Serie A leaders Inter were beaten by Lazio at San Siro in a match that saw Felipe Melo channel his inner Nigel De Jong.The midfielder was sent off for his dangerously high kick on Lucas Biglia, while Sergej Milinkovic-Savic was given his marching orders for the visitors.On the pitch, Antonio Candreva scored twice for Lazio and Mauro Icardi scored for Inter in the 2-1 defeat.Roberto Mancini’s men are now just a point ahead of Fiorentina at the top.Nigel De Jong booked for decking Xabi Alonso in the 2010 World Cup final 1 Felipe Melo tackles Lucas Biglia
1 Manchester City’s Manuel Pellegrini Manuel Pellegrini is sticking to his threat to field a weakened Manchester City side in the FA Cup at Chelsea on Sunday.City have been frustrated by the scheduling of the game because they have arranged to travel to Ukraine on Monday ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League game against Dynamo Kiev. After flying home following that game they will then have just two full days to prepare for the Capital One Cup final against Liverpool at Wembley.City wanted the fifth-round trip to Stamford Bridge played on Saturday but that proved impossible with Fulham at home on the same day and the BBC also choosing to televise the tie.The club wrote to the Football Association to complain but the outcome of that protest is unknown and Pellegrini appears to be standing by his plan to play youngsters.Pellegrini said: “I think unfortunately at this moment we have just 13 (senior outfield) players available to play. We have to play Champions League on Wednesday, so we’ll see what will be the best team we can put on the pitch for the FA Cup.“I said a couple of weeks ago if you want to protect the English team in the Champions League the game was (played on) Saturday – but for different reasons we couldn’t play that day.”Making wholesale changes is generally against Pellegrini’s nature with his usual policy always to retain a solid core while perhaps allowing a handful of senior stars a rest.But the Chilean is hampered by a series of injuries to key men with Bacary Sagna, Jesus Navas, Kevin De Bruyne, Samir Nasri, Fabian Delph, Eliaquim Mangala and Wilfried Bony all out.He therefore feels on this occasion he would be justified in taking, for example, players such as Joe Hart, Yaya Toure, Vincent Kompany, David Silva and Sergio Aguero out of the firing line.Pellegrini said: “We always try to play with a strong team in every competition – every competition is important, especially the FA Cup.“We have had two difficult draws against Premier League teams in the two rounds before, but we won 4-0 and 3-0, so we are very interested in continuing in this cup.“But we must prioritise the Champions League. The priority is (usually) the next game but maybe we are going to make an exception now because of the amount of players we have injured.”Pellegrini suggests something needs to be done in future to make a prolonged run in the FA Cup – which requires the postponing of Premier League games – sit better with challenges in other competitions.He said: “Something is not correct in that cup. It is impossible at this moment to continue to the final of the FA Cup. We cannot play the three games we must have postponed.”Pellegrini is in no doubt of the importance of the upcoming period to his side’s season with the Capital One Cup final followed by another midweek game against Liverpool, in the Barclays Premier League.City will also need to win that to lift their flagging title hopes after defeats in their last two outings to fellow challengers Leicester and Tottenham.He said: “It’s not a (make-or-) break point but it’s a very important week because we can win the first title of the season and we are going to try to qualify for the first time for the quarter-finals of the Champions League.”
Researchers randomly assigned 240 adults to receive one of four treatments: 500milligrams of amoxicillin three times daily for seven days and 400units of steroid spray for 10 days; only amoxicillin; only steroid spray; or fake medicine. Patients on the drugs didn’t get better quicker than those using the placebo. Sinus infections are diagnosed in about 31million Americans each year and are among the most common reasons for doctor visits. In the United Kingdom, primary care doctors see 50 or more cases a year, the study authors said. The infections affect air spaces called sinuses around the nose and in the lower forehead. Inflammation and excess mucus can cause nose congestion, headaches and eye and face pain. Causes include bacteria, viruses, fungal infections and allergies. Despite a long-held notion, recent studies have found that yellowish or greenish mucus doesn’t always mean the infections are bacterial, said Dr. Vincenza Snow, a Philadelphia internist and director of clinical programs and quality of care at the American College of Physicians. Moreover, while designed to treat bacterial infections, antibiotics aren’t always very effective at treating bacterial sinus infections because the medicine has a tough time reaching the sinuses, Snow said. The U.S. physicians’ group issued guidelines in 2001 advising against using antibiotics for most sinus infections in otherwise healthy people, blaming overuse for contributing to the growing problem of bacteria resistance to drugs. The group is considering updating the guidelines to say recent evidence reaffirms the drugs “don’t really change the course of the illness,” Snow said. Dr. Marvin Fried, otolaryngology chairman at Montefiore Medical Center in New York, questioned whether all the patients in the study had true sinus infections. While patients were recruited by family doctors, the results were based on patients’ self-reported symptoms rather than on medical exams, he noted. Still, Fried said the conclusions are in line with September guidelines from a group of doctors dealing with head and neck problems. The group’s treatment options include observation without antibiotics for mild sinus infections.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsSteroid sprays sometimes are used, but the study found they also were no better than dummy drugs, although they appeared to provide some relief for patients with only minor symptoms. The study should lead to a “reconsideration of antibiotic use for acute sinusitis,” said lead author Dr. Ian Williamson of the University of Southampton in England. “The current view that antibiotics are effective can now be challenged, particularly for the routine cases which physicians treat,” he said. “Physicians can focus on effective remedies that improve symptom control,” including ibuprofen and other over-the-counter painkillers, Williamson said. Inhaling steam and squirting salt water into the nose to flush out thick mucus are among other methods that sometimes provide relief, he said. The report appears in today’s Journal of the American Medical Association. CHICAGO – Just in time for runny-nose season, new research suggests that routine sinus infections aren’t really helped by antibiotics and other medicine that’s often prescribed. In the British study, people suffering from facial pain and a runny nose with greenish or yellowish mucus generally improved within about two weeks – whether they took the standard antibiotic amoxicillin, steroid nose spray or fake medicine. The results, based on patients’ reporting whether their symptoms had improved, echo previous findings in children. Antibiotics – particularly amoxicillin, similar to penicillin – are among the most commonly prescribed medicines for sinus infections.
Donegal businesses are cashing in on the strength of sterling with a jump in visitors from across the border.Letterkenny is noticing a lift in shoppers from across the border due to the strength of sterling.Sterling is now at a two year high against the euro at €1.28 to £1.The situation means that consumers from across the North are now shopping, taking breaks and even having their weddings in Donegal. Toni Forrestor, CEO of Letterkenny Chamber, said there is a definite increase in the amount of business coming from across the border in recent months.And she says it’s a win, win situation for the local economy.“Letterkenny businesses have always offered good rates to our Northern visitors.“But the jump in the strength of sterling means that they are getting even more buying power. “We have certainly noticed the number of visitors from the North has increased in recent months.“It also means that some local sectors who would have traditionally went into the North for grocery shopping are staying local and finding good value here.“All in, it’s very good news for the local economy in Donegal,” she said.Some of the larger retailers such as Penneys have also reported large volumes of sterling passing through their shops as they offer favourable rates. SHOPPERS AND TOURISTS FLOCKING TO DONEGAL AS STERLING BOOMS was last modified: September 27th, 2014 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:donegaleuroletterkennyshopperssterling
KillybegsDeputy Thomas Pringle raised the question over a supposed 89 jobs created in Killybegs with Minister Coveney. The Killybegs Jobs Initiative, announced by Minister Coveney in 2011, had aimed to create 250 jobs in the Killybegs area by 2014 across a number of sectors including seafood processing.Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the state agency responsible for development in the seafood industry, announced in 2014 that 89 jobs were created, short of the 250 target. However, Deputy Pringle claims ‘it is not clear to anyone in Killybegs where the 89 jobs are that BIM has reported.’Pringle explains ‘What I have found out is that when BIM make a grant announcement they state that the grant will support ‘x’ number of jobs but there is no condition under the grant awarded that the jobs have to be created or be new jobs.’‘The Minister needs to be transparent in how grants are awarded and the kind of jobs created, if they are created in the first place. It looks to me like grants are awarded in exchange for jobs announcements to make the Government look good.’‘Ultimately the communities suffer from this lack of transparency. Too many people in Killybegs have seen modernisation in the processing sector reduce employment both in the numbers of jobs and the duration of work available. The Minister must ensure that job creation is a transparent process and that quality jobs are prioritised.’ See the Parliamentary Question below:Parliamentary Question No.To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will provide an update on the work of the Killybegs Employment Implementation Group; the number of jobs that have been created and in what sectors since the announcement of the group in July 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter.– Thomas Pringle.For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday, 13th October, 2015. Ref No: 35674/15 Proof: 166REPLYThe Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine : (Simon Coveney)I propose to answer Questions No. 35523, 35635 & 35674 together. On 3 June 2011, I announced a pilot jobs initiative for Killybegs, following the launch of an economic report for the European Commission, which assessed the status, development and potential diversification of Killybegs as a fisheries dependent community. The aim of this initiative was to create 250 cross sectoral jobs in the Killybegs area by 2014. Seafood processing was just one of the areas identified as having the potential to create additional employment.To drive forward the initiative, I established a High Level Group on Job Creation in the Killybegs Region and requested that the Group identify the potential actions required to deliver job creation in the following five key areas, that is; promoting seafood value added activity; enhancing ancillary services; developing offshore supports; promoting tourism and marine leisure; and promoting the green economy and renewable energy.The High Level Group comprised representatives of the Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation (who chaired the Group), Bord Iascaigh Mhara, Donegal County Council, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Enterprise Ireland, local industry and from my Department. BIM provided secretariat services to assist the chair.The High Level Group finished its work in 2011 and its Report is available on my Department’s website at:http://www.agriculture.gov.ie/media/migration/publications/2011/KBHLGReport.pdfSince 2012, a local implementation group reporting to Donegal County Council has taken on responsibility for driving forward the initiative. Bord Iascaigh Mhara provide advice to the Group as requested on any aspects relevant to the responsibilities of my Department. Donegal County Council may assist the Deputy with the specific details requested.I am informed by Bord Iascaigh Mhara that by the end of 2014, 89 jobs had been created in seafood processing companies in the Killybegs area. I do not have information available to me on jobs created in areas outside of my area of responsibility.It is clear that the future is very promising for the seafood industry generally and Killybegs is central to that growth story. While the Killybegs Jobs Initiative was important in terms of fostering a diversified blue economy in Killybegs, seafood will continue to be the driver of economic growth for Killybegs in the years to come.The seafood sector continues to be a high-growth area of the economy and indeed of our food industry. Exports have grown 70% since 2009 and the sector is now worth €850 million in sales. Bord Iascaigh Mhara and Bord Bia are working with seafood companies in Killybegs and elsewhere around our coast to grow the sector to €1 billion in the next few years. This will be driven by our seafood processing sector adding value to commodity products, innovating and developing new consumer seafood products, with the assistance of BIM’s Seafood Development Centres in Clonakilty and Killybegs, and winning new markets for Ireland’s top quality seafood.Earlier this year, I announced a new €241 million Seafood Development Operational Programme under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund. This new Programme will double the level of supports for the sustainable development of the seafood sector over the coming years. I expect that the new Programme will be adopted by the European Commission by December. My Department is working with Bord Iascaigh Mhara to have a range of supports ready to launch from the start of 2016 to support and promote the sustainable growth of the processing, aquaculture and fishing sectors through that Programme.PRINGLE QUESTIONS EXISTENCE OF 89 JOBS CREATED IN KILLYBEGS was last modified: October 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:donegaljobsKillybegs
The Rise of Rashford – To be continued… – May 27: Named man-of-the-match after netting 138 seconds into his England debut, as the Three Lions seal a 2-1 win over Australia. Is he on the plane? Over to you, Roy 8 What a 13 weeks it’s been for Marcus Rashford!Plucked from the Manchester United youth ranks to provide cover in Louis van Gaal’s injury-ravaged squad, the 18-year-old only made his senior professional debut in February and is now on the brink of making England’s Euro 2016 squad.After scoring four goals in his first two games for the Red Devils and netting the winner in his first Manchester derby, Rashford made the headlines again on Friday by finding the net just 138 seconds into his senior England debut.Scores with his first shot in Europe, scores with his first shot in the Premier League and scores with his first shot in an England shirt – it’s been a crazy four months for the youngster.And here, talkSPORT have plotted his astonishing rise from rookie to Old Trafford rock star.Check out the gallery above, and videos below, to look back on Rashford’s sensational start to his career…The story begins – Rashford scores twice on his senior Man United debut against FC Midtjylland in the Europa League: The Rise of Rashford – Click the arrow to continue! – May 16: Rashford is included in the 26-man England squad ahead of Euro 2016, having scored eight goals in 17 games for the Red Devils. The Rise of Rashford – Click the arrow to begin! – February 25: Thrust into the spotlight following Anthony Martial’s warm-up injury, and stuns everyone with two goals on his senior debut. His fine double help United seal a 5-1 win over FC Midtjylland in the Europa League 8 The Rise of Rashford – Click the arrow to continue! – February 28 – Scores another two goals on his Premier League debut, and they prove crucial as United beat Arsenal 3-2 at Old Trafford. A new star is born. getty 8 8 The Rise of Rashford – Click the arrow to continue! – May 21: Earns the first major silverware of his career. Plays 72 minutes as Man United win FA Cup, beating Crystal Palace 2-1 in the final at Wembley after extra-time. The Rise of Rashford – Click the arrow to continue! – Who are you again? Fans celebrate their new heros second goal on a fine debut display. But there was plenty more to come from the youngster 8 The Rise of Rashford – Click the arrow to continue! – March 2 May 17: Goes on to make 15 appearances in the remaining weeks of the campaign, scoring another four goals… The Rise of Rashford – Click the arrow to continue! – March 20: Including the winner against Manchester City in his first Manchester derby and retiring Martin Demichelis in the process. The 18-year-old’s stunning finish leads United to a 2-1 victory over West Ham in the FA Cup quarter-finals: 8 Rashford has one foot in England’s Euro 2016 squad after scoring just minutes into the Three Lions debut: 8 8
Matt Smith and Micky Quinn get stuck in to the biggest sporting talking points this Sunday 3 July.Top of the agenda is the identity of England’s next manager, plus the glory of Wales at Euro 2016.The boys also discuss a fantastic match between Germany and Italy and look ahead to Iceland’s showdown with hosts France.
1 Axel Witsel wants to leave Russia this summer in search of a new challenge Inter Milan have made a last-ditch attempt to land Everton target Axel Witsel.The Merseyside club are hoping to land the Belgian midfielder this summer but have faced stiff competition from across Europe, especially Italy.It had looked as though Witsel was about to leave Zenit St Petersburg for Napoli, who had edged ahead of Everton in the race to sign him.But now, according to the Gazzetta dello Sport, Inter are the Serie A side now most likely to sign the 27-year-old this month.It has been reported that talks regarding a move to Napoli have broken down, despite the Serie A side agreeing a fee with Zenit.And that has opened the door for Inter to complete a late switch ahead of Everton.