Leeds boss Redfearn admits he is considering his future

first_imgLeeds boss Neil Redfearn admits he is considering his future at the club.The Elland Road side has been in turmoil in recent years, and on Thursday it was announced assistant head coach Steve Thompson had been suspended over an ‘internal matter’.Redfearn confessed he knew nothing of director of football Nicola Salerno’s decision before the news became public and he is now considering his future, with his current contract due to expire at the end of the season.He told a media conference ahead of the weekend game against Blackburn: “Steve’s been suspended. For what, I don’t know. I don’t understand it.“I would have liked to have known about it beforehand.“It seems a really strange decision and I’m bitterly disappointed. It’s the ideal partnership. We bounce off each other.“It’s not ideal timing, it hasn’t helped. I have to have a good, hard think now. Where before it was a no-brainer [to stay] I’ve got to have a think.“It’s disappointing. It’s undermining. You’re trying to put something together in the belief that you’re getting the backing.“It’s unbalancing the stability that we had. It goes against everything we’re doing.“I love this football club. But this is a difficult situation for me.” 1 Neil Redfearn last_img read more


first_imgMORE THAN 700 people packed into the Clanree Hotel on Saturday night to show their support for Presidential candidate Martin McGuinness.This was his address in full to those who were there:“I am delighted to be here this evening in Letterkenny addressing you as a candidate for the Presidency of my country. Donegal of course has a special place in my heart. My mother was from Donegal and I spent many summers as a boy on my grandfather’s farm on the Inishowen peninsula. I have fond memories of those times and I cherish my connections to this great county.Derry and Donegal have a long and close history. The partition of Ireland has had a deep and lasting effect on both. Ecomomically, politically and socially, partition was a disaster for Donegal and for Derry. It was a disaster for Ireland.Towns were cut off from their natural hinterlands, Businesses were cut off from their natural markets, farmers along the border suffered disruption and hardship. Disruption was also caused to social life along the border and even to family connections.The Peace Process has gone a long way to tackle the worst effects of Partition but there is much further to go. Many of the physical barriers have been removed. The next stage needs to be to build an all-island economy. The wasteful duplication of services needs to end. Sensible all Ireland working can deliver better services. Look at the example of the new cancer centre in Altnagalvin, or the new A5 road. None of these developments and others would have happened without the all-Ireland Ministerial council or which I am the longest serving member.In this Presidential election thousands of Irish citizens are being denied the right to vote for their President. The current President could not even vote in the Presidential election if she still lived in her native Belfast. This must change. Irish citizens from whatever part of Ireland must be able to vote in Presidential elections and the Government must do whatever it takes to ensure that this democratic entitlement is realised.In the meantime, vote or no vote, I intend to be a President for all of Ireland’s 32 Counties.Huge progress has been made in recent years in ending the conflict on this island, and in creating a new peaceful dispensation in which our people and our country should be able to thrive. But we have to go further. We have to begin to heal the scars of the past 40 years.The period during the next Presidency will see the centenary of many defining moments in our history. These commemorations need to be handled sensibly and sensitively. I intend to ensure that they are handled in a way that all sections of our people can participate in and learn from the commemorative events. I have also proposed that this decade of commemorations become a Decade of Reconciliation which would celebrate the diverse nature of Irish society and the peace we now enjoy.Bridges have been built in recent between the communities in the North and between North and South. In this regard I want to acknowledge the contribution of President McAleese who made ‘building bridges’ a theme of her Presidency.I believe that the time has now come to move from bridge building to building unity.As President I want to lead the way in bringing all of our people — North and South, Catholic, Protestant and Dissenter closer together through mutual respect and understanding. I want to bring both parts of our Ireland closer together, laying the foundations for Irish unity. I have said from the outset that I intend to be a President of the People. I want to be a President that stands for hard pressed working families; for those struggling to pay mortgages; for those people losing their jobs and facing emigration; for those with disabilities; for those lying on hospital trolleys.These are the people who need a President who will shine a light on their needs, who will highlight their concerns, who will stand up for their interests.There are parts of Ireland, such as Donegal, which have been disproportionately affected by unemployment, by emigration, by a lack of infrastructural investment, by having had their vital services, including health services, stripped to the bare minimum.There are some in official Ireland who believe that some Irish people and some parts of Ireland deserve first class status while others don’t really matter. Well as someone who has struggled for 40 years to be treated as a first class citizen and I can guarantee people here that under my Presidency every citizen in an Ireland will be a first class citizen and every part of Ireland — North, South, East and West will be cherished. That is the essence of what a republic means.Many of our citizens have become disillusioned with the political system and with many of the long standing institutions of Irish life. This is inevitable considering the events of recent years. But as faith in institutions falls the question must be asked as to what will replace them.I believe that it is time to build a new Republic on this island. A real republic that puts the interests of citizens before those of bankers; a republic that puts the common good before private profit, a republic that puts the welfare of the people above the interests of a golden circle. I believe that the values of community, social solidarity and patriotism must be at the heart of this New Republic.The New Republic must also ensure that meaningful jobs are provided for our people. The jobs crisis is the biggest challenge now facing this country. As Deputy First Minister, I have, along with Ministerial colleagues brought thousands of new jobs to the north – I want to use my international reputation – my influence and skills to go to the boardrooms of major US corporations and elsewhere and help bring new jobs to these shores.In standing for election as President of Ireland, what I am offering is the same leadership, commitment and determination that delivered one of the most successful peace processes in the world. As President I will defend and promote Ireland. I will uphold the constitution. I will stand up for Irish sovereignty and freedom.Throughout 40 years and more of political activism, on the streets of Derry, in Downing Street, in the White House, in the Assembly and on Good Friday I have only ever been interested in serving my country. Now I want to do it as your President. I promise to stand by you the people and I ask you now to stand with me.Go raibh maith agaibh.COMMENTS ARE WELCOME ON DONEGALDAILY.COM, BUT THOSE CONTAINING SWEAR WORDS, ABUSIVE CONTENT OR CONTENT DEEMED LIBELOUS WILL NOT BE PUBLISHED.IN FULL: MARTIN McGUINNESS LETTERKENNY SPEECH AT CLANREE HOTEL was last modified: October 9th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:IN FULL: MARTIN McGUINNESS LETTERKENNY SPEECH IN FULLlast_img read more


first_imgThomas Pringle TD has today attacked the Taoiseach on the inadequacy of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), outlining that it would “sign-up the Irish people to the biggest socialisation of bank debt across Europe”.Speaking to the Taoiseach today at Leaders’ Questions, the Independent TD for Donegal South West said the only guarantee of the ESM is that it puts the most gigantic ‘put’ on taxpayers across Europe.“Article 15 of the ESM states that ‘The ESM may decide to grant loans for the specific purpose of recapitalisation of the financial institutions of the ESM member.’ Why the Government wants to sign us up to the biggest socialisation of bank debt across Europe is a mystery to me.” “The ESM Bill which was published last week in effect legalises our bank guarantee in Europe. If a member needs to recapitalise their banks the funding will be lent to the member state and paid on to the bank – therefore the banking debt becomes the taxpayer debt,” he said.He added the ESM can’t recapitalise banks directly but it loans money to taxpayers who in turn give the money to the banking systems.“The creation of this pan European bank debt is unsustainable and is a feeble attempt to cover up the real problems that lie within the heart of the EU with a measure which simply hasn’t got the capacity to deliver.”“As it stands, the ESM could, if Ireland were to be subject to it, call on Ireland to make contributions of up to €11.1 billion in various forms of capital. In effect, it the ESM can direct the State to raise sovereign debt, give the money so raised to it and can decide where, when, whether and how it is spent. This is utterly nonsensical.” “The panacea of the ESM that the Government purports to be necessary for future funding is actually going to sign-up Irish taxpayers to the continued funding of bank bailout debt across Europe,” stated Pringle. PRINGLE ATTACKS TAOISEACH ON ESM BANK BAILOUTS was last modified: May 16th, 2012 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:Thomas Pringle TDlast_img read more

Best present

first_imgI have much to be thankful for this holiday season. I have my job and a decent man for an employer. I have my wonderful family, a nice house to live in and my health. More importantly, I have my freedom: I can (even in this paranoid time) come and go at my pleasure. I can say whatever is on my mind, and I can defend myself and my family. All this is mine because I live in what is still, without a doubt, the greatest country on the planet. And anyone who reads this has the given right to disagree with every word I may write. So in our headlong holiday rush, think of this: The reason we are as free as we are is due to a wonderful document called the Bill of Rights, celebrated on Dec. 15. It is the best Christmas present we, as Americans, have. Daniel F. Taylor Tujunga Health or food Re “Elderly caught selling prescriptions” (Dec. 13): When I first saw the article about elderly people selling their prescriptions in Kentucky, I thought that’s good police work. Upon reading further, I saw that they were selling them to get food to eat. I then realized what a “great” president George W. Bush is – giving us a health program that is probably lagging behind the health services we are providing in Iraq. I also see that Bush called the new drug plan “perplexing but a good deal, and people should sign up for it.” That sounds like an Enron representative I once spoke with. Hal Gold Woodland Hills Blacks and pollution Re “Worst air in black areas” (Dec. 14): As usual, the leftist Associated Press has basic economics backward. The poor (blacks) live in polluted areas because they are cheap to live in. Nobody is going to site a smelter in Beverly Hills; the land values are simply too high. In other words, the poor voluntarily are drawn to polluted areas by iron laws of economics, which liberals are a little fuzzy about. There is no conspiracy to force them there. So long as there are differences in land values, rich and poor will automatically sort themselves out. James F. Glass Chatsworth Slavery thrives Re “Training starts to spot slaves” (Dec. 14): When some goon says he’s taking your hard-earned money to spend as he pleases, you are but a slave to your master. When that goon tells you how you will vote in an election, you are his slave. Then he tells you you cannot work for a charitable cause the “massa” ain’t getting paid. What else can you be but a slave? Yes, slavery is alive and well in America. It just goes by a different name: unionism. The union bosses take, order and extort from their slaves (members) as they please. What others use such intimidation, much as slave masters do, to keep members on the plantation? Bob Tanabe La Cañada Turning down free Regarding “LAUSD may pay for once-free land”: Where is Ross Perot when you need him? Barry Brenner Woodland Hills An orange stripe I drive to and from work every day, crossing the Orange Line busway twice at Woodley Avenue and Victory Boulevard. The primary paint color of these buses is a neutral gray, which blends with the surroundings like camouflage. Why not paint a wide bright orange line completely around the bus so it stands out? This would be appropriate and draw attention to its presence. It certainly wouldn’t prevent accidents from the stupidity of bad drivers, but that needs to be addressed by the police or by mounting a “cow catcher.” Roger Oeland Van Nuys Global warming? Re “First steps” (Your Opinions, Dec. 13): Scientists are far from a general consensus on this subject. Some experts believe that global warming does not exist at all; more, that it is no threat to humanity; and yet more, that it is not caused by fossil-fuel emissions, but by natural climate changes that take place over centuries, not just the few decades that the believers in global warming examine. Finally, some scientists and laymen alike see this new “threat” as a ploy for poor countries to humiliate and get money from rich countries, especially the big, bad United States, by playing on our sympathy and guilt. President George W. Bush’s prudence is a welcome change from the media hysteria about this issue. Sylvia Alloway Granada Hills Uninformed ideas Re “Working class” (Your Opinions, Dec. 12): As a teacher, I agree that our educational system is not working to its full potential. However, teachers have no say in how they are paid or what holidays they will receive. Secondly, why would anyone attend college for four years and then pay for and participate in a credential program for a minimum of a year in which they student-teach (without pay) for 16 weeks of full-time work, only to be told to collect unemployment during the school breaks. That is an absolutely ridiculous idea. Also, my school district would not be able to afford to pay me or any other teacher an hourly rate for all of the hours that are logged outside of school hours. Not all teachers are good, but the majority of us do not deserve to be bashed by the uninformed. Rachael Pillar Palmdale Pluralistic society Re “If not for” and “Overpowering PC” (Your Opinions, Dec. 13): Letter writers Paul Vaughn and Sion Colvin and columnist Bill O’Reilly have got it wrong on all counts. This is a pluralistic society, not a Christian society. Merchants saying “Happy holidays” or “Season’s greetings” are being inclusive, not anti-Christian. Christmas was set to coincide with pagan holidays around the solstice, as we do not know when Jesus was actually born. And those who insist that only the narrower greeting of “Merry Christmas” will do are the real PC police. David Holland Northridge Not now or ever Re “Overpowering PC” (Your Opinions, Dec. 13): Letter writer Sion Colvin is 100 percent incorrect in writing that America is “a Christian country.” America is not now, has never been and will never become “a Christian country” as long as millions of non-Christians, such as myself, have anything to do about it. Thomas R. Atkins Sherman Oaks Or lacking mercy I was somewhat surprised to see the headline “No mercy” on the Dec. 13 paper. The large headline says “No mercy,” but the story is about Stanley Tookie Williams, AKA “the murderer” in my book. I am assuming the Daily News will soon have the same headline – in much larger type, of course – and the story to follow will be about the four people murdered by this Tookie guy. Can you say “gurgle” as in the delight expressed by this Tookie guy? Ray P. Keesler La Crescenta No difference Who gained when Stanley Tookie Williams was executed? Did it bring back his victims? It is understandable but regrettable that the victim’s families want revenge. But the state’s killing a man – whether guilty or not – is ethically the same as what he did. It promotes the idea that violence and revenge are solutions to problems. We witness daily how well revenge works in Israel and Palestine. There is little evidence that capital punishment lowers the murder rate. If we were really serious about this eye-for-an-eye stuff, we should execute the sentencing judge whenever an innocent man is executed. Bob Schultz Lake View Terrace Beliefs Some people believe in “intelligent design,” just as some people believe that if you put a horsehair in a bottle of water it will turn into a snake. George Atkinson Sherman Oaks AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want 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

Women’s Soccer Holds Minnesota To 0-0 Draw

first_imgBox Score DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s soccer team held the Minnesota Gophers scoreless for a 0-0 draw, that was played in three, 30-minute periods on Saturday evening at the Cownie Soccer Complex in the Bulldogs’ final exhibition game. “We spent a large portion of the game on defense, but I think we did a really good job if one person got beat everyone else recovered for them,” said Drake head coach Lindsey Horner. “I thought we were organized and were hard to break down. Overall, we got better as the game wore on and gained valuable game fitness.” The Bulldogs open the regular season on Friday, Aug. 19 when they travel to North Dakota State. “North Dakota State always does well in its conference so it will be a good even match to start the season and one that we will have to be prepared for,” said Horner. The Bulldogs had one last chance to score the game-winning goal in the final minute but Ali Smith’s header off an excellent corner kick by Hurt went just wide. The Bulldogs had one of their chances to get on the board in the 47th-minute but MU’s Tarah Hobbs saved a shot from Mariah Northrop.After 60 minutes of action the game remained scoreless with a combined three shots taken in the second period.  Print Friendly Version The Gophers came out aggressive, tallying six corner kick and four shot, but the Bulldog defense handled the pressure extremely well to end the first period scoreless, 0-0. Drake’s lone shot of the period came from Kasey Hurt which ended up going wide. In the final period, the Gophers managed to put more pressure back on the Bulldogs’ defense. Brooke Dennis came up with five saves to keep Minnesota off the board.last_img read more

Round-up: FFP latest, QPR youngster leaves, Bees fitness boost, Voges ruled out

first_imgQPR now expect their Financial Fair Play dispute to be resolved by a commission.Rangers are challenging the legality of the Football League’s Championship FFP rules, under which the club face a massive fine for losses recorded during the 2013-2014 financial year.Despite several subsequent reports of an imminent deal between the two parties, legal arguments have failed to resolve the issue and Rangers now believe the matter will be referred to a commission.Grant Hall has been named as QPR fans’ player of the year, with Tjaronn Chery winning the players’ player of the year award.Hall and Chery have impressed for Rangers this seasonAnd Rangers’ Under-18s captain Tom Matthews has signed for Welsh champions The New Saints after being allowed to leave Loftus Road.Meanwhile, former QPR man Gary Waddock has returned to Aldershot Town for a second spell as manager.Football Association chairman Greg Dyke has said he believes Chelsea could play home matches at Wembley for three years while Stamford Bridge is being redeveloped.Brentford captain Jake Bidwell and striker Lasse Vibe have both returned to training ahead of Saturday’s final game of the Championship season.Bidwell and Vibe are expected to be available on SaturdayFulham will end their campaign at home to Bolton, who could have on-loan Arsenal winger Wellington Silva back from injury.In terms of transfer speculation, Juventus are reportedly close to a deal to sign Nemanja Matic from Chelsea, while QPR’s Junior Hoilett has been linked with a move to Swansea.And in cricket, Middlesex captain Adam Voges will miss next week’s County Championship match against Nottinghamshire as he is recovering from concussion.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Demitri Patterson runs for nearly 300 yards as Arcata beats Central Valley

first_imgARCATA >> In a game that was littered with penalty flags left and right, the only thing that was more frequent than yellow laundry on the field was Demitri Patterson running the ball.Over and over and over again, it was Patterson shouldering the brunt the Tigers’ offensive play calls. And he was more than able to keep things going even as his number of carries went up and up.Patterson carried the ball a whopping 48 times to the tune 294 yards and three touchdowns as the Arcata High football …last_img read more

Speleology Without Evolution

first_img“Steven Taylor, a macro-invertebrate biologist with the Illinois Natural History Survey at the University of Illinois, has spent more than two decades plumbing the mysteries of cave life,” an article said on PhysOrg, based on a press release from the University of Illinois.  The article describes his adventures in tight, dark spots in numerous caves, studying the bizarre creatures of the dark that live in these ecological “islands” cut off from the outside world.  The article did not mention evolution once.See?  Good science can be done without Darwin.  Whether Taylor believes in evolution or not is beside the point; the guy was observing, cataloging, and studying the effects of the above-ground environment on the creatures below ground.  He was adding to our knowledge and understanding.  Evolution had nothing to do with it (see quote, top right of this page).    Caves are fascinating environments that can provide interesting insight into ecology and natural variation and genetic drift (e.g., loss of vision in cave fish; see 04/09/2010, 01/08/2008), without any requirement to believe cave creatures are evolving upward in complexity.  In fact, there are good reasons to doubt Darwin when studying caves (e.g., 10/18/2004, 02/16/2007).  For a creationist view of cave formation and cave ecology, be sure to get The Cave Book by Dr. Emil Silvestru, a geologist who has spent much of his life studying caves (see Resource of the Week for 03/13/2010).(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Video: My uncle, Jacob Zuma

first_imgWhile filming African National Congress (ANC) president Jacob Zuma casting his vote in South Africa’s 2009 general elections, Zoopy TV bumped into his nephew, Bathethelele Zuma, and asked him about the country’s next president.Click arrow to play video.last_img

South Africa’s competitiveness consistent

first_imgBrand South Africa CEO Miller Matola said that the competitiveness report is an important factor in building a national brand. (l to r) Josephilda Nhlapo-Hlope; Johan van der Heever; Petrus de Kock, and Raymond Parsons made up the panel of experts.(Images: Ray Maota) MEDIA CONTACTS • Leo Makgamathe  Brand South Africa  +27 11 483 0122 RELATED ARTICLES • National development plan unveiled • SA improves global competitiveness • Investment incentives portal launched • SA best for regulation of exchanges • Brics development bank underway?Ray MaotaTo coincide with the recent release of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Competitiveness Report for 2012/2013, Brand South Africa hosted a panel of experts for a discussion regarding the implications for the country.South Africa’s strengths, weaknesses, competitive risks and opportunities within the Brics and Next11 international political economic environments were the topics at the Wits Club at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg on 28 September 2012.The panel discussion included Brand South Africa’s research manager Dr Petrus de Kock; Josephilda Nhlapo-Hlope, senior expert on nation-building at the National Planning Commission; Prof Raymond Parsons, special policy advisor for Business Unity South Africa; and, Dr Johan van der Heever, senior deputy chief economist and deputy head of research at the Reserve Bank of South Africa.Miller Matola, CEO of Brand South Africa, started the proceedings with some background on the work Brand South Africa does and how the WEF report is a factor in establishing a worldwide reputable brand for the country.Matola said: “We are the custodians of the country’s brand and the issue of reputation is important for South Africa’s competitiveness. The competitiveness report shows us how the country is doing as a brand.”South Africa’s competitiveness consistentThe latest WEF Global Competitiveness Report was released on 5 September 2012 and South Africa is ranked at number 52 out of 144 nations.It is also the highest-ranked African country and third-placed among the Brics economies. In this bloc China came in first at 36 and Brazil second at 48, while India and Russia came fourth and fifth at 59 and 67 respectively.In terms of Next11 countries, South Africa is only surpassed by Indonesia, Turkey and South Korea.De Kock said: “We view the report as a learning curve and not as a school report card that says pass or fail.“We can only sell the story of South Africa if we know what the world thinks about us.”South Africa’s ranking on the WEF report has been consistent, coming in at 54 in 2010, 50 in 2011 and 52 for this year.The Global Competitiveness Report uses 12 pillars, which are “building blocks to finding out the country’s competitiveness,” said de Kock.They are: institutions; infrastructure; macro-economic environment; health and primary education; higher education and training; goods market efficiency; labour market efficiency; and, technological readiness.De Kock said: “When we look at the pillars we can see where we are excelling and where we have to improve.We are doing relatively well when it comes to institutions as we were 47 in 2010 and this year we are 43, but health and primary education are challenges – in 2010 we ranked 124 but this year out of 144 countries we are ranked 132.”Expert panel discussionVan der Heever said that South Africa has degrees of freedom in macro-economic policies that are the envy of many countries, but we must use them wisely.“The issue of electricity is one point that must be tackled if we are going to be competitive,” he said.Parsons said that these types of surveys are important, because they act as “reality checks. This particular report is a wakeup call because if you look back six years we have deteriorated quite a bit.”He also said that the country was not exploiting its strengths to their full potential – “but there is no universal law. Countries have to adapt certain points to fit with what is happening in the world economy.”In terms of South Africa’s national development plan, which looks forward to 2030, Parsons said that competitiveness should play a major role in guiding South Africa in years to come.“We need to have a long term vision, just like China sowed its seeds 30 years ago and we too need to rally behind the Vision 2030,” said Parsons.Nhlapo-Hlope remarked on the low levels of trust levels in South Africa, explaining that this was because of inequality. This issue had to be addressed in all spheres so people can all work collectively for the good of the country.Another issue raised was that of South Africa’s regulatory environment which, according to Van der Heever, was not conducive for entrepreneurs to start businesses, especially small businesses.“Of course we need regulation but there is no reason for that regulation to not be business friendly. We need smart tape and not red tape,” he said.Van der Heever also said that there was an over-cautious nature in South Africa that limited innovation.Parsons wrapped up the discussion, saying that we need to take workable ideas and translate them into action, while also pushing Vision 2030.last_img read more

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