A Copazo for Vinicius – AS.com

first_imgHistory is very fattened by the crash. Zaragoza has nine major titles, two of them European, two conquered by Víctor Fernández, the technician who directs him today, and three by Carlos Lapetra, the fifth magnificent, father of the current president. Thus, going to the roots, the club has been rebuilding after surviving the most critical moment in its history. Víctor Fernández celebrates his third and possibly last stage in the club. He was called last year to his recreational residence in Sangenjo, with the team in relegation positions. A year earlier, Madrid had dispensed with him as director of the quarry. He always believed that he would finish his career there, in training tasks, where it all began, to close the circle, but he could not say no to Zaragoza. “Some friends did not understand my decision. He had not trained for three and a half years. He had no boots. I told them that I didn’t want to charge. It was my team and my city …“ Any past time was better in the Saragossa, what he has been in Second for seven years, the same that makes Madrid not visit him. It is his second longest streak out of the elite (he spent eight courses between Second and Third between the forties and the fifties) and that explains two features that identify today’s cupbearer duel: that La Romareda will be filled and that Víctor Fernández will align most substitutes waiting for Cádiz, because in the promotion and not in the Cup is the future of the club. Now Zaragoza goes. He has only been two days out of the playoff and after five consecutive victories, two of them in the Cup, he is three points from the direct ascent with one less game. Victor is the twelfth coach in the last eight years. In two of them he stayed at the gates of the ascent, but in the city there is the conviction that this time is closer. So not even the presence of Madrid separates you from your road map. Only three players who eliminated Mallorca played Saturday against Numancia. Only four headlines are expected today: Guitián, Eguaras, James and Nieto.Zidane will be less radical. He has never won the Cup and will not risk with extreme rotation, more with qualifiers to a match and before a team of long tradition in the tournament. In Madrid, despite the proximity of the derby, He left only one undisputed holder, Casemiro, and another regular, Isco. Militao and Bale also stayed, on which the questions bother him more and more.Yes prepare an alternative attack with Lucas Vázquez, Jovic and Vinicius, eighteenth, nineteenth and sixteenth template in minutes, respectively. Three players clearly come to less. Lucas Vázquez has played eleven games when the average of his last three seasons is 50. Jovic has scored a goal in twenty games. And Vinicius has started in less than a quarter of the games. In return, they have already scored eighteen players in the squad. What the bench has not given him has been given to the collective game by Zidane, but by the end of the course he will need to make version B of his attack.last_img read more

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GAWU responds to Finance Minister

first_imgDear Editor,The GAWU has seen and considered the statements of Minister of Finance, Winston Jordan expressed in the August 5 Stabroek News article titled “GuySuCo diversification delayed – Jordan”. The article, we gather, is the latest in the series of articles published by the newspaper arising from a wide-ranging interview with the Minister on a host of matters under his stewardship.Through the latest instalment of the interview, our Union was gravely disappointed to learn that the planned diversification programme, with respect to the estates under the stewardship of GuySuCo, has been delayed. From the news report, we gather that the Minister indicated that the initiatives to construct co-generation plants have been shelved for the time being as emphasis is placed on other areas.While we noted that the Minister did not specifically identify where the previously allocated co-generation monies would be spent, he did disclose, we saw, that the sums would be used to hasten the State-owned estates’ return to viability. While we welcome every and all workable and considered efforts to restore the industry to a viable and sustainable state, the Minister’s admission is yet another sad twist in the confused road the industry has been taking in recent times.The fact that NICIL-SPU will have to now approach bondholders to receive their proverbial ‘blessing’ to re-jig the utilisation of the $30 billion bond only serves to confirm, yet again, that absent was any plan to properly utilise the large sum. It is the absence of such a plan, in our view, that was the source of the animosity that spilled over into the public arena between the NICIL-SPU and the GuySuCo.As may well be recalled, the GAWU, on several occasions, has reiterated that, from our point of view, there appeared to be no plan regarding the expenditure. We should add that our concerted and consistent attempts to engage the Corporation on its plan was stonewalled, it seemed, at every turn. Now, the admission that the bond proceeds have to be adjusted only serves to further confirm our suspicions.This latest episode is yet another indication that the powers-that-be are either clueless or unconcerned, or maybe both, as they address the sugar industry. It must not be forgotten, that the industry, in spite of the reduced scale, is still the nation’s largest employer. It is also a significant source of sustenance in rural Guyana. This clear fact has been demonstrated by the vacuum created in the communities of the closed sugar estates.It is saddening to recognise the reality that more than one year has elapsed and millions of dollars, so far, have been paid to bondholders as interest and there is, apparently, no tangible utilisation of the invested sums. This, for us, is not a matter of great comfort. What’s even more disheartening is that the latest admission comes just a mere week after no lesser than President David Granger, himself, had said he wanted the sugar industry to thrive. While the President is saying one thing, we see completely different actions coming from the other officials of the Granger Administration.Certainly, and undoubtedly, it is hard to really give credence to what the Government is saying about the sugar industry any longer. Remember the now-a-day governmental leaders told the Guyanese electorate prior to their election to office, that “Sugar was too big to fail”. The reality is that they were less than truthful as the industry was minimised and thousands lost their jobs. We cannot afford any further miniaturisation and a clearly workable plan is not an option but an imperative.Yours faithfully,Seepaul NarineGeneral SecretaryGAWUlast_img read more

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LBA, UBA May Face Damages Suit

first_imgFour days after counselors Arthur T. Johnson and Swaliho Sesay, co-owners of the Johnson and Sesay Law Firm, were named as “bad debtors” by the Liberia Bankers Association (LBA), the pair has threatened to file a defamation suit against the association for wrongful publication.LBA, in its publication, alleged that Counselors Johnson and Sesay owed the United Bank of Africa (UBA) US$27,105.15.Out of the US$27,105.15, the LBA claimed Johnson owed US$13, 671.58 and Sesay, US$13,433.57.Recently, LBA launched a massive publication of the names of institutions and individuals allegedly indebted to commercial banking institutions.Although the association did not publish details of the loan agreement entered between the counselors and the UBA, the LBA claimed that the action was an attempt to shame those indebted to commercial banking institutions, including Johnson and Sesay, for their failure to honor their arrangements with the banks. The publication labeled debtors, including both counselors, as “bad debtors.”“Publishing us as bad debtors without conducting an inquiry was wrong and it also tarnished our hard earned reputation,” Cllr. Sesay claimed.Sesay further alleged that the publication showed that the evidence gathered by the LBA was tainted with errors and is subject to rebuttal, although Sesay admitted crediting from the bank.He claimed that they took US$27,105.15 as part of a contract arrangement they held with the UBA in 2013, of which the bank was to pay the law firm the amount of US$39,192.58, after they recovered US$391,925.83 for the bank.“We agreed that the US$27,105.15 be subtracted from the US$39,192.58 that was transferred into our accounts at the bank. This was what we have been thinking about, but the LBA without any investigation, published our names as bad debtors,” Sesay explained.Sesay claimed that the publication was “baseless” and lacked respect for their law firm, which had assisted the UBA to recover thousands of United States dollars from debtors.“We have never experienced such a bad publication and we are not going to sit down and allow the allegation to go free. We are going to file for damages, if they do not retract their erroneous publication that put our reputation at stake.” In 2013, the UBA appointed the Law Firm as debt recovery agents.The bank’s letter, a copy of which is with the Daily Observer, reads: “Following the meeting held between our organizations, we write to confirm the appointment of your law firm as debt recovery agent based on the following terms and conditions.“The mandate on which the bank will be assigning any account to your law firm will be on a case by case basis.”The remuneration for recovery service, according to the letter, is fixed as follows: “Recoveries from 0-US$33, 333, 33 the firm shall be paid 10 percent; recoveries from 33, 333, 33-US$100,000 the firm shall be paid 7.5 percent; recoveries from 100-US$333,333 the firm shall be paid 5 percent; and recoveries from above US$33, 333, 33 the firm shall be paid 2.5 to 3.5 percent.” The letter concluded: “We expect the law firm to successfully conclude the assignment within a reasonable period of not exceeding 90 days from the date of the agreement. The law firm is required to send regular updates to the bank of any progress made on recoveries.”According to Sesay, based on the agreement, his law firm was successful in recovering US$391,925.83 from 40 individuals and institutions that were indebted to the bank, of which the bank owed the law firm US$39,192.58.The recoveries, he said, were done from 2013 to 2015.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Sindicato gang members among 5 remanded

first_imgBlackwater Creek bust Four days after ranks of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) nabbed five persons in boats travelling along the Cuyuni River, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) and unearthed grenades, several weapons and narcotics, the men were taken before Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Two of the five are Guyanese and have been identified as 26-year-old Herilall Gildarie, a boat captain of Eteringbang Landing, and 52-year-old Chandradat Satram, a general manager of a mining company.Gildarie was represented by Attorney Patrice Henry, who made a successful application for bail on an illegal ammunition charge, but his client was remanded for a narcotics charge.Satram was represented by Attorney Mark Conway, who was unsuccessful in securing bail for two firearm-related charges.Meanwhile, the other three defendants, who are Venezuelan, were charged separately for possession of hand grenades.They have been identified as 37-year-old Eulice Maneiro, along with Luis Gonzales and Daniel Contreras, both aged 27, who, according to investigators, are alleged members of the Sindicato gang.Police Prosecutor Quinn Harris informed the court that based on the outcome of thorough investigations, Gonzales and Contreras were found to be members of the Sindicato gang.However, by means of a translator, the two foreigners claimed that they have no part in the Sindicato gang, but were rather threatened by the gang members, who were on the boat at the time of the interception to carry the grenades.The Police Prosecutor objected to bail citing the seriousness of the charge and the prevalence and penalty it attracts.The men were all remanded to prison and the case will continue at Kamarang Magistrate’s Court on March 18, 2019.Last week, the Police reported that ranks in F Division (Interior Locations) intercepted a boat about 13:30h and conducted a search of its occupants.The ammunition, grenades, and firearm found during the searchesDuring the search, ranks unearthed a live 12-gauge cartridge and 271 grams of cannabis in the possession of the 26-year-old Guyanese Captain of Eteringbang Landing.Meanwhile, about 15:30h on Thursday last, the ranks intercepted another boat at Mode Hole, Cuyuni River, and two of the 17 occupants were found in possession of a live grenade each.Later in the day, a third vessel was intercepted around 17:30h and during a search, one of the two occupants who resides at Enterprise on the East Coast of Demerara (ECD) was found in possession of an unlicensed pistol with 11 live matching rounds.Then, later on Thursday, about 23:30h, the ranks searched a boat at Eteringbang Landing, and found in possession of the 27-year-old Venezuelan Captain, five live rounds of ammunition.last_img read more

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Religious Events Calendar

first_img“10 Questions for the Dalai Lama” will be screened and discussed, 3p.m. today and 1p.m. Sunday, Westlake Church of Religious Science, 880 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. Call (805) 495-0105, Ext. 3. Purim party and reading of the Megillah of Esther, 6:30 p.m. today, Adat Y’shua Messianic Jewish Congregation, meeting at Prince of Peace Episcopal Church, 5700 Rudnick Ave., Woodland Hills. An offering will be taken. Call (818) 222-0200. “Grounded in Purpose” will be the message of guest speaker Lisa Garr when the Spiritual Unity Movement, meets at 7p.m. today at Unitarian Universalist Society, 9550 Haskell Ave., North Hills. Call (866) 204-2261 or see www.spiritualunitymovement.org. “The University,” an annual adult education program offered by Roman Catholic parishes in Ventura County through March 31: All classes, 7:30-9p.m.; Fee: $7, includes a guest. This week’s concert and classes include: Concert by the Paul Salvo Brass Ensemble, 7-8p.m. today, St. Paschal Baylon, 155 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks; “The Spanish Inquisition: Legend and Reality,” Monday, Our Lady of the Assumption, 3175 Telegraph Road, Ventura; “Prayer: From Past to Present, A Lenten Walk I,” Tuesday, St. Mary Magdalen, 2532 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo; “War and Peace in the Bible,” Tuesday, St. Peter Claver, corner of Stow and Cochran streets, Simi Valley; “It is a Good Thing for a Man Not to Touch a Woman: Dealing with Difficult Scripture Passages,” Wednesday, St. Maximilian Kolbe, 5801 Kanan Road, Westlake Village; “Are You Saved?” Thursday, St. Paschal Baylon. Call St. Paschal Baylon, (805) 496-0222 or see www.stpaschal.org. Catholic Community meets 11:30a.m. Wednesday at Smoke House restaurant, 4420 Lakeside Drive, Burbank. Reservations required: $22. “You Never Know What Will Happen When You Say Yes” will be the topic of the Rev. Anthony Scannell. Call (818) 846-3271 or (323) 656-0955. Holy Spirit Retreat Center classes: 4316 Lanai Road, Encino. “A Look at Legacy, Lore and Legend of St. Patrick,” presented by Michael O’Palko, 10a.m.-4p.m. March 17. Fee: with lunch, $45; without $35. Deposit $10 before March 10. “Food for the Soul,” a cooking class with Maria Simental and Sister Jennifer Gaeta, 5-9p.m. March 20. Fee: $30; deposit $10 by March 14. Call (818) 784-4515. The heroic acts of Swedish “Righteous Gentile” Per Anger will be discussed by author Elizabeth Skoglund, 7:30p.m. Friday in Overton Hall at California Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. Reservations requested by Wednesday. Donation: $10. Call (805) 241-1051. Lancaster Aglow, a fellowship for Christian women, will hold a meeting, 9a.m. March 10, meeting at Texas Cattle Co., 44206 10th Street West, Lancaster. Continental breakfast: $5.50. Reservations required by Wednesday. Call (661) 940-0225. Adat Ari El Sisterhood’s “Contemporary Challenges” lecture, investigative reporter, Joel Grover, 12:30-1:30p.m. Wednesday, 12020 Burbank Blvd., Valley Village. Call (818) 766-9426 or (323) 877-0666. Lenten speaker series: “Practicing Responsible Christian Hope” will be the topic of Ellen Marshall, 7p.m. Wednesday, Knollwood United Methodist Church, 12121 Balboa Blvd., Granada Hills. Light supper, 6p.m. Call (818) 360-8111. “And Then I Heard My Savior Say,” a series of Lenten services on the last words of Jesus, 7p.m. Wednesday, Bethel Lutheran Church, 17500 Burbank Blvd., Encino. Soup supper, 6:30p.m. Call (818) 788-2653. “By His Wounds, We are Healed” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Bob Hiller at a Lenten service, 7p.m. Wednesday, Canoga Park Lutheran Church, 7357 Jordan Ave. Call (818) 348-5714. “Let My People Sing” events to benefit Jewish World Watch projects in Darfur and elsewhere: “Freedom Song,” a play by Stuart K. Robinson, 8p.m. Wednesday, Beit T’shuvah, 8831 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 204-5200. Free. “Faith Jam ’07,” 7:30p.m. Thursday, Japanese American Cultural Center, 244 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles. Free; $3 parking. No admission without confirmed reservation at (213) 628-2755. “Friday Night Live,” 7:30p.m. Friday, Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 481-3244. “Sister Stories,” 10:30a.m. March 10, Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (818) 788-6000. “Voices of Hope,” 7:30p.m. March 10, The Brandeis-Bardin Institute, 101 Peppertree Lane, Brandeis. Tickets at the door or in advance: $75-$100; main fundraiser for Jewish World Watch. (818) 501-1836 or see www.jewishworldwatch.org. “Let My People Sing … Along!” 4p.m. March 11, Stephen S. Wise Temple, 15500 Stephen S. Wise Drive, Los Angeles. Limited seating. (818) 766-9426. “Keshet Chaim Dance Ensemble and Israeli musicians, Danny Sanderson and Gidi Gov,” 7p.m. March 11 in the Fred Kavli Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd. Tickets: $45-100. (818) 986-7332. Science of Mind 101, an eight-week class, beginning 7-9:30p.m. Thursday, Religious Science Church of Glendale, meeting at the Glendale Masonic Lodge, 244 N. Maryland Ave. Call for fee, (323) 255-8835. Women of Kol Tikvah Shabbat service, 7p.m. Friday, Temple Kol Tikvah, 20400 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills. Call (818) 348-0670. An evening of Christian rock with Breathing Room, 7:15p.m. Friday, West Hills Church, 7475 Fallbrook Ave. Bert Overholt from Project Teamwork will be the guest speaker. Call (818) 887-6227. Bingo night, 6:30-10:30p.m. March 10, Temple B’nai Hayim, 4302 Van Nuys Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Admission: $8, $6 for children 12 and under. Call (818) 788-4664. “How Does God Guide?” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Glenn Kirby, 8:45, 10:15 and 11:45a.m. Sunday, West Valley Christian Church, 22450 Sherman Way, West Hills. “Joseph – The Forgiving Hero” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Rob Denton, 5p.m. Sunday. Call (818) 884-6480. “Is God Fair?” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Janet Loughry, 8:15 and 10:45a.m. Sunday, Moorpark Presbyterian Church, 13950 Peach Hill Road. Call (805) 529-8422. “What Do I Want to Be When I Grow Up?” will be the message by the Rev. Maureen Hoyt, 10a.m. Sunday, Granada Hills Church of Religious Science, 17622 Chatsworth St., Granada Hills. Call (818) 363-8136. “What’s Your Highest Priority?” will be the message by the Rev. Jim Lee, 9:15a.m. Sunday, Bethel Lutheran Church, 17500 Burbank Blvd., Encino. Call (818) 788-2653. “Theocracy: Yes or No?” will be the topic of guest speaker Harry Schwartzbart, 10:30a.m. Sunday, Sepulveda Unitarian Universalist Society, 9550 Haskell Ave., North Hills. Call (818) 894-9251 or see www.valleyonion.org. “Blessed Are the Merciful” will be the message by the Rev. Dale Johnsen, 10:30a.m. Sunday, Heart of the Valley Community Church, 18644 Sherman Way, Reseda. Call (818) 881-3651. “A Dark Night” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Thomas E. Witherspoon, 10:30a.m. Sunday, Unity Church of the Valley, 2817 Montrose Ave. Call (818) 249-4396. Religion events are compiled by Staff Writer Holly Andres. Notices must reach the Daily News two weeks before the Saturday on which they are to run. Mail entries to Daily News Religion Calendar, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail holly.andres@dailynews.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Purim Carnival, 8:30-11p.m. today and 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Temple Aliyah, 6025 Valley Circle Blvd., Woodland Hills. Call (818) 346-3545. Purim Carnival, 9a.m.-1:30p.m. Sunday, Temple B’nai Hayim, 4302 Van Nuys Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Call (818) 788-4664. “The Divine Presence as Manifested through Sacred Story in the Hindu Tradition,” 9:30a.m. Sunday, St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, 3646 Coldwater Canyon Ave., Studio City. Call (818) 763-9193 or see www.stmikessc.org. Purim carnival, presented by Temple Beth Haverim of Agoura Hills, 11a.m.-4p.m. Sunday, Red Oak Elementary School, 4857 Rockfield St., Oak Park. Call (818) 991-7111. Jewish Vegetarian Society meets, 2-4p.m. Sunday at Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. Call (818) 342-5555. last_img read more

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Follow Pogba’s example, Solskjaer tells lacklustre trio

first_img0Shares0000Paul Pogba’s return to form should serve as an example to the likes of Romelu Lukaku, said Ole Gunnar Solskjaer © AFP / Oli SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Dec 28 – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned Manchester United stars Romelu Lukaku, Anthony Martial and Alexis Sanchez they should follow Paul Pogba’s example if they are to revive their careers at the club.Lukaku and Sanchez suffered a dramatic loss of form in the last months of Jose Mourinho’s tempestuous spell in charge at Old Trafford, while Martial was criticised by the Portuguese coach before finding his scoring boots. World Cup winner Pogba was another key player who became a symbol of the club’s decline in the final weeks before Mourinho’s two-and-a-half year tenure came to an end before Christmas.But the 25-year-old Frenchman has responded superbly to Solskjaer’s first week in charge and made big contributions to a 5-1 win at Cardiff and 3-1 home victory against Huddersfield.Lukaku missed those games, having been given ‘compassionate leave’ by the cub, as did Sanchez who has been sidelined since late November with a hamstring injury.Solskjaer says Pogba deserves all the credit for his return to form.“I cannot do anything for their performances on the pitch,” said Solskjaer.“Paul has done it himself. It’s up to them when they get a chance. That’s the name of the game as a footballer, you’ve got to do it yourself.”Solskjaer, whose side play out-of-form Bournemouth on Sunday, said he can advise the players but ultimately it is down to them to change their attitude.“I gave some guidelines of course, on expression, freedom of expression, but that’s how I’ve always been as a manager. You can’t tell the players what to do in this position,” said the 45-year-old Norwegian.“Just enjoy playing for this club, that’s the best time of your life.”– Pogba among world’s ‘top players’ –Pogba’s rejuvenated form has certainly been one of the key factors in Solskjaer’s first games in charge, after the midfielder’s much-publicised difficulties with Mourinho.Solskjaer reiterated that Pogba is the sort of player United should build a team around.“He’s one of the top, top players in the world,” said Solskjaer.“Attacking wise, he’s done really well but he’s a big lad, can win headers, tackles.“The attitude has been perfect and that’s key, you should be tired towards the end of every single game.“He’s been top class and we’re looking to build a team around him, of course.”Solskjaer also gave 18-year-old forward Angel Gomes an outing as a late substitute against Huddersfield and has repeated his vow to use youngsters in his spell in charge at Old Trafford.Midfielder Jimmy Garner, who travelled to Cardiff last week, and forward Mason Greenwood — both 17 — are also prominent in the manager’s thoughts.“As Sir Matt (Busby) once said, if they’re old enough, they’re good enough,” said Solskjaer.“We’re built on that tradition, we need young players coming through, it’s important in the academy.“I am looking to bring players through, we have top talents in the under-18s knocking on the door now.“We’ve had a couple of injuries and fatigue has been involved and they’re ready to step up.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Louis van Gaal labels Man United star as ‘very coachable’

first_imgManchester United manager Louis van Gaal has described Anthony Martial as ‘very coachable’ after the French teenager’s exhilarating start to life in the Premier League.United raised more than a few eyebrows with the £36m they parted with to prise the 19-year-old away from Monaco, but four goals in as many games means he has already gone someway to justifying the fee.The sizeable sum made Martial the most expensive teenager in transfer history, but Van Gaal believes his pupil has the application to maximise his potential at Old Trafford.“He is an open guy, he is listening, watching and he is focusing on the matches so that I can see so for a manager he is a very coachable player and that is also why I like him and I bought him,” he said.Van Gaal also revealed that Martial is still settling into life in his new environment, particularly as the player and his young family are still living in temporary accommodation.“He is still living in a hotel so he is in the first phase of his adaptation, also for his wife and his kid,” Van Gaal said.“That is also important because that shall have an influence also.“We shall have to see how he settles into an apartment. Then his wife is alone with his kid. Then he is coming back. Then he has to do shopping or something like that.“Now he is only living in a hotel, coming to the training session and eating with the players, train and prepare for matches.“The big step is when he settles himself and his wife in a new environment.” 1 Anthony Martial last_img read more

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11 slaughterhouse workers become ill after working with pig brains

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“I’m still in shock, I guess,” said 37-year-old Susan Kruse, who worked at the plant for 15 years until she got too weak to do her job last February. Five of the workers – including Kruse, who has been told she might never work again – have been diagnosed with chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, or CIDP, a rare immune disorder that attacks the nerves and produces tingling, numbness and weakness in the arms and legs, sometimes causing lasting damage. New cases of CIDP occur at the rate of one or two per 100,000 people each year, according to Dr. P. James B. Dyck of the Mayo Clinic. State health officials said there is no evidence the public is at risk – either from those afflicted or from any food leaving the plant, which supplies Hormel Foods Inc. The working theory from two Mayo Clinic neurologists treating the workers: Exposure to pig brain tissue scattered by the compressed air triggered the illnesses. ST. PAUL, Minn. – On the slaughterhouse floor at Quality Pork Processors Inc. is an area known as the “head table,” but not because it is the place of honor. It is where workers cut up pigs’ heads and then shoot compressed air into the skulls until the brains come spilling out. But now the grisly practice has come under suspicion from health authorities. Over eight months from last December through July, 11 workers at the plant in Austin, Minn. – all of them employed at the head table – developed numbness, tingling or other neurological symptoms, and some scientists suspect inhaled airborne brain matter may have somehow triggered the illnesses. The use of compressed air to remove pig brains was suspended at Quality Pork earlier this week while authorities try to get to the bottom of the mystery. “As we’ve investigated these patients, we have information that suggests very strongly that the immune system is activated very strongly in a very compelling way,” said Dr. Daniel Lachance. Compressed air could turn some brain matter into a mist that could be inhaled by workers, said Mike Doyle, a microbiologist who heads the University of Georgia’s Center for Food Safety. Or the workers may have come into contact with something dangerous and then touched their noses or mouths, he said. Scientists have yet to figure out whether there is something in the brain matter that could be causing the symptoms. “The hard part will be identifying the causative agent and associating that with the animal, showing that the animal carries it,” Doyle said. Minnesota Health Department spokesman Doug Schultz said the agency is looking into the theory but has not ruled out other causes. Quality Pork has not said what it does with the pork brains. Sold fresh and in cans, pork brains are fried and eaten in sandwiches or gravy in some parts of the country. But it is a small market, and the American Meat Institute, which represents most of the nation’s pork processors, does not even track sales. Exactly how many of the plant’s 1,300 employees worked at the head table is unclear; Quality Pork’s chief executive did not return calls. Kruse said there were 11 workers at the head table on any given shift, but the lineup changed because of turnover or because people were assigned other jobs. In a rapid-fire process that is noisy, smelly and bloody, severed pigs’ heads are cut up at the head table at a rate of more than 1,100 an hour. Workers slice off the cheek and snout meat, then insert a nozzle in the head and blast air inside until the light pink mush that is the brain tissue squirts out from the base of the skull. Head-table workers are now required to wear plastic face shields and protective plastic or rubber sleeves, the Health Department said.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

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Job Vacancy: Office Administrator sought by Donegal energy firm

first_imgJob Vacancy: Management at Donegal-based bio-energy firm Connective Energy are seeking to recruit an Office Administrator.Located 7km from Ballybofey, Connective Energy’s core business is Renewable Energy and Farming.Office Administrator Job Details:Duties to include: Clerical and Administrative support in order to optimise workflow procedures in the office.You will be the point of reference for all queries, requests or issues and will be an integral part of the company’s workforce.Manage the daily/weekly/monthly agenda and arrange new meetings and appointmentsPrepare and disseminate correspondence, memos and forms.Support and facilitate the completion of regular reports.Check frequently the levels of office supplies and place appropriate orders.Make travel arrangements.Document expenses and hand in reports.Organising and managing company holiday requirements.Insurance renewal, van leasing, motor tax renewal.Requirements:Proven work experience as a secretary or administrative assistantFamiliarity with office organisation and optimisation techniquesHigh degree of multi-tasking and time management capabilityExcellent written and verbal communication skillsIntegrity and professionalismProficiency in MS OfficeTo apply, please send your CV with a cover letter to:-Jennifer@connective-energy.ieClosing Date: 12th of January 2018 Job Vacancy: Office Administrator sought by Donegal energy firm was last modified: January 4th, 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:Connective Energy Holdings LtdEmploymentjobOffice AdministratorVacancylast_img read more

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REVEALED: MOJO GOGO TO HEADLINE ‘MARY FROM DUNGLOE’ FESTIVAL

first_imgMOJO GOGO are to headline this year’s Mary from Dungloe International festival on Thursday 31st July 2014 in the RCS Sports Centre.Mojo GoGo have been hitting new heights this year, appearing on front covers of Music magazines and touring all over Ireland and Germany and have an upcoming Spanish Tour.A successful summer has already been capped with the Donegal band winning The Prestigious indie Music Week Festival in Limerick and have their own festival Arran-MOJO coming up in Arranmore Island in August and will also tour Canada at the end of the year. “They are simply the biggest band in Ireland today and they are only going to get bigger,” said festival PR Chris Boyle.“We asked the people who they wanted to see and they all said Mojo GoGo. We are delighted they agreed to appear as our headline act of the festival.”Tickets €15 Available where advertised in DungloeREVEALED: MOJO GOGO TO HEADLINE ‘MARY FROM DUNGLOE’ FESTIVAL was last modified: June 4th, 2014 by John2Share 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:2014donegalfestivalMary From DungloeMOJO GOGOlast_img read more

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