Month: December 2019

This is my worst spell EVER! Jose Mourinho admits Chelsea’s form a concern

first_img1 Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho admits he is in the midst of the worst period in his managerial career.After winning the Premier League at a canter last season, the Blues have made a shocking start to this campaign.They have claimed just two wins from seven league games and head into Saturday’s visit of Southampton on the back of a disappointing Champions League defeat to Porto.“I define (this) as the worst period of my career, with the worst results in my career,” said Mourinho.“I get it as a fantastic experience – an experience that I don’t want to repeat. I want to finish tomorrow and win some matches again.“I think it comes too late, to come after 15 years is too late, but it’s something that is helping me to be better, a great negative experience.”The challenge began on the opening day of Chelsea’s title defence, a 2-2 draw with Swansea on August 8, the repercussions of which continue.Mourinho criticised first-team doctor Eva Carneiro and head physio Jon Fearn for going on to the field to treat Eden Hazard.And Mourinho was cleared by the Football Association on Wednesday of making discriminatory comments towards Carneiro.FA chairman Greg Dyke has told officials that Mourinho committed “a failure of his personal judgement and public behaviour” in his criticism of Carneiro, while independent board member Heather Rabbatts launched a stinging attack on the FA for its “seriously disappointing” handling of the case.Mourinho refused to respond on Friday, saying his comments will come in time.“For the past two months I didn’t open my mouth and I’m going to keep it like this. One day I will speak and I will choose a day,” Mourinho said.“I’m quiet about it for a long time. I read and I listen and I watch and I’m quiet. I’m telling you, we can be here all day. My time to speak will arrive when I decide.” Jose Mourinho last_img read more

Steelers celebrate their history in style

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Turns out they were. Ben Roethlisberger tied the Steelers’ single-game record with five touchdown passes in the first half and Pittsburgh put on a Steel Curtain-like defensive show that forced four turnovers before halftime in a 38-7 win victory over Baltimore on Monday night. The Ravens (4-4) had a chance to tie for the AFC North lead by beating the Steelers (6-2) for a fourth straight time dating to 2005. In reality, they had no chance at all. Not with all the big names – Mean Joe Greene, Jack Ham, Franco Harris, Terry Bradshaw – who gathered to celebrate the Steelers’ 75th season, whooping it up and pounding each others’ backs with every big hit and turnover. “It was a magical night to have those guys come and show their support,” said Hines Ward, himself a member of the Steelers’ all-time team that was honored at halftime. “You want to put on a show for those guys.” NFL: Roethlisberger throws for five TDs in first half. By Alan Robinson The Associated Press PITTSBURGH – Halfway through the first quarter, the overwhelmed Baltimore Ravens probably thought they were playing today’s Steelers and all of Pittsburgh’s Super Bowl stars of the past. Did they. The Steelers forced three fumbles in the first quarter, with James Harrison hitting All-Pro safety Ed Reed so hard on a punt return the ball flew nearly 15 feet before Pittsburgh recovered. Four plays later, Roethlisberger found Santonio Holmes for 15 yards on the first of their two opening-half touchdown pass plays and a 14-0 Steelers lead. Holmes had 110 yards on four receptions. Right about then, it was becoming obvious this wouldn’t be a repeat of Baltimore’s two routs of the Steelers by scores of 31-7 and 27-0 a season ago. Then, Roethlisberger was sacked 14 times and threw four interceptions. This time he was near perfect, going 13-for-16 for 209 yards with no interceptions. “I wouldn’t even know how to begin to characterize this,” Ravens coach Brian Billick said. “I’m just glad it’s a short week and we don’t have time to dwell on this.” Harrison, a non-drafted free agent once cut by Baltimore, became a starter this season after former Pro Bowl linebacker Joey Porter was released. He seemed to torment Ravens quarterback Steve McNair on nearly every down. Harrison had two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and interception and 2 sacks before halftime in a Jack Lambert-like performance. Lambert, coincidentally, was one of the few members of the Steelers’ 75th anniversary all-time team who didn’t attend. “I haven’t seen anyone play a game like that since high school – not in college or the NFL,” linebacker Larry Foote said. “But we knew we were going to dominate. You could just tell in practice.” Harrison could tell when the game started. “To tell you the truth, it seemed like everything was working,” Harrison said. “It was a little more satisfying because it was Baltimore and they cut me.” Former Steelers coach Bill Cowher got the crowd going by making an unannounced on-field appearance shortly before the opening kickoff as a steady rain fell. Once they got started, the Steelers lived up to Coach Mike Tomlin’s pregame prediction they would feed off the noise and enthusiasm. 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

‘If Arsenal came forward, we would talk’, says Serie A star’s agent

first_imgNapoli would be open to talks with Arsenal about a possible move for Jorginho, according to the player’s agent.The midfielder has been a long-term target for the Gunners and recent reports suggested they will step up their pursuit for him this summer.The Brazilian’s agent, Jorge Santos, has revealed that Arsenal have already expressed an interest in the 24-year-old and invited them to make contact with Napoli.“Arsenal know Jorginho, if they came forward with an official offer we’d talk,” he told Radio Crc.“It was in England that I was first asked about Jorginho but now everyone knows him and it’s obvious that a lot of teams are following him.“But at the moment all I can say is that Jorginho has a five-year contract with Napoli and wants to play for them in the Champions League next year.” 1 Jorginho in action for Napoli last_img read more

The Warm Up with Jon Richardson and Matt Forde – Saturday, April 9

first_imgA light-hearted look at the weekend’s action with comedy duo Jon Richardson and Matt Forde.Ex-West Ham and Wales defender joins the boys in the studio to discuss the Hammers’ fortunes and how his countrymen could do at Euro 2016.Meanwhile, Lemar talks about his beloved Tottenham Hotspur and Anthony Joshua’s fight with Charles Martin.last_img

CONFIRMED! Jose Mourinho is the new manager of Manchester United

first_img1 Jose Mourinho has finally been confirmed as Manchester United’s new manager.The 53-year-old succeeds Louis van Gaal and has signed a three-year contract, with an option to stay at Old Trafford until at least 2020.News of the appointment, one of the worst-kept secrets in football, broke on Thursday but the official announcement was delayed over a bizarre image rights issue.Mourinho, who has won the Premier League title three times during two spells with Chelsea, has been out of the game since being sacked by the Blues in December.He has been heavily linked with the United job in recent months, with speculation intensifying after the club’s failure to qualify for next season’s Champions League.Van Gaal led United to FA Cup glory on Saturday – their first major silverware since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement – but that was unable to save him as his turbulent two-year reign was ended on Tuesday.United have wasted little time in appointing a successor, with proven winner Mourinho viewed as the perfect man to get them back challenging for the title and Champions League success. “To become Manchester United manager is a special honour in the game,” Mourinho said upon the announcement of his appointment. “It is a club known and admired throughout the world. There is a mystique and a romance about it which no other club can match.”“I have always felt an affinity with Old Trafford; it has hosted some important memories for me in my career and I have always enjoyed a rapport with the United fans. I’m looking forward to being their manager and enjoying their magnificent support in the coming years.”Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward added: “Jose is quite simply the best manager in the game today.“He has won trophies and inspired players in countries across Europe and, of course, he knows the Premier League very well, having won three titles here.“I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome him to Manchester United. His track record of success is ideal to take the club forward.” Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford It’s official! #WelcomeJose pic.twitter.com/6QK3ZbVKae— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 27, 2016last_img read more

NASA facility to boost New Orleans economy

first_imgNEW ORLEANS – The route to the moon and perhaps to Mars now goes through New Orleans – and the detour couldn’t come at a better time in the city’s struggle to rebuild its shattered economy after Hurricane Katrina. With thousands of houses still in ruins and its population reduced by almost 170,000, a boost is on the way for New Orleans in the form of high-wage jobs and contracts for next-generation space systems at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility. Before the storm, New Orleans’ economy thrived on low-wage tourism. But the $156 million payroll at Michoud – some salaries are in the hundreds of thousands of dollars – generates paychecks significantly above the city’s median annual income of about $27,000. Michoud, in the city’s eastern section, had a cloudy future before the storm struck in August 2005: The space shuttle fuel tanks it used to turn out won’t be needed after the shuttle program ends in 2010, and there was no sure replacement for one of the region’s largest payrolls. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonThe outlook is much brighter now that three contracts associated with NASA’s Constellation program have landed this year and last at Michoud. James Bray, director of Lockheed Martin’s Orion project at Michoud, called the facility “a sleeping giant” for the New Orleans economy. “It’s been a jewel that a lot of people pass on the interstate and don’t really realize is here,” Bray said. “But if you look at the population of New Orleans and Slidell and along the Gulf Coast, you find very technical, qualified people that come into here and make the space program go.” Bethesda, Md.-based Lockheed Martin will build the Orion crew module at the 43-acre plant. And Chicago-based Boeing Co. will build the $1.13 billion upper stage of the Ares I launch rocket and the rocket’s $799.5million navigation and control system there. With 2,400 workers, Michoud is an economic force in a section of the city that was hit hard by Katrina and has been slow to recover. “For New Orleans east, it’s one of the big players. If you look around at who has the number of jobs, and the number of high paying jobs, you’re not going to find much in New Orleans east that’s even going to come close,” said Louisiana State University economist Loren Scott. “This type of facility that uses high-wage, high-skill jobs tends to create other types of jobs.”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

Meet the writers, and maybe become one

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Born in suburban New Jersey, Fry wanted to be a cowboy when she grew up. Instead, she flipped hamburgers for White Castle, taught horseback riding at summer camp, sold subscriptions to Life magazine door-to-door, and spent a year in a Maya Indian village in Belize teaching children to read. At age 8, she wrote a book called “Silver the Wild Horse” – all in capital letters because she didn’t know how to work the shift key on the typewriter. The illustrations were in crayon. Since then Fry has sold hundreds of articles and short stories to newspapers and magazines. Fry’s books are “The Beginning Dressage Book,” first published in 1981 by Arco Publishing and republished in 2003 by The Lyons Press, and “Backyard Horsekeeping: The Only Guide You’ll Ever Need,” published by Lyons Press in 2004. She is wrapping up “How to Cook a Mountain Cow,” a culinary memoir of her stay in Belize 42 years ago. On Feb. 12, Deanne Stillman will speak on “The Power of Place,” explaining the role of landscape in narrative nonfiction. Stillman is the author of “Twentynine Palms: A True Story of Murder, Marines, and the Mojave,” published by William Morrow. On March 12, Dorothy Howell will talk on “Fighting For Your Dream.” Discouraged from writing, she gave it up as a stupid dream, then found someone who supported her and she decided to go for it. Her 20th book, “The Hired Husband,” came out in November. She has three more books planned for publication through 2006. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – Free monthly lectures will introduce professional writers to the community. The Meet the Writers talks will be hosted by an organization called Antelope Valley Writers on the second Sunday of each month. Local author Joan Fry will be speak on “How to Turn Your Hobby into a Money-Maker: Write about it,” from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Cedar Centre Galleries, 44851 Cedar Ave. Fry, who is on the faculty of the Antelope Valley College, is a longtime freelance writer with more than 1,000 published articles. She started by writing for the speciality markets, which in her case was horse and cooking publications. Her horse hobby has produced two books and she has a culinary memoir in the works. last_img read more

CHILDREN IN DONEGAL BEING PUT INTO CARE AT MUCH HIGHER RATE THAN OTHER PARTS OF COUNTRY

first_imgChildren in Donegal are being put into state care at more than 10 times the rate of other parts of the country, figures have suggested.A breakdown of child care orders granted for neglect and abuse by district court judges around the country shows massive variations.Records reveal 225 cases of children in Letterkenny were being handed over to the Health Service Executive (HSE) in 2011. This compares to one in Mullingar for the same year, eight in Killarney, 10 in Athlone, 21 in Castlebar and 23 in Carlow – roughly similar sized towns.The figures, the latest available and never before published, include interim care orders, care orders and supervision orders. They were released by the Courts Service to the Child Care Law Reporting Project, which has launched a new website detailing child care cases that come before the courts.Carol Coulter, director of the project, said she could not yet say why there was such huge differences nationwide but would hope to find out over the next five years.She said: “I noticed there is a lot of variation geographically. I will be looking to see why there seems to be far more orders in some places than others. Is it because they are being sought? Is it because there is more voluntary care in some parts of the country? We just don’t know.”In total there were 7,928 applications made to district courts to put children into state care during 2011. Some 7,410 were granted. Around four in 10 cases were in Dublin, with the next busiest courts in Cork, Waterford, Limerick, Galway and Letterkenny.But Ms Coulter warned the statistics should be treated with caution as they reflect applications rather than children, and there may be multiple applications for the same child. Repeat or renewed applications for certain types of care orders which relate to the same case may also skew the figures.The new website was set up – with funding from Atlantic Philanthropies, the One Foundation and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs – to lift the lid on how child abuse and neglect cases are dealt with in the courts.Children’s Minister Frances Fitzgerald said: “It will show the dark side of abuse and neglect, the reality of 1,500 cases confirmed every year of child abuse and neglect. So it will shed a new light on how our courts deal with these issues and the huge challenges these problems throw up for our courts and indeed in the first instance for Irish children.”CHILDREN IN DONEGAL BEING PUT INTO CARE AT MUCH HIGHER RATE THAN OTHER PARTS OF COUNTRY was last modified: April 4th, 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:caredonegalHSElast_img read more

ILLISTRIN NS GETS NEW CLASSROOMS

first_imgFine Gael TD Joe McHugh has confirmed Government funding for construction of three new mainstream classrooms at Scoil Naomh Fiachra in Illistrin.Joe McHugh TDDeputy McHugh said the funding has been secured for the school on the outskirts of Letterkenny.“The three new mainstream classrooms, when completed, will enable pupils of the school to learn and to develop in a modern educational setting. Each classroom will be 80 square metres. “I have been working with Illistrin NS on accommodation and resource issues for a number of years. I would like to compliment parents, board of management and teachers for securing this funding.“The construction works are now a matter for school management. I look forward to the completion of the works.” ILLISTRIN NS GETS NEW CLASSROOMS was last modified: August 30th, 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:Illistrin National SchoolJoe McHughlast_img read more

DONEGAL TOWN TO TAKE PART IN UNIQUE ‘RELAY’ TONIGHT

first_imgAn information night for those interested in participating in Relay for Life Donegal 2014 will be held at the Donegal Education Centre, Donegal Town tonight, Wednesday, 12th February 2014 at 7:30 pm.The Relay for Life event.But why should we give up our free time to consider joining the Relay for Life cause?20 people each week are diagnosed with cancer in Donegal; that’s 1000 people every year, hence why we say there’s “1000 REASONS TO RELAY”. Relay gives individuals the opportunity to CELEBRATE the lives of people that have overcome cancer, to show SUPPORT to those currently undergoing treatment, to REMEMBER people lost to the disease, to offer support and strength to families that have lost their loved ones and to FIGHT BACK through inspiring people to take action against a disease that has taken too much.Relay for Life Donegal allows participants to develop friendships and support networks (e.g.) the Survivors Choir. It provides the opportunity to contribute and give something back to the local community. It reminds us how kind people can be and restores our faith in humanity.Schools participate in Relay for Life Donegal to highlight to their students the importance of contributing to society and to allow students to develop their skills and qualities.Businesses and organisations get involved with Relay for Life, Donegal in order to develop delegation, empowerment and co – operative relationships within the workplace. Families, friends and colleagues relay together to CELEBRATE, REMEMBER and FIGHT BACK (as previously mentioned).Hence why Relay for Life is suitable for everyone to participate at. DONEGAL TOWN TO TAKE PART IN UNIQUE ‘RELAY’ TONIGHT was last modified: February 11th, 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:Donegal TownRelay for Lifelast_img read more