‘LFC can attract Higuain yet we struggle to sign Vardy?’ Arsenal fans on rumour

first_img1 Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was in California to watch Argentina play Chile, but was he on a scouting mission? Pictures of manager Jurgen Klopp attending Argentina’s latest Copa America match have got Liverpool fans excited.Initial reports suggested Klopp was in California at the Argentinians match against Chile, seated next to Gonzalo Higuain’s brother and agent, but some fans claim the man in question is Klopp’s son, Marc.Still, it didn’t stop supporters dreaming of the prospect of 36-goal striker Higuain playing for Liverpool next season, while Arsenal fans were left feeling envious given their link with the player over the last few years and the fact there is a hold up in the Jamie Vardy deal.Here, talkSPORT looks at some tweets from both sets of fans.last_img

MY DONEGAL… WITH TRANSPLANT TEAM IRELAND STAR KIERAN MURRAY

first_imgKieran Murray. Picture by Conor McCabe Photography.Kieran Murray from Ramelton is a member of Transplant Team Ireland. They are currently competing in the European Transplant & Dialysis Sports Championships in Finland. Kieran, who underwent a kidney transplant in 2013, will take part in the track and field events and golf at the championships.Kieran has shown unwavering determination at the championships after going ahead with a 5K run yesterday while nursing a chest infection! His persistance and courage make him one of Donegal’s finest sports stars.  This is Kieran’s Donegal…(1) What is your favourite place in Donegal and why?Ramelton as I was brought up there and most of my family and friends live there. (2) If you could change one thing about Donegal what would it be?Improve roads.(3) Who is the one person in Donegal that you look up to and why?Parents as they support me in good times and bad times.(4) Daniel O’Donnell or Packie Bonner?Daniel O’Donnell(5) What has been Donegal’s proudest moment in recent years? Winning the All-Ireland in 2012(6) What was Donegal’s saddest moment?Buncrana pier tragedy and Inisowen car crash(7) What is your favourite Donegal-made product? McDaid’s Football Special as it is made in Ramelton!(8) Who is Donegal’s greatest ambassador around the world and why?Seamus Coleman(9) Who is Donegal’s most successful businessperson in your opinion?The McGettigan family with pubs and hotels all over the world promoting Donegal.(10) Who is your favourite Donegal sportsperson of all time?Seamus Coleman, Shay Given and Mark English(11) What is your favourite Donegal restaurant?Traveller’s Inn in Milford as they have lovely home cooked meals, friendly staff and reasonable prices.(12) Donegal’s golden eagles or basking sharks?Donegal’s golden eagles(13) What is your favourite Donegal saying or expression?‘Aye’(14) What is the biggest challenge facing the people of Donegal today?Youth unemployment and emigration(15) What is your favourite Donegal food?I love potatoes, especially John Edward’s potatoes!(16) Is there anything that really annoys you about Donegal or its people?Not really(17) If you had a million euro to spend on improving something in Donegal, what would it be?Hospital waiting lists and improve Letterkenny Hospital(18) Where’s the most unusual place you’ve logged on to Donegal Daily?Mar Del Plate, Argentina(19) What was the most rewarding part of being on Transplant Team Ireland?Being part of a team, meeting new friends and watching people achieve things they never thought possible(20) Is there anything about Donegal that you are very proud of? The Wild Atlantic WayMY DONEGAL… WITH TRANSPLANT TEAM IRELAND STAR KIERAN MURRAY was last modified: July 13th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:european transplant and dialysis championshipsKieran MUrraytransplant team irelandlast_img read more

Opposition to plan grows

first_img “The higher the landfill … the possibility for odors to escape the landfill increases,” resident Ruth Griffin said. Veterans who negotiated the previous community mitigation agreement – it included a $250,000-per-year payout for local improvements and a pledge that the dump would close by roughly 2019 – criticized this new round of expansion. “We went in there eyes wide open that this would be the end of the deal,” said Dan Nordenstrom, a resident who worked on the previous agreement. “Every single property owner in this community has been negatively impacted. I personally am against in any shape or form any further expansion at this point.” “The community thought they fought that battle once,” said Griffin, who also help broker the deal. “Now we’re fighting that battle again.” Gordon said the existing conditional use permit allows landfill owner Republic Services, Inc. of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to seek a new permit. Any local concerns about the expansion will be addressed though the environmental impact report to be compiled by county planning staffers, which could take up to two years, he said. It could be an additional year before the proposal reaches the county Board of Supervisors, which has the final decision. “The county is obligated to take all that into account,” Gordon said. “At the end of the day, there will be a scientific basis for the Department of Regional Planning to define what needs to be done. … The law says study first, then decide. I expect this process to be ongoing. I see this as the beginning.” Eugene Tong, (661) 257-5253 eugene.tong@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VAL VERDE – Opposition to a proposal to more than double the volume of the Chiquita Canyon Landfill has coalesced as residents in this town northwest of the dump packed a community meeting to air complaints about persistent odor and other concerns. The proposed expansion would extend the 257-acre working area to a total of 355 acres, adding 33 million tons of trash capacity on top of the existing limit of 23 million tons. A new permit being pursued through the county Department of Regional Planning also would allow on-site handling of treated sewage. But, with complaints of a foul smell some believe to be coming from the 33-year-old dump stacking up in recent years, residents in this semirural community said Thursday they have had enough. “Why would anyone support expansion of the dump when there are problems right now?” Jim Ellis, a resident here since 1997, said during a Val Verde Civic Association meeting. He said he had smelled odors between last April and May. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Weekcenter_img The association, which had brokered a deal with the landfill in 1996 when it expanded form 96 acres to its current size, presented a community forum including a landfill representative and county regulators. Scott Gordon, the landfill’s attorney, disputed whether the 592-acre facility is the source of the odor. But he said management has worked to prevent any foul scents from spilling into the community of about 1,500, including personnel training, studies and frequent covering. Chiquita General Manager Mike Dean “has worked with the AQMD and regularly makes sure the odor is not there,” Gordon said. Still, the South Coast Air Quality Management District has slapped the landfill with two nuisance odor violations over the past two years. One was settled in June with a $5,000 fine, while a second issued in March is in settlement talks. Meanwhile, the Southern California air quality regulator opened investigation in September that could lead to a third odor citation. Community leaders worry that the proposed expansion could worsen any existing odor problem. A provision in the plan allows trash to pile up to 1,430 feet – residents say the bordering ridgeline only rises to 1,230 feet. last_img read more

TG4 DOCUMENTARY TO PAY TRIBUTE TO DONEGAL NATIVE AND ALL BLACKS CAPTAIN DAVE GALLAHER

first_imgTG4 is set to broadcast a tribute to Ramelton native Dave Gallaher.Filmed in Ireland and New Zealand ‘All Black na hEireann’ (Ireland’s All Black) airs at 9.30pm tomorrow (Sunday) on TG4.The Square One Productions film tells the story of Dave Gallaher who would go on to become possibly the greatest ever captain of the All Blacks rugby team before he died tragically in the Western front during World War One. The documentary features world renowned experts and formers All Black players who remember the Donegal All Black who changed the face of rugby.Producer Shane Tobin comments: ‘The story begins in North West Ireland. Born in Ramelton, Co. Donegal in 1873 and ends on the trenches in World War One.“Between these two events Dave Gallaher changed the landscape of sports and created the enigma of the All Blacks that we know today out of great hardship and Cathal did a great job in bringing the story to Irish TV viewers through amazing never seen archive of those days.“He is possibly the most influential figure in rugby as he created the mystic of the All Blacks and their tactical playbook which created an amazing record in international competition. That makes him one of the most influential Irish sports stars ever, despite being so unknown. ‘All Black na hÉireann’ was written and produced by Shane Tobin (‘Hill 16’, ‘Dhá Chúirt’, ‘Dialanna ón gCogadh Mór’) Editor on the piece was Áine Furlong with Andrew Edger on camera. Online editing and mixing was carried out at Reelgood studios in Dublin and it was directed by Cathal O’hÚallachain for Square One productions.Tobin continues: ‘This is the first documentary to be made for Irish TV on such a great Irishman who so few know about, but changed the world forever.”Another Square One productions film, their eight part series on World War 1 ‘Dialanna ón gCogadh Mór’, continues every Wednesday at 9.30pm on TG4 up to December 17th. TG4 DOCUMENTARY TO PAY TRIBUTE TO DONEGAL NATIVE AND ALL BLACKS CAPTAIN DAVE GALLAHER was last modified: November 14th, 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:All BlacksDAVE GALLAHERRameltonlast_img read more

South African HIV/Aids research pioneer Glenda Gray on 2017 Time’s 100 Most Influential list

first_imgDr Glenda Gray, the pioneering medical researcher, who specialises in the search for a vaccine for HIV/Aids, is the only South African to be selected as one of Time magazine’s prestigious 100 most influential people in 2017.Dr Glenda Gray, selected as one of 2017’s Most Influential people by Time magazine, is a pioneering medical researcher dedicated to finding an HIV vaccine. Gray has been at the forefront of HIV/Aids treatment and advocacy in South Africa for more than 30 years. (Image: South African Medical Research Council)CD AndersonDr Glenda Gray joins previous South African Time100ers such as comedian Trevor Noah, former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and tech entrepreneur Elon Musk. This year’s list includes US presidential adviser Ivanka Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin, humanitarian Melinda Gates and singer Kendrick Lamar.Gray is the president and CEO of the South African Medical Research Council (SMRC), and also leads a group of internationally acclaimed medical researchers giving hope to people living with HIV/Aids. Its landmark contribution is the development and implementation of a pioneering HIV vaccine efficacy trial that has been running over the past seven years.This programme seeks to develop an effective and affordable HIV vaccine regimen in South Africa that, if successful, could be the first HIV vaccine to be licensed globally.Speaking to News24 about her work, Gray says: “I [believe] if we find a solution to HIV, we will find it in South Africa. As a county we have come a long way with many breakthroughs over the years.”In the Time profile, editor Siobhan O’Conner calls Gray a dedicated and passionate pioneer, and highlights her research that led to a dramatic drop in mother-to-child HIV transmission and babies born with the virus — from 600,000 a year to 150,000. Part of Gray’s leadership in ongoing research and medical trials is the development of an early infant inoculation system.“[Gray’s] ongoing HIV vaccine study is the largest of its kind ever conducted in South Africa, and with it, Gray is once again doing her part to make sure that the science of HIV — and the conversation around it — never stops evolving,” writes O’Conner.The doctor’s courageous drive and fearlessness in questioning the status quo was, according to her official SMRC biography, developed by her tireless work in fighting against apartheid. During the 1980s Gray was at the forefront of calling for the desegregation of the country’s hospitals and allowing access to medical treatment for all South Africans. After 1994, Gray worked closely with Nelson Mandela’s first democratic government in tackling the growing HIV/Aids problem.She founded South Africa’s first perinatal HIV clinic in 1993, offering testing and counselling facilities for pregnant women in townships. The clinic, together with the University of the Witwatersrand, was also at the forefront of HIV/Aids research. Later, Gray campaigned vigorously for cost-effective HIV treatments for developing countries.In 2001, Gray and others helped to form the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), which fought tirelessly for the distribution of treatment to HIV-positive pregnant women in South Africa. In 2002, alongside her colleague Dr James McIntyre, she received the Nelson Mandela Health and Human Rights Award for their research. In presenting the award to Gray and her team, Mandela recognised that “beyond doubt and argument” that giving drugs to pregnant women was central to the fight against HIV/Aids.In 2003, Gray and McIntyre were honoured with a Heroes in Medicine Award by the International Association of Physicians in Aids Care.She was also awarded South Africa’s highest national honour, the Order of Mapungubwe (Silver) in 2013 for both her activism during apartheid and her pioneering medical research.While the work of the TAC with the South African government has enabled more than 2 million South Africans with HIV/Aids to receive treatment, Gray has refocused her research efforts on developing effective vaccines for the virus, particular for enabling infected mothers to be able to breastfeed infants. Her current work is focusing on developing a vaccine that works for adults and children.“Once we find a vaccine that works, and we put it to infants, I would have completed my cycle, my journey,” she said. “I want to be part of that team that finds an HIV vaccine. I believe we will find it.”Regarding the Time 100 honour, Gray paid tribute to those around her who had been part of the trailblazing work, telling News24 on 21 April 2017: “I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for my team and the people I work with. So, it’s not just about me, I happen to represent a team that very much deserves this as much as I do… we can’t rest. We will find a solution. I might symbolise hope and passion, but it is the hard work of a whole team of people that will ultimately make a difference.”For a full timeline of the life and work of Dr Glenda Gray, read this 2014 profile.Source: News24, South African Medical Research Council, Wikipedia Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

IEC unveils 2014 election plan

first_img10 October 2013 The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) on Wednesday unveiled a comprehensive election plan that includes a voter registration campaign aimed at getting as many South Africans as possible to participate in the country’s 2014 general elections. The IEC has set aside the weekend of 9 and 10 November for a nationwide voter registration campaign targeting more than two-million new eligible voters. South Africa’s voters’ roll contains just over 23-million names, and the IEC aims to have 25-million people vote in next year’s election – the fifth general election since the landmark poll of 1994, coinciding with the country’s 20 years of freedom celebrations “We are preparing ourselves for an exceptionally high voter turnout,” IEC chairperson Pansy Tlakula told journalists in Johannesburg on Wednesday. “South Africans have repeatedly shown us that they will rise to the occasion, and we are confident that the opportunity of the coming elections will be no different.” While the date for the elections has not been proclaimed yet, the Constitution dictates that elections should be held within 90 days from the date of the last elections. This means the 2014 elections will be held some time between May and June. According to statistics available on the IEC website, the largest number of registered voters on the voters’ roll are between the ages of 30 and 39, representing more than five-million people. This group is followed by those aged between 20 and 29, representing over 4.5-million registered voters. There are less than 200 000 registered voters in the younger ages of 18 and 19, a number Tlakula said the IEC wants to increase. “We make a special call on young people, especially those who will be eligible to register to vote for the first time, to show up in your numbers on the registration weekend.” Tlakula said the registration weekend could also be used by registered voters as an opportunity to inspect their details on the voters’ roll. Voters who have changed their physical addresses since their last registration are also called on to register in their new voting districts. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Africa’s first solar data centre cooling system unveiled

first_img11 July 2014Mobile telecommunications company MTN has unveiled Africa’s first concentrating solar cooling system for the energy-hungry data centres at its Johannesburg head office.The state-of-the-art system consists of 242 solar mirrors, covering 484 square metres, which track the sun to generate pressurised hot water at 180 degrees Celsius. The hot water in turn powers an absorption chiller that produces chilled water which is circulated into the data centre to cool the IT equipment.When it rains, the mirrors move into a self-cleaning position, and on cloudy days the mirrors turn down into a protective “stow” position.“MTN is acutely aware of the impact of global warming and its adverse impact on emerging markets including South Africa,” MTN South Africa CEO Zunaid Bulbulia said in a statement on Wednesday.“We continuously explore ways in which we can not only reduce our carbon footprint, but also substantially reduce our electricity consumption, which will release additional capacity for the national grid.”The system was designed by REACH Renewable and AOS Consulting Engineers and implemented jointly with Industrial Solar, Voltas Technologies and Luft Technik.Cristian Cernat, MD of Voltas Technologies, said: “The opportunity to model and design the installation using a high temperature heat source, architectonically integrated, creates a real opportunity for local manufacturing and future job creation in the field of renewable energy equipment production in our country.”In 2010, MTN’s head office became the first silver-certified building in South Africa under the United States Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) programme.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Go Beyond the Webinar: Insights, Experiences, and Strategies for Working with Military Families around Child Resilience

first_imgThere were many other takeaways that our participants shared after the webinar’s conclusion and we encourage all of you to watch the archived version to gather your own key takeaways. If you are a Licensed Social Worker, Family Therapist, or Professional Counselor, we offer 1.5 Free CEUs for this webinar. You can find out more information on how to obtain those CEUs here.This post was written by Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFT, the Social Media and Programming Coordination Specialist for the MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development concentration on our website, Facebook, and Twitter. By Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFTOn Thursday, July 13, Dr. Catherine Mogil provided an enlightening and insightful webinar for us on exploring resilience in Military Children.Below are a few of the key takeaways that our participants shared they obtained through their participation in this webinar.The study showing findings that anxiety levels in children were higher after the return of the service member (from deployment)Look at slide 23 of the PowerPoint for more information on this interesting finding. Also, take a look at the graph on slide 42  showing the types of anxiety displayed throughout the deployment spiral (see next point).Deployments can be viewed as a spiralThere is an illustration of this spiral on slide 20 of the PowerPoint. Catherine states, ” National Military Family Association says it’s (deployment) not really a cycle; you don’t enter the next deployment the same way you entered the deployment before. You are now changed.”Children of ALL ages and developmental stages show different emotions relating to the deployment of their parents“Children at different ages may experience different reactions to trauma or stress and express those in different ways”, according to Catherine. She provides more detail on this in slides 12 through 16, providing examples of behaviors at different ages and developmental stages.FOCUS Family Resilience TrainingThe FOCUS model is an 8-module preventive intervention; working with parents only initially, then the children only, meeting with the parents alone again, and then bringing the family back together for the sessions. This model “provides resilience training to military children and families. It teaches practical skills to help families overcome common challenges related to a parents’ military service, to communicate and solve problems effectively, and to successfully set goals together and create a shared family story”. To find out more, click here.The statistics for deployed families are highA statistic from slide number 11 on the PowerPoint states that approximately 225,000 military children have a parent currently deployed. Additional statistics show that there are 1.9 million military children; 68% are younger than 11, 19,000 have had a parent injured, and 2,200 have lost a parent.There is a Veteran Family Wellness Center“It [The UCLA-VA Family Resource and Well-Being Center] is intended to become a national model for veteran families and women veterans, offering a one-stop portal for access to specialized family resilience, social work, legal, education, parenting skills, and other services.” Read more about this here.last_img read more

Imphal court releases student activist on bail

first_imgFour days after Manipur student activist Veemon Thokchom was arrested from his residence in Delhi for a Facebook post over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, an Imphal court on Tuesday released him on bail noting that the post was not seditious. Chief Judicial Magistrate Ningthoujam Lanleima remarked that the content of Mr. Thokchom’s Facebook post “cannot be stated to bring into hatred or contempt, or excite or attempt to excite disaffection towards the government”. “At the most, the accused mention the incident of burning of Assembly with approval, but I don’t find any attempt or incitement to commit violence,” the judge said. As a condition for his release on bail, the judge has directed him not to commit an offence similar to the one he is accused of. Following the court’s order, Mr. Thokchom was released during the day and reached his home in Manipur around 4 p.m. Mr. Thokchom, 24, was arrested by a joint team of Manipur and Delhi Police on February 15 from his rented residence in Saket, Delhi. Second such case Mr. Thokchom is the second case in recent months where the Manipur government has booked individuals for sedition, an offence which entails a maximum punishment of life imprisonment. In December last year, Manipur journalist Kishorechandra Wangkhemcha, who had posted an alleged offensive Facebook post on Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, was booked for sedition and later detained for 12 months under the National Security Act.last_img read more

Anil Kumble confident of Virat Kohli’s Team India creating history in South Africa

first_imgFormer India captain and coach Anil Kumble has heaped praises on Virat Kohli-led Team India ahead of their gruelling South Africa tour. Kumble was on Sunday honoured with Coach of the Year award for 2017 by Sports Writers Association of Bangalore (SWAB).Kumble, who stepped down as coach in June after only 12 months in office, said he was confident that India will create history in South Africa with the full-fledged tour starting on January 5 with a three-match Test series.”I’m confident that the team which we have will certainly go on to create history in South Africa and then beyond. That’s the confidence I have,” Kumble said in his speech.India have never won a Test series in South Africa with Proteas winning five times and one ending in a draw.”I’m sure the team under Virat certainly has the capabilities to achieve that and continue all the good work they have been doing,” Kumble said.Kumble quit as India coach two days after the conclusion of ICC Champions Trophy, which Pakistan won in England in June. The legendary bowler resigned after his partnership with captain Kohli became untenable.The inspirational leader was appointed the coach of the Indian cricket team in June 2016 and during his one-year term, Kohli-led India won five consecutive Test series from June 2016-March 2017. Under Kumble’s guidance, India also registered ODI series win against New Zealand, England and reached the ICC Champions Trophy final.”I think coaches in cricket don’t have too much to say or too much to do. But nonetheless this is an excellent recognition of all the good work that the team did over the past one year and they have continued with their winning ways. This wouldn’t have happened without the support group, all the support team that I had over the past year has been exceptional. So thanks to them, thanks to the members of the team,” he added.advertisementTHE RIFT AND RESIGNATIONShortly before the Champions Trophy got underway in England earlier this year, murmurs of a rift between Kohli and Kumble first appeared in the media. In the subsequent days and weeks, what unfolded was a messy sequence of events.There had been a total breakdown of communication between Kohli and Kumble. The players were far from happy with the coach’s headmasterly behaviour and there was absolutely no way the Cricket Advisory Committee, Committee of Administrators or the BCCI could have salvaged the situation. After what seemed like an eternity, Kumble stepped down as coach following a Champions Trophy final defeat to Pakistan.In his resignation letter to the BCCI, Kumble wrote that the “captain had reservations” with his style of coaching.”I was informed for the first time yesterday by the BCCI that the Captain had reservations with my style and about my continuing as the Head Coach. I was surprised since I had always respected the role boundaries between Captain and Coach.”Though the BCCI attempted to resolve the misunderstandings between the Captain and me, it was apparent that the partnership was untenable, and I therefore, believe it is best for me to move on.”Professionalism, discipline, commitment, honesty, complementary skills and diverse views are the key traits I bring to the table. These need to be valued for the partnership to be effective. I see the Coach’s role akin to ‘holding a mirror’ to drive self-improvement in the team’s interest.”In light of these ‘reservations’, I believe it is best I hand over this responsibility to whomever the CAC and the BCCI deem fit,” Kumble wrote in his letter.The fiery leg-spinner had captained India in 14 Tests and oversaw three victories, five defeats and six draws.last_img read more