Manchester United MUST mount a Premier League title challenge next season, according to former Red Devil Wes Brown.The Old Trafford club rounded off their season on Wednesday evening by winning the Europa League, adding Europe’s secondary trophy to the EFL Cup – which was claimed in February.While their performances in the cups have been stellar, United’s league form has been nothing to shout home about.They recorded the Premier League’s most uninspiring ever unbeaten run, and ended the season in sixth place – 24 points behind winners Chelsea and seven points off the top four.Winning the Europa League guaranteed their place in next season’s Champions League, but Brown feels Jose Mourinho’s side have to perform better in domestic football next term.Speaking to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Brown said: “I think they can [challenge for the title], and I think they have to really. They’ve got that benchmark now that they are in the Champions League.“If they get the players they want in – I’m sure they’ve got the money for it now – I think next season’s even more important.“I think Jose will have to do better in the league. This season we did okay, but we had too many draws at home.“But in all we have won two major cups. It’s going to be exciting, but we have to do better in the league next season.”However, Brown does not feel United’s Premier League performances have been all bad, having been unlucky at times.They hit the woodwork 19 times across the campaign – the fourth highest in the division – and occasional attacking performances went unrewarded due to world class showings from opponent goalkeepers.He added: “I watched a few of the games at home, and sometimes we do sit back a little bit. But in games we were very unlucky, and it’s just one of those things.“You can see Jose likes to play very tight – we’re not very open but always tight and solid.“But in general we have been unlucky at times at home, but the league doesn’t lie and we were way off Chelsea this season.”
Donegal local authority homes are to get €319,000 for energy efficiency works.The works, which include insulation overhauls, are part of a €10M package announced by Minister for Housing Jan Sullivan.Senator Jimmy Harte has welcomed the news. “This is good news for many local authority properties that are in need of insulation and is another commitment that is being delivered on.“The local authorities in Donegal will be in a position to spend the money on properties that are in greatest need. I congratulate the Minister on this initiative,” he said. DONEGAL HOMES GET €319K FOR INSULATION PROJECTS was last modified: July 21st, 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:grantsinsulationjimmy harte
Junior Minister Kathleen Lynch suffered a suspected reoccurrence of septicaemia while visiting Letterkenny General Hospital, it has been confirmed.Minister Lynch is taken by helicopter from Letterkenny bound for Cork this evening.Minister Lynch suffered previously from the blood infection and was admitted to hospital in Cork for the condition in 2012.This evening just after 6pm she was taken by air ambulance from Donegal to Cork University Hospital. A spokesman for the Minister said her condition was stabilised in Letterkenny General Hospital.He added that she is now comfortable. MINISTER TRANSFERRED TO CORK AFTER SUSPECTED BLOOD INFECTION was last modified: July 31st, 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:Cork University HospitalKathleen LynchLetterkenny General Hospital
Donegal will benefit from €600,00 from the TrailGazers project, which will look at new and innovative ways that walks and recreational trails can better link with the surrounding local and rural communities to enhance economic and social development. An Cathaoirleach Cllr. Nicholas Crossan launched the new €2.7m TrailGazers project on Monday last in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel. Donegal County Council will lead the project, with approximately €600K going toward local development.Funded under the Atlantic Area Programme, this project will see Donegal County Council working with nine partners from different regions in Ireland, the UK, Spain, Portugal and France. Speaking at the launch Cllr. Crossan said “walking and hiking have increased in popularity and attract more and more visitors to the county to explore and experience all that Donegal and the region has to offer”.He added “walking and recreational trails are also important assets in our communities in that they help improve both our physical and mental wellbeing, they allow people to socialise much more easily and they also offer us an opportunity to get back in touch with nature providing sustainable access to special areas of conversation, wildlife sanctuaries and ancient woodlands and so on.”Anecdotal evidence suggests that the number of visitors to these walks and trails have increased in recent years, with people travelling further afield to participate in walking festivals, coastal and mountain challenges and sponsored walks.TrailGazers offers an opportunity for key stakeholders to come together to examine how best to engage with these new visitors and encourage them off the trails to explore what the wider area has to offer including for example cafes, craft shops, artisan foods, hotels and pubs and encourage them to stay longer. This is the essence of what Trail Gazers is setting out to achieve – by examining how walks and recreational trails can be used as catalysts for the economic and social development of small rural economies and communities in an environmentally sustainable way The TrailGazers Project is funded under the Atlantic Area Programme and will be managed by Donegal County Council’s Research and Policy Unit along with nine partners from different regions in Ireland, the UK, Spain, Portugal and France. All of the project partners bring with them a vast amount of experience and knowledge that will help develop and enhance the opportunities presented in this growing sector.New TrailGazers project to explore potential in Donegal’s walks and trails was last modified: June 28th, 2019 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) Tags:TrailGazers
A Saudi Arabian Airlines Boeing 767-300 on lease from Thai Orient Airlines, operating flight SV-2841 from Mashad in Iran to Madinah in Saudi Arabia has made a partial wheels-up landing injuring 29.According to Aviation Herald flight SV-2841 had 299 passengers and 16 crew on board and was on approach to Madinah when the pilots received an unsafe indication for the right hand main gear and aborted the approach at 03:30 local time.The pilots put the 767 into a holding pattern while they tried unsuccessfully to resolve the issue. They also received a visual confirmation from the control tower during a slow fly by.The crew then performed a partial gear up landing and the 767 came to a stop on the runway resting on left main and nose gear and right hand engine.During the subsequent evacuation 29 passengers received injuries and 11 of them were taken to hospital.
Do you have a complaint about your bank? Are you being ripped off by a loan shark, or threatened by a debt-recovery agent? Protect yourself from unfair practices, get to know your rights, find out if your lender is registered, or check your credit rating.Consumers have legislative protections against misleading credit practices. (Image: Brand South Africa/Graeme Williams)Brand South Africa reporterNational Credit RegulatorThe National Credit Regulator (NCR) is responsible for the regulation of the South African credit industry. It is tasked with carrying out education, research, policy development, registration of industry participants, investigation of complaints, and ensuring the enforcement of the National Credit Act.The Act requires the regulator to promote the development of an accessible credit market, particularly to address the needs of the historically disadvantaged, low-income earners, and remote, isolated or low-density communities.The NCR is also tasked with registering credit providers, credit agencies’ and debt counsellors and handling disputes between consumers and agencies. You can lodge complaints against any institution offering credit, against a debt counsellor and a credit bureau provided the NCR has jurisdiction.Debt counselling: you may apply to a debt counsellor to be declared over-indebted. See the NCR’s Consumer Assistance section.Call centre: 086 062 7627Ombudsman for Banking ServicesClients with complaints against their banks can approach the Ombudsman for Banking Services (OBS) for assistance.Got an unresolved dispute with your bank? A complaint about a banking service or product?The Ombudsman for Banking Services provides an independent, free, informal and confidential dispute resolution service.You must, however, first complain to your bank – the ombudsman will need your complaint reference number, as well as copies of correspondence between you and your bank.Micro Finance Regulatory CouncilThe Micro Finance Regulatory Council is a private, non-profit body originally set up to regulate the micro-lending industry and protect the interests of consumers. Many of its functions and responsibilities now fall under the National Credit Regulator (see above).The council’s website offers information on what your rights are and ways to protect yourself from unfair practices. If you would like to lodge a complaint against a micro lender, you will need to contact the NCR.Credit problemsYou can check your credit rating or get advice on credit problems from either of two major credit agencies’. The National Credit Act entitles you to one free credit report a year. Additional reports will set you back a small fee.ExperianTransUnionThe recently opened Maponya mall. The R650 million ( approximately $100 million ) is the third, and now largest, shopping center to be opened in Soweto. Johannesburg South Africa.Credit Information OmbudIf a credit bureau (see above) is unable to resolve your credit problem, your next line of recourse is the office of the Credit Information Ombud. A voluntary, independent association reporting to an industry council, the Credit Information Ombud seeks to resolve complaints from consumers and businesses that are negatively affected by credit information.Call centre: 0861 OMBUDS (0861 662837)Association of Debt Recovery AgentsA non-profit industry regulated body, ADRA will investigate complaints against its members.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Ray Parks of the Philippines soars for an easy layup during their match against Thailand in the men’s basketball competition of the 29th Southeast Games late Sunday at the MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur. The Filipinos won, 81-74. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOKUALA LUMPUR — It was a close call for Gilas Pilipinas as it barely escaped hard-fighting Thailand late Sunday night.Even the big Filipino crowd was shellshocked as the Thais made the Filipinos work doubly hard for the victory in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games basketball opener.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Filipino basketball officials said there is little chance Belo will be allowed to play at all, although he showed up in plain clothes and sat on the Philippine bench.RELATED VIDEORavena on scare vs Thais: ‘We didn’t expect we would play that bad’6.1K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 The nailbiter, according to Gilas cadets coach Jong Uichico, “was a bad game for us.”The Philippines, still brimming with talent despite being a watered down version of the Fiba Asia Gilas squad simultaneously playing in Lebanon, made just 6-of-30 three-point shot attempts, and gave away 19 offensive rebounds which the Thais gamely took advantage.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 openingIn the most trying times — the final four minutes of the match that saw a capacity crowd at MABA Stadium — Uichico was telling his team “make some adjustments, try not to give second chance points and make the basket.”He cited first-game jitters for the weak stand against a team that the Philippines would normally bury in double-digit leads from the opening buzzer to the end. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES MOST READ View comments Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR The absence of Mac Belo and that Christian Standhardinger, who just arrived from Beirut, Lebanon after playing in the Fiba Asia Cup, wasn’t able to practice with the team also didn’t help the Cadets.“And for one, Mac Belo wasn’t able to play,” added Uichico. “And here comes the guy (Standhardinger) who came from Lebanon, never practiced with the team.”He lauded the Fil-German naturalized player for scoring 15 points and providing a power in the paint.“But the guy came from Fiba Asia and he’s playing 20 minutes and we have Belo practicing with the team for last nine days and all of the sudden he can’t play,” said Uichico. “That just mixed up my rotation.”Belo wasn’t included in the initial lineup due to an injury, but when he was given the green light to play, SEAG organizers refused to allow him, demanding proof that he indeed got injured.ADVERTISEMENT No break for Huelgas, Mangrobang with their eyes set on Tokyo 2020
(FILES) In this file photo taken on June 30, 2016 Coach Alberto Salazar looks on as Galen Rupp celebrates after winning the Men’s 10000 Meter Final during the 2016 U.S. – With Nike-backed athletics coach Alberto Salazar slapped with a four-year ban for doping on October 3, 2019, the US sportswear giant risks being caught up in the scandal — its CEO is even quoted in the suspension ruling. (Photo by Andy LYONS / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)Nike said on Friday it was shutting down its Oregon Project distance-running group that has produced a host of world and Olympic gold medals after top coach Alberto Salazar was banned for four years for doping.Salazar founded the Portland-based elite training group with funding from Nike to challenge the stranglehold of Kenyan and Ethiopian runners at elite level.ADVERTISEMENT DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The sportswear giant had initially backed Salazar last week after he was suspended by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) for a catalogue of drugs violations.Salazar’s doping offences include trafficking in testosterone, tampering with the doping control process, and administering illicit infusions of the fat-burning substance, L-carnitine.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceHe denies any wrongdoing and has vowed to appeal the ban and just last week, Nike chief executive Mark Parker announced that the company was standing behind Salazar, a former marathon champion and the leading figure in American distance running in the modern era.However in a memo to staff Friday, Parker said the Oregon Project was being terminated because of the scandal. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:45Drilon blasts Duterte’s infra program as ‘dismal failure’02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue World Series in Houston a homecoming for Nats star Rendon LATEST STORIES – Athletes facing questions –Oregon Project athletes won three gold medals at the World Athletics Championships in Doha that ended on Sunday.Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands won the women’s 1,500 metres and 10,000m while Donavan Brazier of the United States took the men’s 800m gold. There is no suggestion either athlete has been involved in doping.An angry Hassan said she was happy to be tested “every single day” to prove she was a clean athlete.“I believe in clean sport, I’m always clean, I will always be clean. I believe in the Oregon Project. I’ve seen Alberto. He’s worked really hard and that is what I know,” she said in an emotional outburst after running the sixth-fastest time in history to win the 1,500m.British athlete Farah is also facing new questions about his involvement with Salazar. Farah, who has never tested positive, waited more than two years after the accusations were first made against Salazar before parting ways with the coach in October 2017.Farah will run in the Chicago marathon on Sunday, with Galen Rupp, another NOP athlete, also taking part.Nike’s decision to shut down the Oregon Project came after athletes including US runner Kara Goucher, who was coached by Salazar from 2004 to 2011 and provided key evidence in the case against him, told the BBC Nike could not justify keeping it open.“It has to go,” Goucher said. “If I was Nike I’d be bringing in some new coaches and move on from this Oregon Project, because clearly it had principles not in line with clean sport and we have to just start over.”Jeffrey Brown, a Texas endocrinologist who treated many of Salazar’s athletes at the Oregon training hub in Portland, was also suspended for four years.Nike’s share price has been hit by the Salazar scandal but following Friday’s announcement, it was up 1.08 percent at $94.00 in early trade in New York. Becoming his own man MOST READ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics View comments Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical The US company has $4.5 billion in annual running-related sales, according to Bloomberg data, and it is the biggest sponsor of running around the world.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next This jewelry designer is also an architect Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ “This situation, along with ongoing unsubstantiated assertions, is a distraction for many of the athletes and is compromising their ability to focus on their training and competition needs,” Parker said.“I have therefore made the decision to wind down the Oregon Project.”Parker said however that Nike would still support Salazar, best known for coaching Britain’s four-time Olympic champion Mo Farah, in his appeal against the ban.“A four-year suspension for someone who acted in good faith is wrong,” said Parker in the memo, adding that “the panel found there was no orchestrated doping, no finding that performance enhancing drugs have ever been used on Oregon Project athletes and went out of its way to note Alberto’s desire to follow all rules”.However, he admitted that “Alberto can no longer coach while the appeal is pending”.ADVERTISEMENT Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’