Troops to drink the blend of patriots

first_imgVALENCIA – Newhall Coffee Roasting Co. is donating 12,000 pounds of its Patriot Blend to troops in Iraq and Afganistan, said co-founder Mitch McMullen. The donation coincides with the launch of the blend, which is sold at Ralphs grocery stores and at select Sam’s Clubs. The Patriot Blend, which combines beans from Sumatra and Costa Rica, quickly became popular with customers after Newhall introduced it in 2003, McMullen said. “If they can buy a cup of coffee and enjoy it at home and know there’s a soldier or Marine over there that’s enjoying the same thing, it’s just a feel-good cup of coffee,” McMullen said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It decided to donate 10 cups of coffee for every pound of Patriot Blend sold. The company is shipping the coffee Wednesday from its Santa Clarita roasting plant to Virginia, where the USO will ship it abroad. Newhall donated 1,000 pounds of the blend in 2003 shortly after the Iraq war started.last_img read more

Judge backs death penalty charge in guard’s slaying

first_imgRANCHO CUCAMONGA – A judge again refused to dismiss a potential death penalty charge Thursday against a prison inmate accused of fatally stabbing a guard. Lawyers for Jon Christopher Blaylock argued the count of assault by a life prisoner is unconstitutional because it elevates the otherwise routine crime of assault to a capital offense. Judge Ingrid Uhler disagreed, however, and summarily denied Blaylock’s request to toss the charge during a brief hearing in West Valley Superior Court. “I believe the statute is constitutional,” the judge said. Blaylock is charged with assault by a life prisoner and murder in connection with the Jan. 10, 2005, stabbing of Correctional Officer Manuel Gonzalez. A conviction on either charge could bring him the death penalty. Prosecutors say Blaylock stabbed the 44-year-old Whittier man with a makeshift weapon as the two were on a tier in one of the reception centers at the California Institution for Men in Chino. Blaylock was serving a life prison sentence at the time for the 2002 attempted murder of a police officer in Los Angeles County. California law elevates fatal assaults by inmates serving life prison sentences to capital crimes as a means of deterring violence by inmates who would otherwise have nothing to lose. Blaylock’s lawyers argued California is the only state with such a law in place. They claimed it is unconstitutional, in part, because it seeks to excessively punish an inmate based upon his status as a “lifer.” It seemed going in to Thursday’s hearing that Blaylock’s lawyers had little chance for success. They had already raised the exact same issue in November 2005, and the same judge denied it then. They renewed the request after Blaylock’s preliminary hearing largely to preserve Blaylock’s right to appeal the issue if he is convicted. There was no additional argument in court Thursday, and Uhler issued her ruling with little explanation. Immediately afterward, the judge cleared the courtroom and held a secret hearing with the attorneys that seemed to involve a pair of handwritten letters recently sent by Blaylock to the judge and the California attorney general. It was unclear Thursday what Blaylock said in the letters or why a secret hearing was needed to discuss them. Uhler ordered her copy of the letter sealed. In order to close an otherwise public court hearing, a judge must make specific, on-the-record findings that an open hearing on the issue at-hand would jeopardize a defendant’s fair trial rights and explain why no alternative to a closed hearing is feasible. Uhler made no such findings before ejecting the public from Thursday’s hearing. Blaylock will return to court for a status conference Oct. 19. r_leveque@dailybulletin.com (909) 483-9325160Want 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

Paris Hilton drops her probation-violation appeal

first_imgLOS ANGELES (AP) — Paris Hilton won’t appeal the 45-day jail term she was sentenced to earlier this month, according to court documents filed Thursday. A lawyer for the 26-year-old socialite notified Los Angeles County Superior Court that she is abandoning her appeal, said court spokeswoman Katherine Roberts. Hilton was ordered to report to jail by June 5 for violating the terms of her probation in an alcohol-related reckless driving case. She initially called the sentence unfair, and lawyers representing her filed a notice to appeal. She has since changed legal teams and is now represented by Richard Hutton, a lawyer specializing in defending drunken driving cases. Hutton and a spokesman for Hilton did not immediately return calls for comment Thursday. The hotel heiress is likely to spend about 23 days in a “special needs housing unit” at the Century Regional Detention Center in suburban Lynwood, said Los Angeles County sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore. The shorter sentence reflects an expectation that she is well behaved behind bars. “All inmates get credit for good behavior,” Whitmore said. “The inmate knows that if they behave and follow the rules that’s something to shoot for.” Hilton will be separated from the general inmate population in a unit that contains 12 two-person cells reserved for police officers, public officials, celebrities and other high-profile inmates, he said. She could have a cellmate. Like everyone else in the 2,200-inmate facility, Hilton would get at least an hour outside her cell each day to shower, watch television, participate in outdoor recreation or talk on the telephone, he said. 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

Blaze blackens acreage near I-5

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – Scores of Los Angeles County firefighters fought a fast-moving brush fire Saturday south of Gorman. Fanned by winds up to 40 mph, the blaze scorched more than 2,000 acres within four hours as it quickly spread over the rugged, unpopulated terrain. “Fire has been burning in inaccessible areas; we’re using helicopters to get into (there),” said Mike Brown, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department. “Hand crews are fighting from the ground.” Flames were spotted just before 2 p.m. on the southbound side of the Golden State Freeway, north of state Route 138, but winds quickly spread the blaze. The freeway was not closed and traffic was moving normally, he said. Hand crews who hiked into the remote area planned to work through the night, hoping to cut a containment line around the flames. Authorities said the cause of the blaze is unknown but an investigation is under way. judy.orourke@dailynews.com (661) 257-5255 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Late Saturday, crews were still struggling to contain the fire near the unincorporated community of Gorman in northwestern Los Angeles County about 30 miles north of Santa Clarita. No structures were immediately threatened, but officials warned that if the wind changed direction, homes south of Quail Lake Road in Hungry Valley could be in danger. Record low rainfall has left the region parched and created critical fire conditions. On Friday, Caltrans announced plans to expedite brush-clearing projects on its land in areas of high fire danger. At least 30 county engines, eight hand crews and three water-dropping helicopters responded to Saturday’s fire. The city of Los Angeles also deployed a helicopter. The flames scorched acreage in the Angeles and Los Padres national forests, where a fire warning was issued earlier this week. U.S. Forest Service strike crews from both areas responded, Brown said. last_img read more

District gives OK for online charter school

first_imgThe Los Angeles County Online High School is proposed by a firm affiliated with the University of Phoenix. The school is set to start in August. The school missed the district’s November deadline to submit a charter petition, but the board in early May voted 3-2 to change the district’s charter-school policy to allow consideration of late applications under “special circumstances.” Trustee Al Beattie said the charter school will give certain students another educational option and that students will have to comply with all of the district’s graduation requirements, including completing a senior project. “I think this is an opportunity to provide a choice for students in the valley that are currently not participating in the conventional school system,” Beattie said. “There are a number of students who are in some form of home study, possibly supported by a charter school but not one overseen by our district.” Had the district not approved the charter school, Beattie said, it would have been approved by another district with the potential of taking away Antelope Valley students. LANCASTER – Overruling opposition from teachers, Antelope Valley Union High School District trustees have approved an online charter school. The 3-2 vote came on the condition that a suitable memorandum of understanding is developed that will detail how the school will be operated, trustees said. “If the MOU does not hold up, then the board can vote to revoke the approval,” said trustee Ira Simonds, who along with trustee Donita Winn, voted against the charter petition. The split vote came during a special meeting Wednesday, a week after a public hearing in which teachers voiced their opposition to the school. Simonds, a retired district teacher, said he voted against the school because he didn’t feel it would provide a quality education. “Students need to have that one-on-one (teacher connection),” Simonds said. He also noted that the charter school was up against a state deadline Wednesday to qualify for advanced funding from the state. “We voted so they could get state funding,” Simonds said. Winn said going to a regular high school, with its socialization and students working in groups, is part of a complete education. “There are things you get when you learn with other people,” Winn said. “We need to be teaching kids morals and ethics. How do you do that online? I do not feel it’s a full education process.” karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want 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

Celebrate Canada Day in Fort St. John

first_imgCalling all pie lovers – the Fort St. John North Peace Museum’s annual pie sale is back. Enhance your Canada Day celebrations with homemade pie from 12 pm to 4 pm at the museum. Delicious homemade fruit pies, ice cream,…More Info » Canada Day CelebrationsTuesday, July 1, 2014 – 12:00pmCelebrations in the Park, Inflatables, farmers market, face painting, cowboy town, crafts for children, live entertainment with local performances, food vendors, games and more family fun! For more information on Canada Day please contact the Recreation Programmer at 250-794-3262 If you are…More Info » Canada Day Chili Cook OffTuesday, July 1, 2014 – 1:00pmCanada Day Chili Cook off at The Fort St. John Masonic Hall! Calling all chili lovers and experts! Come by on Canada Day for some cook off fun! Enjoy live music and soak up some sun! Enter your special chili…Advertisement Canada Day Pie SaleTuesday, July 1, 2014 – 12:00pmAdvertisement Canada Day ParadeTuesday, July 1, 2014 – 11:00amCanada Day Parade Please be advised of the Annual Canada Day Parade starting at 11:00am. Intersections on the route will be temporarily closed until the parade passes. The route is as follows: leaving the North Peace Arena and heading North on…More Info » Energize Downtown Public Drop-inTuesday, July 1, 2014 – 12:00pmAn integrated team of planning and design professionals will collaborate with local stakeholders to develop design concepts for downtown. Results will be shared at our Design Workshop Drop-In on June 26 from 6-8 pm. Please attend the drop-in to provide feedback…More Info »Advertisementcenter_img Art in the Park- Advertisement -Tuesday, July 1, 2014 – 9:00amFor more information please contact the FSJ Arts Council at 250-787-2781. Event details to come as they become available…More Info »Advertisement More Info » Fort St John Classic Cruisers Canada Day Show and ShineTuesday, July 1, 2014 – 8:00amShine up your ride and bring it down town on July 1st, Canada Day for a chance at trophy’s and Door Prizes. Registration from 8 to 11 am. The parade starts at 11 am for those who want to do…More Info » Canada Day FireworksTuesday, July 1, 2014 – 11:00pmCanada Fireworks at Surrerus Fields. For more information on Canada Day please contact the Recreation Programmer at 250-794-3262 If you are interested in volunteering or participating in the Canada Day Celebrations, please contact the Leisure Services Department at recreation@fortstjohn.ca….More Info »last_img read more

City updates status of buildings and services relating to strike action

first_imgUtilities and public works will be open and operational with reduced staffing. The City of Fort St. John has updated buildings that are open and closed as a result of the strike by local members of the BCGEU, as well as affected programs. Today marks day two of the job action.Recreation facilities that are closed are the Kids Arena Fieldhouse, North Peace Leisure Pool, and North Peace Arena. Both the pool and arena are closed due to damage from Saturday evening’s fire. The arena will remain closed until the job action ends, and the pool will re-open next week at the earliest.The Pomeroy Sport Centre and visitor centre are remaining open.- Advertisement -As far as recreation programs are concerned next week’s kids camp has been cancelled due to low registration numbers but camps from August 17-21, and August 24-31 are expected to go on as planned.A number of development services are being impacted. Building inspections will not be performed during job action. Builders can continue projects but should do so in a manner so that they can comply with future inspections.GIS services will not be available, planning and engineering services will be reduced, and payment services will be available at a reduced capacity. Approving officer services will be available.Advertisementlast_img read more

Council applies for grant to fund Canada 150 Mosaic

first_imgThe City of Fort St. John hasn’t applied for this particular grant before. City Council have approved a request for the Mayor and the Director of Legislative and Administrative Services to apply for $20,000 towards the Canada 150 Mosaic project, to Heritage Canada.$12,500 has already been committed in the 2016 budget to fund physically producing the mural — the additional grant funds would be used for event venues, marketing and promotions, and celebrations throughout the project.The goal of the project is to produce a community mural mosaic in support of Canada’s 150 birthday in 2017.- Advertisement -Mayor Lori Ackerman said it’s a ‘remarkable opportunity,’ as Fort St. John is one of 15 communities in the province participating.This mural will be developed and constructed all throughout next year, and ultimately unveiled early in 2017.Staff have reached out to community stakeholders, including Tourism FSJ, Arts Council, Schools and other interested groups and individuals, who may wish to become involved with the project.Advertisementlast_img read more

Campaign raises money for new motorized wheelchair

first_imgKelly, who his mother described as a ‘very outgoing young man,’ has had multiple operations, including almost a days worth of surgery on his back, to straighten his spine from scoliosis.Kathy could not be reached for an additional comment. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — A GoFundMe campaign is looking to help afford a new motorized wheelchair for a young man with cerebral palsy.The fundraiser has $150 of its $90,000 goal, as of Monday.Kathy Kruk Fuller, who started the campaign, says the motor in the wheelchair her son Kelly uses has been quitting in the last few months, leaving him stranded wherever he is.- Advertisement -“This stops Kelly from being able to go outside and do the things he enjoys doing,” she wrote in the description of the campaign. “He cannot go anywhere especially by himself just in case his chair quits.”She says she hopes she will be able to get a new wheelchair with a better seat system and can allow Kelly to stand up in it, as well.“He needs a reliable chair to get him around and help him to be more independent again,” she said.Advertisementlast_img read more

SportPesa set to expand operations in Uganda

first_imgKiyingi has extended an invitation to SportPesa to go to Uganda on July 26 for talks on how to set up their business in Kampala.Kiyingi went to Dar es Salaam,Tanzania to watch Kenyan Premier League side Gor Mahia take on English Premier League club Everton FC in an international friendly match organised by Sportpesa.She also went to personally extend an invitation to Sportpesa to set up camp in Kampala like they have done in Nairobi and Dar Es Saalam.“We are here to start up the dialogue between Sportpesa and Uganda football to ensure that we participate in the East African League (The Sportpesa Super Cup) and also to ensure that SportPesa comes to Uganda to invest in the Uganda league,” Kiyingi, who is the chairperson of the Ugandan Premier League giants Express FC said.Uganda Minister for Youth and Children Affair, Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi.PHOTO/courtesyJust like in Kenya, the Uganda parliament recently passed a bill of 35% tax on the profit that is awaiting consent by President Yoeri Kaguta Museveni.Kiyingi outlined that the law if implemented is not to raise money for the Uganda government, but to demotivate people from going into irresponsible gambling and will not affect all players in the industry.“So we are reversing the trend as the ministry responsible for young people. I have made it a point to look for people to invest in sports, give the youth employment. We can achieve and reduce the interest in tax (for those investing in sports) so as to promote sports in general.”“To me I take SportPesa to be an investor and not really a business person. So we want them to come down to Uganda and together we look at the regulation further,”she added.Uganda Minister for Youth and Children Affair, Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi is the chairperson of Uganda Premier League side Express FC.PHOTO/courtesyThis looks like a blow to the gaming industry in Uganda as well because of the 35% tax on the profits of the gaming companies. But in the case of SportPesa and anyone investing in Uganda sports, there is an exemption.“We are going to look at SportPesa in isolation because it is coming with a heavy weight of promoting football; investing in academies, investing in young people, giving them employment. It is beyond betting, it is beyond gaming. So we are looking at the other side of investment and then we shall make sure that we sit down and dialogue,” Kiyingi revealed.Kiyingi says if Sportpesa was to put the same amount of investment in football like in Kenya and Tanzania, then Uganda football will grow in leaps and bounds because what Uganda lacks now is adequate sponsors in sports.“The talent is there, the morale is there, the demand is overwhelming but what is missing is the capital injection in football in general and branding.”If Sportpesa land in Uganda it will take nine months before they start operations as per the regulations. All that might change as a delegation from SportPesa head to Uganda for discussions with the Uganda government and if successful, they will meet with President Yoweri Museveni to fast track the process.0Shares0000(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000SportPesa Chief Executive Officer Ronald Karauri during a past event. PHOTO/FileNAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 19 – Kenya’s leading sports betting firm SportPesa is set to expand its operations to Uganda, just two months after opening office in Tanzania if talks between the Uganda government and the company are concluded successfully.Uganda Minister for Youth and Children Affairs, Florence Kiyingi is leading a Ugandan government delegation that arrived in Kenya on Wednesday evening.last_img read more

Chelsea wanted to sign Van Dijk, says Conte

first_img“This is football, this is life,” Conte said, as quoted by the Daily Mail. “For sure he was our target but as you know, this is football.“We can have a lot of targets but you must be able to reach those targets. The transfer market is not simple for any club.“Liverpool bought Van Dijk to reinforce their defensive line – and I think Van Dijk is a top defender. And they spent €85million for this player.”Van Dijk lined up alongside Joel Matip in the heart of the Liverpool defence for their 2-1 victory over Everton in the FA Cup on Friday and also announced his arrival by scoring the winning goal in the 84th minute.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Antonio Conte guided Chelsea to the Premier League title in his first season in charge at Stamford BridgeLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 10 – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte admits new Liverpool signing Virgil van Dijk was a transfer target for his side but that they couldn’t match the Reds’ bid.Jurgen Klopp’s team shelled out £75m to prise the highly-rated centre-back away from Southampton, and Conte has revealed that the Blues were also interested in the Dutchman’s talents.last_img read more

Tusker sends entire technical bench packing

first_img0Shares0000Tusker FC head coach Sam Timbe consults with assistant coach Francis Baraza during a training session at the Ruaraka Grounds in Nairobi on January 3, 2018. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 22- Eleven-time Kenyan Premier League champions Tusker FC have sent their entire technical bench packing, led by head coach Sam Timbe, after just 11 matches into the new season with immediate former AFC Leopards boss Robert Matano poised for a return to Ruaraka.Though the Tusker FC officials remained coy on the issue, Capital Sport has established that the coaches were informed of the board’s decision on Sunday morning, barely 24 hours after they surprisingly lost 3-1 to Zoo Kericho on Saturday. “It is true that we have all lost our jobs. We were informed of the decision this morning and we have no choice but to oblige. It is how football is sometimes but we will move on and hopefully other opportunities present themselves,” a member of the technical bench who sought anonymity told Capital Sport.Tusker FC Chief Executive Officer Charles Obiny could not confirm nor deny the development.Tusker FC unveiled 10 new signings for the 2018 KPL season.“We will release a comprehensive statement tomorrow morning on that matter,” Obiny said in a brief response.Timbe joined Tusker at the beginning of the season with the heavy task of building up a new team with most of the first team regulars leaving in a massive clear-out at the end of the 2017 season which also claimed coach George ‘Best’ Nsimbe.It wasn’t to be a ride worth remembering as Tusker struggled for results and out of 11 outings managed to celebrate victory only twice, a statistic that didn’t go in good taste with the bosses at Tusker’s headquarters in Ruaraka.A troubled season it was as assistant coach Francis Baraza was at one point asked to step aside after being accused of sabotage, but the bridges were finally bridged with the former Chemelil Sugar man reinstated in the team.However, the results didn’t change and just last week, Timbe asked for patience from the Tusker board and fans as he sought to stabilize a ship that was almost wrecking barely halfway through the season.The team will now move in fast to secure a bench ready for Wednesday’s match against Wazito FC at the Camp Toyoyo Ground.AFC Leopards head coach Robert matano shouts instructions to his players during their GOtv Shield semi-final match against Vihiga United on September 24, 2017 at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“Matano had been approached early on in the season when it looked certain that Timbe will not last. They have more or less agreed that he will take over at the club,” a source privy to the ongoings at the club informed Capital Sport.Matano was at the club in 2012 and 2013, guiding them to their league title in his first half season in charge. The tactician was sacked at Ingwe a month ago.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Mourinho wants to coach for as long as Wenger

first_img0Shares0000Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger shakes hands with Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho (2nd L)MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Apr 29-Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho believes he can emulate Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger by coaching into his late 60s.Mourinho will face his old rival Wenger for the last time in an Arsenal match when the Gunners visit Old Trafford on Sunday. Mourinho’s longest managerial stint at any club was his first spell at Chelsea, which lasted for three years and three months.He spent three years at Real Madrid and two years each at Porto, Inter Milan and in a second spell at Stamford Bridge.Wenger is 68 and will step down at the end of the season after almost 22 years with the Gunners.Asked if he could emulate the Frenchman’s longevity, Mourinho said: “For sure. I will have to change clubs because you (media) don’t allow me to stay here!“I would see myself doing it but the new concept of media, social media, the pundit industry, the way people can express and influence the opinion, it is too much pressure – not just for the manager – but also for the club.“It is impossible for someone to resist for a long time, especially without any kind of success. “To stay a manager, to have four or five years to try to get a trophy and to improve the team, I don’t think you allow that any more.”But the Portuguese reckons he can stay at United longer than his other clubs after confessing his days of itchy feet are over.“I think so. At other clubs, I was already thinking ‘what next?’” he admitted.“I had things I really wanted to do – I had to go to Italy, I had to go to Spain.“At this moment, there isn’t anything around the corner and I don’t want to do anything different to what I am doing now.”Mourinho has won trophies since his time at Porto, but he is convinced he is a better manager now than ever.– More mature –“Yes, until the point you lose your motivation, you keep improving,” he added.“So yes, in every way. My passion for the job is the same and my sense of responsibility and emotional control (is better). I am much more mature too.“At every level – training, matches, relationships with players – it feels like everything is deja vu.“It is very rare now there is something in my professional life that I am surprised with or I don’t know how to react to. So, the more experience, the better you are.”Mourinho points to the example of Jupp Heynckes to back up his theory.At 72, Heynckes returned to manage Bayern Munich last October for a third spell in charge after being retired for four years following 32 years in management.“You have the example now of Mr Heynckes. He was retired, playing with his grandchildren, and suddenly he comes back and he is even better than before,” said Mourinho.As for Wenger, Mourinho has had many confrontations with the Frenchman but admitted his rival’s “Invincibles” team from 2003-04, who were undefeated as they romped to the Premier League title, made him a better coach.“I am going to remember him as a big opponent, as the manager of the Invincibles – the Invincibles I met when I arrived in the country in 2004, the Invincibles that made me a better coach. That is the way I would remember him,” he added.Mourinho is also convinced Wenger will continue in management.“I don’t think he will end his career. Until I have different information, he is only going to end his career as Arsenal manager,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Ghana football chief resigns after corruption suspension

first_img0Shares0000Kwesi Nyantakyi accused “scammers” of tricking him after stepping down as Ghanaian Football Association president © AFP/File / Carl DE SOUZAACCRA, Ghana, Jun 8 – Ghanian Football Association (GFA) president Kwesi Nyantakyi resigned on Friday just hours after world football governing body FIFA hit him with a 90-day suspension over corruption claims.In a statement carried on the GFA website, Nyantakyi apologised “unreservedly” for “a series of errors of indiscretion” after FIFA launched an ethics investigation into his activities. Nyantakyi was accused in an explosive documentary called ‘Number 12’, aired on Wednesday by investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, of soliciting bribes amounting to several million dollars.The football chief said “scammers” had “deceived me into thinking they were genuine persons interested in investing in our country”.In the documentary he was accused of requesting $11 million (9.3 million euros) from reporters posing as investors to secure government contracts.He also allegedly tried to profit personally from a $5 million-a-year, five-year sponsorship deal with the GFA.Hidden camera footage also purportedly showed referees taking as little as $100 each to rig matches.Ghana’s government on Thursday said the documentary had exposed “gross malfunctioning… characterised by widespread fraud, corruption and bribery” at the GFA.Ghana’s information minister Mustapha Abdul-Hamid said the government would dissolve the GFA because of the “widespread nature of the apparent rot”.FIFA responded earlier on Friday by banning Nyantakyi from “all football-related activity” for 90 days pending an investigation with a possible further suspension of up to 45 days.Football is Ghana’s national sport and the revelations have sent shockwaves through the country, just under a week before the start of the World Cup finals in Russia, for which they failed to qualify.Before the last World Cup in Brazil in 2014, Nyantakyi was accused of signing a $170,000-deal for Ghana to play in a friendly organised by match fixers. He denied the accusations.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Chaotic but still on course, Spain seek major World Cup improvement

first_img“Long live VAR! But like this we won’t win the World Cup,” declared the front page of Spanish sports daily Marca on Tuesday.A last minute solution to patch up the errors of a miserable start is the story of Spain’s World Cup so far.Coach Julen Lopetegui was sacked two days before their tournament opener against Portugal, with Fernando Hierro rushed into the role despite his lack of previous managerial experience.Hierro has been unable to match the heights of La Roja’s brilliant qualifying campaign under Lopetegui, although he was praised for the impact of his substitutions against Morocco as Aspas and Rodrigo came off the bench to save the day.By winning the group Spain face hosts Russia in Moscow on Sunday and find themselves on the more favourable side of the draw, as is reflected by their new status as tournament favourites by bookmakers.However, a series of defensive lapses need to be eradicated if they are to go any further.“We like to be clear and honest,” said captain Sergio Ramos, who was at fault for both Moroccan goals. “This is not the way forward.“The group stages always allow you a margin for error, these errors from now on send you home.”– ‘Transparent’ De Gea –Dropped? David de Gea could be left out for Spain’s World Cup last 16 tie with Russia © AFP / Jewel SAMADRamos and Gerard Pique have at times endured a frosty off-field relationship due to their roles as figureheads for the Real Madrid-Barcelona rivalry.On the field, though, they have rarely been questioned with multiple Champions League medals for their clubs and World Cup and European Championship winners for Spain.Both have been error-strewn so far in Russia with Pique also lucky to escape an early red card against Morocco.Behind them David de Gea looks a different goalkeeper to the one who has won Manchester United’s player of the year for four of the past five seasons.De Gea let a simple Cristiano Ronaldo effort through his hands in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Portugal and has made just one save in three games.“Goalkeepers have moments where they lose their confidence and become transparent because they don’t make any saves. That is what is happening right now to De Gea,” former Spanish international ‘keeper Santi Canizares told radio station Cadena SER.De Gea’s understudy, Athletic Bilbao’s Kepa Arrizabalaga, has never even started a competitive international. But there are increasing calls for the 23-year-old to be thrown into the intimidating atmosphere of 80,000 home fans baying for an upset at the Luzhniki Stadium this weekend.“From now the games of life and death begin and we can’t continue gifting goals away,” said Isco, Spain’s best performer in Russia to date.Heroes of Spain’s three successive tournament wins between 2008 and 2012, Andres Iniesta and David Silva’s places in the team are also under threat from the more youthful Koke, Saul Niguez and Marco Asensio.Hierro promised to make “as few changes as possible” when hired less than two weeks ago. Now he is under pressure to revolutionise his team to ensure Spain remain in Russia.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000VAR to the rescue: Iago Aspas celebrates his equaliser against Morocco © AFP / Patrick HERTZOGSAINT PETERSBURG, Russian Federation, Jun 26 – In a chaotic World Cup, Spain have lost a coach and won just one game, but remain ultimately where they want to be after winning Group B in dramatic fashion with the help of VAR.Iago Aspas’s injury time equaliser to secure a 2-2 draw against already eliminated Morocco had initially been ruled out by an errant offside flag before the video assistant referee intervened.last_img read more

Modric ends Ronaldo-Messi era to be crowned world’s best

first_imgHe beat Ronaldo and Liverpool’s Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah to the prize.Modric’s success means Ronaldo remains tied with Messi having won FIFA’s award in different guises five times each.At 33, Croatia’s run to the final was the culmination of a brilliant career for Modric that had often been overshadowed by Ronaldo’s goalscoring in their time together in the Spanish capital, before the Portuguese left for Juventus in July.Luka Modric, who reached the World Cup final with Croatia in the summer, was named the FIFA Best Men’s Player of the YearModric scored twice and also netted in penalty shootout wins over Denmark and Russia, but it was his playmaking ability that caught the eye in winning the Golden Ball for the best player at the World Cup.“It was an unbelievable season, the best season in my life,” said Modric.“I’m still not realising how good a year I had collectively, individually, and I’m very proud for everything I achieved this year and it will be remembered forever.”For a sixth straight season, Ronaldo was the Champions League’s top scorer with 15 goals and also scored four times at the World Cup, including a hat-trick against Spain in a thrilling 3-3 draw to open Portugal’s campaign.However, Portugal’s last 16 exit to Uruguay in Russia and Ronaldo’s failure to score in the semi-finals or final of the Champions League opened the door for Modric.– Messi, Ronaldo no show –Modric (left) poses with his Best FIFA Men’s Player Award alongside Marta with her Best FIFA Women’s Player AwardNeither Ronaldo or Messi attended the glitzy ceremony in London with both in action for Juventus and Barcelona respectively on Wednesday.For the first time in 12 years, Messi was not among the finalists with third place going to Salah for his incredible 44-goal debut season with Liverpool that carried the Reds to the Champions League final.However, a shoulder injury suffered early on in the final robbed Salah of the chance to help Liverpool lift the trophy and also meant he was far from peak condition as he led Egypt’s World Cup bid.Despite scoring in each of his two appearances in Russia, he bowed out with the Pharaohs bowed at the group stage with three defeats.Salah did not go away empty handed, however, as he picked up the Puskas award for best goal for his strike against Everton in the Merseyside derby last December.Modric was joined by Real team-mates Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane and Marcelo in the FIFPro team of the year, also featuring David De Gea, Dani Alves, N’Golo Kante, Eden Hazard, Kylian Mbappe, Messi and Ronaldo.Didier Deschamps has won the World Cup as a coach and player© AFP Ben STANSALLFrance’s World Cup-winning coach Didier Deschamps won the best coach of the year prize in recognition for his work in leading Les Bleus to success in Russia.Deschamps, who became just the third man to win the World Cup as a player and coach, beat off competition from Dalic and his former France team-mate Zinedine Zidane, who won a third consecutive Champions League title with Real Madrid before resigning in June.Thibaut Courtois won the best goalkeeper award for helping Belgium reach the World Cup semi-finals as well as the FA Cup with Chelsea before a summer move to Madrid.Brazil’s Marta was crowned best women’s player for a record sixth time for her role in winning the Copa America to beat out Lyon duo Ada Hegerberg and Dzsenifer Marozsan.Lyon boss Reynald Pedros did win the award for best women’s coach, though, after winning the Champions League with the French giants.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric inspired Croatia to reach the World Cup final for the first time© AFP Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 24 – Luka Modric ended Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi’s decade-long domination of football’s individual awards by being crowned FIFA’s best player of the year on Monday.The Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder starred for both club and country as Madrid won a third straight Champions League, and he inspired Croatia to reach the World Cup final for the first time.last_img read more

Ex Barca boss Rosell faces February trial for money laundering

first_img0Shares0000Former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell, pictured July 2014, his wife and four others are accused of “large-scale money laundering” since 2006 relating to television rights and sponsorship in Brazil © AFP/File / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUMADRID, Spain, Oct 17 – Former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell will go on trial for money laundering in February, Spanish judicial sources revealed on Wednesday.Rosell, his wife and four others are accused of “large-scale money laundering” of at least 19.9 million euros ($23 million) since 2006 relating to television rights and sponsorship in Brazil. Prosecutors at the Madrid-based National Court have called for the ex Barca boss to be jailed for 11 years and fined 59 million euros.Rosell and his wife are accused of hiding money illegally obtained by Ricardo Teixeira, the former head of the Brazilian Football Confederation.Rosell had previously lived and worked in Brazil, where he forged numerous business links.The case centres on a deal signed by Teixeira in 2006 with a company based in the Cayman Islands for the television rights to 24 Brazil friendly matches.Altogether, Rosell and his wife allegedly received close to 15 million euros in their accounts as part of the deal.They pocketed 6.6 million euros with 8.4 million destined for Teixeira, prosecutors say.The trial will open on February 25, and run until March 27.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

District of Taylor to draft Open Air Burning By-law

first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. – At a Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday, District of Taylor Council looked at the Draft Open Air Burning By-law.With open burning being a significant contributing factor in the amount of brush and forest fires, District Fire Chief, Steve Byford, is recommending that Council, with support from the Protection Committee, approves the proposed Open Air Burning Bylaw No. 834, 2019.The proposed by-law is to regulate Open Air Burning in the District of Taylor andwithin the Taylor Rural Fire Protection Area.- Advertisement -The main purpose of the by-law would be to educate the public on safe burning practices and to give District Fire Officials the authority to assess burn and property conditions within the District’s Fire Protection Area before a burn is permitted.Similar by-laws are also being considered by the Peace River Regional District in an effort to prevent wildfires.The By-law is still under review with the Protection Committee.Advertisementlast_img read more

The Addams Family presented by Stage North Theatre Society

first_imgTo view the FB Event page; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Stage North Theatre Society is presenting the Addams family at the North Peace Cultural Centre.The upbeat, comedy about family, love and the dangers of keeping secrets will have six showtimes at the Cultural Centre.The classic Addams Family is known as the creepy and kooky, and altogether spooky family. For this show visit the family crypt for an annual gathering of family members (living, dead, and undecided) to celebrate what it is to be an Addams.- Advertisement -Stage North shares, Adult Wednesday Addams reveals a secret to her father Gomez on the same night that she brings home a normal boy and his family for dinner. Between the “normal” acting Addams Family and a normal family trying to be polite, hi-jinx ensue in hilarious scenes and musical numbers.Showtimes run from October 25th to November 2nd, 2019;Friday, October 25th, 2019 – 7:30 PM – 9:30 PMSaturday, October 26th, 2019 – 7:30 PM – 9:30 PMThursday, October 31st, 2019 – 7:30 PM – 9:30 PMFriday, November 1st, 2019 – 7:30 PM – 9:30 PMSaturday, November 2nd, 2019 – 2:00 – 4:00 PM / 7:30 PM – 9:30 pmFor tickets to the show; CLICK HEREAdvertisementlast_img read more

Fort St. John Public Library’s Annual Food for Fines Event

first_imgFor more information, contact the Library at (250) 785-3731 FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – This November, the Public Library is offering Food for Fines, the opportunity to pay off your book fines with food donations.During November, you can pay off your library fines with an exchange of non-perishable donations.  The library will accept a minimum of one donation for every five dollar fine you would like to pay off. This incentive also works for lost books.With the donations collected going to the FSJ Woman’s Resource Food Bank, the Library will accept non-perishable food items, new hygiene products and new baby items.- Advertisement -The one restriction to the Food for Fines program is interlibrary loans, as these books belong to another library.The librarians want people to know this is a great time to come back into the library, make a new with a good cause as this is a win-win situation, by clearing your debt while helping a great cause.Librarians would like to see you using their programs and services, so now is the time to come back.Advertisementlast_img read more

Exclusive – Man United can’t expect instant success under Van Gaal, says former Old Trafford coach

first_imgFormer Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen has warned Red Devils fans they can’t expect instant success with new manager Louis van Gaal at the helm.The Dutch mastermind was appointed as successor to David Moyes ahead of the summer’s World Cup, following the Scot’s car crash of a ten months in charge of the 20-time league champions.The Old Trafford faithful have seen a glimpse of Van Gaal’s technical nous during the Netherlands’ World Cup campaign, which saw the Oranje narrowly miss out on a place in the final and eventually finish in third place.But Meulensteen believes his Dutch compatriot has a tough task ahead of him in the Premier League after what he believes is the “end of an era” for the Red Devils.“I think what fans need to consider is that this season will be a new start for Man United,” he told Kick Off.“It’s almost like it’s the end of an era at the club, with Ryan Giggs hanging up his boots and players like Ferdinand, Vidic and Evra all leaving – it’s a big change for the team.“Nobody expected what would happen under David Moyes last season and obviously United will want to leave that behind them as quickly as they can.“In that respect, Louis van Gaal is a man with a very strong personality and a very strong philosophy, so he will try to implement that process right away.“But not only will the players will have to buy into his philosophy, people must realise the process will take time.“At this moment he has to build a new team because United are still a team that can be beaten, unless proven otherwise at the start of the new Premier League season.”last_img read more

Barcelona move to tie down starlet amid Arsenal interest

first_img1 Munir El Haddadi Barcelona are set to offer a new contract to wonderkid Munir El Haddadi to ward off Premier League interest.The youngster scored on his debut for the club against Elche on Sunday and is tipped to be the next superstar to emerge from Barca’s fabled ‘La Masia’ academy.Munir signed a new deal in January but this was reported to have a release clause of under £10m.That alerted a number of clubs to his availability, including Arsenal, and Barca have reacted swiftly, with El Mundo Deportivo reporting that sporting director Andoni Zubizaretta telling the 18-year-old they will offer him a substantial pay-rise.His release clause will then automatically be raised to £27.82m, a sum which should ensure he continues to develop at the Nou Camp rather than be lured elsewhere.last_img read more

Wilson to START for Man United against Palace? Red Devils’ training in pictures

first_img Click the arrow for more images of Man United’s latest session 6 6 6 Click the arrow for more images of Man United’s latest session Click the arrow for more behind the scenes images as Man United prepare for Palace at home Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal described the Red Devils’ dismal start to the season as making him feel ‘lousy’, before suggesting it could take THREE YEARS before they reach a level he is happy with.“I feel, myself, very lousy for the fans firstly, but also for the board because they have a great belief in me and my players and my staff and when you have 13 points out of 10 matches you are not doing well,” he said during his pre-match press conference ahead of this weekend’s clash against Crystal Palace.The Dutchman has been hindered by injuries and loss of form throughout his squad, but he could opt for a new approach when the Eagles visit Old Trafford on Saturday by handing youngster James Wilson a huge opportunity to impress.With Robin van Persie struggling to consistently find the net, the 18-year-old has been tipped to play some sort of role, with suggestions that Van Gaal could even go as far as starting him.The United boss spent time during the club’s latest training session with the youngster, but was he giving him instructions ahead of his big chance?Click the arrow on the right to see more shots from United’s session. Click the arrow for more images of Man United’s latest session Click the arrow for more images of Man United’s latest session 6 Click the arrow for more images of Man United’s latest session 6 6last_img read more

Napoli capitalise on Inter Milan’s slip to move top

first_img“It’s very pleasing to score 115 goals as a midfielder. That’s a good number,” Slovakian international Hamsik told Sky Sport Italia.Napoli’s win came after a 1-0 home defeat by Juventus a fortnight ago that saw them relinquish top spot to Inter and a poor goalless draw with Fiorentina last week that saw them fail to take advantage of Inter’s own 0-0 draw at Juve.“We are really happy with the performance,” added Hamsik.“I don’t know if it’s an advantage to be top of the table, but it can help us remember how strong we are.”The loss for Luciano Spalletti’s team also gives third-placed Juventus, themselves four points behind Napoli, the opportunity to leapfrog their old rivals Inter at Bologna on Sunday.“We will probably need of something (in the winter transfer window) if we’re going to make that step forward,” admitted Spalletti.Fourth-placed Roma moved level on points with Juve as Argentinian centre-back Federico Fazio’s 94th-minute goal grabbed a 1-0 win over Cagliari, after Diego Perotti had earlier missed a penalty.The capital club are well in the title race, just four points adrift of Napoli with a game in hand, as they bid for a first Scudetto since 2001.– Koulibaly strikes early –Kalidou Koulibaly sent Napoli on their way in the fourth minute when he headed home Allan’s flick-on from a corner, and the away side looked out of sight with just 25 minutes gone when Piotr Zielinski collected Jorginho’s precise through ball and slotted home their second.Hamsik effectively ended the match as a contest with 30 minutes gone when he swept home Dries Merten’s pass first time past Salvatore Sirigu, scoring his first goal since the start of October and finally equalling Maradona’s record.Torino striker Andrea Belotti pulled one back in the 63rd minute, ending an eight-game goal drought that stretched back nearly two months, but that was as good as it got for the hosts.“My players knew what Inter had done and that can either help or hinder you,” said Napoli coach Sarri.“They can give you the hunger to retake the top spot, but can also pile extra pressure on. Today the lads did well to make something positive from the result at the San Siro.”Inter looked like they were set to maintain their unbeaten record and momentarily extend their lead at the top when Mauro Icardi levelled the scores with his 18th goal of the season, a smart volley just 71 seconds after Kevin Lasagna’s 14th-minute opener.But despite dominating, the hosts could not find the breakthrough, and were punished just after the hour mark.Inter defender Davide Santon compounded a poor display by handballing Silvan Widmer’s cross, and after referee Maurizio Mariani consulted the video assistant referee to check that the ball had not gone out before the Udinese right-back reached the ball, he awarded the penalty from which Rodrigo De Paul gave the away side the lead.Inter continued to push and almost levelled in the 68th minute when Milan Skriniar thumped Antonio Candreva’s cross off the bar, but were punished when Antonin Barak finished a lightning break with 13 minutes left to sink the home side.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Udinese’s players celebrate after their Serie A victory over Inter Milan at the San Siro stadium in Milan © AFP / ALBERTO PIZZOLIMilan, Italy, Dec 16 – Marek Hamsik equalled Diego Maradona’s record as Napoli’s all-time top goalscorer as they took advantage of Inter Milan’s first defeat of the season and moved top of Serie A with a 3-1 win at Torino on Saturday.Inter went down 3-1 to Udinese at the San Siro earlier in the day and Hamsik, who now has 115 Napoli goals in all competitions, led the way as Maurizio Sarri’s side made the most of Inter’s loss with a three-goal blitz in the first half-hour that saw off Torino and moved them top on 42 points, two ahead of Inter, who drop back to second.last_img read more

Referee who kicked player has ban doubled after failed appeal

first_imgThe referee, who had already announced plans to retire this summer, appealed in an attempt to return before the end of the season.The move backfired on Friday however as the French Football Federation appeals commission doubled the punishment to six months.The verdict means that Chapron, who is 45, may never again officiate a French league match.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Referee Tony Chapron showing a red card to Nantes’ Diego Carlos after tackling the player, for which he has been banned for six months © AFP / LOIC VENANCEPARIS, France, Mar 23 – French referee Tony Chapron’s ban for tackling a player in a Ligue 1 game was doubled on Friday as he lost his appeal, according to sources close to the disciplinary process.Chapron was banned for three months for kicking Diego Carlos, a Nantes player, during a game against Paris Saint-Germain in mid-January.last_img read more

Vetttel claims 50th win, goes top in title race

first_imgVettel’s third victory this season lifted him to 121 points ahead of Hamilton on 120 after seven races, ending the defending four-time champion’s hopes of a record-equalling seventh win at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve where he won from pole for the last three years.It was Ferrari’s first win in Canada since 2004 and came from their first pole there in 17 years. It was also Vettel’s second win in Canada where he won in 2013 for Red Bull.Australian Daniel Ricciardo, who clocked the fastest lap at the end, managed to resist a late charge from Hamilton in the closing laps and retain fourth place ahead of the Englishman who extended his record points-scoring run to 32 races.Finn Kimi Raikkonen finished sixth in the second Ferrari.Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel celebrates on the podium with his trophy after winning the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve © GETTY/AFP / Mark ThompsonGerman Nico Hulkenberg came home seventh ahead of his Renault team-mate Spaniard Carlos Sainz, Frenchman Esteban Ocon of Force India and Monegasque Charles Leclerc of Sauber.“Perfect is a good way to describe this,” said a delighted Vettel.“I said yesterday that this place means a lot to Ferrari and to have a race like this is unbelievable.“After a long stretch here without a Ferrari win, I looked around and the people are so very happy. It means a lot. There’s a long way to go in the season so I am not bothered about the title now, but it’s a good side affect for me.”He said the win was special because it came 40 years after Canadian Gilles Villeneuve had won his first race for Ferrari.– Hartley run off the road –The race began in near-perfect conditions with an air temperature of 20 degrees Celsius and the track at 45 as the lights went out.Vettel, from his fourth Canadian pole, made a clean start while behind him Bottas had to scrap to resist a robust attack from Verstappen.Hamilton stayed fourth ahead of Ricciardo who made quick work of passing Raikkonen before, after only half a lap, a heavy collision between Brendon Hartley’s Toro Rosso and local hero Lance Stroll’s Williams.Sebastian Vettel during the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix – Mark Thompson/Getty Images/AFP © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP / Mark ThompsonThe New Zealander appeared to be squeezed into the barriers as Stroll, with a puncture, moved sideways ahead of him at Turn Five and the Toro Rosso was lifted off the ground before both flew off the track.Both men were unhurt. “He just ran me out of road,” said the luckless Hartley.Hamilton’s early pit-stop on an enforced two-stop strategy, due to an engine heating problem, had done him no favours, but when Raikkonen pitted after 33 laps the Englishman was able to hang on and regain fifth as the Ferrari rejoined.This left Vettel and Bottas out in front, 24 seconds ahead of Verstappen, but still running on their original ultra-softs. Bottas was first to blink on lap 37, Vettel following one lap later, both going to super-softs.All this left Vettel in command after 40 laps, 5.7 seconds clear of Bottas with Verstappen third ahead of Ricciardo, Hamilton and Raikkonen.After 42 laps, sadly, Fernando Alonso’s 300th Grand Prix weekend came to an end when, chasing 10th, he was called in to pit and retire. “No power, no gears,” said the Spaniard. “Sorry mate, gutted,” said his McLaren engineer.With 20 laps remaining, Hamilton began to find a rhythm to move within a second of Ricciardo while Bottas, at the front, trimmed Vettel’s lead to 3.8 seconds.A grandstand finish looked possible until Bottas ran off at Turn One and took to the grass before recovering. He had lost two seconds and Vettel, turning the screw, responded with a fastest lap before cruising to a crushing victory.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Sebastian Vettel claimed the 50th win of his career and reclaimed the lead of this year’s world championship on Sunday when he ended Lewis Hamilton’s run of supremacy at the Canadian Grand Prix © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP / Mark ThompsonMONTREAL, Canada, Jun 10 – Sebastian Vettel claimed the 50th win of his career and reclaimed the lead of this year’s world championship on Sunday when he ended Lewis Hamilton’s run of supremacy at the Canadian Grand Prix.The four-time champion German drove his Ferrari with near flawless aplomb to convert his 54th pole position into a triumphant afternoon ahead of Finn Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes and determined Dutchman Max Verstappen, who was third for Red Bull.last_img read more

Henry has ‘everything’ to become good coach – Deschamps

first_img0Shares0000Thierry Henry has “everything” to become a good manager, France coach and former international teammate Didier Deschamps said of the newly-named Monaco coach © AFP/File / Valery HACHEPARIS, France, Oct 14 – Thierry Henry has “everything” needed to become a good manager, France coach and former international teammate Didier Deschamps said of the newly-named Monaco coach.“Thierry’s ready,” Deschamps told TF1. “He has everything” to be a good coach. “He’s throwing himself into an exciting, exhilarating project where he’ll have to take responsibility. It’ll be up to him to take the reins.”Former Arsenal star Henry was named Monaco coach on Saturday, his first job in club management after leaving his position with the Belgian national team.The 41-year-old French World Cup winner, who had been working as an assistant to Belgium coach Roberto Martinez since 2016, returns to the club where he began his professional career.Henry replaces Leonardo Jardim, who in 2017 guided Monaco to their first Ligue 1 title since 2000. He was sacked on Thursday after a string of poor results left Monaco in the relegation places.Deschamps, who captained the France team featuring Henry that won the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000, also started his coaching career at Monaco, back in 2001.“The first season was very complicated,” he said, wishing Henry “lots of courage and big success”.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Last-gasp Biraghi goal gives Mancini first competitive win

first_img0Shares0000Defender Cristiano Biraghi (L) scored his first goal for Italy. © AFP / Janek SKARZYNSKICHORZOW, Poland, Oct 15 – Cristiano Biraghi snatched a late victory to give new Italy coach Roberto Mancini his first competitive victory and keep the Azzurri’s Nations League hopes alive with a 1-0 win over Poland in their League A Group 3 clash in Chorzow on Sunday.Defender Biraghi, 26, slid in the winner two minutes into injury time for his first goal for Italy in a game his team had dominated. The defeat ensured Poland were relegated to League B. It gives Mancini his first competitive victory since taking over as Italy coach last May, after the four-time world champions failure to qualify for the World Cup.“A new cycle has already begun,” said Mancini“We dominated the game, we had to score the first goal, it would have been unfair to finish 0-0.“All the lads are trying to do their best. It’s a good win in a very good game.”Fiorentina defender Biraghi made the sign ’13’ with his hands when he scored, as he dedicated his first goal to former Italy and Fiorentina captain Davide Astori who died of a heart attack last March.“I owe everything to him. I’m here thanks to Davide who was a mentor for me,” said Biraghi, who was called up to Italy for the first time last month at the age of 26.European champions Portugal lead the three-team group with six points from two games with Italy on four points after three games with Poland relegated to League B with one point.Mancini stuck with the same eleven he started with in last Wednesday’s 1-1 draw against the Ukraine with Federico Bernardeschi, Lorenzo Insigne and Federico Chiesa leading the attack.Nicolo Barella, 21, was chosen to start over Lorenzo Pellegrini in midfield after making his international debut in Genoa.Poland opted for the strike partnership of Robert Lewandowski and Arkadiusz Milik over Genoa forward Krzysztof Piatek, who has scored 14 goals in ten competitive games for club and country.Italy had the best of the first half but once again demonstrated their difficulty finishing off.Jorginho rattled the bar within the first minute, with Federico Chiesa also hitting the woodwork after half an hour in the Silesian Stadium.Poland could thank Wojciech Szczesny for keeping them in the game with the under-pressure goalkeeper denying Alessandro Florenzi, Jorginho, Federico Bernardeschi and Juventus teammate Giorgio Chiellini in the first half.Italy had a goal disallowed after 65 minutes following a well-worked pass between Bernardeschi and Marco Verratti with Insigne offside in the box.Poland also had a couple of chances in the second half with Kamil Grosicki denied by Gianluigi Donnarumma, with Arkadiusz Milik curling over.– ‘Never say die attitude’ –Roberto Mancini got his first competitive win as Italy coach. © AFP / Marco BERTORELLOJust when it looked as if both sides would settle for a draw, off the last corner, substitute Kevin Lasagna, who made his international debut, steered in for the Biraghi to finish off.“It had looked as if the match was jinxed,” said Biraghi.“The minutes were going by and the ball wouldn’t go in.“When you create a lot and the ball doesn’t go in you start to get nervous, even risk losing.“Instead we stayed calm and believed until the end. This victory is thanks to the group’s never say die attitude.”The result ensures Italy stayed in the tier ahead of December’s Euro 2020 qualifying draw.Italy next host Portugal on November 17 with Poland playing in Portugal three days later.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Ronaldo rocket gives Juventus scrappy win at Empoli

first_img0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo netted both goals as Juventus extended their unbeaten start in Italy © AFP / MARCO BERTORELLOMilan, Italy, Oct 27 – Cristiano Ronaldo struck twice, including a thunderous 25-yard drive, as Italian champions Juventus surged seven points clear in Serie A on Saturday following a battling 2-1 victory at Empoli.Empoli, without a win since the opening weekend of the season, grabbed a 28th-minute lead at the Stadio Carlo Castellani as Francesco Caputo curled home following a lung-busting run by Afriyie Acquah. But Juventus turned to their 100-million-euro man Ronaldo in the second half, as the Portugal forward equalised from the spot before blasting home a magnificent second to secure a ninth win in 10 Serie A matches for Massimiliano Allegri’s team.“It was a very complicated game. We knew it would be difficult, especially after a Champions League tie and we were a bit tired,” Ronaldo told Sky Sport Italia.“We stayed in the game, increased our possession, created more chances after the break and in the end deserved the victory.“I don’t remember the goal very well, I’ll have to watch it again! It all happened very quickly, but I felt confident and I went for the goal.”After Caputo’s opener, the hosts appealed for a penalty when Miha Zajc’s shot glanced the arm of Leonardo Bonucci as he attempted to charge down the attempt, but the referee opted against punishing the Italy defender after reviewing the incident on video.Empoli goalkeeper Ivan Provedel pulled off two spectacular saves in quick succession to thwart Alex Sandro and Miralem Pjanic early in the second half, as Juventus — who beat Manchester United 1-0 at Old Trafford in midweek — saw their unbeaten record come under threat.Provedel flung himself in front of a firmly-hit effort by Sandro from close range, and then sprang acrobatically to his right to touch a Pjanic drive onto the crossbar as Empoli failed to clear after the initial attack.– ‘Moment of magic’ –But Juve hit back when Paulo Dybala pinched the ball off a dallying Ismael Bennacer in the Empoli box, drawing a penalty as the Algeria midfielder proceeded to bundle over the Argentine.Ronaldo sent Provedel the wrong way from the spot to score for the third league game running and bring Juve level on 54 minutes, as the turmoil of rape allegations do not appear to be unsettling the Portuguese forward on the pitch.After last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Genoa, Ronaldo completed a much more successful week for Juve as he unleashed an unstoppable shot into the top left corner 20 minutes from time.“I told the lads, this was a game we had to win, it didn’t matter how well or badly we played,” said Allegri. “The goal was a moment of magic from an extraordinary player and it’s something kids will try to copy in the schoolyard.”An own goal by Fiorentina goalkeeper Alban Lafont allowed Torino to make it five games without defeat following a 1-1 draw, while Atalanta collected a second win on the trot as they beat promoted Parma 3-0.Second-place Napoli can return to within four points of Juve on Sunday when they host Roma, and Inter Milan will bid for a sixth straight league victory at Lazio on Monday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

5 things we learned from the Premier League

first_imgThe top five are now eight points clear of the chasing pack, with Manchester United, in seventh, looking increasingly unlikely to join the party after being held to a 2-2 draw by lowly Southampton.Here are five things we learned from the Premier League this weekend:– Liverpool show champion grit –Winning ugly is a tired cliche but Liverpool are showing the mindset of champions as they refuse to let Premier League pacesetters Manchester City out of their sight.Liverpool celebrate their late win against Everton at Anfield © AFP / Oli SCARFFJurgen Klopp’s side are not playing with the same free-flowing verve as they did last season but just look at the numbers.Liverpool pulled back to within two points of City with a 1-0 win against Everton after Divock Origi was in the right place to punish an astonishing error from England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.Liverpool have scored 16 goals fewer than City but have the meanest defence in the league — with just five goals conceded in 14 matches.– All Guns blazing –After the toxic atmosphere that characterised Arsenal home matches in the miserable final years of Arsene Wenger’s reign, it was hard to imagine the Emirates Stadium ever again becoming a raucous cauldron of emotion.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice as Arsenal beat Tottenham 4-2 © AFP / Adrian DENNISGunners fans had become used to their team choking on the big occasion but in just a few short months Unai Emery has got the fans of the north London club back on their feet.A pulsating 4-2 win over arch-rivals Tottenham, which saw the Gunners recover from 2-1 down thanks to a second-half blitz, was a major statement of intent from Arsenal.– City tough it out –Bournemouth must hate the sight of Raheem Sterling after the England forward put champions Manchester City back into the lead with his eighth goal in six Premier League matches against the Cherries.Raheem Sterling celebrates his goal against Bournemouth © AFP / Oli SCARFFIlkay Gundogan added a third for a 3-1 victory in what looks on paper like a comfortable eighth successive home Premier League win this season but that hid the truth of a hard-earned win.Bournemouth made it an uncomfortable afternoon for City and Pep Guardiola was delighted his team were able to dig deep.“A good win, after the Champions League it is always tough,” said Guardiola. “People think it’s easy for us but that is not the truth so I like to win in this way.”– Rashford offers hope for Mourinho –Frustrated by Manchester United’s lack of killer instinct during their three-match winless run in the league, Jose Mourinho can take consolation from Marcus Rashford’s encouraging display in Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Southampton.Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford set up both of his side’s goals in the 2-2 draw at Southampton © AFP / Glyn KIRKTrailing 2-0 after a dismal opening at St Mary’s, United escaped an embarrassing defeat against Mark Hughes’s struggling side thanks to large part to Rashford’s contributions.The 21-year-old has scored only twice for his club this season but he showed his value to United lies in more than his goal tally as the England forward provided assists for Romelu Lukaku and Ander Herrera as Mourinho’s men drew level before half-time.“I have to say that I’m super happy with Marcus Rashford’s performance and he didn’t score a goal. So sometimes goals are not everything,” Mourinho said.– Kante earns good report –N’Golo Kante came in for some unexpected criticism from Maurizio Sarri after Chelsea were beaten 3-1 by Tottenham last week but he is back in his manager’s good books.Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante in action against Fulham © AFP / Glyn KIRKThe French World Cup winner set up Pedro’s opening goal in a 2-0 win against Fulham by winning the ball back in midfield.“I think he played very well,” said Sarri. “He defended very well. He needs to improve a little more tactically but that’s natural.“For the national team he usually plays with two midfielders. Last season sometimes with a two and sometimes with three, but in a central position, so it’s normal that he needs to improve.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates after scoring the opening goal for Arsenal against TottenhamLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 3 – Manchester City won their sixth Premier League match on the spin to underline their status as firm favourites but Liverpool clung on to their coat-tails after a dramatic late win against Everton.Elsewhere on a Premier League weekend dominated by derbies, Arsenal beat Tottenham 4-2 and Chelsea overcame Claudio Ranieri’s Fulham 2-0.last_img read more

Players not sabotaging my efforts – Mourinho

first_img0Shares0000Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho does not believe his criticism of players is leading them to deliberately play badly © AFP / Glyn KIRKMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Dec 4 – Jose Mourinho insists his Manchester United players are giving their maximum effort despite repeated criticism by him of their performances.The 55-year-old United manager claimed any accusation his players were underperforming because they did not like him would be “dishonest”. Mourinho has been withering in his assessment of United’s performances in their past two league matches, saying his players lacked “heart” after they were held 0-0 at home by Crystal Palace on November 24.He then suggested there were not enough “mad dogs” in his team following last Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Southampton.None of United’s players spoke to the media after the match at St Mary’s Stadium.Yet there have been reports of dressing room disharmony, with Mourinho reportedly comparing France midfielder Paul Pogba to a “virus” in an angry rant at Southampton.Mourinho has declined to comment on the latest reports of a fall-out with Pogba, and would not even by drawn on whether he thought the midfielder had played poorly at Southampton.“Are you asking or saying? I am not going to analyse the performance individually,” he said.“The names I gave at Southampton were the names that I chose in a positive way who showed that desire, that fighting spirit, that anger, that pride.”– ‘Calling the player dishonest’ –Mourinho, though, would not accept his players were underperforming deliberately.“I am not agreeing with you or saying that some players don’t want to give the maximum,” he said.“I don’t share that view.”Speaking more generally, he suggested players are professional enough to continue to give their best even if they do not get on with the manager.“If you think a player only plays when, in your words, he is behind the manager, what I have to call these players -– or, in this case, what you are calling them –- is dishonest,” said Mourinho.“A football player is paid -– and very well paid -– to be a football professional.“What is that? It is to train every day to his limits, to play every game to his limits, is to behave socially according to the nature of his job, is to respect the millions of fans around the world and to respect the club.“One thing is to perform well and not so well, another thing is to be a football professional.“If you say that a player plays well or bad because of how good a manager is, you are calling the player dishonest.”He also criticised pundits such as former United star Rio Ferdinand who have suggested this season that there may be a player mutiny at Old Trafford.“When pundits, who were professional players, say that this player is not playing for the manager, did they do that when they were players? Were they dishonest players?” said Mourinho.“If they were, they shouldn’t be in front of a camera speaking to millions of people.“You analyse a player by asking: ‘Is he performing, yes or no?’ You shouldn’t go in that direction because you are calling the players dishonest.“Do you believe a player scores in his own goal and then runs and celebrates, saying: ‘I scored in my own goal because I don’t like the manager’? Do you believe in that? I don’t believe in that.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Group sets out to bring back LB’s lost waves

first_imgThe breakwater reduced the famed 10-foot-high breakers into grayish brown, listless ripples that crawl up the sand and retreat just as pitifully. Only on rare days can a swell sneak through a small opening in the breakwater to create rideable waves. The enclosure has also trapped urban debris that floats down the Los Angeles River and dumps into Long Beach harbor. The first time Robert Palmer took his 7-year-old daughter to the beach, she emerged from the murky water with plastic bags wrapped around her legs. “You can walk out to the water here, be knee deep and you can’t see your toes,” Palmer said. Over time Long Beach went from seaside resort to thriving port town. The silhouette of giant cranes and cargo containers are now fixtures in its skyline. In the mid-1990s, the Navy moved to San Diego but left the breakwater behind. Changing any part of the federally owned rock wall, however, will be tough. It helps protect one of the country’s busiest ports, as well as housing and businesses that have grown up near the beach. Orange garabaldi fish thrive near the breakwater along with lobster, birds, sea lions and other animals. “The biggest concern for us is if it created all these waves in here and made it difficult to move cargo all the time – it would be a disaster for us,” said Art Wong, a spokesman for the Port of Long Beach, which reported annual revenue of $400million to $450 million. The initial $100,000 study is expected to begin within the next few months to determine, among other things, if changing the breakwater would restore the ecosystem and improve water quality by opening up the flow of water. More in-depth studies could eventually determine the cost and whether parts of the breakwater could be removed or partly knocked down. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a Republican who represents part of Long Beach and bills himself as the surfing congressman, is doubtful the breakwater will ever be changed unless it would dramatically improve the water. “I don’t think it will because the expense of it is enormous – we’re talking hundreds of millions of dollars,” he said. And even if they are successful, Tracy Egoscue, a Long Beach resident who heads a nonprofit group working to ensure clean water in Santa Monica Bay, said it would be unrealistic to expect a quick fix to “the toxic soup we’ve all created.” Egoscue, the executive director of the Santa Monica BayKeeper, believes the focus should be cleaning up the Los Angeles River upstream. “Dilution is not the solution,” she said. “If you open up the ocean and push the problems out, you’re just pushing the problem out.” On a recent summer day the city’s beaches and parking lots were largely empty in stark contrast to other Southern California beach cities famous for their bluish-green waters and classic curls. Just south, in the self-dubbed “Surf City” of Huntington Beach, idling cars waited for coveted spaces. Members of the Long Beach chapter of the Surfrider Foundation realize 10-foot waves will never roll back into town, but bringing cleaner waters and an occasional set of breakers would be just fine. “Best case scenario another 10 years,” said the octogenarian Hendricks. “At least I’d be able to be here to watch it. I might not be able to walk, but they could roll me into the ocean and away I’d go.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I don’t like to go down there because I can see what it was,” said Hendricks, 82, who learned to ride the waves there in the 1930s. The world’s biggest breakwater wiped out the “Waikiki of California” more than 50 years ago and replaced it with a stagnant pond that rarely kicks up any surf – something Hendricks and the Surfrider Foundation have been working to change. The decadelong effort got an unexpected boost this year when the city gained the dubious distinction of having the state’s most bacteria-polluted beaches, prompting embarrassed city officials to fund a study that could be the first step in reconfiguring the breakwater to let in some surf. “Some action needs to be taken to restore our shore,” said Councilman Patrick O’Donnell, who promoted the study. “I was down at the beach at 11 a.m., and it was just me and the lifeguard.” In better days, Long Beach hosted the first national board surfing contest in 1938 but has seen only sporadic surf since Harry Truman was president. In 1949, the federal government completed a 60-foot-tall, eight-mile wall of sand and granite boulders to protect a Navy base. By Noaki Schwartz THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Over seven decades of body surfing, Ed Hendricks has mastered the art of catching the perfect wave: kick as fast as possible, get a deep gulp of air and make like a bullet as the wave arches up and thrusts you along its face toward shore. Most important, don’t look for your wave in Long Beach. last_img read more

New setback for automakers

first_imgBrendan Bell, a Washington representative for the Union of Concerned Scientists, said Sessions’ swift rejection of their arguments could lead judges considering similar disputes in California and Rhode Island to dismiss the cases. One of the plaintiffs, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, which represents General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Co., Toyota Motor Co. and others, has not said whether it will appeal the Vermont decision. Sessions’ ruling built upon the momentum for stronger emissions requirements created by the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in April that said the EPA has the authority to regulate greenhouse gas pollution. As a result, the EPA now has dozens of scientists and researchers developing new regulations that are slated to be released by the end of the year. The rules are expected to incorporate President Bush’s “20 in 10” proposal to reduce gasoline use by 20 percent by 2017. Bell said the decision was “one more turn of the crank putting pressure” on the EPA as it develops the rules. “It sets the bar,” Bell said. “What California is proposing is technologically feasible and is the floor.” EPA spokeswoman Jennifer Wood said the agency was “in the process of taking the first regulatory step in addressing greenhouse gas emissions from new cars” and would issue a proposal by the end of the year. The Vermont case will also be part of the backdrop in the negotiations expected to begin this fall on an energy bill. The Senate approved tougher fuel economy regulations in June that would require automakers to reach 35 mpg by 2020. A similar House bill was silent on the issue and lawmakers from both chambers will need to resolve the differences. The industry has tried to build support for an alternative that would seek more moderate increases in the standards for cars and trucks, up to 32 to 35 mpg by 2022. Frank O’Donnell, president of Clean Air Watch, a nonprofit environmental group, said the ruling would help House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., build consensus around the Senate version. “The Senate provisions look quite tame compared to California, they look very modest and moderate so it gives Pelosi a very strong argument,” O’Donnell said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – A ruling by a Vermont judge this week against the auto industry over tough rules curbing greenhouse gas emissions could have national ramifications, from government agencies developing new regulations to the halls of Congress. The decision, the latest setback for the auto industry, could stifle similar litigation pursued by carmakers while placing more pressure on Congress to implement strict fuel economy rules in an energy bill expected to be negotiated this fall. Environmental groups said Judge William Sessions III’s decision on Wednesday bolstered the attempt by California and its allies to receive a waiver from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to set up more stringent vehicle anti-pollution standards than those used by the federal government. “This, I think, turns up the heat on the EPA on the question of the waiver which is the key step here,” said Phil Sharp, a former Indiana congressman who serves as president of Resources for the Future, an environmental group. The EPA has said it will decide on the waiver by the end of the year. Under the Clean Air Act, California has permission to implement its own pollution rules if it receives a federal waiver. Vermont is among a dozen states that have adopted California’s standards. In Vermont, automakers challenged the limits developed by California that would require a 30 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from cars and trucks by 2016. The industry said that would require average fuel economy standards to surpass 43 miles per gallon, well above the current requirement of 27.5 mpg for passenger cars. Those standards are unattainable, the industry said during the April trial, arguing that it would create a patchwork of regulations across the nation and cause financial hardships for the manufacturers. But Sessions was unconvinced, writing that “history suggests that the ingenuity of the industry, once put in gear, responds admirably to most technological challenges.” The judge reached his decision after listening to hours of expert testimony and analysis put forth by the auto industry during the 16-day trial. last_img read more

Strangers donate kidneys to each other’s parents

first_imgIt was 28-year-old Tiffany’s decision to turn it down so a third victim of renal disease could get a transplant. Acceptance would have dissolved the swap, though Tiffany said she would have donated her kidney to Stella either way. “A lot of people would take that kidney and run,” Veale said. “Tiffany said: `No way. I don’t want Mrs. Williams not to have a kidney.’ This stranger out there who got that kidney is now eating pizza and traveling.” About 5,000 people in Los Angeles and 16,000 statewide are awaiting kidney transplants. In 70 percent of those cases, donors have come forward, but their organs don’t match. UCLA’s kidney transplant team hopes this first local cross-match will ignite more living-donor swaps, Veale said. “We hope this kind of program will develop across the city and eventually the country to share kidneys,” said Dr. Albin Gritsch, the program’s surgical director. Veale said the costs of the four surgeries hadn’t been tabulated, but he noted that with living donors, expenses fall. Kazuyuki Furuya joked with reporters: “This is your tax dollars at its best.” It was tough for the Furuya family of Santa Clarita to watch Kazuyuki’s reliance on grueling dialysis, a three- to four-hour, three-day-a-week treatment to remove waste from the bloodstream when the kidneys won’t. With no donor on the horizon, Tiffany, an engineer, offered hers. “My dad had been waiting for a kidney for almost six years,” she said. “We saw his health decline. It was pretty difficult to watch him.” Stella Williams, 51, was just two months on dialysis after falling ill to kidney disease. “I knew I couldn’t do it the rest of my life,” she said. “I felt like a prisoner. I felt my husband was a prisoner.” Her own daughter’s kidney was a match, but the younger woman became pregnant and could not donate, so both Jason and his brother offered to help their stepmother. “As soon as I heard about it, I just wanted to see what I could do,” Jason said. “I knew she needed it more than I did.” Stella, from Victorville, and Jason, 24, who lives in Upland and works in his father’s construction business, spoke briefly of a rough relationship erased by their new bond. She hugged her stepson and fought back tears speaking of his gift to her that was waylaid to a man he had never met and how she is now living with Tiffany’s organ. “It’s a big thing, it’s a big decision he had to make,” she said. “We’ve had a rough go of it, but we’ve both learned. He’s grown into a wonderful man. He’s someone we can rely on, be proud of. He gave of himself.” The two families, bonded for life by the sacrifices of their children, said they planned to keep in touch. Right now, however, the focus is on healing. “I’m a little sore, but other than that I feel really good,” Tiffany said, explaining the minimally invasive laproscopic surgery for donors. “It’s pretty crazy. They took an organ out of me just a week ago, five days ago.” All but Kazuyuki Furuya are on their feet. Yet he joined his daughter and their new family in looking to a return to normal, saying, “I’d like to get on with the rest of my life.” pat.aidem@dailynews.com (661) 257-5251160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! When her father needed a kidney transplant, Tiffany Furuya stepped forward and offered one of her own. And Jason Williams, who admitted a rocky relationship with his stepmother, never hesitated when she, too, needed an organ donor. Disappointing news followed, though, when both learned their kidneys weren’t matches. But in a heartwarming twist for two seriously ill patients, UCLA doctors found a surprising cross-match. “By coincidence, Tiffany matched Jason’s mother, and Jason matched Tiffany’s father,” said Dr. Jeffrey Veale, director of the paired kidney donation program at the University of California, Los Angeles, Medical Center. The surgeries were performed Thursday, and all four patients are out of the hospital, facing lives touched by strangers in the first-ever “living donor kidney swap” at UCLA. On Tuesday, amid hugs and some tears, the tale unfolded of strangers whose lives intertwined when Tiffany’s kidney proved a match for Stella Williams and Jason’s for Kazuyuki Furuya. “He’s my son, a son that I never had,” said Kazuyuki, seated in a wheelchair but set for release from the hospital that afternoon. “I’ll take as many dads as I can have,” Jason said. “He’s a good guy.” Adding to the magic of the moment, doctors told of a cadaver kidney that had become available for the elder Furuya, a 61-year-old software engineer, who had made his way to the top of the transplant waiting list. last_img

Beef recall now up to 21.7 million pounds

first_imgThe recall represents all Topps products with either a “sell by date” or a “best if used by date” between Sept. 25 this year and Sept. 25, 2008. The company said this information is found on a package’s back panel. All recalled products also have a USDA establishment number of EST 9748, which is located on the back panel of the package or in the USDA legend, the company said. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Friday it had suspended the grinding of raw products at the Topps plant after inspectors found inadequate safety measures at the Topps plant. The USDA said three people had gotten E. coli from Topps products, with 22 other cases under investigation. Cases were found in Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Maine, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania. A full list of the recalled products is available at www.toppsmeat.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Tom Hester Jr. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS TRENTON, N.J. – The Topps Meat Co. on Saturday expanded its recall of frozen hamburger patties to include 21.7 million pounds of ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria that sickened more than a dozen people in eight states. The recall of products distributed to retail grocery stores and food service institutions in the United States was a drastic increase from the 332,000 pounds recalled Tuesday. last_img read more

Tony Pulis happy to reminisce about Stoke City tenure after narrow victory over former side

first_imgWest Brom manager Tony Pulis was happy to reminisce about his fond Stoke memories after his side secured a narrow 1-0 victory over the Potters at the Hawthorns.Brown Ideye’s fifth goal since his failed January move away from the Baggies proved the difference as the hosts held on for a crucial victory which all-but secures their Premier League safety.Pulis, who left Stoke just under two seasons ago, was nostalgic about his time at the Britannia Stadium after the encounter but reiterated the importance of the home side’s victory.“I had a great ten years at Stoke – it was a wonderful journey,” said Pulis.“I left them in a very sound position and to take them to where they went [an FA Cup final] was wonderful. They are years I will remember but today was all about West Brom getting the three points.”The victory lifted West Brom eight points clear of the relegation zone with nine games remaining, but Pulis was unhappy with Michael Oliver’s display after they were denied a second-half penalty.Pulis said: “The referee stopped us from getting a few more. Michael will look at that [the penalty decision] and be very disappointed.“That is as blatant a penalty as I have seen for a long time.”The Baggies boss also singled out new signing Darren Fletcher for special praise as his partnership with James Morrison in central midfield proved instrumental in delivering the three points.“He’s been an absolutely fantastic signing for the football club,” added Pulis.“He seems to be over his illness. He looks as sprightly as any 20-year-old with his enthusiasm and energy levels.”last_img read more

Kit leak! Arsenal’s new 15/16 Puma home shirt – Real or fake?

first_img 2 CLICK THE ARROW TO SEE ARSENAL’S RUMOURED 15/16 HOME AND AWAY STRIPS IN FULL 2 ARSENAL FANS, WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THESE DESIGNS? Arsenal have had some well designed kits over the last few years, so it’s understandable for Gunners’ fans and kit aficionados to be anticipating the club’s next strip.After a 20-year association with Nike, Arsenal switched to German manufacturer Puma last summer in a £30m-a-year, five-year deal.The first kit under the new deal has certainly gone down well, but what about next season’s offering? Well, according to this image above, this is Arsenal’s 2015/16 home strip. If you look at the back of the image, you will also see a glimpse of what looks to be the club’s future away design.Arsenal fans, what do you think about this supposed design? Comment below…Image source: @footybrulandlast_img read more

Liverpool star not ready for big-money move to Barcelona, Real Madrid or Man City, claims former Red

first_imgFormer Liverpool star John Barnes insists contract rebel Raheem Sterling is NOT ready for a big-money move away from Merseyside.The Red youngster has been linked with a move to Real Madrid or Manchester City this summer, after talkSPORT told you the 20-year-old would reject a deal at Anfield.Sterling, who has another two years left to run on his current contract, is believed to be holding out for a £150,000-a-week offer from Brendan Rodgers’ side.The Northern Irishman has already insisted the club will not be held to ransom and ex-winger Barnes insists the youngster should remain at Liverpool until he has proven himself worthy of a huge deal elsewhere.“Raheem Sterling should absolutely sign the contract and stay at Liverpool,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show.“I would advise any young player who has just been in the game for a year or so to stay and learn his trade. Show a level of consistently over a four or five year period before you make a big move. You will then be judged as a £50m player.“We’ve seen it with Scott Sinclair and Jack Rodwell at Manchester City. Where are they now?“Sterling is not ready for a move to Barcelona, Real Madrid or Manchester City. He needs another two or three years at Liverpool. Then, if he decides he wants to move on, fine. He has to be very careful though.“Sometimes the bad advice is not only the most lucrative but also sounds like the best advice.“He’s not been playing consistently well over a number of years though. Maybe his form has suffered because of all the speculation about his future.“For any young player, similar to Harry Kane [and Sterling], I would advise you to show a level of consistently where you’re happy and people accept you.“Then, if you want to put yourself under pressure by making a big money move, do that because it could all go wrong.”last_img read more

Boro hero ‘perfect’ for Newcastle and ‘exceptional’ Allardyce should stay at West Ham

first_imgFormer Newcastle United player Lee Bowyer claims Derby County manager Steve McClaren would be perfect for the job at St. James’ Park.Current Toon boss John Carver has seen his side lose six consecutive games and win just twice in 2015, meaning chairman Mike Ashley is likely to look for a new manager at the end of the season.If the Newcastle lose to Swansea this weekend, they will set a new club record with seven Premier League losses on the bounce.And Bowyer, who made 79 Premier League appearances for the Magpies believes former England manager McClaren, who guided Middlesbrough to the 2004 League Cup coupled with his success at Derby County, makes him perfect for the Tyneside job.“I think he’d be perfect, because he’s managed England and there is a lot of pressure in that job, and there is a lot of pressure to manage Newcastle so I think he’d be perfect for it,” he told the Weekend Sports Breakfast.“Derby don’t look like they are going to go up, unless they go up through the play-offs.”Talking about his other former employers, West Ham United, Bowyer believes manager Sam Allardyce is still the man for the job at Upton Park, claiming he has done an exceptional job at the helm.“He’s done what they’ve asked and got the team back into the Premier League and now they have been established,” Bowyer said.“They’re always finishing mid-table, which I think is good for West Ham and sometimes I think you have to be careful with what you wish for.”last_img read more

Arsenal 4-0 Aston Villa: Gunners retain FA Cup in emphatic style at Wembley

first_imgArsenal retained the FA Cup and became the most successful club in the competition’s history with a four-goal demolition of Aston Villa at Wembley.The Gunners deservedly went ahead against an insipid Villa side through Theo Walcott’s fine volley, before Alexis Sanchez’s sumptuous effort doubled the lead just after half time.Per Mertesacker was awarded the freedom of the Villa penalty area to add a third halfway through the second half, before substitute Olivier Giroud flicked in a fourth in stoppage time. Arsenal’s rampant display ensured Arsene Wenger moved level with George Ramsay as the most proficient manager in FA Cup history with six titles, while the Gunners’ 12th success elevated them ahead of Manchester United in the record books.In their first FA Cup final for 15 years, the Villa players looked out of their depth and daunted by the magnitude of the task at hand, with Arsenal quick to assert their superiority.Shay Given, in his first FA Cup final appearance for 17 years, brilliantly denied Laurent Koscielny’s header before Aaron Ramsey uncharacteristically lashed over after a mistake by Ron Vlaar.Kieran Richardson was then on hand to keep the Gunners at bay with a desperate block from Walcott’s close range effort, but the England international, chosen ahead of Giroud, wasn’t to be denied for long.Five minutes before the break, the Gunners and Walcott deservedly broke the deadlock; capitalising on some hesitant Villa defending to confidently volley home left footed from Sanchez’s knock down.It took the same time difference the other side of half time for Arsenal to double their lead, with Sanchez’s dipping effort beating Given all ends up from the best part of 30 yards.Arsenal could smell blood, and Given got down smartly to palm away Santi Cazorla’s low strike before Jores Okore intervened after Walcott had initially skipped past the labouring centre back.The Gunners moved even further ahead just after the hour mark, as Mertesacker escaped Christian Benteke’s attentions to nod home a third from Cazorla’s corner.On another day Walcott could have notched a hat-trick, and Giroud soon replaced the 26-year-old with the Gunners coasting – Jack Wilshere also introduced for the impressive Mesut Ozil.Giroud was to get his goal, too, cleverly flicking in fellow substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s low cross in the final minute of added time to add gloss to the scoreline.Tim Sherwood’s Villa side, in truth, looked completely overawed by the occasion and failed to register a shot on target in the entire 90 minutes, but the result was more a reflection of Arsenal’s brilliance than the Villans’ negligence. 1 Arsenal players last_img read more

Must watch for Man Utd fans: Red Devils starlet’s match-winning display for Brazil at U-20 WC

first_img Andreas Pereira 1 Manchester United’s Under-21 Player of the Year, Andreas Pereira, produced a memorable performance for Brazil against Hungary at the Under-20 World Cup earlier this week.The 19-year-old, who signed a long-term contract at Old Trafford in May, may not have been able to make a signifcant impact on Louis Van Gaal’s side quite yet, but he’s been on top form for his national side.The midfielder was introduced as a second half substitue and, with his team trailing by a single goal, promplty provided a cracking assist from a corner and scored a spot kick to win the game.Not too shabby.Here’s the youngster’s efforts in all their glory.Should Louis van Gaal put Pereira in his first-team squad next season? Let us know in the comments below…last_img read more

Video: Wilshere steals the limelight in England’s win

first_img Jack Wilshere celebrates against Slovenia 1 Jack Wilshere’s first goals for England were pretty memorable.Two long distance rockets helped the Three Lions beat Slovenia 3-2 in their Group E Euro 2016 qualifier, while Wayne Rooney joined Gary Lineker on 48 goals as the Man United captain scored the winner.Slovenia actually went ahead, but a Wilshere double saw England go 2-1 up and shortly after the hosts’ second goal, Rooney was on hand to rescue the points.It means Roy Hodgson’s side are now nine points clear at the top of their group.last_img read more

Video: Roberto Carlos with AMAZING 60-yard pinpoint pass

first_imgRoberto Carlos took centre stage in the charity match between the Real Madrid and Liverpool legends.Scoring two thunderbolts from the penalty spot, the former Brazil left back continued to wow the 60,000 plus crowd at the Bernabeu with a stunning cross field pass. The 42 year-old flicked the ball up and volleyed it across the pitch to his team mate, Miguel Salgado, who didn’t have to move.last_img

Coral Daily Download – Pedro and Thomas Muller to Manchester United?

first_imgDave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman talks to Alan Brazil and Stuart Pearce about Manchester United’s transfer business.Both Barcelona star Pedro and Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller have been linked with the Red Devils and Stevens claims there is room for more movement at Old Trafford.There’s also the latest on Charlie Austin, who has been linked with a host of Premier League sides.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

Poll: Drogba or Rooney – who will be remembered as the better PL striker?

first_imgDidier Drogba and Wayne Rooney have both had brilliant careers, but Drivetime want to know who you think will go down as the better Premier League striker. Didier Drogba and Wayne Rooney 1last_img

Arsenal v West Ham: Five things you need to know about 16-year-old Hammers’ debutant

first_img 2. Arsenal are reportedly monitoring his progress – The 16-year-old was heavily linked with a move to the Emirates last year, but he quashed those rumours by signing a new long-term deal in January. If he turns in an accomplished performance today though, could Arsene Wenger reignite his interest? 5. Arsene Wenger has been Arsenal manager for longer than Oxford has been alive – Wenger’s remarkable 19-year tenure in north London easily outlasts Oxford’s entire life time. The Gunners would have been reeling after a disappointing 3-2 defeat to Aston Villa, in which Dennis Bergkamp scored twice, when the 16-year-old was born. 5 5 What were you doing at 16 years old?Well Reece Oxford, West Ham’s new kid on the block, is making his Premier League debut against Arsenal at the Emirates today.New Hammers boss Slaven Bilic has named the 16-year-old in the visitors’ midfield as they kick off their league campaign with a daunting London derby.But who is the new darling of Boleyn Ground?Click the yellow arrow above, right, to learn a little bit more about the youngster.Arsenal v West Ham is live on talkSPORT from 1.30pm on Sunday. 5 5 5 3. B*Witched were number one in the charts on his birthday – Iconic girl band B*Witched were number one on the day Oxford was born with the hit single ‘To You I Belong.’ 4. He captains the Hammers’ Under-21 side – Oxford, despite his tender years, is West Ham’s Under-21 captain and is already regarded as one of the most natural leaders at the club. He also skippered England at the Under-17 World Cup earlier this year. 1. Oxford is West Ham’s youngest ever player – Oxford became West Ham’s youngest ever player in July when the Hammers beat Andorran side FC Lusitans 3-0 in the Europa League. last_img read more

Chelsea to cancel Radamel Falcao loan deal – reports

first_img1 Radamel Falcao Radamel Falcao has flown back to Monaco with Chelsea set to cancel his loan deal, according to reports in France.The striker moved to Stamford Bridge in the summer but he has endured a miserable time.The Colombian has been troubled by injury and he has found the net just once in 11 appearances for the Blues.And now, according to La Provence, Falcao has flown back to Monaco to discuss his future with his parent club.The Ligue 1 side are happy to welcome the 29-year-old back into the fold after shelling out nearly £50million to sign him from Atletico Madrid in 2013.Falcao’s departure from Stamford Bridge is expected to provide youngster Patrick Bamford with a chance to stake his claim for a spot in the first-team squad.last_img read more

Liverpool fans not surprised this happened amid £24m transfer bid

first_img1 Liverpool have been linked with Alex Teixeira who has been strongly linked with Chelsea Having missed out on Henrikh Mkhitaryan in 2013, Liverpool are reportedly going back to Shakhtar in a bid to lure Alex Teixeira to Anfield.Mkhitaryan opted to join Jurgen Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund back then, but now it is said that Liverpool CEO Ian Ayre has flown to Florida to try and seal a £24m deal for Teixeira.The Shakhtar forward has been heavily linked with Chelsea and is currently in the middle of the Ukraine league’s winter break.However, there are reports flying around that the 26-year-old has injured his hamstring and some Liverpool fans could only laugh at the news given a number of the club’s players have suffered with the same injury.last_img read more

‘Leaked’ new England kit for Euro 2016 – reaction

first_img Roy Hodgson 1 Pictures of what is supposedly England’s new football kit have been leaked online.The shirt is a step away from the fairly plain designs of recent years.Take a look at the shirt, and some of the reaction on social media, here…last_img

Video: Coman and Lewandowski help Bayern Munich beat Wolfsburg 2-0

first_img1 Second half goals from Kingsley Coman and Robert Lewandowski were enough to hand Bayern Munich a 2-0 victory over Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga.The pacesetters took their time against their eighth place opponents, who boast the likes of Ricardo Rodriguez and Julian Draxler amongst their ranks, but eventually broke the deadlock after 66 minutes.Coman, on loan from Juventus, pounced on a deflected Lewandowski shot to side-foot home and hand Pep Guardiola’s team the lead.And Lewandowski ensured victory eight minutes later as he flick Franck Ribery’s chested pass beyond Koen Casteels.You can see the two goals below… Bayern Munich players celebrate last_img read more

ST JOHNSTON WOMAN PROVES SHE HAS A HEAD FOR FIGURES!

first_imgAn LYIT student has won a major accountancy award.Grainne Boland was the runner-up in the CPA (Certified Public Accountants) All Ireland competitionGrainne, from St. Johnston, is student of LYIT after returning to education in 2009, and seized the opportunity with both hands as she decided to follow her dream of becoming an accountancy professional. Dedicating herself to her studies, she achieved a First Class Honours Degree in Accounting from LYIT. She also has an Ordinary Degree in Accounting and a BTEC HND in Marketing from the North West Institute.Hundreds of hopefuls entered a CPA competition and five finalists were chosen to present in front of a panel of expert judges who picked the ultimate winner. The interviewing panel consisted of Marc O’Dwyer, CEO of Big Red Book, Alex Fisher, Vice President Training Skills, State Street and Niall Byrne, Vice President, CPA who questioned the finalists on why they wanted to become members of the CPA and the accountancy profession in general.“In my opinion, principles including integrity, honesty, trustworthiness, respectfulness and loyalty are fundamental to the accounting profession. It has taken courage to return to education to pursue my dreams, but it has definitely been worthwhile and I look forward to the day when I can refer to myself as a professional CPA.” Said Grainne.Grainne also represented LYIT when she was part of the team along with Declan Hegarty, Ursula Molloy and Peter Mameev who competed in the CIMA Global Challenge with the winning team representing Ireland in the World Challenge in China. Unfortunately for the Letterkenny team they earned a very worthy second place.Grainne returned to LYIT in September to continue her studies for a Masters in Accounting, after which she plans to pursue a CPA qualification. ST JOHNSTON WOMAN PROVES SHE HAS A HEAD FOR FIGURES! was last modified: December 21st, 2011 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:Grainne BolandSt Johnstonlast_img read more

BATTLE FOR RADIO LICENSE HOTS UP AS HIGHLAND MAN JUMPS TO RIVAL CONSORTIUM

first_imgThe consortium bidding against Highland Radio for the upcoming radio license has scored a major blow by scooping one of its leading contributors.Professor Roy GreensladeProfessor of Journalism Roy Greenslade is a well-known voice over the local airwaves on the Shaun Doherty Show.But the former Daily Mirror editor, who has a house in Ballyare, has joined rival Charlie Collins’ Donegal Commercial Radio Broadcasting Ltd as an independent director. The new signing will be seen as a huge feather in the cap of the rival group who, along with Highland, must submit their application to the Broadcasting Association of Ireland by Monday next.Greenslade, who divides his time between Brighton and Donegal, is an international media commentator and columnist with The Guardian.The Tirconail Tribune reports that he joins other big hitters on the board of the new consortium including businessmen Paddy Simpson and US-based Danny Doohan.They will have to put together an impressive package together if they are to oust Highland who are the most successful local radio station in the country. It is thought that the BAI will opt for an oral hearing from both groups which will be heard in Co Donegal before Christmas. BATTLE FOR RADIO LICENSE HOTS UP AS HIGHLAND MAN JUMPS TO RIVAL CONSORTIUM was last modified: September 19th, 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:Highland RadioProfessor Roy Greensladeradio consortiumlast_img read more

Man United ready £24million bid for Roma wideman

first_img1 Manchester United are ready to splash £24million on Roma star Alessandro Florenzi.The 25-year-old has caught the eye in Serie A this season and has attracted clubs’ interest from around Europe.The Italian, who can play at full-back or on the wing, has seven goals already this term and could be on the move this summer.Indeed, according to TMW, Manchester United are willing to pay £24m to land Florenzi.The Premier League giants have dispatched scouts to watch the Italy international in recent weeks and they’ve been impressed by what they’ve seen.Should they land Florenzi, it is reported Manchester United would deploy him as a right-back to make up for the disappointing form of Matteo Darmian. Manchester United target Alessandro Florenzi last_img read more

The miracle Villa need, grim viewing for United and more essential Prem stats

first_img Guus Hiddink lost his FIRST game since taking over as Chelsea manager – Swansea were the team that ended Chelsea’s 15-game unbeaten run 500 – This is how many points Everton have now earned in the Premier League era (1992/93 onwards) – click the arrow above, right, to see more stats from the weekend – James McCarthy’s goal for Everton was cancelled out shortly afterwards by Jose Holebas in the 1-1 draw with Watford. Norwich have kept just ONE clean sheet in 17 Premier League away games this season – Norwich lost to Palace on the weekend, which was actually the Eagles’ first win since DECEMBER 8 14 – Kasper Schmeichel’s clean sheets this season – The Leicester goalkeeper is on course to win the Golden Glove competition. 8 8 8 8 Against Arsenal, Andy Carroll scored the fastest Premier League hat-trick this season, while no player in the top flight this season has had more than his 10 shots on goal against the Gunners. – Carroll’s heroics looked to have beaten Arsenal as West Ham came from 2-0 behind, but Laurent Koscienly equalised in the 3-3 draw. 8 To stay up Aston Villa must win all five remaining games and Norwich lose each of theirs, with Villa also reversing their goal difference, as they are currently 19 goals worse off than the Canaries. In addition, they can’t have Sunderland picking up any more than three points, while Newcastle are not allowed more than five. – Miracles can happen. Possibly. 8 8 Aston Villa are still hanging on to their Premier League status, but only just.It is possible for them to survive, though they need an extraordinary set of events to go their way.The club face Man United next Saturday in what is sure to be an uneventful game considering the stat included here about the Red Devils.Click the arrow above, right, to see more stats from the weekend. 46 – In 2016, Man United have had the fewest shots on target in the Premier League – Wonder what the game against Aston Villa next week will be like… BONUS STAT: Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player in La Liga to score more than 30 goals in six successive seasons – Ronaldo scored goal no.30 in Real Madrid’s 4-0 win against Eibarlast_img read more

Spurs star Harry Kane admits: ‘Finishing below Arsenal would be hard to stomach’

first_imgTottenham star Harry Kane admits finishing below Arsenal this season would be a bitter pill to swallow.Spurs have sat ahead of their north London rivals since January, but Sunday’s defeat at home to Southampton means they can be overtaken on the final day of the campaign.Arsenal have closed the gap to two points following their draw at Manchester City and will finish second if they win at home to Aston Villa next weekend and Tottenham lose at Newcastle.A superior goal difference of 13 means a draw against the Magpies, who will be already relegated if Sunderland beat Everton on Wednesday, should be enough for Spurs – who are looking to finish above the Gunners for the first time since 1995.“Finishing third would be hard to stomach,” Kane said.“To finish above Arsenal would be a very good thing. It is not something I think we focus on at the start of the season but now we are here, it would be good.“It would be good for the fans to have the bragging rights for the first time in a long time. We want to finish second. It is in our hands, we have just got to win our game and the job will be done.“We all know what it means. We have not won the league this year but there is still a lot to play for and that is definitely one thing. The fans are urging us on.”Tottenham seemed destined to end their rivals’ hegemony in 2012, when they sat 12 points clear of Arsenal in February, but Harry Redknapp’s side collapsed and ended up fourth, one point behind.The dip has been far less dramatic this time around, but Spurs appear vulnerable heading into the final day.Their laboured performance against Southampton, in what was their final home game of the season, suggests there may be lingering disappointment from their failed title challengeThey have now taken only two points from the last nine available.“It has been a long season,” Kane said.“We have been fighting hard, mentally and physically, but I still think we looked good out there against Southampton. We played good football.“In recent weeks we just have not been finishing teams off. We have been going ahead, and then maybe lacked concentration.”The season has been particularly long for Kane, who has played every one of Tottenham’s 37 league matches and made 57 appearances overall for club and country.“I feel good. I look after my body, which is important,” Kane said. “I feel fit and ready. Hopefully we’ll finish strong next week and then I’ll look forward to the Euros.” Finishing below an out-of-form Arsenal would be a bitter blow for Spurs 1last_img read more

UEFA president Michel Platini’s ban from football reduced to four years

first_img1 Michel Platini UEFA president Michel Platini’s ban from football has been reduced from six years to four years by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.Platini and former FIFA president Sepp Blatter were initially given eight years by world football’s governing body over a two million Swiss francs payment, worth around £1.4m at current exchange rates, made by Blatter to Platini in 2011.That December ruling was reduced to six years by a FIFA appeal panel in February and has now been reduced again by CAS, but the Lausanne-based court has backed FIFA’s judgement that the payment was “unfair” and a “conflict of interests”.A spokesman for Platini’s lawyer has already confirmed that the 60-year-old Frenchman will now resign as UEFA president, a position he has held since 2007.The three-man CAS panel, chaired by Italian Luigi Fumagalli, heard all the evidence in the case afresh in eight hours of testimony on April 29.Blatter and Platini have always maintained that the payment was back-pay for consultancy work the former France and Juventus star did between 1998 and 2002, and it was based on a “gentleman’s agreement”.They have repeatedly claimed that Blatter agreed to pay Platini an annual salary of one million Swiss francs, worth £700,000 now.But CAS could only find evidence of a contract for 300,000 Swiss francs and noted that the 2011 payment came more than eight years after Platini’s work at FIFA had finished, but four months before Blatter won the 2011 presidential election.CAS said “it was not convinced by the legitimacy of this payment” and said Platini also “benefited from the extension of a pension plan to which he was not entitled”.last_img read more

Townsend determined to take England chance after confidence-draining Spurs spell

first_img1 Andros Townsend is determined to take his chance with England ahead of Euro 2016, having gone from reserve football to potential Three Lions international in the space of six months.Until January the man that helped shoot Roy Hodgson’s team to the World Cup finals in Brazil was on the periphery at club level, never mind with his country.A high-profile spat with Spurs’ fitness coach in November led Townsend to be frozen out by Mauricio Pochettino, meaning most of his time was spent with their under-21s before the £12million move to Newcastle in January.The winger has looked revitalised at St James’ Park and, while understandably disappointed about the Magpies’ relegation, his form earned a timely recall from Roy Hodgson.Townsend was part of the 26-man provisional squad named on Monday and is determined to make the most of the opportunity to prove his worth before the squad is cut to 23 for Euro 2016.“It was no secret that I wasn’t playing enough football and my confidence was low,” he said.“I needed to get back playing week-in, week-out. I knew if I got back to my best I could get in the England squad.“On a personal level it’s worked out, but it’s a shame I couldn’t help Newcastle stay in the Premier League.“I always had the belief that my quality would shine through and I’d get back to where I wanted to be. But it was difficult.“When you’re going to Chester on a Monday night to play against Liverpool under-21s you don’t see yourself making the England squad for the Euros six months later.“I didn’t foresee it, but had enough faith in my ability to know that if I got the chance to play regularly I’d get my form back.”Turning out for the under-21s as Spurs soared up the Premier League was a low moment, but now Townsend is making the most of getting things back on track.“I’m just warming up and getting into my stride,” said the winger, who netted four goals in 13 appearances for the Magpies.“I’m feeling great and am disappointed the season ended when it did. Hopefully I can extend the season a lot more.”Hodgson’s clear faith in the winger makes that a realistic aim, with the England boss often calling on him even when out of the side at Spurs.Rafael Benitez appears to have similar belief in Townsend, helping him flourish during the pair’s short time together at Newcastle.“He’s been great with me,” the winger said of his club manager.“When he walked through the door I was struggling with an injury, but he said, ‘I know you’ve got an injury, I’m not going to rush you, I’m going to help you get back to your best’.“In the last few weeks I’ve been close to my best. It’s not for me to talk about whether he stays.“Hopefully whatever happens will be sorted pretty soon, but I’m just focused on working hard with England and trying to make the final 23.” Andros Townsend is hoping to impress Roy Hodgson in England training last_img read more

Everton plot stunning £40m raid on Man City, Mourinho to move for Chelsea star?

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Tuesday’s newspapers…Everton’s ambitious super-rich new owner Farhad Moshiri is making an astonishing attempt to buy Joe Hart. The Iranian money man is ready to throw around £40million at a bid for the Manchester City star in the hope that Pep Guardiola can be persuaded to sell. And the Goodison supremo will back that up with a fortune for Hart, who will be offered around £200,000-a-week. (Daily Mail)Zlatan Ibrahimovic is set to become the first signing of the Jose Mourinho era at Manchester United. Ibrahimovic, a free agent after his contract with Paris St Germain expired, has agreed a deal to join United this summer. (Daily Mirror)Jose Mourinho may raid his old club Chelsea as he looks to spend the £200million transfer kitty he will be handed by Manchester United this summer. With Mourinho set to take over at United from Louis van Gaal, who was sacked on Monday, he is keen to sign midfielder Nemanja Matic. He also wants to lure Everton’s central defender John Stones. (Daily Mail)Chelsea are confident they will re-sign Romelu Lukaku this summer after the Everton striker made a return to Stamford Bridge his first-choice destination. (London Evening Standard)Arsenal expect to announce the £30m signing of Granit Xhaka in the next 48 hours. The deal has been agreed, medical passed and even publicity photos done but they rushed it through at the weekend to allow the midfielder to join up with Switzerland’s Euro 2016 squad. (Daily Mirror)Loris Karius will become a Liverpool player this week after arriving on Merseyside to finalise his £4.7m transfer from Mainz. The German goalkeeper will undergo a medical over the next 24 hours after the Reds agreed a deal with the Bundesliga club. (Liverpool Echo)Stoke fear star Austrian star Marko Arnautovic will quit the Potters this summer. Arnautovic, 27, is refusing new terms to make him Stoke’s best-paid player ever and is understood to be on Paris Saint-Germain’s radar. (Daily Mirror)Bournemouth are weighing up a £4million move for Tottenham midfielder Ryan Mason. Midfielder Mason started just eight league games during Spurs’ title bid and could be allowed to move on after falling down the pecking order. (Daily Mirror)Everton are interviewing nine managerial candidates — and their former boss David Moyes is on the list. They have already spoken to Frank De Boer and Manuel Pellegrini and are due to sound out Europa League-winning Sevilla boss Unai Emery. Ronald Koeman of Southampton remains first choice to succeed Roberto Martinez but the Toffees fear they will struggle to persuade him to leave St Mary’s. (Daily Mirror)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?Ray Wilkins tells talkSPORT: Jose Mourinho is a winner… he is the right man for Manchester United‘Strategy may have changed’ over plans to make Ryan Giggs future Manchester United manager – Rene Meulensteen‘We could all see the strain on Louis van Gaal…it was unbearable’ – Marcel van der Kraan on Manchester United sackingGunners set to battle it out with Roma for Villarreal defender Mateo MusacchioBlues joined by Bayern Munich AND Barcelona in battle for £29m Roma starManchester City table £19m bid for Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson MoraesWest Ham and Southampton ready to battle it out for Juventus striker Simone ZazaEverton FAIL with £10m move for Lille defender Djibril SidibeTottenham weighing up approach for £10m-rated Shakhtar Donetsk winger Marloslast_img read more

Donegal Centra employees honoured at National Awards Ceremony

first_imgThe third annual Pride of Centra Awards ceremony took place in Killashee Hotel in Co. Kildare yesterday where 17 Centra employees were honoured for their passion and commitment they have shown in the workplace in 2016.Two of the shortlisted candidates are Donegal employees; Ronan Cunningham from Centra Killybegs was nominated for the Pride of Centra Employee Award category while Máirtín Kelly from Centra Mountain Top was nominated in the Pride of Centra Outstanding Contribution Award category.Presented by broadcaster Sybil Mulcahy, the Pride of Centra Awards were established to acknowledge staff who demonstrate passion and enthusiasm in cementing Centra as the number one convenience retailer at the heart of communities across the country. These 17 Centra employees were selected as finalists out of 11,000 staff employed in Centra stores across the country, demonstrating the significance of their achievement. Ronan Cunningham received his nomination for the customer relationships he has built. 2016 was also a great year for Ronan as he combined his love for music and his role at Centra! He wrote a football song in support of the Ireland team heading to the Euros entitled ‘Nous sommes the Irish’ with customers becoming big fans.Máirtín Kelly was honoured in the Outstanding Contribution category for his work with people with disabilities and under privileged colleagues and customers in his store. He is an inspirational leader that has cemented his business as a truly open and inclusive member of the community in Mountain Top.Four category winners were: • Pride of Centra Employee Award – Sean O’Shea from Centra Dooradoyle, Co Limerick• Pride of Centra Department Manager Award – Celine Cassidy from Centra Bridgetown, Co Wexford• Pride of Centra Store Manager Award – Elaine Kirwan from Centra Charleville (Limerick Rd), Co Cork• Pride of Centra Outstanding Contribution Award – Eileen Lynch from Centra Carnmore, Co GalwayThe 17 finalists represented nine counties; Donegal, Cork, Dublin, Limerick, Waterford, Sligo, Wexford, Kilkenny and Galway. All shortlisted candidates were recognised for their ongoing commitment to their work with community initiatives, charity organisations, customer service and engaging activities in-store.Commenting on the Pride of Centra Awards, Luke Hanlon, HR Director of Centra, said; “It has been a really exciting year for Centra with our new ‘Live Every Day’ brand positioning which encourages people to make the most of every day and the finalists here today have been key in bringing this to life.“We are extremely proud of the 11,000 staff members who represent the Centra brand and these awards are important in recognising outstanding staff members commitment to their customers and their local community. Their dedication is very important to us as we understand the strength they bring to the Centra brand and today we show our appreciation of that. I would like to congratulate all our finalists on this wonderful achievement.”Donegal Centra employees honoured at National Awards Ceremony was last modified: December 2nd, 2016 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:Centralast_img read more

Student business team plot next move for ‘Hotspots’ board game

first_imgAn enterprising team of TY students are forming a smart gameplan ahead of the all Ireland finals of the Student Enterprise Awards – and they are calling on Donegal to support their next move.Loreto Letterkenny’s Emma Howard, Aifric Ní Fhearraigh, Jade McCollum and Alanna Sweeney designed ‘Hotspots’ a boardgame based on Donegal Tourism that won the Donegal Enterprise Competition on March 14th.The team are eagerly anticipating the National Finals for Student Enterprise which will be held in Croke Park on May 2nd. All regional winners will be present. Team HotspotsThese ambitious students’ Hotspots Board Game is bilingual, being playable in English on one side and in Irish on the other, to fit in with 2018 being ‘Bliain na Gaeilge’. This exciting new Board Game contains a number of Donegal’s high profile tourist destinations including Glenveagh National Park, Fanad Lighthouse, Malin Head, Horn Head and Slieve League as well as some of Donegal’s top businesses. The game has been endorsed by Foras na Gaeilge and by Daniel and Majella O’ Donnell.Deputy Joe McHugh launched the exciting board game on the 19th of February. Since their regional win, the girls are now looking at ways of adapting the board game for different counties. They have sold 513 games to date.‘It has been an amazing journey and we have learned so much’ said Sales Director, Aifric Ní Fhearraigh.The girls are now calling on Donegal to support them ahead of the National Finals, you can do this by boosting their social media platforms by liking and sharing their pages. Their Facebook is – @hotspotsboardgame2, Twitter – @Hotspotsgame and Instagram – @hotspotsboardgame.  Minister Joe McHugh launched Hotspots, pictured with the team’s classmates enjoying the game  Hotspots is currently on sale in Brian Mc Cormick Sports and Leisure, Tinney’s, Tourist Info Letterkenny, Oideas Gael, Four Masters Bookshop, The Silver Tassie Hotel, The Mulroy Woods Hotel, Precious Moments, Sprint, Easons Letterkenny, Siopa Uí Dhomhnaill, Croithlí, Siopa Mhicí, Josie Molloy’s Gweedore, The Old Seadog Downings, Sweet Haven Downings, Glenveagh, Lurgybrack Open Farm, Fanad Lighthouse, Oakfield Park, Toymaster Ballybofey, The Villa Rose Hotel, Jackson’s Hotel and The An Grianán Theatre.Student business team plot next move for ‘Hotspots’ board game was last modified: April 23rd, 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:hotspotsLoreto Letterkennymini-companystudent enterpriseTransition Yearlast_img read more

Job Vacancy: Full-time Office Administrator required

first_imgJob Vacancy: A Donegal business is seeking to recruit an Office Administrator in the Donegal Town area.This is a temporary full-time position and is 40 hrs per week; which will include flexible hours and Saturday work.Essential Job Skills and Qualifications: Precious accounting and bookkeeping experienceDebtors & Creditors/Accounts payable and all related mattersGeneral Administration ExperienceStrong IT Skills – i.e. full knowledge of Microsoft Office and Good Typing SkillsExcellent written and verbal communication skillsStrong organisation skills with keen attention to detailThe ability to work as part of a team with a can-do attitude and collaborative approveA professional telephone mannerStrong customer service skillsThe ability to multi-task, prioritise, meet deadlines and work independentlyTransport management skillsTo apply for this role, please send your CV, with Office Administrator 311 in the email subject line, to donegaldailyjobs@gmail.comClosing date for applications Friday 9th November 2018Job Vacancy: Full-time Office Administrator required was last modified: November 5th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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:AccountingadministrationBookkeepingdonegal town jobsfull-time jobsJob VacancyOffice Administratoroffice jobslast_img read more

Jobs: Receptionists/Dispatchers and Accountant sought by Local Link

first_imgJob Vacancies: Local Link Donegal Sligo Leitrim are currently hiring for three vacancies at their Killybegs base. Management are seeking applicants for the roles of Qualified Accountant (preferable CIMA or ACCA) and two Receptionists – Dispatchers.See below for job details for each role and application information:  Position: Receptionist – Dispatch x 2Location – KillybegsThese positions will have dual roles shared between a Transport Dispatcher and Front Office Receptionist. Under general supervision, the transport dispatcher schedules and dispatches a range of transport services in accordance with needs identified, available resources and in line with standard operating procedures. He/she is also responsible for the inputting, maintenance and submission of the required monitoring on the reporting systems. Under general supervision, the Front Office Receptionist has a duty to ensure the first encounter of people accessing Local Link, either in person, by telephone or social media, has a professional, friendly and a competent experience. Duties and responsibilitiesPromptly and professionally responds to passenger service requests and, subsequently, schedules transport services to meet the needs of passengers and partner organisations to assure timely and efficient services in line with company policies and proceduresAnswer customer service telephone, provide general information to current and potential passengers (timetables, public transport service timetables) and determine specific service needs in relation to accessibility and location. Research addresses and verify pick-up and destination informationEnter passenger information on ITMS Monitor, review, update and maintain the data base regularly or as required and comply with GDPRUse a computerised scheduling and Mapping system to input passenger and service information, to plot and design services based on passenger requirements and to make transit service bookingsAssist the Management Team with preparation of schedules and passenger information for service providers/drivers based on the strategic planning of service provision and on passenger requestsCommunicate with transport providers/drivers and Day Centres to discuss passenger logs, passenger requests and scheduling issues. Act as a resource for drivers to discuss safety and other issues arising on a daily basis or as requiredTroubleshoot problems encountered while providing service and take steps to remedy identified problems and coordinate with management team on problem resolutionBe responsible for the inputting of required information to the Integrated Transport Management System (ITMS) and other reporting systems and assist in compiling and submitting completed and accurate monitoring data to the Management Team on a monthly basisUpdate Social media pages on route information and promotions when requested. Maintain incoming and outgoing registers including post, visitors and staff.Manage main phone switch. Manage and maintain housekeeping records and supplies.Skills and personal qualitiesKnowledge of reading and interpreting maps and scheduling effective routing and journey planning on a computerised systemSkilled in record managementAbility to be courteous and respectful and discrete in providing customer servicesAbility to utilise standardised IT packages along and programme related systems with a working knowledge Microsoft Office and Excel. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers and the publicExperience of working with community and voluntary organisationsPrevious experience in a busy working office is desirable. Be positive in disposition and work as part of a team.Be flexible and adaptableBe open to training and upskilling.The salary will commensurate with experience and qualifications.Working week – 37.5 hours (9am – 5pm Mon – Fri, Half hour lunch break)Please forward a cover letter and your CV by email only to: SITT1hr@gmail.com No later than 12 noon Friday 21st June 2019.Shortlisting may apply.Canvassing will not be tolerated and will disqualify potential candidates.Position: Qualified Accountant preferable CIMA or ACCALocation: Killybegs, Co. Donegal. The main responsibility of the post is the maintenance of financial records, the processing of income and expenditure and the undertaking of a range of financial reporting and administrative tasks. The post operates in a team environment and successful candidate will be expected to work in a collaborative manner with co-staff and management. From time to time the post requires an element of working unsocial hours and travel. This role will report to management.Duties and responsibilities Administer accounts receivable and accounts payableProcess sales invoicesAdminister day to day financesPrepare monthly accounting reconciliations and reports to deadlinesAdminister credit control/debt collectionAdminister payment of bills, invoices and staff expense claimsMaintain records of invoices and receiptsPrepare monthly reports for fundersEnsure financial controls are adhered toAssist in preparation of year end auditWith management, improve financial controls within the organisationAssist with procurement and risk management processEnsure compliance with good financial governance inline with legalisationUndertake and other duties as requested by managementEssential CriteriaQualified Accountant preferable CIMA or ACCAMinimum 3 yrs. experience in a similar roleExcellent IT Skills, particularly in Excel, MS Office, Sage and Thesaurus Excellent Organisations SkillsPrevious experience in financial controlStrong knowledge and experience of accounting software packages (Sage)Hands-on experience in small/medium organisations desirable. An understanding of the Voluntary SectorUltimately, you will ensure all financial transactions are processed accurately and on time.Be positive in disposition and work as part of a teamBe flexible and adaptableBe passionate and energetic about the workHappy to work for the voluntary non for-profit sector. This post is part-time (20 hours per week) with a possibility of future full-time employment. The Salary will commensurate with experience and qualificationsPlease forward a cover letter and your CV to:SITT1hr@gmail.com no later than 12 noon Friday 21st June 2019. Shortlisting may apply. Canvassing will not be tolerated and will disqualify potential candidates. Jobs: Receptionists/Dispatchers and Accountant sought by Local Link was last modified: June 7th, 2019 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:AccountantdispatcherFinanceKillybegslocallinkReceptionistsouth donegal jobsTransportlast_img read more

SPECTACULAR LUNAR ECLIPSE ON WEDNESDAY

first_imgBY KENNETH McDONAGH: A Penumbral lunar eclipse, will occur on 28th November, 2012 here in Ireland.It will start at 12:14pm and end at 4:00pm.Irish people should be alert for the moon turning red during the day and the sky’s look set to be clear with a possible freezing fog in places but it should not cause to much harm just get to high ground. A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes directly behind the Earth into its umbra (shadow). This can occur only when the Sun, Earth, and Moon are aligned exactly, or very closely so, with the Earth in the middle. Hence, a lunar eclipse can only occur the night of a full moon.The type and length of an eclipse depends upon the Moon’s location relative to its orbital nodes. Unlike a solar eclipse, which can only be viewed from a certain relatively small area of the world, a lunar eclipse may be viewed from anywhere on the night side of the Earth.A lunar eclipse lasts for a few hours, whereas a total solar eclipse lasts for only a few minutes at any given place, due to the smaller size of the moon’s shadow. Also unlike solar eclipses, lunar eclipses are safe to view without any eye protection or special precautions, as they are no brighter (indeed dimmer) than the full moon itself.  SPECTACULAR LUNAR ECLIPSE ON WEDNESDAY was last modified: November 27th, 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:SPECTACULAR LUNAR ECLIPSE ON WEDNESDAYlast_img read more

HUGE QUEUES AT GALWAY PUBS AS ‘DONEGAL TUESDAY’ GETS UNDERWAY

first_imgTHERE were massive queues outside of many Galway City pubs today as an unofficial ‘Donegal Tuesday’ drinking session gets underway.The event has been slammed by official students union bodies.This picture of one queue – near the Hole in the Wall pub – was posted on a Galway taxi company Twitter feed earlier. Last year Gardai made a number of arrests.A Facebook page supporting the event says: “Paint Galway town green & gold for the day, have a good one, look after yourselves and your friends and please drink responsibly”, the page said.The official Rag Week was done away with in 2011 because of anti-social activity.  HUGE QUEUES AT GALWAY PUBS AS ‘DONEGAL TUESDAY’ GETS UNDERWAY was last modified: February 18th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Donegal TuesdayDrinkingGalwayrag weeklast_img read more

ARE YOU A SECRET MILLIONAIRE? FORTUNES UNCLAIMED IN BRITAIN

first_imgAre you called Duffy, O’Neill, O’Reilly or O’Donnell? If you are, you may be an heir to a fortune!Hundreds of Irish names are on the British Treasury’s list of unclaimed estates.Millions of pounds could therefore be lying in wait for the heirs of Irish people who died intestate in Britain. One of the largest cases was that of an Irish woman who left an estate in Belgravia, London, valued at over £1.5 million.Estates of those who die with no obvious next-of-kin automatically default to the British Government.Each year, approximately 2,000 cases are referred to the Treasury Solicitor’s Department.Last year the British Government collected £33 million in unclaimed estates. Fraser & Fraser, a London firm specialising in probate research, has handled over £100 million of inheritance in the past 10 years.They estimate that Irish cases account for about 10 per cent of their caseload.One case was the story of Michael Moran, who died in London aged 84 with an estate of £300,000. Born in Westport, Co. Mayo in 1922, Mr Moran died intestate in 2007 in Windsor.Using parish records, Mr Moran’s heirs were found and his estate was distributed.Another of Fraser & Fraser’s three teams repatriated some £4 million to beneficiaries in Ireland in a single 18-month period up to 2011. At present Fraser & Fraser, who have featured on the BBC TV series Heir Hunters, have details of an unclaimed case valued at £45,000 under the name Michael Delaney, a 70-year-old bachelor who died in Luton, Bedfordshire in 2000.The Bona Vacantia list, within the Treasury Solicitor’s Department, holds more than 10,500 unclaimed estates.Among them are hundreds of Irish-born men and women who died intestate between 1997 and 2012.Many Irish surnames such as Brennan, Connolly, Fitzgerald, Murphy, Kelly, O’Brien, O’Neill and O’Connor feature on the Treasury’s lists of unclaimed estates from across Britain, including London, West Yorkshire, Kent, Sussex, Essex and Staffordshire. The list is updated weekly — however no values are included to avoid fraudulent claims.The Treasury only deals with solvent estates of £500 or more.Many of these estates are worth little but others include bank savings, life insurance policies and real estate valued at tens of thousands of pounds.Bona Vacantia make enquiries for entitled kin on their website as well as in national and local press advertisements.Respondents are required to provide evidence of their blood relationship in the form of birth, marriage and death certificates, along with evidence of their identity.Two thirds of people in Britain have no will and every year over 12,000 people die without leaving any entitled kin next-of-kin.The most recent Bona Vacantia list shows details of 16 deceased persons all listed with birthplaces in Ireland. These include:■ John Watson, a bachelor, aged 82 years, who died in Plaistow, London, in October 2012■ Eugene Fitzpatrick, a widower, aged 88 years, who died in Brighouse, West Yorkshire, in February 2007■ James Emmett O’Reilly, whose marital status is unknown, aged 58 years, who died in Harrow, Middlesex in April 1989■ Anthony McDonagh, a widower, aged 89 years, who died in Halifax, West Yorkshire in February 2008■ Michael O’Donnell, aged 45 years, who died in Gillingham, Kent, in June 2003ARE YOU A SECRET MILLIONAIRE? FORTUNES UNCLAIMED IN BRITAIN was last modified: December 26th, 2013 by John2Share 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:ARE YOU A SECRET MILLIONAIRE? FORTUNES UNCLAIMED IN BRITAINlast_img read more

Mediation fails for Angels, city

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA ANA – Attorneys for the city of Anaheim and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim took a judge’s advice and entered into mediation again on Friday but did not reach an agreement. The talks were suggested by Orange County Superior Court Judge Peter Polos, who is presiding over the trial of the city of Anaheim’s lawsuit accusing the Angels of breach of contract. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded cardMoreno’s attorneys argue the Angels owner has the right to market his baseball team any way he wants, as long as he keeps the word Anaheim somewhere in its name. On Thursday, baseball historian John Thorn testified that Anaheim has disappeared “about 99.9 percent of the time” from public reports on the team. He said such Web sites as Yahoo Sports and ESPN.com use “Los Angeles” or “Los Angeles Angels” when reporting scores. Angels attorney Todd Theodora said “Anaheim” has continued to appear in several publications including the Ottawa Sun, The Missourian and a paper in the Virgin Islands. Major League Baseball for the first time also is selling a calendar with the full team name, he said. The trial is scheduled to resume Monday. Associated Press center_img Negotiators met for three hours, city spokesman John Nicoletti said. The sides held similar unsuccessful talks several times before the trial began. Anaheim’s attorneys say team owner Arte Moreno violated a 10-year-old contract and cost the city $100 million in tourism revenue and publicity when he changed the club’s name from the Anaheim Angels to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. last_img read more

Euro 2016: Germany 0-2 France: Griezmann double books hosts’ final place

first_imgAntoine Griezmann netted a double to book France’s place in the Euro 2016 final, sending world champions Germany home with a 2-0 win at Stade Velodrome.Didier Deschamps’ men will face Portugal in Sunday’s match at Stade de France – LIVE on talkSPORT – thanks to a hard-fought performance against Joachim Low’s side.The Germans dominated possession in the first half, but the Euro 2016 hosts were ahead seconds before the interval as Bastian Schweinsteiger was penalised for a handball in the box. Forward Griezmann, 25, stepped up to send Manuel Neuer the wrong way from the spot. The normally reliable Neuer was at fault in the second half as he dropped the ball when collecting a cross, which the Atletico Madrid striker tidied up, reacting quickest to put his side two up, edging them closer to the final.Germany looked to pull one back, with Hugo Lloris making a stunning save late on as the French also took home a clean sheet.The atmosphere was electric in Marseille before kick-off and the game started openly, with Germany dominating possession and France struggling to get the ball without N’Golo Kante, who was on the bench.The host nation nearly scored one of the goals of the tournament after six minutes when Griezmann combined brilliantly with Blaise Matuidi. The latter made two neat one-twos on the left with the Atletico forward, who eventually got a flicked return on the edge of the box but he was on his weaker right foot and Neuer made a comfortable save.Olivier Giroud should have put the men in blue ahead when he was sent clean through on goal. He raced through but he lacked pace as the German defence soon tracked back to prevent him from getting a shot off.While the Germans had more of the ball, they had less chances as Lloris was rarely tested. On the occasion the Tottenham goalkeeper was called into action, he performed brilliantly, diving low to his right to get a hand to Emre Can’s 10-yard strike.France were penned in, as a Germany goal looked imminent, but it was Deschamps’ men again who had more testing efforts, Neuer saving Payet’s free-kick with relative ease.Griezmann looked sharp throughout and, as the game looked to be heading into the break still goalless, the Frenchman stepped up to coolly convert a penalty on 45 minutes. That came after Schweinsteiger was pulled up for a handball in the box when he jumped for a header, and the Atletico man made no mistake.Germany suffered a cruel blow early in the second half when Jerome Boateng pulled up with a suspected hamstring problem and the former Manchester City defender had to be replaced.As Boateng sat on the bench worried about potentially missing the final, his side conceded a second just over ten minutes later.As Pogba – linked with a move to Manchester United in a reported £100million deal – found space on the left, he was soon closed down but he showed fancy footwork to put the ball onto his weaker foot, sending a cross in from the left wing. The normally cool Neuer came out but he fumbled the ball and it fell to Griezmann, who needed no second invitation to drill through a crowded box into an empty goal.Germany looked like they would react well by pulling one back as right-back Joshua Kimmich, of Bayern Munich, sent a curling shot past Lloris and crashing into the upright.Low’s men struggled to find a way through in the closing stages, with Griezmann nearly grabbing a hat-trick on the counter, as Deschamps’ men booked their place in the final. 1 Antoine Griezmann: The Atletico Madrid frontman netted twice to book France’s place in the final last_img read more

Method actor Anthony Franciosa

first_imgAnthony Franciosa, whose strong portrayals of moody, troubled characters made him a Hollywood star in the 1950s and ’60s but whose combative behavior on movie sets hampered his career, has died, his publicist said Friday. He was 77. Franciosa died Thursday at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles after suffering a massive stroke, publicist Dick Guttman said. The actor’s wife, Rita, and children were present. The Rev. Jesse Jackson, a longtime friend, visited the family later, Guttman said. Franciosa was part of a new wave in the mid-20th century who revolutionized film acting with their introspective, intensely realistic approach to their roles. Most of them were schooled in the method acting of New York’s Actors Studio. They included Marlon Brando, James Dean, Rod Steiger, Shelley Winters and Paul Newman. Franciosa was once married to Winters, who died last weekend. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card From his first important film role as the brother of a drug addict in “A Hatful of Rain,” Franciosa became known for his portrayals of complicated young men. He received a 1956 Tony nomination for his performance in the role he created on Broadway, then an Oscar nod. In 1957, the actor appeared in three other films, “This Could Be the Night,” “A Face in the Crowd” and “Wild Is the Wind.” Franciosa’s career continued in high gear with such films as “The Long Hot Summer,” “The Naked Maja” (as Goya), “The Story on Page One,” “Period of Adjustment,” “Rio Conchos” and “The Pleasure Seekers.” The actor’s behavior on movie productions became the subject of Hollywood gossip. The stories alleged fiery disputes with directors, sulking in his dressing room and outbursts with other actors. “I went out to Hollywood in the mid-1950s,” he remarked in a 1996 interview, “and I would say I went there a little too early. It was an incredible amount of attention, and I wasn’t quite mature enough psychologically and emotionally for it.” Besides Winters, Franciosa was married to writer Beatrice Bakalyar and real estate agent Judy Kanter, with whom he had a daughter, Nina. His last marriage was to Rita Thiel, a German fashion model. They were parents of sons Christopher and Marco., 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

Arctic cold front to bring weekend wind, rain, snow

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Usually balmy Southern California will get downright chilly this weekend as a blast of cold air moves in from Alaska, bringing heavy rain, thunderstorms and snow to the local mountains, forecasters said Thursday. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm watch beginning tonight, warning of cold temperatures, wind gusts up to 40 mph and significant precipitation, including snow to the 1,500-foot level. “The bulk of the rain will come Saturday,” said Bill Forwood, meteorologist with the NWS. “You’ll have showers that will last through Sunday.” The NWS expects between 1 and 2 inches of rain in the San Gabriel Valley, Forwood said. Rain and snow will make travel treacherous, officials said, especially along Interstate 5 from Castaic to the Grapevine, as well as Interstate 15 through Soledad Canyon. “People like to go to the mountains when there is snow, but they need to make sure that the roadways are clear and open and that they have chains if required,” said California Highway Patrol Officer Humberto Jimenez. Rainfall from tonight through Sunday is expected to range from a half-inch to an inch across coastal and valley locations, with 2 inches in the foothills and mountains. Officials at mountain resorts say they will welcome the snow, but the stormy conditions might slow traffic over the weekend. “We’re looking forward to it. Any snow that we get is going to be fantastic,” said John McColly, director of marketing for Mountain High Resort in Wrightwood. “I think we are going to see good business this weekend, but not huge crowds because of the weather. I hope we have great business next week.” Ventura County agriculture officials said the Southland’s winter has been mild, encouraging avocado trees to bloom early, and farmers fear the cold snap could slow the bloom and reduce next year’s crop. Agricultural Commissioner Earl McPhail said farmers will be staying close to home this weekend to protect their crops. “These late winter storms are pretty unpredictable, especially this far south,” he said. “Normally we don’t have any major freezes after February, but anything is possible.” eric.leach@dailynews.com (805) 583-7602last_img read more

Renaissance Faire returns to Irwindale

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“Every year, Elizabeth Tudor would leave London in the spring and progress through the countryside for the entire summer,” said Faire spokeswoman Rikki Kipple. “It was like a walking PR tour. This was the biggest moment in everyone’s life in the village.” Whether in period-correct costume, or 21st-century attire, an estimated daily attendance of 10,000 is expected. Cori Dunn, 20, of Garden Grove wore a pagan peasant costume a friend made for her during the Faire’s opening day Saturday. “The first day, dress-up is the best because everyone dresses up,” Dunn said. “It’s fun to see the diversity of the costumes.” The men in tights, ladies overflowing from their corsets, humorous insults, double entendre and the Queen’s English can come as a surprise to patrons. It took first-time Faire-goer Steve Montag of Rancho Cucamonga a little while to get used to it. “I was surprised by the risque of it all,” said the 58-year-old. “It’s really good adult humor. I think it gives a lot of people a chance to let go and let their hair down.” While there are specific shows that feature humor that fits into the rated-R category – and a group of in-character Puritans who run around trying to dissuade it all – there are plenty of kid-friendly games, activities and shows. Tsianina Sturges of Baldwin Park took her family straight to the rides and giant swings. But Paula Garcia, 35, of Covina said that she would have to sit down and explain to her children why Elizabethan women displayed their bountiful bosoms so prominently. “\ we say `Don’t look there,”‘ laughed Garcia. “But we knew what to expect and we brought our kids anyway.” Some thought that children were unfazed by the characters with the bodices. “I think that the husbands might be focused on them more than the kids,” said Karen Farrell, 33, of Texas. Andrew Elkins, the show’s general manager, said that this year’s show is bigger and better due to more physical space, more shows and new craftspeople. “Our energy level is high,” he said. “All of our performers are excited to be here and welcome the people.” So whether it’s participating in ax throwing, watching the Washing Well Wenches, Aztec dancers, taiko drummers, jousting knights or cheering for the queen, a commonly trumpeted theme is “go forth and misbehave.” The Faire runs through May 21. For information, call (626) 969-4750 or visit www.renfair.com. lafayette.hight@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2764160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! IRWINDALE – Just a few feet inside a section of the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area, a man holding a long, leafy vegetable asks people if they need to use the restroom, or rather “the privy.” “Anyone need to take a `leek?”‘ he asks in flawless deadpan delivery. As evidenced by the bawdy humor, merry wenches, fearless knights, lords, ladies and clergy, the 44th annual Renaissance Pleasure Faire and Artisan’s Market has returned to Irwindale for its second year. Over seven weekends, this makeshift English village called Chipping under Oakwood and more than 2,000 people cast in various roles will welcome guests back to the 16th century. last_img

PARTS OF KILCAR STILL IN THE DARK AFTER STORM

first_imgKilcarUp to 80 premises are without electricity in the general Kilcar area due to a fault.The fault occurred around 6.30pm amidst the high winds during Storm Abigail yesterday (Thurs).According to the ESB it could be after 4pm today (Friday) before service is restored.  PARTS OF KILCAR STILL IN THE DARK AFTER STORM was last modified: November 13th, 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:kilcarpower cutStorm Abigaillast_img read more

EMMET RUSHE: HOW SLEEP CAN HELP YOU TO LOSE WEIGHT

first_imgBY EMMET RUSHE: We have all been there…you are sitting on the sofa and your eyes are burning in your head. Every time you blink, you feel as though you are going to fall into a coma.You get up, struggle into the bedroom and slide under the bed sheets. As you lay your head on the pillow you look forward to a great night’s sleep…….but it doesn’t come.Instead you restlessly toss and turn all night, spending endless hours staring at the ceiling, checking the clock, looking at the time on your phone and wondering why you bothered getting into the bed in the first place. Finally you fall asleep, only to have the alarm rudely awaken you 2 hours after you finally managed to drift off in the first place.Welcome to bedtime……..The recommended amount of sleep per night should be between 7-8 hours.The average for adults today is around 6 ½ hours. No big deal, right?Wrong!Sleep is the ultimate recovery tool. It is how our bodies and minds repair and recover from daily stresses and it is also how our bodies recover from our exercise and training sessions.It is as important as a proper nutrition plan when it comes to your weight loss or muscle building goals.Everything that you do will be affected by a lack of sleep. Your food choices will be poorer.When you are tired, you will always be looking for ways to give yourself a kick start.High sugary foods, energy drinks and high levels of caffeinated drinks are usually the first thing that people will reach for to get them through the day.You will probably not have the time or energy prepare proper meals and may be tempted to go for the pre-packaged processed food choice, or the take away.Your Body will work against you.In a sleep deprived state, our bodies wreak havoc with our hormones. Our stress hormone cortisol will be high and our hormones Leptin and Ghrelin can also be affected.If cortisol is high during sleep you can be in a heightened state of alertness, not what you want for going to sleep.When stress is high we are more prone to retaining water and this can affect our weight also.Ghrelin is a hunger stimulating hormone that tells us when to eat.Leptin is an appetite suppressant hormone that tells us when to stop eating.When we are in a sleep deprived state we have higher levels of Ghrelin and lower levels of Leptin, which means we will have a false hunger and this can contribute to the poor food choices mentioned above and we won’t know when to stop eating them.This can all lead to excess weight gain. Advertisement What can we do to help?Here are 10 strategies that can help you to wind down and relax and may help you to get a better night’s sleep.Set a bedtime and stick to it.Turn off all technology for 2 hours before bed.Read a book.Take a bathGet your room to the right temperature; not too cold, not too hot.Invest in a good mattress and some good pillows.Avoid caffeine.Eat carbs in your last meal before bed. (They won’t make you fat)Once your alarm is set, don’t look at your phone and turn your clock so you can’t see it.Drink some chamomile tea before bed.Sleep is underrated by a lot of people when it comes to their goals, but it could be the ace in the pack that helps you win or lose.#TrainSmart If you have any question on this article or for getting a tailored program based on your starting point, please contact me through the link below.https://www.facebook.com/Rushe-Fitness-120518884715118/?ref=hlEMMET RUSHE: HOW SLEEP CAN HELP YOU TO LOSE WEIGHT was last modified: February 29th, 2016 by John2Share 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:emmet rushesleeplast_img read more

Donegal scientist hosting free event to ‘shine light on Lung cancer’

first_imgA free event which focuses on ‘shining a light on Lung cancer’ will take place on the fifth of November at Glenveagh National Park.The group will meet at the visitor’s center at 6pm, and will do a 5K walk with some informal talks about lung cancer.The event has been organised by Anne-Marie Baird, a Donegal scientist based in Dublin. Anne-Marie says; “I work on lung cancer and this November I am bringing ‘Shine A Light on Lung Cancer’ to Ireland for the very first time. The aims of this event are to increase lung cancer awareness, help tackle the stigma associated with the disease and raise funds for research.”“In Ireland, lung cancer kills more males than prostate cancer and more females than breast cancer, yet few are aware of this fact or of the symptoms associated with the disease.”Attendees are asked to dress appropriately and bring a torch!You can RSVP by following this link:https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/donegal-shines-a-light-on-lung-cancer-tickets-28553349838 Donegal scientist hosting free event to ‘shine light on Lung cancer’ was last modified: October 16th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:anne-marie bairdcancerEventfreeGlenveaghlung cancerlast_img read more

Traditional singers sought for night of craic!

first_imgComhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (Letterkenny Branch) is hosting a Traditional Singers’ Night at 9pm on Wednesday 1st March. It will be held at Letterkenny Community Centre in the pre-fab at the far west end of the Community Centre complex.Have a song or two (Gaeilge nó Béarla) ready. Good craic is guaranteed and the night will be very informal. Hope you can come. Tea and sandwiches will be served half way through.Cead isteach: saor in aisce. Have a song or two (Gaeilge nó Béarla). Beidh fáilte romhat!Further information 087 6188350Traditional singers sought for night of craic! was last modified: February 21st, 2017 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

DONEGAL MAN WHO PUNCHED PRIEST DURING MASS ESCAPES JAIL

first_imgA man who punched a priest during Mass has escaped a jail sentence.Pensioner Seamus Doherty, 66, attacked Fr Michael McKeever at St Colmcille’s church in Glendowan, Churchill.Doherty had constantly tried to interrupt Mass which was being conducted by Fr.McKeever on January 15th, 2011. He was roaring and shouting abuse during the ceremony as he held a bottle of alcohol.At one stage he claimed the clergy were responsible for the suicide of a young man in the area.He was drunk and refused to leave when approached by a number of mass-goers.When Fr McKeever went down to the congregation to finally ask Doherty to leave, he was punched in the forehead.Doherty appeared in court in January and Judge Paul Kelly warned he was considering taking the accused “off the street.”“I have heard this man has problems. It may well be better that he is taken off the streets to address these,” said Judge Kelly.Doherty, of The Rock, Churchill, appeared at Letterkenny District Court today, Thursday,  for sentence in relation to the assault.Judge Paul Kelly viewed a probation report which included recommendations from a psychiatrist.Solicitor Frank Dorrian said his client would probably be unable to do any community service work and the psychiatrist agreed that he would be best served being supervised.Judge Kelly agreed and ordered Doherty to comply with the Probation Services and Co Donegal Mental Health Services for 12 months.He also fined him a total of €300 for other offences including being drunk in a public place and obstructing traffic.DONEGAL MAN WHO PUNCHED PRIEST DURING MASS ESCAPES JAIL was last modified: March 15th, 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:assaultChurchillFr.Michael McKeeverSeamus Dohertylast_img read more

Moyes v Van Gaal v Mourinho: Comparing the post-Ferguson Man United managers

first_imgJose Mourinho is almost at the end of his debut season as Manchester United manager, with one Premier League game and the Europa League final to come.ResultsMoyes: At the end of Moyes’ only season in charge at Old Trafford, United finished seventh – the lowest they have been since Alex Ferguson’s departure. They won 19 Premier League games – though the Scot only led them to 17 wins from 34 before he was replaced by Ryan Giggs. The only silverware he claimed was the Community Shield, though even winning this underwhelming bauble was somewhat diminished considering United only beat Wigan to claim it.Van Gaal: The Dutchman led United to fourth place in his first season at Old Trafford, winning 20 league games – the highest figure since Ferguson’s retirement – but could only follow that by finishing fifth in his second year. They won 19 matches in 2015/16, but Van Gaal did lead the Red Devils to victory in the FA Cup.Mourinho: Even if United beat Crystal Palace on Sunday, Mourinho would have claimed only 18 wins this season – which will be the Red Devils’ lowest ever win total in the Premier League era. However, they have lost only five games (six if Palace win), which included a 25-game, top flight club record, unbeaten run. Under the Portuguese, United have won the Community Shield, the EFL Cup and are in the final of the Europa League.Verdict: Despite winning less league games than Moyes or Van Gaal, and finishing sixth, Mourinho has arguably the best record as United boss. They have already won one major honour under him, and if they claim the Europa League, the Red Devils would have won more trophies this season than they have altogether since Ferguson left. They will also qualify for the Champions League group stage, which would undoubtedly make him the biggest post-Fergie success in terms of results.Style of playMoyes: Moyes’ big mistake was trying to turn then-reigning champions United into Everton, rather than playing to their strengths. Though he fielded a classic 4-4-2, with two strikers and two wingers – as in the early Ferguson days – Moyes did not adhere to the ‘United way’ of swashbuckling, attacking football. The play was lacking in fluidity, was overly cautious and one-dimensional, and resulted in that famous ’81 crosses’ game against Fulham.Van Gaal: Fans expected ‘total football’ when LvG arrived at Old Trafford, but were treated to a defensive, low-tempo style of play which got progressively more sterile over the course of the Dutchman’s two seasons with United. They conceded fewer goals than Moyes’ United did, but scored fewer too; the nadir was netting just 49 Premier League goals in 2015/16. Van Gaal’s teams seemed obsessed with passing for the sake of it, knocking the ball about to no great effect as opponents sat back in comfort.Mourinho: There has been undoubted improvement in United’s style of play since Mourinho took charge, though the bar was set so low that is no real compliment. Scoring goals has been a continued problem for the Red Devils – just 52 netted in the league – though that is more down to bad finishing than a lack of attacking play. However, Mourinho has fielded very defensive line ups against the big clubs, and – like his predecessorts – he has faced criticism for what is regarded as a very un-Man United way of playing.Verdict: Again, Mourinho just about wins. United’s football has been incredibly dour since Ferguson left, but the Portuguese has at least brought back a feeling that a visit to Old Trafford will be a tough test. His United go on the front foot against lesser opponents, but have often been denied by bad finishing, excellent goalkeeping, and the woodwork. Performances against United’s main rivals have not been great, as Mourinho remains true to his cagey form against the big guns, and one would hope he changes in future seasons as Red Devils boss. Don’t bet on it, though.Transfers and spendingMoyes: Moyes was given a poor hand in the transfer market when appointed United boss. David Gill stepped down at the same time as Ferguson, with Ed Woodward stepping into the role of overseeing transfers despite having zero experience in that field. The club failed to sign Ander Herrera, and only brought in Marouane Fellaini in the summer – for more than his release clause. Juan Mata was added in January. Both players did not show their best under Moyes, but have been good servants for the club. In all, Moyes spent £64m – much less than either Van Gaal or Mourinho.Van Gaal: Following Van Gaal’s arrival, there was a concerted effort to seriously improve the United first-team squad. Herrera was finally signed, along with Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo, Angel Di Maria, Daley Blind, Tim Fosu-Mensah and Victor Valdes for a combined £146m. Memphis Depay, Matteo Darmian, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin, Sergio Romero and Anthony Martial were added the following year, with another £125 million splashed out. He spent a lot, and certainly didn’t improve things enough to suggest it was money well spent.Mourinho: Like Van Gaal, Mourinho was given free rein to purchase who he wanted for the price he wanted, and the Portuguese took advantage of that. Paul Pogba, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Eric Bailly were brought in for £157m, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic added on a free. Bailly has been a roaring success and is young enough to provide top class service to United for the next decade, Ibrahimovic scored for fun before his injury and Mkhitaryan has enjoyed a fairly impressive season after a slow start. Pogba has struggled to live up to his price tag, and still seems to be finding his feet, but it would be wrong to write him off after one season. Like Van Gaal, Mourinho should be criticised for the lack of improvement made by his team despite the money spent on it.Verdict: Moyes certainly got the most bang for his buck at Old Trafford, having been handed little chance to raid the transfer market. Almost half-a-billion pounds has been spent on the United squad since Moyes left, and they have moved from 64 points in his season to a potential total of 69 this term. Five points is not worth that much money, and it is fair to say Moyes got a raw deal. Mourinho really needs to ensure he doesn’t spend every summer throwing cash at the problems he has to fix, as both he and Van Gaal have shown it doesn’t work.Overall verdictMourinho is doing just enough to elevate his reign above that of Moyes and Van Gaal, but the jury is still out. The Europa League final could be absolutely pivotal to his tenure. 1 Moyes v Van Gaal v Mourinho: Just who was better? last_img read more

GOLF: LETTERKENNY LADIES NOTES

first_imgLetterkenny Ladies had their first taste of the Maire O’Donnell competition against Ballybofey and Stranorlar Golf Club on Sunday 15th July, taking one and a half matches. Looking forward to the home leg, Team Captain Celine Bradley, declared she was very satisfied with the result against a formidable opposition.On Friday 13th July the Mixed Open Foursomes produced a marriage made in heaven with the Spences, Tracy and Keith returning 65.6 to win. The pairing of Sandra McMonagle and Paul Bryan came runners up with 66.2 and in third were Celine Bradley and Gerard Duffy with 66.6. Mr Captain, Niall O’Donnell was very pleased with the huge entry, proclaiming particular delight at the post golf atmosphere in the club house. As a result, it is intended to have another Mixed Foursomes on Fri 24th August.Many thanks to Magees Chemist who generously sponsored the Open on Tuesday 8th July. Always a great supporter of the club, the prizes were warmly received by the winner, Cynthia Fuery 37points, Runner Up Mary Murray 36 points, Gross Marian O’Sullivan 21 gross points, 3rd Celine Bradley 36 points B.O.T. Front 9 Jackie Ireland 20 points. Back 9 Peggy Forde 19 points. Visitor Mairead Harkin 29 points, Gweedore Golf Club. It was nice to see Mary Ellen McNulty take her first tentative steps on to the winners podium, with her win in the 9 hole competition on the 12th July with 16 points B.O.T.. May it be the first of many this year. Runner up Mary Murray 16 points.The 18 hole qualifier for the ladies club, Club Classic Team to be played on the 28th July was won by Marian O’Sullivan 36 points, Bridget McClafferty 34 points, Pauline Curley 30 points, Karen McGlinchey 30 points.Many thanks to the AIB who sponsor the Open on Tuesday 24th July, leading to a busy week of golf. A club 18 hole competition, in aid of breast cancer, is on Thursday 26th July. There is also another breast cancer fundraiser with the very popular NW Breast Care Unit Classic, sponsored by the Silver Tassie Hotel and Spa on Fri 27th July. Saturday 28th July is the Sigma Wireless Club Classic. Teams of four, any combination, are €100 and timesheets are in operation for all competitions. Please book online or contact the PRO shop 074 91 21150.On Monday 6th August there will be a ‘Save St. Lukes’ Ladies and Gents Singles Stableford Open with 1st, 2nd, 3rd and visitors in both ladies and gents sections. €10 members and €20 visitors. Timesheet in operation. Best wishes to Mr Captain Niall O’Donnell on his Captains Day on Saturday 21st July from Lady Captain Angela Kilgallen and all the ladies club. May it be warm, dry and stress free!Golf Knowledge and Rules:Permitted number of clubs (14) is the maximum allowable number of clubs a player may carry at the start of a round. The player may only play with the clubs selected prior to the beginning of the round.GOLF: LETTERKENNY LADIES NOTES was last modified: July 16th, 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:Letterkenny Golf Club Ladies noteslast_img read more

GAA: KILCAR GAA CLUB NEWS

first_imgGAA: KILCAR GAA CLUB NEWSCLG Chill Chartha would like to wish Mark McHugh, Patrick McBrearty and the Donegal Panel the best of luck in this Sunday’s Ulster Final. Orders for tickets must be in with Nicola (087) 4150188 before 3pm this Thursday. Full range of prices are available from Nicola.The Senior Team will play Killybegs in the Frankie Daniels Memorial Tournament this Saturday in Fintra at 3pm. All proceeds in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society and please go along to support. There was no winner of the Lotto Jackpot and next week it is €1800 . Drawn prizes were €50 – Anne Deane, Cruckarra. €30 – Gavin Scullion, Muckross. €20 – Brian Byrne, Churchtown .The winning numbers were 7,11,24,29. Congratulations to Teresa Gallagher, Cashlings who won the Bingo Jackpot of €1600. Some of the winners were Mary Carr €100, Goretti Cunningham €70, Pamela Bonner €80 , Evelyn Boyle €70, Anne Byrne €70, Maria Boyle €70. Club updates are available on the new club website. Lotto sellers on Sat 21st July: Mark Sweeney, Pauric Carr, Seamus Cunningham & Stephen O’Donnell. Sunday 22nd July sellers are: John O’Donnell & Francis Byrne.GAA: KILCAR GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: July 17th, 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:GAA: KILCAR GAA CLUB NEWSlast_img read more

NOTICE: ST EUNAN’S SUNDAY MORNING ACADEMY CANCELLED

first_imgST EUNAN’S GAA CLUB NOTICE: The Sunday Morning U10 Football Academy has been cancelled for tomorrow, Sunday May 12th. Weather permitting it will return next week. Please pass the word on to family and friends that may not be on the e-mail list.NOTICE: ST EUNAN’S SUNDAY MORNING ACADEMY CANCELLED was last modified: May 11th, 2013 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:NOTICE: ST EUNAN’S SUNDAY MORNING ACADEMY CANCELLEDlast_img read more

IFL SOCCER: WINS FOR CARN, MOVILLE, KILLEA, BUNCRANA AND ILLIES IN WESTEND LEAGUE CUP

first_imgWestend League Cup Results courtesy of inishowenfl.ieCarn F.C. 4 Carrowmena F.C. 1Carndonagh started brightly and were ahead inside the first 5 minutes when Daniel Mc Laughlin picked up the ball about 25 yards out, advanced past three defenders and found the net from close in. The score was doubled midway through the half after Mc Grenra accepted a pass from Ronan Doherty and finished from 12 yards. The home side continued to have the upper hand and added a third on 35 minutes when Eanna Newton’s powerful run carried him into the penalty area and he scored from 10 yards. The visitors tried to get back into the game after the break and pulled a goal back close to the hour mark when slackness in the home defence allowed Pearse Parkinson to head home. However, Carn restored their three goal advantage in the closing stages following good work by Declan Mc Gonagle Doherty turned and fired home from 8 yards to complete the scoring.   Gleneely Colts 0 Killea F.C.5   The visitors were in the ascendancy throughout and ran out deserved winners as they recorded their first victory on their return to Inishowen football. And it was a personal triumph for Gary Crossan who notched up a hat trick. However, he had to wait until the half hour mark for his opener when he latched onto a ball from the right, rounded a home defender and drove the ball home from the edge to the area. There were no other chances of note in the half. Gleneely started brightly after the interval with Cory O’ Brien having the ball in the net but the score did not stand due to a handball infringement in the buildup. Crossan grabbed his second on 56 minutes when he headed home from 8 yards when he got on the end of a delivery from the left. On 63 minutes John Logue cut in from the left wing, advanced through the home rearguard and fired the ball to the net past Mooney for Killea’s third goal. With 20 minutes remaining Gleneely almost pulled a goal back but Cathal Diver’s header from an John Doherty cross shaved the post. The visitors completed the scoring with two goals in the final five minutes. First Frankie Mc Brearty turned the ball home from 6 yards following a goalmouth scramble and with a minute to go Crossan completed his hat trick from the spot after a handball offence.  Rasheney F.C. 0 Buncrana Hearts 6  Buncrana dominated throughout, were 2 – 0 ahead at half time and ran out deserving winners. The home team created a few openings early on. John Mc Laughlin delivered through the centre to the inrushing Hegarty but goalkeeper Rory Kelly was alert and made a claim. Then the same player hooked high and wide when well placed after getting on the end of a deep cross from Mc Gilloway. But most of the play was in the direction of the home goal with the visitors holding the upper hand for rest of the half. They came close to scoring when Declan Fullerton set up O’Donnell but the latter’s ground shot beat keeper Noone but the ball went agonisingly wide of the left hand post. Then Noone reacted well to palm away a header from Robbie Fullerton and immediately afterwards Kieran Mc Daid was out of luck twice in quick succession after good work from Foreshaw and Mc Carron. Mid way through the half Foreshaw was denied by the legs of the advancing Noone. On 33 minutes Buncrana moved into the lead. Mc Daid was released along the left wing. He got close to the byeline and his low cross found Declan Fullerton who drove to the net from 12 yards for the opener. Within two minutes the lead was doubled when Liam Mc Carron’s excellent 30 yard attempt smacked back of the crossbar only for Mc Daid to hook home. There were further letoffs for the home goal before half time with both Fullerton and Mc Donnell not being able capitalise when excellent chances were created in front of goal. Rasheney got a sight of Kelly’s nets just after the restart but the keeper denied sub Charlie Doherty who shot strongly after latching on to a John Mc Laughlin cross field ball. But Buncrana continued to carve out openings and after Foreshaw and Fullerton came close, the visitors were awarded a penalty after Noone was adjudged to have fouled Fullerton right on the byeline. However, the keeper redeemed himself and made a superb save and then watched as the rebound being driven wide. Mid way through the second half Buncrana made it 3 – 0 when Fullerton set up sub Stephen Mc Hugh to score from close in. On 70 mins the home defence, already under severe pressure, had further pressure heaped on it when a defender was shown a second yellow card. The visitors went on to score three more goals. Mc Hugh fired home after getting onto Diarmuid Fullerton/s left wing cross, Mc Daid dribbled into the area and managed to evade several defenders before scoring and Mc Hugh completed his hat trick right at the death.    Greencastle 0-8 Illies After 2 mins: Greencastles Rory Laffertys inswinging corner was gathered by illies keeper Grahame Doherty then on 5 mins a high ball into Greencastle box caused confusion and Paddy Doherty for illies gained possession and hit a low shot to bottom corner to give illies a 1 0 lead. after10 mins: Jack Keys for greencastle had a 12 yard shot blocked after good build up play from Andrew Mc Laughlin on 25 mins: Paddy Doherty for illies broke on the right hand side and crossed for Gerard Mc Daid who beat the offside trap and gave home keeper Mc Geoghan no chance to make it 2 0 in the 30th min, Illies increased their lead 5 mins later when Shane Devlin broke on his own from midfield, beat off a defender and rounded the keeper to roll the ball into an empty net to make it 3 0 after 35 mins: Greencastle had a chance when Christy Craig raced clear of the Illies defence but illies keeper cleared the danger in the 40th min Illies went 4 up when Liam Doherty squared from the left for Liam O’Connor to score from the edge of the box, on the stroke of half time illies went 5 0 up whe Liam Doherty played in Paul Doherty jnr who calmly converted to bottom corner 5 min into second half Greencastle had the first chance of the half when Michael Barr broke into the box and layed it off to rory lafferty who shot just wide, Jack Keys then played in christy craig whose shot was well saved,13 mins: Liam O’Connor raced clear of the home defence and blasted home to put illies 6 0 up, in 73 mins: Jack Keys shot grazed illies bar after good build up Illies keeper Graeme Doherty had a low save from a Cathal Kelly free lick, then Paddy Doherty for Illies lobbed home keeper after good through ball and then Gavin Doherty for illies volleyed home after cross from right hand side Moville Celtic 2 0 QPS This match was dominated by well marshalled defences with both sides limited to few chances. QPS were first to show when in the 9th minute Buchanan received the ball from a throw in on the right, cut inside, but his shot was weak and did little to trouble Moville keeper McLaughlin. Moville then produced some neat interplay which resulted in Sean Doherty attempting a long range effort which just missed the visitors far post. On the half hour Moville went a goal up. Moville captain Canning won the ball in midfield and chipped over the QPS backline to Boyce whose shot ricocheted nicely off the outrushing keeper McColgan for him to gather and stroke home into an empty net. QPS replied in the 34th minute with Buchanan’s well driven 25 yard free kick tipped over the bar by McLaughlin for a corner.Early in the second half, the ever dangerous Buchanan evaded a host of Moville tackles on the left enabling him to get a shot away with his right foot but lacked accuracy and struck the Moville side netting. QPS had all the concerted pressure at this point and moments later McColgan harried a Moville defender enough to win the ball at the touchline and produce a fine cutback across the Moville goal which was just missed by two inrushing Swifts attackers. Moville attacked with an over the top ball which the visiting defenders missed allowing McMonagle through on goal but his shot was wide of the target when well placed. The game was halted for a lengthy period following an injury to Buchanan and on the restart Swifts sub Johnston had a close effort from the left wing but failed to find the target. On the 80th minute Lafferty for Moville chipped a lovely ball to McElhinney past the QPS defence but his lob over McColgan hit the far post and was hacked to safety. A minute later Moville secured the victory after Doherty reacted well to a kick out from McLaughlin which the QPS defenders failed to cut out and gathered the ball, rounding the keeper and two defenders to cooly sidefoot home from 15 yards to make the final score 2 nil to the home side. IFL SOCCER: WINS FOR CARN, MOVILLE, KILLEA, BUNCRANA AND ILLIES IN WESTEND LEAGUE CUP was last modified: August 26th, 2013 by John2Share 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:BUNCRANA AND ILLIES IN WESTEND LEAGUE CUPIFL SOCCER: WINS FOR CARNKilleamovillelast_img read more

17TH ANNUAL ‘CON SEAN’ DARTS TOURNAMENT TAKES PLACE NEXT WEEKEND

first_imgThe coveted Con-Sean Cup.The 17th annual Con Sean Darts Tournament takes place in the Bridge Bar, Carrick on Saturday 17th January at 4pm SHARP.€650 in prize money plus trophies for winner, runner up and highest checkout, this tournament attracts some of the top players in the North West and is always an enjoyable day four times winner John Flood will again be the man to beat as he tries to win the event for the fourth time in six years.Limited to 64 players all entry’s to be in by 9pm Friday 16th January the draw takes place that night in the Bridge Bar at 9:30pm and will be online that night. Enter this event by leaving your name on the Facebook event page here or text/phone 086-9969256.First Round best of 5Second Round best of 7Third Round best of 7 Quarter Finals best of 9Semi Finals best of 9Final best of 11Past Finals:2014 John Flood (Milford) 6-4 Gerard McGlynn (Glenfin) 2013 Dermot McGuire (Glen) 6-1 John Gallagher (Meenanary)2012 John McGinley (Glen) 6-4 Andrew Gillespie (Carrick)2011 John Flood (Milford) 6-4 John Murray (Milford)2010 John Flood (Milford) 5-1 John D Gallagher (Killybegs) 2009 Dermot McGuire (Glen) 5-0 Declan Cunningham (Inver)2008 John McGinley (Glen) 5-4 Declan Cunningham (Inver)2007 John Flood (Milford) 4-2 Kenneth Kennedy (Kilcar)2006 Kenneth Kennedy (Kilcar) 4-2 Tommy Feeney (Ardara)2005 Charlie Grant (Quigleys Point) 4-1 Declan Cunningham (Inver)2004 Garry Bell (Lurgan) 4-0 John Con McGinley (Glen)2003 Raymond Hegarty (Kilcar) bt John Con McGinley (Glen)2002 John Ward (Sligo) bt Joe Byrne (Sligo)2001 Gerald Harvey (Ballybofey) bt Alan McBrearty (Killybegs)2000 Seamus Curran (Carrick) bt Hugh Doherty (Carrick)1999 Kenneth Kennedy (Kilcar) bt Bernie Mullen (Killybegs)17TH ANNUAL ‘CON SEAN’ DARTS TOURNAMENT TAKES PLACE NEXT WEEKEND was last modified: January 7th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:CarrickDartsNoticesSportTournamentlast_img read more

DONEGAL’S NATIONAL LEAGUE OPENER WITH DERRY WILL BE SCREENED LIVE ON SETANTA SPORTS

first_imgDonegal’s National League opener with Derry will be screened live on Setanta Ireland.Donegal’s Allianz National League opener with neighbours Derry will be screened live on Setanta Sports.Setanta Sports have issued the full schedule of fixtures that they’ll be screening live over the next number of months.Donegal’s clash with Derry will form part of an Ulster double-header on the channel. Donegal will play Derry on Setanta Ireland, while Tyrone’s clash with Monaghan will be shown on Setanta 1.Donegal’s clash with Dublin on the 7th of February at Croke Park will be shown live on Setanta 1.Donegal narrowly missed out on a semi-final appearance in the Dr McKenna Cup on Sunday, but manager Rory Gallagher has been happy with his side’s application.Donegal bounced back from defeat by Derry in their Dr McKenna cup opener to record wins over Queen’s University Belfast and Fermanagh. However, the season gets underway proper in Ballybofey next Saturday night when they welcome Brian McIver’s Derry side to Mac Cumhaill Park.If you can’t make the match, and you have Setanta on the TV, the  you can watch the game from the comfort of your own sitting room.The full Setanta schedule for 2015 is outlined below.SETANTA SCHEDULE FOR 2015 (Subject to change)Allianz Football League January 31: Donegal v Derry, Setanta Ireland, 7pmJanuary 31: Tyrone v Monaghan, Setanta 1, 7pmFebruary 7: Dublin v Donegal, Setanta 1, 7pmFebruary 7: Meath v Kildare, Setanta Ireland, 7pmFebruary 28: Tyrone v Derry, Setanta Ireland, 7pmFebruary 28: Cavan v Down, Setanta 1, 7pmMarch 7: Dublin v Tyrone, Setanta Ireland, 7pmMarch 7: Cavan v Kildare, Setanta 1, 7pmMarch 14: Mayo v Dublin, Setanta 1, 7pmMarch 14: Meath v Laois, Setanta Ireland, 7pmMarch 28: Dublin v Derry, Setanta Ireland, 7pmMarch 28: Down v Meath, Setanta 1, 7pmAllianz Hurling League February 14: Cork v Kilkenny, Setanta Ireland, 7pmFebruary 14: Limerick v Waterford, Setanta 1, 7pmFebruary 21: Cork v Clare, Setanta Ireland, 7pmFebruary 21: Waterford v Laois, Setanta 1, 7pmMarch 7: Dublin v Cork, Setanta Ireland, 5pmDONEGAL’S NATIONAL LEAGUE OPENER WITH DERRY WILL BE SCREENED LIVE ON SETANTA SPORTS was last modified: January 20th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:donegalGAALivenewsSetanta SportsSportTVlast_img read more

GAA NEWS: TIR CHONAILL GAELS JUNIORS REACH CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINAL AFTER WIN OVER HARPS

first_imgTir Chonaill Gaels GAA News:JuniorsThe Juniors proceeded to the semi-final of the championship on Sunday were they overcame Dulwich Harps in Ruislip in a winner takes all game. The Gaels shot into a 1-2 to 0-1 lead before Dulwich Harps got a goal back. That was the closest Harps got to the Gaels with the boys going on a 20 minute scoring spree to lead 3-9 to 1-1 at the break. The Gaels kept up the pressure after the break and the game was over as a contest after 15 mins with the final score 4-18 to 1-02. It was a stirring performance from the lads knowing that a loss would have put them out of the championship. Liam O’Regan and Gerard Geraghty led the defence well, Gavin McEvoy, Ryan Kearney and Ryan Elliott had good games in the middle with the main man McGinley rattling the onion bag for the 2nd game in a row.Next up is St Anthony’s next Sunday 13th September in Ruislip at 4.30pm in the semi-final who will provide a much sterner test for the boys.SeniorsThe seniors have had two quiet weekends, next up is Neasdan Gaels in the championship in Greenford on Saturday 12th September at 4pm.ReservesThe reserves play Fulham Irish in the championship at 2.30pm on Saturday 12th September in Greenford. A must win game for the boys.Charity CycleAway from football, all roads lead to Glen in Donegal this weekend. Stocker and his band of merry men depart from Co Down on Thursday on a 4 day trek across Ulster taking in 6 of the 9 counties and finishing in Glen on Saturday evening. There are numerous ex-Gaels joining in on various stages throughout the 4 days and it promises to be a great social occasion also. Stephen, Paul, Frank and Seamus have put in a great effort in organising the cycle and we wish them all the best and hope they raise a lot of money for the various cancer charities. If you wish to make an online donation you can do so by visiting www.justgiving.com/TCGcharitycycle and thank you for your support.Vintage DaySunday saw another great day at Tir Chonaill Park were the annual Vintage Day drew another massive crowd who basked in glorious weather. Daniel O’Donnell and his wife Majella attended and were great sports; posing for photographs with Daniel singing a few songs to everyone’s delight. There were numerous bands, events, stalls auctions and raffles which raising massive amounts of money for charities. Well done to Tiny and his committee for another great day.Lottery Results – 3rd September 2015Numbers drawn 5, 10, 11 & 12Jackpot £1,450 – No Winner£25 Lucky Dip WinnersEddie Doyle, c/o TCGLucy McLoughlin, LiverpoolAlan Walsh, Club ChefBarney Breen, c/o TCGNext draw 10 September at the clubhouseJackpot £1,500Play online at www.tirchonaillgaels.comGAA NEWS: TIR CHONAILL GAELS JUNIORS REACH CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINAL AFTER WIN OVER HARPS was last modified: September 7th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Sportlast_img read more

RUGBY: LETTERKENNY BLOW AWAY STRABANE ON A WINDY DAY!

first_imgLetterkenny brushed aside Strabane.Letterkenny 26 Strabane 0Saturday 28th November 2015Letterkenny welcomed their nearest neighbours Strabane to a wet and windswept Dave Gallaher Park on Saturday afternoon.Stand in captain Michael Foy elected to play against the elements in the first half and Letterkenny defended well in the opening period and kicked intelligently to bring play into the Strabane half. Strong carries in the forwards, particularly by Chris Digimas and Conor Dunleavy took play close to the try line. Sean Deery took an excellent line off scrum half Conall Sheridan to crash over for the opening try converted by Ryan Mortimer.Letterkenny kept the visiting defence busy with strong runs from John Anthony McFadden and James-Lee McLaughlin. Strabane attempted to kick for position but Letterkennys back three of Evin Walsh, Stephen Devine and Colm McNicholl dealt with the threats with confidence and ran back the kicks with interest.Midway through the first half Strabane had a sustained period of pressure inside the Letterkenny 22 but the home defence was disciplined and managed to hold firm with Mortimer producing the hit of the day to help regain possession.Following a kick upfield Letterkenny established good field position near the Strabane try line and Sheridan was rewarded for his work rate when he managed to ground his charge down of the attempted clearance to extend Letterkenny’s lead.The try was unconverted in the difficult conditions.The visitors struggled to get out of their own half and Mortimer danced around several would be tacklers in his own half before breaking up the centre of the pitch. Foy was in support to continue the move and had just about enough left in the tank to reach the line for Letterkenny’s third try which was converted by Mortimer to leave the half-time score 19-0. Mortimer couldn’t continue in the second half so McNicholl stepped into the 10 role and soon had Strabane pinned down inside the 22. The raw conditions were having an effect on the continuity of the game with many handling errors from both sides. Letterkenny looked fully in control of the game as the visitors struggled to get out of their half.Roger McLaughlin had to shift into the back line to cover John Anthony McFadden who left with an injury and found himself busy returning kicks to good effect.With the return of Mortimer to the field and an injury to a Strabane player both sides were now operating with 14 players.Eventually the breakthrough was made when Sheridan made it to the line for his second try with a snipe around the fringe of a ruck a few meters out. The fourth try of the day was converted by Mortimer.The hard work had been done previously when the visitors were having trouble coping with the charges of Dunleavy and both McLaughlins which was opening up space in the defensive line.Strabane, to their credit, didn’t lie down and tried to get something out of the game but solid home defence and great work at the breakdown by flanker Ladi Yuno turned the ball over repeatedly and Mortimer, McNicholl and Sheridan pegged Strabane back with intelligent kicks into space. No-one was disappointed to hear the referee blow for full time and the Letterkenny players left the field content with a bonus point win in a game they controlled from start to finish. Next week sees the start of the second half of the league fixtures and Belfast High School Former Pupils will be the visitors to Dave Gallaher Park. Letterkenny lost heavily to BHSFP in the first league game of the season but have improved week on week since then. Next weeks game should be a useful indicator of how much progress has been made by this young group of players in the season to date.Training continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-8.30pm. All are welcome.RUGBY: LETTERKENNY BLOW AWAY STRABANE ON A WINDY DAY! was last modified: December 1st, 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)last_img read more

SOCCER: CAPPRY NOW BOTTOM AFTER SUFFERING DEFEAT AWAY TO DRUMOGHILL

first_imgCAPPRY ROVERS NOTESCAPPRY ROVERS LOTTO The numbers drawn in last week’s draw were 2, 15, 18, 20.There was no jackpot winner.The winner of the €50 lucky ticket was John Coyle, Blue Cedars.The numbers drawn in this week’s draw were 3, 4, 8, 13.There was no jackpot winner.The winner of the €50 lucky ticket was Jennifer Long, Castlefinn.Next weeks jackpot is €4200.Remember if you’re not in, you can’t win!!!CAPPRY ROVERSAfter a long lay off Cappry were finally back in action at the weekend when they travelled to The Moss to take on Drumoghill FC. Cappry were slow to get going in the 1st half and found themselves going in 2 nil down at half time. In the 2nd half Cappry battled hard to get back into it but could not find a way past an organised Drumoghill back line.Next weekend they face a very tough trip to Killybegs to face the defending champions, St Catherines. Kick off will be at 2pm in Emerald Park, Killybegs.CAPPRY ROVERS RESERVESThe away side started the better against a young Cappry side. The away pressed from the start looking for the opening goal but were unable 2 find away through the Cappry defence from open play. The home team went close to scoring first when Neil Patrick McDaid hit the crossbar from a tight angle. Erne did open the scoring when they scored direct from a free kick. The game remained 1-0 at half time. The home team started the second half much better and had Erne pushed deep into their own half. They came close to get back level when Conor Laverty found Leo Gallagher with his cross but the Erne keeper made a fine save. Cappry were pressing to get back level but couldn’t find away through the Erne defence. Erne were dangerous on the counter attack. With 10 mins to go Cappry finally got the goal they deserved when Kyle O’Meara finished well at the near post. Cappry pressed for a winner but couldn’t find one. Two team performances. Cappry are on their travels again next weekend when they travel to Killybegs to play St Catherines. Kick off will be at 2pm.CAPPRY CRUSADERS 14’sAfter an enforced layoff since mid November our U14 Crusaders made the short trip to play Bonagee Arcade last Sunday! With only 11 players travelling our boys started well, and tried to get their passing game going. Bonagee scored with three long range efforts  and dominated the last ten minutes of the first half to lead 5-0 at half time. A team shuffle at half time saw Cappry put in a spirited performance with some heroic defending and dynamic midfield from the impressive Odhran Thomas who put in his best performance ever in the  Cappry Colours. In a sweeping move Thomas, Keelan Browne and Owen Stewart combined to release Kian Mulligan who dispatched a clinical finish into the Bonagee net. A 6-1 final score does not reflect the effort put in by our boys as we finished with only 9 fit players. Well done to our boys for a committed performance for the full 70 minutes. Thanks to Bonagee for their usual sporting hospitality and a good game!CAPPRY ROVERS 12’sCappry played host to Lifford on Saturday afternoon in a game that had to be played at the Finn Valley due to the Saturday team playing at home at the same time. Cappry created numerous chances early in the game but lacked their clinical finishing. Lifford created a couple of chances of their own and converted their 2nd to go 1-0 up. This was to be as good as it would get for them because it seemed to drive the Cappry lads on and as soon as Kevin McCormack equalised following a great pull back from Mark Mbuli, there only seemed to be one winner. Cappry ended up 7-1 winners on the day with Luke McGlynn (3), Mark Mbuli, Daniel Marley and Shaun McMenamin getting the other goals.CAPPRY COLTS 12’sCappry Colts were away to Ballybofey Colts on Wednesday evening last at a very cold Finn Valley Centre. Ballybofey got off to a great start when they went 1-0 up after a mix up in the Cappry defence. Cappry fought back hard and equalised when Niall Ryan scored his 1st of the night. Niall got on the score sheet again before half time for his and Cappry’s 2nd.At the start of the 2nd half Cappry started where they left off and soon found themselves 3-1 up when Niall completed his hatrick. This was quickly followed by his and Cappry’s 4th goal of the night when the in form striker found the back of the net once again. Cappry were flying at this stage and Eoin McGonagle made sure of the points when he scored a well taken goal. A great team effort from the Colts.UNDERAGE TRAININGKeep an eye on our Facebook page for details of training sessions.SOCCER: CAPPRY NOW BOTTOM AFTER SUFFERING DEFEAT AWAY TO DRUMOGHILL was last modified: January 11th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Cappry Rovers FCsoccerSportlast_img read more

Swilly Seals back on winning streak!

first_imgThe Seals travelled to the Joey Dunlop Centre yesterday to take on Ballymoney A.S.C in the second round of the Provincial Towns League.Having been beaten narrowly by Ballymena in the first round the club needed a victory in order to secure their place in the league division two.The swimmers showed class in the first event the Medley Relays winning 7 from 8 comprehensively setting the tone for an exciting evening of competition. The younger age groups dominated throughout as did the senior boys. Two female B swimmers swam up an age group to strengthen the ranks and were hugely impressive and successful.A massive well done to all swimmers who gave their absolute all on a big victory over Ballymoney with a final scoreline of Swilly Seals 602 and Ballymoney 542.The next P.T L gala is at home against Lecale of Downpatrick in January. Having been beaten away in Downpatrick last season swimmers will be out to get a victory over the strong County Down outfit.In the meantime swimmers will be busy with the Bangor Minors Meet, War memorial and Winter Qualifying Meet in Lisburn. Swilly Seals back on winning streak! was last modified: October 23rd, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:SportSwilly SealsSWIMMINGlast_img read more

Man United plotting move for £50m wonderkid, but he prefers Liverpool

first_imgManchester United are plotting a £50 million move for Fulham starlet Ryan Sessegnon, but the player reportedly would prefer a move to Liverpool.According to The Sun, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Chelsea are all tracking the burgeoning star, but it is United who will make a £50 million move for him this summer.The 18-year-old enjoyed an incredible season as he helped the Cottagers back to the Premier League and the club have maintained he is not for sale.However, should a move materialise, it seems as though Manchester United would be in pole position.According to the Sunday Express, Sessegnon feels an incredible affiliation to Fulham having spent his entire career there.But he did grow up supporting Liverpool as a boy and would be interested to move to Jurgen Klopp’s side if a bid came in.The winger (who can also play at left-back) was a key member of Slavisa Jokanovic’s side last season – scoring 16 goals and recording seven assists.He subsequently won the Championship Player of the Season and the Young Player of the Season awards at the ceremony back in April. 1 The two Premier League giants could be locked in a transfer battle for the wonderkid last_img read more

World Cup slogans for Russia 2018 annnounced

first_imgPanama 10 10 10 FOUR LANGUAGES, ONE NATION MAIS QUE 5 ESTRELAS 200 MILHÕES DE CORAÇÕES (MORE THAN 5 STARS, 200 MILLION HEARTS) 10 10 Japan Every nation’s fans get to pick a slogan to go on the side of their team’s World Cup bus. Unfortunately, the winning suggestions are all fairly sensible.Poland, for example, opted for ‘Go Poland!’ The guy who ‘created’ that won a free trip to Russia.Here are talkSPORT.com’s ten favourites. We’re not sure Peru understood the aim of the game.Australia  Brazil IMPOSSIBLE N’EST PAS SENEGALAIS (IMPOSSIBLE IS NOT SENEGALESE) 10 Senegal Peru 10center_img BE BRAVE, BE BOLD, SOCCEROOS IN GREEN AND GOLD Switzerland ¡ESTAMOS DE VUELTA! ACA VIAJAN MAS DE 30 MILLONES DE PERUANOS (We are back! 30 Million Peruvian are travelling here) Uruguay  10 Nigeria  England 10 THE WINGS OF AFRICAN PRIDE 10 SEND US VICTORIOUS ¡PANAMA! LA FUERZA DE DOS MARES (PANAMA THE FORCE OF TWO SEAS) いざ「闘え」、サムライブルー!(IT’S TIME TO BATTLE, SAMURAI BLUE!) BRILLA EL SOL EN RUSIA, EL CIELO ES TODO CELESTE (The sun shines in Russia, the sky is all light blue)last_img read more

Ruben Neves signs new five-year Wolves contract to stay at club until 2023

first_imgRuben Neves has signed a new five-year contract which ensures his future at Wolves until 2023.The Portugal midfielder, 21, was hugely influential in the club’s successful campaign for Premier League promotion last season and has been rewarded with improved terms as a result. Delighted to sign a new deal with my club 💛🖤 Wolves ay we 🐺@Wolves @WolvesPRT pic.twitter.com/wMqFyTYIdn— Ruben Neves (@rubendsneves_) July 2, 2018 Neves said he is “delighted” to sign a new deal Wolves sporting director Kevin Thelwell told the club’s website: “Ruben has been an absolutely outstanding addition to the squad since his arrival last summer and is thoroughly deserving of his new deal.“It is no secret that there has been interest from other clubs, but Ruben is very mature for his age, incredibly level-headed, and loves being a part of the Wolves family.“He and his young family have settled very well in the area and he was very keen to continue his journey with Wolves into the top flight and beyond.“Ruben has taken everything in his stride since joining us, and I am positive he will continue his form into next season and have a huge impact on the Premier League.”Neves reacted to the announcement with the social media post below. 1last_img read more

Lampard to raid former club for top academy graduate

first_img Burke has been at West Ham since he was nine Frank Lampard will return to his boyhood club West Ham to try and nab Reece Burke.New Derby manager Lampard has come in at the eleventh hour in a bid to pip Championship rivals Hull City to the Hammers academy graduate. Centre-back Burke, 21, was all set to join Hull for £1.5million on Monday after leaving West Ham’s pre-season training camp in Switzerland to fly home for a medical.Derby, though, have made an improved offer and West Ham fan Burke is also tempted by Lampard’s club connection, The Sun report.Lampard also came through West Ham’s academy before joining Chelsea, while his dad, Frank senior played more than 500 times for the Hammers.Burke would be Lampard’s biggest signing so far having taken the job in May and has already snapped up former Arsenal forward Aaron Eyoma on a free transfer.Burke is reluctantly quitting West Ham after being told his appearances would be limited under new boss Manuel Pellegrini.The East Londoner joined the club aged nine and played five Premier League appearances before being sent on loan to Wigan, Bolton and Bradford.The arrival of club-record signing Issa Diop for £24 million has pushed him further down the pecking order.center_img 1last_img read more

‘Chelsea and Man United stars have ruled World Cup for France’

first_imgDavid Ginola believes Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has raised his game for France at the World Cup and described him as a complete player.Pogba has received great acclaim for his imperious displays in Russia, including another midfield masterclass against Belgium in the semi-finals. Ginola, who earned 17 caps for Les Bleus, says the country was waiting for him to step up and do more than he does at United.He told talkSPORT: “Pogba is the one who raised the level of his game.“The expectation was for him to just be as he was at Manchester United.“We were waiting and waiting, [saying] ‘come on Paul! Show more of what you’re capable of.“Now he’s taking the responsibility he should get in the team because he’s got the talent.“He’s got everything.” Pogba was superb against Belgium Kante has also been majestic for France 2 Ginola also had high praise for Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante, who has quietly gone about being sensational for France.He added: “Kante is probably the main man since the beginning of the competition.“We haven’t talked too much about him. But he is just vital and so important in the middle of the park.”Join talkSPORT for live commentary of England’s semi-final against Croatia tonight from 7pm to see if Gareth Southgate’s men can make history. 2last_img read more

Gunners boss reassures fans after Chelsea defeat

first_imgUnai Emery was keen to stress to Arsenal fans their current run of results are merely the start of a long process.The Spaniard accepted the daunting task of replacing Gunners stalwart Arsene Wenger after 22 years at the club in the summer, and has started his tenure with defeats from his opening two Premier League games. silverware gameday possible standings Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes ALTERED REVEALED “And also we need to continue doing today like the chances to score but also looking for these chances to score.”After losing their first London derby of the season, Emery must prep his troops for a tough looking tie against east London outfit West Ham United.Fellow new boss Manuel Pellegrini has also seen his side lose their opening two Premier League games.With the Hammers sitting bottom of the table, former Sevilla boss Emery knows his side have a fantastic chance to earn their first points of the season. NEW ERA How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? Marcos Alonso scored the winner with ten minutes remaining at Stamford Bridge England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Emery cut a frustrated figure on the Stamford Bridge bench After slipping to defeat to Manchester City at the Emirates, Chelsea were next to inflict a painful defeat on the Gunners.However, there was plenty of heart on display from the away side at Stamford Bridge and Emery was far from dismayed from what he saw.“I think this is our process,” he told Sam Matterface after the game.“And our process today, we will look at the positive things on the pitch we are pressing above all for one attacking moment. Latest Premier League News Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade smart causal He added: “Defensively at the moment I think we need also to continue to work because I think we need more time to be more compact on the pitch.“But it’s what we’ll work with every player on this time.“And also, this process, we play with two midfielders – one is 19, the other is 20 and I think for that we need to continue with passion, but working.“And we will in the next match against West Ham.” 2 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 2 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures REVEALED Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener last_img read more

Man United fans will love what Dimitar Berbatov has said about rivals City

first_img“I think it was the night before City signed Robinho from Real Madrid and my agent said, ‘Berba, there’s another team in for you’. I said, ‘F*ck off, we’re going to Man United’. He said, ‘But they’ll give you more money!“It’s not all about the money sometimes, though. I was like a horse with blinkers. For me it was the right decision because going to the top of the mountain was my dream, especially when you come from Eastern Europe, from a small town, and no one’s done it before you. It was a great feeling.”Although he has no regrets about joining the Premier League champions at the time, Berbatov admitted there was some unease at the way he left Spurs that August. no dice Berbatov became a hit at Old Trafford with United fans REVEALED smart causal Latest Premier League News silverware Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card shining Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury The time came when he decided to make the step up, with both City and United keen on signing him on deadline day in 2008.Having just been taken over by Sheikh Mansour, the Citizens were looking to make another serious statement having signed Robinho from under the noses of Chelsea for a British record £32.5million.However, they were to have no such luck with Berbatov. He explained to FourFourTwo how, despite being offered more money at the Etihad, it was a boyhood dream to sign for United.“I don’t think it was that close, to be honest. My agent told me about some interest but I said, ‘Don’t even bother mentioning anyone else, I’m going to Man United,’ because of the history, the players, the tradition, everything. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won His silky skills and clinical finishing endeared him to the Red Devils faithful Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Dimitar Berbatov has revealed he told his agent to ‘f**k off’ when he proposed a move to Manchester City over rivals United.In 2008, the Bulgaria international was one of the most sought-after players in the world after his dazzling skills at Tottenham Hotspur projected him into the limelight. 2 huge blow possible standings 2 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars However, the swaggering hitman concedes joining United was an easy decision in the end.“It’s difficult,” he added.“You see it all the time with players moving clubs. In my case it was me simply following my path, because ever since I was a small boy, I’d always imagined playing for the biggest club in the world.“When that moment arrived I know a lot of people were angry with my choice, but I needed to follow my path.”last_img read more

Huddersfield vs Tottenham: Live talkSPORT commentary, kick-off time & team news

first_img ADVICE What is the team news?Huddersfield are without Ramadan Sobhi who has been struggling with a knee injury since pre-season.Jonathan Hogg is back available after suspension, whilst Steve Mounie could return to the starting XI after being dropped to the bench against Leicester.Spurs rested Harry Kane in midweek against Watford, but Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen look set to miss out through injury. REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 1 BEST OF Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Getty Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade FOOTBALL LATEST Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade RANKED Spurs are back in the winning mentality as they head north to face rock-bottom Huddersfield.After a sticky patch that saw them lose three on the bounce, Mauricio Pochettino’s side look to have steadied the ship and will be eyeing another victory on the road. Huddersfield are struggling with second-season syndrome and are propping up the table after starting their campaign with four losses and two draws.It would be a huge shock if they could grab their first league win here – and David Wagner’s desperately need to find their shooting boots.What time is kick-off?This clash is set for Saturday, September 29.Kick-off in West Yorkshire is at 3pm.Last season Spurs cruised to a 4-0 victory here thanks to goals from Harry Kane, Ben Davies and Moussa Sissoko.How can I listen on talkSPORT?We are covering this game on talkSPORT2 from 2.45pm.You can tune in all the usual ways – via your DAB radio, our mobile app or using the web player. silverware England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won MONEY Wagner’s Terriers seem to have lost their bite this term last_img read more

Arsenal legend Pires urges Pogba to talk out his problems with Mourinho

first_img Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland 2 silverware “So for Man United, the most important [thing] is to win something at the end of the season.“Maybe they can find the solution, to talk around a table because they are two winners and two warriors, everything now is possible now in football.”The pair were also caught on camera appearing to continue their disagreement during training last week.Manchester United’s current situation on the pitch is matching their situation off the pitch, as they have lost their last two matches to Derby and West Ham. FAREWELL REVEALED REVEALED Latest Manchester United News 2 gameday cracker Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Despite this, Pires retains his faith in Pogba’s ability and believes things can still turn around at Old Trafford.“Paul Pogba is a great player,” continued the former Arsenal man, ”He won the World Cup with France, he’s now playing for Man United.“He knows Man United is maybe the best club in the world, so they have a lot of pressure, but Paul Pogba is a great player.” Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder RANKED center_img Pires insists Pogba can be a ‘great player’ for Man United deals IN DEMAND Robert Pires has urged Paul Pogba to sit around a table with Jose Mourinho and solve his problems with the Manchester United manager.The Arsenal legend believes his fellow Frenchman needs to open a dialogue with his boss in order to sort out their current dispute, which has seen Pogba stripped of his vice-captaincy.“For Mourinho and Paul Pogba, the most important [thing] is to talk to find a good relation,” Pires told talkSPORT’s Ian Abrahams.“Paul Pogba, he fights for the Man United shirt, Mourinho is the same. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won boost Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? targets Paul Pogba and Jose Mourinho were seen arguing on Wednesday morning Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interestedlast_img read more

Aston Villa vs Preston: Preview, confirmed line-ups and live commentary stream

first_img 2 Two of the Championship’s most under-pressure managers face off on Tuesday evening as Aston Villa host Preston LIVE on talkSPORT 2.Steve Bruce is being hounded out of Villa Park by the club’s fans who want to see a change in manager, while Alex Neil, the Preston boss, is facing the axe with his side rooted to the bottom of the league. Team news: Tonight’s starting XI and substitutes to face @pnefc.#PartOfThePride #AVFC pic.twitter.com/ubJxg6iJMn— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) October 2, 2018 The Aston Villa support want Bruce replaced as manager 2 Harrop has been ruled out for the season after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament Team newsJosh Harrop is the latest name on Preston’s growing injury list, with the midfielder joining Sean Maguire, Billy Bodin and Calum Woods on the sidelines. Scott Hogan and Keinan Davis will miss out for Villa, while Tammy Abraham is fine to start after a late fitness test.center_img The Lilywhites have won just a single match this season, scoring 11 goals and conceding 21 in the process, as Neil struggles to find his best XI with his squad struck by numerous injuries.Villa currently sit 15th in the Championship, though a victory on Tuesday evening could move them into the top six and ease some of the pressure on Bruce’s head.What the managers are sayingSteve Bruce (Aston Villa): “I know, with a club the size of ours, there is an expectation. But it is not a given we come to Bristol City and win the game three or four-nil. I will get on with it and then do the best I can. I know, with the squad of players we have that we are close. It’s patience and we will get where we want to be. Hopefully I am given the time.”Alex Neil (Preston): “Of course I worry, I would be lying if I said I was sat here really comfortable because I’m not. I’m concerned by the fact we need to pick up a lot more points and we need to pick them up quickly. Winning is a habit and sometimes losing can become a habit too.”Where can you listen?talkSPORT 2 has full commentary of Aston Villa vs Preston, LIVE from 19:45. Click here for our online live stream This week’s talkSPORT commentaries Confirmed line-ups Hoffenheim vs Man City (Tuesday, October 2) – CLICK TO LISTENAston Villa vs Preston (Tuesday, October 2) – CLICK TO LISTENNapoli vs Liverpool (Wednesday, October 3) – CLICK TO LISTENSheffield Wednesday vs West Brom (Wednesday, October 3) – CLICK TO LISTENQarabag vs Arsenal (Thursday, October 4) – CLICK TO LISTEN 📝 TEAM NEWS: Two changes from Saturday’s game with Tom Barkhuizen and Lukas Nmecha coming in to the starting Xl. Brandon Barker misses out this evening through illness. #pnefc #COYW pic.twitter.com/6CyMRllapx— Preston North End FC (@pnefc) October 2, 2018last_img read more

DELIGHT AS 286 NEW JOBS ANNOUNCED FOR KILLYBEGS

first_imgKILLYBEGS is celebrating a massive jobs boost today – with 36 new posts in the seafood processing sector and a further 250 in a pilot jobs initiative.The national seafood processing sector has been given a massive jobs boost with the creation of 160  new posts – 36 of them in Killybegs – over the next three years.Simon Coveney, minister for the marine, revealed 18 companies nationwide been approved for grant aid of 1.7 million euro to improve efficiency, promote consolidation and bring in additional income. A pilot jobs initiative for Killybegs has also been announced aimed at creating an additional 250 jobs in the area by 2014.Mr Coveney said the projects approved for support create additional income and employment.“For example, Fastnet Mussels in Cork will be investing in new capital equipment in order to produce value added cooked mussel products,” he said.“Atlan Fish in Donegal are developing a value added processing area in order to increase production and broaden their product range, while Rockabill Shellfish in Dublin plan to increase production of value added prawn products and improve efficiencies through the installation of energy efficient equipment. “In total 158 new jobs will be created around the country and will be a huge boost to local economies, many in rural coastal communities.”Elsewhere the Killybegs jobs initiative is the result of an economic study carried out for the EU Commission which assessed the status, development and potential diversification of Killybegs as a fisheries dependent community.Mr Coveney said: “It is clear from this economic report that significant job creation potential exists for fisheries-dependent regions such as Killybegs, provided there is a focus on the natural resources that are obvious to the region.“I am conscious that there needs to be greater integration and ‘joined up thinking’ from state agencies and stakeholders in the region if this potential is to be achieved. With that in mind, I’m establishing a focused expert group to identify a direct series of actions that I believe can deliver 250 jobs in the Killybegs region over the next three years.”The minister added: “I am confident that this model of co-ordinated developmentally focused activity which is concentrated on natural resources can be a good model to drive economic development and job creation in the Killybegs region.” DELIGHT AS 286 NEW JOBS ANNOUNCED FOR KILLYBEGS was last modified: June 3rd, 2011 by gregShare 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

CROOK FRANCOIS: COURT CASE ADJOURNED AS FRAUDSTER SAYS ‘I’M BROKE’!

first_imgA judge in the North has warned that fraudster Francois de Dietrich must be ready to go to jail if he is found – but his case has been put back because the conman claims he can’t afford a legal defence.The conman faces an 18-month sentence for failing to disclose assets but his appeal was put back yesterday when the court was told the crook doesn’t have any money – despite stealing millions!Donegaldaily unmasked the fraudster six months ago, exposing how he bagged €20M from people in Donegal. Court proceedings launched by the Financial Services Authority led to an injunction banning de Dietrich and his company ETIC Solutions from taking any more cash from victomsThe regulatory body also obtained an initial order freezing more than £20m in assets linked to the businessman.De Dietrich was then held to be in contempt of an order to disclose his financial affairs in full to the FSA.Yesterday the North’s most senior judge Sir Declan Morgan was told that a solicitor for the businessman has been able to receive ‘indirect’ instructions from him. Sir Declan described the information given to him as “very opaque”.However, he agreed to take the case out and have it mentioned again in September.“It seems to us that the liberty of Mr de Dietrich is, at least in theory, at issue in this case,” he said.“Therefore where an issue of funding for legal representation to enable points to be made on his behalf arises we should afford a reasonable opportunity to enable an application for such funding to be obtained.”The judge added: “It remains the position that Mr de Dietrich is subject to the contempt order made by Mr Justice Deeny. “In the event he is discovered it must be expected he will be required to serve the term imposed on him.”CROOK FRANCOIS: COURT CASE ADJOURNED AS FRAUDSTER SAYS ‘I’M BROKE’! was last modified: June 17th, 2011 by gregShare 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

MOLLOY TO BE FIT FOR DONEGAL’S QUARTER-FINAL MATCH

first_imgBY MARIE DUFFYDermot Molloy is set to be available for selection for Donegal’s quarter-final match after a scan on his knee revealed no serious damage. The Glenties man hurt his knee during an Under-21 club championship game, and it was feared he would be out injured for Donegal’s big game.He will continue to receive treatment on the injury but managerJim McGuinness is said to be confident Molloy will be available for selection.Meanwhile, Rory Kavanagh is a major doubt because of an ankle injury which led to his first half substitution against Derry. MOLLOY TO BE FIT FOR DONEGAL’S QUARTER-FINAL MATCH was last modified: July 24th, 2011 by marieShare 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:Dermot Molloydonegallast_img read more

DONEGAL NEWS IN BRIEF

first_imgFrozen outA well-known Letterkenny company has ceased trading with the loss of nine jobs. Morrison Foods Ltd, which employed 33 people in 2006, was founded in 1991 by Seamus Morrison.Raphoe potholes to be sorted – Councillor A lethal stretch of road ion Raphoe which has more than 100 potholes will be sorted shortly, local Counicllor Gerry Crawford has promised. He said he had been reliably informed by a council worker that the contractor would be on site on the road between Magherabann and Shannagh this weekName tags for bereavedA well-known Donegal undertaker has come up with a novel idea to make it easier to identify family members at wakes. Danny Morning of Morning Memorials in Letterkenny has produced name tags for family members such as ‘brother’, ‘sister’, ‘mum’ and ‘dad’ so people can sympathise with the right mourners.Nursing home gets green light Planning permission has been granted for a 68 bedroom nursing home on the outskirts of Letterkenny near Coolboy.Skateboarders take shelterLetterkenny Town Council is to press for funding to provide a shelter for the popular skateboarding area at the Aura Leisure Centre after a motion form Cllr Jimmy Kavanagh.Planning applications drop 75%This will come as no surprise to anyone..planning applications in the county have fallen to 2,234 last year, down from 9,300 in 2006. There have been just 1,163 so far this year. DONEGAL NEWS IN BRIEF was last modified: September 15th, 2011 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:Donegal news in brieflast_img read more

BALLYHANNA SKELETONS HELP MODERN MEDICINE TO FIGHT BONE DISEASE

first_imgA study of more than a thousand skeletons dating from between the 8th to the 17th Century shows that medieval Irish women of advanced years suffered arthritis like we do today however those who suffered from osteoporosis tended to be fitter than modern day sufferers of equivalent age.“These clues could have vital implications for how we regard exercise in the treatment of osteoporosis today,” says Dr Carmel Silke of the Irish Society of RheumatologyThousand year old skeletons unearthed from a “lost” medieval graveyard in County Donegal are providing vital new clues which could change the way doctors treat osteoporosis and other bone diseases in Ireland, the Irish Society for Rheumatology can reveal. At its national meeting to be held in Sligo next weekend, the ISR will hear how a study of more than a thousand skeletons dating from between the 8th to the 17th Century shows that medieval Irish women of advanced years suffered arthritis like we do today however those who suffered from osteoporosis tended to be fitter than modern day sufferers of equivalent age.Experts believe that a possible reason for this difference is the fact that those older people who suffered from softening and thinning of the bones in medieval times tended to be far more physically active than their modern counterparts.The revelations are contained in a paper to be delivered at the Sligo Clarion Hotel next weekend by Dr Catriona McKenzie of Queens University Belfast who, along with The Institute of Technology in Sligo, has been examining the bones contained in the Ballyhanna graveyard in Donegal which was rediscovered after having been lost for centuries. A total of 1,280 skeletons have been uncovered.“These clues could have vital implications for how we regard exercise in the treatment of osteoporosis today,” says Dr Carmel Silke of the ISR. Furthermore, Dr McKenzie has studied the presence of arthritis in these skeletons. Common joint diseases, such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, have affected humans for thousands of years. However, it is only in recent decades that revolutionary treatments have altered the disease course, allowing such patients to lead normal lives. “This year our conference is entitled “Rheumatology in transition” and most of the speakers will be from the Island of Ireland given the many radical transformations and research now taking place Irish Rheumatology.”High on the agenda is the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis in young people.“People forget that children also suffer from debilitating diseases like arthritis,” says Dr Silke.  The challenges are to be outlined in a paper by Dr Orla Killeen of the National Children’s Hospital in Crumlin, who was until recently the only paediatric rheumatologist practicing in all of Ireland.The Conference, which will run on September 29 and 30 will also include the following talks: Rheumatoid Arthritis – A Disease in Transition by Prof Iain McInnes, Establishing a Database – Time to Stop Talking by Dr Austin Stack and a paper on the subject of Pharmacoeconomics (the cost of treatments for rheumatoid arthritis) delivered by Dr Roisin Adams. There will also be a debate between Mr Derek Bennett and Professor Geraldine Mc Carthy on the optimal management of osteoarthritis.ENDS The Irish Society of Rheumatology National Meeting will take place in The Clarion Hotel, Sligo September 29 – 30,BALLYHANNA SKELETONS HELP MODERN MEDICINE TO FIGHT BONE DISEASE was last modified: September 27th, 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:ballyhanna skeletonsdonegal skeletonsmedical researchlast_img read more

PRAMERICA STAFF GET READY FOR GLOBAL VOLUNTEER DAY

first_imgSTAFF at Pramerica are getting ready for their company’s Global Volunteer Day this Saturday – with more than a dozen events planned to help charities.“After Japan’s devastating earthquake and tsunami in March, I personally witnessed the transformative power of volunteerism and community service. Immediately following the disaster, our employees around the globe mobilized.” said Prudential (PFI) boss John Strangfeld, the parent company of the Letterkenny organisation.“In Japan, employees showed tremendous courage and compassion. Amidst their own hardships and personal losses, they found ways to check on their clients’ safety and see how they could help. Employees outside of the affected areas of Japan also responded with a generosity of support — seeking opportunities to assist in any way possible. These collaborative efforts embodied the ideals of service, solidarity, and the unifying belief that together we can make the world better.” PFI introduced Global Volunteer Day in October 1995 to celebrate employees’ volunteer activities. That year, more than 5,000 PFI employees and their families and friends worked on 100 volunteer projects in the United States and Japan. Last year, more than 25,000 people participated in 800 Global Volunteer Day projects in the United States, Ireland and eight other countries where PFI has a business presence.“Every year we marvel at the selfless efforts of hundreds of Pramerica employees who are so committed to giving back to the community through volunteer service with community-based organizations,” said Henry McGarvey, managing director of Pramerica Systems Ireland. “Global Volunteer Day is a special opportunity to recognise and honour their commitment to service.”Projects conducted on Global Volunteer Day include beautifying local parks, cleaning up school playgrounds, building homes, preparing food for the needy, caring for animals at a local shelter, holding a car wash for charity, mentoring children and many other activities.This Saturday an estimated 400 Pramerica employees, family members and friends will participate in the following: — A Fun Kids’ Day and beach clean-up to benefit the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Lisfannon Beach in Fahan/Buncrana.— A clean-up of the Football Pitch area at Ballyraine Football Club, including painting storage facilities and goal posts and other activities. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Letterkenny— Sorting various items received by De Ja Vu, a subsidiary of St. Vincent De Paul. 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Lower Main Street in Letterkenny.— Painting at the Rathmullan Day Care Centre. 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., 20 Carraigh Craobh in Letterkenny.— A tidy-up of the gardens and grounds of Donegal Hospice, Knocknamona. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Letterkenny. — Special Olympics “ROCKS,” a fun day of activities at the Northwest Special Olympics Northwest Special Olympics for athletes and their families. Includes games, karaoke, face painting and art. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., St Conal’s Hall, Town Park, Letterkeny.— Charity walk to raise funds for the Letterkenny Autism Family Support Group. 11:00 a.m. – 4 p.m., Ards Forest, Creeslough.— 12K Foyle Tri Bridge Fun Walk/Run to raise money to help Foyle Search & Rescue build an extension to their headquarters. Begins at 11 a.m. at Sainsbury’s Car Park in Derry.— A car wash to help Rashenny National School purchase equipment for a new classroom it is building. 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Rashenny National School, Clonmany. — Helping the Tidy Town Group paint rooms in the Ramelton Town Hall and fences outside the building. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Town Hall, Castle St., Ramelton.In addition, several other volunteers will spend Friday night cooking meals that will be delivered the next day to local residents who ordered boxed lunches to help OXFAM Ireland raise money to ease the East African food crisis.On Sunday, several Pramerica volunteers will take part in a benefit walk for the Irish Seal Sanctuary, a wild life charity dedicated protecting rescued marine wildlife. It will take place from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., beginning at the forest entrance of the sanctuary near the bridge outside Gweedore, to Money Beg along Lough Nacung, and ending at the Dunlewey Centre, Co Donegal.And on the following Saturday, 8 October, volunteers will participate in two additional Global Volunteer projects. From 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. that day, they will pack bags at New Dunnes Stores in the Forte Shopping Centre in Letterkenny to raise money to help Scoil Mhuire, Ramelton buy technical equipment such as computers, overhead projectors, photocopiers and whiteboards; and at the same time, other volunteers will paint and re-claim an overgrown car park area at Glenmornan Community Center at Glenmornan, Artigarvan, Strabane, Co. Tyrone, Artigarvan.Follow the happenings of this year’s event on Twitter by searching for #PruGVD2011.PRAMERICA STAFF GET READY FOR GLOBAL VOLUNTEER DAY was last modified: September 29th, 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:PRAMERICA STAFF GET READY FOR GLOBAL VOLUNTEER DAYlast_img read more

DONEGAL BROTHERS READY FOR THE PRESIDENTIAL SEAL OF APPROVAL

first_imgPresidential favourite Sean Gallagher has given two young Donegal brothers a commitment that he will use their pen to sign into the Aras – if her gets elected. Brothers Ronan and Conor Mc Garvey are the well-known as the owners of Donegal Pens.The Loughanure brothers met up with entrepreneur Gallagher at the Helix in Dublin yesterday at the RTE Radio presidential debate. Gallagher has been supportive of the Loughanure boys since they set up their enterprise over two years ago and has been in contact with them on several occasions.The boys were invited to meet the ‘Dragon’ and his wife Trish at the gig in Dublin on Saturday morning where the presidential hopeful gave them a commitment that he’d sign into Aras an Uachtarán using a Donegal pen if elected next Thursday.The brothers presented him with a bog oak pen made from wood from bog land at Inver, South Donegal.Mr Gallagher told the boys that he will pay a visit to their shed in the back garden at the earliest convenience, indicating that a presidential visit could be on the cards for the Gaeltacht village! Conor Mc Garvey, the youngest of the brothers, said the were delighted with Mr Gallagher’s recaction.“We have our pens all over the world. They are in the Dáil and now there’s one on its way to Aras an Uachtarán – we hope. Sean was very nice and delighted that the pens are doing so well for us.”The boys range of pen can be seen at www.donegalpens.comDONEGALDAILY.COM – FIRST WITH REAL-LIFE STORIES ACROSS DONEGAL!Ends DONEGAL BROTHERS READY FOR THE PRESIDENTIAL SEAL OF APPROVAL was last modified: October 22nd, 2011 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:DONEGAL PENSPRESIDENTsean gallagherlast_img read more

NO EVIDENCE FOR HARSH WINTER – INSISTS MET EIREANN

first_imgMET Eireann today hit out at long term forecasts for a harsh winter – insisting they are not accurate…because they can’t be.Forecaster Pat Clarke urged people to “keep a sense of perspective” when reporting the weather.“We have seen a number of articles predicting extreme weather for October but none of those have come to pass. We would urge the public to concentrate on the short range weather reports which are most accurate. October has been a mild month and despite the wet weather Ulster has experienced exceptionally mild weather,” he said. Mr Clarke insisted: “Despite this, articles forewarning of Arctic conditions have proved wide of the mark. While these may be on the way they cannot be predicted accurately so no one can say for sure.”A number of online weather sites – based mainly in the UK – have predicted heavy snow.So there you have it folks…..we MIGHT get harsh winter – and then again, we MIGHT not!Time will tell….. Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comNO EVIDENCE FOR HARSH WINTER – INSISTS MET EIREANN was last modified: October 28th, 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:donegal no showdonegal no snow!donegal snowdonegal weatherMet Eireannlast_img read more

LETTERKENNY STUDENT CELEBRATING AFTER SCORING MAXIMUM POINTS IN LEAVING CERT

first_imgA Letterkenny student is celebrating after scoring maximum points in her Leaving Certificate exams.Jane GormleyJane Gormley, a student at Loreto Convent, recorded an incredible seven A1s in higher level papers.Jane, from Lisnennan, is a daughter of Martin and Martina Gormley. Jane hopes to study actuary at UCD. LETTERKENNY STUDENT CELEBRATING AFTER SCORING MAXIMUM POINTS IN LEAVING CERT was last modified: August 14th, 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:Jane GormleyLeaving certlast_img read more

HIT-AND-RUN VICTIM NAMED: WOMAN’S HEARTACHE AS SHE FINDS HUSBAND’S BODY

first_imgA WOMAN who went to pick up her husband who was on a night out found his body at the side of a Co Donegal road – the victim of a hit-and-run driver.Jo McSherry found husband Alan dead on the roadside just outside Bundoran just after 5am on Sunday.Mr McSherry, who was 48, was walking the two miles from Bundroan to his home in the townland of Boyannagh when he was hit by a car. Gardai found car parts at the scene. It’s thought Mr McSherry had called home for a lift and his wife went to see if she could find him when she saw missed calls on her mobile phone.She found her husband less than a mile from their home.The couple moved to Leitrim from Merseyside around 15 years ago after visiting Bundoran in a camper van.The couple were well-known around Bundoran. Mrs McSherry had worked at the a local adventure centre whilst her husband did part-time maintenance work. He had been in the Bridge Bar, where he did some work, on Saturday night.The head of the traffic corps in Donegal Michael Harrison urged the driver of the car to come forward.Anyone with information should call Ballyshannon Garda station on 071 98 58530.  HIT-AND-RUN VICTIM NAMED: WOMAN’S HEARTACHE AS SHE FINDS HUSBAND’S BODY was last modified: August 26th, 2013 by John2Share 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:bundorangarda appealhit and runMcSherrymerseysidelast_img read more

RADIO STAR GEORGE ‘SWINGS’ INTO DONEGAL TO PLAY A ROUND!

first_imgHe has a good right hook but according to all reports in Donegal golfing circles he also has a great swing.George with Narin and Portnoo professional Daragh LyonsTV and radio presenter George Hook is holidaying in Donegal with wife Ingrid.And outspoken George proved nothing but a gentleman when he dropped into Narin and Portnoo Golf Club. Club professional Daragh Lyons took golf out on the course and said he was great fun and a mean golfer.Make sure you tell all those city folk how lovely Donegal is George!   RADIO STAR GEORGE ‘SWINGS’ INTO DONEGAL TO PLAY A ROUND! was last modified: August 26th, 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:Daragh LyonsGeroge HookgolfNarin and Portnoolast_img read more

WOMAN HURT AFTER TWO CAR SMASH

first_imgGardai and emergency services are at the scene of a two car crash near Newtowncunningham.The crash happened just before 6pm this evening.It is believed one woman was hurt in the crash which happened close to the turn-off for Colm Dillon Motors.  WOMAN HURT AFTER TWO CAR SMASH was last modified: October 8th, 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:crashNewtowncunninghamlast_img read more

CUT IN MOBILE ROAMING CHARGES WELCOME – PAT THE COPE

first_imgMEP Pat the Cope Gallagher has welcomed further efforts at an EU level to bring down the cost of mobile phone roaming charges.The move will affect many Donegal customers because of their close proximity to the border.Pat the Cope said today “Mobile and smart phone users can look forward to cheaper roaming costs from this summer as the European Parliament has finalised an agreement on the future of roaming for both the wholesale and the retail sector.” “Making a telephone call, sending a text message or consulting your emails whilst on holiday abroad in Europe will no longer cost a fortune.“The tariffs for mobile roaming within the European Union will substantially decrease in the next two years.”The new roaming charges will progressively go down and by July 2014, the aim is that roaming consumers will pay no more than 19 cents to make a call and 20 cents per megabyte of data.The cost of receiving a call will fall to 5 cents and sending a text to 6 cents. “Probably the most significant step forward for consumers in this Roaming regulation is the low cap on the roaming costs for data – from no caps on the costs per Megabyte so far to 0.70 EUR this summer and 0.20 EUR in 2014.”“From July this year, people will get a warning text message, email or pop-up window when they are nearing 50 Euros worth of data downloads.”The European Parliament will be voting on this decision in May and consumers travelling abroad can expect to receive lower bills from 01 July this year.”CUT IN MOBILE ROAMING CHARGES WELCOME – PAT THE COPE was last modified: March 29th, 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:MOBILE ROAMING CHARGESlast_img read more

DONE DEAL: SINN FEIN/LABOUR/FIANNA FAIL PACT TO TAKE ON FINE GAEL OVER HOUSEHOLD TAX

first_imgENOUGH county councillors will vote today to enforce a ban on Donegal County Council officials from using personal data to track down people who haven’t paid the Household Charge, a councillor is hoping.Sinn Fein’s Jack Murray managed to read out his motion a fortnight ago before Fine Gael Mayor Noel McBride could stop him.That has meant the motion is on the agenda for today’s county council meeting. Cllr Murray says he now has the support of the independent councillors including Michael McBride, Labour’s Frank McBrearty and many of the Fianna Fail representatives.This will set a legal precedent in Donegal – if passed – where council civil servants will not be able to use utility bills and family welfare details to track down the estimated 70% of people in this county who have not paid the charge.Cllr Murray said: “I have personally contacted every single councillor and I am confident that the emergency motion I put to the council two weeks ago will now be voted on and will be carried.“I am hoping that this will set a precedent for other councils throughout the state to follow suit.” Cllr McBrearty is set to defy the Labour Party and support the Sinn Fein motion, calling for a review of the charge so that those who can’t pay don’t have to. DONE DEAL: SINN FEIN/LABOUR/FIANNA FAIL PACT TO TAKE ON FINE GAEL OVER HOUSEHOLD TAX was last modified: April 16th, 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)last_img read more