Louis van Gaal and Manchester United don’t ‘dominate’ games, claims Dutch legend

first_imgJohan Cruyff has renewed his war of words with Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, claiming the Red Devils don’t ‘dominate’ games under his stewardship.United were comprehensively beaten 3-0 by Arsenal on Sunday after a run of form which had raised hopes of a genuine title challenge this season.The Dutch pair have had a running feud for some years now and Cruyff decided to reopen old wounds by criticising Manchester United’s style of play under the 64-year-old.“He doesn’t dominate. I like dominating football. Manchester [United] doesn’t play like that,” Cruyff told Sky Sports.Asked if he thought Van Gaal was too cautious, Cruyff said: “I don’t think so, but it’s strange that against strong teams they’ve got good results and with weak teams they’ve had difficulties.“That’s a strange situation.“But the results I think are second. The game is first. Money is very important but always second.“In England they play different, everybody has their own style. A mix of styles is always good.“The most important part are the fans, that people are going home happy. It’s their time off and you should give them something to enjoy.” Louis van Gaal 1last_img read more

Harry Redknapp declares: Tottenham WILL be back in the Champions League next season

first_imgHarry Redknapp believes that Tottenham Hotspur will finish in the Premier League’s top four this season. Spurs are currently sitting three points behind fourth-placed Manchester United, having suffered their first defeat since the opening day at the hands of Newcastle United last weekend.But, with champions Chelsea struggling towards the wrong end of the table, Redknapp fully expects Mauricio Pochettino to do what he did in 2009-10 and lead the club into Europe’s elite competition.“They’re going very well at the moment and I can certainly seeing them getting in the top four this year,” said the ex-White Hart Lane boss, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“The way they’re going this year, I don’t see them being out of that four.“They’re never going to get a better chance with Chelsea struggling.”last_img read more

TRANSFER REPORT! Manchester United plotting big-money swoop for Leicester sensation

first_img1 Riyad Mahrez Manchester United are ready to splash £29m on Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez, according to reports in France.The Algerian has been one of the players of the season in the Premier League this term, with 13 goals from midfield.Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri has already insisted that Mahrez and his team-mate Jamie Vardy will not be sold in January.However, according to Le 10 Sport, Manchester United are ready to test Leicester’s resolve with a £29m bid.Manager Louis van Gaal is desperate to bolster his attacking options in the upcoming transfer window to reignite the team’s goalscoring touch.Leicester, though, are expected to remain firm in their stance and reject any bids for Mahrez or Vardy.last_img read more

Roberto Martinez reveals major Everton injury boost

first_img1 Roberto Martinez expects Phil Jagielka to make his return from injury in one of Everton’s next three games.The Toffees skipper suffered medial knee ligament damage in the October 24 loss to Arsenal and has spent the past nine weeks on the sidelines having previously started in every game this term.Blues boss Martinez has now confirmed he is nearing the end of his rehabilitation and says Jagielka is in line play in one of the Merseyside club’s next three games, against Tottenham, Manchester City or Dagenham. “The next three days are very important for Phil Jagielka,” he said.“I think the weekend could be a bit too early but we’ve got the next three games. He will be involved – if it’s not the Spurs game or the Man City game in the (Capital One) Cup, it will be in the FA Cup third round. I would say in the next seven to 10 days.“We need to make sure he gets to the final stage of his preparation. Medically he’s got the green light, now it’s making sure he gets a good programme to get him match fit.“In the dressing room he’s a lively character that we’ve missed immensely, but we need to make sure he’s at 100 per cent before he can come back into challenging for a position in the team.”Everton have only lost twice without the England international at the heart of their defence, yet they have only kept three clean sheets in those 11 games and have shipped seven goals in back-to-back home defeats to Leicester and Stoke.Teenager Brendan Galloway, John Stones and Argentinian Ramiro Funes Mori, 21 and 24 respectively, have played the bulk of the games since October and Martinez believes the imminent return of the 33-year-old Jagielka will help plug the gaps in his leaky defence.“Defensively we are conceding too many goals for our liking and there are reasons for that,” he stressed.“Clearly, this month is going to be very, very important. We’ve got our captain coming back into the side which is always important – more than anything for the influence he can have on young players. We have a back four with a lot of quality, a lot of talent but you need that little bit of experience. There’s a 19-year-old, 21-year-old, 24 coming from a different league – that takes a little bit of time.“As a team we know that we are not far off becoming a really, really strong team. Our performances going forward and our performances in between the boxes have been very impressive.“It’s just defensively we are putting ourselves in a very difficult position to get the scorelines reflecting what happens in our performances. That’s what we’re looking to improve, to become better and make sure the second half of the season we get the rewards from all the pain we’ve had to suffer in the last few weeks.” Phil Jagielka last_img read more

WATCH: Italian forward nets superb acrobatic volley

first_imgBenevento Calcio’s Alessandro Marotta scored a fine strike in his side’s 5-0 win at Messina in Lega Pro Group C.It was the fifth and final goal and what an effort it was.As the ball was crossed from the right-hand side, it was hit behind the on-running forward who, from eight yards, instinctively reached back to get a touch on the ball.He made a sweet connection with a one-legged scorpion kick, beating goalkeeper Alessandro Berardi.The reaction of his team-mate who crossed the ball says it all!See below: 1 WATCH: Italian forward nets superb acrobatic volley last_img read more

Online business services keep improving

first_imgWeb-based services, operating over high-speed broadband connections, can offer a far wider range of integrated services, with updates that you never have to pay for. Other ways to manage small business finances online also are being introduced. CashView is another new Web-based service just launched; using the same SaaS model as NetBooks. Unlike NetBooks, however, CashView targets just a few key everyday financial tasks: sending invoices, receiving payments and paying bills. To build business, Palo Alto-based CashView offers the service free until year end. After that it’s $10 per month per user, and $1 per transaction. If your business is still stuck in the paper invoicing era, this might be a good way to dip a toe into e-invoicing and collections, along with online bill payment. Other Web-based billing and collection services are also available, including FreshBooks, which targets freelancers and service providers with an easy online invoicing and time-tracking service that offers a professional look. FreshBooks, which launched “painless billing” in 2004, lets you send invoices by e-mail or snail mail, accept payment with PayPal, Authorize.Net or other services, and automatically send invoices and late payment notices. Here’s where to get the details: NetBooks (www.netbooks.com) is a high-powered system best viewed via an online demo available at the Web site. Feel free to fire away with your questions. These folks are so serious about tech support that they expect it to be their largest single cost. The carefully chosen support team has real small business experience. You also can call 86-NETBOOKS for information. CashView (www.cashview.com) could be a big time-saver for business owners who’ve become bogged down in the routine chores of sending invoices, collecting payments and paying bills. This site can automate the process and save you time. Toronto-based FreshBooks (www.freshbooks.com) claims over 230,000 users, offers a free trial, and is known for quick setup and easy use. FreshBooks caters to solo operators who’ve been sending out less-than-professional looking invoices. And something new: WhatWorks is a free new weekly e-newsletter that showcases the best how-to guides and resources from Work.com, edited by the author of this column, Daniel Kehrer. You can sign up to receive WhatWorks at www.work.com. Daniel Kehrer ([email protected]) is Editor of Business.com, the top business search engine, and Work.com, a “how-to” site for small business.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 MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityEvers has spent four years developing this product, along with other top minds in the business, all of whom bring real-world small-business experience to the table. And it shows. For example, NetBooks is emphasizing customer support and tries to serve what Evers calls the “true small business.” These are small but growing businesses (usually owner-operated and self-funded) that can’t afford a heavy investment in IT equipment and staff, but still need powerful management tools. NetBooks uses an on-demand, or “software as a service” (SaaS) model, which means it all runs online via your standard Web browser, and you always have the latest version or upgrade. It also means that your information is stored securely in one place (probably far more secure than your own computers), which you can easily access from anywhere, anytime. NetBooks costs $200 per month for up to five users, but your outside bookkeeper or accountant can use it for free. The company also guarantees that your rate will never rise, and all training and support are included. Be aware that if you already use QuickBooks, NetBooks is intended to replace it. Why do that? Because, says Evers, desktop bookkeeping software was developed almost 20 years ago under the limits of the time – only a few, low-power computers, limited networking and no Internet. Question: We’re growing. That’s the good news. The bad news is that we’re growing, which means our original methods of bookkeeping, invoicing, tracking inventory, customer service or you name it no longer work very well. I like the idea of managing things online. Can that work? – GROWING BUT STUCK Answer: New Web-based tools for managing key small-business tasks just seem to get better. Witness newly launched NetBooks, conceived by one of the original brains behind the wildly successful QuickBooks software, Ridgely Evers. NetBooks is a Web-based service that aims to integrate a wide range of business and financial management tools into a single, easy-to-use online service. Unlike bookkeeping software, NetBooks aims toward a complete system for running a business online, including sales, production, inventory, shipping, CRM, reporting, payroll, marketing and – of course – bookkeeping. It was created mainly for inventory-based businesses with two to 25 workers. last_img read more

Court puts hold on NASA inquiries

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 MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityAn emergency motion to the 9th Circuit was made after a lower court on Wednesday denied a preliminary injunction sought by 28 JPL employees in a lawsuit against NASA. JPL, managed for NASA by the California Institute of Technology, has some 5,000 employees. “The court has not had the opportunity to consider fully the voluminous material filed in connection with the emergency motion,” the 9th Circuit’s order said in an order that enjoins NASA through Oct. 12. “As far as we can determine in the short time available, appellants likely raise serious legal and constitutional questions and show the probability of irreparable harm. What is quite clear is that the balance of hardships tips strongly in their favor,” said the order by Judges Betty Binns Fletcher, Stephen Reinhardt and Marsha S. Berzon. By John Antczak THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday issued an emergency temporary injunction sought by some employees of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory who claim newly required background checks invade their privacy and allow open-ended investigations into their lives. The employees had a Friday deadline to comply with the Bush administration directive or face the possibility of losing their jobs. They were required to fill out questionnaires and submit a waiver allowing the investigations. last_img read more


first_imgTHE MAN behind a fantastic Cork company which provides online education and entertainment for kids, is a native of Co Donegal.Caped Koala Studio has developed an online 3D virtual world called Pora Ora – www.poraora.com – which combines games, education and social networking.Neil Gallagher, a native of Arrranmore Island, set up telecoms and mobile solutions provider Sentaca in 2000. The company hopes to attract between 5,000 and 10,000 people before a live launch in this country and the UK at the beginning of April.The firm which is headquartered ion West Cork Technology Park also has offices in London and Poland.Its aim is to have as many as 30 million users within three years, according to Gallagher.The education content of Pora Ora, which is free to join, is mapped to the national curriculum of this country and the UK. At the moment the educational content is focused mostly on maths and literacy with other elements being added later, including plans to provide teaching aids for languages including Irish.Parents will be able to receive detailed reports about their child’s activities and progress.The idea was to encourage parents to play a key role in their child’s educational progress and online safety, Neil said.They had built in clear security settings into the site.The plan is to convert a percentage of users to an enhanced subscription service with access to extras. The firm also plans partnerships with mobile operators and educational firms, who are keen to launch education-based games.Mobile operators in Europe, Turkey and Egypt, and an education company in North America had shown interest in Pora Ora. Discussions were at an early stage.Pora Ora, says Gallagher, is committed to developing a love of learning in young children; encouraging them to be creative, imaginative, inquisitive and social.ARRANMORE MAN MAKES HIS NAME IN TELECOMS EMPIRE was last modified: February 11th, 2011 by gregShare 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_imgCommunities across County Donegal are faced with the closure of half the county’s post offices within eighteen months, according to representatives of the Irish Postmasters Union this week.And as the crisis deepens, the postmasters were called to an urgent union meeting in Sligo at the weekend to hear a detailed analysis of the problems now facing the service. And the picture that has emerged is one of the bleakest ever scenarios for the future of Donegal’s seventy post offices.In fact, one postmaster told the Tirconail Tribune there is the very real possibility that An Post will close as much as 75% of its network in this county.Donegal has in the region of seventy post offices in the network, says Brian Cannon of Leitermacaward and that has fallen from one hundred and ten in recent years.He predicts that unless the Government takes immediate action as the main stake holder in the service, rural offices are about to disappear forever. As the Inishowen, Rosguill and Fanad Peninsulas into Dunfanaghy and Gweedore are faced with the closure of their remaining post offices, a public petition for the retention of the offices has begun this week and the community will travel to Dublin on February 26th as part of a nationwide protest outside the Dail.Back in the day the network in the Fanad Peninsula has seen office closures at Ballynashannagh: Tamney: Ballyheerin: Kindrum: Doaghbeg and Portsalon and only three offices remain…for the moment.This week the community has awoken to the realisation that all remaining five offices in Fanad and Rossguill are scheduled for closure, says the Union.There are deep concerns about the future of every single rural post office in Donegal, said Brian Cannon, postmaster at Leitermacaward.He says all they are getting is lip service from our politicians until the local elections are over: and then we will see the threats emerge into closures in the next couple of years.It has emerged that concerned postmasters have met this week withDeputy Joe McHugh at Milford to seek his party’s assistance in keeping rural post offices open. However we understand that the meetingachieved nothing by way of reassuring the postmaster that there is going to be any change of policy.In fact, said a number of postmasters the current policy of An Post to close post offices is Government policy and it is not going to be changed.The Irish Postmasters Union told members last weekend that the future of post offices is under the most serious threat in recent years. And the threat is so serious that unless and urgent action plan is put in place immediately most of the country’s network of 1150 branches will be shut down.The Union has pointed to the loss of revenue as a consequence of government failure to honour their commitment as laid down in the programme for Government to retain the network. The commitment says the Union included plans to increase footfall at these offices but the opposite has happened.An Post has completed the installation of post boxes outside of offices amid complaints that this decision has reduced drastically the numbers of people using the network to purchase stamps and other services that are available in the post office.The Postmasters Union points to the new departure by An Post to create a different services network outside of the company. This, they say includes services at Tesco stores, Supervalu and Green Apple filling stations.This service is called ‘Post & Pay’ and is having a serious impact on revenue in post offices. It has also emerged that the Social Welfare Contract which is An Post’s big earner could disappear within two year, says the postmasters.This contract believed to worth around €60 million to An Post only sees €20million going into the actual network and now the Dept of Social Welfare is about to seek a reduction in the cost of this contract.At the same time many in receipt of social welfare are using the banks since An Post has not allowed many of it’s smaller offices to process the banking arrangements.A spokeswoman for the Union told the Tribune: “Following the awarding of the welfare contract, An Post has tabled a proposal to reduce the rate paid for unemployment. This reduction, amounting to €4.6 million could result in the loss of up to 10% of their postmasters income.In those circumstances it would not be any longer viable to run the service.”It is also said that An Post may attempt to impose a new contract system on the postmasters that may do away with benefits they currently enjoy and which are factored into their income.And it is also believed the company is about to introduce a new model of remuneration that will reduce further the income of the postmasters.An Post is the biggest retail service network in the country with1,150 post offices and 170 postal agencies — most of which are operated by independent contractors who are paid on a transaction basis.Despite the closures, An Post has claimed Ireland still has one of the most extensive postal networks anywhere in Europe with 3.5 post offices for every 10,000 people. They are claiming that such a ratio ranked Ireland 3rd out of 31 countries in Europe.However it appears that regular mail now only accounts for 17% of An Post’s revenue. The single biggest income source is payment from the Department of Social Protection for the distribution of social welfare, which accounts for 35% of the company’s revenue, followed by the State’s savings products (30%).The major demonstration at the Dail is on February 26th with a number of coaches from Donegal now being organised.The Postmasters Union has secured an agreement with Deputies Seamus Healy and John Halligan to put down a private member’s motion in the Dail for the evenings of Feb, 25th and 26th. The motion will be supported by Fianna Fail and Sinn Fein but not by any government deputies.In the meantime, Cllr. Ian McGarvey, Mayor of Donegal is to travel with the Donegal group to the Dail to engage in an intense lobbying effort to save the post office network in Donegal.He told the Tribune that if the post offices are allowed to close it is yet another nail in the coffin for rural communities who’ve already seen most of their local services disappear.UP TO 75% OF DONEGAL POST OFFICES NOW FACE CLOSURE – UNION was last modified: February 13th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:An Postdonegallast_img read more


first_imgBUSINESS: Tobin’s Topaz/Spar  Express Service station in Letterkenny has been named the No.1 Convenience store in Ireland! The multiple award-winning shop is one of the most successful stores in Ireland – and has enjoyed an incredible year in business. They’ve already won industry awards in 2015 for excellence – and they were honoured again at an Industry awards ceremony in Dublin on Wednesday night.Leading Industry magazine Shelf-Life named Tobin’s as Ireland’s top convenience store.It’s an amazing achievement for all the team at Tobin’s – and just highlights yet again how successful and established the store is all across Ireland.The hugely popular and successful shop is run by Eddie and Annette Tobin – and has been opened since 1980. It employs 37 people and management and staff strive everyday to provide the best customer service possible.Well done to all the team at Tobin’s. 🙂TOBIN’S SERVICE STATION NAMED IRELAND’S TOP CONVENIENCE STORE! was last modified: November 27th, 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:Businessnewslast_img read more

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