I’m your man for goals: Walcott believes he can save Arsenal millions

first_img Theo Walcott 1 Theo Walcott is still hopeful he can keep Arsene Wenger out of the transfer market over the next few hours, despite drawing a blank against Newcastle.The Gunners boss has been linked with moves for world-class forwards Karim Benzema and Edinson Cavani to bolster his frontline.But Walcott, who played as the central striker on Saturday and could not break down the ten men of Newcastle, believes he has the ability to play as a goalscoring centre-forward.“I enjoy playing anywhere in the front line,” he told Arsenal Player. “The manager gave me an opportunity and it’s a shame I couldn’t help him out there by getting those goals, but they’ll come.“I had opportunities but I just didn’t take them. Like I said before, I would on another day. If I came out and had no chances at all I would be very disappointed.“It’s good I was in there and I know can do better, but we got the three points and that’s most important.”last_img read more


first_imgFEATURES: Popular Bundoran-based fire fighter Martin Granaghan has retired after more than three decades in the Donegal Fire Service.A special function to acknowledge Martin’s contribution was held in the former Bundoran Town Council offices recently and attended by Martin’s wife, Kathleen, sons Tony and Damien, grandson Reese and friend Peter Gilmartin along with former colleagues from Bundoran Fire Brigade and officials from Donegal County Council. Sadly Martin was unable to be present.Speaking at the occasion Director of Finance, I.S, and Emergency Services, Garry Martin, Acting Chief Fire Officer, Joseph McTaggart, Senior Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Shaun Campbell and Station Officer, Michael Goodwin all praised Martin’s dedication to duty, his professionalism, his abilities and his loyalty to his colleagues.They recalled Martin’s career in the service which began in 1980 and how he was never found wanting when it came to doing his best no matter what the demands were.A presentation of a statuette and a certificate was made to the Granaghan family who returned thanks to all concerned for the kind words and recognition of Martin’s career. POPULAR DONEGAL FIREFIGHTER RETIRES AFTER MORE THAN THIRTY YEARS OF SERVICE was last modified: August 27th, 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:Featuresnewslast_img read more


first_imgBLACK ICE is the film on everyone’s lips.The film, which is broadly about boy racers, has hit cinemas across Donegal this weekend. The film features two local actor Danny Connaghan and Jason Matthews from Termon and Rathmullan.Here they give their views on the film, what it’s all about and why you have to go to see it!SIMPLY CLICK TO PLAY THE VIDEO.  DDTV – WATCH OUT FOR THE BLACK ICE ACROSS DONEGAL! was last modified: September 20th, 2013 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:black iceCinemasfilmlast_img read more

Storm victims leaving shelters

first_img FEMA ascribes the slow pace to difficulties in land acquisition, gaining permits and to disruptions caused by Hurricane Rita. Meanwhile, a trade association for apartment owners complains that the federal government is spending too much on hotels and isn’t doing enough to let evacuees know about available apartments. An estimated 600,000 of Katrina’s displaced were being lodged in hotels at a cost expected to reach as high as $425 million by Oct. 24. Jeanne Delgado of the National Multi Housing Council said there were an estimated 100,000 units in Dallas and Houston. FEMA said that’s complicated, too, in part by Louisiana officials’ desire to get evacuees closer to home, where there are far fewer housing units available. Those remaining at shelters complain about red tape and lack of information. At the Cajundome, Michael Logan was hoping he could qualify for a camper trailer to put on his damaged coastal property. “I hope – that’s all I can do is hope, because I ain’t going to get no answers – that they can just set me up with a place, a camper trailer. I told them just set it up, I’ll do all the other work,” Logan said. Aside from the president’s deadline, there are other pressures to close shelters. Many are located in convention halls and arenas that would ordinarily be moneymakers for local governments. “There have been multiple events that have been canceled,” said Hampton Grunewald, assistant to Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden. The Red Cross was working to shut down its center in the city’s River Center exhibition hall and move lingering evacuees to another shelter north of town. Grunewald didn’t have an estimate on the costs. Other venues also felt the sting. In Washington, for example, an arena known as the DC Armory provided shelter to 295 evacuees. They had cleared out by Oct. 4 and the Armory was set to begin holding events again Saturday, said DC Sports & Entertainment Commission spokesman Tony Robinson. An estimate on the armory’s lost revenue was not available, but Mayor Anthony A. Williams said the city spent about $4 million providing aid to the evacuees. An expo for baby care products and a career fair for University of Louisiana students were among events that had to be canceled at the Cajundome in September. But the diminishing shelter population was consolidated in the convention hall last week, freeing up an arena. Pothier said the Red Cross would move the hall’s residents to another area shelter once the population dwindled to about 200, but he had no target date. 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Considering that thousands of those still in the shelters are likely refugees from Hurricane Rita, which struck southwestern Louisiana and Texas on Sept. 24, authorities believe they have cleared out more than 95 percent of the Katrina evacuees. Katrina displaced an estimated 1.5 million people when it struck Aug. 29. The shelter population peaked at about 273,000 in the days after the storm, according to FEMA. President George W. Bush set a mid-October goal of emptying the shelters and FEMA officials adopted Oct. 15 as their deadline. Numbers fluctuated at some of the shelters. Missy Stehr-Wood, manager of a center in Gonzales, said there were still about 740 evacuees at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center on Saturday morning. Some were leaving, but others were moving in as the Red Cross consolidated shelters. She wasn’t sure how many would be there at the end of the day. Still, Louisiana officials are unhappy with the pace. “Moving people out of the shelters and into temporary housing has been a source of frustration for us,” said Mark Smith, spokesman for Louisiana’s Office of Emergency Preparedness. “It is a monumental effort that FEMA has undertaken and we understand that effort is going to take time, but we had hoped it would come about quicker than it has.” BATON ROUGE, La. – Roughly 95 percent of some 270,000 Hurricane Katrina evacuees were cleared from shelters around the nation by Saturday, the federal government’s self-imposed deadline for emptying the refuges. But that relative success comes amid continued frustration with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and a whopping hotel bill. As of Saturday afternoon, 14,468 people remained in shelters, according to state and federal officials. Louisiana shelters held 9,003 of them and the remainder were spread among 11 other states. “Our count is down to 439,” said Chisholm Pothier, a Red Cross spokesman at the Cajundome arena and convention center in Lafayette. The facility once held more than 7,000 evacuees. last_img read more

Requisite numbers shows Donegal merits a Diabetes Centre of Excellence

first_imgManagement of Letterkenny University Hospital have confirmed there are the requisite numbers of adults and children with diabetes types 1 and 2 in the county to merit a Diabetes Centre of Excellence to be based in the county.Donegal Sinn Féin Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has received official confirmation from management at the hospital.Senator Mac Lochlainn said the Donegal branch of Diabetes Ireland has long campaigned for a centre to be based in the North West shared between Sligo and Letterkenny University Hospitals and they have produced an important map, showing the neglect in diabetes care of Donegal and the North West region. He said “Letterkenny Hospital already has a building dedicated to diabetes care and all that is required is the appointment of the necessary staff such as a Paediatric Consultant Endocrinologist and Advanced Nurse Practitioners (ANPs) to be based at the hospital for centre of excellence status and equality of care with the rest of the State”.Senator Mac Lochlainn submitted a parliamentary question to the Minister for Health, asking if County Donegal has the requisite numbers of adults and children with diabetes types 1 and 2 to merit the locating of a centre of excellence for diabetes care at Letterkenny University Hospital and responding on his and the HSE’s behalf, the management of Letterkenny University Hospital have officially confirmed that we do.Senator Mac Lochlainn added “This response has seriously increased the pressure on the Minister and his government to end the neglect of diabetes care in Donegal. There can be no more excuses. The Government and the HSE must do the right thing and commit to the funding of the additional staff estimated at €1.5 million”.(Full response below). “To ask the Minister for Health if County Donegal has the requisite numbers of adults and children with diabetes types 1 and 2 to merit the locating of a centre of excellence for diabetes care at Letterkenny University HospitalThe Health Service Executive has been requested to reply directly to you in the context of the above Parliamentary Question/Public Representation which you submitted to the Minister for Health for response. I have examined the matter and the following outlines the position.Yes it is the opinion of LUH that the current number of adults and children with diabetes in Donegal would merit the locating of a centre of excellence for diabetes care at Letterkenny University Hospital.Our May data shows that we have 130 pediatric diabetic type 1 patients attending LUH with a further 9 attending other hospitals at present.In relation to our adult caseload, over 30 adults are now on pump therapy. There are 660 adult patients with Type 2 Diabetes under the care of LUH.Not all Type 2 patients attend in Donegal attend LUH and are managed primarily in the community.Requisite numbers shows Donegal merits a Diabetes Centre of Excellence was last modified: June 26th, 2018 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

Milky Way Center Bathed in Unexplainably Hot X-Rays

first_imgThe Chandra X-Ray Observatory found more heat at the center of the Milky Way than astronomers can explain.  Astronomers observed a tiny angle around the Milky Way’s center for 170 hours.  After subtracting out known sources, a diffuse gas cloud remains that is radiating X-rays at 100 million degrees.  Star counts capable of heating the gas are short by an order of magnitude; “There is no known class of objects that could account for such a large number of high-energy X-ray sources at the Galactic center,” said a co-author of the study released this week.    Furthermore, what sustains the cloud is a mystery.  Known gravitational sources are insufficient to hold onto this gas, which should have escaped by now.  “The escape time would be about 10,000 years, a small fraction of the 10-billion-year lifetime of the Galaxy,” states the press release.  “ This implies that the gas would have to be continually regenerated and heated.”  But three suggestions for maintaining this gas at such a high temperature all have problems.    Space.Com added, “A paper will describe the study in the Sept. 20, 2004 issue of the Astrophysical Journal.  Maybe by then somebody will figure out what it means.”Since this is a work in progress, any judgments on tentative interpretations would be premature.  It’s good to discern, however, attempts to force uncooperative data into preconceived notions about time scales and evolutionary theories.  That fault is endemic in the biological sciences.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Creating chances for South Africa’s youngsters

first_imgThe hospitality and ecotourism sectorshave gained 142 skilled Umzi Wethugraduates since 2006. Proud Umzi graduates have an 85%success rate at finding employment.(Images: Umzi Wethu)MEDIA CONTACTS • Pinky KondloUmzi Wethu Project Office+27 41 374 0746Emily van RijswijckA unique Eastern Cape social intervention programme aimed at young people affected in one way or another by the HIV/Aids pandemic is using the hospitality and ecotourism industries as a springboard for skills development and employment opportunities.The Umzi Wethu (isiXhosa, meaning “our homestead”) Training Academy for Vulnerable Youth programme gives promising youngsters, who have no access to training and jobs because of their circumstances, a chance to gain hands-on experience, with the eventual aim of finding employment or becoming self-employed.Since 2006, when the project was formally launched, 142 young people have graduated from the hospitality academy in Port Elizabeth and conservation academy in Somerset East, some 165km away.The project’s success in placing its graduates is impressive, with 85% of students finding permanent employment.Among these are Simphiwe Mantile, now a junior sous chef at the prestigious Shamwari Private Game Reserve and Simphiwe Ngubane, who is employed as a marine field ranger at Addo Elephant National Park.“The ultimate goal of Umzi Wethu is to have a seamless transition from being a student to being employed,” says Pinky Kondlo, director of the project office.Kondlo says she still gets a thrill from seeing once shy and uncertain students developing into confident employees guiding tourists and talking knowledgeably about a variety of subjects.“I can see they have a sense of purpose now. Those moments are breathtaking.”Wilderness FoundationThe Umzi Wethu programme is an initiative of the Wilderness Foundation.In 2008 it received international recognition when the foundation’s executive director and the creator of the programme, Andrew Muir, won a prestigious Rolex Award for Enterprise. The Rolex awards recognise individual efforts that have had a profound effect on people or the environment, and Muir is one of only a handful of South Africans to have received the accolade.According to its website, “Umzi Wethu has two parallel ambitions: to close the skills gap that exists within Southern Africa and to provide hope and employment to some of the region’s most vulnerable people.”Every year about 20 students are selected from groups of contenders identified by Umzi Wethu’s partners, among them the Ubuntu Education Fund and the loveLife Campaign.“The selection process is rigorous and stringent,” says Kondlo. “We are not big on numbers and would rather focus on quality.”The emphasis of the programme is on skills, with academic learning just one part of the overall approach. Students live in residences at the academies, are supervised by a housemother and are given three meals a day.For some of these students, most of whom come from an extremely poor and difficult environment, the programme and residence life literally become home, says Kondlo.Nature, nurture, futureLike Pride and Imbewu, two more of the foundation’s social programmes, Umzi Wethu’s emphasis is on the environment.The programme’s pay-off line is nature, nurture, future, and before any actual learning takes place students are taken on a wilderness trail to experience nature at first hand. For most of the students this is their first encounter with the natural environment.“Wow, the programme has changed my life inside out.” These are the frank words of 24-year-old Lwazi Xinwa. His deep voice exudes confidence as he speaks of his newfound belief in himself and his future.Xinwa is now employed at the Umzi Wethu Hospitality Academy where he wears many hats, but there was a time in his life when things looked bleak.Abandoned at birth, he spent his first years in an orphanage and was then adopted, but had to deal with a few more blows when he lost his adopted father and, just before graduation, his mother. There was a point, after matric, when he even considered becoming a gangster, he says.Xinwa says that going back to “school” was not part of his plans when he first entered the hospitality academy in Port Elizabeth for a year-long course. Completely new to both conservation and hospitality, he joined the programme because he was desperate for a job, not knowing that it would involve much more than just employment.He admits that for the first six months he only stuck it out for his mother’s sake, but it wasn’t long before his interest in and passion for cooking began to grow.“I also began to understand how we are all so connected with nature.”While he became quite accomplished in the kitchen and in the managerial aspects of the trade, it is his passion for social work that is now coming to the fore, as he often stands in as housefather, lending his emphatic ear to new students.Encouraging entrepreneurshipThe Umzi Wethu programme itself has gone through a natural and spontaneous growth process since its inception. After feeling the squeeze of the economic recession the hospitality programme was extended, and now has a thriving catering division which forms part of the hospitality students’ hands-on training.Students also work in the coffee shop on site, a joint venture between Umzi Wethu and the Eastern Province Child and Youth Care Centre.In 2011 the Wilderness Foundation came up with a new initiative which complements the existing programme and, in time, will be used as to broaden opportunities for job creation for its graduates.The first of what is likely to be a growing brand of small, niche coffee shops linked to heritage, cultural, and green urban spaces opened on Heritage Day, 24 September 2011, in the Donkin Reserve in Port Elizabeth.The pilot coffee shop project is a partnership with the Nelson Mandela Bay Development Agency and Port Elizabeth Tourism.It is hoped that similar coffee shops will be rolled out as franchises around the country, with Umzi Wethu graduates as the registered owners. The branding of the coffee shop model is still under development.The coffee shop project in the Donkin is entirely run by Umzi graduates and gives them that real-life exposure, says Jean Rigby, coordinator for Umzi Wethu in the project. Students are gaining in confidence daily, she says, remembering a time when the coffee shop kitchen had only a fridge and a microwave.“They saw how we had to start small and make progress gradually. It has taught them a lot about basic business principles and good work ethics.”The Donkin Coffee Shop offers a full catering service, with head chef Sonwabile Tobi “really coming into his own”, says Rigby. All packaging for takeaways is fully recyclable and in time the shop will add organic options to its menu.“Ultimately, we want to see an Umzi Wethu graduate owning his or her own business,” concludes Kondlo.last_img read more

BSF hands over Pak national to Rangers

first_imgThe BSF today repatriated an elderly Pakistani national who was arrested after inadvertently crossing over to the Indian side.The Pakistani national had crossed the International Border in Arnia sector on Thursday, a BSF officer said.He was handed over to Pakistani Rangers at a Border Outpost along the IB in Jammu district today.“A Pakistani national was handed over to Pak Rangers at Pittal BoP along IB By BSF troops at 0930 hours today,” the officer said.During preliminary investigation, he had revealed his name as Shahnabaz, a resident of Mankot village in Sialkot district of Pakistan.“The individual is quite weak and seems to have inadvertently crossed into Indian side,” he said.last_img

BJP MP, aides ‘assault’ toll booth staff

first_imgA video purportedly showing former Madhya Pradesh BJP president and MP Nandkumar Singh Chauhan and his aides beating up employees of a toll booth on the Shivpuri- Guna road has gone viral on social media. No police complaint has been lodged in connection with the alleged incident, police said. Mr. Chauhan’s vehicle was stopped on Friday evening at the toll plaza located near Purankhedi village, where the employees asked him for his identity proof (to seek exemption for paying toll), Booth Manager Mahendra Singh Tomar told reporters. MPs and MLAs are exempted from paying toll on national highways. When asked to show his ID proof, Mr. Chauhan, the Lok Sabha MP from Khandwa in Madhya Pradesh, along with his aides, got into a verbal duel with the employees, Mr. Tomar said. The BJP leader and his aides came out of the vehicle and started abusing the booth’s security guard, Ajendra Singh, he said. Mr. Chauhan allegedly slapped Ajendra Singh and his aides assaulted another employee Shubhan Dixit, Mr. Tomar said. The manager said the MP’s aides also broke two walkie-talkie sets of the employees. No complaint has been lodged in connection with the incident, which was captured in the CCTV cameras of toll booth, SP Rajesh Hingankar said on Saturday.last_img read more