DC United hoping Wayne Rooney can turn its fortunes

first_imgUnited still made the playoffs four times between 2012 and 2016. But the club finished last in the Eastern Conference in 2017 and has started poorly again ahead of opening its new stadium July 14.Acquiring Rooney, who signed a three-and-a-half year contract worth roughly $13 million, according to the Washington Post, is a move ownership hopes will signal to fans a new level of investment.“Our fans have I think had a healthy dose of skepticism about the organization,” co-owner and managing partner Jason Levien said. “And there’s a whole new generation of folks who live in D.C. who don’t remember the ’90s and the early 2000s when we were winning championships. And this time it’s for them.”Rooney is no stranger to teams with winning pedigrees. Manchester United has 20 league titles, and his boyhood club Everton has nine. Rooney is hoping he can help United rediscover its old identity, not create a new one.“I think the club has got great history, and it’s been tough over the last few years,” Rooney said. “And the club needs to look back at the history it’s got and it needs to try and create more.”ADVERTISEMENT “I’m not here to see out my last few years,” said the 32-year-old Rooney, a five-time Premier League champion. “I’m here to compete, I’m here to win, and that’s the way I’ve always played. That’s the way I’ll always play.”Before Alex Ovechkin’s Washington Capitals skated off with the 2018 Stanley Cup, it had been 26 years since D.C. had won a major sports title. But local soccer fans always put an asterisk on that skid, pointing to D.C. United’s four MLS Cups in 1996, 1997, 1999 and 2004.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“We know that D.C. United for years and years has made us a champion,” D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said at Rooney’s welcome, held just blocks from the U.S. Capitol. “And we are proud to have won the Stanley Cup for Washington D.C. We think we have a World Series in our future, as well. And we know that soccer and soccer fans are going to be incredibly supportive of D.C. United.”More recently, however, a prolonged search for a new stadium has made D.C. United one of the league’s more budget-conscious clubs, in an era during which others were increasing their spending on European stars and South American prospects. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Federer marks 20th Wimbledon with ‘$300 million’ windfall Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial English soccer star Wayne Rooney, the all-time leading scorer for England’s national team and Manchester United in the Premier League, poses with his new jersey during a news conference announcing his signing with MLS team D.C. United, Monday, July 2, 2018, at the Newseum in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON — There is a new international star in Washington.Major League Soccer’s D.C. United introduced former Manchester United, Everton and England captain Wayne Rooney on Monday. He will wear the No. 9 jersey while trying to spark a struggling club as its most expensive signing.ADVERTISEMENT Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award United currently sits 13 points out of a playoff spot, but it has a home-heavy schedule coming up and at least three matches in hand on every other team in the East. The team is also much improved offensively, scoring 21 goals in 13 matches.“I think our expected points based on our analytics and our data is we should be somewhere around 16 points at the moment,” D.C. United general manager Dave Kasper said. “So we have dropped points along the way. We’re at 10. It is what it is. But we play 15 of our last 20 games at home.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

In Margibi, Health Workers Top Ebola Death Rate

first_imgHealth officials in Margibi County have expressed disbelieved and frustration over the alarming rate of the death toll among health workers in the county due to the deadly Ebola virus disease.Speaking to the Daily Observer Monday, August 11, in Kakata, the Community Health Director of Margibi County, Mr. Joseph J. Korhene, said 26 persons have been so far diagnosed with the disease. Out of the 26, he said 17 have died with 14 of the dead being health workers.The Margibi County Community Health director explained that among the 14 health workers, 12 of them were working with the Charles H. Rennie Hospital, the only public referral health facility in the county.He said two other health workers in the county died with three non-health workers, making the total Ebola death recorded rate to 17.According to him, out of the 26, who had been diagnosed positive with the virus, at least 22 are health workers.Mr. Korhene noted, because of the hard increase in the death toll of health workers, others are now afraid to return to work, as the result almost all of the health centers in the county are closed including the only refer hospital — C.H. Rennie Hospital.He described the death related to the virus in Kakata, the main city in the county, as alarming and that they as local heath workers are arranging workable programs to help protect health workers in the discharge of their duties.According to him, the Margibi County Health Team has begun training health workers across the county in various disciplines as the means of strengthening the workforce in the county.The Margibi County Community Health boss also advanced that plans are on the way for the constructing of what he termed as holding centers for suspected Ebola patients in the county.Mr. Korhene noted that the high death rate among health workers in the county was due to the lack of their capacity to earlier detect Ebola related cases. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Grand Avenue given key green light

first_imgThe $2.05 billion Grand Avenue project cleared yet another hurdle Tuesday as a City Council panel signed off on diverting $66 million in local tax money for the project. With just one objection from the business community and assurances the money will not come from existing programs, the City Council’s Housing, Community and Economic Development Committee urged the full council to approve the project. “The funds the city hopes to invest and reinvest are generated by the project itself,” said Councilwoman Jan Perry, who has spearheaded the project for the city. “We are not taking money away from other projects. This is tax revenue that will be generated on the side and going back into the project.” Under the plan, the city would agree to allow the developer, The Related Cos., to retain the hotel bed tax for 20 years and the parking tax for 10 years. Chief Legislative Analyst Gerry Miller said two independent studies justify the investment, which he said will serve as a catalyst to build the project and is similar to investments made in Staples Center and the proposed l.a. live project hotel. But an attorney for the Bonaventure Hotel said there is concern that diverting the bed tax gives an unfair advantage to the new site over existing facilities. Attorney Chris Sutton said the Bonaventure is prepared to take legal action – including the possibility of qualifying a referendum on the issue – to challenge the use of the bed tax for the project. “We don’t believe there is a need for these subsidies for a luxury hotel,” Sutton said. The Bonaventure had also objected to waiving the bed tax for the l.a. live project and the Convention Center hotel. It later dropped its complaints after an agreement was negotiated to allow it to convert some of its rooms into condominiums. Perry said she had not met with Bonaventure officials and had no plans to. “They will do what they do and we will react to it,” she said. The final agreement is scheduled to be considered Feb. 13 by the full council and the county Board of Supervisors. In addition to the hotel and parking tax revenue, the plans call for the Community Redevelopment Agency to contribute $24 million and the county to contribute $4.6 million. The hallmark of the project will be construction of a 16-acre park to connect City Hall to the county Hall of Administration. But the key features will be a 50-story high-rise designed to have luxury condos and affordable housing along with commercial and retail development. Plans call for construction to begin later this year and to be completed in three phases by 2018. rick.orlov@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want 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

L.A. Council gives up – for now – in fight against mayor’s effort to hire more cops

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The point is clear: The council wants to know when it can start stealing the trash-fee-hike revenue promised for police hiring. When the council signed on last year to the mayor’s plan to boost the dangerously thin force of the Los Angeles Police Department by hiking the trash fee, they promised to use the money only for new cops. But the flexibility of that promise became clear last week when Bernard Parks, chairman of the council’s budget and finance group, suggested that those funds be used to plug operating shortfalls, not to hire new cops. Parks insists he wasn’t betraying the public because he always left open the possibility of using the money for other purposes. Vowing that Parks & Co. would have to divert the money over his “dead body,” Villaraigosa was unequivocal: “Expanding the Police Department is a promise we made to the city and one I want to make.” Council gives up – for now – in fight against mayor’s effort to hire more cops IN his latest battle with the Los Angeles City Council over LAPD hiring, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa came out a winner. But he and the public will have to be vigilant to win the war, because the council once again had its fingers crossed when it surrendered. The council on Friday agreed to let the Los Angeles Police Department continue hiring, but added a huge caveat – that it must be notified when hiring exceeds 226 new officers beyond the existing force. Hiring cops didn’t cause the financial hole facing the city. Bad decisions did. And it’s up to the mayor to make sure that that promise, sincere or not, is kept.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

TWO DAYS LEFT FOR ENTRIES FOR DONEGAL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

first_imgWith Friday being the deadline for entries into this year’s ‘Donegal Business of the Year’ awards, businesses across Donegal who employ less than fifty people are being urged to put their best foot forward and enter the competition.Entry forms are available from Donegal Local Enterprise Office website www.localenterprise.ie/donegalThere are a number of categories to choose from and this year’s awards are open to all businesses in Donegal who employ less than 50 full-time employees. The categories are: Excellence in design, Business in operation less than 18 months (Start-Up); Business in operation more than 18 months (Business Expansion) and Export business while there will also be an Overall Donegal Business of the Year.There are consultancy prizes of up to €1,500 for category winners and €2,500 for the overall winner to assist the owner in developing the business, but perhaps more importantly is the opportunity to benefit from the positive publicity and the prestige that comes with being Donegal’s Business of the year.Full details and entry forms are available to download from the Donegal Enterprise website www.localenterprise.ie/donegal . Completed entries must be returned by this Friday February 27th to be considered for this year’s competition.The winners in each category, and the overall winner will be presented with their awards at a special lunchtime ceremony at the end of Enterprising Donegal Business Week on March 27th.  TWO DAYS LEFT FOR ENTRIES FOR DONEGAL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR was last modified: February 25th, 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:business awardsdonegalentrieslast_img read more

Job Vacancy: Lorry driver sought for road markings in Donegal area

first_imgThe RSC Group are currently seeking an experienced lorry driver for laying road markings in the Donegal area.The driver will be based out of Castlederg.Job Description * Experience driving HGV lorries* Includes some manual labour* Must be flexible as jobs vary from day to day* Overtime hours may be required * Work mostly based in DonegalThe ideal candidate would enjoy working with machinery and have pride in their work. Salary discussed at application stage.If interested, please send your cv to recruitment@rscgroup.com or call 02879645900.Job Vacancy: Lorry driver sought for road markings in Donegal area was last modified: November 21st, 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

CYCLING CLUB STARTS AGAIN AT GLENVEAGH – MAJOR TOURNAMENT FOR DONEGAL

first_imgTHE Errigal Cycling Club’s youth programme starts again this Monday evening at Glenveagh National Park.Starting at 6.30pm it gives children a chance to learn basic cycling skills and add to those they already have in a safe environment.Everyone is welcome to the Sprocket Rocket club! The club’s James Harkin said they will also launch a major international youth cycling event which takes place for the first time in Co Donegal this August.“The upcoming errigal international youth tour, which will attract up to 200 youth riders between the ages of 10 and 16 takes place this August bank holiday weekend,” said James.Cyclists will compete in and around Gartan on August 4, 5, and 6 at under 12, under 14 and under 16 level.The youth tour will be a major boost for tourism in the county, attracting riders from all over Ireland and Britain. For more information go to www.errigalcyclingclub.com  CYCLING CLUB STARTS AGAIN AT GLENVEAGH – MAJOR TOURNAMENT FOR DONEGAL was last modified: May 13th, 2012 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:CYCLING CLUB STARTS AGAIN AT GLENVEAGH – MAJOR TOURNAMENT FOR DONEGALlast_img read more

HUGE CROWDS AT FINN VALLEY AGRICULTURAL SHOW – PIC SPECIAL

first_imgALL PICTURES COURTESY OF TONY NEE.HUGE CROWDS AT FINN VALLEY AGRICULTURAL SHOW – PIC SPECIAL was last modified: June 30th, 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:FINN VALLEY AGRICULTURAL SHOWpictureslast_img read more

Ex-A’s fan favorite Doolittle finds touching way to honor late grandmother

first_imgAs one of baseball’s more big-hearted players, it’s not surprising Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle came up with a thoughtful way to pay tribute to his grandmother this season.Two weeks after helping the Nationals win their first World Series title, Doolittle finally revealed the reason why he changed his jersey number from 62 to 63.It was a subtle but meaningful way to show appreciation for his grandmother, Jan “MeMe” Urban, who passed away at age 84 during spring training. Noting that his …last_img read more

Ag Leader announces new features for fall 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Today, Ag Leader announced new fall features added to its full-farm connectivity platform, AgFiniti, bringing an even higher level of in-season visibility to growers and trusted advisors.“For the past several years, we’ve been building upon our AgFiniti platform with the goal to make the right information available to our customers anytime and anywhere. This means flowing information throughout the operation and across machines, devices and seasons. These announcements mark the next step in that vision,” said Corey Weddle, Director of Software Solutions.Live stats across displays and devices Last year, AgFiniti pushed display-to-display communication to an unprecedented level of ease and availability with the DisplayCast feature for InCommand displays. This fall, customers can share even more information in real-time across displays and other connected devices like tablets and cellphones. Live stats including yield, moisture, rate, population, speed, location, container level and more, can easily be shared across displays and devices.“Connecting every device across the operation enhances the overall productivity of the operation and allows each operator and manager to be in sync and make more timely decisions,” said Joe Holoubek, Product Manager. “The harvest operator can now solely focus on his primary task instead of having to constantly be on the radio directing the other machines. Whether viewing on a display, tablet or phone, everyone knows what’s going on and that’s a big deal for both productivity and better decisions.”The new live stats feature were available starting Aug. 30 with the latest software release for InCommand displays using DisplayCast and AgFiniti connected devices.Prescriptions in AgFiniti AgFiniti also added a prescription tool for nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K) fall fertility applications. Per-acre prescriptions within AgFiniti are based on fertility recommendations from trusted universities. The initial release includes fertility recommendations from Iowa State University, Purdue University, University of Illinois, The Ohio State University, and Michigan State University.Now customers can easily generate fertilizer prescriptions within AgFiniti using grain harvest data, bushels removed and soil sample data from any web-enabled device.“Prescriptions in AgFiniti bring cloud-based convenience to our customers, whether or not they are an SMS Software user,” Weddle said. “It’s not necessary to know how to write an equation or understand all the chemistry behind the field’s fertility, AgFiniti’s prescription tool does the work based on your local university research.”The new prescription feature can be now be purchased on a per-acre basis, and allows for additional prescriptions to be generated for 1 year. More prescription options are planned for 2019, including planting and seeding recommendations.last_img read more