So long, Sanjaya …

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Agent seeks quick fix for ‘respectful’ Pogba

first_img0Shares0000Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane has played down reports linking Manchester United’s French midfielder Paul Pogba with a move to the Spanish clubLONDON, United Kingdom, Jul 9 – Paul Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola hopes that a breakthrough in negotiations that benefits “all parties” will soon be made regarding the Manchester United midfielder’s future.The French World Cup winner has stated his desire for a “new challenge”, whilst Raiola said in an interview at the weekend that “everyone knows the willingness of Paul to move on”. Pogba has travelled with the rest of the United squad for the start of their pre-season tour to Australia despite initial claims he could boycott the trip in order to try and force through a move.“The player has done nothing wrong. He has been respectful and professional in every way,” Raiola told UK radio station talkSPORT.“The club has known his feeling for a long time.“It is a shame other people only like to criticise without the right information, and I am also sorry that the club does not take any position against this.“Hopefully there will be soon a satisfying solution for all parties.”Despite scoring 16 goals this season, half of which came from the penalty spot, Pogba was often criticised for his contribution under both Jose Mourinho and his successor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as United limped to a sixth place finish in the Premier League.Real Madrid and Juventus have been rumoured as possible destinations, but should he move on, United are likely to seek a higher fee than the then world record £89 million ($111 million) they spent to buy Pogba from Juventus three years ago.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgCharlie McConalogue TDDeputy Charlie McConalogue has labelled An Post’s move to close Greencastle Post Office just weeks after the former postmaster’s death as “insensitive”.The family of former Postmaster Cyril Gormley received a letter from An Post notifying them the post office could be closed down, just five weeks after his death in August. The post office has been in the Gormley family for almost 100 years.Deputy McConalogue said that this was an insensitive move and questions must be answered as to how this decision was made. Every effort must be made to save the post office from closure, he said.“Closing this post office, which is an integral part of life in the area, would be a major blow to the community at a time when they can least afford it. It would amount to yet another attack on rural services in a county that has seen more than its fair share of cuts recently,” says McConalogue.An Post will meet with a delegation from the community to hear their views. Interested parties are invited to submit their views on the matter no later than 27th September 2013.Letters can be addressed to Peter Gillespie, Retail Operations Manager, An Post, Wine Street, Co. Sligo. Alternatively, emails can be sent to   INSENSITIVE TO CLOSE LOCAL POST OFFICE WEEKS AFTER POSTMASTER’S DEATH – TD was last modified: September 17th, 2013 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Charlie McConalogueGreencastlepost officelast_img read more

Local social services group celebrate 50th anniversary – Pic Special

first_imgFEATURES: St Johnston and Carrigans Social Services recently celebrated 50 years of providing services to clients in the local community.The service was the brainwave of local district nurse Mrs Rita Pearson who was concerned with the lack welfare services for senior citizens in the area. She along with other concerned residents formed a committee, this committee organised a Christmas Party in St Baithin’s National school for senior citizens.As the social services committee became for organised they felt there was a need and indeed demand for Meals On Wheels, not necessarily because of poverty but to provide a nourishing meal when needs arose.The service continues today, 50 years on with thanks to our volunteers and Lifford hospital who supply the meals. A wide range of activities not forgetting the very well supported Christmas parties, keep the energetic committee active, while adding new activities such as Open Information days and afternoon Tea Dances, which have been held in the local Family Resource Centre, at which they invite members of other Social Services groups to attend.These social gatherings in a rural community offer the participants a social outlet where they can meet and chat with friends in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere and of course everyone enjoys a cup of tea.They also provide other services such as Chiropody and a laundry service.To celebrate their 50th anniversary the committee held a concert which was organised by Leslie Mathews and held in the Family Resource Centre, guest of honour was founding member Rita Pearson who cut a specially commissioned cake to mark the occasion.The committee would like to thank the funders who have supported them, all the volunteers (some of whom have been involved for over 30yrs) and all those who help out in any way because without them the Social Services would not be able to continue to provide much needed support and assistance to those in need of some help.Pictures by North-West Newspix.Local social services group celebrate 50th anniversary – Pic Special was last modified: November 7th, 2016 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)last_img read more

Tragic Shannon was wrapping Christmas presents just before she died by suicide

first_imgA young girl wrapped her Christmas presents and wrote a note to her mum just a short time before being found dead by suicide at a foster home in Co Donegal.Shannon Gallagher was just 15 years old when she took her own life on December 12th, 2012, just weeks after her younger sister Erin, aged 13, also took her own life.Details of Shannon’s last days were given at a heartbreaking inquest into her death in Letterkenny today. Among those at the inquest were Shannon’s mum Lorraine, grandfather John as well as foster parents Gerard and Karen Doherty in whose home she died.Mr and Mrs Doherty gave details of finding Shannon dead at their home at Stranamuck, Castlefin at around 11.40pm.The inquest at the Mount Errigal Hotel was told that Shannon had agreed to move in with a foster family as herself and her mother Lorraine had been arguing a lot following her sister Erin’s death.Both agreed that a voluntary foster placement would give them some time and space apart to help eachother. Mrs Karen Doherty told the inquest how she had found Shannon to be a normal teenager who mixed well with her family from when she arrived on November 30th.She recalled how she often spoke about her late sister Erin and how important it was not to be influenced by other people.She told that how on the day she died, Shannon had been viewing phone videos of her late sister but showed no signs of being unhappy.They had been wrapping presents and Shannon went back down to her bedroom around 10.30pm.Mrs Doherty went to Shannon’s room to see if she would like a cup of tea but her light was off and the key was missing from the door. She phoned Shannon but could not get an answer and after finding another key, Shannon was found in her room lifeless.CPR was started and the emergency services was called and Shannon was pronounced dead a short time later.As she was leaving Mrs Doherty said she placed a picture of her sister Erin, which she had kept on her bedside locker, on her chest.Her husband Gerard gave similar evidence to his wife. All agencies who gave evidence reiterated that the Doherty family had been excellent foster parents for Shannon during the ten days she spent at their home.Solicitor for Shannon’s mum Lorraine, Mr Patsy Gallagher, asked the Dohertys if they had been told by social workers that Shannon had tried to self-harm which resulted in her being hospitalised.Mr and Mrs Doherty said they could not recall being told that Shannon had previously tried to self-harm on October 23rd, four days before her sister Erin took her life on October 27th.However social worker Karen McCormack said her recollection was that the Dohertys had been told there had been any incidents of self-harm but did not specify the date.Ms McCormack said there was no indication that Shannon had any inclination to take her own life.“Based on the information that the foster carers were relaying and my meetings and home visits and keeping a steady eye on the case, we definitely had no indication that Shannon would do what she did,” she said.The present principal of Finn Valley College, Mr Alan Thompson, who was not working in the school at the time, gave an account of Shannon’s time at the secondary school in Stranorlar.He said Shannon was a pleasant student of average academic ability who had occasional outbursts of bad temper.However, he said she had been attending a school guidance counsellor after the death of her sister Erin.He confirmed that October 23rd, Shannon’s mother arrived at the school and confirmed that Shannon had attempted to take her life by overdosing and was hospitalised.He also confirmed there were other reports of self-harm.Psychiatrist Dr Don McDwyer also confirmed that he had five consultation sessions with Shannon before her death but said her moods and demeanour were improving when she went into foster care.Mr Emlyn Hughes, Principal Social Worker with the Child Protection Agency in Donegal, said they were fully aware that Shannon was a high risk and that risk was reflected in their actions.And he added that the foster parents would also have been aware of the risks.He said that normally a child in foster care would receive one visit in the first month.He added “Joe Neillis (social worker) was in that house five times in the twelve days she was in foster care. It really was a unique response to a unique situation. I have no shadow of doubt that while we did not go into details they would have been aware of the risk that this child would have needed monitoring above and beyond the norm.”Pathologist Dr Katrina Dillon said that death was due to a lack of oxygen to the brain caused by hanging.The jury of six men and six women retired to find a verdict and when they returned they found unanimously that Shannon had died as a result of suicideThe jury foreperson said they would also like to add a rider in delivering their finding.“We were a bit shocked that only one visit required by TUSLA to children in foster care within the first month. We feel that one is not enough,” she said.Coroner Dr Denis McCauley thanked all those who came together for the inquest for what he said was a “dreadful tragedy.”“This is a dreadful case and we know Lorraine lost both Erin and Shannon and I don’t think any one us can comprehend that dreadful tragedy. We saw in this case that this inter-agency action tried their best but the result was not what we were hoping for,” he said.He urged any young people who are feeling down to speak to a friend, an adult or a teacher and that the more freely we talk about them we can reduce the episodes of suicide in Ireland and particularly in Donegal.His sentiments were echoed by Garda Inspector Michael Harrison, barrister Damian Crawford, solicitor Patsy Gallagher and others present.If you have been affected by any issues raised in this report, there are a number of organisations you can contact: Tragic Shannon was wrapping Christmas presents just before she died by suicide was last modified: October 14th, 2017 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:donegalErinLorraine GalagherShannonSUICIDElast_img read more

Investec opens up African investment

first_imgAfrican investment pioneer Gray said the company believed there was an opportunity to invest in businesses at valuations that undervalued their exposure to improving African fundamentals, and whose equity was often listed on international exchanges with commensurate liquidity benefits. With an established history in Africa, investing on the continent is considered a core capability, said Investec Asset Management, adding that it has built comprehensive investment capabilities for its clients in both public and private equity, and public and private debt. “As one of the largest managers of third party assets in Africa, Investec Asset Management is able to conduct company and country visits regularly as a part of our investment process,” said Gray. “Our scale as a significant shareholder across the board in Africa ensures consistent access to management and information.” Targeting investors attracted by African opportunities but concerned about the liquidity constraints of African-listed equities, Investec Asset Management has launched a new fund that offers a liquid, actively managed vehicle for accessing the continent’s growth story. In a statement this week, Chris Derksen, head of Frontier Markets at Investec Asset Management, said the company had achieved success for its clients in both listed and unlisted investments since first launching the Investec Africa and Pan Africa Funds in 2005. All stocks within the investment universe will have a minimum market capitalisation of US$100-million. The fund will be daily traded and will have a minimum investment level of $3 000. Exposure to the African growth story “Over the past decade, Africa has undergone lasting and fundamental changes,” Derksen said. “Africa’s politics are increasingly democratic, its fiscal discipline and sovereign governance are improving, conflict zones are declining, and free market principles are increasingly being implemented. “Investec Asset Management has been a pioneer in investment in Africa. Founded in South Africa, more than 50% of total assets under management are invested on the continent,” the statement read. “Investec Asset Management is one of the largest managers of third-party assets in Africa.” Lasting, fundamental changes “Against a backdrop of growing international demand for Africa’s resources, it is little wonder that Africa has outstripped global GDP growth for the past decade,” he said. Stock-specific risk is reduced through on-the-ground analysis conducted by the 27-strong frontier investment team and limits on exposure to an individual stock. “Key to our investment process is to identify companies listed on both African and world exchanges that are exposed to the African growth story, its key themes, and where a significant portion of their current or future value accrues from the continent,” Gray said. “From a universe of around 200 stocks, the portfolio will typically comprise around 30 stocks.” The Investec Africa Opportunities Fund, managed by Malcolm Gray, addresses liquidity constraints by constructing portfolios with a bias towards more liquid South African, Moroccan, Nigerian and Egyptian markets, as well as towards stocks listed on various international exchanges that have a significant exposure to Africa. 1 October 2010 SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

JSE’s AltX notches up 100th listing

first_img21 August 2012 Bermuda-based Osiris Properties International on Monday became the 100th company to list on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange’s AltX market for smaller and growing companies. This is a secondary listing for Osiris, which has its primary listing on the Bermuda Stock Exchange. The company seeks to offer investors a high-yielding property investment by acquiring quality undervalued property assets predominantly in the UK and Europe. “Osiris Properties presents an attractive opportunity for South African investors,” company CEO Peter Todd said in a statement on Monday. “Our secondary listing on AltX further enhances the company’s ability to raise capital.” AtlX spokesperson Nicole Cheyne said that 100 companies had listed on AltX since its launch in 2003. Of these, 21 had successfully transferred to the JSE’s main board and 16 had delisted, leaving 63 companies currently listed on AltX. “More than R1.25-billion has been raised via this market,” Cheyne said. This was the third listing on AltX this year. There has been a dip in listings across both the JSE’s main board and AltX, due to a weak global economy, but Cheyne said the bourse was looking forward to an improvement. Also on Monday, financial services company Prescient Holdings listed on the JSE’s main board via a reverse listing into PBT Group (previously Prescient Business Technologies). Industrials are the biggest industry on AltX by number of companies, while financials constitute 46% of the overall market capitalisation of over R12.5-billion. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Farm Bureau presidents pen letter to Washington about trade tariffs

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a CommentState Farm Bureau presidents from across the Midwest have joined together to urge U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to work with President Trump to end the escalation of trade disputes with China that have and continue to threaten market opportunities for agricultural commodities and products.In a recent letter to Sec. Perdue, presidents of 10 state Farm Bureaus, including Ohio, responded to President Trump’s call for the secretary to develop a plan to provide monetary compensation to farmers and ranchers who may be hurt by retaliatory measures China may take in response to proposed U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods.“Ohio’s farmers know firsthand of the importance of having access to markets. With competition continuing to grow, having the ability to sell products around the world is a must if agriculture is to survive and be successful,” said Ohio Farm Bureau President Frank Burkett III. “The Chinese market for Midwestern agricultural products is nearly $4.5 billion dollars every year.”Farmers desire market accessIn the letter, the Farm Bureau presidents made it clear that farmers and ranchers want access to markets, not checks from the federal government in lieu of trade opportunities. The letter noted that farmers and ranchers have invested heavily in checkoff programs, trade missions and other activities to grow international markets, including significant resource allocation in China.A recent report authored by Ben Brown, program manager for the Farm Management Program, and Dr. Ian Sheldon of Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, says that such tariffs would result in higher machinery costs, lower corn, soybean and pork prices for U.S. agricultural producers and a decrease in the net worth of Ohio farm families. A representative Ohio farm was used as a benchmark in the study cited in the report. It is estimated that the proposed tariffs could decrease the farm’s net worth by 6 percent and annual net income by 59 percent.Other countries impactedChina is not the only concern when it comes to international trade. Tensions have been on the rise with Mexico and Canada as NAFTA renegotiations continue, and also the European Union as the White House continues to apply pressure for new deals. Retaliatory tariffs from Mexico, Canada and Europe against a list of U.S. goods, including several agricultural commodities, were scheduled to go into effect from late June to early July.Background: U.S. / China Trade Dispute:President Trump has announced the U.S. would begin the process to impose tariffs on Chinese exports due to concerns over Chinese practices that impact U.S. intellectual property. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative released a list of $50 billion of Chinese electronics, machinery, and aerospace products for a recommended 25 percent import tariff. In response to the U.S. recommendation of tariffs, China released a list of products for a potential 25 percent retaliatory tariff. The targeted products include soybeans, cotton, beef, corn, wheat, sorghum, tobacco, orange juice, and cranberries, among other items. China’s potential tariffs will not go into effect until the U.S. proposed tariffs go into effect.  Leave a Commentlast_img read more

Feeding Behavior of Children with Autism

first_img Return to article. Long DescriptionA Boy Eating an Apple by USDA, Public DomainAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention one in every 59 children in the U.S. is diagnosed with autism.  Although the two primary characteristics of autism include deficits in social communication and interactions, and restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, many children with autism also have difficulties with eating and mealtime.Studies report that children with autism are five times more likely to struggle with feeding problems than their peers. [1]Children with autism and their families may be impacted by (a) narrow and selective food choices, such as eating only French fries or food items with a specific texture; (b) ritualistic eating behaviors, such as not allowing food items to touch on the plate or having very strict eating schedule; and (c) mealtime tantrums and a refusal to eat.Mealtime can become very stressful for everyone involved, including children, parents, caregivers, siblings, and peers. Autism Speaks developed a parent guide entitled Exploring Feeding Behavior in Autism to support families.  This guide helps caregivers understand eating behaviors, provides guidance on addressing feeding issues, and reviews some common questions that families have about eating challenges. Various resources are available online to inform and support parents, caregivers, and professionals.Autism Speaks provides an Expert Opinion section of their website which contains multiple articles addressing diet, nutrition, and selective eating for children with autism and their families.  The Interactive Autism Network conducted a Q&A interview with Dr. Anil Darbari, Medical Director of the Pediatric Gastroenterology/Nutrition and Feeding Disorders Program at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, on the treatment of feeding disorders in children with autism.There are a few recommended steps to address eating and feeding difficulties of children with autism. Rule out medical conditions (e.g., constipation, food allergy) and consult with the child’s primary care physician.Work with a team of professionals (e.g., pediatrician, dietician, occupational therapist behavioral therapist) to develop a plan.Set a feeding schedule and routine.Try new strategies (e.g., offer new choices, provide rewards, model eating behavior).Be patient. Celebrate small and big accomplishments.The 2019 MFLN FD Early Intervention webinar series, “Sunrise to Sunset: Supporting Children with Autism Through Their Day,” focuses on supporting young children with autism and their families.The second webinar of the series, held June 12, 2019,  describes eating and feeding difficulties of children with autism and explores how professionals can support military and civilian families of children with autism.Visit the webinar event page for “Yuck! I Don’t Eat That! Nutrition & Selective Eating in Young Children with Autism” to learn more or to watch the recording. by Hedda Meadan-Kaplansky, PhD A Boy Eating an Apple by USDA, Public Domainlast_img read more

How to Create Export Presets in Premiere Pro

first_imgStep 1: Customize Export SettingsOnce you’re ready to export a sequence, select File > Export to launch the Export Settings dialog box. You have a plethora of options when exporting from Premiere Pro. Choose your preferred format, and then select from a collection of default presets provided within Premiere. You can choose to match your sequence settings, or completely customize the settings to your own liking. This includes frame size, frame rate, pixel aspect ratio, bitrate, and audio format. Step 3: Share and Import PresetsThe presets you create are saved in the Adobe > Adobe Media Encoder > 11.0 > Presets subfolder. You can copy and share these .epr files with other editors. To import a preset someone has sent you, simply select the Import Preset button located right next to the Save Preset button in the Export Settings dialog box. When you import, the .epr file will be automatically copied over to your Presets subfolder.Looking for additional Premiere Pro workflow tips? PremiumBeat’s got you covered. Got any Premiere Pro tricks of your own? Share them in the comments below! Step 2: Save PresetOnce you’ve customized your export settings, you can save out a preset for future use. To save, click on the Save Preset icon just to the right of the Presets drop-down menu. You’ll have the option to give your preset a name, and then select whether you want to include Effects and Publish settings in your preset.Both the Effects and Publish tabs offer all kinds of features for your export, including adding custom Lumetri Looks, image and timecode overlays, a video limiter, and the ability to automate your social media uploads. Creating a preset which automatically publishes your video to social media can clearly help automate your workflow and save you a significant amount of time.center_img Streamline your video editing workflow by creating custom export presets in Premiere Pro. It only takes three simple steps!Creating custom export presets in Premiere Pro – from frame rate to audio format and everything in between – is a great way to save time in your video editing workflow. Plus, once you’ve saved your presets, you can share them with your video editing peers.Here’s how to go about it.last_img read more