National Under-17 coach Andrew Edwards said the official inclusion of Wendell Downswell to the technical staff as an adviser to the side presently preparing for the CONCACAF final round in Panama next June can only be positive.Edwards hailed Downswell as a true servant of Jamaican football and believes his presence can only impact the team positively.”It is nothing new, what can be expected is that he will be more present in the flesh. He has always been a part of the set-up from I was appointed. He is youth coordinator/Youth Technical Director, he assists with the scouting process, provides guidance and supervises training programmes and plans, so he has always been with us,” Edwards shared.”There is no way we can have someone of the calibre of Mr Downswell and do not benefit from it. He is a true servant of Jamaican football in whatever capacity he has served, so I don’t expect him to be here and we do not see the benefits ,” he continued.Downswell, who helped guided two youth teams to world cups, was enthused and says he will be working extremely hard with the two coaches, Andrew and Omar Edwards, to ensure a successful campaign.”With my experience and knowledge I would help both coaches as it relates to the qualification. Both gentlemen (coaches) I recommended to be my assistant when I was with the under-17 and under-20s, so having worked with them before that lends itself to a good relationship,” said Downswell.”It will not be easy but we will be pulling all the stops to get the players ready. I am quite upbeat and enthused and I am expecting a successful journey,” Downswell said.Meanwhile, the team returned to camp this week and Edwards says they are focusing their preparation for the first game against the United States and coming away with positive result.MAKING PREPARATIONS”We recognised the enormity of the project in terms of the opposition we are going up against. But we have confidence in our players and we are just making preparations to give those abilities a realistic opportunity. If we fail to get that positive result we will have to go plan B, but the number one plan is to get a positive result,” Edwards said.Jamaica face USA, Mexico and El Salvador in Group C and Downswell noted that preparation will be the key.”At the under-17 level there is little difference between the teams so preparation is of utmost significance and that comes with a certain level of exposure. So once we get that quality preparation we will be in good stead,” said Downswell.
PBA IMAGESMarinerong Pilipino came out of the gates on fire, crushing Jose Rizal University, 84-62, Monday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at JCSGO Gym in Cubao.Alvin Pasaol poured in all of his nine points in the first half as the Skippers started the game out on a 10-0 blast that set the tone for the rest of the game.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano After Rivero, La Salle player Paraiso also denies drug allegations Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Abu Tratter also had his best game to date with 16 markers and six rebounds, Gab Banal got 11 points, five assists, and four boards, while Renzo Subido chimed in 11 of his own.The dominant win delivered Marinerong Pilipino’s fifth straight victory and pushed its record to 6-2, keeping it in fight for the top two spots, but coach Koy Banal continued to preach to his wards to stay the course.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“We haven’t achieved anything yet. It’s always a reminder to all of us and we know where we want to go: we want to go forward,” he said.“We want to be in the top two, to be in the semis outright. But the important thing here is we need to take care of ourselves and not relax. We want to be better every game.” UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ View comments GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Ervin Grospe tallied 16 points and three rebounds to lead the fight for cellar-dwelling JRU, which has now lost seven straight games to fall to 1-7.The scores:MARINERONG PILIPINO 84 — Tratter 16, Banal 11, Subido 11, Pasaol 9, Olivares 8, Robles 8, Toth 6, Ayonayon 5, Eboña 4, Babilonia 2, Iñigo 2, Lopez 2, Terso 0, Tolentino 0.JRU 62 — Grospe 16, Guzman 14, Mendoza 14, Dela Virgen 8, Porter 6, Apinan 2, Sawat 2, Bordon 0, Esguerra 0, Pontejos 0, Silvarez 0, Yu 0.Quarters: 23-11, 44-34, 68-55, 84-62.ADVERTISEMENT Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew
0Shares0000Manchester United legend says he watched Mbappe and Jesus with a scout during his coaching time at the clubLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 22- Ryan Giggs says he advised Manchester United to sign Gabriel Jesus and Kylian Mbappe before they became stars and believes the club are paying the price for an inconsistent transfer policy.The United legend joined the club’s backroom staff when his stellar playing career ended in 2014, serving as Louis van Gaal’s assistant after spending a year as player-coach under David Moyes. And Giggs, who watched Brazilian striker Jesus and France forward Mbappe with a scout during that time, believes the club’s recruitment “could have been better”.“I watched Gabriel Jesus play three years ago,” he told Britain’s Times newspaper. “I watched Mbappe for a year. I was watching them with the scout and it was a no-brainer. It was just like, ‘get them’.“It would have been £5 million or something — get them, loan them back — and that’s where the recruitment could have been better.”Jesus joined Manchester City for a reported £27 million in January while Mbappe swapped Monaco for Paris Saint-Germain this summer, initially on loan but with an option to make the move permanent next summer for a fee of around £166 million.United, who trail City by 11 points in the Premier League, have spent hundreds of millions of pounds in the transfer market since Alex Ferguson retired in 2013 but Giggs believes they do not have enough high-class players to compete with their neighbours.And the most decorated player in United’s history also thinks some of the players they let go should never have been allowed to leave the club.“I know what a Manchester United player looks like,” he said.“There have been a lot who have come through that haven’t been United players and also players who were United and shouldn’t have left.“I’m talking about Rafael (Da Silva), (Danny) Welbeck, Jonny Evans — players who are United through and through.“It was hard because Louis had his own ideas and you had to respect that but, yes, we had a few arguments about a couple of them.”Giggs told the Times he felt he was in with a chance of succeeding Van Gaal as United’s manager but understood the decision to go for Jose Mourinho even though he feels he could have given the club continuity.“They had fallen down the pecking order, so do they go for someone who — and it winds me up saying this — hasn’t got experience as a manager or do they go for a winner?” said Giggs.“They went for a winner, in Jose, a win-at-all-costs type of manager. Is Jose a typical Manchester United manager? Probably not, but United were in a situation of ‘how quickly can we get back to the top?’”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
1 Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney has no problem being Manchester United’s main striker next season.Rooney spent a large chunk of last season in midfield, but manager Louis van Gaal has told the 29-year-old he will be playing up front next term – Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao have both left the club.The United captain scored 15 goals last season and insists he is not fazed by the prospect of having to match or better that tally next year.“It is a position where I think I can score goals,” Rooney said.“Hopefully I can do that. I am ready to take that mantle on and be the one who gets the goals for us.”Van Gaal endured a difficult start to his reign last season, picking up just 13 points from his first 10 matches.But the Dutchman guided United back into the Champions League and Rooney believes Van Gaal’s “philosophy” has sunk into the players’ minds and that will help United challenge for the title next season.“At the beginning of last season the manager told us it would take a while to adapt to the changes,” added the England skipper.“As a group of players you don’t think it will, but towards the end of the season, from Christmas, I felt we played some great football, understood exactly what the manager wanted from us and particularly in the big games we did really well.“We can take that as positives.“It was the games we expected to win where we disappointed ourselves. We know what is expected of us and what we have to do and are positive and excited for the season.”
Sinn Fein Councillor, Mick Quinn has described the section of the H.S.E. which processes Medical Cards as a shambles and not fit for purpose.Quinn said that in the two years since the processing of Medical Cards was transferred to Dublin, Donegal people have endured incompetence, arrogance and frustration when dealing with this Section.“I have worked with people who have had forms ‘lost’, people who had their cards cancelled because of wrong calculations and people who were given repeated promises of call backs which they never received. “The H.S.E. should realise that for many people a Medical Card is a lifeline and people are often at their most vulnerable when dealing with Government Departments. At times like these people should be treated with compassion and dignity and not with arrogance and incompetence.”He added the decision to centralise Medical Card services in Dublin was wrong from the start and has proven to be an absolute disaster.“The Fianna Fail party which pushed for this move along with the Fine Gael/Labour Govt. who implemented it, must now accept that it has caused nothing but hardship for people and reverse this decision.“When Medical Cards for Donegal people were processed in Ballybofey, applicants were treated with dignity and compassion and Cards which were urgently required could be issued within three days. This is a far cry from the terrible delays being experienced by Donegal people when dealing with the new service.” Quinn concluded:” I would advise anyone who has their Medical Card withdrawn to appeal it immediately as I have dealt with a number of cases recently where the H.S.E. had wrongly calculated someone’s income and they were in fact entitled to a card.” MEDICAL CARD SECTION IS A COMPLETE SHAMBLES – CLLR QUINN was last modified: August 28th, 2013 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:Cllr Mick Quinnmedical groups
Mairtin KellyA DONEGAL retailer is celebrating being after being names as a finalist in Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Retailer Awards (IFCR) 2014.Mairtin Kelly from Kelly’s Centra at Mountain Top in Letterkenny will now battle it out at the 8th annual Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Retailer Awards to be held in Dublin.Set in the fabulous Ballsbridge Hotel on Friday September 12, and hosted by RTE’s Miriam O’Callaghan, the IFCR Awards will play host to the finest convenience retailers from across Ireland. With more than 400 individual award entries received from throughout Ireland, reaching the final of these awards signifies a major achievement for independent retailers, symbol groups and oil companies.The retail sector in Ireland employs more than 275,000 people – that’s almost 15 per cent of the total jobs in Ireland. The sector also accounts for more than 10 per cent of Ireland’s GDP – that’s €16 billion. This highlights why retail is such a crucial sector in our economy.Bill Penton, publisher, Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Retailer, was delighted with the calibre of entries: “Now in their eighth year, the IFCR Awards continue to grow. They are a fantastic example of how Ireland’s forecourt and convenience retailers continue to play a vital role in their communities and set industry standards higher each year. Continuous investment in new forecourts has resulted in much needed jobs and support for Irish suppliers, growers and manufacturers.”He added: “This unique event helps to raise industry standards in the forecourt and convenience retailing industry throughout Ireland by recognising excellence and rewarding professionalism in the retail sector.” Innovation, new ideas and new developments are an essential part of successful retailing in today’s ultra-competitive, fast-moving retail environment. Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Retailer Awards are the country’s only specialist awards for the forecourt industry and provide an essential showcase for our very best retailers. This year they are also helping to raise much needed funds for the Irish Grocers Benevolent Fund.This unique event helps to raise industry standards in the forecourt and convenience retailing industry throughout Ireland by recognising excellence and rewarding professionalism in the retail sector.Said Mairtin: “I want to pay tribute to our staff and customers. This is a tremendous achievement. We’re looking forward to the final.” DONEGAL RETAILER NAMED AS NATIONAL AWARDS FINALIST was last modified: August 21st, 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)
A new Enterprise Ireland backed company based in Donegal, Fincom Solutions, has just launched a new Platform that uses Big Data and Data Mining technology to help companies of all sizes comply with Anti-Bribery and Corruption Legislation. Photo: Pictured at the launch of the Fincom platform are Julie Sinnamon, CEO of Enterprise Ireland, Katie Sweeney, Sales and Marketing Manager at Fincom and Terence O’Rourke, Chairman of Enterprise Ireland.The Fincom Solutions Platform enables a company to build a zero-tolerance compliance culture by automating the task of employee compliance confirmations and by enabling employees to easily capture recordable events such as gifts, hospitality or entertainment, both online and via the Fincom Mobile App.The Platform also contains up to date e-learning courses, ensuring all employees know exactly what their responsibilities are. The Fincom Solutions Platform also makes use of Big Data techniques such as Data Mining in order to give advance warning of potential non-compliance.A client can customise the Fincom Solutions Platform to monitor electronic correspondence such as emails, invoices, expenses etc for key words and key phrases that may indicate a need for further investigation.All of the above helps Fincom Solutions clients build a full defence when it comes to compliance with Anti-Bribery and Corruption Legislation, as non-compliance can lead to unlimited fines, significant reputational damage, and imprisonment for up to 10 years for those involved.Fincom Solutions was set up by Irish Entrepreneur Rónán Harper who had previously been with KPMG for the past 13 years, most recently as a Senior Audit Director. Rónán told Donegal Daily, “From my time working with KPMG, I found that many businesses were being exposed to Anti-Bribery and Corruption Compliance Risks due to the fact that they have not put the adequate policies and procedures into place.“When I could not find a technology solution for my clients, I saw the market opportunity and decided to go and develop one instead.Rónán added, “Given the risks of non-compliance, being able to demonstrate that an organisation has complied with Anti-Bribery and Corruption Legislation is of paramount importance, and our team at Fincom can easily do just that.“Our solutions can help our clients minimise the risk of non-compliance efficiently and with very little administration effort.“Our web and mobile based Platform is scalable, flexible and can be fully customised to a client’s specific needs. The Fincom Solutions Platform was officially launched recently at an event in the CoLab in Letterkenny by Julie Sinnamon, CEO of Enterprise Ireland and Terence O’Rourke, Chairman of Enterprise Ireland.Speaking at the launch Terence O’Rourke said, The team at Fincom have conceptualised, created and are now commercialising a totally new platform, all of which have been completed in just a few short months.“It is this type of fast innovation and new product development that Enterprise Ireland are proud to support and we believe Fincom Solutions has a great product with significant international potential.For more information please contact Katie Sweeney on +353 (0) 7491 16000 or email email@example.com DONEGAL COMPANY FINCOM SOLUTIONS LAUNCHES INNOVATIVE ANTI-BRIBERY PLATFORM was last modified: May 19th, 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:Anti-Bribery platformBusinessComplianceDataFincom Solutionsnewssecurity
SANTA CLARA – Nick Mullens returns Monday night to his field of dreams, or at least to where a lifelong dream was fulfilled at Levi’s Stadium, by virtue of a smashing debut as the 49ers latest quarterback.He got emotional after that 34-3 rout of the Raiders, doing so in a nationally televised interview and again on his way into the 49ers locker room.How come? It wasn’t for selfish reasons, at least not publicly, which is noble.“It’s just everything that this team works for,” Mullens said. …
Dairy producers and policy makers from around the world are gathered in Cape Town to discuss innovation, development and best practice in dairy. South Africa’s dairy industry is world class and has notched up several firsts in recent months.(Images: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more free images, visit the image library)MEDIA CONTACTS • Palesa MokomeleSpokesperson for the minister of agriculture, forestry and fisheries+27 12 319 7876 or +27 82 904 1908RELATED ARTICLES• SA dairy body takes top accolade• Milk brand cares for cows• SA’s greenest dairy• Cadbury Fairtrade choc now in SA• SA quartet plays for peace MediaClubSouthAfrica.com reporterSouth Africa is hosting the annual World Dairy Summit for the first time. This year’s event takes place during the first week of November under the theme A World in One Country, an indication of South Africa’s diversity.The summit is held under the auspices of the non-profit International Dairy Federation (IDF), a 109-year-old Brussels-based organisation whose membership accounts for about 86% of all milk produced worldwide.More than 1 000 delegates from 56 IDF member countries are expected to pass through the doors of the Cape Town International Convention Centre between 4 and 8 November.The IDF’s mission, according to the organisation, is to assist the dairy sector worldwide by providing scientific knowledge and expertise to support ever-better milk and dairy products.The annual summit is one of its tools, affording delegates an opportunity to network and learn about the latest technological and scientific developments in the industry. It also contributes to the benchmarking of countries in terms of their dairy policies and international trade issues.The South African dairy industry is a full member through the local national IDF committee.Talking all things dairyWith 11 discussions held over the four days, topics on the agenda include animal health and welfare; the socio-economic benefits of a strong dairy sector for emerging economies; sustainability; marketing; and issues around food safety and security.Delegates will be able to share the views of top executives from major dairy companies around the world at the World Dairy Leaders Forum.“This 2012 World Dairy Summit brings together producers, processors, technical experts and various other stakeholders to deliberate the challenges of the sector, and also to share experiences and best practices,” said agriculture minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson, opening the proceedings.She added that the event’s theme was even more relevant for South Africa because the country supports various types of milk farming systems, from intensive total mixed ration to grass-fed and dairy ranching.Joemat-Pettersson said that her department helps emerging farmers – including women – to gain access to finance and markets, and encourages them through initiatives such as the annual Female Entrepreneur Award, which rewards women farmers for their progress in the sector.“The issue of emerging famers is a topic close to my heart, as we continue with our efforts to reverse our country’s unpleasant history of discrimination and disempowerment,” she said. “Furthermore, the gender question will continue to assume greater prominence during this century, also in the sphere of agriculture.”Delegates won’t spend all their time in the conference hall – a number of technical tours are arranged, where visitors can see the dairy industry in motion, from production to retail. On offer are trips to the Fair Cape farm and factory; the distribution centre of retailer Woolworths; spaza shops in the area; the Mooivallei grazing farm and cheese factory, Parmalat’s factory in Parow, the fourth-generation Klipheuwel farm; Stellenbosch University’s Welgevallen Experimental Farm; and cheese farms in the Bonnievale valley.Partners in the local summit include the South African-based Dairy Mail Africa, Landbou magazine, the South African Food Review, the Dairy Industry Association of Australia, and Dairy News Russia. Milk South Africa has also played a role in organising the event.Contributing to national growthAccording to Melt Loubser, chairman of the organising committee and president of the local chapter of the IDF, South Africa’s dairy industry is well developed and world class, and as well as meeting local demand, it exports dairy products to a number of African countries.The South African dairy industry is the third largest livestock sector in the country and has an estimated annual turnover of R10-billion (US$1.1-million). With a total of 2 347 milk producers in the country supplying more than 2.6-billion litres of milk to the nation, over 30 000 people have found employment in the industry.The dairy industry is not afraid to use technology to improve its products and also the way in which it operates. At the IDF’s 2011 Innovation Awards held in Parma, Italy, South African dairy companies were finalists as well as winners.Milk South Africa’s Consumer Education Project walked off with two first prizes for its innovative advertising and marketing campaign, while Fair Cape was named a finalist in the Best New Dairy Drink and Best New Functional Dairy Product categories, both for its innovative rooibos-dairy combinations.Also in 2011 the Eastern Cape’s Coega Dairy announced that it had the smallest carbon footprint of any southern hemisphere dairy, thanks to a R50-million (US$5.7-million) investment in technology that allows it to produce long life milk more efficiently.In 2012 Fair Cape again took the lead by publishing its carbon footprint on its Eco-Fresh milk bottles, thereby assuring consumers that it cares not only for them, but also for its cows and the environment.