Oscar scores hat trick as Chelsea, Everton win

first_imgLONDON (AP):Oscar scored a first-half hat-trick as Chelsea cruised to a 5-1 victory at second-tier MK Dons to reach the fifth round of the FA Cup yesterday.Oscar tapped into an empty net in the 15th minute after a defensive blunder, but the Dons soon levelled when Darren Potter beat Thibaut Courtois with a heavily deflected shot from the edge of the area.Costa and Eden Hazard squandered easy chances before Oscar drilled home Chelsea’s second in the 32nd minute and then smashed in a superb third just before the break after a 25-yard (meter) run that started over on the left touchline.Hazard converted a penalty after the break and Bertrand Traore added the fifth as Guus Hiddink’s side made sure there was no risk of a cup upset.”If you play the big, big games like Arsenal, Man U, Man City, etc, the concentration is always high, automatically,” Hiddink said. “But these games, you have to be well prepared mentally, and I think we did well in the first half – although we were not finishing it off in the first 20 minutes.”Hiddink, who has engineered a solid recovery by the Premier League champions since replacing JosÈ Mourinho in December, paid tribute to match-winner Oscar.HAPPY PLAYERS”He’s playing with a smile on his face, and that’s what I like very much with the players – when they know their obligation – and also defensively, these guys know their job to do, and they do it … . It’s good to see.”Chelsea’s next opponent in the competition will not be such a pushover as the Dons, after Hiddink’s side was drawn against Premier League title favourites Manchester City in the last 16.Everton also advanced yesterday, beating fourth-tier Carlisle 3-0 in a match where fans were given a warning that racism would not be tolerated at the stadium, following a report of abusive language.The alleged incident happened after Everton opened the scoring in the second minute through Ivory Coast striker Arouna Kone, who is black.A public-address system message warned fans that racist abuse would not be tolerated, and local police issued the same message on Twitter, asking anyone with information to report it.”I thought it was dealt with in a very good manner,” Everton manager Roberto Martinez told broadcaster BT Sport.Aaron Lennon, who lined up Kone’s tap-in at the far post, made it 2-0 in the 14th with another close-range strike.Ross Barkley put the result beyond doubt in the 65th with an impressive curling shot from the edge of the area that took a slight deflection.Everton are away to Bourne-mouth in the fifth round.last_img read more

Klopp slams UEFA as fans count cost of Euro glory

first_imgKlopp, whose side lost to Real Madrid in the Champions League final in Kiev last season, called on European governing body UEFA to show more consideration to travelling fans when choosing host cities for finals.“These guys who make the decisions, I don’t know what they have for breakfast really when they do it,” said Klopp.“Baku, I have no clue how to go there, if there is any regular flight at all? These decisions must be much more sensible, much more reasonable. It looks irresponsible. I don’t know how they do it.”Arsenal and Chelsea fans are further outraged that the clubs have been allocated just 6,000 tickets each for the 68,700-capacity Olympic Stadium.In March, UEFA put 37,500 tickets for the Europa League final on general sale to supporters.UEFA said in a statement to AFP that the number of fans requesting tickets for Europa League finals varied greatly from club to club and the amount given for the 2019 final was also based on logistics in Baku.“It is impossible to predict in advance which clubs will reach the final, while the venue has to be chosen around two years in advance,” it said.“Offering more tickets to fans of the participating teams, without any guarantee that they would be able to arrange suitable travel to reach Baku, was therefore not a responsible option.”There are currently no scheduled direct flights between London and Baku for the week of the final.“Really terrible ticketing and travel arrangements for Arsenal fans for the Europa league final,” the Arsenal Supporters’ Trust said in a statement.“AST meeting with the other supporter trusts also in European finals on Tuesday to discuss how more pressure can be brought to bear on UEFA for fairer treatment for fans.”Arsenal estimate that return travel will cost more than £1,000 ($1,300) per person.– Price hikes in Madrid –Arsenal and Chelsea will face off in the Europa League final, 4,500 kilometres from London, in Baku © IKIMAGES/AFP/File / Ian KINGTONLiverpool and Tottenham fans in theory have a much easier trip to the Spanish capital but have seen prices for flights and hotels sky rocket since both sides produced remarkable semi-final comebacks this week to defeat Barcelona and Ajax.“Yesterday I was calling some hotels to try and book some rooms because I don’t know if my family and some people from Argentina are going to be there,” said Spurs’ Argentine manager Mauricio Pochettino.“I wanted to book and it was so difficult and the prices are so crazy. I am very surprised but it is normal that people take advantage of this type of opportunity.”A joint statement issued by the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust and Liverpool’s Spirit of Shankly fans’ group called for a cap on ticket pricing, transparency over allocation and consumer protection measures to be introduced to stop prices being forced up.“Our joy at reaching the final is tempered by the prices of travel, accommodation and tickets, and by the allocation of tickets,” it said.“Prices of flights to Madrid and surrounding towns have rocketed by up to 840 percent.“Hotel rooms are over £1,000 a night and we are hearing stories of room bookings being cancelled and resold at vastly inflated rates.“Ticket prices of in excess of £500 are also extortionate. And there needs to be transparency from UEFA and our clubs in how tickets are priced and allocated.”Liverpool and Spurs fans have been allocated 16,600 tickets each for the 68,000-capacity Wanda Metropolitano stadium.Tottenham announced on Friday that they will screen the match at the club’s new 62,000-capacity stadium.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has expressed his sympathy with travelling fans © AFP / JAVIER SORIANOLondon, United Kingdom, May 10 – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp branded UEFA “irresponsible” on Friday as fans expressed their disgust over eye-watering price hikes after four Premier League clubs qualified for the Champions League and Europa League finals.Tottenham and Liverpool will meet in the Champions League final in Madrid on June 1, while supporters of London clubs Arsenal and Chelsea face a 9,000-km (5,600-mile) round-trip for their Europa League final in the Azerbaijani capital Baku on May 29.last_img read more

Women’s World Cup kicks off with interest at a new high

first_img“Different teams are now rising and it’s going to be a very open World Cup and we’re excited to go out there and attack it.”Interest from the public is high with both semi-finals and the final, all to be played at the 69,000-capacity Groupama Stadium in Lyon, sold out as well as the opening game at the Parc des Princes. The cheapest group game tickets are just nine euros ($10).The United States are the queens of the game after winning the World Cup three times and the Olympics four times and that experience is clearly visible in their current lineup.At the end of May, FIFA calculated that the US had collected 1,893 caps between them and included eight players with at least 100 international appearances. Among them Carli Lloyd has 274 caps, Alex Morgan 163 and Becky Sauerbrunn 158.For France, the key members of the Lyon team that has won four straight Champions League titles, Sarah Bouhaddi, Wendie Renard, Amel Majri, Amandine Henry and Eugenie Le Sommer, are fast becoming French celebrities.Germany, who can boast another Lyon star in Dzsenifer Marozsan, have won two World Cups and eight European Championships. Japan and Norway have both won the World Cup once.Jill Ellis coach of the United States women’s team says ‘It’s going to be a remarkable World Cup’ © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP / Mike LawrieHowever the power of the Americans and Germans is set to be challenged now that some of the other traditional football powers, who for years did not take women’s football seriously, are catching up.England and France, ranked third and fourth in the world, arrive with genuine hopes of winning the title. Spain, the Netherlands and Italy are all in the top 15, with the Dutch reigning European champions.– Competition getting stronger –The 24-team format means the group phase will eliminate only eight teams. The top two nations in each of the six groups and the four best third-place finishers will qualify.That means the underdogs know that one victory could be enough to reach the second round.Dzsenifer Marozsan is set to star for Germany © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP/File / Jamie Sabau“Aside from USA, France and the Netherlands, teams like Australia, Canada, Sweden and Norway are also playing very well,” German coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg told broadcaster ARD.“It will be a very tight tournament, and I think there will be some upsets in the group stage.”“I think this World Cup is a tipping point for the women’s game where I think it’s just going to go boom,” England manager Phil Neville said.Yet, as they prepared to try to emulate the men’s national team and win the World Cup, France’s women’s team received a reminder that they are still not quite equal.They had to move out of their rooms in the “chateau” on the grounds at Clairefontaine, the French football federation’s luxurious training base, when the men’s squad arrived last week to prepare for two Euro 2020 qualifiers.There are other subtle differences.When France hosted the men’s World Cup and Euros, the finals were held at the 80,000-capacity Stade de France. A large proportion of the matches at this summer are taking place in stadiums with a capacity of 25,000 or less.“We did not always choose big grounds because we didn’t want any empty stadiums,” Noel Le Graet, the president of the French Football Federation, told AFP.The French women’s team are ready to step out of the shadows © AFP / FRANCK FIFE“We got the women’s World Cup in 2015 … At the beginning, possible host cities were not exactly shoving each other out of the way to come forward.“I was a bit scared about the Parc des Princes, but the opening match sold out in five minutes.”The enthusiastic demand for tickets has surprised the hosts.“We didn’t see it coming,” said Erwan Le Prevost, head of the local organising committee.– ‘Virtuous circle’ –Jean-Michel Aulas, the president of Lyon, told AFP that “it was a gamble at the time that we bid for the games.”Aulas believes the improvement of the French team and the rise of fan interest are linked.“We are in a virtuous circle with an audience that will come and watch,” he said.In many countries, women’s football remains an afterthought, yet even in the nations where women’s football is strongest, players feel attitudes are not changing fast enough.The US team, whose popularity in their homeland has been the financial motor that has driven women’s football, arrive embroiled in a legal dispute with their federation.They want to be paid the same as the US men’s team, who remain also-rans internationally.Women’s Ballon D’Or winner Ada Hegerberg, who scored a hat trick for Lyon in the Champions League final, will be absent from the World Cup. She is boycotting the national team even though Norway pays women and men internationals the same, because she believes that more needs to be done to improve the way women footballers are treated.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000France are considered one of Europe’s strongest challengers for the global crown © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFEPARIS, France, Jun 4 – The women’s World Cup kicks off on Friday amid unprecedented attention as hosts France take on South Korea in Paris.“It’s going to be a remarkable World Cup. The level of competition four years on from the last one has exponentially increased,” said Jill Ellis, coach of the US team, the reigning champions.last_img read more

GAA NEWS: GLENSWILLY AGM TO TAKE PLACE IN JANUARY

first_imgThe Club Annual General Meeting will take place on Saturday January 15th 2015 at 8pm.The Dinner Dance has been organised for January 3rd in the Station House Hotel with dinner being served at 8pm. Music is by the KopyKats and tickets are priced at €25.Tickets are available through Bryan and John or any committee member.This weeks lotto numbers are 2,11,13,20. with match 3 winner John James of Cabra Brook Churchill. The jackpot now stands at €5660. This weeks seller is Aisling Mc Daid. The Club would like to congratulate The Termon Ladies on a fantastic achievement on becoming the All Ireland Champions.A special mention must go to our local girl Laura Gallagher on this great success and keeping it in the family well done to Neil on becoming th Donegal Senior Player of the year.GAA NEWS: GLENSWILLY AGM TO TAKE PLACE IN JANUARY was last modified: December 9th, 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:donegalGlenswilly GAAlast_img read more

SEAN GETS ON HIS BIKE ACROSS DONEGAL FOR PREMATURE BABIES

first_imgIf you happen to see a man on a Harley Davidson zooming across Donegal today , don’t just stop and wave at him.Sean Brennan is helping to raise much-needed funding for premature babies around Ireland.The event, the “Rev Up For Prems” Road Challenge sees Sean ride around Ireland collecting as much cash as he can for this very worthy cause. The money created will go towards wish lists for all the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Units and Special Care Baby Units around Ireland. The aim of this fundraising project is to raise funds to purchase what each individual unit needs most vitally.Some units require more incubators while some require breathing monitors and we hope eventually from several fundraising events that we organise to be able to grant each item that the units need.Today Sean will be calling into Letterkenny General Hospital at around 9.30am before heading off again around 10.15am before heading to Sligo but stopping along the way in many of Donegal’s towns.He will have a crew of people with him who are travelling with him on his journey of hope to raise some much-needed cash for kids. If you want to donate then text “Prem” to 57802. Texts cost €2.00; a minimum of €1.35 will go to Irish Premature Babies. Standard Network charges may apply. CHY Number 19532. Helpline Irish Premature Babies 0818 217100.”EndsSEAN GETS ON HIS BIKE ACROSS DONEGAL FOR PREMATURE BABIES was last modified: April 19th, 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:Harley DavidsonPremature babiesSean Brennanlast_img read more

WOMAN JAILED FOR LIFE FOR LURING DONEGAL MAN TO HIS DEATH LOSES APPEAL

first_imgA woman who was jailed for life for luring a Donegal man to his execution has lost an appeal against her conviction for murder.Mary Ryan met up with businessman Manny O’Donnell, 53, at a Glasgow hotel in 1998 before he was driven to woodland and shot and stabbed 22 times.Ryan and co-accused Francis O’Donnell, both 39, were convicted of O’Donnell’s murder. Manny O’Donnell was originally form Lettermacaward and was later buried there after this death.Appeal judges rejected claims that there was insufficient evidence at the original trial to secure convictions.Mr O’Donnell – a wealthy businessman in the construction industry – was known to be an IRA fundraiser and suspected of having links to criminal enterprises in Scotland.During the trial, the court heard how Ryan worked for Mr O’Donnell and her boyfriend, Patrick Devine, was a ganger in a tar-laying squad.Francis O’Donnell had worked in the same squad as Devine before becoming Mr O’Donnell’s personal driver.Following the discovery of Mr O’Donnell’s body, in woodland near East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire, Ryan had given conflicting accounts to police of her movements.Initially she said she was with Devine in his flat on the night of the crime.But in a final interview with detectives she claimed she met Mr O’Donnell by arrangement at the Tinto Firs Hotel, in Glasgow’s Newlands area, to go to a business meeting in the west end of the city.Ryan said as she drove them out of the hotel car park, two gunmen wearing balaclavas jumped into the back of the car and shot her boss twice.She also claimed that afterwards, they gave her back the keys of the car and her mobile phone and told her to walk home and not report the crime.The burnt out vehicle was later found at a car park in Newton Mearns the following morning.Following their trial, Ryan and Francis O’Donnell were jailed for life and ordered to serve a minimum of 15 years in prison.The murder charge against Devine was found not proven.All three were found guilty of setting fire to the hired Renault Megane which took Mr O’Donnell to his death.Following lengthy appeal proceedings, Ryan and O’Donnell’s case was heard by Lord Mackay, sitting with Lord Osborne and Lord Nimmo Smith.The appeal judges heard that the murder victim ran “irregular” businesses with wages paid in cash, gangers employed without proper health and safety certificates and shell companies used to defeat the interests of creditors.Ryan’s lawyers argued that there was insufficient evidence to allow the jury to convict her of the charge.It was claimed that the evidence was sufficient to establish that she was present when the murder was committed, but not that she knew it was to take place or that she was acting along with the killers.But Lord Mackay rejected the submission, and said: “In our opinion, the jury heard evidence which entitled them to convict her on the charge of murder.”ENDSWOMAN JAILED FOR LIFE FOR LURING DONEGAL MAN TO HIS DEATH LOSES APPEAL was last modified: August 28th, 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:MANNY O’DONNELLMARY RYANmurderlast_img read more

Chick demands records from earlier audits

first_img 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’ remake With Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa pushing to reform Los Angeles’ public schools, Chick offered earlier this month to oversee a planned audit of the district’s administrative operations. Romer could not be reached for comment Tuesday. But last week, he said he opposed inviting Chick to audit the district – at an estimated cost of $800,000 – noting that he objected as much to the way Chick was demanding the audit as to the need for it. Chick, a Villaraigosa ally, has no authority to audit any LAUSD operations and must be asked to conduct such a review. Some school officials have questioned whether Chick’s audit is needed because several audits already have been conducted and others are planned. The district is about to engage in separate audits regarding its administration as part of an agreement with United Teachers Los Angeles and has planned a separate audit to be performed by the firm of KPMG. Chick has said she wants to conduct her own review to provide an independent report to the public on how the district is operating. In her request to Romer, Chick said she was particularly interested in audits that have been done by the U.S. Department of Education, Department of Agriculture, state Department of Education, state Controller’s Office, Bureau of State Audits, county Office of Education, Scholastic Audit Intervention Teams, Bond Oversight Committee and Office of Inspector General. School board member David Tokofsky said he welcomes Chick’s request and believes she should review reports even older than five years. “What she will be doing is ignoring perhaps the biggest decision of the school district – Belmont High School,” Tokofsky said. “If you want to look into the problems of the district, you have to start there.” Tokofsky, who chairs the school board’s audit committee, said he earlier had offered to provide Chick the information she is now seeking. “I had all the people who know about these things in my office and I was talking to her on the phone,” Tokofsky said. “I told her we could tell her anything she wanted to know before she made a decision to make an audit. She said she didn’t want to hear any of that.” Chick said she didn’t recall such an offer from Tokofsky, but welcomes any information he or the district can provide. Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390 rick.orlov@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Stepping up her campaign to audit the Los Angeles Unified School District, City Controller Laura Chick filed a public records request Tuesday with the school district, seeking audits, reports and studies for the past five years. In a letter to district Superintendent Roy Romer, Chick also demanded to know what steps the nation’s second-largest school district has taken to implement any audit recommendations. “I am extremely serious in my efforts to obtain a clear picture of what is happening in our school district,” Chick said. “LAUSD officials have publicly stated that my independent audit is not needed, that they have been audited enough. “So I am making a Public Records Act request to not only obtain the various audits and reports, but to see what actions have been taken to implement the various recommendations.” last_img read more

PICTURES SHOW DAMAGE DONE TO VEHICLES AFTER BLAZE AT LETTERKENNY GENERAL HOSPITAL

first_imgThese are the images from the scene of a severe blaze which completely destroyed THREE vehicles earlier this afternoon at Letterkenny General Hospital.The cause of the fire has not yet been established, but fire services believe a fire broke out in a van and the blaze spread to the two vehicles parked beside it. The blaze was brought under control by fire services and thankfully nobody was injured during the incident.Pictures by North-West News-Pix. PICTURES SHOW DAMAGE DONE TO VEHICLES AFTER BLAZE AT LETTERKENNY GENERAL HOSPITAL was last modified: June 4th, 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:blazecarsdestroyedGuttedLGHnewspictureslast_img read more

€36,000 grant funding to be awarded to 35 environmental projects in Donegal

first_imgMinister Joe McHugh has today welcomed grants worth more than €36,000 for community environmental projects across Donegal.Thirty-five not for profit groups are set to benefit from this funding to support local projects related to the environment and sustainability.In welcoming the €36,234 funding total for Donegal groups and individuals, Minister McHugh said the grants are all about making small changes at a local level. Mr McHugh said: “It’s great to see support for groups like the Glenties Men’s Sheds, Colm Grant’s ambitious plan to plant 1,000 trees in Buncrana and South Inishowen, community gardens in places like Moville, Ardara and Tearmann, rainwater harvesting in Castlefin, school workshops, Raphoe Tidy Towns and Culdaff Sea Angling Club’s tours of the sea.“I am delighted to see so many local and community-based projects get the support of Government.“They will make an impact in many ways by educating people and promoting ideas around sustainability and our environment.”Mr McHugh added: “I wish these groups every success. At the heart of it these projects are showcasing how the small changes in how we live have a big and lasting impact.“It is also great to see so many school workshops on the list with issues such as biodiversity, green schools, the importance of nature including bees and bugs and water quality all featuring.”The funding was secured through the 2018 Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund in the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment.A list of projects receiving funding in 2018 can be viewed here on the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment website.€36,000 grant funding to be awarded to 35 environmental projects in Donegal was last modified: August 2nd, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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