EVERTON 4, LEICESTER 2 LONDON, England (AP): After 30 minutes of yesterday’s English Premier League game against Sunderland, Manchester United appeared in danger of meandering its way to another disappointing result. Thankfully for manager Jose Mourinho, Zlatan Ibrahimovic had other ideas. The Swedish forward demanded the ball be played to him on the edge of the penalty area and then evaded the attempts of two Sunderland defenders to halt his progress before sending an unstoppable strike into the far bottom corner. “You need these players sometimes to make it, and normally, every top team has a couple of them that can make a difference. Zlatan did that with the goal,” Mourinho said. After Ibrahimovic’s moment of inspiration, the result was never in doubt and a red card for Sebastian Larsson left space for Henrikh Mkhitaryan and substitute Marcus Rashford to seal the points for United. With the league’s top four all having won on Saturday, the victory ensured United kept pace in the race for Champions League qualification as it moved above Arsenal into fifth and within four points of fourth-place Manchester City, which has played one more game. Sunderland remains bottom having now failed to score in its last seven games, 10 points adrift of safety. “We reacted to the results of yesterday,” Mourinho said. “We got the three points, (with a) solid performance against a team that is sad. When you play against a team that is sad, if you score before (them), the game is almost over because it is difficult to react.” “After Liverpool and Manchester City’s victories, if we didn’t win today, it’s almost mathematically impossible (to finish fourth).” Romelu Lukaku’s double ensured Craig Shakespeare’s perfect record as Leicester manager was ended at Goodison Park. The champions had won five consecutive league games after sacking Claudio Ranieri in February following a run of results that left it just above the relegation zone. But with Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final first leg in mind, Shakespeare made five changes to his starting line-up, resulting in a lack of cohesion that Everton wasted no time in exploiting. There were four goals in the opening 23 minutes, with teenager Tom Davies giving Everton the lead after just 30 seconds. Islam Slimani and Marc Albrighton hit back for the champions, only for Lukaku’s strikes either side of a Phil Jagielka header to put Everton out of reach. Everton has now won seven consecutive Premier League home games, all of which Lukaku has scored in.
Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson will be attending the seventh International Infrastructure Investment and Construction Forum (IIICF) after being invited by China’s Ministry of Commerce and Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) Government.The event, which is organised by the China International Contractors Association and Macao Trade and Investment Promotion Institute (IPIM), will be held on June 2 and 3, 2016 in Macao, China.Public Infrastructure Minister David PattersonMinister Patterson will be accompanied by his Financial and Management Adviser, Kenneth Jordan, and Senior Design Engineer attached to the Ministry, Jeffrey Walcott. The trip, including accommodation and transportation, is being financed by the Macao SAR Government, a statement from the Public Infrastructure Ministry on Tuesday detailed.The 7th IIICF is being held under the theme “Innovating Construction – Finance Cooperation and Energising Infrastructure Development”, and is expected to benefit Guyana as Minister Patterson will be seeking opportunities for strengthening ties and multi and bilateral cooperation.He will also provide profiles and make a presentation to the general forum. Projects to be presented include, but are not limited to: the Linden/Lethem Road, deepwater harbour facility, Parika/Goshen Road, Free and Easy to Sandhill Road and the Demerara Harbour Bridge.Additionally, the Minister will also be making a presentation on Hinterland Electricity Supply, particularly a 5 megawatt solar plant which is being considered for Berbice to avoid shutdowns, as recently seen in Onverwagt.Moreover, during the trip, Minister Patterson and his team will also take the opportunity to inspect Hong Kong’s Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Project, visit the Xiaolangdi Dam Project in Henan Province, and meet with potential infrastructure investors to further promote Guyana’s projects.In the context of integrated global and regional economic development, the forum will also address the innovative mechanisms for cooperation between the construction industry and the finance sector that can spur opportunities for infrastructure investment and development. There will also be a large number of exhibits, project promotions, and activities, as well as business-matching sessions for enhanced cooperation and exchange between the participating entities.Since its establishment in 2010, six editions of the Forum have been successfully held. Over the past six years, the Forum has been developed into a high-powered professional, reliable, and effective platform. It serves as a valuable cooperation platform enabling mainland Chinese enterprises to take an active part in an international event focused on infrastructure investment and construction.Another event, the second China-LAC Infrastructure Cooperation Forum (2nd CLICF), will run concurrent with the 7th IIICF and Minister Patterson will also attend this event to further promote Guyana.
The City Council is scheduled to begin its review today of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s $6.78billion budget, up just 2percent over last year. While most city departments were asked to cut spending, there has been surprisingly little dissent, and most council members appeared Wednesday to be in lock step with the austerity. “This is the tightest budget we’ve had in the last four or five years, and it’s going to be difficult for everyone in the city,” said Councilman Bernard Parks, who heads the council’s Budget and Finance Committee, which will review the proposed spending plan. “I want to make sure we are taking care of the basics, and the only area we will see an increase is public safety.” In releasing the spending plan last week, Villaraigosa said the city is concerned about a slowing real-estate market that is sapping property and documentary transfer-tax revenues. The city also is closely watching a lawsuit that could jeopardize up to $270million coming from the utility-users tax on telephones. As Los Angeles braces for one of its tightest budgets in years, city officials warned Wednesday that they may have to cut even more because revised projections show as much as a $30 million shortfall. A chief legislative analyst review found that several fee hikes might not kick in by July1 – the start of the budget year – leaving the mayor and council with less to spend. There also is some concern that the mayor’s revenue projections could be too optimistic and that he may have underestimated by nearly $30 million how much employee pay raises and police and fire overtime will cost. “There is a great deal of risk in the proposed budget due to uncertainties in the economy, threats to major revenue sources and other assumptions,” according to the chief legislative analyst’s review. While the mayor’s budget increases spending for the City Council by 3percent, it leaves little room for members to fund their own priorities or special projects. “We don’t have a lot of wiggle room this year,” said Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, vice chairwoman of the budget panel. “It is a lean budget, to say the least. We are going to take a close look at each department and look at how well they did in meeting our goals and if they appropriately spent all the money they were allocated. “We are going to be looking to make cuts whereever we can. When departments come in and say they need more money, we want to make sure they have done what we asked of them.” Council President Eric Garcetti said most council members agree with Villaraigosa’s efforts to eliminate the structural deficit – estimated at $143million. Garcetti also noted that trims might be needed to deal with the shortfall if the new fees are not enacted by July1. “Since the mayor developed his budget, new figures have come in on the expected loss of revenue,” Garcetti said. “The mayor and the council are committed to making sure we eliminate the deficit, and that will mean cuts everywhere.” Parks said the council is working with the Mayor’s Office to determine how to incorporate the lower revenue projections. “A lot of it is checking to make sure the revenue projections all add up. Part of the problem was in projecting a full year’s worth of revenue from higher fees that we will only get for six or nine months. We have to adjust for that.” Waiting on fee hikes Villaraigosa has proposed increasing fees for several items including brush clearance and city response to burglar alarms. Chief Administrative Officer Karen Sisson said she’s confident the new fees can be implemented quickly. “The assessment we have is that if the council acts and the mayor doesn’t veto them, we could get action taken by July 1,” she said. As he has in previous years, City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo is complaining the loudest about cuts to his budget. Delgadillo said the $3.7million he is being asked to trim will affect everything from anti-gang efforts to after-school programs. But Villaraigosa aides said some of the programs – including Operation Bright Future and Kid Watch – are simply being shifted to the Department of Children, Youth and Families, which has lower salary costs. Meanwhile, the Department of Animal Services has said it will seek to get $300,000 restored to maintain an administrative-hearing program dealing with barking and nuisance dogs. Most department heads, however, have accepted the proposed reductions. City Controller Laura Chick, whose office is scheduled to take a 15percent, or $3.5 million, hit, said she can live with it. “I want to be a team player,” said Chick, who has pushed city agencies to be more cost-conscious with her often-scathing audits. Still, Parks and Garcetti said they are concerned about whether the budget provides enough money for the city to deal with infrastructure problems including aging roadways. “When you come down to it, that is the basic service of the city – streets and sidewalks,” Garcetti said. “We have to deal with the basics before we look on to the more lofty goals like the homeless and gangs.” Open to cost cuts Garcetti said if any social programs are expanded, they will have to be financed with help from the state and federal government. “That’s where the mayor’s trips are so important,” Garcetti said. “If the budget grows, it will be because we are getting more of our fair share in state and federal money.” The mayor has proposed reducing the Bureau of Street Services’ budget by 11percent, or $18million less than its current spending. The cut means the city will resurface 25 fewer miles of streets than last year, but in exchange it will slurry-seal 100miles of streets to extend their life. The budget also calls for trimming fewer trees, pushing the cycle from a trim every nine years to a trim every 10 years. But Parks made it clear he thinks all city programs are open for cuts – including the mayor’s plan to increase funds for the L.A. Police Department to hire 780 police officers. Villaraigosa has made police hiring a top priority, with the goal of a 10,000-member force by 2011. He has proposed a $1.9billion budget for the LAPD this year, up nearly $53million over last year. “Public safety takes up 64percent of the city budget,” Parks said. “If we have to make cuts to bring the budget in balance, we can’t make them immune.” firstname.lastname@example.org (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
1 Hull’s Tom Huddlestone missed a penalty against AS Trencin Hull’s competitve European debut ended in a goalless draw as Tom Huddlestone squandered a penalty and point-blank follow up against Slovakia’s AS Trencin.The Tigers, who qualified for their first ever Europa League campaign by finishing runners-up in the FA Cup, should have come away from their third qualifying round first leg at Zilina’s Stadion pod Dubnom with victory but will now need a result in East Yorkshire next Thursday.The best opportunity fell to Huddlestone – who was presented with a chance from the spot when Shane Long was felled in the area – but his shot was easily saved by Milos Volesak before he somehow grazed the bar from just two yards out.Such a moment will definitely come back to haunt the former Tottenham midfielder should Steve Bruce’s side bow out next week.The Tigers were the better side throughout but could only muster half-chances with both David Meyler and Long fashioning some good opportunities.Momentum shifted in the 15 minutes before the break with Moses Simon and Patrik Misak beginning to threaten, but Hull’s defence held out.Alex Bruce, in particular, needed to be alert to dispossess Simon as he dribbled into the box, while Allan McGregor was left untroubled by Haris Hajradinovic’s left-footed effort.Trencin upped the ante eight minutes into the second half, Misak going desperately close with a long-range shot that just missed the target.Huddlestone’s nightmare moment then came before Bruce introduced summer signings Tom Ince and Robert Snodgrass for their competitive debuts 25 minutes from the end.Neither player could change the result but the Tigers will head back to the KC Stadium next week as firm favourites to reach the play-offs.
“The Russians are very committed to this World Cup being a total success,” he told a news conference in Panama.There are concerns violence could erupt between fanatical “ultras,” particularly Russian and English fans, who clashed at the 2016 European Championship tournament in France.However, the FIFA chief — explaining he had been involved in the organization of four European Championships — confirmed organizers in Russia are pulling out all the stops to avoid such incidents.“I have a little bit of experience in organizing big events and I have to say that I have never seen the level of preparation — especially in security — that I am seeing in Russia anywhere else,” he said.The tournament — which runs from June 14 to July 15 — is set to attract fans from all over the world, as spectators will not need a visa to attend.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000FIFA President Gianni Infantino said that Russia is “very committed to this World Cup being a total success” © AFP/File / Luis ACOSTAPANAMA CITY, Panama, Mar 17 – FIFA president Gianni Infantino said Saturday that the upcoming World Cup will not be a “war,” as Russian authorities and Vladimir Putin are committed to ensuring safety amid fears of fan clashes.“We are not going to war,” Infantino said. “You will see that we are going to have a football party and if anyone wants to cause trouble, they will have problems.”
1 Diego Costa scored a dramatic 89th minute winner Diego Costa scored a dramatic 89th minute winner to give Antonio Conte a winning start to his Chelsea career against West Ham.Chelsea’s first goal under the Italian came just after half time as Eden Hazard smashed his penalty into the roof of the net.However, despite being under the cosh for most of the second half, the Hammers equalised through James Collins.But Costa popped up to give Conte a dream start to life in the Premier League.Summer signing N’Golo Kante marked his first competitive Chelsea game with a third minute yellow card as both teams jostled for the upper hand.West Ham had the best of the early possession but it was the Blues who had the first chance of note when Branislav Ivanovic drew a fantastic low save from Adrian.There was controversy after 20 minutes when Oscar went to ground when Winston Reid stuck his arm out but it looked soft and referee Anthony Taylor dismissed the penalty claims.Hazard was next to go close when he showed a clean pair or heels to Andre Ayew – who consequently went off injured – before firing a low shot just wide of the far post.However, just after the break Hazard scored the first goal of Conte’s Premier League reign when Michail Antonio brought down Cesar Azpilicueta in the box, with the Belgian converting from 12 yards.Willian forced another strong save from Adrian after 62 minutes before John Terry sent a free header over the bar from the resulting corner.Costa was lucky not to see a second yellow card when he went in late on Adrian after the goalkeeper dallied on the ball inside his own six-yard area.West Ham hadn’t had a shot on goal until the 76th minute when Collins thumped a left-footed half-volley past Thibaut Courtois to draw the sides level.It was the Welshman’s ninth career goal and his fourth against Chelsea.Michy Batshuayi came on for his Chelsea bow but it was Costa who made the telling contribution with a low, fierce shot that Adrian couldn’t get his palms to give Chelsea and Conte three important points.
GIRLS and boys teams from schools in the greater Letterkenny area competed in the Div1 Cumann na mBunscoil blitz on Wednesday.Here’s some of the line-ups of the children taking part.Above Gaelscoil Adhamhnáin (cailíní) Above: Lurgybrack BoysAbove: Illistrin Boys Above: Scoil ColmcilleAbove: Scoil Mhuire can SmálAbove: Gaelscoil Adhamhnáin (buachaillí)PICTURE SPECIAL: CUMANN NA MBUNSCOIL IN O’DONNELL PARK was last modified: March 8th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:LETTERKENNY SCHOOLS GAA PRIMARYPICTURE SPECIAL: CUMANN NA MBUNSCOIL IN O’DONNELL PARK
DES MOINES, Iowa – Five-time Drake Relays champion Jenny Simpson returns to the Blue Oval to challenge the American outdoor 2-mile record as part of Hy-Vee Night at the Drake Relays, Blake Boldon, the Franklin P. Johnson Director of the Drake Relays, announced Tuesday, April 3. Boldon also unveiled world-class competitors in the pole vault and high jump inside Drake Stadium for what has the potential to be a historic night of track & field action. Simpson, the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee reigning 1,500-meter champion and Olympic bronze medalist, will challenge the American record of 9:20.25 in the two-mile race Friday, April 27, under the lights at Drake Stadium. “I’m so excited to be returning to Iowa again this year to compete in my first outdoor race of 2018 at the Drake Relays,” Simpson said. “I’ve had so many special runs on the Blue Oval including collegiate and stadium records and this year records are on my mind again. I’ll be returning to the Drake Relays to challenge the outdoor 2-mile American Record. Runs like this are never easy or predictable but I’m excited to face the challenge in front of fans who have cheered me on to great runs in the past.” Simpson will try to better the current record of 9:20.25 set by Shannon Rowbury in 2014. However, Cunningham won’t have an easy route to another Drake Relays title. The 2017 Drake Relays champion Levern Spencer returns to Des Moines. The Olympian own the St. Lucian national record in the event at 6-6 (1.98m). Another national record holder, Doreen Amata, will make her Drake Relays debut in 2018. The Nigerian record holder in the event, Amata is a two-time Olympian and served as Nigeria’s flag bearer for the closing ceremonies of the 2016 Olympics. Canadian Alyx Treasure is another Olympian set to push the field in what has the makings of another outstanding competition at Drake Stadium. “I love to start the year off on home soil! Drake Stadium will bring out the best in all of us!” Kendricks said to announce his return to Des Moines. The women’s high jump will feature another standout field headlined by Vashti Cunningham who has won four USA Championships at just 20 years old. Cunningham, the daughter of former NFL quarterback Randall Cunningham, competed at the Drake Relays in 2016 as a high-school phenom and has since won a world indoor title and represented the USA in the 2016 Olympics. She owns a personal best of 6-6.25 (1.99m) in the event, an American junior record. Kendricks isn’t the only elite vaulter set to compete at Hy-Vee Night at the Drake Relays. Another member of the 6-meter club and the 2015 World Champion, Shawn Barber, will go jump for jump against Kendricks. Barber is the Canadian record holder in the event and the 2015 and 2016 Drake Relays champion. Scott Houston, the 2018 American indoor champion is also in the field. Print Friendly Version Last year, Simpson won her fifth-straight race at the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee with her 1,500-meter win as she held off rival Brenda Martinez. Martinez returns to the Relays to challenge Simpson again. Upstart Alexa Efraimson, who owns the American junior record in the 1,500 meters (4:03.39) and the national high school record in the 3,000 meters (9:00.16) joins the veteran laden field racing toward an American national record. Another Olympic medalist and Drake Relays champion headlines the men’s pole vault field. Sam Kendricks was the 2016 Olympic bronze medalist and 2017 World Champion in the event he also won at 2017 Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee. He is just one of 22 men in the history of the sport to clear six meters (19-8). All-session, multi-session and single-session tickets are currently on sale to witness all three of these events at Drake Stadium, including the potential setting of an American record. Visit DrakeTix.com to secure tickets to what has the promise to be a historic night at Drake Stadium.
The family of a 20 month-old Donegal toddler who has an incurable life-limiting condition have been overwhelmed with the response they’ve got for their fundraising efforts for both the Children’s Ward in Letterkenny General Hospital and the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation.Five Men in Donegal have graciously offered to run 5km everyday in January to raise funds to help Leah says thanks – the initiative has now become known as the 5 Men 1 Challenge.Little Leah McGeehan lives in Fintown with her parents Brenda and Brendan, and her big brother Aidan. Leah has a mitochondrial condition which unfortunately is a devastating diagnosis for any family to receive for their child.It is incurable and life limiting. Mitochondrial disease is a metabolic disorder that prohibits cells from producing the energy needed for organs, and the body overall, to effectively function.Leah’s short journey of life so far has been hugely tough and demanding on Leah and her family.Her mum Brenda says, “When I was 35 weeks pregnant our lives changed when we were giving the devastating news after a fetal assessment in Letterkenny General Hospital that all was not well with our unborn baby. “The scan showed extra fluid around our unborn child’s brain.They were referred to the National Maternity Hospital in Dublin for further tests. The outlook wasn’t good.A date was arranged for April 15th 2013 for the baby to delivered by caesarean.“Leaving our then 3 ½ year old Aidan was heart-breaking and we were expecting to be in Dublin for weeks or months if the baby was to survive, Brenda says.“Just after midday I was taken to theatre and our princess Leah was born at 1.26p.m. on April 15th. “She did everything she wasn’t expected to do, she breathed, she took her feed, she cried etc. She was taken to the neo – natal unit and held her own.“We got the brilliant news that we would be discharged that Friday. She was taken to Temple Street that day for an MRI and we headed for home.Two weeks later we got the MRI results from Leah’s consultant in Letterkenny – it wasn’t the result they had hoped for.A week later they were told she had very little hearing, but to wait as it might develop. “All we could do for the next few months was wait and see, but deep down in my heart I knew Leah was going to have a lot of challenges ahead,” Brenda adds.“After numerous trips to Dublin we were referred to the metabolic team in Temple Street, and it was arranged for us to come into the hospital to have a series of test over a few days.“So in December 2013 she was called in for the tests, once we got settled on the ward, one of the Doctor’s said to me ‘you are aware that Leah has a lot of markers for a mitochondrial disorder.’”Brenda added, “When I asked her to repeat the name of the condition she told me not to Google it!“Of course I couldn’t wait to get her out the door to Google it and I cried when I read about the prognosis.“We were told we would have to wait for a few months for the results which would be from a skin biopsy that they took of Leah.“As the months went by I knew things were going to be tough, Leah wasn’t meeting her milestones and interacting.“She was diagnosed in January 2013 with Cortical Visual Impairment that meant she didn’t smile until she was 10 months. When she eventually did we were on top of the world.Leah was finally confirmed as a mitochondrial patient in June 2014; the type she has is pyruvate dehydrogenase complex deficiency.As Brenda explains, “We were told it was a life limiting condition and not much else. Walking down O’Connell Street that day my head was spinning.“So it was life as normal again not really knowing much about this horrific diagnosis.“It wasn’t until I joined a facebook page of the condition I found out the real extent of the condition and over time when I met up with other mothers of kids with mitochondrial.In December five children in Donegal had been diagnosed with mitochondrial.“Sadly, one of these special kids passed away suddenly, little Katie Rodgers, which was a heart-breaking.“In recent times Leah’s hospital stays have become more frequent.” It is not as easy to take her out especially during the winter months as we are so afraid of her becoming sick, therefore the support we get from the Jack and Jill Foundation means we can have a normal as possible life for Aidan’s sake.Now with the help of friends Brenda and Brendan McGeehan have decided to give something back to the Jack and Jill Foundation and the Children’s ward at LGH as Jack and Jill provide them with a carer to do normal things with Aidan or even just to go and get the grocery shopping.“We want to give something back to LGH for the great care and support we receive on each admission.“I feel most families in Co Donegal will encounter a stay in Letterkenny General Hospital when they have kids.“Our aim is to buy something for the ward that will make things a little more comfortable for patients and parents for when their kids are in hospital.”The Jack & Jill Foundation is totally dependent on fundraising and the support it provides to families is second in to none.“At present Leah is doing relatively well and is a content happy wee lady,“We would like to thank anyone who has helped out in any shape or form for this fundraising.”The Challenge is now in its last week and to celebrate the fantastic efforts of the 5 Men, there will be a Celebratory Country Night in the Highlands Hotel Glenties this Saturday night.Visit the 5 Men 1 Challenge Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/fivemen.onechallengeOr you can even donate online at: http://www.mycharity.ie/event/5_men_1_challenge/FAMILY OF TODDLER SUFFERING FROM INCURABLE CONDITION OVERWHELMED BY FUNDRAISING EFFORTS was last modified: January 28th, 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:Baby Leahcharityfundraiserhealthhome-page featuresnews
Goalkeeper Alex Smithies makes his QPR debut in their League Cup second-round game against Carlisle United at Loftus Road.Youngsters Darnell Furlong, Cole Kpekawa, Michael Doughty and Reece Grego-Cox are also in the Rangers starting line-up, as is summer signing Oscar Gobern.Junior Hoilett, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and Clint Hill start too as head coach Chris Ramsey makes full use of his squad.Ramsey told West London Sport ahead of the game that he was keen to rest defenders Nedum Onuoha and James Perch.Neither have been included, although Perch is among the substitutes. Grant Hall is the only player in the 11 who also started Saturday’s league game against Rotherham.QPR: Smithies; Furlong, Hall, Hill, Kpekawa; Doughty, Gobern; Grego-Cox, Emmanuel-Thomas, Hoilett, Polter.Subs: Lumley, Perch, Luongo, Phillips, Comley, Chery, Blackwood.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook