Nottingham Forest 1-1 Leeds United: Sam Byram strikes again as Whites snatch late Championship point 1 Sam Byram scored his third goal in as many games for Leeds as they came from behind to draw at Nottingham Forest in the Sky Bet Championship.The hosts took an early first-half lead, largely against the run of play, through Nelson Oliveira, before academy product Byram put Leeds level ten minutes from time.The point puts Steve Evans’ side up to 12th in the Championship standings, with Dougie Freedman’s Forest 13th.The visitors did everything but score in the first half, as they dominated the majority of play.United were quick out of the blocks as Stuart Dallas went close when he pulled a 20-yard shot past the post and Chris Wood nearly headed on target from a corner minutes later.Forest took the lead through their first real chance as they capitalised on poor Leeds defending.Centre-back Matt Mills sent a long, direct ball down the centre of the field and Italian centre-back Giuseppe Bellusci failed to clear. That saw Portuguese forward Oliveira, on loan from Benfica, through on goal and outcoming goalkeeper Marco Silvestri sprawled at the ball, but it bypassed him as he was outside of the box he could not use his hands and the Forest man converted into an open goal.Leeds continued to look most likely to get the next goal as Charlie Taylor raced down the left but the young full-back overhit his cross along the six-yard box.Chris O’Grady’s deflected shot was well held by Leeds shot-stopper Silvestri, who was rarely tested in the first period other than the goal.Oliveira missed a good chance minutes into the second as his free-kick from 20 yards arrowed over the crossbar.Byram, who broke back into the Leeds XI and scored twice against Wolves recently, headed over as Leeds continued to press for an equaliser.Chris Wood sliced a volley over from a promising position, while at the other end Forest could have doubled their lead before the hour mark, Luke Murphy clearing Matt Mills’ header off the line.Substitute Jamie Ward beat a man to come inside before rifling a rising shot from around 20 yards, with Silvestri tipping it over the bar well.Substitute Souleymane Doukara made an immediate impact as he came inside from the left wing and passed to Byram, who controlled and fired Leeds level with a low strike from the edge of the box.Mirco Antenucci could have won it for Leeds as the ball was cut back to him and the Italian forward opened up his left foot too much and he struck well wide before Chris Wood missed a glorious chance late on. Forest could have stole it in the last minute but Oliver Burke’s bouncing volley hit the post and the points were shared.Both teams have a quick turnaround in a busy festive period, with Forest facing Cardiff and Leeds hosting Derby on Tuesday. LEEDS UNITED BOSS STEVE EVANS: ‘WE CAN MOUNT A CHALLENGE TO TAKE US TO THE TOP FLIGHT’
16. Kenedy (left wing) 22. Willian (right wing) 11 4. Cesc Fabregas (centre midfield) 11 11 11 26. John Terry (centre back) 11 2. Branislav Ivanovic (right back) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 11 11 12. John Obi Mikel (centre midfield) 11 11 13. Thibaut Courtois (goalkeeper) 19. Diego Costa (striker) 11 5. Kurt Zouma (centre back) Chelsea face a tough clash with Everton on Saturday afternoon.The Blues suffered a disappointing 2-2 draw in their midweek match against West Bromwich Albion, who fought back twice to clinch a point.But there’s little time to dissect their performance, with the Toffees out to inflict further misery on their opponents, and the hosts will have to contend with in-form ex Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku.So, could Guus Hiddink make a few changes to his side that struggled against the Baggies?Has Kenedy, who replaced Pedro at half-time, earned a spot in the starting XI? Will Gary Cahill return to the heart of defence?Take a look at talkSPORT’s predicted Chelsea line up by clicking the yellow arrow above, right. 8. Oscar (attacking midfield) 11 28. Cesar Azpilicueta (right back)
ECONOMY: “It’s a human tragedy,” but region is strong and will rebound, expert says. By Alex Veiga THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Losses from the devastating Southern California wildfires are pegged at $1 billion in San Diego County alone, and the tally will only go higher as other areas add up the costs to rebuild. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Still, while the impact is huge, experts say the region’s strong economy should make for a fairly quick rebound. “It’s a human tragedy, it’s not an economic tragedy,” said Stephen Levy, senior economist at the Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy. “It’s asset losses, it’s property damage, probably a lot less than what people have lost through foreclosures.” About 1,500 homes and more than 410,000 acres have been scorched across seven Southern California counties plagued by the wind-driven fires. Ron Lane, director of emergency services in San Diego County, the hardest hit area, said damage in that region alone has reached $1 billion. At least 1,200 homes had been destroyed in the county. Losses linked to the fires could climb even higher throughout Southern California if winter rainstorms send mud cascading down fire-ravaged hillsides into neighborhoods, said Kevin Klowden, managing economist for the Milken Institute. “Vegetation is going to have been basically wiped out on a number of hillsides,” he said. A big slice of the repair bill will go toward rebuilding downed power lines and roads, including a stretch of Interstate 15, the main highway from Southern California to Las Vegas. In addition, agricultural areas in San Diego have also been damaged, hurting avocado, citrus and grape crops. Economists are also eyeing disruptions to businesses and productivity, as nearly 500,000 people were evacuated and businesses were forced to close their doors temporarily. Popular tourist destinations, such as SeaWorld in San Diego and the Wild Animal Park in nearby Escondido were forced to shut down. Along with those temporary disruptions, the impact of nationally televised images and media accounts of Southern California ablaze will likely dampen tourism for some time, economists said. “Incidents like this will drive away a certain number of people,” Klowden said. Still, rebuilding homes and businesses with an influx of insurance and government aid should stimulate the lagging construction industry, which has lost 28,600 jobs in the past year amid the housing slump. The pace of that rebuilding could be slow compared with the region’s recovery after the 2003 firestorms that destroyed more then 3,600 homes and caused insured losses surpassing $2 billion. Jerry Nickelsburg, an economist and co-author of the quarterly UCLA Anderson Forecast, said calculating the losses will be an ongoing process. “We are going to enter into a period of rebuilding in all of these areas that have been destroyed, and I don’t think we really know what kind of value to put on that,” Nickelsburg said. But the economic pain might be short-lived, he said. “All in all, the fires occurred in more remote, residential areas,” Nickelsburg said. “It will have very little effect on the medium and long-term economic growth and economic health of the region.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
COMMENTARY: Red Sox play like the Yanks, and pay like them, too. By Tim Dahlberg THE ASSOCIATED PRESS DENVER – There’s nothing warm and fuzzy about utter dominance, nothing heartwarming about a juggernaut. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Put pinstripes on these Boston Red Sox, move them to the Bronx, and America would have the same love/hate relationship with them as they do with George Steinbrenner’s multimillionaire minions. Three years have passed since the nation shed a collective tear for the uplifting story about a team that battled back against all odds, wiped out a curse, and rewarded the suffering of generations. Only the most hardened heart couldn’t find something special in the lovable lugs who brought a World Series title back to their equally lovable ballpark. The ballpark is still terminally cute. Always will be as long as the Green Monster remains standing and people offer up their first born for tickets. But these aren’t your grandfather’s Red Sox. Meet the new Yankees, same as the old Yankees. They once sold Babe Ruth to pay expenses. Now they hire gunslingers from far away countries to mow down the guys in the hated pinstripes. On Sunday night in this mile-high city, they did something only the Yankees thought they had the birthright to do. And, after not only winning but sweeping their second World Series title in four years, they seem perched on the verge of a dynasty. No wonder even the Yankees might be feeling a tad jealous. “They talk about Red Sox Nation. We talk about Yankee universe,” George Steinbrenner’s son, Hank, told the New York Times the other day. “As bad as they want it, they’ll never be the Yankees with their brand.” Maybe not, but being the Red Sox isn’t such a bad thing these days. It wasn’t that long ago that their loyal fans were begging, pleading, for the team to win before their beloved (fill in the blank) grandfather, uncle, father, or grandmother died without seeing them win a championship. Now they march with the swagger of card-carrying members of the Red Sox Nation, a fan base so die-hard thousands think nothing of traveling the country to make themselves a very vocal presence in opponents’ stadiums. Some 5,000 or so stood in the stands behind the visitor’s dugout after the game, not just satisfied that their team had won its eighth straight World Series game over three years. No, they had to use the occasion to rub it into the Yankees, who were having a bad enough day after Alex Rodriguez bid them adieu. They mocked the Yankees for a good minute just to make sure New Yorkers understood there was a new sheriff in town. Can the inevitable backlash be far behind? No doubt, because there’s nothing we hate more than arrogant winners who think they can buy their way to success much the way Steinbrenner’s millions helped the Yankees win like no other team except the Yankees who came before them. An AP-AOL Sports poll last year confirmed the Yankees were the team America both loves to love and loves to hate. The Yankees had the highest following of any team at 14 percent of baseball fans, but 40 percent said New York was also the team they rooted most against. The Red Sox had the support of 9 percent of fans, but their negatives were only 7 percent. That figures to change after a second World Series win because this is a team that not only plays like the Yankees of their prime, but spends like them. Their payroll is second only to the Yankees. The Red Sox have shown no hesitancy since new ownership took over in 2002 to spend what they think it will take to win. Some of the moves, like signing J.D. Drew at $14 million a year, and spending millions in midseason on Eric Gagne to pitch middle relief, even look Yankees-esque in their questionable return on investment. But now A-Rod beckons, and the Red Sox have a chance to land the biggest Yankee catch of them all. They’re not warm and fuzzy anymore, and no longer seem all that lovable. Red Sox fans will take that, though, because the most important thing is the Yankees are now chasing them. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
“You walk by sort of eyeing each other. But I don’t know how you make a move besides hitting them with your sign,” she said. Traub suggested drinks and dim-lighting would improve the atmosphere on the sidewalk. Other women pondered how to look cute while wearing the same Writers Guild of America T-shirt every day. Some writers said the strike could last a long time and allow relationships to develop. “By the time this strike is over, we’ll be married with kids,” said Erik Oleson, 34, a writer who was working on a pilot for Fox before the strike. Writer Kristin Newman said her personal ad might go something like this: “Single picketer with splinters from holding a sign all day seeks soft hands to hold.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Striking writer Hunter Covington said he was looking for “someone to be broke with” when he came up with the idea for a picket line for singles. “I’m looking for a low-maintenance female who doesn’t enjoy the finer things in life,” he joked Thursday outside the Fox studio gate in Century City. The writer for NBC’s “My Name is Earl” was joined by about 50 other people for the impromptu event dubbed “Singles’ Strike.” Charles Heit, a writer for the Sci Fi Channel’s “Painkiller Jane,” said he was dreading picket duty until he met Cara Delizia, a petite actress. Then it didn’t seem so bad. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The two planned to go to dinner and a movie after putting down their picket signs. “It’s all about solidarity, right?” Delizia said. For many, the only thing more difficult than making it big in Hollywood is finding true love there. Organizers of the singles picket thought writers should take advantage of their newfound free time while demanding a better contract from producers. Unlike other picket lines around Tinseltown, the strikers at Fox chatted instead of chanting and ambled outside the studio gate instead of marching in a circle. “It’s kind of like a grade-school dance,” said Stacey Traub, 35, a mother of two and a producer-writer of the show “Notes from the Underbelly.”
The number of people employed in the Donegal Gaeltacht fell by 131 in 2011, the annual Udaras na Gaeltachta reported has revealed.Although 259 new jobs were created in various companies, the closure of a number of businesses has led to an overll drop in jobs.The biggest loss was the closure of Gal Ard Teo which resulted in 184 job losses. New jobs were created in companies such as R.A.Pacáistí Teo, Éist & Cuidiú Teo, the Largo Foods group and Fáisc Miotail Teo on the Gaoth Dobhair Business Park, and in companies in the textile sector in Snáth Chill Chartha and Cuan Tamhnaigh Teo in south-west Donegal.The report, which was published this morning, revealed that there were 1,876 full-time jobs in Udaras-supported companies in the Donegal Gaeltacht at the end of last year.Other significant investments announced during the year included the decision by Largo Foods to invest €2.6m in its manufacturing facility on the Gaoth Dobhair Business Park and the decision by Randox Teo to acquire the building it leased from Údarás in An Clochán Liath at a cost of €1m.The development of the Áislann on the Gaoth Dobhair Business Park also continued. With an overall investment of €8m to date, the ground floor is now complete and currently houses a crèche and preschool, an arts exhibition centre and a county library.The business incubation centre on the first floor has been completed and a marketing campaign will begin in early 2012 in an effort to attract up to 10 micro-businesses involved in the technology sector to the Áislann.Works will continue to complete the remainder of the first and second floor development for the purposes of attracting new enterprises in the future. All of these investments signify a vote confidence in the Donegal Gaeltacht, its workforce and the community in general.There were also 263 people employed on social employment schemes in the Donegal Gaeltacht at the end of the year.The employment schemes are managed and administered by Údarás na Gaeltachta and funded through the Department of Social Protection. NUMBER OF PEOPLE EMPLOYED IN DONEGAL GAELTACHT LAST YEAR FALLS BY 131 was last modified: January 22nd, 2012 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:donegalÚdarás na Gaeltachta
1 David McNally has resigned as chief executive of relegation-threatened Norwich following a weekend of uncertainty.A tweet from McNally’s Twitter feed on Saturday saw him offer to quit as angry fans vented their frustration following the 1-0 defeat by Manchester United at Carrow Road.The loss, City’s fourth in a row, left them 19th in the Barclays Premier League and on the brink of a second relegation in three seasons with just two games remaining.McNally tweeted: “that’s ok and I understand your view. I’ve resigned tonight and I hope that the club can now progress.”Another tweet in the early hours of Sunday morning from the account suggested McNally, who arrived at Carrow Road in 2009, had changed his mind.It said: “I take back what was said earlier. I remain fully committed to NCFC and to Delia and Michael,&I’ve not resigned. My apologies.”The tweets were later deleted from his account but on Monday morning a statement on the club’s official website confirmed McNally’s departure.It read: “David McNally has resigned from his position as chief executive of Norwich City Football Club Plc.“The board of directors has unanimously agreed to accept his resignation and would like to place on record their sincere gratitude for David’s game-changing contribution to the football club since he joined in the summer of 2009.“David played a leading role as the club erased crippling debts and rose from the lower reaches of League One to the Barclays Premier League.“Everyone at Carrow Road wishes him all the very best for the future.“Director of finance Steve Stone has been appointed interim chief executive and the board and everybody at the club is totally focused on supporting Alex (Neil) and the players as we head in to Wednesday night’s vital Premier League game against Watford at Carrow Road.” David McNally with Norwich chairman Ed Balls
1 Tahith Chong scores for the Netherlands Manchester United fans may be reeling from the news Renato Sanches will be joining Bayern Munich and not them this summer, but they may yet be given a reason to be cheerful.The Red Devils are set to land Netherlands youngster Tahith Chong once the season is finished, with the player himself all but confirming a move back in April.Feyenoord starlet Chong, 16, is currently showcasing his talents at the European Under-17 Championship and he will have impressed onlookers as he grabbed the only goal in his nation’s 1-0 quarter-final win over Sweden.The youngster, easily identifiable thanks to his huge hairdo, was well-placed at a corner to flick the ball home after 62 minutes of the game.You can see Chong’s individual highlights and his goal (at around 05:00) below…
Steve McClaren left Newcastle United in March Former England and Newcastle manager Steve McClaren contacted Rotherham about the vacant managerial position – but he is unlikely to be the Millers’ new manager, it is understood.The 55-year-old, who was sacked by the Magpies in March after an ill-fated tenure at St James’ Park, is keen to get back into work and surprisingly mooted a possible interest in the Sky Bet Championship Millers.But that contact is not expected to develop into anything stronger.McClaren, who would have been the Millers’ most high-profile manager since Emlyn Hughes in the 1980s had he ended up in the New York Stadium dugout, will now wait for another opportunity to come up as he aims to repair a reputation that was badly damaged during his nine-month stay in the north east.He was in charge for 28 Barclays Premier League games after joining from Derby last summer, with a 3-1 home defeat to Bournemouth proving fatal and he left Newcastle in the bottom three, a position they were unable to recover.Rotherham are looking for a third manager in seven months after Neil Warnock U-turned on an extension to his short-term deal last week and are beginning the interview process in the coming days. 1