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Is this the XI to see Martial score more goals for Man United?

first_img 28. Morgan Schneiderlin (centre midfield) 11 18. Ashley Young (left midfield) 10. Wayne Rooney (striker) 11 11 8 Juan Mata (right midfield) 4. Phil Jones (centre back) 12. Chris Smalling (centre back) Manchester United will be firm favourites to continue their recent run of form when they host bottom club Sunderland on Saturday.Louis van Gaal’s side have won their last three domestic fixtures and sit just two points behind league leaders Manchester City. Having made a sensational start to his United career – with four goals in as many games – Anthony Martial looks set to continue up front, but will he be partnered by Wayne Rooney? Elsewhere, Van Gaal has options in the middle of midfield, with Marouane Fellaini, Michael Carrick, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin and Ander Herrera all vying for a starting berth. Do you agree with this predicted line up? Let us know your thoughts below…   11 11 1. David De Gea (goalkeeper) – take a look at the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above! And let us know what you think of our predicted Man United team by leaving a comment below… 11 11 11 11 17. Daley Blind (left back) 9. Anthony Martial (striker) 11 11 16. Michael Carrick (centre midfield) 36. Matteo Darmian (right back)last_img read more

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Jurgen Klopp unveiled: New Liverpool boss targets end to title drought

first_img Jurgen Klopp Jurgen Klopp outlined his ambition to end Liverpool’s 25-year title drought when he was unveiled as the club’s new manager on Friday.The charismatic German gave his first press conference at Anfield after signing a three-year contract – with the option of a further 12 months – to succeed Brendan Rodgers.He urged supporters to be patient as he looks to implement his philosophy at the club, but he admitted he will be disappointed if he doesn’t lead the club to title glory.“Twenty-five years ago (Liverpool’s last title) is a long time. In this time all people have tried to get better, to improve, to take the next title,” he said.“But history is only the base for us. It is all the people are interested in but you don’t take history in your backpack and carry it with you for 25 years.“We can wait for it but I don’t want to say we can wait 20 years.“If we sit here in four years I think we’ll have won one title – I’m pretty sure.”Klopp impressed the assembled media, showing humility and speaking elegantly in both English and German.Insisting he is no genius, the 48-year-old declared himself the ‘Normal One’ after he was asked how he would compare himself to Chelsea manager José Mourinho, who famously labelled himself as the ‘Special One’ in his first press conference in 2004.“I don’t want to describe myself. I’m a totally normal guy, I’m the Normal One,” he said.On whether he can become an Anfield great, he added: “I am a normal guy from the Black Forest. I don’t compare myself to these genius managers in the history of Liverpool. “It is not my part to think about this. Not one of these great managers said at their first press conference ‘I want to be a legend.’”Klopp is only the 20th manager in Liverpool’s illustrious history, and he declared his pride at taking on the job.“It’s the biggest honour I can imagine, one of the biggest clubs in the world,” said the 48-year-old. “I’ve been given the opportunity to help in this situation, but it’s not so difficult as some people in this room think.”Asked what Liverpool’s style of play would be under him, he responded: “Emotion inside, speed. Transition game. You will see this. All the things that make football interesting to me, I want to see on the pitch.“In this time, we have to win points. I said this word, full throttle football. It will be full throttle football.”Jurgen Klopp’s first press conference as Liverpool boss: Best quotes as new man makes impressive start 1last_img read more

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Reports – Former Lyon boss Remi Garde set for Aston Villa talks

first_img1 French manager Remi Garde Remi Garde is to have talks with Aston Villa on Monday over the vacant manager’s position, according to reports in France.The Villains are on the hunt for a new boss after sacking Tim Sherwood on Sunday following the club’s sixth straight Premier League loss.Brendan Rodgers and David Moyes have both been linked with the post, as has former Leicester manager Nigel Pearson, while club legend Dwight Yorke told talkSPORT he’d be the ideal man to take over at Villa Park.But, according to L’Equipe, Garde is leading the way and will hold talks with Aston Villa today.The 49-year-old, who spent three years of his playing career with Arsenal, has been without a job since leaving Lyon in 2014.The Frenchman is highly regarded though and has reportedly been recommended to Aston Villa chief executive Tom Fox by Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.last_img read more

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Immigrant jail loses accreditation

first_imgTERMINAL ISLAND: The facility is still holding people who await deportation but lost its status in August. By Peter Prengaman THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The immigration detention facility on Terminal Island, one of several in the nation to come under scrutiny from immigrant and civil rights groups, has lost its accreditation. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The center houses several hundred illegal immigrants who have been detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and are facing deportation. The facility lost accreditation in August after failing to comply with mandatory standards, an official with the Alexandria, Va.-based American Correctional Association told The Associated Press. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to make public comments. Citing agency policy, the official declined to release the inspection report or elaborate on why the facility failed the renewal inspection, done every three years. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Virginia Kice confirmed the lost accreditation but said it was not related to detainee care – an issue that’s drawn criticism and lawsuits. “It was a facility maintenance issue,” said Kice, who declined to elaborate. Kice said the problem was corrected, and the agency planned to apply for reaccreditation early next year. The facility is still operating, and it was unclear what continued loss of accreditation could mean for it long term. Accreditation is important for immigration and other correctional facilities because it shows that national standards of care have been met, provides arguments against lawsuits and can reduce liability and insurance costs. Ranjana Natarajan, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, said immigration facilities strive for accreditation, so having it revoked was significant. “We don’t yet know the specific reason” for losing it, she said. “But we do know there are serious problems.” The facility came under sharp criticism last summer when a transgender Mexican immigrant with AIDS being housed there died while in custody. The family claimed Victor Arellano was improperly denied medical attention, a contention immigration officials rejected. In recent years, the ACLU and other groups have sued ICE over several detention facility issues, including alleged inadequate access to health care and prolonged detention. A lawsuit filed by the ACLU in June, aiming to stop immigration authorities from forcibly drugging deportees, cited an immigrant allegedly drugged at the Terminal Island facility.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

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Bush White House proposes cuts to anti-terrorism funding

first_imgWASHINGTON – The Bush administration intends to slash counterterrorism funding for police, firefighters and rescue departments across the country by more than half next year, according to budget documents obtained by The Associated Press. The Homeland Security Department has given $23billion to states and local communities to fight terrorism since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, but one document says the administration is not convinced that the money has been well spent and thinks the nation’s highest-risk cities have largely satisfied their security needs. The department wanted to provide $3.2billion to help states and cities protect against terrorist attacks in 2009, but the White House said it would ask Congress for less than half – $1.4billion, according to a Monday document. The plan calls for outright elimination of programs for port security, transit security and local emergency management operations in the next budget year. This is President Bush’s last budget, and the new administration would have to live with the funding decisions between Jan. 20 and Sept. 30, 2009. The Homeland Security department and the White House Office of Management and Budget, which is in charge of the administration’s spending plans, would not provide details about the funding cuts because nothing has been finalized. “It would be premature to speculate on any details that will or will not be a part of the next fiscal year budget,” OMB spokesman Sean Kevelighan said, because negotiations between the White House and the Cabinet departments over the budget are not finished. Boxer was particularly incensed about the proposal to end money for port security – a big concern on the West Coast. “California’s ports carry over 47percent of all goods imported into the United States,” she said. “A terrorist attack at any of California’s ports could shut down our nation’s port system and result in a mind-boggling loss for our nation’s economy.” Bipartisan opposition to deep cuts emerged from New York, another state that would be hard hit. “To zero out essential Homeland Security programs which have more to do with protecting Americans and fighting the War on Terror than much of the money spent in Iraq shows how warped and out of touch this administration’s priorities are,” said Sen. Charles Schumer, a Democrat. The proposal “goes totally in the wrong direction,” said Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y. “This would be a very grave mistake, and I will do all I can to stop it.” In some years the grant program has created more ill will than security. In 2005, the administration cut by 40percent the counterterrorism funding to New York and Washington, D.C., the two cities hit hardest on Sept. 11, 2001. New York lawmakers were furious, and the Homeland Security official in charge of the grants program eventually resigned. Since then, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff has promised to apply more common sense and less “bean-counting” in grant decisions. The White House plan calls for massive cuts in areas where Homeland Security officials had sought increases. The department requested $900million for grants to U.S. cities at greatest risk of attack. But the White House only wants to provide $400million for that program, to be divided among no more than 45 urban areas. In 2007, Congress gave New York City $134million – about one-third of the total amount the White House would give to the highest-risk areas in the country in 2009. While very popular in the states and among lawmakers who take credit for getting counterterrorism dollars to their districts, some of the grants have been criticized as wasteful or excessive. $345,000 for crashproof barriers and 60 closed-circuit cameras to monitor the University of Arkansas Razorback stadium, which local officials think could be a terrorist target. $5million for the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology to buy a nearly deserted town to use for counterterrorism training. $70,000 for Huntsville, Ala., to create a fallout shelter in an abandoned mine where 20,000 people could take cover underground. Several South Florida fire departments have used Homeland Security grants to beef up their gyms. Pompano Beach, Fla., spent $220,000 on fitness equipment for a wellness program, training and physical exams. While the White House would eliminate at least seven current Homeland Security grant programs, it would create two new grants: Targeted investment grants, which would fund administration priorities such as the requirement that states create more-secure driver licenses, secure credentials for transportation employees and state and local planning for catastrophic disasters. The White House would provide $450million for that. A $300million discretionary grant program for terrorism preparedness, prevention and response, which would fund specific projects instead of sending a set amount to each state. These grants have long been debated in Congress, particularly whether a certain amount should be guaranteed to each state regardless of its risk of being attacked by terrorists. Rural lawmakers have not wanted the money to be distributed based on risk alone. In a joint statement, Sens. Joseph I. Lieberman, I-Conn., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, chairman and ranking Republican on the Homeland Security Committee, said they “urge the administration to reconsider this wrong-headed strategy.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“There’s been staunch support of our department, and you’ll see it again this February” when Bush’s 2009 budget emerges, Homeland Security spokesman Russ Knocke predicted. The proposal to drastically cut Homeland Security grants is at odds with some of the administration’s own policies. For example, the White House recently promised continued funding for state and regional intelligence “fusion centers” – information-sharing centers the administration deems critical to preventing another terrorist attack. Cutting the grants would limit money available for the centers. The White House’s plan to eliminate the port, transit and other grants, which are popular with state and local officials, would not go into effect until Sept. 30, 2008. Congress is unlikely to support the cuts and will ultimately decide the fate of the programs and the funding levels when it hashes out the department’s 2009 budget next year. The White House routinely seeks to cut the budget requests of federal departments, but the cuts proposed for 2009 Homeland Security grants are far deeper than the norm. Congress has yet to approve the department’s 2008 plan. “This budget proposal is dead on arrival,” said Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif. “This administration runs around the country scaring people and then when it comes to putting their money where their mouth is, they say `sorry, the bank is closed.”‘ California receives a large share of the counterterrorism money each year, and could lose more than $200million under the White House plan. last_img
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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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DONEGAL CINEMAS FIGHTING TO KEEP PEOPLE IN THE PICTURE

first_imgCINEMAS are fighting hard to buck the trend during the economic gloom as people look for light relief away from the recession blues.Over 17 million cinema tickets will have been purchased nationwide this year as people opt for a night in the front of the big screen to get away from the country’s economic woes.Mr Mark Doherty, proprietor of Century Cinemas in Letterkenny and Chairman of the Independent Cinema Association, admitted that like all sectors cinemas too were feeling the pinch and have had to work hard to get people in. “People want something light. The comedies and romantic comedies are particularly popular at the moment,” he said.“People are looking for relief and something to take their mind off their problems,” he added.Mr Doherty admitted the country’s cinemas were not immune to the effects of the recession and have suffered a decline in business.As a result cinemas have had to diversify their business to appeal to a broader audience and events such as the screening live concerts and opera shows have helped during tougher economic times. “We’re probably riding the recession better than most sectors but we are still feeling the effects of it.“ We are having to work that much harder to get people in. There are strong titles coming up at the end of the year so we’ll have to see how they perform. We could see a drop in admissions,” he said.The preference for light relief type shows is reflected in admission receipts. Avatar, with €6.2m worth of admissions, was the most watched film in Ireland this year, while the Toy Story and Shrek franchises also scored highly. Toy Story 3 and Shrek Forever After were in second and third place respectively. Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland was in fifth place while Iron Man 2 and Sex and the City 2 were also in the top 10.Unfortunately, for hard nosed cinema buffs, it isn’t the sort of stuff that will challenge the intellect.With the exception of movies now on show such as ‘London Boulevard’, ‘Machete’,  ‘The Americian’ and ‘Due Date’, it is the likes of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Deathly Hallows, ‘The Little Fockers’ and the Disney movie ‘The Tron Legacy’ and the latest from the ‘Chronicles of Narnia franchise and ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ that will put bums on seats. Mr Doherty stressed there was a strong tradition of cinema-going in Ireland dating back to the austere, post-emergency 1950s.“I think it’s a generational thing. People remember going to the cinema as children and are used to coming out. It’s a great social night out,” he said.The Letterkenny Cinema has recently acquired a ‘theatre licence’ and will have it available for the Simply Red farewell concert live by satellite from the 02 in London on Sunday, December 19 at 8.30pm.“The Theatre Licence permits us to serve wine and alcohol during live events. We’re also providing the service during the series of operas live from the New York Metropolitan House that runs up until May,” Mr Doherty added. EndsDONEGAL CINEMAS FIGHTING TO KEEP PEOPLE IN THE PICTURE was last modified: December 9th, 2010 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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THE BEST WEDDING PRESENT EVER AS MISSING FREDDIE THE PUG IS FOUND!

first_imgHappy couple Kevin and Laura McDaid recently had the most perfect wedding.Kevin and Laura on their wedding down – without Freddie the Pug!But there was one very special guest missing from the nuptials.As they walked down the aisle, they couldn’t help thinking of their beloved pet dog Freddie who went missing just days before the ceremony. Freddie, a black pug, had vanished from outside the couple’s home in Letterkenny on May 25th last.And despite a massive search and exhausting every avenue looking for Freddie, loving Kevin and Laura had resigned themselves to the fact that they may never see Freddie again.The couple married at St Eunan’s Cathedral and then had the most amazing wedding with 400 guests at the Mount Errigal Hotel on June 14th.They went on honeymoon with Freddie still in the backs of their minds. However while the well-known DJs soaked up the sun and their first days as Mr and Mrs, a lot of work was going on in the background.Unbeknown to them, a dog matching Freddie’s description had been found at a market in Cavan.Save some cake for me! Freddie is home even if he did miss the big wedding!A couple got in contact with a friend of Laura and despite a Skype call, friends of Laura and Kevin could not be 100% sure it was him.In stepped Donegal Pet Rescue who loaned Kevin’s brother Brian their Microchip Scanner to check if it was indeed Freddie.And two hours later Freddie’s true identity was confirmed. Kevin and Laura were told the brilliant news with just a couple of days left of their honeymoon.There were truly emotional scenes when the happy couple were reunited with their “baby.”Laura said “We had the most amazing wedding and everyone was so good to us.“But as much as we tried we couldn’t help but think of what happened to Freddie and where he was. “We can’t even describe how we felt when we got the call that Freddie was safe and coming home. We were speechless.“Our life together is now just perfect – now that Freddie is back.”THE BEST WEDDING PRESENT EVER AS MISSING FREDDIE THE PUG IS FOUND! was last modified: July 15th, 2014 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:DOGDonegal Pet RescueFReddieKevin McDaidLaura McDaidletterkennyPuglast_img read more

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Lincoln Red Imps to finish the job and send Celtic crashing? CORAL DD

first_imgCoral’s Nicola McGeady joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.After Henrik Stenson’s sensational Open triumph, attention now turns to the PGA Championship in New Jersey later this month.Rory McIlroy is the 7/1 favourite, world number one Jason Day is 8/1, Jordan Spieth is 11/1, while Stenson is 16/1 to secure a second straight major success.On Wednesday night, Celtic will aim to avoid a humiilating European exit when they host Lincoln Red Imps in the Champions League second qualifying round.Brendan Rodgers’ side lost the first leg to the part-timers of Gibraltar but the Hoops are fully expected to triumph at 1/33, while the Red Imps are 40/1.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img

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