Month: December 2019

Gary Neville named as Valencia head coach

first_img1 Gary Neville has been named as Valencia’s new head coach.The former Manchester United will take charge until the end of the season.He will officially take charge of the first team on Sunday, December 6 ahead of the Champions League match against Lyon at Mestalla on the following Wednesday.Valencia President Layhoon Chan said: “We are delighted to have secured Gary so quickly. He combines top level coaching experience through his role as a senior coach with the England national team and a world-class playing career with England and Manchester United”.“Throughout his career Gary has always shown great leadership both on and off the pitch. He is hugely respected in English football and it was his personal qualities which persuaded us that he was the right choice to lead Valencia until the end of the season.”Gary Neville said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be given this opportunity with Valencia. Valencia are a huge football club of immense standing and I know from my time as a player the passion and dedication of the Valencia fans.“I am really looking forward to working with the club’s talented group of players and am excited about the challenge ahead.” Gary Neville last_img read more

David Flatman Column: Jamie Vardy chats politely, gets served

first_img1 David Flatman Column: Jamie Vardy chats politely, gets served This column appears in the current edition of Sport magazine. Download the free iPad app here, and follow on twitter @sportmagukFootballers get a bad rap. I mean okay, there’s the odd muppet among them, and sometimes these muppets can be the very best players. Examples of this might be John Terry and his disabled parking faux pas, Dennis Wise and his taxi driver hell, Mario Ballotelli and his… well, his general personality. But often I think it’s their sheer visibility that lands them in bother.More and more we see elite rugby players getting told off for being naughty – either for not treating girls properly or headbutting the odd student – and more and more we hear disgruntled fans of the so-called gentleman’s game bemoaning their sport’s growing similarity to football, as if football is the very essence of awfulness. The end of the moral line.It’s largely bollocks. Despite still being young and athletic, I was playing pro rugby before social media had arrived and before, frankly, anyone gave a toss. And I can tell you that the players now are, by necessity and with professional survival as their motivation, about a million times better behaved than we were. And we, in turn, were a fraction as loose as the amateurs that went before us. Those old boys were regular boozers on the nights before matches, they were prolifically promiscuous, and they reputedly loved a good tear-up. We were tame in comparison.Give a young rugby player – all testosterone and triceps – a dreamy lifestyle and a bit of cash, and what do you expect to happen? Give a footballer the same lifestyle and millions of pounds, and the results are equally predictable. These are young blokes living a visible dream, so some will always be naughty. It’s just that we see everything now, and one can regard this in two ways: either positively, as all are now accountable for their behaviour; or negatively, because they just want to be ladiators and get amongst it.I recently went for lunch with a posh mate in a well-known chicken restaurant outside Leicester. Up pulled a swanky black Porsche and out stepped Jamie Vardy with girlfriend and mate. Watching him closely (on reflection, my focus was weird) I twice saw the staff arrive to tell him that what he’d ordered had run out, and that they were sorry. Then, when they brought his food, it was wrong. As he left, a lady bumped into him, knocking his phone from his hand. All the while, I’m happy to report, he remained polite and lovely. I’ll keep my eye on him, though – he’s bound to park on double yellows soon, the rich bastard.Illustration by David Lyttletonlast_img read more

Survey of airline pilots finds close calls occur more often than believed

first_imgMOFFETT FIELD, California – An unprecedented national survey of pilots by the U.S. government has found that safety problems such as near collisions and runway interference occur far more frequently than previously recognized. But the government is withholding the information, fearful it would upset air travelers and hurt airline profits. NASA gathered the information under an $8.5million federal safety project, through telephone interviews with roughly 24,000 commercial and general-aviation pilots over nearly four years. Since shutting down the project more than one year ago, the space agency has refused to divulge its survey data publicly. After The Associated Press disclosed details Monday about the survey and efforts to keep its results secret, NASA’s chief said he will reconsider how much of the survey findings can be made public. “NASA should focus on how we can provide information to the public, not on how we can withhold it,” NASA Administrator Michael Griffin said in a statement. He said the agency’s research and data “should be widely available and subject to review and scrutiny.” Griffin said NASA will reconsider its denial of the data to the AP. Among other results, the pilots reported at least twice as many bird strikes, near midair collisions and runway incursions as other government monitoring systems show, according to a person familiar with the results who was not authorized to discuss them publicly.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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Last week, NASA ordered the contractor that conducted the survey to purge all related data from its computers. Congress on Monday announced a formal investigation of the pilot survey and instructed NASA to halt any destruction of records. Griffin said he already was ordering that all survey data be preserved. The AP learned about the NASA results from one person familiar with the survey who spoke on condition of anonymity because this person was not authorized to discuss them. A senior NASA official, associate administrator Thomas S. Luedtke, said earlier that revealing the findings could damage the public’s confidence in airlines and affect airline profits. Luedtke acknowledged that the survey results “present a comprehensive picture of certain aspects of the U.S. commercial aviation industry.” The AP sought to obtain the survey data over 14 months under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act. “Release of the requested data, which are sensitive and safety-related, could materially affect the public confidence in, and the commercial welfare of, the air carriers and general aviation companies whose pilots participated in the survey,” Luedtke wrote in a final denial letter to the AP. NASA also cited pilot confidentiality as a reason, although no airlines were identified in the survey, nor were the identities of pilots, all of whom were promised anonymity. last_img read more

CROOK FRANCOIS SHOCK! GUNMEN OPEN FIRE ON FORMER ASSOCIATE

first_imgGUNMEN have tried to murder a financial adviser and associate of investment crook Francois de Dietrich.The Co Donegal man escaped injury when a gunman opened fire on his car near Belleek at lunchtime on Monday, donegaldaily.com learned today.The intended victim of the murder bid was a completely innocent victim of French conman de Dietrich. He had been a salesman for Etic Solutions but did not know the entire scheme was a Ponzi scam. The man was travelling along the Ardees Road close to the site of the former security checkpoint beside Slavin Church of Ireland on the Lough Shore Road when his black Volvo car was attacked.A PSNI spokesman has confirmed that the victim did not see anyone and police do not know if more than one gunman was involved or if more than one shot was fired. HHowever a spokesman confirmed to donegaldaily.com that they discovered a mark on the driver’s side rear passenger door consistent with having been caused by a gunshot. The car has been taken away for forensic examination.The spokesman said the driver was not injured but was badly shaken. The attack happened on the same day as an arrest warrant was issued for de Dietrich’s arrest at a court in Belfast.He conned dozens of Donegal people out of millions of euro.Detectives are appealing to anyone who saw suspicious activity on the Ardees or Lough Shore Roads between 12.15pm and 12.30pm on Monday to contact them in Enniskillen on 00 44 845 600 8000.If someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 00 44 800 555 111.Today a Garda source told us: “We are taking an interest in this development as there is a cross-Border aspect to it. It is a very worrying situation.”© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights Reserved The copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.com CROOK FRANCOIS SHOCK! GUNMEN OPEN FIRE ON FORMER ASSOCIATE was last modified: January 12th, 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:Francois de Dietrichgun attackmurder bidlast_img read more

UNIQUE JOBS SCHEME GIVES ENTREPRENEURS THE CHANCE TO CREATE JOBS IN DONEGAL

first_imgDozens of would-be Donegal entrepeneurs are to be given a chance to create jobs across Donegal.The New Frontiers Programme will be located at the CoLab Centre at Letterkenny Institute of Technology.Senator Jimmy Harte said the new programme demontrates some “joined-up htinking on job creation.” “At the start of this month the Government launched its Action Plan for Jobs. This plan set out in 270 points how we were going to help create jobs in Ireland.“The New Frontiers programme is a part of one of these action points and we are already delivering it. It is another example of how the Labour Party in Government is serious about job creation.“Enterprise Ireland and the Institutes of Technology are working together to deliver this programme. Together they will give people the opportunity to start their own business and bring employment to their local areas.  “Our local Letterkenny Institute of Technology is taking part in this programme see Website: www.co-lab.ie for further details this can only be good news for Donegal. This will help those with good ideas to convert them into real jobs which are needed to stimulate the local economy.“New Frontiers will give people a chance to take their business ideas and make them happen. 250 people will be taken through a part time 8 week course to test their business idea,” he said.The 150 people who qualify will be taken through an intensive 6 month course to turn their idea into a viable company.They will receive €15,000 to help them start their business along with space in their local IOT at CoLab business incubation centre. It is hoped that a 100 companies will be created out of this programme with an average of 5 jobs per company.“We said when The Action Plan was launched that it is a working document. We have already delivered on one of Action Points. We are focused on delivering on the rest and getting people back to work,” said Senator Harte. UNIQUE JOBS SCHEME GIVES ENTREPRENEURS THE CHANCE TO CREATE JOBS IN DONEGAL was last modified: February 28th, 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)last_img read more

THE DIGITAL SWITCHOVER IN DONEGAL – ALL EXPLAINED IN ONE EVENING

first_imgTHE DIGITAL SWITCHOVER IN DONEGAL – ALL EXPLAINED IN ONE EVENING was last modified: September 19th, 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)last_img read more

Jermain Defoe MUST be in the reckoning for Euro 2016 spot, Darren Bent says

first_imgDarren Bent says Jermain Defoe MUST be in contention for a spot in England’s Euro 2016 squad.The striker has enjoyed an excellent campaign for Sunderland, scoring 15 Premier League goals to help the club secure survival against the odds.He has not played international football in almost three years, winning the last of his 55 caps against Chile in November 2013, and is approaching 34 years of age.But Bent believes Defoe’s fine form this season demands that Roy Hodgson seriously considers him for a recall for this summer’s finals in France.The Derby County striker, who boasts four goals from 13 Three Lions appearances, told talkSPORT:  “Defoe has been one of the main reasons why Sunderland have stayed up this year.“Every week you look on the TV, he has got one, he has got two, he has got three – and not just goals when they are losing games. He is getting important winners, he is getting them points.“He has got to be in the reckoning. People are not even talking about him and it is strange.“You talk about forwards and hitting form, well he is probably the most in-form striker in the country at the moment.”last_img read more

Hawksbee and Jacobs daily – Wednesday, July 6

first_imgListen back as Paul and Andy bring you the best bits from Wednesday’s Hawksbee and Jacobs show.It’s a special Welshfest edition of the podcast today – featuring Welsh comedian Max Boyce, Welsh referee Keith Cooper, a Welsh fan who drove to the wrong Lille and another who got a tattoo of Hal Robson-Kanu. All this plus Andy’s rant about Anna Wintour’s appearance at WimbledonListen above or click here to download the podcast from iTunes.last_img

Crash victims not ID’d

first_imgLANCASTER – Coroner’s officials have not yet released the names of two men killed Monday when their single-engine plane crashed into a field northeast of Fox Airfield. Officials said they believe they know the men’s identities but are still verifying the information. The plane, a 2005 Cirrus SR20, is registered to Todd Olson of Henderson, Nev. Officials said the men appeared to have been practicing touch-and-go landings, which is common at Fox because the airfield is relatively uncrowded. Firefighters said witnesses told them the plane had pulled up when its engine sounded like it had quit. An emergency parachute meant to soften the impact of an unexpected landing deployed from the plane, but failed to stop the crash. 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 The incident is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board.last_img read more

Boost for first-time home buyers in Donegal

first_imgFirst-time home buyers in Donegal have been given a boost following the news that they are set to receive a tax rebate. The Government are proposing plans to introduce a tax rebate grant scheme in an effort to get people on the property ladder.The initiative is being specifically designed to help those currently priced out out of the property market in cities like Dublin and Cork. However, the proposal will be a nationwide scheme and will benefit first-time homeowners all over the country.Housing Minister Simon Coveney said that he wants to devise a scheme that, in particular, helps those who are being locked out of the property market.Mr Coveney told The Irish Independent, “Any measures we take in the Budget I think need to be clear, easily understood and easy to implement.“We need to send out a message that first-time buyers, at the moment, simply don’t have sufficient numbers of houses being built for them in the right places and at the right price.“But the extent of that and the means by which it is done is still being finalized at the moment.”Mr Coveney said he has considered introducing a scheme similar to one operating in the UK, whereby the State would provide a grant in return for a small equity in the property. Advertisement However, he said he is instead leaning towards a grant scheme whereby applicants receive a tax rebate.“I think it’ll be something along the lines of a first-time buyers’ grant, effectively through the tax system, and through a tax rebate system,” Mr Coveney said.“Mr Coveney said the scheme that will be announced next month will apply to new homes only and emphasised the need to increase supply.“My view is that the core problem in the housing market at the moment is a total lack of supply,” the minister said.“The core issue here is that anything we do has to drive supply,” he added.Boost for first-time home buyers in Donegal was last modified: September 14th, 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) Tags:BuyersdonegalFirst-timeGovernmenthomehousingnewspropertyproposallast_img read more