Everton boss Roberto Martinez is looking to re-sign Lacina Traore and remains hopeful Romelu Lukaku will return to Goodison Park.The Ivory Coast international spent the second half of last season on loan at Goodison Park but injury restricted him to just a single appearance.But Martinez is keen to give the 23-year-old striker another opportunity and has revealed the Toffees are in talks with Monaco over a deal.“At the moment we are still talking with Monaco,” he told Everton’s official website.“With Lacina, it is a three-way conversation and it will go a bit further down the line before we take a final decision.“But we always wanted Lacina to be with us and to play his football with us, and that hasn’t changed at all.”Martinez is even more keen to land Lukaku after his successful spell on loan from Chelsea.The 21-year-old scored 16 goals last term and is attracting interest from a host of clubs across Europe, with Jose Mourinho seemingly happy for the Belgian to move on.“Romelu had an incredible season. He is a young man who matured immensely,” added the Spaniard.“We know the potential of Rom and Chelsea have been very good with the player and we have been really close with our relationship.“We need to find out where we are and there is nothing more to comment.“Every time we spoke about Rom’s situation it was very clear that he wanted to go to the World Cup and then make a decision.“Obviously it is not going to take too long from now on.” Lacina Traore 1
The Steering Committee of the Donegal Marathon have just announced that they will be adopting a bi-lingual approach to the Donegal marathon for this year and into the future. Committee Chairman, Mr. Dessie Larkin said the Donegal Marathon is the People’s Marathon and organisers want to reflect that by making it as inclusive as possible for all.“We feel that taking this bilingual approach reflects the large Gaeltacht areas of our county that will become a backdrop for much of the local training programmes that will be embarked on in the coming months by competitors from all walks of life and background.” The logo has been adapted and is now bilingual and you will notice that the signage throughout the county will also have a bilingual element.Here are a few phrases that might serve the spectator well if you wish to encourage our brave competitors on the 24th August as they set out to conquer the course and their own personal challenges.Keep going! = Coinnigh ag dul!You can do it! = Is féidir leat é a dhéanamh! You’re nearly there! = Tá tú beagnach ann!Well done! = Maith thú!Speaking of training programmes, Donegal Marathon will also be bringing to you in the coming months some great advice from experts in the field on many topics associated with first class preparation for such an event.Topics will:Provide general information on the marathon / half marathon event start times, routes, expected numbers, registration details, contact detail etc. Meet athletes who have completed marathons and half marathons of all abilities.Provide practical information by way of presentation and an information stand to potential participants, this info could be around planning your marathon / half marathon, training tips, clothing and footwear selection, injury management, nutrition and hydration and anything else we can fit into a couple of hours.The committee also hope to run some of these information sessions and interested parties can discuss their queries with an expert that may be able to provide some illuminating insights and useful tips for those in training.Now, let’s get those shoes on, stop reading, and start running! We look forward to welcoming you all at the starting line. For more information visit:www.donegalmarathon.ie or facebook @donegalmarathonCOINNIGH AG DUL! DONEGAL MARATHON BECOMES A BI-LINGUAL RACE! was last modified: May 7th, 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:DONEGAL MARATHON
Councillor Ian McGarvey is calling on Donegal County Council to provide footpaths in key areas of Rathmullan and Ramelton.The Letterkenny Mayor has highlighted safety issues for pedestrians in a busy part of Rathmullan – from Ballyboe Bridge to the town.A footpath had been planned for the area, but Cllr McGarvey was told by the roads department that no budget was available as it was not included in this year’s programme. These works will be considered in future programmes, the Letterkenny MD meeting was told yesterday.Cllr McGarvey also asked for footpaths to be provided around Ramelton at Rectory Road to the Cup and Saucer, Letterkenny Road to NS Medical Centre, the Nursing Home, Church of Ireland and Chapel and the Kilmacrennan Road to Drumonaghan Wood Walk. He said that footpaths were an important topic as more people go out running, walking and cycling.Fergal Doherty, Area Manager, Roads and Transportation told the council that the Ramelton paths will also be considered for future funding programmes as many routes are already on their Footpath & Public Lighting list. Construction can take place ‘if and when’ funding becomes available.Also in Ramelton, Cllr McGarvey succeeded in passing a motion to have public toilet signs erected at the Cup and Saucer to inform tourists of the nearest facilities. Council asked to step up and build footpaths in Rathmullan and Ramelton was last modified: May 15th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Cllr Ian McGarveyRameltonRathmullan
Air traffic remains buoyant in Asia with the Kuala Lumpur-based Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) reporting good growth in July passenger numbers as airlines filled more seats.AAPA reported that July passenger numbers were up 10.2 per cent compared to a year ago at 26.2 million. That translated to a healthy growth of 8.4 per cent in terms of the way airlines normally measure traffic, revenue passenger kilometres.The association said the strength on both regional and long-haul routes combined with a 7.3 per cent rise in available seat capacity to push up average international passenger loads by 0.8 percentage points to 81.8 per cent for the month.There was also a welcome 3.9 per cent increase in air cargo volumes for Asian airlines in July. This outstripped modest capacity growth to increase the average international freight load factor by 0.4 percentage points to 62.1 per cent.AAPA director general Andrew Herdman said the first seven months of the year saw Asian airlines post a solid 6.8 per cent increase in the number of international passengers to bring the total to 170.3 million.“International air cargo demand has been relatively weak, with year-to-date demand registering a 1.5 per cent decline compared to the same period a year ago, but we have seen a modest pickup in air cargo volumes during the past couple of months,” he said.“The overall demand outlook for air passenger markets remains positive, as air travellers in the region continue to enjoy the benefits of affordable fares, although demand for some European destinations has been affected by security concerns.“Given highly competitive market conditions, Asia Pacific airlines are focusing on carefully managing costs, whilst continuing to deliver high levels of customer service.”
During the regular season, the Cleveland Cavaliers did not run very much. Head coach Tyronn Lue has been preaching the virtues of a faster-paced offense since he took over for David Blatt in January. It was slow to catch on. The Cavaliers were the third-slowest team during the season, using fewer possessions per game than the glacial Memphis Grizzlies or the ancient San Antonio Spurs, and in the playoffs, they’ve become even slower. It was easy to laugh about Lue suggesting after a Game 1 drubbing at the hands of the Golden State Warriors last week that the Cavaliers simply needed to pick up the pace. And when Cleveland was flattened again in Game 2, that book appeared to be closed.But in Game 3, on Wednesday night, the Cavs came out hot — and fast. They went up 33-13 in the first quarter and blew out the Warriors 120-90. For the game, they were 8-for-16 with between 22 and 18 seconds left on the shot clock (the sweet spot for the seven-seconds-or-less school of pace) after going just 8-for-19 in the first two games of the Finals combined.The Warriors, meanwhile, are getting just 8.3 shots per game in that range. This might seem like a positive to those who listened to pundits talk about the “quick shots” that were sinking Golden State against the Oklahoma City Thunder. But during the regular season, the Warriors were absolutely unstoppable early in the shot clock: They averaged 14.9 of those field goals per game, including 6.2 3-point attempts; their shooting averages were 65.7 percent from two and 47.9 percent on those threes, for an effective field goal percentage (eFG%) of 68.3, which led the league, though not by much.The team in second place? Those plodding Cavaliers. The Cavs had an eFG% of 66.1 on seven-seconds-or-less plays, and the gap between them and the third-place Atlanta Hawks (62.7) is about the same as the gap between the Hawks and the 13th-place Thunder (59.2). LeBron James was more efficient in possessions of this sort than Klay Thompson or Steph Curry was — even in a year in which his 3-point stroke inexplicably cratered. The difference is, the Cavs had only 9.6 attempts per game early in the clock, more than five fewer than the Warriors.But go ahead and read that back to yourself: The Warriors ran over the league using pace and shooting, but the Cavs, when they deigned to break from trot to gallop, played their game nearly as well as the defending champs. For the Cavs to pull off an upset in this series, more stars will have to align than merely their finding some pep in their step and playing a 35-year-old benchwarmer major minutes. But a few have begun to slide into place: Irving, a hugely talented offensive player, found his stroke after going quiet for the first two games, and Curry has looked genuinely out of sorts for most of the series. While it’s still a very long shot that the Cavaliers can come back and win the Finals, it’s a far better one than if they’d gone down 3-0 playing old and slow.Check out our latest NBA predictions.Our sports podcast Hot Takedown discusses the NBA Finals. Of course, “early shot clock” possessions are often just another name for transition or semi-transition (that little window after a fast break ends but before the defense can get set). By the Game 3 box score, Cleveland outscored Golden State 15-8 on fast-break points, and according to the player-tracking data, the Cavs had 18 transition chances to the Warriors’ nine and did a little better per play. Transition begins with defense, and after reportedly getting a wake-up call from assistant coach Phil Handy, the Cavs were noticeably more lively on that end in Game 3. Kyrie Irving’s numbers weren’t great (player-tracking has him on the hook for allowing 63.3 eFG% on 15 shots), but he was making a visible effort; J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert were both much better than they had been, though, and Richard Jefferson, who started for Kevin Love (ruled out because of a blow to the head), was all over the court, closing out and contesting shots. He ended up allowing opponents to shoot just 45.5 eFG% on 11 attempts.
The Justice Department is seeking feedback on the investigation from the public. Alastair Pike / AFP/Getty Images The US Department of Justice has announced an antitrust review of how online platforms achieved market power, and whether they are reducing competition, stifling innovation and harming consumers. While the Justice Department hasn’t named specific companies, it’s targeting tech giants including Apple, Alphabet, Amazon and Facebook, according to The Wall Street Journal.Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim of the antitrust division said the companies’ power could lead them to “act in ways that are not responsive to consumer demands.””The Department’s review will consider the widespread concerns that consumers, businesses, and entrepreneurs have expressed about search, social media, and some retail services online,” the DOJ added. It’s seeking feedback on the investigation from the public.The move is the latest effort by the US government to step up enforcement of tech’s biggest companies. For decades, the government largely avoided regulating or scrutinizing the tech world. That approach allowed companies like Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Google and Facebook to grow to become some of the most highly valued in the world. But, critics argue, that growth came at the expense of user privacy and competitive choices in the marketplace.Following revelations Russian propagandists used Facebook, Google’s YouTube and Twitter to interfere in the 2016 US election, lawmakers have expressed interest in taking tech to task. Since then, the Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission have agreed to split up antitrust enforcement of tech companies between the two agencies, according to various media reports. The DOJ would focus on Apple and Google, which is owned by parent company Alphabet, while the FTC would take on Facebook and Amazon, according to a report in the Journal.The Justice Department’s new probe, announced Tuesday, goes a step beyond those plans, the Journal said. The FTC in February said it formed a task force to monitor competition in the tech sector.”This is the antitrust question of the day,” Fiona Scott Morton, an economics professor at the Yale School of Management, said in an interview.Morton, who testified as an antitrust expert before congress during a hearing with tech companies last week, emphasized the scope of the investigation is still unclear, but she’d be interested in learning more about the general competition behavior of the big tech platforms.Twitter declined to comment. Amazon, Apple and Facebook didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. Google meanwhile referred back to its testimony before Congress last week, during which its director of economic policy, Adam Cohen, said the company has “created new competition in many sectors.” He added, “New competitive pressures often lead to concerns from rivals. We have consistently shown how our business is designed and operated to benefit our customers.”The companies are likely to respond soon, since Facebook, Google parent Alphabet and Amazon are due to report their quarterly earnings to investors this week. Apple is set to report its results next week. TechlashThe backlash against the tech industry has been more bark than bite so far. Lawmakers on Capitol Hill have hauled Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Google CEO Sundar Pichai before various committees to discuss concerns over user privacy, election integrity and censorship.Though the hearings were designed to be big public showdowns between lawmakers and the tech industry, they instead exposed ignorance among government officials about how technology works in the first place. Last year, Sen. Orrin Hatch, the 85-year-old Republican from Utah, asked Zuckerberg, “If [a version of Facebook will always be free], how do you sustain a business model in which users don’t pay for your service?” Zuckerberg paused a moment before saying, “Senator, we run ads.” He, and his staff sitting behind him, then grinned before Hatch moved on to his next question. Mobile Tech Industry 3 Legal Facebook Apple Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Comments reading • Department of Justice kicks off antitrust review of tech giants Tags Zuckerberg explains the internet to Congress 2:42 Share your voice The high-profile blunder made clear lawmakers were unlikely to act soon (and, in the past year, haven’t passed any meaningful laws to rein in tech). But that hasn’t stopped the DOJ or FTC from pursuing their own investigations, the first fruits of which may be announced this week. The FTC is expected to announce a $5 billion fine against Facebook for failing to adequately protect user data after learning Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy tied to Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, had improperly purchased tens of millions of people’s profile information. Though the FTC considered including language that could potentially hold Zuckerberg personally responsible for future privacy screw-ups, that plan was ultimately abandoned, according to a report by The Washington Post.More comingTech companies know that while they’ve largely avoided scrutiny until now, something is coming. So far, they’ve opted to generally support regulation. Apple CEO Tim Cook and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella have expressed support for stronger privacy rules. Zuckerberg and Dorsey have meanwhile supported the Honest Ads Act, which would require tech companies to disclose who pays for political ads on the internet, much the same way that television and radio stations do now. The tech companies have also stepped up lobbying in Washington, in an effort to help shape whatever may be coming. Facebook topped $4 million in spending in the three months ended June 30, discussing election integrity, privacy, security, advertising and competition, according to a recent government filing. Facebook’s spending was higher than Amazon ($4 million), Google ($2.9 million) and Apple ($1.8 million).The companies have also stepped up their public efforts to push back on any overambitious regulation. That includes a website Apple published in May, after the Supreme Court ruled iPhone owners can sue Apple, accusing its App Store of running a monopoly. Zuckerberg meanwhile has been publishing videos and podcasts of conversations he’s held with academics and other CEOs, discussing censorship and ethics.Whether any of that will help tech with increasing scrutiny it’s now facing is unclear. “We ultimately believe this is more noise vs. the start of broader structural changes across the tech food chain,” Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives wrote in a note to investors shortly after the DOJ’s announcement. “While the further analysis of business models from these tech stalwarts will cause some near-term uncertainty, ultimately we view it as a positive as this potentially could be a catalyst for more technology innovation and diversification down the road for these titans.”CNET’s Shara Tibken and Corinne Reichert contributed to this report.Originally published July 23, 2:08 p.m. PT.Update, 4:12 p.m. PT: Adds details throughout. 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