Fellaini was brought on by United manager Jose Mourinho in the 85th minute to provide the team height and extra defensive muscle as Everton poured forward in search of an equaliser at Goodison Park. His first contribution was to bring down Idrissa Gueye as the Everton midfielder ran across the face of the penalty box. Mourinho looked disgusted in his technical area, even more so when Baines converted the penalty. Zlatan Ibrahimovic put United in front in the 42nd by latching onto Anthony Martial’s ball over the top and producing an exquisite lob from the edge of the area with the outside of his right foot. The ball bounced up onto the crossbar, came down onto the post and landed on the goal line before spinning back over the line. United hit the post early in the second half through Ander Herrera and couldn’t hold on as Everton finished the stronger. United are in sixth place after their worst 14-game start to a Premier League season. Mourinho acknowledged before the game that the title might already be beyond his team, but a top-four finish – which brings Champions League qualification – is also looking a tough task, even at this early stage. Mourinho was characteristically defiant. “Another game with a very good performance,” Mourinho said, “but we’re not getting the results we deserve.” Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp couldn’t hide his frustration after his side threw away 2-0 and 3-1 leads to slump to only a second loss this season. “We aren’t ice skating,” Klopp said. “It’s not about how it looks.” Klopp said Liverpool simply stopped playing after going 3-1 ahead in the 64th through Emre Can, adding to first-half goals by Sadio ManÈ and Divock Origi. Bournemouth scored in the 76th and 78th minutes to draw level, before Ake pounced on the mistake by Karius to complete one of the greatest turnarounds in the Premier League’s 24-year history. Ake is on loan at Bournemouth from Chelsea. “We opened the door,” Klopp said, “and they ran through.” The meltdown reignited concerns about Liverpool’s defence, which was missing injured centre back Joel Matip, and the debate over whether Karius is an upgrade on the goalkeeper he recently replaced, Simon Mignolet. Liverpool are in third place. EVERTON 1 MAN UNITED 1 LIVERPOOL, England (AP): Individual errors proved costly yesterday for Liverpool and Manchester United on a day of late goals and incredible comebacks in English football. Liverpool conceded three goals in the final 20 minutes to lose 4-3 at Bournemouth in the Premier League. The collapse was sealed when Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius fumbled a shot in the third minute of injury time, gifting Nathan Ake the chance to grab the winner. Hours later, United were held 1-1 at Everton after Marouane Fellaini conceded an 88th-minute penalty with a clumsy foul, two minutes after coming on as a substitute. Leighton Baines scored from the spot to leave United with just two wins since August 27. While Liverpool dropped four points behind first-placed Chelsea, United are already 13 points adrift of the leaders after only 14 games. The late drama didn’t end there. In possibly the most stunning finish to a match in the FA Cup, AFC Wimbledon came from 3-0 down in the 80th minute to beat non-league Curzon Ashton 4-3 in the second round. BOURNEMOUTH 4 LIVERPOOL 3
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Following a forensic audit conducted on the National Frequency Management Unit (NFMU), it was revealedManaging Director of E-Networks Vishok Persaudthat two of the major providers of cable services in Guyana – E-Networks and Quark Inc (Movie Star) – reportedly owe $60 million in broadcasting fees.According to the audit report published on the Finance Ministry’s website on Friday, E-Networks owes $31 million while Quark Inc owes $29 million for spectrum usage. The forensic audit was conducted by Ram and McRae Chartered Accountants.According to the accounting firm, a number of operational issues were discovered in the accounts department, particularly in the areas of billing and debt management. These issues, the auditor found, were mainly due to the fact that the department was not complying with its Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs); thus resulting in some 264 credit balances to the value of $66.5 million at the end of May 2015.The report outlined that E-Networks had not been billed for several years and it was explained that no invoice could be issued without the Prime Minister, who is the subject Minister, having agreed to the amount chargeable.Moreover, the audit report stated that since its establishment in April 2004 to provide wireless InternetManaging Director of MovieStar Brian Youngservice, the NFMU had to issue warnings four times to E-Networks during the period April 4, 2004 to February 18, 2007, for operating telecommunications equipment to provide Internet and television service without ownership of the relevant licences.“Throughout the period… E-Networks ignored the requests for compliance from the NFMU and did not properly apply for a Post and Telegraph Licence until December 2007,” the report stated while adding that “no action was taken to ensure compliance and no payments were made to the NFMU until December 4, 2007.”It was further highlighted that the company provided wireless Internet services to their customers without being licensed to do so during the period 2004-2007 and was broadcasting cable TV without ownership of a broadcasting licence during 2006-2012.Ram and McRae further noted that no spectrum fees were billed to E-Networks for the 2.5 GHz band used to supply cable TV during 2010-2013 and that the NFMU invoiced E-Networks $7,560,000 for spectrum used to broadcast cable TV during the year 2014.In light of these revelations, it was recommended that immediate steps be taken to determine and recover the full amount owed.As it relates to Quark Inc (Movie Star), Ram and McRae disclosed that during the forensic audit, they discovered that the company has outstanding debts to the NFMU dating back to 2004 for spectrum used to provide broadband Internet services, however at the same time it was found that the Unit failed to issue any invoice to the company for spectrum usage since May 23, 2007.The report explained that the estimated $29 million owed by Quark Inc is in comparison with a balance of $3,535,000 as stated in the Aged Receivable Listing. Like in the case of E-Networks, the NFMU management explained they were awaiting a determination of the fee structure by the Prime Minister.“We believe that the amount owed is substantial and recommend that immediate steps be taken to determine and recover the full amount owed,” Ram and McRae stated in its report.In 2002, Quark Inc was granted a Post and Telegraph Licence, which permitted the provision of Internet services only. Subsequently, Internet (Broadband) services were provided to the local population in accordance with the Post and Telegraph Licence held.According to the accounting firm, the first invoice sent by the NFMU to Quark Inc was dated July 29, 2004 for the period April 1, 2002 to December 31, 2004 since no invoice was sent prior to this even though the company was utilising spectrum to provide Internet services.Ram and McRae noted that the company was required to pay $2,235,000 for the period April 1, 2002 to December 31, 2004 and $1,200,000 was paid on September 14, 2004 while an additional payment of $235,000 was made on November 29, 2004. A balance of $800,000 is still outstanding, the report stated.Furthermore, it was outlined that another invoice of $1,300,000 was sent to Quark Inc on September 28, 2005 for the period ending December 31, 2005. Of this amount, $800,000 was paid on January 17, 2006, leaving a cumulative balance for the two years of $1,300,000.The auditor went on to say that on April 5, 2007, NFMU Managing Director Valmikki Singh emailed the owner of the cable company, indicating that the Unit was aware that Quark Inc was operating a number of sites and issued to the company an invoice for another $5,200,000 for the years 2006 and 2007. This invoice included estimated charges for undeclared sites amounting to $2,600,000.However, on May 23, 2007, the cable company paid $500,000 to the NFMU, leaving a balance of $6,000,000. There is no evidence of further payments on the account but yet the Aged Receivables listing at May 31, 2015 reflect a constant balance of $3,535,000 for years and period ended December 31, 2012-2014 and May 31, 2015.Ram and McRae said that there was subsequent correspondence between Quark Inc and the NFMU which included written request for and approval of the use of additional frequency spectrum, application for spectrum to establish 4G TD-LTE network and issuance by Office of the President of a Mobile Network Code (MNC) for the usage of Mobile Country Code 738.The auditor pointed out that since the NFMU did not have an application form tailored to cable TV operators, Quark Inc wrote them requesting the use of frequency spectrum but all the necessary information was not provided to complete the application process.It was explained to Ram and McRae that the reason is that the NFMU did not invoice Quark Inc since the law does not provide a method to calculate fees for cable TV operators.To further compound the matter, the auditor underscored that since Quark Inc has made no payment to the Guyana National Broadcasting Authority (GNBA), it is therefore not a licensed broadcaster.
By Jon Zacks They may not carry the same allure of Theo Fleury, but the Senior Flyers added three more impressive names to their roster on Wednesday.- Advertisement -GM Rob Larson says the Flyers have added Clayton Pool to strengthen the Flyers goalie ranks. After his WHL career, Pool played for five years at the University of Alberta, before a five-year pro career in the UHL, CHL, and IHL. Though Troy Hunt remains on the shelf with an ankle injury, he is expected to return to action soon. That will give the Flyers plenty of depth in net, with Hunt and Pool joined by Senior Canuck Rod Branch as three netminders capable of playing at the ‘AAA’ level.As well, Fort St. John native Mike Hofstrand will be joining the Flyers for the Allan Cup run. After playing his minor hockey in Fort St. John, Hofstrand played collegiate hockey at SAIT, before a pro career that included stops in the UHL, ECHL, and in Europe. He now resides in Bakersfield, California, though he still visits the Energetic City in summers, to help coach at the North Peace Alumni Hockey School.The third addition, Kimbi Daniels, has been added to the roster of the Flyers’ affiliate team in Dawson Creek. Daniels has plenty of big game experience, having played in the WHL for Swift Current, Tri-Cities and Seattle, as well as stints in the AHL, IHL, ECHL, and pro leagues in Europe. In the 1991-91 and 92-93 seasons, Daniels played a total of 27 games with the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers.The Flyers were disappointed on Thursday, to learn that they will not be facing Powell River and Whitehorse in the B.C. Senior ‘AAA’ playdowns. Click here for more information. Advertisement
WHITTIER – Over the past few years, David Kornblum has noticed the increasingly tropical tone of the local bird chorus outside his Uptown Whittier home. The sounds come from an apparently growing population of Red-crowned parrots who have made his neighborhood around Palm Park their home, he said. With a plentiful supply of tall maple and pine trees available, the birds have a perfect canopy to call home. Kornblum said at least 40 parrots now settle in for the evenings in a two-block area near Palm Park. During the day the parrots fly off in search of food – the typical parrot schedule. Kimball L. Garrett, ornithology collections manager for the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, said he has had many calls from residents and local bird watchers about the growing parrot population. But while Garret suspects the anecdotal reports may be correct, it is very difficult to prove definitively. “It’s a little tough to distinguish between a true population increase and birds moving from one area to another, and it depends on the species,” said Garrett, who is also founder of the California Parrot Project. Garrett said a “couple thousand” parrots have thrived in the San Gabriel Valley and it’s possible some of those have spread south, or birds from a large Orange County population could be spreading north. But since the San Gabriel group has successfully nested for years, Garrett said it’s probable that the perceived increase in the Whittier parrots is real. “[The parrots] may have just been successful at population recruitment – reproduction in the wild,” he said. “The birds you see are not all the result of escapes.”165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “They’ve been around for a while but they’ve increased recently,” said Kornblum, 46. “It’s quite something to see a whole flock of these tropical birds flying by.” He said he has noticed the birds in his neighborhood for about five years. “Here are these big green and red parrots, the kind you see in a pet store, and there they are just sitting in the trees near my home,” Kornblum said. Although parrots are known for being noisy – especially in large flocks – Kornblum said it didn’t bother him. “The tropical tones compliment the bird song,” he added.
Gor Mahia skipper Harun Shakava defending well against Esperance defender. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAThe record 16-time Kenyan Premier League champions, beaten 3-2 at home by the same opponents four years ago had an opportunity to finish the first leg with a handsome score-line, but their scoring let them down on an afternoon they should have had more than three goals.Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr in deep thought. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAGor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr drinking water. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAGor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr reacts after a missed chance. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAGor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr analyzing the match as his side fluffed chances against Esperance of Tunisia in the first leg of the CAF Champions League First Round. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAEsperance goalkeeper Sherifia had twice produced brilliant saves to ensure his side remained in the game, while also playing his fair share of time wasting antics, slowing down the pace of the game.Esperance Keeper Noel Ben Cherifa stop an attempt on goal from Kenyan champions Gor Mahia. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAWithout a natural right-back as both Wellington Ochieng and Karim Nizigiyimana are out injured, Gor head coach Dylan Kerr took the gamble of pulling wide a central defender, putting Joachim Oluoch in the position.Gor Mahia’s Joash Onyango reacts after missing a header against Esperance during their CAF Champions League match. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAIt was Esperance who were the first to produce a goal scoring chance, Youssef Blaili finding some shooting space from 30 yards out but the ball rolled wide.Gor Mahia’s Godfrey Walusimbi trying to get the ball from an Esperance player. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAEsperance Head Coach Ben Yahia. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAGaining confidence that they could actually open up the Tunisians, Gor played more attacking football and in the 27th minute had another chance when Kagere was sent through on the left by Odhiambo, powered into the box but his eventual shot went wide.Gor Mahia’s talisman Meddie Kagere in action against Tunisian giants Esperance during their first leg First round encounter at Machakos Stadium on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAGor Mahia talisman Meddie Kagere launch an attack with team-mate Jacque Tuyisenge. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAGor Mahia’s George ‘Blackberry’ in action against Esperance. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAGor Mahia talented winger George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo against Esperance’s Fosseny Coulibaly. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAEsperance resulted to time wasting and the center referee Egyptian Gehad Zaghloul did not spare them.Esperance players slowing down the pressure as center referee Gehad Zaghloul gives directions. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAEsperance players in time wasting tricks. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAGor Mahia forward Meddie Kagere and his team-mate Jacques Tuyisenge reacts after an attempt. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAGor Mahia striker Jacques Tuyisenge keeping under-pressure Esperance keeper Noel Ben Cherifa on toes. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAGor Mahia’s Philemon Otieno vies for the ball against Esperance du Tunis’s Fouseny Coulibaly during a CAF Champions League tie at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on March 7, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluGor Mahia’s Ernest Wendo vies for the ball against Esperance du Tunis’s players during a CAF Champions League tie at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on March 7, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluVictory away in Tunis or any kind of a draw with scoreline will see Gor sail through to the prestigious group stages for the first time many years.Gor Mahia die hard fan Jaro Soja rallying behind his team. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYA0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia fans rally behind their team at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos during their o-o draw against Esperence of Tunisia in the first leg of the CAF Champions League. Photo/ RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 7 – Gor Mahia displayed an eye-catching football but the Esperance shot-stopper Noel Ben Sherifia stood tall to deny them in a 0-0 draw first leg of the CAF Champions League First Round. Here is how it went down in pictorial at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Wednesday. Gor Mahia players jostle for space with Esperance during their CAF Champions League first leg First Round. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAGor Mahia captain, Harun Shakava has rallied his team-mates to put in hard yards of training even as they eye place in the history books by being the first Kenyan team to progress to the group stages since Tusker in 1994.
There was fierce rivalry at the LYIT in Letterkenny today as the college held a jersey day.Students were encouraged to wear their county colours and they turned out in their dozens during the event which was organised by the student’s union. Needless to say the biggest rivalry was between Donegal and Mayo supporters ahead of Sunday’s All-Ireland final.Pictures by kind permission of Paddy Gallagher. LYIT STUDENTS NAIL THEIR COLOURS TO THEIR BACKS! was last modified: September 19th, 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:jerseysLYITstudents
SINN Fein tonight joined Labour and Fine Gael in opposing a higher levy on septic tank registration.During the Water Services ( Amendment) Bill 2011 tonight a Fianna Fail amendment, proposed by Senator Brian O Domhnaill, to copy the model used in Cavan was proposed which would levy €200 fee every 7 years to properties with septic tanks.Said Senator Jimmy Harte of Labour: “This is in contrast to the Minister’s proposal to have a one -off € 50 euro fee set in law.“The proposal by FF would cause havoc in the rural areas and the amendment from FF was opposed by Labour, Fine Gael and Sinn Fein. “I’m delighted that this was defeated and it shows that the FF tactic of bringing in 81 amendments to this Bill is just scaremongering and they have scored an own goal.“I hope the puplic can see through the actions of a party that failed to bring in legislation in 2009 that they now oppose, it’s GUBU stuff. ”© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Advertisement Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comhttp://www.asa.org.uk/ASA-action/Adjudications/2009/6/River-Newspapers-NI-Ltd/TF_ADJ_46380.aspx http://www.derryjournal.com/news/local/rivermedia_in_oceangate_probe_1_2120821SINN FEIN/LABOUR/FINE GAEL PACT DEFEAT FIANNA FAIL OVER SEPTIC TANK CHARGE was last modified: November 23rd, 2011 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:septic tank charges
Members of the Economic Security Subgroup of the Childrens Services Committee who commissioned report Profiling Challenges in the Education Sector in Donegal. L to R: Anne McAteer, HSE, Peter Walker HSE, Rosemary Lyons, Inishowen Development Partnership, Lorraine Thompson Donegal Youth Service, Genieveve Gavin DLDC, Liam Ward Donegal County Council, Mary McBride Donegal County Council and Loretta McNicholas Donegal County Council.“Profiling Challenges to the Education Sector in Donegal in 2012” , a report produced by the Economic Security Sub-group of the Children’s Services Committee is being launched today by Mr. Paul Hannigan, President LYIT.Following a series of budget reductions in the Education sector the Economic Security Sub-group commissioned research to establish their impact in Donegal.This research was carried out by the Research and Policy Unit in Donegal County Council and funded by Councils Social Inclusion Unit. The Report highlights that while the reductions have been applied in a uniform manner across the country their impact is more severe where high levels of deprivation previously existed and it is widely acknowledged that Donegal has, for many years, experienced some of the highest levels of deprivation and poverty in the state.Speaking before the launch Mr. Liam Ward, Chair of the Economic Security Sub-group commented on the strong correlation between high levels of deprivation and education attainment.“By creating further challenges to disadvantaged families in terms of access to educational opportunities and thus limiting careers choice, the potential for unemployment and poverty traps are increased and the social fabric that builds families is undermined. The implications of reducing resources needs to be recognised and addressed to prevent any further erosion of the skills and knowledge base within Donegal.”Principals, students, parents and a range of professionals were consulted as part of this research and the findings highlight the importance of support services to school including the Education Welfare Officer and the Education Psychologist. Teaching staff value these highly and the report calls for additional funding for these services. Students identified the critical role of Special Needs Assistants in the classroom as well as Learning Support and Resource teachers in supporting children and young people with additional needs.Issues for parents include the cost of books and voluntary contributions and confusion around the School Transport Scheme.The Donegal Children’s Services Committee comprises a range of organisations and agencies whose remit is to engage in joint planning and coordination of services for children and young people in the county. Its purpose is to secure better developmental outcomes for children and young people and two of the five outcomes set nationally are that children will be supported in active learning and that they will be economically secure. The recommendations from this research report will inform the Children and Young People’s Action Plan currently being developed by the Children’s Services Committee.The Report can be accessed on line at:http://www.donegalcoco.ie/NR/rdonlyres/72528355-5558-4D47-AAB8-067C171D8962/0/ProfilingEducationChallenges.pdf REPORT ON CHALLENGES IN DONEGAL EDUCATION SECTOR LAUNCHED TODAY was last modified: June 18th, 2014 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:donegalDonegal County CouncileducationPaul Hannigan
Journalists fearlessly and shamelessly scrutinize every move made by the institutions, companies, politicians and celebrities we cover. But when it comes to reporting the business of our own business, we suddenly transform into spineless wimps. As a result, aside from the occasional tearing down of industry celebrities – such as The New York Times’ Judith Miller or The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward – not much about what goes on behind the key card-controlled doors of the nation’s news organizations is reported on our own pages. If we did report on it, there would have been a lot of banner headlines in recent weeks about the upheaval happening in the Los Angeles newspaper world, since it will affect millions of people either directly or indirectly. The editor of the Village Voice announced his resignation this week, and the Weekly’s staffers don’t know whether they will have a job by year’s end. What’s worse is we may not even realize we have a problem with self-examination. At a gathering of local journalists last week, columnist Robert Scheer blasted the industry for its dearth of reporting on the events at the Times and the Weekly, as well as similar cuts and mergers in virtually every major U.S. city. The legendary leftist L.A. writer was suddenly, and with little explanation, dumped by the Times last month. He became somewhat of the poster boy of troubles at the Times when his ardent fans agitated and staged a protest, with signs and everything. Scheer came out of it unscathed; he still has a syndicated column and has just launched a Web site. But it didn’t boost his faith in journalists, noting the endemic failure to publicly probe our own industry with as much zeal as we do all others and allowing the cutting of content for the sake of profits to continue with little outrage. That may well be true. As an employee myself of a large media corporation (Denver-based MediaNews Group), I can empathize. The Daily News had its own newsroom depopulation years ago, and I wouldn’t have wanted to have been the yahoo to question the authority that was considering cutting my position. The Weekly and the Times are competitors of the Daily News, and therefore I can’t help but admit to a tiny bit of schadenfreude, the unseemly taking of pleasure in other’s misfortunes. But as an Angeleno and a regular reader of both, I have been avidly following the unfolding stories of mergers, circulation slumps, staff cuts, and out-of-work journalists, mostly through coffee-pot gossip and the media-centric online sites. It’s a story that’s integral to the city that I love dearly. And it’s a story that should be played out under the same bright light we shine on everyone and everything else. Mariel Garza email@example.com 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 MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Yet other than a few blips on the business pages, in individual columns and in the media-gossip blogs, there’s been very little ink given to the troubles at two of Los Angeles’ biggest newspapers. The staff of The Los Angeles Times is suffering massive layoffs, buyouts, shutdowns and general unpleasantness wrought by its Chicago-based corporate owner. Officially, 85 newsroom positions at the Times were lost through buyouts and layoffs, for a total of 300 companywide. It’s shutting down its Chatsworth plant. Unofficially, insiders fear many more jobs will be lost through reshuffling, firings and attrition at the Times and its community newspapers. The city’s biggest alternative paper, L.A. Weekly, has spent some ink on the Times’ woes. But its staff hasn’t been so forthcoming on its own situation: the imminent demise of the Weekly as we know it, once its new owner takes over in the next few weeks. The tabloid paper’s parent company, Village Voice Media, was purchased by the company of its former rival, New Times Media. The combined company will have a circulation nationwide of 1.8 million. “Alternative,” indeed.