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first_imgFox’s top-rated “American Idol” will run three times next week before returning March13 to a twice-weekly schedule. The winner will be crowned in May.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! More “American Idol” dreams were dashed Thursday with the eliminations of four contestants – including a West Hollywood woman – on the record-breaking amateur talent contest. Alaina Alexander, Leslie Hunt, Nicholas Pedro and A.J. Tabaldo were voted off in the balloting, which drew about 32million calls and text messages. Sixteen hopefuls remain. Alexander, 24, the West Hollywood singer, was booted after her performance of the Dixie Chicks Grammy-winning anthem “Not Ready To Make Nice” left judges cold in competition this week. Thursday, Alexander was too tearful to get through the song again after she got her eviction notice. But the remaining “Idol” women gathered around for a group hug as a final farewell. There were few surprises in the round. Tabaldo, 22, was sent home after his rendition of Nina Simone`s “Feeling Good” was judged below snuff. Panelist Paula Abdul, though, didn’t agree with the decision. “Truthfully, this is a singing competition, (and) I don’t feel tonight reflects this.” The Simone song choice also proved unlucky for Hunt, 24, who also sang it this week and got a one-way ticket back to Chicago for her trouble. Pedro’s interpretation of the standard “Fever” received a cool reception from judges Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Abdul, who voted to put him out to pasture. “It’s about standing out in the crowd,” said Cowell, who said the singer, 25, suffered from a shortage of charisma. Thursday’s show featured a performance by “Idol” also-ran Kellie Pickler, who performed a song from her album “Small Town Girl.” last_img
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first_imgDonegal Fianna Fáil Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has said the large scale job losses and cutbacks at An Post and Eircom amount to yet another attack on rural Ireland.Senator Ó Domhnaill has raised serious concerns about the impact on communities in the North West of 1,500 redundancies at An Post and the 2,000 job cuts at Eircom.The Donegal Senator has said these massive cuts, along with the closure of local AIB branches, come as a major blow to communities in this region. Senator Ó Domhnaill said, “Over the past year we have seen a series of decisions made a national level that will have serious consequences for rural Ireland. The closure and downgrading of small garda stations, cuts to small schools that will result in forced amalgamations, bed closures at community hospitals and nursing homes, cuts to community health resources, cuts to rural transport links and the closure of local amenities like bank branches and post office. The list goes on.”“Now the news of large scale cuts at An Post and Eircom means more job cuts and the loss of more amenities in Donegal and across the north west. At what point will this Government start standing up for rural Ireland?” he asked.The Donegal Senator has accused Fine Gael and Labour of having ‘no strategy whatsoever’ for the protection of rural communities.He said the reality is that since coming into office, the coalition has actively pursued policies that have already had a damaging effect on communities in Donegal and across the North West of Ireland. “Over the past year, Fine Gael and Labour have shut and downgraded dozens of small rural garda stations across the country and are now planning a second attack on community garda resources that will lead to the closure of stations in this region.“They have introduced policies that will force the closure of small schools in Donegal and across the North West in the coming years, while other small schools here will suffer dramatic reductions in resources and staffing levels. They have slashed our community health services, closing beds and threatening services. They have rowed back on commitments for local transport projects and have consistently sidelined Donegal and this region in funding announcements.“Now, Fine Gael and Labour are presiding over the closure of local post offices and bank branches. This means the removal of yet more local services from and the loss of local jobs.“We need to support communities and encourage growth instead of making things even more difficult for families and local businesses. The Government’s attack on rural Ireland and the North West in particular must stop,” said Senator Ó Domhnaill.AN POST AND EIRCOM JOB CUTS WILL IMPACT ON DONEGAL SEVERELY – O DOMHNAILL was last modified: November 6th, 2012 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:An PostEircomjob losses?Senator Brian O’Domhnailllast_img read more

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