Van Gaal to quit Man United, Guardiola steps closer to Man City, Mourinho for England? – Paper review

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first_img1 Transfer rumours and paper review Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Sunday’s newspapers…Louis van Gaal is planning to quit as manager of Manchester United if the struggling Red Devils flop to their fifth defeat in a row against Chelsea on Monday. (Mail on Sunday)Former United striker Dwight Yorke said his old club were “painful to watch” as they lost 2-0 at Stoke on Boxing Day. (Sky Sports) Jose Mourinho is keen to succeed Roy Hodgson as England manager after Euro 2016 if the Three Lions boss steps down. (Sunday Mirror)However, it is understood the FA will instead turn to Alan Pardew and Gary Neville to lead England at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. (Sunday Express)Manchester City could be a step closer to making Pep Guardiola their next manager after director of football Txiki Begiristain met with the 44-year-old Bayern Munich boss last week. (Sunday Mirror) Man City are plotting a £30million raid on surprise Premier League title rivals Leicester City for Jamie Vardy. (Sun on Sunday)Stoke City are considering a move for Ghana forward David Accam after impressing in a trial. The 25-year-old has just completed a season with Chicago Fire in MLS, where he was their top scorer with ten goals in 24 league games. (Mail on Sunday)Everton boss Roberto Martinez wants to sign 26-year-old Bournemouth midfielder Matt Ritchie, although he faces competition with West Ham and West Brom also keen. (Sunday Mirror)Aston Villa captain Gabriel Agbonlahor will be allowed to leave Aston Villa for just £3million in the January transfer window. (Sun on Sunday)The Villians will offer QPR £8m for striker Charlie Austin, 26, in the January transfer window. (Daily Star Sunday) And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Manchester United news: Louis van Gaal hints he could quit before he is sackedManchester United manager latest: Louis van Gaal out, Sir Alex Fergsuon in! Fans’ viewManchester United manager news: Seven men who could replace Van Gaal at Old TraffordManchester City news: Vincent Kompany explains injury woes after lasting nine minutes against Sunderland‘Hamstring is my sh*t word of the year’ – Jurgen Klopp bemoans injury luck as Divock Origi hobbles off in Liverpool winLiverpool FC news: Fans would love Reds to sign Jack Butland in January transfer windowlast_img read more

DONE DEAL! Sunderland confirm defender has made loan exit

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first_img Sebastian Coates 1 Sunderland defender Sebastian Coates has joined Sporting Lisbon on loan for the rest of the season.The 25-year-old Uruguay international joined the Black Cats from Liverpool, initially on loan, in 2014 and made a permanent move to the Stadium of Light only last summer.He has made 19 appearances for the club this season but has not featured since the FA Cup defeat to Arsenal at the start of January.With Sunderland clinching a deal for Ivory Coast international Lamine Kone on Wednesday, his chances would have been further limited under Sam Allardyce.Now Coates has been allowed to join Sporting and could make his debut for the Portuguese league leaders against Academica at the weekend.last_img read more

BUSINESS PROFILE – PAUL GALLAGHER – FINANCIAL ADVISER

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first_imgHe may have started in Cathal Flood’s hardware shop for just £6 per day but well-known financial adviser and businessman Paul Gallagher has become of one the town’s most successful businessmen.He lets us in on a few of his secrets and tells us why we should invest our few euro wisely until the recession passes!What is your career and what do you do? As an independent financial advisor I give advice on all aspects of Life Assurance, Investments, Pensions and MortgagesTell us about your first job and how much were you paid?As a school boy I worked Saturdays and holidays in Cathal Flood’s hardware shop Lower Main Street Letterkenny as a general shop assistant. I was paid the princely of £6 pound per day.What was your first success in business? To achieve the position of Broker consultant with Zurich Insurance in the city of London at age 23.Name the one local or international business person you look up to?Bill Cullen – well known Business man, writer and T.V personality. What he has achieved in business is phenomenal considering his humble background.What has been your biggest mistake in business?Nothing that springs to mind except perhaps one or two business opportunities during the boom that I reneged on. What is the most valuable piece of advice you have ever been given?The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is a little extra – always go that extra mile.What advice would you give to someone starting out in business today?The old saying ‘Customer is King’ always look after your clients, make sure they are getting value for money while insuring that the service they receive is of the highest quality. What one item would you take with you to a desert island and why?Probably a speed boat as I would probably get bored after a few months.What item can you not do without?Unfortunately I would have to say the mobile phone.What item would you prefer to do without?I would have to say the lawnmower. I seem to end up cutting the lawn earlier every year.What do you do in your spare time (if you have any)?I attend the gym, I coach Glenswilly under 10 Gaelic team and Letterkenny Rovers underage teams. Having two young children, Sarah and Sean and my wife Helen’s many demands I don’t have much spare time.When will you retire?If the current economic climate continues probably never.What’s your tip to surviving the recession?One of the best ways to stay stable in times of economic recession is to save your money and spend wisely. Look for value for money at all times and prepare for a rainy day. The household bills are most people’s main concern but it has become very competitive out there thus are deals to be had so shop around.What one thing would you do if you were Finance Minister to help business?As we are in the North West we have to compete with our neighbours across the border and one way of doing this is to lower the minimum wage thus enabling to keep staff in jobs and also allow new business.EndsBUSINESS PROFILE – PAUL GALLAGHER – FINANCIAL ADVISER was last modified: May 6th, 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:business profileletterkennyPaul Gallagherlast_img read more

REVEALED: Kante has £20m release clause with Arsenal and PSG among suitors

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first_img1 Kante has been a revelation at the heart of Leicester’s midfield this season Leicester midfielder N’Golo Kante, one of the Foxes’ major success stories this season, could be available in the summer for as little as £20million.Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and Paris Saint-Germain are all interested in Kante and will be pleased to discover the relatively affordable figure that was written in as a release clause into his contract.The Paris-born, France international has been shortlisted for the Player of the Season award and could end land a league winner’s medal in May with the Foxes seven points clear of second-placed Tottenham.He made his debut for Didier Deschamps side last month and followed that up with his first international goal when he started the match against Russia.Inevitably, bigger clubs are showing interest in the key stars, including Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and Kante, who have fired the Foxes to the top of the table. But boss Claudio Ranieri will be keen to hang on to his midfield talisman who cost just £5.6million from Caen last summer.last_img read more

‘Technically he is as good as ANYONE ‘ – Carragher hails Liverpool star Lallana

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first_imgJamie Carragher admits he feared Adam Lallana’s Liverpool career was over as he hailed the midfielder’s turnaround under Jurgen Klopp.Lallana struggled to show his best form under former boss Brendan Rodgers, after arriving at Anfield in a £25m move from Southampton in the summer of 2014, and was tipped for a swift exit.But the 28-year-old has thrived since Klopp was appointed as Rodgers’ replacement in October and has played an integral role in the Reds’ run to the Europa League final.Carragher has been critical of Lallana in the past but he says the England international is now a standout star for his club and country.In an exclusive interview with Drivetime ahead of Wednesday night’s Europa League final, the Liverpool legend said: “There have been three of four players who have been completely transformed since Klopp come and Lallana is one of them.“Technically he is as good as anyone when you see the England squad. I’ve always just wanted him to get more goals, more assists and be more aggressive in the attacking third and that is what we have seen under Jurgen Klopp.“Before Klopp came in you were actually thinking whether the club would move him on. But you look at him now and he is an integral part of this Liverpool team and Jurgen Klopp’s vision for the future.”Carragher has also been impressed by the turnaround in Dejan Lovren’s Anfield career.The Croatian centre-back became the most expensive defender in the club’s history when, with Lallana, he arrived from Southampton in a £20m deal in 2014.He was a huge disappointment in his first year on Merseyside but has been in outstanding form under Klopp.“He is now showing the performances we saw at Southampton and why Liverpool spent such a big money on him,” Carragher said of the 26-year-old.“He struggled as soon as he came in, he made a lot of mistakes, but he was involved in a team that conceded goals. Under Brendan Rodgers they were very open so that obviously doesn’t help you as a defender.“But I think Klopp sees him as Liverpool’s best centre-back now. It is always Lovren plus one so for Lovren that is a massive step up from the last couple of years.”To listen to the full interview with Jamie Carragher tune into talkSPORT on Wednesday at 5pmlast_img read more

Exotic fruits for the holidays

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first_imgWhen it comes to harvesting bounty from backyard fruit trees for holiday feasts, few people think of serving exotic fruits. But for members of the California Rare Fruit Growers, the more unusual a fruit, the more likely they are to grow it in their gardens and serve it for dinner. And if they do deign to grow “common” apple and orange trees in their backyards, they often graft seven or eight varieties onto a single tree to make the challenge a little more sporting. Or they will grow the tree from a seed, waiting seven or more years for it to bear. But according to Lomita resident Ken Ueda, who harvested a bumper crop of 500 to 600 Jiro persimmons and a respectable amount of star fruit for his Thanksgiving table this year, growing these exotic fruits actually is easy. In fact, Ueda treats them no differently than he treats his orange trees. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champOn Monday, he shared growing secrets, along with an explanation of the two distinct groups of persimmons – the native American persimmon and the Japanese, or Oriental, persimmon. The fruit on the native varieties tends to be smaller, seedier and more astringent, until the fruit is very soft and ripe. Oriental persimmons, such as Ueda’s Jiro (similar to Fuyu), were introduced into the U.S. about 100 years ago and many growers consider this fruit superior to the native persimmons. Oriental persimmons are divided into two categories – astringent and nonastringent. The astringent should be completely soft before being eaten or your mouth will pucker in a hurry. The nonastringent, such as the Jiro, are firmer and can be eaten prior to softening. In fact, Ueda prefers eating them at the same consistency as an apple. That’s how Jiro persimmons are enjoyed in Hawaii, where it is the preferred persimmon. Ueda planted his now 25-foot-tall, semi-dwarf tree 25 years ago. The first year he had about 50 persimmons, but since then it has averaged 300 fruits annually and he predicts this year’s total production will hit 600. Ueda attributes the abundant persimmon crop to the chilling dip in temperature we had earlier this year. The huge crop definitely wasn’t the result of any special fertilizer program, he insists. He feeds his persimmon tree only once a year, in spring, using Bandini’s Citrus and Avocado Food. The exact date he fertilizers his persimmon – as well as his orange, lemon, pummelo and other more exotic trees – depends on when the persimmons have set fruit the size of a pea. That’s usually in March or April, depending on the weather. Ueda’s rule of thumb is to feed the tree 1 pound of plant food per inch of diameter of the tree’s trunk. He advises watering the fertilizer in well, but says not to worry if all the crystals aren’t absorbed into the soil. They will be dissolved with subsequent watering. Ueda’s Jiro persimmons resemble flat, orange tomatoes and taste similar to apples with a hint of cinnamon. They are known as Asian Apples. Along with persimmon on his Thanksgiving menu, Ueda also offered star fruit from his carambola tree, native to Sri Lanka, India and Indonesia. In 1989, his sister gave him the seed, which he was able to grow despite the fact that carambola seed viability lasts only a few days. After growing the seed in a pot for three years, he transplanted the young tree into the ground. It has been producing ever since, he said, and every year the fruit gets larger and more abundant. The star fruit are a yellowish green, about 4 to 5 inches long, with five “points” on the sides. When they are cut horizontally, they are perfect five-pointed (sometimes six-pointed or seven-pointed) stars. Eaten raw, star fruits are crunchy with a slightly tart, sweet taste reminiscent of pears and apples. Ueda says he plans to propagate carambola trees for a few friends, using a method called air layering in which he cuts the bark away in a 1/2-inch ring on a 1/2-inch thick branch. Then he puts a rooting hormone on the exposed area and covers it with wet sphagnum moss and wraps it tightly with plastic, securing the ends with twist ties so no air can reach the area and it will stay moist. Within six months, roots will appear and Ueda can cut the branch just below the rooted ring and plant it in the ground to grow into a tree. [email protected] 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

A tub, moons and a frosty halo helped make Christmas special

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first_imgIt was mid-December and time to start decorating the outside of the house with bright-colored or white lights, reindeer and snowmen. Inside would boast decorations of all sorts, and the most important of all, the Christmas tree. This particular year, 1990, I had a problem. I didn’t know what to do about a Christmas tree since during the year I had adopted two cats and a puppy. The puppy, Lady, was no worry. The cats, Anabel and Calico, were not kittens. They were older, but still young enough to make mischief. Especially Calico, who knew no fear and thought making mischief was the thing to do. I knew if I put up a Christmas tree, decorated with ornaments and shiny tinsel, it would be an invitation to disaster. Those cats would have those ornaments down before I got them up. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champI gave it a lot of thought because there had to be a tree of some kind for our family gathering on Christmas Eve. Then I remembered I had a brand-new galvanized tub hanging in my storage shed. Maybe I could do something with that. I brought it in, put it on the table where a tree would stand. I brought down the ornaments from storage and began decorating. I wound artificial pine garland and silver and green garland around the tub to cover the bare metal. Then I wound several strings of colored lights around and on top of the garland. Some well-placed ornaments along with tinsel had created a magical mood. It was beautiful with the lights on and the cats paid no attention to it. I had outsmarted my furry friends. At our Christmas Eve family gathering my “tree” was a big hit. A lot of thought and a little ingenuity had turned a galvanized tub into a work of art. Not only was it beautiful but it was also practical. The presents were deposited inside the tub for Santa to distribute at the proper time. A few days after Christmas, Mother Nature had a little magic of her own. Have you ever heard the saying, “once in a blue moon”? When two full moons occur in any calendar month, the second is called a blue moon. The term has nothing to do with its color. The first occurred Dec. 2, so on the night of the 31st there was a blue moon and it was a lovely sight to see. The moon was big and full, and had a rainbow halo around it. Ice crystals had formed in a cloud, and reflections off the sun caused the rainbow effect. It was now time for Father Time to get into the act with his magic. On Dec. 31, at the stroke of midnight, he would wave his magic wand and the old year would turn into a new one. Betty Jane Brownlow is a 65-year resident of Redondo Beach and a homemaker.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

Swann announces run for governor

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Swann, 53, planned to kick off his campaign with a Wednesday night rally in Pittsburgh, followed by appearances in five other cities Thursday and Friday. The Steelers won four Super Bowls during Swann’s nine-year pro career with the team. He has worked for ABC Sports since his retirement from football in 1983. Swann said he put off a formal announcement until now to avoid conflicts with his ABC Sports duties. If elected, he said he would not resume his broadcasting career even on a part-time basis. Rendell moonlights as a Philadelphia Eagles post-game analyst for Comcast SportsNet in Philadelphia. “I think the people of Pennsylvania would rather have a governor who is committed to being there,” Swann said. Swann, a Hall of Fame receiver and longtime TV football commentator, faces three other candidates in seeking the Republican nomination for governor his first run for political office. The winner of the May 16 primary would likely face Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell, who is expected to seek a second four-year term. If successful in his first bid for political office, Swann would become Pennsylvania’s first black governor. His announcement was no surprise: His political committee has been raising money for his campaign for nearly a year. Swann has so far revealed little about his political philosophy or the initiatives he would pursue as governor. He has advocated reducing certain business taxes and said he opposes abortion rights. In independent polling, former Lt. Gov. William Scranton III and Swann are running ahead of the other two GOP candidates, but behind Rendell. Swann said Wednesday that he hopes to convince blacks that he is a better candidate than Rendell, the former Philadelphia mayor. The Democratic Party has “taken the African American vote for granted,” Swann said. G. Terry Madonna, a pollster and professor at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, said Swann needs to convince voters that he has ideas and the leadership ability necessary to turn them into policy. He could benefit from disenchantment with the state and national governments, Madonna said. “Voters are looking for fresh faces,” Madonna said. Swann “has a personal story to tell that’s compelling.” The eventual GOP nominee could get a big boost Feb. 11, when the Republican State Committee meets to consider endorsing a candidate. On Wednesday, Scranton wrote Swann to ask him to participate in several debates before the meeting. Swann said he would be happy to participate in debates. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img PITTSBURGH — Former Steelers star Lynn Swann declared his candidacy for Pennsylvania governor Wednesday in the city where he made his name in professional football. He told The Associated Press in an interview Wednesday afternoon that he made up his mind to run in the fall, after spending months weighing support at events around the state. last_img read more

SURF’S UP FOR LACEY AS LIFE PROVES A BEACH DOWN UNDER!

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first_imgWe all know he’s one of the best footballers of his generation.But now Karl Lacey has shown that he really is riding the ‘wave’ of success.The Donegal footballer and All Star is currently Down Under as part of the Irish team taking on Australia as part of the Compromise Rules series. As well as representing his country, Lacey has been chilling out on the golden sands of Australia.But he has also been showing off his surfing skills.While Kerry’s Kieran Donaghy and Tadgh Kennelly may have boasted about their prowess on their boards, it was Lacey who showed them up.The bank official was the only Irish player who managed to stay up on his board. Cheeky Lacey even winked at the camera and smirked “That’s Donegal for you.”Donegal tourism bosses could do worse than make him a tourism ambassador for the county.EndsSURF’S UP FOR LACEY AS LIFE PROVES A BEACH DOWN UNDER! was last modified: November 2nd, 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:AustraliaDonegal GAAkarl laceysurfinglast_img read more

COUNCIL ARCHIVES RECEIVES GIFT OF FIVE RARE MANUSCRIPTS

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first_imgDonegal County Archives has received a gift from the Irish Manuscripts Commission (IMC) of five of its publications, transcripts of archives.As part of its celebration of the 2013 government initiative The Gathering, the Irish Manuscripts Commission has committed to providing five of its publications to all of the regional archives services including Donegal County Archives.The Irish Manuscripts Commission’s strategic remit includes the promotion of access to source materials for the history, culture and heritage of Ireland. These editions, which are all calendars or extracts from original archival materials, contain invaluable information for local studies and local historians, particularly family history researchers.The publications are an excellent addition to the genealogical resources in the Donegal County Archives. They will be a particularly useful tool for those who are facing the difficult task of trying to trace their family history back generations.The volumes will be utilised for the Archives’ Services’ input into The Gathering. In the longer term, these publications will prove to be a valuable asset for the study of 17th and 18th century Irish history.The volumes donated, are as follows: The Irish Commission of 1622, an in depth investigation of the Irish Administration and its consequences, 1615 to 16 24. It was a wide ranging investigation into the political, religious and social state of Ireland following the Plantations; it includes indexes of families and places including Donegal.The Convert Rolls: the calendar of the Convert Rolls, with Fr Wallace Clare’s annotated list of converts: this consists of a list of those converting from Catholicism to the Church of Ireland. Entries date mainly from 1760 to 1790.A Census of Ireland circa 1659 with essential materials from the Poll Money Ordinances, 1660–1661, includes Donegal.Court of Claims: Submissions and Evidence, 1663, edited by Geraldine Tallon; set up to administer the Act of Settlement 1662 after the Restoration of the Stuart monarchy in 1660; it includes 900 claims relating to property with personal and place names indexes, including Donegal.The census of Elphin, 1749; including Roscommon, Galway and Sligo. COUNCIL ARCHIVES RECEIVES GIFT OF FIVE RARE MANUSCRIPTS was last modified: January 25th, 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:Donegal County ArchivesIrish Manuscripts Commissionmanuscriptslast_img read more