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first_imgMore than 300 employees of both the former Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs have applied for the ‘voluntary dismissal cash envelopes’, for fear of not being hired in the ongoing recruitment exercise of the newly merged “Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP).”According to reports, the annoyed and anxious   employees were seen queueing for the application forms for what is termed as the Voluntary Separation Package (VSP), which were being issued from the 1st to the 12th December.Two male employees, who requested not to be named, said a majority of effected staff was interested in the VSP offer because that severance package was more than the CSA Severance Package for those who applied for positions and do not get selected, they claimed.They said the amount of US$7,500 is allocated for all staff that have earned a minimum of a college degree, and US$5,000 for all staff who do not have a college degree. According to the two men, these amounts are higher than the CSA Severance Package, details of which they did not disclose.Unconfirmed reports say the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Liberia has urged the MFDP to “reasonably increase the dismissal package” to be commensurate with the years of service of the employees, and also to consider the state of the country’s economy.It may be recalled that the MFDP Minister, Mr. Amara Konneh, as of Monday, December 1, launched the VSP for all employees who are not interested or are afraid to reapply for positions in the ongoing recruitment exercises for the newly merged Ministry.Accordingly, the VSP was set up to ensure the fulfillment of the goal of the “Organogram” of the Ministry which stipulates the employment of a total of 675 personnel at the end of the recruitment process in February 2015.The Organogram is part of the plan of the MFDP to recruit civil servants for the newly merged Ministry.A memorandum from Minister Konneh, dated November 18, 2014, with the objective of Transitional Updates, says the VSP being offered was still in the making. “As was indicated then and now reiterated, the VSP is simply an offer of first choice to all staff and no staff is compelled to take up this offer. All staff still interested can contact the Transition Information Center on the ground floor of MFDP,” the memo said.It added: “All staffs are encouraged to participate in the internal recruitment process for the various positions as they are advertised. Staff that apply for positions and do not get selected will only benefit from the CSA Severance Package.”When contacted, the Media Services Officer at the MFDP, Patience Senbeni, declined to comment but referred our reporter to the Human Resource Manager, Madam Comfort E. Elliot.“The best place to get information on the Voluntary Separation Package is the Human Resource Department,” Ms. Senbeni said.Madam Elliot, on being contacted, also declined to comment, and referred our reporter to the Coordinator of the Transitional Information Center, Mrs. Findley.But Madam Elliot confirmed receiving the last package of the applicants over the weekend.“I am not clothed with the authority to give you the exact number of persons who applied, but I can say we received the last package of our applicants on Friday,” Director Elliot said. “You can direct that question to the Transitional Information Center on the ground (floor),” Madam Elliot told our reporter.Interestingly, when our reporter went to Mrs. Findley, she, too, directed our reporter back to Madam Elliot or the Deputy Minister for Administration, Mr. Edward Eesiah.However, re-contacting Madam Elliot as well as Deputy Minister Esiah proved futile over the weekend on the excuse that they were in “meetings.”Meanwhile, 25 new directors have already been recruited by the MFDP as part of its hiring process. The directors recently underwent training at the Liberia Institution of Professional Administration (LIPA).One of the recruits for Media Services, Zoegar Q. Jaynes, a former journalist, died a few weeks ago.The hiring of Assistant Directors and Supervisors are expected to be released soon, followed by senior officers, economists, analysts and other staff at various levels.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img– aim at expanding, improving service delivery within Region 10BY UTAMA BELLWith 453 active patients enrolled within the Mental Health Clinic at the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC) in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice), staff attached to the Department are on a mission to improve service delivery and spread mental health awareness.LHC staff – (from left) Nurse Holder, Alicock, Smith-Gray and Dr Ananguren (extreme right)Presently, the team of professionals are in the process of rehabilitating a section of the nearby former hospital in an effort to expand mental health services to the region.The mental health team comprises of Cuban Consultant/Psychiatrist Dr Sandra Gilart Ananguren, Social Worker Laurette Smith-Gray, Nurses Dexter Holder, Tricia McKenzie and Anna Langhorne and a visiting Psychologist from Georgetown.Speaking with Guyana Times, Dr Ananguren believes mental health issues are quite prevalent within the region, owing to the number of patients presently attached to the clinic. For 2018, she noted, over 900 patients were seen at the clinic.“That’s why we are trying to expand the service. For this year, we’ve had a considerable amount of patients. In January alone it was 133 patients coming to the clinic. Then, February we had 107 patients”, Dr Ananguren explained.She noted that for a while now, the team has been conducting a four-day a week clinic as opposed to what was done previously which saw clinic being hosted just once a month. Conducting clinic once monthly, the doctor noted, has proven to be ineffective, especially since the team has not only been catering for patients in Linden, but other parts of the region, including Kwakwani and Ituni.Dr Ananguren is presently the only resident consultant/psychiatrist in the region and is on call 24 hours daily. As a means of easing the burden on patients who have difficulty accessing the clinic, the team has begun conducting home-based visits on Fridays.“What we do on these home visits, is we go and find out their actual mental stage and sometimes we carry medication for these patients as well. We do some psycho-education, like counselling, to the relatives as well because the patient’s care is important as well in the process. It’s not the patient alone, but the entire environment,” Dr Ananguren related.The clinic offers counselling, psychotherapy and neurological treatment and patients are admitted if necessary. While patients are admitted mainly through referrals, the clinic is opened for anyone desirous of mental health assistance. Following evaluation, patients are treated based on the level of their mental state. One of the nurses is trained in psychology and is able to provide counselling under Dr Ananguren’s supervision.Social Worker Laurette Smith-Gray’s job is to intervene in social aspects of patients’ lives apart from the medical attention. She said persons visit her office for several issues and based on assessment, she is able to refer them to the psychiatrist or psychologist.She explained that the psychologist would conduct psychotherapy without administering medication while the psychiatrist would diagnose and treat when necessary.Mental associated disordersThe Social Worker explained that mental health covers a variety of disorders.“Mental health expands widely, it covers a wide range of problems…we have persons who may come in and they’re severely depressed…experiencing anxiety, suicidal tendencies, substance abuse and persons who’ve been in substance abuse for a long time and want to desist from those habits and they are experiencing withdrawal symptoms”, she noted while adding that the clinic also caters for walk-in patients.Depression, she noted, is a common disorder detected, as she pointed out that it is not always severe.“Depression can be at varying levels. You can have moderate – maybe you’re experiencing mood swing or you’re experiencing a situation that seems to overwhelm you, and then there are persons who might be clinically depressed – severely depressed. When it comes to those cases, it is definitely for the doctor to review those persons and administer medication if necessary,” Gray explained.The Social Worker posited that they have received numerous cases of persons trying to harm themselves through attempted suicide. Then there is the issue of persons leaving the clinic against medical advice.“The procedure is that as long as the person is brought to the institution under those conditions, they must be seen, reviewed or evaluated by the social worker, psychiatrist and the psychologist…the problems we have been experiencing…is that persons will self-harm, be brought to the institution for medical attention but at the end of whatever attention they would have been given they think it’s okay for them to leave the institution…this should not be,” she warned.Smith-Gray explained that if someone is self-harming, it is an indication that they are a threat to themselves and those with whom they associate.She revealed that the policy stipulates for persons to be admitted for at least 24 hours for observation while an assessment is being conducted.“They may not display outward aggressive tendencies but the mere fact that you can harm yourself, it can lead to other things,” she noted.However, according to Dr Ananguren, 24 hours is just not enough. She opined that such patients should be admitted for 72 hours and in extreme cases, for a week. “Especially if there are children involved in the house environment,” she stated.Dr Ananguren is calling on family members to play a more integral role in assisting patients and mental health professionals.“Sometimes we can do but we don’t have all the resources,” she explained.Noting that the community is a very religious one, the Social Worker encouraged that persons displaying symptoms of mental health disorders be evaluated by a medical professional, especially in cases of suicidal attempts.“Suicide and suicidal tendencies is a cry for help and I know that our society is a very spiritual one. So in most cases, families, when they would have recognised a family not behaving in a normal way, they tend to seek spiritual help first. My advice…even though you have a right to your belief…it is still necessary for you to have your family members evaluated by medical personnel…Generally, some people do believe that it’s demons, but still, use the option of seeking medical attention,” she urged.Children and adolescents suffer tooHighlighting that mental illness affects people of all ages, the team of professionals has embarked on a sensitisation campaign in schools to assist students, teachers and parents. In January of this year, the team commenced its visits to schools in the form of an “anti-bullying” campaign. This initiative started in nursery schools.Apart from Linden, Kwakwani has also benefitted from the initiative.“Because we realise that there are certain problems that are affecting the child’s mental health since they are small. Problems such as bullying…” Dr Ananguren pointed out.She noted that the team has since been invited to be at Parent Teacher Association meetings and the initiative has received a positive response from teachers and parents.“We teach them how to identify some of the negative effects that these children can suffer, from emotional aspects to delay in the learning process,” Dr Ananguren related.At Kwakwani, the initiative also focused on substance abuse, depression and suicidal tendencies in teenagers, aspects which Linden will soon benefit from. It also targets primary schools in the region. The team noted that they have so far been warmly welcomed into schools and the response has been great from both students and teachers, with them receiving requests from other educational institutions for student counselling.Stigma and SupportAccording to Dr Ananguren, the stigma attached to mental health issues and suffering brings a “heavy load” to society and majorly affects those with addictive tendencies. She noted, however, that there has been a reduction of patients with suicidal attempts in the region over the past few years.“Since we have started to run our activities here, the incidence of admission in the hospital decreased so far. So I feel it is a positive aspect. The incidence of suicidal attempts, at least for the past two years in my opinion and according to the records, have been decreasing.“…but that doesn’t mean that they don’t need us anymore…because still, due to the stigma, we have people not coming to the hospital on time, not seeking help when they have to,” she said.Smith-Gray also alluded that cases of repeated suicide attempts have decreased since many seem to overcome their situations and are empowered following counselling sessions. She noted, however, that attempts are more prevalent among women, most of whom experience some form of domestic violence.Public Relations Officer (PRO) attached to the hospital Toshanna Alicock also pointed to the stigma attached to mental illness in the region.“Nobody wants to be mentally ill, but when persons are diagnosed with it, the society has a stigma that they portray to these patients. Maybe because some of them are violent, maybe because some may say things that don’t make sense to us, but that doesn’t mean that it is something that they’re doing wilfully. Some persons are just not conscious enough. Some may have a laidback approach to move away from that person, until that person is your family member. Then you don’t have a choice but to try and help them…you don’t have to wait until it’s your family member, you can offer support to any person you think might need help,” she noted.Further, she pointed out the importance of family members playing their part by uplifting medication for these patients, noting that oftentimes they are unable to do so themselves. She also stressed the importance of them ensuring that patients take their medication on time.Nurse Holder also encouraged families with members who suffer from suicidal tendencies to have them attend the clinic, noting that oftentimes, suicidal attempts are caused by repeated unpleasant scenarios experienced by the sufferer.“And many times people wouldn’t say, they would show signs – like they start losing interest in almost everything,” he said.Nurse Holder added that family members of sufferers also need help in dealing with patients, noting that it is challenging.“Because sometimes they don’t know how to deal with the situation and how they choose to deal with it can escalate the situation further…it’s a great challenge and they themselves need some amount of counselling and guidance…So it’s good for you to come in and talk to someone with a little more knowledge on how to deal with situations like these…the family needs support as well,” he said.Future plansDr Ananguren said the team is aiming at enhancing delivery within the Mental Health Department with the establishment of a daily hospital scheme.“It’s our interest, our purpose to create specific activities to improve the mental health conditions in our population here because it’s a lot of patients we already have attached to this clinic,” she said.The aim, she noted, is to incorporate development skills in an effort to have mentally challenged patients reintegrated as useful members of society.“Some of them have an acute episode, some because of circumstantial events in life and with the help we can provide them…they can go back to the society, especially the young ones,” she said.The team also plans to develop psychotherapy for specific groups of patients such as neurological and those with addictive tendencies, as they noted that young people are seriously affected by the abuse of drugs and alcohol. They have already begun developing a campaign against drug and substance abuse.There are also plans to develop a special support group for school teachers to identify students with addictive tendencies to have them undergo psychotherapy. The team plans to collaborate with the Education Ministry and Guyana Police Force with this initiative. Dr Ananguren said the team also plans to make the anti-bullying campaign an annual initiative since bullying is a serious issue with serious consequences, including mood disorders and suicide attempts.Additionally, the team plans to develop a psycho-education group for pregnant teenagers and has already established links with the hospital’s antenatal clinic. “Because pregnancy is a hard process, especially if you’re a teenager with no experience, sometimes no support, family support or financial support,” Dr Ananguren highlighted.Importance of mental health and the need for more awarenessSocial Worker, Smith- Gray believes that mental health awareness is necessary and is everyone’s business, as mental illness affects persons of all ages.“We have instances of early childhood and adolescent disorders. Being ignorant of these situations or disorders can cause us to maltreat, isolate and put persons in a state that is not fair to them. Because we might be ignorant of the fact of what that person might be experiencing. It can even cause abuse…so it is the business of everyone to grasp as much knowledge as possible on all mental health issues,” she said.Pointing to cases of geriatric patients who experience dementia and autistic children, the Social Worker said a lack of knowledge causes family members to become frustrated.Smith-Gray also stressed the importance of taking care of our mental health.“Our mental status, we can and should pay keen attention to, because if that is altered, then it affects our decision-making…the way we relate to others, how we deal with everyday stress,” she said.Meanwhile, Alicock said it is important for the public to know that mental illness is real and the hospital is doing its part to educate and treat persons.“Education plays a big part. The more aware that persons are that it’s not just something that people make up or imagine, that it’s a real illness, the closer we get to actually treating these patients so that we can integrate them back into society,” she said.She also pointed to the growth seen in the Department over the last few years.“The expansion and growth that we’ve seen in the Mental Health Department, it goes to show our commitment to not only the residents within Region 10 but to the society as a whole. It fits into our mission statement, which says that we offer compassionate care. That is one of the greatest aspects of mental health. They take on a challenge that most other persons are not willing to take on or they don’t know how to take on – how to deal with these patients. We have a well-rounded team of persons who can deal with these patients effectively and it is my belief that this Department will continue to expand. And we will continue to take on more projects and programmes to educate persons to create that awareness so that our society can actually help us to help our patients,” she noted.Alicock said the hospital also does its part in ensuring that staff dealing with mental health are educated through annual lectures and sensitisation seminars.She noted that with the expansion of the Mental Health Department, there is need for more of these. Alicock said patient load is increasing tremendously due to the increase in the number of days the clinic is being hosted, stressing that mental health awareness should be an overall approach which should include all of society.In Guyana, the Public Health Ministry’s Mental Health Unit’s mission is to “promote, coordinate and implement technical activities and actions directed towards strengthening the national capacity to develop policies, plans, programmes and services, thus contributing to the promotion of mental health, the reduction of the burden of the psychiatric diseases, prevention of disabilities, and the development of rehabilitation”.According to a recent Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO)/World Health Organisation (WHO) report, mental health issues account for more than a third of the total disability in the Caribbean and Latin America. This includes substance abuse, with depressive disorders amongst the largest cause, followed by anxiety disorders.last_img read more

first_img…placed under close arrestForty-nine-year-old Quintin Anderson of Uitvlugt, West Coast Demerara was struck and injured on the Stewartville public road, WCD by motorcar HC 2850 on Friday at about 22:40 hrs.Reports are that the vehicle, being driven by a Police constable, was proceeding east along the northern carriageway of the road when the pedestrian attempted to traverse the road from south to north.The impact of the collision allegedly sent Anderson crashing on the road way, and he sustained a fractured left foot and other injuries. Rushed to the West Demerara Regional Hospital (WDRH), he was admitted a patient, and is said to be in stable condition. Following the accident, a breathalyzer test was conducted on the 24-year-old rank who was driving, and his blood alcohol level was found to be over the legal limit. Accordingly, he was arrested and taken to the Leonora Police Station.Unwelcome spateOn August 18, another allegedly speeding Police rank was said to have caused the demise of 58-year-old Pulmattie Ramotar of Success, East Coast Demerara, who succumbed two days after being struck down on the Success Public Road, ECD.The mother of three was reportedly hit while attempting to cross the roadway on her way to the Mon Repos Market. Police say a breathalyzer test done on this cop had not found any trace of alcohol on his breath.Earlier that month, 22-year-old Eno David of Matthew’s Ridge, North West District, Region One was struck down on the Soesdyke Public Road, East Bank Demerara by a police rank who was reportedly transporting to hospital an injured colleague who himself had been involved in a separate car accident in the early morning hours.Before the pedestrian Eno David had met his demise, Constable Gavin Gentle had lost control of his PTT 5444 motorcar and crashed into a utility pole at Timehri, EBD. The constable who is implicated in David’s death came along, and was in the process of transporting his colleague to hospital when he struck down the man (David) with his privately owned Toyota Allion motorcar, PPP 8497.It was claimed by police that just before the fatal accident, the Allion motor car of the implicated constable was being escorted by a police vehicle with flashing lights and the sound of its siren. Police further stated that the driver of PPP 8497 had allegedly swerved from the pedestrian, who was said to be at the centre of the road when he was struck down by the constable’s car.The driver of PPP 8497 has been detained and tests also reportedly revealed that no alcohol had been traced on his breath.last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Chelsea boss Antonio Conte (right) and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho on the touchline at Stamford Bridge in London on March 13, 2017LONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 7- Chelsea manager Antonio Conte fired back at José Mourinho on Saturday in the lastest salvo in their ongoing war of words, labelling the Manchester United boss a “little man” and a “fake.”Upset at Mourinho’s dig at his four-month ban in 2012 for failing to report match-fixing while coaching in Italy, Conte went on an astonishing attack during his press conference following Chelsea’s 0-0 FA Cup draw at Norwich. A lengthy outburst saw him attack Mourinho’s personality and criticised him for a ‘fake’ show of support following Leicester City’s sacking of former manager Claudio Ranieri.“I think before you make this type of comment, before to hurt another person, you must pay great attention,” Conte said of Mourinho’s outburst over his match-fixing episode.“You show you are a little man. A little man. You don’t know very well [what] is the situation. But I know him very well in the past. In the past he was a little man in many circumstances, is a little man in the present and for sure he will be a little man in the future.“Also if he wants to try to change his behaviours … but the person’s this, Mourinho’s this. You know him very well. The level is very low. I repeat: I think before to speak you have to know very well what happened.”Mourinho made reference to Conte’s ban after the Italian had earlier on Friday suggested that the Portuguese was suffering from amnesia, after Mourinho commented that he did not have to “behave as a clown on the touchline” to show passion, an apparent dig at Conte.“This is not my problem, I consider him a little man,” Conte reasserted. “I consider him a man with a very low profile.Chelsea’s Italian head coach Antonio Conte (pictured) made comments interpreted as suggesting that Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho may be suffering from dementia“There is a story to speak for him and for me. You can change the story, but you have to know the story very well before hurting another person.”“In the last period he’s suffering a bit of amnesia. We are there, amnesia. When you become to be older, there is this type of risk. Also for me, and for you – for all. The problem is if you show this. He must pay great attention. He’s doing this with regularity.”He then accused Mourinho of being a fraud in relation to his treatment of Ranieri.“I remember a stupid example with Ranieri,” he said. “When he offended Ranieri for his English. Then when Ranieri was sacked he put on a shirt for Ranieri. You are a fake.”Mourinho once famously criticised Ranieri, suggesting in 2008 that his Chelsea predecessor had “struggled to say ‘good morning’ and ‘good afternoon’” after five years in England, but when he was fired by Leicester last February, Mourinho arrived at a press conference with the letters “CR” on his sweater.“I think you have good consideration for a person or not. It doesn’t change your opinion to be more sympathetic. If you want to fight a person, you try to kill this person. And then after two years you try to help this person, because maybe it’s good for you, for your profile.”Conte finished by saying he was looking forward to February 25, when Chelsea play United at Old Trafford.“It will be the opportunity in the game against United when we go to Old Trafford,” Conte said. “Me and him face to face. I’m ready. I don’t know if he’s ready.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_img John Ruddy in action for Norwich City Former England goalkeeper John Ruddy tops the list of seven players who will leave Norwich in the summer. The Canaries are overhauling their squad and will not offer a new deal to the 30-year-old Ruddy after seven years at the club. Sebastien Bassong, Steven Whittaker, Ryan Bennett, Youssouf Mulumbu, Michael Turner and Kyle Lafferty will also leave Carrow Road, the club has confirmed. Sporting Director Stuart Webber told the club’s official site: “We’d like to place on record our sincere thanks to all of the players who are moving on for their contribution to the club and wish them all the very best in the next chapter in their careers.”Ruddy joined City from Everton in 2010 and he earned an England cap against Italy in 2012 and made 242 appearances for the Canaries.Bassong joined from Tottenham in 2012 but had been pushed to the sidelines this season while Bennett, who moved from Peterborough in 2012, has played 119 times for Norwich. Midfielder Mulumbu has struggled with injuries during his two years in Norfolk while Turner has not played a league game for the club since February 2015 and Lafferty has managed just four goals since 2014.Ex-Rangers defender Whittaker has played 106 times for Norwich.It is the start of major changes at Carrow Road with Webber – who also needs to appoint a new manager – looking to revamp the squad which has failed to make an instant return to the Premier League. The Canaries are eighth in the Championship ahead of Sunday’s final game of the season against QPR. Meanwhile, Norwich have extended the contracts of left-back Harry Toffolo and goalkeeper Declan Rudd for a further year. 1last_img read more

first_img NEW ERA How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? What is the team news?Liverpool will be without Joel Matip who suffered a thigh tear in the defeat against Dortmund.New signing Xherdan Shaqiri has joined up with the squad and could make his bow here.City stars Joe Hart, Riyad Mahrez and Leroy Sane are all expected to feature as they get back to full fitness following a summer without World Cup football.What is being said?“It’s nice for the young players that we have,” Guardiola explained when discussing the friendly.“We’re going to play against one of the best teams in Europe – Champions League finalists.“The young players will play against Mo Salah, Virgil van Dijk, James Milner… It will be a good experience for them to see what you have to do to achieve a high level.” How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? What time is the game?This match takes place on Thursday, July 26.It will be held at the MetLife Stadium, New Jersey, which is the NFL home of the NY Giants and Jets.Kick-off is at 1.05am UK time, which is 8.05pm on the east coast of America.Which channel is it on?You can watch this game live on LFCTV, where coverage starts at midnight.Tune into Sky channel 425 or Virgin Media 544 to find the channel, which you can add to your subscription for £7.99 extra per month.You can also sign up to stream LFCTV online from £4.99/month. who plays? Liverpool and Manchester City meet in New Jersey as preparations for the new Premier League season intensify.The two rivals are over in the US for a pre-season tour, which has so far seen them both lose to Bundesliga side Dortmund. predicted Guardiola saw his side beaten 1-0 by Dortmund at Soldier Field How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence gameday Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Getty How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? ALTERED Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener FOOTBALL LATEST possible xi 1last_img read more

first_img Michael Owen: 31 appearances, 5 goalsAntonio Valencia: 30 appearances, 1 goalAngel Di Maria: 27 appearances, 3 goalsMemphis Depay: 33 appearances, 2 goalsAlexis Sanchez: 17 appearances, 2 goals**correct as of 3/10/18 Owen – 5 goals Beckham made the No.7 his own for club and country Against Valencia in the Champions League on Wednesday, he was withdrawn with a quarter of the game still left to play and was given ironic cheers by the home fans as he left the pitch.While critics may point the finger at Jose Mourinho and his style of play, eagle-eyed fans have noticed something far more simple which may be the root cause of his woes.Wearing the iconic number seven shirt at Manchester United undoubtedly brings another dimension of pressure for stars when they arrive at Old Trafford.With George Best, David Beckham and Eric Cantona wearing the number with such distinction, players in recent years have failed to deliver with it on their back. Memphis – 2 goals It remains to be seen what the future holds for Alexis Sanchez and United. His ludicrously expensive wages surely mean he is out of the price range of even the biggest European clubs.And, in his current form, who would want the 29-year-old? Alexis Sanchez is currently enduring the worst run of form in his career at Manchester United.The former Arsenal man joined the Red Devils in January, but looks a shell of the superstar who relentlessly tortured defences and scored goals for fun at the Emirates. In six years, Ronaldo scored 84 league goals for the Red Devils and no-one has come even close to matching that record. 2 Sanchez – 2 goals After originally rejecting the number when he joined in 2003, Cristiano Ronaldo reached global superstar status and made the shirt his own.However, since then, five players have worn No.7 and scored just 13 Premier League goals between them in nine years. Premier League success has been hard to find for Manchester United’s No.7’s… The ‘curse’ of the No.7 since Cristiano Ronaldo left 2 Ronalod reached incredible levels with the No.7 plastered across his back last_img read more

first_imgChris sent us this picture on February 2 this year of winter sunshine over Lough Swilly, looking out from BuncranaDONEGAL Daily would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Christine ‘Chris’ Plummer who died in a drowning accident in Inishowen on Monday evening.Chris was a regular contributor to Donegal Daily.Her stunning pictures of Buncrana, an adopted home she came to love and adore, were loved by Donegal Daily readers. Today as a tribute we publish two of them here.May she Rest In Peace.Searing sunset over Buncrana. Taken on April 5 this yearDROWNING VICTIM HAD TAKEN STUNNING PICTURES FOR DONEGAL DAILY was last modified: July 23rd, 2013 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:Christine PlummerDonegal Dailydrowning victimlast_img read more

first_imgMidfield supremo Neil Gallagher says Donegal need to be “brilliant” to beat Dublin in today’s All-Ireland semi-final.Big Neil knows what it’s like to be in a war – but do the Dubs?The All-Ireland champions have coasted past all challengers this year, with their lowest winning margin being 11 points against Laois.The 2012 champions, on the other hand, beat Armagh by just one point in the quarter-finals and were also pushed hard by Derry and Monaghan in the Ulster Championship. Gallagher told RTÉ Sport: “We need a brilliant performance if we are going to beat them.“They’ve been going well. They’re racking up big scores. Every game they’ve played they’ve massive scores.“We’ve got on and we’ve got through Ulster, and then had a tight game against Armagh.“We know ourselves what we’ve worked on to prepare for Dublin and it’s just a matter of doing that and hopefully it will be good enough.” ‘WE NEED TO BE BRILLIANT TODAY TO BEAT THE DUBS’ – BIG NEIL was last modified: August 31st, 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:Croke ParkdonegaldublinNeil Gallagherlast_img read more

first_imgFianna Fáil Education spokesperson Charlie McConalogue has called on new Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan to engage meaningfully with secondary school teachers over Junior Cert reform.Charlie McConalogue TDThe Donegal TD said the government has allowed this row to rumble on for far too long.“Minister O’Sullivan needs to make a clean break from the policy of her predecessor, start taking the concerns of teachers seriously and agree to enter discussions on a compromise. Announcing a one year suspension of the start of the changes would be significant statement of willingness to engage,” he said. He added the new Minister cannot ignore teacher concerns about the outright removal of all independent assessment at Junior Cert level.“Nor should she ignore the independent advice of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, which proposed a mix of school-based and State-based assessment in its proposals for Junior Cert reform. She should also be aware that Minister Quinn failed to provide adequate time for proper teacher training on the changes that he is expected them to introduce from September next.“Minister O’Sullivan must not attempt to implement the reforms unilaterally. She needs to announce a one year suspension of the changes, engage with teachers, back away from abolishing all independent assessment and start considering a compromise”.McCONALOGUE CALLS FOR JUNIOR CERT REFORM TO BE SUSPENDED FOR ONE YEAR was last modified: July 13th, 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:deputy charlie mcconaloguedonegalJunior Certlast_img read more