Video – Is this the latest Atletico Madrid star Chelsea should sign in the summer?

first_imgChelsea might have won the Premier League title by a canter but that doesn’t mean the Blues will rest on their laurels next season.While Jose Mourinho’s side blew away the domestic competition, Champions League failure against Paris Saint-Germain earlier in the campaign will still hurt.The south west London club are expected to dip into the transfer market this summer in a bid to reverse their European fortunes and have been linked with Atletico Madrid star Koke.Former teammates Diego Costa and Felipe Luis moved to Stamford Bridge last summer and the Spain star will know Cesc Fabregas from international duty.Is he the man to help Chelsea lift the Champions League trophy again?Watch the video of Koke’s best bits above and leave your comments belowlast_img


first_imgMY DONEGAL: Daniel O’Donnell is one of Ireland’s most famous musicians and personalities and is currently participating in the hit BBC show Strictly Come Dancing.Daniel took time out of his busy schedule to tell us about everything he loves about Donegal. What is your favourite place in Donegal and Why?My favourite place in Donegal would probably have to be golfing on Cruit Island Golf Course. At every Tee there is a different view.You can see all the islands on the bay. I can’t say the golf is  always up to scratch but the views and the tranquillity are definitely worth going there for.If you could change one thing about Donegal what would it be? I think the only thing I would want to change is that more jobs were created so our young people didn’t have to move away.Who is the one person in Donegal you look up to and why?Mrs Logue who was my primary school teacher. She Always encouraged us to do our best and in my case she gave me the opportunity to sing periodically in class which in turn gave me great confidence to perform in public.Daniel O Donnell or Packie Bonner?I hope Packie is a better singer than I am a footballer.What has been Donegal’s proudest moment in recent years? I would have to say The Sam Maguire returning to Donegal in 2012 was quite special. The pride and joy that the whole team and Jim Mc Guinness brought into our county was fantastic.The excitement in Donegal town the night they returned was a night I won’t forget.What was Donegal’s saddest moment?In my time the saddest moments were the loss of life through fishing tragedies. What is your favourite Donegal made product? Magee Tweed. I recently bought a suit and I just love it, Magees has been on the go a long time and I love seeing it in shops when I’m away from home.I’m also delighted of the success of the Mc Garvery brothers from Loughanuire. It’s great to see these young lads with such initiative and the success they’ve achieved is fantastic.What is your favourite Donegal restaurant? I frequent many local restaurants in our area, to name one I would feel is an injustice to the others because I like them all for different reasons.Will Donegal win the All Ireland Next year?I’m sure Rory and the boys will try their best.What is your favourite Donegal food? It would have to be fresh Crab Claws or MusselsYour nomination for Donegal’s most stylish person? I don’t think you can touch Noel Cunningham in the style stakes.Is there anything that really annoys you about Donegal or its people? I love everything about Donegal and I think the one thing that reoccurs when I have conversations with fans who might visit the area is how friendly the people are and that makes me proud.If you had a million euro to spend on improving something in Donegal what would it be?I would love to see more places available for the elderly be it in Dungloe hospital or a designated nursing home.If this facility was available it would mean that the elderly people that can’t live at home would be able to remain in their own locality.Who is Donegal’s most successful businessperson in your opinion?Our current Donegal Person of the Year Moya Doherty. As the founder of river dance she has achieved tremendous success all over the worldWho is your favorite Donegal sports person?In 1990&1994 the country went crazy for the world cups, packie was one of the stars and we couldn’t have been prouder. The world’s best goalie was from the rosses.Donegal’s golden eagles or basking sharks?Don’t think I’ve seen either so I’ll go with Arranmore Island’s dolphins!MY DONEGAL – WITH DANIEL O’DONNELL was last modified: September 16th, 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:daniel o’donnellEntertainmentFeaturesMY DONEGALnewslast_img read more

Coercive control under the spotlight at major conference in Letterkenny

first_imgAround 400 professionals from Tusla, An Garda Siochana, PSNI and other organisations gathered for a cross-border conference on coercive control today in Letterkenny.The event focussed on the impact and understanding of coercive control, which was made a legal offence at the beginning of this year.Organisation representatives at the Cross border Conference on Coercive Control in Letterkenny an event attended by 375 professionals from Tusla, An Garda Siochana, PSNI and other statutory and community partner organisations from left are Anne Timoney Meehan, CYPSC, Clive Beatty, Superintendant and District Commander PSNI,   Donna Campbell, Garda, Aisling Gillen, Tusla and Donna McGee, MACE. Photo Clive WassonCoercive control is a persistent pattern of controlling, coercive and threatening behaviour including all or some forms of domestic abuse. The Domestic Violence Act 2018 came into effect in Ireland on 1st January 2019, improving the protections available to victims of domestic violence under both the civil and criminal law. Under the Act a new law was introduced making coercion of a spouse, civil partner or intimate partner a criminal offence. Those convicted of coercion can face up to five years in jail but the main protections available under the Act are safety and barring orders.Keynote speakers at the conference talked about the need for partnership between statutory and community organisations to support victims of coercion.Speaking about the event, Deirdre McDaid, MACE Project said “Events like this allow us to work together with our partners from both sides of the border to share learning and best practise when it comes to preventing, identifying and responding to domestic violence, and coercive control in particular. Coercive control is a very important and complex issue, and we need to work in partnership to respond appropriately and ensure better outcomes for families and children.” MACE representatives at the Cross border Conference on Coercive Control in Letterkenny an event attended by 375 professionals from Tusla, An Garda Siochana, PSNI and other statutory and community partner organisations.  Are seated Fergal Landy, Shauna Hawes, Georgina O’Brien and Aisling Gillen. Back from left are Deirdre McDaid, Brenda Maxwell, Gavin McGee and Donna McGee. Photo Clive WassonGerry Hone, Area Manager, Tusla, said: “Today’s conference is an opportunity to highlight the impact of coercive control not only on adult victims but also on children, who are often the hidden victims. Tusla staff regularly intervene in such situations where children can suffer serious emotional abuse as they live in an environment of constant fear and insecurity. The conference helped bring some focus to their plight. We will continue to work with our partners in this area to ensure that children and families are supported.”Dr. Marie Hainsworth, manager of Donegal Domestic Violence Service said: “It is very important to remember that all victims can be impacted differently by Coercive Control. There is no such thing as a typical victim. Through our service we have seen that a parent and their children may all interpret this in different ways, and therefore we need to be able to tailor our responses to each individual’s needs. A multi-agency response is vital in achieving this.”Garda and PSNI members at the Cross border Conference on Coercive Control.  Seated from left are Laura Sweeney, Detective Sergeant, Clive Beatty, Superintendant and Distric Commander PSNI, Donna Campbell and Inspector Goretti Sheridan. Back from left Paul Forestal, Eugene McGovern, Seamus McGonigle, Eunan Walsh, Ciara McNulty, Emmett Brady, Patrick McGlynn and David Kelly. Photo Clive WassonSpeakers at the Cross border Conference on Coercive Control in Letterkenny: Seated from left are Laura Sweeney, Garda Detective Sergeant, Marie Browne, Foyle Womens Aid, Lorraine Thompson, Donegal Youth Service and Deirdre McDaid, MACE Project. Back from left are Shauna Hawes, MACE Project, Janique Burden, Tusla, Clive Beatty, Superintendent and District Commander PSNI, Luke Hart, Survivor, Fergal Landy, Regional Implementation Manager, Tusla, Michelle Alonso, Fermanagh Womens Aid and Maire Hainsworth, Donegal Domestic Violence Service and Donna McGee MaCE. Photo Clive WassonThe event was MC’ed by Fergal Landy, Regional Implementation Manager for Prevention, Partnership and Family Support, Tusla. Key note speakers at the conference included:Michelle Alonso, Fermanagh Women’s AidSuperintendent Clive Beatty District Commander-PSNIMarie Brown, Director, Foyle Women’s Aid Detective Sergeant Laura Sweeney, An Garda SíochánaDr Marie Hainsworth, Manager, Donegal Domestic Violence Service Janique Burden, Principal Social Worker, TuslaThe conference was a collaborative initiative between the CAWT cross border MACE Project, which is funded by the EU’s INTERREG VA programme, and Donegal Children and Young People’s Services Committee and was supported by Donegal Domestic Violence Service, An Garda Siochana and Tusla. For more information on coercive control, visit to find the service closest to you or call the National Freephone Helpline on 1800 341 900.Coercive control under the spotlight at major conference in Letterkenny was last modified: December 11th, 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:coercive controllast_img read more

Hollard commits to South African children

first_imgThe insurance group recently increased its annual contribution to the Hollard Foundation from R10-million to R15-million and more of its resources have been dedicated to supporting early childhood development (ECD) initiatives.South Africa’s infant mortality rate is 30 in every 1 000, and the private sector is ramping up its efforts to help realise the intention of the National Development Plan (NDP) to bring this number down.The NDP seeks to reduce the rate of infant mortality by a third, bringing it down to 20 in 1 000, by partnering with the private sector and bringing resources and skills to where they are needed most.In the wake of a donation by the Carte Blanche Making a Difference Trust of two state-of-the-art paediatric theatres to Frere Hospital in Eastern Cape, the number of children who are able to receive the treatment and care they need has increased dramatically.In bringing the facilities to this area and others like it countrywide, the trust has partnered with a number of organisations, such as the Hollard Foundation, an independent trust set up by the Hollard Insurance Group.“Hollard is committed to assisting government in achieving the goals set out in the National Development Plan”, said Nic Kohler, Hollard group chief executive. “We realise the importance for children and society of investing in a child’s foundation years – from birth to age nine – and so our (corporate social investment) focus is on the health, nutrition and education needs of children in this age group.“These children are now being afforded the chance of reaching their full potential in life – something Hollard is very passionate about.”The doors to the first dedicated paediatric facility in the region opened in October 2014; since then more than 300 children have received surgery. The waiting period for surgery has been cut by five months, and the chances of the children reaching adulthood have greatly increased.“These operating theatres not only allow us to save lives but also to improve the quality of the life of that child because we are intervening sooner,” said Frere Hospital chief executive Dr Rolene Wagner.COMMITMENT TO THE FUTUREThe insurance group recently increased its annual contribution to the Hollard Foundation from R10-million to R15-million and more of its resources have been dedicated to supporting early childhood development (ECD) initiatives.One such project is the Kago Ya Bana programme in Midvaal, the product of a partnership between the Midvaal Municipality and the Gauteng departments of social development and education.Kohler said his company hoped its efforts would help the government to serve its residents and fulfil its commitment to the terms of the Children’s Act. “In doing so, we hope to provide a blueprint for other municipalities to do the same, thereby leading to real, systemic change.“It is through public-private partnerships that we see the development of solutions to the challenges that our country faces… It is our mission to be a catalyst for positive and enduring change, using our influence to harness resources way beyond those which we directly control.”last_img read more

CWG: Indian archers aiming for bullseye

first_imgWith world champions Korea and formidable China not part of the competition, India would look to put up a dominating show when archery will again be a part of the Commonwealth Games after a gap of 28 years.India should get six gold medals at the CWG, says coach Limba.After making a debut in the Brisbane edition in 1982, archery will feature only for the second time in the Games, with the hosts being strong contender.With senior archers such as Olympians Tarundeep Rai and Dola Banerjee and cadet world champion Deepika Kumari, Indian squad has a blend of experience and youth.Jayanta Talukdar and Rahul Banerjee make a strong men’s recurve side with Rai, who has made the cut at the expense of Beijing Olympian Mangal Singh Champia.The trio is high on confidence especially after their gold medal triumph in the 2010 World Cup Stage IV in Shanghai.”We have a strong side with a lot of experience. At home, we should get at least six gold medals with top places in men’s and women’s recurve section,” chief coach Limba Ram said.”We have been preparing for the CWG and Asian Games for last two years. There were no exposure trips but our archers have done really well at the different legs of the World Cup and the Asian GPs.” Dola Banerjee will lead the Indian women’s challenge.She said the fact that they will up against some teams, whom they have already beaten this year, gives them the confidence of doing well. “Everything is going in the right direction for us. In the initial round at the World Cup, we beat England who will again compete with us at the CWG,” said Dola.advertisementIn the run-up to CWG, the women’s recurve team was not as successful as their men’s counterpart but the rise of 14-year-old Deepika Kumari, who won silver at the World Cup Stage IV in Shanghai, augurs well for them. The Ranchi girl, incidentally, is also the reigning cadet world champion and senior national champion.However, India will have a tough task in the compound bow section as teams like Australia, South Africa and Canada are expected to give the hosts a run for their money.But Limba Ram is still optimistic.”Compound is new to us but we still hope for men’s and women’s team gold medals in the section,” said Limba.last_img read more

Manitoba Treaty 1 Idle No More blockade shuts down TransCanada

first_imgAPTN National NewsSupporters of the Idle No More movement are coming out in droves.On Saturday, some Treaty 1 First Nations people set up a roadblock on the Trans-Canada highway.Band members from at least three First Nations in Manitoba, including Sandy Bay, Long Plain and Swan Lake felt that blocking this road was an effective way to get their message out.APTN National News reporter Francine Compton has this story.last_img

Rep LaFave notes states progress but work to be done for UP

first_img Categories: LaFave News,News 25Jan Rep. LaFave notes state’s progress, but work to be done for U.P. families in 2018 State Rep. Beau LaFave agreed with many of the remarks made by Gov. Rick Snyder during his 2018 State of the State speech Tuesday at the state Capitol, while also acknowledging much needs to be done for residents in south-central Upper Peninsula.Regarding the state’s progress made since Snyder became governor in 2010, LaFave agreed Michigan is a transformed and much stronger state from eight years ago.“Michigan has made it a long way since the ‘Lost Decade’ of the Granholm administration,” said LaFave, of Iron Mountain. “The strides we have made have been incredible. We’ve created over 500,000 private sector jobs. We have been able to lower taxes, while also growing our rainy day fund from basically nothing to nearly a billion dollars. That gives us a much stronger foundation to help build our state for an even brighter and prosperous future.”Snyder’s speech noted local programs across the state, with one ‘shout out’ – LaFave’s favorite moment of the night – going to Delta County.“We all know about the great accomplishments that have come from the Angel Program,” LaFave said. “Delta County and prosecutor Phil Strom really deserved our governor’s ‘shout out’ for this initiative to help those seeking to overcome drug addiction in our community. It’s doing tremendous work and obviously is getting notice statewide.”LaFave also hopes Snyder will support House legislation to help foster growing workforce training legislation, in particular better cooperation between education and local businesses.“That is the opportunity we need in Dickinson, Menominee and Delta counties, getting our businesses working closer with our educators to help fill local jobs and keep our future growing here,” LaFave said. “That is why I submitted legislation, such as House Bill 4106 to grant academic credit to high school students for internships, because that will strengthen and build our communities.”As for the rest of 2018, LaFave is already working hard on many key issues.“We need to continue what we were sent to Lansing to do,” LaFave said. “We must continue to budget responsibly, improve our focus on workforce training, and decrease taxes and regulations. I want us to improve our dual enrollment programs with community colleges, expand broadband evenly across the state, and find a way to move Michigan forward in a civil and responsible manner. That’s all within our grasp.”LaFave was disappointed by one omission during the speech, and it’s a top priority for him: the reform of car insurance with the focus on reducing rates and give residents coverage options.“It was surprising that a key barrier preventing us from drawing more people and businesses to Michigan is having the highest rates in the country, but that wasn’t even mentioned,” LaFave said. “This is an incredibly important issue that gouges into the wallets of many U.P. families. I will focus on this reform every day in 2018 until we get the job done.”#####last_img read more