Defiant Sarri expects to stay with Chelsea next season

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first_imgThe Blues also lost the League Cup final to Manchester City, with Sarri subjected to the embarrassment of Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga refusing to be substituted at Wembley.But that challenge to the Italian manager’s authority has actually sparked an upturn in Chelsea’s fortunes.Vital wins over Tottenham and Fulham have kept Chelsea in the race for a top-four finish and given Sarri a little breathing space.The former Napoli boss isn’t out of the woods yet as a Europa League exit against Dynamo Kiev, who visit west London for the last-16 first leg on Thursday, would put him back in trouble.However, Sarri isn’t worried about the speculation over his future, preferring to look ahead to next term in the belief he will remain in charge at Stamford Bridge.“It’s not a big problem. The problem is the results. All the rest is not important at this moment,” Sarri told reporters when asked about his job prospects on Wednesday.“I want to win for the team, for the club, not for me. It’s not important.“I’m confident. I was confident in the past, and I am confident now of course.“We were talking about the problem of the next pre-season. So we were trying to organise in the best way the next pre-season.“But I want to think only to our performances and our results. Nothing else.“It’s not important if I’m here next season.”– Calls for more help in Europe –In the midst of a hectic schedule that includes a home game against Wolves on Sunday, Sarri is considering taking a risk by resting some of his stars for the Kiev game.And he echoed the concerns of Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino about English clubs being at a disadvantage in European competitions due to punishing schedules.“I think the Premier League could do something more for the teams involved in European competitions,” he said.“If you play in the Europa League in Italy, after the match away you can ask to play on Monday.“One day more to rest. I think that’s really very important.“For example, when we will play in the Premier League after 62 or 63 hours after the match against Dynamo Kiev. I think it’s too early.”Winning the Europa League would guarantee Chelsea return to the Champions League next season, but Sarri is still hopeful of qualifying for the tournament with a top-four finish in the Premier League.The Blues sit sixth in the English top flight, two points behind fourth-placed Manchester United, with a game in hand.“I think we can gain the spot in the Champions League in the Premier League,” Sarri added.“We are fighting. We are only two points away, at the moment, and have to play one match in hand.“But the Europa League is a very important competition, the second in Europe, an important trophy with a spot for the Champions League. It’s a very important target for us.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Maurizio Sarri insists he will still be at Chelsea next season © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Mar 6 – Maurizio Sarri is already planning for next season after insisting he expects to remain in charge at Chelsea despite his troubled debut campaign.Sarri was reportedly on the brink of being sacked after Chelsea suffered humiliating Premier League defeats at Bournemouth and Manchester City and then crashed out of the FA Cup against Manchester United.last_img read more

SCHOOL CARETAKER JAILED FOR SEX CRIMES IS NAMED

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first_imgThe school caretaker who raped and molested four pupils at a Donegal school has been named as Michael Ferry form Goath Dobhair.The 55 year old pervert was officially named at the Central Criminal Court a short time ago.Ferry sexually abused a child at a Donegal school and then returned to the job where he went on to molest and rape four more boys at summer school. He pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to 38 sample charges which included oral and anal rapes, sex assaults, one indecent assault and two charges of production of child pornography on dates between 1990 and 2005.Ferry sexually abused the boys, who were aged between 10 and 17 years, on an almost weekly basis.The court heard he made them watch pornography and groomed then by supplying them with alcohol, cigarettes and money.The accused had earlier been convicted in a District Court in Donegal for two incidents of indecent assault at the same school in 1985 and 1986, but he was not identified in the local papers at the time and he returned to work in the same school, where the abuse continued.The court heard each of his victims, now aged between 24 and 30, had turned to alcohol, drug and solvent abuse as a means of escape and many of them stated that they had tried to take their own lives.Ferry received fourteen years in prison was arrested in June last year after one of the men reported the abuse to his GP.In a statement outside the court, one of Ferry’s victims asked why the pervert was not stopped after he was brought before the courts in 2002.Derek Mulligan, who waived his anonymity, also asked why his employers still kept him in his job.Mr Mulligan said he believed someone so sick and perverted never changed.He also urged other victims of sexual abuse to come forward and said it was not until he came forward that his nightmare ended.Mr Mulligan described Ferry as a demon who had shown no remorse. His only remorse was for being caught, he said.The school authorities have promised to issue a statement.SCHOOL CARETAKER JAILED FOR SEX CRIMES IS NAMED was last modified: July 18th, 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)last_img read more

COMMUNITY ALERT: THIEVES OPERATING IN THE CARRIGART, DOWNINGS AND GLEN AREAS – VINTAGE CAR TAKEN

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first_imgCOMMUNITY ALERT: Thieves have been behind a spate of robberies in the Downings, Carrigart and Glen areas of County Donegal.Residents affected by the thieves want to warn others that a gang is operating in the area.“It’s too late for me, but perhaps it might prevent someone else being robbed,” said one resident. Copper piping and cylinders as well as oil has been taken from a number of premises.A 1978 Mark 2 Ford Escort was stolen from a shed in Carrigart.It is an Australian import which was origanally white but painted a dull land rover green, has a petrol filler cap on the back panel (very distinctive)A reward has been offered for any information leading to whereabouts of the car. If you have seen the car please contact the owner on 0879137301  COMMUNITY ALERT: THIEVES OPERATING IN THE CARRIGART, DOWNINGS AND GLEN AREAS – VINTAGE CAR TAKEN was last modified: January 21st, 2014 by John2Share 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:Carrigartcommunity alertDowningsFord Escortglenthieveslast_img read more

An all-USC TV channel? Why not?

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first_img Look, the New York Yankees have their own YES Network. The New York Mets are launching their own channel soon, and the Angels have talked of doing the same. Notre Dame football is 15 years into an exclusive, profitable college football TV network package with NBC. Even Brigham Young University has its own network – albeit for spreading the word of the Mormon Church – but it can also show athletic events that aren’t carried by other channels. So why wouldn’t a powerful institution such as USC, with TV land in its own backyard and an alumni base deep in the entertainment field, be savvy enough to venture off into a media empire of their own? AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “I don’t think it’s out of the realm of possibility. I know some are trying to do it and have started some things on the Internet, but whether it’s something I’d want to invest dollars into, I’m not sure because I don’t know if the return would be enough,” surmised Haden, who will be with Tom Hammond on NBC’s call of Saturday’s USC-Notre Dame football game from South Bend, Ind. “I definitely think there’s enough interest in Southern California for something like that. Football is one thing, but what about (the Trojans’) baseball or volleyball (teams) that have some national success? Even though I’m a lawyer, I’m not sure of the legal ramifications that would have to take place with the Pac-10 affiliation. “The only problem I can see is that if you’re the athletic director, you have to keep winning. Someday, you’re going to lose, as sacrilegious as that may sound to some fans.” NBC has ridden the Notre Dame roller-coaster, but it’s not about to break any contracts especially with the football program back on the rise. Again, if there’s anyone with the juice to make this Cardinal and Gold Network work – and we’re just suggesting names that we’ve already applied for trademark rights – Haden would be the perfect quarterback for the project. Here’s a guy who has already invested more than a decade in fundraising as a USC trustee. Last month, he was named chairman of a Tradition & Innovation Initiative project to raise $400 million by 2010 for the USC College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Pat Haden, like any USC Phi Beta Kappa alum, can appreciate the value of a good money-making idea when he sees it on a spreadsheet. Maybe that’s why the former Trojans quarterback, a Rhodes scholar of economics at Oxford and partner in the venture capital firm of Riordan, Lewis and Haden could afford a chuckle when it was suggested to him that he might be the best point man to launch – are you ready for this? – an all-USC television network. center_img Haden easily could sell it on the basis of how Notre Dame has benefited financially and academically through its NBC deal. As the network likes to point out, the partnership between Notre Dame and NBC has led to $16.5 million in financial aid to be funneled to more than 1,600 students since 1991. And wouldn’t the folks at Notre Dame just love to hear that the guy doing analysis on their football games is helping the enemy compete for valuable TV ad revenue. Haden, eight years into covering Notre Dame games for NBC, laughs again and says he’s heard for years that he’s pulling for one side or another in the annual USC-Notre Dame tussle. He has covered more than a half-dozen of them in his 24 years as a broadcaster, going back to CBS and TNT. “Most Notre Dame people have been very nice to me and think we’re fair to both teams, and I think we bend over backward to make sure we’re not seen as ‘The Voice of Notre Dame football,’ because we do work for NBC, not Notre Dame, and go to visiting school’s home sites for pregame features,” said Haden, who Wednesday was at USC to do a piece on running back Reggie Bush. “Never has anyone at NBC told me to be a homer for Notre Dame, but there’ll always be some who think I’m for or against USC. I don’t think I could be a broadcaster this long without having been fair. Yes, I’m very connected to USC, but that doesn’t mean I can’t call a game without bias. Some people can accuse me of being wrong on calls, but never of being biased.” In this corner: ESPN has enlisted Dan Patrick to host a two-hour live fight card from Staples Center on Saturday night at 8 p.m. climaxed by a rematch of the two finalists from last May’s then-NBC reality show “The Contender.” East L.A.’s Sergio Mora, the series champion, and runner-up Peter Manfredo Jr. fight again in hopes of helping ESPN market season two of the Mark Burnett-created series that will start up again in April. ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” broadcast team of Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas will, for some reason, be joined by “ESPN Hollywood” co-host Mario Lopez on the telecast. Tom Hoffarth is at thomas.hoffarth@dailynews.com and (818) 713-3661. WHAT SMOKES To mark the 20th anniversary of Kings’ coverage on Fox Sports Net, going back to the days of Prime Ticket, a one-hour special called “Crowning Moments,” narrated by Bob Miller and filled with vintage video and fresh interviews, will air after the Kings-Colorado contest at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. Bob Borgen, the FSN West Kings producer who goes back to 1985 with his coverage of the team, began putting together the show during the NHL lockout and was able to land interviews with, among others, Wayne Gretzky, Kelly Hrudey, Bernie Nicholls, Rob Blake, Marty McSorley and Luc Robitaille, plus former coach and current ESPN hockey analyst Barry Melrose and former team owners Jerry Buss and Bruce McNall. “This was created with all hockey fans in mind,” said Borgen. “It invites new fans to catch up with their hometown team, and the insider stories and never-before-shared insights will keep the die-hard fans engaged.” Creative packaging may be what first attracts one to the new four-CD set called “The Great American Baseball Box” – it’s shaped like a 12-inch-by-12-inch white base, complete with dirt smudges – but it’s the priceless stuff inside that counts. More than four hours of music, player interviews, memorable calls and pop culture – including Tommy Lasorda’s bleep-filled answer to the question about Dave Kingman’s performance after a 1976 game – made the cut for what can best be described as a soulful, eclectic scrapbook of the game’s audio history. L.A.-based Shout! Factory put the package together, along with a 60-page book, and are making it available on MLB.com starting Tuesday for $59.95. A rant from comedian Lewis Black from the recent HBO’s “Inside the NFL” about how fantasy football is out of control: “The same guys who used to stuff me into lockers and taunt me about my troll collection all have pink-rimmed eyes, gawking into computer screens, refreshing every two minutes for real-time stats, purchasing NFL television packages for access to every game. Now, when I try to watch, there is so much scrolling and popping up that I can’t see the play on my television. I don’t care that LaDainian Tomlinson has two receptions for eight yards in the first quarter of another game that I am not even watching. There’s a reason why people watch TV – because they don’t want to read.” WHAT CHOKES A Chicago radio reporter and a station intern were arrested and charged with criminal trespassing for knocking on the doors of the hotel rooms occupied by Angels players before their opening game of the ALCS in Chicago on Tuesday. Ryan “Menden” Mendenhall and Karl Klockars were caught trying to wake up the jet-lagged Angels players who had just arrived in town hours earlier and were trying to get some rest before Game 1. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the two were sent to the hotel by WCKG’s Pete McMurray, the comedy/talk station’s midday host, for what he called a “mission to help Chicago.” The Angels won the game, 3-2. Was this bound to happen? “Bound for Glory,” the ESPN reality show where Hall of Fame linebacker Dick Butkus was hired to coach a downtrodden high school football team in western Pennsylvania, hit a snag last week when – guess what? – Butkus quit with two weeks to go after the team started 1-6. Butkus told the team’s coaching staff that his eight-week contract was up and he was free to go. Nice lesson to teach the kids, eh? Turns out, Butkus will come back in some capacity for the season finale, ESPN said in a statement, claiming there was “some misunderstandings.” Ray Crockett, the former NFL All-Pro defensive back who the producers brought in to help Butkus after the first show, has also left. Current Montour High coach Lou Cerro didn’t seem to mind that only one camera will be dispatched for the last two weeks to save about $2 million in production costs. “Maybe this will bring some sanity back to the whole program,” Cerro told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Montour quarterback Nick Dilanni added that he thought the series “isn’t too real, but I guess that’s how shows are,” he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Car-chase suspect sought in Littlerock

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first_imgLITTLEROCK – Law enforcement officers were looking Thursday for a man suspected of leading them on a car chase around Littlerock before he abandoned his disabled car and fled on foot. The man left behind a woman passenger, who told officers that her boyfriend had beaten her earlier in the day and had been driving around, drinking, with her in the car before California Highway Patrol officers tried to pull him over for speeding, CHP officials said. The chase started just after 8 p.m. Wednesday on 80th Street East when a Chevrolet Camaro passed at high speed a CHP car traveling the other way. The chase ended six minutes later after the Camaro stopped, apparently after breaking its oil pan on a rutted dirt road, officials said. Sheriff’s deputies and CHP officers surrounded the neighborhood near Avenue R-8 and 100th Street East where the driver abandoned the car, but couldn’t find him. 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 The Camaro was impounded. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

CAREDOC AND NOWDOC REVERSE DECISION TO SUSPEND SERVICES IN DERRYBEG AND CARNDONAGH

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first_imgThomas Pringle TD has revealed that CAREDOC and NOWDOC have stated today that they will not be implementing the removal of the redeye shift from Derrybeg and Carndonagh yet.They have outlined that the proposed new arrangement will be two GPs with drivers based in Letterkenny with two on call GPs in the outlying areas.They have said they intend to consult with ‘stakeholders’ now before introducing the change. Earlier in the week CAREDOC revealed their plans to suspend both services in both Derrybeg and Carndonagh.That statement was met with widespread condemnation from all sectors of society in Donegal who were absolutely appalled at further cuts to such an important service.Management at CAREDOC and NOWDOC have decided to revise their initial proposal and have opted against removing the ‘REDEYE’ services from Derrybeg and Carndonagh.CAREDOC AND NOWDOC REVERSE DECISION TO SUSPEND SERVICES IN DERRYBEG AND CARNDONAGH was last modified: June 7th, 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:Home-page Newslast_img read more

Meier charges Sharks win with two-goal night

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first_img(Click here, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)SAN JOSE — Timo Meier scored twice, Joe Pavelski reached the 20-goal mark again and Radim Simek got his first as an NHLer.Battling the fatigue of an arduous travel schedule, the Sharks (16-11-5) found a way to win for the fourth time in five games Monday, topping the New Jersey Devils 5-2 at SAP Center.The win came just two days after the Sharks finished a stretch in which they played seven of eight games on the …last_img read more

The Home Stretch: When Retirement is Near

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first_imgBy Carol ChurchTo many of us, retirement may still look very distant—almost like the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. When you’re getting up and working every morning and still have years to go, it can seem like that day is never going to arrive!Yet as that planned leave date finally approaches, people may start feeling a little nervous or even panicked about the many changes to come. One major concern is likely to be financial preparation—or, possibly, the lack thereof.If this is on your mind or the minds of those you work with, here are some reminders and things to consider when entering that “home stretch”: the last 6 months to two years before retirement. While these concerns will not apply to everyone, and every situation is different, these basic reminders may help.Make a budgetThose retiring within the near future should start thinking about likely monthly expenditures and how they line up with what they have saved and expect to receive in pensions, Social Security, investment earnings, and so on. Lifestyle in retirement will be a big consideration. How often do they want to travel? What will they be doing with leisure time? Can they cook more, or will they be eating out more? How will clothing and gas costs change?Wipe out debtIf there’s any debt to be paid off, especially high-interest debt, this is the time to get it done. This may require penny-pinching now, but it will be worth it later.Reduce financial obligationsMost retirees will be living on less after the transition. This is a good time to take a hard look at bills and obligations and consider what one can begin to cut out. Done now, it won’t feel like so much of a shock later.Decide when to take Social SecurityThe majority of Social Security retirees opt to start receiving benefits as early as possible (currently, age 62)—before “full” retirement age. But if they wait till 67 to 70, monthly benefits will be significantly greater. This is the best choice for many, especially those who think they will live a long life or are still earning any income (since SS benefits can be taxed depending on how much you are making). However, others will want or need to take the benefits earlier.Consider downsizing your homeSpeaking of debt, this is one major way to eliminate it. While selling a home is a major decision, it can certainly put money in one’s pocket, reduce financial obligations, and simplify life. Downsizing to one car is also a possible for some couples.Make catch-up contributions to retirement savings funds, if neededJoin the upcoming webinar Catch-Up Retirement Savings Strategies June 8 at 11 a.m. ET.  Photospin/PS ProductionsThose over the age of 50 have the right to make additional “catch-up” contributions (over and above the usual tax year limit) to traditional and Roth IRAs, SIMPLE IRAs and SIMPLE 401Ks (generally held by the self-employed), and 401K and 403B plans. They should not assume that this isn’t worth it…. retirement can be very long. Get more information from the IRS here.Rebalance investmentsFor those who haven’t looked much at their investments in a while, now is certainly the time—but it’s important not to get too nervous. It’s still key to accumulate more wealth for the years to come, which will entail some continued risk. This may be a very important time to consult a certified financial planner.Consider whether or not part-time work or freelancing might be the right choiceIf a budget shortfall looks like a possibility (and even if it doesn’t), it may be worth thinking about paid work of some kind. Today’s “gig economy” offers many interesting choices. This can be a time to explore options that weren’t a possibility before.Don’t panic or give upEven those who feel significantly behind shouldn’t feel they have to “work till they drop” or that there’s no point in even trying to catch up. Progress is possible, especially when combining increased saving with decreased spending. If generalized “you need X sum for retirement” estimates create feelings of panic, keep in mind that depending on lifestyle and expenses, they may not be accurate.Spend time thinking about goals…and not just the financial onesAs retirement approaches, it’s definitely time to take stock of goals, dreams, and desires, while also keeping in mind that feelings may change. (For instance, some discover that they don’t like “taking it easy” as much as they thought they would.) Retirement is an emotional adjustment, not just a practical one.Join our 3-day learning event June 6-8 to learn about retirement resources, planning and enjoying the post-working years. More information available here.last_img read more

Murali Vijay and Wriddhiman Saha to miss third Test against Sri Lanka

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first_imgIn a new development, opener Murali Vijay and wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha have been ruled out of the third and final Test against Sri Lanka. The BCCI has named Karun Nair and Naman Ojha as replacements.News Alert: @Wriddhipops & @mvj888 ruled out of the remainder of Indias tour of Sri Lanka, @namanojha35 and Karun Nair named replacements BCCI (@BCCI) August 23, 2015It is believed that both of the players have been ruled out due to injuries. Vijay missed the first Test due to a niggle but came in for the ongoing second Test after Shikhar Dhawan was ruled out due to a hand injury.Also read: Tendulkar welcomes Sangakkara to the club of the retired However, Saha looked struggling when he came out to bat in India’s second innings and KL Rahul had to take his role behind the wickets at the close of play on day four.last_img read more