Celtic move for former Chelsea and West Ham man scuppered by injury

first_img Carlton Cole 1 Former West Ham and Chelsea striker Carlton Cole will have to wait to see if he will be offered a Celtic contract after sustaining an injury during training.The 31-year-old left Upton Park in the summer and has been on trial with the Glasgow giants in a bid to earn a deal with the club.Manager Ronny Deila had been impressed with Cole’s contribution and it was rumoured that he was lining up a contract for the forward.However, Cole suffered an injury last week which has put any permanent deal on ice for now.last_img read more

Joe Cole: Jack Grealish can help save Tim Sherwood’s Aston Villa job

first_img1 Jack Grealish Joe Cole believes Jack Grealish is the man to help save Tim Sherwood at Aston Villa.The former England international revealed boss Sherwood wants to build his team around the 20-year-old as they battle for survival.Villa are second bottom in the Barclays Premier League and four points from safety with Sherwood under increasing pressure at Villa Park. Grealish has broken into the first team under Sherwood and Cole, who joined Sky Bet League One side Coventry on loan last week, reckons the midfielder can handle their relegation fight and aid the manager.“West Ham were constantly in a relegation battle when I was coming through,” said the 33-year-old, who is preparing to make his Sky Blues debut at Rochdale on Tuesday.“It’s sink or swim. The gaffer loves him. He wants to give him that time to build the team around him.“Jack is a good lad and now he is getting into that stage where he has gone beyond potential and is an important cog in the wheel at Villa. That is a different stage of his career now – it becomes expectancy and is a different way of dealing with it.“When you step into that world of Premier League football the expectancy levels are massive and someone with the ability levels of Jack, the expectancy levels go up so you need to have the mentality to cope.“He is going to be a massive player for Villa over the future. It is important that the club build the team around him. I think they have the perfect gaffer for him.”Villa are without a league win since the opening day and have picked up just one point from their last 24 ahead of Saturday’s visit of Swansea. They lost 2-0 at Chelsea on Saturday but Cole backed Sherwood to keep them in the top flight. He said: “The manager has a lot of qualities he brings to the table and he is also getting better everyday. He is learning the trade himself. But he is definitely good enough to keep Villa up and I can see the players getting better and the manager getting better.”last_img read more

Mourinho latest: TWO GAMES to save job as Chelsea star ‘says he would rather lose than win for boss’

first_img1 Jose Mourinho Jose Mourinho’s future is the subject of intense speculation after Chelsea slipped to a SIXTH Premier League defeat of the season on Saturday.The Blues are sitting 15th in the table, just four points above the drop zone, following the 3-1 loss to Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.Mourinho’s face dominates the back pages of Monday’s newspapers, with many suggesting he faces a make-or-break week.Here’s what the leading papers say about the Chelsea boss…The Times:Mourinho will be given more time to revive Chelsea’s season, but the club’s patience in their under-pressure manager will not extend indefinitely. While the Portuguese will be permitted to take charge of this week’s fixtures against Dynamo Kiev and Stoke City his position will be reviewed during the forthcoming international break if his players are unable to emerge from a slump that has brought five defeats from their past seven matches.Daily Express:Roman Abramovich is agonising over the prospect of sacking Mourinho. The Chelsea owner, normally quick to act, desperately does not want to axe the manager he brought back to the club in 2013.  But the Chelsea manager has to turn results around quickly – and also heal damaging rifts in his dressing room.The Sun:Abramovich is still hoping Mourinho can turn a horror season around. And he will be given at least the next two games in charge, against Dinamo Kiev in the Champions League on Wednesday and Stoke on Saturday. Former England and Real Madrid boss Fabio Capello has joined Guus Hiddink and Carlo Ancelotti as possible short-term replacements — with all three ready to listen to offers – should Mourinho go.Daily Mirror:Mourinho will be given a stay of execution as Chelsea manager – but must win back the players.  BBC presenter Garry Richardson alleged on Radio 5 Live that one first-team player’s relationship with his manager was irreparably damaged, stating: “One player said recently, ‘I’d rather lose than win for him’. It may have been said in the heat of the moment, but perhaps gives an insight into the mood of some of the players.” But Mourinho will be given until at least the international break – against Kiev and then Stoke next Saturday – and possibly beyond to turn results around.Daily Mail:Chelsea continued to back Mourinho over the weekend, but it has become clear that he is now managing the club on a game-by-game basis as they wait for Abramovich to make his next move. Morale and confidence within the dressing room is at an all-time low and there are rumours that a number of the players are being sounded out by the hierarchy for their views on Mourinho’s disintegration. Guardian:Chelsea remain reluctant to sack Mourinho despite Saturday’s defeat by Liverpool at Stamford Bridge, which left them in 15th place, 10 points off the top four and four above the teams in the relegation zone, there are indications that they will re-evaluate the position if the champions continue to struggle amid persistent rumours of discontent within the dressing room.last_img read more


first_imgPlans to sell a major part of Donegal Creameries have hit the rocks.Talks with Connacht Gold over the sale of Donegal Creameries’ dairy division to the large Sligo-based co-op ended without agreement last night.The discussions about a possible deal have been taking place behind closed doors for a number of weeks. News of a possible sale between the two companies was broken by Donegaldaily.com a number of weeks ago.Donegal Creameries’ dairy division, which accounted for 46 per cent of the company’s turnover last year, has been struggling in recent times.Results for the company for the first six months of this year have show that Donegal Creameries made a loss of €970,000 compared to a profit of €350,000 for the same period last year.Donegal Creameries’ agri-inputs and seed potato business saw a strong improvement in profits during the same period. The company owns a number of agri-stores around Donegal including Letterkenny, Kerrykeel, Killygordan, Lifford and Creeslough.While a number are trading well, it is believed a number of the stores are struggling.The company, which has been listed on the Iseq’s junior exchange since 1997, already supplies milk to Connacht Gold and other co-ops, as well as manufacturing its own liquid milk and yoghurt products.It has previously indicated its support for greater consolidation in the dairy industry, a policy endorsed by the Icos (Irish Co-operative Organisation Society).Sligo-headquartered Connacht Gold is one of the largest co-operatives in the State. Formed in 2000 following the merger of two Connaught-based co-ops, it had turnover of €300 million in 2010, up from €264 million the previous year.Pretax profits rose to €5 million in 2010 from €1.8 million in 2009, due in part to the disposal of property.Connacht Gold has previously indicated its interest in pursuing acquisition opportunities in 2011.Donegal Creameries closed unchanged at €3.20 yesterday evening in Dublin. SALE OF DONEGAL CREAMERIES’ DAIRY DIVISION TURNS SOUR was last modified: October 13th, 2011 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:connacht goldDonegal Creamerieslast_img read more


first_imgPramerica Systems Ireland has celebrated a historic milestone when it hired its 1,000th employee – in its Letterkenny outlet.The Pramerica team nail their Donegal colours to the mast!Heather Smith joined the well-known local employer as a systems tester.Heather is from England, studied Japanese at Oxford University and spent a couple of years working in Japan. “The company is extremely proud to reach this historic milestone,” said Caroline Faulkner, senior managing director and chief information officer.“We’re very proud of the organization we have built for Prudential and the positive financial impact we have on the local community and our strong ties with local educational institutions,” adds Faulkner.Pramerica is a software and contact centre subsidiary of U.S.-based Prudential Financial, Inc that provides technology and operations services for PFI businesses in the United States.Pramerica Roundabout. Photo:- Clive WassonIt was established in 2000 as a software development operation with 88 employees. Since then, the company has evolved into a multifunctional global business solutions centre with 1,000 employees, Faulkner noted. Most recently, Pramerica has expanded its services to PFI’s offices in Poland and Japan, offering new opportunities for Japanese-speaking systems testers – including its 1,000th employee, Heather.Heather moved to Ireland in 2010 from the Netherlands. She recently moved to County Donegal from Drumfries to accept her position at Pramerica.She and her partner have two daughters ages 12 and 14. She spends her free time travelling and enjoying hiking and other outdoor activities. In fact, Heather is a member of rowing clubs in the United Kingdom, Japan and the Netherlands. She is also a swim coach for 8- through 15-year old children.“Pramerica is one of the most recognizable brands in Ireland,” said Heather.“I’m excited about being a member of such a respected company and I look forward to providing relevant contributions with my new colleagues.” Pramerica staff members are also actively involved in their local communities.Last year employees volunteered close to 7,000 hours of time in a number of company-sponsored projects. In doing so, they awarded top youth volunteers across Ireland through the Pramerica Spirit of the Community programme; raised awareness for disability, cancer, depression, homelessness, vulnerable youth and distressed animals, and shared their knowledge with young people in the community through initiatives such as Coder Dojo.Pramerica also partners with a number of educational institutions locally and nationally and has a unique link with Mulroy College in Milford through the Schools’ Business Partnership.PRAMERICA TAKES ON ITS 1,000TH EMPLOYEE – IN LETTERKENNY! was last modified: March 4th, 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:donegalletterkennypramericalast_img read more

Art museum gets $100 million treasure

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“It’s a major deal to get this work in one fell swoop, at a time when the art market has made it nearly impossible for museums to purchase work of this quality,” Michael Govan, LACMA’s director, told The Times. “This significantly expands the modern collection, where we need help.” About 80 works from the collection will go on view Jan. 13, a month before the museum unveils the first phase of an ambitious expansion and renovation program. Although Henri Lazarof is a veteran composer and his wife, a daughter of the late banker-philanthropist S. Mark Taper, is president of the S. Mark Taper Foundation, the couple have maintained a low profile in art circles, according to The Times. For about 25 years, they have assembled works by a who’s who of 20th century figures, including Georges Braque, Henri Matisse, Joan Miro and Henry Moore, The Times reported. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Two Los Angeles art collectors have given the Los Angeles County Museum of Art 130 works by major artists, a treasure trove believed to be worth more than $100 million, it was reported today. LACMA officials told the Los Angeles Times that the gift from Janice and Henry Lazarof includes 20 works by Pablo Picasso spanning 65 years, seven figurative sculptures and a painting by Alberto Giacometti, and two versions of Constantin Brancusi’s signature bronze, “Bird in Space.” There are also Impressionist pieces by Edgar Degas and Camille Pissarro, but the gift is primarily a Modernist bonanza, The Times reported. The museum did not disclose the value of the artworks, but recent auction sales of similar pieces suggest the collection is worth more than $100 million, according to The Times. last_img read more

A Valley great

first_imgWith the passing of former Los Angeles City Councilman Ernani Bernardi on Wednesday, the San Fernando Valley has lost one of its all-time great leaders and local heroes. Bernardi was a populist in the truest sense of the word, a captive of neither ideology nor partisanship, but determined to do the best for those he served. He was a champion of taxpayers as well as the poor, a wonk as well as an artist, the rare politician who took the time to listen to his constituents’ concerns. His life story is vintage Valley. A native of Illinois, Bernardi was forced to drop out of college during the Great Depression. He became a professional musician, playing with the likes of Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey, a career that ultimately brought him out to California in 1939, with his family settling in Van Nuys in 1942. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE After music, he went into contracting and eventually politics. In 1961, he was first elected to the council, where, before the era of term limits, he stayed until 1993. As a councilman, Bernardi refused to go along to get along, becoming famous among his colleagues for his dissenting “no” votes. He opposed wasteful spending in city government and had a special commitment to helping the poor. In one year, he even opened the doors of City Hall to the homeless when local shelters ran out of room. But perhaps his biggest battle and victory came in 1977 when Bernardi went to court to fight city leaders’ plans to use the Community Redevelopment Agency to funnel limitless taxpayer money into building up downtown. The resulting “Bernardi cap,” which limits the tax dollars that can be locked into downtown development, continues to protect other L.A. neighborhoods to this day. In this era of political cynicism, it does us all well to remember leaders like Bernardi, who was actually in public service to serve, and who took seriously his obligations to the people who elected him. Throughout the Valley and all L.A., he will be missed. 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

Apple’s Steve Jobs unveils new Macs featuring Intel processors

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple Computer Inc.’s historic shift to Intel Corp. microprocessors came months earlier than expected Tuesday as CEO Steve Jobs unveiled desktop and notebook computers based on new two-brained chips from the world’s largest semiconductor company’s. The first Macs to deploy Intel’s Core Duo processors will be the latest iMac desktop, whose circuitry is all built into the display, and the MacBook Pro laptop. When it announced the switch in June, Apple said it expected to begin making the transition by mid-2006. On Tuesday, Apple chief executive Steve Jobs was joined at the Macworld expo by Intel CEO Paul Otellini to unveil the new jointly designed computers. Intel, on the other hand, has been focusing on developing chips specifically tailored for notebooks. In 2003, it launched its Centrino notebook technology with a processor that boosted a longer battery life by minimizing its power demand without a major hit to performance. During last week’s International Consumer Electronics Show, Intel unveiled the latest generation, the Core Duo, which features two computing engines on a single piece of silicon. It was that chip that the Apple decided to fit into the new iMac. The new iMacs will have the same all-in-one design as previous models and will be available with 17-inch and 20-inch screens for $1,299 and $1,699. Jobs claimed the new models are two to three times faster than the iMac G5, based on an IBM chip. “With (the) Mac OS X (operating system) plus Intel’s latest dual-core processor under the hood, the new iMac delivers performance that will knock our customers’ socks off,” said Jobs. The MacBooks Pros start at $1,999. The Core Duo chip’s low energy requirements are expected to enable ever-smaller computers, including some built right into television sets as the industry gears its machines more toward multimedia use.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 MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Otellini came onstage wearing a clean room suit that the chip company has famously used in its ad campaigns — and that Apple once lampooned in its ads of its own. For years, Apple shunned Intel, which has provided chips that power a majority of the world’s PCs, along with Windows software from Microsoft Corp. In the late 1990s, Apple even ran TV ads with a Pentium II glued to a snail and others with a toasted clean room suit. But Apple, looking for faster, more energy-efficient chips, became increasingly frustrated in recent years as its chip suppliers, IBM Corp. and Motorola Corp.’s spinoff, Freescale Semiconductor Inc., failed to meet its needs. Of particular concern was IBM’s apparent inability to develop a G5 chip that would work well in notebook computers.last_img read more

Bears to Panthers: `We’re not the Giants’

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa AnitaThe answer was an emphatic no. The Bears won eight consecutive after that, 10 of their last 12, and captured the NFC North. Along the way, they dominated the Panthers 13-3 at Soldier Field and sacked Jake Delhomme eight times. Now, they meet again. The Bears are in the playoffs for the first time in four years and are looking for their first playoff victory since beating Minnesota in the first round after the 1994 season. After going 13-3 and earning a bye in 2001, they lost by 14 to Philadelphia. The Panthers became the first road team since 1980 to score a playoff shutout when they beat the New York Giants 23-0 in the opening round last week. The defense forced five turnovers and the offense ran over a Giants team hurt by injuries to its linebacking corps. DeShaun Foster rushed for 151 yards after picking up 165 against Atlanta the previous week. After a first-round playoff bye, after a season proving the doubters wrong, the Bears host the Carolina Panthers today. The winner advances to the NFC championship game at Seattle. It all seemed unlikely, especially after a loss to Cleveland that dropped Chicago to 1-3 and left linebacker Lance Briggs wondering: “Are we that bad?” None of this seemed to awe Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher, who cut off a question about the Panthers’ running game this week by saying, “We’re not the Giants.” Nor are they the Falcons, for that matter. The Bears owned the NFL’s top-ranked defense for seven weeks before ending the regular season with a 34-10 loss at Minnesota that dropped that unit to second behind Tampa Bay. They allowed a league-low 12.6 points per game. And the last time the Bears met Carolina, they branded themselves an NFC contender with a victory that was as lopsided as a 10-point decision can be. Although Steve Smith finished with 169 yards receiving, Carolina’s running game was nonexistent. The Panthers managed 55 yards rushing. But they have a different look now, more speed and finesse with Foster carrying the ball and Stephen Davis on injured reserve. Foster, who started the last four regular-season games and the playoff opener, had three mediocre outings before breaking out against Atlanta. “They run a lot of tosses with him to use his speed,” Bears defensive end Alex Brown said. “That actually helps their different blocking schemes; it’s not all power. They can run some finesse-type plays. The guy runs hard, he breaks tackles. He did last game against the Giants.” The last time Delhomme faced the Bears, he spent much of the game running from pressure. When he wasn’t on the ground, he was slinging sidearm passes and throwing off his back foot. Nathan Vasher’s two first-quarter interceptions set up a touchdown and field goal, and the Bears never looked back. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img LAKE FOREST, Ill. – All along, the Chicago Bears claimed they would reach this point. They said they would make the playoffs, stuck together through a tough start and proved their training camp predictions were more than just hollow chatter. And here they are. last_img read more


first_imgBUSINESS: Would you be confident to get up in speak in front of an audience of 500 people? What about 50? What about 5?If you were confident enough to do so, would you know how to craft a presentation to influence, persuade or convince your audience? If you did, would you know how to deliver your presentation in a way that would achieve your goal?Talk Club Letterkenny, a Toastmasters club based in Letterkenny, Co Donegal, can help you develop the confidence you seek to get up in front of your audience, the knowledge to prepare great presentations, and the skill to deliver them with impact and style.“Toastmasters provides a supportive and positive environment where members have the opportunity to develop their communication and leadership skills,” says Connor McDonough, President of Talk Club Letterkenny.Connor remembers how nervous he was when he attended his first meeting but quickly realized that “you don’t have to speak or take on a role until you are ready to do so. “It is all about making sure people feel safe, and then they will try something new”.Toastmasters provides members with a structured approach for writing and delivering speeches.Connor added, “New members are also provided with a mentor who will support and coach them through their early speeches and speakers receive feedback after every speech so that they know what they did well and what they can build upon”.If you are interested or even only a little bit curious, Talk Club Letterkenny invite you to come along to their next meeting. Guests are always welcome: you can go and listen and see if Toastmasters is for you.Talk Club Letterkenny meets the first and third Tuesday of every month at 8.15 p.m. in the iTek (Swilly) Building, Business Park Road, Lisnennan, Letterkenny, Co Donegal. Out next meeting is Tuesday, 19 January.For more information about the club, please visit https://www.facebook.com/talkclubletterkenny/ or email us on [email protected] Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of meeting locations.Headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, the organization’s membership exceeds 313,000 in more than 14,650 clubs in 126 countries.Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people of all backgrounds become more confident in front of an audience. For information about local Toastmasters clubs, please visit www.toastmasters.org.WORKSHOP CAN HELP YOU CONFRONT YOUR FEARS OVER PUBLIC SPEAKING was last modified: January 15th, 2016 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)last_img read more