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Pellegrini’s long goodbye turning sour

first_img DIFFERENT PRIORITY MANCHESTER, England (AP): Manuel Pellegrini’s long goodbye at Manchester City is turning sour. At the end of a week in which the team surrendered meekly in the Champions League semi-finals, City were held 2-2 by Arsenal in the English Premier League to throw into doubt their return to Europe’s elite competition next season. A top-four finish is no longer in City’s hands with one week left in the season. Even more galling, their great rivals – Manchester United – could grab City’s Champions League qualification berth. Fourth-place City are two points clear of United, who have two games left – against West Ham and Bournemouth – to City’s one. “If you don’t depend on what you can do, it’s more difficult. But I think we deserve to be in the Champions League next year,” said Pellegrini, who is being replaced by Pep Guardiola in the offseason after three years in charge. Alexis Sanchez earned Arsenal a point with a 68th-minute equaliser at Etihad Stadium, consolidating his team’s position in third. A draw at home to already-relegated Aston Villa on the final day will guarantee Arsenal a 20th straight top-four finish under Arsene Wenger. Despite losing 2-1 at home to Southampton, Tottenham are assured of a top-three finish and therefore automatic qualification to the Champions League group stage. Spurs’ end to the season is also proving a disappointment, though, having failed to win any of their last three games and allowing Leicester to seal the title at the start of this week. Steven Davis scored both goals for Southampton, who are in sixth place and in position to qualify for next season’s Europa League. Son Heung-min gave Tottenham the lead in the 16th. In yesterday’s other game, Liverpool beat Watford 2-0 through goals by Joe Allen and Roberto Firmino to stay in eighth place, but the Premier League isn’t the team’s priority for the rest of the season. Liverpool play Sevilla in the Europa League final on May 18 and manager Juergen Klopp will likely continue to rotate his line-ups for the Reds’ remaining two league games. After taking charge of his final home game as City manager, Pellegrini took to the microphone soon after the final whistle to say a final ‘thank you’ to the club’s fans. City’s players stood in the centre circle, mostly with folded arms, to watch highlights of Pellegrini’s tenure on the big screens. Yet, only a few thousand fans stayed back after the game to bid Pellegrini farewell. The Chilean coach has won one Premier League title, the League Cup two times and guided City to the Champions League semi-finals – the furthest the club has ever progressed in the competition. But his reign is ending in limp fashion. City barely posed a threat in bowing out to Real Madrid on Wednesday and the possibility of now losing their top-four place is, in Pellegrini’s words, a “disaster”. Sergio Aguero’s eighth-minute opener was cancelled out two minutes later by Olivier Giroud’s header from a corner, in a riveting start to the match. Kevin De Bruyne put City back in front with a low shot from the edge of the area in the 51st, before Sanchez played a one-two with Giroud and beat Hart with a low finish from just outside the penalty area. “It is in our hands,” Wenger said of Champions League qualification. “Our character has been questioned a few times this season and we gave the right response on the pitch.” For Pellegrini and City, much now hinges on Man United’s game at West Ham tomorrow. Win that and United can finish the job by beating out-of-form Bournemouth at home on the final day. City finish the season away to Swansea.last_img read more

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4 years jail for repeat offender

first_imgA gold chain thief who was again before the court on a similar matter was on Tuesday jailed for that offence and another when he stood before Magistrate Annette Singh.Devon Holder of Lot 942 Onderneeming Housing Scheme, West Bank Demerara (WBD), had a robbery charge read to him which stated that on April 5, 2018, at the Stabroek Market area, he robbed Komella Gibson of a gold chain valued $100,000 using personal violence on her in the process.The 34-year-old initially denied that at about 16:25h on the day in question, he snatched the chain from the Virtual Complainant’s (VC) neck.Police Prosecutor Devon Goodman told the court that the defendant attacked the woman with a knife while she was shopping, placed it at her neck then removed her chain. He allegedly dealt her several kicks and cuffs before making good his escape.However, it was also revealed that Holder has another pending matter before the court.He was previously accused of stealing another gold chain, this time from Rafeek Mohammed on January 9, 2018, also at Stabroek Market.According to Goodman, the VC and his wife were visiting a friend’s stall at the market when they observed Holder passing them a number of times.He then proceeded to snatch the chain valued $530,000 but was later apprehended and charged.On his first appearance in court, he had denied that he committed the act. The court was later informed that the defendant had made arrangements with the VC to repay her for the chain.The court heard that to date, Holder has paid $300,000 to Mohammed.However, even though he continued to plead his innocence in both matters, Holder changed his plea and admitted to both crimes.Magistrate Singh in handing down the sentence took into consideration that he did not waste the court’s time further and the fact that $300,000 was paid to Mohammed.As such, she sentenced Holder to two years in prison for each of the charges, which are to be run concurrently.After listening to the sentence, the defendant said, “I don’t rob people, I am a family man.”last_img read more

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Former MP charged for sexual assault

first_imgFollowing political pressureHours after former People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Member of Parliament (MP), Alister Charlie accused the David Granger-led Administration of using the criminal justice system as a political instrument against their political opponents, he was taken before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts. Charlie was on Tuesday charged for sexual assault and attempting to pervert the course of justice. He was released on bail immediately after the charge was read at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts. Charlie, who is also a Central Committee Member of the PPP, appeared before Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus and denied both charges which alleged that between July 31 and August 1, 2019, at Lethem, Rupununi, Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo), he sexually assaulted a 16-year-old boy.It was further alleged that on August 5, 2019, in Lethem, Rupununi, he attempted to pervert the course of justice. In court on Tuesday, Defence Counsel, Latchmi Rahamat, in a bail application, requested that her client be released on reasonable bail.The former MP was released on $200,000 bail and the case will continue on January 31 at the Lethem Magistrate’s Court.Only Monday evening, Charlie had said that “expectedly, as it is becoming clearer with every passing day that the coalition Government will lose the March 2, 2020 National and Regional Elections, they are becoming progressively more desperate and vindictive”.He added, “we have already witnessed their acts of vandalism against our party’s flags and other campaign paraphernalia. We have also witnessed their acts of thuggery and intimidation against our party’s activists as they move around the country to spread the message of the PPP/C”.According to Charlie, after applying tremendous political pressure upon members of the Guyana Police Force, “they have finally succeeded in getting me charged with the criminal offences of sexual assault and attempting to pervert the course of justice”.It is to be noted, he said, that the initial Police investigation concluded the matter as being resolved with the Virtual Complainant retracting the complaint after confessing that he was forced to make that complaint by someone “who is a known PNC activist” in the area. It is also important to note, he said, that the incident in question allegedly occurred since July 31, 2019.“Subsequently, Vice President Sydney Allicock visited the police station with a delegation and, as a result, a special team of police officers, centrally directed from Eve Leary, Georgetown, was dispatched to reopen the investigation. As a result, these charges emerged. It is not without relevance that PNC activist, Carl Parker, the ex-Regional Executive Officer of Region Nine, was charged with attempted rape.”“I maintain that I am innocent of these charges and these charges are instituted against me because I was a Member of Parliament and a Central Committee Member of the PPP,” Charlie stated.last_img read more

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Chivas USA gets draw

first_imgClad in Club America yellow and blue, Cuauhtemoc Blanco followers came to Home Depot Center to watch the Mexican soccer star play for his new team, the Chicago Fire. Those fans got to see Blanco blast a goal on a free kick and witness his countryman, Claudio Suarez, score on a penalty kick in the Fire’s 1-1 draw against Chivas USA in front of a sellout crowd of 27,000. Suarez, who rarely takes penalties, placed his kick just under the crossbar to tie the match in the 80th minute. Chicago’s C.J. Brown was called for tripping Maykel Galindo in the box, prompting the penalty kick. Blanco’s score came when he blasted a right-footed shot from 30-yards to the left of Chivas USA goalkeeper for a 1-0 Fire lead in the 24th minute. SOCCER: Suarez’s goal rallies the Goats after the Fire’s Blanco scores. By Iv n Orozco STAFF WRITER Long lines of cars plastered with Club America decals and flags surrounded the Cal State Dominguez Hills campus as fans arrived to see their soccer idol Saturday night. Blanco made his traditional run of about 15 yards before striking the ball and curving it into the net, resembling a David Beckham style free kick. He also displayed his traditional theatrics. The Fire earned the free kick when Blanco went to the ground with Chivas USA’s Paulo Nagamura defending Blanco. Nagamura and teammate Jesse Marsch argued the call with referee Tim Weyland that Blanco took a dive. After all, Blanco is notorious for dramatizing fouls and trying to fool referees. The protest earned Marsch a yellow card. Blanco’s score prompted a series of chants: “Te-mo, te-mo, te-mo.” Thundering cheers erupted the first time Blanco touched the ball. They continued every time the Fire midfielder played it. Fans smacking inflatable thunder sticks together stood to watch Blanco take his first free kick of the night after being fouled by Chivas USA’s Sacha Kljestan four minutes into the match. It was Kljestan who gave Chivas USA a chance to tie the game in the 72nd minute. He volleyed a centering pass to a wide-open Francisco Mendoza in front of an open Fire net. Mendoza couldn’t finish, sending a one-time shot off his right foot into the cross bar. Blanco continued to draw bookings from Chivas USA players in the second half. Galindo received a yellow card in the 54th minute for what appeared to be a delicate right foot into Blanco’s thigh. Blanco immediately fell into a fetal position, reaching for his leg. The teams could meet again in the MLS Cup playoffs. ivan.orozco2dailynews.com160Want 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

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New work experience scheme to give Donegal unemployed €229 a week

first_imgThe Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection has announced the launch of the Youth Employment Support Scheme (YESS).YESS is a new work experience scheme targeted exclusively at young jobseekers who are either long-term unemployed or face significant barriers to employment.Work placements will be of three months duration with participants engaging in 24 hours work experience over per week (over three to four days). Participation on the scheme will be wholly voluntary and participants will receive an allowance of €229.20 per week for the duration of their placement.Commenting at the launch of the scheme, Minister Regina Doherty said “I am very pleased to announce the launch of the Youth Employment Support Scheme. Although unemployment figures have fallen, youth unemployment remains a concern.“The new scheme, along with many other employment support measures, demonstrates the Government’s ongoing commitment to helping our young people break the vicious cycle of ‘no experience – no work or no work – no experience’. The scheme will provide young people with the opportunity to learn important work and social skills in a supportive environment while on a work placement, thereby helping them to increase their employment prospects.”YESS commences on 1 October 2018. Young people wishing to engage in this scheme can find more information at www.welfare.ie or by calling their local Intreo Centre. Employers who wish to offer a YESS placement can do so by going to the Jobs Ireland website www.jobsireland.ie or by contacting the Jobs Ireland National Contact Centre on 1890 800024.BackgroundWhat are the qualifying conditions for the scheme?The programme will be available to jobseekers and other eligible cohorts who are:aged between 18 and 24 and have been out of work and in receipt of a qualifying payment for at least 12 months, or if unemployed for less than 12 months, be considered by a case officer to face a significant barrier to work.People in receipt of any of the following payments will be eligible to participate in the scheme; Jobseeker’s Allowance, Jobseeker’s Benefit, One Parent Family Payment, Jobseeker Transition Payment, Disability Allowance, Blind Person’s Pension or Supplementary Welfare Allowance.Are all employers eligible to take part? The scheme will be open to employers in the private, community and voluntary sectors only.How long will a placement last?Each placement will be of 3 months duration. A placement may be extended to six months on the approval of a case officer.How will the scheme be monitored?Each placement will have an assigned case officer who will monitor and evaluate the progress of the placement. How is the scheme being funded?The European Commission is providing co-funding to this scheme. The scheme is being backed jointly by the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI), the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection on an equal funding basis.New work experience scheme to give Donegal unemployed €229 a week was last modified: September 23rd, 2018 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

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GET YOUR BID IN FOR PAINTING BY AWARD-WINNING ARTIST – AND HELP TYPHOON VICTIMS

first_imgThere’s still time to make a bid for a beautiful piece of original artwork by award-winning artist Marvin Baldemor.The framed painting can be viewed at Mac’s Mace, High Road, Letterkenny and was very kindly donated by the Donegal-based artist to help raise funds following the Typhoon Haiyan disaster.The vibrant painting reflects the artist’s interpretation between his Filipino and Irish culture. It measures 28 x 22 inches framed.A second painting by the artist has already been snapped up and fundraisers are hoping to receive bids to help the Irish Red Cross support its campaign in the Philippines.An Associate member of the Royal Ulster Academy of Arts and NorthWest artists group, Cuisle, Marvin has described his work as “dominated by bold colours, combining acrylic paint, sand, handmade papers, collage and ink”.His paintings can be viewed in art galleries in Letterkenny, Ramelton, Sligo and Belfast. Paddy Mc Teague, Respite Coordinator at Ballymacool Respite House, Letterkenny, is organising the sale of the painting.Anyone who would like to make a bid for the picture can phone Paddy on 0872514666.The picture will go to the highest bid.Go along to Mac’s Mace and see the picture and make your bid! GET YOUR BID IN FOR PAINTING BY AWARD-WINNING ARTIST – AND HELP TYPHOON VICTIMS was last modified: January 10th, 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:bidcharityMacs Macepaintinglast_img read more

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DONEGAL STUDENTS SEE THE LIGHT WITH NEW PHONE CHARGER

first_imgA shopping trip which ended in a flat mobile phone battery has led two teenage entrepreneurs to invent a unique product that is selling like hotcakes.Friends Jordan McIlwaine, 16, and Mark Borland, 15, saw the light when Jordan was he left stuck with no way to phone his parents.For a month Jordan and Mark worked on ways of charging their phones without having to use electricity. They then sent their design to a manufacturer in China who helped make their dream come through.And now they have come up with a solar-powered phone charger which are selling by the truckload.Jordan and Mark, who are transition year pupils at Loreto Community School in Milford, supplied shops across Donegal which sold out really quickly.Now they have plans to expand their empire, Key Solar Solutions, across the country. “We have worked really hard on this but it really did come as a result of not being able to make a phonecall when we needed to.“We sat down and thought that there must be some way of doing it. We eventually got it right and we sent our plans to China where a company there came up with the finished product,” said JordanAnd the pair are delighted that the chargers have sold out with orders for many more already placed with their Chinese manufacturer.“We can’t believe how well they are selling and people really seem to be latching onto the idea.“What we really like is that the product is environmentally friendly and that means a lot to us because we do care about the environment,” said Jordan. The young businessmen are now planning to take part in school business competitions to highlight their invention.DONEGAL STUDENTS SEE THE LIGHT WITH NEW PHONE CHARGER was last modified: March 1st, 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:Loreto Community SchoolMilfordSolar Key Solutionslast_img read more

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Timmer Repeats As MVC Men’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of Year; Four Bulldogs Named to MVC Scholar-Athlete Teams

first_imgHe has seven 20-point games this season with four of them coming in conference play, which included a season-high 28 points on 8-of-12 shooting and 4-of-7 from the arc in a win over Evansville. Just a junior, Timmer already ranks in the top 10 in career scoring at Drake and is second among active Valley players in career scoring. A two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District selection, he has twice been named MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week this season and seven times in his career. Timmer is the fourth MVC student-athlete to have earned Scholar-Athlete of the Year plaudits twice, joining Kent Williams of Southern Illinois (2002, 2003); Neil Plank of Illinois State (2005, 2006) and Colt Ryan of Evansville (2012, 2013). Woodward was joined on the second team by sophomore Nick McGlynn (Stoughton, Wis.). McGlynn, who has a 3.57 GPA as a digital media production major, has started 19 games this season and all but one MVC game. He is averaging 5.0 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. He recorded his first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds in the team’s win at Missouri State and scored a career-high 12 points in the win over Loyola. Junior Graham Woodward (Edina, Minn.) was named to the Scholar-Athlete second team thanks to his 3.34 GPA as a marketing major. On the court, Woodward averaged 8.5 points per game in MVC competition with 2.0 assists per game. Woodward closed the regular season on an extremely strong note, averaging 15.5 points per game while shooting 15-of-24 from the three-point arc in the final four games of the regular season to earn the second Scholar-Athlete honor of his career. C.J. Rivers (Cahokia, Ill.) added to the Bulldogs’ representation on the Scholar-Athlete teams by earning honorable mention accolades. Rivers is averaging 3.4 points and 3.2 rebounds per game in 17.4 minutes per game of action. The journalism major with a 3.32 GPA has had three double-figure games this season including narrowly missing a career high with 12 points in games against Fresno State and DePaul. In the win over Indiana State, he had a career-high nine assists in just 17 minutes with seven points and five rebounds. Earlier in the season, he early had a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds against South Dakota State. Drake four’s MVC Scholar-Athlete Team members will be in action Thursday, March 2, evening as they begin play in the MVC Tournament. The Bulldogs face Bradley at 8:30 p.m. inside the Scottrade Center. Print Friendly Version ST. LOUIS, Mo. – A league-high four Drake Bulldogs earned a spot on the Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete teams and junior Reed Timmer (New Berlin, Wis.) was named the Enterprise Bank & Trust MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the conference announced Thursday, March 2. Timmer, who sports a 3.48 cumulative grade point average while majoring in pharmacy, is fourth in the MVC in scoring a 15.4 points per game, third in free-throw percentage, and 11th in three-pointers per game. Timmer has scored in double figures in 26 of the Bulldogs’ 30 games and has led Drake in scoring in 16 of those contests. Timmer also earned a spot on the MVC’s Scholar-Athlete First Team as one of four Bulldogs to earn Scholar-Athlete honors. The Bulldogs’ total doubled the total of the next closest program and accounted for 33.3 percent of all Scholar-Athlete Team selections.last_img read more

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Donegal Death Notices – Rest in Peace

first_imgOisin GILMOREThe death has occurred of Oisin Gilmore, Meenacrieve, Annagry, Donegal.Reposing at his mother Maura’s home, Main Street, Annagry from 1pm today, Thursday, 3rd August. Funeral Mass on Saturday, 5th August, in St Mary’s Star of the Sea Church, Annagry at 11am followed by burial in the New Cemetery. House strictly private until 1pm today, Thursday, 3rd August. Rosary both nights at 9pm. Family time please from 11pm until 10am. Donations in lieu of flowers, if desired, to Annagry Day Centre. Samuel James (Sammy) JOHNSTONThe death has occurred of Samuel James (Sammy) Johnston, Crieve Glebe, Letterkenny, Donegal, peacefully at the Donegal Hospice, predeceased by his daughter Tory (15th July 2015), deeply regretted by his loving wife Helen (née Dorrian), devoted father of Amy, sadly missed by his parents James and Annie (Knocknamona Park), brothers Mark (Gortlee) and Robert (Knockbrack), sisters Linda McMenamin (Carnone), June Dunleavy (Kirkstown), Pearl (Knocknamona Park), Roberta Lawne (Drumany, Donegal Town) and Laura (Calhame), mother-in-law Mona Dorrian (Ard Colmcille), in-laws, relatives, neighbours and friends.Sammy’s remains are reposing at his home. Funeral from there on Saturday 5th August, going to St Eunan’s Cathedral for 11am Requiem Mass with burial afterwards in the family plot in Conwal Cemetery. Family flowers only please, donations in lieu, if desired, to the Donegal Hospice, c/o Paschal Blake, Funeral Director, Stoney Arch, New Line Road, Letterkenny. Family time, please, from 11pm until 11am and on morning of the funeral.Donegal Death Notices – Rest in Peace was last modified: August 3rd, 2017 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:obituaries Donegal death notices for today, Thursday, August 3. Ann DUNCAN (née Crawford)The death has taken place of Ann Duncan sorely missed by all her family Ann is reposing at her own residence, Druminor, Buncrana where she will leaving Friday afternoon at 1.15 going to Christ Church, Main Street, Buncrana for 2 o’clock Service followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. Family flowers only. Donations in lieu to Alzheimer’s Association. House private 10pm to 10am.  Eric MC ELHINNEYThe death has occurred of Eric Mc Elhinney, Tirhomin, Milford, Donegal, reposing at his home from 3.00pm today, Thursday. Funeral Service on Saturday at 1.00pm in Holy Trinity Church, Carrigart, followed by interment in Milford Church of Ireland Cemetery.Deeply regretted by his sorrowing wife Agnes, son Paul, daughters Carole, Sandra and Heather, sons-in-law Ray, Stuart and Steve, daughter-in-law Clare, sister Bertha, brother Cyril ,grandchildren, relatives and friends.Family flowers only – donations in lieu to Irish Heart Foundation or Tear Fund care of Mc Elwee Funeral Directors or any family member. House private each day from 9.00pm to 11.00am and on the morning of the Funeral. last_img read more

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Saints plan to snub bids for Shaw

first_imgSouthampton intend to reject any offers for their highly-rated 16-year-old left-back Luke Shaw, according to the Press Association.West London Sport reported on Monday that Chelsea are set to table a formal bid for Shaw in an attempt to beat Manchester City to his signature.A number of top clubs have been tracking Shaw and Chelsea’s interest became clear during the January transfer window.Southampton insisted then that they did not want to sell the youngster, who has made one senior appearance for the newly promoted club.But with champions City believed to be waiting to pounce, Chelsea are ready to make their move and plan to offer an initial fee of around £4m.Shaw, who turns 17 later this month, was born in Kingston-upon-Thames and has been on Southampton’s books since the age of eight.Arsenal are thought to be interested as well, but Southampton seem determined to snub any approach for him.See also: Chelsea to table bid for Saints prospectFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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