Month: December 2019

  • Barca players let Pedro know what they think of him after Chelsea move

    first_img Pedro and Lionel Messi during their Barcelona playing days Pedro will be missed at Barcelona.Having made the move from Spain to England where he has joined Chelsea, the forward received some kind words from his former team-mates.VIDEO: BARCELONA’S TRIBUTE TO PEDROLionel Messi, on Facebook, said: “We’ve shared really great moments together over the years. Good luck in this new chapter of your life, Pedro!”Here, talkSPORT looked at some other tweets, Facebook and Instagram posts. 1last_img read more

  • Reus to join Klopp at Liverpool? Nine Bundesliga stars the next Reds boss could take to Anfield

    first_img 2. Stefan Bell (Mainz) – The giant German centre-back could be an ideal replacement should Liverpool choose to ditch one of their underperforming defenders. His imposing 6ft 4in frame makes him exceptional at stopping high balls into the box and makes him a threat at set-pieces. He’s not perfect but he will be a cheaper alternative to add depth to the Reds under their new boss. 9 6. Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund) – If Liverpool are to raid the Schwarzengelben for one player, the Anfield faithful will hope it’s for the Germany forward. The Reds have long been linked with the 26-year-old but, despite their pleas on Twitter, they have been unable to procure the talented, if slightly injury-prone star. He’s not been anywhere near his best this season but with team-mates Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang performing he’s not had too much pressure on his shoulders. 7. Leroy Sane (Schalke) – Under Roberto Di Matteo, the Royal Blues weren’t exactly known for their entertaining displays but the Italian did promote Sane to their first-team, which saw him make an incredible impact in their 4-3 Champions League round of 16 second leg victory over Real Madrid, scoring and getting an assist after coming on as a substitute. He’s since scored a sensational solo goal, following a 75-yard run, against Wolfsburg. Liverpool reportedly made an offer for the player in the summer, which was snubbed by the club and the player, but the chance to play for Klopp could change that. 9 9 9 9 5. Granit Xhaka (Borussia Moenchengladbach) – Out of Switzerland’s current collection of stars, Xherdan Shaqiri is the headline maker, but midfield star Xhaka is making a real name for himself in the Bundesliga. He’s feisty and physical but also a commendable ball-player and will be a great addition should Klopp convince him to sign for the Reds. He signed a new deal last winter but has also had interest from Bayern Munich, which is intriguing bearing in mind he has been compared to Bastian Schweinsteiger. 8. Wendell (Bayer Leverkusen) – The Brazilian left-back has been a hit at the BayArena since joining in 2014 and would be a good addition for the Reds given they pushed starlet Joe Gomez into the role earlier in the season, despite it not being in his favoured position. He’s got good character too and remains humble, celebrating his first Leverkusen goal with their long-serving ‘Shoe Pope’ Harald Wohner, who is seen a father figure for many of the club’s players. 9 1. Maximilian Arnold (Wolfsburg) – Still only 21, central midfield is now seeing a lot less game time in the Bundesliga with Joshua Guilavogui and Luis Gustavo mopping up in the middle. He broke the records for both youngest player to feature for Wolfsburg and was the youngest to score for the club. He’s a versatile player capable of playing in a deep-lying role, as well as in attacking position. Watch out for his left-foot too, he’s can strike a ball incredibly well and likes to chip in with the odd goal. 9 4. Daniel Didavi (Stuttgart) – If Liverpool want to go with a ‘moneyball’ approach, it might be worth them keeping an eye on the 25-year-old’s fitness over the coming months. The midfielder has talent but saw his career stalled by injuries after a breakout loan spell with Nurnberg in 2012. Last year he managed four goals in just 11 appearances, while this year he’s started seven games, managing to score twice and assist on three occasions, despite the team struggling at the bottom of the Bundesliga. With Liverpool looking set to name Jurgen Klopp as their new manager in the coming days there is a good chances he’ll be making new signings in January.Reds legend John Barnes claimed their current squad needs investment to win the Premier League title, despite Brendan Rodgers splashing £78.4million on new signings in the summer.So, ex-Borussia Dortmund boss Klopp might have to make every penny count when it comes to his transfer business, and this could lead him right back to Germany, where he will have an extensive knowledge of available players.But who could the charismatic boss bring in? talkSPORT takes a look.Click the right arrow above to see which Bundesliga stars Liverpool could sign in January… 9 3. Jannik Vestergaard (Werder Bremen) – Liverpool will always have a special place for one Danish centre-back in Daniel Agger, but they could have another should Klopp decide to launch a bid for 23-year-old Vestergaard. The ex-Hoffenheim star is excelling once again this season and is a gargantuan 6ft 6in, but he’s not just a big lump. He’s got quick feet and while he prefers the no-nonsense approach, he’s more than able to play the ball to feet. Newcastle were linked with a £7m move for him in the summer. 9 9. Timo Horn (Cologne) – Simon Mignolet has been pretty decent since Brendan Rodgers unceremoniously dropped him but Klopp still may consider bringing in his own man. If so, Horn, could fit the bill. He’s not the most acrobatic but he is brave and fairly quick off his line. He’s less erratic than other German stoppers like Loris Karius, who has been linked with Arsenal and Aston Villa recently.last_img read more

  • Poll: Salford City or Sal-bored City?

    first_img1 With so much focus on the minnows’ meteoric rise and FA Cup exploits, are you bored of all the hysteria? Drive want to know… Gary Neville is heavily involved behind the scenes at Salford City last_img

  • STOKE BLOW! Key man ruled out of Liverpool clash

    first_img Ryan Shawcross 1 Stoke boss Mark Hughes has revealed captain Ryan Shawcross is facing up to four weeks on the sidelines.The defender came off in the first half of Saturday’s 3-0  defeat to Premier League leaders Leicester, and Potters boss Hughes has confirmed he suffered soft muscle damage.It means he will miss Tuesday’s League Cup semi-final second leg against Liverpool at Anfield.Giving an update on the centre-back Hughes told a press conference: “Thankfully it is not a recurrence of the back injury which required surgery [over the summer] so that is a positive.“Unfortunately, the negative is that he has soft muscle damage and at the moment it is looking like it will probably be three to four weeks I would think.”Since Shawcross made his return in October from a back operation, Stoke have lost only five times in all competitions.Hughes added: “It is a blow to us because since Ryan came back into the team, we’ve been on a good run.“It was certainly detrimental to our performance on Saturday.”last_img read more

  • Autism cases skyrocket as special-ed programs root out problems

    first_imgATLANTA – A few decades ago, people probably would have said kids like Ryan Massey and Eddie Scheuplein were just odd. Or difficult. Both boys are bright. But Ryan, 11, is hyper and prone to angry outbursts, sometimes trying to strangle another kid in his class who annoys him. Eddie, 7, has a strange habit of sticking his shirt in his mouth and sucking on it. Both were diagnosed with a form of autism. And it’s partly because of children like them that autism appears to be skyrocketing: In the latest estimate, as many as one in 150 children have some form of this disorder. Groups advocating more research money call autism “the fastest-growing developmental disability in the United States.” Indeed, doctors are concerned there are even more cases out there, unrecognized: The American Academy of Pediatrics last week stressed the importance of screening every kid – twice – for autism by age 2. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre But many experts believe these unsociable behaviors were just about as common 30 or 40 years ago. The recent explosion of cases appears to be mostly caused by a surge in special education services for autistic children, and by a corresponding shift in what doctors call autism. Autism has always been diagnosed by making judgments about a child’s behavior; there are no blood or biologic tests. For decades, the diagnosis was given only to kids with severe language and social impairments and unusual, repetitious behaviors. Many children with severe autism hit themselves or others, don’t speak and don’t make eye contact. Blake Dees, a 19-year-old from Suwanee, Ga., falls into that group. For the past eight years, he has been in a day program with intense services, but he still doesn’t talk, he’s not toilet-trained, and he has a history of trying to eat anything – even broken glass. But he’s not a typical case. In the 1990s, the autism umbrella expanded, and autism is now shorthand for a group of milder, related conditions, known as “autism spectrum disorders.” The spectrum includes Asperger’s syndrome and something called PDD-NOS (for Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified). Some support groups report more than half of their families fall into these categories, but there is no commonly accepted scientific breakdown. Gradually, there have been changes in parents’ own perception of autism, the autism services schools provide, and the care that insurers pay for, experts say. Eddie, of Buford, Ga., was initially diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and other conditions. But the services he got in school were not very helpful. His mother, Michelle, said a diagnosis of autism brought occupational therapy and other, better services. “I do have to admit I almost like the idea of having the autistic label, at least over the other labels, because there’s more help out there for you,” said Scheuplein. “The truth is there’s a powerful incentive for physicians and schools to classify children in a way that gets services,” said Dr. Edwin Trevathan of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many with Asperger’s and PDD-NOS succeed in school and do not – at first glance – have much in common with children like Blake Dees. At a recent gathering of families with Asperger’s children in the Atlanta area, parents told almost comical stories about kids who frequently pick their noses, douse food in ketchup or wear the same shirt day after day. Such a frank, humorous exchange was once a rarity. Doctors for many years believed in the “refrigerator mom” theory, which held that autism was the result of being raised by a cold, unloving mother. The theory became discredited, but was difficult to dislodge from the popular conscience. Even in the early 1980s, some parents were more comfortable with a diagnosis of mental retardation than autism, said Trevathan, director of the CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. Today, parents are more likely to cringe at a diagnosis of mental retardation, which is sometimes equated to a feeble-mindedness and may obscure a child’s potential. And increasingly, professionals frown at the term: The special education journal Mental Retardation this year changed its name to Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities. The editor said that “mentally retarded” is becoming passe and demeaning, much like the terms idiot, imbecile and moron – once used by doctors to describe varying degrees of mental retardation. In contrast, autism has become culturally acceptable – and a ticket to a larger range of school services and accommodations. In 1990, Congress added the word “autism” as a separate disability category to a federal law that guarantees special education services, and Education Department regulations have included a separate definition of autism since 1992. Before that, children with autism were counted under other disabling conditions, such as mental retardation, said Jim Bradshaw, an education department spokesman. The Social Security Administration also broadened its definition of disability to include spectrum disorders, like Asperger’s. Something else changed: The development of new stimulants and other medicines may have encouraged doctors to make diagnoses with the idea of treating them with these drugs. Perception of the size of the problem changed, too. Fourteen years ago, only 1 in 10,000 children were diagnosed with it. Prevalence estimates gradually rose to the current government estimate of one in 150. That increase has been mirrored in school districts. Gwinnett County Public Schools – Georgia’s largest school system – had eight classrooms for teaching autistic youngsters 13 years ago; today there are 180. Some researchers suggest that as autism spectrum diagnoses have gone up, diagnoses of mild mental retardation have fallen. U.S. Department of Education data show that the number of students with autism rose steadily, from about 42,500 in 1997 to nearly 225,000 in 2006. Meanwhile, the number of students counted as mentally retarded declined from about 603,000 to about 523,000. CDC scientists believe education numbers are misleading, because they reflect only how kids are categorized for services. They say there’s no clear evidence doctors are substituting one diagnosis for the other. Some parents believe environmental factors – ranging from a preservative in vaccines to contaminants in food or water – may be important contributors. (The last doses of early childhood vaccines containing the preservative thimerosal expired in 2002, although some children’s flu shots still contain it.) Dr. Gary Goldstein, scientific adviser to the national advocacy group Autism Speaks, said the explanation for the rising autism prevalence is probably complex. Labeling and diagnosing probably play a role, as do genetics, but he believes the increase surpasses those two explanations. “I’m seeing more children with autism than I ever would have expected to see,” said Goldstein, who is chief executive of the Kennedy Krieger Institute, a treatment center for pediatric developmental disabilities in Baltimore. Autism Speaks budgets more than $4 million each year to research the causes of autism, and about 90 percent of that has gone to genetics research. But organization officials recently have been talking about changing that mix, and spending as much as 50 percent of that money on potential environmental triggers, Goldstein 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


    first_imgA well-known Letterkenny hotel has been purchased by a business group from the Middle East.Gallagher’s HotelThe group who purchased Gallagher’s Hotel  have now appointed the McGettigan Management group to run the hotel for the foreseeable future.The 82 bedroom hotel, which has five function rooms, is the first hotel to be sold in Ireland in 2015. It was previously run by receivers KPMG and it was sold on their instructions.There was no disclosure on the price of the hotel.   WELL-KNOWN LETTERKENNY HOTEL IS FIRST SOLD IN 2015 was last modified: January 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:GALLAGHER’S HOTELletterkennysoldlast_img read more

  • Piers Morgan: If Wenger carries on, his Arsenal legacy will be destroyed!

    first_img 1 As much as journalist Morgan would like to see the Frenchman’s reign at the club come to an end, he believes they have missed the opportunity to replace him with a high-quality manager on a number of occasions.He continued: “I came on your show and said Jurgen Klopp would be brilliant for us – we can see how brilliant that guy is now at Liverpool. He will transform them.“[Pep] Guardiola – I was told on good authority – wanted to come to Arsenal with Thierry Henry as his number two but Wenger refused to move aside. So we’ve had great managers available, but we’ve decided no!”With the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City falling off the pace in their bid for the Premier League trophy this season, it appeared to be Arsenal’s year going into 2016. With Mesut Ozil racking up assists, Alexis Sanchez and Giroud firing, it looked like the Gunners could actually end their title exile.“This HAD to be our season and what happened? We got beat by Leicester and Tottenham.“I just don’t see how any self-respecting Arsenal fan can defend Wenger for any longer. Who’s going to make him go? He’s got no intention of leaving, he’s [pocketing] £8m-a-year to come third or fourth for 12 consecutive years, and to be kicked out of the Champions League last 16 stage now for six consecutive years.“Stan Kroenke, our billionaire owner, lives in Los Angeles where he’s formed an NFL franchise and he’s completely pre-occupied with that.  He has no record of winning things with other sports franchises – he’s quite happy for Arsenal to continue to fail and qualify for Champions League football. We are now trapped in this kind of Groundhog Day hell that has no end!“The only way it ends for me is if Wenger – a man I’ve always respected – looks in the mirror and says to himself ‘is what I’m doing now to the benefit of Arsenal Football Club or to the benefit of my wallet and to Arsene FC?’ – which is what I think Wenger for years has mistakenly thought this club is.“If he does that and falls on his sword, I will have great respect for him.“If he limps on for another season, [with] another contract, I think his legacy will be destroyed.” Arsene Wenger will destroy his legacy if he does not walk away from Arsenal this summer, according to Piers Morgan.The high-profile Gunners fan joined Drivetime to discuss another disappointing season for the north Londoners, amplified by the success stories of Leicester City and neighbours Tottenham.A poor run of form in 2016 has seen Arsenal falter in their bid to win their first Premier League title since 2004, while they were eliminated from the Champions League at the last 16 stage for the sixth successive season. And then they missed the chance to win the FA Cup for a third year in a row with defeat against Watford.Protests have taken place at the Emirates, with a growing amount of fans believing it is time for change.The victory over West Brom last week showed a sparse home crowd, possibly due to the scheduling of the game, but reportedly down to fans’ frustrations. And Sunday’s goalless draw at Sunderland – where they were fortunate to leave the Stadium of Light with a point – highlighted further problems throughout the team.Morgan told Drivetime: “I’ve had to deal with Arsenal fans telling me I’m an idiot, that Wenger’s a genius, that [Olivier] Giroud’s the best striker in the world and here we are – same old, same old!“Whether it’s Leicester or Tottenham who end up champions, where does that leave every excuse that Arsene Wenger’s given us for ten years at Arsenal, for why we have failed to win the Premier League and Champions League?“What about all those excuses – the stadium, the money, the fact Chelsea, United and these other teams have wealthy owners, ignoring the fact we have one, and so on?“Every excuse we have had for the last decade has now been blown apart because we have two teams [above us] who don’t have superstars, don’t have buckets of cash, don’t have fancy new stadiums. What they have is unbelievable team spirit, brilliant desire, great hunger and a will to win.“I haven’t seen that in Arsenal’s team now for the last decade.“Put aside everything else. Rebuilding for a decade – he’s now built for the future and it’s failed. So he HAS TO GO!”last_img read more

  • Gates uses tact with NATO on beefing up Afghan force

    first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champGates has been pressing for months – without success so far – to get 16 more helicopters into southern Afghanistan to relieve a U.S. helicopter unit that will be leaving soon. He also has pressed to fill other needs, including 3,500 NATO trainers for the Afghan police as well as a minimum of three battalions of ground troops. EDINBURGH, Scotland – The Bush administration has decided to tone down its appeals to NATO allies for more troops and other aid in the fight against the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Friday. After two days of talks here with his counterparts from Britain, Canada and five other NATO countries whose troops are doing the bulk of the fighting in Afghanistan’s violent south, Gates said he would continue making the case for greater allied military assistance. But he said he would be doing it differently, keeping in mind the “political realities” faced by some European governments whose people may see less reason to intervene in Afghanistan. “We’re going to try to look at this more creatively than perhaps we have done in the past when we basically have just been hammering on (allied governments) to provide more,” Gates said in a post-meeting interview. last_img read more

  • Job Vacancy: Donegal Framing Company seeks Financial Accountant

    first_imgEssential CriteriaMinimum of 2 years’ experience in industryACA, ACCA or CIMA qualificationExcellent problem solving skillsExcellent communication skillsGood computer skills including a good working knowledge of Excel is requiredStrong reporting skillsAbility to multi-taskAbility to work under pressure and be resilientResults-DrivenDesirable CriteriaAccounting experience in the manufacturing industry would be an advantage.To apply for this position, please send a CV and cover letter outlining how you meet the essential and desirable criteria to [email protected] or via post to Recruitment Department, The Innovation Centre, Northern Ireland Science Park, Bay Road, Derry~Londonderry BT48 7TG; clearly outlining how you meet the criteria before Friday, April 21st, 2017 at 5.00pm.Job Vacancy: Donegal Framing Company seeks Financial Accountant was last modified: April 10th, 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) Tags:AccountantbuncranadonegalFrames Directjob Frames Direct Ltd has been supplying quality windows and doors for over 30 years in the Irish market; initially in aluminium and moving into uPVC as the market demands changed.Based in a modern spacious plant in Buncrana, Co Donegal; Frames Direct has a history of continuous product improvement and constant innovation coupled with investment in the most modern and up to date plant and machinery.Frames Direct is now seeking to recruit a Financial Accountant. We are currently recruiting for a dynamic person to join our existing and successful team.This role will support the current Finance team which provides financial support for the day to day operations. The successful candidate will supplement the existing cohesive team to provide the necessary financial support for both day to day operations and project work.Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:Complete the monthly period end close processPreparing financial reports and accounting for group companies.Income and expenditure analysis and reporting.Preparing of Year end audits files and liaising with auditorsBudgeting and Expenditure Control.Delivering internal and external reporting within fixed timeframes.Bank account reconciliations.Preparation of VAT returns for both Irish and UK companiesPrepare financial reporting for the Managing DirectorControl purchasing process (Briefing Letters and PO’s)Prepare in-depth financial analysisConsolidate reporting and ensure consistency in numbers reportedSupport other finance work and project assignments as required within the Company last_img read more


    first_imgResidents of a West Donegal village have threatened to block off their road if roadworks are not completed on it.Residents of Annagry say they have been waiting months for a resurface of the Glen Road which is littered with potholes.Work was scheduled to start on the stretch of road this week but workmen who arrived in the area moved to a different location closer to Loughanure. Residents say they do not know why the workmen moved to Loughnaure which is a less urgent job.They told Donegal Daily they tried to contact Donegal County Council by phone but nobody returned their calls.Locals have held a meeting to discuss the matter and will meet again next week if the work is not completed.“The locals are hoping to have answers to their questions and the engineer in question there too or the Glen Road will be closed until the answers are given to the outraged locals,” said a spokesman.    RESIDENTS THREATEN TO BLOCK ROAD AFTER COUNCIL FAIL TO RESURFACE IT was last modified: July 28th, 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)last_img read more