan al-Dulaimi when her car was waylaid, her translator was killed and she was abducted. The driver escaped. The journalist has since been seen only in footage obtained and aired by Al-Jazeera TV station Tuesday. Her kidnappers, identified as a previously unknown group called The Revenge Brigade, threatened to kill Carroll if all Iraqi female prisoners were not released within 72 hours. Maj. Gen. Hussein Ali Kamal said “intensive and earnest efforts” were under way to find the kidnappers, who have issued no word since the deadline passed Friday night. An Iraqi official said six of the nine women under U.S. detention were expected to be released this week. The U.S. did not confirm the release plans. The official, Deputy Justice Minister Busho Ibrahim Ali, said the releases and ongoing investigations for the other three women had been tentatively planned before the kidnappers’ ultimatum. “I am making some contacts with the American side to hasten their release because this action might help hastening the release of the kidnapped journalist,” Ali told The Associated Press. More than 240 foreigners have been taken hostage – either by insurgents or gangs – since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein. At least 39 have been killed. News of another high-profile abduction surfaced Saturday when footage of Hussein Sabah, the son of the secretary to Iraqi Defense Minister Saadoun al-Dulaimi, a Sunni, aired on al-Arabiya TV station. The kidnappers of Sabah, who was abducted about 10 days ago in Baghdad’s Mansour suburb, demanded that the Iraqi government end its cooperation with the United States. A U.S. official said Shiite politicians recognized the need to include minority Sunnis in the new government. But the official, who briefed reporters on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue, said Sunni Arab leaders must denounce insurgent violence and ensure that rebel groups lay down their arms. A key Shiite leader, Hussain al-Shahristani, told the British Broadcasting Corp., that Sunni Arabs would be welcome in a new government if they agreed “not only to condemn terrorism” but to “work with us in combating” it. Coalition talks are expected to begin in earnest following Friday’s announcement of election results. The Shiite United Iraqi Alliance captured 128 of the 275 seats – not enough to rule without partners. 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 MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Life Figure Sessions, 2:30-5:30 p.m. the second Sunday of each month at Cedar Centre Hall, 44857 Cedar Ave. Cost: $5; students with ID are admitted free. Teen Care and Support Group, for teens who have lost a family member or friend, will meet, 6:30 p.m. at Desert Vineyard Christian School, 1011 E. Ave. I, Room 302, Lancaster. Call (661) 945-2777. Palmdale Moose Lodge, 3101 E. Ave. Q, Palmdale, will host bingo games beginning at 1 p.m. Call (661) 947-6777. Revealing Truth, a meditation and spiritual discussion, 4:45-6:15 p.m. Call (661) 723-9967. Antelope Valley Chess Club will meet, 1-5 p.m. at American Legion Post 771, 39463 10th St. E., Palmdale. Call (661) 726-1323. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.sava-na.org. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 5-6 p.m. at 44960 Cedar Ave., Lancaster. Call (661) 789-5806. MONDAY Beyond the Light, a socialization and support group for young adults, ages 17 to 25, with mental health issues, will meet, noon-1 p.m. at Transitional Youth Services, 104 E. Ave. K-4, Lancaster. Call Bill Slocum at (661) 947-1595. Jazzercise classes, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at George Lane Park, 5520 W. Ave. L-8, Quartz Hill. Call (661) 722-7780. Snyders Dance Groove will give ballroom, Latin, country and swing dance lessons, 6-8:30 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster. For ages 40 and up. Cost: $3 per person. Call (661) 609-6510. Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672. Co-Dependents Anonymous Step Study will meet, 6-7 p.m. at Antelope Valley Hospital, multipurpose meeting room, second floor, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 944-4927. 12 Step Recovery Groups for alcohol and drug addiction, co-dependency, relationship addiction, overeating, fear and anxiety issues, meets, 7 p.m. at Desert Vineyard Christian Fellowship, 1011 E. Ave. I, Lancaster. Call (661) 945-2777. The Palmdale Elks Lodge, 2705 E. Ave. Q, Palmdale, will host bingo at 5:30 p.m. The grill will be open. Call (661) 947-2027. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 6-7 p.m. at Lancaster United Methodist Church, 918 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 722-0393. Co-Dependents Anonymous will host a 12-step recovery program, 7:30-9 p.m., at Antelope Valley Hospital, multipurpose meeting room, second floor, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 944-4927 or (661) 946-5846. Grief Recovery Outreach Group will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700 or visit www.frf.av.org. Adult Anger Management Group will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700. The Highs and Lows, a support group for those diagnosed with manic depression or related disorders, will meet, 7-9 p.m. at Lutheran Church of the Master, 725 E. Ave. J, Lancaster. Al-Anon will have a discussion, 7 p.m. at 51st Street West and Avenue K, Lancaster. Child care provided. Call (661) 274-9353 or (800) 344-2666. Take Off Pounds Sensibly Chapter 572 will meet, 9-11 a.m. at the Mayflower Gardens chapel, 6570 W. Ave. L-12, Quartz Hill. Call (661) 943-3089. Early bird bingo games will begin at 6 p.m. with regular games beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Elks Lodge, 2705 E. Ave. Q, Palmdale. Call (661) 947-2027. Early bird bingo games will begin at 6:30 p.m. with regular games beginning at 7 p.m. at Paraclete High School, 42145 30th St. W., Lancaster. Call (661) 943-3255, Monday evenings: (661) 943-1017. Billiard Gang for seniors will meet, 9:15 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Flex and stretch, a workout for seniors, 8-9 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Bring a floor mat and hand weights. Call (661) 267-5551. Parent support group will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 1529 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite 203, Palmdale. The facilitated group is for parents who need help coping with family issues. Call (661) 266-8700. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW Concept will meet, 6 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38530 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 273-1016. Expectant parents can tour the Antelope Valley Hospital obstetrics department, 1600 W. Ave. J in Lancaster, and get information on what to expect during hospitalization, at sessions starting at 6 p.m. Visitors meet in the main lobby. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.sava-na.org. TUESDAY J&J Social and Travel Club weekly league bowling, 6-8 p.m. at Sands Bowl, 43323 Sierra Highway, Lancaster. Call (661) 267-2586. Business Network International B2 Bombers chapter will meet, 12:15 p.m. at Eduardo’s restaurant, 819 W. Palmdale Blvd., Palmdale. Call (661) 609-1288 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The organization’s Web site is at www.bni-scav.com. Prostate Cancer Support Group meets, 12:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Lutheran Church of the Master, 725 E. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call Susan Baker at (661) 273-2200. Toddler story time for children ages 2-6, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 39228 10th St. W., Palmdale. Call (661) 272-9134. Celebrate Discovery, a Christian-based 12-step program, will meet, 6:30 p.m. at Palmdale United Methodist Church, 39055 10th St. W., Palmdale. Call (661) 947-3103. Jazzercise classes, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at George Lane Park, 5520 W. Ave. L-8 in Quartz Hill. Call (661) 722-7780. Lupus International Support Group meets, 6:30-8 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in Palmdale. Call Danielle Duffey at (888) 532-2322, Ext. 4. Successful Anger Management course, 7-9 p.m. in Lancaster. Call (661) 538-1846. Sand Creek Orators, Toastmaster International meets, 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at Hummel Hall, 2200 20th St. W., Rosamond. Call Miik Miller at (661) 256-0328. Caregiver Support Group will meet, 5:30-7 p.m. in Conference Room 1 at Lancaster Community Hospital in Lancaster. Sponsored by ProCare Hospice. Call (661) 951-1146. Tears in My Heart Support Group will meet, 10:30 a.m.-noon and 5:30-7 p.m. at ProCare Hospice, 42442 10th St. W., Suite D, Lancaster. Call (661) 951-1146. Rocketeers Toastmasters meets, 1:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at the Air Force Research Laboratory. Call Pam Raneri at (661) 275-5287. Pancho Barnes Composite Squadron 49, Civil Air Patrol, will meet, 6-8:30 p.m. at Rosamond Sky Park, 4171 Knox Ave., Rosamond. Call (760) 373-5771. Antelope Valley Archaeology Club will meet, 9:30-11 a.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5656. Grief Support Group will meet, 5:30-7 p.m. at the Hoffmann Hospice, 1832 W. Ave. K, Suite D-1. Call (661) 948-8801. Toastmasters Sand Creek Orators Club meets, 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 2500 Orange St., Rosamond. Call Miik Miller at (661) 256-0328. Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672. Snyders Dance Groove meets, 6-8:30 p.m. the first and second Tuesdays of each month at the Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster. Cost: $2. Call (661) 609-6510. Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) meets, 9-11:30 a.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month for brunch, speakers and crafts at Central Christian Church, 3131 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Cost: $6 per meeting, plus $2 per child for child care. Scholarships are available. Call (661) 945-7902. 12 Step Recovery Group for alcohol and drug addiction will meet, 7 p.m. at Desert Vineyard Christian Fellowship, 1011 E. Ave. I, Lancaster. Call (661) 945-2777. American Indian Little League will meet, 7 p.m. at HomeTown Buffet, 422 W. Ave. P. Call Harry Richard at (661) 267-2259. High Desert Woodworkers Club meets, 6:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at Denny’s restaurant, 2005 W. Ave. K, Lancaster. Call (760) 240-4705. Grief/Bereavement Group will meet, 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. at ProCare Hospice, 42442 10th St. W., Suite D, Lancaster. Call (661) 951-1146. Youth Anger Management Group for ages 8-11 will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700 or (800) 479-CARE, or visit the Web site: www.frf.av.org. Plane Talk Toastmasters will meet, noon-1 p.m. at the Lockheed Federal Credit Union, 1011 Lockheed Way, Palmdale. Call (661) 572-4123. Harmony Showcase Chorus of Sweet Adelines International will rehearse, 7:30 p.m. at 44857 Cedar Ave., Lancaster. The group is part of an international organization of women who sing four-part harmony. Call (661) 273-0995, (661) 285-1797 or (661) 940-3109. Al-Anon will hold a discussion, noon at 1737 E. Ave. R, Room 104, Palmdale, and at 7 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, Room 704, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-9353 or (800) 344-2666. Cardio Knockout Blast, a workout for seniors, 8-9 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Bring a floor mat. Call (661) 267-5551. Billiards Gang for seniors, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program representative will be available, 1-3 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551 for an appointment. Tumbleweed Card Club for seniors will play canasta, pinochle and other games, 1-4:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Line dancing, 6-7 p.m. for beginners and 7-8:30 p.m. for intermediate dancers at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Palmdale Youth Council will meet, 5:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Parks and Recreation office, 38260 10th St. E., Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5611. Sierra Club will offer one- to two-hour conditioning hikes leaving at 6 p.m. from the Palmdale Park and Ride lot, Avenue S at the Antelope Valley Freeway. Moderately conditioned beginning hikers are welcome. Call (661) 273-2761. Expectant parent tours of the Antelope Valley Hospital obstetrics department will start at 6 p.m. from the hospital lobby, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 7-9 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1821 W. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster. Beginners will meet at 7 p.m. Call (661) 948-2571. Hotline: (661) 789-5806. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW Concept will meet, 10:30 a.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38530 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-4178. Also in Lancaster, 6:30 p.m. at Sunnydale School, 1233 W. Ave. J-8. Call Karen at (661) 723-9331. Overeaters Anonymous – HOW Concept! will meet, 7:15 p.m. at Robin’s Law Office, 203 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 949-9192. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.sava-na.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TODAY Nicotine Anonymous will meet, 8-9 p.m. at Seventh-day Adventist Church, 43824 30th St. W., Lancaster. Call (661) 946-7606. Buklod ng Pagkakaisa (Bond of Unity) Seniors’ Social Hour, 4-7 p.m. the first Sunday of each month at the Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster. Meetings feature films, talks, singalongs, talent shows and dancing. Call (661) 723-7876 or (661) 726-5309. Costume Figure Sessions, 2:30-5:30 p.m. the fourth Sunday of each month at Cedar Centre Hall, 44857 Cedar Ave. Cost: $5; students with identification are admitted free. 40 and Up Singles dance, 6:30-10:30 p.m. Sunday at Lancaster Elks Lodge, 240 E. Ave. K, Lancaster. Admission: $5 for members, $7 for nonmembers. Call (661) 949-9467 or 723-4891.
RaphoeRAPHOE NOTES:Raphoe Family Resource Centre:Welcome back!We would like to welcome back all of the members of our groups after the Christmas holiday period. For children and young people the Afterschool Programme, Young Boys Group, Young Girls Group, the Youth Café and Learning Support Groups have all resumed as has our ‘Little Smiles Parent & Toddler Group. We would like to thank our 2 Tús General Workers, Aidan and Damien for painting such colourful murals in the Volt House Hall which now add to the setting for our babies and toddlers. The Thursday morning Walking Group, the Women’s Group, and the ‘Something Special’ Support Group have also started back for the New Year ahead as has the Roots of Empathy Programme in Raphoe Central National School.Hip-hop dancing with Sinead continues on Tuesday evenings from 6.45-8.45pm as does Yoga with Jane (Thursday 4-5pm) and Irish Dancing with McCaul Academy (Thursday 5-6pm).If you are an older person or person with mobility difficulties our ‘Helping Hands’ Tús Workers are available to carry out odd jobs outside your home. For further information on ‘Helping Hands’ please contact Laura on 074-9145796/087-3641503.Seniors Alert SchemeThe objective of the Seniors Alert Scheme is to encourage community support for vulnerable older people in our communities through the provision of personal monitored alarms to enable older persons of limited means to continue to live securely in their homes with confidence, independence and peace of mind.Funding is available under the scheme towards the purchase of equipment by a registered organisation i.e. personal alarm and/or pendant. The associated monitoring and service charges must be paid by the participant.A person will be eligible if he or she is:• Aged 65 years or older; and• Of limited means or resources; and• Living alone, living with another person who meets the eligibility criteria; and• Resides within geographical area of the relevant registered organisation; and• Able to benefit from the equipment supplied; and• Are prepared to maintain contact with the registered organisation.Raphoe Family Resource Centre has now taken over the administration of the Scheme. Therefore, if you or anyone you know are eligible for the scheme please do not hesitate to contact Laura at Raphoe Family Resource Centre on (074)9145796 or 0873641503 or alternatively call into our office located on the second floor of The Volt House, Raphoe. We would like to take this opportunity to thank The Friday Club based in The Volt House for all its excellent work with this Scheme going back many years.Make 1 Change Campaign 2016The 2016 “Make 1 Change” Campaign was launched in the Educate Together National School in Letterkenny. The Campaign, which is an initiative of the Parent Hub, Donegal, asks parents to make one small change to improve family life as part of their New Year’s Resolutions. The Campaign has been very successful since its launch in 2014 and past participants have commented on the benefits of making small changes to overall family functioning. One parent who partook in the Campaign in 2015 said, “This has helped us to re-evaluate our time and made us realize that we had not been spending as much time together. As with most families today, having access to computers and TV etc., we forgot what it was like to bring things back to basics and start baking together and going for walks. It’s made us a lot closer and I think it’s a fantastic idea to help family’s think about their spare time and the importance of strengthening relationships and spend much needed quality time with our kids by having fun together. The memories are priceless for them and for us adults.”In the past families have committed to changes such as spending more time outdoors together, eating meals together, spending less time on electronic devices, spending more time talking to each other, playing board games and watching family movies together. Parents have also committed to reading to younger children or starting to develop an interest they can do together with older children. The aim of the Campaign is to highlight the importance of family life and how we all need to work at keeping the lines of communication open with our children and young people. All families who commit to making a change are entered into a free draw for family friendly prizes which include a 3 month family membership for Aura Leisure Centre, Family Passes for Century Cinema, Vouchers for Arena Seven and Entrance to Tropical World.This year numerous schools across the county have committed to promoting the Campaign through their Websites or by sending out the Make One Change Leaflets to families. If you have not received a leaflet through your school you can get information on the Campaign by going on to the ParentHub Facebook page at https//www.facebook.com/parenthubdonegal. Parents can also email email@example.com with the Change they are committing to be entered in the free draw. The closing date for receipt of entries is the 15th January 2016.The Parent Hub would like to thank all those who have sponsored prizes in this year’s Campaign.BTEI Care in the CommunityDonegal Education and Training Board will be delivering Care in the Community QQI (FETAC) Level 5 in Raphoe in the New Year. Elements include Care Skills, Occupational First Aid, Patient Handling and Manual Handling. The module will be run through the Back to Education Initiative (BTEI) that provides part-time further education programmes for young people and adults. The aim is to give people an opportunity to combine a return to learning with family, work and other responsibilities.Anyone who has left full-time education can take part. However, priority will be given to those with less than upper second level education. Certification is offered to all participants.Objectives of the module include: to assist the participants to recognise the different types of clients needing care, different types of care needs and the differing care needs of clients; to enable participants to develop the necessary knowledge to respond effectively to clients’ individual needs with their involvement and their use of choice; to assist participants to acquire practical skills in the area of client personal care; to enable participants to develop the knowledge and skills required for the maintenance of a safe, healthy and hygienic environment for clients.For further information please contact Siobhan Coughlan, BTEI Learner Support Worker on 074-9725520 or email firstname.lastname@example.orgRaphoe Boxing ClubCongratulations goes to Raphoe’s Ballindrait based power puncher Tom Doherty who was crowned Ulster Nine-County Novice Champion on Sunday last at the championships held in Newtownstewart, Co. Tyrone. Well done Tom from all your Club mates.The winners of the Club’s Christmas fundraising draw were 1st Prize – Lorraine Doherty, Ballindrait; 2nd Prize – Christian McCullagh, Raphoe; 3rd Prize – Joshua McNamara, Raphoe and 4th Prize -Tom Doherty, Ballindrait. Very special thanks go to Ciaran McCullagh, Siobhan Lafferty and Christy O’Donnell who kindly sponsored the prizes and to everyone who bought tickets. Your support is greatly appreciated. It is a very busy time ahead for club boxers as Dennis Lafferty will be in action at the Maldron Hotel, Derry on Friday 15th January and Tom Doherty will be in action at a major tournament on the same night at the Halfway House, Burnfoot.Raphoe New Years’ Day 5kRaphoe Road Runners hosted a very successful 5K on New Years’ Day and were delighted with the turnout and support from the local community and the local Running Clubs. A big thank you to everyone who helped especially Gary McCullagh and Peter O’Donnell of the Boxing Club, Chloe Magee, the Gardaí, Edward Coyle, Mark McCarron, Reynolds of Raphoe, Raphoe Scout Troop, the Stewards and Marshals who ensured safety on the day, Mike Kelly for the Railings, Tom Thompson, Neil Martin and the Local Community who helped in any way and who came out on the day to support our 5K, all Running Clubs for supporting us, Registration personnel and the Time Keepers. The Raphoe Road Runners themselves who provided spot prizes and a big Thank You to our sponsors who provided the overall category prizes and who were mentioned on the day. Proceeds of the Run will go to The Friday Club, who provide a very good service for our Senior Citizens in Raphoe. Donations will be made to the Raphoe Scout Troop, The Boxing Club and The Raphoe Community Playground. Slimming World RaphoeDo you want to live happy and feel great? Find out how at Raphoe Slimming World. Come join our warm and friendly group every Tuesday night in the Cathedral Hall at 7.00pm. Make 2016 your year to live happy, get healthy and feel great. Contact Geraldine on 086-3348048.Please note that items for the Raphoe Notes should be placed in the box provided in the Post Office on or before 12 noon on Fridays. Items can also be emailed to email@example.com or handed in to the Family Resource Centre, The Volt House. Items should be submitted at least one week in advance of publication of local press.DD LOCAL: LOADS TO DO IN RAPHOE THIS JANUARY was last modified: January 8th, 2016 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)
Minor A Championship Semi FinalsGoals proved the difference in O’ Donnell Park as St Eunans beat Mc Cumhaills 6.16 to 1.14, the Letterkenny lads built up a huge first half lead, the Mc Cumhaills lads were a much improved team in the second half but they left themselves too much of a mountain to climb and it was St Eunans who progressed to the final.In the other semi final Buncrana were much too strong for Carndonagh and ran out convincing winners, Carndonagh tried hard but were no match for this talented Buncrana team. Minor B ChampionshipSetanta and Aodh Ruadh had a great battle in the Cross, there were was never more than the puc of a ball between the sides, Aodh Ruadh were reduced to 14 men mid way through the first half, at half time the home team led 1.4 to 1.3, scores were traded evenly throughout the second half, Aodh Ruadh equalised with a couple of minutes to go and the game ended in a draw 1.10 a piece a fair result on the night.HURLING: EUNAN’S BEAT MacCUMHAILLS IN MINOR CHAMPIONSHIPS SEMI-FINAL was last modified: July 8th, 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)
4 4 The Leicester players arrive in Bangkok on Sunday to pay their respects Schmeichel joined Leicester in 2011, the summer after Srivaddhanaprabha had bought the club.The Denmark international has since played over 300 games for the Foxes and was a huge figure in Leicester’s 2015-16 title-winning season, one of the most remarkable underdog success stories in the whole of sport.Schmeichel said he was “shaking” in the warm-up at Cardiff and he was clearly emotional as the Leicester playing squad and staff stood around the centre circle before kick-off to observe a minute’s silence.“It was tough,” Schmeichel said.“But we wanted to do it for the chairman and his family. We wanted to be together about this, because we’ve all lost what feels like a family member. huge blow Kasper Schmeichel described last week as one of the toughest in his life Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move They will return in time to prepare for Saturday’s home game against Burnley, the first match to be played at the King Power Stadium since the tragedy.“We talked in the dressing room that there was really no need for game-plans, tactics, all that. It was about controlling our emotions,” Schmeichel said of the Cardiff win.“We’ve had great times, but this was different. It felt like a cup final. I haven’t really known a feeling like it on the pitch.“I was just really glad to have won, because for someone to have an impact on so many lives is quite unique. The impact he’s had on my family has been amazing and I’m proud to be part of his family.” no dice “He brought everybody here and none of this – the memories, this family he’s built, the culture he’s instilled – would be here without him.“When he took over this club it was in a pretty precarious situation, and to build what he has is quite amazing.“It’s one thing building a team and a club that can perform on the pitch, but we’re more proud of the family that he’s created and the feeling he’s instilled in everybody being welcome.“It doesn’t matter who you are or what kind of position you have at the club. Whether it be player, staff, stadium staff, security – whatever it may be – everyone is equal and part of the family.”The Leicester players and staff flew to Thailand after Demarai Gray’s second-half strike had secured the points in the Welsh capital. RANKED ADVICE Kasper Schmeichel struggled with his emotions before the Cardiff match BEST OF 4 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Demarai Gray scored the winner against Cardiff Latest Football News Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel admits he may never forget witnessing the helicopter crash which killed club chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.Schmeichel travelled to the owner’s funeral in Thailand along with his team-mates after they returned to action with a 1-0 victory at Cardiff on Saturday. Schmeichel saw the accident in which Srivaddhanaprabha and four others died following the Premier League game with West Ham on October 27.“I was on the pitch and I waved him off,” Schmeichel said.“I saw it all happen. It is something that will stay with me, unfortunately. It’s not a nice memory but I’ve had all the support that I need.“The club has been great and everybody has received the support that they needed.” Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 4 MONEY REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card
THERE’S Mohammed Ali – then there’s incredible Allie!That’s Allie – or Allannah Sweeney to give the latest Donegal sporting sensation her full title.Allie picked up titles in two different sports on Sunday Firstly Allie was crowned 9-county Ulster boxing champion.Then the 13-year-old helped Red Hughs win the U13 ladies gaelic football title – the club’s first ladies county title.“I have to say am a very very very proud mum,” said Allie’s mother Maria.“She was a champion twice on the one day first with her nine counties title in her boxing and then her gaelic team won the under 13 final.” Red Hughs manager Maura McCrudden said: “Allie is a super girl, a brilliant boxer and a brilliant gaelic footballer.“She dashed from the boxing match in Derry which was at 11am to the gaelic match in Donegal Town.“She shows incredible commitment – so delighted for her for making such an effort.”INCREDIBLE ALLIE! DONEGAL GIRL WINS ULSTER BOXING CROWN AND GAELIC FOOTBALL TITLE ON SAME DAY! was last modified: October 18th, 2015 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:Allie SweeneyBOXERRED HUGHS.
INF president, Molly Rhone, making the announcement this week (Agency Photo)South Africa will host the 2023 Netball World cup, four years after the upcoming edition mid this year.This was confirmed after the African nation beat four times world champions, New Zealand in the final round of bidding.The two countries (South Africa and New Zealand) made bid presentations in Singapore late last year where the International Netball Federation (INF) effectively had to decide.Molly Rhone, president of the International Netball Federation (INF), said hosting the tournament in South Africa would have “a greater impact” as reported by BBC.“We were delighted to receive two exceptional bids and the INF Board was satisfied that both Netball New Zealand and Netball South Africa would be capable of hosting a successful and thrilling NWC2023,” Rhone said.“The INF Board decided that the significant investment the South African Government and Western Cape were prepared to make over the next four years in netball facilities and coaching programmes in South Africa, the African continent and beyond would deliver a greater impact on the development of global netball.After years of the showpiece eluding the ‘Dark Continent’ it will be the first time that the Netball World cup is hosted in Africa.South Africa was the first African country to host the FIFA World Cup, the Cricket World Cup and the Rugby World Cup and will now add the netball showpiece to the list.About R2.5 billion is expected to be invested by the South African government to have a successful tournament.Comments Tags: Molly RhoneNetball World Cup
The legendary Phil Coulter is returning to Mulroy Woods Hotel Milford this August 5th for a special concert. To celebrate the show, the Mulroy Woods team are hosting a competition where a lucky fan can be in with a chance of winning two tickets!All you have to do is book before August 1st and you will be entered into a draw to win back the price of your tickets. Tickets are on sale now priced at €30, call 0749153313 to book. Sunday 5th August will be an evening not to be missed, as Phil Coulter will sing from his repertoire of songs with Geraldine Branagan and Dean Maywood supporting.Phil Coulter is one of Ireland’s favourite songwriters, best known for hits including The Town I Loved So Well, Ireland’s Call and Scorn Not His Simplicity.Doors open 8pmEntry to the concert €30Dinner & Entry €65.00 per personBooking is essential, book early to avoid disappointment. Call 0749153313 to book now.Also coming to the Muloy Woods is Country Star Roly Daniels on his Summer Country Tour. The show on Friday 24th August 2018 will be a lively and entertaining concert with support from Owen Mac & David James with The Celtic Storm Band.Doors open 7.30pmEntry to the concert €25Booking is essential, book early to avoid disappointment. Call 0749153313 to book now.Join one of Ireland’s top entertainers and singers, Roly Daniels for a nostalgic show by one of our true greats. Roly will perform his biggest hit songs like Mr Jones, I will love you all my life and Hello Darling to name but a small few in the company of super live band, Keltic Storm.Keep an eye out for upcoming plans for the North West Truckfest at Mulroy Woods Hotel too! Follow the Facebook page for the latest announcements and events: www.facebook.com/mulroywoodshotelHere’s how you can win tickets to Phil Coulter at Mulroy Woods Hotel! was last modified: July 26th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:competitionconcertMulroy Woods HotelMUSICPhil coulter
What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… Related Posts michael j petrucelli China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Tags:#Entrepreneurs#goverment#international#startups How to Get Started in China and Have Success Guest author Michael J. Petrucelli is the founder and executive chairman of iClearpath, an online immigration startup.Despite the United States’ rich history as a haven for ambitious immigrants, many foreigners looking to work in the U.S. have had to cope with increasingly restrictive immigration policies. As a result, the percentage of immigrant-founded startups in Silicon Valley has declined from 52.4% in 2005 to 43.9% in 2012.In 2011, leaders in the tech and startup world lobbied for a “Startup Visa” that would allow immigrant entrepreneurs to receive a two-year visa if a qualified U.S. investor was willing to invest in their startup venture. Unfortunately, the proposed bill fell upon deaf ears.This month, though, the Partnership for a New American Economy announced plans to organize the largest ever virtual march on Washington in support of immigration reform to keep more innovators in the U.S. The goal is to build on what Silicon Valley did in stopping SOPA/PIPA and create the infrastructure for tech leaders to leverage technology and social media to move legislation in D.C.Until we see a dramatic modification of U.S. immigration policy, foreign entrepreneurs (and freelancers) will have to jump through a series of outdated bureaucratic hoops in order to work in the U.S. Let’s take a look at how complicated that can be:The Visa Options RundownE-visas, H-1B and L-visas are the most common ways to work in the U.S. as a foreign national.E-1 Visa. The E-1 Treaty Trader Visa is a special designation geared towards businesspeople from select nations (Canada, Mexico, and most European countries) who undertake a sign()ificant amount of international trade with the U.S. To qualify as a trader, at least 50% of the applicant’s exports/imports must concern the U.S. The higher the volume of trade, the more viable the application will appear. Note that this requires an existing business venture (rather than a start-up), significant constraints on the operations of the business and a potentially arbitrary adjudication before the visa is issued.E-2 Visa. The E-2 Investor Visa is geared towards citizens of select nations who can prove an “active investment with a substantial amount of capital in a bona fide enterprise in the United States.” Again, the definition of “substantial” causes confusion and anxiety because it is not a hard and fast number or equation. ()One rule of thumb hold that an investment of more than $150,000 will be considered “substantial.”) Similarly, any amount that is a large percentage of total investment may qualify. In addition, the applicant must be in the U.S. solely to develop and direct the investment enterprise.EB-5 Visa. This is the so-called “Mllionaire Visa”. It allows foreigners to become legal permanent residents in the U.S. through a substantial investment in the American economy. There are two paths: the Basic Program and the Regional Center Pilot Program. Both require a capital investment in a U.S enterprise of $500,000 or $1,000,000, depending on the location of the investment.H-1B Visa. This visa allows U.S. employers to temporarily hire foreign workers in certain specialty occupations. The regulations define a “specialty occupation” as requiring theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge, bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) and any state licensure (if required). H-1B work-authorization is strictly limited to employment by the sponsoring employer, which puts entrepreneurs at a big disadvantage because they cannot sponsor themselves. This is the crux of the argument for an Entrepreneur Visa like those available in countries like Canada, UK, Australia, Chile and Singapore. (Note that the H1-B is a temporary visa that can last up to six years. H-1B holders who want to continue to work in the U.S. after their temporary H1-B expires, but who have not obtained permanent residency status, must remain outside of the U.S. for a year before reapplying for another H-1B visa.)L-1 Visa. The L-1 visa is geared towards intra-company transfers. However, managers or specialized knowledge workers who have been employed at a foreign company for one of the past three years may be eligible if their new enterprise is in the same industry as their former foreign company. While some creative entrepreneurs have gone this route, the complexity of establishing different operations in different countries is generally not viable for scrappy start-up founders.OPT Option. Aliens in the U.S. on a student visa can legally work here for 12 months beyond their visa expiration under the Optional Practical Training Program. For students in STEM fields, this extends to 17 months. Its’ a great start for a new graduate, but not long enough a runway to get something up and running.Other Visa OptionsFor the sake of completeness, lesser-known visas includeO-1 Visa. O-1 visas are geared towards people with extraordinary ability in the sciences, education, business or athletics. This can extend to successful serial entrepreneurs from foreign nations – though likely not first-time entrepreneurs.EB-1 Visa. Along the same lines as the O-1 visa, an EB-1 visa is granted to applicants with an “extraordinary ability, [who] are an outstanding professor or researcher, or are a multinational executive or manager.”E-3 Visa. This classification applies only to nationals of Australia coming to the United States solely to perform services in a specialty occupation. The specialty occupation requires theoretical and practical application of a body of knowledge in professional fields and at least a bachelor’s degree or equivalent. This is a pretty good option for Australians.While leading the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), I saw first-hand how unnecessarily complex the process of immigration paperwork could be. But until a new, dedicated Startup Visa” is established, these options are the only means available to foreign entrepreneurs.Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock.