The Bayern Munich midfielder has long been linked with the Old Trafford club, especially as his contract situation with the German champions remains unresolved. Kroos, 24, has a year left with Bayern and has yet to accept their offer of an extension, giving a nod to a possible move away. Press Association United have been reported as suitors but he claims they are not on his radar. Speaking to Bild he said: “I am expecting to play for Bayern Munich next season. “There was a lot of speculation, but Manchester is and was not an issue. “At this point in time I am fully focused on preparations for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.” Rumours of a United move for Kroos started to circulate when David Moyes was in charge, although talk has cooled since the appointment of Louis van Gaal. Toni Kroos has no intention of being a Manchester United player next season.
*Global attention refuses to shift away from France’s VAR penalty against NigeriaBrazil’s Marta last night became the record goal-scorer at FIFA Women’s World Cup finals as her 17th goal gave the South America nation a 1-0 win over Italy in Group C and a place in the last 16 in France.The 33-year-old – a veteran of six World Cup finals – scored from the penalty spot after a foul on Debinha. It takes her past the 16-goal tally of Germany men’s striker Miroslav Klose. She becomes the outright World Cup top scorer in either the men’s or the women’s game.Italy however topped Group C with six points, with goal difference separating them from runners-up Australia and third-placed Brazil.However, despite Martha’s feat last night, global attention refused to shift away from France’s VAR penalty goal that denied Nigeria a share of the points in Rennes on Monday evening.And Nigeria’s Coach Thomas Dennerby who is still fuming from the perceived injustice told BBC Sports: “If I give you my honest feelings (on the VAR), they’ll probably send me home so it’s better I don’t say anything.“My players are heroes. Of course I’m disappointed by the result, France is a really good team and don’t need support from anybody to win games. The girls were fighting so well, they followed the match plan and it’s getting destroyed by people that we’re not so happy with.”BBC Sport readers also showed their frustrations by its player rater tool to give France’s match-winner Wendie Renard the lowest score of any player on the pitch (3.36), while keeper Chiamaka Nnadozie got the highest mark (8.80).Former England defender Laura Bassett, watching for BBC Four, said the decisions were “ultimately right” but that the law changes will continue to lead to confusion.“France deserved to win because Nigeria were in the wrong (according to the laws) but for the players it is so hard because it is going to take time to coach them to change their training methods.”The law makers, the International Football Association Board (IFAB) threw more light on the new law with this explanation:“Goalkeepers are not permitted to stand in front of or behind the line. Allowing the goalkeeper to have only one foot touching the goal line (or, if jumping, in line with the goal line) when the penalty kick is taken is a more practical approach as it is easier to identify if both feet are not on the line. As the kicker can ‘stutter’ in the run, it is reasonable that the goalkeeper can take one step in anticipation of the kick.”So given that explanation, Nnadozie clearly had both feet in front of the line, the decision was correct.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
The presidents of two professional health groups, the Pharmaceutical Association of Liberia (PAL) and the Liberian Nursing Association (LNA), have distanced themselves from a recent petition by the leadership of the National Health Workers’ Association of Liberia (NHWAL) to the Liberian Senate to reject the nomination of Dr. Bernice Dahn as Health Minister.NHWAL president, Mr. Joseph Tamba and Secretary General, Mr. George Poe Williams, wrote a three-page letter to the Liberian Senate on April 20 outlining alleged misdeeds of the Minister of Health-designate. The health workers’ leaders asked the Senators not to confirm Dr. Dahn as Liberia’s next Minister of Health.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf recently nominated Dr. Dahn to replace outgoing Health Minister, Dr. Walter T. Gwenigale, who is set to go into retirement if and when the next Health Minister is confirmed.The two NHWAL leaders accused Dr. Dahn, who is presently Deputy Health Minister for Health Services and Chief Medical Officer of Liberia, “of constantly discouraging partners who wish to increase incentives for health workers.”They “strongly believe that if government’s agenda is for an improved healthcare delivery system in the post-Ebola era, then certainly Dr. Dahn, who led the sector for 10 years, cannot be a worthy steward of the Ministry of Health.”However, leaders of two professional health groups, PAL and LNA, have said even though their individual groups are not members of NHWAL, they want to differ with its leaders’ plea for the Senate to reject the Health Minister-designate.Pharmacist David Sumo, president of PAL and Mrs. Gloria Stevens, president of LNA, in separate exclusive interviews with this newspaper, said that Dr. Dahn should be given the chance to lead as the Minister-proper. They said Dr. Dahn, who has spent nearly 10 years at the Health Ministry, is very knowledgeable about the management and functions of the Ministry so she should be allowed to help solve the problems, including some of those the health workers have raised.They praised her for her competence, qualification and endurance to ably and effectively serve as the Minister of Health.They maintain that they are not in support of Tamba and Williams’ call for the Senate to reject Dr. Dahn, who they think has “some good things on her agenda for the whole health sector, including the health workers.”Mr. Sumo and Mrs. Stevens, both said they trusted in the wisdom of the Senators, who will determine whether Dr. Dahn has the requisite qualifications for the post.In her first public pronouncement three days after the President nominated her, Dr. Dahn told an audience packed with international health partners that she would do all in her power to absorb on the GOL payroll all the health workers who are not on it. She received a standing ovation from the audience.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Cllr James Pat welcomes the news that Irish Water have almost completed works for the upgrade of the Churchill group water scheme.Works to connect the scheme to the Goaldrum Letterkenny water supply are due for completion in the end of August.Cllr McDaid attended a meeting with Irish Water on Monday and received confirmation by email that works will be completed and upgrade is due in the coming weeks. Cllr McDaid expressed his delight that residents of the Glenswilly, Churchill and Gartan areas will now hopefully receive good quality water. He said the issue has been something he has worked hard on since his election to Donegal County Council.Cllr McDaid admitted that there have been delays along the way but the bulk of the work has being done now. Pumps are almost fitted and Irish Water officials assured him on Monday that the supply is available from Goaldrum, so it’s inevitable that the upgrade will happen in the coming weeks.A recent email received by Cllr McDaid from Irish Water regarding Churchill group water scheme said:Works have commenced at the pumping station in Gartan and when complete the Churchill water supply will be able to be fed from the Letterkenny water supply. These works will be completed towards the end of August. Elected reps will be notified when this is imminent. Cllr McDaid said he is personally delighted that this is finally going to happen.“It has taken a while but infrastructure is in place and supply is supposed to be available.“No more substandard water for the local residents,” he said.‘No more substandard water’ – Cllr McDaid welcomes progress on Churchill water scheme was last modified: July 28th, 2017 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:ChurchillCllr James Pat McDaidIrish Waterletterkenny