Despite losing eight starters from last season’s team, technical director of Wolmer’s Boys Rudolph Speid said that he is very confident that they will do well in this year’s ISSA-FLOW schoolboy football competitions. The Heroes Circle-based Wolmer’s are defending FLOW Super Cup champions and were beaten in last year’s Manning Cup final. They have only managed to retain three starters from last season’s successful team – Ramone Lewis, Rivaldo English and Mario Salesman. However, despite this, Speid said he is confident that they will put on a good show this season. “There are four titles up for grabs this season, and we are trying to win them,” said Speid. “But we are in a rebuilding mood, but, of course, we have some players that didn’t start last year that will be starting this year,” Speid said. Speid added: “We have Nickache Murray and Taj Griffiths. who were both in the national Under-17 team, and we also have some other players that we are looking forward to.” Speid also pointed out that they have also brought in a numbers of players from other schools to help add more depth to the team. “A lot of players came through the Wolmer’s system this year, and plus there are a couple of additions from outside, so all in all, I expect that we will have a fairly decent team to compete effectively with the other teams in the Manning Cup,” Speid said. Wolmer’s, who have been one of the most consistent teams in schoolboy football over the past decade, last won the Manning Cup competition in 1994.
0Shares0000Midfielder Luka Modric scored the only goal for Croatia in their Euro 2016 opening win against Turkey (AFP Photo/Philippe Lopez)SAINT-ETIENNE, France, June 17 – Croatia’s midfield icon Luka Modric suffered a muscle injury in his side’s 2-2 draw with Czech Republic Friday that coach Ante Cacic said may have caused his side’s loss of a two-goal lead.The Real Madrid star came off in the 62nd minute of the game with what Cacic called “a muscular problem”. Cacic said Modric was his side’s “most important player” and his absence along with flares thrown on the pitch by Croatian fans could have caused a meltdown.Modric is now a major doubt for Croatia’s final Group D game against European champions Spain on Tuesday.Croatia had been cruising at 2-0 up, a score which could have seen them through to the last 16, but Milan Skoda pulled a goal back, and after the flare drama, Tomas Necid equalised from the penalty spot in injury time.“That was the main problem. Our concentration dropped when he (Modric) left the field,” said Cacic.Croatia face more problems as UEFA has said it will open an investigation into the pitch incidents.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000Croatian defender Dejan Lovren joined Liverpool in 2014 © AFP/File / PAUL ELLISLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Apr 28 – Liverpool’s Croatian defender Dejan Lovren confirmed on Friday he has signed a new long-term contract until 2021.The 27-year-old moved from Southampton in 2014 on a deal worth £20 million and has made 105 appearances since. “This is one special day for me and my family,” said Lovren.“I think I am the happiest guy (in the world) today, it’s another dream come true. It was always my dream to stay as long as possible at one club that I love – and that is Liverpool.”Lovren has endured some difficult times since his arrival at Anfield but his improvement this season he puts that down to manager Jurgen Klopp.“When Jurgen came in, he changed me a lot. Not just me, he changed a lot of players with the mentality, working hard on the pitch, on the training ground and he is still fresh here because it’s only a year and half, but everyone has seen the big difference,” he told liverpoolfc.com.A draw in Thursday’s Manchester derby means Liverpool retain third place, one point ahead of City and two ahead of United, with both clubs having a match in hand.However, with four matches remaining Lovren is confident they can achieve their aim of securing Champions League football.“I would be stupid if I was to say we don’t believe in this,” he stated.“We started the season so strong and we believed from day one in pre-season – and we are still believing.“Unfortunately, we had some injuries and we were unlucky in those moments, but we still have a big squad with young talents.“We will definitely fight in the last four games to take all 12 points.”Klopp said Lovren was key to their future progress.“Dejan is a big presence for us on the pitch and in the dressing room – this is wonderful news that he has committed to LFC for such a long time,” he said.“It is our intention to build this squad around the great talent we already have.“He is an outstanding defender and someone who, I believe, still has his best times to come as a player.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Leeds trialist Mitja Krizan has failed to earn a move to Elland Road and now been sent on loan to NK Drava Ptuj.The 19-year-old striker had been at Leeds in a bid to secure a contract with the Yorkshire club.However it appears that the Celje forward did not do enough to impress in England and has now secured a loan move elsewhere.It has been reported in Slovenia that Krizan has now agreed a short-term spell at Drava Ptuj, along with three of his team-mates. 1 Leeds have rejected the chance to sign Slovenian forward Mitja Krizan
20. Dele Alli (attacking midfield) 11 10. Harry Kane (centre forward) 5. Jan Vertonghen (centre-back) 11 11 11 11 29. Harry Winks (central midfield) 11 15. Eric Dier (right-back) 11 33. Ben Davies (left-back) 11 23. Christian Eriksen (left-wing) 11 4. Toby Alderweireld (centre-back) 1. Hugo Lloris (goalkeeper) – click the right arrow above to see our predicted Tottenham XI, in squad number order… 19. Mousa Dembele (central midfield) 17. Moussa Sissoko (right-wing) 11 11 It’s been a tough few days for Tottenham Hotspur and they will welcome the chance to show what they’re made of against Newcastle United on Sunday.Danny Rose’s controversial interview in The Sun didn’t go down well with fans, and Spurs will now need to do their talking on the pitch to stop the problems getting worse.Sadly for Mauricio Pochettino and his thin squad, injuries have made his options even thinner.Erik Lamela and Danny Rose are still on the way back from long-term hip and knee injuries, respectively, while Kieran Trippier and Georges-Kevin N’Koudou are absent for at least one match.So who will Pochettino pick? Click the right arrow above to see our predicted XI, in squad number order…
1 Alan Tate believes Swansea’s survival hopes could rest on their January transfer dealings.Swansea are bottom of the Premier League after 18 games, four points adrift of safety, and Tate says Paul Clement must add a creative spark to his squad if the club are to avoid relegation.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former Swans star said: “At the minute, we don’t really look like winning games. We have only won only three in 18.“January will be big for us, in terms of who we bring in. There is no reason why, if we do get the recruitment right, why we can’t get those couple of wins.“We need a creative spark and we need a goalscoring midfielder from somewhere. We have got Wilfried [Bony] up top. If we keep him fit, he is a very good Premier League player.“We have got a player with great potential in Tammy Abraham, who has come on loan from Chelsea and looks like a goalscorer, but they need that creative influence to go and get them goals.” Swansea City boss Paul Clement
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has insisted striker Fernando Llorente is ‘in [his] plans’ amid links with a late deadline day move to Chelsea.With Paris Saint-Germain forward Lucas Moura expected to join Spurs before Wednesday’s 11pm transfer deadline, there have been claims the Brazilian’s arrival would pave the way for Llorente’s exit.The Spaniard has been linked with a move to London rivals Chelsea, who are still on the hunt for a back-up striker, as well as Everton.It had been suggested Tottenham would only consider selling Llorente if they received a bid of £25million or more.However, Spurs boss Pochettino has dismissed the speculation and insists the striker remains part of his plans.“Fernando is our player, I know nothing about that,” he said when quizzed about the transfer reports.“I cannot speak about rumours. He’s in our plans.”READ MORE: Giroud v Llorente v Batshuayi – Who is the best Plan B striker for Conte? Spurs striker Fernando Llorente has been linked with a late move to Premier League rivals Chelsea 1
Community groups from across Donegal gathered at Carnone Church Hall on Wednesday morning last to mark the delivery of the Better Energy Communities Programme in the county.In 2018 six community-based groups along with a number of public sector buildings availed of just over €330,000 worth of energy efficiency upgrades.The groups also availed of 38% grant aid from the 2018 SEAI Better Energy Communities Programme for a range of works including lighting upgrades, window replacement, insulation upgrades boiler upgrades. Speaking at the event Chief Executive of Donegal County Council Seamus Neely said: “Climate change is the most significant threat faced by our world today and we all have a say in what our energy future will look like and we all have a responsibility to act.It has become even more clear in the last few weeks that if we are to meet our energy targets we all need to take action,” he added.“Critical to this success is a grassroots movement at a community-level and Donegal County Council is delighted to be a part of this community movement through this grant process.”Donegal County Council co-ordinated the grant application process at a local level facilitating community groups who were keen to upgrade their facilities to become more energy efficient. At an event in the Carnone Church Hall to mark the delivery of 2018 SEAI Better Energy Communities Programme in Donegal seated from left are Alex Buchanan, Carnone Hall, Harry Wallace, Carnone Hall, Seamus Neely, CE, Donegal County Council, Cllr. Patrick McGowan, Chairperson, Stranorlar Municipal District, Joe Peoples, Donegal County Council, Anna Slevin, Stranorlar Scouts Den and Bobby Slevin, Carnone Hall. Back from left Paddy Mullen, Donegal County Council, John Patterson, Carnone Hall, Eugene McHugh, Capry Rovers, Garry Gallen, Gallen Insulation, Judith McCarthy, Donegal County Museum, Cronan Scanlon, Crossroads and Killygordon Enterprise, Neill Martin, Finn Valley Leisure Centre, Bartley McGlynn, Finn Valley Leisure Centre, Liam Carron, LYIT, Patrica Patton Donegal ETB and Paddy Kelly, Donegal ETB. Photo Clive WassonPublic buildings such as the Donegal County Museum, Public Service Centres, Central Library, Donegal ETB’s Head Office in Letterkenny and Co-Lab at Letterkenny Institute of Technology were also facilitated.Paddy Mullen Donegal County Council explained that this work is all part of the Councils commitment to improved energy efficiency.“Our Energy Management System recently retained its ISO 50001 certification following an independent audit by Certification Europe,” he said.“We are determined to play our part in delivering on greater energy efficiency in Donegal.”Donegal communities celebrate better energy efficiency was last modified: December 21st, 2018 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:Donegal County Council
Originally posted on the Tim Sackett Project blog. I read a bunch of articles about what’s the next greatest benefit to offer employees. I read one the other day that tried to make it seem like now offering food at work is normal, like everyone is giving away breakfast and lunches, like you give away health insurance.It’s the one thing I hate about reading mainstream media HR articles. Apparently, the only employers in America are located in the 50 square miles around Silicon Valley. Do you really think I believe that the majority of companies in America are giving away free food to their employees?Come on, that’s not happening!If you are lucky enough to work for a place that feeds you, great, you won the job lottery, enjoy it! If they offer you Kombucha as well, then I’m just sorry for you, because that means they hate you.What’s the #1 luxury benefit to offer in 2019?It’s Time.Time is the one thing every single one of us needs more of. For many it doesn’t even have to be paid time off! Just allow me some time to do some of the stuff that impacting my life, so I can better focus on work when I’m at work.But of course Paid Time is always appreciated.I know some employers have gone to unlimited paid time off and studies have shown that when organizations go to this their overall use of paid time off actually goes down. This is a sad commentary on our society.I know a lot of HR friends of mine argue this can’t be the case because it seems so contrarian to what you would think would happen. “If I had unlimited time off I would never come in and just be on vacation every day!” Okay, Betty, and you would be fired!The reality is unlimited time off is the answer, because psychology it doesn’t work. Some have the self control enough to use it appropriately, but most people fear that taking time off will somehow impact their performance, so even when they do take their unlimited time off, they still are connected, working in some way.I know of a few organizations that completely shutdown for a week or two… completely. Notice out to clients – “Hey, it’s our annual refresh the batteries, 100% percent of us will be off and not connected, we can’t wait to come back fully recharged to rock your world.” I like the idea, but get it’s probably impractical for so many organizations.I think the best thing we can do as leaders is to ensure our people are actually taking their paid time off and when they do they know that it’s okay to completely disconnect. That we’ll have their back and to enjoy themselves.I wonder how many of your leaders pull quarterly or annual reports of PTO to see if their team is taking time for themselves?
Daniele De Rossi is being linked with a return to Roma this summer, replacing his father as the club’s Primavera Coach. De Rossi ended his career-long association with Roma at the end of last season, making it clear he felt forced out by the club. The midfielder went on to join Boca Juniors, but injuries have hampered his spell in Argentina so far. Now, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, the Giallorossi are revolutionising their youth sector and want two personnel manning it. One of them would be Bruno Conti, looking after the Under-15s, while they hope the other is Alberto De Rossi – currently in charge of their Primavera team – to oversee the older age groups. As per the newspaper, Alberto’s promotion will open up a vacancy that his son could well fill. De Rossi plans to venture into coaching once he ends his playing career, although he has made no suggestion of when that will be. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/