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Walcott to leave Arsenal? The players who could replace the England international

first_img 4. Saido Mane – Senegalese star to swap south-coast for North London? – Click the arrow to see other potential targets – Reports suggest Wenger is a big fan of the 22-year-old, who has impressed in his debut season in the Premier League. The Saints would be reluctant to let the Senegalese leave, especially after he only joined the south-coast club last September from Red Bull Salzburg, but the lure of the Emirates could prove too much if a move was to materialise. 5 2. Raheem Sterling – England star to swap Anfield for Emirates? – Click the arrow to see other potential targets – Former Gunners academy boss Liam Brady revealed last summer that he decided against signing Sterling as a youngster. The England international, who starred at the World Cup, was expected to join the Gunners in 2010 before Liverpool made their move. Sterling has since excelled for both club and country but talks over a new deal – his current contract runs until 2017 – have stalled at Anfield and the Gunners could opt for a sensational swoop. The Reds would be very reluctant to see the 20-year-old leave but Arsenal could potentially use Walcott, who is thought to be on Brendan Rodgers’ radar, as bait in any transfer. 5 5 5 Arsenal and England forward Theo Walcott took to Twitter this week to set the record straight over reports of a falling out with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, which he vehemently denies.However, that hasn’t stopped speculation surrounding the 26-year-old’s future at the Emirates and there is a real possibility that the former Southampton man will not extend his contract beyond it’s current duration to the summer of 2016.If Arsenal and Walcott fail to agree a new deal – with the Englishman thought to want in excess of £100,000-a-week and more playing minutes – then the Gunners could opt to sell the forward this summer to ensure he doesn’t leave on for free 12 months later.Should that happen, a replacement will needed. Who will that be? talkSPORT take a look…Click the arrow on the right to see the players who could replace Theo Walcott if he was to leave the Emirates and let us know your thoughts by leaving a comment below… 5 3. Miralem Pjanic – From Roma with love? – Click the arrow to see other potential targets – The Bosnia and Herzegovina international was close to joining Wenger’s side from Lyon for £9.5m on transfer deadline day in 2011, the same day Mikel Arteta and Per Mertesacker signed for the Gunners. Pjanic is one of Roma’s leading players but reports suggest he his ready to quit the Serie A club. Liverpool are among a host of sides keen on the midfielder, but if the Reds fail to qualify for the Champions League, Wenger could use the carrot of Europe’s elite club competition if the Gunners finish in the top four. 1. Marco Reus – German ace to make move to the Premier League? – Reus has emerged as the leading contender to replace Walcott at the Emirates. The Borussia Dortmund player has long been on the radar of Europe’s top clubs and with his club languishing in the wrong half of the Bundesliga table this season and likely to miss out on European qualification for the following campaign, the Germany international could be convinced now is the time to move. Reus only recently penned an extension to 2019 at the Westfalenstadion, removing his €20m release clause, and that could prove a sticking point in any move. 5. Karim Bellarabi – Leverkusen sensation to move the Premier League? – Click the arrow to see other potential targets – The Germany international has been one of the stars of the Bundesliga season, and Manchester United have been linked to the forward. Bellarabi is an out-and-out winger, direct in his running and with an eye for goal. The 24-year-old has scored 10 goals in the Bundesliga this season. last_img read more

SALE OF DONEGAL CREAMERIES GIVEN GO-AHEAD

first_imgSLIGO-BASED Connacht Gold has been give the go-ahead to buy Donegal Creameries milk and retail stores businesses.The takeover – first revealed on donegaldaily.com – was passed by the Competition Authority.The authority said it had taken account of the views of customers of both entities as well as the views of the Irish Farmers Association about the competitive impact of the acquisition on farmers in the northwest. Connacht Gold confirmed the €21 million deal on October 31st – several weeks after we revealed talks.Donegal Creameries will now focus on its seed potato and niche dairy products division It also has an animal feed business and property portfoilio.© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.  Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything FOR FREE on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.com  SALE OF DONEGAL CREAMERIES GIVEN GO-AHEAD was last modified: January 11th, 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:connacht goldDonegal Creameriesdonegaldaily.comtakeoverlast_img read more

State: Many will fail to pass

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – Although the state has released estimates of how many seniors passed last week’s high school exit exam, it will be at least two months before students learn their official test results. Letters should arrive at home in late May, about the time when graduation ceremonies are gearing up at California’s public high schools, and most seniors are anticipating the end of their high school careers. But about 11 percent of the Class of 2006, largely poor and minority students, won’t receive their diplomas in June because they haven’t passed one or both parts of the test, according to figures released by the state Department of Education. An estimated 20 percent of California’s African-American students, 31 percent of second-language learners and 18 percent of economically disadvantaged students have yet to pass the whole test, according to state officials. In comparison, about 94 percent of white students have passed the exam. “These new numbers shine a harsh light on an achievement gap that we must address,” said Jack O’Connell, state superintendent of public instruction, in a news release. “We need to work together to find successful interventions for these groups of students because these gaps are unacceptable.” Starting with the Class of 2006, high school students are required by law to pass the two-part English and math test. Passing scores are 55 percent in math and 60 percent in English. Last week, sophomores took the two-day test for the first time, and juniors and seniors who’ve failed one or both parts of the exam returned for another try. High school students have six tries to pass the test. Although nearly 90 percent of students in the William S. Hart Union High School District pass the exam as sophomores, those who don’t pass usually get stumped on the essay or with algebra questions, said Vicki Engbrecht, director of curriculum. “Some of the students have the skills to pass but become very anxious when they know that graduation is hinging on passing one particular test,” she said. About 200 Hart District seniors have yet to pass the test, with nearly one-half of them special-education students who may be exempt from it this year. The rest are largely second-language learners who are waiting for their results from last week’s test. The state leaves it up to each school district to create policies concerning seniors who don’t pass the exam before graduation time comes. At the Hart District, those who don’t obtain passing scores by June can still sport a cap and gown and participate in the Hart District’s graduation ceremonies as long as they’ve completed all other graduation requirements. Instead of diplomas, those students will receive certificates of completion, Engbrecht said. This year, Golden Oak Adult School created a new prep state-approved course for students who’ve completed all graduation requirements but haven’t yet passed the exit exam. The class begins in the fall and folds in students preparing for the General Equivalency Diploma test, said Principal Lynda Rick. All California adult schools are expected by the state to create similar prep courses to help these fifth-year seniors. The influx of 18- and 19-year-olds will change the student body at adult schools, which for years have traditionally included older students who want to finish high school. “Normally a student who doesn’t graduate or drops out experiences life on their own and decides to come back later,” Rick said. “But this will put more people at our doorstep.” Sue Doyle, (661) 257-5254 sue.doyle@dailynews.com AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want 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

LATEST BURGLARY SUSPECTS RELEASED ON BAIL

first_imgSweeney runs from court after being released on bailA man and a woman have appeared in court charged in connection with a burglary in Moville last weekend.Ciaran Breslin and Caoimhe Sweeney, were brought to Letterkenny District Court in handcuffs this morning. Both are charged with breaking and entering and also causing criminal damage.Both were arrested last Sunday morning and taken to Buncrana Garda station.Judge Paul agreed to release the pair on bail but imposed a number of strict conditions.They have been ordered to sign on at Moville Garda stations three times a week, remain sober, not to interfere with witnesses and to provide Gardai with contact mobile phone numbers.Sweeney’s address was given as 50 Foyle View Crescent, Moville while Breslin’s address was 40 Gulladuff, Moville.Both were released on their own bonds of €250 each.LATEST BURGLARY SUSPECTS RELEASED ON BAIL was last modified: January 21st, 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:burglaryCaoimhe SweeneyCiaran Breslinmovillelast_img read more

LARKIN TO BE ANNOUNCED AS MAYOR OF LETTERKENNY

first_imgLetterkenny born and bred – and now Letterkenny man Dessie Larkin is to become the town’s new Mayor.The Fianna Fail town councillor and county councillor is to become Letterkenny’s first citizen tomorrow night.The announcement is expected to be made under a power-sharing agreement with the various political parties. Cllr Larkin’s father James was also a well-known and highly-respected member of Letterkenny Urban District Council for many years.All the parties including Sinn Fein and Fine Gael are expected to endorse the proposal which will be made by Cllr Ciaran Brogan.The only outstanding matter is who will become Deputy Mayor with both Cllr Victor Fisher and Cllr Ciaran Brogan in line for the post.  LARKIN TO BE ANNOUNCED AS MAYOR OF LETTERKENNY was last modified: June 26th, 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:Cllr Dessie LarkinMayor of Letterkennylast_img read more

BELIEVE: DONEGAL’S NEW DAY OF DOUBLE DESTINY IN CLONES

first_imgIt’s time to Believe againMOST people thought last year was just a blip for Donegal – a post-All-Ireland hangover which would soon wear off.A new year, some new faces, a new training regime and a new back room team and Jim McGuinness is daring to take Donegal to a new 2014 glory.And there could be no better stage than today, in Clones, against the side which de-throned Donegal as Ulster Champions a year ago. No better stage as the county goes for a double – Declan Bonner’s young charges heading into an Ulster Minor Final (2pm).There has been a lot of hot air in the past few days; one reporter compared Jim McGuinness to Sir Matt Busby!!! Another said Monaghan were red-hot favourites to wipe out Donegal today.But there will only be cool heads in the Donegal camp as Jim McGuinness prepares his side for today’s encounter and another tilt at bringing the Anglo-Celt back over the bridge in Pettigo tonight.Captain Michael Murphy says he hasn’t gotten over defeat to Monaghan last year. “You never do, but you do learn from it,” he says ahead of today’s clash.“It has all got to do with results, everyone looks back at last year and it was patchy, we got relegated and the doubters were out.”Jim McGuinness’s line-up announced on Friday is unlikely to be the same at throw-in today (4pm).Whatever side he chooses, it’s clear he has a united squad behind him which is starting to believe again.Believe. It could be another very special day for Donegal. And it would be so extra special if Declan Bonner’s side can overcome Armagh in the Minors….there could be two trophies going into Pettigo tonight….DONEGAL: Paul Durcan; Eamonn McGee, Neil McGee, Ryan McHugh; Anthony Thompson, Frank McGlynn, Paddy McGrath; Martin McElhinney, Christy Toye; Rory Kavanagh, Leo McLoone, Odhran MacNiallais; Patrick McBrearty, Michael Murphy (Capt), Colm McFadden.MONAGHAN: Rory Beggan; Ryan Wylie, Drew Wylie, Colin Walshe; Dessie Mone, Vincent Corey, Fintan Kelly; Dick Clerkin, Darren Hughes; Paudie McKenna, Stephen Gollogly, Paul Finlay; Dermot Malone, Kieran Hughes, Conor McManus (Capt)BELIEVE: DONEGAL’S NEW DAY OF DOUBLE DESTINY IN CLONES was last modified: July 19th, 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:armaghClonesdonegalGAAMinorsMonaghanUlster Finallast_img read more

Gee, tanks for all the help, Britney

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “I feel the correct thing to do is remove this item from the auction because I don’t want any of you to feel misled,” she said. It was the second time the bra had been removed from the auction. Earlier, an eBay staffer pulled it because it violated the Web site’s policy of not selling used undergarments. The decision was reversed, though, because the bra fit under the category of memorabilia. The auction otherwise concluded with a “I Have the Golden Ticket” tank top going for $1,200, her ottoman selling for $510, her Chanel high heels for $770, her two-piece sectional sofa for $3,050 and her red-tab jeans for $4,001. Britney Spears stripped her charity auction of a jewel-encrusted bra, but still raised thousands of dollars for hurricane relief efforts. Spears auctioned dozens of personal items on eBay, with proceeds going to The Britney Spears Foundation to benefit the Mississippi Hurricane Recovery Fund. On Saturday, she posted a message on her Web site saying she was “concerned that some of you might be confusing this bra with something that it’s not.” The 23-year-old pop star said she wore the white stone bra – bids had risen to over $47,000 on the auction Web site – during her HBO special – but not during her performance of “… Baby One More Time.” 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

WESTERN REGION DRUGS TASK FORCE NOTIFICATION: IMPORTANT PUBLIC NOTICE

first_imgWestern Region Drugs Task Force NotificationRecent reports concerning Ecstasy type substances.Points of Information : 26th May 2014 In recent weeks press reports have appeared concerning a range of ‘Ecstasy type’ substances. There has been a number of hospitalisations and fatalities linked to their use. These substances may be sold as Ecstasy (MDMA) itself or as an alternative drug having similar effects.Further points of information:• Ecstasy (MDMA) may potentially be of greater strength (increased purity) than has been common over the past few years.• Ecstasy tablets now come in an even wider variety of shapes, colours and sizes than previously seen. Examples include: Green apples, Green Rolexes, Ninjas, Superman crests, Blue stars, Dominos, Crosses, Hearts and Ghosts.• Substances sold as Ecstasy may have other potentially dangerous substances added, such as PMA or PMMA.• The European early warning system (EMCDDA) has highlighted other new substances such as MDPV or 5-IT (often marketed as ‘Benzo fury’). These may also be sold as Ecstasy. They have been connected to over 100 fatalities across the European Union.• The warning system has also highlighted concerns about LSD-type substances called 25I-NBOMe (slang terms include : N-bombs); a Ketamine-type substance called Methoxetamine (Slang terms include : Mexxy, M-cat) and a synthetic opioid called AH-7921• Anecdotal reports have also been received concerning new combinations of drugs with street names such as ‘Scuzz’. This may refer to a ‘cocktail’ that has been produced with the different combined or the sale of the different elements together in one package.If someone continues to use drugs they should be offered harm reduction advice:• Only use a small amount in order to gauge the effects over several hours.• Drink water regularly and avoid mixing any drug with alcohol.• Using a combination of drugs can be unpredictable.• Make sure that a non-drug taking friend knows what you are using.• Injecting any drug increases the risks involved.• Sharing equipment increases the risks involved, especially the transmission of infection such as HIV and Hepatitis(adapted from Legal or Illegal Highs. HSE. June 2012)Advice and support is always available from :HSE Drugs service (Tel : 1800 459 459) or www.drugs.ie(WITH thanks to Alan McMenamin for the notice).WESTERN REGION DRUGS TASK FORCE NOTIFICATION: IMPORTANT PUBLIC NOTICE was last modified: May 27th, 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:drugs notificationwestern regional task forcelast_img read more

CORONER ATTACKS GOVERNMENT OVER LACK OF MEDICAL STAFF AT LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL

first_imgCoroner John CannonTHE Coroner for Donegal North West John Cannon has attacked the Government over the lack of funding to Letterkenny General Hospital.He was commenting during the launch of the suicide prevention action plan at the LYIT. The Coroner said he found it absolutely appalling that on a regular roster at Letterkenny Hospital there is only one night nurse to 20 patients and one doctor in charge of the whole Medical Department including Geriatrics.Mr Cannon said the success of the new action plan depends on adequate State financial funding.“Otherwise this comprehensive plan is doomed to fail. That is why I think that we have launched a ship that will never leave harbour,” he says in today’s Tirconnail Tribune.The new plan ‘Conecting for Life’ is a blueprint for the next five years and presents a detailed series of objectives as well as highlighting the challenges and the financial pressures on the health service and the increasing demand for assistance.The report says that the Health Plan, ‘Vision for Change’ is a good policy but it is concerned about the record of implementation. The plan was initially published in 2006.The Coroner’s comments come against a background of reduced spending and cuts in the health service over recent years. Under the austerity cuts the areas of mental health have been most seriously impacted on.The reduction of mental health funding from €937 million in 2006 to €758 in 2013 meant that currently just 5.3%. The policy document ‘A vision for Change’ is now ten years old and it remains the bible for health development and promotion in Ireland. Within that context it had envisaged spending of 8% of the Dept of Health spending on mental health development.It is clear that is not happening and John Cannon’s concerns clearly reflect this situation.The Galway based Deputy Colm Keaveney, speaking earlier this year in the Dail summed up the crisis in health spending in Ireland: He said: ‘Our mental health services have been subject to chronic under-funding since independence, with detrimental effects being imposed on individuals and families.’John Cannon said in his comments to the one hundred guests at the launch of the report: “As the Coroner having to deal with so many suicides in this county I must commend and compliment all the team who have participated in the preparation of the Connecting for Life National Strategy and this Action Plan, the’ Connecting for Life DonegalSuicide places inordinate strains on our community’s well-being. The prevention of suicide is a shared concern for individuals and it requires a collective response.“The Connecting for Life suicide action plan is a comprehensive template that recognises the contributions that can be made across all sections of our community.“The plan embraces prevention measures including the mental health sectors albeit that ¾ of suicides are not known to mental services.“The success of this Plan will be highly reliant on leadership and coordination for a collective impact.“Its primary aim is to make help more accessible and to help people to get help quickly and the Plan hopes to provide a 24 hour contact service for those in dire need.“The current economic recession can be identified with the recent increase of suicide numbers not alone in this country but in other countries as well.People often unable to cope or struggle responsibly with the consequences of recession particularly losing their jobs.“We live in times of financial hardship which in turn impacts on family life and environmental factors such as depression and stress. I am confident that if this plan is effectively implemented in a way that will highlight and promulgate the essential pro-active measures it will be a success as it has been in countries like Canada, France, and in the Antipodes New Zealand and Australia and in particular Tasmania.“People who attempt to take their own life usually have multiple risk factors often culminating in being overwhelmed in themselves. Therefore seeking help early is vital in reducing suicide risk among all people.“The success of this Plan of Action will depend on reaching out to those who think they have no other choice.“The success also depends on adequate state financial funding otherwise this comprehensive plan is doomed to fail.“Without adequate state funding I think what we are doing here today is launching a ship that will never leave harbour.“I say that for two reasons, firstly: The successful implementation of this Plan effectively rests with the Department of Health and the HSE and I note that its challenges is referred to at p.11 (1.2.7) of the document plan where it refers to the moratorium on recruitment and health cut-backs. How can we possibly expect to provide these essential services when it is apparently obvious the terrible constraints evident at Letterkenny General Hospital. Yes we have a beautiful hospital befitting a Hollywood backdrop, but the level of staffing is appalling, Consultants, doctors and nurses are run off their feet.“I find it absolutely appalling that on a regular roster there is only one night nurse to 20 patients and one doctor in charge of the whole Medical Department including Geriatrics. That is not fair on either the nurse, doctor or patient. In fact it is not safe hospital management.“Secondly I recall that there was an equally comprehensive Coroners Bill introduced in the Dail in the year 2007. That Bill makes refererence to long outstanding and necessary changes to upgrade the law in relation to essential Coronial matters.“That Bill after almost eight years has not yet been enacted.I hope that my realistic predictions in relation to this action plan is wrong. I hope I am very wrong! That is why I think that we have today launched a ship that will never leave harbour,” he concluded.CORONER ATTACKS GOVERNMENT OVER LACK OF MEDICAL STAFF AT LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL was last modified: July 15th, 2015 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:coronercutshealth serviceJohn Cannonletterkennysuicide preventionlast_img read more

Government has prioritised energy security to enable economic growth and development

first_img• Government is aware that the country’s economic growth performance needs to be improved in a sustainable manner and has therefore made the resolution of the energy challenge an immediate priority.• Progress has been made on stabilising the energy supply, in particular, maintenance practices have been improved; short term power purchase programme contracts of 1 350MW of electricity has been approved for 2015/16; and request for proposals of 2 500MW of coal-fired power has been issued.• Efforts to increase and stabilise energy supply have produced positive results. The first unit of Medupi has come online in 2015, adding 800MW to the grid.• The permanent appointment of the CEO and the CFO for Eskom have brought stability in the governance of the institution. Government recapitalised Eskom with R23 billion from the sale of none core assets. This brings financial stability and allows Eskom to keep the lights on.South Africa and the renewable energy programme• South Africa is succeeding in diversifying its energy mix through its Renewable Independent Power Producers Programme.• Private sector investment in clean energy has seen more than 6000MW of renewable energy projects awarded under the government’s REIPPP.  Thus far, 1800MW of renewable energy power has already been connected to the national grid.  Further determinations for the rollout of renewable energy will see an additional 6300MW being procured as well as new determinations for gas to power, co-generation and coal based load.  The 2014 United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) put South Africa among the top 10 countries for renewable energy investments.• Notable achievements include the commercial operation of the SERE wind farm in the Western Cape, which saw 100 megawatts added to the grid.last_img read more

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