Premier League round-up: Liverpool win to ease pressure on Brendan Rodgers while Man United go top

first_img1 Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge scored his first goals in nearly six months as Liverpool got back to winning ways with a 3-2 victory over Norwich at Anfield to ease the pressure on under-fire manager Brendan Rodgers.James Milner opened the scoring and his Reds account inside two minutes with an arrowed drive, before Sturridge’s exquisite volley doubled the home side’s advantage after the break.Rudy Gestede halved the deficit from close range but Sturridge restored the Reds’ two goal advantage almost immediately after, coolly finishing after a brilliant interchange with Philippe Coutinho.Gestede ensured the Anfield faithful had a nervy final 20 minutes with a bullet header, but the Reds held on for their first win in six games in all competitions.Elsewhere, Manchester United moved top of the Premier League and above neighbours Manchester City, who were thrashed by Tottenham in the early kick off, with a routine 3-0 win over beleaguered Sunderland at Old Trafford.Goals almost immediately before and after half time from Memphis Depay and Wayne Rooney – his first in the league since April – saw United open up a two goal advantage and Juan Mata scored in the dying minutes to cap an easy day for the Red Devils.Leicester and Claudio Ranieri’s unbeaten start to the season came crashing down as an Alexis Sanchez hat-trick helped Arsenal come from behind to win 5-2 at the King Power Stadium.After Jamie Vardy raced clear of the Gunners defence to open the scoring, Theo Walcott equalised almost instantly with an unerring strike off the far post.Sanchez then got off the mark for the season before half time with a simple finish after a scramble in the Foxes penalty area, and the Chilean extended the visitors’ advantage after the break by glancing in Mesut Ozil’s searching pass.Sanchez completed his hat-trick in emphatic fashion, rounding a Foxes defender before finding the bottom corner from 25 yards, but Vardy grabbed his sixth of the season soon after.Substitute Olivier Giroud netted in injury time to make it five for the rampant Gunners, duly shattering the only remaining unbeaten start in the top four English leagues.While West Ham have been electric on the road this season, they had to rely on a late Cheikou Kouyate goal to earn a share of the spoils in a lively 2-2 draw with Norwich at Upton Park.The Canaries took the lead early in the first half after Robbie Brady pounced on a mistake from Hammers captain Mark Noble before finishing confidently, but Diafra Sakho levelled proceedings soon after.Nathan Redmond looked to have won the game for the visitors with a brilliant individual strike in the last ten minutes, but Kouyate bundled home in stoppage time to earn Slaven Bilic’s side a point.Meanwhile, Stoke City finally notched their first win of the season after a late Mame Biram Diouf strike earned a narrow 2-1 victory over Bournemouth at the Britannia Stadium.After Cherries striker Callum Wilson was stretchered off with a nasty looking ankle injury, Jon Walters opened the scoring following some wing wizardry from Marko Arnautovic.Dan Gosling equalised for the visitors with 15 minutes remaining, but Diouf’s header from Glen Johnson’s cross eight minutes later saw the Potters move out of the bottom three.And goals from Virgil van Dijk, Dusan Tadic and Sadio Mane saw Southampton to a comfortable 3-1 victory over Swansea, who responded late on through Gylfi Sigurdsson’s penalty at St Mary’s.Premier League results:Leicester City 2-5 ArsenalLiverpool 3-2 Aston VillaManchester United 3-0 SunderlandSouthampton 3-0 Swansea CityStoke City 2-1 BournemouthWest Ham United 2-2 Norwich Citylast_img read more

How’s this for a Manchester United line up without Wayne Rooney?

first_img 11 6. Bastian Schweinsteiger (centre midfield) – With Michael Carrick’s fitness a consistent problem, Schweinsteiger was a crucial signing in the summer. The German’s performances have been satisfying, but the major issue could be his ability to handle the big games. 4. Chris Smalling (centre back) – Louis van Gaal recently voiced his belief that Smalling is a future captain of Manchester United in the making. The centre-back has been the standout player for the Red Devils this season, and credit must be handed to van Gaal for aiding the 25-year-old’s long awaited progression. 11 11 9. Ander Herrera (attacking midfield) – Herrera is adored at Old Trafford and is a name that Manchester United supporters always hope to see on the team sheet. While Juan Mata looks far more at ease in a central position, Herrera is the more versatile, and looks to be the ideal player to fill the No.10 role. Van Gaal, however, must give him a consistent run in the side. 2. Matteo Darmian (right back) – Antonio Valencia started at right back in the Manchester derby at the weekend and put in a fine performance. However, Louis van Gaal should not start chopping and changing his defence. Darmian has been a regular in the side and should remain so. 1. David De Gea (goalkeeper) – see who else makes the Rooney-less line up by clicking the arrow above – Can you imagine if De Gea had refused a new contract and joined Real Madrid in the summer? This would have been little short of a disaster, with the Spaniard remaining one of the finest goalkeepers in Europe. 11 10. Memphis Depay (left wing) – Depay, a major signing in the summer, has failed to live up to the high expectations at Old Trafford so far. But he is not a lost cause. His progression at Old Trafford could hinge on how van Gaal handles the former PSV Eindhoven winger during his spell out of the side. He has suffered for the last two matches on the bench, but it may now be time to see his response to his axing. 5. Marcos Rojo (left back) – Rojo failed to impress in his first season in Manchester, and while his start to the new campaign was slow, his performances in the last two games have been superb. If he can sustain his form, Luke Shaw may face a battle to get back in the side upon his return from injury. 11 7. Morgan Schneiderlin (centre midfield) – It has taken a while for Schneiderlin to kick into gear at Manchester United, but the last few games, he has finally put in the performances that he consistently delivered at Southampton. He offers essential balance in midfield, and his partnership with Bastian Schweinsteiger will be key this season. 11 11 8. Juan Mata (right wing) – Mata may favour playing centrally, with pace not one of his attributes, but he continues to offer an attacking threat out on the wing, thriving in the space offered. What’s more, playing on the right flank allows the Spaniard to cut in on his magical left foot. 11. Anthony Martial (striker) – The Frenchman was considered a gamble signing upon his arrival for a fee of £36m; however, with three goals in five appearances for United, Martial has certainly done enough to warrant a start as the leading centre-forward ahead of Rooney. Martial has effortlessly coped with the physicality, the pace and the pressure in the Premier League, and should van Gaal continue to play him out wide, his natural ability in front of goal will only be wasted. 11 11 11 3. Phil Jones (centre back) – Daley Blind has often deputised at centre-back, but it is high time an out-and-out defender partnered Chris Smalling. The former Blackburn Rovers man is yet to fulfil his potential, but a combination of Jones and Smalling is certainly the preferred option. The first Manchester derby of the season finished goalless at Old Trafford, and at the final whistle, a number of Manchester United supporters passed the blame for their side’s failure to threaten City goalkeeper Joe Hart on to Wayne Rooney.ANGRY RED DEVILS FANS TURN ON THEIR CAPTAIN AFTER DERBY DRAWFrom complaining that the Premier League will never be won with Rooney up front to stating he is finished at this level, the England international suffered heavy criticism.And while such comments are harsh on one of the Premier League’s all-time top scorers, his performances has left many wondering whether manager Louis van Gaal should field a team without the club captain in the starting line up – if simply to experiment. Therefore, talkSPORT has put together an XI that doesn’t include Rooney, and has an inspired young Frenchman leading the line…Take a look by clicking the yellow arrow above, right. 11last_img read more

Chelsea star Diego Costa dominated Arsenal’s defenders mentally, claims Branislav Ivanovic

first_imgChelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic has claimed Diego Costa mentally dominated Arsenal’s defence during their 1-0 win over Arsenal.The Spain striker’s first-half goal was all it took for the Blues to run out winners at the Emirates, who were playing against ten men for most of the game after Per Mertesacker was sent off.German defender Mertesacker took down Costa with just 18 minutes gone and was deemed the last man, and Ivanovic believes his 27-year-old team-mate was key to Chelsea’s victory.He said: “Today Diego Costa was dominant mentally against the Arsenal defenders because every time he made a difference they started provoking him and, when they started kicking him, he was calm, which is good.“And he always wanted to provoke them. It’s part of Diego’s game, he is always playing this way and if you take that away from Diego he is not the same player.“He’s very smart on the pitch and always knows where the limit is. He provokes but he always stays calm and for us he’s very important.”last_img read more

Halloween once was all about fun

first_imgBack in the day, there were two holidays on the calendar you drew a red circle around if you were a kid. One was Christmas, for obvious reasons. The other was Halloween. It was the day of sugar highs to end all sugar highs, when nobody said you couldn’t have another candy bar or cupcake, and you ate all the treats you could swallow, even if – far back in your mind – there was the memory of the all-night bellyache you had the previous year. Nobody with any self-respect would buy a costume. That was only for the little kids, who were too young to realize their parents were dressing them up as adorable kittens and fat pumpkins. Older kids – third through sixth grades were the prime trick-or-treating years – took delight in creating our own outfits from stuff we found around home – or, if our mother was handy, something she could run up quickly on the sewing machine using some dish towels, an old sheet or a discarded suit from Grandpa. My twin younger brothers always dressed alike – usually as hoboes (big pants, big hats, cork-blackened faces) or ghosts (old pillowcases with two eyeholes cut in them). One year, though, they took first prize at their elementary school dressed in a single giant jacket, buttoned tightly around both of them. They carried a sign: “The Two-Headed Man.” My favorite Halloween was the one I dressed as a gypsy, or what my mom and I thought gypsies looked like, from what we had seen in the movies. I wore a voluminous purple skirt of my mother’s, with some kind of peasant blouse, a scarf tied around my hair and my mother’s big gold earrings. With a slash of bright red lipstick, I was ready. My second favorite – the year “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” was released – was as a Jane Russell look-alike. I really wanted to go as Marilyn Monroe, but my best friend was the blonde so she got to go as Marilyn. I was a far-distant second, with my brown hair piled up on one side of my head, lipstick laid on heavy, my training bra stuffed with my father’s white socks to make me look as sexy as a mousy, plump preteen could look. That year, as I recall, the two of us ventured far out of our neighborhood. We got lost and it grew later and later, and we started to panic as people turned off their porch lights. Finally, we spotted my dad’s truck; he had come to rescue us. After that, trick-or-treating became a group effort: The littler kids would go with the bigger, older kids, and they would look out for us. Torture us is what they actually did, with tickle fights and ghost stories that made us want to run home to our mothers. And they taught us to soap windows and TP houses and bushes, and blamed it on us little kids when they were caught. But the one thing we would hang on for was a visit to a house a couple of blocks away where a grandmotherly woman – gray hair in a bun, sturdy shoes, apron covering her housedress – would lay out a spread the likes of which today’s kids can only imagine. She’d invite us into her living room, where she had pushed the dining room table up against the wall, covered it with an orange tablecloth and added big black spiders and cobwebs. On the table were fresh-made doughnuts, hot from the frying pan and sticky with sugar and cinnamon, along with hot apple cider, apple turnovers and platters of homemade fudge. Today, nobody would go to the trouble of setting out such a spread. And if they did, nobody would allow their children to go inside. But there was no fear then, when you could trust your neighbors – even the ones you didn’t know well – and Halloween was strictly for fun. carol.bidwell@dailynews.com160Want 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.And on top of that, you got to dress up like your favorite superhero or fairy princess or movie cowboy or whatever your fantasy was. And – the greatest thing of all – you got to go out by yourself after dark, an occurrence reserved the rest of the year only for adults. There were no worries then about razor blades in apples, no talk of having Halloween candy X-rayed at the local hospital, no fear of some pervert grabbing a little kid off the street. It was sheer fun, just for kids. The adults stayed in the background, remembering their own Halloweens, and some, perhaps, even playing their own pranks. My father, for instance, refused to hand out candy unless the greedy trick-or-treater danced for him first. The fun started early in the day. Kids all wore their costumes to school, where we’d have a costume parade so everyone could get a good look at their handiwork – or, more likely, their mother’s handiwork – generally late-night magic worked with a couple of burned corks, a pillowcase, a length of rope and maybe a little lipstick or your dad’s fishing hat. last_img read more

Council split on pay raises in face of city financial crisis

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “The real issue here is why are judges being paid so much?” said Zine, who plans to give his raise to charitable organizations in his west San Fernando Valley council district. “We have no control over this. It’s the state that decides salaries for judges that determines our pay.” Salaries paid to key Los Angeles city officials have been tied to judges’ pay since 1990 when voters approved Measure H, an ethics-reform package that prohibited elected city officials from earning money other than their city salary. At the time, the City Council decided to tie salaries to those of Municipal Court judges – $86,000 a year then – compared with council members’ pay of $62,000. The new formula stated that the controller would get 10percent more than a judge’s salary; the city attorney 20percent more; and the mayor 30 percent more. Even as Los Angeles faces severe financial problems, city officials were sharply divided Monday over whether to accept a recently announced pay raise that would boost their annual salaries to $178,000 or higher. The 4.16 percent raise, retroactive to July 1, is their fourth major salary hike in two years because of a policy that ties the pay of City Council members – as well as the mayor, city attorney and controller – to judges’ salaries. Seven council members and City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo said Monday that they will accept the raise. But four council members, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and City Controller Laura Chick said they will reject the extra money. Meanwhile, Councilmen Dennis Zine and Jose Huizar said they will accept the extra money, but donate it to charities in their districts. Two council members – Bernard Parks and Greig Smith – did not return calls. But as California in recent years has sought to boost judges’ pay, city officials have also seen their salaries soar. The most recent increases approved by the state would bring Villaraigosa’s salary up by $8,283, to $232,425. Chick also is rejecting her increase of $7,855, which would boost her salary to $196,667. Delgadillo’s salary will rise $8,569, to $214,546, and council members’ salaries will rise $7,141, to $178,789. Councilman Richard Alarcon – who will accept the raise – said he believes it should not be a political issue. “I’m not going to issue some politically patronizing statement about this,” Alarcon said. “If I do a good job, the people will re-elect me, regardless of what the salary is. If I’m doing a poor job, I will be out of office. “I work very hard for my district, seven days a week, every single holiday and most nights of the week. If voters feel it is inappropriate, they will let me know. If they like the work I do, they will return me to office.” Alarcon said he has heard comparisons of Los Angeles’ officials pay to other cities, such as New York or Chicago. “But the fact is we are a much smaller council and cost less than New York City and represent far more people,” Alarcon said. The budget for the 51-member New York City Council is $34.2 million. The Los Angeles City Council budget for this year is $26.4 million. New York council members are paid about $90,000 a year, although committee chairing and other leadership stipends can add up to $20,000 more. In Chicago, 50 aldermen make about $98,000 each. Other council members who say they will accept the increase are Ed Reyes, Tony Cardenas, Tom LaBonge, Bill Rosendahl, Jan Perry and Herb Wesson. Those rejecting it outright are Wendy Greuel, Janice Hahn, Jack Weiss and Council President Eric Garcetti. Zine, who also draws an $80,000 annual pension from his years as a Los Angeles police officer, said he has made a practice of donating $25,000 a year from his own pay to organizations in his district. “This year, I’ll be able to add a little more to it,” Zine said. Aides to Huizar said the councilman and his wife will be determining which groups will receive his donations. The raise comes at an awkward time for the council as the city budget faces at least a $75 million shortfall this coming year and the council is asking voters to continue a telephone users’ tax. The council also is weighing rate increases for both water and electricity that have been proposed by the Department of Water and Power. Late last week, Chick urged the City Council to look at developing a new way of setting the salaries. While her suggestion has received some support, no one has yet come up with a specific proposal other than to say it should be determined by a group separate from the City Council. “I think the last thing we want is the City Council in charge of setting salaries,” Perry said. “I think we have to be extremely cautious about having us determine the salaries.” And that would include linking the pay raises of officials to whatever contracts are negotiated for city workers. Delgadillo, through his spokesman Nick Velasquez, said the city attorney agrees with Perry. “He believes in the current system approved by voters,” Velasquez said. “But (he) believes it may be time to look at different systems of setting salaries, so long as the council and mayor don’t set their own.” WHERE THEY STAND ACCEPTING THE RAISE: City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo; council members Ed Reyes, Tom LaBonge, Bill Rosendahl, Jan Perry, Herb Wesson, Richard Alarcon and Tony Cardenas. REJECTING THE RAISE: Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, City Controller Laura Chick; council members Wendy Greuel, Janice Hahn, Jack Weiss and Council President Eric Garcetti. DONATING THE RAISE: Councilmen Dennis Zine, Jose Huizar. DID NOT RESPOND: Councilmen Bernard Parks, Greig Smith.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

EXCITING TIMES IN THE BASE ENTERPRISE CENTRE AS NEW BUSINESSES START OUT ON THEIR ENTREPRENEURIAL JOURNEY

first_imgTHE BASE Enterprise Centre – which serves as an incubator facility for start-up companies and established businesses now have EIGHT businesses within their hub of innovation and industry at the community owned facility. (BASICC) established in 2008 to address the social, cultural and economic needs of the Ballybofey and Stranorlar area. Through extensive consultation and negotiations BASICC successfully secured funding to build ‘The BASE Enterprise Centre.This new purpose built community owned enterprise centre is set in the heart of County Donegal.  Funding for the centre was secured from the SPECIAL EU Programmes Body (SEUPB), the International Fund for Ireland (IFI), Enterprise Ireland (EI) and Donegal County Council (DCC).The BASE provides a platform for community and economic development and assists collaboration. The BASE has high speed broadband, shared workspace with flexible arrangements, offices and units of various sizes, meeting rooms, training facilities and onsite parking.To arrange a visit or to find out more call Donna Maskery on M: 087 607 5555 or email: manager@thebaseenterprise.ie you can visit the website at: www.thebaseenterprise.ie BASICC WOULD LIKE TO WELCOME:Innovation Renovation- Bringing clarity to constructionViking Fit – Fitness training and body conditioningFinn Technology – Bespoke IT training and supportDonegal First Aid Services- Bringing training Alive Advanced Survey Solutions – Freelance Engineering and Surveying servicesAoibheann Gallen – Healthy mind and bodyBallybofey and Stranorlar Chamber of CommerceFinn Valley Amateur boxing club  Innovation Renovation Innovation Renovation is an exciting new business start up, Christopher Morrow the owner describes his business as “bringing clarity to construction”. Christopher is hoping to see an upturn in the industry that has experienced dwindling investment and resources over the last number of years. A Quantity Surveyor by profession he hopes to assist Home Owners, Business’s and Sub-contractors alike, with their project needs.Christopher believes his strengths lie in his ability to complete projects successfully, on time and within budget through effective communications and project management skills.“There are many examples of projects failing. This is often a result of a communications disconnect between the person who wants the work done and the person doing the work. “My business ensures this doesn’t happen. “For the contractor I provide professional Quantity Surveyor services in a flexible and focused way and for the client I act as the project manager, their single point of contact for the entire project. “I bring clarity to construction projects for the parties involved”.  Services offered:Domestic Contractors/ Subcontractors:– Procurement of projects/ submitting tenders on their behalf– Contract management/ Administration– Submitting Valuations and agreeing payment terms– Arranging other attendances to site– Agreeing final accountsInstead of hiring a full time Quantity Surveyor, Christopher will charge a set fee for submitting costs/price for tender.This limits the risk in terms of a company’s cash flow and if a project is secured then at least the contractor is safe in the knowledge that if they want to avail of a Quantity Surveyor for contract administration purposes on that project, they are making money during that period also.Christopher is fully accredited with IOHS managing safely for construction managers and can also produce Health and safety plans, Risk assessments and method statementsHomeowner/ Property occupier-Quote and provide template of works for your works– Arrange works to be carried out by professional competent tradesmen’s– Set the timescale for completion of worksHomeowners will always have one point of contact for their works, all the stress of arranging works and acquiring materials will be undertaken by Christopher.A clear understanding of how and what works will get completed with no hidden costs or surprises upon completion is the advantage of operating with Christopher and his new enterprise.Advice and quotes are free and if you have any construction queries please do not hesitate to get in touch with Christopher today. Tel: 07498 90121 Mob: 089 495 7853Email: cmorrow@innovationrenovation.ieVIKING FIT:Viking Fit has been growing steadily since it opened in The BASE in January of this year.  Michael Coleman its owner is the only person in the County registered to use TRX (Body weights). Michael spent a year researching and developing his training offering before opening his business he works on an individual basis to ensure his customers achieve their potential.His supportive approach has seen his business grow steadily since opening and his classes are now available six days a week in the centre. His training is focused, interactive and most importantly enjoyable. Michael himself has attained many powerlifting awards including three Northern Ireland titles, three Irish titles, three European titles, one world title and Donegal sports star award 2014.Michael is continuously developing his training programs to ensure he is at the very forefront of his profession.If you are interested or want to find out more contact Michael on M: 087 937 4312 Or email: vikingfit@hotmail.comFINN TECHNOLOGY:Finn Technology is an exciting new business start up which will focus on providing bespoke computer training specific to individual needs. Finn Technology is owned and operated by Maria Dullaghan.  Maria has over 10 years IT training experience delivering training to people of all ages and abilities.She has worked on specialist cross border projects delivering training on a one to one basis.She has also delivered CV workshops within the Fas framework.Maria has identified a business opportunity for Finn Technologies in providing training, help and support for those who do not want to enroll in a certified training course.These individuals and groups want training that meets their specific needs maybe all someone wants to know is how to Skype their children in Australia or see what’s happening on Donegal Daily. Whatever the requirement Maria will customise the training to fit the individual. Finn Technology offers bespoke one to one IT training for individuals and businesses of all levels and competencies.Individual ServicesIpad trainingSetting up Skype / User accountsInternet SafetyInternet & e-mail useAll Microsoft trainingCV preparationLinkedIn ProfilesBusinessesSoftware training for employeesOnline presence trainingIdentifying areas of IT improvementManaging the digital footprint of the business Parents and CarersInternet safety for allmanaging settings on Internet devicesdigital awarenessFor more information contact MariaFinn TechnologyThe Base Enterprise CentreStranorlarDonegal074 91 16674+353 83 800 3724maria@finntech.ieDonegal First Aid services (DFAS)Emmett Ryan started Donegal First Aid Services in January of this year. Emmett has a wealth of experience both in General First Aid and in Combat First Aid.Donegal First Aid Services provides a vast and varied syllabus of First Aid Training to any organisation at any level. The company prides itself in clever training solutions specifically tailored to suit training requirements. The company hosts a dynamic team of trainers and consultants who take pride in tailoring training solutions to suit the needs of individual businesses or organisations regardless of their size. These trainers are highly Skilled Professional’s with a wealth of practical experience in the field attending thousands of emergency calls throughout the Country.As part of Donegal First Aid Services expansion plan the company have moved into The BASE. “We believe The BASE is the perfect place for us, having a place in the centre of the County will be ideal. With access to purpose built training rooms and first class facilities we will be in a position to facilitate training for those business that do not have the necessary requirements to deliver the training syllabus onsite. We find this approach works well as it removes attendees away from their normal working environment and makes training more focused and specific”.Donegal First Aid Services offer all aspects of First Aid Training including Occupational First Aid,CPR/AED, Pediatric First Aid, Refresher Certification, Basic First Aid, Sports Aid andSchool/Creche First Aid. Their highly qualified trainers and small classes delivered in a relaxedenvironment ensures that learning is made easy and relevant.  Training is brought to life with hands on practical exercises this brings training ALIVE.For more information contact Emmett on M: 087 793 2189 or Email: donegalfirstaidservices.comADVANCED SURVEY SOLUTIONS:Advanced Survey Solutions was established by Ciaran Gallagher, Chartered Civil Engineer, in 2010 and offers a wide range of Freelance Engineering and Surveying services throughout the Northwest area. Following his graduation in 2003 Ciaran has gained extensive experience in the construction industry having worked for large contractors in both New York and Ireland.His major projects have included the Setting-out and Project Supervision of multi-million Dollar/Euro Public and Private Ventures; the most notable of these being a Fire Station in Far Rockaway, a high-rise apartment block in The Bronx, the extension to the Pensions Office in Sligo and the construction of Waterways Ireland’s Headquarters, on the banks of Lough Erne in Enniskillen.Ciaran has also been involved in the planning, designing and development of both residential and commercial properties throughout Donegal, Fermanagh and Derry by providing topographical and as-built surveys – including preparing maps for land transfer purposes or boundary set-out where a conflict has arisen. Most recently Ciaran has extended his services into the field of Forensic Engineering and has prepared Technical Reports into accidents that have resulted in personal injury.These have included incidents such as Road Traffic Accidents, Accidents at Work and Slip, Trip & Fall Accidents and have involved Ciaran giving his technical opinion as an expert witness in High Court actions.Ciaran prides himself in providing clients with top quality Engineering and Surveying services, efficiently and effectively, and it is on the back of this that Advanced Survey Solutions has been established.Please contact Ciaran at Advanced Survey Solutions for any service requiredServices provided include:Technical Engineer’s ReportContract Engineering & Project Management servicesBuilding & Boundary Set-outTopographical & As-built Survey – Transfer MapsAoibheann GallenAoibheann has over twenty years’ experience in the Wellness industry having treated many clients nationally, in the UK and in her own successful Wellness clinic in Co. Kerry.Aoibheann has also mentored therapists in many relaxation and Wellness therapies over the years. She is passionate about wellbeing and helping people to live a healthy balanced life. Aoibheann tailors her relaxation and meditation practices to suit the client’s needs. She has helped clients to overcome stress, grief, to cope with pain and in some cases helped to eliminate pain.   Her unique approach helps clients to maintain good health and a positive outlook through regular relaxation and meditation practices.Aoibheann says: “When you take care of your mind and body, they will take care of you” My relaxation & meditation practices give people the opportunity to stop and be still. “I teach people the tools that are needed to think more positively & positive thinking is essential for a healthy mind & body. I thoroughly enjoy my work and helping people, you are guaranteed no nonsense personal development experience.” Aoibheann offers One to One and Group sessions.  Larger group sessions can take place in a venue of your choice.Aoibheann’s sessions can be tailored for Children, Teenagers and Adults. Aoibheann’s clients have included Moya Doherty from Riverdance, John Rocha and Denise Van Outen.To book an appointment or for further information contact Aoibheann. Mobile:  087 2950286   Email:  gallena1@yahoo.ieTestimonials:“Aoibheann, has a unique technique and truly tailors the treatment to suit your needs, leaving you feeling totally relaxed, yet uplifted. She certainly has a gift” Moya Doherty & John McColgan Riverdance“The best way to send you off to the land of nod and away from everyday stresses and strains. A treatment with Aoibheann is the equivalent of a good restful holiday”. Tara Fay – Xena Productions“I very rarely have the time to relax and be pampered as my work schedule is always a bit crazy, so I was really looking forward to my pregnancy massage from Aoibheann Gallen as I’d heard how fabulous she is through the media. “I wasn’t disappointed! It was just what the doctor ordered, and left me in a totally blissed out state. In fact, I had the best night’s sleep I’d had In ages after my treatment. I would thoroughly recommend it to any pregnant woman” Denise Van OutenBallybofey and Stranorlar Chamber of CommerceThe Chamber of Commerce was set up in the 60’s to promote industry and commerce, it does this by acting as a platform for the business people of Ballybofey and Stranorlar to raise issues of concern and enables them to work together to address these issues. The chamber is the main sponsor for one of the local community employment projects in the towns.They work tirelessly with other local groups including the tidy towns committee, Coillte and Cappry football club to name but a few.The Chamber of commerce and BASiCC work closely together on economic development initiatives to benefit the local business community such as the introduction of the Valley Vouchers which are available from the Chamber office in The BASE.If you are interested in becoming a member of the chamber or you would like to find out more please call the office on Tel: 074 91 32377 or email: twintownschamber@eircom.net Finn Valley Amateur Boxing ClubFinn Valley Amateur boxing club set up in 2004. Coaches give their time on a completely voluntary basis to work with people from seven years upwards to help them progress through physical exercise.To date the Club’s list of achievements includes: World elite silver medal,  European elite gold, National senior champion, Junior Olympic gold,  Junior Olympic silver,  Youth Olympic bronze, Women’s world bronze, European under 23 gold, European youth gold, two European schoolboy bronze.Gold in the Ukraine Cup, four multi nations gold,  multi nations bronze, a three-star coach, Donegal sports star of the year, Donegal News Sports Personality of the Year,  Donegal News Young Sports Personality of the Year and Donegal News Club of the Year award.The club recently acquired two more national titles with Leah Gallen winning ‘Girl 2 ‘Gold and Michael Gallagher winning National under 18 heavy weight champion.   This brings the clubs total all Ireland titles to forty five.This massively successful club is going from strength to strength and Conor Quigley Head Coach and Club funder believes that the accomplishments achieved by the club are all due to communications, leadership and a sense of community“You have to have a special bond with each individual, each athlete is different they all tick in their own individual way, so it’s about building their confidence in themselves and supporting them to achieve their potential. There is no secret to success it’s all about hard work, dedication and sacrifice. Everyone wants success but not everyone is willing to sacrifice what is needed to be successful, that’s the difference between becoming a successful athlete and not”                EXCITING TIMES IN THE BASE ENTERPRISE CENTRE AS NEW BUSINESSES START OUT ON THEIR ENTREPRENEURIAL JOURNEY was last modified: May 19th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessFeaturesnewsThe Baselast_img read more

‘Ronald Koeman could go into Arsenal tomorrow’, talkSPORT told

first_imgSouthampton manager Ronald Koeman has the ability and experience to be the next manager at Arsenal, according to Ray Wilkins.Some Gunners fans are once again calling for a change in the dugout after seeing another Premier League title charge go up in smoke under Arsene Wenger.Wenger, however, is proving stubborn and insists he will not leave the club before his contract expires, and it seems the Frenchman is likely to get his wish from his loyal club board.But angry supporters are already making their suggestions for their next manager, and Wilkins believes former Barcelona player Koeman would be a perfect fit at the Emirates Stadium when Wenger eventually leaves.The Dutchman guided the Saints to a seventh-place finish in his first season in charge and is on course for a similar result again this term.And, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, former England star and Premier League coach Wilkins said: “Ronald Koeman could go into Arsenal tomorrow.“I’ve been so impressed with him. He’s built two teams at Southampton, and he’s been mentioned for the Manchester United job in the past.“He’s done a wonderful job there.“He loves to play the younger guys as well, he gives them an opportunity to play regular first-team football“And of course he has the experience of being with some massive clubs as a player.” Could Ronald Koeman be the man to take over from Arsene Wenger at the Arsenal helm? 1last_img read more

West Ham ready to offload striker as Italian giants make move

first_img1 Enner Valencia in action for West Ham Lazio have made West Ham forward Enner Valencia their No.1 transfer target this summer, according to reports in Italy.West Ham are desperately searching for a striker this summer, meaning the Ecuadorian is unlikely to be first choice at the Olympic Stadium next season. Slaven Bilic has reportedly given Valencia permission to speak to other clubs but he may have to wait until his current side finally land a forward. According to Sky Italia, Lazio are at the front of the queue in the chase for Valencia and have been in contact with the Premier League side on numerous occasions to seek talks. The Italian club are also open to a loan deal with an option to buy at the end of next season but it is understood the Hammers will only consider a permanent deal.last_img read more

Camper is `doing well’

first_img It didn’t matter, though. “This,” Lorraine Camper said, “is going to be the best New Year’s ever.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “But they (doctors) say he’ll probably go back into his (general) room once it goes down a little, either (Saturday night) or (this) morning.” According to doctors “the (transplanted) kidney is doing well and producing gallons (of urine),” she said. More than 24 hours after receiving a kidney from Brenda Wells, Brian Camper was in “good spirits” while recovering in an intensive care unit room at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, his mother said early Saturday evening. “He’s not in any pain … he’s doing well,” Lorraine Camper said the day after her 34-year-old son, a resident of Lakewood and middle school teacher in Compton who was a basketball standout at Lakewood High and Long Beach State, underwent surgery for the transplant. Camper, who had been on dialysis for four years, was moved into the ICU room “when his blood pressure got a little high (Friday evening),” his mother said. center_img Camper, who is on a catheter, has been resting comfortably, watching television and seeing some visitors, including his mother and wife, Jennifer. Wells, who is from New Cumberland, Pa., and contacted Camper in August when she learned she was a possible match, was still in pain Saturday evening. “I’m a little rough around the edges right now,” she said, speaking on Lorraine Camper’s cellular phone. “But, otherwise, I’m feeling pretty good.” Lorraine and her daughter-in-law take turns visiting with Brian and Brenda. The celebratory toasts for New Year’s will have to come another time, perhaps when Camper and his family reunite with Wells. last_img read more

State prison suicide rate high

first_img “While we don’t expect 100 percent, it should be at least in the 90s. This is life and death, for heaven’s sake,” Bien said. Previous prison policy let guards wait for medical staff to arrive: “You could choose not to help someone who was dying at your feet,” Bien said. California officials have balked at replacing overhead air vents in segregation units with vent covers that have smaller openings to prevent inmates from stringing sheets or cords to hang themselves. The department says the smaller vents would restrict air flow, while the inmates’ attorneys say the vents are used in hundreds of prisons, including the California Men’s Colony and Atascadero State Hospital for the criminally mentally ill. Inmate attorneys are also objecting to prison proposals to reduce the amount of mental health supervision provided in segregation units. They hope a federal judge will order a hearing into a 3-year-old prison policy that treats mental illness as a security danger. The mentally ill are often sent to more secure prisons where they are housed with violent inmates and are more frequently locked in their cells with fewer privileges and amenities. A special master appointed by U.S. District Judge Lawrence Karlton is set to soon release a report on the corrections department’s decision two years ago to stop stationing a guard outside the cells of each one or two suicide-risk inmates. Now, guards monitor as many as six inmates at a time via television cameras in the cells, which Bien said is far from foolproof and prevents the human contact that could help deter suicides. Senate Majority Leader Gloria Romero, who chairs two corrections oversight committees, criticized prison officials for failing to adopt what she called “no brainer” precautions. The Democrat from Los Angeles plans hearings this month. Bien blamed the prison system’s swelling population and understaffing for the increase in suicides. More general population inmates are locked in their cells for longer periods without significant activities, so their conditions more closely approximate those of inmates in disciplinary segregation who are most likely to take their own lives, he said. The court’s special master is preparing a year-end report calling for the prison system to increase spending on mental health staff and services. The state recently hired Thomas White, a former federal prisons official who now consults on inmate suicide prevention, to help find the cause of the increase and to suggest improvements. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – A record number of convicts killed themselves in California prisons during 2005 – double the national inmate suicide rate, according to state records. The trend approaching one suicide each week is triggering new complaints from class-action lawyers that the state is stalling prevention efforts. Prison officials deny delays, saying they thwart the vast majority of suicide attempts. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation reported 44 suicides in an inmate population that is at an all-time high – nearly 164,000 – though inmates’ attorneys have so far been able to confirm only 41 deaths as suicides. Either figure is up from 26 suicides in 2004, and exceeds the previous record of 36 deaths in 2003. Using the more conservative estimate, the rate is 27 deaths per 100,000 inmates, compared with a national rate of 14 per 100,000 calculated by the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics. That rate is falling nationally even as California’s rate increases. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson The National Center on Institutions and Alternatives puts the nationwide prison suicide rate at about 13 deaths per 100,000, compared to 11 deaths per 100,000 in the general community. Seventy percent of inmate suicides in California occur in disciplinary isolation units, which reported an astronomical rate of 248 suicides per 100,000 inmates in 2004. “We try to be there and vigilant,” said corrections spokesman J.P. Tremblay. “It’s always a tragedy when anybody commits suicide, but we’re working hard to try to prevent that. We have made some progress, but it’s not going to happen overnight.” Lawyers representing more than 26,000 mentally ill inmates in California are heading back to a Sacramento federal judge Thursday, accusing the state of not training guards quickly enough to provide emergency resuscitation when inmates are found unresponsive. Some prisons have trained fewer than half their guards, said Michael Bien, the lead attorney. Prison attorneys say most have trained at least 75 percent of guards, and many are above 90 percent. last_img read more