Dortmund, for another English Premier: Bukayo Saka

first_imgAnd it is not the only English in which Dortmund looks, since Jude Bellingham of Birmingham is another of his targets. Borussia Dortmund want to fish in the Premier League again. The Germans’ experience with Jadon Sancho, today a world star, invites optimism. And the chosen one plays at Arsenal, according to The Mirror, since they are closely following Bukayo Saka.Saka has been the great revelation of the season for Arsenal. Although he debuted with Emery, his bang has come with Arteta playing left back. Saka has added 3 goals and 9 assists to date in a total of 29 games, but his contract ends in 2021 and he has not yet renewed, making his salary more than affordable for any team.last_img read more

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Conte blocks Oscar move

first_imgChelsea manager Antonio Conte dismissed the possibility of midfielder Oscar leaving Stamford Bridge in January, despite the Brazilian’s limited minutes in the Italian tactician’s new 3-4-3 system.Oscar has not started a Premier League match since Conte’s formation shift at the end of September, and several outlets have reported that the London club is prepared to listen to offers for the midfielder when the transfer window re-opens in January.”Oscar’s future is Chelsea, full stop,” Conte said. “For me, Oscar is an important player in the squad. He’s in good form. It’s logical I have to take the starting XI every week, but Oscar is a great player. For me, he stays at Chelsea.”It’s important that this message arrives for all. But Oscar will stay with us because I consider him an important player for Chelsea.”Conte also insisted that Cesc Fabregas will also be retained by the London club amidst interest from Serie A.”The same speech as for Oscar. I anticipate this question,” Conte said.Conte has made just one change to his starting XI in the last five Premier League matches – a run that has seen Chelsea take maximum points to rise to second in the table, scoring 16 goals and conceding none.”We have a complete squad,” Conte added. “It’s normal that, during a season, it can happen that there are some injuries. But now we have a good squad to have some substitutions if there are some injuries.”last_img read more

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Assessment urges USAID to push reforms in Guyana

first_img…city’s residents impatient against slowness of changesThe United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is being urged to take advantage of the window of opportunity to support the reform process that is underway to strengthen Guyana’s governance, balance the power of the executive, while starting the devolution of power to local government and ensuring a more accountable and responsive government.This was outlined in a Democracy, Human Rights and Governance Assessment for Guyana report. The assessment was done by Tetra Tech ARD, a US-based consulting firm.The report outlined that the election of the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC), brought an opportunity to Guyana to make substantive reforms that could transform its political system and make it more effective, accountable and inclusive.It was noted that if adopted and implemented, these democratic reforms can address the over-centralisation of power, address politicised and non-performing institutions that were found during the assessment and increase governance effectiveness and responsiveness.However, this outcome is far from certain and while there are indications of significant change, there are also reasons for concern.“Time is of the essence as this window may not be open for long. The assessment team estimates it will close within the next 18 to 24 months as the focus shifts to the 2019 local elections and 2020 national elections. Some believe it will close even sooner if not supported, citing rising citizen anger and impatience against the slowness of the reforms and signs of business-as-usual,” the report stated.To this end, the assessment team recommends USAID focus on a two-tiered strategy. It explained that in the short-term, focus should be placed on the reform processes, key oversight mechanisms, information flow, and newly elected local authorities.Whilst, in the medium- to long-term, a Democracy, Human Rights and Governance (DRG) programme should be reinstated to make a more substantive contribution towards strengthening Guyana’s democratic institutions and system. However, it does not recommend political party assistance in the near-term as the parties are internally regrouping and intending to work out their own issues and are not open to assistance at this time.In this regard, the recommended DRG objective is a more accountable, responsive, and balanced governance in Guyana. One of the recommended programmatic priorities is Constitutional reform through support for the current reform process and the implementation of previous constitutional reforms.“These can help balance the power of the executive, address the winner-takes-all nature of the political and electoral systems, and devolve power to local government. Near-term priorities are reform content and consultations, constitutional referendum (if held), and constitutional commission appointments. Mid- to long-term priorities are the implementation of the new constitutional reforms and strengthening the Human Rights and Integrity Commissions that provide oversight and citizen protection,” the report outlined.Furthermore, the report recommended that USAID strengthen checks and balances through strengthening key institutions and increasing access to information and evidence-based decision making.This, it was noted, can help increase accountability; balance the dominance of the executive; address issues of cronyism, impunity, and corruption; and ensure the rule of law is applicable to all. The report stated that near-term priorities are assessments in the key areas of rule of law, electoral system, and economic governance and consideration for a small flexible fund to support quick-impact, low-cost changes within key institutions. Mid- to long-term priorities include parliamentary oversight and outreach, it added.Other recommendations made are to strengthen local governance through support for the devolution process; capacity building for local institutions; and increasing citizen engagement to ensure local government has the authority, resources, and capacity required to be responsive to its communities, serve their needs, and counter the top-down, overly centralised nature of government.“Near-term priorities are the Local Government Commission, newly elected local officials, and constituency engagement. Mid- to long-term priorities include supporting the training curricula for local officials, constituency engagement, and information on and monitoring of the 2019 local elections,” the report cited.On the other hand, the assessment team remarked that the main challenge to DRG in Guyana is its legacy of political parties organised along ethnic lines; of single party dominance; and its centralised patron-client list system that contributed to weak, unaccountable, unresponsive, and ineffective government institutions. The dysfunction in its political system has led to a feeling of hopelessness among many Guyanese, high levels of emigration, and insecurity.last_img read more

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Report: United world can avert climate ills

first_imgBANGKOK, Thailand – After two reports predicting a warmer Earth where life is fundamentally changed, a U.N.-sponsored scientific panel next month will issue a third study describing how a united world can avert the worst, by embracing technologies ranging from nuclear power to manure controls. Under a best-case scenario for heading off severe damage, the global economy might lose as little as 3 percentage points of growth by 2030 in deploying technologies to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, says the panel’s draft report, obtained by The Associated Press. But it won’t be easy. For one thing, the governments of such major emitters as the United States, China and India will have to join the Kyoto Protocol countries of Europe and Japan in imposing cutbacks in carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases emitted by industry, power plants and other sources. Agriculture: Improved land management to increase carbon storage in soil, improved livestock and manure management. Forestry: Reduced deforestation, restoring forests, planting new forests. Waste: Control of methane emissions from landfills. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The draft report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), whose final version is to be issued in Bangkok on May 4, says emissions can be cut below current levels if the following are adopted: Energy supply: Fuel switching from coal to gas, nuclear power, hydropower, solar, wind, geothermal and bio energy. Transport: More fuel-efficient vehicles, rapid public transport systems. Buildings: Efficient lighting, better insulation and ventilation, more efficient heating and cooling devices. Industry: More efficient electrical equipment, heat and power recovery. last_img read more

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SHAY: I’M RETIRING FROM INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL

first_imgBREAKING NEWS: IRELAND STAR Shay Given has announced he is retiring from international football after a record-breaking career.In a statement tonight Shay said: “It was an honour and privilege to play and on occasion captain the team. I shall remain a huge fan of the team as I have been all my life and I wish them every success for the future.“I wish to thank all the players,managers,staff & most importantly the most wonderful fans in the world.” The Lifford man went on: “Finally I would like to thank my wife Jane,my 2 amazing kids and my entire family for their unwavering support over the 16 years & 125 caps.”“After a lot of thought and consideration, I have made the most difficult decision to retire from international football. It’s been a great.”Shay made his announcement in the past hour.It follows discussions with his family, the staff at Aston Villa and close friends. Given made his debut for Ireland as a 19-year-old against Russia in 1996 and was firmly established as the country’s number one when Ireland played in the 2012 World Cup.The 36-year-old will continue to play for Aston Villa in the English Premier League.A Football Association of Ireland statement added that Given had indicated that he would be prepared to “make himself available” in any emergencies in the future.The FAI statement added the Trapattoni had spoken “at length” with Given on Monday afternoon before the retirement was confirmed.Trapattoni praised Given for his “outstanding contributions to Ireland during his 16-year international career”. “I understand the difficult decision that Shay had to make and appreciate all of his efforts during his international career,” said the Republic manager.“He is a strong player with a great character and his love of playing for his country always shone through.“It has been a pleasure to work with him during my time with the team. I wish him the very best in his future.”SHAY: I’M RETIRING FROM INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL was last modified: August 14th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:SHAY: I’M RETIRING FROM INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALLlast_img read more

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Record-setting QB eyes playoff wins

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Herrick set the mark with a 47-yard pass to Virgil Hill on the final play of a 34-7 victory against Saugus on Friday at College of the Canyons. He was mobbed afterward by teammates and supporters and was awarded a special plaque before his mother, Marilyn, broke through the crowd and embraced her son with a well-deserved hug. “I’m very proud of him. For Michael, it was never about getting the record or 10,000 yards, it was always about winning – but it sure has been a fun ride,” she said. “It’s awesome. He’s very unselfish but I’m sure he’s very happy. I know I am.” Athletic director Brian Stiman, who was Valencia’s coach for Herrick’s sophomore and junior seasons before Larry Muir took over this year, was among the first to congratulate Herrick, who is ranked 21st nationally with 10,002 career passing yards. “For me, it’s been a tremendous experience because I’ve never been around a quarterback with Michael’s drive and determination,” Stiman said. “Obviously, he’s just a phenomenal passer with pin-point accuracy. Plus, on top of that, he’s great at reading defenses, and he’s got just a great family. The two years of his life that I got to spend with him as his coach has been an honor. Michael has a tremendous future ahead of him.” Herrick, who has verbally committed to Mississippi, is scheduled to visit the campus for an official recruiting trip this weekend. There he’ll be reunited with his older brother Robert, a naval officer who plans to meet up with him. VALENCIA – It’s now official. Valencia High’s Michael Herrick is California’s most productive football quarterback in history, setting the state passing yards record and becoming the first Californian to break the 10,000-yard barrier. But don’t expect to see Herrick, a sandy-haired senior with a perpetual smile who wears lucky jersey No. 7, celebrate for long. Now that the hoopla of reaching such a distinctive milestone is over – Newbury Park’s Keith Smith held the record of 9,971 for 12 years – Herrick can concentrate on what he always has cared about the most: winning. Defending section finalist Valencia (7-3) opens the Div. II playoffs Friday, and after losing two of the past three games, Herrick is hoping to orchestrate a month-long winning streak to put a final exclamation point on a terrific three-year career. “I’m just happy to win. This record really belongs to everyone who has ever played with me because we’ve all helped each other,” Herrick said. “I’ve tried not to think about the record because it hasn’t been my priority, but I do want to thank everyone who’s helped me do it. Now it’s time to take things one week at a time because we’ve got to keep winning.” Muir said having Herrick has made the coach’s transition from offensive coordinator to head coach that much easier. “It’s been amazing. How many coaches get to start off with a quarterback like Michael?” Muir said. “I mean, a kid that talented right out of the gate? It’s very special.” So what’s next? Herrick, who passed for 3,167 yards as a sophomore, 4,065 as a junior and 2,770 this season, needs 24 yards to move into the national top 20. He needs 220 to become the first Foothill League player to pass for 3,000 in three consecutive seasons. Gerry Gittelson, (661) 257-5218 gerry.gittelson@dailynews.com INSIDE CALIFORNIA’S ALL-TIME PASSING YARDAGE LEADERS RANKNAME, SCHOOL (YRS.)YARDS 1.Michael Herrick, Valencia (2003-present)10,002 2.Keith Smith, Newbury Park (1990-93)9,971 3.Chris Czernek, Newbury Park (1994-96)9,821 4.Chad Davis, Mira Mesa, Torrey Pines, Palm Springs (1988-91)9,332 5.Todd Marinovich, Capo Valley, Mater Dei (1994-97)9,182 Source: Cal-Hi Sports 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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A dose of reality

first_imgNEW YORK – Television’s reality intruded upon network entertainment chiefs Tuesday when disgruntled reality show writers barged in to a gathering of industry leaders to seek more pay. More than 1,000 TV writers want their benefits to catch up with scribes of comedies and dramas, and about a dozen of their representatives interrupted a discussion with the entertainment presidents of ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, UPN and the WB at the Waldorf Astoria. They dumped leaflets on hotel’s banquet hall tables, and Susan Baronoff, a writer for “Starting Over” and other shows, climbed onto the stage. “Will you please today think about it and go back to your office and do what you know is the right thing to do?” she said. Another indication of changing times for TV came within the discussion itself. For about the first half of the annual gathering – traditionally an opportunity for television executives to take stock of the fall season – the talk was about business and technology, not about programming. In only a couple of months, ABC announced it was selling copies of some shows for use on video iPods, CBS and NBC made deals to offer programming for on-demand purchases and there’s been a flood of new programming offered through the Internet. The executives said they believed that the large-screen, living room television will remain the main choice for their medium. But Kevin Reilly, NBC entertainment president, said the broadcast companies are trying to act quickly to set a price for their content so that – unlike the music industry – consumers don’t get used to getting it for free. “We looked at the music business and we are all aware that we have to be ahead of things,” said Dawn Ostroff, UPN entertainment chief. 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The entertainment chiefs looked puzzled and uncomfortable, and the protesters quickly left the room. “Their voice needs to be heard,” Peter Liguori, Fox entertainment president, said later. “We’ll figure it out.” The representatives of the Writers Guild of America say reality show employees don’t have the health and pension benefits of colleagues on scripted shows, aren’t paid enough for overtime and don’t participate in syndication profits. It’s not the most comfortable topic for television executives anyway, since acknowledging all of the writers indicates there’s something less than real about reality TV. “They make wads of money from reality,” Baronoff said. “It’s not a little genre anymore. It’s a behemoth.” last_img read more

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WATCH: Young joker masters his hilarious speech at a Donegal wedding

first_imgA young comedian stole the show with a stand-out speech at a wedding in Gweedore last weekend.Stanley Jarman, aged 12, gave this stellar speech at his mum Melissa’s wedding to officially welcome his stepdad Iain Harris to the family.Family and friends in the An Chuirt Hotel Gweedore went wild for Stanley’s wisecracking remarks which were caught on camera. The video is fast gaining views since it was uploaded. Making the speech and seeing its growing popularity have been big achievements for Stanley, who has autism and is an avid comedy enthusiast.Melissa and Stanley“Friends, family, people who came for free food,” were the words Stanley used to open his comedy-filled speech.Stanley delivers plenty of gags about Iain’s time with the family, such as listing out embarrassing nicknames and how he had made an enemy out of the family cat! “He’s taught me a lot of life lessons in the past. Some I’m afraid are illegal to mention on the mic right now. But the one I will remember is the time he taught me how to pee in the sea,” Stanley said.The confident young comic ended the speech on a sweet and sincere note:He spoke of his parents’ split when he was four years old and how fortunate he and his mum were to have Iain in their lives.“For the last eight years a big part of me has been gone. But luckily my mum met Iain and the big part has finally come back to me.”“Although Iain has many many imperfections, it’s exactly what makes him perfect for my mum.”We bet tears of laughter and emotions were shed at this wedding speech! Stanley JarmanMum Melissa said the speech was a big achievement for Stanley.“Stanley has Asperger’s and sensory processing disorder. He really wanted to do the speech but was worried there would be a lot of people there.“But he did it, and he absolutely nailed it. The only trouble was that he went first and nobody knew how to follow that!,” Melissa tells Donegal Woman.Stanley is the eldest of four children and attends Derryconnor National School. Melissa has three kids with her previous partner, while Iain and Melissa have a little boy together named Eddie, who is two years old. Melissa is originally from Kent and Iain is from Essex. They moved to Gortahork four years ago, where Melissa is a Scentsy Consultant and Iain works for RA Pacaisti Gweedore.“It was very much a kid-friendly wedding,” Melissa said. “We wanted the whole ceremony to be about all of us coming together as a family.”Stanley walked his mum Melissa down the aisleStanley is a big fan of comedy, especially Bolton funny man Peter Kay.“Peter Key is his all time hero. Whenever we are driving anywhere we would get whole recital of his sketches. I could definitely see Stanley going into comedy,” Melissa said.All in all, it was a joyous day for the couple and their families, but it had started on a panicked note.“There’s always one hiccup,” Melissa said.Iain and his groomsmen were saved from a wardrobe disaster last week by Evolve Menswear just in time for the big day.The bridal party had ordered suits from the UK, but when the best man went to collect them two days beforehand they were shocked to find they were ordered in the wrong sizes.With no replacements available, the groom rushed to Evolve Menswear’s Suit Bar in Letterkenny. The expert advisors came to the rescue and suited Iain and his best man in under 24 hours.Melissa and Iain were incredibly grateful to Evolve for going above and beyond. In her thank you note on Friday, Melissa called them wedding heroes and said: “If it wasn’t for the fantastic staff in the Letterkenny store, my other half would be getting married in his pants today.”WATCH: Young joker masters his hilarious speech at a Donegal wedding was last modified: November 3rd, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:speechvideoweddinglast_img read more

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Garda warning after first day of traffic disruption at Old Town Letterkenny

first_imgGardaí have issued a warning to motorists to obey the temporary traffic lights after a number of incidents at Old Town Letterkenny.Four sets of traffic lights have been placed at routes approaching the Old Town Road in front of Old Dunnes for the second phase of the Irish Water works in the area.The traffic management system caused lengthy delays on the first day of operation. Traffic approaching roadworks at Old Town Road 06/08/2019Motorists experienced tailbacks of up to 40 minutes from the Aura Letterkenny to the busy junction on Tuesday.Gardaí say they have received reports of motorists not obeying the traffic lights.A spokesperson issued this warning: “Everybody has a destination to go to and nobody likes waiting in traffic but by not obeying the traffic lights you only cause a delay for others and also run the risk of being involved in a collision.“Gardaí will be monitoring the traffic flow in the area and if they observe someone driving through a red light then they will have no option but to deal with that person accordingly. “We all have to follow the rules of the road and we all want to get home safely so please drive with due consideration and have patience.”Gardaí arrested a man in the vicinity on Tuesday night after he damaged several cars which were queed in the traffic.Meanwhile, local residents have called for the works to be halted to accommodate mourners visiting a wake in the Crievesmith area.Garda warning after first day of traffic disruption at Old Town Letterkenny was last modified: August 7th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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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