Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill basking in pride after Euro qualification


first_img “We saw all the good things in Northern Ireland tonight. The bond between crowd and team is really, really strong.” Davis was a fitting figurehead on such a historic night, opening the scoring with a close-range finish then seeing an 18-yard header loop in to make the points safe. But his influence on this side extends far beyond two goals or one evening’s work. “Steven’s performance was out of this world. He is a magnificent captain,” said O’Neill. “Anyone in the squad will validate that opinion. “That gives you an indication of the type of player and person he is. “He’s never been unavailable, never asked for a rest or come off. “We’ve come from an era where Northern Ireland players were criticised for not being available at certain times, but in this squad we have real togetherness and spirit. “For those players who’ve been through campaign after campaign and been through loads o disappointments – and had a lot of criticism – this is their moment as much as it is mine. “The likes of Steven, Jonny Evans, Gareth McAuley, Chris Brunt, Aaron Hughes. You couldn’t meet better professionals.” Davis admitted Northern Ireland were “desperate” to guarantee qualification in front of their own fans in Belfast rather than leaving the moment for Sunday’s match in Finland. “It was a magnificent night and we couldn’t have asked for it to go any better,” he said. “It’s a dream come true. We were aware it could have gone to Sunday, we were prepared for that, but we really wanted to get it done tonight. “No better place to do it in front of our fans who have pushed us all along this campaign. “If you need motivation for this then there’s a problem. I think all the lads were desperate to get ourselves (to France). It’s a huge achievement for the squad and the country and we’re going to enjoy tonight and then look forward to Sunday.” Manager Michael O’Neill spoke of his pride at guiding Northern Ireland to their first major tournament in 30 years after a famous victory in Belfast. A brace from inspirational captain Steven Davis and a first international goal for Josh Magennis saw them to a 3-1 win over Greece and sealed passage to Euro 2016. It will be the country’s first summer finals since the 1986 World Cup, earning O’Neill and his squad a special place in Northern Ireland’s history. “It’s just an amazing feeling, thinking what we have to look forward to,” he said. “I’m very proud of what we’ve achieved and it’s the highest point of my career for certain, either as a player or a manager. “I have enjoyed this job, even when the results were difficult. I have enjoyed the challenge of trying to make an impact and improve football here in Northern Ireland and qualification for the Euros will do that.” O’Neill will not want for plaudits in the days or weeks to come, job offers too perhaps, but he has no intention of hogging the limelight. Instead he wants his players to take centre-stage. “This is a special moment for and I’m lucky my wife and kids were here tonight because they’ve not been since my first match,” he said. “It’s special to share these moments with the right people but it’s about the players. “To see their reaction is where I get the real buzz. Press Associationlast_img read more

New medical identification devices help emergency services act quickly


first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena, Mich. —  A new lifesaving piece of technology is popping up all over the country, and it’s helping first responders diagnose what’s wrong with a person faster and more efficiently. That technology is now available online and here in Alpena.It’s called the MyID. The small devices store conditions, allergies, medication instructions, and personal information so first responders can act quickly. The technology has been at LeFave Pharmacy for the past month. Pharmacist Jaime Cadarette believes that it’s critical for all different people to have with them.“It’s important for anyone to have,” said Cadarette. “Whether you have a various or specific medical condition, or whether you’re generally a healthy adult, you can put lifesaving medication instructions, or if you were to get in a car accident, and you’re a healthy adult, you can have your emergency contacts loaded in there, so that first responders know who to call.”When emergency services arrive to a scene, and someone is wearing one of the devices, all they have to do is pull out their phone or tablet and scan that bracelet. Information will pop up on their phone, so they can get an understanding of what might be wrong.“If we didn’t know the person was diabetic, and I would pull that up and, we’d go, “oh, that’s what’s going on, the blood sugar is low because they’re diaphoretic or unresponsive,” said Andy Marceau, community risk reduction officer for the Alpena City Fire Department. “We can pull that [MyID] up and give them some D50 and bring them back around.”You can find MyID at LeFave Pharmacy in Alpena, or you can head online and order one by visiting the website They come in a variety of different formats including wallet cards, necklaces, bracelets, wrist watch attachments, and other forms.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alpena City Fire Department, Bracelet, First Responder, LeFave Pharmacy, Medical Identification Device, MyIDContinue ReadingPrevious Alpena High School, ACES Academy selected for innovative college adviser programNext Pets of the week May 14, 2019last_img read more