first_imgA Donegal primary school has been nominated for a prestigious Eircom Junior Spider Award.Cloughfin National School from Ballindrait in Lifford have been nominated in the Best Website Award category.School Principal Fiona Farry said there was great excitement in school when they found out the school website has been shortlisted for the Eircom Junior Spider Awards. “The awards, which were established in 2009, recognise and reward students for the successful and innovative ways in which they use the Internet in their daily lives.”“We are shortlisted in the Primary Schools’ Best School Website Category and face tough competition from schools in Mayo, Dublin, Limerick and Leitrim.“We are the only Donegal school to be shortlisted and the only primary school in Ulster to be shortlisted.”The Awards Ceremony will take place in the RDS, in Dublin, in early March and three students will be chosen to represent the school. More information about the Awards can be found here more: SCHOOL NOMINATED FOR PRESTIGIOUS EIRCOM SPIDER AWARD was last modified: February 21st, 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:CLOUGHFIN NATIONAL SCHOOLEICOM JUNIOR SPIDER AWARDLiffordlast_img read more

Spot shortage reported of flu vaccine

first_imgWASHINGTON – This year’s supply of flu vaccine will reach 80 million doses by the beginning of December – a robust supply considering the United States has never administered more than 83 million doses in a single year. Still, many health care providers complain that they can’t get the vaccine, or they can’t get enough to meet demand – and they’re right, an official with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. Dr. Jeanne Santoli, deputy director of the CDC’s Immunization Services Division, said pockets of shortages have occurred because Chiron Corp. was expected to deliver 25-30 million doses of vaccine, but it likely will produce fewer than 18 million. It may even produce only 11-12 million doses, she said. “The problem this year has been both less vaccine than anticipated from one of the manufacturers and a delay in the distribution of that vaccine,” Santoli said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Santoli briefed an advisory committee to the Department of Health and Human Services on Tuesday. She said Chiron supplies that were expected to be distributed in late September actually were sent about a month later. However, by then, some health care providers had already canceled clinics for their patients. Dr. Lawrence Deyton of the Department of Veterans Affairs told fellow advisory committee members that he heard from staff who had to cancel flu shot clinics this year, and he fears the patients won’t come back. “The reputation is we failed out there,” Deyton said. “I don’t like that.” Some committee members said they were concerned that reports of flu vaccine shortages would discourage people from getting a shot, but they said getting the shot later in the flu season was better than not at all. So far, the flu season is off to a gentle start. 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

Nations League and international football: 10 talking points

first_img1) Sancho adds to Southgate’s striking options in final thirdWhen Gareth Southgate needed to turn the tide against Croatia at the World Cup, his options were limited by a lack of forward players on England’s bench. It was difficult for Southgate to alter the flow of the game and it was unsurprising to see his side run out of steam. Yet England have continued to progress since then and offered an indication of their greater strength in depth when they reached the Nations League finals at Croatia’s expense. What a difference it made for Southgate to introduce Dele Alli, Jesse Lingard and Jadon Sancho after Andrej Kramaric had given the visitors the lead. Lingard, a player with the knack of popping up in the right place at the right time, grabbed the equaliser and England were rewarded for throwing caution to the wind when Harry Kane prodded in the winner. Extra competition for places in the forward areas is already having a positive effect. Jacob Steinberg2) Fletcher comes in from cold to prove McLeish wrongAlex McLeish rails against the notion that he stumbled across a winning Scotland team. A raft of players either making themselves unavailable for selection or withdrawing through injury for the double header against Albania and Israel left McLeish with precious few options. What can be said with certainty – albeit with hindsight – is Steven Fletcher proved his manager categorically wrong with his forceful, intelligent displays. Leigh Griffiths, Johnny Russell, Steven Naismith and Oliver McBurnie had earlier been preferred to Fletcher, to the point where the Sheffield Wednesday man could not claim a place in the Scotland squad. Fletcher’s willingness to bring others into the game, a strength endorsed when Scotland had James Forrest and Ryan Fraser deployed on either side of him, brought a fresh dynamic to McLeish’s attack. It now seems unfathomable that Fletcher would return to the position of being an afterthought. In the recurring, external wish for fresh international blood, this is one player whose experience is clearly valuable. Ewan Murray Scotland National Team (@ScotlandNT)Watch the highlights from last night’s 3-2 win over Israel as we guaranteed ourselves a play-off for UEFA EURO 2020 and secured promotion to League B in the UEFA Nations League.#SCOISR #NothingMattersMore 21, 2018 3) Time was right for Republic of Ireland change Football 9) Mancini’s new broom breathes life into ItalySo far, so good for Italy under Roberto Mancini, even if it took them 94 minutes to overcome USA. Mancini is trying to inject new life into a grand old power that had been stale for too long; they played some slick football in a dramatic win over Poland last month and deserved to beat Portugal in Saturday’s Nations League draw. They still lack a clinical edge but are playing with energy and blooding exciting young talents, too. Moise Kean, the much-vaunted 18-year-old Juventus forward, played the final half-hour on Tuesday while Cagliari midfielder Nicolò Barella, 21, has featured heavily recently. Mancini also brought Sandro Tonali, another 18-year-old from Serie B side Brescia, along for experience this month and there is a growing sense he is giving Italy the reconfiguration they have needed for years. Perhaps the dark days of 12 months ago had to come before the dawn. NA Nations League features Pinterest David de Gea has been heavily criticised for his performances with Spain. Photograph: Pixathlon/REX/Shutterstock England Share on LinkedIn Britt Assombalonga (@BrittOfficials)CAF puts 22 names instead of 23 & leaves my name out.. just about to walk out and start the game & get told I can’t play 👍🏽 cheers..November 18, 2018 Italy (@azzurri)Minute 94, step up @MPolitano16! ⚽ 🇮🇹🇺🇸#VivoAzzurroNovember 21, 2018 Sportblog Share on Pinterest Outplayed at home by Northern Ireland in a friendly and relegated from their Nations League group, the Republic will be among the third seeds for next month’s Euro 2020 draw in Dublin. They were not likely to finish higher, especially given the number of new and makeshift players required to deploy. But it is hard to describe the last year as a period of transition under Martin O’Neill when there has been little sign of an attempt to progress towards anything in particular. The team often seemed disjointed and aimless, and when an approach was discernible, damage limitation seemed to be their mission. This, then, has been a wasted year and he and Roy Keane have now left their positions. So now is time for real change. Long-term, the solution must involve Football Association of Ireland reform. Short-term, Ireland’s attempt to qualify for Euro 2020 would be more interesting to watch under, say, Dundalk’s Stephen Kenny, who tends to nurture creativity and has long maintained there is more talent in Ireland than supposed. Let us see what he can do. It could not be worse than the last year. Paul Doyle4) Van Dijk is leading Dutch resurgenceGiven that the Netherlands were fortunate only to concede twice against Germany on Monday, it would be pushing it to say that Virgil van Dijk had a good game. The Liverpool centre-back’s partnership with the inexperienced Matthijs de Ligt was an area of vulnerability, much to the delight of the dangerous Timo Werner, and the truth is that Germany ought to have been out of sight long before blowing their 2-0 lead late on. Yet profligate finishing from Joachim Löw’s inconsistent side kept the contest alive and when the Netherlands needed someone to rise to the occasion, it was Van Dijk who accepted the responsibility that comes with wearing the captain’s armband. Just when it seemed the Dutch revival was grinding to a halt, the 27-year-old gave his young team-mates a lesson in leadership by coming up with the volley that sent them into the Nations League finals. JS5) Nations League is great but Spain aren’t. Or are they?“The Nations League has been a total success,” Luis Enrique said. Well, he did after the first two games anyway. After the third and fourth, he noted that qualification for Euro 2020 was the primary objective. Which said something about the way results had shifted perspective. The format left Croatia and Spain going into the final 15 minutes in Zagreb knowing only a win would do. That lent itself to a frantic, wild finale, one of the most exciting games anyone could remember — and in doing so proved the Spain manager right. This competition has been a huge success. But, for many in Spain, it also suggested he – and the selección – might be wrong. After victory at Wembley and a 6-0 thrashing of Croatia, there was optimism unbound; after two 3-2 defeats, pessimism took hold. Are Spain just not that good any more? And what should their identity be? Luis Enrique had proposed a variation on tiki-taka and most welcomed that; now they’re not so sure. Defensively vulnerable, they have no striker that entirely convinces and some even wonder if Sergio Busquets is coming to an end, ushering in a central role for Rodri. That would leave just Sergio Ramos, protected from the worst criticism which has focused, not always fairly and certainly not coincidentally, on two Premier League players: David de Gea and Álvaro Morata. It also drew attention to another Premier League player they already admired, one they blamed for not making the final four and one they wish they had: Kane. Sid Lowe Facebook Facebook Share via Email Spaincenter_img Mick McCarthy leads the way after O’Neill and Keane leave Ireland roles Twitter Topics 8) Crunch time for Congos despite travails of Britt abroadIt is nearly 6,000 miles from Middlesbrough to Brazzaville, a heck of a long way for Britt Assombalonga to travel only to be told by a Confederation of African Football official that his late call-up for the Congolese derby had not been registered in time. “Just about to walk out and start the game and get told I can’t play. Cheers,” tweeted the Democratic Republic of Congo striker. His replacement, Kabonga Kasongo, opened the scoring but Thievy Bifouma equalised for the hosts. The draw left both Congos outside the qualifying places for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations. Both need to win their last matches: DR Congo are at home to second-place Liberia while Congo travel to group leaders Zimbabwe. Those ties are in March, plenty of time for administrators to sort themselves out. PD Twitter Netherlands 10) Could Australia’s new hero be a Scotsman called Boyle?The striking conundrum that has played on Australian minds since Tim Cahill’s goalscoring gradually waned on his way into international retirement may have been solved by the unlikeliest candidate – a 24-year-old Scot from Aberdeen who only set foot in Australia a few weeks ago. Hibs striker Martin Boyle, making his first start after debuting against South Korea on Saturday, scored two and set up one in the Socceroos’ 3-0 win over Lebanon and in doing so, stole a march on other hopefuls in the race to become the man Graham Arnold can count on for goals. A promising display off the bench against the Koreans prompted Arnold to tell Boyle he should take Cahill’s famed No 4 shirt. It might have been a joke, but Boyle’s effervescent performance did much to suggest there could be some weight to the argument he is the one Australia have been looking for. Mike Hytner Read more Italy Pinterest Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter 6) Neymar injury bodes ill for PSG and for the sportMilton Keynes and Neymar are not automatically synonymous with each other and the Brazil forward may count the cost of his short time there. Neymar was forced off eight minutes into the narrow friendly win over Cameroon and, while his groin injury is not thought to be serious, it is the last thing Paris Saint-Germain will have wanted before next Wednesday’s Champions League meeting with Liverpool. PSG will also sweat on Kylian Mbappé, replaced during France’s win over Uruguay, and it does not seem a coincidence that they fit into a wider trend of players who competed in the World Cup knockout rounds pulling up lame. Research conducted by the Times suggests 52 of their 84 Premier League peers who got that far have suffered injuries since. The appetite for a reconfiguration of the football landscape – as long as it is to their liking, of course – among the biggest clubs is more voracious than ever and if the big-name injuries keep piling up then they will consider their case strengthened. Nick Ames7) Sparkling Kosovo on verge of something specialIn March five years will have passed since, amid near-unplayable conditions on a filthy pitch in Mitrovica, Kosovo contested their first official match against Haiti. The friendly itself was turgid but nobody present could forget the sheer joy and affirmation of national identity that radiated from those packed inside. Nobody could have foreseen how quickly things would move on, either, but something extraordinary has happened. Kosovo have become one of the most vibrant national teams in Europe and it is not fanciful to think they are on the verge of something special. Some of their football in an outwardly tricky Group D3 was scintillating and by the end it was clear that Bernard Challandes’ team comfortably belongs a tier higher. In Milot Rashica and Arber Zeneli, who scored a hat-trick in Tuesday’s decisive 4-0 win over Azerbaijan, they have two of the most exciting young wingers in Europe and they have benefitted from the eagerness of so many second-generation Kosovan-Albanians to represent a state torn apart in the 1990s. They have 16 months to wait until facing neighbours Macedonia, themselves firmly on the up, in what would be a mouthwatering Euro 2020 play-off semi-final, but will fancy their chances of causing serious concern to whoever they face in the qualifiers before that. NA Kosovo’s Arber Zeneli scored a hat-trick against Azerbaijan. 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