Karanka thankful for Everton lesson as Middlesbrough gear up for reverse fixture

first_img1 Aitor Karanka will send Middlesbrough into Premier League battle with Everton thankful for the lesson they were taught when they met for the first time this season.The two sides will resume hostilities at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday with Boro sitting just a single point clear of the relegation zone and knowing they need to end a run of seven games without a win if they are to fulfil their season’s minimum aim of securing a second top-flight campaign in the wake of their hard-earned return.Boro travelled to the blue half of Merseyside on September 17 having tasted defeat just once in their opening four league games and – despite taking the lead – lost 3-1 as Everton hit back in devastating fashion.Head coach Karanka said: “We realised how difficult the Premier League was that day because we competed against Everton in the second half, but for 15 minutes in the first half, they were much better than us and we couldn’t compete.“After that game, we’ve improved a lot. It’s difficult to score goals and create chances, but we’re improving a lot, and we’re competing against every team.“We had a chance to beat Tottenham last week and we are more mature and more experienced now than then.”The defeat at Spurs – which came courtesy of a second-half Harry Kane penalty – means Boro have collected just three of the last 21 points they have contested and although they sit in 15th place level on 21 points with Leicester and improving Swansea, they are just two better off than basement boys Sunderland.Perhaps more worryingly, they are five adrift of Bournemouth in 14th with a gap opening up and the bottom six in danger of being marooned.If they are to remain in touch this weekend, they will have to find a way to stop in-form Everton frontman Romelu Lukaku, who took his tally for the season to 17 when he scored four times in the Toffees’ 6-3 victory over the Cherries last weekend.Lukaku scored his side’s third against Boro in September and also struck in last season’s 2-0 Capital One Cup quarter-final win at the Riverside.Asked how the Belgium international could be shackled, Karanka admitted: “It’s difficult. We’ve played against him twice, he scored twice, in the cup and against us in the league.“But we are more experienced. Our defenders have more experience and I hope we can stop him.” Karanka’s side are without a win in seven last_img read more


first_imgThe expanded Washington County Detention Center is about ready to house inmates and the public will get its first view this Saturday at a special open house.The addition increases the number of beds to 204 and includes a new kitchen and laundry areaSheriff Claude Combs took my on a tour through the new addition of the Washington County Jail in May 2014 along with Chief Deputy Sheriff Roger Newlon.Looking into a cell block area where prisoners will be housed in cells manufactured in Georgia and trucked to Salem and installed.This view of another Cell Block shows an area for prisoners to congregate outside of their cells on the lower level.Sheriff Claude Combs stands in the command center were jail personnel can view all cell blocks at one time. A state-of-the-art surveillance system has been installed.According to Commissioner Dave Brown, the public can attend this open house from 11a to 6p.“We’re getting ready to put a small batch of inmates in next week just to test out the systems,” said Brown. “We want the public to see what it looks like and how this project has progressed.” To date, just over $9 million has been spent on the jail project. That’s less than the maximum $12 million the county may spend without a referendum.And good news for Superior Court Judge Frank Newkirk – there is about $1.5 million left over from the jail that could help expand the tight quarters of the courtroom.Individual cells are located around the perimeter of the new jail with a command center in the middle — an elevated room, from which jail personnel can see every pod and every cell. Security cameras, some 58 of them, will assist jail personnel with keeping an eye on the prison population. The control center will be staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.“You won’t move anywhere in here where you won’t be watched,” Sheriff Claude Combs told me during a tour back in August.The pre-fabricated cells, complete with built in fixtures such as beds, were made at a plant in Georgia and trucked to the site. There are two-, four- and eight-person cells, grouped in clusters or pods.Each pod has a common area.The cells are made of steel, similar to what is used on battleships.One cell in each block is handicapped accessible.A maintenance corridor runs behind the cells; workers can access plumbing and electrical systems without actually entering the cell.The addition is equipped with a backup generator in the event of a power outage; a battery provides power for the few minutes it takes for the generator to kick in.There is a state of the art security system, only one door in the new facility can be opened at a time.Combs said some employees recently visited Stanley Security Solutions in Noblesville to learn about the new security system.Combs explained that the new system is an enhanced, upgraded version of the one in place at the old jail, so employees are already familiar with its basics.The current jail dates to 1986 and was designed for a population of 56. These days, the population runs from the mid-80s to the high 90s.The addition increases the number of beds to 204 and includes a new kitchen and laundry area.last_img read more

Donegal dogs invited to a barking brilliant day out

first_imgDogs from all over Donegal (and their owners!) are invited to an exciting charity Dog Show at Castle Grove Country House Hotel this weekend. The expansive lawns of this Letterkenny hotel will be a dog’s paradise on Saturday 1st September as dogs of all breeds and sizes enjoy a fun day out in aid of Irish Guide Dogs and Animals In Need Donegal.Castle Grove Dog Show. Photo: Vanessa BradyThe top draw of this day out is the amazing array of prizes on offer for winning pooches. Category winners get their own trophies and their owners get fantastic vouchers to treat themselves too. With a BBQ, family fun activities and a raffle, this day promises to be a great Saturday afternoon for all.Castle Grove Dog Show. Photo: Vanessa BradyCompetition Categories include:SmallMediumLargeBest DressedBest Owner LookalikeBest Overall (judged from each category above)Do you think your dog has what it takes to win? There is still time to register by contacting Castle Grove on Tel: 0749151118 Email: reservations@castlegrove.com or Message on Facebook @castlegrove1695The cost of entry is €10 per dog. All proceeds from this event will be donated to support the Irish Guide Dogs Association and Animals In Need Donegal. Beneficiaries of Castle Grove Dog ShowGuest judge on the day is Dog Groomer Noel Friel, with special guest Jennifer Doherty advocating the importance of Guide Dogs. Jennifer has recently worked on an awareness and fundraising campaign for Irish Guide Dogs in honour of her first guide dog O.J.Through charity events such as the Castle Grove Dog Show, funds can be raised to train a pup to become a Guide Dog or Assistance Dog and bring life-changing benefits to people with blindness or autism.Animals in Need are a voluntary, non profit animal charity who rescue stray and abandoned animals in Co. Donegal.Castle Grove Dog Show. Photo: Vanessa BradyAll are welcome to come along and take part in the Castle Grove Dog Show from 2pm-5pm on Saturday 1st September. Dogs must be pre-registered to compete and all dogs must be kept on leashes please.Don’t miss this family fun day – it will be pawsitively great! Check out the Facebook event for more information and updates: Castle Grove Dog ShowDonegal dogs invited to a barking brilliant day out was last modified: August 28th, 2018 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:animals in needcastle grove country house hoteldog showeventsirish guide dogsThings to doweekendslast_img read more

Celebrate the Oscars at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

first_imgShare This!©DisneyMany people dream of walking the red carpet and holding that beautiful golden statue, thanking their friends and family. Well, since I doubt you’ll have the opportunity to do that, here’s the next best thing for those of you who are fans of The Oscars.For a limited time, Guests who visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios’s One Man’s Dream will have the once-in-a-lifetime chance to see and take a photo with a gorgeous Oscar statuette.During this unique experience, Guests will have the opportunity to walk the red carpet and pose with the Oscar statue, against a signature Oscar backdrop. Oh and make sure to share your experience on social media using the hashtag, #Oscars.This wonderful opportunity will be available for Guests to take part in only until February 26.The Oscars will air this Sunday, February 26, on ABC at 7:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. PT and will feature host Jimmy Kimmel.last_img read more

Chapter Highlights: San Francisco

first_img Kathryn Shelton is Director of Chapter Advancement for America’s Future Foundation. AFF San Francisco officially launched with a Happy Hour on Thursday, April 23, 2015. 40 liberty-minded locals gathered at the Slate SF lounge to toast liberty and celebrate AFF’s expansion to the West Coast. Located in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission District – an historic and iconic cultural neighborhood – Slate SF provided an ideal setting to discuss and celebrate America’s history, exceptionalism and future.The evening began with a welcome from Paul Doherty, AFF-San Francisco’s Chapter Leader, followed by remarks from Sally Pipes, President and CEO of the Pacific Research Institute.Sally discussed PRI’s mission and recent work, and then spoke about Obamacare and its alternatives. She concluded that young people need to have an active voice for liberty in order to make real social change.last_img read more