I could quit – van Gaal

first_img United was spared further misery before the interval when Arnautovic ran onto Krkic’s through ball, but missed the target with his shot. As usual, on the United bench, there was little outgoing evidence of concern, with neither van Gaal nor assistant Ryan Giggs springing out of their seats to berate or inspire their team. Van Gaal’s about-turn came at half-time, when Rooney spent the break warming up before coming on to replace Depay. Rooney’s first significant contribution came after 20 minutes on the field, cutting the ball back for Fellaini six yards in front of goal, but rather than slamming the ball high into the net, Fellaini shot low and, lacking power, allowed Butland to make a diving save. In the closing minutes, Rooney, this time, set up Juan Mata, but, again, Butland made the vital save. And Butland also pushed Anthony Martial’s attempt round the post as Stoke completed a December double over Manchester clubs, having already beaten City. Stoke are three points behind United, which manager Mark Hughes used to play for. United are three points adrift of fourth-place Tottenham. MISSED OPPORTUNITY BENCHED FOR THE GAME United captain Wayne Rooney watched it all from the sidelines after being dropped to the bench for the first time in a league match in almost two years. United came to life only in the second half after Rooney was brought on, but Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland thwarted any hopes of a comeback. “The circumstances were difficult – not only the circumstances, the wind, but also the pressure,” van Gaal said. “That is, in my opinion, the reason they don’t dare to play football (in the first half).” The losing streak started with Champions League elimination, and has also seen United drop out of the Premier League top four by losing to Bournemouth and Norwich. Win-less in seven matches, United have little time to recover their confidence, with a home match against Chelsea today. Asked if he would be in charge of the game, van Gaal said: “You will have to wait and see, but I think so.” “I try to do everything, but the pressure shall be, every match, higher and higher, and we have to solve that problem,” van Gaal, who has been in charge since July 2014, added. “It’s more difficult because I am now part of the four matches we have lost and people are looking at me.” A day after British astronaut, Tim Peake, displayed a Stoke flag on the International Space Station, the central England team was in a different orbit to United in the first half. Depay’s mind seemed to be on another planet when he sent a downward header back toward goalkeeper David de Gea in an attempt to clear Geoff Cameron’s deep ball. Depay, a winger in the right-back position, was unaware that Glen Johnson was primed to dart in and seize possession before crossing for Krkic, who took a touch then slotted the ball into the net in the 19th minute. “It was a bad goal to give away,” van Gaal said. If United’s players were fighting to save their manager’s job, they didn’t demonstrate it. Their response lacked any burning desire to end their slump. And the mission facing United became even tougher seven minutes later. Krkic’s free kick was blocked by the United wall, but the ball came back out to the edge of the penalty area and Arnautovic’s powerful strike beat De Gea. United was offering little in response, with Depay’s free kick parried by Butland, and Marouane Fellaini was offside as he tried to react. STOKE, England (AP): Louis van Gaal raised the prospect of quitting as Manchester United manager after Stoke condemned the club to a fourth straight loss for the first time in 54 years on Saturday. The 2-0 loss at the windy Britannia Stadium pushed United down to sixth place in the English Premier League, and van Gaal is sensing the pressure after barely 18 months in charge. “I can also quit by myself,” van Gaal said when asked if he had received assurances about his future from the club hierarchy. “That is something I speak to (vice chairman) Ed Woodward (about) by himself – not with you (reporters). “It is not always … the club has to fire or sack me. Sometimes I do it by myself. I am the one who wants to speak first with the board of Manchester United and with my members of staff and players – and not with you.” United was in disarray defensively in the first half when Memphis Depay’s horrendous defending allowed Bojan Krkic to score, and Marko Arnautovic powered in Stoke’s second goal from outside the penalty area.last_img read more

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Educator Blames Poor Performance on Lack of Solid Childhood Foundation

first_imgThe Principal of Kpakolomai Elementary and Junior High School in Voinjama District, Lofa County, has blamed the poor performance of students in public exams to the lack of solid childhood foundation.Madam Jestina Kpalaga observed that in order for young children to take their education seriously, teachers must create a smooth learning environment that will motivate children to remain focus in the classroom, especially at an early age.She made the observation Thursday when she served as the guest speaker at the 36th Gala Anniversary of Bortorsu Elementary and Junior High School in Voinjama District.She pointed out that the foundation for quality education is based on motivation and passion and called on the school’s administration to exhibit such attributes to ensure smooth learning environment for students.The Liberian educator, according to the Liberia News Agency (LINA), also called the Ministry of Education (MOE) to prioritize childhood education in order to improve the performance of students, especially in public tests by providing subsidy to private learning schools across the country.She also urged parents and guardians to monitor their children’s work on a daily basis and encourage them to take their lessons seriously, if they are to serve as future leaders of the country.In a related development, the Ministry of Education has provided scholarships to 24 Liberians to study in China.Education Minister George Werner made the disclosure on Monday. He said the scholarships are intended to improve the knowledge and skills of the students to help rebuild the country after the completion of their studies.“Students should study in the way that their skills will be marketable, even if they are to work in the private sector,” LINA quoted Werner as emphasizing.He urged Liberians to take advantage of jobs in the private sector, because most Liberians are not found in that area.“These scholarships are not Chinese government scholarships actually; the Government of Liberia (GOL) is paying for these scholarships and nothing is for free,” Werner explained.He said GOL allocated the money from the budget following discussions with the Chinese Government.“The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed with the students says when government educates you, you are to come back to serve the government for at least two years to meet up with the obligations of the MOU,” Werner said.Meanwhile, Werner ha warned the beneficiaries to put up their best behavior while in China pursuing their education at Chinese universities.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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£32m DM linked, Brazil ace wants to try luck in England and more AFC rumours

first_img 7 7 1. Alexandre Pato: Brazilian wants another crack in Europe – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more Arsenal transfer rumours – If Arsenal are serious about wanting another striker then it seems Pato would be keen. The former Milan striker has been on loan at Sao Paulo from Corinthians in his native Brazil, but has spoken highly about the Premier League, calling it “number one in the world”. In the Mail on Sunday he revealed: “My dream is to come back to Europe. I think it has to be to a club that plays to be champions. [A club] that challenges and has ambition.” 7 5. David Ospina: Besiktas want to take Arsenal no.2 away – Turkish club Besiktas would like Ospina to join them, vice chairman Ahmet Nur Cebi said. However, he did point out that “just because we want him does not mean he will come.” 7 2. Aleksandr Kokorin: Wenger to look at the striker again? – The rumour from Russia is Arsenal and Dynamo Moscow are locked in talks about the possibility of Kokorin coming to north London. A fee for the 24-year-old striker who has scored four goals in eight league games, could be agreed by the end of the month. It is not the first time the club have been linked with Kokorin. 3. William Carvalho: Expensive midfielder to plug hole? – Following a succession of injuries to key midfielders, Carvalho has been linked with a move to Arsenal in January. He could cost around £32m, which doesn’t seem like a very Arsene Wenger thing to do in winter. To sustain their Premier League title push, Arsenal may need to add a few players in January.The volume of injuries to members of the first team squad will obviously concern manager Arsene Wenger, who likes to avoid splashing cash unnecessarily.Here, talkSPORT looks at the latest transfer news surrounding the Gunners – click the yellow arrow above, right, to see them all.For more Arsenal news and to stay up to date click here. 7 7 7 6. Lucas Perez: Scouts in Spain to see winger – There are reports in Spain that Arsenal are keeping an eye on Deportivo La Coruna winger Lucas Perez and scouts have been to see the 27-year-old in action. 4. Victor Wanyama: Wenger likes the Southampton man – Wenger is a fan of Wanyama but says Arsenal “are not on the case”. The Southampton midfielder was highly praised by Gunners hero Robert Pires recently, with the Frenchman labelling him ‘world class’. 7. Joel Campbell: Merson thinks the club should cash in on him – Paul Merson believes the only way Campbell will play regularly for Arsenal is if they have injuries, otherwise he’s down the pecking order. He told Sky Sports the club may get as much as £8m or £9m for him if they sell in January.last_img read more

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JUST GOT ENGAGED? WHY NOT CHECK OUT THE PERFECT WEDDING VENUE?

first_imgDid you get engaged this Christmas?Well, now you can celebrate your big day at the perfect venue – the multi award winning Silver Tassie Hotel & Spa.The hotel has been voted: Ireland’s Top Rated Wedding Venue Of The YearTop Rated Wedding Venue In UlsterTop Rated 4 Star Wedding Venue In DonegalTop Rated Wedding Venue In DonegalTO get a taste of all the Silver Tassie has to offer, why not join them for their “Winter Wedding Fayre” on Sunday,10th January 2015 from 2-5pm.If this doesn’t suit, our professional wedding co-ordinators are available throughout Christmas. Wedding Packages available from only €39.00 pp ! Call 074 91 25619 today to arrange an appointment.The Silver Tassie Hotel and Spa.JUST GOT ENGAGED? WHY NOT CHECK OUT THE PERFECT WEDDING VENUE? was last modified: December 31st, 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:donegalsilver tassiewedding showlast_img read more

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TERMON LADIES GOING FOR FOUR-IN-A-ROW

first_imgThe Termon Senior ladies teamThe Termon Senior Ladies GAA team travel down to Waterford on Sunday for the Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta All Ireland Final against Cill Chomáin of Mayo.The girls will be aiming to do a “Four In A Row” this year, if they are successful on Sunday this will be a huge achievement for the girls and the whole entire club.Throw in is at 4pm & Updates of the game should be on Radio Na Gaeltachta or the Twitter page of Comórtos Peile Na Gaeltachta.https://twitter.com/ComortasPeile13 TERMON LADIES GOING FOR FOUR-IN-A-ROW was last modified: May 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:all-irelandGAATermon ladieslast_img read more

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Sterling better than Neymar? talkSPORT host claims he’d rather have Man City star

first_img Most Popular Football News BEST OF scrap Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Jason: I’d rather have Sterling because Neymar is not a team player. Neymar is selfish, it’s all about him.Andy: Doesn’t matter, Neymar is better than Sterling.Jason: I don’t rate Neymar.Andy: But he’s better than Sterling.Jason: I’d rather have Sterling.Andy: I’m not doing this with you, you’re mad! I can’t believe that! Who would you rather have at Chelsea, Sterling or Neymar?Jason: Sterling.Andy: No you wouldn’t, that’s a lie!Jason: Neymar is overrated.Andy: Neymar is absolutely class.Jason: He ain’t better than Kylian Mbappe.Andy: He’s better than Sterling. Even Sterling himself would probably admit that.Jason: I just don’t like players who think it’s all about them. Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Jason does not rate the world’s most expensive player Sterling has been in very good form for club and country this seasonThe two were comparing the Manchester City winger and the world’s most expensive player.And Jason insisted he would rather pick Sterling ahead of the Brazilian, who he says is a “selfish” player.It’s fair to say Andy was shocked by what Jason said and asked the former Chelsea player who he would rather have playing at Stamford Bridge now.Jason stuck to his guns, however, and insisted he would rather have Sterling. Below you can see the brilliant exchange about Sterling and Neymar – a player PSG paid £199m for in 2017. Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update 2 Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City center_img tense 2 Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling is better to have in a team than Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar.That’s according to talkSPORT presenter Jason Cundy, who made the bold claim while hosting the Sports Bar with Andy Goldstein. latest Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ revealed Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 🗣 @JasonCundy05: “I’d rather have Sterling over Neymar. I don’t rate him.”😳 @AndyGoldstein05: “You’re mad! Neymar is much better than Sterling.”🗣 @JasonCundy05: “Neymar is so overrated. I don’t like him.”Who is right here? 🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/T6WuG4s0YU— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) October 25, 2018 gameday cracker SORRY LATEST last_img read more

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Distance Crew Turns In Strong Showing At Husker Invitational

first_imgLINCOLN, Neb. – The Drake University track and field teams’ distance runners turned in some of the top performances in school history on Saturday at the University of Nebraska’s Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational.The Bulldogs competed against a strong field comprised of 36 teams including track and field heavyweights such as Arizona State, Auburn, UCLA, Texas, Missouri and Kansas.”This meet is literally a pre-NCAA Championship preview,” said Drake head coach Natasha Kaiser-Brown.The Bulldogs responded to that challenge in fine fashion, especially in the women’s mile and men’s 3,000 meters.Emma Huston (Des Moines, Iowa) continued her stellar senior season by finishing second in the ‘special’ section of the mile in 4:50.70. That personal-best time ranks as the fourth fastest in Drake history and was the fastest collegiate time of the day. Professional Laura Thweatt won the race while Huston bested collegiate competitors from Texas, Kansas, Kansas State and Auburn.In the ‘special’ section of the men’s 3,000 meters, Reed Fischer (Minnetonka, Minn.) finished fourth overall with a personal best of 8:13.83. That time puts Fischer fourth all-time in Drake history and he was the third collegian across the finish line behind a pair of UCLA Bruins. The remainder of the field was comprised of runners from Texas, Illinois, Kansas and Missouri. Fischer’s teammate, Rob McCann (Mississauga, Ontario) was 11th in the talented field with a 8:23.05 finish.”It was a great day for our distance runners,” Kaiser-Brown said. “Reed and Emma have traditionally run very strong at this meet and this year was no different.”In the men’s 800 meters, James Saxton (La Crosse, Wis.) posted an indoor personal best of 1:53.72 to finish ninth while Bailee Cofer (Overland Park, Kan.) was sixth in the women’s regular section of the 3,000 meters in 10:18.96.”We competed well, but just didn’t have the extra ‘umph’ we needed against competition as strong as this weekend’s,” Kaiser-Brown said. “Many of our athletes hovered near their personal bests.”The Bulldogs return to action next week at the Iowa State Classic in Ames, Iowa, Feb. 12-13. Frank Sevigne Husker InvitationalLincoln, Neb. – Feb. 5-6 Drake Individual Women’s Results400 Meters15. Rai Ahmed-Green, 56.4524. Virginia Hill, 57.0442. Kaylen Rettig, 59.91 600 Meters5. Danielle Griesbaum, 1:36.97 800 Meters15. Laura Gann, 2:18.5416. Meghan Kearney, 2:18.66 Mile – Special2. Emma Huston, 4:50.70 Mile6. Taylor Scholl, 5:02.5911. Cassie Aerts, 5:07.67 3,000 Meters6. Bailee Cofer, 10:18.96 60-Meter Hurdles (Prelims)17. Mary Young, 8.6726. Destani Welch, 9.05 High Jump13. Taylor Patton, 5-2.25 Long Jump11. Kayla Bell, 18-7.25 Triple Jump12. Taryn Rolle, 38-4.25  Frank Sevigne Husker InvitationalLincoln, Neb. – Feb. 5-6 Drake Individual Men’s Results60 Meters20. Pierce Vincent, 6.91 200 Meters10. Pierce Vincent, 22.2115. Aaron Chier, 22.57 400 Meters20. Bas Van Leersum, 48.62 800 Meters9. James Saxton, 1:53.72 3,000 Meters  – Special4. Reed Fischer, 8:13.8311. Rob McCann, 8:23.05 High Jump16. Ryan Cook, 6-6.75 Triple Jump13. Johnathan Osifuye, 46-0  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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ASBESTOS FEARS FORCE CLOSURE OF SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICES

first_imgContinuing concerns over asbestos in the Social Welfare Offices in Letterkenny have forced it to close again this afternoon. Staff have been removed from the building and sent home by management following growing concerns the offices are contaminated with asbestos materials.The building had been closed a fortnight ago amidst concerns about asbestos in the offices. An assessment on the offices was carried by OPW, but the staff were assured the asbestos materials found were low-risk and had been removed.However, it’s believed staff weren’t happy with how the process was handled, and also believed that OPW workers were attempting to cover-up asbestos fears in the offices.Staff were advised by their Trade Union representatives to arrive for work but to refuse to enter the building.It is believed the staff will be re-directed to work from the Child Benefit Offices from tomorrow onwards, but this hasn’t been officially confirmed as of yet.  ASBESTOS FEARS FORCE CLOSURE OF SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICES was last modified: February 17th, 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:AsbestosclosureDepartment of Social ProtectionfearsnewsOPWSocial Welfare OfficesStafflast_img read more

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‘Donegal’s islands have been abandoned for far too long’ – Doherty TD

first_imgDonegal Deputy Pearse Doherty has called on the government to do more to protect and develop Ireland’s off-shore islands.The Donegal TD used the return of the Dáil to urge policy makers to recognise the cultural and linguistic importance of the islands, and to take measures which aim to promote island communities and to development their sustainability into the future.Speaking ahead of a Dáil debate, Deputy Doherty said: “For far too long many of Donegal’s off-shore islands, such as Arranmore, Tory Island, Gola, Inishfree, and Inishboffin and others have been abandoned by successive governments. “They have suffered decades of population decline due to underinvestment, lack of services and policy failure in areas such as fishing which once provided much needed employment on the islands.“This is why my colleague Deputy Martin Kenny and I introduced the Island Fisheries (Heritage Licence) Bill in 2017. This legislation is currently making its way through the Dáil and, if enacted, will provide for the issuing of heritage licences to island fishermen to facilitate the continuance of traditional fishing practices on Ireland’s offshore islands.”Deputy Doherty called on the Government and all TDs to support the motion, which also seeks the development of unique policies for offshore islands as well as an action plan for measures to ensure that island’s can reach their full economic potential.  ‘Donegal’s islands have been abandoned for far too long’ – Doherty TD was last modified: September 18th, 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:islandsPearse Doherty TDlast_img read more

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The Lazy Makoti’s Guide to the Kitchen

first_img– Mogau Seshoene returns from Maco, China and the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards Ceremony – the Olympics of CookbooksMogau Seshoene has just returned from Macao, China, after attending the Gourmand International Awards ceremony for Best Cookbooks of the Year. Mogau’s book The Lazy Makoti’s Guide to the Kitchen, nominated in two categories namely Best First Book and Best Photography. Mogau became a recipient of the prestigious Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in the category First Book, placing second in the world for 2019. Since its launch in October last year, it is still the number one cookbook in South Africa, and is now in its 5th print run.Mogau Seshoene’s cookbook has been, more often than not, ranked number one since launching in October. It is now in its 5th print run. It is a proudly South African moment that the book has proved to be more popular than both Jamie Oliver and Ottolenghi.“The entire experience was amazing!” says Mogau. “More than I could put into words. And Macau is absolutely breathtaking. Meeting industry peers who write so passionately about the food of their own countries inspired me a million times over. I’m so proud of the book we produced – the full cycle, from writing to shooting to launching it, for it to have become a bestseller in South Africa, and now to have this world recognition. I’m truly proud and grateful.”Key indicators set by the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards for what they consider a world-class cookbook include: the increasing influence of social media and television in expanding the food culture market; the importance of reflecting the wide diversity of world food culture; the significance of trying to save local food culture and the sharing of this knowledge; focusing on quick and easy comfort food; health and nutrition.The Lazy Makoti’s Guide to the Kitchen combines every one of these factors. In being an advocate of traditional South African heritage and culture, Mogau Seshoene has become an Instagram sensation, with over 100 000 followers. Her no-nonsense recipes, using simple unpretentious ingredients likely to be in everyone’s pantry or fridge, are quick and easy to make.“I wanted to take the intimidating aspect – those Instagram-perfect presentations delivered on TV by sophisticated chefs – out of cooking and create a cookbook for inexperienced people, one that is as visually appealing as it is USEFUL. Turn every makoti (daughter-inlaw) into a kitchen goddess,” says Mogau.Her book is user-friendly, from the kitchen basics to clever tips and fresh ideas. She shows beginners how to transform pantry staples or leftovers into simple but delicious meals but also takes them through show-stopper seven-colour Sunday lunches. Her chapter on traditional and township dishes reimagines African favourites, just like gogo would make them.Chef, food writer and cookery-book author Dorah Sithole concludes, “Mogau ensures that African food gets the respect and global exposure it deserves.”” From the dusty streets of Turfloop township to the world! It’s a great inspiration and motivation to know that regardless of where you begin, your dreams are valid.”— Matapa Maila Rikhotso, model and TV personality“Mogau came to us with a strong concept, one that is humorous and true to her heritage in a way that so many can relate to. She followed that up, as she does, with her own personal campaign that included making a round of the bookshops and shaking managers’ hands. Mogau has that star quality, with great charisma and authenticity. She is to be commended for her clever, hard work which has resulted in such incredible sales and a swift rise in social media. Congratulations, Mogau, we are so proud.”— Libby Doyle, Quivertreelast_img read more

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