Former Manchester United defender unsure on future with Serie A club

first_img Patrice Evra 1 Former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra admits he is unsure about his future.The Frenchman is in the final year of his contract with Juventus and as of yet it is not certain whether he will extend it.Clubs in America and the Middle East have shown an interest in the full-back, with both willing to offer the 34-year-old lucrative wages.There has also been talk of a return to France for the former Monaco man, who is keen to continue his career beyond next summer.“I am not a magician. I do not know what is going to happen in the future,” Evra told RMC.“In life, we never know. If it is to happen [coming back to France], taking the money and bringing nothing to the team would be pointless.“I want to continue as long as my body is telling me to.”last_img read more

Panel OKs nasal flu spray for kids under 2

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Recommendations by the panel usually are accepted by U.S. health officials, and they influence insurance companies’ decisions on vaccination coverage. The committee didn’t recommend FluMist over flu shots, merely making it an option for young children who may dread a shot with a needle. Flu shots are still recommended for children ages 6 months to 5 years, those 50 and over and other groups at risk for flu complications. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ATLANTA (AP) – Children as young as 2 can be given a nasal spray flu vaccine, a federal advisory panel said Wednesday. Government advice now recommends only traditional shots for children younger than 5. But recent studies have shown the vaccine FluMist, made by Maryland-based MedImmune Inc., to be safe and effective in kids as young as 2. FluMist was initially approved in 2003 for use in healthy people ages 5 to 49. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration last month approved its use for the 2 to 5 age group as well. Now, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, which advises government health officials, is recommending FluMist’s use for kids in the 2 to 5 age bracket. Committee members said Wednesday that children with a history of asthma or wheezing should opt for a shot. last_img read more

DNA of cats is deciphered

first_img 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Richard Gibbs of the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, who led a team that decoded the DNA of a monkey called the rhesus macaque, called the new work “a good outline” of cat DNA. Scientists are looking forward to the complete version, which will be useful for making detailed comparisons to the DNA of other animals, he said. The full complement of an organism’s DNA is called its genome. In cats, as in people, it’s made up of nearly 3billion building blocks. The sequence of those blocks spells out the hereditary information, just as strings of letters spell out sentences. Decoding a genome, which is called sequencing, means identifying the order of the building blocks. The new work identified 20,285 genes in the cat, probably about 95percent of the animal’s full complement, O’Brien said. That’s similar to the 20,000-25,000 genes estimated for humans. NEW YORK – An Abyssinian cat from Missouri named Cinnamon has just made scientific history. Researchers have largely decoded her DNA, a step that may aid the search for treatments for both feline and human diseases. The report adds cats to roughly two dozen mammals whose DNA has been unraveled, a list that includes dogs, chimps, rats, mice, cows and of course, people. Why add cats? They get more than 200 diseases that resemble human illnesses, and knowing the details of their genetic makeup should help in the search for vaccines and treatments, researchers say. The list includes a cat version of AIDS, SARS, diabetes, retinal disease and spina bifida, said Stephen J. O’Brien of the National Cancer Institute. The new work is reported in the November issue of the journal Genome Research by a team including O’Brien and colleague Joan Pontius. It covers about two-thirds of the DNA of Cinnamon, a research cat that lives at the University of Missouri in Columbia; more complete results are expected next year, O’Brien said. last_img read more

Photographer guilty in Peninsula rape case

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsDuring closing arguments Monday, Reed’s attorney likened the case to the controversial novel “Lolita.” Like the title character, the victim in this case was no “wallflower,” Richard Kim argued. It’s not shocking that teenagers – like Lolita and Reed’s victim – choose to have sex, even with adults. But Deputy District Attorney Bea Dieringer reminded the jury how the girl spent nearly a day shamefully and tearfully testifying about how this “predator” took advantage of her naivete. “You heard that man testify – you could hear how slick he was,” Dieringer said of Reed. “What a con artist.” Reed met the girl at a South Los Angeles bus stop on Aug. 2, 2006. Reed, an amateur photographer, and the girl, who wants to be a model, agreed to the photo shoot to help both their portfolios. A 43-year-old man was convicted Wednesday of raping a 15-year-old girl during a photo shoot on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The Torrance Superior Court jury also found Antoine Reed guilty of oral copulation of a minor and two counts of lewd and lascivious acts on a child. After the verdicts were read, the girl’s mother, Staci Daniels, whispered “thank you” to the detective on the case and then loudly said: “Thank you, jurors.” The jury began deliberations early Tuesday, but started over again after one juror was replaced by an alternate. The jury of nine men and three women then deliberated about a day before reaching a verdict. The girl, who wore a school uniform and carried a book bag, was driven to the South Coast Botanic Garden. After Reed took some pictures, he told the girl to take off her clothes. When she refused, he pulled them off. Then, in a secluded area of the 87-acre garden, he raped and sexually assaulted her. During the two-week trial, the jurors heard how detectives linked Reed to the attack. The girl saw his name embroidered on his inside-out work shirt and described his rental car. In addition, DNA recovered from her body and clothes matched Reed’s. Reed was arrested in North Carolina and extradited to California to face charges. He has previous convictions for robbery and aggravated assault with a firearm, and faces 75 years to life in prison when he returns to court Jan. 31 to be sentenced by Judge James Brandlin. Reed originally represented himself, but then asked for an attorney partway through the trial. He admitted he had sex with the girl, but testified that he thought she was 19 years old. He said the sex was consensual and she expected $200 in return. Kim said Reed was “foolish” to represent himself, and asked the jury to disregard Reed’s opening statement. Kim told the jurors they should consider a lie the girl repeated to school administrators, police officers and a nurse. She said her assailant kidnapped her at knifepoint to get her in the car. She later acknowledged she went willingly, but lied because she felt embarrassed about it. “How do we trust her?” Kim asked. “The fact of the matter is, you’ll never know.” Kim also attacked the sheriff’s detective who handled the case for dismissing the girl’s kidnapping lie as something kids do in such situations. The girl, Kim added, had time to think about what she was doing and escape – but didn’t. “At some point, are we going to reward her for being stupid?” he asked. But Dieringer reminded the jury that the law protects even those who make mistakes – like getting in cars with strangers. She didn’t run when the situation became threatening, Dieringer said, because Reed told her he had a knife and she was afraid and isolated in unfamiliar territory. Outside court after the verdict, Daniels said she felt “relief.” She said her daughter still wants to model, and even has a job lined up for today. Dieringer said girls who watch “America’s Next Top Model” on television could easily be taken advantage of by predatory con artists like Reed. [email protected] 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


first_imgTWENTY per cent of households have delayed or missed paying bills in order to pay for basic goods and services, a CSO survey found today.One in ten households delayed or missed loan repayments and a further one in ten delayed or missed paying their credit card bill.The CSO survey found that cutbacks in Co Donegal – included in the West region statistics – were on a par with the national average. It showed that more than half of households cut spending on groceries, while half also reduced spending on going out. Almost half spent less on holidays abroad.You can read the entire report by clicking here:CSO REPORT HOUSEHOLD SPENDINGCSO REPORT: HOUSEHOLDS MISS BILLS TO PAY FOR GROCERIES was last modified: February 14th, 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)last_img read more


first_img‘CONSULTAS’ are a Donegal based company who specialise in financial services. In this week’s feature Niall Kavanagh and Tom McDonagh have given another fascinating insight into the word of economics, this time focusing on the implications on over borrowing and investing in property during the boom years.Below, Niall and Tom disregard the confusing terminology used in the world of finance into lay-man’s terms in order for us to all understand the current economic and banking situation in Ireland. All the talk over the last 7 to 8 years has been focused on private dwelling mortgages with little or no mention of any investments in property or businesses, which has been funded by way of bank borrowings.In times of financial crisis it is important to concentrate on the most important assets and prioritise your family home, which is a necessity rather than a luxury.That said, very little has been achieved over the last 5 years to sort out family home debt with over a 100,000 mortgages still in arrears or availing of temporary measures, on the expectation that individual’s financial position would improve.Now we hear that the Irish mortgage holders pays an average of 2% over their European counterparts which equates to €4,000 a year on a mortgage of €200,000, because of this it is difficult to believe that realistic attempts have been done by Government and Banks to deal with this increasingly alarming situation. It is very disappointing to hear that the natives of a country that implemented a number of necessary austerity measures continue to pay more than our fellow citizens in Europe.Despite all this it remains vitally important that borrowers engage and cooperate to secure a sustainable and affordable solution to mortgage arrears.The next big issue on the horizon is buy to let and SME business debt, a number of comments have emanated from a number of acknowledged economists in relation the levels of arrears in both of these sectors.For some reason little or no comment has emerged from political or banking sources.Many individuals invested in buy to let properties across Ireland considering property as good as a pension and source of additional income in retirement. Unfortunately many of the purchases were overpriced and in some cases funded by 100% mortgages or equity releases on private dwelling loans. High numbers of these investments have failed as a result of decreasing rental yields, changes to government taxation and pressure from banks to repay the debt. As a result, significant numbers of buy to let mortgages are in arrears or have been extended on interest only arrangements, which serve no purpose in many instances other than to postpone the inevitable. Interest only repayment structures is a short-term measure to defer a sale or the appointment of a receiver to a property pending the uplift in the value of the asset, in most cases this arrangement serves the Bank more than the borrower. SME debt has snowballed over the last 10 years with many business people investing heavily in their enterprises to expand and modernize their operations.Sectors like the car trade and supermarkets have seen significant investment in property assets funded by Bank borrowings, in many cases the development costs were significant but were justified by a strong belief that the additional trade would cancel out the large outlay. Again this belief was misplaced and trade, which may have performed well due to the novelty aspect eventually, petered out to previous levels resulting in many businesses operating at historical levels with double the debt.Finally the biggest catastrophe for a number of unfortunate business people was the investment in property using the strength or equity of a successful profitable business to secure the funding. In some cases these failed investments or being supported by good business, which is now hemorrhaging due to this non-business related debt overhang. The correct course of action is to separate the investment from the core profitable business to allow the enterprise survive and support jobs and the economy, unfortunately some financial creditors look for a return of capital from all sources available regardless of the impact on the business.Consultas Financial Services is a Business Consultancy and Financial Services Company owned and managed by finance experts Niall Kavanagh and Tom McDonagh.  Consultas Financial Services Limited is currently the only company authorised to carry out Debt Management Services in County Donegal.Both directors are experienced financial services professionals having occupied Senior Management positions in AIB, Bank of Ireland & Ulster Bank.Niall & Tom are Qualified Financial Advisors and are authorised to provide the following financial services, SME Business Consultancy, Independent Business Review & Analysis, Business Restructuring & Turnaround Specialists, Owner Manager Support Start Up Enterprises Business, Expansion, Raising Finance, Bank Relationship, Management Review, Bank Fees & Transaction Costs.Debt Management & Mediation Review, Personal & Business Debt, Advice on Debt Restructures, Negotiate with Financial Institutions, Provide Solutions to Debt Issues, Personal Insolvency & Bankruptcy Options.Consultas Financial Services Limited Registered Office Minchluaine, Golf Course Road Letterkenny, Co Donegal Tel: 01-5543904 Fax :01-5543906 Web: [email protected] Financial Services Limited is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland.Niall Kavanagh of Consultas is authorised by the Insolvency Service of Ireland to carry on practice as a Personal Insolvency Practitioner.CONSULTAS OFFER EXPERT ADVICE TO THOSE OF US WHO HAVE OVER BORROWED was last modified: June 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:BusinessFeaturesnewslast_img read more

Joey Barton: Mourinho HAS to be Everton’s first choice, while De Boer is a risk

first_img1 Jose Mourinho, Frank de Boer and Ronald Koeman are contenders for the Everton job Joey Barton has spoken to talkSPORT to share his thoughts on Everton’s managerial search, on the day Roberto Martinez was sacked by the Merseyside club.The Spaniard was dismissed the day after a humiliating defeat at the hands of Sunderland, which guarantees the Toffees will finish in the bottom half of the Premier League table this term.After a record points total in his debut season, and an excellent fifth placed finish, things have only been going downhill for Martinez, and Everton need to ensure they bring in the correct manager to fix his mistakes.Frank de Boer is considered front-runner for the job, having confirmed his exit from Ajax this week, while both Jose Mourinho and Ronald Koeman have been touted as potential managers for the Goodison Park club.It is Mourinho who Barton believes has to be hired, as he has a proven record in English football, although Southampton boss Koeman is also thought of highly by the midfielder.Speaking as Drive co-host, the boyhood Everton fan said: “You need tried and tested in the Premier League. No disrespect to De Boer, he is a good manager, and will prove that in time, but I don’t think he’s for Everton now.“If you could get Koeman, I think he’s proven himself in the Premier League. If you look at his track record as a player and as a coach, he has a track record of winning.“If you can get Mourinho, you’ve got to get Mourinho. He has to be first choice, just because he’s as good as anyone. You’ve got to forget what’s happened this year at Chelsea, if Mourinho is given the right money and assurances he’s one of the best out there.”Barton, who has just helped Burnley back into the top flight, places De Boer last in his wishlist, suggesting that his lack of Premier League experience could mean the Dutch boss sends the Toffees into a relegation scrap if appointed manager.He added: “Failing that [hiring Mourinho] I would go Koeman, and if all else fails, take a chance on De Boer. But if you take a chance on De Boer you could be sitting very close to a relegation battle next season. It’s not guaranteed that you’ll get an upturn in form.”last_img read more

Joe Hart defends England teammate following flat performance v Turkey

first_imgJoe Hart has defended Raheem Sterling after the Manchester City winger put in a flat performance against Turkey on Sunday.Sterling completed 73 minutes of the 2-1 victory, starting brightly but fading early on in a performance which mirrored his league season at the Etihad.The 21-year-old completed a move worth up to £49 million to City last summer, showing a wealth of talent in his early performances.However, he struggled to continue performing as such a high level, and, with injuries having an impact, Manuel Pellegrini dropped him completely from his side.The winger is almost guaranteed to be heading to France as part of Roy Hodgson’s squad for the Euros this summer, and Hart believes the only reason Sterling struggled against Turkey was because of the dirty tactics of the opposition players.“He got kicked to pieces because they couldn’t deal with him, simple as that,” he said.“Maybe in a championship game a few of them would have been walking a lot tighter rope than they were.“He was good, I was excited to see it. It was tough for Raheem towards the end of the season, he wasn’t starting games, but that’s gone and it’s a fresh chapter.”Hart insists that Sterling is a vital player to have in a championship squad, as when he is at the top of his game, the youngster can be a truly world class talent.He continued: “A fit and firing Raheem Sterling can change games.“He’s got no point to prove, I see Raheem work every single day trying to improve, he knows he’s 21 and he’s going to get better.” Raheem Sterling in action against Turkey 1last_img read more

‘I feel happy with it’ – Roy Hodgson confident in England’s starting line-up

first_img1 England manager Roy Hodgson Roy Hodgson is confident England’s young and talented squad will flourish when their Euro 2016 campaign gets under way against Russia.Nine months after qualification was sealed and 24 days after preparations began, the Three Lions kick-off their Group B campaign against Leonid Slutsky’s men at the imposing Stade Velodrome in Marseille.Wales and Slovakia swiftly follow after England attempt to win a European Championship opener for the very first time amid a backdrop of fan trouble in the city centre.It is an unwelcome snapshot of years gone by but Hodgson is focusing on the football, expressing his confidence in the side he will charge with victory on the Cote d’Azur.“I feel happy with it,” he said of his starting line-up, which will be revealed to the players on Saturday morning.“It is not something that has suddenly been sprung upon us over the last few days, it is something which has been emerging certainly over the last six months.“It hasn’t emerged over the last four years or even over two years but certainly over the last six months the team that I’ll pick tomorrow and the team I might pick in future games, they’ve been emerging and I feel very comfortable now I know what those players can do on the field and what they can do together.”There may be comfort and confidence in the side, but Hodgson knows there are always aspects of the game to improve at international level.Recent wins over hosts France, world champions Germany and Portugal, ranked eighth in the world, show they can threaten the best, which could make the next month one to remember.“We know these players can play football,” Hodgson said of his squad. “We see it at their clubs.“My fear as a coach would be that the players take anxiety on to the field, that they’re weighed down when they go out and play and don’t play as well as they like, imagining the headlines.“We try and encourage them to believe in themselves, go out and play the football we’ve been trying to play, and we’ll see what it brings.“We hope it brings some good moments and the people back home like what they see.”The Duke of Cambridge and Prime Minister David Cameron have been among the well-wishers ahead of England’s Group B opener, although the coaching staff are working hard to relieve the tension such attention can breed.Wayne Rooney will be key to retaining focus before and during the match against Russia, with Hodgson confirming his place in the starting line-up at the same time as underlining his importance.“I want him to be the captain of the team, I want him to bring his experience, of course,” he said, stood next to the England captain on the eve of the game.“I want him to bring his obvious passion, enthusiasm and desire to do well. I don’t honestly believe there are any players out there that need to be dragged along.“I think they’re all on the same boat but what Wayne has to say and what Wayne can do as an example is because he has got 111 caps and 52 goals.”Hodgson believes his team will find themselves on a “sticky wicket” if they look to Rooney too much and just wants the forward to do what he has done over the entirety of his England career.That cannot be entirely true given the temper that impacted his early career, such as the red card against Portugal in the 2006 World Cup quarter-finals.Dele Alli has proved similarly temperamental during his breakthrough season at Tottenham, but Hodgson has no concerns over him ahead of the clash with Russia.“As far as I am concerned on Dele Alli, if he is selected to play I will select him because he is Dele Alli,” the Three Lions boss said.“He obviously realises as much as anybody that he needs to be careful and we want to finish the game with 11 men.“That is his responsibility but me making a big point of it could detract from his game.“These are the delicate balances all coaches must go through with players who occasionally get a reputation for being easy to provoke.”last_img read more

Arsenal and Liverpool players among 10 most expensive summer signings so far

first_img 4= Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund to Bayern Munich) – £28.5m 1. Hulk (Zenit St Petersburg to Shanghai SIPG) – £42m 10 4= Eric Bailly (Villarreal to Manchester United) – £28.5m 10 10 8. Alvaro Morata (Juventus to Real Madrid) – £22.5m 3. Sadio Mané (Southampton to Liverpool) – £30.95m 10 10 The transfer window may finally be open, but there has already been plenty of business this summer.And with this, there have been some big fees flying about between clubs across Europe as they secure new signings.Some are bigger than others, although last year Leicester City proved size doesn’t always matter as they landed N’Golo Kante from Caen for £5million.It’s not clear yet who will get the best value for money but we do know the top ten biggest fees paid so far.*Click the right arrow above right to find out the most expensive player of the summer, so far…*Fees provided by and correct on Thursday, June 30 10 7. Miralem Pjanic (Roma to Juventus) – £24m 9= Ilkay Gündogan (Borussia Dortmund to Manchester City) – £20.25m 10 9= Breel Embolo (Basel to Schalke) – £20.25m 10 10 10 2. Granit Xhaka (Borussia Mönchengladbach to Arsenal) – £33.75m 6. Renato Sanches (Benfica to Bayern Munich) – £26.25m last_img read more