Forget about Jose! Man United don’t want Mourinho as manager, claims Andy Gray

first_imgAndy Gray believes Manchester United have no interest in appointing Jose Mourinho as their manager.Mourinho, axed by Chelsea earlier this month, is being backed by many United fans to replace Louis van Gaal after a woeful run of form.United have failed to win any of their last eight games and picked up just a point over the festive period, with Monday’s goalless draw with Chelsea coming 48 hours after a woeful 2-0 defeat at Stoke.Mourinho merchandise was on sale at Old Trafford ahead of the game against his former club as speculation mounted over Van Gaal’s future.But Gray believes the United board remain behind the Dutchman and reckons there is zero prospect of Mourinho being brought in to replace him.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, he said: “I don’t get the impression coming from the inner sanctum at Old Trafford that they are looking to get rid of Louis van Gaal unless they really, really have to do because of pressure from the fans.“And I get the impression they don’t want Mourinho. Jose Mourinho has been available for two weeks and, after that awful performance at the Britannia, if they really wanted Jose Mourinho that was the perfect opportunity for Manchester United to go ahead and get him.“I think Mourinho and United is just something that might not happen.“I don’t think United are in a hurry to do anything at all. If they really wanted Mourinho, they would have jumped by now.”last_img read more

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Liverpool penalty winner at Crystal Palace was a ‘clear’ decision says Klopp

first_imgJurgen Klopp believes Liverpool’s late penalty at Crystal Palace was ‘clear’.Asked by talkSPORT if he believed the decision to penalise Palace’s Damien Delaney for a challenge in the box on Christian Benteke was fortunate for the Reds, Klopp was unequivocal.“No, do you think [it was]?” the German responded. “It was fortunate because the ref didn’t want to give it, but the assistant was sure.“I saw on television, it was clear. It was unlucky for the Crystal Palace player, but he touched [Benteke] with the knee.”Klopp also explained that he thought Delaney invited trouble by going to ground with his challenge.“That’s how it is in the box; you’re not allowed to go down early, because then everything can happen.”last_img

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Microsoft medical site holds concerns

first_imgInsurance providers and private companies market their own flavors of patient-controlled storehouses of records, and employers including Wal-Mart Stores Inc. offer such tools to workers. Steve Case, co-founder of AOL, has launched Revolution Health, an information Web site that offers a records management tool for paying members, and Google Inc. has indicated it will launch its own service. Microsoft’s Windows operating system runs more than 90 percent of the world’s desktop computers, including those in hospitals and doctor’s offices. The HealthVault site works with different operating systems and browsers, but Microsoft may have an edge with Windows desktop applications. The company launched one such program Thursday that helps upload data from devices like heart rate monitors. The HealthVault site itself doesn’t do much more than provide a window into stored information and a mechanism for sharing it. Microsoft hopes hospitals, doctors’ offices, advocacy groups and insurance companies will build Web applications that patients will want to use. The American Heart Association, American Lung Association and other organizations already have applications in the works, Microsoft said. And devices including blood glucose monitoring systems made by Johnson & Johnson will be able to upload data into the system. Microsoft said CapMed, which already markets personal health record tools, also plans to create an application for HealthVault, as does Kryptiq Corp., whose program will help doctors send and receive information from HealthVault with technology they already use. Microsoft said it plans to support HealthVault with advertising revenue from the search portion of the site. In an interview, Sean Nolan, chief architect of the company’s 2-year-old Health Solutions group, characterized this “beta” launch of HealthVault as an early step into a difficult industry. For one thing, there’s no guarantee any two providers will call the same treatment or lab work by the same name. Then, many health records are not yet ready to be handled this way. Between 80 percent and 85 percent of doctors in private practice don’t keep electronic records, and hospitals aren’t much better, according to Lynne Dunbrack, program director of market research group Health Industry Insights. Paper records can be scanned or faxed to create an electronic version. When it comes to technology, health care is “where other industries were in the 1980s,” Dunbrack said. As the industry increases its use of data sharing, opportunities for privacy violations will multiply, said Sue Blevins, president of the D.C.-based think tank Institute for Health Freedom. The 1996 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA, gives hospitals, doctors, insurance companies and other related entities access to patients’ records without consent for various purposes. This alone troubles Blevins, but “adding electronic ease just magnifies the problem,” she said. Patients need to be able to control their own data, she said. With HealthVault, Microsoft tried to build in protections from the start, spelling out exactly what data is shared each time the user connects to a new application or gives someone new permission to see a record. What Microsoft is doing “is very, very good,” Blevins said, but she added that she still has concerns about who really owns data that live on Microsoft servers, or what happens to records when someone dies. While consumers have been willing to send financial details over the Web in spite of identity-theft horror stories, many still consider private medical information too sensitive to put online. “Financial information is certainly sensitive, but medical information adds another whole degree of concern, when it’s HIV test results or information regarding mental health treatment,” said Reece Hirsch, a partner at the law firm Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal in San Francisco. “There’s a lot of emotional distress associated with inappropriate disclosure of that information.” Microsoft’s HealthVault isn’t subject to many of HIPAA’s rules or state medical privacy laws, because it’s seen as the digital equivalent of patients asking doctors to fax them a copy of their records. But the software maker must still grapple with whether sharing data exposes it to greater financial risk in the event that hackers get their hands on confidential medical data. Many state-level security breach notification laws have been passed in the last couple of years, giving identity-theft victims the ability to sue companies whose systems are hacked or whose computers are stolen, Hirsch said. The health-care industry is just one U.S. sector that’s treading lightly as a result. Some of the best sources of comprehensive health records data, major insurance companies, haven’t agreed to build applications that work with HealthVault. But even if Microsoft were able to get providers and insurance companies to feed data into HealthVault, it’s not clear consumers will use it. Dunbrack, of Health Industry Insights, said most people who have access to a way of managing their medical records online don’t even know it exists. “Historically, personal health records have had really pretty abysmal track records,” she said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SECURITY: HealthVault will manage records, but privacy advocates anticipate some problems with confidentiality. By Jessica Mintz THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SEATTLE – Microsoft Corp. launched a Web site Thursday for managing personal health and medical information, but privacy advocates worry that neither the technology nor U.S. law will protect patients’ most confidential details. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityFrom the consumer’s point of view, Microsoft’s HealthVault site is part filing cabinet, part library and part fax machine for an individual’s or a family’s medical records and notes. The free site can store medical histories, immunization and other records from doctors’ offices and hospital visits, including data from devices like heart monitors. It is also tied to a health information search engine the software maker launched last month. Users can dole out access to different slices of their health data via e-mailed invitations to doctors, family members and other people as the need arises. Microsoft has been kicking around the idea of a health site since at least 2000, when Chief Executive Steve Ballmer described a “health vault” in a speech to financial professionals in New York. The software maker isn’t the first to jump into the ring. Across the country, groups of providers are starting “regional health information organizations” to share data electronically. last_img read more

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SWINE FLU LATEST: HOSPITALS AND BUSINESSES HIT AS MEDIC WARNS ILLNESS WILL SPREAD

first_imgAN OUTBREAK OF flu in the county – including the H1N1 swine flu strain – will get worse before it gets better, the country’s top doctor warned today.Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said the number of human swine flu cases could exceed the peak seen during the pandemic in 2009.He said there is likely to be a continued rise in cases over the next two to four weeks. During the peak of the pandemic in 2009, Ireland was seeing over 200 new cases for every 100,000 people.That’s more bad news for hospitals, GPs and businesses who are reporting high sickness levels in the county this week.Some clinics at Letterkenny and Sligo hospitals are being cancelled due to an influx of suspected flu patients and illness amongst hospital staff.People due to attend outpatient clinics or surgeries over the next week are being advised to check with their hospitals first. Medical 2 Ward at LGH is closed to visitors for infection prevention and control purposes.In a statement LGH said: “Visitors are asked not to visit the hospital unless it is absolutely essential and, where it is essential, visitor numbers should be kept to a minimum and be confined to visiting times only – visitors are asked to co-operate with staff in all matters in this regard.“Visitors who themselves may be unwell or have any flu symptoms should not visit the hospital. Very young children or those with some other serious illness should avoid visiting the hospital, as they may be particularly susceptible to the virus.“Visitors are asked to wash their hands thoroughly before entering or leaving the inpatient area. Management at Letterkenny General Hospital regret any inconvenience caused and thank people for their cooperation.”Flu has also hit the Donegal GAA team, forcing a delay in the naming of the team for this weekend’s game. SEE SPORT endsSWINE FLU LATEST: HOSPITALS AND BUSINESSES HIT AS MEDIC WARNS ILLNESS WILL SPREAD was last modified: January 7th, 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:fluletterkennysligoswinelast_img read more

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DONEGAL BUSINESSES GIVEN MASTER CLASS IN DIGITAL MARKETING

first_imgBusiness people from across Donegal were given a masterclass in the delights and dangers of marketing their businesses on the web at a very unique conference yesterday.The event saw Letterkenny Chamber joined forces with Donegal County Enterprise Board to host The Digital Leadership Roadshow at the CoLab in Letterkenny Institute of Technology.The roadshow was created and delivered by web experts iON to highlight the role of management in creating an effective digital marketing plan. It was also aimed to enthuse business owners and managers by presentingthem with cutting edge advice by one of Ireland’s top Digital ThoughtLeaders.The Roadshow was presented by Niall McKeown, Commercial Director and founder of iON. Niall has been an internet entrepreneur for over a decade and hasextensive experience in digital marketing strategies, sales, businessgrowth, new product development and new technologies.His business has grown from a small email marketing company to an organisation with customers in 15 countries. As well as small businesses iON also consults with major Irish and worldwide brands.Toni Forrester, Letterkenny Chamber CEO said the event did exactly what it was meant to do. “Niall left the audience today with a lot to think about in terms of their digitalmarketing.“He covered some great examples of businesses doing it right andgave us all tips on the very important starting points in terms of developing a marketing and digital marketing strategy.“Vision, time and passion are not normally associated as digital marketing terms but to do it right a business needs all three and needs to really understand its customer and potential customer.“The audience went away challenged but also inspired to do it right and their strategies will come to fruition over coming months and years to make digital marketing work for their business.”At the event also launched Donegal Digital Skillnet that will deliversubsidised training to help Donegal Companies boost sales through theirdigital marketing strategies.Much of the training already in place will be the practical tools and skills needed to drive digital marketing campaigns coupled with the digital marketing strategy training that Niall enthused about.“The Skillnet is enterprise driven and we are keen to hear what trainingbusinesses need so we are asking people to register with us as soon aspossible and if they have a specific need we want to hear from them.“There are huge opportunities and we want to work alongside businesses to help them harness what opportunities they can and Donegal Digital will respond effectively to their needs. ”For more information log on to www.donegaldigital.com.EndsDONEGAL BUSINESSES GIVEN MASTER CLASS IN DIGITAL MARKETING was last modified: September 14th, 2011 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:Donegal Enterprise BoardLetterkenny Chamber of Commercelast_img read more

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‘The style is working’ – Man Utd boss defends methods, philosophy and results

first_imgLouis van Gaal has defended his methods, philosophy and results as Manchester United prepare for a week that could determine the manager’s future.It seemed the Reds had turned the corner and belatedly found some consistency, with a four-match winning run complemented by home-grown teenager Marcus Rashford’s remarkable emergence.The feel-good factor at Old Trafford has proved short-lived, though, with United’s Champions League hopes seriously dented by back-to-back losses.Sunday’s uninspiring 1-0 defeat at West Brom diminished their top-four hopes and a tepid display at Anfield saw the Reds’ chances of qualifying through the Europa League narrow on Thursday.Turning around the 2-0 last-16 loss is a big ask when Liverpool arrive for the second leg – a match bookended by a Premier League trip to rivals Manchester City and, firstly, an FA Cup quarter-final at home to West Ham.Those matches could go a long way to determining under-fire Van Gaal’s future, even if the Dutchman did not want to talk about it ahead of Sunday’s match.“I don’t want to discuss that with you because you are not part of the people who will determine,” Van Gaal said.“This (defeat to Liverpool) of course gives us much more pressure.“We are in three competitions and after the defeat in Midjytlland you have sacked me already and then we are standing up, and then we are in the next round and it is possible also against Liverpool.“We have to play that match for the second time and then at home and then we create that atmosphere and then maybe we score some goals. It shall be very difficult, I know that, but it is possible.“It is not impossible. Against West Ham United, it is also possible. At Old Trafford, we (would) normally win our games.”United certainly appear to have the individuals on paper to triumph, but the poor style and substance display at Anfield – not for the first time this season – raises understandable doubts.“I think it is working because you have to see how we have to work,” Van Gaal said of his tutorship.“Under which circumstances we have to work and when you don’t have too many players and you have to play in three competitions, then it is very difficult.”Van Gaal bristled when asked how many times United had played the way he wanted – “you are now very negative” – and rejected the accusation that United had fallen short in his time at the helm.“I think it is working,” he said. “The style is also working.“It is not giving the best results. It is not good enough when you think you have to be a champion. Or win the Euro League or the FA Cup.“It is still possible, but when you see this game (against Liverpool), you can say what you are saying but when you analyse what we have done this season and the other season, then you cannot say that.“I cannot change your mind because you are thinking (it already) otherwise you don’t put the question to me.” 1 Louis van Gaal feels his methods are working at Manchester United last_img read more

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The Champions League quarter-final draw – all you need to know

first_imgWhen is the Champions League quarter-final draw?The draw will be made on Friday 18 March at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland at 11am (GMT), with the Europa League draw scheduled for midday.How can I watch the draw?Live coverage of the draw will available to watch on BT Sport Europe, while you can also listen to live reaction on talkSPORT and check out talksport.com for more.When will the matches be played?The first leg ties will take place on on Tuesday 5 April and Wednesday 6 April, with the second legs on Tuesday 12 April and Wednesday 13 April. Which clubs are in the Champions League quarter-final draw?Benfica (Portugal), PSG (France), Real Madrid (Spain), Wolfsburg (Germany), Manchester City (England), Atletico Madrid (Spain), Barcelona (Spain), Bayern Munich (Germany)Which clubs are in the Europa League quarter-final draw?Athletic Bilbao, Borussia Dortmund, Braga, Liverpool, Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk, Sparta Prague, Villarreal 1 Details on the Champions League quarter-final draw are below last_img read more

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Pochettino BACKS Wenger over criticism of referee change for Tottenham clash

first_imgMauricio Pochettino has backed up Arsene Wenger’s view that the decision to remove Kevin Friend from Tottenham’s clash with Stoke calls into question the integrity of officials.Friend was due to take charge of Monday night’s crucial match at the Britannia Stadium but was taken off the game after Spurs supporters protested on social media he was a Leicester fan.Neil Swarbrick will now referee Tottenham’s fixture while Friend has been moved to Manchester United’s game at home to Aston Villa.Wenger said on Friday morning he felt the decision was wrong, as it questions the professionalism of referees, and Pochettino admits he was also surprised at the change.“If Kevin Friend was the referee I was happy it is not a problem but sometimes this is the situation that happens but I trust in all the referees,” Pochettino said.“We never complain and I want to say we trust in all the referees but I think we need to trust.“In some point I agree with Arsene. It is important to keep the integrity of the referee and always back the referee.“They are human and can make mistakes like us but it is important next time to behave naturally and to show the referee the trust and respect.“Then whatever happens in the game, on the pitch we are human and can make mistake and not because something is going on behind.”Pochettino’s men play the Potters eager to close the gap on Leicester, who are seven points clear at the top of the table with five matches left to play.Crucial to Tottenham’s remarkable title challenge has been the form of Toby Alderweireld but the Belgian was a surprise omission from the PFA Players’ Player of the Year shortlist announced on Wednesday.Pochettino, a former defender himself, admits forwards receive more recognition but says he does not underestimate Alderweireld’s contribution.“Football is to score goals,” Pochettino said.“But for us like a manager it is very important for me the keeper and defensive line are in the same level of importance of player.“I cannot do anything about this because I am not involved in the selection of the players.“There is no defensive player on the list and I have nothing to say but I am happy with him.“His performances have been fantastic from beginning of the season and he doesn’t need to be recognised to feel that.”Harry Kane is fit after overcoming a dead leg he sustained against Manchester United last weekend while Clinton Njie is also available again after recovering from a knee problem. Nabil Bentaleb, however, has a knee injury and is out. Mauricio Pochettino 1last_img read more

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Around Whittier

first_imgQualifications include doctor approval and recommendation. For more information, call (800) 823-5220 or visit www.threewishes2.com. Mexico insurance available to drivers Residents planning a trip to Mexico can purchase “Mexico Insurance” through AAA. As a service to those who plan to travel to any part of Mexico by car, the Automobile Club of Southern California sells policies to cover cars and travel. The service is open to the public. AAA membership is not required. The Whittier office of the Auto Club is at 16041 E. Whittier Blvd. For more information, call (562) 902-4630. Hospital provides weight loss help Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital will offer a community workshop for residents more than 20 pounds overweight. The workshop will begin at 6 p.m. Jan. 16 and will last for nine consecutive weeks. The Whittier hospital’s dietetic technician will teach on the importance of nutrition education, physical activity and behavioral therapy in weight reduction and management. A commitment and materials fee of $45 is due at registration. Space is limited. For more information, call (562) 698-0811, Ext. 2580. Seniors invited to night in `Paris’ The Norwalk Senior Center will host a New Year’s Eve dance from 5 to 10 p.m. Dec. 31 at 14040 San Antonio Drive. The theme for the dance is “A Night in Paris.” A countdown to the coming year will take place at 9 p.m. Music will be provided by the Jumpin Joz swing band. Dinner will be prepared by Chris’ & Pitt’s and includes prime rib, sides and dessert. Prize drawings will also take place throughout the night. Tickets cost $20 per person, and the event is dine-in only. Seating is limited. The final day to buy tickets is Dec. 21. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (562) 929-5580. Christmas sale benefits charity Christmas decorations and gifts are available at the Assistance League of Whittier’s Bargain Bin at 6330 Greenleaf Ave. Additionally, Timeless Treasures, the antique gift store upstairs, offering more expensive items, is having a half-price sale. The shops are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. The year-round stores accept donations of used clothing, household items, holiday decorations, antiques and collectibles. For information about the Assistance League and its activities, call (562) 698-7012. – From staff reports160Want 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 MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsSpace is limited. To make reservations or for more information, call (562) 698-0811, Ext. 2444. Power chairs offered to disabled Wishes on Wheels is making power wheelchairs available to non-ambulatory senior citizens age 65 and up and to the disabled of any age, if they qualify. Usually, there is no charge or out-of-pocket expense for the power wheelchair, including shipping and delivery to the home by a technician who makes final adjustments to fit the individual and shows them how to use and maintain it. No deposit is required and there is no obligation for determining if they qualify. Collette Tours will give a presentation on travel for seniors from 3 to 4 p.m. Jan. 28 in the Flo & Frank L. Scott Conference Center at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital, 12401 Washington Blvd., Whittier. The presentation, “Travel Buddies: Meet and Greet,” is aimed at single seniors who enjoy traveling but are unable to afford the high prices of singles accommodations. This will provide an opportunity for all singles 55 or older to make new friendships and experience new traveling possibilities in the future with a new travel buddy. A speaker from Collette Tours will also discuss the subject. last_img
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Aruba prosecutor to drop Holloway case

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champNo one has been formally charged in the investigation, which critics have said was botched in its early stages by Aruban authorities. The probe has revolved around three suspects: Joran van der Sloot, a 20-year-old Dutch citizen and brothers Deepak Kalpoe, 24, and Satish Kalpoe, 21, from Surinam. They were the last people known to see Holloway before she vanished on the night of May 30, 2005. All three, who have denied any role in her disappearance, have been arrested several times – the latest arrests coming last month – but released after different judges ruled there was not enough evidence to keep holding them. Mos told the AP he will drop the case unless prosecutors in his office agree before the New Year that they have strong enough evidence to go to court. He said he imposed the deadline himself earlier this year because he feels two years is a reasonable amount of time for bringing charges against someone. SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Aruba’s chief prosecutor said he will close the case of missing American teenager Natalee Holloway by the end of the month unless his office finds that there is enough evidence to charge someone with a major crime. The prosecutor, Hans Mos, said he would not comment about the kind of evidence his office is reviewing but that he does not anticipate finding Holloway’s remains and prosecuting a case without them would be “very hard.” “We promised the suspects that after Dec. 31, we will not pursue the case,” Mos told The Associated Press Friday. “This investigation should end at a certain point.” Holloway’s parents did not return multiple messages left at their homes and on their cell phones. Mos said he and the Holloway family feel pursuing a minor charge “doesn’t serve a purpose.” A person convicted of making a body disappear would serve only six months in prison, he said.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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