Micky Gray has laid the blame for Sunderland’s woes firmly at the door of the club’s under-performing players.Manager Dick Advocaat resigned at the weekend following a 2-2 home draw with West Ham United, a game the Black Cats led 2-0 at one stage.The Dutchman became the fourth manager to leave the Stadium of Light in a little over two years, following Paolo Di Canio, Kevin Ball and Gus Poyet out of the exit door.But Wearside favourite Gray insists the players must take responsibility for failing to win any of their first eight Premier League fixtures this season.Speaking on the Colin Murray show, the former England full-back fumed: “When was the last time, and this is not just at Sunderland, you heard a player come out and say, ‘you know what, it’s not the manager, it’s us. We’re the ones who have got to look at ourselves because we’re not performing on a weekly basis’.“Dick Advocaat has walked away without taking a penny. He could have taken the rest of his contract, or stayed until he got the sack and got paid up. But he’s walked away. Granted at the end of last season he got about £1million [for keeping Sunderland up], that was the figure that was being bandied about, but he deserved that.“You’ve got to start pointing the finger at players. Some of the players who got the first manager [in that list above] the sack are still there. They are still playing.“Now, doesn’t a new manager come in and go, ‘hang on a minute, he’s got the last four managers sacked with the performances he’s been putting in’.“Why are they still there? Why are these players still playing at my football club, still under-performing, but still getting picked on a weekly basis.”
1 Eden Hazard in action for Chelsea Chelsea will snub interest from Real Madrid and keep Eden Hazard beyond the summer, according to reports.The Belgian playmaker has struggled to rediscover the form of last season where he played a major role in firing Chelsea to the Premier League title, and has such been linked with moves to Real and Paris Saint-Germain.Hazard has managed just two goals this season and was booed off by Chelsea fans following their Champions League defeat to PSG on Wednesday.But, according to Belgian outlet Het Laatste Nieuws, Chelsea are adamant the 25-year-old will not be leaving this summer and will rebuff any bids from the Spanish giants.Chelsea are set to appoint Italian manager Antonio Conte before the end of the season and he has already told his future employers that he wants to work with Hazard.The winger joined the club from Lille in 2012 and has a contract until 2020 with the Blues.
Furthermore, Wall Street doesn’t expect the credit turmoil will send a shockwave through other parts of the economy. The debt markets – roiled after defaults in subprime mortgages triggered a global aversion to risk – have remained mostly intact, and problems appear to have not spread to other asset classes. The credit markets appear to be relatively healthy compared with the anxieties that existed just a few months ago, especially with a number of big private equity deals receiving funding that many feared would never go through. There also appears to be little curb in consumer spending in the face of higher gas and food prices, and that only would be helped further if the Federal Reserve, as is widely expected, cuts rates at its Oct. 30 and 31 meeting. “Bull markets really don’t die of old age,” said Philip Dow, managing director of equity strategy at RBC Dain Rauscher. “The public might not be very bullish looking at what happened this week, but institutions are because there’s a feeling that you can’t miss the upside in trading.” He explained the market’s retreat on Friday creates a buying opportunity for stocks that some investors feel were oversold. Once investors absorb the brunt of the third quarter’s earnings releases, traders believe the market can rebound. Wall Street still has a ways to go before getting a full picture of how companies fared during the quarter. Of the 123 companies that reported through last week, 67 surpassed Wall Street estimates and 51 didn’t – down from 75 and 39, respectively, last year. Earnings disappointments from Dow components 3M Co., Honeywell Inc., and Caterpillar Inc. on Friday led to a steep drop in the index. But, traders said they still felt a bit of a balance with technology names such as Google Inc., Intel Corp., and Yahoo Inc. reporting better-than-expected results. The biggest drag on the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has been the banking industry, which accounts for about 19 percent of the index. But, for the most part, investors had pretty much expected that banks like Citigroup Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. would take massive write-downs and impairment charges because of their exposure to the credit markets. Howard Silverblatt, Standard & Poor’s senior index analyst, still expects next year will see the return of the double-digit profit growth that ended in the second quarter. And investors are hanging on every word CEOs utter to determine how last summer’s credit problems harmed the economy. But, he said, there are still many variables. The fourth quarter outlook is changing as new earnings guidance emerges, as oil prices continue to rise, as the Federal Reserve October meeting gets closer, and of course, as every housing and employment number is released and restated, he said. “It’s going to be bumpy.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ANALYSIS: Despite recent drops and pervasive turmoil, markets remain bullish. By Joe Bel Bruno THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK – With all the predicaments facing the markets – credit growing scarcer, oil near a record $90 a barrel, home prices in the dumps – it would be logical if investors shoved money under their mattresses instead of into stocks. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.But logic doesn’t always prevail on Wall Street. The Dow Jones industrial average plunged almost 400 points on Friday, its fifth-straight loss for the week. Yet, Wall Street’s pundits did not waver on projections that share prices will rise again after companies finish reporting quarterly financial results. “There is a lot more people who are bullish than bearish, and there’s a mentality that even a pullback would create an opportunity to buy,” said Todd Leone, managing director of equity trading at Cowen & Co. Why is Wall Street so optimistic, although stocks took a hit Friday, with the Dow dropping 366.94, or 2.64 percent, to 13,522.02? While there are worries about the economy heading toward a mild recession, investors are still energized by the potential for U.S. companies to grow. Companies might have had their most challenging quarter in five years, but they are still sitting on large cash stockpiles – and those with international units are able to take advantage of growth abroad.
In addition to state-of-the-art screens and sound systems that were part of the $11million in renovations, the existing auditoriums have been converted to the company’s “black box” format. “It’s all about not getting in the way of the way the filmmaker wants you to see the movie,” said Amy Wood, ArcLight’s vice president of marketing and food and beverage. “We spent a lot of time on the sound and on the design, down to the smallest detail of putting our popcorn in tubs, not in bags, so it doesn’t crinkle.” “To me, going to the movies these days is filled with so many hassles,” added Chris Forman, chairman and CEO of Pacific Theatres. “We’re removing those hassles and creating an atmosphere of care and respect.” Customers on Friday seemed to agree. Sherman Oaks resident Levi Oppenheim noted the full bar in the cinema’s spacious, atrium-like lobby. “I’m excited to have a movie theater bar,” he said. “If the movie’s no good, you can have a few drinks and maybe it’ll get better.” Studio City’s Larry King, who was checking out the scene before buying tickets for “Beowulf,” pronounced the new theater “awesome,” adding that with wide armrests, “you don’t accidentally elbow the person sitting next to you – unless you want to.” As for ArcLight amenities, like good, strong coffee, imported chocolates and Newcastle ale on tap, “It doesn’t make the movie better, but it just makes the whole evening more fun,” King said. What you should know TICKETS: ArcLight-goers will pay a premium for these extras. Carrying a top weekend ticket price of $12.75, the ASO eclipses the $10.75 top price that the Galleria 16 offered. The third-floor entrance leads past an information stand to a ticket-purchasing area and the massive “departure board” listing film times. That’s for the customers who don’t pre-order their seats online. All of the seats are numbered and reserved, eliminating the need for lines. NEW ADDITIONS: They include a coffee bar, restaurant and bar. Guests can peruse the gift shop, study the costume exhibition or grab a bite and stare out over the 405-101 freeway interchange. SHOWTIME: ArcLight maintains a no-late-seating policy. If you arrive more than five minutes after the feature film has started – which, because there is no advertising and a limited number of coming attraction trailers, begins five minutes after the posted start time – you’re not getting in. And don’t even think about taking a cell-phone call or sending a text message once the lights have gone down. According to Wood, ArcLight guests police the theater-decorum policies as vigilantly as the paid staff. WHAT’S PLAYING: The theater expects to show a mixture of first-run blockbusters, limited-release films and art-house fare as well as special screenings in connection with the American Film Institute. Where programming is concerned, the ASO will have more leeway and fewer restrictions than its Hollywood counterpart. Since the Hollywood ArcLight is in close proximity to the El Capitan Theatre and the Mann’s Chinese, those three theaters avoid certain first-run overlap. Disney’s “Enchanted” and the Will Smith film “I am Legend,” for example, will both open at the ArcLight Sherman Oaks, but will not play at the ArcLight Hollywood. SPECIAL EVENTS: Tonight, director Todd Haynes will answer questions about his film “I’m Not There” following a 7:30 p.m. screening. Tickets are $11-$12.75. The American Film Institute will present “AFI 100: Some Like It Hot” on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $10-$11.50. Paul Schrader will answer questions about his film “The Walker” following a 7:30 p.m. screening Nov. 29. Tickets: $10-$11.50. The AFI 100 series continues Tuesdays with “High Noon” on Dec. 4, and “Sunset Boulevard” on Dec. 17. Beginning Jan. 17, the theater will launch AFI at ArcLight 100 years … 100 Movies screening every Monday through the end of September. For information on these and upcoming events, go to www.arclightcinemas.com. PARKING: In the Sherman Oaks Galleria parking lot (entrances on Camarillo Street and Ventura and Sepulveda boulevards), it is free for four hours with theater validation. Valet parking is available as well. Staff Writer Fred Shuster contributed to this story.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre It’ll cost a bit more, but no lines – seats are reserved. “The thing we love is you can book your seats in advance,” said Beverly Biggerstaff, who drove to the ArcLight in Sherman Oaks from Brentwood to see “No Country for Old Men” on the theater’s opening day. “We’re thrilled because standing in line for an hour to buy a ticket for a seat that’s not even that good is ridiculous.” Biggerstaff and her husband, John, have been coming to the Galleria for films for 20 years. “This makes the experience so much better,” she said. Christian Gaines, director of festivals for the American Film Institute, which runs regular screenings of new and classic films at the venue, said he believes the ArcLight has “pioneered a new paradigm in moviegoing, which is guaranteeing a good experience.” Convinced that the Valley is as much a hub of upscale moviegoing as the heart of Tinseltown, Pacific Theatres on Friday opened its second ArcLight Cinemas, a luxurious 16-screen complex at the Sherman Oaks Galleria. It’s a place where a cin aste might have a martini – shaken or stirred – and be shaken or stirred during a “21 Plus” screening, or catch a Q&A session with a top director. (Tonight it’s Todd Haynes talking about his Bob Dylan bio, “I’m Not There.”) Friday’s “soft opening” of five of the screens was a precursor to the ArcLight Sherman Oaks’ (ASO) official grand opening Dec. 14. This second ArcLight follows the same format as the company’s nearly six-year-old theater in Hollywood and contains many of the same frills and amenities, ranging from ease of ticketing purchase to wider seats, bigger armrests, no on-screen advertising and upscale food and drink.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The projects – some already in the pipeline for months – are an emergency Gaza sewage treatment plant; a Turkish-sponsored industrial park in the southern West Bank; an agroindustrial park in the West Bank town of Jericho; and cooperation on reviving the Palestinian tourism sector, with a focus on the West Bank town of Bethlehem, the traditional birthplace of Jesus. The four programs, whose costs have not been given, could create thousands of jobs for Palestinians, Blair said. Other proposed plans to build recreational facilities and housing could generate tens of thousands more, he added. Israel had to approve the projects because its military, citing security concerns, has severely restricted the movement of people and goods inside, to and from the Palestinian territories. Israel sealed Gaza’s borders in June, following the territory’s violent takeover by Islamic Hamas militants. Hundreds of roadblocks and checkpoints badly impede transport across the West Bank. Barak announced that 24 more roadblocks and one checkpoint would be removed this week, in addition to a similar number dismantled recently. JERUSALEM – International Mideast envoy Tony Blair announced four economic projects Monday designed to create thousands of jobs for Palestinians and bolster peace efforts with Israel. While careful not to “exaggerate the significance” of the projects, Blair said it was a “strong beginning” toward supporting peace negotiations to be formally renewed at a U.S.-backed conference in Annapolis, Md., next week. “Without hope of prosperity, rising living standards, and an economic stake in the future for ordinary Palestinians, the politics will never succeed,” the former British prime minister said at a joint news conference with Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak. Blair is serving as the representative for the “Quartet” of Mideast peacemakers – the U.S. U.N., EU and Russia. Fayyad said he hoped all the obstacles would one day come down because they deter much-needed investment. He is preparing a new Palestinian appeal for international aid at a gathering of donor countries in Paris on Dec. 17. Barak said that while Israel was working to disconnect itself from Gaza, it approved the sewage project in the northern Gaza town of Beit Lahiya because it was a humanitarian program. Construction materials for the World Bank-funded project already have been imported, Blair said. Last week, Turkey, the Palestinians and Israel signed a framework agreement for the industrial park in the area of the West Bank city of Hebron. In August, Israel, Jordan and Palestinian officials announced plans for the joint Israeli-Palestinian agro-industrial park in Jericho, which would allow the Palestinians to export to Europe and Arab states.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
It’s Monday morning again here at Media Box, with our heels firmly reattached and coffee in hand we are ready for yet another busy week ahead.And what a sporting week we have just had! The whole county woke up at bit brighter this morning after Donegal’s fantastic win yesterday against Tyrone…well done lads!On the topic of sport we are looking forward to another exciting game between Kavanagh’s SuperValu and Highland Radio in the much anticipated Charity Football Match on the 8th of July in Finn Park, Ballybofey. Kick off is at 7.30pm, so come along and cheer on your favourite team, enjoy the craic and help Kavanagh’s SuperValu reach their €30,000 goal in aid of the Donegal Hospice.Hope to see you there!We had to replace our designer heels this week as we set off to a fun filled photo shoot with Smyth’s Daleside Feeds to launch their “2012 Olympic Farming Championship” calendar competition. But never worry we took to the mill in true Media box style “farming in heels”!Stay tuned for more details on this exciting competition…Don’t forget to keep checking your Gallagher’s White Sliced Pan as the “Grab a Grand” competition is stirring great excitement and tingling taste buds throughout the county. This week’s draw will take place on the 30th of June and the lucky winner of €1000 will be announced. You never know it could be you! To add a little sunshine to our day this cloudy Monday we requested Mungo Jerry – In The Summertime ORIGINAL 1970 on Media Box Facebook page. Feel free to log on and join in: http://www.facebook.com/mobileprotection#!/mediabox.To conclude today’s insight to the inner workings of our office, no matter where the Media Box team is we always make time for tea…an insider’s secret to our success! And there goes the kettle again. Until next week…keep running in heels!The Media Box Team XMEDIA BOX BLOG: RUNNING IN HEELS was last modified: June 27th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:MEDIA BOX BLOG: RUNNING IN HEELS
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Drew was just getting warmed up. The 6-foot sophomore found a wide open Javael Boykins underneath for a basket to make it a 23-8 game with 1:45 left in the first. As Dorsey attempted to bring the ball upcourt, Drew stepped into the passing lane for a steal, leading to another easy transition layup for Boykins and a 15-point lead. Before it knew it, Dorsey trailed 30-8 at the end of the first quarter and Drew had seven points, highlighted by a pair of 3-pointers. “Larry makes everything happen for us,” Taylor said. “He’s the straw that stirs the drink,” Drew, however, came out of the game limping midway through the second quarter with what appeared to be a lower left leg injury. Taylor said he could have re-entered but there was no need with Taft leading by more than 20 points at the 4:30 mark of the first half. Haynes hit a runner in the lane to give Taft a 50-24 lead at intermission. It was over before it even started. The Taft of Woodland Hills boys basketball team used its up-tempo style from the outset Saturday to open up a sizable early lead and was relentless until the final whistle in an 82-52 nonleague victory over visiting Dorsey of Los Angeles. “We jumped on them from the start and shocked them,” Taft coach Derrick Taylor said. The Toreadors (9-4) scored the first seven points of the game and extended the lead to 18-8 with 2:17 remaining in the first quarter. Larry Drew and Calvin Haynes keyed the spurt, combining for 14 points during the run. “Dorsey likes to talk a lot,” Drew said “We knew if we got on them they would quit. This was a statement game.” Taft opened the second half with a sense of urgency and aggressiveness, never giving Dorsey a chance to build any momentum. The Toreadors’ Oscar Bellfield electrified the crowd, attempting a one-handed dunk over 6-foot-5, 275 pound Shane Burrell but was fouled in the act. He made the subsequent pair of free-throws and a 3-point play minutes later giving Taft a 59-26 lead with 5:10 left in the third. Most of the starters exited the game toward the end of the third quarter, giving role players such as Boykins, who finished with 13 points and Eugene Phelps, who added 12, a chance to gain some valuable experience. The second teamers didn’t disappoint. A Bryce Smith 3-pointer and a Chano Rashiduddin basket underneath gave Taft its biggest lead, 75-38 with 6:10 left in the fourth quarter. Even Aaron Sweeney contributed with some heady ball-handling down the stretch finishing with three points. Haynes led all scorers with 14. Bellfield finished with 11. Sean Ceglinsky, (818) 713-3607 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Pat the Cope GallagherA Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) grant aid of €400,000 has been granted towards a project worth over €650,000 to the county. The Better Energy Communities Fund is an initiative to support projects wishing to improve the energy efficiency of their homes, public buildings, community centres or businesses.Typical works which will be grant aided will be boiler upgrades, insulation upgrades, lighting upgrades, renewable energies, heating upgrades and window/door replacements. The energy efficiency project in Donegal was prepared and submitted by Terence Gallagher, Letterkenny who has vast experience in the energy efficiency sector. Terence will be the project co-ordinator assisted by Seamus Boner, manager of the Ionad an Chrois Bhealaigh, Arainn Mhor.Pat the Cope Gallagher TD complimented both on their initiative and the success of their application which will benefit many households, buildings and businesses as a result.The funding announced by SEAI will benefit Home owners on Arranmore Island as the Island was a central part of this successful application announcement. Pat the Cope stated “these homes will now be able to upgrade their insulation and energy efficiencies as part of this programme announcement”.In addition to Arranmore Island other beneficiaries will be Scoil Roisin Maghery, Ionad Tempail Dungloe, Sean Tech Dungloe, Machery Community Centre, Ramelton Community Centre as well as the two Topaz petrol filling stations located in the towns of Letterkenny and Ramelton. Deputy Gallagher added that it is very important for all of us to use energy effectively and efficiently in efforts to keep energy consumption low and energy costs down.This initiative will be of significant benefit and advantage to the respective communities and home owners. I have worked closely with this application and am delighted to welcome its successful conclusion but in addition I see great merit and potential in rolling out this initiative further through out the county and will be contacting SEAI, the Department of Rural Affairs, and the Department of Planning and Local Government with a view to expanding this programme.“It is expected that a similar programme will be rolled out next year however this will depend on the funding being made available at budget time” concluded Pat the Cope.ENERGY EFFICIENCY GRANTS WORTH €400K FOR DONEGAL PROJECT was last modified: June 23rd, 2016 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:energy grantsPat The Cope Gallagher
The HR Team are currently seeking to recruit for a HR Administrator to join their team of dedicated staff.HR Team offers employment law and strategic human resource services to employers in Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and the UK.About The Job Role Job Title: HR AdministratorContract Type: PermanentHours of Work: Five-days weekSalary: Negotiable and depending on experience Job Location: HR Team, Catalyst Inc., Bay Road, Derry~LondonderryAs a HR Administrator, you will be required to provide an administration service to HR Team clients ensuring that the team is efficient in servicing its growing client base. There will be a high emphasis on client satisfaction as this is at the forefront of what we do.Your expertise in the following areas will be required:Answering all incoming calls to the HR Team office in a professional wayDevising employment-related documents such as letters, policies, proceduresAdministering contracts of employment and employee handbooks in line with the relevant employment legislation in that jurisdictionConducting research into updates on employment legislationConducting HR-related administration tasksOrganisation of training workshops and webinars for the client baseCo-ordination of training and workshops and webinars on the dayBe client facing where appropriateAlways representing HR Team in the most professional and positive wayMaintaining a good rapport with all HR Team clientsEnsuring that a strong commercial understanding is always demonstrated to our clients.Essential Criteria:A HR qualification or working towardsA minimum of 1 years’ experience in a HR administration or HR assistant roleA strong understanding of employment law and HRExperience of administering various employee relations procedures such as grievance, disciplinary, dignity at work, absence and redundancy.Excellent communication and client satisfaction skillsProficiency in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint).Strong organisational and team working skills.Strong analytical and problem-solving skills with the ability to pay attention to detail.Desirable Criteria: Membership of CIPDThe ideal candidate will have a strong interest in working with all parts of HR / Employee life cycle.How to Apply:To apply for this position, please send your CV outlining how you meet the criteria, your current salary and when you would be available to commence employment, to [email protected] or via post to The Recruitment Department, HR Team, Catalyst Inc., Northern Ireland Science Park, Bay Road, Derry~Londonderry BT48 7TG; before Friday 22nd March 2019 at 5.00pm. Job Vacancy: HR Team seeking a HR administrator was last modified: February 18th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:donegal jobsjobs