first_imgJohn Hartson has told Theo Walcott to show some loyalty to Arsenal and commit his future to the club.Gunners boss Arsene Wenger says he expects protracted contract talks with the winger given the lengthy negotiations before he penned his last deal in 2013.But Hartson says Walcott, back fit after a long-term injury enforced absence, should be grateful for the support given to him by the club and should move quickly over an extension this time around.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former Arsenal striker said: “He is on big money at Arsenal and they have looked after him.“When he was out for a long period injured, they looked after him and nurtured him back.“I know there is not a lot of loyalty in football but sometimes it is nice when you see players give back to the club that have put them where they are.”last_img read more

first_imgDONEGAL GAA’s finances are in a healthy state after Treasurer Cieran Kelly reported a cool €87,513 profit for the year gone by.Mr Kelly, delivering his third annual financial report to County Convention, outlined an increase in both income and expenditure.Confirmation that Donegal GAA is now a big bucks business is laid bare in the bottom lines of the financial figures with turnover shooting beyond €1.4million in the last year. Income showed a 17 per cent rise with €1,402,522 passing through the books this year while Donegal GAA’s expenditure rose 10.4 per cent to €1,191,409 for the same period.Gate receipts accounted for a massive jump in income this year, up almost €50,000 for the last 12 months.Gate receipts for 2016 were €195,240 – climbing from €147,498 in the previous year.Mr Kelly put the sharp increase down to the partnerships with the new competitions sponsors – All Sports and Michael Murphy Sports & Leisure. The gate receipts for the 2016 Donegal SFC final between Glenswilly and Kilcar were up by €11,000 and the figure was ‘one of the biggest on record’, Mr Kelly reported.Commercial income was up by €50,000, with new sponsorship deals with KN and MCR Group contributing to that, while fundraising ventures raised over €100,000 in 2016.Termon delegate Grace Boyle, herself a former County Treasurer, asked for a breakdown of the fundraising, something which will be furnished to clubs at the January meeting of the County Committee.Team administration expenses rose by €135,000 – an increase of some 17 per cent.“We had an overseas training camp this year and there was also an increase in travel expenses for players – we have more players outside the county now and we have more players to look after,” Mr Kelly explained. Former Donegal footballer and All-Ireland winner Matt Gallagher, acting as the Naomh Bríd delegate, queried the figures for team expenses, with items like catering (€155,316), overnights and holiday (€118,939), sports gear and laundry (€168,464) all rising.Mr Kelly responded: “A lot of teams come with a big wish list but they leave with something that is a lot less. We are doing our best to keep costs under control.”County Chairman Sean Dunnion further clarified that there will not be an overseas training camp for the Donegal senior football team in 2017.Spending on the area of coaching and games development was up by around €40,000, while admin expenses showed a big decrease, dropping from €125,000 to €82,000. Two new faces were elected onto the Donegal County Executive this afternoon and it’s largely a case of ‘as you were’ at the top table.St Mary’s Convoy clubman Conor McDermott takes over as Coaching Officer while St Michael’s man Liam McElhinney was elected as one of the Ulster Council delegates.McDermott is the new Coaching Officer as he succeeds from Anthony Harkin, who completed a five-year term in the position at this afternoon’s County Convention.McDermott was elected unopposed to the post after Mick McGrath and Pauric Harvey withdrew their names from the race.McElhinney returns to the top table again as he was successful in the election for Ulster Council posts.Killybegs’ Pat Conaghan – first elected to the Donegal GAA Management Committee in 1971, some 45 years ago – completed his term as an Ulster Council delegate and vacated the role.PJ McGowan was comfortably elected on the first count to retain his Ulster Council delegate position, taking 78 first preferences, easily exceeding the quota of 54.McElhinney, Brendan Kelly (St Mary’s Convoy) and Denis Ellis (Naomh Columba) were left vying for the other seat.Ellis was eliminated on the second count, having claimed 12 first preference votes and, in the end, McElhinney (53) defeated Kelly (48) by five votes and was deemed elected without having reached the quota.Sean Dunnion was elected to get a fifth – and final – year as Donegal GAA Chairman.Frankie Doherty (Vice Chairman), Aideen Gillen (Secretary), Declan Martin (Assistant Secretary), Cieran Kelly (Treasurer), Paddy Tinney (Assistant Treasurer), Ed Byrne (PRO), Seamus Ó Domhnaill (Central Council Delegate) David McLoone (Development Officer) and Fergus Mac Aoidh (Oifigeach Gaeilge agus Cultúir) all retained their portfolios without opposition.Big bucks: Donegal GAA turnover exceeds €1.4million in 2016 was last modified: December 11th, 2016 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Cieran KellyDonegal GAAlast_img read more

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Jean Newman is hardly afraid of challenges. The 73-year-old Cuban native came to the United States as a teen, worked for years as a substitute teacher and volunteered in the Israeli army well into her 50s. But when it comes to the new Medicare prescription drug benefit, she is at a loss. “The whole thing is so confusing. It might as well be in Chinese,” Newman said. Millions of senior citizens will become eligible for the benefit Jan. 1, but but many don’t know whether it will save them money, or which private insurance plan they should choose among the dozens that have bombarded their mailboxes with ads in recent months. Many don’t know how to apply or whether they are even eligible. And many are asking: Will the medications I need be covered? AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The clock is ticking. Those who fail to sign up by May 15 may not get coverage until 2007. Not surprisingly, the people who seem to know the most tend to be the more educated and more affluent – the ones least likely to need the new coverage. About 42 million people are eligible for the Medicare drug benefit. As of mid-December, nearly 20 million were enrolled in some form, but the vast majority of them were automatically switched over from other benefit programs, including Medicaid. Only about 1 million had joined voluntarily. Newman spends about $150 a month on Prozac and the thyroid supplement Levoxyl. She applied for the low-income assistance but was rejected. Now she is unsure whether she is eligible for any of the coverage. (She is.) “There’s a thousand different forms of confusion, but almost everyone’s confused,” said Robert Hayes, head of the Medicare Rights Center, a consumer group. The government has touted its Web site,, where senior citizens can compare plans on spreadsheets, and it has urged people to consult their families and their doctors. Hayes said its unrealistic to expect doctors to shoulder the burden of explaining the plans. “In an ideal world, which is long past in this economy, physicians could sit down and become experts and counsel their patients. That doesn’t happen today because there’s so much time pressure on every doctor,” he said. Federal and local health officials and insurance companies have tried to provide workshops on the new program. The Philadelphia Senior Center has hosted about a dozen workshops and seminars over the past couple of months, but not many people have been enrolling in the program, said executive director Tamara Moreland. She said she suspects they prefer to keep their current coverage. “I hope it isn’t that they don’t understand it,” she added. Philadelphia senior center counselor Gloria Mack said she herself was confused by the training she received on the program. “Oh, my God,” Mack recalled thinking. “I’m confused, and I’m not a senior.” At the Clairemont Friendship Senior Center in San Diego, confusion ran high even after Medicare officials held a briefing there in November. Several elderly people said their private insurers automatically signed them up for a plan, but they did not know whether they were getting the best deal. “The government should have just said, ‘You pay so much and all your drugs are covered,”‘ said Dorothy Morrill, 70, whose PacifiCare Health Systems Inc.’s SecureHorizons plan signed her up for coverage with a $44 monthly premium. Nearby, at Allen Pharmacy in San Diego, owner Roger Fetterly said he worries that some of his customers will find that their plan does not cover the drugs they need. “We have a group of people who either don’t open their mail or open and don’t read it,” Fetterly said. “They just don’t know anything about what’s going on.” Others say they are not good with computers or do not want to burden their children by asking for advice. Those who have done their homework are finding that the new program doesn’t always offer advantages. 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