TAGSNancy ReaganRonald Reagan Previous article9 Questions – 54 Answers from 6 Apopka City Council CandidatesNext articleBankson: “I know why I’m in it and I think the time is right.” Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR (CNN)-Former first lady Nancy Reagan, who joined her husband on a storybook journey from Hollywood to the White House, died Sunday.She was 94.Reagan died at her home in Los Angeles of congestive heart failure, according to her spokeswoman, Joanne Drake of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.“Mrs. Reagan will be buried at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, next to her husband, Ronald Wilson Reagan, who died on June 5, 2004. Prior to the funeral service, there will be an opportunity for members of the public to pay their respects at the Library,” Drake said in a statement.The former first lady requested that contributions be made to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Foundation in lieu of flowers, the statement said.Republican leaders paid tribute Sunday.“With the passing of Nancy Reagan, we say a final goodbye to the days of Ronald Reagan,” wrote 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Facebook. “With charm, grace, and a passion for America, this couple reminded us of the greatness and the endurance of the American experiment. … God and Ronnie have finally welcomed a choice soul home.”Former first lady Barbara Bush, whose husband George H.W. Bush succeeded Ronald Reagan as president, also expressed her condolences.“Nancy Reagan was totally devoted to President Reagan, and we take comfort that they will be reunited once more. George and I send our prayers and condolences to her family,” she said in a statement.Read more from CNN here. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Please enter your comment! Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
WhatsApp During the month of January, householders can bring their Christmas trees free of charge to any of the Recycling Centres across Limerick city and county.Limerick City and County Council is encouraging all households to dispose of their Christmas trees in an environmentally friendly way.The council-run recycling centres in Mungret, Kilmallock, Newcastle West and Gortadroma will accept Christmas Trees for the month of January.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Opening hours for the Civic Amenity Centres in Mungret, Kilmallock and Newcastle West can be found here while Gortadroma can be contacted on 069 82339.In addition Limerick City and County Council is setting up three additional collection points when people can drop off their Christmas Trees for recycling.Christmas trees, recycling, LoThe collection points will be open from 9.30am until 3pm on the following days and locations:Saturday, January 6 – Our Lady Of Lourdes, Childers RoadFriday, January 12 – Watch House Cross Complex, MoyrossSaturday, January 13 – Musgrave’s Car Park, Park Road, RhebogueAll tress will be shredded for use as bark mulch across the various parks in Limerick.There is a limit of one tree per person.More environmental news here Twitter TAGSchristmas treesGortadromaKilmallocklimerickMungretNewcastle Westrecycling NewsEnvironmentLimerick householders can recycle Christmas trees for freeBy Editor – January 3, 2018 4499 Facebook Advertisement Linkedin Email Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Previous articleLimerick rated as ‘clean to European standards’Next articleBladdy good gig: Mark O’Connor to play an Australia inspired set Editor Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash
“I don’t regret the decision I have made up to now,” said the 24-year-old, who worked under Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers when the pair were at Reading. “Harry was a big part of me coming here. The things he said to me swayed my decision. “I spoke to both managers and everything the gaffer here said to me I liked, and that’s why I’m here now. “Coming to a new club you want to get your first game under your belt and I’m over the moon to get that first game out of the way. “The main focus for me now is to keep training hard week in, week out and give the manager a decision to make.” Rob Green has recovered from illness and could displace McCarthy against Villa. McCarthy is happy with the competition provided by the former England goalkeeper as he bids to match his manager’s prediction of future international honours. “I don’t know whether I’m playing or not,” he said. Alex McCarthy has no regrets about choosing Barclays Premier League basement boy QPR over Champions League club Liverpool. The Reds last Sunday inflicted a last-gasp defeat on QPR as McCarthy made his debut and Rangers endured a challenging week as a result of manager Harry Redknapp’s public spat with Adel Taarabt over the playmaker’s weight. Despite the week’s events, McCarthy, who signed from Reading in August, insisted he is happy at Loftus Road as he prepared for Monday’s Premier League clash with Aston Villa. “Me and Greeny have a really good relationship. We respect each other and we train hard and push each other as hard as possible. Whoever is playing, we support each other. “You want to play for your country, which would be an amazing feeling and achievement. “But my main goal is to keep playing week in, week out here and England call-ups will hopefully come along.” The QPR squad have been able to joke about Taarabt’s feud with Redknapp this week after the Moroccan dismissed his manager’s suggestion he was overweight. McCarthy added: “We’ve had a few laughs here and there about it, but Adel doesn’t take anything to heart. “It’s nothing to do with me – it’s to do with them. The whole team has been focused and it hasn’t affected anyone at all. “He has been out there but he’s had an illness the last couple of days so we haven’t seen much of him, but when he’s been out there he’s been good.” QPR have four points this term after beating Sunderland and losing to Stoke and are keen to extend Villa’s losing streak of four games to five. “It’s a good time (to play Villa), with the results, how they’ve been going,” McCarthy added. “We’ve been doing everything we can on the training pitch (and) there’s a lot of positives to take from last Sunday’s game that we can take into Monday’s game. “We’ve prepared right for Monday and we’re looking forward to the game.” Defender Nedum Onuoha (hamstring) and midfielder Sandro (groin) are doubts for Rangers. Midfielders Joey Barton and Jordon Mutch (both hamstring) remain out alongside long-term absentee Alejandro Faurlin (knee). Villa boss Paul Lambert is hopeful Philippe Senderos will be fit after the defender missed the 3-0 defeat at Everton with a thigh injury. England midfielder Fabian Delph is definitely out after he dislocated his shoulder last week having fallen awkwardly during training. Libor Kozak (broken leg) remains a long-term absentee but Christian Benteke is set to start again now he has fully recovered from a ruptured Achilles. Villa’s recent dip in form coincided with games against Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelsea and Everton. Lambert feels their run has been harsh, but believes they can recapture their early-season form. “The fixtures I think have been a bit unkind – eight fixtures and five against the top ones, one after the other,” said Lambert. “Normally you might get one or two and then have a bit of respite, but to have five of them on the spin has been really tough.” Press Association
Spain started their dream run after Luis Aragones led them to glory at the Euro 2008 title that ended their 44-year wait for a major trophy. Spain never looked back from then. Under Vicente del Bosque, they went to on win the coveted 2010 World Cup and clinched their second successive title at the European Championships in 2012. (Euro 2016 – Full Coverage)Del Bosque’s men were a force to be reckoned with in world football and their ability to sustain success was a testimony to their domination. Again, in 2014, Spain were looking for another two-in-two, this time at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil. However the defending champions crashed out of the tournament without even entering the knockout stages after a humiliating 1-5 loss to Netherlands. Before they could realise what hit them, their dream was over. (Also read: Tricky tests await Spain’s history seekers) ROAD TO THE FINAL STAGESCut to 2016, two years after their dramatic exit, Spain have not been on the top of their game but have inspired enough confidence from their fans. The defending champions, who topped their group in the qualifiers with nine wins from 10 matches, spent some time in Austria preparing for the European Championships. They faced an initial hurdle in the form of a shocking defeat against lowly-ranked Slovakia. Spain though saw the defeat as a wake-up call and went on to win all the matches that followed. However, uninspiring draws against Italy and Romania forced the bookmakers to rate them the third favourites in the tournament behind hosts France and 2014 World Champions Germany. (Also read: Difficult for Spain to win third straight Euro title: Casillas) advertisementWHERE IS THE SPAIN WE GREW TO LOVE?Spain, unlike their European counterparts, have always banked on homegrown talent. The Iniestas, Xavis, Puyols and Villas were all playing for Spanish clubs. Take the case of the victorious 2010 World Cup winning squad – all but three men from the 23-member squad were plying their trade for the top clubs in the country. Fernando Torres, Cesc Fabregas and Pepe Reina were the only players who had played for English clubs. The Spanish players were able to adapt to the team culture easily as they were quite aware of their teammates’ strengths and weaknesses. Much of their success was attributed to the financial might of Real Madrid and Barcelona. (Also read: Pedro backs Spain to cope with pressure at Euro 2016) Not much has changed since then in the Spanish set-up. In fact, Spain are looking beyond Barcelona and Real and are tapping talents from Atletico and Sevilla.However, some of their key players this time like goalkeeper de Gea, Hector Bellerin, Alvaro Morata and Pedro Rodriguez, who ply their trade for clubs outside Spain. De Gea, who has been playing at United for the last four years, might not have the command the homegrown Casillas had over his backline over the years. WILL SPAIN DO IT FOR del BOSQUE?This time, Spain’s hunger is likely to be motivated by their determination to put to death the horror memories of 2014 and prove they still have it in them to dominate world football. Also, it’s coach Del Bosque’s last hurrah and Spain are determined to do it for their special boss, one final time.The 65-year-old manager made quite a few unexpected calls with team selection and has assembled a squad which according to him is a mixture of fresh blood and veterans.BIG NAMES SNUBBEDThere is no place for Diego Costa in the team. The Chelsea striker has not been in the best form, scoring only one goal in the qualifiers. The World Cup and double European Champion Fernando Torres has been left out despite his splendid comeback season with Atletico Madrid.Diego Costa with Santi Cazorla. (Reuters Photo) Del Bosque has instead opted for Juventus striker Morata to lead his frontline. However the 23-year-old striker found the net only 12 times in the domestic season and only once for his country. Other notable exclusions include Juan Mata and Santi Cazorla who have gone out of favour owing to their poor fitness. Del Bosque says he doesn’t want players who have been flirting with their fitness. The coach’s tactics of not including fully fit players was evident when he left out Costa for the friendlies earlier this year.THE CASILLAS-de GEA DILEMMACleary, de Gea has outclassed Casillas to become Spain’s first-choice goalkeeper. While the Manchester United goalkeeper has been on top of his game, the veteran Casillas made a move from Real Madrid to Porto, where he had failed to bring out his ‘A’ game.advertisementAlso, de Gea has been caught in a sex scandal in which he has been accused of trying to arrange a prostitute for five of his Manchester United teammates. Despite the goalkeeper’s denial, the text message scandal has haunting him since he was named in the case by a protected witness. (ALSO READ: De Gea’s sex scandal claims won’t affect Spain’s decision, says Pedro)However, del Bosque has backed his goalkeeper saying Spain had no intentions of sending de Gea home. It will be interesting to see whether del Bosque would start with de Gea in the game against Czech Republic today.WILL IT BE INIESTA’S PARTY?Andres Iniesta will be the go-to-man for del Bosque in this year’s campaign. The 32-year-old has been constantly providing the goods for Barcelona and is expected to light up their Euro campaign this year. Despite not having his best mate Xavi in the team, Iniesta is expected to pair with Sergio Busquets and give the game its colour in the midfield. It will be difficult for the opponents to stop Spain if Iniesta executes the tiki-taka style.At the backline, Spain have two solid defenders in Sergio Ramos and Gerard Pique. Both of them have been in splendid form for their clubs Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively. They have brought in youth of the likes of Barcelona defender Marc Bartra on whom De Bosque has pinned his hopes on to provide solid cover for the veterans.Del Bosque has been there and done that. He says he expects a at least a semi-final finish for Spain. “Football must be played with pressure but also with dreams. Our dream is to play a great European Championships this year,” he had said.Not keeping in mind the immediate future, del Bosque has taken risks and has tried to infuse youth into the squad. These are signs the boss, who is likely to step down after the Euro campaign, has decided on the combination focussing not on the result but the process.