1 Patrick Vieira has been appointed head coach of Manchester City’s sister club New York City FC.The former Arsenal star has signed a three-year contract with the MLS side and will officially take up the role on January 1.Vieira has departed his post as head of the elite development squad at Manchester City as he prepares to take on his first managerial job.He had been in the position since June 2013, while he previously served City as their football development executive for two years.Vieira will replace Jason Kreis at the helm of New York City FC and takes over a star-studded squad, which includes Frank Lampard, Andrea Pirlo and David Villa.The 39-year-old will travel to New York on Tuesday to meet his playing squad and to hold talks with sporting director Claudio Reyna and goalkeeping coach Rob Vartughian.“I am delighted to take up the role of Head Coach of New York City FC,” said Vieira.“To work with this squad, with Claudio Reyna and Rob Vartughian and the fantastic support team that is in place is an exciting prospect for any coach. “I would also like to thank everyone at Manchester City and most of all Brian Marwood, my coaching and support team and of course the wonderful young men who make up the Elite Development Squad, for all of their support and commitment and for making my time here so stimulating and enjoyable. “They are good footballers and good people and I know that they will continue to go from strength to strength in their careers.” Patrick Vieira
Louis van Gaal does not know whether he will be at Manchester United next season if he fails to qualify for the Champions League.United are six points shy of fourth-placed Manchester City with 13 matches of the season remaining.When asked whether failure to make the top four or qualify for the Champions League via the Europa League would cost him his job, the United manager said: “It’s not a question for me, it’s a question for the board of Manchester United, you have to put it to them.“I have a contract for three years and you know that.”Van Gaal insists he has no problem with United’s failure to back him publicly.Speculation has been swirling around Van Gaal ever since United slipped out of the top four and exited the Champions League.Unlike when David Moyes was under pressure, United have failed to intimate that Van Gaal has their backing.Some have taken that as a sign that Van Gaal has lost the faith of the board and that they are considering replacing him with Jose Mourinho.But Van Gaal says he does not mind that the club have not made a statement backing him.“I am not agreeing with that,” the Dutchman said when asked if he was disappointed about any lack of public backing from the club.“Because I have said many times that not all the media, but a lot of media, is inventing stories and you don’t have to answer on invented stories.“I agree with this policy of the club.” Louis van Gaal 1
1 Hull City had a familiar name in their team as they drew 0-0 with Arsenal in the FA Cup fifth round.Manchester United midfielder Nick Powell lined up for the Tigers against their Premier League opponents as he made his first appearance since a loan move to Steve Bruce’s side.The player’s comments that he had forgotten to watch his parent club in action against Midtjylland on Wednesday as he was playing FIFA had not endeared himself to the Red Devils faithful and in return they were pretty scathing about showing for Hull.You can see what Man United fans said on Twitter below… Hull City midfielder Nick Powell
HOLLYWOOD: Film and TV union vote to stop working at any time after contract expires. By The Associated Press Members of Hollywood’s film and television writers union have overwhelmingly voted to authorize a strike anytime after their contract expires at the end of the month. More than 5,000 members of the Writers Guild of America cast ballots, with 90 percent voting in favor of authorizing the strike, the union said Friday evening. Members voted Thursday. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“Writers do not want to strike, but they are resolute and prepared to take strong, united action to defend our interests,” guild President Patric Verrone said in a news release. “What we must have is a contract that gives us the ability to keep up with the financial success of this ever-expanding global industry.” Since July, the guild has been in talks with film studios and production companies represented by the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. Both sides acknowledge they have not made progress. Nick Counter, the alliance’s president, said he was not surprised by the vote. “Our focus is on negotiating a reasonable agreement with the WGA,” he said in a news release. A key issue dividing producers and writers, as well as actors, whose contract expires in June, is compensation for DVD sales and productions distributed on the Internet or in other new media formats. The writers’ current three-year contract expires Oct. 31, and their vote gives the union’s leaders authorization to call a strike anytime after that day. Studios and TV networks have accelerated filming of shows and movies and begun stockpiling scripts in case of a strike. The last strike in 1988 lasted 22 weeks. Losses to the industry were put at $500 million.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. “We’re due for a change and the weather forecast is going to become warmer and drier,” said Chris Caswell with the Orange County Fire Authority. “We’re still cautiously optimistic.” Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Saturday visited a command post near Orange County’s Santiago Canyon fire to announce assistance for people with losses, warn of contracting scams, and pledge to find whoever set the nearby blaze that continued to threaten homes after destroying 14. Addressing controversy over state rules that caused delay in getting military aircraft into use against the fires, Schwarzenegger said it sometimes takes disaster “to really wake everyone up.” “There are things that we could improve on and I think this is what we are going to do because a disaster like this … in the end is a good vehicle, a motivator for everyone to come together,” he said. The number of deaths directly attributed to the fires officially rose to seven with the addition of four suspected illegal immigrants whose charred bodies were found east of San Diego on Thursday. LAKE ARROWHEAD – Cooler weather helped firefighters make strong gains on many of the wildfires burning across Southern California on Saturday, but officials remained guarded about what the rest of the weekend might bring. Tropical moisture flowing from the south replaced the hot, dry, skin-cracking Santa Ana winds that roared in a week earlier and spread fires over more than a half-million acres, destroying more than 2,300 structures, including 1,790 homes. By late Saturday more than a dozen blazes were surrounded and containment of nine other blazes ranged from 40 to 97 percent. Fire officials in San Bernadino County said they expected the Grass Valley Fire to be fully contained on Sunday. Sunday’s weather forecast, however, predicted another shift. The four deaths were confirmed as caused by the Harris Fire near the U.S.-Mexico border, said Jose Alvarez, a public information officer for San Diego County emergency services. Identification of the victims was continuing. The Mexican government said that 11 Mexicans were being treated at a San Diego hospital for burns suffered in Southern California’s wildfires after crossing the border illegally, and four were in critical condition. Active fires burned in the Lake Arrowhead resort region of the towering San Bernardino Mountains 100 miles east of Los Angeles, and in rugged wilderness above isolated canyon communities of Orange County, southeast of Los Angeles. A big blaze 60 miles northeast of San Diego stopped its advance toward the mountain town of Julian. The nearby Slide Fire was about a mile from thousands of homes in Arrowbear, Green Valley Lake and Running Springs. Rain began falling in the mountain range during the late afternoon. In Southern California fire areas, about 4,400 people remained in 28 shelter sites, but others waited out the fires in makeshift encampments. In Highland, at the base of the San Bernardino Mountains, about 20 people were in their sixth day of living in a Wal-Mart parking lot, getting daily visits from sheriff’s officials who reported their 17 homes were still intact. “What are the chances of that? The hundreds of people staying at the shelters, I still don’t think they have the comfort of knowing that kind of information,” said Robert Newbourgh, 44. Hundreds of evacuees flooded back into Crestline, Valley of Enchantment and Lake Gregory, small mountain communities tucked in canyons and alongside lakes in the San Bernardino mountains. Light rain also fell on the Rancho Bernardo section of San Diego, where more than 360 homes were lost. National Guard troops patrolled and postal trucks delivered mail to homes that were still standing. “Everybody is really happy for me and I’m sad for them,” said Helena Hyman, a retired school administrator whose cul-de-sac home survived with five ruined homes on each side. She credited her good fortune to replacing wood shingles with a fiberglass roof and chopping down a eucalyptus tree within the last five years. Another resident, Bruce Heinemann, 48, spoke with an insurance adjuster as friends sifted through his ruined home, looking for his wife’s wedding ring, photos and other mementos. Meanwhile, his daughter was at a newly rented home making lists of what they lost, and his wife was visiting department stores to get prices for the insurers. The Heinemanns had about 10 minutes to evacuate Monday morning, just enough time to escape with some clothes and three of their four cars. Heinemann, a self-employed loan officer, said it makes financial sense to rebuild, but they may never return to live on the street where the fire left hopscotch destruction – some of the Spanish-style, tile-roofed homes left standing, while others were turned to ash, leaving burned-out cars, chimneys and remnants of refrigerators and washing machines. “It sounds terrible, but I’m glad it’s gone. How would you like to sit in your house when one third of your neighbors are gone?” he said. Elsewhere in the community, mortgage broker Mike Bartholemew, 37, removed rotten food from his refrigerator as he waited for cleaners to vacuum soot from inside his home, which survived the flames. Bartholemew said returning home stirred memories of the frightening experience as flames advanced toward his home at 4 a.m. Monday. He said he opened his front door to “a bellowing furnace, smoke and embers” as a palm tree across the street burned and neighbors screamed. Bartholemew said his wife and two children fled in an SUV and he left in another car, but fell unconscious for unknown reasons and crashed into a utility box. He said a police officer rescued him. “I have never in my life been that scared. I kept repeating to myself, ‘Don’t panic, don’t panic, don’t panic.’ The fact that no one died in this neighborhood is a miracle,” he said. Bartholemew said it was eerie to be surrounded by ruined homes but he was anxious to come back home as soon as electricity was restored. “I don’t know where I would move in San Diego with these dry Santa Ana conditions we get,” he said. “I could move to Indiana, but they have tornados and floods. Everywhere you go in the country you get something. Here we have earthquakes and fires.” — California wildfire overall statistics: Acreage: 505,279. Homes destroyed: 1,790. Deaths: Seven directly due to fire; seven involving evacuees, including infirmity, age, accident. Injuries: 71 firefighters, 27 civilians. Evacuees: 4,403 people in 28 shelters. Active Wildfires: San Diego County: Witch Fire: About 197,990 acres from Witch Creek to Rancho Santa Fe. 75 percent contained. 911 homes, 30 commercial properties, 175 outbuildings, 239 autos destroyed. Two killed. Two civilians, 34 firefighters injured. Firefighting cost: $9 million. Harris Fire: 86,500 acres 70 miles southeast of San Diego. 65 percent contained. 188 homes, 222 outbuildings, 120 autos, one commercial building destroyed. Five killed. 21 civilians, 16 firefighters injured. 1,500 homes threatened. Firefighting cost: $7.8 million. Poomacha Fire: 45,000 acres on La Jolla Indian Reservation and northeastern county territory. 45 percent contained. 78 homes, 19 outbuildings destroyed. 2,000 homes threatened. 14 firefighters injured. Firefighting cost: $3.5 million. Rice Fire: 9,000 acres in Fallbrook. 90 percent contained. 206 homes, 40 outbuildings, 91 autos, two commercial properties destroyed. 200 homes threatened. Three firefighters injured. Firefighting cost: $3.1 million. Horno/Ammo Fire: 21,084 acres on Camp Pendleton Marine base. 95 percent contained. Ventura County: Ranch Fire: 58,401 acres in northern Los Angeles County and eastern Ventura County near Piru. 97 percent contained. One home, nine outbuildings destroyed. One firefighter injured. Firefighting cost: $8.7 million. Orange County: Santiago Fire: 27,630 acres east of Irvine. 40 percent contained. 16 homes destroyed. Eight structures damaged. Five firefighters injured. Firefighting cost: $5.5 million. San Bernardino County: Slide Fire: 12,789 acres in Green Valley Lake area of the San Bernardino Mountains. 65 percent contained. 201 homes, three outbuildings destroyed. 5,500 residences threatened. One firefighter injured. Firefighting cost: $7 million. Grass Valley Fire: 1,140 acres in Grass Valley area of the San Bernardino Mountains. 95 percent contained. 162 homes destroyed. 6,000 threatened. Firefighting cost: $4.6 million. Major Contained Fires: Los Angeles County: Buckweed: 38,356 acres near Agua Dulce. 21 homes, 22 outbuildings, two bridges, 40 vehicles destroyed. Three civilians, two firefighters injured. Firefighting cost: $5.8 million. Canyon: 4,565 acres in Malibu. Six homes, two businesses, one church destroyed. Three firefighters injured. Firefighting cost: $5.2 million. Magic: 2,824 acres. Sources: State Office of Emergency Services; county, state, federal fire agencies; county emergency officials.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
TOP DONEGAL chef Conrad Gallagher is refusing to comment on claims he owes almost €190,000 to an ex-girlfriend.Karla Elliott – the ex-wife of Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott – claims she is broke and has asked Gallagher to pay back a IR£150,000 loan she gave him back in 2000.Gallagher has two restaurants in Ireland, having left debts behind in two other countries. When Karla’s beauty salon business went bust in 2009, she bombarded the Letterkenny man with emails demanding he pay her back.“I am desperately in need of my money back. I helped you in your time of need,” she begged.A few months later another email said: “I’m in the middle of writing a book….and all the memories of my life are reminding me of how unfair it is that you can feed your daughter and I can’t (feed mine).”Gallagher has since refused to hand over the money to Karla, his former fiancee. This is despite admitting that he received IR£150,000 (€190,000) from her during a High Court hearing in 2000.DONEGAL CHEF OWES ME €190,000, CLAIMS EX-WIFE OF DEF LEPPARD STAR was last modified: January 30th, 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)
Kelly’s Centra have incredibly been shortlisted for the NACS Global Convenience Store of the year award for the second year running. Following on from their recent success in the Centra Store of the Year Awards in February, Kelly’s Centra has been shortlisted for the prestigious international accolade.It is the second time in as many years that the store has been shortlisted for the prestigious award. NACS global convenience retailer of the Year has shortlisted Kelly’s Centra for their outstanding ability to continue to evolve, adapt and improve the service they provide to the local community.Kelly’s Centra have established a stellar reputation over the years for their commitment to providing the highest standards of customer service excellence.Since winning the Centra Store of the Year award in February, they set about increasing the space at the front of store making much easier to shop and added extra space to fresh fruit and veg.A highly acclaimed health foods section, fresh homemade takeaway meals and not to mention a whole new section given over to fresh Artisan breads. Over the past few years, the store has won numerous industry accolades from Centra, Shelflife, EIQA and Forecourt and Convenience Retailer to name a few, with the NACS Global store of the Year award being one which they will be keen to bring home to Donegal for the very first time.There is a voting system in place which will decide along with marks being given for a mystery shopper to decide the final three for the awards ceremony which will be held at the Renaissance St Pancras Hotel in London in June.You can vote for Kelly’s Centra by clicking on the link below.http://www.globalcstorefocus.com/awards/Kelly%27s%20Centra%2c%20MouKELLY’S CENTRA NOMINATED FOR WORLD’S BEST CONVENIENCE STORE was last modified: April 28th, 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:BusinessFeaturesKelly’s Centranews
1 Slaven Bilic is urging his West Ham side to wrap up a sixth-place finish – and save him from being a Manchester United fan.The Hammers, currently sitting sixth, will be assured of a Europa League spot if they remain in the same position after the remaining four games of the campaign.But should they drop down to seventh in the Premier League table, they will be reliant on United winning the FA Cup against Crystal Palace to hand them a spot in Europe, and Bilic does not want it to come to that.Speaking ahead of his side’s trip to West Brom on Saturday, the Croatian said: “I would like to see them [United] win it, that would give us a bit of a cushion. But the good thing is everything is in our hands, and I’d rather us do it than wait until one week after the season with our red flags and be a Man United fan. “The top six is a target and it has been a target for quite a while now. It wasn’t a target at the beginning of the season but with four games to go, we have a little bit of a gap but we can’t afford to lose games. “It’s going to be hard, we have Liverpool and Southampton (behind us). But we are unbeaten in a long time, we have had a good run and we are fully motivated.“If we continue to play like we have been playing, we have a good chance.”The Hammers head to West Brom on Saturday to face a side who proved against Tottenham that they do not have one foot on the beach.Tony Pulis’ side may be safely in mid-table but that did not stop them putting a spanner in Spurs’ title works by drawing 1-1 at White Hart Lane on Monday.Bilic also remembers falling foul of a team with seemingly little to play for during his time as a defender with German side Karlsruhe.“People talk West Brom that, West Brom this, but they are safe with a cigar,” he added.“You talk about Newcastle and they are in trouble but West Brom have never been in trouble at all. That shows they have a good team and good mentality.“The teams are playing for their pride, for their fans, for themselves sometimes. Once I played in Germany and we had to play the last game of the season and had to win it to get into Europe.“It was a team like Aston Villa who had been relegated since March or April – and they beat us 5-1!“Make no mistake, especially a Tony Pulis team and the English mentality and everything, we expect them to play at their maximum.” Slaven Bilic
Goalkeeper Joe Hart insists England’s young squad are going to “give it all we’ve got” as preparations continue for their opening match of Euro 2016 against Russia on Saturday.Roy Hodgson has named the youngest England squad for 58 years, with the likes of Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford, 18, and 20-year-old Dele Alli of Tottenham included.Hopes are high, as they always are, that England can impress in France, and this time Hart is confident that will be the case.He told a press conference: “I’m looking forward to it.“We’ve got a bright squad, people coming off the back of very good seasons or people who have been involved in England football for quite a while, so we’re ready for it and we’re looking forward to Saturday.“It’s hard because I’ve gone into every tournament confident and felt like we’ve been ready. So for me to say it’s different this time would be wrong.“But they’ve gone, they are the past, this is a new one, a new set of players – the majority – and we’re fresh and ready and we’re going to give it all we’ve got.“We’ve certainly got all the backing we need. Everything that needs to be put in place has been put in place, it’s now down to us to perform on the pitch.“It’s exciting, fresh, there are a lot of youngsters so they are going to be more comfortable than maybe other teams. There’s a good bond right the way through.“I think it’s well known that Wayne (Rooney) is our oldest player, 30 years old, and he’s such a key part of the squad. He’s accessible to all the players, right the way through.“There’s definitely a connection, age doesn’t really factor into this team. We are one and we’re all pushing in the right direction.”Hart, 29, has featured in four major tournaments for England and believes the bond in the squad is as strong as ever.He added: “You’ve got to enjoy it. I’m a kid who loves football – well I’m not a kid any more, I’m a grown man, but I love football.“I’d be watching it as a huge England fan if I wasn’t involved. But I’ve got one of those lucky spots where I might even be potentially representing my country on Saturday in a European tournament, so I’m going to enjoy it.“I’m 29, hopefully got a lot of football ahead of me.“I love playing football, I love being around guys that want to play football, that’s a really good thing about this squad and we’re enjoying each other as a unit. The only way we’re ultimately going to enjoy this tournament is success so, like I say, that starts Saturday.” Joe Hart is set to start for England’s Euro 2016 opener against Russia 1