Signing goalkeeper Petr Cech may have given Arsenal the edge in the Premier League title race, according to club legend Ray Parlour.Cech has been a huge hit at the Emirates Stadium in his first season for the Gunners, having joined from rivals Chelsea for just £10million in the summer.The 33-year-old has been the top flight’s best goalkeeper this season with 12 clean sheets, and recent reports claim he will be made the new Arsenal captain with current skipper Mikel Arteta primed to leave when his contract expires.Gunners great Parlour believes Cech’s professionalism and leadership makes him the natural choice for the armband, and insists his presence between the sticks is a huge plus as the club hunts for its first league title in over a decade.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, three-time Premier League winner Parlour said: “Petr Cech has been such an important player for Arsenal this season.“I was absolutely delighted when the club signed him from Chelsea and that signing could be the difference for Arsenal this season.“John Terry said Cech could save you 12 points a season, and I genuinely believed he will.“Arsenal had top class goalkeepers when I was playing – David Season and Jens Lehman – and after that they had a little bit a problem with goalkeepers.“But now they’ve got a man who has been there and done it all. He’s played in big tournaments, played in big games and he’s won the Champions League.“I wouldn’t have a problem with him being captain. Ideally, I would have a centre-half as captain but at least you know Cech would play every single game.“He’s been very good not just on the pitch, but off it as well. He’s very important in the dressing room. Having that level of professional in the dressing room has been very important for Arsenal this season.”
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! After one year at the helm of the nation’s second-largest school district, Superintendent Bill Anton continues to battle multimillion-dollar budget problems, overcrowding and an influx of poor, minority students who speak limited English. In addition, he is gearing up for contract negotiations with teachers who are furious with his recommendation to cut their pay and benefits in order to help close a $241 million budget gap. Anton, who turns 67 on July 22, readily admits that his first year in office has been taxing, but he is cautiously optimistic about the new school year. When Anton was appointed superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District last year, he was seen by board members as a man who could bring much-needed stability to a system beset by financial woes, overcrowding and wobbly relations with the teachers union. He contends he has made progress on rebuilding deteriorating labor relations, boosted staff morale and established a rapport with community groups. “I feel very good about the year,” he said. “We were able to build good bridges with the business community and fairly good relationships with the unions.” A 39-year veteran of the district, Anton took over the top post last July after the surprise resignation of Leonard Britton. He will earn about $145,000 this school year as a result of a $16,000 voluntary pay cut he took because of the district’s deepening budget crisis. Anton began his career in the district as a teacher at Rowan Avenue Elementary School in 1952, and was deputy superintendent from 1982 until he was tapped to head up the district. He is the first Hispanic superintendent in the Los Angeles school system that is 62 percent Hispanic. During his first year, Anton introduced a plan to restructure the district and reassign top administrators to shift more decisions to the schools. He has cut 155 management and 127 secretarial staff positions this year. “Some of the administrators were bumped to principals or assistant principals and others were put back in the classroom,” he said. “Some had to hit the streets. It was tough. It’s not just a realignment, these are hard cut positions.” The goal of the reshuffling plan – the most wide-ranging in the district in 20 years – is to hold administrators directly responsible for the quality of education in the schools. The plan also is expected to save the financially strapped system an estimated $16 million, Anton said. Helen Bernstein, president of United-Teachers Los Angeles, said Anton’s restructuring plan lacked innovation, and she criticized him for not eliminating more positions from the central office. “I don’t think 280 people is enough to cut at all, not if the (budget) crisis is as serious as he says it is,” Bernstein said. “The bureaucracy is not effective or efficient, and unless he does something dramatic to turn it around, it’s not going to happen.” Bernstein also criticized Anton for recommending pay cuts for teachers and said he virtually ignored her suggestions of budget-cutting measures such as eliminating cars for administrators and shutting down the district-owned television station in order to balance this year’s budget. “I don’t particularly approve of the way he chose to balance the budget,” Bernstein said. School board member Roberta Weintraub defended Anton and said he has done a good job battling the fiscal crisis. “Nobody, but nobody could have done a better job than Bill,” said Weintraub, who represents the East San Fernando Valley. “He held it together under very difficult times. You can’t judge the superintendent in a year when you’ve cut $600 million from the district.” New school board president Warren Furutani agreed. “He really has a handle on what’s happening in the district, the budget office and the schools, compared to the other superintendent, who never really got his feet on the ground,” Furutani said. “Bill’s going to make his mark now because he knows exactly what battles we need to fight and implement.” Board member Julie Korenstein, who represents the West San Fernando Valley, praised Anton for his budget plans. The true test of his leadership abilities will come later this year, though, when teacher contract talks get under way and plans for a local bond measure to raise money for school construction and maintenance projects are brought before the board, she said. “I think he has to be far more creative and be willing to make changes,” said Korenstein, who voted against hiring Anton because she favored a nationwide search. “If we’re able to get the bond measure and increased funding for public education so we can begin to restore the programs and compensation, they I will say yes, he did a good job and was effective,” Korenstein said.
HAVING led by example and turned down a chance of travelling abroad for St.Patrick’s Day, the Mayor of Donegal wants people to come home to celebrate the shamrock.Mayor Cora Harvey has come up with a unique initiative aimed at bringing visitors and Donegal people home for the holiday.It is hoped that the Donegal Homecoming Initiative will eventually reverse the trend that has seen thousands of Irish leaving the country during the traditional St. Patricks holiday period. The establishment of St. Patricks Day as a national holiday back in the 1990s has been an overwhelming success throughout the world, with the day celebrated by millions people on all four corners of the globe.The St. Patricks Festival has transcended its original incarnation with hugely popular parades/events throughout the United States, Europe and Australia.Whilst these events offer Ireland the opportunity to market itself at its key markets, the message of ‘Coming to Ireland to live, do business and visit’ is often lost, she says.In response to this and by way of establishing Donegal as the place to be during this holiday period and the traditional start of Spring, Mayor Harvey hopes that by putting in place a range of actions, this initiative will help kick off the tourism season, boosting the Donegal Tourism industry. “I think that the success of Donegal Live in 2010 and the planned events in 2011 prove that there is an appetite out there for all things Donegal.“It is my opinion that we should be trying to market the St. Patricks Day holiday period as a fun-filled week celebrating our unique culture and heritage.”The Mayor added – “Donegal has been at the forefront when it comes delivering Flagship Festivals and Events. The Errigal Arts Festival’s Made in Donegal initiative in 2010 was a roaring success and projects a positive image for the County around the world.“In addition to this, we have the Donegal Bluestacks Festival and Mary from Dungloe to name a few.”The Donegal Homecoming Initiative will target a number of key actions throughout 2011 with a view to developing a keynote event of international standing during the St. Patricks Festival Celebrations in 2012. Under the Mayors proposals, the Donegal Homecoming Initiative will involve Donegal County Development Board’s Tourism Sectoral Forum involving Donegal County Council, Failte Ireland, Udaras NaGaeltachta and the private sectors tourism service providers.EndsMAYOR WANTS DONEGAL PEOPLE FROM AROUND THE GLOBE TO CELEBRATE THE SHAMROCK AT HOME was last modified: March 16th, 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)
Rangers boss Mark Warburton has told talkSPORT he is hopeful of completing the signing of Joey Barton.The midfielder is out of contract at Burnley and has held talks with the Scottish giants, who will be back in the Premiership next season after a four-year absence.Warburton concedes Rangers cannot compete with the wages on offer from English clubs also interested in the 33-year-old.But he believes the lure of playing in front of a raucous Ibrox crowd and the potential of Europa League football – the club will qualify for the competition if they beat Hibernian in Saturday’s Scottish Cup final – may just convince Barton to move north.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Warburton said of Barton: “He was in the Championship Team of the Year and he is a top class performer. I’m sure there will be many suitors after him – the level he has played at this year there is no doubt about that.“We can’t match the money down south. All we can do is offer an opportunity here to enjoy Ibrox, the 50,000 crowd, and the potential of European football this season or next.“If he buys into it then all well and good. Hopefully, we are close, but we will have to wait and see.”
Free you say?Yes, there are some players who still don’t officially have a club to play for next season and the list includes some high profile names.The likes of Michael Carrick, John Terry and Patrice Evra were all facing uncertain summers, but each have been handed new contracts by their respective clubs. Meanwhile, West Ham have snapped up talented winger Sofiane Feghouli for free.Here, though, talkSPORT looks at 14 players still looking for new contracts and could be snapped up for nothing.Click the arrow above, right, to see them beginning with Gregory van der Wiel. 7. James Morrison’s contract at West Brom to be renewed? – Morrison has been at the club since 2007 and the talk is that he will either sign an improved deal at West Brom or head to Middlesbrough where he began his career. 6. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is leaving PSG – The Sweden striker still hasnt signed for Man United 13 2. Steve Mandanda’s Marseille contract is up – Mandanda is currently back up to Hugo Lloris in Frances Euro 2016 squad, but after the tournament he will be looking for a new club. Chelsea are one team linked with the 31-year-old, but that would only happen if Asmir Begovic left. 13 13 8. Nicolas N’Koulou to leave Marseille – Marseille stopper NKoulou is leaving the French club and there is rumoured interest from a number of clubs in Spain including Atletico Madrid. 4, It doesn’t look like Tom Carroll will be getting a new deal at Tottenham – Carroll, a Spurs academy graduate, could be forced out when Victor Wanyama completes his transfer from Southampton. 10. Miguel Veloso is out of contract at Dynamo Kiev – Portugal international Veloso is 30 and the midfielder, who was playing Champions League football last season, still appears to have plenty to offer. 12. Emmanuel Adebayor is out of contract – Adebayor has not been kept by Crystal Palace, but the 32-year-old is still one of the best finishers around when he fancies it. 13 13 13 9. Victor Valdes is out of contract – Man United are letting the goalkeeper leave and Valdes has been linked with a reunion with Man City manager Pep Guardiola. 14. Liverpool have released Kolo Toure – Who will sign the 35-year-old cult hero? 13 13. Arsenal release Mathieu Flamini – The 32-year-old midfielder was in his second spell at Arsenal, but after three years he must look for a new club. 1. Gregory van der Wiel is about to leave PSG – click the arrow to see other players whose contracts are about to expire – PSG and Netherlands full back Van der Wiel is leaving the club after four years and Fenerbahce is one possible destination. 13 13 13 11. Nick Powell has not been retained by Man United – Sir Alex Ferguson had high hopes for the 22-year-old when he signed him in 2012, but he spent much of the following few years out on loan. 3. Martin Caceres is leaving Juventus – Caceres has been a Juve player since 2011, but injuries have meant he has never completed a full season. Napoli and Roma have been linked with moves for the 29-year-old. 13 13 13
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Formerly a speed specialist, Rahlves began to show podium potential in a third discipline last season, crossing third in the opening run of the giant slalom here. He then looked on the verge of recording his first career win in the discipline, leading at the final interval of the second run. But he lost control on the steep final pitch, hitting a bump at an estimated 45 mph, and cartwheeling into a full backward somersault. Italian Massimiliano Blardone took the victory, ahead of Miller and Kalle Palander of Finland. Rahlves walked away but the accident hampered his World Cup downhill title campaign, his bruises and sore muscles keeping him out of action for the following week’s Lauberhorn downhill. But the Chuenisbaergli appeals to Rahlves, known for his love of “gnarly” courses. The steepest and most spectacular giant slalom course on the tour, the Chuenisbaergli boasts some of the most spectacular and technically demanding passages. The traditional Chuenisbaergli is one of the classics among the alpine ski events, with races staged here 10 years before the creation of the World Cup circuit. Gate experts Benjamin Raich and Hermann Maier of Austria, as well as allrounder Miller, could unseat Rahlves when giant slalom and slalom races are run on the treacherous Chuenisbaergli course in Adelboden, Switzerland. Even if Rahlves doesn’t compete in Sunday’s slalom, he could still pad his advantage in today’s giant slalom. With the Turin Winter Olympics just a month away, competition will be tight as skiers attempt to solidify their chances of being selected for their national teams. Women’s skiing: Croatia’s Janica Kostelic was determined to compete at this weekend’s giant slalom World Cup meet in her native country, a day after hurting her hand as she fought to finish a slalom race without a pole and glove. “I think nothing’s broken,” Kostelic told state-run Croatian Radio. “It’ll be OK, I think. If I won’t be able to hold the pole, they should tie it to my hand.” Kostelic, a three-time Olympic gold medalist, finished third in Thursday’s race. She leads the overall World Cup standings ahead of Sweden’s Anja Paerson. This weekend’s giant slalom is in Maribor, Slovenia. During Thursday’s night slalom before her home crowd, Kostelic lost her pole and glove before the first gate on her second run and the flags repeatedly slapped her bare hand. Ski jumping: Jakub Janda of the Czech Republic and Janne Ahonen of Finland finished in a tie in points after Friday’s event in Bischofeschofen, Austria, the first time in 54 years that a Four Hills Tour ski jumping title has been shared. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The World Cup circuit’s technical specialists will attempt to knock Daron Rahlves off the top of the overall standings this weekend. Rahlves became the unexpected overall leader last week, posting his second downhill victory of the season in Bormio, Italy. After 16 races, Rahlves has 489 points to American teammate Bode Miller’s 471.
The USBSF picked its skeleton and women’s bobsled teams; the nine-member men’s bobsled team will be formally announced Monday. Suspended skeleton coach Tim Nardiello, who has been accused of sexual harassment, will be among the names sent this week by the federation to the U.S. Olympic Committee for final approval. The USOC is investigating the claims against Nardiello and the coach’s conduct, and has final say over which athletes and coaches will be part of the American delegation for the Turin Olympics next month. The USOC must finalize its roster by Jan. 30. Lueders on track: Pierre Lueders of Canada won his second straight World Cup event, setting a track record in the four-man race in Koenigsee, Germany. Lueders, who won the two-man race on this fast track, teamed with Ken Kotyk, Morgan Alexander and Lascelles Brown to finish in a combined time of 1 minute, 37.26 seconds. The Canadian quartet set the track record on the first run with a time of 48.42 seconds. Todd Hays of the United States was fourth after the first run but finished second as his unit clocked 1:37.46. Rene Spies of Germany took third in 1:37.57. Also: Enrico Fabris became the first Italian to win a men’s title at the European Speedskating Championships in Hamar, Norway. Claudia Pechstein of Germany won the women’s gold medal. … Andre Florschuetz and Torsten Wustlich of Germany celebrated their first World Cup luge win this season, capturing a doubles race on the Olympic track in Igls, Austria. Silke Kraushaar of Germany won the women’s event and is only one point from winning the overall World Cup title. … Philipp Schoch of Switzerland won the final of the men’s parallel giant slalom in Plan de Corones, Italy, for his third World Cup snowboard win this season. World Cup leader Daniela Meuli of Switzerland won the women’s parallel GS. … Hannu Manninen of Finland clinched his seventh World Cup victory of the season in Nordic combined in a 7.5-kilometer event in Predazzo, Italy. … Liv Grete Poiree of Norway beat Kati Wilhelm in a photo finish to win in a World Cup women’s 10-kilometer biathlon pursuit race in Ruhpolding, Germany. In the men’s 12.5K pursuit, Michael Roesch of Germany earned his first career biathlon World Cup victory… Christian Zorzi of Italy edged World Cup leader Tobias Angerer in a dramatic sprint finish to win the men’s 40-kilometer relay race in Val di Fiemme, Italy. Finland took the women’s 20K relay ahead of Russia and Norway. … Roar Ljoekelsoey of Norway led his country to a second consecutive team ski flying world championship in Bad Mitterndorf, Austria. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Janica Kostelic, the three-time Olympian, captured her first World Cup super-G, becoming the first woman to claim wins in six different disciplines on the skiing circuit. “It’s funny. I feel like laughing, like crying – it was my goal,” Kostelic said. She finished in 1 minute, 9.41 seconds on a demanding slope in Bad Kleinkirchheim, Austria, .10 ahead of Austrians Michaela Dorfmeister and Alexandra Meissnitzer, the season’s top two super-G racers who tied for second place. Kirsten Clark of the United States was fourth in 1:09.63. Americans Libby Ludlow was seventh and Julia Mancuso was 13th. Kostelic claimed her first World Cup downhill Saturday and her first giant slalom on the tour three weeks ago. Among her 24 World Cup wins, She has captured all five main disciplines, the giant slalom, downhill, slalom, super-G and combined, and also won in the new super-combi race. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Kostelic, who had never done better than second in the super-G, is the runaway leader in the overall standings. She has 982 points to Dorfmeister’s 730, with Anja Paerson of Sweden third at 685. Rocca wins again: Giorgio Rocca won his fifth consecutive slalom race Sunday in Wengen, Switzerland, joining Alberto Tomba, Ingemar Stenmark and Marc Girardelli as the only men to accomplish that feat in a single season. “It is a big honor to have my name in the history of skiing,” said Rocca, who finished with a combined time of 1 minutes, 42.28 seconds. Overall World Cup champion Bode Miller’s day wasn’t nearly as successful. Miller was 20th in the opening run after going sideways following a tight turn, and brushing his right hip on the snow before pulling off another trademark recovery. He switched to a different pair of skis and delivered the day’s fastest second run to finish in eighth place with a time of 1:43.67. Bobsled team hands out spots: Returning gold medalist Vonetta Flowers was among nine athletes awarded Olympic spots by the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation.
Promoted postOrbit Security Ltd.,based in Letterkenny but covering all of Donegal and the North West, is still leading the way after twenty years in the security business. Martin Hilferty, Managing Director of Orbit states that Orbit is the longest established company in the North West supplying keyholding services to a variety of companies, businesses and homes.Our clients include Government Agencies, County Council, Revenue Commissioners, HSE, OPW, IDA, local shops, hotels, banks, holidays homes and private houses.Martin noticed a need for security personnel locally and he grew the company from just himself doing door security initially to employing over sixty personnel today. He also saw the need for other security requirements such as fire and intruder alarms, cameras/CCTV, security gates, alarm response and key holding services. A Keyholding Service provides nightly checks and alarm response via a dedicated call out centre and a locally based security officer who will call to your premises immediately. This gives you complete peace of mind, safety and security.He says: “Don’t become a statistic of the many winter break ins, especially at Christmas time. The burglar knows this time of year has many rich pickings; in homes, holiday homes and well stocked shops and businesses.“Our customers can safely and with peace of mind attend the Christmas party, socialise and not worry about the security of their business or having to attend a middle of the night break in or alarm call out.“You don’t have to worry while participating in the festivities or having a drink, whether it be a Christmas party, wedding, birthday, anniversary, christening or whatever, we will do the call out.”Trust Orbit to look after and monitor your home or business; thousands of others do.Contact:[email protected]: 0749128989 Mob: 0860493315 Donegal security company vow to safeguard businesses this festive season was last modified: December 13th, 2016 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:donegalFestive SeasonMartin HilfertyOrbit Security
Job Vacancies: Jigsaw Donegal is seeking applications for the roles of Clinical Support Workers: Jigsaw Donegal is an innovative community-based model that supports young people aged 15-25 to achieve better mental health and wellbeing.Jigsaw Donegal in partnership with The Alcohol Forum invites applications from Clinical/Counselling Psychologists, Social Workers, Mental Health Nurses and Occupational Therapists for the positions of: Clinical Support Worker (Full Time, 3 year Contract) and Clinical Support Worker (Full Time, 1 year Contract)(Flexible/sessional working arrangements will be considered)Salary Range €36,000- €45,000 pro rata Applications are welcomed from suitably qualified candidates from the above disciplines with a minimum of two years’ post qualification experience.Detailed job description and an application form are available to download on our website www.alcoholforum.org and on request from [email protected] date for all applications is Monday 02nd October at 1pm.Interviews will take place on Thursday 12th October 2017Short listing will apply.Additionally, we wish to create a panel of suitably qualified Clinical Support Workers. Candidates should note that a young person will sit on the interview panel as an equal member of the panel. Candidates should note that a young person will sit on the interview panel as an equal member of the panel.Job Vacancies: Clinical Support Workers sought by local youth service was last modified: September 14th, 2017 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)