Toure inspires City to victory

first_img Fit-again Toure teed up Edin Dzeko’s 24th goal of the season before firing his 23rd as Manuel Pellegrini’s men capitalised on Liverpool’s 2-0 home defeat to Chelsea. City closed within three points of the Anfield league leaders and just one of the second-placed Blues, thanks to a Toure masterclass as muscular as it was meticulous. Yaya Toure’s peerless midfield play dragged Manchester City back into the Barclays Premier League title race in a controlled 2-0 win at Crystal Palace. Palace’s first-half forays remained scant however, with Delaney forced to intervene as Aguero hared towards Samir Nasri’s smart return ball in the home area. Jason Puncheon might boast four goals in April, but Palace’s form midfielder could find no power with a 20-yard shot. Dzeko failed to connect with a far-post cross, Dann had to cut out Pablo Zabaleta’s knock-down destined for Aguero, and Vincent Kompany headed wide from the corner. So often City’s central force, Toure then sealed his side’s dominance with a goal of effortless class, but brutal build-up. The Ivory Coast star played a simple one-two with Dzeko, then saw no reason not to repeat the feat with Nasri. Rumbling into the Palace box, with defender Delaney stumbling in desperation, Toure set himself, and dinked the ball past bystander Speroni. Palace grafted for the half’s last word, but Jerome could not reach Puncheon’s teasing cross. Marouane Chamakh wasted a chance to test the shaky Martin Demichelis after the break, firing a loose pass past Bolasie when he could have scythed on undeterred. Another sumptuous Toure chip nearly set James Milner free, before the former Barcelona fulcrum scuffed a cut-back cross after outstripping Joel Ward. One more long-range curling effort that sailed over the bar proved Toure’s final offering, the rangy midfielder withdrawn just past the hour in a clear protective measure from Pellegrini. Palace may have been subdued on the field, but the home support was determined to toast Premier League safety, and manager Pulis’ sterling turnaround job. Aguero had a gilt-edged opportunity to extend City’s lead, only to lead with the outside of his right boot and clip the ball straight at Speroni. Palace’s highly-rated keeper then kept out Dzeko’s shot despite a wicked deflection off Dann. Tom Ince had a half-hearted penalty claim rebuffed by referee Howard Webb as Palace fought to capitalise on Toure’s early departure. City were not to be denied though, leaving London with a credible title chase tucked into the bag. Toure and his team-mates are now able to draw level on points with Brendan Rodgers’ men, given victory at Palace and their game in hand. City have a trip to Everton and home clashes with Aston Villa and West Ham still to come while Liverpool travel to Palace next, before hosting Newcastle at Anfield on Sunday May 11, the final day of the season. Toure needed just four minutes to wrestle control, returning after missing two matches with thigh trouble. The 30-year-old chipped an inch-perfect free-kick into the Palace box, positively begging Dzeko to bisect Scott Dann and Damien Delaney. The 28-year-old Bosnia striker had little option but to ghost onto the cross and nod the visitors into the lead. Liverpool’s Anfield hiccup against Chelsea cracked the door, but Toure and company booted it open in south London. City’s early goal quelled any nerves, evident when Sergio Aguero’s ambitious overhead kick zipped just over Julian Speroni’s crossbar. Tony Pulis has whipped Palace into far sterner shape than to fold however, and the hosts threatened when Yannick Bolasie’s cross almost reached Cameron Jerome. Press Associationlast_img read more

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JOBS BOOST AS 175 NEW POSITIONS ANNOUNCED

first_imgTHERE is a massive jobs boost for the region tonight after healthcare company Abbott said will invest €85m into expanding its Sligo pharmaceutical manufacturing facility, which will create about 175 highly skilled jobs and 150 temporary construction jobs in the process.A number of current employees of the company are from Co Donegal and commute to the facility each day.The extra space for manufacturing operations to support Abbott’s future pharmaceutical pipeline in therapeutic areas of virology, oncology and nephrology. It will provide additional capacity in Abbot’s global pharmaceutical manufacturing network. The expansion of the facility will be completed in 2014 and the investment is supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland.The new jobs will include skilled roles in engineering, quality, pharmaceutical science and other science-based areas. The majority of jobs will be added during construction and the remainder will be recruited after the expansion is complete.In addition to these 175 jobs, another 150 temporary jobs will be created in construction. “Abbott has had a presence in Ireland for more than 65 years and began manufacturing in the country in 1974,” said Dr Azita Saleki-Gerhardt, president of Global Pharmaceutical Operations at Abbott.“Sligo is an important part of Abbott’s pharmaceutical manufacturing network and we are pleased to expand it to support future production needs. The success of our Sligo facility is due to the dedication of its staff and management.“This state-of-the-art expansion will enable us to produce innovative therapies that we expect will represent significant advances in the treatment of cancer, chronic kidney disease and viral infections,” said Saleki-Gerhardt.Barry O’Leary, CEO of Ireland, welcomed the announcement, saying that Abbott Ireland is of “key importance” to Ireland’s life sciences sector, which contributes substantially to Ireland’s export economy. “(Abbott) is part of a strong cluster of life-sciences companies in the northwest region, which is hugely important to the local economy,” said O’Leary.‘’Abbott, with 13 manufacturing, commercial and shared services sites across the country, continues to go from strength to strength and employs nearly 4,000 people. I wish Abbott Ireland every success with this new venture and offer the continued support of IDA Ireland as the company further develops its Irish operations,” he said.JOBS BOOST AS 175 NEW POSITIONS ANNOUNCED was last modified: February 9th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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)last_img read more

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FUNDAMENTALS OF IRISH LIFE ERODED BY BOOM, SAYS SIR GERRY

first_imgDONEGAL business guru Gerry Robinson says he believes some of the fundamentals of Irish life were eroded in the boom.And he also believes the trappings of wealth didn’t suit everyone.In an interview with the BBC to Mark Ireland’s exit from the bailout, Sir Gerry said: “There was a brashness and preoccupation with wealth that rested uncomfortably with the Irish psyche.” The Donegal-born former chief executive of Granada TV and drinks giant Allied Domecq also said in the interview that the economic crisis from which Ireland now finds itself emerging might have been anticipated by many people.“Some of the more fundamental things that mattered in life were being eroded,” he said.“We were driven by the quick buck.“And now there’s a sense that something was missing. I guess there’s a kind of Catholic mentality – an understanding that they would have to pay for all this.”   FUNDAMENTALS OF IRISH LIFE ERODED BY BOOM, SAYS SIR GERRY was last modified: November 11th, 2013 by John2Share 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:FUNDAMENTALS OF IRISH LIFE ERODED BY BOOMSAYS SIR GERRYlast_img read more

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