Van Gaal says Man Utd conceded ‘cheap’ goals in Liverpool loss

first_imgLouis van Gaal criticised the way Manchester United conceded twice in the Europa League defeat at Liverpool.The Red Devils were beaten 2-0 in the first leg of the Europa League last 16 and United have given themselves a mountain to climb if they are to progress to the last eight.Roberto Firmino stabbed in the second goal to make sure of a win which had seemed a formality during the first half, when Liverpool played United off the park but somehow had only Daniel Sturridge’s penalty to show for it.The final result was greeted with huge cheers from the Anfield crowd. Van Gaal said Liverpool deserved their win, but called both goals “cheap” from the visitors’ point of view.“Liverpool created an atmosphere that was fantastic,” he told BT Sport.“They played very good in the first half and we could not cope with their pressure. David de Gea was fantastic, but I think it was a cheap penalty.“In the second half we changed the shape and had much more of the game but we didn’t create many chances and they scored another cheap goal.”Asked to expand, Van Gaal claimed there was an offside in the build-up to the second goal, while suggesting the contact Memphis Depay made on Clyne was outside the area and not enough to bring the Liverpool player down.“The referee cannot see that, but the hold is outside the box and then he is falling down,” the Dutchman said. “You have to be sharp when you give it. It is a cheap penalty. They deserve the win, but the goals they got are cheap.”In the dying stages of the game Emre Can went down holding his face after an off-the-ball clash with Marouane Fellaini, but Van Gaal said he did not see the incident which could yet land his midfielder in trouble.“I haven’t seen that,” he said.“I have to say Fellaini was one of the best players on the pitch tonight and I’m very sorry when he makes mistakes like that. But I do not know about this because I have not seen it.” 1 The Red Devils were beaten 2-0 at Anfield in the Europa League last 16 last_img read more

RISING, SLOWLY

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Just two blocks away, the Bank Lofts and LaSalle Lofts, both on Seventh Street, also are moving quickly toward completion, albeit behind schedule. And on Centre Street, residents began moving into the first of the completed downtown loft condominiums this spring. After decades of dashed hopes and disappointment, the little hillside town bordering one of the nation’s busiest industrial ports has finally caught the attention of developers. In a place where property values drop the closer one got to the water, San Pedro was an anomaly that seemed ripe for becoming the state’s next trendy seaside neighborhood. “We have instant entertainment” with the container port, said Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn. “We’re so far ahead (of other cities) with our natural advantages, we just have to capitalize on it.” By Donna Littlejohn Staff Writer There’s no escaping it – the sights and sounds of construction fill downtown San Pedro these days. Workers have reached the ninth floor of what will be a 16-story glass condominium tower at Palos Verdes and Fifth streets, set to be finished in about a year and replacing a long-vacant, asbestos-ridden office building. But like most dreams, this one has been tempered by reality. A nationwide real estate slump has slowed anticipated sales of the 116-unit Centre Street Lofts, now just over half filled. And a new harbor commission appears less enthusiastic than its predecessors when it comes to waterfront development, which after its initial launch also became bogged down in endless debate. The extensive permitting and complex environmental studies required to move the project forward have further slowed the waterfront’s progress. Port officials say it’s all much more complicated than they originally thought it would be. But the runaway optimism that swept through town during back-to-back groundbreakings in the early 2000s isn’t dead yet. Most residents remain upbeat. Things just haven’t moved along as quickly – or as smoothly – as some had hoped. “I’d love for it to go much quicker than it has,” said Andrew Silber, owner of the Whale and Ale restaurant in downtown. “But it’s going in the right direction and I don’t see any signs of it faltering or stopping. In my opinion, the snowball has started rolling down the hill a bit.” The biggest disappointment? San Pedro’s slow-moving waterfront development. After building the first couple of miles of a planned promenade, progress appeared to stop in 2005 after Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s new harbor commission was appointed. “I almost want to cry,” said John Papadakis, the restaurant owner who kicked off the idea to build a European-style promenade along San Pedro’s waterfront in 2001. Papadakis’ office is filled with waterfront drawings and plans that have yet to come to fruition. “A mile of the waterfront was built, with viable plans for the rest,” said Papadakis, who recalled first sharing his promenade dream with former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan on a harbor bike ride. “What happened? It’s stopped dead in its tracks. Nothing visible has been done on the waterfront in three years.” “The waterfront project has been extremely disappointing to me,” Councilwoman Hahn said. “This harbor commission has not built one foot, not one inch of it. They’ve missed so many deadlines, so many benchmarks. It’s really a shame.” It was five years ago that the Urban Land Institute sent a panel of experts to San Pedro for a week. Invited by newly elected Councilwoman Hahn, the ULI panel was asked to take a hard look at the port town and tell community leaders what it would take to revitalize the area. Among ULI’s main recommendations was building market-rate housing – and lots of it – in the downtown shopping district. Like many aging downtowns, San Pedro’s commercial corridor had been hit hard through the years by the advent of big chain stores and regional shopping malls. Numerous attempts to breathe new life into Sixth and Seventh streets, lined with quaint, 1920s masonry buildings, never quite succeeded. Housing would provide the built-in customer base San Pedro needed, ULI panelists said. The town also should build on its unique heritage and atmosphere, they said, by encouraging the budding artist community that already had discovered the area. Since then, no one would deny that the town has come a long way. The Centre Street Lofts were built on a lot that had stood vacant for some 30 years, a depressing symbol of San Pedro’s inability through the years to reinvent itself. Debate on waterfront plans began in earnest under the harbor commission appointed by Riordan. But the big push in moving it all forward was the 2001 election of James Hahn, a San Pedro resident, as mayor of Los Angeles. His sister, also a San Pedro resident, was elected that same year. They provided San Pedro, the distant southernmost tip of the city of Los Angeles, with some much needed friends in high places. “We had this wonderful confluence of my sister and I both being elected at the same time and both of us living in San Pedro,” said the former mayor, now the managing director of a Wilshire Boulevard law firm. “The stars were aligned.” And while Hahn was defeated for a second term in 2005, plans initiated under his and his sister’s terms were already well on their way. “Obviously it’s a lot better to be at a ribbon-cutting than a groundbreaking, but sometimes the groundbreaking takes more work,” the former mayor said. If there’s an exceptionally bright spot in what’s happened since, it’s in San Pedro’s downtown area. In addition to the new lofts going up, several new independent shops have filled storefront vacancies in recent months, with three ribbon-cuttings taking place in just the past week. A Starbucks has signed a lease for the ground-floor retail space of the Centre Street Lofts. And the San Pedro Peninsula Chamber of Commerce is working with Los Angeles city officials to develop an Arts, Culture and Entertainment (ACE) District to capitalize on the area’s burgeoning artist colony. The overlay zone would allow for sidewalk dining, encourage more artists to live and work in San Pedro, and provide opportunities and venues for live entertainment in the downtown. A re-energized monthly First Thursday Art Walk event already is drawing growing crowds to check out the artist galleries, studios and restaurants in the downtown. “Downtown is just flying off the charts,” said Jayme Wilson, a longtime San Pedro businessman who also manages Ports O’ Call on the waterfront. “We’re following the model of Hollywood and other areas, putting more customers downtown, then more shops, and then more people. It works in all these other communities.” Not everyone’s sold on San Pedro’s immediate prospects, however. Real estate agent and investor George Takis says San Pedro still faces significant hurdles. Low-income government housing, halfway homes and crime, he said, persist in the residential neighborhoods surrounding downtown. A San Pedro High School football player was killed last week in what police believe was a gang-related shooting just four blocks from downtown. “They have an element down there that’s just not advantageous to anyone wanting to stay,” Takis said. “If you go to Long Beach, they’re giving condos away – and at least there’s something (for people) to do.” The Starbucks that signed on at the Centre Street Lofts so far is the only retailer the developer has been able to ink for the ground-floor spaces. And many existing San Pedro shops are still closing up way too early, critics say. “That place is like the night of the living dead if you go down there at 5 or 6 at night,” Takis said. “There’s nothing around.” Community leaders like Wilson, though, believe San Pedro can eventually absorb the diverse economic stratus, offering a uniquely integrated community that will add to the port town’s creative and colorful ambiance. One commercial real estate investor, who asked that his name not be used because he does much of his business in and around the area, believes San Pedro’s revitalization is still at least 10 years away. “Even before the real estate downturn, there have been challenges there,” he said. “Downtown San Pedro is trying to pull itself up by the boot straps. We’ve seen a lot of investor interest (in recent years), but that’s gotten very quiet lately.” A huge impediment, he said, is the city of Los Angeles’ burdensome taxes and bureaucracy. “It’s a bureaucracy like no other bureaucracy in Southern California,” he said. “It hurts everybody. I’ve never seen anything like it in my life. It’s so anti-business.” Developer interest in downtown remains strong, however, despite the housing market crunch. Raffi Cohen, the developer of the Vue, already is in escrow to buy the property on Fifth and Harbor Boulevard to build an 18-story condominium. And he’s hoping to build a third high-rise as well. “We’ve done very well, we’re 80 percent sold,” said Jackie Zbur, sales manager for the Vue. “We have contracts for 248 of the 318 homes.” LaSalle Lofts developer Keith Bohr said the timing of the real estate slump may wind up helping his 26-unit project, which has fallen considerably behind schedule and won’t be done until late next summer. The fact that downtown is just blocks from the waterfront has got to pay off, he said. “Here’s how I sleep well at night. Our product is coastal, so that gives you access to the water, and our product is entry-level,” he said. Units will be in the $400,000 range. “Not only will this be a nice place for singles or young marrieds to be in five years, but it could be awesome,” he said. The homeless and low-income neighborhoods, Bohr said, won’t bother most first-time homebuyers. “It could scare off some customers, but young professionals in their late 20s and early 30s are fairly immune to that,” he said. For new downtown business owners like Susan McKenna, the more residents the better. “It’s a tough business environment down here,” said the owner of Nosh Cafe across the street from the Centre Street Lofts. “But there have been some good days. You just have to be patient.” “Downtown is far from out of the woods,” said San Pedro developer Alan Johnson, who has invested heavily in the town’s ultimate turnaround. “But it’s going pretty darn well, even in the face of a real estate downturn. Hopefully, we won’t get too clobbered. I’m seeing new faces in town and lots of new businesses. So many shops that were vacant for years and years now have stores in them.” Camilla Townsend, who heads the chamber of commerce, remains optimistic. “I would like it to be going faster, no question, but I think the housing slump slowed everything down,” she said. “But I firmly believe that this is going to pass. We’re at the last mile. We’re almost there.” When it comes to San Pedro’s waterfront, though, there is nearly universal disappointment. Among the most frustrated is Papadakis, a member of one of San Pedro’s old-line, most successful immigrant families. He flatly blames Los Angeles’ new mayor and harbor commission, saying the waterfront project has been derailed by lack of interest on the part of city and port leaders. “The present leadership has totally lost its way,” said Papadakis, owner of Papadakis Taverna, an upscale and popular Greek restaurant that draws a packed house on weekends. Mayor Hahn’s harbor commission from 2001-05 included three Harbor Area residents, providing a built-in interest in changing San Pedro’s industrial waterfront into commercial and recreational uses. The award-winning New York design firm of Ehrenkrantz Eckstut & Kuhn Architects came up with plans that were initially hailed but then somehow became embroiled in public debate. “That was my biggest regret, that once we selected EE&K we should have had the whole (environmental report) certified and construction contracts awarded,” said Hahn’s harbor commission president, Nick Tonsich. He said the commission thought it would have an additional four years to work on the waterfront. “That would have ensured that we had a very state-of-the-art waterfront, the best money could buy.” Once Villaraigosa’s new commission took over, with only one San Pedro resident as part of the five-member panel, progress stalled. “Basically, from what I can tell, they’ve tabled the whole project,” former Mayor Hahn said of the current port leadership. More than just a cosmetic makeover or tourist draw, a revamped waterfront and downtown – complete with high-rise office space – is vital to restoring San Pedro’s economic health, Papadakis believes. Bringing in new, well-paying jobs, he said, is needed in a town that has seen its once thriving fishing industry and canneries disappear. “The purpose of the waterfront development was to defeat the poverty and crime and drug addiction that has plagued the Harbor Area for decades,” he said. “Pure and simple, it was to create a great attraction so that businesses and employers would return to the Harbor Area and create a diversified, well-paying job market.” Herb Zimmer, chairman of the chamber’s waterfront subcommittee, advocates creating an “international maritime village” in San Pedro, arguing that the town desperately needs to attract new, environmentally friendly business and housing in a “walkable” environment. Tonsich is working with Papadakis and the chamber to put together an advisory group, being called “Padrinos de Promenade,” made up of influential state and city leaders to push the waterfront along and provide more continuity. There are signs that the port is listening. More than two years into their term, Villaraigosa’s five harbor commissioners have recently signaled that they’re ready to deal more aggressively with delivering the waterfront project. The port has put out a call for bids on a town square project to be done at Harbor Boulevard and Sixth Street. An interactive fountain set to music on Harbor near First Street is due to finally be finished in March. And improvements to Ports O’ Call Village are set to be made beginning next year. Port Executive Director Geraldine Knatz, who downsized the initial waterfront plan in hopes of avoiding – or at least delaying – some of the community controversy over commercial versus open space, said residents will see plenty of dirt being turned in 2008. Several pieces of the waterfront are scheduled to be done by 2010, though overall the development will take many more years to complete. “We’re all disappointed in the slowness of it all, but I do believe (the port has) every intention of going forward with it,” said Townsend, one of the local Hahn-appointed harbor commissioners who helped jump-start the waterfront plans from 2001-05. Former harbor commission President John Wentworth said he’s hopeful that community leaders like Townsend and Zimmer will help move the process forward with the port. “Camilla is the great conciliator,” Wentworth said. What’s needed, he said, is a continuing “meaningful dialogue.” If the conversation becomes too loud or adversarial, he said, progress will cease. Last month, Knatz proposed bringing a high-profile marine research institute to the waterfront, an idea that is being coupled with the chamber’s plan for a business “incubator” group specializing in green technology that could bring more jobs and residents to San Pedro. “A lot is going to be happening in 2008,” Knatz said. “I can only say that we’re working on all fronts at the same time. I know people want to see dirt moving and want to get this started as soon as possible. But the front end is always the most difficult.” The port also is continuing to pursue a new cruise ship terminal at the port’s southern Kaiser point. That proposal, however, faces strong opposition among some community members who worry about traffic and yet more density on the isolated peninsula. “My goal is to just keep the construction going and going and going and not stop until it’s done,” Knatz said. Despite the delays and economic setbacks, many view continued growth in San Pedro as something that is unstoppable. “It’s on a path now that can’t really be changed,” former Mayor Hahn said. “I think what everyone wants to see is that this funky charm of San Pedro doesn’t get lost in the rush for everybody to make money on their investments.” “I think they’re focusing in the right place,” said Keith Gurnee, the consultant Wentworth brought in on the waterfront issue some eight years ago. “They’re getting the foot of downtown San Pedro done (as a town plaza), which is a crucial piece of the puzzle, and they’re working to fix up Ports O’ Call. Those two projects are probably the most important.” Doug Epperhart, president of the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council, said San Pedro’s rise is inevitable. “This is the last place on the coast,” he said. “When it starts to really move, it’ll move fairly quickly.” Just like it did, he said, in Long Beach and Venice and Pasadena. “It’ll come,” he said. “I have no doubt whatsoever it will happen to San Pedro. Pedro is different, but it ain’t that different.” donna.littlejohn@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

SKY-GAZERS LEFT IN DARK AFTER NORTHERN LIGHTS NO-SHOW

first_imgThe Northern Lights captured by Rory Adam Porter.Sky-gazers were left disappointed after traveling from across Ireland to see the spectacular Northern Lights above Donegal at the weekend.An alert was put out that the aurora borealis or Northern Lights would be visible in the skies over Donegal and the North-West.The amazing dancing lights, normally only seen around the Arctic Circle, were expected to move further south between Thursday and Saturday. NASA and Astronomy Ireland were among groups and organisations who alerted the pubic to the natural phenomenon.Hundreds of people travelled from across Ireland including Dublin and Roscommon to catch a glimpse of the lights.But they were left hugely disappointed when the lights failed to materialise.The lights went dim when ejections from the sun slowed down and the earth’s magnetic field pulled all the light Northwards back towards the Arctic Circle. One disappointed light-hunter travelling around Malin Head in Co Donegal tweeted “The only lights I can see are the headlights of other cars looking for the Northern Lights.”Veteran Northern Lights gazer and photographer Adam Rory Porter said he met lots of people in Donegal who were extremely disappointed.“It is not an exact science and even people in NASA were quite confident of a good lights display in more southern skies.“I met a lot of people who had traveled from down south hoping to sees the lights but it was just not meant to be.“I felt so guilty because I had been reading these forecasts from NASA and it looked like there was a good chance of seeing the lights but the ejections from the sun just slowed down. “The reality is that if you want to be almost guaranteed to see the Northern Lights then you have to travel to Iceland or Norway and that’s quite expensive.“It took me five or six warnings to see the lights myself but it was certainly worth waiting for,” he said.The aurora borealis occurs when highly charged electrons from the solar wind interact with elements in the Earth’s atmosphere leaving amazing light shows of various colours.SKY-GAZERS LEFT IN DARK AFTER NORTHERN LIGHTS NO-SHOW was last modified: January 13th, 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:adam rory porterdonegalNASAnorthern lightslast_img read more

Major quake, major shake

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A powerful earthquake on the southern San Andreas Fault, which hasn’t ruptured in more than three centuries, is capable of producing prolonged periods of strong shaking in the greater Los Angeles region, a new study finds. The study offers one of the most detailed analyses yet of what would happen if a magnitude-7.7 temblor strikes along a 125-mile stretch of the fault between San Bernardino and Imperial counties. The southern San Andreas last snapped in 1690, unleashing a strong quake that caused relatively little damage because few people lived in the area. But as Los Angeles and neighboring cities have become populated and built up over the decades, scientists now say a big one could be devastating. Computer simulations show the Los Angeles Basin would experience some of the strongest ground shaking if the fault unzips from south to north. The basin could potentially experience several minutes of “roller coaster motion,” said lead researcher Kim Olsen of San Diego State University. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsBut Olsen said the shaking in the region likely won’t produce as much damage as areas near the epicenter because the traveling seismic waves will have weakened by the time they reach the greater Los Angeles region. The study was published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters this month.last_img read more

Atletico Madrid star reveals ‘decision has been made’ over his future

first_img Griezmann is one of the most in-demand players in European football 3 Ongoing speculation has linked with Spanish champions Barcelona, and the 27-year-old had said he would confirm his position before France’s World Cup opener against Australia on Saturday.However, at a national team press conference in Russia on Tuesday, the 27-year-old repeatedly laughed off questions regarding a potential move.He then claimed he has made up his mind where he will be playing next season, but remained coy over the news.“The decision has been taken but it is not the time or the place to talk about it,” he said.“I am very sorry, I know you have all been waiting but I will not give my decision today.” Griezmann won the Europa League with Atletico Madrid this season 3 It is the second successive summer that Griezmann has been the subject of speculation over a big-money switch away from the Rojiblancos.Last year it was Manchester United who looked to be leading the chase for his services only for Griezmann to end up signing a one-year contract extension with Atletico, tying him to the club until 2022.His refusal to answer questions on Tuesday means links with Barcelona are sure to continue until any formal announcement is made by either club.And the LaLiga champions could also profit from a clause in the forward’s contract which will see his buy-out fee reduce from €200million to €100million on July 1.center_img 3 Griezmann has remained coy on his future Antoine Griezmann has revealed he has made a decision about his future, but has refused to say if he will remain at Atletico Madrid or join another club this summer.The French forward is one of the most coveted players in European football and has been linked with a host of giant clubs in recent months. Since joining from Real Sociedad for a reported £24million in 2014, Griezmann has scored 112 goals in all competitions for Atletico and finished each season as the club’s top scorer.He also helped Atletico reach the 2016 Champions League final and scored twice as they beat Marseille 3-0 in last month’s Europa League final.last_img read more

A reminder of Ferguson’s stinging pre-match put down of Spurs

first_img Football news 2 Fergie was the master at knowing exactly what to say to his players, according to Keane Mauricio Pochettino has changed the mentality at Tottenham impact Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more How will Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho rally his players for the game against Tottenham?Spurs’ record at Old Trafford is awful and in years gone by, most people would have expected the hosts to walk all over the north London side.Former captain Roy Keane summed this feeling up best when he recounted a pre-match team talk from Sir Alex Ferguson, which was designed to point out how brilliant the manager was at being able to read the mindset of his players. 2 Gradually, though, Mauricio Pochettino has changed the perception and Keane himself admitted the days of ‘lads, it’s Tottenham’ are over, having watched them rise to Premier League title challengers. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener “I thought I knew what the group might need, that we didn’t need a big team talk,” Keane said. “It was Tottenham at home. I thought please don’t go on about Tottenham, we all know what Tottenham is about, they are nice and tidy but we’ll fucking do them. He came in and said: ‘Lads, it’s Tottenham’, and that was it. Brilliant.”And for a long time that was the image of Spurs. They were lightweights in a club like United’s eyes. possible standings smart causal ALTERED RANKED How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? gameday “There was a saying ‘Lads, it’s Tottenham'””Those days are over,” says Roy Keane “They look like they belong with the top teams in Europe” pic.twitter.com/F27oEYr1MZ— ITV Football (@itvfootball) October 19, 2017 REVEALED MONEY Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade silverware Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade highlights last_img read more

DONEGAL FOOD AMBASSADORS HEAD TO NORWAY

first_imgFood Ambassadors for 2013, heading to Norway.Benoit Lorge, Lorge Chocolatier, Kenmare.John Mulcahy, Fáilte Ireland with Food Champions.Martin Bealin, Global Village Restaurant, Dingle;Deborah Evers, Clareville House Kitchen Gardens, Ballyvaughan;Jacinta Dalton, Dept Culinary Arts, GMIT;Zack Gallagher, Irish Food Tours, Donegal Town;Mary McGettigan, A Taste of Donegal Food Festival,Helen McDaid, Fáilte Ireland Food Tourism manager.Hugh O’Donnell, Kitty Kellys & Hughies Bar, Killybegs;Eight of Ireland’s top food ambassadors have left Dublin for Norway on a food tourism study trip as part of Fáilte Ireland’s Food Champions Initiative.Donegal is well represented with Hugh O’Donnell from Kitty Kelly’s & Hughies Bar, Mary McGettigan from A Taste of Donegal Food Festival and Zack Gallagher from Irish Food Tours all selected.The trip was organised by the national tourism authority to help drive the development of the food culture and food tourism experiences around the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland’s first ever long-distance driving route, due to open in March 2014. The group include a number of chefs, an artisan producer, a culinary lecturer, a blogger, a restaurateur, a food festival organiser and a chocolatier. Fáilte Ireland’s Head of Food Tourism, John Mulcahy, saiD “These eight food ambassadors who are located along the Wild Atlantic Way, from Donegal to Kerry, were selected for their commitment to developing Ireland’s food tourism and reputation.“This educational visit to Norway will provide the tools for the Food Champions to return home and get behind their region on the Wild Atlantic Way in providing an opportunity to experience, see and taste a truly unique food offering, thereby generating more business for the local area.” Norway was chosen as the destination for this year’s programme not only because of the surge of interest in Nordic food, but also because they have well-established tourist driving routes. They are currently working to develop a Taste of Norway around these routes which will provide great insight for our industry here in Ireland.The food ambassadors were selected for their resounding passion and belief in Irish food, together with a commitment and drive to actively influence and shape the future of Irish cuisine and food tourism in their region. During the trip they will experience a bespoke Norwegian itinerary, gaining unique insight into the Taste of National Tourist Routes programme.Caption – Fáilte Ireland’s food ambassadors get ready to depart Dublin Airport for their study trip to Norway. Also pictured are John Mulcahy and Helen McDaid from Fáilte Ireland.DONEGAL FOOD AMBASSADORS HEAD TO NORWAY was last modified: September 10th, 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)last_img read more

GAA ROUND-UP: McFADDEN HITS THE NET AGAIN

first_imgHE’S played the best football of his career for his county, and now he’s probably doing the same for St Michael’s.Colm McFadden hit the back of the net again as St Michael’s beat MacCumhaills in Ballybofey by 1-15 to 1-08.The win easily saw the Cresslough/Dunfanaghy men through to the next round. The most incredible result of the day was the clash between Killybegs and Fanad Gaels.The sides were level after the first leg – and finished all-square again in the second game, Brendan Boyle hitting a last minute point for Killybegs. They’ll have to play a third time to sort things out.Brick Molloy was the star of the show as Naomh Conaill saw off St Naul’s 0-12 to 0-06, to add to the nine point margin of victory in the first leg.Noel McBride’s goal was the difference for Dungloe in their 1-09 to 0-09 victory away at Cloughaneely – the aggregate margin of victory was six points. In the intermediate championship Burt restored some pride in a closely fought home clash against rivals Buncrana.The visitors eventually won the leg 1-09 to 1-07 and Burt will regret eight wides in the second half.Meanwhile Naomh Colmcille have been crowned Division Four champions after a seven point victory over Robert Emmetts.DONEGALDAILY.COM  GAA ROUND-UP: McFADDEN HITS THE NET AGAIN was last modified: October 6th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:GAA ROUND-UP: McFADDEN HITS THE NET AGAINlast_img read more

DR MCKENNA CUP: DONEGAL TEAM TO FACE QUEENS UNIVERSITY ON SUNDAY ANNOUNCED

first_imgChristy Toye has been named in the Donegal team which will face Queen’s University Belfast on Sunday afternoon.The Donegal team to face Queen’s University in Belfast on Sunday at Mac Cumhaill Park has been announced.Donegal host QUB on Sunday afternoon and will be confident of recording a victory after Sunday’s comprehensive defeat to neighbours Derry.An experimental Donegal side featured several players who made their first competitive appearances for Donegal. Despite a decent opening period, Donegal were picked off easily in the second-half by their more experienced counterparts.Donegal have selected a stronger looking side for this Sunday’s clash with the students of QUB.However, as we know these provisional teams are usually subject to change prior to throw-in.Rory Gallagher is using the competition to try different systems and personnel in attempt to improve his squad ahead of the National Allianz League and Championship campaigns in 2015. The Donegal team to face Queen’s University Belfast is:1 Michael Boyle An Tearmann 2 Conor Parke Naomh Adhamhnáin 3 Éamonn Doherty Naomh Adhamhnáin 4 Paddy McGrath Ard an Ratha 5 Ciarán McGinley Cill Chartha 6 Declan Walsh Málainn 7 Frank McGlynn Ghleann Fhinne 8 Martin McElhinney Naomh Mícheál 9 Christy Toye Naomh Mícheál 10 Corey Gallagher An Clochán Liath 11 Odhrán Mac Niallais Gaoth Dobhair 12 Eoin McHugh Cill Chartha 13 Daniel McLaughlin Naomh Mícheál 14 Hugh McFadden Na Cealla Beaga 15 Martin O’Reilly Seán MacCumhaill 16 Mark Anthony McGinley Naomh Mícheál 17 Joe Gibbons Gleann Súilí 18 Sean Hensey Naomh Adhmhnáin 19 Éamonn Ward Gleann Súilí 20 Eunan Doherty Naomh Conaill 21 Ciaran McCaughey Realt na Mara BunDobhrain 22 Gary McFadden Gleann Súilí 23 Dermot Molloy Naomh Conaill 24 Ryan Melley Ard an Ratha 25 Malachy McDermott Bun an Phobail 26 Willie Gillespie Naomh Colmcille DR MCKENNA CUP: DONEGAL TEAM TO FACE QUEENS UNIVERSITY ON SUNDAY ANNOUNCED was last modified: January 8th, 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:AnnounceddonegalDr McKenna CupGAAnewsQUBSportteamlast_img read more

Local mother with Lyme Disease calls for action on devastating illness

first_imgA Donegal woman with Lyme Disease has taken on a mission to spread awareness of the illness among local doctors.Emma Doherty from Gleneely has been plagued with the life-changing illness for the past 11 years. The primary school teacher was once an active and energetic woman, but after getting bitten by a tick at a GAA pitch, she has faced over a decade of debilitating disease.The determined mum of two boys, aged 4 and 2, had to fight for her own diagnosis. Now, she wants to see a changed system where Irish doctors are equipped with the knowledge and the testing facilities to give people the answers they need so their Lyme Disease can be treated. “I am 35 years old and yet I lost nearly a 1/3 of my life to a disease that, had I known what I know now, could have been prevented,” Emma said.Emma was a keen GAA player and footballerDoctors did not know what was wrong with Emma, she recalls. The list of possible diagnoses ranged from Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chronic Fatigue, Myalgia, Neuralgia, Chronic Pain, Sciatica, Costochondritis etc. Some doctors told her she was ‘unlucky’ or ‘depressed’.The lightbulb moment came last summer when a kinesiologist told her there was a virus in her body. Suddenly, she remembered getting bitten at gaelic training and developing a large, growing rash mark.However, when her GP tested for Lyme, the result was negative. “Inside my body was on fire, I could hardly walk, lift my hand, my cognitive function was deteriorating. I couldn’t remember things, speaking became more difficult, looking at family/friends and not knowing their names. The pain was terrifying, everyday no let up, it felt like someone was sticking a knife into every bone and muscle in your body, my head felt like it was going to burst. Lyme causes inflammation in your brain. Then when that settled sciatica would start. How could this test be negative?”Emma did not stop there. She sourced a lab in Germany and organised to get her bloods taken and shipped over for testing. The results found Lyme Disease and several co-infections.“I was delighted to have finally a diagnosis and distraught as what to do next. Then the realisation hit that I had Lyme disease in my body for the past 11 years. I was terrified. I returned to my GP and handed over the results and was basically told that they could do nothing and that the results were not recognised in Ireland.”Emma Doherty on her wedding dayEmma went private to get treatment at the infectious diseases unit in the Mater Hospital Dublin. Finally, she is beginning to feel like herself again with a course of 4 different types of antibiotics every day and a range of supplements to boost her immune system. Emma also attends Biomagnetic pair therapy and it is hoped her treatment will be finished in three months’ time.“Right now I feel 75/80% back to myself. I feel ‘normal’. I never thought that would happen again. I’m looking forward to the future,” she said. Emma had to take sick leave from her work at Scoil Íosagáin Buncrana after a difficult Christmas. “I hit a wall in January, my weight was down to 9 stone, my levels of fatigue were x100 and I felt like the life was sucked out of me.”Emma Doherty with her husband Christopher and their sons Darragh (2) and Ronan (4)Emma is calling on every person to be aware of ticks outdoors and of the symptoms of the disease, particularly those in the medical world.“Our own health system is not aware. I presented to the doctors with the classic bullseye rash ( 50% of people infected with Lyme disease don’t get this rash) and yet I was only given a week of antibiotics and antihistamine. Now because I know, I should have got 6 weeks of antibiotics.“When do people ever question a doctor and their diagnosis? If you are diagnosed with a condition and are being treated for it, should you not expect your symptoms to improve or in the very least stay the same? What if doctors have got it wrong?” Emma said. Tick Tock Ireland are hosting the 2018 National Lyme Disease Conference in the Astra Hall, UCD on Saturday 2nd June 2018. Emma is calling on GPs from Donegal practices to attend the event and bring about change.“Our GPs are the first people that you will run to if you feel that you or your children may have this horrible disease. If GPs know what symptoms to look for people will get treated quicker and get better,” Emma said.For more information about Lyme Disease, visit the support group www.ticktalkireland.orgNote the poster below from www.ticktalkireland.org on Lyme Disease prevention and detection.Local mother with Lyme Disease calls for action on devastating illness was last modified: May 22nd, 2018 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:Awarenessemma dohertyhealthLyme Diseasetick talk irelandlast_img read more