Coral’s Simon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Leicester began the season as 5000/1 to win the Premier League but, amazingly, they are now the 2/1 favourites for the title after beating Manchester City to move five points clear at the top.Down at the bottom of the Premier League table, Villa remain 1/33 to go down despite winning at the weekend, while Sunderland are 1/5 for the drop, Norwich are 8/11 and Newcastle are 13/8.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast
Ruben Loftus-Cheek during Chelsea’s FA Cup fourth round victory over MK Dons Chelsea have announced that Ruben Loftus-Cheek has signed a new deal until 2021.The midfielder’s reputation with the Stamford Bridge faithful has grown tremendously over the past two seasons, despite his playing time with the senior squad remaining limited.Many have been left frustrated by the Blues’ reluctance to embed him into the first team, but his new contract extension suggests he is thought of highly by the club’s coaching staff.But have Chelsea supporters reacted with such optimism? Find out below… 1
Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel has admitted he is unsure whether midfielder Ilkay Gundogan will stay at the club, following reports linking him with a move to Manchester City.Germany international Gundogan, 25, is approaching the final year of his contract at Dortmund, and has been strongly linked with moves to City as well as Barcelona this summer.But the Blues are thought to be closest to a deal, with the £23million-rated star’s agent – his uncle Ilhan Gundogan – reportedly meeting with City director of football Txiki Begiristain this week, with Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf publishing a photograph of the pair in Amsterdam.This came soon after Begiristain was said to have met up with incoming City manager Pep Guardiola in the Dutch capital.Tuchel, speaking at a press conference to preview his side’s Europa League clash with Tottenham, said: “Am I convinced that he will stay? I don’t really know. I can only say that once he has actually signed. I know what we can offer him and if that’s enough for him to stay then so be it.”When asked specifically about the photograph, Tuchel said he was not concerned and briefly spoke in English to emphasise this point.“I’m not disappointed and I’m not convinced,” he said.He added: “I do not understand the excitement about all of this.“We are also looking forward to next season. We are planning and we speak to advisers and players – it is part of the everyday job we do.” Could Ilkay Gundogan join Pep Guardiola at Manchester City next season? 1
Evoking memories of civil rights marches in Birmingham and Selma, although thankfully without the violence, is not at all a bad thing. A new generation, we hope, will be inspired by ideals of justice. Perhaps Jena will help teach the positive values of activism to the young. Yet we cannot help but wonder what national attention on the Jena 6 controversy missed. ? One thing has received too little national attention in all this: the grinding poverty of the (Mississippi) Delta region. Many of the farm towns of the Delta, from just north of Baton Rouge to Memphis, are places where schools are poor, expectations for the future are low, and opportunities for advancement are extremely limited. ? AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CitySome of the poorest towns in America are in the Delta. Across the nation, people are talking about a rebirth of activism because of Jena. We hope there’s a rebirth of action about the waste of lives in the Delta, every day. – The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.) 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
AIB is set to slash dozens of jobs in Donegal and close some branches as part of a nationwide purge of staff announced this morning.The bank has announced that it expects to cut 2,000 jobs across the country during 2011 and 2012.It says that with reduced staff numbers, the sale of certain businesses and the winding down of non-core assets a new ‘core’ bank will be established. The bank also announced shocking total losses of more than €10 billion.Massive job cuts had been expected at AIB as the bank is now just over 92% owned by the State, has to restructure, sell assets and raise cash to get back to profitability.AIB says that business and market conditions remain challenging and the environment for generating operating income generation remains difficult.It says the speed at which AIB recovers and returns to a position of profitability is heavily influenced by Ireland’s economic prospects. For last year, the bank has reported a total loss for the group of €10.2bn – compared with a loss after of €2.3bn in 2009. It reported losses on loans transferred to NAMA of €7bn.AIB executive chairman David Hodgkinson blamed property loans for the disastrous results.He told Morning Ireland on RTE1 that there had been a kind of ‘collective madness’ on property and that most of the bank’s loan problems were based in the Republic of Ireland.Mr Hodgkinson said the bank wanted to engage with customers in difficulty and work with them.He said the 2,000 job cuts would be spread across the organisation, and the vast majority of lay-offs would be voluntary. Mr Hodgkinson said the bank’s search for a new chief executive was progressing well, but it was ‘cranking up’ the process only now after the results of the stress tests.General Secretary of the IBOA Larry Broderick said the AIB announcement was devastating for workers at the bank.The Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin said it was a bleak day for the workers. He said the Government could not micro-manage the banks.AIB TO CUT DONEGAL JOBS AND BRANCHES AS PART OF NATIONWIDE PURGE was last modified: April 12th, 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)Tags:AIBDonegal branches to closejobs lossesrecord losses
1 Chelsea are prepared to splash out £23m on Roma defender Antonio Rudiger, according to reports in Italy.The 23-year-old only joined the Italian club for £7.5m from Stuttgart on Tuesday after spending last season on loan with them.However, prior to the deal there had been talk that Roma were ready to instantly sell Rudiger on after signing him.And, according to Il Tempo, Chelsea have now made contact with the Serie A side over the German’s availability.The Blues are in the market for a new centre-back this summer and Rudiger is high on the club’s list of targets.Chelsea have set aside £23m to snap up the defender and believe that’ll be enough to complete a deal. Antonio Rudiger in action for Germany
SUN VALLEY – At a public meeting early this year, some residents will listen as Bradley Landfill managers explain – in Spanish – their proposal to expand the dump, or relleno sanitario, while their English-speaking neighbors will slip on headphones for translation. Holding a public meeting in Spanish with English translation is rare, but observers say this bilingual outreach is a necessity. Nearly 25 percent of Sun Valley residents speak little or no English – and the number is probably higher in the neighborhoods closest to the landfill and most impacted by the proposed expansion. “In Sun Valley, particularly with this project, the community is very concerned about what’s going on and they want to be better informed. The best way to be informed is through your own language,” said Delia Torres, a longtime interpreter for the city who has been hired by Waste Management, the dump’s owner. The meeting has not yet been scheduled, but organizers say it likely will be held in early February. In addition to providing translations at public meetings, Torres translated into Spanish the 30-page summary of the project’s environmental impact report – a first for a project in the city of Los Angeles. The extensive Spanish-language outreach is essential for a well-informed community, but it also reflects a change in decision-making tactics from a time when political leaders made decisions without community input, said Manuel Pastor, a professor of Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, who has studied environmental justice issues related to landfills and trash facilities. “People organize. If you’ve got a landfill in a neighborhood filled with people who speak Spanish and you think they’re going to be politically active on the issue, then you better start speaking it.” Under its proposal, Waste Management would raise the elevation of the landfill by 43 feet and expand its capacity by 4.7 million cubic yards, or about 10 percent. The dump would still close in April 2007 as currently planned. The company also wants to build a permanent sorting facility, where recyclables are separated from refuse, and a transfer station capable of handling 7,000 tons of garbage per day. Waste Management began studying the environmental impacts of the project in 2002. The technical report is more than 500 pages and details how the project would change the aesthetics of the community and how much air pollution and traffic would be created by the expansion and new facility. The report is set to be released this month. Community activists pushed for a full environmental report in Spanish so that Sun Valley residents could understand and raise concerns about the landfill expansion. City planning staffers were reluctant to order the translation, so Waste Management agreed to translate the report’s executive summary. Such environmental reports are difficult to read and understand even in English. The technical report will be even harder to digest for people who are learning English as a second language, said the Rev. Richard Zanotti, pastor of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary in Sun Valley and a member of One-LA, a grass-roots community group. “This will give them an opportunity to comment. They’ll feel freer in expressing themselves.” Waste Management offered Spanish interpretation in the past, but managers haven’t considered translation a priority until recently, said Doug Corcoran, district manager. Now the company realizes it needs to make its Spanish-speaking neighbors comfortable so they’ll be more willing to learn about the proposed landfill expansion. “We’re basically pinning the success of this project on effectively communicating why it’s a good thing, in the big picture, for the community and Sun Valley.” Kerry Cavanaugh, (818) 713-3746 [email protected] AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
NONLEAGUE Calvary Baptist La Verne 68, Palm Valley 58: Isaac Berliner had 27 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists to lead host Calvary Baptist La Verne over Palm Valley. Randy Agyepong added 15 points for Calvary Baptist La Verne (12-5). Erik Salcido also added 11 points in the Bulldog’s winning effort. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Senior Darren Moore had 20 points, five steals and six assists as Ayala extended its winning streak to 14 games by defeating Glendora (13-7, 1-2) 57-48 on Wednesday in Sierra League play. Senior Michael Marks added 17 points, including five three-pointers, and had 10 rebounds for Ayala (16-1, 3-0), which will play Chino at 7 p.m. on Friday. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Damien 70, Chino 42:Senior Brandon Moreland had 21 points for Damien (11-9, 2-1), as the Spartans cruised to an easy victory over the Cowboys (0-3 in league). Preston Browne had another 18 points for the Spartans, while Orlando Brazier led the Cowboys with 19 points. Damien plays at Chino Hills at 7 p.m. on Friday, while Chino plays Ayala also at 7 p.m. Friday. MIRAMONTE LEAGUE BONITA 71, HACIENDA HEIGHTS LOS ALTOS 49: Brock Zylstra had 25 points, 13 rebounds and four assists, and John Miller added 14 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Bearcats (14-5, 2-0) past the Conquerors (13-7, 2-1). Chapelle Brown scored 19 points to lead Los Altos, which trailed only 26-25 at halftime. Bonita hosts Garey at 7 p.m. Friday. VALLE VISTA LEAGUE Pomona 58, Ganesha 38:Senior guard Kelly Johnson had 20 points and senior forward Jaron Devine added 15 more as the Red Devils (10-10, 2-1) defeated the Giants (0-3 in Valle Vista League play). Pomona will play San Dimas at 7 p.m. on Friday. SIERRA LEAGUE CHINO HILLS 56, DIAMOND BAR 49: Senior Cameron Crain scored 21 points and grabbed five rebounds as the Huskies (9-11, 2-1) defeated the Brahmas. Junior Eddie Giron scored 13 points off the bench in the win for Chino Hills which will play host to Damien at 7 p.m. Friday.
It’s hard to believe that a year has passed since the class of 2012 received their Leaving Certificate results.Across the county, thousands of pupils experienced one of the most daunting days in a student’s life. By Caoimhe Ní ChathailTomorrow, the very same will be the case for the class of 2013. After a stressful year, those few weeks of exam chaos and a summer which seemed to disappear in the blink of an eye, results day is almost upon us.Donegal Daily took the opportunity this week to interview some of these students from various schools in Donegal who will tomorrow find out just how hard they worked!In order to maintain a sense of privacy for the students, we have only included their first names. Over the next week they will be interviewed three times; before results, after results and after the first college offers; an insight into the beginning of the future for some of Donegal’s teenagers!Gavin:Gavin describes 6th year as ‘the fastest year of them all’, a sentiment which seems to be the first thought of many past pupils!He started studying at the end of November and after so many months of hard work, found that the exams ‘sounded scarier than they turned out to be’.Alongside his study, Gavin remained active to ward off fear which was affecting those around him. His biggest problem throughout the exams was Maths Paper I, where as he put it himself, ‘they messed up’.Gavin plans to study Maths & Computer Science and as he awaits his results knows that he no longer has any effect over them! His aim is to remain calm and not to allow any anxiety to rub off on others. Síofra:Síofra describes the hardest part of 6th year as ‘the normalising of a low-level, chewy sort of stress, the vague feeling that even if there was nothing to do, I still ought to be doing something’ and not in fact the exams.The monotony, the learning of the same thing over and over, ‘until formulae became as ingrained as the twenty six letters of the alphabet’ was another thing. Síofra describes ‘civilian life’, as she puts it, once the summer arrived, as more difficult than she thought it would be.She found doing nothing to be terrifying after ‘nine months of having information constantly “on demand”. Síofra has decided to leave the results ‘in the lap of the gods’. As she says, ‘I’ve done my bit, I’ll leave the rest of it to the Curve. All I can do now is hope.’Shane:6th year went well for Shane, in his opinion. His biggest challenges were, ‘getting the projects done in time and getting study time in’.The beginning of the exams were nerve-wracking, but as they went on Shane found it easier to deal with any nerves. He says that the exams ‘went much better than I had expected.’Shane was quite confident about his results but he is now finding that ‘the nerves are creeping in again.’Martina:Martina believes that 6th year ‘isn’t as bad as it’s made out to be’. She does however admit that she was fortunate enough not to be under too much pressure points-wise and so the worst part of her 6th year experience was ‘the constant nagging from mum about not studying enough’!Martina advises future Leaving Certificate students to work consistently throughout the year so as to avoid enormous amounts of pressure at the end of the year, ‘slow and steady wins the race’.She feels excited for the results after many weeks of waiting, ‘Hopefully I have done myself justice. Time will tell!’We wish Gavin, Síofra, Shane, Martina and all those receiving Leaving Certificate results tomorrow in Donegal and all around the country the very best of luck. Ádh mór oraibh uilig!LEAVING CERT RESULT COUNTDOWN – THROUGH THE EYES OF DONEGAL STUDENTS was last modified: August 13th, 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:donegalLeaving CertificateResultsstudents