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Hamann’s verdict on ‘dire’ and ‘toothless’ Man United: ‘Champions League exit isn’t a surprise’

first_imgChampions League winner Dietmar Hamann has offered his damning assessment of the ‘dire’ Manchester United team, insisting their early Champions League was not a surpriseThe Red Devils were slammed by fans and a host of former players after a 3-2 defeat away to Wolfsburg meant they failed to qualify for the last 16 for only the fourth time in their history.Louis van Gaal was forced to field a weakened team for the crucial clash in Germany, with the likes of Wayne Rooney, Ander Herrera, Morgan Schneiderlin and Antonio Valencia all on the sideslines with injury.It meant United ended the game with inexperienced starlets Nick Powell, Guillermo Varela and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson on the pitch.But Hamann insists their injury woes are no excuse and that the Red Devils’ exit shouldn’t have shocked anyone after weeks of poor displays.Speaking on the Colin Murray show, the former midfielder said: “I don’t think you can blame the injuries or the team selection because Manchester United have been dire for a number weeks now.“I don’t think anybody can be really surprised they didn’t go through. I’m not surprised. They didn’t deserve to go through and the way they’re playing at the moment I think things will get worse before they get better.“It’s a major disappointment for a club the size of Man United, for the money they spent and the players they brought in over the summer, to get knocked out in a Champions League group where you would fancy any of the English top four sides to go through.”Man United currently sit fourth in the Premier League but their position perhaps flatters their recent performances, and fans have become frustrated with Van Gaal and distinct the lack of goals produced by his system.The Dutchman responded to his critics following Tuesday’s game, insisting that, despite their disappointment it Europe, his team have still improved since last year.But Hamann disagrees and says the Red Devils are suffering from the fact that their meagre strike force ‘no longer puts fear into teams’.“But the thing that worries me most about Man United is the way they play. They are where they are in the league because they defend very well, but they’re toothless going forward.“A bit part of the problem is Rooney. He’s the top earner, he carried that attacking line for the last five or six years but he’s clearly not in the same form anymore and I think there are major question marks over whether he is going to get it back.“They brought in Memphis Depay, he came with a reputation but I think he’s a player who turns up once or twice a month and you can’t rely on him. Martial is still a young kid who is learning the game, Mata is in and out of the team and Jesse Lingard is a talented player.“But it’s not like Beckham, Giggs, Cole and Yorke. It doesn’t put fear into teams.”last_img read more

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Seven brilliant pictures of Jurgen Klopp celebrating trophy wins to get Liverpool fans excited

first_imgIt was what every Liverpool fan wanted to hear last night.“Manchester City or Everton – we will win the cup,” Jurgen Klopp emphatically told Sky Sports after defeating Stoke City on penalties to reach the final of the League Cup.If Reds fans weren’t already excited about their long-term prospects under the German, they surely are now with such a comment rattling in their ears.And, as the red side of Merseyside quiver with anticipation ahead of Everton and Manchester City’s semi-final second leg, we thought it might be good to stoke the flames and get them even more ramped up about the possibility of silverware under their energetic boss.So, we’ve found some brilliant pictures of Klopp celebrating trophy wins that will get all Liverpool fans excited.Click the right arrow above to check out the images… 7 7 6. And get covered in the amber nectar too, although there may be a reason Antonio da Silva wasn’t given a new contract after this… 7 7 7 3. Jurgen Klopp is a safe pair of hands with a trophy too (just!) 7 7 4. Jurgen Klopp stands proudly with the Bundesliga championship trophy 2. An open bus top ride through Liverpool looks like it could quite fun by the looks of it 1. It’s going to be party time on Merseyside if Liverpool win the League Cup – Click the right arrow for more pictures of Jurgen Klopp celebrating trophy wins… 5. After a trophy win, Jurgen Klopp is always happy to get the beers in 7. The charming German goofball can’t help but gurn even when celebrating a title winlast_img read more

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Arsenal predicted starting XI to face Southampton in the Premier League

first_imgArsene Wenger will be having nightmares thinking back to the last time his Arsenal side faced Southampton.The Saints cruised to a 4-0 victory on Boxing Day, embarrassing the Gunners, who looked crushed, especially since just a few days earlier they had beat Manchester City.Revenge is the dish the Frenchman is looking to serve up at the Emirates and he is likely to be welcome back a key player into his starting line up in the Premier League.After appearing off the substitutes bench against Chelsea, Alexis Sanchez had a run out in the Gunners’ FA Cup victory over Burnley, and he should be in Wenger’s XI against Southampton.He will, though, have to do without Tomas Rosicky who is set for another spell out with a thigh problem, while Danny Welbeck, Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere also miss out.Click the right arrow above to see our predicted Arsenal XI to face Southampton… 11 4. Per Mertesacker (centre back) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 12. Olivier Giroud (striker) 17. Alexis Sanchez (left wing) 6. Laurent Koscielny (centre back) 20. Mathieu Flamini (central midfield) 11 18. Nacho Monreal (left back) 11 16. Aaron Ramsey (central midfield) 11. Mesut Ozil (attacking midfield) 33. Petr Cech (goalkeeper) 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 14. Theo Walcott (right wing) 11 24. Hector Bellerin (right back) last_img read more

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Premier League Team of the Weekend: Man United, Spurs and West Ham stars shine

first_img 11 11 Goalkeeper: Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea) – Click the right arrow above to scroll through our Premier League Team of the Weekend… – The ex-Arsenal goalkeeper looked to be on a one-man mission to derail Tottenham’s title bid. He made several exceptional saves to deny the likes of Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Eric Dier. He couldn’t keep all of Spurs’ 34 shots out though as the Jacks lost 2-1 but that shouldn’t be held against him. Left wing: Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) – The Austrian forward has had an excellent campaign this year and nabbed another brace at the weekend. 11 Manchester City and Liverpool might have been contesting the League Cup at the weekend but the Premier League was just as thrilling.On Saturday, Leicester City stole a late 1-0 victory over Norwich City as their title dreams continue, while Chelsea came from behind to seal a 2-1 win over Southampton.That was just for starters though as Manchester United enjoyed a thrilling 3-2 win over Arsenal, and Tottenham moved two points behind the table-topping Foxes with a 2-1 triumph over Swansea.But who were the stars across the two days of action? Click the right arrow above to see talkSPORT’s Premier League Team of the Weekend… 11 11 Centre back: Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) – He started the season poorly but the current Blues captain, in the absence of John Terry, was the hero for Guus Hiddink on Saturday as they continue their charge up the Premier League table. 11 11 Centre midfield: Craig Gardner (West Brom) – The ex-Aston Villa and Birmingham City man grabbed an assist and a goal for the Baggies as they beat Crystal Palace 3-2. He was all-action too, making more tackles (five) than anyone else on the pitch and clearing the ball twice in crucial situations. 11 11 Centre midfield: Cheikhou Kouyate (West Ham) – After briefly being unseated by the now highly-rated N’Golo Kante, Kouyate is definitely one of the most unheralded players in the Premier League. An excellent operator in the Hammers midfielder, he was on form again as they defeat Sunderland. He made more tackles (four) than any of his team-mates and went on more dribbles (five) than anyone, including Dimitri Payet and Manuel Lanzini. 11 Right back: Guillermo Varela (Manchester United) – When Zinedine Zidane says you’ve got ‘lots of quality’ and has no doubts you will make it to the top, you’re probably set for a decent career. Against Arsenal, Varela proved he might well be right with a smart and professional performance, despite an early yellow card. 11 Left back: Danny Rose (Tottenham) – He’s been battling it out for a first-team spot with Ben Davies this season but was excellent for Spurs against Swansea, even before his winning goal. Willing to take on shots and crosses as he pushed forward on the flank, he and Kyle Walker were key to Mauricio Pochettino’s gameplan and both proved effective. Centre midfield: Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) – Playing in a deeper role, the Dane pulled the strings in the Spurs midfield as they, eventually, beat Swansea City 2-1. He made 71 passes, 12 more than the next player and had 29 more touches of the ball than any other Tottenham team-mates. He was also unlucky not to score as Fabianski made a stunning save from one of his free-kicks. Right wing: Michail Antonio (West Ham) – Quite frankly, the former Nottingham Forest winger deserves his spot in this XI just for his Homer Simpson-like celebration, let alone his goal. Centre back: Simon Francis (Bournemouth) – An excellent rearguard performance from the Cherries against Watford denied Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo. Francis’ performances at the back, including against the Hornets, have been even more impressive considering he has spent most of his career as a right-back. Striker: Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) – What more can be said about the spritely youngster afte r two goals against Arsenal on Sunday? Louis van Gaal will be praying the starlet can continue this form as the Red Devils push for a top four spot.last_img read more

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LAPD says melee was its fault

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City“This is an event that I regret deeply. I accept full responsibility for it because it occurred on my watch,” Los Angeles Police Department Chief William Bratton said. “My apologies to the men and women of the LAPD and to the public for the events of that day.” Images of cops shoving reporters and cameramen and firing into a crowd of women and children were broadcast worldwide and forced Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to cut short a trade trip. Communication that day was so poor that it was Villaraigosa – thousands of miles away in El Salvador – who told Bratton of the unraveling events in MacArthur Park, according to the report. While the report stopped short of naming specific officers who used force, it singled out Capt. John Egan, Deputy Chief Cayler “Lee” Carter and Cmdr. Luis Gray for their failure to control the situation. Bratton demoted Carter and Gray shortly after the incident. Carter later retired. The LAPD’s poor planning, weak leadership and disjointed communication led to the chaos that unfolded during the May Day melee at MacArthur Park between riot gear-clad officers, immigrants-rights protesters and the media, according to a scathing internal report released Tuesday. The long-anticipated report presented to the Los Angeles Police Commission revealed that Metropolitan Division officers assigned to keep the peace hadn’t been trained in crowd control in more than 18 months; that many of them had no idea who was in charge; and that the department was caught off guard despite a similar protest a year earlier in which hundreds of thousands more people participated. And when things spun out of control, “not a single supervisor or member of the command staff involved attempted to intervene,” according to the report. Now, 26 officers are under investigation and could face disciplinary action, and prosecutors are weighing possible criminal charges. A disciplinary review board has been created, and over the next couple of months the LAPD will begin its internal use-of-force investigation. “The LAPD today has prepared and presented a critical self-evaluation, making no excuses for its errors and laying the blame for what happened on May 1 squarely on its own shoulders,” Villaraigosa said. “This report is a promising first step, but it’s just that – a first step.” On May 1, between 15,000 and 25,000 immigrants-rights activists marched peacefully to MacArthur Park in a continuing effort to bring attention to the immigrants’ contribution to the American work force. The event came a year after about 500,000 people rallied for the same cause and ended up at the same park. That rally became unruly near the end, but police eventually cleared the park with little damage done. This year, dozens of people, including members of the media and protesters, were injured and, since the fracas, more than a dozen lawsuits are pending and 240 people have filed claims of injury ranging from broken bones to emotional distress. Villaraigosa has admitted it will cost the city millions in legal fees. Meanwhile, the city attorney has requested $1.1 million to cover the cost of investigating the claims. Written by the head of the department’s consent-decree bureau, Gerald Chaleff, and the new crowd-control bureau deputy chief, Michael Hillmann, the 124-page report details a series of misjudgments by the command staff and a belief among many involved that “contrary to department policy, baton strikes could be used to compel a person to disperse, even if they were merely standing in front of the officers, failing to respond to direction.” In fact, many of the Metro Division officers who swept thousands from the park that day had been in the unit less than a year – starting after Bratton approved scaling back training so officers could be deployed on special crime-suppression details – and had not been trained in basic crowd-control tactics. Bratton acknowledged Tuesday that a stepped-up effort on training could force him to sacrifice some crime-fighting efforts. Egan, the incident commander who was supposed to be in charge that day, cowered after the higher-ranking Carter and Gray began barking orders without properly announcing they would take charge, the report says. The turnover in command left those on the ground confused. But the “proverbial tipping point,” the report says, came when motor officers tried to push a crowd of 200 to 300 who had spilled out onto Wilshire Boulevard into the northern side of the park. The situation became tense, and the three top officers decided to declare an unlawful assembly. Although 20 or 30 agitators were throwing bottles and rocks at police just outside the northern section of the park, Carter ordered that nobody be arrested. So those agitators – who police have said sparked the decision to clear the park – were never isolated. Two 14-year-olds were later arrested. “There were a number of instances where the events paused long enough so that what was happening in the park could have been stopped,” the report states. “Instead, the failing leadership, breakdown in supervision and breakdown in personal discipline caused those without full situational awareness to take action without understanding how their decisions might affect the final outcome.” Noting the department’s candid assessment, Carol Sobel of the May Day Litigation Team, representing individuals who are suing the LAPD, said the report did not go far enough. “There are some mea culpas in there, but more are needed,” Sobel said. “It was encouraging in some respects, but it was also discouraging in that it failed to recognize the responsibility of the officers. “We have a different view in that we believe it was the actions of the officers that provoked some of the problems. The way they approach and contact people provokes some of the response they get. The department needs to address why this culture is so embedded in this department, and they can’t get rid of it.” The Metro unit has come under fire in the past for having an overly aggressive culture cultivated by its isolation from the rest of the department. And the report doesn’t address that culture, said Peter Bibring, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California. “If the department fails to respond to these systemic problems, then it has slept through another wake-up call,” he said. “The department cannot, once again, look past the conditions that are pushing officers to ignore their training and use force that they should know is inappropriate.” But the Los Angeles Police Protective League, the union that represents the department’s rank and file, said the report places enough blame. “The report properly acknowledges poor planning and communication problems. As we have consistently said, training is the backbone of police work,” said Tim Sands, LAPPL president. The report “revealed the downside of the department’s decision … to abandon introductory training for new Metropolitan Division officers, and to not train all officers for large tactical situations.” In response to the melee, Bratton created the Incident Management and Training Bureau headed by Hillmann and set in motion a series of reforms, including departmentwide training on crowd control. Hillmann said he believes the department has reached a turning point and that Bratton is institutionalizing change. “We have done a lot,” Hillmann said. “There is no question we could have done better. But we are turning around an entire organization that we will bring up to a standard. This has to be a continuing process and something that you have to stay on top of.” But the promises sounded hollow to some of the protesters. “They violated my rights, and there needs to be some repercussions, not only to the 26 officers, but all the police officers,” said Pedro Romuldo, a 34-year-old protester, who said he was shot in the back with a rubber bullet that day. “Something needs to be done.” The report’s authors made clear the department’s intentions, especially to critics like Romuldo. “Many may speculate that this report will be put on a shelf with the others that came before it, and that life in the department will go on unchanged and unaffected, eventually leading to another similar incident,” the authors wrote. “The intention is the opposite.” rachel.uranga@dailynews.com (818) 713-3741 — A closer look The Los Angeles Police Department report on the May Day melee includes a series of recommendations to be implemented by June. They include: Regularizing the Incident Management and Training Bureau. Reviewing policies regarding crowd management. Including rank, serial numbers and names on ballistic helmets and tactical vests. Developing protocols for LAPD videographers. Coordinating with event organizers prior to major events. Reasonably accommodating credentialed members of the media. Requesting Air Support Division to provide aerial video documentation of specialized events. Establishing a clear chain of command. Standardizing the criteria for After-Action Reports. Updating the 1996 Training Bulletins in regard to crowd control.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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His love affair with a Mustang only deepens

first_imgThree years ago, I fell in love with a beautiful older woman. She was high-spirited and alternated between making my day and breaking my heart. I call her Katherine. She’s a ’66 Mustang GT Coupe, springtime yellow and powered by a 289-cubic-inch V-8 that screams like a jealous girlfriend. She’s curvaceous, sleek and as pretty as the day she rolled off a San Jose assembly line midway through the Johnson administration, the same year the Beach Boys found “Good Vibrations” and Nancy Sinatra’s boots were made for walking. I’m not the first man to liken a car to a woman: Henry Ford had his Tin Lizzy, and I’d bet Karl Benz had a pet name for his Patent Motor Car – Patty, perhaps? I’m probably not even the first to liken an undependable car to a fractious gal. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.But, boy, does the analogy fit with Katherine – Katybelle or Kit-Kat, if she’s been kind to me; unprintable things if she’s not. On those days when she’s gliding along on those rally wheels and the four-barrel carb’s mixing gasoline and air into a beautiful, hallucinogenic blend, I love her. But like a sassy cowgirl with a devilishly raised eyebrow, she demands my attention. If I don’t watch her gauges, keep her out of the rain and say nice things about her, she reminds me who’s in charge. Ever since I was a little boy, I’ve wanted to drive a Mustang. The look, the sound, even the name, with its delicious feeling as it pops forth from your lips – they’re seductive. I found her a few years ago by accident, stumbling into Mustangs Only in Culver City while lost on assignment. She was off in the corner, one of the only four-speeds on the lot, and I sat in her slick, black, vinyl seats and dreamed. The original owner’s manual was still in the glove box with the San Pedro address printed inside the cover. For the next year, the memory of her nagged at me. I was writing a story involving an old pony car at the time and wanted to know what it really felt like behind the wheel. I foolishly went back and asked for a test-drive – strictly for educational purposes, I told myself. Jim, the owner of the lot, handed me the keys, climbed in beside me, and we went for a five-mile drive. Suddenly, I had a burning desire to get rid of my perfectly functional 1993 Acura Integra for a no-power-steering, no-FM-radio, nothing-but-Michigan-muscle sled 13 years my senior. I shopped around, looked in magazines, drove a few others. But there was no one like her. I picked her up March17 – 39 years to the day after she left the now-defunct Soderstrom Ford. I named her in honor of my crazy great-aunt. On the way home, two extremely prophetic things happened: I found myself next to a Ferrari and the driver was totally checking me out with envious eyes. And I found that neither headlight worked. So began my first trip to Pep Boys, a place with which I’ve become intimately familiar. For a year, she was my daily ride, giving me endless memories, both great and terrible. She left me stranded in countless places, oftentimes because I’d not paid her the proper respect and attention. On a particularly memorable trip back from San Diego in a horrendous rainstorm, she filled up with water as my buddy Derrick and I yelled over the roar of the engine and tried to stay warm. A few months later, he was bound for Iraq as an Army Ranger. I will never forget that night, with all the frustrations of that car, as long as I live. I also remember nursing her back from Thousand Oaks with a radiator repaired with an entire roll of duct tape. The steam caught up with me in Calabasas, and I surrendered and called the Auto Club. “You’ve got a black-plate ’66 Mustang?” the operator said. “Man, I’ve always wanted one.” I was tempted to hand over the keys in exchange for a ride home, but I kept my cool and my troublesome car. Ultimately, she broke down too many times and cost too much to operate every day. So I got a boring Honda Civic that never gives a hint of trouble and retired Katherine to weekend duty. Proud of her status as a cruising car, she’s never messed with me since. She’s not perfect. Her electrical system’s touchy, there’s a gash on her hood, and her passenger-door lock never works right. She gets 12mpg at her best, and I cringe every time I think of what she pumps into the atmosphere each time I touch the accelerator. But there are also the good days. Those beautiful, sacred moments, where sun’s glinting off the wax on the hood, my wife’s at my side, and the street’s wide open. The light’s about to change, and I stomp that stiff clutch down and lean hard on the gas. The eight cylinders start cracking off like a tommy gun, bam-bam-bam-bam. I yank my foot off the clutch, and it hangs for a moment, just a little moment, before the engine catches and Katherine kicks me in the ribs. We thunder forward like a stampede. And all is forgiven, Katybelle. All is forgiven. brent.hopkins@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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IT’S SHOWTIME AS KELLY’S TOYOTA GET READY TO SHOWCASE ITS 2014 LINE-UP

first_imgIt’s showtime at the Kelly’s Toyota dealerships in Letterkenny and Mountcharles, as they get ready to showcase their fantastic 2014 model line-up from the 21st-25th of May. There will also be a range of fun activities in dealerships for all the family to enjoy. In addition, every Toyota passenger vehicle ordered or registered before May 31st comes with 3 years free servicing, 3 years vehicle warranty and 3 years Roadside Assistance.Toyota now has the most extensive range of new models available from any manufacturer in Ireland including the all-new Corolla, Auris Touring Sports, Prius+, RAV4, Verso and Proace models.Renowned for value, design, high levels of specification, and exceptional build quality, Toyota has also been recently revealed by Cartell.ie (Ireland’s largest official vehicle record company) as having the highest resale value of any car brand in Ireland.IT’S SHOWTIME AS KELLY’S TOYOTA GET READY TO SHOWCASE ITS 2014 LINE-UP was last modified: May 21st, 2014 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:BusinessCountyDealershipsdonegalKelly’s ToyotaNationwidenewsPromotionshowcaseShowtimelast_img read more

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McENIFF SAYS TOURISM IN DONEGAL NEEDS TO BE RUN BY LOCAL INITIATIVES

first_imgHotelier and county councillor Sean McEniff has said Donegal tourism needs a new body if it is to attract visitors to the region.Hotelier and county councillor Sean McEniffWhile he praises initiatives like the Wild Atlantic Way, he says that tourism in Donegal has generally been forgotten by those in power in Dublin.The Bundoran-based businessman says the only way we can revive our tourism industry locally if it is given back to the operators locally. In this article he suggests that a regrouping of the North West Tourism initiative, which was disbanded in 2006, could help tourism attract much larger numbers in the years ahead.“As we entered the New Year it was difficult to read of yet more hotel, restaurant and bar closures in Co. Donegal.“The difficulties experienced by both the Seaview and Jacksons Hotel is a shock for the whole tourism sector in the County and I hope is a wake up call for the mandarins in Dublin who now administer the tourism sector on behalf of all the regions throughout the country.When North West Tourism was abolished in 2006 we were promised significant investment for the tourism sector in the North West and as a consequence new visitor attractions and increased visitor numbers would be apparent. “However when we study visitor numbers and revenue for the past number of years we see that the North West is still bottom of the pile and way behind the other regions of Ireland. In other words the new system brought into place in 2006 has failed Donegal and the North West in general.“The Government has already admitted that the new Health system is not working and that the HSE is a failed entity and I regret to say that the new centralized system brought in by the Department of Tourism and Failte Ireland is also a failure for the tourism sector in Co.Donegal.“Following the troubles in Northern Ireland the Northern Ireland Tourism Board received huge Government support for the tourism sector in the six counties. North West Tourism was very proactive in requesting the same support for the six border counties in the South who suffered equally in visitor numbers and revenue during that period. The Department of Tourism and Failte Ireland responded by abolishing the regional board in order that they could keep the tourism sector quiet in this region.“However the same pressing issues face the tourism sector in Donegal nine years on and until this is recognized at a national level we will continue to under perform in this County and the closures we heard off in the past number of months will continue.“North West Tourism was locally elected by the trade and were hands on meeting on a regular basis with hoteliers, self catering and B&B owners,visitor attraction and activity tourism providers, local tourism committees and the Local Authorities. Almost eighty per cent of our Board were from the private sector and we now need a similar entity that gives a proper voice to those who deliver tourism at the coalface. “I welcome initiatives such as the Wild Atlantic Way which is a marketing initiative for all of the West Coast and I applaud the work of Donegal tourism which is now led and mainly funded by Donegal Co Council. Indeed most of the tourism initiatives for the County are led out by the Council, however in previous times the lead was taken by the tourism sector and I still think this approach would still be the most beneficial and call on Failte Ireland in Dublin to be more proactive with initiatives for Co. Donegal.Before North West Tourism was abolished we were seeking the following as a priority for Donegal:• Significant additional marketing funds for Donegal• Targetted overseas marketing campaigns in the UK, France, Germany and the USA. • Funding for Sliabh League to be fast tracked• A Discovery Centre for Letterkenny• Sea Life Centre for Bundoran• Major Visitor Attraction for Malin Head• Enhancement of visitor facilities at visitor attractions such as Glenveagh, Ards Forest Park, Inch Levels, Dunlewey and the Islands.• Major Investment in Activity Tourism including Walking, Cycling, Angling, Surfing, Golf and Equestrian.• Attract major new festivals and events to Donegal.“These are still priorities for the County and until we are given the special designation we deserve the North West will continue to be the least visited region in the Country as is now the case. As my colleague Cllr Paddy McGowan put it last week there needs to be special help and the whole country is being administered as if it were all the same and a business in O’ Connell St. is the same as one on Main St. Ballybofey.“One of our most successful initiatives in North West Tourism was that myself, the Chief Executive and members of the trade would go to the UK and meet the key tour and coach operators and sell the North West to them which resulted in thousands of additional visitors coming to Co. Donegal.“Unfortunately as I said the Board and the position of Chief Executive was abolished so I now think we in the Council should take on this initiative again and try to win some badly needed overseas business for the County. It is absolutely crucial for Donegal’s economic development that we grow the tourism sector and make major strides in increasing tourism revenue which will result in new jobs whilst assisting the many businesses that are finding it very difficult at the moment.”McENIFF SAYS TOURISM IN DONEGAL NEEDS TO BE RUN BY LOCAL INITIATIVES was last modified: January 26th, 2015 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:bundoranCLLR SEAN MCENIFFdonegaltourismlast_img read more

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MAJOR TOURISM CONFERENCE IN DONEGAL TODAY

first_imgThe second annual ‘Connecting the Wild Atlantic Way’ marketing conference hosted by Donegal County Council in association with Donegal Tourism Ltd takes place today.The event, which will be held in Letterkenny, the National Tidy Towns Winner for 2015, is almost booked out.This year’s Conference, at the Clanree Hotel, is themed around ‘Your Business, Developing Networks and Reaching Customers’.During the conference businesses will learn how to use simple and cost effective marketing techniques and tips on topics such as bundling and internationalisation from a panel of guest speakers ranging from tour operators to travel bloggers to leading travel experts. SpeakersSpeakers lined up for the event include Brian Harte of Tourism Ireland, Deirdre McGlone of Harvey’s Point, Online Strategist Darragh Doyle, Kathrin Chambers, Digital Manager at Fáilte Ireland and Stephen Cotter, General Manager at CIE Tours International.The final speaker for the day will be acclaimed travel writer Fionn Davenport of the Irish Times.County Manager Seamus NeelyCEO of Donegal County Council and Chairman of Donegal Tourism Seamus Neely said ‘This conference will provide a valuable resource to all members of the tourism trade in Donegal. “As the Wild Atlantic Way and social media are ever evolving it’s important for tourism businesses to keep on top of these trends and maximise opportunities for attracting new visitors to the county”.MAJOR TOURISM CONFERENCE IN DONEGAL TODAY was last modified: October 8th, 2015 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:conferenceletterkennyWild Atlantic Waylast_img read more

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Piers Morgan abandons Wenger out campaign, Redknapp on England – Alan Brazil BB

first_imgListen back to some of the highlights of another top week on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.This week’s podcast features Harry Redknapp on England’s Euro 2016 failure and why Glenn Hoddle should be the man to succeed Roy Hodgson.Alan and Ray Parlour also reflect on Lionel Messi’s retirement with Argentine footballer Sergio Torres, while Piers Morgan blasted England’s flop footballers and announced he is abandoning his Arsene Wenger Out campaign.last_img

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