Traders and business people have expressed surprise after Christmas arrived early in Co Donegal.Christmas jumpers on sale in Penneys in Letterkenny!by Rachel McLaughlin (who loves Christmas!)It may still be 111 days to Christmas Day but some stores are already stocking up on festive goodies. In Letterkenny some stores are already displaying Christmas jumpers and chocolates on their shelves.Penneys are stocking men’s jumpers, while Tesco have a large range of chocolate Santas and selection boxes.Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce CEO Toni Forrester said she was surprised at the early sale of the themed goods.Chocolate santas on sale in Tesco!“We are actually planning for Halloween,” she told DonegalDaily. She said that the Chamber will wait until Letterkenny’s independent stores get Halloween over with until they promote Christmas.“It helps people to budget” she said, “a lot of people have to plan ahead, when the goods are available they can put money aside.”But she admitted “It’s quite early, and it’s a surprise,” she said.Another business owner said Christmas just gets earlier each year.“It’s getting that early each year that some year we’re going to be celebrating it in the summer time. “For goodness sakes, some people are still planning on going abroad for their summer holidays.”FESTIVE FRIGHT AS CHRISTMAS COMES EARLY TO DONEGAL STORES! was last modified: September 5th, 2013 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:chamber of commerceCHristmasletterkenny
Manchester City 2 Napoli 1: Guardiola’s men see off Serie A leaders despite second-half scare Ben Spratt Last updated 2 years ago 04:38 10/18/17 Getty Images A dominant first-half Manchester City performance gave way to a nervy second 45 minutes as Napoli threatened to deny Pep Guardiola’s men. Pep Guardiola’s free-scoring Manchester City took a huge step towards the Champions League knockout stages as they edged to a thrilling 2-1 win over Group F rivals Napoli.City have cruised to the top of the Premier League – netting 29 goals in eight league games this term – and any claims that Serie A’s own in-form leaders could halt the hosts’ fine run looked to have been put to bed inside the opening quarter of an hour at the Etihad Stadium.Guardiola had predicted a “fascinating” contest and that it was, but poor Napoli initially had no answer to City’s rampant attacking play as Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus scored early on. 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Maurizio Sarri ignored his president’s calls to rest key men for this match – with second-placed Inter visiting the San Paolo this weekend – but Dries Mertens’ first notable contribution was to see a penalty saved.However, as City stepped off the gas after the break, Napoli hit their stride and a second spot-kick – from Amadou Diawara – was converted to set up a dramatic finish.The visitors could not then force an equaliser, but their second-half dominance will have given Guardiola food for thought as his side move on to nine points; the Etihad crowd certainly felt their nerves jangling in the closing stages.City have never played out a goalless draw in a group game in this competition and it quickly became clear that Guardiola’s unchanged side would maintain that entertaining record in a stunning display.Sterling swept a finish beyond the wrongfooted Pepe Reina – for his eighth of the season – after Kyle Walker’s close-range shot was blocked, with a second goal following just four minutes later through Jesus, who converted from Kevin De Bruyne’s low, sweeping centre.Having won each of their previous three home league games by a margin of five, City’s momentum did not slow.Sterling delayed his pass as the relentless hosts broke in numbers after a rare Napoli foray, but Leroy Sane had the patience and awareness to then pick out De Bruyne on the edge of the area for a thunderous drive that rattled the underside of the crossbar.Goal-line technology confirmed that the Belgian’s effort had not crossed the line and referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz was again checking his watch when Reina and Kalidou Koulibaly combined to scramble Jesus’ strike away from the goalmouth.Napoli looked to have been handed a route back into the game towards the end of the first half but, when Walker dragged Raul Albiol down, Ederson blocked Mertens’ penalty and Fernandinho hacked clear.The visitors momentarily gained a foothold in the tie, despite the miss, but only a vital Reina block kept Jesus from further extending City’s lead.10+ – Napoli have faced 10+ shots in a Champions League first half only five time, three of them against Manchester City. Shock.— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) October 17, 2017Although Napoli kicked on after the restart, forcing the home side back, chances for Sarri’s men were initially few and far between and they were dealt a blow just before the hour mark as Lorenzo Insigne hobbled off.City were seemingly caught out by their opponents’ vast improvement, though, and Marek Hamsik looked destined to equal Diego Maradona’s all-time Napoli scoring record when Mertens squared to his captain – with Ederson grounded – only for John Stones to make a brilliant diving block.But the visitors did not have to wait much longer for their goal. Fernandinho’s foul on Faouzi Ghoulam resulted in a second spot-kick and Diawara took on the responsibility, finally ending a run of six consecutive Champions League penalty saves from City goalkeepers.Jesus thought he had restored the two-goal lead but strayed offside from De Bruyne’s pass, before the midfielder tested Reina with a free-kick and Mertens dragged wide at the other end.City saw out the victory, but they know they must head to the San Paolo in a fortnight – that prospect will feel rather more daunting now than it did at half-time, even if they need only a point in Italy to secure their progression. Key Opta stats:- In all competitions, Manchester City have now recorded 10 consecutive victories; equalling their previous best run under Pep Guardiola (10 wins at the start of 2016-17).- Manchester City have won their opening three games of a European tournament for the first time since 2008-09 (in the UEFA Cup), however this is the first time they have achieved it in the Champions League.- The Citizens have also won three consecutive home games in the Champions League for the first time, and are now unbeaten in their last 11 overall (W8 D3). – Gabriel Jesus has been directly involved in 21 goals in 20 starts in all competitions for Manchester City (15 goals, 6 assists).- Raheem Sterling has already scored 8 goals in 11 appearances for Manchester City this season; two fewer than he did in 47 appearances last term (10).- Manchester City goalkeepers have saved six of the last seven penalties that they have faced in the Champions League (three by Joe Hart, two by Willy Caballero and one by Ederson). – Manchester City’s starting XI tonight was their youngest in the Champions League under Pep Guardiola (26y 73d), and their youngest in the competition overall since October 2012 (25y 309d v Borussia Dortmund). read more
LeBron James is the most popular player in the NBA, according to the latest ESPN Sports Poll.For the first time in four years, nearly 13 percent (12.9) of NBA fans said James was their favorite player in the league this season. Of Kobe Bryant, who came in a close second, 12.5 percent of the fans said he is their favorite.The 2008-09 season was the only other time when the Miami Heat star passed Bryant as the top fan pick. The Lakers star won the honor five of six years, from 2006-07 to 2011-12.“The Decision,” a 2010 televised special in which NBA player LeBron James announced that he would switch teams, caused the recent NBA champion’s popularity to decline. In his last season in Cleveland, 15.6 percent of fans thought he was their favorite but after “The Decision” was aired, his popularity went down to 9.4 percent.James has won back-to-back NBA finals, which may have led to his current spike in popularity.
VIDEO: The Patriots better worry about Julio Jones FiveThirtyEight More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (Jan. 31, 2017), we do a super-sized segment on Super Bowl LI. Will the Matt Ryan-led Falcons offense dominate, or will Tom Brady and the Patriots prevail? Next, tennis expert Carl Bialik drops by as we break down an Australian Open final that was a blast from the past. Plus, a significant digit on an unprecedented sanction in Major League Baseball.Links to what we discussed:ESPN launched its ultimate Super Bowl preview.Neil Paine wrote on the prowess of Julio Jones.ESPN’s Kevin Seifert looks at how Matt Ryan and Tom Brady match up.Tennis is growing older, writes Carl Bialik.In case you missed them, recaps of the Australian Open’s final games: Federer vs. Nadal and Williams vs. Williams.Does the Australian Open’s logo too closely resemble the logo for Netflix’s show “The OA”?Significant Digits: A triple digit this week: $2 million, No. 56, and No. 75. That’s what the St. Louis Cardinals lost this week, as Major League Baseball handed down a penalty that forced the team to pay the Houston Astros the fine and give them 2017 draft picks for hacking into the Astros’ scouting database. Embed Code
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppExpect to see a new look in town….Texaco gas stations will now be operating under a new brand name, Rubis. The French company which has been buying and renovating gas stations all over the Caribbean for some time has now arrived in the Turks and Caicos and work has already started on stations around town. Marked by its sleek, green, red and white colours, Rubis is renowned for providing advanced service at the pumps. While the exact changes in services offered are not yet known to the public, Rubis’ rebranding normally carries features such as ‘pay at the pump’ service; laser car-wash, UltraTec unleaded gasoline and diesel fuel; and TOTAL lubricants as have been seen in the Bahamas and other countries.
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, July 25, 2016 – Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Florida, Romania, Brazil, Texas., Barbados, China, Slovenia, California County, Russia, Ohio, Spain and Trinidad and Tobago have something very critical in common; they all reported to the world and local community their very first case of Zika. In the Turks and Caicos, knowledge about Zika did not come on case one, or two, or three or four… but the resident and travelling public are only now knowing when the country hits case number five. The question for our government is why, why are we only knowing of this global health emergency illness, after five cases are recorded in the country.In doing our digging, country by country, the pattern is virtually the same for all jurisdictions… that as soon as they got that first case confirmed, the nation and the world were told. The TCI Ministry of Health has a reputation now of holding back on the impact of communicable and non communicable illnesses in the country… it took five months for the Ministry to speak publicly on Chicken Pox; problems of Norovirus within this year and previous years were swept under the rug; media was confronted with a walk out by the former health minister when there were too many questions regarding Chikungunya and there were similar postures with Swine Flu and Dengue Fever.On Sunday, following a statement by his Ministry of Health, Premier Dr Rufus Ewing issued a national statement of his own which promised that his team would continue to work hard to keep cases down. However, there is slim chance of success there, as regulations to give Environmental Health and DECR more power of arrest are stagnant and there are dozens of undocumented communities which have their own utility systems which prove to be ripe breeding grounds for mosquitoes; plus there is a vexing problem of nastiness in our two main tourism islands. Our people toss garbage everywhere and litter is prolific especially in the main tourist hub of The Bight.We are working on the Ministry of Health as Magnetic Media believes the public deserves to know why we never knew of the first confirmed case of Zika virus, which is spread primarily by mosquitoes. Incidentally, we found that one of the nations where cases of Zika were never reported for months and months and months to its residents and guests was nearby Haiti; they simply did not say and now the country where there are up to three commutes a day from Provo, is reportedly overrun. Meanwhile the rain continues, and that means breeding grounds for mosquitoes are under construction.
Report: Craft beer industry generates three times more revenue than San Diego Padres October 11, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Posted: October 11, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A new report says that San Diego’s craft beer industry brings in three times more revenue to the city than the San Diego Padres.The studies author, Ed Ashley from CSU San Marcos joined us in studio to discuss the recent findings.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR The conference report for the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill retains language from the House version of the legislation barring DOD from closing any of its 680 hospital and clinics until the military services have finished transferring them to the Defense Health Agency (DHA). Conferees revised some of the original language, though, and the deadline for the services to transfer their military treatment facilities has been moved back to Sept. 30, 2021, a three-year delay from the existing deadline; the House version had moved the transfer deadline back two years. DOD established the DHA in 2013 to assume management responsibility for numerous functions of the military health system. The FY 2017 defense authorization bill set Oct. 1, 2018, as the deadline for the new agency to be responsible for the administration of each treatment facility, covering budgetary matters, information technology, and health care administration and management. That measure also called for the department to prepare an implementation plan detailing how the transition would eliminate duplicative activities carried out by the DHA and the services, and maximize efficiencies in the activities carried out by the DHA.Section 711 prohibits the department from closing or downsizing any military treatment facility “that addresses the medical needs of beneficiaries and the community in the vicinity of such facility, center, hospital, or care center” until it submits to the congressional defense committees a report describing the methodology and criteria the department will use to close or downsize treatment facilities in conjunction with the transition. Closures connected to the transition also are barred from being carried out until 90 days after DOD informs Congress about the particular action.Army photo by Sgt. Micah Merrill