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  • West Ham join Arsenal in chase for Celtic star

    first_imgWest Ham have entered the running to sign Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk.The former Holland Under-21 international has been strongly linked with a move to Arsenal when the transfer window re-opens in January as Arsene Wenger looks to ease his defensive problems.Arsenal came close to signing him on transfer deadline day during the summer but the move never materialised.Van Dijk has been one of the star performers for the Scottish champions and has also attracted interest from a number of clubs across Europe.But West Ham are also monitoring his progress and Sam Allardyce is keen to add another centre-half to his squad as speculation continues to surround the long-term future of Winston Reid, who is out of contract next summer.The two London clubs could be set for a bidding war in the New Year with Celtic reported to want at least £7m for Van Dijk’s signature. Virgil van Dijk 1last_img read more

  • France cruise past Iceland in Euro qualifying

    first_img0Shares0000Kylian Mbappe mesmerised Iceland from the start © AFP / Martin BUREAUPARIS, France, Mar 26 – Kylian Mbappe scored one and set up two more as France routed Iceland 4-0 at the Stade de France on Monday night to move to the top of Group H in Euro 2020 qualifying.The result gives France six points from their first two matches and puts them ahead Turkey, who also won 4-0 on Monday, on goal difference. “It was our objective to take six points but the manner was good as well,” France manager Didier Deschamps told the post-match press conference.Deschamps praised his team’s “offensive efficiency” against a “dense” Icelandic defence.“When the opponent plays very defensively it can be very difficult to find a way through so that was a good sign,” said Deschamps, although he acknowledged that Icelandic fatigue near the end played a role.He added that he was pleased that all three strikers – Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Oivier Giroud – scored.“They are the champions of the world and you saw that today,” acknowledged Iceland manager Erik Hamren. “Five shots on goal and they scored four. That’s top class”From the start Mbappe’s movement mesmerised the Icelanders, though his contribution to the opening goal after 11 minutes was straightforward.The visitors cleared a corner only as far as Benjamin Pavard. The right back switched the ball to Mbappe, alone on the left. The young star had time to aim his cross which Samuel Umititi met at the near post with a header that glanced off the inside of the far post and into the goal.Four minutes later, Giroud almost headed another, from a cross by Pavard, but Hannes Halldorsson leapt and stretched to palm the ball over.For the next 45 minutes, France, who have never lost to Iceland, gave the impression that they had slipped down a couple of gears and were content to take the long-range shooting opportunities the packed Iceland defence was allowing.Iceland meanwhile worked courageously and managed to force the occasional small threat.After 68 minutes, Iceland were again punished for failing to put distance on a clearance.France moved the ball to Pavard who swerved a cross in from the right that lured Halldorsson into a desperate dive for a ball he could not reach.– ‘Something different’ –Giroud kneed the ball into the empty net for his 35th France goal. That moved him into third on the all-time list of France scorers, breaking a tie with David Trezeguet. The Chelsea striker trails only Michel Platini, on 41, and Thierry Henry, the all-time leader on 51.“He’s not playing much for his club,” said Deschamps. “But he remains effective and brings something different to the other two strikers.”Gaps began to appear in the Iceland defence.“As long as its 1-0 we have a chance, but after 2-0 we had problems,” Hamren said.Mbappe added a third after 78 minutes. Griezmann slipped a pass between two defenders to the advancing Mbappe who shrugged off a timid challenge and slid the ball past Halldorson.Six minutes later, Mbappe returned the assist with a neat backheel that sent Griezmann scampering through the frozen Icelandic backline to poke the ball into the corner of the goal.“We’ve started well with two nice team performances” Paul Pogba told French broadcster M6. “We knew what we were up against. They are a team that doesn’t let in a lot of goals but today we did our job.”Pogba warned that the world champions are improving: “I think that we’ve made progress. We gained experience with the World Cup.”The defeat continued a miserable run for Iceland whose victory in Andorra on Friday was their only victory in a competitive match since November 2017.France’s next game is away to Turkey on June 8. On the same evening Iceland host Albania.“We’re not yet qualified and the next game against our friends the Turks will be hot,” Deschamps warned.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

  • Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool future revealed, according to the people who really matter

    first_img Liverpool FC news: Brendan Rodgers is under pressure 1 Liverpool’s 3-1 defeat at Manchester United sent the Reds down to ninth in the table, eight points behind runaway leaders Manchester City.The 18-times champions may only be three points behind second-placed United and third-placed Arsenal, but the tame manner of Liverpool’s defeat didn’t bode well.Brendan Rodgers is under intense pressure to deliver good results this season, following the disappointment of last year and plenty of investment in the squad over the summer.CHECK OUT HOW LIVERPOOL’S PLAYERS RATED AT MAN UNITED – AGREE WITH THESE?But crushing back-to-back defeats to United and West Ham have set back his attempts to re-establish Liverpool as a top four team, after taking seven points from the first three Premier League games of the new campaign.So, we are asking whether you think the Reds’ owners should continue to back Rodgers or cut their losses and sack him?last_img read more

  • Manchester City post profit for first time since’s Sheikh Mansour takeover

    first_img Sheikh Mansour Manchester City have made a profit for the first time since the club’s takeover by Sheikh Mansour in 2008 – and despite what the chairman describes as a “below par” season on the pitch.City made a £10.7million profit in the 2014-15 season despite failing to win a trophy – figures which highlight how the club have been able to free themselves of any UEFA financial fair play sanctions.The club reported record revenues of £351.8million, up from £347million, but significantly have cut costs including reducing the wage bill for a second successive year. The wage bill is down to £193.5million compared to £205million a year before – Manchester United’s is £203million and Arsenal’s is £192.2million. The most recent figures for Chelsea’s wage bill are £192.7million for the 2013-14 seasonCity hailed the profit as an “historical step” but chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said the lack of silverware last season remained a cause for disappointment, a statement which may serve as something of a warning to manager Manuel Pellegrini.Khaldoon said: “The fact that we consider last season to be below par for Manchester City is a testament to how far we have come in the last seven years. This is a level of ambition that we should not shirk or shy away from.“It is right to have high expectations for this great club and the talented group of players chosen to represent it.“No team can expect to win every year, but competing to win in England’s domestic competitions and improving our performance in the UEFA Champions League are entirely reasonable goals for Manchester City.“The desire for silverware has always been a critical element of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed’s strategy for the reinvigoration of Manchester City FC both on and off the pitch.“To put things in their simplest terms, we are now a profitable business with no debt and no outstanding restrictions.”Chief executive Ferran Soriano said the opening of the City Football Academy last December was a significant step and the expansion of the Etihad Stadium to a 55,000 capacity would generate more income.He added: “The 2014-15 season marked a historical step in Manchester City’s journey.”City’s financial results show the club are now competing with neighbours Manchester United off the pitch as well as on it. Overall revenue is in the same ball-park (£351.8million compared to United’s £395million), the wage bill is similar but City do not have to pay anything in debt repayments. 1last_img read more

  • THREE MEN ORDERED TO OBSERVE CURFEW AFTER COURT APPEARANCE

    first_imgThree Romanian men have been charged with having articles in their possession with intent to cause a crime.The men appeared at Letterkenny District Court yesterday where they were released on bail.The three men were ordered to reside at 38 Fairgreen, Long Lane, Letterkenny. They were also ordered to sign on once each day at Letterkenny Garda station and observe a nightly curfew.They were ordered to appear again at Buncrana District Court on May 9th.THREE MEN ORDERED TO OBSERVE CURFEW AFTER COURT APPEARANCE was last modified: April 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)last_img read more

  • MAN EXPECTED TO APPEAR IN COURT TODAY IN CONNECTION WITH GLENSWILLY SHOOTING

    first_imgA man is expected to appear before Letterkenny District Court today in connection with a shooting incident in Glenswilly on Saturday morning.The scene of the incident in Glenswilly in which a man was shot in the face while using a digger.The 46 year old was arrested at his home yesterday and taken to Milford Garda station for questioning. A 42 year old man is still receiving treatment at Galway University Hospital following the incident.The man was struck in the face and the shoulder when a shotgun was discharged at the scene of the incident at Ballykillna at around 10.30am.MAN EXPECTED TO APPEAR IN COURT TODAY IN CONNECTION WITH GLENSWILLY SHOOTING was last modified: January 6th, 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:arrestcourtGardaiglenswillyshootinglast_img read more

  • PORTSALON GOLF CLUB NOTES

    first_imgResultsThe winner of the Wednesday open played on 4th May was Chuck Mc Taggart who over the past number of weeks has been playing some excellent golf. Chuck playing off a 12 handicap returned 35 points to win on the break of tie from , Runner up Eugene Gallagher (19) 35 points, Gross Stephen Connolly (5) 27 points, 3rd Bernard Nash (17) 33 points . The CSS was 34 points. On Sunday the winner of the members competition was 15 handicapper Gareth Mc Larnon with 39 points, runner up Bernard Nash (17) 37 points, gross Eamon Mc Conigley (7) 31 points 3rd Barry Keeney (11) 37 points. The CSS was 35 points.Events On Saturday 14th May there is a gents open 18 hole stableford competition. On Sunday 15th May there is a members competition and on Wednesday 18th May there is an open gents 18 hole stableford competition A time sheet is in operation for all competitions at Portsalon Golf Club, contact 074 91 59459 for your tee time or go online at portsalongolfclub.comUlster FourballOn Sunday the Ulster competitions continue as Garret Horkin leads in team in the Ulster Fourball competitions. The visitors to Portsalon for this first round first leg match is Nuromore Golf Club Co MonaghanLadies Donegal Shield The Captain Donal Callaghan wishes to congratulate the Portsalon Ladies team on winning the Donegal Ladies Shield which was staged at Portsalon Golf club on Saturday last.Letterkenny Youth Club Fourball Better BallOne of the big fourball better ball competitions will be sataged at Portsalon Golf Club on Friday 13th as Paddy Delap will stage the Letterkenny Youth Club Fourball Betterball open competition. For further details contact Paddy Delap or Portsalon Golf club. A time sheet is in operation for all competitions at Portsalon golf club.Donegal Links ClassicA reminder that places on this years Donegal Links Classic are filling up rapidly. To avoid disappointment and to gain an entry into this magnificent golfing event contact Ballyliffen Golf Club on 074 9376119 Mixed FoursomesThe Portsalon mixed foursomes nine hole competition was held on Friday 6th May and the winners were Sarah Nicholl and D P Logue. There will be no mixed foursomes competition on Friday 13th May and the next event will be on Friday 20th May with a 5.45. p.m. tee off.Match Play.Entries are now been taken for the 2011 singles and doubles match play events. In order to have your name included in the dray for both events your entry fee must be paid at the time of entry. Pierce PurellThe Portsalon team in this season’s Pierce Purcell travelled to Newtonstewart Golf Club on Sunday last. Under the leadership of Tony Morrison the team were sixth overall and missed qualification by a slender margin. The team captain would like to express his thanks to the team who played on the day.Tee ReservedMembers should note that the first tee will be reserved on Sunday from 1.30 to 3 p.m and from 3.30 to 4.30.PlacingOur green keeper John Shields would like to inform all members and visitors that placing on fairways has ended.PORTSALON GOLF CLUB NOTES was last modified: May 10th, 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)last_img read more

  • Water district board members give themselves a pay increase

    first_imgUpper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District board members voted Tuesday to raise their pay for attending board meetings. Starting January, board members will be paid $200 per day, up from $162.90 per day, with a maximum of 10 paid days a month.The last time the district raised board members’ pay was in 1991, when they increased compensation from $100 to $162.90 . The increase makes the board’s pay just above average among area water districts, higher than Three Valleys Municipal Water District ($150 per meeting) but lower than Central Basin Municipal Water District ($207 per meeting). “We had the option to raise pay to $322 (according to the California Water Code), but we thought that was extravagant. It’s been 14 years since we raised our pay. We’ve been a very reasonable board, and don’t spend a great deal on travel or expenses, and just thought after 14 years, it was fair to raise it,” said board member Tony Fellow, a professor of communications at Cal State Fullerton. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The raise was approved 3-1 in favor of raising the pay, with board member Bill Robinson dissenting and board member Al Contreras absent. Robinson said he felt raising pay was unnecessary and a waste of money. “Do you need Representatives seeking to stuff as many of your tax dollars in their pockets as possible?” he said. The Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District serves nearly 1 million residents in 17 cities in the San Gabriel Valley. — Shirley Hsu can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2306, or by e-mail at shirley.hsu@sgvn.com. 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

  • Live updates: Raiders fall apart, beaten by Rams 33-13

    first_imgWATCH: Raiders coach Jon Gruden on their loss to the Rams. Get live updates, news and analysis from the Raiders’ season opener Monday at 7:20 p.m. when Jon Gruden officially begins his second run in Oakland when they face the Rams at the Coliseum.Get Raiders news in your inbox. Sign up now for the free Raiders HQ newsletter. The Monday Night Football game will also represent the Raiders’ first game since trading Khalil Mack to the Chicago Bears. Considering the …last_img

  • Investing in the Western Cape

    first_imgEconomic development in the Western Cape is characterised by a broad sector base, with good growth potential in several major sectors, a range of significant niche sectors and a number of large new investment projects.Cape Town International Airport in the Western Cape (Image: Brand South Africa)Rapidly decreasing communication cost levels mean the disadvantages of Cape Town’s distance of 1 500 kilometres south of the economic hub of Gauteng and several thousand kilometres from European, American and Asian centres is less and less significant.In line with worldwide trends, South Africa’s export-oriented industries tend to shift towards port cities and coastal industrial belts – the drop in import duties and the establishment of Saldanha Steel as a basis for Western Cape heavy industry add more momentum to this shift.The Western Cape has an open economy with foreign trade making up close to 30% of the gross regional product. The province’s exports have traditionally been dominated by primary products such as fruit, fish and vegetables, but with beneficiation adding increasingly higher value.Western Cape overviewWesgroWestern Cape governmentWestern Cape Provincial ParliamentWesgroWesgro is the official investment and trade promotion agency for the Western Cape, the first point of contact for foreign importers, local exporters and investors wanting to take advantage of the business potential of Cape Town and the province as a whole.The agency works closely with key players such as the South African government, business, labour, the City of Cape Town, district municipalities and rural local authorities. Its key objectives are:To market the economic potential, the advantages and investment opportunities of the Western Cape, both within South Africa and internationally.To maintain and increase economic momentum and confidence in the Western Cape.To gain recognition for the Western Cape as a dynamic development region.WesgroKey projectsIn the regional development of the Western Cape a number of large investment projects have lately played an important role in maintaining growth and employment momentum.Some major projects are currently in the process of implementation, with ample opportunities for further investments in each of these cases. These include the Cape Town International airport, Cape Town central station, jewellery emporium, Kudu Gas (Cape Power Project), perlemoen (abalone) project, Philippi east town centre, refrigerated container plant, Robben Island gateway centre, Roggebaai canal, Sandy Cove and the Zeconi optical fibre plant.TourismThe Western Cape’s beauty is unsurpassed and it is a top international tourist destination. Some 50% of international tourists arriving in South Africa visit the Western Cape, while the overall share of the region in South Africa’s tourism market is approximately 24% by gross expenditure.Estimates for the different components of the Western Cape’s 8-million annual tourists clearly show the dominance of local tourists – 46% from other provinces and 39% from inside the Western Cape – as compared to 14.3% foreign tourists. In the latter category, tourists from elsewhere in Africa have reached about half the number of foreign arrivals.The tourism industry is a major growth sector in terms of investment, employment and the diversification of services. Less directly, tourism stimulates the property market – especially prime residential and cluster projects – and strengthens business contacts, often are the forerunners of trade, joint ventures and immigration plans.Agriculture and fishingThe sheltered valleys between mountains are ideal for the cultivation of export-grade fruit such as apples, table grapes, olives, peaches and oranges. A variety of vegetables is cultivated in the eastern part of the Western Cape, while the wheat- growing Swartland and Overberg districts are the country’s breadbasket.The agricultural sector is critical for the Western Cape economy, accounting for 60% of regional exports. Since the 1990s the sector has steadily expanded, with only moderate fluctuations due to late winter rains, shifting world market prices and other unforeseeable factors related to specific product segments.South Africa’s 300-year-oldwine industry is based in the south of the province. The region produces 3.1% of the world’s wine and ranks as number nine in overall volume production, with 100 200 hectares under vines for wine production.Some 75% of all South African fishing taking place along the Western Cape coastline. The rich fishing grounds on the west coast are protected from exploitation by a 200km commercial fishing zone and a strict quota system. Snoek, Cape lobster, abalone, calamari, octopus, oysters and mussels are among the delicacies produced in these waters.Key exports are also fruit, wine, wool and ostrich. The high quality of exports, combined with the relative weakness of the local currency, makes the products some of the most affordable high quality exports in the world.ManufacturingIn the past the strength of Cape manufacturing largely depended on the performance of the food processing sector as well as clothing and textile industries. Several other segments made relatively small, yet significant contributions to the sector, like the petrochemical and plastics industry, furniture, printing and publishing.The establishment of the R9-billion Saldanha Steel Project (SSP) is expected to gradually expand the base of Western Cape industry, helping create downstream processing plants. The rise of information technology, telecommunications, medical and research equipment and other hi-tech processes will further broaden the industrial core of the Western Cape. The Capricorn Science and Industrial Park in the beach town of Muizenberg one of a number of catalysts.Financial servicesCape Town is the second largest financial centre in the country. The province has in the past relied largely on the insurance industry as the backbone of this sector.While this sector still expands, a stronger momentum seems to come from the establishment of new, specialised financial service suppliers in the area, either as branches of Gauteng head office, or as a shift of certain of the activities to the more attractive working environment of the Cape. This trend includes foreign firms, and new investment groups focusing on the local investment scene.Parallel to the steady expansion of financial services and retailing, dominated by the expansion of a few retail mega-centres, there is also a boom in professional, business, property and personal services. In particular the property services sector has experienced dramatic growth.Business process outsourcingA rapidly expanding sector showing good potential in the Western Cape in particular is business process outsourcing, which includes the processing of accounts and claims, as well as front office activities such as call centres. This growth is fuelled by world- class service levels of call centre staff, time-zone compatibility with Europe, high rates of fluency in English coupled with neutral English accents, a favourable exchange rate and an advanced telecommunications industry.Investment agency Calling the Cape has facilitated call centre deals in the Western Cape worth R933-million since the beginning of 2004, with investments in 2005 up by 19% over 2004. Some 79% of this investment originated from the UK, with companies from Canada, Germany, the Netherlands and the US also represented.Companies running call centres in the Western Cape include Barclays, JP Morgan, Lufthansa, the Budget Group, Merchants/Asda, Dialogue and STA Travel.Research published in November 2004 by independent analysts Datamonitor predicted that South African call centre numbers would double by 2008 – and rated Cape Town ahead of India for quality of service.Brand South Africa reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more