Cops begin 4-day anti-gang sweep

first_imgCOP and HIT teams are trained to pursue crime more aggressively than patrol deputies who typically respond to calls. Law enforcement and public officials are facing growing pressure from an electorate that has become dissatisfied with Antelope Valley crime-fighting efforts in recent years, particularly in Lancaster, which has seen an unabated spike in serious crime. “I don’t think we look at it as pressure. Our job is to do a saturation patrol and do the best job we can and try to arrest people for crimes,” said Sgt. Steve Kenny, who was summoned to Lancaster from Century station. “It’s an inconvenience, but I don’t think any of them mind doing it. That’s the nature of what we do.” gideon.rubin@dailynews.com (661) 267-7802160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! And the timing is no coincidence, Deeley said. “There’s no doubt that this is a direct answer” to the community meeting, Deeley said. He noted that the deployment had already been planned, but was expedited and expanded. “(Sheriff Lee Baca) came here for the War on Gangs and Crime meeting and promised he was going to help with the effort and this is a direct result of his promise,” Deeley said. “(Baca) told me last week that this was coming and that it wasn’t going to stop anytime soon.” The Sheriff’s Department will boost its COP and HIT team presence in the Antelope Valley for the foreseeable future, Deeley said, noting that similar sweeps are planned for Palmdale and surrounding unincorporated areas. LANCASTER – Responding to public outcry for beefed-up patrols, dozens of Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies launched a four-day sweep Tuesday that officials vowed is just the beginning of a long-term crime-fighting effort. During a news conference at the Lancaster sheriff’s station, officials announced that 40 deputies from the Community Oriented Policing (COP) and High Impact Team (HIT) joined a dozen local deputies in a sweep of central Lancaster in an effort to reduce burglaries, robberies and gang activity. The COP and HIT teams will saturate a 3 1/2-square-mile region from Avenues H to J-8 between 20th Streets East and West, Capt. Carl Deeley said. The unprecedented deployment comes just three weeks after an overflow crowd of more than 3,000 packed Lancaster Baptist Church for the newly formed Antelope Valley War on Gangs and Crime’s first public meeting. last_img read more

Bayern eager to complete teenager Hudson-Odoi signing

first_img0Shares0000Bayern Munich target Callum Hudson-Odoi controls the ball during Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday in the league cup semi-final at Wembley Stadium. © AFP / Adrian DENNISDOHA, Qatar, Jan 9 – Bayern Munich, who are targeting young talent in the current transfer window, have confirmed their strong interest in English teenager Callum Hudson-Odoi amid reports the defending German champions have agreed a fee with Chelsea.“We definitely want to sign him – he has the qualities which would fit very well into our team,” Bayern’s director of sport Hasan Salihamidzic said Wednesday at their winter training camp in Doha. “He is very fast and good at dribbling.”According to Sky, Bayern and Chelsea have agreed a transfer of 39 million euros, but it is unclear whether Hudson-Odoi would move in the current Bundesliga transfer window, which closes at 1700 GMT on January 31, or in July.It was reportedly the fourth bid Bayern have tabled for the talented Hudson-Odoi, who has made just one Premier League appearance this season.If he moves to Munich, he will become the third English teenager currently in the Bundesliga alongside Jadon Sancho, 18, who left Manchester City for Borussia Dortmund in 2017, and Riess Nelson, 19, on loan from Arsenal at Hoffenheim until July.The 18-year-old Hudson-Odoi, who can play as a winger or forward, played 79 minutes of Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday night in the English League Cup semi-final.His sole Premier League appearance so far this season was as an injury replacement in a 2-1 win at Watford on December 26.The England Under-19 international is set to face more competition next season at Stamford Bridge with the arrival of US winger Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund in July.On Wednesday, Bayern also confirmed the signing of French World Cup-winning defender Benjamin Pavard, 22, on a five-year contract from July 1 for 35 million euros.Despite winning the Bundesliga title for each of the last six seasons, Bayern will resume the 2018/19 campaign on January 18 trailing current leaders Dortmund by six points.They are looking for more youthful recruits to boost their ageing squad with RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner, and Atletico Madrid defender Lucas Hernandez, both 22, also targeted.“He is a very interesting player,” said Salihamidzic of Hernandez, who can play at left-back or as a central defender, but is under contract in Madrid until 2024 with a buy-out clause worth 80 million euros.Werner, who has scored nine goals in 23 appearances for Germany, has been offered an extension to his current contract, which runs until 2020, by Leipzig.Should he reject the offer, he is likely to transfer out of Leipzig at the end of this season, RB’s director Oliver Mintzlaff has confirmed.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Obafemi Martins leaves MLS to join Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua

first_imgFormer Inter Milan, Newcastle and Birmingham striker Obafemi Martins has become the latest high-profile player to seal a move to the Chinese Super League.The 31-year-old Nigerian has announced he is leaving Major League Soccer outfit Seattle Sounders to join Shanghai Shenhua.Martins, a League Cup winner with Birmingham in 2011, joins the likes of Demba Ba and Fredy Guarin at the Chinese club.He also joins a host of high-profile names in moving to join the big-money football revolution in the Far East, with the likes of Colombia winger Jackson Martinez, Brazilian midfielders Ramires and Alex Teixeira, and Croatian striker Nikica Jelavic – formerly of West Ham – all moving to China in recent weeks.Gervinho, Paulinho, Mohamed Sissoko, Gael Kakuta and Asamoah Gyan are other notable stars who currently play in the 16-team Chinese Super League, where the new season begins on March 4. Martins thanked the Sounders via his official Twitter account before saying: “For me it’s now time for a new challenge.“After significant reflection, I have decided to join Shanghai Shenhua of the Chinese Super League.“When I left Nigeria for Italy at the age of 15 with the hopes of a pro career, I put everything on the line. I was immersed in an unknown culture.“It may be difficult to understand or relate to, but I’ve grown to appreciate the feeling I get when entering environments where I’m not a proven footballer.“Seattle will always have a special place in my heart.” Former Newcastle striker Obafemi Martins 1last_img read more

AN AFTERNOON WITH THE QUIET MAN

first_imgWhile away an hour or so with a free screening of the John Ford classic The Quiet Man at the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny.As part of the Bealtaine Festival, the afternoon free film showing is on Wednesday May 20th at 2pm.Booking advised – 074 9129186 AN AFTERNOON WITH THE QUIET MAN was last modified: May 16th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Bealtaine FestivalTHE QUIET MANlast_img read more

EVOLVE WIN PRESTIGIOUS WEDDING MENSWEAR AWARD

first_imgEVOLVE MENSWEAR have won yet another prestigious award, this time for being the best wedding menswear provider in Ireland.Evolve Wedding & Formal Hire were awarded the prestigious ‘Mrs2Be Brides’ Choice Wedding Award. Leading Irish wedding website Mrs2Be.ie announced Evolve Wedding and Formal Hire as the Best Menswear Wedding Provider in Ireland in their Brides’ Choice Awards2015 is the second year of the Mrs2Be Brides’ Choice Awards and they’ve been very well received by the Irish wedding industry.The awards are open to all venues and registered businesses who offer a wedding-related service to Irish-based couples regardless of whether or not they are customers of Mrs2Be.Judged by both real brides and grooms and independent judges with industry knowledge, the awards recognise excellence within the wedding industry. Owners JP and Mark McCloskey stated how much this award means to them all.“This award means a great deal to us, knowing that couples are happy with the service provided by Evolve.“We believe that quality and professionalism is why we received the award again this year.“We do not want to be doing something unless it’s with 100% commitment.“Wedding Hire Manager Louise McPhilemy along with Shaun McHugh share this vision.“They make it all happen in our Wedding Department. “Our customers are important to us and we are so very grateful to them all for continuing to support us.“In particular for this award, we thank the couples for letting us dress them and for recommending Evolve.Managing Director of Mrs2Be, Keith Malone, commented, “Winning a Mrs2Be Brides’ Choice Award is a huge achievement for any wedding business.“When creating the awards, we deliberately steered clear of the ‘popularity contest’ and ‘paid for’ models. “We endeavoured to create a system that was unbiased and based upon real reviews from real previous couples. I believe we were successful in achieving this goal.”Mr. Malone added “The judges were very impressed with the overall standard of finalists. Each finalist deserves recognition for their professionalism and quality of their product or service.“We sincerely congratulate all of the award winners and wish them the very best for the future.”EVOLVE WIN PRESTIGIOUS WEDDING MENSWEAR AWARD was last modified: May 28th, 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:Businessevolve menswearFeaturesnewslast_img read more

DDTV – THE DONEGAL PEN BOYS GET READY TO SLAY THE DRAGONS

first_imgConor and Ronan McGarvey from Loughanure have already written themselves into the business books of Donegal with their thriving cottage company. The lads started Donegal Pens in a small shed at the back of their home.Now their hand-made writing utensils are owned by people with Donegal connections around the globe.But will the dragons from RTE’s Dragon’s Den give them the thumbs-up for their business?Here’s a taster for the show when the lads appear on it on Sunday week, June 5th at 9.30pm. Simply click to play the video.   DDTV – THE DONEGAL PEN BOYS GET READY TO SLAY THE DRAGONS was last modified: April 27th, 2013 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:DONEGAL PENSDragon’s Denlast_img read more

DONEGAL WOMAN ELECTED SECRETARY OF NEW FIANNA FAIL NATIONAL WOMEN’S GROUP

first_imgA DONEGAL woman has been elected secretary of a new wing of Fianna Fail – the party’s Women’s Network.Donegal PRO Áine McGinley was elected as Secretary and Cavan County Councillor Niamh Smyth was elected President of the group.Ms. McGinley said this evening: “The Network was established in March and is one of the initiatives being rolled out as part of the Markievicz Commission Report recommendations, which aims to increase female participation in Fianna Fáil. The publication of the Report earlier this year was a major milestone for this party as it set out a roadmap to increase female participation in politics. “I am honoured to have been elected as Secretary of the Fianna Fáil Women’s Network and am excited to be embarking on this positive new venture. It is a very important body and I am delighted to be making history, being the first ever Secretary of the Network.“Our party has a proud tradition of gender equality, which must be embraced and advanced. Not only must we attract new female members, we must ensure that women’s rights are promoted at a national level through the Network itself but also by encompassing the mainstream party structures. We have been presented with a constructive challenge and I look forward to welcoming women right across the country into the Network”. DONEGAL WOMAN ELECTED SECRETARY OF NEW FIANNA FAIL NATIONAL WOMEN’S GROUP was last modified: September 13th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Hundreds expected for funeral of political giant Paddy Harte

first_imgBoth the President Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will be represented at the funeral of former Donegal TD Paddy Harte in Raphoe today.Hundreds of people are expected to attend the funeral of the political giant who passed away on Monday last at Lifford Hospital.Aged 86, Mr Harte, OBE, had given most of his life to politics and his local community as well as to his loving family. In recent days since his passing, hundreds of people have passed through the family’s well-known home on the Diamond in the heart of Raphoe and recalled the life and times of the man who did so much for so many.Others understood to be attending today’s funeral include Ministers Joe McHugh and Charlie Flanagan as well as political representatives from Northern Ireland with whom Mr Harte dedicated so much time trying to find a peace with our neighbours.His funeral mass takes place today at 12 noon in St. Eunan’s Church in Raphoe with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.To his loving wife Rosaleen, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well as family and friends, may we express our deep sympathy at this time. Hundreds expected for funeral of political giant Paddy Harte was last modified: January 12th, 2018 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:funeralpaddy harteRaphoelast_img read more

Donegal Conradh na Gaeilge members seek TDs support for plan

first_imgConradh na Gaeilge members from Donegal met with local TD Pat The Cope Gallagher in Dublin to ask for support for an Irish Language and Gaeltacht Investment Plan which could create 2,000 new jobs.The ten-hour clinic at Buswells Hotel saw Donegal man Dónall Ó Cnáimhsí sit down with Deputy Gallagher to voice concerns around Irish language and Gaeltacht funding as Clinic Na Gaeilge came to Kildare Street.Local Conradh representatives from constituencies across Ireland travelled to the capital to meet TDs and Senators in a bid to secure funding of €5 million for the plan in Budget 2020. “Clinic na Gaeilge brings the voice of the Irish-speaking community to the seat of power where they can air the local issues that matter to them most,” said Dónall.“It was good to sit down with Pat and encourage him to secure investment in the Irish language and in the Gaeltacht as a priority for the Government in Budget 2020.”Dr Niall Comer, President of Conradh na Gaeilge, said the Irish Language and Gaeltacht Investment Plan had been agreed by 88 Irish language and Gaeltacht groups, and would create 2,000 new jobs.“It will also provide essential resources towards the language planning process, and afford the public many opportunities across the country to use Irish,” said Dr Comer. “Údarás na Gaeltachta, the Gaeltacht employment authority, has seen its capital budget slashed by up to 65% since 2008 and Foras na Gaeilge, the cross-border body promoting Irish, has had a €5 million reduction in funding since 2008.“It is time for the Government to reinvest in our Gaeltachts and in our language.”The event was held as part of Conradh na Gaeilge’s #SEAS19 (seisiúin eolais agus spreagtha) pre-budget campaign, which involves information and progress sessions on Irish language and Gaeltacht affairs.“Other Irish speakers have been phoning their local politicians, calling into their local clinics, and sending personal emails or tweets,” said Peadar Mac Fhlannchadha, Advocacy Manager with Conradh na Gaeilge.“Like Clinic na Gaeilge, this is all tremendously enormously important work before the Budget is decided. “We are stronger as a community when we work together on these core issues – ní neart go cur le chéile.”Other issues discussed with Oireachtas members included the urgency in publishing the Official Languages Bill 2019, the abolition of the Gaeltacht fees charged to students in teacher training colleges, additional investment in TG4, and a call for a comprehensive policy which links the teaching of Irish throughout the duration of the educational cycle, from pre-school to university.Conradh na Gaeilge is the democratic forum for the Irish-speaking community.The Conradh has over 200 branches and numerous individual members registered around the world, who work to promote the use of Irish in their respective areas. Conradh na Gaeilge’s main aim is to promote the use of Irish as the standard language in Ireland.Further information on the Irish Language and Gaeltacht Investment Plan is available at www.cnag.ie/pleang.Donegal Conradh na Gaeilge members seek TDs support for plan was last modified: October 1st, 2019 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)last_img read more

Christmas comes to Letterkenny as Voodoo Venue switches its lights on

first_imgVoodoo in Letterkenny is the place to be tomorrow evening as the official switch-on of the venue’s Christmas lights takes place at 5pm.Once again the youngest member of An Garda Siochana, Jack Beattie will perform the official duties.Santa will also be on hand to make sure Jack performs his duties and there will be lots of goodies for the children. All proceeds raised on the night will go towards the Bumbleance Children’s Ambulance Service.As well as the official switch-on there will be lots of music performed by lots of well-known artists including Ritchie Remo, Michael Maloney, David James, Wild Rover, Conor O’Donnell and Ailish McBride.So if you want to banish the winter blues away and get that warm feeling of Christmas, get along to Voodo Venue at Lower Main Street before 5pm and let that magical feeling begin.See you all there! Christmas comes to Letterkenny as Voodoo Venue switches its lights on was last modified: November 9th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:CHristmasletterkennySwitch onVoodoo. lightslast_img read more