How much is a cup of tea at Liverpool, a ticket at Arsenal or a replica Manchester United kit? ‘The Price of Football’ revealed

first_img Average price of matchday programme – £3.42 – The average price of a matchday progamme has also increased to £3.42, up seven per cent. 7 7 7 The BBC’s annual ‘The Price of Football’ study has been released and again, it is not good for cash-counting football fans.The average cost of the cheapest Premier League seat has surpassed £30 for the first time ever after 11 of the 20 clubs raised the price of their least expensive seats.However, across the 92 Football League clubs, 70% had either frozen or reduced their ticket prices for the 2015/16 season.The study covers everything from football strips, to season tickets, to pies.So click the arrow above, right, to see where you can get the most expensive cup of tea – an extortionate £2.50! 7 Most expensive cup of tea £2.50 – Liverpool and Rangers have the most expensive cups of tea at £2.50, with the average price being £2.09. However, you can get a cuppa for only £1 at Chelsea. 7 Most expensive pies – £4.50 – The average price of a pie has risen by 1.82 per cent to £3.35 in the Premier League. But to sample one of Kidderminster Harriers’ award winning pies, you will need to fork out £4.50 – compared to the cheapest on offer, £1 at Conference side Braintree. Chelsea’s cheapest matchday ticket – £52 – Chelsea’s cheapest matchday ticket is £52 – no other club charges this much. Most expensive replica kit – £118 – Manchester United have the most expensive kits available for both adults and children. A full strip (shirt, socks, shorts and name and number) for a junior will set you back £103 while the full set for an adult will £118. The shirt itself – £60 for adults, £45 for juniors – is also the most costly available. Most expensive matchday tickets – £97 – The most expensive matchday ticket in the Premier League is again at Arsenal for £97 (£7.48 cheaper than a season ticket at Bayern Munich). However the cheapest place to see a top-flight match is at the King Power Stadium, where Leicester charge a small £22. 7 Most expensive replica shirt – £89.55 – However, it is still cheaper than Barcelona’s, which is an astronomical £89.55 – the most expensive of the 227 clubs in the study. It is also £16 more than the club’s cheapest season ticket! 7last_img read more

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Newcastle to rival Arsenal and Manchester City for Croatian defender

first_img Sime Vrsaljko Newcastle have joined Arsenal and Manchester City in the race to land Sassuolo defender Sime Vrsaljko.The title-chasing duo have been keeping close tabs on the right-back since he established himself in the first team at the Italian club.But now, according to reports in Italy, Newcastle have joined his long list of admirers and have even made contact about a potential deal already.Juventus are also well aware of the 23-year-old’s potential and are reportedly ready to make their move for him.Newcastle, however, could beat them to the punch after it was claimed they have already discussed a potential £7.5m switch. 1last_img

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Most controversial shirt swap moments revealed after Hazard and Di Maria

first_img4 Eden Hazard and Angel Di Maria go head-to-head at Stamford Bridge, a clash which ended in Chelsea being knocked out of the Champions League Mamadou Sakho and Samuel Eto’o/Philippe Coutinho and Oscar – Chelsea v Liverpool, December 2013With the Reds 2-1 down at half-time, two of Rodgers’ players decided there was no better time to swap shirts, with Sakho grabbing Eto’o’s and Coutinho getting his hands on international team-mate Oscar’s. Here was Rodgers’ reaction…Mario Balotelli and Pepe – Liverpool v Real Madrid, October 2014More from Rodgers’ men…Balotelli, who had delivered very little on the pitch and was struggling for support on Merseyside, was caught swapping shirts with Real centre back Pepe at the break of their Champions League clash, in which the Reds were trailing by three goals to none. The striker was replaced by Adam Lallana at the interval, but Rodgers insisted the decision was purely tactical and had nothing to do with the above incident.Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Neymar – England v Brazil, June 2013Oxlade-Chamberlain scored the equaliser in the Three Lions’ friendly 2-2 draw with Brazil three summers’ ago, but this was perhaps overlooked by his decision to ask Neymar for his shirt before the game had ended. Roy Keane, working as a pundit for ITV, slammed the Arsenal man, and the player later apologised.“I agree with Roy. It’s not the way to go about things. I have to hold my hands up,” said the Ox.George Cohen – England v Argentina, 1966 World CupEngland beat Argentina 1-0 in the quarter finals of the 1966 World Cup, courtesy of a goal from Geoff Hurst and as full back George Cohen went to swap shirts with Alberto Gonzalez after the final whistle had been blown, manager Alf Ramsey was having none of it.Ramsey was infuritated by the behaviour of the Three Lions’ opponents in a hugely bad tempered game, labelling the Argentine players ‘animals’, and so refused to allow his players such a match souvenir.  Mesut Ozil and Geoffrey Kondogbia – Arsenal v AS Monaco, March 2015Mid-way through their Champions League exit to Monaco in the last 16 of the Champions League, Kondogbia asked for Ozil’s shirt and the German obliged, much to the fury of those watching. Speaking after the incident, the playmaker told Sky Sports Germany, “Geoffrey Kondogbia asked me for my shirt and I wanted to do him a favour.“Maybe I should have given him the shirt in the tunnel. But seriously guys, is there nothing more important to discuss for a knockout game than a shirt swap?” 4center_img 4 4 There was no love lost between Eden Hazard and the Stamford Bridge faithful on Wednesday night.Chelsea were knocked out of the Champions League, losing 2-1 on the night and 4-2 on aggregate to Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16, in what was yet another disappointing performance from the reigning Premier League champions.One incident that really angered the club’s supporters had little to do with the final result, however.Hazard, who has been a shadow of the player who lifted various indivdual honours in a stunning campaign last season, committed the ultimate cardinal sin.The Belgium international swapped shirts with PSG winger Angel Di Maria at half-time, described by furious supporters as ‘an act of betrayal’.The Blues forward, though, isn’t the first – nor likely to to be the last – that has bagged himself a controversial souvenir….Eden Hazard and Angel Di Maria – Chelsea v Paris Saint-Germain, March 2016Here’s that moment from last night’s clash at Stamford Bridge. He’ll have to rediscover his form fast to get fans back on his side.Robin van Persie and Andre Santos: Manchester United v Arsenal, November 2012Arsenal supporters were left seething when Brazilian defender Santos grabbed the shirt of Van Persie, who only that summer had swapped the Emirates for Old Trafford, as the players headed for the tunnel at the break.Santos was later quoted by The Sun as saying: “I’d like to apologise to supporters who felt aggrieved by it. Did I think it would cause such a commotion? Of course I didn’t, otherwise I would have told Robin to exchange the shirts away from public view.”Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger said, “believe me, he will never do it again.”last_img read more

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Circuit court rules on sex offense, deportation

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Writing for the majority, Judge Sidney Thomas said that statutory rape “may be unwise and socially unacceptable to many, but it is not inherently base, vile or depraved.” He also said that such behavior “would be legal if the adult and minor were married” and “is legal in other states” with a lower age of consent. Ah, yes, the “it wouldn’t be illegal if it were legal” defense. The technical term for this is “asinine tautology.” Finally, Thomas said, “California’s purpose in passing the law reveals that it was not moral … They were attempting to reduce teenage pregnancies.” So much for the idea that the purpose of the law is to protect minors, to spare them from risks both emotional and physical for which they are unprepared. But apparently that’s not much of a concern among the 9th Circuit, which is busy enforcing a moral code of its own. Poll: Moms don’t like Bratz dolls 9th Circuit: Sex offenders welcome here! Over the years, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has earned itself a reputation as the legal bastion of San Francisco looniness, and a recent decision will do nothing to change that. On Tuesday, the court decided that Alberto Quintero-Salazar – a Mexican national and legal resident of the U.S. – could not be deported on the basis of a sex crime he committed in 1998, namely illegal intercourse between an adult over 21 and a youth under 16. According to the court, adults taking sexual advantage of a minor (so long as they have the “consent” that minors are legally unable to provide) are not guilty of a crime of “moral turpitude,” which is needed to subject legal U.S. residents to deportation. This comes as quite as a surprise. Because when a slew of Catholic priests were found to have committed essentially the same crime – “consensual” sex with teenagers – society seemed quite appropriately outraged. Indeed, the sexual abuse of minors is about as clear an example of “moral turpitude” as there could be. That is, to use the court’s definition, it “violates societal moral standards” – except, it seems, in San Francisco. At first, I found this news encouraging: In a survey of 1,010 mothers with daughters between the ages of 4 and 9, the market-research firm Synovate found that 85 percent of moms are “tired of the sexpot dolls and characters” sold in many stores. That means those Bratz dolls – the pouty-lipped, little plastic figurines dressed in skin-tight halter tops and miniskirts, and marketed to young girls. It’s easy to see why moms would object. Not only do these dolls teach kids that being a “brat” is something to which they ought to aspire, they also chip away at childhood innocence, while encouraging girls to find their sense of worth by becoming objects of male objectification. The American Psychological Association has singled out Bratz as harmful, saying, “It (is) worrisome when dolls designed specifically for 4- to 8-year-olds are associated with an objectified adult sexuality.” So it was heartening that most mothers frown on these dolls – but only for a moment. Because if the overwhelming majority of moms disapprove, how could these toys possibly rake in $2 billion a year? How could they be challenging Barbie (who, impossible body dimensions aside, seems positively wholesome by comparison) for top-doll status nationwide? If this poll is accurate, many parents are buying their young daughters these dolls against their own better judgment. They’re probably just succumbing to the relentless demands from kids who have been exposed to a barrage of ads and peer pressure. But part of being a parent means keeping objects that harm young children – not just physically, like a lighter, but also psychologically and morally, like Bratz – out of their hands. STDs love L.A. According to the latest estimates, more than 1 million youths in California have sexually transmitted diseases. That’s nearly 10 times more than previously thought. To get a sense of how staggering that figure is, consider that, according to U.S. Census Bureau numbers, there are only 4.8 million Californians in that age group (15-24). In other words, more than one in five California youths has a sexually transmitted disease, from genital herpes and gonorrhea to HIV. More than a third of those youths live in Los Angeles. To what can we trace this epidemic? Surely it’s a lack of sex ed in the schools, right? Wrong. According to the California Department of Education’s Web site, “Since 1992, California public schools have been required to teach HIV/AIDS prevention education at least once in middle school and once in high school.” That includes “(i)nstruction on the nature of HIV/AIDS, methods of transmission, strategies to reduce the risk of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, and social and public health issues related to HIV/AIDS.” Moreover, the CDE also reports, “96 percent of California school districts provide comprehensive sexual health education.” Oh, well, then it must be the fault of all that abstinence-only stuff the Bush administration has been forcing down schools’ throats. Wrong again. As the CDE also explains, California law “prohibits `abstinence-only’ education.” Our progressive state did away with such old-fashioned ideas in favor of teaching kids how to “protect” themselves. See how well it’s worked? But the issues here run much deeper than what’s taught or not taught in the schools. They point to broader cultural phenomena, phenomena that can be seen in courts that make light of statutory rape and dolls that sexualize children. The Sexual Revolution has had more than its fair share of victims – and most of them are young. Chris Weinkopf, the Daily News’ editorial-page editor, blogs at insidesocal.com/friendlyfire. Write to him by e-mail at [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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Inmates brought in to help fight fires

first_imgLAKE ARROWHEAD – They’ve stolen cars, used drugs and forged checks. When California is burning, they fight fires. About a quarter of the 14,000 firefighters defending homes and businesses in Southern California from wildfires this week have been prisoners, officials said. Of the 4,400 inmates trained to battle fires in the state, 3,091 were on the front lines Friday from Lake Arrowhead south to San Diego. “It’s very close to the most we’ve ever used,” said Seth Unger, a spokesman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. About 3,000 inmates were used in 2003 during the Cedar Fire north of San Diego. “We have to keep some of them back. We can’t deploy every one of them.” In Lake Arrowhead, where the stubborn Slide Fire scorched has burned more than 13,000 acres and destroyed at least 200 homes, more than 220 inmate firefighters were on the lines, said Lt. William Mock, who runs Fenner Canyon, a prison inmate camp in Valyermo. They stood in line Friday evening filling their plates with turkey, peas and mashed potatoes in a makeshift kitchen in Snow Valley, a ski resort serving as a base camp. All wore orange jumpsuits marked “CDC PRISONER,” instead of the canary yellow suits worn by most fire crews. “Everybody’s just hanging in there, trying to get through this,” said Jose Robert Rosales, 23, of Norwalk. “We got axes, we got tools, we cut lines, we make sure none of the houses get burnt.” Rosales said being on the fire lines had helped him to think ahead to what he wanted to do after completing his prison sentence: get back to work at his father-in-law’s body shop. “The program has helped me a lot physically and mentally,” said Rosales, who was convicted of great bodily injury and terrorist threats four years ago. “There’s less stress, and you get to go out more and make more money, which will help me when I get out.” The work is grueling. “These guys here are working hard on 24 hour-shifts,” said Kaliko Johansen, 35, an inmate crew supervisor from Las Vegas, Nev. “It’s like working with anyone else, you’ve got good guys and bad guys out there, the majority of them just want to fight the fire,” he said. Johansen was working alongside an inmate crew using axes, shovels and chainsaws to cut a fire break in an effort to stop the advance of the fire. “Those crews are a doing a lot of the grunt work,” said Adam Shay, an engineer for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. “They’re gonna have some work ahead of them for a while.” At least one inmate has died in the line of duty. In July 1999, a male inmate died in Ventura County when he fell from a hillside. Some firefighters said without the help of inmates, the blazes may have caused more destruction. “I think it would be very hard without them. It would really impact us,” said Breck Wright, a state firefighter who said he has worked side by side with inmates on dozens of occasions. “They are very effective, hard-working and are well-trained. They know what they are doing.”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.Not every inmate qualifies to be a firefighter. Those who do – male or female – must be physically fit, have no history of violent crime and have four to 36 months remaining on their sentences, Unger said. Once chosen, inmates undergo a grueling, four-week program that includes training in fire safety and suppression. The program has been in existence since the 1940s and makes inmates available for other natural disasters such as earthquakes and flooding. Inmates earn only $1 an hour for their work so officials estimate the savings to California taxpayers every year is about $80 million. That’s based on 3 million hours for firefighting and other emergencies, and another 7 million hours in community service. Inmates earn two days of credit for every day on the fire lines. “The program provides great benefits to both the state and the inmate,” Unger said. “The inmate not only gets to be outside, but gives back to the community, in some cases the same communities they may have victimized before.” Inmates are often sent to cut fire breaks in locations that can’t be reached by heavy machinery. They also help protect homes and businesses. last_img read more

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U.S. and Russia talks are tense

first_imgThe United States has repeatedly rejected Russian demands to freeze U.S. negotiations with Poland and the Czech Republic and Rice did so again Friday, said three senior U.S. officials present at the sessions with Rice, Gates, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe diplomatic discussions, maintained that differences were narrowed but progress was incremental and might not produce ultimate understandings. “I agree that we did not agree on anything today,” one official told reporters. He added quickly that neither Washington nor Moscow had expected significant breakthroughs. Rice and Lavrov announced at a news conference after the meetings that the two sides would meet again in Washington in six months to review a “strategic framework” on evaluating and addressing the missile threat posed by rogue states, principally Iran. The U.S. proposals are intended to ease fears that its missile defense plans threaten Russia’s nuclear deterrent and include the creation of a so-called “joint regional missile defense architecture” that would protect the United States, NATO allies in Europe and Russia. As part of that scheme, experts from all nations covered by the system would be based at missile defense facilities to try to improve coordination and transparency. A spokesman for Putin, Dmitry Peskov, told reporters in a conference call that “some of them are quite interesting and the Russian side will start examining this proposal.” Initial reaction from Lavrov and Serdyukov, though, was less gracious. “We see two serious problems with these proposals,” Lavrov told reporters at the news conference with Rice, Gates and Serdyukov. He said the two sides still disagree about the threat to Europe and complained that the negotiations with the Poles and Czechs were continuing.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.Despite presenting new cooperation proposals intended to bring Moscow on board, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Robert Gates failed in a series of tough meetings to turn around Moscow’s opposition to the system and other strategic issues. Putin set the tone early on when he hosted Rice and Gates and their Russian counterparts at his country home outside Moscow and delivered a stern rebuff to U.S. plans to push ahead with establishing missile defense facilities in Poland and the Czech Republic. In combative comments that took the U.S. side aback during a photo session, Putin criticized Bush’s pet project and threatened to pull out of a Cold War-era treaty that limits intermediate-range missiles. “We may decide someday to put missile defense systems on the moon, but before we get to that we may lose a chance for agreement because of you implementing your own plans,” he told Rice and Gates in Russian, according to an Associated Press translation. “We hope that in the process of such complex and multifaceted talks you will not be forcing forward your previous agreements with eastern European countries,” Putin said. DIPLOMACY: Putin criticizes American missile defense plans for eastern Europe. By Matthew Lee THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin warned President Bush’s top two Cabinet officials on Friday to back off U.S. missile defense plans for eastern Europe as high-level talks yielded little more than a pledge to meet again. last_img read more

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It ain’t the wall

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Los Angeles Who spent it? In Tuesday’s paper, the article “Tight spending urged in face of city shortfalls” is most interesting in that our Los Angeles city officials are now encouraging a “tight spending program” because we have anticipated shortfalls of around $75million this year. Do they forget that it was they who spent almost $30million on a new elephant enclosure and authorized an open-ended contract to finish the children’s museum, both of which are, in my mind, not the most urgent projects for our city. Our City Council operates under the mantra of “If we have the money, let’s spend it.” Are these elected officials really “looking out for us”? – Patricia Higgins Re “Boston – Phooey!” (Your Opinions, Oct. 29): Wow! Thomas, you must be a Yankee or an Angels fan, which explains everything. What makes baseball unique from other team sports is that not every game is played on the exact same cookie-cutter layout of a playing field such as football, basketball and hockey. Seems like Thomas Wierzbicki would rather blame and complain of a team’s loss or inept play on external factors, such as a wall being too high (better hit it well if you want a home run), excess noise (the bullpen should not be allowed to make noise, boo-hoo), or, say, even the weather. And if the Red Sox have an unfair advantage, why have they only won two World Series titles in 89 years? – Mauricio W. Muraro Calabasas Punish everyone The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power plans to ask for a rate hike with higher water tiers. This will obviously have an effect on all of its customers. The LADWP has no outreach program, no residential or commercial audit help. Many homeowners are using far more water than they should but have no idea how much they should be using. So, the LADWP will just punish everyone in a misguided attempt to lower water waste. This approach has failed in several other cities. All it will do here is raise revenue, not reduce water waste. This area desperately needs a water conservation outreach program; it is considered by many water professionals to have the worst water waste problem in the country. – Laurence Budd Certified water auditor Woodland Hills Not a fan Re “Neighborhood divided on mural painted to honor slain tattoo artist” (Oct. 30): Neat, now we are making graffiti legal – only in Reseda. Here’s an idea, let’s all boycott Rainbow Liquor and owner Samih Hraira. And maybe Jeff Measles and his crew can go over to Cheryl Onaiti’s and Samih Hraira’s and officer Ed Moreno’s houses and paint a copy of this on those homes. I am sure they all live in Reseda. Ya, fat chance. Looks like Reseda is going to lead L.A. down the toilet. -Mark Mccaw Reseda Outsource wall Since just about everything we buy is made in China, why don’t we get China to build the wall between the U.S. and Mexico? It could save us a lot money and we know they can build a wall that could stand up for a very long time. – Bob Armstrong Tujunga O’Reilly on films Re “Hate-America films deserve to be failures” (Viewpoint, Oct. 28): How disingenuous of Bill O’Reilly to blast the new films out without telling their side of what is really going on. You seem to take pleasure in distorting the truth without factual evidence. Another thing that bothers me is that you demean yourself when you refer to people that you disagree with as pinheads, looney, far left nuts. You of all people should no better, especially since you were a former teacher. You bash CNN and MSNBC all the time, but where are you condemning people like Rush or Hannity when they make outrageous statements. Where are the facts? The sad commentary is that Fox News professes to be Fair & Balanced. That is something I certainly will challenge. – Arlene Cadish Agoura Hills160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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TWENTY JOBS SAVED AS DEAL DONE TO KEEP BLANEY SHOPS OPEN

first_imgA total of 20 jobs have been saved after a rescue deal was done to keep open two service stations owned by the Blaney family.Lagg Service Station in Milford.The Lagg Service Station in Milford and Blaney’s Shop at Kerrykeel recently went into receivership.However, Sean Carr of Dublin-based Vision Accountancy, has confirmed that after protracted and prolonged discussions with KPMG, the businesses will remain open. The deal was signed on Tuesday in Dublin.The welcome news comes just weeks after an additional 30 jobs were saved in the Brewery Bar and the Central Bar in Letterkenny in June, buisnesses also owned by the Blaney family.It is understood that the deal hit a number of stumbling blocks over the last few weeks but these issues have now been finally resolved.Mr Carr told the Tirconail Tribune that Milford and Kerrykeel and its rural hinterland without these two vital two shops would be too horrendous to contemplate. He said the locality and the community would be very much the poorer and with the Fanad and Rosguill peninsulas heavily dependent on tourism, it was vital that these business remained opened.“No tourists coming to Donegal want to see shutters on doors and if a business closes it is virtually impossible to get the business up and going again.“Closing the doors is the easiest option for banks but the most costly one in the long term for the banks and destroys staff lives and families never mind the damage it does to the businesses.“It comes to a massive relief to the staff and their families and if a rescue deal was not agreed it only add further to the withdrawal of essential rural services and rural decline.”Mr Carr, the Fanad born debt restructurer expert, has been involved in debt restructuring cases throughout Ireland, Europe and USA. He said he is deeply concerned about the future of businesses in Donegal and has called on the government for urgent action for businesses to be given some form of grant aid to access to specialist restructures.The no nonsense and tough style negotiator, is hoping to hold a number of one to one free meetings with SMEs in Donegal over the coming weeks.“It be would be very easy for me to idly stand by and let the destruction to happen but I would be hopefully be able to look back in ten years and say I made some small difference in saving jobs and communities.“I took a conscious decision not to act for banks and who has saved over 100 in Donegal indirectly and directly in the last 18 months alone, some restructures count the number of cases they have as the barometer of their success but I also count the number of jobs that I have not been able to save,” he added. TWENTY JOBS SAVED AS DEAL DONE TO KEEP BLANEY SHOPS OPEN was last modified: July 31st, 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:Blaney familyKPMGLagg Service StationSean Carrlast_img read more

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OUR SERVICE IN THE ROSSES HAS BEEN FULLY RESTORED – VODAFONE IRELAND

first_imgVodafone Ireland has issued a statement confirming that the service issues experienced by customers in relation to making and receiving calls in The Rosses has been resolved.Donegal Daily ran a feature last week regarding the technical issues that was causing widespread frustration and anger in the area.The issues had been on-going since December and had been gradually getting worse with some customers unable to get mobile coverage for days. However, Vodafone Ireland have today issued a statement in which they can now announce that the service has now been fully restored.“Vodafone Ireland wants to update customers in the Rosses area who may have been experiencing issues making and receiving calls and sending texts that service is now restored. “Engineers were on site last week and again this week to restore service. “Due to high winds and the remote location, it was difficult to access the site and in line with health and safety, we have been restoring the parts of the site that were safe to access during each visit. “We are now glad to inform our customers that service is fully restored. “We know that people’s mobiles are key for staying in touch so we want to apologise for any inconvenience this has caused to our customers. “We want to reassure our customers that we are committed to investing in and upgrading our network and to delivering the best network service.Network upgrades in Donegal:Separate to this specific issue in The Rosses, we are currently upgrading our network across the North West as part of our nationwide network upgrade programme including the rollout of 4G – superfast mobile data. The upgrade means that customers in across Donegal will experience benefits such as significantly improved voice calls and get data everywhere they currently can make a call.In addition, they will also have access to 4G which gives superfast mobile data speeds.This will provide benefits such as seamless music streaming, watching videos without buffering and instant file and photo upload.During the upgrades customers may experience temporary disruptions. All effort is being made to keep disruptions to a minimum with the ultimate aim of delivering a much improved call and data experience to customers in Donegal.OUR SERVICE IN THE ROSSES HAS BEEN FULLY RESTORED – VODAFONE IRELAND was last modified: April 16th, 2015 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:BusinessMobileNetworknewsNoticesResolvedserviceVodafone Irelandlast_img read more

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Housing crisis pinches Christmas gift-giving in California, Nevada

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champIn the past, when times were tough, she would borrow against her home’s equity – that’s no longer possible. “I was always seen as the person that’s giving, but it’s kind of affected this year,” said Castleberry, a former casino buffet supervisor who makes $11 an hour, 30hours a week, supervising children before and after school. “This year, I can’t see anything right now as far as gifts.” Castleberry is just one of thousands homeowners nationwide who can no longer finance their spending by tapping into their once-inflated, now depreciating home equity. Others can no longer afford their higher monthly payments due to a reset in their adjustable rate mortgages and have been foreclosed. Jackie Castleberry won’t be playing Santa Claus this year. She usually buys her grandchildren, nieces and nephews lots of gifts around the holidays – bicycles, educational games, clothes – but this year she is just struggling to keep her North Las Vegas, Nev., house. The interest rate on her four-bedroom home loan shot up in October and she is $6,000 behind on her payments. She now owes $168,000 on her home, which once was worth $220,000 but is now worth about $150,000. The crisis is taking a toll on consumer spending, particularly in areas that have been hit hardest such as Florida, California and Nevada. And it is one of the biggest factors behind what is expected to be the weakest holiday season in five years. Nevada, California and Florida have posted the highest foreclosure rates in the country for the past several months, according to Irvine-based RealtyTrac Inc. In October, Nevada reported one foreclosure filing for every 154 households; California’s rate was one for every 258 households; and Florida had one for every 273 households – up nearly 165 percent from October 2006’s total. Mark Zandi, senior economist with Moody’s Economy.com, said the housing downturn is “weighing increasingly heavily on retailers and will play a significant role during the holidays.” In the second half of 2006 and the first quarter of 2007, mortgage equity withdrawals were at a peak of $850 billion on an annualized basis, Zandi said. But in the third quarter of 2007, that number had fallen to $550 billion. And that’s also hurt people employed in the real estate and mortgage businesses. Last year, Leo Rojas could spend liberally on Christmas gifts for his 7-year-old son and 14-year-old daughter and the employees at his Miami-based mortgage company, which was processing 50 home loans a month. He bought a video game system and a slick toy all-terrain vehicle for his kids and Movado watches, expensive pens and Walt Disney World trips for his workers. But this year, his company is processing five loans a month. He has closed offices, laid off employees and is selling cell phones to make ends meet. He estimates he’ll spend about a quarter of what he spent last year on gifts, with his children getting a phone, clothing and perfume or cologne. “We’re finding ourselves going back to the basics,” Rojas said. “We made a decision that we’re only going to give to our immediate family, as opposed to last year when we gave to all our family and our friends and our friends’ kids.” Many retailers have curtailed inventory levels and others started promotions earlier than before. Discount stores could benefit from a trade-down effect among consumers seeking better pricing over department stores, while home-related retailers such as furniture stores offer deals to stimulate sales. Luxury stores may be OK, considering that more affluent people tend to weather economic downturns more easily, analysts noted. “The housing market has caused a dent in our appliance sales,” said Bobby Johnson, senior vice president of Hollywood, Fla.-based BrandsMart USA. “But people seem to be buying flat-panel TVs, as many as they were before, if not more, because of the price erosion.” Mark Vitner, Wachovia Economics Group senior economist, said this season is “a little odd” because there’s no “must-have” item bringing people to department stores. While toys related to children’s TV’s Hannah Montana are hot and Nintendo Wii consoles are hard to find, little else has captured consumer attention, he said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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