Chelsea legend rules out Stamford Bridge return and West Ham striker labelled as ‘unplayable’

first_img Transfer rumours and paper review 1 Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Saturday’s newspapers…Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has ruled out returning to the Premier League on a loan deal during the MLS off-season after saying he needs rest. (Evening Standard)Neymar’s father confirmed Manchester United did make a mega bid for the Barcelona striker. (The Sun)Jurgen Klopp can end Liverpool ’s long wait for a league title, according to Mats Hummels. (Daily Mirror)And former Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier backs Jurgen Klopp to be a success at Anfield. (Bein Sports)Chronically injured midfielder Abou Diaby has suffered a setback in his attempts to return to competitive football. (Daily Express)Alan Pardew has warned his Crystal Palace defenders that they will be counting the bruises if they confront ‘unplayable’ Andy Carroll on Saturday afternoon. (Daily Mail)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Aston Villa transfer report: Real Madrid forward targeted in January swoopLiverpool favourites to land Juventus sporting director ahead of Premier League rivals TottenhamFormer Belgium coach urges Youri Tielemans to ignore Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester UnitedSporting Lisbon’s Paulo Oliveira welcomes Manchester United interest Newcastle and Tottenham told they can land Barcelona youngster Sandro Ramirez for £8mChelsea, Arsenal and Everton target pens new Dynamo Kiev deal, but admits he could still move to the Premier LeagueLiverpool and Arsenal blow! Spanish teen sensation Dani Ceballos signs new Real Betis deallast_img read more


Phil Neville placed in caretaker charge at Valencia after boss departs

first_img1 Phil Neville Phil Neville and Voro will reportedly take charge of first-team affairs at Valencia until further notice following the resignation of Nuno Espirito Santo on Sunday night.Nuno announced his departure following Los Che’s 1-0 loss to Sevilla, but said he had already informed chairman Peter Lim of his decision prior to kick-off.A formal statement is expected from the club later on Monday after a meeting between Nuno and club directors, but Neville and Voro have been told to prepare to take charge of training on Tuesday according to reports in AS.Nuno, 41, leaves the side ninth in Primera Liga and third in Group H of the Champions League, still with a shot of progressing to the knock-out stages.However, the Portuguese said expectations had not been met as he bid his farewells.“We are all in agreement that the current situation is not good, and that we must all do what is best for the club; this has always been my intention,” he said.“I want to thank all the players who I have managed at the club for their work. I also want to thank Peter Lim, who is – and will continue to be – a friend of mine, and the fans of Valencia CF.“I ask that the fans continue to support the youngest squad in La Liga. Tomorrow we will give more details. I understand that the issue is pertinent, but I do not want to say too much in this regard.”Neville joined Valencia as a coach in July, having previously been first-team coach under David Moyes at Manchester United.last_img read more



first_imgSinead, Sheila Sean Emer and Danny Mc Menamin pictured with Manus Kelly as they get ready for the big night at the karting centre in aid of Crumlin Hospital tomorrow night (FRI). Photo Brian McDaidLike many families, the McMenamins from Letterkenny were left devastated when told their son Sean had a serious heart defect.But through the wonderful work of the Children’s Hospital in Crumlin, Sean is fighting fit and ready to take on the world.Here, to coincide with a charity night the family are hosting at the Karting Centre in Letterkenny tomorrow night, mum Sheila tells the touching story of a family’s fight for their young son. In times of austerity, water charges, Garda whistle-blowers and elections, it gives us some hope that deep down people are still good.“This is Sean, our bright eyed and bushy tailed wee man!! He was born 6th, 2013 in Holles St, Dublin. Sean’s story is not unique and is probably more common than a lot of us realise.“Last year while attending the ‘big’ scan in Letterkenny, it was detected that there was an issue with his heart, now Sean being Sean, wouldn’t move or position himself in a way that might give anyone a chance of a clear heart view!!“So a week or so later we went to Holles St and it was confirmed that yes there was a serious heart defect there. “To say we were devastated was an understatement. We drove home fairly quiet and so it began. We met with the cardiologist that was based in Our Ladys Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin (OLHSC) and he confirmed that Sean had an AVSD – which meant his heart only had 2 chambers with only one valve. They did go through what would be done but to be honest at that stage, most of it went over my head especially when they refer to his heart being the size of a strawberry!There were many black days of worrying what to expect and we had been told that no surgery would take place until he was 5kgs and that if there was any other issue with any other organs there would be no surgery.We had an amnio (tests) done and it was confirmed that Sean was also Down Syndrome. We were told that feeding would be a problem and to prepare for anything up to 6 months in hospital if he didn’t put on weight. With 2 other kids at home and Danny being self employed the thought of factoring how my life was to go on without me in it for that length of time was challenging to say the least! At one of our cardiologist appointments I was interrogating the consultant on exactly what I would need for Crumlin and he said he would get one of the specialist nurses to ring me. This was my first contact with Crumlin and to be honest probably one of the first times I breathed normally!!I had a list of questions as long your arm! Would the baby survive? Would he be incubated? Would I need to have him christened at the hospital? What did I need to bring? And the list went on! Over the time of the phone call, I was calmed and reassured that while his condition was serious, he was still a baby and yes he would need all the normal baby stuff!! It was arranged that at our next Holles St visit that we would call over to Crumlin where our nurse would show us the ward so we wouldn’t keel over when we arrived with Sean!Now I don’t know what bubble I live my life in – but my eyes were opened. We met Jackie inside the door of the hospital and it was like meeting an old friend! We chatted like it was a normal day and then we went to St Theresa’s ward …. It was packed and a hive of activity and I have never seen so many sick children ever before. All the nurses were flat out but they were all smiling and just carrying on with what they do. We left the ward, slightly overwhelmed, nervous but relieved that we had seen where Sean would be. Jackie was still as chilled as you like and in hindsight her calm approach kept us upright while we were there. She arranged that on our next visit that we would have a look at the intensive care unit and as she put it – nothing like a bit of advance warning!JuneIt was arranged that Sean should be born in Holles St given its close proximity to Crumlin and on 6th within 2 hours was transferred to Crumlin while I sat like a tulip in Holles st feeling all my aches n pains and feeling very sorry for myself!!!On the Friday, I signed myself out of Holles St and headed over to see Sean. I was glad that I had been in the ward before as at least I knew where I was going and it wasn’t as scary although still eye opening. Sean was cubicle 6 and when he was admitted there was 8 other babies there, on Friday evening there was19. Sean was lying back and was being tube fed every 3 hours and was on a stats monitor (now to us lay people, this machine continually checks his heart rate and also his breathing and just so you know …. It beeps and beeps and beeps every time u move!!!!). Once we arrived, Sean’s nurse came in to say hi and give us an update on how he was doing. Sean slept!! We were told of all the checks he had done the previous day and that morning and that he was very stable and very sleepy! At this stage, reality was sinking in fairly lively! The extent of road ahead was now very real and the fact that Sean couldn’t drink much of his bottle brought a whole new angle on tube feeding end of things. But that’s when the nurses kick in! Slowly we were encouraged to take small steps and work with Sean and everything that went with it; try him on the bottle, check the tube is still where its meant to be, tubing through the rest of his feed, not keeling over every time the stats monitor goes nuts!! Every nurse that looked after Sean spoke to him like he was one of their own! The team that followed Sean was mind blowing, Speech therapists, dieticians, pharmacists, consultants, radiographers and the full complement of nursing staff. And each member supportive, pleasant and always there to answer my often daft questions. Over the next couple of months, Sean was at home being tube fed, on constant oxygen and settling into life at home with 2 doting sisters at his side every time my back was turned! It was hard, but its amazing what you do without even thinking about it times. Every week we spoke to Jackie in Crumlin about Sean’s weight gain.And as always, there were often calls with daft questions too.In September we got the call that Sean’s heart surgery was booked and my heart sank. But again the girls in Crumlin knew the enormity of the phone call and were as supportive and as reassuring as they could be. The dread, the relief the mixture of emotion was unnatural. Sean’s surgery was rescheduled twice and then on the September we were admitted to Theresas ward again for surgery the next day.30thOnce Sean arrived on the ward, there was an automatic recognition of the wee man and all the nurses that looked after him in June all commented on how big he had got and given the number of children these people see in any given week is amazing that they would remember our Sean!JuneSean appeared with authority!!! He was taken to ICU and Mr Nolke, Sean surgeon, arrived into Sean’s room like any normal man. He went through the procedure and was more than willing to answer any questions – just pure normal!! Mr Walsh, Sean’s Cardiologist called to say how well Sean was doing and that he was happy with his progress. Jackie called in and went through how the day would pan out and at what stage of surgery she would ring us to update us on how things were going. We walked Sean down to theatre at 1:06 on the Monday morning. To say handing my wee dude over was hard is an understatement, he smiled all the way down the corridor and it was the hardest moment of our lives.The day passed so slowly, Jackie in fairness to her called us at every stage, being ventilated, going onto bypass, starting surgery, finishing surgery, coming off bypass and to recovery and then to ICU. It was 8.46 pm when we saw Sean. Thank god we had been shown ICU on a previous visit because it is one of the scariest places I have been. Sean was sedated when we went in but he did wiggle about a bit when we spoke, we couldn’t stay long, it was better for him stay still and he wouldn’t with us there.The reassurance of knowing that there is a specialist nurse there minding just Sean was enough to keep our minds at rest. ICU was full all with wee babies fighting their own corners, all with the help of their own nurse and a team that can only be described as genesis!On the Tuesday, Sean had one of the three drains removed and he abandoned the ventilator and for the first time since June was not on Oxygen!! (We could get rid of the canisters at home and the machine that sounded like a tractor with serious engine issues!!!!!)On the Tuesday morning when I went in to sit with Sean, a handmade crochet blanket was at the bottom of his bed. I told the nurse that it wasn’t Sean’s and that it would be safer being removed before it was christened! But Deirdre (his nurse) told me ‘that in hospital doctors and nurses have to do what they do and there is prodding and poking, giving injections and examinations at different times of the day and this blanket is a comfort to hide behind.It is their comfort that they can hide under when it all get too much and they have it forever. Volunteer blanketeers make and donate blankets so any child that has heart surgery gets a comfort blanket’. I was gobsmacked; the lump in my throat was so big I thought it would explode. People are good.He was due to go to the ward at a stage on Tuesday but all the beds in the ward were full so he stayed for another night in ICU. (Personally I think he was enjoying the 24/7 one to one!) He moved back to St. Theresa’s on the Thursday, and god love him – he didn’t like the drains. I have never seen him lie as still as he did but we did get a few wee smiles and an odd tug of the hair if it came any way close!On Friday the third drain was removed and when I came back to the ward, Sean was sideways at the bottom of the cot!!!! He was put on special milk as fatty deposits were picked up in the drains and Sean wasn’t too impressed (the smell would have knocked you over!!) so the tube was still there but in fairness the wee man didn’t seem to mind that much as long as he got fed and didn’t have to taste it.We left Crumlin the following Wednesday on 8 feeds a day of the smelly stuff! The nurses all bid him farewell and Sean smiled the bit out!! (Such a ladies man!!!) We had 6 weeks of the special milk every 3 hrs. It passed in a blur and the relief when we were told that we could go back to normal baby food! Mr Walsh was as lovely as ever, back up in 3 months to make sure all is going as it should. Surgery had gone exceptionally well and by the looks of things no more surgery needed.Sean attends Crumlin now every couple of months, he is now the full of life wee boy that he is meant to be. He terrorises his sisters, has his mom and dad on 24/7 call and has it all sussed!!We are lucky; we have come through a bumpy road with the support and help of family, friends and a fortune of holy candles, masses and prayers. The list of people that we are indebted to: The Paediatric Ward in Letterkenny General Hospital, Caroline/Mary – District Nurses, Mary Murray – The specialist cardiac nurse (the genius that makes it all seem so simple!!), Donegal Down Syndrome, the Early Intervention Team and so many others.But today it is about Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin and the reason we are “karting for Crumlin”. As a unit they have gently nudged us through one of the toughest challenges to date! This is their normal – they do this all day every day and until you experience it you just don’t appreciate to work they do.We would like to thank John Dolan, a patron in fundraising for different charities and the Donegal Motor Club for helping us in this fundraising effort for Crumlin. We hope that you can join us for this worthy cause and you never know; Sean might have to get a wee lap round too…….!WHY SEAN AND HIS FAMILY WANT TO ‘LAP IT UP’ FOR CRUMLIN HOSPITAL was last modified: May 16th, 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:Crumlin Hospitaldonegalkarting centreletterkennySean McMenaminSheila McMenaminlast_img read more


Republicans agreeing on tax-relief package

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventTax cuts have been Bush’s signature domestic issue since taking office and the president is pushing Congress to make permanent all his first-term tax cuts. The two-year extension of the tax reductions on dividends and capital gains, which had been scheduled to revert to their higher levels in 2010, is viewed by Republicans as a key down payment on the larger goal. Democrats contend the country can’t afford Bush’s tax cuts at a time of record budget deficits and spending on the Iraq war and with the government facing escalating costs for its big benefit programs – Social Security and Medicare – with the pending retirement of 78 million baby boomers. Bush was to give a speech on the economy and taxes today. WASHINGTON – Majority Republicans have reached agreement in principle on a $70 billion tax relief package that would extend tax cuts on capital gains and dividends for two years and keep 15 million middle-income taxpayers from getting hit with a tax designed for the wealthy, GOP aides said late Tuesday. However, final passage of the measure is being linked by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley to achieving an agreement with House Republicans over the outlines of a second package of tax breaks, according to Republican staffers who spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not yet been announced by their bosses. The agreement was reached among the Republican members of a joint House-Senate conference committee that was appointed to resolve differences between the two chambers on the tax legislation and came after President George W. Bush summoned Republican leaders to the White House Tuesday for a strategy session. “The president really wants a tax bill,” House Majority Leader John Boehner told reporters. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


Jose Mourinho wants to build platform for future success at Man United

first_img1 Jose Mourinho wants to leave Manchester United in a ‘much, much, much better’ state than the club he took over.There were always going to be teething problems when Sir Alex Ferguson called time on his trophy-laden spell at Old Trafford, but few could have foreseen quite how tough it would be.Successor David Moyes did not even see through his first season at the helm, with Louis van Gaal last year paying the price for his prosaic football and inability to secure Champions League qualification.Mourinho has struggled to immediately turn around United’s Premier League fortunes, but Europa League, EFL Cup and Community Shield glory has helped bring a winning mentality back to the club.The Portuguese recently said he would love to be at the club for a further 15 years – but whenever he leaves, he wants the club to be stronger than when he found them.“I would like the next manager to arrive – not now – but I would like the next manager to arrive and to find a much, much, much better club and team than I found at every level,” Mourinho said.“I found an amazing club with an amazing history, but not ready for me to win.“(I want to win) and I want the next one to win too.”Upon his unveiling last summer, Mourinho said United needed to forget the previous three years and re-find the winning “routine” that had gone missing.“You know, we won three trophies and the Europa League was very difficult to win, but it is not the Champions League,” he said, speaking at Georgetown in Washington.“We went to the Europa League as one of the top teams, we go to the Champions League and we are not one of the top teams.“We have to be better, much better for that objective.“So, you know, we cannot be just thinking that we won, like I say, two-and-a-half trophies, like we did last season.“This season is going to be more difficult but I think we have also better conditions to fight for the Premier League against fantastic teams, against amazing investments.“But I believe in our group, in our spirit, in our empathy, in our togetherness, in our happiness to be together, in our happiness to work together. I trust my boys and we are going to try.” Jose Mourinho guided Man United to Europa League, EFL Cup and Community Shield glory in his first season at Old Trafford last_img read more


That’s hot – it’s a list of TV phrases

first_img -“Come on down!” (Johnny Olson, “The Price is Right”) -“Danger, Will Robinson” (Robot, “Lost in Space”) -“De plane! De plane!” (Tattoo, “Fantasy Island”) -“Denny Crane” (Denny Crane, “Boston Legal”) -“Do you believe in miracles?” (Al Michaels, 1980 Winter Olympics) -“D’oh!” (Homer Simpson, “The Simpsons”) -“Don’t make me angry …” (David Banner, “The Incredible Hulk”) -“Dyn-o-mite” (J.J., “Good Times”) -“Elizabeth, I’m coming!” (Fred Sanford, “Sanford and Son”) -“Gee, Mrs. Cleaver …” (Eddie Haskell, “Leave it to Beaver”) -“God’ll get you for that” (Maude, “Maude”) -“Good grief” (Charlie Brown, “Peanuts” specials) -“Good night, and good luck” (Edward R. Murrow, “See It Now”) -“Good night, John Boy” (“The Waltons”) -“Have you no sense of decency?” (Joseph Welch to Sen. McCarthy) -“Heh heh” (Beavis and Butt-head, “Beavis and Butthead”) -“Here it is, your moment of Zen” (Jon Stewart, “The Daily Show”) -“Here’s Johnny!” (Ed McMahon, “The Tonight Show”) -“Hey now!” (Hank Kingsley, “The Larry Sanders Show”) -“Hey hey hey!” (Dwayne Nelson, “What’s Happening!!”) -“Hey hey hey!” (Fat Albert, “Fat Albert”) -“Holy (whatever), Batman!” (Robin, “Batman”) -“Holy crap!” (Frank Barone, “Everybody Loves Raymond”) -“Homey don’t play that!” (Homey the Clown, “In Living Color”) -“How sweet it is!” (Jackie Gleason, “The Jackie Gleason Show”) -“How you doin’?” (Joey Tribbiani, “Friends”) -“I can’t believe I ate the whole thing” (Alka Seltzer ad) -“I know nothing!” (Sgt. Schultz, “Hogan’s Heroes”) -“I love it when a plan comes together” (Hannibal, “The A-Team”) -“I want my MTV!” (MTV ad) -“I’m Larry, this is my brother Darryl …” (Larry, “Newhart”) -“I’m not a crook …” (Richard Nixon) -“I’m not a doctor, but I play one on TV” (Vicks Formula 44 ad) -“I’m Rick James, bitch!” (Dave Chappelle as Rick James, “Chappelle’s Show”) -“Is that your final answer?” (Regis Philbin, “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire”) -“It keeps going and going and going …” (Energizer Batteries ad) -“It takes a licking …” (Timex ad) -“Jane, you ignorant slut” (Dan Aykroyd to Jane Curtin, “Saturday Night Live”) -“Just one more thing …” (Columbo, “Columbo”) -“Let’s be careful out there” (Sgt. Esterhaus, “Hill Street Blues”) -“Let’s get ready to rumble!” (Michael Buffer, various sports events) -“Live long and prosper” (Spock, “Star Trek”) -“Makin’ whoopie” (Bob Eubanks, “The Newlywed Game”) -“Mom always liked you best” (Tommy Smothers, “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour”) -“Never assume …” (Felix Unger, “The Odd Couple”) -“Nip it!” (Barney Fife, “The Andy Griffith Show”) -“No soup for you!” (The Soup Nazi, “Seinfeld”) -“Norm!” (“Cheers”) -“Now cut that out!” (Jack Benny, “The Jack Benny Program”) -“Oh, my God! They killed Kenny!” (Stan and Kyle, “South Park”) -“Oh, my nose!” (Marcia Brady, “The Brady Bunch”) -“One small step for man …” (Neil Armstrong) -“Pardon me, would you have any Grey Poupon?” (Grey Poupon ad) -“Read my lips: No new taxes!” (George H.W. Bush) -“Resistance is futile” (Picard as Borg, “Star Trek: The Next Generation”) -“Say good night, Gracie” (George Burns, “The Burns & Allen Show”) -“Schwing!” (Mike Myers and Dana Carvey as Wayne and Garth, “Saturday Night Live”) -“Senator, you’re no Jack Kennedy” (Lloyd Bentsen to Dan Quayle) -“Silly rabbit, Trix are for kids” (Trix cereal ad) -“Smile, you’re on ‘Candid Camera’” (“Candid Camera”) -“Sock it to me” (“Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In”) -“Space, the final frontier …” (Capt. Kirk, “Star Trek”) -“Stifle!” (Archie Bunker, “All in the Family”) -“Suit up!” (Barney Stinson, “How I Met Your Mother”) -“Tastes great! Less filling!” (Miller Lite beer ad) -“Tell me what you don’t like about yourself” (Dr. McNamara and Dr. Troy, “Nip/Tuck”) -“That’s hot” (Paris Hilton, “The Simple Life”) -“The thrill of victory, the agony of defeat” (Jim McKay, “ABC’s Wide World of Sports”) -“The tribe has spoken” (Jeff Probst, “Survivor”) -“The truth is out there” (Fox Mulder, “The X-Files”) -“This is the city …” (Sgt. Joe Friday, “Dragnet”) -“Time to make the donuts” (“Dunkin’ Donuts” ad) -“Two thumbs up” (Siskel & Ebert, “Siskel & Ebert”) -“Up your nose with a rubber hose” (Vinnie Barbarino, “Welcome Back, Kotter”) -“We are two wild and crazy guys!” (Steve Martin and Dan Aykroyd as Czech playboys, “Saturday Night Live”) -“Welcome to the O.C., bitch” (Luke, “The O.C.”) -“Well, isn’t that special?” (Dana Carvey as the Church Lady, “Saturday Night Live”) -“We’ve got a really big show!” (Ed Sullivan, “The Ed Sullivan Show”) -“Whassup?” (Budweiser ad) -“What you see is what you get!” (Geraldine, “The Flip Wilson Show”) -“Whatchoo talkin’ ’bout, Willis?” (Arnold Drummond, “Diff’rent Strokes”) -“Where’s the beef?” (Wendy’s ad) -“Who loves you, baby?” (Kojak, “Kojak”) -“Would you believe?” (Maxwell Smart, “Get Smart”) -“Yabba dabba do!” (Fred Flintstone, “The Flintstones”) -“Yada, yada, yada” (“Seinfeld”) -“Yeah, that’s the ticket” (Jon Lovitz as the pathological liar, “Saturday Night Live”) -“You eeeediot!” (Ren, “Ren & Stimpy”) -“You look mahvelous!” (Billy Crystal as Fernando, “Saturday Night Live”) -“You rang?” (Lurch, “The Addams Family”) -“You’re fired!” (Donald Trump, “The Apprentice”) -“You’ve got spunk …” (Lou Grant, “The Mary Taylor Moore Show”)160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The TV Land cable network has compiled a list of the 100 greatest catchphrases in TV. The network will air a countdown special, “The 100 Greatest TV Quotes & Catch Phrases,” over five days starting Dec. 11. – Associated Press In alphabetical order, TV Land’s list: -“Aaay” (Fonzie, “Happy Days”) AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’ -“And that’s the way it is” (Walter Cronkite, “CBS Evening News”) -“Ask not what your country can do for you …” (John F. Kennedy) -“Baby, you’re the greatest” (Jackie Gleason as Ralph Kramden, “The Honeymooners”) -“Bam!” (Emeril Lagasse, “Emeril Live”) -“Book ’em, Danno” (Steve McGarrett, “Hawaii Five-O”)last_img read more


Manchester United ‘name price’ for struggling forward amid Italy interest

first_img Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card 2 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Manchester United are prepared to let Romelu Lukaku leave if a club pays close to £80million for him, according to reports.New Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte is believed to be eyeing a big-money move for the Belgium international this summer. Conte tried to re-sign Lukaku from Everton during his time as Chelsea boss in 2017, but the striker opted to join United in a £75million deal.The Times report that Inter are expected to make a formal approach for Lukaku, who has been in and out of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team, next week.United are understood to have paid an extra £15million in add-ons to Everton and want to recoup most of the £75million fee. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury huge blow shining Romelu Lukaku struggled for form under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer In April, he said: “Playing in Serie A is a dream, it would be really a dream.”“I hope to be able to play sooner or later, even if, at the moment, I am focused on United.”Despite struggling for form last term, Lukaku has scored 42 goals in 96 games for United.He has three years left on his Old Trafford deal. REVEALED gameday cracker Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ 2 Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Inter are not willing to match the £80million asking price, but could finance a deal by selling contract rebel Mauro Icardi to Juventus.Lukaku has teased a move to Italy in the past. REPLY Antonio Conte is a big fan of Romelu Lukaku tense Getty Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars no dice deals LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January LATEST Getty Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star REAL DEAL last_img read more


Frances Elizabeth Fletcher, age 97, of Salem

first_imgFrances married Floyd M. Fletcher Jr., her high school sweetheart, on June 6, 1937 in Jeffersonville, Indiana. They were married for 79 years. He preceded her in death on November 22, 2016.She retired as the Manager of the Jay C. Store in Salem, in 1982 after 43 years with the John C. Groub Company. After retirement, she became a Real Estate Broker and Realtor with her husband at the Fletcher Real Estate and Auction Service, Inc. She was a former member of the Business & Professional Women’s Club and a 50-year member of the Salem Rebekah Lodge.Frances was cherished by her family, friends, and the many co-workers on whose lives she left a lasting impression throughout the years.She was also preceded in death by her parents, and brothers: Henry Trueblood, Mark Trueblood, and Eugene Trueblood, and a sister Virginia Mathis.She is survived by her daughters: Sandy (Marvin) Clark and Marilyn Brown of Salem. Grandchildren: Melinda Clark, Melanie (Nick) Day, Marcy Hamilton, Marvin Clark Jr., and Duane (Monica) Brown. Great-Grandchildren: Jared Clark, Jeremy (Media) Clark, R.K. Hamilton, Rachel Hamilton, Riki Hamilton, Nikki (Jon) Potter, and Hayley Jo Brown. Great-Great Grandchildren: Jaden Clark, Makailee Clark, Wesley Potter, and Knox Potter, and many nieces and nephews.Funeral services will be held at 3 P.M. on Saturday, July 29 at Weathers Funeral Home in Salem, with burial to follow at Blue River Friends Cemetery. Visitation will be from 12 P.M. until time of service Saturday. Frances Elizabeth Fletcher, age 97, of Salem, passed away peacefully on July 26 2017.She was born on September 12, 1919 in Washington County to H. Merle and Fannie Grimes Trueblood.Frances was a Birthright Quaker. She attended the Blue River Academy through the 8th grade and graduated from Salem-Washington Township High School in 1937.last_img read more


Point: Why Microsoft Can’t Beat Salesforce – Yet

first_imgdavid strom Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Related Posts Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…center_img Tags:#Architecture#cloud#saas This week we saw lots of new apps and activity around Salesforce, as expected, given its Dreamforce conference. But it reminded us of why it will continue to dominate the CRM space, and why Microsoft’s own CRM offerings – despite some solid foundations and active users – still don’t measure up by comparison.(This article is a companion piece to analysis by Scott Fulton, which can be found here.)First off, as my colleague Scott Fulton reminds me, Microsoft is like someone who can solve Rubic’s Cube but who only knows how to get one side all one color at any one time. It could do several things to beat Salesforce, one of which is to completely embrace the SaaS model of applications. But going 100% SaaS would end up sending a shot of poison to Office and to some degree Windows itself. This is Microsoft’s second challenge: its legacy on the desktop and in packaged software will always be a reminder that this is where the profits lie, no matter how many cloud-based initiatives and press conferences it has weekly. (More like weakly.)Microsoft would say, and rightly we think, that its justification for Windows on the client side – rather than some Web browser — is that it runs the applications that businesses use and that most of us feel comfortable with. But the dynamics, if you were, are changing and the balance between the Web and Windows is changing. When was the last time anyone cared what OS you ran on your work PC? Is that so, 1997? Finally, as the Web takes more mindshare of its developers, Microsoft still needs to support a vast army of legacy server businesses, such as Sharepoint, Exchange, and even its own Web server IIS. These aren’t going away anytime soon, and indeed, the smarter developers are putting in hooks to various Salesforce apps from these servers as ways to embrace and extend this legacy. Harrumph – usually Microsoft likes to be in that driver’s seat, and doing the embracing to keep its lock on its APIs. So what can Microsoft do to become a force (ahem, sorry) to be reckoned with? It needs several things:First, make it easier to bring in Salesforce data into its own ecosystem.Second, consolidate all its numerous Live services so that one account can connect to all of them. Try using Live Mesh, Skydrive, and Hotmail for any length of time and you’ll see what we mean.Come out with extensions to Silverlight and Visual Studio that make it the easiest and happiest place on the planet to build Force.com apps. He with the best tools wins developer mindshare.Finally, play nice in the HTML5 leagues and stop trying to set the agenda here. We don’t want a replay of the Netscape scenario back when HTML was young. Accept the fact that Microsoft is just one player of many, and not in the lead here. Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for …last_img read more


E3: Game Makers Wield a Second Screen in Battle to Rule the Living Room

first_imgRelated Posts What’s ComingThe Wii U was the only new hardware demoed by the Big 3 at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), but Nintendo focused solely on gaming applications of the second screen, like toggling between single- and dual-screen interfaces. The company left discussion of how the Wii U would “revolutionize the living room” for another time.Microsoft went into more detail when it presented Xbox SmartGlass, an app that integrates your television and your smartphone or tablet – even if it’s made by Apple. Like other second-screen systems, SmartGlass provides a tablet-based remote control with supplementary information – Microsoft demoed an interactive map of Westeros supplementing a TV presentation of “Game of Thrones” (see below). But SmartGlass also lets users move content between devices, starting a movie on a tablet or smartphone, for example, then continuing it on the TV screen. Combined with the Xbox Kinect’s gesture recognition and the newly announced Internet Explorer for Xbox, SmartGlass could prove to be a very powerful interactive entertainment system. 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Of course, it could also turn out to be a jumbled mess. After Microsoft’s failed effort with WebTV in the 1990s, let’s hope the company is better prepared this time around.Who Controls the Controller?The big question isn’t whether we’ll be managing our entertainment system with a tablet – that’s pretty much a given at this point. The real issue is whose software we’ll be using to do it.At the moment, home entertainment options are a bit of a jumble of different brands and components from multiple vendors. A typical home might have a game console, a Blu-ray player and a TV that are all capable of providing access to Netflix, Hulu, Pandora and the Web. Deciding on a master system is often the result of cabling issues, or which one has the most free HDMI ports.All the vendors are scrambling to come up with a compelling reason why they should be one controller to rule them all. Current possibilities include voice control, face recognition or exclusive content deals.Until recently, it looked like Samsung and other TV makers (possibly including Apple) would set themselves apart with their various smart TV initiatives. At E3, Microsoft and Nintendo (and to a lesser extent, Sony) fired back, aiming to make remote controls attached to their gaming devices equally intelligent.Gaming vendors will gain a huge advantage if they can convince gamers to use consoles as their primary entertainment device. But that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll be able to rope in everyone else. Will SmartGlass or its competitors be strong enough to convince Grandpa to buy in?It’s far too early in the race to crown a winner. We don’t even know the rules yet. But not so long from now, it’s a safe bet you’ll routinely be watching more than one screen. And there’s a good chance your game system may be in control of all of them. cormac fostercenter_img One screen in your living room is no longer enough. At the E3 Show in Los Angeles this week, gaming console vendors Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo outlined plans to use the second screen to challenge the TV makers as the masters of home entertainment.The premise is simple: Two screens are better than one, and nowhere is that more true than gaming. With a touchscreen tablet functioning as a controller, game designers can reclaim TV real estate for gaming action, pushing status bars and controls to the secondary screen.The second screen can also improve a game’s playability. In multiplayer strategy and sports games, for example, players can map out complex actions in privacy on their individual touchscreens (just because it’s called “second screen” doesn’t mean you have to stop at two), then watch the results play out on the shared television screen. When the TV is in use or gamers are on the move, the second screens can serve as a monitor.Of course, gaming is far from the only application for the second screen. For years, millions of folks have been using computers, smartphones and tablets to check sports stats during the game or looking up cast members on IMDB while watching a movie. Tighter integration of the second screen will make those uses simpler and more intuitive – and open up new uses as well. Tags:#gaming#web 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex…last_img read more