August 12, 2020
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first_img 10 4. Marcelo Brozovic (Inter Milan) – Another man already impressing in France at Euro 2016 is the Croat midfielder. Luka Modric stole the show with his volley but right-sided star Brozovic was industrious and skilful, creating and getting on the end of chances as he darted in from the flank. He couldn’t get on the scoresheet but admirers, who include Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich and Roma. 8. Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli) – Senegalese centre-back was a real star in Serie A last season and now is being targeted by a host of top clubs. Arsenal and Chelsea are keen as they attempt to bolster their defences, while Everton have also got an interest but their ability to finance a deal will hinge on the future of John Stones. 5. Alvaro Morata (Juventus) – Spanish forward Morata is currently in transfer limbo. Owned by the Italian champions, he also knows former side Real Madrid are looming, intending to activate his buy-back clause. If he does head back to the Bernabeu, though, it’s likely he’ll be on his bike again and sold to the highest bidder. Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United are all monitoring the situation. 2. Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) – The metronomic midfielder was one of the stars of the show as Germany dispatched Ukraine at Euro 2016 in Group C. The cool and collected maestro has a magnificent eye for a pass so it’s no surprise to see Manchester United, who almost signed him in 2013, Chelsea and Juventus all want the technically gifted superstar in their squads. 10 3. Ricardo Rodriguez (Wolfsburg) – Already it’s known the player wants to quit his club in search of European football next season. The Swiss star has several destinations to choose from though as Arsenal, Manchester United, Man City, while Real Madrid retain some interest, although Zinedine Zidane is said to prefer bringing Fabio Coentrao back into the fold rather than signing a new star. 10 10 10 Even Euro 2016 can’t stop the rumour mill from churning out more transfer speculation.Premier League teams are still beavering away attempting to get deals in place, with targets producing good displays in France.Some superstars, though, are more wanted than others, with several clubs chasing their signatures.But who are currently, as the transfer window prepares to open on July 1, the most wanted players this summer?Click the right arrow above to find out… 10 10 10 10 6. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) – The fairytale came true and the pacy strike star is the Premier League’s king of the counter attack after helping the Foxes to the title with 24 goals. He’s now wanted man as Arsenal, Liverpool and West Ham all attempt to lure him away from the King Power Stadium. 1. N’Golo Kante (Leicester City) – Click the right arrow above for more of the most wanted transfer targets… – The fantastic Foxes star is now taking his skills to the international stage after a stunning Premier League campaign with the title winners. In France’s Euro 2016 opener against Romania, the tireless midfielder was again outstanding. His ability to intercept the ball before ferrying it onto its next destination means interest in his services is high. Liverpool have now joined a list of suitors, which also includes Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United, Juventus and Real Madrid. 7. Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Borussia Dortmund) – Set to be ditched by the Bundesliga giants as he refuses to pen a new deal with the club, the Armenia assist machine could be available this summer. Arsenal and Manchester United both want to get the player on their books, while Juventus also want to land the 27-year-old who also hit 11 goals in the league last season. 10 9. Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus) – Pep Guardiola rates the centre-back as one of his favourite ever players but, as yet, Manchester City haven’t made a move for the Italy international who is drawing also interesting from Chelsea, where he could link up with Antonio Conte again next season. 10. John Stones (Everton) – The talented young defender continues to be linked with a move away from the Toffees and could be set for another long summer of rumours. Barcelona have apparently been turned down by the player, while Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Man United also want the England international.last_img read more

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first_img 32 12. Ricardo Vaz Te (Signed: January 2012 – Departed: January 2015) – Forget the fact that Vaz Te was useless in the Premier League, the Portuguese forward will forever be remembered as the man whose playoff final winning goal took West Ham back to the top flight. Signed from Barnsley midway through West Ham’s Championship campaign his goalscoring proved crucial as West Ham pulled themselves back towards England’s top tier. He scored 12 goals for West Ham prior to promotion but the goals soon dried up at a higher level with just seven coming in the following two seasons. Now turning out for Turkish side Akhisar Belediyespor. 32 32 25. Diafra Sakho (Signed: August 2014 – Still at club) – Sakho can be widely considered the second most successful striker on this list despite falling out of favour with Slaven Bilic, having problems with his attitude and coming close to being sold to West Brom. Regardless of the downsides the Senegal striker does do one thing on a regular basis – he scores. His first season at West Ham was particularly impressive under Sam Allardyce, as he scored 12 goals in his first year in England, but his productivity has reduced of late. His second season was stop-start and full of off-field issues while his third season was totally wrecked due to injuries. If Sakho can get fit he could still have a part to play. 29. Simone Zaza (Signed: August 2016 – Departed: January 2017) – After announcing himself to the British public with the slowest penalty run up of all time, for Italy at Euro 2016, Zaza signed for West Ham on loan after scoring against them for Juventus at their new London Stadium home. Unfortunately for West Ham and Zaza that was his last goal for a while as he failed to find the net for his new club. His loan was cut short and he left having scored more times at the London Stadium against West Ham than for them. Was loaned to Spanish side Valencia for the rest of the season and the deal has since been made permanent. 32 32 15. Andy Carroll (Signed: August 2012 [loan] May 2013 [permanent] – Still at club) – Despite seemingly spending every other week injured the big front man is by far the most successful name on this list. Carroll was, and is, the answer to West Ham’s goalscoring issues but the problem the one-time British record signing has is he’s never fit. As such the striker has always showed glimpses of class but his fitness battle prevents him from staying active for prolonged periods of time. Hopefully a day will arrive when Carroll’s injury problems are behind him. Hopefully… 32 22. Marco Borriello (Signed: January 2014 – Departed: May 2014) – After seemingly playing for every Italian side going, journeyman striker Borriello had a stint at West Ham in 2014 when the club, again, needed some important goals. The Italy striker made just two substitute appearances, failed to score, and consigned himself to the hopeless striker list. Still playing his football in Italy, currently at Cagliari. 32 2. Benni McCarthy (Signed: February 2010 – Departed: April 2011) – A Champions League winner with Porto who later made his name in the Premier League with Blackburn Rovers, Benni McCarthy’s spell at West Ham was horrendous. The Hammers spent £5million on the South African in the hunt for goals but his time at Upton Park was characterised by his weight and spats with vice-chairman Karren Brady. McCarthy was labelled a ‘big fat mistake’ and described as ‘a player devoted to filling his belly more than filling the net’ by Brady. He failed to score a single goal and his contract was terminated in April 2011. He has recently been unveiled as the new head coach of Cape Town City. 32 21. Carlton Cole (Signed: October 2013 – May 2015) – After being told he was no longer needed at West Ham, following seven years of service, Cole was resigned by the club just a few months after being released – because they couldn’t find any other strikers. Arguably the most marmite player in West Ham’s history the ex-Chelsea forward is fondly remembered at West Ham for trying despite not possessing that much ability. In his second spell with the club Cole grabbed ten goals in 57 appearances. All in all the front man scored 68 goals in 293 West Ham appearances over nine years. After leaving Cole has since turned out for Celtic, Sacramento Republic and is now on the books at Indonesian side Persib Bandung alongside former Chelsea teammate Michael Essien. 32 31. Antonio Martinez (Signed: July 2016 – still at club) – There is still time for young Toni Martinez to come good for West Ham after a positive loan spell with Oxford United. The 19-year-old Spaniard has been prolific at youth level for the Hammers, after signing from Valencia, and the hopes are high for his future development. Still waiting to make an appearance for Slaven Bilic’s side. 13. Nicky Maynard (Signed: January 2012 – Departed: August 2012) – Bought for £1.7million from Bristol City, Maynard was considered a bright striker that could really improve. However, it didn’t turn out that way and after three goals in 17 games he was soon sold to Cardiff City in August 2012. Maynard is currently a free agent after his two-year spell with MK Dons ended. 32 24. Mauro Zarate (Signed: May 2014 – Departed: January 2016) – This was the second time Gold and Sullivan had signed Zarate after previously bringing him to Birmingham City when they were co-owners at St Andrews. After showing the odd glimpse of quality at Birmingham it was much the same at West Ham as he occasionally showed class before he duly fell out with boss Sam Allardyce. He was shipped off on-loan to QPR and received a brief reprieve with Slaven Bilic before being sold to Fiorentina in January 2016. Now a player at Watford but suffering from a long-term injury. 10. John Carew (Signed: August 2011 – Departed: May 2012) – The big Norwegian is fondly remembered by Aston Villa fans but his time at West Ham was littered with goals. He scored twice in 21 games and subsequently left the club at the end of the season. West Ham were Carew’s final club and he has since tried his hand at acting after retirement. 32 32 32 32 26. Enner Valencia (Signed: July 2014 – still at club) – After starring for Ecuador at the 2014 World Cup Valencia arrived at West Ham whilst admitting he had watched hooligan film Green Street to educate him on his new club. Valencia clearly possesses talent and formed an exciting partnership with Diafra Sakho in his first season but it has petered out since. With next to no end product Valencia spent last season on loan at Everton and now looks to be on the brink of leaving West Ham with Porto interested. 32 32 14. Sean Maguire (Signed: January 2013 – Departed: May 2015) – Maguire signed from Waterford United for an undisclosed fee and failed to make a senior appearance for West Ham. He was soon released to Dundalk where he spent a short amount of time before signing for Cork City. Recent reports suggest Maguire will sign for Preston North End from Cork City this summer. 5. Victor Obinna (Signed: August 2010 – Departed: May 2011) – Obinna arrived at West Ham on loan from Inter Milan and was regarded as a promising young talent. After scoring eight goals in 32 games during West Ham’s relegation season his loan was ended once the campaign concluded. Went on to play for Lokomotiv Moscow, Chievo and MSV Duisburg. The Nigerian is currently a free agent after being released by Darmstadt in January 2017. 32 32 16. Modibo Maiga (Signed: July 2012 – Departed: August 2015) – Signed for West Ham’s first season back in the Premier League from Sochaux, the Mali international showed signs of impressing – but those signs were few and far between. After scoring seven goals, and following two loan spells away from the club, Maiga was shipped off to Al-Nassr of Saudi Arabia. After an uninspiring year he moved to Al-Ittihad Kalba in the UAE where he still plays now. 27. Nikica Jelavic (Signed: August 2015 – Departed: February 2016) – Signed in desperate circumstances the Croatian had failed to inspire in the Premier League for both Everton and Hull City. Excelled during his time at Rangers but Jelavic found the net just twice for West Ham and he was soon sold to Chinese side Beijing Renhe for a tidy profit. 18. Marouane Chamakh (Signed: January 2013 – Departed: May 2013) – Sometimes we often forget the impact Chamakh made for Arsenal when he first arrived in England. Of course that impact soon disappeared and he dropped further and further down the Gunners pecking order until West Ham came calling in January 2013. Throughout his loan spell Chamakh played three times and was sent back to Arsenal before he later moved on to Crystal Palace. Despite staying at Selhurst Park for three seasons his impact, again, fell and he was last seen playing for Cardiff in 2016. 8. Robbie Keane (Signed: January 2011 – Departed: May 2011) – The Irish legend was a prolific Premier League forward who scored goals wherever he went in England’s top flight – except West Ham. Keane arrived on loan from Tottenham after falling down the pecking order as West Ham desperately searched for someone to help save them from relegation. In ten appearances Keane found the back of the net twice. West Ham were relegated and Keane’s loan ended at the end of the season. The striker next moved to LA Galaxy where he remained until 2016. He is currently without a club. 3. Mido (Signed: February 2010 – Departed: June 2010) – A man who had turned out for the likes of Tottenham and Middlesbrough, the Egyptian arrived at West Ham on a four-month loan on transfer deadline day. His goalscoring in the Premier League wasn’t exactly impressive and, to no one’s surprise, he departed after nine appearances and no goals scored. Mido is currently the manager of Egyptian side Wadi Degla. There are few certainties in this world – death, taxes and West Ham hunting for a striker.Since David Gold and David Sullivan took control of the club in 2010 they have been on the lookout for a much needed goalscorer but the statistics show the choices have been dire.Under the two David’s tenure a staggering 32 forwards have been signed – a list of players that have heralded just a handful of successes.Current talk suggests that Manchester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho will be the latest signing to try his hand at being the goal-getter the Hammers so desperately want.Scroll through the gallery above to see the forwards signed since Gold and Sullivan took charge – it doesn’t make for positive reading if you’re a West Ham fan. 32 6. Demba Ba (Signed: January 2011 – Departed: May 2011) – A rare success on this list, even if it was just for a five month stay, Demba Ba’s form for West Ham brought a brief glimpse of hope they could be saved from relegation that season. Ultimately the club didn’t survive the Premier League drop and, after scoring seven goals in 13 appearances, the forward was snapped up by Newcastle United. Continued to deliver for the Magpies before earning a move to Chelsea where his scoring rate dropped. He is currently at Shanghai Shenhua and suffered a horrendous leg break in July 2016. 20. Mladen Petric (Signed: September 2013 – Departed: January 2014) – When you are in desperate need of a forward you will sign anyone – as West Ham showed in September 2013 with the deal that brought free agent Petric to Upton Park after his average spell at Fulham. The Croatian featured four times without scoring and was gone just as quickly as he arrived. He has now retired from football after a spell with Panathinaikos in Greece. 17. Wellington Paulista (Signed: January 2013 – Departed: May 2013) – The forward arrived at West Ham on a six-month loan determined to show that he was one of the best strikers from Brazil. Naturally he never made an appearance for West Ham and he became another forgotten name to have registered for the club. Currently plays on-loan for Chapecoense – the team that tragically lost the majority of their squad in a plane crash in November 2016. 28. Emmanuel Emenike (Signed: January 2016 – Departed: May 2016) – Another strange incoming was Emenike who was brought in on loan from Fenerbahce after spending time playing in the United Arab Emirates. Two goals in 16 appearances was the return and, sure enough, the Nigerian international didn’t stick around for long. 32 32 32 4. Frederic Piquionne (Signed: July 2010 – Departed: March 2013) – After playing for Portsmouth in the Premier League on a season-long loan an Avram Grant led West Ham paid Lyon £1million to bring the French forward to East London. He scored 11 goals in 62 games for the club and was released by West Ham in 2013. He soon joined MLS side Portland Timbers and is still playing football for Indian Super League side Mumbai City. 32 30. Jonathan Calleri (Signed: August 2016 – Departed: May 2017) – Brought in on-loan with a view to a permanent deal the hopes were high for Calleri after he featured for Argentina’s Olympic team at Rio 2016. Again there was a distinct lack of quality and he scored just one goal in a 3-1 victory over Middlesbrough. Unsurprisingly his deal from Deportivo Maldonado was not made permanent at the end of the season. 32 11. Sam Baldock (Signed: August 2011 – Departed: August 2012) – The front man was signed from MK Dons for £2.4million and netted five times during his only season at the club. Was sold the following summer to Bristol City but will soon make his Premier League debut as he is now part of the Brighton and Hove Albion squad that finished runners up in the Championship last season. 32 32 32 32 32 32 32 9. Brian Montenegro (Signed: August 2011 – Departed: May 2012) – Young Paraguay forward Montenegro was hailed as a bright prospect when West Ham signed him following their relegation from the Premier League. He played once – coming on as a late substitute in an FA Cup third round defeat to Sheffield Wednesday – and didn’t score. Montenegro returned to Paraguay after his spell and, other than another loan spell with Leeds United in 2014-15, he has continued to ply his trade in South America. Currently on the books of Paraguayan side Olimpia. 7. Paul McCallum (Signed: January 2011 – Departed: May 2015) – West Ham fans might struggle to recall McCallum considering he never made an appearance for the team after signing for £64,000 from Dulwich Hamlet. Following a heap of uninspiring loans he was eventually allowed to join Leyton Orient for free in 2015. He left the O’s following their relegation out of the Football League, and their financial turmoil, and will turn out for National League side Eastleigh next season. 19. Danny Whitehead (Signed: June 2013 – Departed: January 2015) – Another prospect who failed to fulfil expectations, Whitehead arrived from Stockport United for an undisclosed fee. He made one appearance for West Ham – the 5-0 demolition defeat delivered by Nottingham Forest in the 2014 FA Cup – and was soon on his way. Can now be found at Wigan Athletic and has since transitioned to a midfield role. 1. Ilan (Signed: February 2010 – Departed: June 2010) – The Brazilian striker arrived at West Ham following a spell at French side Saint-Etienne and, considering some of the players on this list, he might be considered a moderate success. Ilan scored four goals in 11 outings for Gianfranco Zola’s Hammers including crucial strikes against Everton and Sunderland. Released at the end of that season and last played for Bastia whom he left in 2014. 23. Jaanai Gordon (Signed: January 2014 – still at club) – Gordon was brought in as one for the future from Peterborough United and is yet to make an appearance for the Hammers. Has been sent out for a number of loan spells, most recently with Newport County last season, but is still just 21 years old. 32 32. Ashley Fletcher (Signed: July 2016 – still at club) – Another hope for the future, who could yet prosper, Fletcher was brought in from Manchester United on a free transfer. Enjoyed a productive time on loan at Barnsley, during his spell with the Red Devils, but probably wasn’t expecting to be so involved with the West Ham first team this season. Scored one goal for the club, against Manchester United of course, and certainly has the build to be a menace for defenders in the future.last_img read more

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “The constitution will pave the way for a national unity,” said al-Jafaari. “It is a historical day, and I am optimistic that the Iraqis will say `yes.”‘ Farid Ayar, a top official in the Iraqi Independent Electoral Commission, said voting was being conducted at all the country’s 6,000 polling stations. Minor violence was reported. A roadside bomb exploded near a polling station in western Baghdad as it opened, injuring one policeman, officials said. U.S. troops exchanged fire with insurgents in Ramadi; it wasn’t immediately clear if anyone was injured. South of Basra, three armed men attacked an empty polling station at 3 a.m.; the three were arrested, police said. The charter – hammered out after months of bitter negotiations – is supported by a Shiite-Kurdish majority but has split Sunni Arab ranks after last-minute amendments designed to win support among the disaffected minority. After the blackout, government employees working through the night managed to restore electricity in Baghdad before dawn. The choice of target may suggest that security measures hampered militants from carrying out the sort of devastating bombings against civilians or police that they have unleashed before the vote. Nearly 450 people were killed in the 19 days before the referendum, often by insurgents using suicide car bombs, roadside bombs and drive-by shootings. Iraqis remain deeply divided over the approximately 140-charter draft constitution they were voting on today. The country’s Shiite majority – some 60 percent of its 27 million people – and the Kurds – another 20 percent – support the charter, which provides them with autonomy in the regions where they are concentrated in the north and south. Shiite spiritual leader Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani called on followers to go to the polls and back the constitution. A similar call during January parliamentary elections rallied millions of Shiites to vote. However, the Sunni Arab minority, which dominated the country under Saddam and forms the backbone of the insurgency, widely opposes the draft, convinced its federalist system will eventually tear the country apart into Shiite and Kurdish mini-states in the south and north, leaving Sunnis in an impoverished center. Many of them feel the document doesn’t sufficiently support Iraq’s Arab character. Last-minute amendments in the constitution, adopted Wednesday, promise Sunnis the chance to try to change the charter more deeply later, prompting one Sunni Arab group – the Iraqi Islamic Party – to support the draft in today’s vote. Most others still reject it, but a split in the Sunni vote may be enough to ensure its passage. The United States hopes that the constitution’s success will pave the way for withdrawing American troops. In Friday sermons across the nation, the message from Shiite pulpits was an unequivocal “yes,” but it was not so clear-cut in Sunni Arab mosques – varying from “yes,” “no” and “vote your conscience.” In Tikrit, Saddam’s hometown north of Baghdad, Sheik Rasheed Yousif al-Khishman exhorted worshippers at the al-Raheem mosque to reject the charter, saying the draft was an “infidel constitution written by foreign hands.” In the nearby town of Samarra – another bastion of Sunni militancy – Sheik Adil Mahmoud of the influential Sunni Association of Muslims Scholars delivered a more tempered sermon. “I will go to the polls and vote ‘no,’ but I leave the choice to you,” he said. The bitterness, however, was clear. Hundreds of Sunnis marched after prayers on Baghdad’s Abu Hanifa mosque – seen as a stronghold of the Iraqi Islamic Party – and denounced the party as traitors for backing the draft. Insurgents launched five attacks against the party on the eve of the referendum, bombing and burning offices and the home of one of its leaders in cities such as Baghdad and Fallujah, west of the capital. Nobody was injured in the attacks. For most of the day Friday, Iraqis were hunkered down in their homes, with the streets of the Iraqi capital almost empty hours before a 10 p.m. curfew and the country sealed off from the outside world as borders and airports were closed. Tens of thousands of Iraqi army troops and policemen, meanwhile, formed security rings around the nation’s estimated 6,000 polling stations and set up checkpoints on highways and inside cities. “Besides Allah, we need this constitution to protect us,” said Rajha Abdul-Jabar, a 49-year-old Sunni Arab mother of five married to a Kurdish dentist. “I, my husband and our children will go and vote `yes’ tomorrow,” she said in the small convenience store she runs. Jameel Safar, a 30-year-old Kurd in Baghdad, said the charter will safeguard Iraq’s unity, but later added: “The Kurds are entitled to everything. We have a right to our own nation like everyone else.” Ratification of the constitution requires approval by a majority of voters nationwide. However, if two-thirds of voters in any three of Iraq’s 18 provinces vote “no,” the constitution will be defeated and Sunni Arab opponents have a chance of swinging the ballot in four volatile provinces – Anbar, Nineveh, Salahuddin and Diyala. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BAGHDAD, Iraq – Iraqis were voting today to give a “yes” or “no” to a constitution that would define democracy in Iraq, a country once ruled by Saddam Hussein and now sharply divided among its Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish communities. The polls opened at 7 a.m., just hours after insurgents sabotaged power lines in the northern part of the country, plunging the Iraqi capital into darkness and cutting off water supplies. The capital was eerily quiet under clear blue skies this morning. Iraqi soldiers and police ringed polling stations at schools, and driving was banned to stop suicide car bombings by Sunni-led insurgents determined to wreck the vote. Only a few citizens were seen walking to the schools, which were protected by concrete barriers and barbed wire. But President Jalal Talabani and Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jafaari were shown live on Al-Iraqiya television voting in a hall in Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone, where parliament and the U.S. Embassy are based. After putting their paper ballots in white-and-black plastic boxes, both smiled and waved to the public. last_img
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first_imgFifth and sixth class students of Scoil Bhríde in Convoy have some fun dressing in 1960s clothes as preprations continue for the school’s 50th anniversary on the weekend of June 6th and 7th.The village of Convoy is getting set for a huge weekend of celebrations next month with the local National School, Scoil Bhríde Convoy celebrates its 50th anniversary on Friday the 6th and Saturday the 7th of June.The weekend celebrations include a thanksgiving Mass on Friday evening followed by dedication of Garden of Remembrance for past pupils and teachers.School Principal Donal Coyle said the weekend will be one of great celebration in the local community and he urged everyone with links to the school to come along and join in the festivities. “This is a huge celebration for the school, but also for the community and it is one that everyone is invited to attend. We have had so many students through the doors over the past fifty years and it would be great to see people making a huge effort to come bck to Convoy for the celebrations.”The local principal said that the students at the school have been working on some terrific projects to mark the celebration weekend.“There has been great excitement among the present students about this big landmark for the school and we’re hoping that people living locally who have families living further afield will get the message out that everyone is welcome back for what should be a very special weekend.”Mr Coyle explained that a new Scoil Bhríde Facebook page has been set up to carry details of the weekend’s events and he asked people to log on and get more information there. “Among the fantastic events we have lined up is a fun day on Saturday and that will be followed by a Dinner Dance in Jacksons. All are welcome and tickets available in the school. More details are available on the Scoil Bhríde Facebook page and we are hoping to see lots of familiar faces back in Convoy for the celebrations,” Mr Coyle concluded.  CaptionFifth and sixth class students of Scoil Bhríde in Convoy have some fun dressing in 1960s clothes as preprations continue for the school’s 50th anniversary on the weekend of June 6th and 7th. CONVOY GEARS UP FOR 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF SCOIL BHRÍDE was last modified: May 22nd, 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:anniversaryconvoydonegalSCOIL BHRIDElast_img read more

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first_imgULSTER Bank is to close its Moville branch, the controversial bank said today.A total of 37 jobs will go across Moville and 13 other branches on a hit list released today by the bank’s public relations department.A further ten branches are to be closed in the North. The bank claimed the decision to close any branch is made on a case-by-case basis, based on local information.“Banking has changed significantly over the last few years as more and more of our customers are using digital technology to bank with us where and when it is convenient for them. As a result, only 13% of transactions happen in branches in the Republic of Ireland,” the bank said in a statement.“We continue to invest in a range of channels to respond to how our customers prefer to do their banking,” the statement added.The branches to close are located in Athboy, Co Meath; Ballinrobe, Co Mayo; Ashbourne, Co Meath; Athy, Co Kildare; Castleblaney, Co Monaghan; Castlerea, Co Roscommon; Clones, Co Monaghan; Croom, Co Limerick; Ferbane, Co Offaly; Loughrea, Co Galway; Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim; Moville, Co Donegal; Roscrea, Co Tipperary and Wicklow town in Co Wicklow. Ulster Bank said it had written to customers in Inishowen and said it was also “communicating directly with staff” in the Moville branch.Ulster Bank is part of the controversial RBS Group which has faced huge fines recently.It was also under fire amid claims to deliberately put some companies out of business. JOB LOSSES AS ULSTER BANK TO CLOSE MOVILLE BRANCH was last modified: November 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) Tags:closureLossesmovilleulster banklast_img read more

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first_imgThe Fall Classic knoweth no fury like a (splash) brother scorned.Right this moment, the Warriors’ Klay Thompson is wishing the worst for the Dodgers in the World Series.On the surface, it seems a curious affectation. Thompson was born in Los Angeles. His dad Mychal played for the L.A. Lakers. He still hangs in SoCal, and it’s where he staged his basketball camp in August.So why root, root, root for the Red Sox? For the best reason of all: Family. “Klay hates the Dodgers,” …last_img

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first_img20 February 2014 The South African government is to look into the possibility of legalising the medical use of marijuana, Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said during the second day of parliamentary debate on President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation address in Cape Town on Wednesday. The followed a special plea to Zuma by Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) MP Mario Oriani-Ambrosini, who was last year diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, to consider making it legal in South Africa to use marijuana for medical reasons, saying not to do so would be a “crime against humanity”. While tempers often flare in Parliament during fiery debates between the ruling African National Congress (ANC) and opposition parties, Ambrosini’s moving address drew a standing ovation from all members of the house. Ambrosini said that decriminalising marijuana for medical use would not only help millions of South Africans who were suffering from his condition, but would also contribute to transforming the country’s health sector. “Mr President, you have known me for 20 years … I am speaking to you today somehow a changed man, not to curse you, but to plead with you to provide a voice for many people with my condition.” Sisulu, responding a short while later, said: “Mr Ambrosini, I have worked with you for many years and it hurts me to see you in the state that you are in. I had a word, as you were speaking, with [Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi], and he indicates to me we are really keen to follow up on the discussion and research around the world on the issue of the potential of decriminalising medical marijuana. We are a caring society.” Addressing the house earlier, Motsoaledi said South Africa had successfully rolled out an HIV/Aids campaign that was being modelled around the world, and would do the same, going forward, with other diseases. He said a new war had been declared on cervical cancer. According to statistics, cervical cancer affects over 6 000 women annually, with just over half of these cases resulting in death. Motsoaledi said 80% of cervical cancer victims were African women and that the disease was more likely to affect women who were HIV-positive. It is propagated by a virus called the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). “Honourable Speaker, Human Papilloma Virus has a vaccine. It is called the HPV vaccine. The World Health Organisation advises us to vaccinate sexually naive young girls. “I am happy to announce that we are ready to vaccinate young girls against this disease from March this year. We shall vaccinate all the grade 4 learners in public schools. This will then happen every subsequent year in our schools – it will be a feature of any grade 4 class from this year and forever.” Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest There are plenty of market factors at play currently and few are positive for increasing corn, soybean and wheat prices. Stagnated demand growth and ample grain supplies from another robust year of production do not leave much opportunity for price improvement, said Matt Roberts, an agricultural economist with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.“U.S. prices for corn remain weak on the back of two record harvests,” he said. “Combined with good to excellent yields in major growing nations, global corn and feed grain supplies are quite large.”Roberts said that growers should continue to expect to see $3.50 to $4 per bushel corn, $8 to $9 soybeans and $5 for wheat until prices are low enough to drive acres from production or demand growth from developing countries like India soaks up the expanded acreage from recent years.Adding to the problem is significant uncertainty from China, that may be reversing its trend of importing corn.“Uncertainty about China’s plan to reduce domestic corn stocks means that not only will China not import corn in 2016, but may actually be an exporter,” he said. “Worries about China’s economy have also kept a lid on Chinese import demand for soy. While soybean imports remain solid, another year of explosive growth in soybean imports doesn’t appear to be in the cards.”Also at play is the uncertainty surrounding several factors in South America.“Argentina also may be de-stocking grains and reducing export tariffs on grain,” Roberts said. “These things will make a lot more supply which could be unsettling. We have had two good years of weather in the U.S. and South America, but a strong El Niño this winter could hurt South American crops. The soil in Brazil cannot hold moisture. It needs repeated shots of moisture and it is not getting it.”The good news is that, though demand is not growing much, it remains fairly strong.“Strong demand remains in place and if we are off at all next year prices will rise again,” Roberts said. “There is a pretty high hurtle to clear for prices to remain this low next year.”In the meantime, there are ways farmers can prepare for the tough months ahead.“Farmers should build working capital, pay taxes, lower your land costs, fix your interest rates and bank some cash if you can. No, this isn’t a happy message, but this is the reality now,” he said. “ If you did have a good year this year, it is OK to pay taxes. Build working capital if you have the opportunity. It is going to be two or three more years until we start to see the increasing demand.”last_img read more

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Jeremy Goyings, Paulding Co.We have gotten little bit of rain but it has been awfully spotty. We got just over an inch and a half in August. If you go to the north edge or the south edge of our farm it has been more like a half-inch or three-quarters.Last week there were tornadoes about three miles to the north and seven or eight miles south. Then another storm brewed up and there were two more tornadoes on either side of us. They took out some houses and barns in the north part of the county. We sat on our front porch and watched the tornado in Cecil about two miles from us. That was plenty close.The three-quarters of an inch we got that night was the most rain we have gotten at one time. Up until that rain things were just hanging on. The crops were doing better than I thought they should be based on the amount of rain we had. After that three-quarters of an inch, stuff perked up. The beans opened back up and have a full canopy again. I hope now they will fill the rest of those pods that they hadn’t dropped. Beans will probably be 10 to 15 bushels off of trend line. I’d be pretty happy to see beans in the 45- to 50-bushel range.Corn is a huge guess yet. You can walk a field and grab ears that look like 175 and you can grab ears that are more like 130. If I am being optimistic, I’d put corn in the 160- or 165-bushel range. We are getting a little tip-back in the corn, but not as much as I would expect for as dry as it has been. The kernels seem like they are going to be small and we were also hurt early by the cold weather that will pull yields back.last_img read more

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest No growing season is ever going to be perfect, but with only about 10% of the days during July and August above 86 degrees F, the daytime highs have been favorable for soybean growth in Ohio. If air temperature exceeds 85 degrees F, soybeans will experience heat stress that can impact yield potential. This is often compounded by a lack of soil moisture. Heat stress can result in a decreased number of pods set, while temperatures above 99 degrees F severely limit pod formation.Because of their long flowering period, soybeans can often compensate for short periods of stress, but its ability to make up ground dwindles as it approaches R5. Elevated temperatures at the R5 growth stage (beginning seed fill), has the greatest negative impact on soybean yield. During seed fill, daytime temperatures greater than 85 degrees can cause decreased soybean weight while temperatures 91 to 96 degrees can result in fewer seeds per plant. During this period, pods are filling at a maximum rate, making the plant more susceptible to stresses and causing it to move nutrients from other areas. Moving those nutrients will weaken it and open it up to invasion by diseases through the roots and foliage.Compared to corn, soybeans are less sensitive to high nighttime temperatures. In fact, soybeans like it warmer in the evening so that they can “burn” (respire) the stored energy (photosynthates that are stored as starch) and grow.During the day, soybean plants accumulate starch in their leaves. At night, the starch is broken down and exported from their leaves. When nights are cool, the amount of starch exported is reduced resulting in high leaf starch the following day, which can disrupt photosynthesis. Nighttime temperatures have to exceed 85 degrees before any noticeable reduction in soybean yield is experienced. A string of nighttime temperature less than 60 degrees can result in reduced pod set, seed formation, and seed size. Studies have shown greatest growth rate for soybeans at mid-80 degree daytime and 72 degree nighttime temperature resulting in good seed size and no delay in maturity.Several factors affect the rate at which crops develop — photoperiod, heat, moisture, and fertility. Heat and photoperiod are the two primary factors influencing soybean maturity. Soybeans are considered short-day plants, meaning that physiological development is accelerated as daylength shortens. However, the rate of maturity is sped up by hotter temperatures and slowed down by cooler weather. Soybeans can compensate for stresses/shortcomings that occur during early to mid-reproduction provided ample sunlight, adequate temperatures, and soil moisture is available. Favorable late-season temperatures (not too hot) and rainfall during late stages of development (R5 to R6) can create larger seed weight by extending the seed fill duration.For more information, contact your local Pioneer sales representative or visit Pioneer GrowingPoint agronomy at pioneer.com/agronomy.last_img read more

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