Sadio Mane Ronald Koeman continues to insist Southampton will rebuff any bids for in-demand forward Sadio Mane in January.Saints boss Koeman has vowed “we will sell nobody” in the January transfer window, despite persistent talk Manchester United are lining up a bid for Mane.The 23-year-old joined Southampton from Red Bull Salzburg last term and has quickly caught the attention.Southampton remain confident they can fend off any mid-season bids, but could still wind up losing one of their key assets in the summer.“Rumours aren’t important: we will sell nobody,” said Koeman.“You can ask again about Sadio, Man United, Chelsea, but we will sell nobody in January.”Southampton’s impressive Premier League stabilisation under Mauricio Pochettino only ended with a host of raids on the club’s top talent.Koeman has since fought to stem that tide, though France midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin still joined Manchester United last summer.Former Barcelona and Holland defender Koeman believes Saints can still bolster their profile enough to allow developing stars to progress at the same rate as the club.But the 52-year-old admitted the lure of Champions League football and top global tests still remain a sticking to point to convincing serious talents to commit to mid-level clubs in the long-term.“That’s great, if it’s really like that, it’s great,” said Koeman over the interest from others in Mane.“Because the player is developing himself, with all the help from the technical staff and the rest of the players.“But it’s the reason why the team and the club is growing, and why we have 18 international players.“They are showing qualities, and then of course big teams are interested.“It’s a normal progress of players who are developing themselves.“In my opinion it’s not about money, it’s about ambition of players and people.“Of course we don’t play in the Champions League and we don’t fight for the title, and that’s a normal ambition for players to reach the highest level possible.” 1
1 Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hailed Mesut Ozil as the “complete athlete” and praised the German’s new-found leadership qualities.The outstanding form shown by Ozil has been the catalyst to the Gunners’ climb to the top of the Barclays Premier League table heading into 2016 as they go in search of a first title in 12 years.The 27-year-old club-record signing has been immaculate in recent weeks and has already notched up 16 assists in the league this season.The latest came in Monday’s 2-0 win over Bournemouth, with Ozil then adding the second goal himself after neat interplay with Olivier Giroud.With the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Santi Cazorla sidelined, and Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey only just back from injury, Ozil has shouldered a lot of the creative responsibilities for the Gunners and Wenger feels the former Real Madrid man has developed as a result.“When he was injured for a long period he worked very hard physically,” he said of Ozil.“He is a complete athlete. I also believe he has grown in stature and takes responsibilities, leadership in the team and on that front he has improved tremendously and looks determined to lead the team compared to when he arrived.“I think he plays in a position that suits him well. He plays in a style of football that suits him well.“This season he was not stopped by injuries and I believe that he arrives at an age – 27 – that you think ‘it’s time for me to really be efficient in every single game, and I want to enjoy every single game’.” Mesut Ozil
TOP Donegal chef Conrad Gallagher is at the centre of an unpaid wages furore today.The Restaurant and Catering Workers Forum, established by SIPTU and Migrant Rights Centre Ireland (MRCI), was planningt a lunchtime ‘name and shame action’ today outside Conrad Gallagher’s restaurant, Salon des Saveurs on Aungier St, in support of a worker who is owed wages by the celebrity Donegal chef.However the protest was postponed – after protestors gave Gallagher until Monday to pay up! Rishi Mohiputlall, from Mauritius, worked in Mr Gallagher’s well known restaurant for over a month in 2010, and has still not been paid.Following numerous attempts to retrieve his wages, Mr Mohiputlall took a case under the Payment of Wages Act in the Labour Relations Commission.His complaint was upheld by the Rights Commissioner who required Mr Gallagher to pay Mr Mohiputlall his wages.Mr Mohiputlall has still not been paid, two years on.He told donegaldaily.com: “I have tried every avenue to get my wages from my former employer.“Today I am saying enough is enough, it is wrong to treat a worker, another human being this way. I did not sign up to work for free, and I am disgusted by the way that I have been treated by Conrad. I worked hard for him, all I want is what is owed to me”.Mr Mohiputlall continued: “I also want to take a stand so that other workers are encouraged to come forward and report these types of abuses.”Supporters will join Mr Mohiputlall outside the restaurant next week to show their solidarity if Mr Gallagher refuses to pay by a deadline set for next Monday.According to MRCI’s Helen Lowry: “Understandably, Rishi wants to be paid for the work he was employed to do in Salon Des Saveurs. As a member of the Restaurant and Catering Workers Forum he has asked for support to bring his case to public attention in the hope it will help him secure the money owed to him, but also to highlight such practices in the restaurant industry,”Ms Lowry added: “Restaurant industry representatives are out there trying to undermine workers’ terms and conditions, when their time would be better spent calling for minimum decent standards for those who cook and serve the food. Exploitation in the restaurant industry is a real problem, as highlighted by NERA and ourselves.“This is the real issue that needs urgent attention.”Pat Ward of SIPTU told us: “This type of non-compliance is shameful, particularly at a time when the restaurant industry is driving an attack on minimum wages and basic protections for workers, while lower-wage workers are struggling to survive. Rishi’s experience shows that, now more than ever, we must ensure protections remain in place for those who need them most.”UPDATED: PICKET AT CONRAD’S RESTAURANT POSPTONED – CHEF GIVEN 3 DAYS TO PAY UP! was last modified: July 1st, 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:Conrad Gallagherlost casewages row
Ireland North West MEP Pat the Cope Gallagher who is also a lead negotiator on the Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy for the European Parliament has described the revised mandate of the Council of Ministers on the Reform of the CFP as a “significant and positive step in the right direction concerning the extremely complex problems of discards, regionalisation and capacity management.”Mr. Gallagher was speaking this morning in Brussels following a briefing by Minister Coveney to the European Parliament’s negotiating team on the new mandate of the Council of Ministers. The EU Commissioner for Maritime and Fisheries, Maria Damanaki was also in attendance.Mr Gallagher said: “First and foremost, I would like to pay tribute to the Presidency for their work in progressing this extremely important policy within the Council of Ministers as the new mandate appears to have taken into account many of the important issues for the European Parliament.” Mr. Gallagher confirmed that “the new mandate will allow the Irish Presidency to resume negotiations with the European Parliament and the European Commission, which hopefully will result in a final agreement before the end of June.”Mr. Gallagher stated “At this morning’s meeting, we agreed to consider the 200 page document which we hope to receive later today. We will carefully examine all aspects of the Council position and judge whether the compromise is acceptable in terms of the mandate of the Parliament which was adopted in Plenary in February. The Shadow Rapporteurs will meet this evening and the next trialogue meeting has been scheduled for the 28 May.”Mr. Gallagher said “while the new mandate appears to largely have taken onboard the vast majority of the concerns of the European Parliament including several amendments which I personally put forward.“However, I am deeply disappointed that the Council of Ministers have not included my amendment which seeks to enshrine the Hague Presences into the Basic Regulation. That said, I understand that the Council have not rejected my amendment outright and I will continue to urge my colleagues in the European Parliament to insist on its inclusion. “Also, I will need to examine the text to ascertain whether the Council position supports greater recognition for the small scale, inshore and small island fleets as proposed by me”. PAT THE COPE WELCOMES ‘STEP FORWARD’ IN REVIEW OF FISHERIES POLICY was last modified: May 15th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:PAT THE COPE WELCOMES ‘STEP FORWARD’ IN REVIEW OF FISHERIES POLICY
The Gunners could end the weekend 14 points adrift of Leicester City 1 Arsene Wenger has conceded Arsenal’s current form means they are looking over their shoulder in the Premier League – even if he insists his side can still win the title.The Gunners have crashed out of the FA Cup and Champions League in the last week and are on a run of one win in eight games across all competitions.They travel to Goodison Park to face Everton on Saturday lunchtime and, if results go against them this weekend, Wenger’s side could be 14 points adrift of Premier League leaders Leicester.Wenger, whose contract expires at the end of next season, admits it is a real possibility and will be keeping a wary eye on the chasing pack.“Yes of course. It’s very tight,” he replied when asked if he needs to be looking over his shoulder at the likes of City, West Ham and Manchester United.“But I believe the Premier League is far from over. We also have to look behind us because things can change very quickly. We want to move forward, but I’m conscious that our position is not secure, even where we are.“Things will change until the end of the season, that’s for sure. We have to take care of our own destiny, and that’s by producing the performances we expect from ourselves.“We are in a position where we hope for the best. I agree that a negative result (at Everton) would be very bad for us, but we focus on a positive result. We know now is the time for us to produce the result we want.”Wenger believes the strength throughout the Premier League is continuing to have an effect on how English teams deal with continental competitions – with Manchester City the only representatives in the quarter-final stages of the Champions League and Liverpool the sole remaining club in the Europa League.When asked about the lack of Premier League clubs in Friday’s draws, Wenger said: “It’s not good enough.“But it’s very difficult to give you a rational explanation. The Premier League is very demanding. Overall, the Premier League will be even stronger next season, that’s for sure, again.“Maybe the Premier League has become the Champions League for the English teams. That’s what is happening. Every game is so difficult in the Premier League that we maybe suffer a bit in Europe. Some teams who play in the Europa League prioritise the Premier League.”
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Anthony Martial celebrates scoring for Manchester United Manchester United supporters are already fretting about losing Anthony Martial after it was all but confirmed they could not qualify for the Champions League.Rivals Man City drew with Swansea City on the final day of the campaign, which means the Red Devils need to beat Bournemouth by 19 goals to sneak into fourth spot.So with the club facing the prospect of Europa League football again, it was almost understandable one of their best players would immediately be linked with a transfer away.Paris Saint-Germain are the team said to be targeting Martial, as they look to replace the outgoing Zlatan Ibrahimovic.L’Equipe in France has reported a £60million move for the player and Manchester United fans are already worried.See what Red Devils supporters had to say about the rumours on Twitter below… 1
Ross McCormack left Elland Road in a deal worth £11million in 2014 Leeds have been charged by the Football Association with breaching the governing body’s football agent regulations.The charge alleging misconduct refers to the transfer of Ross McCormack to Fulham in July 2014, the FA said in a statement.Scottish striker McCormack left Elland Road in a deal worth £11million.Leeds, owner Massimo Cellino and authorised agent Derek Day have all been charged and have until May 20 to respond.The FA said on its website: “Leeds United have been charged for breaching the FA’s football agent regulations. The alleged misconduct relates to the transaction involving the transfer of Ross McCormack from Leeds to Fulham on 8 July 2014.”The club declined to comment when approached.McCormack spent four years at Leeds before being sold to Fulham and the Scotland international claimed at the time that he was “hung out to dry by the club”.He said that Leeds would “always have a special place in my heart” but was “no longer the Leeds United I fell in love with”.Cellino’s FA charge is the latest in a long list of controversies to hit the former Cagliari owner.The Football League has yet to confirm whether his latest 223-day disqualification for a tax offence in Italy still stands after reports in his homeland that he had been acquitted by the Italian Court of Appeal over the non-payment of VAT on an imported Range Rover.Cellino has been at odds with the Football League since the game’s governing body tried to block his takeover of Leeds in 2014 after he had been convicted of another tax offence in Italy.He later served a four-month ban in the second half of last season, imposed by the Football League after it had been confirmed in an Italian court his offence had been a dishonest act. 1
BATON ROUGE, La. – Police stepped up patrols at Louisiana State University as they investigate the killings of two doctoral students from India, while the campus remained open Saturday for the last day of exams. Unlike other schools where shots were fired after the massacre at Virginia Tech, officials opted not to shut down LSU. Investigators believe the killings were part of an isolated home invasion, Chancellor Sean O’Keefe said Friday. Chandrasekhar Reddy Komma, 31, a biochemistry student from Kurnool, and Kiran Kumar Allam, 33, a chemistry student from Hyderabad were found late Thursday after being shot in the head inside an apartment complex for married and graduate students. One was tied up with a computer cable. Allam’s pregnant wife called 911 after finding the men dead, said Srinivasa Pothakamuri, a friend of Komma. Komma, a biochemistry student, had been visiting Allam, who was in the chemistry program. 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 MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe killings were the first on campus in more than a decade. Nothing appeared to be stolen from the apartment, leaving police unclear about a motive, O’Keefe said. Zewe said police were searching for three men seen leaving the area. LSU officials sent a campus-wide alert out after midnight Friday, more than an hour and a half after the shootings. Officials sent out e-mail and voicemail messages and posted a message on the university’s Web site. But the text message alert did not reach all its recipients.
Labour Senator Jimmy Harte is showing some small signs of improvement.Senator Jimmy HarteThe Letterkenny politician was found unconscious with serious head injuries in Dublin on Saturday week last after the Republic of Ireland versus Latvia game.It is understood Jimmy fell close to the apartment which he owns in Dublin. He was immediately put into an induced coma.In the past couple of days the father of four has shown some hopeful signs.He has moved his hand and is also making some response to people’s voices.A spokesman for the Labour party said “Jimmy Harte remains in a stable but critical condition. “There have been some small but welcome signs of progress in the past day or so.”Jimmy was initially treated at St James Hospital but was then transferred to Beaumont Hospital which specialises in head injuries.Messages of support and goodwill have been flowing in for Jimmy and his family since his accident on November 15th. SENATOR HARTE SHOWING SMALL SIGNS OF POSSIBLE RECOVERY was last modified: November 26th, 2013 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:ICUImprovementSenator Jimmy Harte