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Claude Makelele 1 Claude Makelele has been appointed as Monaco’s technical director.The former Real Madrid, Chelsea and Paris St Germain midfielder, who won 71 caps for France, will assist club vice-president Vadim Vasilyev on footballing matters.“I am very happy to join a major club in French and European football,” Makelele told Monaco’s website.“My meeting with Vadim Vasilyev was decisive in my desire to join Monaco.”Vasilyev added: “It is a great satisfaction to have by my side a man of the quality and profile of Claude Makelele.“It was important to have a professional there every day who can provide a link between the sporting operation and the club directors.”Makelele has some coaching experience, having been an assistant to Carlo Ancelotti at Paris St Germain from 2011 to 2013 before a short-lived spell as Bastia’s head coach between May and November of 2014.He said: “It is a new stage in my career and I am convinced that this new role of technical director suits me perfectly.“I am very excited about the idea of working with a coach of the quality of Leonardo Jardim.“AS Monaco aim each year for Champions League qualification and I will work to help achieve those objectives.”
BROADCASTING: Digital revolution will leave your screen blank if you’re still using antennae in 2009. By Sue Doyle STAFF WRITER One in five Americans who still fiddles with rabbit ears to get better TV picture quality will be blown away by the digital revolution – and most of them don’t even know it yet. The congressional mandate replaces analog, a technology used for TV since its start in the 1930s that transmits signals by airwaves. The change to digital will improve picture and sound quality from analog transmissions and allows the transfer of more data to consumers. It also frees up precious airwave spectrum for the government to create a national public safety frequency. The remaining spectrum will be sold at public auction, with wireless commercial giants expected to bid billions to get a share of it. The options available to analog TV owners are the following: 1. Upgrade to a digital TV set – from $150. 2. Subscribe to cable or satellite service – about $600 a year. 3. Buy a digital converter box – about $50 to $75. To ease the transition for consumers, the federal government has set aside $990 million to offer two $40 coupons to households to help pay for converter boxes, also called tuners. The voucher program begins in January and will be administered through the U.S. Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration. Also, all TV sets sold in the U.S. since March have had to contain digital tuner receivers. And as of May, all older TVs still on the market are supposed to have labels showing they have analog tuners and will require converter boxes. Using a traditional old TV inside his Canoga Park home, Luis Diaz was unaware it will fade to black in 2009. He said he would probably buy a converter for it. “I don’t have time to watch TV, so it’s not too important to me,” he said. “But buying the converter feels like a waste of time.” About 21 million U.S. households – 19 percent of the country – do not subscribe to cable or satellite services, according to a Government Accountability Office survey. “Many homes may lose complete access to television in the transition. … We cannot allow this to happen – people need television access to get news in an emergency scenario,” said California Congressman Joe Baca. “We must have proper outreach to ensure our senior citizens, disabled individuals and lower income families are aware of the changes they need to make.” While the remaining 80 million or so homes do have cable or satellite service, they might not have it hooked up on all their TVs and will have to decide what to do if they want reception on them, said Mark Cooper, Consumer Federation of America research director. Although he has digital TVs at home, Marty Fadaei, 45, of Calabasas said it’s not fair that the federal government is forcing Americans to accept the digital transition or be left in the dark. Even with the coupons, it’s not a fair way to run the country, he said. “That’s terrible. They will control it. It’s not the right way to do things,” he said. “This is a democracy, and you are telling people what they have to buy.” As the deadline for analog draws near, it’s likely that lower-income, non-English-speaking and senior residents won’t be aware of the change, Cooper said. In fact, it’s estimated that about 16 million households will lose all TV reception when analog signals are cut off, according to a report from the Consumer Federation of America and Consumers Union. Meanwhile, Cooper warns that consumers will be bombarded with ads from businesses preying on their confusion about digital TVs, cable services and converter boxes. Already, some cable TV ads are feeding into this by saying cable customers don’t have to worry about the transition, giving the impression that people should switch to cable, Cooper said. [email protected] Staff writer Lisa Friedman contributed to this report.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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.While still more than a year off, the national switch to digital from analog transmissions is the biggest change in TV transmission standards since the birth of color broadcasting in 1953. Most Americans won’t even notice when the analog signal is cut on Feb. 17, 2009, because they already have digital sets or cable or satellite service. But converter boxes for analog sets will go on sale soon, along with a marketing blitz from cable and satellite companies and TV makers, all hoping to capitalize on consumer confusion. “This is going to be the most amazing blindside in American history,” said Tracy Westen, CEO of the Center for Governmental Studies, a Los Angeles-based nonpartisan research organization. “It’s like a tsunami that’s coming in 2009, and we know it’s coming, but nobody is paying attention.” In fact, nearly two-thirds of Americans have no idea about the upcoming change, according to a survey for the Association of Public Television Stations.
INTERNET: California employees have updated entries on the online encyclopedia 1,100 times. By Phillip Reese and Carrie Peyton Dahlberg SACRAMENTO BEE AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. SACRAMENTO – As the online reference Wikipedia soars in popularity, Sacramento government workers are doing their part to shape how we all see the world – inflating reputations, dabbling in pornography and whiling away work hours. California Department of Justice computers were used to alter Wikipedia entries about submarines, battleships and vintage airplanes roughly 1,100 times, a Sacramento Bee analysis found. Someone from the state legislature thought it was a good idea to remove a reference to state Sen. Leland Yee’s 1992 booking in Hawaii on suspicion of shoplifting. Another of the legislature’s computer users prettied up a section on Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, citing his penchant for creating budgets that are “lean but not mean” and deleting a summary of his conflicts with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. With the user-created and user- edited encyclopedia hovering at or near the top 10 Internet sites – at 7 billion views a month – changes made to Wikipedia can influence millions of people who turn to it daily for quick answers. Computer networks don’t commonly pinpoint the individuals responsible for each Wikipedia change, but The Bee used a new program that makes it easier to track edits to the workplace where they were made. Virgil Griffith, the Caltech graduate student who created the WikiScanner program, hoped it would be “a cannon” that anyone could aim at a favorite target. Yet, The Bee found, it also paints a portrait of human nature, illustrating the way private passions, whether ugly or whimsical, break into the workday. Someone at the California Department of Health Services, for example, edited encyclopedia entries about pornography stars in late 2005. Many of the edits to entries for Annabel Chong, Linda Lovelace, John Holmes and Nina Hartley offered profane accounts of their sexual skills. And those were the nicer changes. In the same department, someone vandalized the encyclopedia entry of lesbian tennis legend Billie Jean King, inserting a homophobic joke, and apparently made up a racist, demeaning quote for Chong. Because of the way its network is set up, the health department cannot trace exactly which computer made those changes, said spokesman Mike Bowman. If the worker responsible for the entries were found, Bowman said, he or she would be punished. So would whoever devoted so much work time to vintage planes and submarines, said Gareth Lacy, spokesman for the Department of Justice. Among the 1,100 changes were 224 edits to entries on the Albatross fighter aircraft and another 248 on the Fokker fighter planes. If the anonymous aviation buff spent 10 minutes on average per edit, that’s more than four 40-hour weeks over three years. Along with highlighting which computer system’s fingerprints are on Wikipedia changes, the WikiScanner program also captures the breadth of government workers’ contributions to the cache of online knowledge. Among the thousands of entries altered from a state government data center that provides computing for many departments, boards and agencies were: lists of Chinese dissidents, lists of the modules in the role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons, and lists of record albums with hidden tracks. Those who have studied Wikipedia’s accuracy say it is generally fairly reliable, with mistakes corrected quickly by other users. But they agree that many who look things up on Wikipedia have no idea that the kid next door, or the corporation down the street, might have just inserted something bizarre or self-serving and that there is no Wikipedia fact-checking department to automatically catch them. Some errors linger. Back in July, someone who went online through a cable television-based Internet service in Virginia had this to say about Sacramento’s zoo: “It is one of the best and well-known zoos in the world.” In fact the zoo, while the site of many happy outings for Sacramento families and perhaps the anonymous someone from Virginia, wouldn’t make the American Association of Zoos and Aquariums top 50 list of U.S. zoos in terms of most species on display.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
• Photo Gallery: Doo Dah tryouts PASADENA – About 100 area residents gathered Sunday to celebrate the bizarre and elect a queen of this year’s Doo Dah Parade. Covina resident and San Gabriel Valley Newspapers features reporter Michelle Mills, dancing under the alter ego “Naughty Mickie,” beat out 15 other contestants to be named queen of the parade, which is scheduled to march down the streets of Old Town Pasadena on Jan. 20. The gathering was held at the American Legion Post 280, 179 N. Vinedo Ave., and included many of the parade’s perennial favorites, such as Uncle Fester, Narayana the belly dancer, and Honest Abraham Lincoln. For Charles Delvalle of Twentynine Palms, also known as Uncle Fester, the children’s reactions are what have drawn him back for his 12th Doo Dah Parade. The 42-year-old computer technician at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms said that for him, “It’s all about the kids. There’s no way I can not do it every year.” Despite ill health over recent months, 52-year-old Anaheim resident Gerald Maddox, who is portraying Abraham Lincoln for this ninth year in the Doo Dah Parade, said he had to come. Maddox also credits children with his repeat performances. “It’s seeing the kids react, not only to me, but also to the other performers,” he said. “Those kids are always my priority.” Other favorites of the evening included a cross-dressing guitarist named Eric(a) Valentine, the self-proclaimed deity the “Entity in White,” and a Marilyn Monroe impersonator who identified herself as Roobie Breastnut. Above all, Doo Dah is a celebration of the weird, said Maddox, “and there’s nothing wrong with that.” [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2718 ——— To see a photo gallery, log on to: www.whittierdailynews.com160Want 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 Queen hopefuls, judges, and spectators alike danced to live music provided by rock bands Snotty Scotty and the Hankies and the Tribal Horses. Mills said being chosen as this year’s queen came as “a total shock and surprise.” After being a runner-up for the position for five straight years, she said it felt good to be elected queen. Mills added that she looks forward to being able to “spread the joy of Doo Dah.” This will be Mills’ sixth time participating in the Pasadena Doo Dah Parade, she said. “It’s a good time and a lot of fun,” she said, “but being for a good cause makes it even better.” The Light Bringer Project, a nonprofit group, is sponsoring the parade and will use all proceeds to benefit local projects such as arts in the community, children’s programs, and mental health programs, Mills explained. “That’s why I keep coming back,” she said.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings The settlements apply to Explorers in model years 1991 through 2001, he said. Consumers will be able to apply for the vouchers through a Web site starting Monday if a Sacramento judge gives preliminary approval to the settlement. The parties plan to ask Superior Court Judge David De Alba to give final approval during a hearing in April, after those covered by the settlement have had time to apply for the vouchers, Roddy said. Ford spokeswoman Kristen Kinley confirmed a settlement had been reached but declined to comment further. “Once the judge issues a ruling on Monday, a joint statement between Ford and the plaintiffs will be issued,” she said in an emailed statement. Ford has faced wrongful death and personal injury lawsuits across the country stemming from a series of rollover accidents that involved earlier models of its popular Explorer. In 2000, the federal government began investigating the Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. tires that had been standard equipment on Explorers after receiving numerous complaints. More than 250 people were killed and hundreds more injured in accidents involving tread separation on the tires, most of which were on Explorers at the time they failed. Each company blamed the other for the rollovers, with the Nashville-based tire manufacturer saying the Explorers’ earlier design was faulty. The agreement announced Wednesday in California ends all the outstanding lawsuits against Ford stemmming from the Explorer rollovers, Kinley said. “This does settle them all,” she said. She would not say how much Ford has paid to settle earlier claims. Customers affected by the four-state settlement will be notified in late December and early January, she said. “Ford’s position on this is we feel this is fair and reasonable, and in the best interest of our customers,” Kinley said in a telephone interview. The earliest of the four lawsuits was filed in 2000. The consolidated case went to trial for 50 days earlier this year before the parties announced in October that they were close to a settlement. Many of the Explorers owned by the plaintiffs had been purchased between 1990 and 2000 and are no longer on the road, Roddy said. If the judge approves the preliminary settlement, the parties will announce a toll-free number and Internet site for consumers, followed by the mailed notices to Explorer owners. The vouchers can be used not only by plaintiffs’ family members but also can be transferred to anyone in the vehicle owner’s state, Roddy said. “You can give it to your neighbor if he’s in the market,” he said. The settlement also requires Ford to distribute information about the rollover dangers of sport utility vehicles and to limit safety claims in its advertising.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – Ford Motor Co. on Wednesday agreed to settle class-action lawsuits covering plaintiffs in four states who claimed its Explorers were prone to rollovers, the company and an attorney for the plaintiffs said. The settlement applies to about 1 million people in California, Connecticut, Illinois and Texas, said Kevin P. Roddy, a New Jersey attorney and co-counsel for the SUV owners who brought the lawsuit. He said the settlement will be filed later Wednesday in Sacramento County Superior Court. It will allow vehicle owners to apply for $500 vouchers to buy new Explorers or $300 vouchers to buy other Ford or Lincoln Mercury products, Roddy told The Associated Press.
Milford, along with 12 other towns nationally, has been chosen out of 100’s of entries to take part in a TG4 competition to promote the Irish language.The competition challenges the towns to use their native tongue in their daily routines.The 10 part series sees the towns compete against each other for the opportunity to call themselves the ‘G-Team Winner 2011’ and win a €40,000 Foras na Gaeilge prize to use in promoting their local area. TG4, in association with Adare Productions, are producing this brand new series which will be broadcast on our screens early next year.The town, therefore, has been busy preparing for the penultimate ‘G-Day’ on the 22nd of July which will coincide with the Town’s ‘Window to the Past’ Festival and due to this, an excellent sense of community that has enveloped the town.The Tidy Towns committee have planted new shrubs at the top of the town and are continuing their excellent work throughout the town.And in an effort to improve the standard of Irish, there are events such as weekly Irish conversational lessons and bi-lingual quizzes that are open to everyone and have proven to be a huge success. TRIP TO MILFORDLast week, TG4 made their third trip to Milford to capture some of the preparations taking place in the lead up to G-Day on the 22nd of July.The first stop of the day was to Lough Fern were the crew were taken out for some early morning fishing and then on to visit the Kearney family who are undertaking the challenge to integrate Irish into their everyday life.They then visited the local library where a group of 2nd class pupils from Scoil Mhuire, Milford took part in games though Irish and children from the local YMCA put on an Irish puppet show.Other stops for the cameras were at the erection of the Tidy Towns signage on the approach roads to the town, rehearsals for Paul Smiths upcoming film as well as to Kenneth Bradley’s pig farm! Overall the day was a success and we look forward to their next visit in early July. For more information about these and other events check out Milford’s Facebook(Milford Donegal) and Twitter(@Milford_Donegal) for updates and ways to get involved.EndsMILFORD HOPING TO SCOOP €40,000 TOP PRIZE IN TG4 COMPETITION was last modified: July 1st, 2011 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:MilfordTG4
TWO brothers whose property empire they built from scratch collapsed during the economic crash have won a second landmark case against the Ulster Bank.Farmer’s sons Michael (pictured) and John Taggart once ran a business empire worth €600M and employed more than 100 people here in Co Donegal.Ulster Bank claims the Taggarts owe them £5M and €4.3M in personal guarantees and have been involved in a protracted legal battle to get the monies. The Taggarts have counter-sued the banks, claiming in essence that Ulster Bank brought an end to their empire – and the loss of 500 jobs – without proper cause.The Ulster Bank had vigorously opposed the Taggarts bid to have three cases heard together, arguing that such a ruling would be detrimental to the commercial life of Northern Ireland.But today Mr Justice McCloskey ruled that the cases, which had many common themes, should be heard together – ruling in favour of the Taggart brothers.The bank had previously won a summary judgement which would have forced the Taggarts to hand over €4.3M in personal guarantees allegedly linked to a Dublin land deal. But last July at the High Court in Belfast Mr Justice Bernard McCloskey set both judgements aside and ordered a full new hearing into the cases.In his judgement Mr Justice McCloskey noted that the Taggart brothers had been described in Sunday Independent in 2006 as “the richest people in the country.”He also noted that the Taggarts had contended during the hearing “that there is, as a minimum, a possible unexplained shortfall of some Stg£18M in repayments allegedly made by the Taggarts to the Plaintiffs (Ulster Bank) – some Stg£39M versus around Stg£21M.”In his ruling today Mr Justice McCloskey said: “I have formed the clear view that the joinder of all three actions is likely to save time and costs; will avoid duplication of effort and energies; will secure from the Court a single adjudication of all of the issues belonging to the dispute among the parties; will ensure that no party gains a litigation advantage to the possible detriment of the other; will preserve as level a playing field as possible; and will provide an equal measure of fairness to all parties.”The Taggarts began their property empire as teenagers on building sites in London before moving back to Drumsurn, Co Derry, where they oversaw property developments throughout Ireland. The brothers’ property empire went into administration in 2008, a year after the contended personal guarantees were allegedly signed.The court will reconvene on April 29 to decide on dates for a three-week trial – with May 7 or June 3 possible start dates.BEAT THE BANKER? DEVELOPERS WIN SIGNIFICANT COURT VICTORY AGAINST ULSTER BANK was last modified: April 25th, 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:BEAT THE BANKER? DEVELOPERS WIN SIGNIFICANT COURT VICTORY AGAINST ULSTER BANK