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Roy Keane, Scott Marshall and Paul Lambert 1 Aston Villa caretaker boss Scott Marshall has revealed the club need an experienced manager to keep them in the Premier League.The first-team coach is in temporary charge of the Villans after the sacking of Paul Lambert on Wednesday.But Marshall, who is set to take the team in the FA Cup against Leicester on Sunday, all but ruled himself out of the race to be the next permanent manager at Villa Park.“This is a big club and it’s not somewhere for someone to cut their teeth,” he said.“It’s certainly a big club and I would say there’s not many things which are going to prepare you for this experience so I think a manager with experience is probably necessary but it’s not really my decision or my call.”Lambert was sacked after just two wins in 21 league games which left Villa in the relegation zone.Marshall worked with Lambert at previous club Norwich before he followed him to Villa and the former Arsenal defender revealed his disappointment for his friend.He said: “Absolutely, he’s been really good for me. He brought me in at Norwich and gave me an opportunity there, and brought me here and gave me a great opportunity to work at a great club. I’m hugely disappointed that it’s not going to continue.“I’ve spoken to him and he’s obviously disappointed.”Derby County manager Steve McClaren dismissed claims he would be Villa’s new manager, while Emile Heskey backed his former team-mate Neil Lennon for the role.
Arsenal fan Lethal Bizzle has slammed Arsene Wenger for failing to buy an outfield player in the transfer window. Goalkeeper Petr Cech was the club’s only summer recruit, as Wenger ignored calls from fans to buy a ‘world class’ striker to turn them into genuine title contenders. Frustration was compounded by the news this week that Danny Welbeck will be out for a ‘period of months’ after undergoing knee surgery, leaving Olivier Giroud as the Gunners’ only orthodox forward. The rapper and actor was left confused by Wenger’s transfer policy, telling the Weekend Sports Breakfast: “I don’t know what Wenger’s playing at, he’s very stubborn.“I just think if we really want to challenge for the title he needs to pull his finger out and adapt to the whole wage system. “If we want something quality, we’re going to have to pay 30, 40 or £50million to get a top player in. I think he’s so stuck in his ways and he’s so reluctant to do that. Until we manage to do that, we’re way off the title, Chelsea are the champions and they’ve strengthened. “I thought with Cech, he’s actually going for it now and I thought he was going to nick Karim Benzema. Didn’t happen. And then take at least a defensive midfielder. Didn’t happen. We definitely needed a centre-back. Still hasn’t happened. “I don’t know if he sees something we don’t because he always does pull off miracles, we have over-achieved quite a few times and we always make the Champions League. “But I don’t think the team is strong enough to challenge for the title this season. “We’re way off and I think we’ll be lucky to get fourth this year. It’s inevitable we’ll get injuries – that’s football. January is the most panic-buying window so I don’t know if we’ll manage to get anyone by then. It’s a real shame. I think Arsene Wenger could be counting his days.”
TURIN, Italy – One thing about the Italians, they’ve always known how to produce a spectacle. They did not disappoint on a frigid Friday night, overcoming a lack of snow and local ambivalence over the Winter Games to create an opening ceremony that would have done Nero proud. There was fire and fireworks, rock and opera stars, cow bells and acrobats, Italian President Carlo Ciampi and Yoko Ono. It was eclectic and cultural, grandiose and simple. It had the world’s biggest mosh pit and greatest red curtain. It was definitely Italian. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card They utilized a full orchestra and ’70s disco. Gowns by Giorgio Armani and lyrics by John Lennon. More than 2,500 athletes from 80 countries, along with more than 35,000 at Olympic Stadium, braved the winter chill to take in the world’s ultimate variety show. It made for one great party, and if little of it had anything to actually do with the Olympics that was besides the point. One thing we learned: Sophia Loren and Luciano Pavarotti still got it. If these Winter Games have hardly been embraced by the 1 million locals, they had to feel pretty good about their opening ceremony. The Turin theme for the games is “Passion lives here,” and they threw a nice little bash with some 2 billion watching on TV to get things rolling. It did not have the overdone, showy feeling that Athens’ opening ceremony sometimes slipped into in 2004, but hardly lacked for outsized flair. There were high-tech touches, but the best moments were produced by people working in remarkable unison. Favorite big moment No. 1: A wonderfully choreographed 413 performers formed a massive ski jumper, moving in unison to synchronize his moments as he lifted off and the tips of his skis almost touched his nose. Favorite big moment No. 2: Twenty-eight acrobats suspended by wire Cirque Du Soleil-style over a net form a large, gleaming dove. The ceremony opened with a masked Jury Chechi, the famous Italian ex-gymnast, hitting a giant anvil with a large hammer, flames erupting from its sides. Flames then burst along the perimeter of the stage. The fire and passion theme continued with six in-line skaters in red skinsuits rolling down ramps, flames blazing from the back of their red helmets. The Human Torch on wheels. There are always moments in opening ceremonies when those in attendance are left wondering exactly what they’re watching. It’s an event best viewed with a script in your lap or a TV announcer in your ear. It’s a lot warmer with the TV announcer in your ear. The show also showed off the Stanford tree mascot, fiberglass cows, dancers with giant balloons on their heads (they’re supposed to be snowflakes) and supermodel Carla Bruni in an Armani gown that probably cost slightly less than the Turin annual budget. The rising of five medal rings that ultimately formed the Olympic rings was impressive and preceded the parade of athletes. The parade began with Greece and ended with Italy. In between there was a lot of odd disco music played as teams entered the stadium. You expected John Travolta to make an appearance. Canada entered with a large contingent, Janet Jones laying 2-1 odds the men’s hockey team takes home the gold. Denmark entered without distributing any political cartoon fliers, though they were followed by three security guards. The athletes were young and sometimes almost oddly old. New Olympic rule No. 1: If you need a wheelchair to enter the stadium, you shouldn’t be walking with the world’s best athletes. There were 80 nations in all, and that included several who seriously need to consider a name change. North and South Korea marching somewhat oddly together as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. And then there’s the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. So what are they now? There was also Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. New Olympic rule No. 2: If no one can pronounce it, your country needs a new name. The biggest cheers went to small contingents (Kenya), and of course, Italy. This being the Winter Games and it being very cold, there were no outrageous costumes or many displays of individuality. But I have absolutely no doubt that everyone who saw the Mongolia team was thinking – I gotta have one of those hats, whatever the animal used. Think the customers in Karen Allen’s bar in “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” The U.S. team was led by flag bearer Chris Witty and received at least polite applause. Skier and would-be renegade Bode Miller marched, as did ice skater Michelle Kwan. Unlike in past ceremonies, after the parade the athletes were able to sit on benches in the lower mosh-pit area. The Olympic flag was carried in by eight women, including a glowing Loren, fellow actress Susan Sarandon and Chilean writer Isabel Allende. There was a call for peace by Ono, followed by a throaty rendition of Lennon’s “Imagine” by Peter Gabriel before the flag lighting ceremony. Skiing great Alberto Tomba carried the flame into the stadium, but of course it didn’t stop there. The flame was passed around three more times – and just before you feared that Tommy Lasorda would get a turn – it went to Stephanie Belmondo, the former Italian cross country great, who lit a spectacular explosion of fireworks on the way to igniting a massive cauldron. The world’s largest red curtain was lifted to reveal Pavarotti and orchestra. He sang Puccini’s “Nessuno Dorma” gloriously, but seriously needs a new dye job. It capped an inviting evening. The buses don’t work, there’s no snow, the locals are irritated, the city is a pit, but the opener was a thing to behold. Steve Dilbeck’s column appears in the Daily News four times a week. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
St. Michael’s NotesAll County LeagueOur next All County League games are at home to St. Eunans on the 9th October. Junior Championship Semi FinalThe Club will host Downings v Letterkenny Gaels in the Junior A Semi Final at The Bridge on this Saturday evening the 24th September with the Throw in at 5.30pm.St. Michael’s Mini LottoThere was no jackpot winner in the St. Michael’s Mini Lotto on Sunday night last. The numbers drawn were 3,8,12,13,14,18. The Match 5 winner was Thomas Cullen Termon. This weeks Jackpot be €2600. The Club would like to thank Brian and Margaret Anne Dolan, Molly’s Bar Dunfanaghy, Seamus Sweeney Kildarragh Construction Philadelphia, Shaun Langan Creeslough Pallets and Michael McColgan Dunfanaghy for their continuing sponsorship of the lotto jackpot, it is very much appreciated.Tickets are on sale in local businesses in Dunfanaghy and Creeslough and at the Bingo Session in Massinass Community Centre Creeslough on Sunday evenings, tickets for the St. Michaels Mini Lotto can now also be purchased on line anywhere at at onlinelotto on facebook .St. Michael’s Bingo SessionThe €100 on the 5th Game at the Bingo Session in Dunfanaghy on Sunday night last was shared by Margaret Ann O’Reilly Cashelmore and Ann Lafferty Creeslough, the €100 on the 10th Game was won by Patricia Hunter Ards Creeslough.Every house New Car if you check on 45 Numbers or less with the Lucky number in the Panel and also called in the first five numbers of that game. The Magic Number from 1 to 90 is drawn out every Sunday night before the bingo begins. In addition every House winner will receive a free entry to the weekly lotto, this weeks Jackpot is €2600. The single book is €8, Double, Double Book €12, Sheet €2. Bingo continues every Sunday evening at 8pm in the Massinass Community Centre.Pitch GatesAll Managers and everyone else who uses the Club Naomh Micheál Pitch at The Bridge in are asked to please close the Gate as they leave.Congratulations Congratulations to our North West neighbours Milford on winning the All County League Division 2 Title recently.We look forward to seeing them at The Bridge next year.SOS for Photographs!Nicola is currently gathering photographs for the clubhouse. If anyone has ANY team photographs from winning senior, reserve, u21 or any underage teams in league/championship/Gaeltacht she would really appreciate if you let her know. All hard copies of the photos will be returned to you safely once we make a copy of them or likewise photos can be emailed to email@example.comPlease spread the word as the team photos required date back to 1967!!All help with this little project would be much appreciated. Thanks everyone.Club GearMichael Murphy Sports & Leisure is now stocking St Michaels club gear in children and adult sizes.Initials can be embroidered on tops if requested in the shop.St. Michael’s Minor BoardU8s and U10sU8s & 10s had a very enjoyable blitz last Saturday morning at the Bridge with Downings and Cloughaneely. U8 training continues as usual on Thursday @ 6-7pm.Bus leaving Creeslough 5.45pm. Bus €3.U13sSt Michael’s U 13s played Glenswilly Bs at home at the Bridge last Friday evening .The boys demonstrated great team effort and had a very convincing win . Their last match in the Group is at home to Mc Cumhaills Bs this Sunday evening Sunday September 25 th @7pm . Come along and support the boysMinorsThe Minors play Gweedore at the Bridge this Fri evening September 23rd at 6pm in the Northern Semi Final . This is a big match as winning this will bring us to a County final . Please come along and support the boys.RegistrationAnyone still wishing to register/pay outstanding monies please contact either Suzi on 0872849214 or Anne Marie on 0879454107 ASAP.Parish League BookletAnyone who wishes to receive a Parish League Booklet can contact Margaret Ann on 0876207919.Also some league champions 2015 booklets still available.St Michael’s minors face Gaoth Dobhair in Northern Board semi-final was last modified: September 20th, 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:GAAGaoth DobhairMinorsNorthern BoardSt Michaels
You can win TWO Mike Denver Tickets AND an overnight Stay for TWO at the Villa Rose Hotel, Ballybofey.To enter simply share this story on your Facebook page and you will automatically be entered into the draw to WIN!Scoil Mhuire, Stranorlar are delighted to announce that Mike Denver and his band will be playing a Fundraising Dance in the Villa Rose Hotel on Sunday the 15th of March – Mother’s Day. This fundraiser is vitally important, as all money raised will be going towards the purchase of a set of class tablets and improvements needed in the Junior Yard.All involved have been working on this projects for a number of months and are hoping the fundraiser will make a huge difference.Organisers are asking for people from both near and far to support this dance on the night as every ticket counts and it is sure to be an enjoyable and lively occasion on the weekend before St. Patricks Day.The Villa Rose Hotel have package deals available to book with Tickets and Dinner included for only €39pp or an Overnight stay with Tickets & Dinner for only €75pp, this is the ideal Mother’s Day Gift. Tickets can be purchased from hotel reception or over the phone on 074-9132266.Entries for the draw close on 13/03/15. Prize is for 2 people sharing. Competition T&C apply. DONEGAL DAILY COMPETITION: WIN TWO FREE TICKETS TO MIKE DENVER AND AN OVERNIGHT STAY AT VILLA ROSE HOTEL was last modified: March 5th, 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:EntertainmentFeaturesnews
All hail the smart meter! It can wirelessly transmit data from a customer’s home to the utility, allowing the utility to monitor usage in real time and better manage power allocations. The Department of Energy sees the smart meter as an essential component of the smart grid, and initial concerns among utility customers that the meters were inaccurately measuring usage have largely dissipated.So the smart meter, it seems, has earned a permanent place in the energy efficiency firmament.Except in some homes, as a recent a New York Times story points out.Resistance to the devices, the article explains, is rooted in the concerns expressed by two normally disparate groups in Northern California. One fears that the wireless transmissions smart meters make to the utility – Pacific Gas & Electric, in this case – are potentially unhealthy, particularly for people said to suffer from a condition called electromagnetic hypersensitivity, in which even low-level electromagnetic radiation from cellphones, Wi-Fi base stations, and the like are blamed for a range of ailments, from dizziness and headaches to fatigue and sleeplessness.An invasive technology?The other anti-smart-meter group, which includes the North Bay Patriots, a Tea Party affiliate based in the northern counties of the Bay Area, complains that smart meters, and their real-time monitoring capabilities, pose unnecessary intrusions on privacy and open the door to misuse of information about homeowners’ electricity consumption.Members of both groups told the Times they felt that PG&E’s smart-meter deployment, which so far has included about 7 million homes, has been foisted on them rather than presented as an option. “It’s not all about saving money — it’s about control,” Deborah Tavares, a Republican who recently was arrested for blocking utility installation trucks at a dispatch center in Rohnert Park, told the paper. Customers who worry that the meters might cause health problems say that conclusive studies should have been conducted before the meters were rolled out on a large scale.A number of double-blind studies have focused on electromagnetic hypersensitivity – the Times mentions two government reviews of work conducted by public health experts (click here for a review of dozens of such studies) – but none have found a link between the low-level electromagnetic radiation, of the type transmitted by smart meters, and health problems.PG&E claims it is considering accommodating customers with concerns about electromagnetic radiation by offering to hardwire smart meters to, perhaps, a cable or phone line. As for privacy concerns, a PG&E executive noted that the utility had been able to track customers’ usage long before smart meters came along “and always kept it confidential. We’re going to honor their privacy.”
Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Nzeusseu tows Lyceum to 8th straight win “Nah, I won’t do that,” Durant told ESPN at an event in his hometown of Seat Pleasant, Maryland. “I don’t respect who’s in office right now…I don’t agree with what he agrees with, so my voice is going to be heard by not doing that.”Durant stressed that his decision was a personal choice, but added that he expected many Warriors players would follow suit if the team was invited.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“That’s just me personally, but if I know my guys well enough, they’ll all agree with me,” Durant said.Durant’s team-mate Stephen Curry has already said he would be unlikely to attend while Warriors coach Steve Kerr has been a vocal critic of Trump. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant gestures as he holds the Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award after Game 5 of basketball’s NBA Finals between the Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland, Calif., Monday, June 12, 2017. The Warriors won 129-120 to win the NBA championship. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant said Thursday he would boycott the White House if the NBA champions are invited, accusing President Donald Trump of escalating racial tensions in the country.In an interview with ESPN, 2017 NBA Finals MVP Durant said if the Warriors were invited to Washington in keeping with recent tradition of honoring sports teams, he would skip the event in protest.ADVERTISEMENT Durant was speaking amid an outcry over Trump’s response to violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend which saw neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups clash with counter-protesters.Durant said he believed Trump bore responsibility for stoking racial divisions in the United States.“He’s definitely driving it,” Durant said. “I feel ever since he’s got into office, or since he ran for the presidency, our country has been so divided and it’s not a coincidence. When (Barack) Obama was in office, things were looking up. We had so much hope in our communities where I come from because we had a black president, and that was a first.“So to see that and to be where we are now, it just felt like we took a turn for the worse, man. It all comes from who is in the administration. It comes from the top. Leadership trickles down to the rest of us.“So, you know, if we have someone in office that doesn’t care about all people, then we won’t go anywhere as a country. In my opinion, until we get him out of here, we won’t see any progress.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Durant meanwhile saluted athletes who have spoken out about race in America, citing former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and NBA superstar LeBron James amongst others.“As far as what’s going on in our country, for one as an athlete, you have to commend Colin Kaepernick, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, CP3 (Chris Paul), Dwyane Wade for starting that conversation last year.“For us to move forward, we need more athletes and people of power and influence to come out and speak,” Durant added.“It’s great to see a lot of athletes coming together and trying to direct a positive path for a lot of kids and a lot of people in this country who look up to us.“It’s huge for us. It’s huge for sports. It’s huge for the influence we have, because we’re leaders at the end of the day. It feels good to see my brothers in the NBA and across sports speaking out.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Beyonce Knowles and HBO teased a mysterious “world premiere event” called Lemonade on Saturday.The singer and channel posted a video on their sites and social media platforms with the air date April 23, 9 p.m. ET.The 1-minute clip shows Beyonce — sporting blonde cornrows and a fur coat — leaning against the hood of a car while she whispers, “What am I gonna do love, what am I gonna do,” with the phrase “gonna do” echoing. She slowly rises, but we can’t see her face.Another scene shows her wearing a white gown with a chunky necklace and the next moment, she is seen rocking French pigtail braids and a crop top.According to rumours, Project Lemonade is an album film. The songstress started posting lemon-themed photos on Instagram six months ago. HBO aired the 2014 concert special On the Run Tour: Beyonce and Jay Z, as well as the 2013 documentary Beyonce: Life Is but a Dream.Beyonce recently launched her Ivy Park clothing line, and it’s been two months since she debuted a surprise first single and music video, Formation, from her upcoming album ahead of her Super Bowl halftime performance.She also announced a world tour, which will kick off on April 27 in Miami. She’s expected to release a new album later this year, but has not disclosed a date. Watch the teaser here:
Shillong, Jan 6 (PTI) BJP President Amit Shah today termed the Congress government in Meghalaya as the “most corrupt” in the country and said BJP would not try to form the government in the state just for the sake of doing so.Assembly polls are due in the north eastern state this year and eight MLAs, including five from the Congress, joined BJP ally National Peoples Party earlier this week.Shah, who was speaking at a meeting of party leaders here, said over Rs 56,000 crore had been given to the north eastern state but was not part of the national movement for development.Charging Chief Minister Mukul Sangma?s government for being the “most corrupt in the country”, he said it has failed to deliver in all sectors such as health, infrastructure, tourism facilities and also in creating jobs.Shah said “Our mission is not to form the government for the sake of forming it. BJP is in no mood for it. The mission is to ensure that people get their due and that Meghalaya should become a model state – one of the most developed states.”He said, “The 14th Finance Commission under Prime Minister Narendra Modi allotted Rs 25, 413 crore to Meghalaya. But are the people in the state seeing development in villages? Where are the roads, the doctors and the nurses? Where are the teachers?”Compared to this, the 13th Finance Commission under the UPA regime had released only Rs 5817 crore to the state, which has a Congress government for 15 years.advertisementContinuing his criticism of the Sangma government, he said in addition to the 14th Finance Commission allotment various development schemes amounting to Rs 31,000 crore was also given to the state. Rs four crore for Clean India, Rs 46 crore for urban transportation, Rs 100 crore to Umiam Lake, Rs 9000 crore for Agia-Mendipathar-Tura road, Rs 6000 crore for Jowai-Nartiang-Khanduli road and Rs 1400 crore each for two sports stadia.”The money was given to the state for development. But Meghalaya is stuck in time and is not part of the national movement for development. Electricity is available for 24 hours in Gujarat, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh for years but it is not the same in Meghalaya,” he said.In both the meetings today, Shah urged party leaders and grassroot workers of the party to alert the people about bad governance of the present Congress regime and to vote for BJP to form the government. PTI JOP KK KK