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KIDDIE’S COMPETITION – WIN FREE DONEGAL LOTTIE DOLLS

first_imgWe have TWO amazing competitions wrapped in one in conjunction with our friends at Arklu dolls.The new Lottie doll is seen as a safe doll for Donegal childrenThe company, which is now based at the CoLab in Letterkenny, makes Lottie – the world’s most lovable doll.The doll is the perfect toy for young girls who don’t want to grow up too quickly. And we have two FREE competitions for children under 5 and over 5 to enter.The winners of the under 5 competition will win not one but TWO Lottie dolls of their choice.All children have to do is to colour in your attached image and email to whereslottie@arklu.com or post to Arklu, c/o Co-Lab, Port Road, Letterkenny, Co Donegal.For the over 5’s – all you have to do is to design an outfit for Lottie, each month a winner will be chosen and one lucky winner will have their design turned into an actual outfit for Lottie! See www.lottie.com/win for more details. Good luck to everyone. KIDDIE’S COMPETITION – WIN FREE DONEGAL LOTTIE DOLLS was last modified: November 30th, 2012 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:ARKLUcompetitionfreeLottie dollslast_img read more

CONFIRMED: Valencia sign Manchester City defender on loan for rest of the season

first_img Eliaquim Mangala Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala has joined Valencia on a season-long loan, the Premier League club have announced.The French international signed for City in the summer of 2014 for a £42 million fee, but has failed to ever settle in English football.The centre-back managed 64 appearances under Manuel Pellegrini – although never truly impressed – and since the appointment of Pep Guardiola as head coach, Mangala’s future has been under threat.Guardiola has since signed John Stones from Everton, and Mangala leaves City having not played a competitive game under the Catalan coach. 1last_img read more

Sportsday Podcast on talkSPORT 2: November 12, 2016

first_imgThis Saturday morning on Sportsday we react to England’s 3-0 win over Scotland at Wembley as Gareth Southgate inches ever closer to landing the England manager’s job on a permanent basis.We also look ahead to a big evening in Group D as both Republic of Ireland and Wales are in World Cup qualifying action.All that plus England’s rugby union side are gearing up to take on South Africa at the start of their Autumn International series and in the cricket we’re across Day Four as England take on India in Rajkot.All that plus much, much more all brought to you by Lisa O’Sullivan and the team.last_img read more

Power save: how to save a few bucks on your electric bill

first_imgIt’s not your imagination: Your electricity bills have been climbing steadily skyward. And as they do, you channel your father, with alarm: “You think money grows on trees? Turn out the lights!” With a bit of pruning, that money tree might bloom after all. Ever wonder where your money is going? Yes, some is heading down the drain (check your water-heating costs). And you might be surprised how the rest disappears. We’ll help you to identify areas where you can save on your energy bill. Heating and cooling Potential savings:About $500 a year. If one household in 10 bought Energy Star-rated heating and cooling equipment, the change in greenhouse-gas emissions would be equivalent to taking 1.5 million cars off the road. Lighting Replace regular incandescent bulbs and fixtures with Energy Star-qualified compact fluorescent lights (CFLs), available at most hardware stores. CFLs cast a warmer glow than the cold, harsh fluoros of old. They cost more than regular bulbs, but they use 70 percent less energy, last much longer (10,000 hours, compared with 750), and look just as good. Use task lighting. You wouldn’t refrigerate the whole house to keep your food cold, would you? Install dimmers on all bulbs to save energy and extend their life. Timers work well for front-door and security-related lights; sensors, which turn on lights only when needed, are ideal for outdoors. Solar-powered outdoor lights (www.solarilluminations.com has a wide selection) are an energy-free option. Don’t underestimate the power of daylight. Use skylights and well-placed mirrors to reflect natural light and help reduce lighting costs. Potential savings At least $90 a year. If every American home swapped just five incandescent bulb fixtures for Energy Star CFLs, it would keep 1 trillion pounds of greenhouse gases out of the air and save $6.5 billion in energy costs. Home electronics Unplug DVD players and TVs, or plug them all into a power strip that you can switch off. Sixty to 80 percent of the electricity they use is consumed while they’re idle, powering light displays and “instant on” features. Unplug “wall warts,” or plugs attached to a black transformer box (like a cell-phone charger). If they are plugged into an outlet, they suck up electricity whether charging another device or not. Ideally, unplug or turn off your computer when it’s not in use. If you can’t do this, use its power-saving sleep mode, which uses 60 to 80 percent less energy than full-power mode. Turn off printers, copiers and fax machines when they’re not in use. Don’t rely on sleep mode. Potential savings: As much as $175 a year. Using power management on your desktop computer could save 900 kilowatt-hours a year. That amounts to 1,500 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions, the equivalent of driving a medium-size car from New York to Salt Lake City. Appliances Replace an old refrigerator. One made before 1993 could be costing $140 a year in electricity. Even refrigerators built between 1993 and 2001 cost about $60 a year to run. A new Energy Star-rated model runs on about $20 worth of electricity. A new $600 refrigerator will last for decades and could pay for itself in less than five years. For efficient chilling, keep the refrigerator full and remove things stored on top of it. Replace a top-loading washing machine with a front-loader, which generally uses 50 percent less energy and a third less water. With those savings, it will pay for itself in six years and should last for 10. Do several loads of laundry in one stint every week, and dry the loads back-to-back to capture residual heat in the dryer. Run only full dishwasher loads. The most efficient machines use a third of the water of hand washing. Potential savings:$400 a year. A front-loading Energy Star-certified clothes washer saves enough energy annually to light your entire home for a month and a half, and it saves as much water in a year as the average person drinks in a lifetime.165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2 Program your thermostat to turn heat down or air-conditioning up when you’re out. If your furnace is more than 10 to 15 years old, replace it with a model approved by the federal government’s Energy Star program (marked by rating stickers in stores). It will pay for itself in energy savings in five to 10 years. Seal your house: Close the fireplace damper; install a timer (available at hardware stores) on the bathroom exhaust fan; seal ductwork. Cool your home naturally: Open windows on cool summer nights. Use energy-saving compact fluorescent bulbs. (They emit less heat.) Hang washing out to dry, and grill food outside. Install window awnings. Plant deciduous trees on the east and west sides to shade your house and cool it by as much as 20 degrees. Install an Energy Star-certified ceiling fan (50 percent more efficient than others) and comfortably keep your home 4 degrees warmer in the summer. Consider switching to a natural-gas water heater (which uses less than half the energy of an electric one), and turn the setting down to 120 F.last_img read more

Military recruiting tactics hit

first_imgWHITTIER – When Vicky Castro reluctantly agreed to give permission for her 17-year-old son Jonathan to join the U.S. Army, she felt he had made a thoughtful and informed choice. The youth did not want his parents to be saddled with the burden of paying for his education. He wanted to be an engineer and saw the military as a way to achieve his goal for free. But Castro’s only child paid the ultimate price for his schooling when he was killed Dec. 21, 2004, by a suicide bomber who attacked a mess tent at the Forward Operating Base Marez in Mosul, Iraq. The attack killed 22 soldiers. Now Castro, a math teacher at Virgil High School in Corona, spends her spare time speaking on behalf of Gold Star Families Speak Out, a national anti-war group that consists of relatives of soldiers who have died in Iraq. On Saturday, Castro and other members of Gold Star Families Speak Out spoke at a conference organized by the Whittier Area Peace and Justice Coalition at St. Mattias Episcopal Church. The conference’s aim was to provide information to students and parents about alternatives to joining the military. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips“I can’t undo what happened, but I want to help stop other families from going through what I did,” said Castro, whose son joined the military in 2000 – before the Sept.11, 2001, terror attacks. “I want the truth to come out.” At the conference, numerous organizations presented technical, educational and legal information about military contracts and practices, as well as information about colleges and career alternatives. Castro said recruiters got “free and unfettered” access to her son’s high school campus. Those who approached her son knew what to say to appeal to his personality, she said. “Somehow they planted this idea that it was a challenge, that they’d teach him how to jump out of helicopters, etc.” she said. “That’s what got him. That and the G.I. Bill. “Recruiters shouldn’t be allowed in high schools. A 17-year-old is too young to be making those decisions,” Castro added. Castro said her son was two days from finishing his three-year service contract when he was deployed to Iraq via the military’s “stop-loss” orders. He was never told the military could keep him in service beyond his contracted time, she said. Maricela Guzman, 29, said she was promised “the world” by a U.S. Navy recruiter, who stopped her on the campus of East Los Angeles College, where she was taking classes. Guzman said she knew nothing about financial aid and was having trouble paying for school on her McDonald’s wages. When the recruiter told her she could get $30,000 for college from the Navy, she signed up two weeks later. “\ targeted every insecurity I had,” said Guzman, who spoke at the conference on behalf of her group, Iraq Veterans Against the War. “He knew just what to say to entice me. But I was told nothing about having to pay $100 a month for that G.I. Bill or that I had to pay for my own uniforms. During those first few months, I was making less \ than I made at McDonald’s.” Douglas Smith, a spokesman for the U.S. Army, denied that recruiters mislead potential recruits. While the Army has achieved its goal of recruiting 80,000 new soldiers this fiscal year, Smith said the Army did that by providing straightforward, factual information. “It’s not our policy to lie, and most recruiters wouldn’t think of it,” Smith said. “I think people underestimate the sophistication of high school students to make informed decisions.” But Whittier Area Peace and Justice Coalition members are not taking the Army’s word for it. About two years ago, the group launched a campaign to inform parents about a waiver they can sign to prevent their children’s names and other information from being given to military recruiters. As a result, this school year Whittier Union High School District officials printed the “opt-out” forms on hot-pink paper and placed the forms at the front of informational packets the district sends home to parents at the beginning of the semester. “It took a while, but the district was very receptive,” said Elaine Boyd, a coalition member. “Now, rather than buried at the back, the forms are hard to miss. Since that, they’ve seen a big increase in parents opting out.” Castro said she wished she would have had more information when her son was considering joining. “When the door opened and that man was standing there from the military, you just know they’ve come to rip your heart out,” said Castro. “`I regret to inform you your whole universe is gone.’ Your world stops right there, and all the pain you could ever imagine comes over you.” pam.wight@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

How the Premier League table would look based on every club’s last eight away games

first_imgAfter a sensational honeymoon, the wheels have come off at Manchester United.Under new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the Red Devils appeared to have played themselves into the top four but now three straight Premier League defeats away from home, including a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Everton, have dented their chances. 17. Brighton & Hove AlbionP 8 | W 1 | D 2 | L 5 | GF 8 | GA 16 | GD -8 | Points 516. BournemouthP 8 | W 2 | D 0 | L 6 | GF 9 | GA 18 | GD -9 | Points 615. Newcastle UnitedP 8 | W 1 | D 3 | L 4 | GF 6 | GA 11 | GD -5 | Points 614. ArsenalP 8 | W 2 | D 2 | L 4 | GF 7 | GA 13 | GD -6 | Points 8 Tottenham ace Heung-Min Son looks frustrated against Manchester City Tottenham Hotspur have also found life on the road tough in recent weeks, winning just one of their last nine in all competitions – and they’re not the only team faltering just as the season enters the most vital phase of all.At this point, keeping solid in away matches is key as every point gets that little bit more precious.But who are the teams currently profiting thanks to exceptional form away from their own patch?Going into the final four, or possibly five, games of the campaign, which are the most in-form teams on home soil? Find out below. 6 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars 3. LiverpoolP 8 | W 4 | D 3 | L 1 | GF 10 | GA 5 | GD +5 | Points 152. Crystal PalaceP 8 | W 5 | D 1 | L 2 | GF 17 | GA 11 | GD +6 | Points 16 REVEALED shining Manchester United fell to a sixth defeat in eight games at Goodison Park on Sunday Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won LIVE ON talkSPORT 13. Wolverhampton WanderersP 8 | W 2 | D 2 | L 4 | GF 9 | GA 13 | GD -4 | Points 812. ChelseaP 8 | W 3 | D 0 | L 5 | GF 5 | GA 18 | GD -13 | Points 911. Cardiff CityP 8 | W 3 | D 0 | L 5 | GF 6 | GA 12 | GD -6 | Points 9 huge blow tense REVEALED 1. Manchester CityP 8 | W 6 | D 0 | L 2 | GF 16 | GA 6 | GD +10 | Points 18 BEST OF Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? gameday cracker 6 Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City ADVICE Arsenal manager Unai Emery won’t be happy with their current form on the road. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT no dice Manchester United players look dejected during their 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Everton at Goodison Park 6 REPLY Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… 6 Fulham are going out of the Premier League and beat Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium at the weekend. 10. EvertonP 8 | W 3 | D 0 | L 5 | GF 9 | GA 9 | GD 0 | Points 99. Tottenham HotspurP 8 | W 3 | D 0 | L 5 | GF 14 | GA 12 | GD +5 | Points 9 6 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 20. Huddersfield TownPlayed 8 | Won 0 | Drawn 1 | Lost 7 | Goals For 3 | Goals Against 19 | Goal difference -16 | Points 119. West Ham UnitedP 8 | W 0 | D 1 | L 7 | GF 2 | GA 15 | GD -13 | Points 118. FulhamP 8 | W 1 | D 0 | L 7 | GF 6 | GA 20 | GD -14 | Points 3 Tottenham vs Brighton (Tuesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORTLuton vs AFC Wimbledon (Tuesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Sheffield United vs Ipswich (Saturday, 5:15pm) – talkSPORT 2Brighton vs Newcastle (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTNorwich vs Blackburn (Saturday, 7:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Leeds United vs Aston Villa (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2Coventry vs Shrewsbury (Sunday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 6 8. WatfordP 8 | W 3 | D 1 | L 5 | GF 12 | GA 15 | GD -3 | Points 107. SouthamptonP 8 | W 3 | D 2 | L 3 | GF 10 | GA 11 | GD -1 | Points 116. BurnleyP 8 | W 3 | D 3 | L 2 | GF 13 | GA 14 | GD -1 | Points 125. Leicester CityP 8 | W 3 | D 2 | L 3 | GF 15 | GA 14 | GD +1 | Points 114. Manchester UnitedP 8 | W 5 | D 0 | L 3 | GF 11 | GA 9 | GD +2 | Points 15 Crystal Palace players celebrate James McArthur’s goal against Arsenal Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ last_img read more

Heckingbottom expects Hibs to bounce back after 6-1 loss

first_imgHibs head coach Paul Heckingbottom believes his players will show the right response to their 6-1 defeat at Ibrox and work to iron out the defensive errors.Rangers punished Hibs on Sunday in the Premiership and though Heckingbottom says he won’t shy away from the disappointment, it’s as important for his side to be focused on defeating Morton in the League Cup as to be responding to last week’s game.“Forget Sunday’s game, we want to win this next game in it’s own right anyway,” he said. “It’s the last 16 of the cup so that takes care of itself.“But we want to make sure that we don’t concede goals like we did on Sunday again. We’ve not done that in the time I’ve been here and we want to make sure we don’t do it again.” The head coach revealed that he had spent time going over the performance and had addressed issues he saw.“I’ve probably watched it more than the players and got all the information from it,” Heckingbottom said. “I spoke to the group, spoke to individuals. If you knew exactly why it happened it would be easy to put it right.“Putting it into perspective and not shying away from anything that happened is really important. We weren’t at our best but regardless, you don’t expect to concede goals like that. “All we’re bothered about is putting that right, not conceding those sorts of goals and just getting better and better.” Attention has now turned to the Morton game and the opportunity to get into the last eight of the League Cup but Heckingbottom said he would have preferred to have had a game before that to get back on the park after heavy defeat.“One of the things that’s difficult to get used to up here is how the games are spaced out,” he said. “I would have loved to have a game on Wednesday straight away, another league game. But you’ve not got that. “The players have got to pitch in on Saturday to put in a good performance and get through to the quarter-finals.“You could hide behind the fact that we got back into the game but going to ten men made it difficult but the players know that it was the nature of the goals we conceded that was disappointing. “Everyone has been honest about it and wants to play on Saturday.”last_img read more

Rift threatens to affect opening

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Shin wins Masters; Tabuena lands 3rd After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Malditas save PH from shutout ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PHcenter_img The first of what was supposed to be four days of planning sessions has turned into a vacation here.“I’m sure the others (fellow board members know that), but we are fighting for our principles here,” the Inquirer source went on.“We also know that the sooner this issue is resolved, the better for the league. But how do we resolve it?”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingTwo weeks ago, a seven-team group has called for the resignation of Chito Narvasa as commissioner, while a five-team side threw its full support behind Narvasa, creating a standstill with the next season slated to open on Dec. 17.The board member further said that his team will change its decision on whose side it will be on. But because of the ceasefire, the board member also requested not to print which side his team is on. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 LOS ANGELES—With the rift between two factions in the Philippine Basketball Association’s board of governors far from over, several team representatives admitted on Saturday that the issue could drag on and ultimately affect the opening of the 43rd season.“We’re bracing for the worst,” one board member, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said after both parties agreed to a ceasefire last week.ADVERTISEMENT The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay MOST READ The seven-team side had appointed an officer-in-charge in long time PBA operations manager Rickie Santos, supposedly to assure that the league would run even without a commissioner.Three teams—TNT KaTropa, Phoenix Petroleum and Rain or Shine—don’t have representatives here, showing how divided this board has become on the issue.A fourth squad, NLEX, whose representative is the incoming chair, has also been rumored to be skipping the trip.Ramoncito Fernandez, the NLEX board member, is scheduled to arrive on Nov. 14.Even if the league opens at a later date, the format for the next season remains, with the Philippine Cup to be the first of three conferences.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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