January 10

Infantino says Italy’s World Cup failure is a wake-up call

first_img“I think it’s a collective sadness. We’re talking about a team with a great tradition who give their best in events like this.“But those who are in Russia deserved to qualify and in any case Italy stayed out with an Italian President: do we need anything else to say we’re honest and clean?”Infantino, the Swiss-born son of Italian immigrant parents, took over the scandal-battered world body from disgraced president Sepp Blatter in February 2016.“I would have liked to have given the cup to Buffon though,” admitted the 47-year-old.Infantino said that there had been signs of trouble within the four-time world champions long before their dramatic failure in last November’s play-offs.“There have been signals to this effect for a long time, and (Matteo) Darmian’s shot against Sweden could have gone in instead of hitting the post, but he would have only concealed the problems.“Italy were the first in the world for organisation, clubs, training, structures, food, tactics. We forgot that, without work, talent is not enough.“How many young people advance to the first team?”.Italy are without a national coach and a football federation president with the FIGC currently under the guardianship of the national Olympic committee CONI.Infantino said he hoped this would be “as short as possible”.“One or two men cannot change a situation that needs a strong president, backed by all parties, and with a long-term strategy: clubs, leagues, players, everyone has to go in the same direction, as in Germany in the 90s, after the crisis of results, as in England after the Heysel (Stadium disaster), everyone at the table thinking about the common good, today Germany wins the World Cup and Confederations with young players, and England are world champions in Under 17 and Under 20.”Infantino added that he hoped to encourage 40-year-old Juventus and Italy goalkeeping legend Buffon to take a role in football’s governing body when he retires.“Could he take a role in FIFA? I’m going to go in person and get him.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000FIFA president Gianni Infantino wishes Italy had qualified for the 2018 World Cup © AFP/File / Mladen ANTONOVMILAN, Italy, Feb 15 – FIFA president Gianni Infantino revealed Thursday his dispair at Italy’s failure to reach the World Cup finals where he had hoped to hand the trophy to Azzurri captain Gianluigi Buffon.“I’m sad, yes I’m sad for the World Cup. I almost cried,” Infantino, who holds both Swiss and Italian nationality, said in an interview with Italy’s Gazzetta Dello Sport five months ahead of the World Cup final match in Russia.last_img read more

December 30


first_imgTHE following is an edited version of a letter sent by a solicitor on behalf of Mr de Dietrich six weeks ago.Dear SirsIt has been brought to our attention that you propose….. to publish an item in the course of which our above client will be named as being involved in a suspected “Ponzi scheme”, that is, a sophisticated fraud. According to our information and instructions, it will be claimed, among other things, that our client has been involved in defrauding, to a substantial extent, a number of “investors”, by falsely and untruthfully promising an unusually high rate of return on “investments” made.We are instructed to place on the record that any such allegations are wholly without foundation, are totally inaccurate, and are grossly defamatory.Our client has not been asked for any comment in relation to the matters, and had he been, he would have been in a position to advise you of the baseless nature of your information.We are instructed that, had the most rudimentary enquiries been made by yourselves, it would have been clear that no complaint of fraud has been made against our client. We are instructed to demand that any material relating to our client be shown to him, in advance of publication, for comment, and for an opportunity to correct potential inaccuracies.We are further instructed that if defamatory material is published notwithstanding this correspondence, we are to seek immediate relief from the High Court, to include injunctive relief and damages.The writer can be contacted on 086 XXX XXXX should you wish to discuss this matter further.Yours sincerelyXXXXXXXX Donegaldaily.com has contacted the lawyer to ask him if his client plans to hand himself over to the authorities in Northern Ireland on the foot of the warrant for his arrest.FRANCOIS INVESTIGATION: WHAT HIS LAWYER SAID LAST MONTH was last modified: January 21st, 2011 by gregShare 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

December 29

Portugal star Andre Gomes plays down link to Jose Mourinho’s Man United

first_img1 Andre Gomes in action for Valencia Manchester United target Andre Gomes has distanced himself from a move to the club – insisting his focus is solely on the Euros with Portugal.With United expected to announce Jose Mourinho as their new manager this week, rumours of a potential switch to Old Trafford for his fellow countryman Gomes have intensified.But the £49m-rated playmaker insists there has been no contact from United and refused to discuss his future while on international duty.“It’s not important at this point of time”, he told Portuguese outlet DN Sport.“We are all Portuguese at the moment, and that’s the only interest I will talk about.”last_img read more

December 28


first_imgA man told a Judge he was late for court because his washing machine broke down.Cassells arrives at a previous sitting of Letterkenny District Court. Pic by Northwest Newspix.Daryll Cassells was two hours late for his appearance at Letterkenny District Court where he faced two charges of burglary. When asked why he was late by Judge Conal Gibbons, Cassells blamed his washing machine.Judge Gibbons asked the accused what his washing machine had to do with him being late?Cassells replied that he had no clean clothes.“Oh well that’s okay then. We couldn’t have you coming in here naked. That wouldn’t be good at all.“The next time you’re coming to court, make sure you put your clothes in the washing machine the night before and put it on automatic,” he said.The 20 year old accused faces two charges of burglary at LK Hair and Design and Grainne’s Beauty Salon at Larkin’s Lane, Letterkenny on July 25th last.Cassells previously told the court that h had dabbled with drugs since he was 8 years old and was now trying to go clean.He had moved out of Dublin in an effort to get away from the drugs scene there.Judge Gibbons adjourned the case for a week until August 20th. And he added “Make sure your washing machine is working by then.”MAN’S LATE COURT EXCUSE FAILS TO WASH WITH JUDGE! was last modified: August 14th, 2015 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:courtDaryll Cassellsdonegalwashing machinelast_img read more

December 25


first_imgJIM FERRYThe death has taken place in Letterkenny General Hospital of Jim Ferry former Sinn Fean Councillor, 4 Tobh Na Strutain, Buncrana formerly of 2 Park Avenue, Sherifs Mountain in Derry. Remains are reposing at her home. Funeral from there on Tuesday at 10am going to the St Mary’s Church Cockhill for Requiem Mass at 11am. Interment afterwards in the adjoining Cemetery Family flowers only Donations in lieu if desired to the Donegal Hospice c/o McKinney Funeral Directors BuncranaHEDLEY VICKERS STRUTT The death has taken place at Letterkenny General Hospital of the  Hedley Vickers Strutt, Mulroy House, Carrigart. His remains will arrive at the Holy Trinity Church, Carrigart today at 4pm where he will lie in state on Tuesday. Funeral service on Wednesday morning at 11 o’clock with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.FRANK MCCARRONThe death has occurred in Altnagelvan Hospital Derry of Frank McCarron, Glebe, Letterkenny and formerly Raphoe Remains reposing at his home. Funeral from there on Tuesday at 10.15am going to the Church of the Irish Martyrs,  Ballyraine for Requiem Mass at 11am. Interment afterwards in Conwal Cemetery. Family flowers only please. Donations in lieu to the Doengal Down Syndrome Association or the Donegal Autism Association c/o Pascal Blake Funeral Directors . Stoney Arch, New Line Road,  Letterkenny Family time please from 10pm to 11am.JULIA DOHERTY The death has taken place at her residence of Julia Doherty nee Cole, Gortlake, Linsfort, Buncrana formerly of Murrin, Ballylar, Fanad. Funeral from her home on Tuesday at 11.15am going to the Star of the Sea Church, Desertegney for Requiem Mass at 12 midday. Interment afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Family flowers only please, donations in lieu to the Irish Cancer Society c/o any family member.SEAMUS FRIELThe death has taken place in Letterkenny General Hospital of Seamus Friel (Diver), Polaid, Fanad. Remains reposing at his late residence, Funeral from there on Tuesday at 10.30am for 11am Requiem Mass in St Patrick’s Church, Ballynacrick, with burial afterwards to Fanavolty Cemetery. Family flowers only, donations in lieu if desired to ICU, Letterkenny Hospital c/o Shaun McAteer, Funeral Directors or any family member.MAGGIE TERESA MALONEYThe death has taken place at her residence of Maggie Teresa Maloney nee Boyle, 16 Ard Na Greinne, Ardara formerly Loughras Point. Remains reposing at her home. Removal from there on Tuesday at 10.30am going to the Church of the Holy Family, Ardara for Requiem Mass at 11am Interment afterwards in the adjoining cemetery Family time from 11pm to 10am Family flowers only.  Donations in lieu to St Shannaghans House Ardara c/o Seamus Shovlin and Sons Funeral Directors, Ardara. DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR MONDAY, MARCH 26, 2012 was last modified: March 26th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:2012DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR MONDAYMARCH 26last_img read more

December 22

Cardiology Rehab Unit to reopen after 5 month delay

first_imgThe Cardiology Unit at Letterkenny University Hospital is set to reopen on Monday following a five-month delay.The unit has not been operational since May when a piece of crucial equipment suffered a breakdown and had not been replaced until recently.In May, 160 out-patients were on the waiting list when the Telemetry monitoring equipment broke down. Since then, all outpatient services have been suspended, and with an ever-growing waiting lift for Cardiac Rehab – the situation has festered. Pressure has been put on staff since the removal of the Community Cardiac Rehab Service in 2010, which covered the towns of Dungloe and Ballyliffen. After further staff cuts in 2011, more pressure was added to HSE staff.The Irish Cardiac Rehab Guideline state that following heart procedures, operations or a heart attack, that Cardiac Rehab must be made available on at least twice a week basis in order to underpin a full and lasting recovery. It is medically proven that those who avail of cardiac rehab have a 30% less likely chance of being readmitted with cardio trouble in subsequent years.Prior to the cardiac monitor breaking down over 40 patients were being seen on a weekly basis by the rehab unit and the true scandal in relation to this service being suspended is that a budget of circa €50,000 was all that was required to solve the problem. It took 5 months and one Dáil motion in order to solve this problem.Leas-Cheann Comhairle Pat the Cope Gallagher TD says that the sitation since the breakdown has been “unbelievable.” “Donegal patients are being offered a sub-standard service and one which would not be tolerated anywhere else.”Pat the Cope praised the staff for their incredible work despite difficulties faced due to short staffing and constraints on equipment.With one-third of deaths in Ireland being cardiovascular, it is therefore imperative that the HSE, Department of Health, and Minister Harris continue to invest in Cardiac Rehab services, says Gallagher.“The reopening of the Cardiac Rehab Services is a welcome first step, it is regrettable that it took five months in order to repair the necessary equipment; this seems to be an extremely lengthy delay and one which should have been avoided.“I propose that in future the HSE should have in place protocols for the speedy replacement of essential equipment in Hospitals rather than the situation which we have just witnessed whereby we had to wait 5 months to get equipment operational again, such was the case in the cardiac rehab unit in Letterkenny.“I am also calling on the Minister for Health to reinstate the staffing levels to its full complement and that the required service levels of rehabilitation as per the Irish Association of Cardiac Rehab are afforded to every patient using the unit in Letterkenny and that community cardiac services be restored as a priority. “I expect that the HSE will now give the necessary supports and funding for this most critical service at Letterkenny University Hospital so that the people of Donegal are no longer disadvantaged due to their location,” concluded Pat the Cope.Cardiology Rehab Unit to reopen after 5 month delay was last modified: October 1st, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Cardiology unitluhPat The Cope Gallagherlast_img read more

December 22

Paddy Casey to play free Letterkenny gig tonight at Warehouse Bar and Kitchen

first_imgIrish singer-songwriter Paddy Casey will perform a free gig in Letterkenny tonight!Known for hit tracks, Saints and Sinners, The Lucky One and Sweet Suburban Sky – Casey will delight fans with some of his best-known songs along with popular covers.Casey will take to the stage at Warehouse Bar and Kitchen tonight at 10 pm. Casey’s years as a busker on the streets of Galway and his hometown of Dublin served him well. Not only did it allow him to associate from an early age with future breakout artists like Glen Hansard of the Frames, Mundy, and Mark Dignam, but he developed a keen instinct for the type of melody and songwriting that are immediate and arresting, but with a natural intimacy not often heard in conventional pop music.Though an admitted pure soul devotee, Casey performs music that is heavily informed by its medium – the singer and his acoustic guitar – coming across as if Bob Dylan had taken to imitating Nina Simone, with elements of Prince and Public Enemy thrown in for good measure.In 1998, the earnest street musician became a cog in the major-label machine, signing to Sony subsidiary S2 Records Heading into the studio later that year just to transfer some basic ideas to tape, Casey inadvertently wound up recording his debut album, Amen (So Be It). Released in June of 1999, the album debuted in the Top Twenty of the Irish albums chart, eventually going triple platinum, and was awarded the Best Debut Album award at the Hot Press Irish Music Awards. Living was issued in Ireland in October of 2003 and in the U.K. in March of 2004, following the unprecedented success in Ireland of lead single “Saints and Sinners,” eventually going 12 times platinum.The same year, Casey recorded two tracks for charity album Even Better Than the Real Thing, Vol. 2: a new arrangement of “Saints and Sinners” featuring the Dublin Gospel Choir, and an acoustic rendering of Blackstreet’s “No Diggity” (a longtime live favourite).Living was reissued in Ireland in November of 2004 as a double-disc set including B-sides and rarities.The staggered release of the album led Casey to be honoured with the Best Irish Male award at both the 2004 and 2005 Meteor Irish Music Awards.Paddy Casey to play free Letterkenny gig tonight at Warehouse Bar and Kitchen was last modified: October 13th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:eventsletterkennyMUSICpaddy caseyWarehouse Bar and Kitchenlast_img read more

December 18

Gearhardt joins Barrett, Easterday, Cunningham & Eselgroth LLP

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Larry R. Gearhardt of Covington has joined Barrett, Easterday, Cunningham & Eselgroth LLP (BECE) in an “of counsel” capacity.Gearhardt’s wealth of experience dovetails well with BECE’s focus on providing legal services to the agricultural industry. Most recently, he has been directing Ohio State University’s Income Tax Schools and serving as the resource person on tax issues for OSU Extension. He serves on the Rural Tax committee, which reviews and edits IRS Publication 225 (the Farmer’s Tax Guide) on behalf of the Internal Revenue Service.Gearhardt has combined his love of farming and law throughout his career. While actively farming, Gearhardt has engaged in the private practice of law in Miami County. He developed the Legal and Local Affairs department at the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) and gained in-depth knowledge of federal, state, and local government as OFBF”s senior director of State Legislative Affairs.Gearhardt is known for his ability to communicate complex topics in an understandable way. Besides taxation, he has worked in many other areas of law, including eminent domain, drainage law, environmental rules and regulations, transportation, oil and gas development, land use and zoning, and conservancy districts.In 2011 the American Agricultural Law Association honored Gearhardt for Excellence in Agricultural Law. He earned his law degree from the University of Toledo, and his bachelor’s degree from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio.last_img read more

December 16

Facebook Backpedals on Privacy, Sort Of

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos “Now we’ve heard from our users that we have gotten a little bit complex, I think we are going to work on that,” said Tim Sparapani, head of public policy for the company. “We are going to be providing options for users who want simplistic bands of privacy that they can choose from and I think we will see that in the next couple of weeks.”The privacy settings, which could be called publicity settings in the wake of the company’s decisions to open up the site after the f8 conference, have been criticized as being, among other things, Byzantine. Perhaps this adjustment will provide a set of less confusing options. This still leaves new users as entering Facebook with defaults on public, sharing all of their information with the Web at large. It seems unlikely to reverse the judgment of certain segment of the user base that the forced openness is good for Facebook, but not for the user community. Sparapani made the announcement in an interview with American University radio. The portion in question starts at just over 26 minutes in. Below is a portion of the interview. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… curt hopkins Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#Facebook#privacy#web In keeping with Facebook’s two-steps-forward-one-step back policy, pioneered during the Beacon and friends list debacles, the company announced it would introduce a simplified set of privacy settings soon. last_img read more

December 3

BSF unearths 14 feet-long tunnel dug from Pakistan’s side in Jammu

first_imgA day after India and Pakistan border forces held a Sector Commander-level meeting in Jammu, the Border Security Force (BSF) on Saturday discovered a 14-feet-long tunnel hidden with arms in Jammu’s Arnia Sector and spotted suspicious movement of 10-12 armed Pakistani nationals.“The digging tools, fresh dug earth and length of tunnel indicate that process of tunneling has started two to three days back with the intent to infiltrate strong group of terrorists,” said a Jammu-based spokesman.The BSF said the troops of BSF’s 62 Battalion, during its search operation ahead of the fence, observed suspicious movement of around 10-12 armed Pakistani nationals on the Pakistan-side bank of Dhamala nulla (stream) on Saturday.“The BSF personnel, taking all risks in thick jungle area with a number of blind mortar bombs fired from Pakistan, reached close to the area to know the nefarious design. On observing the BSF party, the Pakistani nationals ran away from the spot, leaving their huge stores,” said the Jammu-based BSF spokesman.He said the BSF found an “unfinished tunnel of around 12-14 feet in length, approximately three feet in height and 2½ feet in width on the slope of bank of Indian side of Dhamalla nulla ahead of B.S. fence on the International Border (IB)”.Two AK-47 Magazine, one hand-grenade, 7.62 bore ammunition, magazine pouch, batteries, lamps, US-made compass, ropes, sleeping bags, gas stove, digging tools and haversacks were found near the tunnel. Eatables, including apples, chicken, were also found, said the BSF.The BSF said it was receiving “regular inputs about the movement of anti-national elements across the border”. “The BSF was suspecting militant activities in festive season to inflict a blow to peace and tranquility in Jammu region,” said the BSF spokesman.Arnia Sector witnessed heavy cross-border firing and shelling from Pakistan from September 13 to 17. On September 30, Pakistani Rangers held a Sector Commander-level meeting with the BSF in their area opposite Border Outpost Octroi on the International Border “to resolve issues of cross-border firing and border management amicably”.“Once again the nefarious design of Pakistan Rangers who held friendly hand-shake and call for ceasefire was foiled in Arnia Sector,” said the BSF.It’s the second tunnel from Pakistan into India that BSF has unearthed this year. On February 12, a similar tunnel was spotted in Ramgarh Sector. Four such attempts have been foiled so far this year by the BSF.last_img read more