Beglium’s vast array of Premier League stars had a mixed night as they booked their Euro 2016 qualification by cantering to a 4-1 win over Andorra.Manchester City newboy continued his stellar form with his fifth goal in six games from a brilliant free kick, while Chelsea winger Eden Hazard, who captained the side, scored one penalty and missed another.Hazard looked complacent with his second spotkick, firing straight at the minnows’ goalkeeper late on,Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen had a night to forget, losing sight of the ball before hacking down an Andorran forward to hand the hosts their own chance from the spot.
“We understand how the TSA’s aggressive and increasingly difficult testing program identifies vulnerable areas and results in a safer aviation system,” one official said. Dave Stone, the former federal security director at LAX and one-time head of the TSA, said that LAX is vulnerable because of its size. Aside from passengers, screeners check more than 150,000 pieces of baggage daily, by far the most in the nation. “The testing program should be designed to break the system,” Stone said. “I spent a lot of time trying to have testing scenarios that exploit the vulnerability and gaps that we had at the passenger checkpoint. So therefore you would have failure rates that were relatively high.” Jack Keady, a Playa del Rey-based aviation consultant, questioned the TSA’s training method. “If you make anything innocuous-looking enough, you can usually get by,” Keady said. “Because the only screening method they have is looking through the TV screen.” He suggested that random searches may be one of the best ways to catch terrorists. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It takes real skill to look and find that,” he said. “This is an extreme effort on our part to keep our people up to date on the threats and how to thwart those threats.” The TSA does about 20,000 tests a week nationwide, meaning each of its 43,000 employees, including 2,000 at LAX, get tested about every two weeks. Based on the LAX test results from two years ago, Melendez said the amount of training screeners get increased from three to four hours per week, with a focus on detecting homemade bombs. Screeners who consistently do poorly on tests are removed from duty and put into remedial training until their ability to spot possible threats improve. Repeat trips to retraining sessions can go on their record and is considered during their annual recertification process. Airport officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the report did not alarm them. Transportation Security Administration screeners at LAX failed to notice 75 percent of fake bombs and explosives that passed through the airport during unannounced drills. By comparison, screeners at San Francisco International missed 20 percent of the would-be bombs and, at Chicago’s O’Hare International, 60 percent of the fake explosives were unnoticed. TSA officials would not confirm or deny details of the report, but defended the screeners, saying the tests were done two years ago and designed to fool security personnel. Whenever the so-called pass rate gets too high, the TSA revise the tests to make them more difficult, using different devices, the TSA’s local spokesman, Nico Melendez, said. “People have the misconception that these are like sticks of dynamite,” he said. “These are more like caps on a pen … a piece of metal with a wire in it.
UPPER MARLBORO, Md. – Two months into the school year, more than 2,000 students in this suburban county outside the nation’s capital had yet to get the shots they needed to attend class. So the school system decided it was through playing nice. Parents in Prince George’s County have been ordered to appear at a special court hearing today where they will be given a choice: Get their children vaccinated on the spot or risk up to 10 days in jail and fines. It is one of the strongest efforts made by a U.S. school system to ensure its youngsters receive their shots. Prince George’s County school officials and prosecutors said parents have been duly warned about the need for vaccinations over the past year. They said the goal isn’t to throw parents in jail but to protect public health and get kids who have been barred from school back to class. 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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “How can you in good conscience allow your child to miss school and their education for no particular reason?” said John White, spokesman for the 132,000-student school system. At the courthouse, the health department will have a makeshift clinic to administer vaccines. Parents will be given the chance to offer the judge an excuse for why they didn’t get their kids vaccinated. Under Maryland law, parents can obtain exemptions for religious or medical reasons. Those who fail to show up – and those who fail to offer a valid excuse and still refuse the shots – could be prosecuted under truancy laws and face possible jail time and fines of $50 per day.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “The coolest thing is having people like (Bon Jovi, with whom the band will be touring) taking us seriously that they want to work with us. People can say all they want that ‘He came from a TV show.’ But people like that taking us serioulsy is pretty cool.”– Chris Daughtry, former “American Idol” contestant who fronts Daughtry, on the band’s upcoming tour with Bon Jovi.“eBay.”– Josh Steely, guitarist of Daughtry, on where he plans to put his award. “The people we were up against – I don’t even know what to say. We were honored for our hard work.”– Chris Daughtry, the former “American Idol” contestant who fronts Daughtry, on his thoughts about his band’s wins.“Honestly we haven’t seen home for more than a week since January. So, the biggest thing for us is to see family. Without them, it would be empty going home. Obviously, we’re thankful for being here for these awards. But it doesn’t override family.”– Chris Daughtry, the former “American Idol” contestant who fronts Daughtry, on what he’s most thankful for.
BAGHDAD – An Iraqi military chief delivered a sharp warning to an American commander: Beware of your new alliances with former Sunni insurgents. The U.S. officer, Lt. Col. Wilson A. Shoffner, had his own message to pass on. Iraq’s Shiite-dominated leadership, he said, must learn to live with the outreach to Sunni tribes, whose help is considered crucial in recent blows against extremists such as al-Qaida in Iraq. The exchange this week at a joint U.S.-Iraqi base – witnessed by The Associated Press – highlights one of the deepest ruptures in strategic outlook between Washington and Baghdad. The Pentagon sees the Sunni tribal militias – known as Awakening Councils and other names – as vital partners to weaken the Sunni-led insurgency. On Tuesday, Sunni sheiks in north-central Iraq pledged 6,000 fresh fighters to join tens of thousands of others. But the Iraqi government, which is under heavy Shiite influence, is hesitant to incorporate the Sunni recruits into the regular security forces and worries they could easily slip back to the rebel side. The balancing act even can reach down to individual Sunni figures. At the meeting with Shoffner, the Iraqi officer, Lt. Col. Yahya Rasoul-Allah Ali, objected to U.S. overtures to a Sunni religious leader known as Sheik Saad, who was released from U.S. custody last month after being held a year. A wanted poster for Saad still hangs in Shoffner’s office. Ali produced a photo of Saad brandishing an AK-47 rifle. Ali said the others in the photo were insurgents linked to al-Qaida. Shoffner later said he has the same photo. “Let me tell you something, my friend,” Ali told the American commander. “Those who attacked and planted bombs to kill us once will do it again a hundred times. Meet him and reach your own conclusions, but our reputation as soldiers fighting for principles is at stake.” Shoffner, a paratrooper who leads U.S. forces in several northern Baghdad neighborhoods, sought to reassure Ali that he would proceed cautiously.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Pre-tax profits at the firm that operates the five-star Lough Eske Castle Hotel near Donegal town declined by 25% to €738,081 in 2013.Solis Lough Eske CastleThe hotel is owned by Donegal man Pat Doherty’s Harcourt Developments which recently obtained unlimited status, meaning the property group is no longer required to file accounts.However, the Irish Examiner reports that accounts filed by Lough Eske Developments Ltd with the Companies Office show that the hotel recorded the drop in profit after revenues fell from €6.87m to €6.75m in the 12 months to the end of December 2013. The directors’ report says “2013 was another positive year for the hotel, turnover decreased slightly but the hotel has still been profitable”. The directors state that although conditions are still challenging in the hotel industry “the company is confident of seeing continuing improvement, with sufficient amount of business already secured”.The profit in 2013 takes account of non-cash depreciation costs of €666,194. Numbers employed at the hotel reduced from 149 to 134 with staff costs reduced from €4.5m to €4.37m.Accumulated losses last year reduced from €7.424m to €6.686m. The firm’s cash during the year increased from €164,223 to €307,680. FIVE STAR DONEGAL HOTEL SEE PROFITS FALL BY 25% BUT STILL TRADING WELL was last modified: April 2nd, 2015 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:donegalDonegal TownPat DohertySolas Lough Eske Castle
Newcastle’s upcoming derby clash with Sunderland is a must-win game for the Magpies’ Premier League survival hopes, former chairman Freddy Shepherd has told talkSPORT.The Tyneside outfit slipped to a 1-0 defeat against table-topping Leicester on Monday in Rafael Benitez’s first outing as manager, a result which leaves them still one point from safety in 19th place.The Magpies showed feint signs of life against Foxes after just three days with Benitez at the helm, and following the Leicester game the new boss was confident his side have enough to avoid the drop.Shepherd shares the Spaniard’s optimism ahead of Sunday’s massive Tyne-Wear clash at St James’ Park, though he admits defeat to the Black Cats may spell doom for the side.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Shepherd said: “At home we’ve got a great chance to beat Sunderland, I honestly believe that.“It looks pretty dismal for Newcastle at the moment, but we’ll come through. I think Sunderland is the biggest game of the season for us, without a doubt.Asked if he believed the cub’s foreign players know what the Tyne-Wear derby means to Newcastle, he replied: “No. Simple, no. but they will do at the weekend.“This is a huge game for both clubs, and if we lose against Sunderland I think we’re in real trouble.“At the moment we’ve got an escape route, and we’ll start to go along that with a win in the Sunderland game. But if don’t win in Newcastle we’ve got real problems.”
Mahrez has scored 17 goals and provided 11 assists for Leicester this season Barcelona legend Xavi believes Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez has the potential to play at the Nou Camp.Mahrez has been a revelation for the surprise Premier League leaders this season, scoring 17 goals and laying on 11 assists in 32 appearances.While conceding he had not heard of the Mahrez before this season, Xavi, who now plays for Qatari club Al Sadd, thinks all the top clubs in Europe will be chasing the Algerian this summer.“He is a very good player,” Xavi told The New Arab.“He suddenly came to my attention this season, I didn’t know about him before, but this season he has blown up. He has made a name for himself among the top names in the English league and played exceptionally well.“Thanks to what he has done for his club, he can now play for any big club in Europe.“He could play for Barcelona in the future. He is talented, but that [where he plays] is not in my hands these days.” 1
Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Adrien Rabiot scored for PSG in their 2-2 Champions League quarter-final draw with Man City.But it was a mistake at the back from Manuel Pellegrini’s side which led to Ibrahimovic’s opening goal.Before that, Joe Hart saved the striker’s spot-kick and Kevin De Bruyne put the visitors ahead in Paris, but then PSG went 2-1 ahead before Fernandinho’s equaliser.VIDEO: JOE HART SAVES ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC’S PENALTY Watch Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s goal against Man City 1