Sunderland’s Adam Johnson admits child sex charge

first_imgSunderland winger Adam Johnson has pleaded guilty to one count of sexual activity with a child and one count of grooming.Johnson, 28, continues to deny two charges of sexual activity with a girl aged under 16.The footballer, who has earned 12 caps for England, appeared in the dock at Bradford Crown Court on Wednesday.Born in Sunderland, he began his career at Middlesbrough before moving to Manchester City and then to Sunderland for £10million in 2012. 1 Sunderland winger Adam Johnson last_img read more

Eden Hazard is unsure how to cope with Chelsea pressure mentally, talkSPORT told

first_imgBelgium football expert Christophe Terreur has offered his backing to Chelsea’s Eden Hazard.Ahead of Euro 2016, the out-of-sorts playmaker has come under scrutiny for his club this season, just months after starring for Chelsea in their Premier League title-winning campaign.Chelsea travel to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Tuesday evening in the first leg of the last 16 and the Parc des Princes could become a regular stomping ground for Hazard.The 25-year-old recently said in an interview that it was ‘difficult to say no to PSG’ after falling out of favour at Stamford Bridge.He has scored four goals for Belgium in 2015/16 and just one for the Blues in the FA Cup against MK Dons.But Terreur says Hazard’s poor form can be justified as it is his ‘first [ever] dip in performances’.He told Hawksbee and Jacobs: “He was doing alright in the Belgium national team because he suddenly started scoring which he wasn’t doing before, so we were quite happy.“I think last year he played every single game almost [and has done] for ten years in a row. So I think it’s the first dip in his performances ever.“Last week he said in an interview that he didn’t know how to cope with it mentally.“He had a short pre-season in which he suffered physically so it’s a combination of things altogether – you have the problems at Chelsea, it’s everything together. Even he is surprised.“It seems like he wants to move, he is up for a new challenge. But I think he is keeping his options open because if no one comes in with the money, the only teams that can pay him off is PSG and Real Madrid, so if not he will have to stay at Chelsea.”last_img read more


first_imgThe Letterkenny-based Sweeney family has carried away the prestigious Donegal Business of the Year Award at the 2011 Enterprising Donegal Business Awards, hosted by Donegal County Enterprise Board, held in the Radisson SAS Hotel today.Their business, the Swilly Group, provides driver training, general training and transport consulting services throughout Ireland.Founded by Noel Sweeney in 1975, the company is now the biggest driving school outside Dublin and the third biggest in the country. The Business Development Award went to John McNamara of Letterkenny-based JB Interactive Mobile Marketing, while the Emerging Business Award went to Rose Blaney of Seascape Spa.The Business Achievement Award went to Sidney McDaid of Letterkenny Skip Hire & Recycling.  Highland Radio took the award for Outstanding Contribution to the Local Economy and this year’s Innovation Award went to Donal Doherty of Harry’s Bar & Restaurant in Bridgend. John Perry, TD Minster for Small Business, presented the awards during the black-tie dinner event which attracted a huge turnout from the county’s business community.“When you consider the quality of the other companies who were short listed for the awards, we were totally shocked when our name was called out for the overall award” said Brian Sweeney, Managing Director of Swilly Group. “I’m delighted for my parents Noel and Mary, who have worked hard for the past 36 years building the business. We have an excellent team of employees who give us 100% week in week out and we couldn’t have achieved this without their hard work and commitment. They are Paddy Maguire, James Greene, Noreen Toye, Michael McGill, Liam Casey, Don Ponsonby, Susan Wasson, Damian Kerin and Karen Boyle. We also have a large group of part time tutors and training partners who have worked extremely hard for the company and I want to acknowledge their contribution also.”Michael Tunney, CEO of Donegal County Enterprise Board, said“The Sweeney family richly deserve this award.  They have developed a small family business into one that is delivering services across the island.They combine excellent service delivery with an eye for marketing and promotional opportunities, and they devote significant resources to training themselves and their staff to constantly improve their capabilities.”Donegal County Enterprise Board is co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Union. The Swilly Group was founded by Noel Sweeney in Letterkenny in 1975.  Noel’s wife Mary joined him in the business in the early 90s and now his sons Brian, Stephen and Karl are also actively involved in the business, which employs 14 full-time staff and over 30 part-time and contract staff.The company has expanded across Ireland and Northern Ireland and offers driver training and consulting services for learner drivers, truck and bus drivers, fleet operators and driving instructors.The company’s training unit also delivers IT, health and safety and general business training. Swilly Group opened new offices in Tallaght and Finglas in Dublin in February this year and is about to open a further office in Belfast.Noel also generated a lot of coverage with his YouTube video recorded in December describing how to drive in snow.  The video received over 14,000 views in a few days, with viewers coming from as far afield as New Zealand. Organised by Donegal County Enterprise Board, the Enterprising Donegal Business Awards are an annual event to acknowledge the contribution of local entrepreneurs to the economic and social fabric of the county.Previous winners of Business of the Year award have included Gartan Technologies, DS Environmental Services, Mantis Cranes and North West Aluminium.  Business Development Award winner John McNamara of JB Interactive Mobile Marketing will go on to represent Donegal at the National Enterprise Awards in Dublin later this year.For further information about the Enterprising Donegal Business Week Awards 2011 contact Donegal County Enterprise Board on 074 9160735 or email [email protected] alternatively, you can visit the Donegal County Enterprise Board’s website at www.donegalenterprise.ieEnds.THE SWILLY GROUP SCOOP DONEGAL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD was last modified: April 4th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalNoel SweeneySwilly Grouplast_img read more

Fellaini: ‘It’s difficult for my family but not for me – it’s not all fans’

first_img3 This interview appears in the current edition of Sport magazine, the brilliant FREE weekly publication packed full of a variety of sport. Download the free iPad app here and follow them on Twitter @SportMagUK.Marouane Fellaini has spent the morning defending himself. It’s nothing unusual. Fending off criticism has become an almost daily task for the Manchester United midfielder in recent months. But this time, the slurs are different. They’re not aimed at his footballing ability or performances on the pitch, but at his character.The previous evening, the 28-year-old was labelled a “thug” on national television for the second time in the space of a week by former Premier League referee Howard Webb. Summarising the second leg of Manchester United’s Europa League tie against Liverpool for BT Sport, Webb accused Fellaini of deliberately throwing an elbow at the head of Reds midfielder Emre Can. “It’s one thing imposing yourself on the game, but another thing being a thug on the pitch,” pronounced Webb.“In football you will always have some people with you and some against you… this is football,” shrugs Fellaini when we meet him at a Manchester hotel. He’s softly spoken and shy in his manner, making it difficult to tally the man in front of us with the one accused of “violently throwing his arms into people’s faces” (another Webb line) on a weekly basis.He appears unaffected by the furore swirling around him, smiling as he poses for our shoot and laughing sheepishly when a yawn escapes in front of the camera. But when we start to discuss a season during which he has so often borne the brunt of fans’ frustrations with an underperforming United team, the happy exterior fades.“Not all the fans can love you,” he says. “But I do my job. I try to do my best on the pitch, I work hard, I give everything for more than 90 minutes, and for me these are the most important things. I try to do everything for the manager and for the club. And the rest? I don’t listen. I don’t look. I just try to do my job.” ALL CHANGEIt’s all so far removed from Fellaini’s experiences at Everton, where his hardworking, fiery persona won the respect of the fans, his teammates and even the press. In a Daily Mail article written ahead of an England v Belgium friendly in 2012, Fellaini is described as “the perfect modern midfielder” – one who brings “athleticism and power to Everton’s engine room, versatility and, as a record of 20 goals in 137 appearances shows, an attacking threat”.Asked now what he feels he brings to United, it’s clear that Fellaini doesn’t consider himself any different to the player who won these plaudits just four years ago: “My mentality and my hard work. And I know I can be dangerous. I try to do everything to win the game.”But away from the club that gave him his first home in England, those qualities aren’t winning him anything apart from insults, abuse and the occasional bout of booing from his own team’s fans.Fellaini’s move across the Pennines was difficult from the start. Joining a club reeling from Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement, he was under pressure to prove David Moyes’ faith in him was founded on more than familiarity. “He said they needed someone like me, but he only did nine months and after that he was sacked,” says Fellaini of Ferguson’s successor, who he played under for five years at Everton. 3 3 TUNING OUTThere’s no sense of anger from Fellaini, just a touch of prickliness about the sections of the United crowd who react to his place in any Louis van Gaal starting XI with outrage. Take a look at his Twitter mentions the next time he steps on the pitch and you’ll find an ugly stream of close-to-the-bone ‘banter’ and venom.“It’s difficult for my family because they read what people write and hear what’s said,” says Fellaini, whose brother is alongside him when we speak, rocking the same haircut and a similarly long and lean physique. “But for me, it’s not hard because I’m a professional and I love my job. I do everything for my job.“And it’s not all of the fans. I go out around Manchester; I go to dinner and to work and the supporters are always great towards me. I don’t know, maybe some, they don’t watch all the games? So I don’t read [what’s written] and I don’t listen to it.”When the team as a whole has so often failed to deliver on the pitch this season, why is it Fellaini who is singled out for such criticism?“Sometimes I don’t understand it,” he says. “But I have to deal with it. I have to get past it and do my job. If the manager puts me in the team, he knows why – it’s for a reason.“Yes, this is the first time I have been through a time like this, but it’s also an important experience to have because it’s not every year you can have good times, you know? And the most important things are that I am happy, my health is good, my family is good and I enjoy playing football.”Asked whether he believes he can win over those fans for whom he has become a symbol of United’s troubled campaign, Fellaini lets out a long breath: “What can I do? Just play my game, work hard and that’s it. I don’t cheat, you know? I work hard on the pitch and give everything to try and win the game. The rest? It’s not important. That’s it.” Marouane Fellaini talks to Sport magazine – download the iPad app below last_img read more

City begins its series of MLK events

first_img Councilwoman Jan Perry said Rosa Parks serves as an inspiration. “Much has changed since 1955 and we cannot forget what her role was in accomplishing that,” Perry said. Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390 [email protected] EVENTS The city of Inglewood will host its 23rd annual “Dr. Martin Luther King Day Celebration” and tribute to Rosa Parks, 9 a.m. today, at Faithful Central Bible Church, 321 N. Eucalyptus Ave., Inglewood. At 11:30 a.m., participants will march south along Eucalyptus to Hollywood Park Racetrack. The Los Angeles chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Martin Luther King Legacy Association of Los Angeles, African Diaspora Foundation and the UCLA Labor Center will host a daylong youth civil-rights teach-in, titled “Overcoming Violence on L.A. Campuses and in our Community,” 9 a.m. today at First A.M.E. Zion Church, 1449 W. Adams Blvd. Call (323) 290-4100. The Museum of Tolerance, 9786 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, will host several events: The influence of Martin Luther King Jr. on the lives of sports figures, jazz musicians and educators, 2 p.m. Sunday. For reservations, call (310) 772-2526. “Citizen King,” a 2004 documentary on King’s life, 2 p.m. Monday. For reservations, call (310) 772-2527. An exhibit by Los Angeles Ribet Academy depicting King’s contributions will be on display through Friday. For more information, see Yolanda King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., will be the keynote speaker at a ceremony honoring her father’s legacy, 9 a.m. Monday at the Soka Gakai International auditorium, 525 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. The King Day Parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. Monday along Martin Luther King Boulevard, from Crenshaw Boulevard to Western Avenue. The two-mile parade, hosted by the Council on Racial Equality, will include numerous floats, marching bands, drill teams and local dignitaries. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will serve as grand marshal. “The Road to Civil Rights,” featuring a screening of “Negroes with Guns,” 4 p.m. Monday, West Hollywood Community Center at Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Los Angeles city officials kicked off commemorations Friday marking the civil-rights movement, honoring the legacies of Rosa Parks and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The City Hall ceremony – attended by civil-rights leaders and members of the Parks family – came in advance of Monday’s holiday honoring King’s birth. Dozens of events are planned across the city, including Monday’s King Day Parade in the Crenshaw District and a monthlong celebration in February of African-American heritage. “I have said that if it were not for (former Mayor) Tom Bradley, Martin Luther King and the civil-rights movement, I would not be standing here today,” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “A good number of us sitting here – women and people of color – every one of us were blessed by the sacrifices and courage and the indomitable spirit of Rosa Parks and the courage of Martin Luther King.” Members of the Parks family traveled from Detroit to take part in the event, during which Villaraigosa declared it Rosa Parks Day in the city. Parks died last year at age 92, and Villaraigosa was among the dignitaries who spoke at her funeral. Councilman Bernard Parks said Rosa Parks became the symbol of the civil-rights movement in 1955, when she refused to give up her bus seat in Montgomery, Ala. – an act of civil defiance that resulted in abolition of the racial segregation laws. He said he was most impressed with Parks’ humility. “She never understood what all the fuss was about with her,” the councilman said. “As much as she had achieved and all the accolades she had received, she was mystified why people thought she was so great. She never understood all the fanfare.” last_img read more

Fancy getting free fuel for your first 10,000 kms of driving?

first_imgIt’s not often you get free fuel to keep you going for your first 10,000 kilometres.But that’s exactly what you’ll get from Donaghey Van Centre in Letterkenny.The company has a huge number of vans for sale with a large range of new and pre-owned vehicles available. Included amongst the range is the new Talento From €18,495 + vat and the Talento is available in SWB,LWB,Crew Cab and Combi.The amazing offer on the free fuel for your first 10,000 kms is available up until December 30th this year.So what are you waiting for?Get down to Donaghey Van Centre today where your driving (at least the first 10,000 kms) is absolutely FREE! See more at www.donagheyvancentre.comFancy getting free fuel for your first 10,000 kms of driving? was last modified: November 21st, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donaghey Motorhomesdonegalfree fuellast_img read more

Vacancy: Leading coal merchant requires coal bagger

first_imgA leading Donegal coal merchant requires coal-bagging operators.Coyle Coal, a busy coal yard in Buncrana, is offering excellent hourly rates.No previous experience is required as full training will be given. If you are interested in these positions please send your CV to [email protected]: Leading coal merchant requires coal bagger was last modified: November 30th, 2019 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:baggerbuncranacoyle coallast_img read more


first_imgCouncil staff help Lord Mayor Frank McBrearty launch the new winter weather websiteDonegal County Council is ready for winter it announced as it launched its new winter weather website www.donegalcocowinterweather.ieA council spokesman revealed they now have 7,500 tonnes of salt locked away at locations across the county for the council’s fleet of 21 gritters and snowploughs which will be manned by up to 80 staff.Launching the ambitious new website, executive engineer Brian Burke said it was the first step to keeping the public informed of weather patterns and how to cope with them. However he stressed the responsibility of interacting with the weather including driving was ultimately with the public.At the launch of the winter weather programme for Donegal County Council“This is a major step forward in helping the public to interact with Donegal County Council when it comes to weather issue.“Donegal is a diverse county and this website will hopefully keep all sections of the public up to date with how the council is reacting to changing weather patterns,” he said.As well as full information on road and driving conditions, locations and availability of salt and grit, the council has gone completely interactive. Live cameras have also been set up at weather stations in Killygordon, Bundoran, Gaoth Dobhair, An Grianan and Lough Mourne (the Gap).“We have also linked into live camera station on the Glenshane Pass and the Foyle Bridge for people using those routes travelling to Belfast or to airports in Northern Ireland as many do,” said Brian Burke.Lord Mayor Frank McBrearty welcomed the new website and said it was a major step forward for the council in keeping up with the trends of social media.The council also hopes to continue using the website outside of the winters months to highlight flooding, roadworks and other areas which may obstruct the public.“It is very early days and the one thing we want form the public is feedback. If they feel we can add something, then we will listen. “The website is for the public’s use and the more feedback we get, then the greater tool it can become,” added Mr Burke.John McLaughlin, Diretor of Roads and Transportation with DCC welcomed the new website also.“It provides important information for al road users and local and national media outlets and I would encourage people to follow us on @roadsDCC or @donegalcouncil or on the council’s Facebook page,” he said.COUNCIL SAYS IT IS READY FOR WINTER AS WEATHER WEBSITE IS LAUNCHED was last modified: November 30th, 2012 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:camerasengineer Brian BurkegrittersLord Mayor Frank McBreartywinter weather websitelast_img read more


first_imgCARTOONIST JARLA HAS FRIENDS IN LOW PLACES …………. was last modified: July 15th, 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:cartoondonegalGarth BrooksJarlalast_img read more

New day-laborer center OK’d

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “I think this is going to be one of the best-run facilities into the future,” said Councilman Tony Cardenas, who represents parts of Van Nuys and Sylmar. “It took a lot of work and cooperation with Home Depot.” The plan calls for the Youth Policy Institute to operate a resource center in a building in the parking lot of the Home Depot at Balboa Place and Roscoe Boulevard on property owned by the city’s airport agency. Home Depot will pay to renovate the building, and the Youth Policy Institute will receive $150,000 in city funding. Councilman Greig Smith, whose district includes residential areas near the store, said the city and the company must make sure potential workers actually use the center. “What the neighbors have complained about for years is that (job seekers) are stretched out all along this boulevard looking for jobs but the building sits empty,” he said. “Unless Home Depot steps up to the plate and pushes people into this building, the project will fail.” The San Fernando Valley is poised to get its second city-sponsored day-labor center after the City Council approved a plan Wednesday for a site in Van Nuys. The council unanimously approved a lease agreement in which Home Depot and the city will support an effort by the nonprofit Youth Policy Institute to establish a site to aid job seekers. The vote comes as Los Angeles officials consider a citywide policy on day-labor facilities, and neighboring cities, most recently Burbank, add sites of their own. The new center would be the eighth city-backed site in Los Angeles, with three more in the works. Officials touted the Van Nuys plan as a model that could be replicated elsewhere. Cardenas said he is confident the Van Nuys site will succeed because it will provide programming to keep people inside, and two Youth Policy Institute staffers will be present at all times. The site will include job, computer and English-language training, as well as medical services, said Luis Perez, coordinator with the Youth Policy Institute, which has operated a similar center in North Hollywood for 15 years. While the North Hollywood site sees from 80 to 110 job-seekers a day, the Van Nuys facility would likely draw even more, Perez said. “This site is open to everybody and anybody who’s looking for work,” he said. “It’s open to anybody who’s willing to come in and conduct themselves in a professional way.” Jobs would be disseminated according to a lottery system, Perez said, with consideration given to workers with special skills. The arrangement in Van Nuys will serve as a template as the city expands the Day Laborer Program, said Delphia Jones, director of the Human Services and Family Development Division of the city’s Community Development Department. One of the sites under consideration now for such a center is a Home Depot in Canoga Park. Councilman Dennis Zine, who represents the area, said he would welcome an effectively run program because the issue concerns his constituents. “You go to Home Depot and get bombarded by people looking for work,” Zine said. “I understand them looking for work, but we have a responsibility for maintaining some semblance of order.” Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 [email protected] 160Want 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