Who’s to blame for wildfires?

first_imgTrue, the FBI early in the summer circulated a memo to the effect that an al-Qaida operative in custody claimed to be the mastermind of a plot to start forest fires in Colorado, Montana, Wyoming and Utah – from the locations perhaps while he was on vacation. The tactic of starting forest fires is hardly an original idea. The Japanese tried it in World War II, and it didn’t work for them. And all the talk of administration-sanctioned torture – sorry, “enhanced interrogation techniques” – makes all such admissions suspect. Did our al-Qaida operative also confess to being the Lindbergh baby and kidnapping Judge Crater? Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid advanced this explanation: “One reason we have the fires in California is global warming.” Having got off that shot at President Bush, who is the antichrist to the climate- change people, he later backed off that assertion. CNN eased right up to blaming global warming, but mainly it seemed to promo a series of theirs called “Planet in Peril.” (Hmm. Wonder where they come out on that issue.) One explanation taking shape on the Internet and call-in talk shows is breathtaking in its own way: The wildfires are somehow the fault of the people who live there; they brought it on themselves. Not everybody, mind you, just the people in Malibu. The argument starts something like this: “Well, nobody made them live in a place that’s prone to mudslides, wildfires and earthquakes.” This is true of a lot of California, but what the caller really means is that the residents are rich, famous, have fabulous houses with ocean views, drive fancy cars and generally have it coming to them. The call typically winds up in the spirit of generosity, “And, anyway, they can afford to rebuild.” Let’s take a slightly higher road. If somebody gave you a beachfront house in Malibu, would you live there knowing that one day it might burn down and you’d be back living in the trailer park? Darn right. Dale McFeatters is a Washington-based editorial writer and columnist for Scripps Howard News Service. His e-mail address is mcfeattersd@shns.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Dale McFeatters We are always cautioned against the “blame game,” but in truth it is one of America’s favorite pastimes. We can’t accept that bad things simply happen. No, sir; somebody – or something – had to be responsible. When Florida was being racked by hurricanes, some loopy preachers blamed the bad weather on gays, godlessness and abortion rights. None of this talk about thermoclines and isobars and cyclical storm activity for them. And when Katrina hit, the Bush White House knew instantly whom to blame for New Orleans being underwater: corrupt local Democrats. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.But a scapegoat has yet to emerge for the Southern California wildfires that have displaced about a half-million people, done immense property damage and sent, because of the lurid visuals, cable-TV reporters into paroxysms of something akin to sexual ecstasy. There has been a paucity of political blame, probably because the fires have incinerated liberal Democratic and conservative Republican precincts alike. Given the proximity of the fires to the Mexican border, I thought for sure the blame would fall on every aspiring politician’s favorite issue: illegal immigrants. However, illegal immigrants don’t seem to figure into the story, except that some of them may have been trapped and killed by the fast-moving inferno. It will be interesting to see where the localities stand on illegal immigrants when the fires finally are put out and a plentiful supply of cheap, semi-skilled labor is needed to rebuild and replant. For disasters that could be humanmade, terrorism is always a quick and simple early explanation, even if it’s only offered to be retracted later. But the terrorists have been conspicuously absent from official speculation, perhaps because there’s no election this fall. last_img read more

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NAMA SHOCK FOR DONEGAL: BUSINESSMEN FACE RUIN AS ASSETS TAKEN

first_imgSEVERAL Donegal businessmen face losing ‘every cent’ they have following a forensic trawl through the county by the National Asset Management Agency, donegaldaily can reveal.We understand one developer will have all his properties, which may include his substantial family home, taken off him as part of the process.And sources say several other prominent businessmen face losing well-known businesses in the county. The identities of six business people are known to donegaldaily.com.And a close associate of one of them told us: “My colleague faces losing absolutely everything. He won’t have a blade of grass to call his own when this is over.“NAMA is taking the lot; he is a hard-working and a good decent man who has given so much back to his community and his county over a life-time of hard work.“He wasn’t doing anything wrong; he is an honest man who made an honest living and then the bubble burst and now it’s over. He employed so many people over the years and contributed to the county in such a positive way.” NAMA officials are continuing to compile reports on the futures of each property and their estimated value on the open market.These include partially completed buildings, properties where business has ceased and commercial premises which are continuing to operate in administration on behalf of the banks.Letterkenny has been badly hit in the downturn with several high profile premises being run in administration.The NAMA officials need to decide which properties can be sold quickly as going concerns and which need to be updated – or even knocked down.The NAMA officials have also carrying out assessment work in other parts of the county including Inishowen, Donegal Town, Ballyshannon and Gaoth Dobhair among other places. NAMA SHOCK FOR DONEGAL: BUSINESSMEN FACE RUIN AS ASSETS TAKEN was last modified: April 9th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:bankruptdonegallands seizedNAMAlast_img read more

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PRAMERICA UNVEILS NEW BOSS CAROLINE

first_imgONE of Donegal’s biggest employers has unveiled its new boss.Caroline Faulkner has been named senior managing director and head of Letterkenny’s Pramerica Systems Ireland Limited.She replaces Henry McGarvey who stepped down earlier this year to pursue other business interests. “We are delighted to promote Caroline to this position. Her proven skills and ability, depth of knowledge, dedication to quality service and commitment to community service make her the perfect choice to lead Pramerica into its future,” said John Fox, vice president, Global Business & Technology Solutions at PFI.“As one of our original seven employees, Caroline played a key role in Pramerica’s success. Since then, I have been continually impressed with her ability to lead business projects that are critical to the success of our PFI business partners.”Ms. Faulkner, who is also senior vice president and chief information officer at Pramerica, collaborates with PFI senior executives to help ensure continuous business improvement through cost reduction, quality improvements, innovation and risk mitigation, said the company.Ms. Faulkner joined Pramerica as senior programme manager when the company was established in 2000. In 2002, she was promoted to director of information systems and became chief information officer in 2010. In 2006, Ms. Faulkner was awarded PFI’s “Rock Solid Leadership” award for her strong people management and collaboration skills.Over the years, she has forged close working relationships between Pramerica, FAS Ireland and the Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) to develop educational programmes that have created a pipeline of talented and prepared information technology professionals.Prior to joining Pramerica, Ms. Faulkner was an information technology manager for Abbott Laboratories, a U.S. pharmaceutical company with five facilities in Ireland.Ms. Faulkner has a bachelor’s degree in computing science from the University of Ulster; a master’s degree in Leadership and Innovation from LYIT; and a diploma in accounting and finance from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.She is a member of the CIO Executive Council and the CIO European Research Board. She served on the LYIT Board of Governance for several years and was chair of its Audit Committee. Pramerica Systems Ireland provides essential computer-technology and client-contact services to PFI businesses around the world.Its Information Technology Group develops software and other systems solutions for PFI business groups and its Operations Group functions as a back-office contact centre for PFI business group.PRAMERICA UNVEILS NEW BOSS CAROLINE was last modified: April 30th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:donegalletterkennypramericaPRAMERICA UNVEILS NEW BOSS CAROLINElast_img read more

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FIFA ethics committee: World Cup bid inspection chief has ban reduced

first_img Harold Mayne-Nicholls has had his ban reduced from seven years to three years The man who led the inspections of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids has had his ban from all football-related activity reduced to three years on appeal.Harold Mayne-Nicholls, the former president of the Chilean federation, was originally banned for seven years by the adjudicatory chamber of FIFA’s ethics committee in July 2015 after an email exchange came to light between him and the head of the Aspire sports academy in Qatar.FIFA’s ethics committee found that Mayne-Nicholls “repeatedly asked for personal favours related to the hosting and training of his relatives” at the academy. Nothing came of the requests he made.Mayne-Nicholls described Qatar as a “high-risk” option to stage the 2022 finals prior to FIFA’s executive committee voting to give the tournament to the Middle East country in December 2010.The case against him was opened following the publication of a report by the former head of the investigatory chamber of FIFA’s ethics committee, Michael Garcia. The world governing body’s appeals committee confirmed on Friday that it had cut the ban but upheld the initial fine of 20,000 Swiss francs (just over £14,000).The appeal of former Nepalese football association president Ganesh Thapa against a 10-year ban imposed by the ethics committee in November 2015 for bribery was rejected. 1last_img read more

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Milan Mandaric: Leicester’s Thai owners are proud people – they’re not sellers!

first_imgMilan Mandaric believes the key to Leicester City’s stunning Premier League title win was ‘having a team of brothers’.And the former Foxes chief insists the club’s current Thai owners will do everything in their power to resist selling off their top stars this summer.Leicester have completed arguably the greatest shock in sporting history by beating the Premier League’s richest teams to the top flight crown – with the side set to lift the trophy after their final home game of the season against Everton on Saturday.The Foxes’ incredible title bid may have been sparked by the arrival of manager Claudio Ranieri last summer, but their rise to the top began in 2009 when, under Mandaric, they won the League One title with Nigel Pearson as manager.And while Mandaric is now supporting the club from afar, the former chief has told talkSPORT he is ‘happy and proud’ for the club and ecstatic for their faithful supporters.“It’s a great thing, a very special one-in-a-lifetime moment”, he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“It’s incredible and it really shows also that money is not always everything. You see other big clubs who have spent £200million per season, and look where they are. Then we have the mighty Leicester spending little and winning the title! I’m so happy and proud.“I started something there when the club were in difficulties in League One, but we sorted it. I always said we’d sell the club one day, but would only sell to the right people, and I’m so happy for those great supporters with what’s happened there this season.“Can they repeat this next season? It will be difficult, but they’ve achieved something this year that nobody else has achieved.“I think if they finish in the top ten next season, that would still be a great achievement for Leicester.”Only a matter of days have passed since the confirmation of Leicester’s unbelievable triumph – they are still yet to lift the trophy – and already teams are reportedly planning to plunder the Foxes squad of their stars.Riyad Mahrez and N’Golo Kante have both been strongly linked with moves away, but Mandaric insists the club’s Thai owners will pull out all the stops to keep the title-winning side together for next season’s championship defence.“These owners are not sellers,” he added.“They are very proud people and they will try to do everything to keep their best players and try to continue.“The team have a fighting spirit and the key thing is that Ranieri and all his staff stay. They’ve got tremendous staff at Leicester, they’re good people and they will be targeted by other clubs now, so it’s important the club keep everyone.“They care for each other and have been like a team of brothers this season.”last_img read more

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‘Roy Hodgson is on the brink’ says talkSPORT’s Adrian Durham

first_img Roy Hodgson is preparing his team for a crucial game against England’s neighbours Wales 1 talkSPORT’s Drivetime show presenter Adrian Durham discusses the make or break situation facing the England team at Euro 2016, in particular the future of Three Lions manager Roy Hodgson…He may have won all his qualifying games but we all knew Roy Hodgson would ultimately be judged at this tournament. Lose on Thursday against Wales and he could be gone, and he will only have himself to blame.When you get to know Roy it’s hard not to like him, and of course as an England fan I obviously want the England manager to do well, whoever he is – don’t we all?But none of that matters at all if England go out of this tournament early.There are no excuses: he has some very good players, he has brilliant facilities here in Chantilly, and he has massive resources, not to mention an eye-watering salary, the highest of any manager here at Euro 2016.No excuses.And Roy has put himself under huge pressure with some elementary mistakes against Russia. Kane on corners is one of the less significant problems. • Only using two subs in a match in tournament football is a mistake.• Taking Wayne Rooney off meant the team lost their leader. Whether people like him or not, I can absolutely confirm after 10 days with the England squad that Wayne is the inspiration for these players, and without him on the pitch England lost something important. He was tired but then so was Kane – we had Sturridge, Vardy and Rashford on the bench, but Kane stayed on despite looking very out of sorts.• Failing to use Jamie Vardy. He’s not England DNA, he’s rough round the edges, some of his behaviour has been disgraceful. But he’s a dynamic, exciting, goal machine. Leaving him sitting around watching was ridiculous.• A game plan of holding what we have was not the best way to see the game out. Everybody recognises we have good attacking players – use them!The message from within the camp since the draw with Russia has been that England were unlucky, had chances, played well – especially in the first half, and if we keep playing like that we’ll be fine.But this is tournament football, wins are everything, points mean progress, England dropped two points, and a defeat to Wales leaves us in a perilous position in a group which contains three teams well below us in the world rankings. Roy’s leading England at a third tournament here, not many get that luxury, but this is his last chance. If England lose to Wales, we will be relying on the fact that it’s an expanded tournament to get through. Roy Hodgson has a massive opportunity at this tournament. But after game one, he has left us all scratching our heads, doubting his managerial ability, and asking too many important questions.So can he now go to Lens and coach a team of very good players to beat a team containing Bale, Ramsey and Williams, but nobody else who would get into the England 23?It’s potentially a career defining game. Sure he did well elsewhere, but this is the big job, and Roy won’t want to blow it. If we lose and go out, Roy Hodgson will rightly be deemed a failure as England manager.last_img read more

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Mourinho eyeing shock raid on Arsenal, Liverpool to sell Allen for £10m? GOSSIP

first_imgHere’s all the top transfer-related stories in Thursday’s newspapers…Jose Mourinho will make a shock bid for Aaron Ramsey — if he fails to lure Borussia Dortmund star Henrikh Mkhitaryan. The Special One is ready to wind up bitter rival Arsene Wenger by targeting the £50m-rated Arsenal star. United are ready to test the water with a £35m bid for Ramsey. (The Sun)Tottenham have agreed a £12m deal with Roma for their 20-year-old forward Antonio Sanabria. (Gazzetta dello Sport)Manchester City will follow up their £13.8million move for Celta Vigo striker Nolito by offering £30million for Leroy Sane at Schalke. (Daily Mail)Roman Abramovich attended Spain’s Euro 2016 clash in Bordeaux on Tuesday evening to run the rule over Spanish striker Alvaro Morata. Chelsea have already opened talks to sign Morata from Real Madrid  and a fee of £40 million has been mooted – with the Blues targeting him and Everton’s Romelu Lukaku. (Daily Telegraph)Joe Allen’s Liverpool future has been left in limbo by the Anfield club while he impresses for Wales at Euro 2016. Midfielder Allen has been one of the star performers for the Welsh as they qualified for the knockout stages as Group B winners, but Liverpool are open to offers for the 26-year-old who they value at £10 million with 12 months remaining on his contract. (Daily Telegraph)Liverpool are looking at the possibility of signing Southampton’s £25million forward Sadio Mane. Jurgen Klopp has been desperate to reinforce his squad as he prepares to take charge of his first full season at Anfield, and the Senegalese has been identified as a major target. (Daily Mail)Liverpool are adamant they will not be held to ransom by Leicester over Ben Chilwell. Liverpool are re-assessing their options as they look for a left-back to challenge Alberto Moreno after Leicester rejected their £7million offer for Chilwell. (Daily Mirror)West Ham have gone back for Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette – and are ready to pay £30m. Hammers boss Slaven Bilic is desperate for a top class striker and believes the French international fits the bill. (Daily Mirror)West Ham United are preparing a bid for the Juventus and Italy striker Simone Zaza, believed to be in the region of €20m (£15m). (Guardian)Leicester have made a move for Brazilian forward Eduardo Sasha. The Premier League champions have had a bid in the region of £7million for the 24-year-old turned down, with Internacional wanting around £9million. (Daily Mirror)Watford have offered to double Troy Deeney’s wages in a bid to prevent the striker from joining Premier League champions Leicester City, who have launched a £30m move. (Daily Telegraph)Burnley have turned down a club record offer of £15million for defender Michael Keane from Leicester City. (Lancashrie Telegraph)West Brom want to offer Andros Townsend a route back into the Premier League. The winger has a £10.5m release clause in his Newcastle contract and several Premier League clubs are contemplating triggering it. (Express & Echo)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?Transfer report: Juventus plotting move for Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez after losing Alvaro Morata to Real MadridManchester City transfer news: Roma hoping to push through deal for full-back Pablo ZabaletaArsenal transfer latest: Gunners tracking Croatia and Inter Milan star Ivan PerisicTransfer news: Piotr Zielinski urged to SNUB Liverpool by Empoli chief and join Napoli insteadLeicester City have NOT made contact over striker target Lucas Perez, insist Deportivo La CorunaSouthampton midfielder Victor Wanyama claims to have PASSED a medical at Tottenham – reportsTransfer news: Jesus Navas targeted by AC and Inter Milan as Manchester City close in on Nolito dealPaul Pogba’s agent says Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United are ‘fascinating’ options for France midfielderlast_img read more

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Sam Allardyce now EVEN MONEY FAVOURITE for England job – Coral Daily Download

first_imgCoral’s Dave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds, including an update on the FA’s search for the next England manager.Is Sam Allardyce their man? The latest bookies odds suggest a deal for the Sunderland boss is all-but wrapped up, with Big Sam now the EVEN MONEY favourite for the Three Lions job.Meanwhile, Jurgen Klinsmann is 7/2, Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe is 10/1 and Glenn Hoddle, who received the backing of a number of ex-pros and pundits, is 12/1.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img

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California Episcopalians to vote on secession

first_imgFRESNO – The world will be watching this weekend as California Episcopal leaders decide whether to pull out of the American church. Delegates from 14 California counties will vote today on whether to leave the U.S. Episcopal Church, confirming a preliminary vote last year. It would be the first diocese to leave the U.S. Episcopal Church, which has 110 dioceses and 2.4million members. The Diocese of San Joaquin is made up of 48 congregations with 10,276 members. At issue are differences over homosexuality and the Bible. Delegates are looking to break away from the church because it allows the blessing of same-sex unions, the ordination of gay bishops and the ordination of women as priests. These issues have put the U.S. Episcopal Church at odds with the worldwide Anglican Communion since 2003, when the Episcopal Church consecrated V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire as its first openly gay bishop. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“It’s a troubling time,” said Cindy Smith, president of Remain Episcopal, a Fresno-based organization opposing the split. “Any way this works out, there will be people who feel excluded or unhappy – and that’s the most unfortunate thing. There’s no winner in this.” The split requires two-thirds approval by both clergy delegates and lay delegates. The margin could be narrower than it was last year, diocese officials say. The preliminary vote to split last year was approved 68-16 by clergy and 108-12 by laity. “When there is a second vote, there are people who don’t feel the same latitude,” said the Rev. Van McCalister, spokesman for the diocese headquarters in Fresno. “This vote is the real thing.” Bishop John-David Schofield of the Diocese of Fresno on Wednesday rejected an appeal from U.S. Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori urging Schofield to “reconsider and draw back” from efforts to withdraw the Diocese of San Joaquin from the Episcopal Church. In a letter to Jefferts Schori, Schofield said the convention vote would continue as planned. If the proposal fails, the process dies — and would have to start all over again for the diocese to leave the Episcopal Church. If the proposal passes, delegates will decide when the split officially takes place and when related business will be completed. 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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